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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXII, No. 12

Monday, March 20, 2006

122ND LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 13, 2006

Ch. 485 - An Act To Establish the Securities Investor Education and Training Fund. (H.P. 1295, L.D. 1855)

Ch. 486 - An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 2005 to the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1296, L.D. 1856)

Ch. 487 - An Act To Improve the Ability of the Department of Corrections To Share Information Related to Clients in Order To Improve Treatment and Rehabilitative Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1301, L.D. 1861)

Ch. 488 - An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1326, L.D. 1886)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Ch. 489 - An Act To Clarify the Time Period in Which Municipalities Must File Notices of Intent with the State for Purposes of Issuing Building Permits. (H.P. 1305, L.D. 1865)

Ch. 490 - An Act To Expand Notification Requirements for Internal Control Inquiries Made by Nonstate Organizations. (H.P. 1302, L.D. 1862)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ch. 491 - An Act To Prevent Motor Fuel Spills from Aboveground Storage Tanks That Have Underground Piping. (S.P. 685, L.D. 1768)

Ch. 492 - An Act Regarding the Appointment of Harbor Masters. (S.P. 651, L.D. 1697)

Ch. 493 - An Act To Increase Accessibility to Health Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1242, L.D. 1734)

Ch. 494 - An Act To Accommodate Victims of Identity Theft. (H.P. 1274, L.D. 1834)

Ch. 495 - An Act To Support Fishing Derbies. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 757, L.D. 1967)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 17, 2006

Ch. 496 - An Act Concerning Members of School Administrative Districts' Finance Committees. (S.P. 697, L.D. 1780)

Ch. 497 - An Act To Clarify the Charitable Solicitations Act. (S.P. 684, L.D. 1767)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ch. 36 - An Act To Establish the Administrative Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1226, L.D. 1719)

Ch. 37 - An Act To Make Allocations from the Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2007. (S.P. 756, L.D. 1966)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 17, 2006

Ch. 38 - An Act To Restore the Cost-sharing Agreement Established by the Voters of Maine School Administrative District No. 40. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1344, L.D. 1903)

Ch. 39 - An Act Relating to the Flanders Bay Community School District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1291, L.D. 1851)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 13, 2006

Ch. 134 - Resolve, Directing the State Board of Property Tax Review To Accept and Review the Appeal Filed by the Town of Palermo . (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 768, L.D. 1989)

Ch. 135 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1217, L.D. 1710)

Ch. 136 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Audit To Establish a Working Group To Develop a Model Chart of Accounts for All Levels of Government. (H.P. 1220, L.D. 1713)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Ch. 137 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Regulation of Fire Alarm Contractors. (S.P. 524, L.D. 1508)

Ch. 138 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Study Prescription Drug Labeling Requirements. (H.P. 1267, L.D. 1827)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 17, 2006

Ch. 139 - Resolve, Regarding Comprehensive Community Health Coalitions. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 596, L.D. 1614)

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, MARCH 17, 2006

L.D. 2058, H.P. 1454
An Act To Allow Heavy Equipment To Be Moved during Nighttime. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 2059, H.P. 1455
An Act To Allow an Insured To Terminate Life Insurance Coverage under a Policy Owned by Another. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 2060, H.P. 1456
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention 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. 2061, H.P. 1457
An Act To Issue Certificates of Title for Single-unit Mobile Homes. (Submitted by the Secretary of State pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 103.)

L.D. 2062, H.P. 1458
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter III, Section 50: Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2063, S.P. 804
An Act To Clarify the Use of Dedicated Funds for the Preservation of Deeds Records. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 2064, H.P. 1459
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 33: Home Day Care Provider Rules, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2065, H.P. 1460
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Regarding Pesticide Registration. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2066, H.P. 1461
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 1.03: Waters of Special Significance, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2067, H.P. 1462
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 520: Rules Regarding Publication of Public Comments on Statewide Referenda, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2068, H.P. 1463
An Act Regarding the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SMITH of Van Buren)

L.D. 2069, H.P. 1464
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Final Repeal of Portions of Chapter 130: Rules for Equivalent Instruction Programs, a Major Substantive Rule That Has Been Provisionally Repealed by the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2070, S.P. 809
An Act To Ensure the Availability of Public Drinking Water Supplies. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 2071, H.P. 1465
An Act To Increase Wetland Protection. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 37.)

L.D. 2072, H.P. 1466
An Act To Amend the Definition of "Municipality" as It Relates to the Maine Municipal Bond Bank Act. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 2073, H.P. 1467
An Act To Bring Maine's Sales and Use Tax Law into Conformity with the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. (Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 110, section 1.)

L.D. 2074, H.P. 1468
An Act Regarding Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential Rental Properties. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 109, section 4.)

L.D. 2075, I.B. 1
An Act To Create the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 122nd Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 15, 2006 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 2076, H.P. 1469
An Act Relating to Payday Loans. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2005, H.P. 1433.)

L.D. 2077, S.P. 811
An Act To Make Adjustments to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

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.