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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 6

Monday, February 5, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2007

L.D. 393, H.P. 309
Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Develop Methods for the State To Promote the Generation of Electrical Power in an Environmentally Sound Manner and Independent of Foreign Fuel Imports. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 394, H.P. 310
An Act To Provide a Tax Benefit to Businesses That Invest in Quality Child Care. (Presented by Representative CONOVER of Oakland)

L.D. 395, H.P. 311
An Act To Use National Standards To Determine Maine's Relative Tax Burden for Purposes of Budget Caps. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 396, H.P. 312
An Act To Provide Additional Funding for the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 397, H.P. 313
An Act To Limit Liability for the Performance of Community Service. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 398, H.P. 314
An Act To Require Transmission Lines To Be Placed Underground near Certain Facilities. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 399, H.P. 315
An Act To Require Impact Statements from Potential Purchasers of Public Utilities and Those Who Apply To Extract Natural Resources. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 400, H.P. 316
An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources for Veterinarians for Farm Animals. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 401, H.P. 317
An Act To Protect the Integrity of Funeral Processions. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 402, H.P. 318
An Act To Clarify the Application of the Real Estate Transfer Tax with Regard to Partial Sales of Corporations That Own Real Estate. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 403, H.P. 319
An Act To Encourage Municipalities To Abate Coastal Pollution. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 404, H.P. 320
An Act To Limit Regional Adjustments to Teacher Salaries. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 405, H.P. 321
An Act To Establish Necessary MaineCare Pharmacy Incentives. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LEWIN of Eliot)

L.D. 406, H.P. 322
An Act To Prohibit Aerial Spraying of Pesticides near Buildings, Roads and Bodies of Water. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 407, H.P. 323
An Act To Allow the Use of Flashing Red Lights by State Emergency Management Agency Directors. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 408, H.P. 324
An Act To Make the Prison Industry Program More Effective. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 409, H.P. 325
Resolve, To Study Alternative Fuel Use by Schools and Public Buildings. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 410, H.P. 326
An Act To Repeal the Certification and Authorization Fees for School Personnel. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 411, H.P. 327
An Act To Establish a Pilot Program for Return of Unused Prescription Drugs by Mail. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 412, H.P. 328
An Act To Clarify the Application of Prevailing Wage Requirements. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 413, H.P. 329
An Act To Amend Maine's Electric Utility Restructuring Laws. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 414, H.P. 330
An Act To Decrease Cervical Cancer in Maine Girls. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 415, H.P. 331
An Act To Enhance Consumer Awareness of Insurance Sales Activity. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 416, H.P. 332
An Act To Protect Seniors and the Public from Unfair Health Insurance Sales Practices. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 417, H.P. 333
An Act To Authorize the Issuance of a Highway Fund Bond Issue for Maine's Roads and Bridges. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 418, H.P. 334
An Act To Make Maine Safer by Collecting DNA from Those Convicted of Felonies. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 419, H.P. 335
An Act To Restrict the Use of Credit Scoring for Insurance Purposes. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 420, H.P. 336
An Act Providing for Regulation of the Cable Television Industry by the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 421, H.P. 337
An Act To Improve Deer Management and Hunting. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 422, H.P. 338
An Act To Increase the State Income Tax Exemption for Retired Employees in the Maine State Retirement System and Other Pension Systems to the Same Level as That of Retirees under the Social Security System. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 423, H.P. 339
An Act To Ensure the Safety of the Public and of Victims of Sexual Assault. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 424, H.P. 340
An Act To Protect Children from Dangerous Drugs, Harmful Chemicals and Drug-related Violence. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 425, H.P. 341
An Act Regarding the Accounting Procedure for Certain State Programs. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 426, H.P. 342
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Repairs to Traditional Meetinghouses. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 427, H.P. 343
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Recreational Facilities. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 428, H.P. 344
An Act To Conserve Energy in Maine Households. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 429, H.P. 345
An Act To Improve Access to HIV Testing in Health Care Settings. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 430, H.P. 346
An Act To Enable Unorganized Territory Townships To Become a Municipality. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 431, H.P. 347
An Act To Enable the Dirigo Health Program To Be Self-administered. (Presented by Representative CONOVER of Oakland)

L.D. 432, S.P. 133
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Maintain, Improve and Develop Trails. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 433, S.P. 134
An Act To Amend the Bond Requirements for Estates of Decedents. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 434, S.P. 135
An Act To Allow a Voter To Preserve the Confidentiality of That Voter's Presence at the Polls. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 435, S.P. 136
An Act To Require Utilities and Competitive Service Providers To Pay Interest on Overestimates of Electric Power Bills. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 436, S.P. 137
An Act To Postpone the Expiration of the Required Nonhospital Expenditures Component in the Capital Investment Fund. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 437, S.P. 138
An Act To Address the Reporting of Oil Spills. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 438, S.P. 139
Resolve, To Improve Driver Education Programs. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 439, S.P. 140
An Act To Reform the Dirigo Health Program. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 440, S.P. 141
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Communities and Expand Maine's Innovative Economy through the New Century Program. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 441, S.P. 142
An Act To Restructure the Board of Commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority To Closely Match Local Authorities. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 442, S.P. 143
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Advertisements on Motor Vehicles Used in Driver Education. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 443, S.P. 144
An Act To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Meet the Federal Requirements on Regional Haze Visibility Impairment. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 444, S.P. 145
Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Review the Maine Pollutant Discharge Elimination System/Waste Discharge License Program Fee System. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 445, S.P. 146
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Municipal Investment Trust Fund. (Submitted by the Community Preservation Advisory Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4350, subsection 10.)

L.D. 446, S.P. 147
An Act To Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders to Better Ensure Public Safety and Awareness. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 447, S.P. 148
Resolve, To Improve the Registration Process for Commercial Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 448, S.P. 149
An Act To Improve Equity in School Funding. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 449, H.P. 348
An Act To Support and Create Creative Economy Businesses. (Presented by Representative BEAUDETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 450, H.P. 349
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Working Waterfronts. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 451, H.P. 350
An Act To Support the Creative Economy Effort. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 452, H.P. 351
An Act To Encourage the Reuse of Plastic Containers. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 453, H.P. 352
An Act To Enhance the Choices for Children and Parents from Areas without Public Secondary Schools. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 454, H.P. 353
An Act To Amend Truancy Laws Regarding Parent Involvement. (Presented by Representative SILSBY of Augusta)

L.D. 455, H.P. 354
An Act To Restrict Use of Trails Designed for All-terrain Vehicles. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 456, H.P. 355
An Act To Protect Holders of Small Bank Accounts. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 457, H.P. 356
An Act To Require Nonprofit Employers To Disclose All Benefits Available, Including Unemployment Insurance, to Employees and Prospective Employees. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 458, H.P. 357
An Act To Prevent Persons Convicted of Child Molestation from Being Buried in a Maine Veterans' Cemetery. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 459, H.P. 358
An Act To Reduce the Excise Tax on New Vehicles. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 460, H.P. 359
An Act To Amend the Municipal Excise Tax Reimbursement Fund Law. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 461, H.P. 360
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Human Trafficking Task Force. (Submitted by the Human Trafficking Task Force pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 200.)

L.D. 462, H.P. 361
An Act Authorizing the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts To Confer the Degree of Doctor of Visual Arts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 463, S.P. 150
An Act To Create the Marine Research Matching Fund. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 464, S.P. 151
An Act To Reform Public Education by Encouraging Regional Approaches. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 465, S.P. 152
An Act To Prohibit School Administrative Units from Advocating in Political Activity. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 466, S.P. 153
An Act To Provide County Commissioners with an Enforcement Mechanism with Regard to Parking Ordinances. (Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln)

L.D. 467, S.P. 154
An Act Regarding the Protection and Advocacy Agency Advisory Council. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 468, S.P. 155
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Compulsory School Attendance. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 469, S.P. 156
An Act To Disseminate "Lessons Learned" from Medical Injury Claims. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 470, S.P. 157
An Act To Add Ten Days to the School Year. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 471, S.P. 158
An Act To Clarify the Status of Lots Greater than 40 Acres on Plans Recorded for Unorganized Territory Land before September 21, 2001. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 472, S.P. 159
An Act To Clarify Land Planning in the Unorganized and Deorganized Townships of the State. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 473, S.P. 160
An Act To Clarify Land Use Regulation in Unorganized and Deorganized Townships. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 474, S.P. 161
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Transportation To Rename State Bridge Number 5278 the Ryan Quirion Guthrie Bridge. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 475, S.P. 162
An Act To Prevent Additional Housing Charges for Persons Requiring In-home Care. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 476, S.P. 163
An Act To Establish a Reinsurance Fund To Expand Health Insurance Coverage for Individuals and Small Groups. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 477, S.P. 164
An Act To Deter Parental Alienation. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 478, H.P. 362
An Act Regarding the Certification of the Required Driving Time for a License for Certain Persons under 21 Years of Age. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 479, H.P. 363
An Act Regarding Licensure Testing by the Oil and Solid Fuel Board. (Presented by Representative DRISCOLL of Westbrook)

L.D. 480, H.P. 364
Resolve, To Reduce Paperwork Retention Required by the Maine State Housing Authority. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 481, H.P. 365
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Review and Assess Distance Learning Opportunities for High School Students. (Presented by Representative FARRINGTON of Gorham)

L.D. 482, H.P. 366
Resolve, To Conduct an Objective and Independent Review of Essential Programs and Services. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 483, H.P. 367
An Act To Require That Public Schools Start after Labor Day. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 484, H.P. 368
An Act To Adjust the School Funding Formula with Regard to Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Representative CARTER of Bethel)

L.D. 485, H.P. 369
An Act To Provide Free Turkey Hunting Permits to Maine Residents 80 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 486, H.P. 370
An Act To Establish an Apprenticeship Hunter License Program. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 487, H.P. 371
An Act Regarding Children in the Child Welfare System. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 488, H.P. 372
An Act To Amend the Child Support Laws. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 489, H.P. 373
Resolve, To Increase the Authority of the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 490, H.P. 374
An Act To Clarify Reporting of Contributions and Expenditures by Persons Involving a Ballot Question. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 491, H.P. 375
An Act To Set Limits on Political Action Committee Contributions. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 492, H.P. 376
An Act To Clarify Who Receives Money from Fines for Violations of Maine's Soft-shelled Clam Laws. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 493, H.P. 377
Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Provide Engineering and Permitting Assistance To Clean Up Toothaker Pond. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 494, H.P. 378
An Act To Repeal the Motor Vehicle Inspection Laws. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 495, H.P. 379
An Act To Add the Combat Infantryman Badge to the Special Commemorative Decals for Veterans License Plates. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 496, H.P. 380
An Act To Exempt Emergency Vehicles from Tolls on the Maine Turnpike. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 497, H.P. 381
An Act To Allow Funeral Processions To Use Certain Lights. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 498, H.P. 382
An Act To Limit the Charges for a Lost Cell Phone. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 499, H.P. 383
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 500, S.P. 165
An Act To Amend the Definition of Health Care Facility To Include Hospice Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 501, H.P. 384
An Act To Provide Relief to the Commuters on Casco Bay Islands. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 502, H.P. 385
An Act To Ensure That Maine Residents Have Reliable Winter Heating Assistance. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 503, H.P. 386
An Act Regarding the Authority of the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Issue Permits to Beagle Clubs To Trap Snowshoe Hares. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 504, H.P. 387
An Act To Require the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Reserve 250 Moose Permits for Residents Who Have Never Received One. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 505, H.P. 388
An Act To Clarify the Status of a Case following the Establishment of Permanent Guardianship. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 506, H.P. 389
An Act To Rescind the Statute of Limitations on the Ability To File a Civil Suit in Cases Dealing with Unlawful Sexual Contact. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 507, H.P. 390
An Act Recognizing Native American Religion in Maine Prisons and Jails. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 508, H.P. 391
An Act Concerning Citizens' Initiatives and Public Disclosure of Influence. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 509, H.P. 392
An Act To Amend Laws Pertaining to Entry into the Lobster Fishery. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 510, H.P. 393
An Act To Amend the Membership of the Advisory Council on Tax-deferred Arrangements. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 511, H.P. 394
An Act To Study the Feasibility of Locating a New Bridge in the St. David Area. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 512, S.P. 167
An Act To Change the Name of the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 513, S.P. 168
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 514, S.P. 169
An Act To Protect Community Safety by Amending Maine's Bail Code. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 515, S.P. 170
An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Persons Serving as Permanency Guardians or Receiving Permanency Guardianship Subsidies. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 516, S.P. 171
An Act To Make More Affordable the Surcharge on the Sale of Dogs and Cats That Have Not Been Neutered. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 517, H.P. 395
Resolve, To Promote Public Safety by Establishing a Multiple-OUI Registry. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 518, H.P. 396
An Act To Protect Children in Public Schools by Notifying All School Personnel of Sex Offenders Residing, Working or Attending School in the School District. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 519, H.P. 397
An Act To Provide Assistance to Family Members, Friends and Neighbors Who Provide Home Health Care for Senior Citizens. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 520, H.P. 398
An Act To Ensure Access to MaineCare Services. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 521, H.P. 399
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Juveniles. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 522, H.P. 400
An Act To Require the Posting of Proof of Workers' Compensation Insurance at Construction Sites. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 523, H.P. 401
An Act To Provide for Enforcement of Land Use Limitations Relating to Cemeteries. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 524, H.P. 402
An Act To Exempt Registered Farm Trucks from Commercial Inspection. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

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