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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXII, No. 16

Monday, April 17, 2006

122ND LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 6, 2006

Ch. 542 - An Act Regarding the Maine Clean Election Act. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 570, L.D. 1596)

Ch. 543 - An Act To Establish the Uniform Partnership Act and the Uniform Limited Partnership Act. (S.P. 591, L.D. 1609)

Ch. 544 - An Act To Protect Drivers' Privacy by Clarifying Ownership of Data Recorded by Motor Vehicle Data Recorders. (H.P. 1325, L.D. 1885)

Ch. 545 - An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Agencies To Maintain Sex Offender Websites for Public Use. (H.P. 1271, L.D. 1831)

Ch. 546 - An Act To Strengthen Maine's Timber Theft Laws. (S.P. 676, L.D. 1759)

Ch. 547 - An Act To Allow Smelt Dipping in Mud Brook in Aroostook County. (H.P. 1253, L.D. 1813)

Ch. 548 - An Act Concerning Certain Provisions Regarding Protection of Natural Resources Related to Activities in Coastal Areas. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1300, L.D. 1860)

Ch. 549 - An Act To Ensure Adequate Funding for Cleanup of Hazardous Waste, Biomedical Waste and Waste Oil. (H.P. 1383, L.D. 1975) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 550 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to Review of the Department of Conservation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1474, L.D. 2083)

Ch. 551 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Attorney General's Working Group Regarding Sentencing Factors for Crimes against Persons Who Are Homeless. (H.P. 1442, L.D. 2046)

Ch. 552 - An Act To Amend the Definition of "Municipality" as It Relates to the Maine Municipal Bond Bank Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1466, L.D. 2072)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2006

Ch. 553 - An Act To Minimize the Risk to Maine's Marine Waters and Organisms Posed by the Application of Pesticides. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1168, L.D. 1657)

Ch. 554 - An Act To Strengthen the State Purchasing Code of Conduct Laws. (S.P. 686, L.D. 1769)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2006

Ch. 555 - An Act To Establish the Pine Tree Recreation Zone. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 143, L.D. 192)

Ch. 556 - An Act Relating to Community Sanitary Districts. (H.P. 468, L.D. 635)

Ch. 557 - An Act To Amend the Procedures Used in Criminal Proceedings Involving Victims with Developmental Disabilities. (H.P. 1187, L.D. 1679)

Ch. 558 - An Act To Protect Maine Families and the Environment by Improving the Collection and Recycling of Mercury Thermostats. (S.P. 709, L.D. 1792)

Ch. 559 - An Act To Establish the Maine Agricultural Water Management Board and the Sustainable Agricultural Water Source Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 693, L.D. 1776)

Ch. 560 - An Act To Clarify the Change of Beneficiary Provision in the Maine State Retirement System Laws. (H.P. 1290, L.D. 1850)

Ch. 561 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1328, L.D. 1888)

Ch. 562 - An Act Regarding Testimony Presented to Joint Select and Joint Standing Committees of the Legislature by Persons Paid To Testify. (H.P. 1395, L.D. 1993)

Ch. 563 - An Act To Make Revisions to the Maine Revised Statutes Relating to Agricultural Fairs. (H.P. 1391, L.D. 1985)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ch. 564 - An Act To Replace the Common Enemy Rule with Regard to Changing the Flow of Surface Water. (S.P. 271, L.D. 816)

Ch. 565 - An Act To Amend the Maine Health Data Organization and Maine Health Data Processing Center Laws. (S.P. 677, L.D. 1760)

Ch. 566 - An Act To Allow the Department of Health and Human Services To Locate Parents Who Are Delinquent in Child Support Payments through Information Related to Cellular Telephones. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 660, L.D. 1743)

Ch. 567 - An Act To Protect Children from Contact with Convicted Sex Offenders. (S.P. 695, L.D. 1778)

Ch. 568 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1329, L.D. 1889)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ch. 569 - An Act To Encourage Energy Independence for Maine. (S.P. 731, L.D. 1931)

Ch. 570 - An Act To Create Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. (H.P. 1351, L.D. 1910)

Ch. 571 - An Act To Amend the Rule-making Authority of the Commissioner of Public Safety Regarding the Construction, Installation, Maintenance and Inspection of Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel Burning Appliances. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1265, L.D. 1825)

Ch. 572 - An Act To Implement Model Time-share Foreclosure Procedures. (S.P. 732, L.D. 1932)

Ch. 573 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1306, L.D. 1866)

Ch. 574 - An Act Regarding Working Waterfront Covenants. (S.P. 730, L.D. 1930)

Ch. 575 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Alternative Voting Procedures, the Citizen Initiative Process and Minor Party Ballot Access. (S.P. 780, L.D. 2029)

Ch. 576 - An Act To Amend the Harness Racing Laws Regarding Distributions from the Fund to Supplement Harness Racing Purses. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 786, L.D. 2042) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ch. 577 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Motorized Scooters, Motor-driven Cycles and Mopeds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1027, L.D. 1464)

Ch. 578 - An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage. (H.P. 174, L.D. 235)

Ch. 579 - An Act To Clarify Laws Governing Eminent Domain. (H.P. 1310, L.D. 1870)

Ch. 580 - An Act To Prevent Price Gouging. (H.P. 1333, L.D. 1892)

Ch. 581 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Smoking in Private Clubs. (H.P. 1342, L.D. 1901)

Ch. 582 - An Act To Protect the Privacy of Cellular Telephone Customers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1436, L.D. 2038)

Ch. 583 - An Act To Amend the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act. (H.P. 1417, L.D. 2017)

Ch. 584 - An Act To Clarify the Use of Dedicated Funds for the Preservation of Deeds Records. (S.P. 804, L.D. 2063)

Ch. 585 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Regarding Pesticide Registration. (H.P. 1460, L.D. 2065)

Ch. 586 - An Act To Change the Date for Agency Submission of Provisionally Adopted Major Substantive Rules. (S.P. 843, L.D. 2102)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2006

Ch. 48 - An Act To Provide for the 2006 and 2007 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 791, L.D. 2047) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 49 - An Act To Establish the Island Falls Water District. (H.P. 1470, L.D. 2078)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ch. 50 - An Act To Allow Consolidation of the Winterport Sewerage District and the Winterport Water District To Create Incentives For Consumers To Pay Water Bills. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1418, L.D. 2018)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 6, 2006

Ch. 168 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Establish a Task Force To Develop a Plan for the Maine State Cultural Building in Augusta. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1473, L.D. 2082)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 7, 2006

Ch. 169 - Resolve, Concerning the Authority of "Do Not Resuscitate" Directives. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 680, L.D. 1763)

Ch. 170 - Resolve, Concerning the Assessment of Property Subject to Affordable Housing Limitations and Benefits. (S.P. 713, L.D. 1796)

Ch. 171 - 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) (H.P. 1464, L.D. 2069)

Ch. 172 - 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) (H.P. 1461, L.D. 2066)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2006

Ch. 173 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Lease Certain Public Reserved Lands to the Town of Allagash. (H.P. 653, L.D. 934)

Ch. 174 - Resolve, Directing a Review of Cleanup and Minimization Standards for Mold. (H.P. 1381, L.D. 1971)

Ch. 175 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 355: Coastal Sand Dune Rules, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection, Extending the Deadline for the Repeal of the Current Coastal Sand Dune Rules and Convening the Beaches Advisory Group. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1385, L.D. 1977)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ch. 176 - Resolve, To Ensure That Consumers Are Informed of a Debit Card Hold at the Point of Sale. (H.P. 1275, L.D. 1835)

Ch. 177 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Property Located on state Highway 191 in East Machias; U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston; U.S. Route 2 in Skowhegan; and Hospital Street in Augusta. (H.P. 1304, L.D. 1864)

Ch. 178 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 130: Implementing the State Purchasing Code of Conduct, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. (H.P. 1401, L.D. 1999)

Ch. 179 - Resolve, To Allow the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey a Part of a Parcel of Land in the Town of Fairfield. (H.P. 1444, L.D. 2050)

Ch. 180 - 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) (H.P. 1462, L.D. 2067)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Ch. 181 - Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study Eliminating the Normal Retirement Age for Corrections Officers and Mental Health Workers. (S.P. 246, L.D. 748)

Ch. 182 - 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 That Has Been Provisionally Adopted by the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1375, L.D. 1963)

Ch. 183 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 335: Significant Wildlife Habitat, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1388, L.D. 1981)

Ch. 184 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1456, L.D. 2060)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 13, 2006

Ch. 185 - Resolve, To Clarify Contingency Allowance under the Certificate of Need Law. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 701, L.D. 1784)

Ch. 186 - Resolve, To Ensure Coordination and Effectiveness in the Provision of Services under the MaineCare Noncategorical Waiver. (H.P. 1208, L.D. 1701)

Ch. 187 - Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission To Examine Continued Participation by Transmission and Distribution Utilities in This State in the New England Regional Transmission Organization. (H.P. 1338, L.D. 1897)

Ch. 188 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Model for Community-based Therapeutic Living Settings for Adults with Mental Illness. (H.P. 1390, L.D. 1983)

Ch. 189 - Resolve, Authorizing a Pilot Project To Allow Timber Harvesting Equipment To Be Moved during Nighttime. (H.P. 1454, L.D. 2058)

Ch. 190 - Resolve, To Ensure the Availability of Public Drinking Water Supplies. (S.P. 809, L.D. 2070)

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, APRIL 14, 2006

L.D. 2105, H.P. 1495
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs Regarding the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council Pursuant to Reviews Conducted under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2106, H.P. 1496
An Act To Address Potential Shortages of Influenza Immunizing Agents in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2006, H.P. 1488.)

L.D. 2107, H.P. 1497
An Act To Establish a Food Policy for Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2005, chapter 382, Part C, section 6.)

L.D. 2108, H.P. 1499
An Act Regarding the Sentencing of Persons Convicted of Gross Sexual Assault against Victims under 12 Years of Age. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 2109, H.P. 1501
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 17: Rules Regarding Proof of Ownership by Employers Employing Foreign Laborers To Operate Logging Equipment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2110, S.P. 852
An Act To Establish the Hospital and Health Care Provider Cooperation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Public Law 2005, chapter 394, section 8.)

L.D. 2111, H.P. 1503
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Freedom of Access Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 123.)

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.