weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 26

Monday, July 11, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

Adjourned June 18, 2005

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Ch. 413 - An Act To Provide Relief from the Cost of Rescue Services to Certain Communities. (H.P. 412, L.D. 557)

Ch. 414 - An Act Regarding the Budget Process for the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (H.P. 1056, L.D. 1511)

Ch. 415 - An Act To Protect Children Using Maine's Athletic Fields and Parks from Drug Dealers. (H.P. 490, L.D. 670)

Ch. 416 - An Act To Encourage Long-term Holding of Maine Timberland and Sustainable Forest Management. (H.P. 902, L.D. 1305)

Ch. 417 - An Act To Increase Faculty in Maine Nursing Education Programs. (H.P. 1051, L.D. 1494)

Ch. 418 - An Act To Transfer Funds to the Maine Milk Pool from the General Fund To Fund Dairy Stabilization Programs. (H.P. 1200, L.D. 1692)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Ch. 419 - An Act To Allow the Use of Crossbows for Hunting. (H.P. 63, L.D. 67)

Ch. 420 - An Act To Recognize the Recipients of the Korea Defense Service Medal. (H.P. 791, L.D. 1148)

Ch. 421 - An Act Allowing Certain Commercial Vehicles at Canadian Weight Limits To Travel from the Canadian Border at Calais to Baileyville. (H.P. 257, L.D. 334)

Ch. 422 - An Act To Strengthen the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1473)

Ch. 423 - An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (H.P. 997, L.D. 1433)

Ch. 424 - An Act To Amend the Law on Junkyards, Automobile Graveyards and Automobile Recycling Businesses. (S.P. 448, L.D. 1268)

Ch. 425 - An Act To Amend the Economic Development Statutes. (H.P. 1055, L.D. 1503)

Ch. 426 - An Act To Amend the Axle Weight Laws. (H.P. 477, L.D. 657)

Ch. 427 - An Act To Recruit and Retain College Graduates through Loan Repayment. (H.P. 302, L.D. 399)

Ch. 428 - An Act To Amend the Electronic Insurance Cancellation Notification Law. (H.P. 467, L.D. 634)

Ch. 429 - An Act To Prohibit and Provide Penalties for the Issuance, Manufacture and Use of False Academic Degrees or Certificates. (H.P. 915, L.D. 1317)

Ch. 430 - An Act To Prevent the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in Maine. (S.P. 575, L.D. 1601)

Ch. 431 - An Act To Protect Incompetent Dependents. (H.P. 795, L.D. 1152)

Ch. 432 - An Act To Allow Administrative Penalties Imposed by the Public Utilities Commission To Be Applied To Benefit Customers. (S.P. 36, L.D. 94)

Ch. 433 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1026, L.D. 1463)

Ch. 434 - An Act To Amend Maine's Shellfish Laws To Maintain Compliance with Federal Law and Protect Maine's Shellfish Industry. (H.P. 1013, L.D. 1449)

Ch. 435 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Public Health That Concern Schools, Children and Nutrition. (S.P. 263, L.D. 796)

Ch. 436 - An Act To Improve the Process for Reporting Accidents Involving Recreational Vehicles. (H.P. 838, L.D. 1220)

Ch. 437 - An Act To Require Alcohol Retailers To Post Signs Regarding the Laws Governing Alcohol. (H.P. 738, L.D. 1085)

Ch. 438 - An Act To Make the 3rd Violation of OUI a Class C Crime. (S.P. 149, L.D. 462)

Ch. 439 - An Act To Establish the Disaster Relief Fund. (S.P. 387, L.D. 1125)

Ch. 440 - An Act To Provide for Variance Notification in the Shoreland Zoning Law. (H.P. 804, L.D. 1161)

Ch. 441 - An Act To Enhance Highway Safety. (H.P. 171, L.D. 232)

Ch. 442 - An Act To Make Illegal Possession of Certain Narcotic Drugs a Class C Crime. (H.P. 577, L.D. 812)

Ch. 443 - An Act To Refine and Study Substance Abuse Testing Procedures and Treatment. (H.P. 944, L.D. 1361)

Ch. 444 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Patronizing Prostitution of a Minor. (H.P. 163, L.D. 212)

Ch. 445 - An Act To Provide Uniform Voter Verification and Recount Requirements for Voting Machines. (H.P. 711, L.D. 1026)

Ch. 446 - An Act To Simplify Implementation of the Maine Learning Results. (H.P. 988, L.D. 1424)

Ch. 447 - An Act To Improve Sentencing for Serious Offenders. (H.P. 680, L.D. 970)

Ch. 448 - An Act To Amend the Maine Tort Claims Act. (H.P. 655, L.D. 936)

Ch. 449 - An Act Regarding Bail Conditions. (H.P. 270, L.D. 357)

Ch. 450 - An Act To Amend the Crimes of Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching. (H.P. 867, L.D. 1249)

Ch. 451 - An Act To Improve the Economic Development of the Indian Tribes. (H.P. 870, L.D. 1273)

Ch. 452 - An Act To Clarify and Harmonize State Policy on Groundwater Management. (H.P. 1158, L.D. 1643) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 453 - An Act Regarding Implementation of the Central Voter Registration System. (S.P. 583, L.D. 1602)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 24, 2005

Ch. 454 - An Act To Amend the Sunset on Part-time Unemployment Insurance Benefits. (H.P. 233, L.D. 309)

Ch. 455 - An Act To Care for Families. (S.P. 361, L.D. 1044)

Ch. 456 - An Act To Establish the Maine-New Hampshire Cooperative Trails. (S.P. 635, L.D. 1688) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 457 - An Act To Eliminate Pension Cost Reduction Bonding and Provide Replacement Budgeting Measures. (H.P. 1199, L.D. 1691)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ch. 458 - An Act To Contain Costs, Reduce Paperwork and Streamline the Regulatory Process for Maine's Small Businesses. (S.P. 443, L.D. 1263)

Ch. 459 - An Act To Encourage the Use of Solar Energy. (H.P. 1122, L.D. 1586) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 460 - An Act To Develop a New Judicial Facility in Bangor. (S.P. 632, L.D. 1687)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 30, 2005

Ch. 461 - An Act To Require Proof of Equipment Ownership for Employers Using Foreign Laborers. (H.P. 525, L.D. 730)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Ch. 26 - An Act Regarding Access to Prescription Drugs and Reimportation. (S.P. 406, L.D. 1178)

Ch. 27 - An Act To Ensure Maine's Readiness To Respond to Decisions Relative to the Base Realignment and Closure Process. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1195, L.D. 1689)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Ch. 28 - An Act To Create a Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Maine. (S.P. 530, L.D. 1528)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Ch. 117 - Resolve, To Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of MaineCare. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 594, L.D. 835)

Ch. 118 - Resolve, To Create the Committee To Study State Compliance with the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 139, L.D. 415)

Ch. 119 - Resolve, To Reestablish the Health Care System and Health Security Board. (H.P. 35, L.D. 32)

Ch. 120 - Resolve, To Review and Recodify Laws Pertaining to Violence in Our Schools. (H.P. 709, L.D. 1024)

Ch. 121 - Resolve, Establishing The Task Force To Study Cervical Cancer Prevention, Detection and Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 899, L.D. 1302)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 23, 2005

Ch. 122 - Resolve, To Increase Small Business Access to State Contracts. (H.P. 699, L.D. 1015)

Ch. 123 - Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee To Study Compliance with Maine's Freedom of Access Laws. (H.P. 226, L.D. 301)

Ch. 124 - Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the Establishment of a Memorial for Emergency Medical Services Personnel and To Set Aside Space for That Memorial. (S.P. 516, L.D. 1498)

Ch. 125 - Resolve, To Study the Cost of the Provision of Certain Governmental Services in the Unorganized Territories. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1154, L.D. 1636)

Ch. 126 - Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Maine's Homeland Security Needs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 610, L.D. 1645)

Ch. 127 - Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Study Alternative Voting Procedures, the Citizen Initiative Process and Minor Party Ballot Access. (S.P. 590, L.D. 1608)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 24, 2005

Ch. 128 - Resolve, To Establish the Study Commission Regarding Liveable Wages. (H.P. 854, L.D. 1236)

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.

BILL HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act To Authorize, Subject to State Referendum, a Tribal Commercial Track and Slot Machines in Washington County (H.P. 1197) (L.D. 1690)

TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIVE BILLS
HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

The following matters are held over to any special or regular session of the 122nd Legislature by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Order House Paper 1203 and Joint Order Senate Paper 640:

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 473, L.D. 640 - An Act To Recognize the Importance of Forestry

H.P. 653, L.D. 934 - Resolve, To Transfer Ownership of Certain Public Reserved Lands to the Town of Allagash

S.P. 495, L.D. 1406 - An Act To Preserve Public Access and Job Opportunities in the North Woods

H.P. 1168, L.D. 1657 - An Act To Minimize the Risk to Maine's Marine Waters and Organisms Posed by the Application of Pesticides

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

H.P. 74, L.D. 78 - An Act To Fund the Acquisition of Land by the Land for Maine's Future Board from the General Fund

H.P. 99, L.D. 123 - An Act Concerning Multiple-item Bond Issues

S.P. 55, L.D. 149 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue in the Amount of $5,000,000 for the Fractionation Development Center

H.P. 121, L.D. 170 - An Act To Provide Funding for a Veterans' Cemetery in Springvale

H.P. 149, L.D. 198 - An Act To Enhance the Role of the Fogler Library as the Research Library for the State of Maine

S.P. 83, L.D. 263 - An Act To Support and Expand Nursing Education Opportunities at Maine's Public Universities

S.P. 93, L.D. 273 - An Act Regarding the So-called Katie Beckett Benefits in the MaineCare Program

S.P. 94, L.D. 274 - An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling

H.P. 217, L.D. 292 - An Act To Establish a New Method of Determining the State Budget

S.P. 128, L.D. 404 - An Act To Ensure the State's Continued Commitment to Former Students Who Were Physically or Sexually Abused at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or the Maine School for the Deaf

S.P. 170, L.D. 544 - An Act To Ensure Statewide Access for Schools and Libraries to On-line Reference Materials and Periodicals

H.P. 405, L.D. 550 - An Act To Appropriate Matching Funds for the Construction of a Convention Center in Oxford Hills

S.P. 195, L.D. 586 - An Act To Authorize a General Bond Issue To Improve the Quality and Safety of Teaching and Science Laboratories

H.P. 469, L.D. 636 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Construct a Freshwater Aquaculture and Freshwater Species Biotechnology Center

H.P. 489, L.D. 669 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Infrastructure for Expanded Treatment Capacity for Alcoholism and Addiction in a Therapeutic Community Model

S.P. 253, L.D. 755 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Fort Knox

S.P. 254, L.D. 756 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Downtown Areas, Support Cultural Tourism and Expand Maine's Creative Economy

H.P. 564, L.D. 787 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Enhanced Development of Public Geographic Information

S.P. 261, L.D. 794 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Allow Municipalities To Purchase Fishing Rights and Equipment

S.P. 266, L.D. 799 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Create a Holocaust Human Rights Center at the University of Maine at Augusta

S.P. 274, L.D. 819 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Ocean-based Economy

S.P. 283, L.D. 844 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Stimulate Maine's Economy

H.P. 626, L.D. 876 - An Act Authorizing a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Development of Maine's Traditional Industries

S.P. 298, L.D. 890 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Certain State Parks

S.P. 299, L.D. 891 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fight Global Warming through Energy Conservation

H.P. 645, L.D. 926 - An Act Authorizing a General Fund Bond Issue To Preserve Maine's Traditional Working Waterfront and Farming Economies by Ensuring Access to Working Waterfront and Farmland

H.P. 679, L.D. 969 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funds To Support Economic Development

H.P. 681, L.D. 971 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Shared-use Trails

S.P. 337, L.D. 997 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Match Available Federal Funds To Repair and Upgrade Maine National Guard Armories

S.P. 338, L.D. 998 - An Act To Authorize Department of Transportation Bond Issues To Match Available Federal Funds for Improvements to Highways and Bridges; Airports; Public Transit; State-owned Ferry Vessels and Ferry and Port Facilities; Port and Harbor Structures; Development of Rail Corridors and Improvements to Railroad Structures; and Statewide Trail and Pedestrian Improvements

S.P. 339, L.D. 999 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funds for Building Renovations at Campuses of the University of Maine System, the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Community College System

S.P. 340, L.D. 1000 - An Act Authorizing a General Fund Bond Issue for Wastewater Treatment Systems for Fish Hatcheries

S.P. 341, L.D. 1001 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Construct and Upgrade Water Pollution Control Facilities and Public Water Systems, Clean Up Uncontrolled Hazardous Substance Sites, Remove Hazardous Materials from Schools, Comply with Federal Storm Water Regulations, Make Public Water System Improvements, Replace Air Quality Monitoring Equipment, Establish Hospice Services, Repair State-owned Dams and Remediate Lead Paint

H.P. 704, L.D. 1020 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Stimulate Economic Growth and Job Creation through Investments in the Maine Economy

H.P. 720, L.D. 1035 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funds for the Land for Maine's Future Program

H.P. 875, L.D. 1278 - An Act Requiring Long-range Budget Planning

H.P. 909, L.D. 1311 - An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Fund for a Healthy Maine

S.P. 457, L.D. 1330 - Resolve, To Lower the Cost of State Government by Approximately $1,000,000 Annually

Business, Research and Economic Development

H.P. 143, L.D. 192 - An Act To Establish the Pine Tree Recreation Zone

H.P. 778, L.D. 1135 - An Act To Safeguard Federalism in Trade

H.P. 941, L.D. 1358 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Incentives That Foster Small Business Practices That Support the Economic Growth and Well-being of Maine People and Communities

H.P. 1147, L.D. 1629 - An Act To Enable Bulk Purchasing of Heating Oil Eligible for Federal Reimbursement

S.P. 611, L.D. 1653 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Suspend Recently Enacted Rules Pertaining to the Office of Licensing and Registration, Board of Boilers and Pressure Vessels

S.P. 617, L.D. 1663 - An Act To Establish the Maine Higher Education Employer Initiative

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

H.P. 15, L.D. 10 - Resolve, To Fund a Study Regarding Health Care for Maine's Firefighters

H.P. 783, L.D. 1140 - Resolve, Directing the State Police and the County Sheriff's Departments To Enter into a Call-sharing Agreement

S.P. 524, L.D. 1508 - An Act To Regulate Fire Alarm Contractors

Education and Cultural Affairs

S.P. 26, L.D. 84 - An Act Regarding Interscholastic Athletics

H.P. 151, L.D. 200 - An Act To Improve Teaching and Learning Conditions in Maine Schools

S.P. 372, L.D. 1055 - An Act To Require Academic and Community Input into Major Decisions of the University of Maine System

S.P. 459, L.D. 1332 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Establish a Secondary Vocational Education Facility in Washington County

H.P. 932, L.D. 1349 - An Act To Encourage Neighborhood Schools and To Minimize Sprawl Caused by School Siting

S.P. 480, L.D. 1381 - An Act To Update Teachers' Minimum Salaries

H.P. 989, L.D. 1425 - An Act To Support the Efficient Implementation of Maine's Learning Results

S.P. 606, L.D. 1640 - An Act To Permit Charter Schools in Maine

Health and Human Services

S.P. 142, L.D. 444 - An Act Providing Procedures To Protect Members upon Redesign of the MaineCare Program

S.P. 150, L.D. 463 - Resolve, To Amend MaineCare Eligibility for the Workers with Disabilities Option

H.P. 597, L.D. 846 - An Act To Prevent Discrimination against Persons without Health Insurance

S.P. 325, L.D. 950 - An Act To Allow the Shipment of Cigars into Maine

S.P. 353, L.D. 1036 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Burial or Cremation of Certain Persons

S.P. 422, L.D. 1208 - Resolve, Creating a Working Group To Study the High Rate of Suicide in Maine

H.P. 984, L.D. 1420 - An Act To Establish a Maternal and Infant Death Review Panel

H.P. 1096, L.D. 1555 - An Act To Improve Quality, Effectiveness and Efficiency in the Department of Health and Human Services

S.P. 596, L.D. 1614 - An Act To Sustain and Strengthen Community Health Coalitions

H.P. 1149, L.D. 1631 - Resolve, Requiring the State To Reimburse Providers for Costs Incurred Due to MaineCare Reimbursement Delays

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

H.P. 231, L.D. 307 - An Act To Improve Recreational Watercraft Safety

H.P. 267, L.D. 354 - An Act To Give Moose Permits to Members of the Wesget-Sipu Organization

H.P. 352, L.D. 477 - An Act To Authorize the Use of Tribal Sustenance Hunting Permits on State Lands

Insurance and Financial Services

S.P. 625, L.D. 1680 - An Act to Improve Dirigo Health

Joint Select Committee on Joint Rules

H.P. 929, L.D. 1346 - An Act To Require Employers and Employees To Provide a 2-Week Notice before Terminating Employment

H.P. 495 - Joint Order Requiring the Posting of Roll Call Votes to the Internet

H.P. 951 - Joint Order, Directing Joint Standing Committees To Hear Testimony from Multiple Perspectives during Public Hearings

Judiciary

H.P. 57, L.D. 61 - An Act To Authorize a Judge To Order Involuntary Commitment of a Person with Mental Illness Not Taking Prescribed Medication

H.P. 113, L.D. 162 - An Act To Protect the Rights of Leaseholders and Ensure Their Continued Access to Land

S.P. 271, L.D. 816 - An Act To Prohibit Changing the Flow of Water on Another's Land

S.P. 326, L.D. 986 - An Act To Amend the Maine Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act

S.P. 362, L.D. 1045 - An Act Regarding Contract Indemnification

S.P. 405, L.D. 1177 - An Act To Limit the Early Release of Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes

S.P. 417, L.D. 1203 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Eminent Domain

H.P. 847, L.D. 1229 - An Act To Strengthen the Enforcement of Divorce Decrees

H.P. 885, L.D. 1288 - An Act To Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency of the Maine Criminal Justice System

H.P. 893, L.D. 1296 - An Act To Provide for Victims of Trafficking

H.P. 894, L.D. 1297 - An Act To Provide Just Compensation for Established Businesses During Eminent Domain Proceedings

H.P. 958, L.D. 1372 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Victims' Bill of Rights

H.P. 1020, L.D. 1455 - An Act To Codify Public Records Exceptions

H.P. 1073, L.D. 1526 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Parentage Act and Conforming Amendments and Additional Amendments to Laws Concerning Probate, Adoption, Child Support, Child Protection and Other Family Law Issues

H.P. 1107, L.D. 1569 - An Act To Abolish the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission

S.P. 591, L.D. 1609 - An Act To Establish the Uniform Partnership Act

H.P. 1162, L.D. 1646 - An Act Regarding Buildings on Leased Lots

H.P. 1187, L.D. 1679 - An Act To Amend Procedures Used in Criminal Proceedings in Which the Victim Is Mentally Disabled

S.P. 627, L.D. 1682 - An Act To Support Sibling Rights in Child Welfare Custody Matters

Labor

H.P. 174, L.D. 235 - An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage

H.P. 315, L.D. 430 - An Act To Modify the Obligation To Bargain under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Law

S.P. 246, L.D. 748 - An Act Requiring Equal Retirement Benefits for Corrections Officers and Mental Health Workers with 25 Years of State Service

H.P. 706, L.D. 1021 - An Act To Implement Task Force Recommendations Relating to Parity and Portability of Benefits for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters

S.P. 367, L.D. 1050 - An Act To Promote Enforcement of Labor Laws Affecting Employers

H.P. 873, L.D. 1276 - An Act To Prohibit the Use of Foreign Labor Unless a Federal Prevailing Wage Is Set

S.P. 585, L.D. 1604 - An Act To Restructure the Unfunded Liability of the Maine State Retirement System

H.P. 1146, L.D. 1628 - An Act Regarding Occupational Safety and Health Training for Workers on State-funded Construction Projects

S.P. 613, L.D. 1654 - An Act To Prevent the Loss of Jobs through Outsourcing

Legal and Veterans Affairs

H.P. 173, L.D. 234 - An Act To Establish a Transparent Pricing Formula for Distilled Spirits

H.P. 371, L.D. 496 - An Act To Extend Term Limits

H.P. 415, L.D. 560 - An Act To Permit Interstate Wine and Malt Liquor Sales and Delivery to Homes

H.P. 765, L.D. 1112 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Change the Legislative Term to 4 years

S.P. 570, L.D. 1596 - An Act Limiting Clean Election Candidates' Campaign Soliciting

S.P. 604, L.D. 1627 - An Act To Allow Dual Liquor Licenses for On-premises Consumption and Off-premises Retail Sales

Natural Resources

S.P. 47, L.D. 141 - An Act To Ensure Proper Disposal of Debris and Protection of the Environment

H.P. 394, L.D. 518 - An Act To Regulate Lead-smart Renovators and Lead Sampling Technicians

H.P. 468, L.D. 635 - An Act To Amend the Maine Sanitary District Enabling Act

S.P. 375, L.D. 1058 - An Act To Regulate the Use of Batteries Containing Mercury

S.P. 454, L.D. 1327 - An Act To Prohibit the Use of Mercury Fillings

S.P. 465, L.D. 1338 - An Act To Limit Human Exposure to Mercury

H.P. 1080, L.D. 1535 - An Act Making Improvements to the Laws Regarding Local Land Use Ordinances

S.P. 560, L.D. 1578 - An Act To Ensure Certain Protections to Communities Hosting Waste-to-energy Facilities

H.P. 1128, L.D. 1592 - An Act Regarding Disposal of Dredged Materials

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

State and Local Government

H.P. 464, L.D. 631 - An Act To Establish a Maine Law Sunset Review Committee

S.P. 265, L.D. 798 - An Act To Establish a Sunset on New State Agencies and Programs

S.P. 297, L.D. 889 - An Act To Create the County Government Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Fund

H.P. 644, L.D. 925 - An Act To Fairly Apportion the Cost of Sheriff Patrol Services

S.P. 343, L.D. 1003 - An Act To Establish the Androscoggin County Budget Advisory Committee and the Somerset County Budget Advisory Committee

S.P. 389, L.D. 1127 - Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Assist Towns Interested in Multitown Cooperation and Governance

H.P. 848, L.D. 1230 - An Act To Facilitate and Promote Regional Cooperation

H.P. 978, L.D. 1414 - An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Create Municipal Fire Districts

S.P. 507, L.D. 1481 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Enactment Procedures for Ordinances

Taxation

H.P. 7, L.D. 2 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Limit the Rate of Change in Taxable Value of Homestead Land

H.P. 359, L.D. 484 - An Act To Enact the Tax Fairness Act

H.P. 755, L.D. 1102 - An Act To Connect the BETR Program with Job Retention

S.P. 438, L.D. 1258 - An Act To Provide for Department of Labor Services and Other Services in Unorganized Territories

S.P. 455, L.D. 1328 - An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law To Encourage Public Access

H.P. 926, L.D. 1343 - An Act To Simplify Rent and Property Tax Relief

S.P. 489, L.D. 1400 - An Act To Reduce Payments under the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program and To Eliminate Double Dipping and Increase Conformity with the Internal Revenue Code

S.P. 541, L.D. 1557 - An Act To Improve the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program

H.P. 1123, L.D. 1587 - An Act To Modernize Maine's Tax Code

H.P. 1130, L.D. 1594 - An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption to Recent College Graduates Who Work in Maine To Help Them Pay College Loans

H.P. 1131, L.D. 1595 - An Act To Rebalance Maine's Tax Code

S.P. 586, L.D. 1605 - An Act To Reform the Income Tax for Middle-income and Lower-income Families

H.P. 1134, L.D. 1607 - An Act To Provide Incentives for Maine Film Production

H.P. 1171, L.D. 1660 - An Act To Reduce Income Taxes and Encourage Economic Growth in Maine

Transportation

H.P. 104, L.D. 128 - An Act To Create a License Plate for the Elks Organization

H.P. 304, L.D. 419 - An Act To Create a License Plate for the National Rifle Association

H.P. 322, L.D. 437 - An Act To Create an Agriculture Recognition License Plate

H.P. 367, L.D. 492 - An Act To Create a Special Higher Education License Plate

H.P. 376, L.D. 501 - An Act To Amend the Operator's License and Nondriver Identification Card Requirements for Nonimmigrants

H.P. 386, L.D. 510 - An Act Concerning Dismantling of Railroad Track

H.P. 802, L.D. 1159 - An Act To Promote Transportation Investments within Downtowns and Urban Compacts

S.P. 485, L.D. 1396 - An Act To Create a Specialty License Plate for Members of the Maine National Guard

H.P. 994, L.D. 1430 - An Act To Establish Special License Plates To Honor Maine Residents Serving Overseas

H.P. 1027, L.D. 1464 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Motorized Scooters, Motor-driven Cycles and Mopeds

Utilities and Energy

H.P. 156, L.D. 205 - An Act Providing for Regulation of the Cable Television Industry by the Public Utilities Commission

H.P. 158, L.D. 207 - An Act To Require Electric Utilities To Permit Customers To Pay Electric Utility Bills in Their Communities

S.P. 131, L.D. 407 - An Act To Place the Emergency Services Communication Bureau within the Department of Public Safety

H.P. 470, L.D. 637 - An Act To Allow Qualified Health Centers To Obtain Telecommunications Education Access Funding

S.P. 382, L.D. 1065 - An Act To Promote Economic Development and Sustainable Energy

H.P. 930, L.D. 1347 - Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Amend Its Rules Governing Net Energy Billing

S.P. 475, L.D. 1377 - An Act Regarding Municipally Owned Street Lighting

H.P. 1004, L.D. 1440 - An Act To Encourage the Implementation of High-speed Internet Access in Rural and Isolated Areas

S.P. 622, L.D. 1675 - An Act To Make a Standard Alternative Form of Regulation Available to Rural Telephone Companies

Senate Appropriations Table

H.P. 20, L.D. 17 - An Act To Ensure Fair Reimbursement for the Medical Care Provided to State Inmates

H.P. 22, L.D. 19 - An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Transfer Tax Liability for Deeds between Domestic Partners

H.P. 38, L.D. 42 - An Act To Expand the Maine Economic Improvement Fund

H.P. 66, L.D. 70 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Funding of State Special Elections

H.P. 70, L.D. 74 - An Act To Increase the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans

S.P. 38, L.D. 96 - An Act To Increase the Adult Education State Subsidy by a Specific Percentage

H.P. 94, L.D. 118 - An Act To Provide Tax Relief for People with Functional Limitations

H.P. 95, L.D. 119 - An Act To Promote Math and Science Education Learning Kindergarten to Grade 12

S.P. 52, L.D. 146 - An Act To Repeal the Tax on Private Nonmedical Institutions

S.P. 57, L.D. 151 - An Act To Improve the Delivery of Maine's Mental Health Services

H.P. 120, L.D. 169 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Resale Certificates

H.P. 131, L.D. 180 - An Act To Appropriate State Funds To Protect Potato Farmland in Aroostook County from Blight and Other Diseases That Could Occur with the 2004 Crop Unless Cull Potatoes Are Dumped Properly

H.P. 146, L.D. 195 - An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Code with the Federal Health Savings Accounts Laws

H.P. 150, L.D. 199 - An Act To Support and Expand Regional Teacher Development Centers

S.P. 81, L.D. 228 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Downeast Institute for Applied Marine Research and Education

H.P. 175, L.D. 236 - An Act To Change Nonresident Income Tax Filing Requirements

H.P. 187, L.D. 248 - An Act To Provide Funding for Dues for the International Northeast Biotechnology Corridor

S.P. 95, L.D. 275 - An Act To Promote Energy Conservation and a Cleaner Environment

H.P. 232, L.D. 308 - An Act To Extend the Tax Credit for Clean Fuel Infrastructure Development

H.P. 248, L.D. 325 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Domiciled" for Maine Income Tax Purposes

H.P. 252, L.D. 329 - An Act Concerning Recognition of Qualified Political Parties

H.P. 263, L.D. 350 - An Act To Provide Equal Treatment for All Veterans in the Laws Governing the Maine State Retirement System

H.P. 266, L.D. 353 - An Act To Exempt the United States Flag from State Taxation

H.P. 272, L.D. 359 - An Act To Change the Child Care Facility Licensing Laws

S.P. 118, L.D. 371 - An Act To Distribute Revenue in the Law Enforcement Agency Reimbursement Fund to Municipalities and Counties

S.P. 129, L.D. 405 - Resolve, To Establish a Long-term Care Education Pilot Program for Registered Nurses

H.P. 321, L.D. 436 - An Act To Eliminate Estate Taxes on Family-owned Businesses

S.P. 145, L.D. 447 - An Act To Require Health Insurers To Cover the Costs of Hearing Aids

S.P. 161, L.D. 535 - An Act To Clarify for Tax Purposes That Manure Removal and Storage Are Operations Directly Involved in the Raising and Care of Livestock

H.P. 421, L.D. 588 - An Act To Restore Support for HIV and AIDS Treatment and Prevention

H.P. 426, L.D. 593 - An Act To Alter Trade-in Allowances Regarding Motor Homes

H.P. 446, L.D. 613 - An Act To Provide Tax Incentives to Small Businesses That Employ At Least One Person

H.P. 455, L.D. 622 - An Act To Provide Funding towards the Employment of a Demersal Finfish Ecologist by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

H.P. 459, L.D. 626 - An Act To Require the Net Proceeds from the Sale of a Foreclosed Property To Be Returned to the Former Owner

H.P. 465, L.D. 632 - An Act To Lower the Tax Burden for Small Businesses

H.P. 492, L.D. 672 - An Act To Promote Ornamental Horticulture by Amending the Definition of "Commercial Agricultural Production"

S.P. 214, L.D. 678 - An Act To Require Fair and Timely MaineCare Payments to Hospitals

S.P. 224, L.D. 687 - An Act To Amend the Hospital Tax

S.P. 236, L.D. 699 - An Act To Repeal Tax and Match

S.P. 237, L.D. 700 - An Act To Provide Tax Benefits for Sale of Leased Land Used as a Primary Residence

H.P. 511, L.D. 716 - An Act To Create an Income Tax Checkoff To Support Veterans' Cemeteries

H.P. 535, L.D. 758 - An Act To Increase Retired Teachers' Health Insurance Benefits

H.P. 543, L.D. 766 - An Act To Support the New Century Community Program

H.P. 552, L.D. 775 - An Act To Provide a Stable Source of Funding for the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund

S.P. 258, L.D. 791 - An Act Concerning the Taxation of Buildings in Which Nonprofit Organizations Are Housed

H.P. 573, L.D. 808 - An Act To Provide Funding for "Camp To Belong" To Reunite Siblings Separated by Foster Care

H.P. 603, L.D. 852 - Resolve, To Require the State To Clean Up Toothaker Pond in Phillips

S.P. 312, L.D. 904 - An Act To Create the Maine Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund

H.P. 682, L.D. 972 - An Act To Exempt Military Pensions for Future Military Retirees from State Income Tax

H.P. 685, L.D. 975 - An Act To Create Entrepreneurship Internships for Maine High School and College Students

H.P. 689, L.D. 979 - An Act To Fund Youth Mentoring Programs

H.P. 702, L.D. 1018 - An Act To Require a Criminal Background Check for the Initial Licensure of Emergency Medical Services Personnel

S.P. 360, L.D. 1043 - An Act To Provide Funds for the Preservation of Digital Records

S.P. 381, L.D. 1064 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Agricultural Composting Operations

H.P. 727, L.D. 1074 - An Act To Stimulate Economic Development in Maine's Aviation Industry

H.P. 743, L.D. 1090 - An Act To Create a Grandparent-to-grandchild Exemption in the Real Estate Transfer Tax

H.P. 769, L.D. 1116 - An Act To Exempt from the Sales Tax Electricity Used by a Senior Citizen To Heat a Home

H.P. 788, L.D. 1145 - An Act Regarding Tribal Gaming and Gaming by Nonprofits

H.P. 801, L.D. 1158 - An Act To Allow Disabled Retired State Employees To Be Eligible for a Pension Deduction under Maine Income Tax Law

H.P. 808, L.D. 1165 - An Act To Encourage the Preservation of Affordable Housing

S.P. 411, L.D. 1183 - An Act Regarding Access to Mental Health Services

H.P. 852, L.D. 1234 - An Act To Reestablish the Maine Coast Environmental Trust Fund within the Department of Marine Resources

H.P. 869, L.D. 1272 - An Act To Ensure Compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act for Court Facilities

H.P. 890, L.D. 1293 - An Act To Assist Families and Children by Increasing Access to the Court System

H.P. 931, L.D. 1348 - An Act To Increase Funding for Meals on Wheels Program

S.P. 477, L.D. 1379 - An Act To Amend the Maine Wind Energy Act

H.P. 964, L.D. 1387 - Resolve, To Develop a Statewide Entrepreneurship Curriculum from Kindergarten through College

H.P. 1065, L.D. 1518 - An Act To Increase Access to Justice in Maine's Court System

S.P. 535, L.D. 1540 - An Act To Appropriate Funds for the School Breakfast Program

H.P. 1093, L.D. 1552 - An Act To Make Owners of Cooperative Housing Eligible for the Homestead Exemption

H.P. 1121, L.D. 1585 - An Act To Provide a Temporary Sales Tax Exemption for Prescription Drugs for Animals

S.P. 602, L.D. 1625 - An Act To Fully Fund the Homestead Exemption

H.P. 1159, L.D. 1647 - An Act To Award Income Tax Credits for Boiler or Furnace Systems That Reduce or Eliminate Certain Pollutants

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INTERIM STUDIES
(Approved as of June 18, 2005)

Interim Study of Forest Ownership in Maine (Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry)

Commission to Reform the State Budget Process (Chapter 386, Public Laws of 2005, Part O)

Task Force to Study Maine’s Homeland Security Needs (Chapter 126, Resolves of 2005)

Legislative Youth Advisory Council (Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001, Part PPP) (Continuation)

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee to Review the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999 (Chapter 423, Public Laws of 2005)

Review and Recodify Laws Pertaining to Violence in our Schools (Chapter 120, Resolves of 2005)

Review of the Establishment of the Department of Health and Human Services (Chapter 689, Public Laws of 2003) (Continuation)

Task Force to Study Cervical Cancer Prevention, Detection and Education (Chapter 121, Resolves of 2005)

Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of MaineCare (Chapter 117, Resolves of 2005)

Department of Health and Human Services Working Group on Department's Accounting Structure (Chapter 412, Public Laws of 2005)

Governor's Committee to Study the Feasibility of the Importation of Prescription Drugs (Chapter 26, Private and Special Laws of 2005)

Health Care System and Health Security Board (Chapter 119, Resolves of 2005) (Continuation)

Freedom of Access Advisory Committee (Chapter 123, Resolves of 2005)

Committee to Study State Compliance with the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (Chapter 118, Resolves of 2005)

Citizen Trade Policy Commission (Chapter 699, Public Laws of 2003) (Continuation)

Study Commission Regarding Liveable Wages (Chapter 128, Resolves of 2005)

Task Force on Substance Abuse Testing and Treatment (Chapter 443, Public Laws of 2005)

Study Commission to Study Alternative Voting Procedures, the Citizen Initiative Process and Minor Party Ballot Access (Chapter 127, Resolves of 2005)

Commission to Arrange for a Monument Honoring Women Veterans of Maine (Chapter 116, Resolves of 2005)

State Regulation of Groundwater Withdrawal (Chapter 452, Public Laws of 2005)

Committee to Study the Establishment of a Memorial for Emergency Medical Services Personnel (Chapter 124, Resolves of 2005)

Commission to Study the Cost of Providing Certain Services in the Unorganized Territories (Chapter 125, Resolves of 2005)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Special Session of the 122nd Legislature become effective September 17, 2005. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.