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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 21

Monday, May 30, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 20, 2005

Ch. 136 - An Act To Establish Moxie as Maine's Official Soft Drink. (S.P. 27, L.D. 85)

Ch. 137 - An Act To Ensure Continued Federal Funding of the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 290, L.D. 388)

Ch. 138 - An Act To Exempt Agricultural Guard Dogs and Herding Dogs from the Barking Dog Ordinances. (H.P. 907, L.D. 1309)

Ch. 139 - An Act To Clarify the Liquor Enforcement Laws. (H.P. 453, L.D. 620)

Ch. 140 - An Act To Authorize Certain Campers To Self-administer Emergency Medication. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 48, L.D. 52)

Ch. 141 - An Act To Prohibit Passing in Designated No-passing Zones. (H.P. 735, L.D. 1082)

Ch. 142 - An Act To Provide For Special Antlerless Deer Permits to Certain Disabled Hunters. (H.P. 536, L.D. 759)

Ch. 143 - An Act To Give 2 Moose Hunting Permits to Hunt of a Lifetime. (H.P. 623, L.D. 873)

Ch. 144 - An Act To Review Climate Change Policy Effectiveness. (H.P. 68, L.D. 72)

Ch. 145 - An Act To Make an Exception to the Law Regarding Licensing of Fair Vendors Selling Tobacco Products. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 660, L.D. 941)

Ch. 146 - An Act To Amend Certain Animal Health Laws. (H.P. 759, L.D. 1106)

Ch. 147 - An Act To Transfer the Pest Control Compact from the Department of Conservation to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (H.P. 1098, L.D. 1560)

Ch. 148 - An Act To Amend the Law on Mercury-added Products. (H.P. 136, L.D. 185)

Ch. 149 - An Act To Authorize the Maine State Retirement System To Provide Names and Addresses to Public Retiree Organizations. (H.P. 160, L.D. 209)

Ch. 150 - An Act To Establish the Agricultural Water Management and Irrigation Fund. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 671, L.D. 961)

Ch. 151 - An Act To Amend the Education Laws Regarding Equivalent Instruction and Adult Education. (S.P. 295, L.D. 887)

Ch. 152 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Certification of Educational Personnel. (H.P. 1010, L.D. 1446)

Ch. 153 - An Act To Establish a Uniform Private Facilities Tuition Rate Establishment Procedure. (H.P. 828, L.D. 1200)

Ch. 154 - An Act Deleting Gender-specific and Archaic Language from Certain Laws Concerning the Office of the Attorney General. (H.P. 517, L.D. 722)

Ch. 155 - An Act To Reauthorize the Petroleum Market Share Act. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 194, L.D. 585)

Ch. 156 - An Act To Prohibit Unfair Charges in Mobile Home Parks. (H.P. 938, L.D. 1355)

Ch. 157 - An Act To Ensure Financial Solvency in Maine's Air and Wastewater Licensing Programs. (H.P. 218, L.D. 293)

Ch. 158 - An Act To Update the Laws Governing Borrow Pits and Quarries. (S.P. 522, L.D. 1506)

Ch. 159 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Water Quality Standards for Ragged and Seboomook Lakes. (S.P. 515, L.D. 1497)

Ch. 160 - An Act To Reestablish the Ban on Dragging in the Taunton River Area. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 185, L.D. 576)

Ch. 161 - An Act To Restrict Undocumented Mortgage Agreements. (S.P. 65, L.D. 159)

Ch. 162 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Medical Licensure Laws. (H.P. 301, L.D. 398)

Ch. 163 - An Act To Amend and Update Laws Regulating the Practice of Nursing. (H.P. 843, L.D. 1225)

Ch. 164 - An Act To Register Nonbank Loan Officers. (H.P. 900, L.D. 1303)

Ch. 165 - An Act To Establish a Program for the Purchase of Prescription Drugs from out of the Country for the Elderly and Disabled. (H.P. 369, L.D. 494)

Ch. 166 - An Act To Allow Applicants for Limited Radiographer Licenses To Take Qualifying Views. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 880, L.D. 1283)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Allow Firefighters and Emergency Service Personnel To Direct Traffic. (S.P. 464, L.D. 1337)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Amend the Eligibility Requirements for the Maine Biomedical Research Program. (S.P. 103, L.D. 341)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Limit Property Tax Abatement for Reasons of Poverty or Infirmity to Applicants' Residential Property. (H.P. 271, L.D. 358)

Ch. 170 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Commercial Vehicle Length Limits. (S.P. 12, L.D. 13)

Ch. 171 - An Act To Adopt Recommendations of the Soft-shell Clam Advisory Council. (S.P. 412, L.D. 1184)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Provide for Independent Testing of Unpasteurized Milk Products. (S.P. 209, L.D. 654)

Ch. 173 - An Act To Modify the Transition Provision for Renewal of Social Worker Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 350, L.D. 1010)

Ch. 174 - An Act To Enhance Driver Education and Safety. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 410, L.D. 555)

Ch. 175 - An Act To Prohibit Firearms in a Courthouse. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 117, L.D. 166)

Ch. 176 - An Act To Make Changes to the Laws Governing the Maine Potato Board. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 378, L.D. 503)

Ch. 177 - An Act To Allow Certain Unregistered All-terrain Vehicles To Participate in Special Events in the State. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 316, L.D. 431)

Ch. 178 - An Act To Strengthen Certain Student Support Services within the Maine Community College System. (H.P. 715, L.D. 1030)

Ch. 179 - An Act To Extend the Number of Days Nonprofit Organizations Are Allowed To Operate Games of Chance. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 173, L.D. 547)

Ch. 180 - An Act To Recognize and Protect the Native Eastern Brook Trout as Maine's Heritage Fish. (S.P. 395, L.D. 1131)

Ch. 181 - An Act To Set Emission Limits for Certain Architectural Coatings. (H.P. 753, L.D. 1100)

Ch. 182 - An Act Concerning Invasive Species and Water Quality Standards. (H.P. 901, L.D. 1304)

Ch. 183 - An Act To Allow Optional Auxiliary Lighting on Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 730, L.D. 1077)

Ch. 184 - An Act To Make Technical Amendments to the Maine Uniform Trust Code. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 538, L.D. 1551)

Ch. 185 - An Act To Modernize the Innkeeping Statutes. (S.P. 313, L.D. 905)

Ch. 186 - An Act To Create the ATV Trail Advisory Council. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 897, L.D. 1300)

Ch. 187 - An Act To Clarify the Municipal Responsibility To Provide Assessing Information to Property Owners. (H.P. 862, L.D. 1244)

Ch. 188 - An Act To Improve Landowners' Access to Their Land. (S.P. 355, L.D. 1038)

Ch. 189 - An Act To Clarify the Law Relating to Motor Vehicle Repair Posters. (H.P. 590, L.D. 831)

Ch. 190 - An Act To Improve Cooperative Energy Purchasing for Schools, Towns and Nonprofits. (S.P. 473, L.D. 1375)

Ch. 191 - An Act To Extend the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 447, L.D. 1267)

Ch. 192 - An Act To Streamline Sewer District Borrowing and Amend Laws Governing Water District Borrowing To Ensure Consistency. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 615, L.D. 864)

Ch. 193 - An Act To Expand the Items That May Be Sold by Malt Liquor and Wine Licensees. (H.P. 728, L.D. 1075)

Ch. 194 - An Act To Require Legislative Review of Rules Governing Private Schools. (H.P. 521, L.D. 726)

Ch. 195 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Changeable Signs. (H.P. 373, L.D. 498)

Ch. 196 - An Act To Ensure Participation by Voters with Disabilities in the Electoral Process. (H.P. 456, L.D. 623)

Ch. 197 - An Act To Limit Faxes from Telemarketers. (H.P. 667, L.D. 957)

Ch. 198 - An Act To Allow Dental Hygienists To Perform Temporary Filling Procedures. (H.P. 481, L.D. 661)

Ch. 199 - An Act To Prevent Camcorder Piracy. (H.P. 593, L.D. 834)

Ch. 200 - An Act To Amend the Statewide Building Code. (H.P. 347, L.D. 472)

Ch. 201 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Community Preservation Advisory Committee. (S.P. 184, L.D. 575)

Ch. 202 - An Act To Expand the Authority of Maine's Lobster Management Policy Councils. (S.P. 303, L.D. 895)

Ch. 203 - An Act To Regulate the Use of Alternative Bait in Marine Fisheries. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 153, L.D. 527)

Ch. 204 - An Act To Promote Responsible Advertising by Public Utilities. (H.P. 826, L.D. 1198)

Ch. 205 - An Act To Improve Access to Public Lands. (S.P. 49, L.D. 143)

Ch. 206 - An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code. (H.P. 980, L.D. 1416) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 207 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Maine Criminal Code. (H.P. 693, L.D. 983)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Ch. 208 - An Act Guaranteeing Freedom of Choice Regarding the Disposition of One's Own Organs. (H.P. 83, L.D. 107)

Ch. 209 - An Act To Permit the Establishment of Regional Water Councils. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 805, L.D. 1162)

Ch. 210 - An Act To Require a Surcharge on Probate Documents. (S.P. 472, L.D. 1374)

Ch. 211 - An Act To Require Additional Disclosure Regarding Private Mortgage Insurance. (H.P. 883, L.D. 1286)

Ch. 212 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Regulation of Oil Storage Facilities. (H.P. 1029, L.D. 1466)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 20, 2005

Ch. 12 - An Act Regarding Speech-language Pathology Aides. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 874, L.D. 1277)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Revise the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 692, L.D. 982)

Ch. 14 - An Act To Create the Fryeburg Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 766, L.D. 1113)

Ch. 15 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Farmington Village Corporation. (S.P. 418, L.D. 1204)

Ch. 16 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Portland Public Library. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 187, L.D. 578)

Ch. 17 - An Act To Establish the Maximum Height of a Dam on Phillips Lake. (S.P. 257, L.D. 790)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 20, 2005

Ch. 26 - Resolve, To Improve Access to Emergency Services in State Parks, Historic Sites and the Maine Wildlife Park. (H.P. 323, L.D. 438)

Ch. 27 - Resolve, To Review Rules for Organ and Tissue Donation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 51, L.D. 55)

Ch. 28 - Resolve, To Support Long-term Forest Management and Sound Silviculture. (H.P. 111, L.D. 133)

Ch. 29 - Resolve, Regarding Source Water Protection. (S.P. 445, L.D. 1265)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, Directing the Intergovernmental Advisory Group to Review Unfunded Mandates. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 955, L.D. 1369)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Adopt Rules Regarding the Licensing of New Opioid Treatment Programs. (H.P. 24, L.D. 21)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Regarding the Conveyance of a Right-of-way across the Elizabeth Levinson Center in Bangor. (S.P. 500, L.D. 1458)

Ch. 33 - Resolve, To Develop a Partnership To Prevent, Identify and Treat Eating Disorders. (H.P. 178, L.D. 239)

Ch. 34 - Resolve, To Study Initiatives To Increase Access to Dental Services for Children in the MaineCare Program. (H.P. 10, L.D. 5)

Ch. 35 - Resolve, Regarding the Recycling Assistance Fee. (H.P. 402, L.D. 526)

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 11: Registration, Collection and Dissemination of Prescription Data Relating to Schedule II, III and IV Drugs, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 14, L.D. 9)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, To Increase Wetland Protection. (H.P. 803, L.D. 1160)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, To Study the Insured Value Factor in School Tuition. (S.P. 329, L.D. 989)

Ch. 39 - Resolve, Directing the Board of Dental Examiners To Establish by Rule Protocols To Allow Dental Hygienists Practicing under Public Health Supervision Status To Administer Fluoride or Other Antimicrobials. (H.P. 407, L.D. 552)

Ch. 40 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Batterer Intervention Program Certification, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 968, L.D. 1391)

Ch. 41 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Educational Personnel, Part I and Part II, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1075, L.D. 1530)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Ch. 42 - Resolve, To Establish the Wabanaki Trail. (H.P. 775, L.D. 1122)

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 27, 2005

L.D. 1680, S.P. 625
An Act to Improve Dirigo Health. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1681, H.P. 1188
Resolve, Extending the Authority of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Convey the Former Maine State Prison Property in Thomaston and the Kennebec Arsenal Property in Augusta for an Additional Five Years. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 1682, S.P. 627
An Act To Support Sibling Rights in Child Welfare Custody Matters. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 1683, S.P. 628
An Act To Clarify Entities Eligible for Funding by the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1684, H.P. 1189
An Act Regarding Transition Provisions for the Sharing of Costs in Certain School Districts. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Public Law 2005, chapter 2, Part D, section 68.)

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.