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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 8

Monday, February 19, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ch. 1 - An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2007. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 186, L.D. 215) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 2 - An Act Regarding the Certification of the Required Driving Time for a License for Certain Persons under 21 Years of Age. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 362, L.D. 478)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Ch. 3 - An Act To Clarify the Confirmation Process of the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 196, L.D. 604)

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, FEBRUARY 16, 2007

L.D. 695, H.P. 526
An Act Concerning Applications Processed by the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 696, H.P. 527
An Act To Require Credentials for Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Volunteers. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 697, H.P. 528
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Department of Corrections Facilities. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 698, H.P. 529
An Act To Increase the Seal Fee for Registration of a Harvested Animal. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 699, H.P. 530
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Improve Certain Aspects of the Citizen Initiative Process. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 700, H.P. 531
An Act To Limit Expenditures by Political Action Committees. (Presented by Representative GROSE of Woolwich)

L.D. 701, H.P. 532
An Act To Authorize the Operation of Slot Machines on Indian Island in Old Town. (Presented by Representative LORING of the Penobscot Nation)

L.D. 702, H.P. 533
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Establish Foundations To Support Education. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 703, H.P. 534
An Act To Repeal the Tax on Private Nonmedical Institutions. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 704, H.P. 535
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97, Private Non-medical Institution Services, 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. 705, H.P. 536
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 329: Rules Governing Milk and Milk Products, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 706, S.P. 223
An Act To Support New Drivers. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 707, S.P. 224
An Act To Fund the Fractionation Development Center. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 708, S.P. 225
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Emancipation of Minors. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 709, S.P. 226
An Act To Amend the Accord and Satisfaction Laws To Add Juveniles. (Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln)

L.D. 710, S.P. 227
An Act To Promote Rural Broadband Access. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 711, S.P. 228
An Act Regarding Notice That Must Be Provided by a Psychiatric Facility Concerning Certain Patients. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 712, S.P. 229
An Act To Continue To Allow Public Retiree Organizations Access to the Maine State Retirement System's List of All State Retirees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 713, S.P. 230
An Act To Create the Insurance Fraud Division within the Bureau of Insurance. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 714, S.P. 231
An Act To Promote Efficiency in the District Court. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 715, S.P. 232
An Act To Disclose Legislative Spending. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 716, H.P. 537
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 324: ConnectME Tax Reimbursements, a Major Substantive Rule of Maine Revenue Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Revenue Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 717, H.P. 538
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 1: General Provisions and Chapter 10: Land Use Districts and Standards, Major Substantive Rules of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 718, H.P. 539
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Stimulate the Midcoast Economy. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 719, H.P. 540
An Act To Encourage Manufacturing by Expanding Pine Tree Development Zones. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 720, H.P. 541
An Act To Clarify What Constitutes a Schedule W Drug. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 721, H.P. 542
An Act To Restore Support for HIV and AIDS Treatment and Prevention. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 722, H.P. 543
An Act To Create the Acquired Brain Injury Fund. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 723, H.P. 544
An Act To Integrate Chronic Disease Prevention and Care into the MaineCare Program. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 724, H.P. 545
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Benefits to Certain Guardians of Minors. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 725, H.P. 546
An Act To Ensure Retail Tobacco License Compliance. (Presented by Representative RAND of Portland)

L.D. 726, H.P. 547
An Act To Provide Services for Adults with Diagnoses of Mental Retardation and Other Developmental Disabilities. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 727, H.P. 548
An Act To Expand the Definition of Health Care Facility under the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority Act. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 728, H.P. 549
An Act To Enhance the Wise Use and Sound Management of Maine's Wildlife Resources. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 729, H.P. 550
An Act To Compensate Employees Required To Be "On-call" by Their Employers. (Presented by Representative GREELEY of Levant)

L.D. 730, H.P. 551
Resolve, Authorizing Matthew Haskell To Sue the State. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 731, H.P. 552
An Act To Preserve the Integrity of Elections by Removing the Requirement for a Challenge Affidavit. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 732, H.P. 553
An Act To Improve the Candidate Nomination and Replacement Process. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 733, H.P. 554
An Act Concerning Deductibles for Underground Oil Storage Facilities and Tanks. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 734, H.P. 555
An Act To Improve Public Understanding in Rulemaking. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 735, H.P. 556
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption for Active Duty Military Pay and Disability Military Pay. (Presented by Representative VAUGHAN of Durham)

L.D. 736, H.P. 557
An Act To Protect Small Woodland Owners. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 737, H.P. 558
An Act To Promote Forest Management Planning and Certification. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 738, H.P. 559
An Act To Assist Communities Affected by Base Closures. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 739, H.P. 560
Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services To Study and Develop a Tax Increment Financing Program To Fund the Washington County Development Authority. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 740, H.P. 561
An Act To Promote the Safety of Deaf or Hard-of-hearing Drivers. (Presented by Representative GROSE of Woolwich)

L.D. 741, H.P. 562
An Act Regarding When an Overweight Truck May Be Required To Unload. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 742, H.P. 563
An Act Concerning Wholesale Power Purchases by Consumer-owned Transmission and Distribution Utilities. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 743, H.P. 564
An Act To Allow Transmission and Distribution Utilities To Generate and Sell Power. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 744, H.P. 565
An Act To Stabilize and Expand Funding for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Maine. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 745, H.P. 566
An Act To Expand the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 746, H.P. 567
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Finance the Acquisition of Land and Water Access and To Access Matching Contributions. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 747, H.P. 568
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Municipal Investment Trust Fund. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 748, H.P. 569
An Act To Expand the Recycling of Beverage Containers. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 749, H.P. 570
An Act To Dedicate Unclaimed Beverage Deposits to Beverage Container Recycling Development. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 750, H.P. 571
An Act To Support Realize!Maine To Attract and Retain Young People in the State's Workforce. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 751, H.P. 572
An Act To Modernize Maine's Accountancy Laws. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 752, H.P. 573
An Act To Streamline Licensure for Sign Language Interpreters. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 753, H.P. 574
Resolve, To Invest in Children and Families through Family Resource Centers. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 754, H.P. 575
An Act To Allow Physician Assistants To Sign Death Certificates. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 755, H.P. 576
An Act To Ensure the Success of All Maine Families through Early Care and Education. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 756, H.P. 577
An Act To Enhance and Clarify the Small Claims System. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 757, H.P. 578
An Act To Improve the Ability of Superintendents To Act in the Best Interests of Students. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 758, H.P. 579
An Act To Protect Household Pets and Other Animals from Poisoning. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 759, H.P. 580
An Act To Increase the Percentage of Renewable Power in Systems of Very Large Investor-owned Transmission and Distribution Utilities. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 760, H.P. 581
An Act To Reduce the Excise Tax on Certain Commercial Vehicles. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 761, H.P. 582
An Act To Enable Municipalities To Establish Municipal Land Banks Funded by Local Option Real Estate Transfer Taxes. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 762, H.P. 583
An Act To Enhance a Community's Capacity To Support Affordable Housing. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 763, H.P. 584
An Act To Allow Early Retirement for Captains in the Maine State Ferry Service. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 764, H.P. 585
An Act To Clarify Standards for Issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 765, H.P. 586
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of ConnectME Authority, Chapter 101, a Major Substantive Rule of the Governor's Office. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Governor's Office pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 766, S.P. 233
An Act To Permit Operation of a Modified Show Vehicle on a Public Way. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 767, S.P. 234
Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Revenue Services To Make Information Available Concerning the Amount of Revenue Received from the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund Tax Return Checkoff. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 768, S.P. 235
An Act To Ensure That Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits Are Not Extended to Businesses That Compete with Existing Maine Businesses. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 769, H.P. 587
An Act To Establish the Missing Senior Citizen Alert Program. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 770, H.P. 588
An Act To Clarify Application of the Medical Marijuana Law. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 771, H.P. 589
An Act To Allow a Hunter To Retrieve a Dog from Posted Property. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 772, H.P. 590
An Act To Track and Record All Fishing-related Rules Changes. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 773, H.P. 591
An Act To Preserve Dirigo Choice. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 774, H.P. 592
An Act To Coordinate the Implementation of the In-stream Flow and Water Level Rules among the Department of Environmental Protection, the Drinking Water Program of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 775, H.P. 593
An Act To Create a Special License Plate To Support Breast Cancer Support Services. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 776, H.P. 594
An Act To Establish the Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine State Retirement System pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 17103, subsection 13.)

L.D. 777, S.P. 237
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Affordable Rental Housing. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 778, S.P. 238
An Act To Enhance the Qualifications for a Concealed Firearms Permit. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 779, H.P. 595
An Act To Remove Clergy as Signatories on Marriage Licenses. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 780, H.P. 596
An Act To Enhance Redevelopment of Mill Buildings. (Presented by Representative BEAUDETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 781, H.P. 597
An Act Making Unified Highway Fund and Other Funds Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government 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 MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 782, H.P. 598
An Act To Establish a New Method of Determining the State Budget. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 783, H.P. 599
An Act To Clarify That Senior Lifetime Hunting Licenses Include the Right To Hunt Turkey. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 784, H.P. 600
An Act To Enhance the Natural Resources Protection Laws. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 785, H.P. 601
An Act To Promote Green Power Use at State Buildings. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 786, H.P. 602
An Act To Establish the Maine Land Bank and Community Preservation Program. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 787, H.P. 603
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Change the Assessment of Lands Used for Long-term Ownership. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 788, H.P. 604
An Act To Dedicate 20 Percent of the Sales Tax on Motor Vehicles to the Highway Fund. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 789, H.P. 605
An Act To Decrease the Excise Tax Imposed on Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative SIROIS of Turner)

L.D. 790, S.P. 239
An Act To Strengthen Rural Community Investment. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 791, S.P. 240
An Act To Ensure Equitable Geographic Representation on the State Board of Education. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 792, S.P. 241
An Act Concerning Postpartum Mental Health Education. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 793, S.P. 242
An Act To Provide Essential Library Resources to All Maine Communities. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 794, S.P. 243
An Act To Provide Representation by a Mechanic or Installer on the Manufactured Housing Board. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 795, S.P. 244
An Act To Extend the Solar Energy Rebate Program. (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 796, S.P. 245
An Act To Create the Endangered or Threatened Marine Species Fund. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 797, S.P. 246
An Act To Conform State Law with Federal Law Regarding Bankruptcy Exemptions. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 798, S.P. 247
An Act To Standardize Inshore Dragging Seasons for Scallops and Sea Cucumbers. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 799, S.P. 248
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Motorized Watercraft on Lily Pond in Deer Isle. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 800, S.P. 249
An Act To Enhance the Maine State Grant Program. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 801, S.P. 250
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure Improvements for Canton Village and To Provide Funding for the Career Center in Rumford. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 802, S.P. 251
An Act To Ensure the Income Tax for Pensions Is Applied Fairly by Eliminating Reductions of Social Security and Railroad Benefits. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 803, S.P. 252
An Act To Stimulate the Economy in the St. John Valley. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 804, S.P. 253
An Act To Ensure Responsible Government Spending, Investment and Educational Efficiency. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 805, I.B. 1
An Act To Authorize a Tribal Commercial Track and Slot Machines in Washington County. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 123rd Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on February 15, 2007 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 806, H.P. 606
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Maine Biomedical Research Fund to Create Jobs and Strengthen Maine's Economy. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 807, H.P. 607
An Act To Prevent Overcharging for Prescription Drug Copayments. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 808, H.P. 608
Resolve, To Establish the Study Group To Examine Strategies for Integrating Nutritional Wellness and Prevention Measures into Maine's Health Care System. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 809, H.P. 609
An Act To Amend the Adverse Possession Law. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 810, H.P. 610
An Act To Improve Solid Waste Management. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 811, H.P. 611
An Act To Exempt Dietary Supplements from the Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 812, H.P. 612
An Act To Amend the Driver's License Laws. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 813, H.P. 613
An Act To Provide an Energy Allowance to At-home Patients Using Ventilators. (Presented by Representative BROWNE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 814, S.P. 257
An Act To Incorporate Binding Arbitration for Monetary Issues in Collective Bargaining for All State, County and Municipal Employees. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 815, S.P. 258
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Establishment of Residency for Convicted Sex Offenders after Release from Prison. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 816, S.P. 259
An Act To Improve the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

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://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/billtexts.

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