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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 15

Monday, April 11, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 31, 2005

Ch. 9 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Student Rates on Maine State Ferry Service Ferries. (S.P. 77, L.D. 224)

Ch. 10 - An Act To Extend Civil Rights Protections to All People Regardless of Sexual Orientation. (S.P. 413, L.D. 1196) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 11 - An Act Concerning the Confidentiality of Records Held by the Gambling Control Board. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 32, L.D. 90)

Ch. 12 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2005, June 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007. (H.P. 343, L.D. 468) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 1, 2005

Ch. 13 - An Act To Codify Senate Districts in Statute. (S.P. 40, L.D. 98)

Ch. 14 - An Act To Amend the Definition of Authorized Emergency Vehicle. (S.P. 19, L.D. 39)

Ch. 15 - An Act To Allow Animal Control Officers and Individuals Who Collect Trash To Use Flashing Amber Lights on Their Vehicles. (H.P. 89, L.D. 113)

Ch. 16 - An Act To Limit Terms for Members of the State Board of Education. (H.P. 186, L.D. 247)

Ch. 17 - An Act To Redefine the Boundaries of the Fairfield Sanctuary. (S.P. 50, L.D. 144)

Ch. 18 - An Act To Require Notice prior to Decreases in Wage or Salary Rates. (H.P. 196, L.D. 257)

Ch. 19 - An Act To Amend the Applied Technology Development Centers Statutes. (S.P. 79, L.D. 226)

Ch. 20 - An Act To Establish Community Giving Week. (H.P. 26, L.D. 23)

Ch. 21 - An Act To Codify Unallocated Law Regarding the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 672, L.D. 962)

Ch. 22 - An Act To Make Sexual Exploitation of Minors a Crime Compensable by the Victims' Compensation Board. (S.P. 71, L.D. 218)

Ch. 23 - An Act To Revise the Salary Range of Certain Public Utilities Commission Employees. (H.P. 476, L.D. 656)

Ch. 24 - An Act To Encourage Parties To Agree to the Selection of Independent Medical Examiners in Workers' Compensation Cases. (S.P. 97, L.D. 302)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Amend the Process for Review of Hearing Officer Decisions by the Workers' Compensation Board. (H.P. 245, L.D. 322)

Ch. 26 - An Act To Clarify Maine's Authority To Enforce Its Marine Resources Laws. (H.P. 319, L.D. 434)

Ch. 27 - An Act To Provide for a Limited Sea Cucumber Fishery. (H.P. 435, L.D. 602)

Ch. 28 - An Act To Support the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Forestry's Aerial Fire Suppression Program. (S.P. 37, L.D. 95)

Ch. 29 - An Act To Amend the Budget Timetable for Oxford County. (H.P. 406, L.D. 551)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Promote Education in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 427, L.D. 594)

Ch. 31 - An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to Nitrous Oxide Systems. (H.P. 67, L.D. 71)

Ch. 32 - An Act To Allow Small Stores To Conduct Wine Taste Testings. (H.P. 203, L.D. 278)

Ch. 33 - An Act To Require Agricultural Representation on the Maine Tourism Commission. (H.P. 493, L.D. 673)

Ch. 34 - An Act Concerning Street Rod Standards. (H.P. 298, L.D. 395)

Ch. 35 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Unemployment Compensation. (H.P. 310, L.D. 425)

Ch. 36 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 534, L.D. 739) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 37 - An Act To Make Additional Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2005. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 533, L.D. 738) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 38 - An Act To Require Valid Identification for Purchases of Liquor. (H.P. 73, L.D. 77)

Ch. 39 - An Act Concerning Appeal Rights under the Maine Enterprise Option Program. (S.P. 51, L.D. 145)

Ch. 40 - An Act Relating to the Treatment of Employers and Military Personnel in Connection with "Call to Duty" Activity. (H.P. 141, L.D. 190)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 1, 2005

Ch. 1 - An Act To Establish the Administrative Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2006. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 34, L.D. 31)

Ch. 2 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2006. (S.P. 123, L.D. 375)

Ch. 3 - An Act To Change the Name of T8 SD to Fletchers Landing Township. (S.P. 46, L.D. 140)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 1, 2005

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Place under Option or Right of First Refusal Certain Property along State Street, Augusta, Maine. (H.P. 364, L.D. 489)

Ch. 5 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Estate Located along the New Belgrade Road in Augusta. (H.P. 379, L.D. 504)

Ch. 6 - Resolve, To Recognize April 6, 2005 as the National Day of Hope. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 158, L.D. 532)

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, APRIL 8, 2005

L.D. 1531, H.P. 1076
An Act To End the Use of Wire Neck Snares. (Presented by Representative EDER of Portland)

L.D. 1532, H.P. 1077
An Act To Modify Liability To Protect Maine Citizens from Lead Hazards That Harm Maine Children and Families. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1533, H.P. 1078
An Act To Prevent Algae Blooms in Gulf Island Pond. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1534, H.P. 1079
An Act To Encourage the Production of Biodiesel from Forest Products, Agricultural Products and Waste Vegetable Oil. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 1535, H.P. 1080
An Act Making Improvements to the Laws Regarding Local Land Use Ordinances. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1536, H.P. 1081
An Act To Reduce Property Taxes by Reforming County Government. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1537, H.P. 1082
An Act To Repeal Certain Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 859.)

L.D. 1538, S.P. 533
An Act To Amend the Laws Authorizing the Medical Use of Marijuana. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1539, S.P. 534
An Act Pertaining to Reporting of Prescription Drug Advertising Costs. (Presented by Senator BRENNAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1540, S.P. 535
An Act To Appropriate Funds for the School Breakfast Program. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1541, S.P. 536
An Act Pertaining to Disclosure of Prescription Drug Prices. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1542, H.P. 1083
An Act To Provide Relief to Retailers Who Have Been Issued Bad Checks. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 1543, H.P. 1084
An Act To Facilitate Summer Youth Employment. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1544, H.P. 1085
An Act To Exempt Vehicles Hauling Equipment Used for Timber Harvesting from Certain Restrictions Posted on Roads. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1545, H.P. 1086
An Act To Establish a Cooperative Approach to Health Care Coverage. (Presented by Representative DAIGLE of Arundel)

L.D. 1546, H.P. 1087
An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1547, H.P. 1088
An Act To Ensure Appropriate Development in Lands under the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1548, S.P. 537
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Registration of Engineers. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1549, H.P. 1090
An Act To Require Funeral Establishments To Counsel Next of Kin on Embalming. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1550, H.P. 1091
An Act To Establish the Arsonist Registration Act. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 1551, S.P. 538
An Act To Make Technical Amendments to the Maine Uniform Trust Code. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1552, H.P. 1093
An Act To Make Owners of Cooperative Housing Eligible for the Homestead Exemption. (Presented by Representative CROSBY of Topsham)

L.D. 1553, H.P. 1094
An Act To Impose a Gross Receipts Tax on "Big Box" Stores. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1554, H.P. 1095
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Delivery of Services to Maine Citizens with Brain Injuries. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1555, H.P. 1096
An Act To Improve Quality, Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1556, H.P. 1097
An Act To Promote and Facilitate Programs That Teach Thinking Skills and Problem Solving. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1557, S.P. 541
An Act To Improve the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1558, S.P. 542
An Act Concerning Storm Water Management. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 1559, S.P. 543
An Act To Adopt the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1560, H.P. 1098
An Act To Transfer the Pest Control Compact from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 1561, H.P. 1099
An Act To Create an Insurance Fraud Unit within the Bureau of Insurance. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

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.