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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Millicent M. MacFarland, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXXI, No. 5

Monday, January 31, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, January 21, 2005

Ch. 2 - An Act To Increase the State Share of Education Costs, Reduce Property Taxes and Reduce Government Spending at All Levels. (H.P. 6, L.D. 1) (Governor's Bill)

Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2005

L.D. 348, H.P. 261
An Act To Expand Supervised Community Confinement Options for a Person with a Terminal Illness. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 349, H.P. 262
An Act To Require That the Department of Health and Human Services Include a Bureau of Elder Services. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 350, H.P. 263
An Act To Provide Equal Treatment for All Veterans in the Laws Governing the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 351, H.P. 264
An Act To Provide the Portland Harbor Commission with the Authority To Arrest. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 352, H.P. 265
An Act To Assist Cellular Telephone Users. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 353, H.P. 266
An Act To Exempt the United States Flag from State Taxation. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 354, H.P. 267
An Act To Give Moose Permits to Members of the Wesget-Sipu Organization. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 355, H.P. 268
An Act To Amend the Mexico Water District Charter. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 356, H.P. 269
An Act To Increase the State Income Tax Exemption for Retired Workers in the Maine State Retirement System to the Same Level as That of Retirees under the Social Security System. (Presented by Representative PARADIS of Frenchville)

L.D. 357, H.P. 270
An Act Regarding Bail Conditions. (Presented by Representative GROSE of Woolwich)

L.D. 358, H.P. 271
An Act To Limit Property Tax Abatement for Reasons of Poverty or Infirmity to Applicants' Residential Property. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 359, H.P. 272
An Act To Change the Child Care Facility Licensing Laws. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 360, H.P. 273
An Act To Create a Retired Firefighter License Plate. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 361, H.P. 274
An Act To Reestablish the Penobscot County Budget Committee. (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

L.D. 362, H.P. 275
An Act To Allow Citizens To Voluntarily Pay Extra Income Taxes or Donate Money to the State. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 363, H.P. 276
Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Football Program at the University of Southern Maine. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 364, H.P. 277
An Act To Prohibit Personal Watercraft on Rocky Pond in the Town of Orland. (Presented by Representative LINDELL of Frankfort)

L.D. 365, S.P. 112
An Act To Provide the Veterans' Property Tax Exemption to All Veterans. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 366, S.P. 113
An Act To Protect Consumers by Requiring Retail Businesses To Post Complaint Contacts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 367, S.P. 114
An Act To Monitor and Maintain Maximum Levels of Assistance in the General Assistance Program. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 368, S.P. 115
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 369, S.P. 116
An Act To Require the Disclosure of the State's Implied Warranty Laws. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 370, S.P. 117
An Act To Amend the Sales and Use Tax Law Regarding the Food Service and Lodging Industries. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 371, S.P. 118
An Act To Distribute Revenue in the Law Enforcement Agency Reimbursement Fund to Municipalities and Counties. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 372, S.P. 119
An Act To Enhance Property Tax Relief through the State-municipal Revenue-sharing Program. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 373, S.P. 120
An Act To Achieve Compliance with the Interstate Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 374, S.P. 121
An Act To Create a Protected Zone around the Voting Place. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 375, S.P. 123
An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2006. (Submitted by the Maine Turnpike Authority pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, section 1961, subsection 6.)

L.D. 376, H.P. 278
An Act To Enhance Uniformity of Insurance Producer Licensing. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 377, H.P. 279
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish Health Care as a Right. (Presented by Representative TWOMEY of Biddeford)

L.D. 378, H.P. 280
An Act Authorizing the Commissioner of Labor To Negotiate Settlements in Cases of Overpayment of Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Falmouth)

L.D. 379, H.P. 281
An Act To Raise the Marriage Fees. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 380, H.P. 282
An Act To Allow Small Car Carriers To Haul the Maximum Allowed Vehicles. (Presented by Representative PARADIS of Frenchville)

L.D. 381, H.P. 283
An Act To Enhance the Safe Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste. (Presented by Representative CURLEY of Scarborough)

L.D. 382, H.P. 284
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Rules Regarding Licensing of Intermediate Care Facilities for Mental Retardation Nursing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CROSTHWAITE of Ellsworth)

L.D. 383, H.P. 285
An Act To Ban Government Conflict of Interest in Elections. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 384, H.P. 286
An Act To Allow a Person To Appeal to the State Police a Denial of a Concealed Weapons Permit. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 385, H.P. 287
An Act To Limit the Liability of Ambulance Services in Maine. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 386, H.P. 288
An Act To Encourage the Scallop Industry. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 387, H.P. 289
An Act To Waive Application Fees on Certain Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation Projects. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 388, H.P. 290
An Act To Ensure Continued Federal Funding of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 389, H.P. 291
An Act To Amend the Waldoboro Utility District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 390, H.P. 292
An Act To Improve Maine's Sex Offender Notification Laws. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 391, H.P. 293
An Act To Amend the Maine Motor Vehicle Franchise Board Laws. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 392, H.P. 294
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Purchase a Train for Passenger Rail Service. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 393, H.P. 295
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bargaining Agents for Public Universities and Colleges. (Presented by Representative AUSTIN of Gray)

L.D. 394, H.P. 296
An Act To Create a High-risk Pool in the Health Insurance Market. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 395, H.P. 298
An Act Concerning Street Rod Standards. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 396, H.P. 299
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 397, H.P. 300
An Act To Promote the More Efficient Use of Natural Gas. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 398, H.P. 301
An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Medical Licensure Laws. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 399, H.P. 302
An Act To Recruit and Retain College Graduates through Loan Repayment. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 400, S.P. 124
An Act To Align Maine Special Education Complaint Management Provisions with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 401, S.P. 125
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Proposal To Create the Office of Minority Health. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 402, S.P. 126
An Act To Require Able-bodied Welfare Recipients To Seek Employment and Work or Volunteer. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 403, S.P. 127
An Act To Repeal the Minimum Penalty for Environmental Violations. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 404, S.P. 128
An Act To Ensure the State's Continued Commitment to Former Students Who Were Physically or Sexually Abused at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or the Maine School for the Deaf. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 405, S.P. 129
Resolve, To Establish a Long-term Care Education Pilot Program for Registered Nurses. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 406, S.P. 130
An Act To Amend the Dates Associated with the State's Recycling and Waste Reduction Goals. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 407, S.P. 131
An Act To Place the Emergency Services Communication Bureau within the Department of Public Safety. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 408, S.P. 132
An Act Limiting Recovery of Disability Benefits Subject to Offsets. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 409, S.P. 133
An Act To Clarify the Superintendent of Insurance's Authority To Assess Civil Penalties. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 410, S.P. 134
An Act To Provide Funding for Hospices in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 411, S.P. 135
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $1,000,000 To Support Construction of a "Curtis Class" Vessel for the Maine State Ferry Service. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 412, S.P. 136
An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Lobbyist". (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 413, S.P. 137
An Act To Amend the Procedure by Which the York Sewer District May Be Dissolved. (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 414, S.P. 138
An Act To Require a Credit Card To Contain the Photo and Signature of the Cardholder. (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 415, S.P. 139
An Act To Ensure Compliance with the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 416, S.P. 140
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Submission of Health Insurance Claims. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 417, S.P. 141
An Act To Improve the Role of Boards of Visitors for State Correctional Facilities. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 418, H.P. 303
An Act To Exempt Certain Tires from the Speed Rating Requirements. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 419, H.P. 304
An Act To Create a License Plate for the National Rifle Association. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 420, H.P. 305
An Act To Establish a 3-day Field Trial Competition on Bobcats. (Presented by Representative CARR of Lincoln)

L.D. 421, H.P. 306
An Act To Improve the Water Quality of Hall Pond in Paris. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Paris)

L.D. 422, H.P. 307
An Act To Remove the Restriction on the Number of Liquor Licenses Issued. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 423, H.P. 308
An Act To Allow Food Service Workers for Public Schools To Collect Unemployment Benefits. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 424, H.P. 309
An Act To Exempt Certain Religious, Nonpublic, Postsecondary Institutions from Licensure. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 425, H.P. 310
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 426, H.P. 311
Resolve, To Place a Moratorium on School Administrative Units' Local Assessment Systems. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 427, H.P. 312
An Act To Increase the Maximum Number of Days of the Muzzle-loading Hunting Season. (Presented by Representative ANNIS of Dover-Foxcroft)

L.D. 428, H.P. 313
An Act To Require a Nonpartisan Legislature. (Presented by Representative GREELEY of Levant)

L.D. 429, H.P. 314
An Act To Require Veterinarians To Provide Vaccine Disclosure Forms. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 430, H.P. 315
An Act To Modify the Obligation To Bargain under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Law. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 431, H.P. 316
An Act To Grant Limited Reciprocity to Nonresident ATV Users. (Presented by Representative LUNDEEN of Mars Hill)

L.D. 432, H.P. 317
An Act To Increase from 90 to 120 Days the Time Frame To File Contractor Liens. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 433, H.P. 318
An Act To Allow the Department of Conservation To Create Dedicated Accounts for Sales of Merchandise and Acceptance of Donations. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 434, H.P. 319
An Act To Clarify Maine's Authority To Enforce Its Marine Resources Laws. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 435, H.P. 320
An Act To Conform Maine Law to Federal Overtime Standards. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 436, H.P. 321
An Act To Eliminate Estate Taxes on Family-owned Businesses. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 437, H.P. 322
An Act To Create an Agriculture Recognition License Plate. (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 438, H.P. 323
Resolve, To Improve Access to Emergency Services in State Parks and in the Maine Wildlife Park. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 439, H.P. 324
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Public Health Concerning Alternative Roadways. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 440, H.P. 325
RESOLUTION, To Amend the Constitution of Maine To Change the Number of Senators to 2 from Each County. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 441, H.P. 326
An Act To Change the Fine Structure for Overweight Hauling Vehicles. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 442, H.P. 327
An Act To Provide Health Care Savings Accounts and Health Care Management in MaineCare. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 443, H.P. 328
An Act To Encourage Cooperation between School Districts. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 444, S.P. 142
An Act Providing Procedures To Protect Members upon Redesign of the MaineCare Program. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 445, S.P. 143
An Act To Index the Minimum Wage for Inflation and To Permit a Training Wage for Workers under 17 Years of Age. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 446, S.P. 144
An Act To Mandate Payment of Certified Deaf Interpreters for Driver Education Students. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 447, S.P. 145
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Cover the Costs of Hearing Aids. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 448, S.P. 146
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Cover the Cost of Sign Language Interpreters for All Nonhospital Medical Appointments. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 449, S.P. 147
An Act To Make Changes to the Pine Tree Development Zones. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 450, S.P. 148
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 451, H.P. 329
An Act To Simplify Application for Benefits and Services under the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 452, H.P. 330
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Holiday. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 453, H.P. 331
An Act To Assist the Mobility of the Disabled in Hunting and Outdoor Recreation. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 454, H.P. 332
An Act To Prohibit Private Nonmedical Institutions from Passing Along the Service Provider Tax to Residents. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 455, H.P. 333
An Act To Create a Paperless Legislature and Encourage More Working-income Legislators by Allocating Savings Resulting from a Reduction in the Size of the Legislature. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 456, H.P. 334
An Act To Make Disputed Ballots in State Elections Public. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 457, H.P. 335
An Act To Remove an Access Gate from State-owned Land in Pittston Academy Grant, T2 R4 NBKP. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 458, H.P. 336
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Establish a Procedure for the Timely Assessment of an Older Individual's Need for Mental Health Services. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 459, H.P. 337
An Act To Amend the Mexico Sewer District Charter. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 460, H.P. 338
An Act To Require That Certain Health Care Staff Be Certified in CPR and To Require That Nursing Homes Be Equipped with Automated External Defibrillators. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 461, H.P. 339
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce the Size of the Legislature. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://janus.state.me.us/legis - choose "Session Information" to go to the list of available bills. New bills are added every couple of days.

Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/session.