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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXII, No. 23

Monday, June 12, 2006

122ND LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ch. 672 - An Act To Create the Maine Asthma and Lung Disease Research Fund. (S.P. 312, L.D. 904)

Ch. 673 - An Act Regarding the Sentencing of Persons Convicted of Gross Sexual Assault against Victims under 12 Years of Age. (H.P. 1224, L.D. 1717)

Ch. 674 - An Act To Prevent the Use of Performance-enhancing Substances by Maine Student Athletes. (S.P. 749, L.D. 1952)

Ch. 675 - An Act To Clarify the Taxable Status of Processing Fees Charged in Connection with Cancelled Lodging Reservations. (S.P. 666, L.D. 1749)

Ch. 676 - An Act To Establish a Computer Crimes Unit within the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 779, L.D. 2028)

Ch. 677 - An Act To Enhance Maine's Energy Independence and Security. (H.P. 1439, L.D. 2041) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 678 - An Act To Issue Certificates of Title for Single-unit Mobile Homes. (H.P. 1457, L.D. 2061)

Ch. 679 - An Act To Comply with the Federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986. (S.P. 864, L.D. 2119) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 2, 2006

Ch. 680 - An Act Regarding Access to Mental Health Services. (S.P. 411, L.D. 1183)

Ch. 681 - An Act To Require a Criminal Background Check for the Initial Licensure of Emergency Medical Services Personnel. (H.P. 702, L.D. 1018)

Ch. 682 - An Act To Encourage Reporting of Potential Fraud, Waste, Inefficiency and Abuse in State Government. (S.P. 658, L.D. 1741)

Ch. 683 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1449, L.D. 2055)

Ch. 684 - An Act Relating to the Handling of Firearms Confiscated by Law Enforcement Officers Pursuant to a Court Order. (H.P. 1507, L.D. 2118)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ch. 64 - An Act To Increase Funding for Meals on Wheels Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 931, L.D. 1348)

Ch. 65 - An Act To Increase Wheelchair Van Services Reimbursement Rates. (H.P. 1355, L.D. 1914)

Ch. 66 - An Act To Ensure the Continued Ability of the Maine Economic Growth Council To Produce the Measures of Growth Report and Provide Financial Assistance for Flood Damage. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 744, L.D. 1946)

Ch. 67 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Relating to the Seed Potato Board. (H.P. 1472, L.D. 2081)

Ch. 68 - An Act To Amend the Boundaries between the City of Saco and The Town of Old Orchard Beach. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 861, L.D. 2115)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 2, 2006

Ch. 69 - An Act To Promote Economic Development by Enhancing Educational Opportunities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 702, L.D. 1785)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 1, 2006

Ch. 217 - Resolve, To Require the Governor To Submit Legislation for Flood Damage Relief to the 123rd Legislature. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 865, L.D. 2120)

Constitutional Resolutions

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ch. 2 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Procedures for the People's Veto and Direct Initiative. (S.P. 782, L.D. 2033)

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 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 Amend the Laws Governing the Enactment Procedures for Ordinances (S.P. 507) (L.D. 1481)

An Act Regarding Allocation of the Low-income Housing Credit by the Maine State Housing Authority (S.P. 742) (L.D. 1943)

INTERIM STUDIES

Subcommittee to Study Early Childhood Special Education (Chapter 662, Part C, Public Laws of 2005)

Blue Ribbon Commission on Solid Waste Management (Chapter 207, Resolves of 2005)

Maine Energy Council (Chapter 677, Part D, Public Laws of 2005)

Maine Food Policy Council (Chapter 614, Public Laws of 2005)

Development of a Joint Strategic Plan to Improve Quality and Access to Mental Health Care (Chapter 192, Resolves of 2005)

Department of Health and Human Services to Develop a Model for Community-based Therapeutic Living Settings for Adults with Mental Illness (Chapter 188, Resolves of 2005)

Joint Select Committee on Research, Economic Development & Innovation Economy (Joint Order, SP 847)

Commission to Study Eliminating the Normal Retirement Age for Corrections Officers and Mental Health Workers (Chapter 181, Resolves of 2005)

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

Human Trafficking Task Force (Chapter 200, Resolves of 2005)

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

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

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

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

Commission to Study the Henderson Brook Bridge in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Chapter 598, Public Laws of 2005)

Right to Know Advisory Committee (Chapter 631, Public Laws of 2005)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Regular Session of the 122nd Legislature become effective August 23, 2006. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.


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.