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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 22

Monday, June 6, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ch. 213 - An Act To Require That Mental Health Workers with Family Therapist Licenses Be Recognized as Licensed Professionals for Purposes of Insurance Reimbursement. (H.P. 31, L.D. 28)

Ch. 214 - An Act To Require That Licensed Pastoral Counselors Be Recognized as Licensed Professionals for Purposes of Insurance Reimbursement. (H.P. 30, L.D. 27)

Ch. 215 - An Act To Monitor the Distribution of Land Acquisitions. (H.P. 701, L.D. 1017)

Ch. 216 - An Act To Improve the Role of Boards of Visitors for State Correctional Facilities. (S.P. 141, L.D. 417)

Ch. 217 - An Act To Exempt Maine Agricultural Fairs from the Requirements of the Site Location of Development Laws. (S.P. 203, L.D. 648)

Ch. 218 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1087, L.D. 1546)

Ch. 219 - An Act Concerning Storm Water Management. (S.P. 542, L.D. 1558)

Ch. 220 - An Act To Amend the Dates Associated with the State's Recycling and Waste Reduction Goals and To Amend the Law Regarding Contracts for the Provision of Solid Waste Hauling Services. (S.P. 130, L.D. 406)

Ch. 221 - An Act To Clarify Reporting Responsibilities to Licensing Boards. (S.P. 234, L.D. 697)

Ch. 222 - An Act To Improve Communication, Cooperation and Efficiencies in State Government. (H.P. 97, L.D. 121)

Ch. 223 - An Act To Discourage Further the Sale of Tobacco to Minors. (S.P. 293, L.D. 885)

Ch. 224 - An Act To Authorize Exemptions for Montessori Schools from Certain Requirements. (S.P. 354, L.D. 1037)

Ch. 225 - An Act To Allow Municipalities To Acquire Title to Abandoned Cemeteries. (H.P. 714, L.D. 1029)

Ch. 226 - An Act To Promote the Uniform Implementation of the Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas. (H.P. 139, L.D. 188)

Ch. 227 - An Act To Postpone the Repeal Date on Nonhospital Expenditures in the Capital Investment Fund. (S.P. 240, L.D. 742)

Ch. 228 - An Act To Conform the Remedies under the Maine Family Medical Leave Requirements with Those Available under Federal Law. (H.P. 977, L.D. 1413)

Ch. 229 - An Act To Designate the Department of Health and Human Services as the Official State Agency Responsible for Programs for Persons Affected by Brain Injury. (S.P. 239, L.D. 741)

Ch. 230 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding State Milk Payments. (H.P. 723, L.D. 1070)

Ch. 231 - An Act To Monitor and Maintain Maximum Levels of Assistance in the General Assistance Program. (S.P. 114, L.D. 367)

Ch. 232 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Department of Labor's Construction Industry Wage and Hour Survey. (S.P. 318, L.D. 943)

Ch. 233 - An Act Regarding Shellfish Harvesting. (S.P. 429, L.D. 1250)

Ch. 234 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Relating to the Assignment of Security Interests. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 554, L.D. 1576)

Ch. 235 - An Act To Update the Membership of Certain Professional Licensing Boards. (H.P. 1034, L.D. 1471) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 26, 2005

Ch. 236 - An Act To Rename the Bangor Mental Health Institute the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center and To Establish the Dorothea Dix Award. (H.P. 416, L.D. 561)

Ch. 237 - An Act To Amend Laws Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Baitfish. (H.P. 518, L.D. 723)

Ch. 238 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 299, L.D. 396)

Ch. 239 - An Act To Amend the Lobster Fishing Laws of Maine. (S.P. 526, L.D. 1510)

Ch. 240 - An Act To Assist Municipal Implementation and Enforcement of Storm Water Management Programs. (H.P. 441, L.D. 608)

Ch. 241 - An Act To Reduce Costs Caused by New Procedure Changes for Health Care Providers. (H.P. 355, L.D. 480)

Ch. 242 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reimbursement of Nursing Facilities and Nursing Home Admission Contracts. (S.P. 509, L.D. 1483)

Ch. 243 - An Act Regarding Identity Theft Deterrence. (S.P. 190, L.D. 581)

Ch. 244 - An Act To Restore Municipal Authority To Review Development Using Flexible Standards. (S.P. 331, L.D. 991)

Ch. 245 - An Act Regarding New Motor Vehicle Emission Standards. (H.P. 448, L.D. 615)

Ch. 246 - An Act To Increase County Filing Fees. (H.P. 745, L.D. 1092)

Ch. 247 - An Act To Require That Hazardous Waste Be Removed from Junked Vehicles. (S.P. 229, L.D. 692)

Ch. 248 - An Act Establishing a Role for the Public Advocate in Promoting Railroad Service Quality. (H.P. 169, L.D. 230)

Ch. 249 - An Act To Require the Disclosure of Certain Financial Information from Hospitals and Their Affiliates. (H.P. 520, L.D. 725)

Ch. 250 - An Act Regarding the Collection, Use, Verification and Storage of Social Security Numbers. (H.P. 540, L.D. 763)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 26, 2005

Ch. 18 - An Act To Authorize the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Develop a Model for Registration of Home Building and Improvement Contractors. (H.P. 903, L.D. 1306)

Ch. 19 - An Act Directing the State Planning Office To Study Municipal Capabilities To Become Providers of Internet Services. (S.P. 392, L.D. 1128)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Ch. 43 - Resolve, Regarding Nonnative Invasive Marine Species. (H.P. 487, L.D. 667)

Ch. 44 - Resolve, To Examine Smoking Cessation Programs for Maine's Youth. (H.P. 546, L.D. 769)

Ch. 45 - Resolve, To Alleviate the Negative Impact of Certain Taxes on Hospitals and Private Nonmedical Institutions. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 278, L.D. 839)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Regarding Responsible Management of Point-of-sale Marketing Materials for Tobacco Products. (H.P. 408, L.D. 553)

Ch. 47 - Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of Establishing an Insurance Fraud Unit within the Bureau of Insurance. (H.P. 1099, L.D. 1561)

Ch. 48 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Strengthen Guardrails on Old County Road in Rockland and Thomaston. (H.P. 1119, L.D. 1583)

Ch. 49 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 100: Enforcement Procedures, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 966, L.D. 1389)

Ch. 50 - Resolve, Preventing the Upstream Migration of Exotic Species past the Fish River Falls and into the Fish River Watershed. (S.P. 502, L.D. 1477)

Ch. 51 - 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) (H.P. 1129, L.D. 1593)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 26, 2005

Ch. 52 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Rules Regarding Licensing of Intermediate Care Facilities for Mental Retardation. (H.P. 284, L.D. 382)

Ch. 53 - Resolve, Directing the Workers' Compensation Board To Consider Adoption of the "Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment," 5th Edition, in Assessing Workers' Compensation Injuries. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 456, L.D. 1329)

Ch. 54 - Resolve, Regarding the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. (S.P. 212, L.D. 676)

Ch. 55 - Resolve, To Improve Procedures for Assessing the Mental Health Services Needs of Older Individuals. (S.P. 171, L.D. 545)

Ch. 56 - Resolve, Regarding Teacher Certification Requirements. (H.P. 1008, L.D. 1444)

Ch. 57 - 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) (H.P. 1137, L.D. 1610)

Ch. 58 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 2: Aquaculture Lease Regulations - Lighting Standards and Noise and Visual Impact Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Marine Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1142, L.D. 1619)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, Authorizing the President of the Maine Community College System To Sell 1.37 Acres of Real Property Owned by Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. (H.P. 1185, L.D. 1676) (Governor's Bill)

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, JUNE 3, 2005

L.D. 1685, H.P. 1191
An Act Regarding Energy Codes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 3327, subsection 4.)

L.D. 1686, H.P. 1192
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Political Caucuses, Conventions and Committees. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1687, S.P. 632
An Act To Develop a New Judicial Facility in Bangor. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

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.