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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 17

Monday, May 2, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Ch. 51 - An Act Authorizing the Public Utilities Commission To Designate a Sole Provider of 2-1-1 Information and Referral Services in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 399, L.D. 523)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ch. 52 - An Act To Amend the Licensing and Certification Requirements Relating to Asbestos Abatement Activities. (S.P. 20, L.D. 40)

Ch. 53 - An Act To Allow the Part-time Assignment of State Police Officers to Municipalities. (H.P. 78, L.D. 102)

Ch. 54 - An Act To Clarify Matters Relating to the Offices of Secretary and Treasurer of the Maine Turnpike Authority. (H.P. 153, L.D. 202)

Ch. 55 - An Act To Clarify the Applicability of the Maine Consumer Credit Code to Affordable Housing Organizations. (S.P. 100, L.D. 338)

Ch. 56 - An Act To Allow the Department of Marine Resources To Preserve and Protect Burnt Island and Burnt Island Living Lighthouse and To Regulate Their Use. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 428, L.D. 595)

Ch. 57 - An Act To Allow the Department of Conservation To Create Dedicated Accounts for Sales of Merchandise and Acceptance of Donations. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 318, L.D. 433)

Ch. 58 - An Act To Save the Health Care System Money by Ensuring Timely Denials of Claims. (H.P. 433, L.D. 600)

Ch. 59 - An Act To Clarify City Election Procedures. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 363, L.D. 488)

Ch. 60 - An Act To Provide the Same Exemption from Jury Duty to Veterinarians as Granted to Medical Doctors. (H.P. 398, L.D. 522)

Ch. 61 - An Act To Amend the Maine Motor Vehicle Franchise Board Laws. (H.P. 293, L.D. 391)

Ch. 62 - An Act To Cure an Inconsistency Regarding Judgment Liens. (H.P. 366, L.D. 491)

Ch. 63 - An Act To Amend the Crime of Escape. (H.P. 694, L.D. 984)

Ch. 64 - An Act To Amend Appellate Review Jurisdiction of the Superior Court. (H.P. 695, L.D. 985)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ch. 4 - An Act To Provide the Portland Harbor Commission with the Authority To Arrest. (H.P. 264, L.D. 351)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 15, 2005

Ch. 8 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Increase Turkey Hunting Opportunities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 498, L.D. 1456)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ch. 9 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Report on Certain MaineCare Practices. (S.P. 82, L.D. 229)

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 29, 2005

L.D. 1576, S.P. 554
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Relating to the Assignment of Security Interests. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1577, S.P. 555
An Act To Modify the Calculation and Implementation Date of Savings Offset Payments under the Dirigo Health Act. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1578, S.P. 560
An Act To Ensure Certain Protections to Communities Hosting Waste-to-energy Facilities. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1579, S.P. 561
An Act To Extend the Ban on Assault Weapons. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1580, H.P. 1116
An Act To Enhance Maine's Medical Errors Reporting System. (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 1581, H.P. 1117
Resolve, To Ensure Effective Implementation of Alewife Restoration on the Sebasticook River Watershed. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 1582, H.P. 1118
An Act To Protect Maine Citizens from Medical Negligence. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1583, H.P. 1119
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Strengthen Guardrails on Old County Road in Rockland and Thomaston. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 1584, H.P. 1120
Resolve, Directing the State Tax Assessor To Adjust the State Valuation for the Town of Wiscasset. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 1585, H.P. 1121
An Act To Provide a Temporary Sales Tax Exemption for Prescription Drugs for Animals. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1586, H.P. 1122
An Act To Encourage the Use of Solar Energy. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BRAUTIGAM of Falmouth)

L.D. 1587, H.P. 1123
An Act To Modernize Maine's Tax Code. (Presented by Representative DUDLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1588, H.P. 1124
An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1589, H.P. 1125
An Act To Improve Child Support Services. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1590, H.P. 1126
An Act To Allow the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission To Assess a Processing Fee for Certain Projects. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 925.)

L.D. 1591, H.P. 1127
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 920: Maine Model Building Energy Code, 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. 1592, H.P. 1128
An Act Regarding Disposal of Dredged Materials. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 721.)

L.D. 1593, H.P. 1129
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 750: Standardized Health Plans, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1594, H.P. 1130
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption to Recent College Graduates Who Work in Maine To Help Them Pay College Loans. (Presented by Representative STEDMAN of Hartland)

L.D. 1595, H.P. 1131
An Act To Rebalance Maine's Tax Code. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1596, S.P. 570
An Act Limiting Clean Election Candidates' Campaign Soliciting. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1597, S.P. 571
An Act To Compensate the Gambling Control Board. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1598, S.P. 572
An Act To Prevent Campaigning at Polling Places. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1599, S.P. 573
An Act Regarding the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1600, S.P. 574
Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Evaluate Criteria for Siting Agency Liquor Stores. (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1601, S.P. 575
An Act To Prevent the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in Maine. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1602, S.P. 583
An Act Regarding Voter Registration Cards. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1603, S.P. 584
An Act To Establish Harbor Master Standards and Training Requirements. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1604, S.P. 585
An Act To Restructure the Unfunded Liability of the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1605, S.P. 586
An Act To Reform the Income Tax for Middle-income and Lower-income Families. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1606, H.P. 1133
An Act To Sunset Income Tax Checkoffs. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1607, H.P. 1134
An Act To Provide Incentives for Maine Film Production. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1608, S.P. 590
Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Study Methods To Improve Ballot Access. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GAGNON of Kennebec)

L.D. 1609, S.P. 591
An Act To Establish the Uniform Partnership Act. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1610, H.P. 1137
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 306: Uniform Information Disclosure and Informational Filing Requirements, 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.)

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.