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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 13

Monday, March 28, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 18, 2005

Ch. 4 - An Act To Provide for the Efficient Administration of Family Development Accounts. (H.P. 27, L.D. 24)

Ch. 5 - An Act To Amend the Membership of the InforME Board. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 77, L.D. 101)

Ch. 6 - An Act To Achieve Compliance with the Interstate Lobster Fishery Management Plan. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 120, L.D. 373)

Ch. 7 - An Act To Standardize Water Lien Provisions. (H.P. 183, L.D. 244)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 18, 2005

Ch. 3 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Repeal of Chapter 130: Rules for Equivalent Instruction Programs, a Major Substantive Rule That Has Been Provisionally Repealed by the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 13, L.D. 8)

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 25, 2005

L.D. 1380, S.P. 479
An Act To Protect Use of Municipal Seals. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1381, S.P. 480
An Act To Update Teachers' Minimum Salaries. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1382, S.P. 481
An Act To Establish Permanent Subsidized Guardianship. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1383, H.P. 960
An Act Regarding the Licensing of Foresters. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 1384, H.P. 961
An Act To Assist Businesses To Retain Seasonal Employees and Reduce the Burden on the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Representative BISHOP of Boothbay)

L.D. 1385, H.P. 962
An Act To Amend Dental Hygienist Licensing Requirements. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 1386, H.P. 963
An Act Concerning Town Academies and the System of Learning Results. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1387, H.P. 964
Resolve, To Develop a Statewide Entrepreneurship Curriculum from Kindergarten through College. (Presented by Speaker RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

L.D. 1388, H.P. 965
An Act To Amend Maine Election Law by Instituting a Statewide Vote-by-mail System. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1389, H.P. 966
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 100: Enforcement Procedures, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Health Data Organization pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1390, H.P. 967
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Health Data Organization pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1391, H.P. 968
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Batterer Intervention Program Certification, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Corrections pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1392, H.P. 969
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 301: Standard Offer Service, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1393, S.P. 482
Resolve, To Authorize the Department of Conservation To Place Priority on Access to Certain Prominent Water Bodies under the Land for Maine's Future Program. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1394, S.P. 483
An Act To Require That Judicial Hearings Be Conducted in Hospitals Providing Involuntary Inpatient Psychiatric Services. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1395, S.P. 484
An Act Regarding National Forests. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1396, S.P. 485
An Act To Create a Specialty License Plate for Members of the Maine National Guard. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1397, S.P. 486
An Act Regarding the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District. (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 1398, S.P. 487
An Act To Align Federal and State Child Labor Laws. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 1399, S.P. 488
An Act To Increase College Scholarships. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1400, S.P. 489
An Act To Reduce Payments under the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program and To Eliminate Double Dipping and Increase Conformity with the Internal Revenue Code. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1401, S.P. 490
An Act To Further Coordinate the Laws Regarding Certificate of Need, the State Health Plan and the Capital Investment Fund. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1402, S.P. 491
An Act To Provide Guidelines, Standards and Rights for Children and the Guardians Who Care for Them. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1403, S.P. 492
An Act To Create an Alternative Method of Dispute Resolution in Homeowner Claims of Defective Workmanship or Materials for Manufactured Housing. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 1404, S.P. 493
An Act To Increase the Quality of Care and Reduce Administrative Burdens in the Pharmacy Prior Approval Process. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1405, S.P. 494
An Act To Prepare Maine for Public Health Emergencies. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1406, S.P. 495
An Act To Preserve Public Access and Job Opportunities in the North Woods. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 1407, H.P. 971
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Offer Subsidies to Parents To Send Their Children to Other Schools. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1408, H.P. 972
Resolve, Directing the Air Toxics Advisory Committee To Review the Status of Toxic Emissions from Waste-to-energy Facilities in the State and Recommend Actions Aimed at Reducing and Monitoring These Emissions. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 1409, H.P. 973
An Act To Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Theft Offenses. (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 1410, H.P. 974
An Act To Require That the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission Maintain Its Principal Office in the Augusta Area. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1411, H.P. 975
An Act To Require Standardized Reporting of the Prices for Certain Health Care Services and To Repeal the Confidentiality of Sentinel Events. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1412, H.P. 976
An Act To Protect Consumers Regarding Motor Vehicle Rentals. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1413, H.P. 977
An Act To Conform the Remedies under the Maine Family Medical Leave Requirements with Those Available under Federal Law. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1414, H.P. 978
An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Create Municipal Fire Districts. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1415, H.P. 979
An Act Regarding Confidentiality in Litigation. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1416, H.P. 980
An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FARRINGTON of Gorham)

L.D. 1417, H.P. 981
An Act To Amend the Law Banning Smoking in Buildings Where Bingo or Beano Is Played. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1418, H.P. 982
An Act To Subject Prepaid Wireless Telephone Service to E-9-1-1 Funding Requirements. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1419, H.P. 983
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Certain Employment-related Matters. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 1420, H.P. 984
An Act To Establish a Maternal and Infant Death Review Panel. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1421, H.P. 985
An Act To Address the Constitutionality of Maine's Resident-only Lobster License. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1422, H.P. 986
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Help Voters Control the Cost of Government. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1423, H.P. 987
Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation and the Maine Community College System To Develop a Proposal To Certify Home Repair Tradespersons To Perform Limited Plumbing and Electrical Work. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Berwick)

L.D. 1424, H.P. 988
An Act To Simplify Implementation of the Maine Learning Results. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1425, H.P. 989
An Act To Support the Efficient Implementation of Maine's Learning Results. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1426, H.P. 990
An Act To Amend Certain Milk and Milk Products Laws. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1427, H.P. 991
An Act Regarding the Scope of Practice of Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialists. (Presented by Representative CLOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 1428, H.P. 992
An Act To Modernize Regulation of Sand and Gravel Pits. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1429, H.P. 993
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Size, Placement and Use of Certain On-premises Signs. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1430, H.P. 994
An Act To Establish Special License Plates To Honor Maine Residents Serving Overseas. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1431, H.P. 995
An Act To Adopt the Municipal Secession and Annexation Procedure for the Town of Islesboro. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1432, H.P. 996
An Act To Reestablish the Milk Handling Fee. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1433, H.P. 997
An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 1434, H.P. 998
An Act To Reform the Renewable Electricity Portfolio Standard. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1435, H.P. 999
An Act Establishing Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Certain Products Sold or Installed in the State. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 1436, H.P. 1000
An Act To Encourage a Vote-by-Mail System in Maine. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 1437, H.P. 1001
An Act To Broaden the Sales Tax Base and Lower the Sales and Use Tax and Service Provider Tax Rates. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1438, H.P. 1002
An Act To Require Admission Policies for Hospitals Providing Swing Bed Services. (Presented by Representative CURLEY of Scarborough)

L.D. 1439, H.P. 1003
An Act To Increase the Penalties for Cemetery Damage. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1440, H.P. 1004
An Act To Encourage the Implementation of High-speed Internet Access in Rural and Isolated Areas. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1441, H.P. 1005
An Act Concerning the Measurement of Firewood. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1442, H.P. 1006
An Act To Facilitate Energy Self-sufficiency for Maine's Offshore Islands. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1443, H.P. 1007
An Act To Require the Owner of a Service Dog To Show a Certificate of Completion of a Basic Obedience Class from a Service Dog Trainer in Order for That Dog To Be Admitted to a Retail Establishment or Restaurant. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 1444, H.P. 1008
Resolve, Regarding Teacher Certification Requirements. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1445, H.P. 1009
An Act To Protect the Integrity of Maine State Housing Authority Funds. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1446, H.P. 1010
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Certification of Educational Personnel. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1447, H.P. 1011
An Act To Increase Civil and Criminal Penalties for Animal Cruelty. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1448, H.P. 1012
An Act To Stabilize and Strengthen the MaineCare Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1449, H.P. 1013
An Act To Amend Maine's Shellfish Laws To Maintain Compliance with Federal Law and Protect Maine's Shellfish Industry. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1450, S.P. 496
An Act To Amend Water Quality Standards. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1451, H.P. 1016
Resolve, To Enforce Environmental Health Protection Measures in Public Schools. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1452, H.P. 1017
Resolve, Promoting the Consumption of Maine Farm Products at the State House Complex. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1453, H.P. 1018
Resolve, To Improve Public Safety, Enhance Local Communities and Reduce Transportation Expenses. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1454, H.P. 1019
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the School Revolving Renovation Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GOLDMAN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1455, H.P. 1020
An Act To Codify Public Records Exceptions. (Submitted by the Committee to Study Compliance with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws pursuant to Resolve 2003, chapter 83, section 9-A.)

L.D. 1456, S.P. 498
Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Increase Turkey Hunting Opportunities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1457, S.P. 499
Resolve, To Reform the Maine Education System. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1458, S.P. 500
Resolve, Regarding the Conveyance of a Right-of-way across the Elizabeth Levinson Center in Bangor. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1459, H.P. 1021
An Act Concerning Payment for Repairs on Private Ways. (Presented by Representative HUTTON of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1460, H.P. 1022
An Act To Ban Bear Hunting with Traps except To Protect the Public. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1461, H.P. 1023
An Act To Increase Access to Certain Dental Services. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1462, H.P. 1024
An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1463, H.P. 1026
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1464, H.P. 1027
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Motorized Scooters, Motor-driven Cycles and Mopeds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1465, H.P. 1028
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 127: New Motor Vehicle Emission Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Bureau of Air Quality. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1466, H.P. 1029
An Act To Amend the Law Governing Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Regulation of Oil Storage Facilities. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Public Law 2001, chapter 605, section 5.)

L.D. 1467, H.P. 1030
An Act To Limit the Hours of Operation at Certain Gambling Establishments. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1468, H.P. 1031
An Act To Protect the Public from Secondhand Smoke. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1469, H.P. 1032
An Act To Create the Maine Merit Scholarship Program. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1470, H.P. 1033
An Act To Give Retirement Credits to Judges Who Have Served in the Legislature. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1471, H.P. 1034
An Act To Update the Membership of Certain Professional Licensing Boards. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1472, H.P. 1035
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Rural Medical Access Program. (Presented by Representative MARRACHÉ of Waterville)

L.D. 1473, H.P. 1036
An Act To Strengthen the Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1474, H.P. 1037
An Act To Require That Corporations Be Operated in a Manner That Does Not Adversely Affect the Public Interest. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1475, H.P. 1038
An Act To Establish a Simplified Package of Health Care Insurance Affordable by All. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1476, S.P. 501
An Act To Provide an Annual Cost-of-living Adjustment for Persons Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits for Total Incapacity. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1477, S.P. 502
Resolve, Preventing the Upstream Migration of Exotic Species past the Fish River Falls and into the Fish River Watershed. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1478, S.P. 503
An Act To Clarify Rights of Retainage in Public Improvement Construction Contracts. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1479, S.P. 504
An Act To Ensure Systematic Reporting of Abortions. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1480, S.P. 505
An Act Regarding Licensing Boards. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1481, S.P. 507
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Enactment Procedures for Ordinances. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1482, S.P. 508
An Act To Provide for the 2005 and 2006 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1483, S.P. 509
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reimbursement of Nursing Facilities and Nursing Home Admission Contracts. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1484, S.P. 510
An Act To Protect Consumers and Enhance Real Estate Practice. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1485, H.P. 1041
Resolve, To Publicize the Odds of Winning a State Lottery. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 1486, H.P. 1042
An Act To Amend the Law Allowing Legislative Staff To Unionize. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 1487, H.P. 1043
An Act To Repeal Certificate of Need as It Applies to Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Units and Physician Offices. (Presented by Representative SHIELDS of Auburn)

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.