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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 11

Monday, March 14, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 3, 2005

Ch. 1 - Resolve, To Designate a Certain Intersection in Sidney as the Trooper Jeffrey S. Parola Memorial. (H.P. 114, L.D. 163)

Ch. 2 - Resolve, Authorizing the City of Gardiner To Refinance Certain Temporary Bond Anticipation Notes Issued for Its Wastewater Project. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 102, L.D. 126)

Constitutional Resolutions

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Ch. 1 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit the Legislature To Allow the Current Use Valuation of Waterfront Land Used for or That Supports Commercial Fishing Activities. (H.P. 224, L.D. 299)

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, MARCH 11, 2005

L.D. 1128, S.P. 392
An Act Directing the State Planning Office To Study Municipal Capabilities To Become Providers of Internet Services. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1129, S.P. 393
An Act To Protect Young Drivers. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1130, S.P. 394
An Act To Allow a State Champion Cross-country Running Team To Participate in New England Competitions. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1131, S.P. 395
An Act To Recognize and Protect the Native Eastern Brook Trout as Maine's Heritage Fish. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 1132, S.P. 396
An Act To Dedicate a Portion of Sales Tax Revenue to Municipalities and Counties. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1133, S.P. 397
Resolve, Authorizing Karen Davis To Sue the State. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1134, H.P. 777
An Act Providing Senior Citizens with an Optional Deferred Payment Plan for the Payment of Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 1135, H.P. 778
An Act To Safeguard Federalism in Trade. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1136, H.P. 779
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (Submitted by the Legislative Youth Advisory Council pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 168-A, subsection 1, paragraph E.)

L.D. 1137, H.P. 780
An Act To Ensure Implementation of All Content Areas of the System of Learning Results. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1138, H.P. 781
An Act To Reduce School Construction Costs. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1139, H.P. 782
An Act To Identify the Benefits and Costs of Adjustments to Building Codes. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1140, H.P. 783
Resolve, Directing the State Police and the County Sheriff's Departments To Enter into a Call-sharing Agreement. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1141, H.P. 784
An Act To Create the Crime of Vehicular Manslaughter for Persons Who, while Committing a Traffic Infraction, Cause the Death of Another Person. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1142, H.P. 785
Resolve, To Increase the Efficiency and Effectiveness of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1143, H.P. 786
An Act To Protect Workers in the Mortgage and Mortgage Refinance Services Fields. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1144, H.P. 787
Resolve, Directing the Maine State Retirement System To Develop a Proposal To Provide Relief for Retired State Employees. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1145, H.P. 788
An Act Regarding Tribal Gaming and Gaming by Nonprofits. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 1146, H.P. 789
An Act Regarding the Fines Imposed on Overweight Vehicles. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1147, H.P. 790
An Act To Protect Fishing Families. (Presented by Representative CURLEY of Scarborough)

L.D. 1148, H.P. 791
An Act To Recognize the Recipients of the Korea Defense Service Medal. (Presented by Representative BROWN of South Berwick)

L.D. 1149, H.P. 792
Resolve, To Review the Responsibilities of the Board of Environmental Protection. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1150, H.P. 793
An Act To Promote and Facilitate Personal Retirement Saving in Maine. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1151, H.P. 794
An Act To Allow Citizens Who Have Been Overbilled for Property Taxes To Reduce Their Payments in Succeeding Years. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1152, H.P. 795
An Act To Protect Certain Elderly or Incompetent Dependents. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 1153, H.P. 796
An Act To Establish a Muzzle-loading Shotgun Season on Deer. (Presented by Representative ANNIS of Dover-Foxcroft)

L.D. 1154, H.P. 797
An Act To Recognize and Regulate the Proper Formation of Minor Political Parties. (Presented by Representative LINDELL of Frankfort)

L.D. 1155, H.P. 798
An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Use of Vaporized Alcohol and Alcohol Vaporizing Devices. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1156, H.P. 799
An Act To Protect Public Health by Clarifying the Laws Regarding Smoking in Public Places. (Presented by Representative WALCOTT of Lewiston)

L.D. 1157, H.P. 800
An Act To Protect Children from Toxic Chemicals in Schools. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1158, H.P. 801
An Act To Allow Disabled Retired State Employees To Be Eligible for a Pension Deduction under Maine Income Tax Law. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1159, H.P. 802
An Act To Promote Transportation Investments within Downtowns and Urban Compacts. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 1160, H.P. 803
An Act To Increase Wetland Protection. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1161, H.P. 804
An Act To Require Notification from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission upon Permit Application, Issuance and Denial. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1162, H.P. 805
An Act To Permit the Establishment of Regional Water Councils. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1163, H.P. 806
An Act To Amend the Laws Regulating Street Rods and Custom Vehicles. (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 1164, H.P. 807
An Act Regarding the Bureau of State Police, Licensing Division. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 1165, H.P. 808
An Act To Encourage the Preservation of Affordable Housing. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1166, H.P. 809
An Act To Impose More Stringent Penalties for Driving after Drinking. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1167, H.P. 810
An Act To Ensure the Health and Safety of All Maine Citizens by Licensing Drug Wholesalers. (Presented by Representative MARRACHÉ of Waterville)

L.D. 1168, H.P. 811
An Act To Reduce Individual Health Insurance Premiums. (Presented by Representative LINDELL of Frankfort)

L.D. 1169, H.P. 812
An Act To Permit Video Gaming for Money Conducted by Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 1170, S.P. 398
An Act To Exempt Fire Departments from Biweekly Pay Requirements for Volunteer Firefighters. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1171, S.P. 399
An Act To Amend the Clean Election Law Regarding Disclaimers on Advertising. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1172, S.P. 400
An Act To Expunge Criminal Records upon Pardon. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1173, S.P. 401
Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Design a Process for Early Voting. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1174, S.P. 402
An Act To Strengthen Enforcement of the Political Signs Law. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1175, S.P. 403
An Act Concerning Diplomas and Students with Disablilites. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 1176, S.P. 404
An Act Regarding Duties of Hunters Who Participate in the Expanded Archery Deer Hunting Season. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 1177, S.P. 405
An Act To Limit the Early Release of Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 1178, S.P. 406
An Act Regarding Access to Prescription Drugs and Reimportation. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1179, S.P. 407
An Act To Establish Duties for Persons Who Hold Durable Powers of Attorney or Act as Responsible Parties for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1180, S.P. 408
An Act To Create a Property Tax Reimbursement for Commercial Dairy Farms. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1181, S.P. 409
An Act To Change the Property Tax Year for the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1182, S.P. 410
An Act To Encourage Small Water-bottling Companies. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1183, S.P. 411
An Act Regarding Access to Mental Health Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1184, S.P. 412
An Act To Adopt Recommendations of the Soft-shell Clam Advisory Council. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1185, H.P. 814
An Act To Augment and Diversify the Ranks of Maine Educators. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 1186, H.P. 815
An Act To Clarify the Smoking Ban for Off-track Betting Facilities. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 1187, H.P. 816
An Act To Create a Senior Life Educator Certificate Program. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1188, H.P. 817
An Act To Ensure Ready Access by Consumers to Information Regarding Alcoholic Beverages and Gambling Activities while Decreasing Gambling Abuse. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1189, H.P. 818
An Act To Update the Veteran Services Laws and Establish a Commemorative Program for Veterans. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 1190, H.P. 819
An Act To Create State Drug Schedules and Place Additional Restrictions on Prescribing Benzodiazepines. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1191, H.P. 820
An Act To Provide Tax-exempt Status to Service Dog Trainers. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1192, H.P. 821
An Act To Extend Insurance Notification and Protection to Small Businesses and Farms. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1193, H.P. 822
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Ensure Equal Access to Education for Children in All Parts of the State. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1194, H.P. 823
An Act To Create an Academic Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 1195, H.P. 824
An Act To Protect Women and Children from Sexual Predators by Requiring the State Bureau of Identification to Distribute Registrant Information to Town Clerks. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 1196, S.P. 413
An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1197, H.P. 825
An Act To Allow a One-time Change in Benefit Payment Option Selection under the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1198, H.P. 826
An Act To Promote Responsible Advertising by Public Utilities. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1199, H.P. 827
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Limit Property Valuation Increases for Persons 65 Years of Age or Older or Disabled Persons. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1200, H.P. 828
An Act To Establish a Uniform Private Facilities Tuition Rate Establishment Procedures. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 1201, S.P. 415
Resolve, Authorizing a Review of Inspection Requirements for Vehicles with Aftermarket Modifications. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1202, S.P. 416
Resolve, To Study the Accessibility of Birth Certificates and Other Vital Records. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1203, S.P. 417
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Eminent Domain. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1204, S.P. 418
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Farmington Village Corporation. (Presented by Senator WOODCOCK of Franklin)

L.D. 1205, S.P. 419
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Board of Dental Examiners. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1206, S.P. 420
Resolve, To Fund a Group Home for Young Adults with Disabilities in Southern Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1207, S.P. 421
An Act To Improve the Clean Election Laws. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1208, S.P. 422
Resolve, Creating a Working Group To Study the High Rate of Suicide in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1209, S.P. 423
Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study Commercial Lobster Fishing in Offshore Waters. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1210, S.P. 424
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1211, H.P. 829
An Act To Permit the Expanded Use of Changeable Signs for Governmental Entities and Public Facilities. (Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1212, H.P. 830
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Effect of Foreclosure of a Tax Lien on Time-share Estates. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 1213, H.P. 831
An Act To Exempt Fisheries with Fewer than 20 Employees from the Department of Marine Resources Statistics-gathering Requirements. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1214, H.P. 832
An Act To Require Inspectors from the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards To Provide Advance Notice of Inspections. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 833
Resolve, To Benefit the Creative Economy. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1216, H.P. 834
An Act To Strengthen Community Health Centers and Indian Health Centers. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 1217, H.P. 835
An Act To Permit the Stopping of Traffic by Charitable Nonprofit Organizations for Certain Fund-raising Projects. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 1218, H.P. 836
Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Coordinate Regulation of Activities in Sand and Gravel Pits. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1219, H.P. 837
An Act To Improve the Business Climate in Maine. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1220, H.P. 838
An Act To Improve the Process for Reporting Accidents Involving Off-road Vehicles. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1221, H.P. 839
Resolve, To Replace the Current Assessment Exams with a More Appropriate Test. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1222, H.P. 840
An Act Regarding Cancellation of Disability Insurance. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1223, H.P. 841
Resolve, Directing the Maine State Retirement System To Support the Federal Public Servant Retirement Protection Act. (Presented by Representative BISHOP of Boothbay)

L.D. 1224, H.P. 842
Resolve, Establishing a Study Committee To Examine Methods To Assist the Potato Industry. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1225, H.P. 843
An Act To Amend and Update Laws Regulating the Practice of Nursing. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1226, H.P. 844
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Taxation of Time-share Estates. (Presented by Representative COLLINS of Wells)

L.D. 1227, H.P. 845
An Act To Fund Pesticide Education in the State. (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 846
An Act To Create Consistency in the Regulation of Small Group Homes. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1229, H.P. 847
An Act To Strengthen the Enforcement of Divorce Decrees. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1230, H.P. 848
An Act To Facilitate and Promote Regional Cooperation. (Presented by Representative SHIELDS of Auburn)

L.D. 1231, H.P. 849
An Act To Require Noncommercial Lobster Fishing License Holders To Participate in the Conservation Efforts of the Commercial Lobster Industry. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1232, H.P. 850
An Act To Protect Children from Individuals Who Have Engaged in Sexual Abuse of Children in the Past. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1233, H.P. 851
An Act To Reorganize the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1234, H.P. 852
An Act To Reestablish the Maine Coast Environmental Trust Fund within the Department of Marine Resources. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 1235, H.P. 853
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That a Citizen-initiated Measure That Imposes a New or Increased Tax or Fee Be Approved by the Legislature and Signed by the Governor. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 1236, H.P. 854
Resolve, To Establish the Study Commission Regarding Liveable Wages. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1237, H.P. 855
An Act To Amend the Sentencing Laws. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 1238, H.P. 856
An Act To Ensure Compliance with Safety Regulations. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1239, H.P. 857
An Act To Promote Clean Elections in Maine. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1240, H.P. 858
An Act To Change the Maine Income Tax Rates. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 1241, S.P. 425
An Act To Ensure Public Accountability in the Delivery of Higher Education Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1242, H.P. 860
An Act To Provide Enhanced Information to Consumers of Health Care. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1243, H.P. 861
An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1244, H.P. 862
An Act To Require That Property Tax Bills Specifically Note the Amount of Land Being Taxed. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1245, H.P. 863
Resolve, To Increase Safety for Domestic Abuse Victims. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1246, H.P. 864
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the State Planning Office. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1247, H.P. 865
An Act To Modify Labor Laws with Regard to Minor Workers. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

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.