weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 23

Monday, June 13, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Ch. 251 - An Act To Sustain Maine Schools and Libraries. (S.P. 439, L.D. 1259)

Ch. 252 - An Act Regarding Possession of Prescription Drugs. (H.P. 463, L.D. 630)

Ch. 253 - An Act To Amend the Maine Health Data Organization Statutes and To Extend the Operation of the Maine Health Data Processing Center. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 942, L.D. 1359)

Ch. 254 - An Act Reducing Oversight Expense for Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants To Benefit Electric Ratepayers. (S.P. 469, L.D. 1342)

Ch. 255 - An Act To Recognize the Federal Salary Level for Overtime When Higher than the State Level. (H.P. 165, L.D. 214)

Ch. 256 - An Act To Permit the Department of Health and Human Services To Charge Fees to Homestead Facility Residents. (H.P. 1049, L.D. 1492)

Ch. 257 - An Act To Protect Public Health by Clarifying the Laws Regarding Smoking in Public Places. (H.P. 799, L.D. 1156)

Ch. 258 - An Act Regarding National Forests. (S.P. 484, L.D. 1395)

Ch. 259 - An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Use of Vaporized Alcohol and Alcohol Vaporizing Devices. (H.P. 798, L.D. 1155)

Ch. 260 - An Act To Protect Maine's Groundfishing Industry. (S.P. 205, L.D. 650)

Ch. 261 - An Act To Protect the Integrity of Maine State Housing Authority Funds. (H.P. 1009, L.D. 1445)

Ch. 262 - An Act Regarding Licensing Boards. (S.P. 505, L.D. 1480) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 263 - An Act Amending the Laws Regarding Persons Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Insanity. (H.P. 1062, L.D. 1517)

Ch. 264 - An Act Regarding Criminal Use of an Electronic Weapon. (H.P. 868, L.D. 1271)

Ch. 265 - An Act To Amend the Sentencing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 521, L.D. 1505) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 266 - An Act To Implement the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services. (H.P. 1155, L.D. 1637) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2005

Ch. 267 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Licensure of Interpreters for the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing. (S.P. 467, L.D. 1340)

Ch. 268 - An Act To Provide Access to Maine's Resources to Certain Veterans. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 204, L.D. 649)

Ch. 269 - An Act To Promote Economic Development in Commercial and Downtown Areas of the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 463, L.D. 1336)

Ch. 270 - An Act To Amend Certain Milk and Milk Products Laws. (H.P. 990, L.D. 1426)

Ch. 271 - An Act To Limit the Political Activity of the Members of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (S.P. 247, L.D. 749)

Ch. 272 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the School Revolving Renovation Fund. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1019, L.D. 1454)

Ch. 273 - An Act To Update the Veteran Services Laws and Establish a Commemorative Program for Veterans. (H.P. 818, L.D. 1189)

Ch. 274 - An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code - Credit Services Organizations. (S.P. 222, L.D. 686)

Ch. 275 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Effect of Foreclosure of a Tax Lien on Time-share Estates. (H.P. 830, L.D. 1212)

Ch. 276 - An Act To Allow Certain Modifications of Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 1109, L.D. 1571)

Ch. 277 - An Act Regarding the Management and Use of Sears Island. (H.P. 202, L.D. 277)

Ch. 278 - An Act To Improve the Surety Bond Requirement for Small Payroll Companies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 466, L.D. 633)

Ch. 279 - An Act To Add an Organizational Name to the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (H.P. 691, L.D. 981)

Ch. 280 - An Act Pertaining to the Use of Muzzle-loading Firearms during Muzzle-loading Deer Season. (H.P. 884, L.D. 1287)

Ch. 281 - An Act To Support Animal Welfare. (H.P. 129, L.D. 178)

Ch. 282 - An Act To Facilitate Reimbursement of Public Utilities Relocation Costs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 400, L.D. 524)

Ch. 283 - An Act Concerning Persons Who Hold Durable Powers of Attorney or Act as Responsible Parties for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 407, L.D. 1179)

Ch. 284 - An Act Concerning Full Faith and Credit for Legal Documents Executed in Other Jurisdictions. (H.P. 1104, L.D. 1566)

Ch. 285 - An Act Concerning the Disclosure of Juror Information. (S.P. 63, L.D. 157)

Ch. 286 - An Act Pertaining to Reporting of Prescription Drug Advertising Costs. (S.P. 534, L.D. 1539)

Ch. 287 - An Act To Require the Fair Application of the Mechanic's Lien Law. (S.P. 178, L.D. 570)

Ch. 288 - An Act To Amend the Maine Criminal Code Regarding Deferred Disposition and Administrative Release. (H.P. 939, L.D. 1356)

Ch. 289 - An Act To Amend Dental Hygienist Licensing Requirements. (H.P. 962, L.D. 1385)

Ch. 290 - An Act To Assist Towns with the Implementation of the Laws Governing Growth Management. (S.P. 551, L.D. 1574)

Ch. 291 - An Act To Simplify the Real Estate Foreclosure Process. (H.P. 344, L.D. 469)

Ch. 292 - An Act To Strengthen the Penalties for Furnishing Alcohol to or Allowing Consumption of Alcohol by Minors. (S.P. 311, L.D. 903)

Ch. 293 - An Act To Protect Use of Municipal Seals. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1380)

Ch. 294 - An Act To Repeal Certain Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1082, L.D. 1537)

Ch. 295 - An Act Regarding the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 573, L.D. 1599)

Ch. 296 - An Act To Establish a Fair System for the Protection of Volunteer Firefighters' Employment. (H.P. 1166, L.D. 1652)

Ch. 297 - An Act Regarding the Unused Pharmaceutical Disposal Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 609, L.D. 1644)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 3, 2005

Ch. 298 - An Act Regarding Divorce and Marital Property. (H.P. 454, L.D. 621)

Ch. 299 - An Act To Allow Emergency Responders To Equip Their Vehicles with 2 Emergency Flashing Lights. (H.P. 182, L.D. 243)

Ch. 300 - An Act Regarding Child Protection Proceedings. (H.P. 618, L.D. 867)

Ch. 301 - An Act To Improve Campaign Financing and Reporting and the Administration of the Maine Clean Election Act. (S.P. 518, L.D. 1500)

Ch. 302 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. (S.P. 424, L.D. 1210)

Ch. 303 - An Act To Implement Emergency Medical Dispatch Services for E-9-1-1 Calls. (H.P. 959, L.D. 1373)

Ch. 304 - An Act To Protect Maine Harness Racing from Illegal Wagering. (S.P. 370, L.D. 1053)

Ch. 305 - An Act To Improve Funding for Telecommunications Relay Services. (H.P. 887, L.D. 1290)

Ch. 306 - An Act To Allow a Landlord To Discover Whether Sewer and Water Bills Have Been Paid. (H.P. 557, L.D. 780)

Ch. 307 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Student Code of Conduct. (H.P. 419, L.D. 564)

Ch. 308 - An Act Relating to Disclosures in Political Advertising. (H.P. 771, L.D. 1118)

Ch. 309 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (H.P. 779, L.D. 1136)

Ch. 310 - An Act To Increase Public Safety through the Enhancement of Law Enforcement for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. (S.P. 230, L.D. 693)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 7, 2005

Ch. 311 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Mechanics Liens. (H.P. 199, L.D. 260)

Ch. 312 - An Act Relating to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 380, L.D. 505)

Ch. 313 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Department of Transportation's Contracting Authority. (H.P. 1173, L.D. 1662)

Ch. 314 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (S.P. 468, L.D. 1341)

Ch. 315 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Registration of Engineers. (S.P. 537, L.D. 1548)

Ch. 316 - An Act To Increase Access to Information Regarding Referendum Questions. (H.P. 621, L.D. 870)

Ch. 317 - An Act To Improve Warranty Practices for Farm Machinery Dealerships. (S.P. 208, L.D. 653)

Ch. 318 - An Act Relating to Animals in Food Stores and Restaurants. (S.P. 163, L.D. 537)

Ch. 319 - An Act Allowing Spirits Tasting Events. (H.P. 886, L.D. 1289)

Ch. 320 - An Act To Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Theft Offenses. (H.P. 973, L.D. 1409)

Ch. 321 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regulating Custom Vehicles. (H.P. 806, L.D. 1163)

Ch. 322 - An Act To Increase Access to Certain Dental Services. (H.P. 1023, L.D. 1461)

Ch. 323 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Family Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 1054, L.D. 1502)

Ch. 324 - An Act To Promote Stability in Labor Relations. (H.P. 776, L.D. 1123)

Ch. 325 - An Act To Require Notification prior to Suspension of a Driver's License for a Nonmotor Vehicle Violation. (H.P. 460, L.D. 627)

Ch. 326 - An Act Regarding the Initiation of Cases of Murder and Class A, B and C Crimes in Superior Court by Complaint. (H.P. 866, L.D. 1248)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 8, 2005

Ch. 327 - An Act To Ensure an Adequate Supply of a Skilled Health Care Workforce. (S.P. 300, L.D. 892)

Ch. 328 - An Act To Amend the Statutes Relating to Juveniles. (S.P. 520, L.D. 1504)

Ch. 329 - An Act To Improve the Management and Safety of State Correctional Facilities. (H.P. 943, L.D. 1360)

Ch. 330 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1124, L.D. 1588)

Ch. 331 - An Act Regarding the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (H.P. 945, L.D. 1362)

Ch. 332 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1024, L.D. 1462)

Ch. 333 - An Act To Amend the Potato Industry Licensing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1110, L.D. 1572)

Ch. 334 - An Act To Improve the Operation of Underground Damage Prevention Procedures. (H.P. 254, L.D. 331)

Ch. 335 - An Act To Transfer Responsibility from the Potato Marketing Improvement Committee to the Maine Potato Board. (S.P. 342, L.D. 1002)

Ch. 336 - An Act To Promote the Use of Public Safety Telecommunications Equipment by the Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Community. (S.P. 595, L.D. 1613)

Ch. 337 - An Act To Require That Directors within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Be Unclassified. (S.P. 270, L.D. 815)

Ch. 338 - An Act To Promote Parity in the Laws Governing Smoking in the Workplace. (S.P. 294, L.D. 886)

Ch. 339 - An Act To Protect Maine Citizens from Lead Hazards that Harm Maine Children and Families. (H.P. 1077, L.D. 1532)

Ch. 340 - An Act To Protect Dogs That Are Left Outside. (H.P. 155, L.D. 204)

Ch. 341 - An Act To Amend the Solid Waste Landfill Laws. (H.P. 430, L.D. 597)

Ch. 342 - An Act To Restore Fair MaineCare Payments to Critical Access Hospitals. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 231, L.D. 694)

Ch. 343 - An Act To Improve Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs. (H.P. 923, L.D. 1324)

Ch. 344 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Manufactured Housing Board. (S.P. 525, L.D. 1509)

Ch. 345 - An Act To Enhance the Prosecution of Child Pornography Cases. (H.P. 403, L.D. 548)

Ch. 346 - An Act To Amend the Maine Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act. (H.P. 652, L.D. 933)

Ch. 347 - An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws. (H.P. 1071, L.D. 1524) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 348 - An Act To Allow Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties an Exemption from the Limitation on County Assessments. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1176, L.D. 1667)

Ch. 349 - An Act To Exempt Internet Services from Auctioneer Licensure. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 618, L.D. 1670)

Ch. 350 - An Act Regarding Energy Codes. (H.P. 1191, L.D. 1685)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Ch. 20 - An Act To Plan for a Pilot Program for Distributing Unopened Medicines and Medical Supplies. (H.P. 105, L.D. 129)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2005

Ch. 21 - An Act To Facilitate Energy Self-sufficiency for Maine's Offshore Islands. (H.P. 1006, L.D. 1442)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Ch. 60 - Resolve, Regarding the Certificate of Need Process. (H.P. 19, L.D. 16)

Ch. 61 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Adopt Rules Regarding Accrual of Cost Savings. (H.P. 56, L.D. 60)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission to Examine Issues Related to the Collection of Certain Fees on Prepaid Wireless Telephone Services. (H.P. 982, L.D. 1418)

Ch. 63 - Resolve, To Ensure Proper Handling by the E-9-1-1 System of Calls Made by Persons Who Are Deaf, Hard-of-hearing or Speech-impaired. (S.P. 594, L.D. 1612)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, Promoting the Consumption of Maine Farm Products at the State House. (H.P. 1017, L.D. 1452)

Ch. 65 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 301: Standard Offer Service, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 969, L.D. 1392)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 127: New Motor Vehicle Emission Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Bureau of Air Quality. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1028, L.D. 1465)

Ch. 67 - Resolve, Directing the State Tax Assessor To Adjust the State Valuation for the Town of Wiscasset. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1120, L.D. 1584)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97 - Private Non-Medical Institution Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1143, L.D. 1620)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1144, L.D. 1621)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2005

Ch. 70 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Design a Pilot Program for Early Voting. (S.P. 401, L.D. 1173)

Ch. 71 - Resolve, To Evaluate the Possibility of a Moose Hunt in Southern Maine. (H.P. 911, L.D. 1313)

Ch. 72 - Resolve, To Establish a System for Verification of Proficiency for Prelingually Deaf Candidates for Teacher Certification. (S.P. 430, L.D. 1251)

Ch. 73 - Resolve, Directing a Review of Comprehensive Planning and Growth Management in Maine. (H.P. 211, L.D. 286)

Ch. 74 - Resolve, To Grant the Town of Alton Automatic Intervenor Status. (H.P. 729, L.D. 1076)

Ch. 75 - Resolve, To Address the Unauthorized Publication of Information Concerning Recreational Trails That Cross Private Property. (H.P. 1066, L.D. 1519)

Ch. 76 - Resolve, To Improve Statewide Business Assistance Services. (H.P. 584, L.D. 825)

Ch. 77 - Resolve, Regarding Clinical Trials of Pharmaceuticals, Treatment Options and Medical Devices. (H.P. 505, L.D. 710)

Ch. 78 - Resolve, Regarding the Town of Cooper. (S.P. 603, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 79 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 180, Subchapter XIII: Continued Provision of Free Appropriate Public Education for Five-Year-Olds Born Between September 1st and October 15th, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (H.P. 1074, L.D. 1529)

Ch. 80 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study the Feasibility of Establishing a Program To Assess Riverine Habitats in Maine. (H.P. 1161, L.D. 1648)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 3, 2005

Ch. 81 - Resolve, To Amend the Rule-making Process for the State's Plumbing Code. (S.P. 373, L.D. 1056)

Ch. 82 - Resolve, To Examine the Nontherapeutic Use of Antibiotics. (S.P. 388, L.D. 1126)

Ch. 83 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Study Initiatives for Local Pharmacies Participating in the MaineCare Program. (H.P. 437, L.D. 604)

Ch. 84 - Resolve, Directing the Air Toxics Advisory Committee To Review the Status of Toxic Emissions from Waste-to-energy Facilities in the State and Recommend Actions Aimed at Reducing and Monitoring These Emissions. (H.P. 972, L.D. 1408)

Ch. 85 - Resolve, To Establish a Responsive, Community-based, Cost-effective and Comprehensive Adult Mental Health System. (H.P. 1060, L.D. 1515)

Ch. 86 - Resolve, Directing the Judicial Compensation Commission to Examine Allowing Judges To Receive Service Credit for Prior Legislative Service. (H.P. 1033, L.D. 1470)

Ch. 87 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 500: Stormwater Management and Chapter 502: Direct Watersheds of Lakes Most at Risk from New Development and Urban Impaired Streams, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 458, L.D. 625)

Ch. 88 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 920: Maine Model Building Energy Code, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1127, L.D. 1591)

Ch. 89 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 11: PBX/Multiline Telephone System (MLTS) Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1174, L.D. 1665)

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 10, 2005

L.D. 1688, S.P. 635
An Act To Establish the Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative Trails. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1689, H.P. 1195
An Act To Ensure Maine's Readiness To Respond to Decisions Relative to the Base Realignment and Closure Process. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker RICHARDSON of Brunswick)

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.