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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 19

Monday, May 16, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 5, 2005

Ch. 67 - An Act Concerning Payment of Health Insurance Premiums for Surviving Spouses of Maine State Retirement System Members. (H.P. 362, L.D. 487)

Ch. 68 - An Act To Expand the Home-release Monitoring Program for a Person with a Terminal Illness. (H.P. 261, L.D. 348)

Ch. 69 - An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Unlawful Interference with Law Enforcement Dogs. (H.P. 49, L.D. 53)

Ch. 70 - An Act To Align Maine Special Education Complaint Management Provisions with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (S.P. 124, L.D. 400)

Ch. 71 - An Act To Promote Access to Transportation for Seniors. (S.P. 16, L.D. 36)

Ch. 72 - An Act to Prohibit Payment Card Skimming. (S.P. 23, L.D. 83)

Ch. 73 - An Act To Create a Civil Violation for Operating a Snowmobile Left of Center. (H.P. 687, L.D. 977)

Ch. 74 - An Act To Authorize the Exchange of a Designated Hunting Season for Another Hunting Season for the Same Game Species. (H.P. 445, L.D. 612)

Ch. 75 - An Act To Provide Free Antlerless Deer Permits to Persons 100 Years of Age or Older. (S.P. 207, L.D. 652)

Ch. 76 - An Act To Increase the Limit on the Right To Rejoin the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 391, L.D. 515)

Ch. 77 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of Podiatrists To Use Assistants. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 248, L.D. 750)

Ch. 78 - An Act To Strengthen Tenants' Rights When There Is a Failure To Correct a Dangerous Condition. (H.P. 444, L.D. 611)

Ch. 79 - An Act To Update Certain Provisions Pertaining to County Government. (H.P. 179, L.D. 240)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ch. 80 - An Act To Allow Retired Firefighters To Retain Their Firefighter License Plates. (H.P. 273, L.D. 360)

Ch. 81 - An Act To Ban Remote-control Hunting. (H.P. 46, L.D. 50)

Ch. 82 - An Act To Make Changes to the Banking Laws. (S.P. 196, L.D. 587)

Ch. 83 - An Act To Enhance the Supervisory Powers of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Financial Institutions. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 324, L.D. 949)

Ch. 84 - An Act To Include Androscoggin County in the Law Governing the Use of County Surplus Funds. (S.P. 101, L.D. 339)

Ch. 85 - An Act To Exempt Certain Religious, Nonpublic, Postsecondary Institutions from State Requirements for Degree-granting Authority. (H.P. 309, L.D. 424)

Ch. 86 - An Act To Raise the Marriage Fees. (H.P. 281, L.D. 379)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ch. 87 - An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 181, L.D. 242)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ch. 5 - An Act To Provide for the 2005 and 2006 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 508, L.D. 1482) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 5, 2005

Ch. 10 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 148, L.D. 450)

Ch. 11 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 40: Medication Administration in Maine Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 16, L.D. 11)

Ch. 12 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Rules Relating to Severance Pay, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards. (H.P. 12, L.D. 7)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Ch. 13 - Resolve, To Rename Chick Road in Lebanon and Sanford after the Late State Representative Howard Chick. (H.P. 41, L.D. 45)

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, MAY 13, 2005

L.D. 1662, H.P. 1173
An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Department of Transportation's Contracting Authority. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 1663, S.P. 617
An Act To Establish the Maine Higher Education Employer Initiative. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1664, S.P. 616
An Act To Limit Mercury Emissions from Crematoria. (Presented by Senator COWGER of Kennebec)

L.D. 1665, H.P. 1174
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 11: PBX/Multiline Telephone System (MLTS) 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.)

L.D. 1666, H.P. 1175
An Act To Allow Counties a One-year Exemption For Jail Costs from the Limitation on County Assessments. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 1113.)

L.D. 1667, H.P. 1176
An Act To Allow Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties an Exemption from the Limitation on County Assessments. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 1135.)

L.D. 1668, H.P. 1177
An Act To Establish a Cost-sharing Formula for the Five Town Community School District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 1669, H.P. 1178
Resolve, To Authorize Certain Host Community Benefits Relative to a Landfill in the City of Old Town Owned by the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

L.D. 1670, S.P. 618
An Act To Exempt Internet Sales from the Definition of "Auction". (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1671, H.P. 1180
An Act To Protect Maine Citizens from Identity Theft. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1672, H.P. 1181
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 1: Procedures; Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Practices; and Campaign Reporting Forms for Candidates, Major Substantive Rules of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices 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.