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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 10

Monday, March 5, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007

L.D. 875, H.P. 665
An Act To Continue the Protection of Marine Waters and Organisms from the Risks Posed by the Applications of Pesticides. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2005, chapter 553, section 4.)

L.D. 876, H.P. 666
Resolve, To Study Maine's Agricultural Creative Economy Sector. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 877, H.P. 667
An Act Regarding the Homestead Exemption as It Applies to Certain Housing Cooperatives. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 878, H.P. 668
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Harrison Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 879, S.P. 272
An Act To Authorize a Local Option Homestead Exemption. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 880, S.P. 273
An Act To Increase the Amount of Money a Resident in a Nursing Home May Spend on Personal Expenses. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 881, S.P. 274
An Act To Create a Tax Break for Families That Make Less Than $25,000 Annually. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 882, S.P. 275
An Act To Create a 5-year Statute of Limitations for Environmental Violations. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 883, S.P. 281
An Act To Allow a Self-pay Patient To Choose between Generic and Brand-name Medications. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 884, H.P. 669
An Act To Provide Funding to Postsecondary Marine Training Programs. (Presented by Representative EMERY of Cutler)

L.D. 885, H.P. 670
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Costs of Providing Certain Services in the Unorganized Territories. (Submitted by the Commission to Study the Costs of Providing Certain Services in the Unorganized Territories pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 125.)

L.D. 886, H.P. 671
An Act To Clarify Certain Laws Related to Fire Safety. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 887, H.P. 672
An Act To Reduce Watercraft Noise Levels on Lakes. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 888, H.P. 673
An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Personal Watercraft". (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 889, H.P. 674
An Act To Allow Apartment Building Owners To Prevent Damage to Property in the Installation of Over-the-air Reception Devices. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 890, H.P. 675
An Act To Allow the Awarding of Prize Money from Gambling Machines Run by Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 891, H.P. 676
An Act To Allow and Regulate Additional Pari-mutuel Wagering at Commercial Tracks. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 892, H.P. 677
An Act To Authorize Nonprofit Organizations To Conduct Tournament Games. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 893, H.P. 678
An Act To Exempt from Excise Tax Maine Military Personnel Who Are Serving Their Tours of Duty in Maine. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 894, H.P. 679
An Act To Establish a 6-month Registration Period for Farm Truck License Plates. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 895, S.P. 283
An Act Concerning Blasting near Residential Areas. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 896, S.P. 284
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Cleanup of Hazardous Waste Sites. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 897, S.P. 285
An Act Relating to Trains and Train Service in the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 898, S.P. 286
An Act To Increase Educational Opportunities in the Kennebec Valley Region. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 899, S.P. 287
Resolve, To Establish a Committee To Examine the Impacts of the 1993 Amendments to General Assistance Program Eligibility. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 900, S.P. 288
An Act To Reduce the Capital Gains Tax. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 901, S.P. 289
An Act To Require Legislative Review before a Road's Designation or Classification May Be Changed. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 902, S.P. 290
An Act To Amend the Maine Health Data Organization Laws. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 903, S.P. 291
An Act To Assist Maine Military Families. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 904, S.P. 292
An Act To Make Technical and Supervisory Amendments to the Banking Laws. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 905, H.P. 680
An Act To Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act To Strengthen Safeguards for Small Businesses. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 906, H.P. 681
An Act To Clarify Municipal Responsibility in Providing Emergency Service during a Declared Emergency. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Berwick)

L.D. 907, H.P. 682
An Act To Ensure the Safety of Facilities Dispensing Flammable Liquids. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 908, H.P. 683
An Act To Ensure Safety at Motor Vehicle Events. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 909, H.P. 684
An Act To Support Central Maine Community College. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 910, H.P. 685
An Act To Support Regionalization of Public Schools and Achieve Efficiency and Improve Quality. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 911, H.P. 686
An Act To Provide Health Care Insurance to Volunteer Public Safety Personnel. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Berwick)

L.D. 912, H.P. 687
An Act To Return Affordable Health Insurance to the State. (Presented by Representative WALKER of Lincolnville)

L.D. 913, H.P. 688
An Act To Amend State Employees' Bargaining Agents' Election Contributions. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 914, H.P. 689
An Act To Extend the Hours for Sale and Delivery of Alcohol. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 915, H.P. 690
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bingo. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 916, H.P. 691
An Act To Permit the Sale of Antique Barometers. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 917, H.P. 692
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce the Size of the Legislature to 132 Members. (Presented by Representative PENDLETON of Scarborough)

L.D. 918, H.P. 693
Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development To Convene a Working Group To Explore Regionalization. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 919, H.P. 694
An Act To Clarify the Sales Tax and Service Provider Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Ambulance Services. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 920, H.P. 695
An Act To Repeal the Maine Use Tax. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 921, H.P. 696
An Act To Allow a Landowner To Alter Land within a Highway Right-of-way Held by the Department of Transportation. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 922, H.P. 697
An Act To Permit a Noncommercial Agricultural Designation for Certain License Plates. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 923, H.P. 698
An Act To Prohibit the Surgical Removal of Vocal Cords in Dogs. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 924, H.P. 699
An Act To Preserve Agricultural Fairs in Rural Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LUNDEEN of Mars Hill)

L.D. 925, H.P. 700
An Act To Provide Funds To Support Residential Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 926, H.P. 701
An Act To Support the Marine Law Institute. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 927, H.P. 702
An Act To Preserve Historic Architecture by Encouraging Owner-occupied Small Business Conversion. (Presented by Representative ANNIS of Dover-Foxcroft)

L.D. 928, H.P. 703
An Act To Make Higher Education More Efficient and More Economical. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 929, H.P. 704
An Act To Promote Legal Services in Rural Maine. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 930, H.P. 705
An Act To Regionalize Supervision of Students in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 931, H.P. 706
Resolve, To Examine Eligibility for MaineCare Long-term Care Services. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 932, H.P. 707
Resolve, To Study Incentives To Encourage All-terrain Vehicle Registrants To Join Local All-terrain Vehicle Clubs. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 933, H.P. 708
An Act To Authorize the Certification of Workplace Safety Programs Offered by Workers' Compensation Insurers. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 934, H.P. 709
An Act To Establish Working Hours and Wages for Teenagers. (Presented by Representative CURTIS of Madison)

L.D. 935, H.P. 710
An Act To Continue To Ensure the Long-term Capacity of Municipal Landfills. (Presented by Representative MAKAS of Lewiston)

L.D. 936, H.P. 711
An Act To Protect the Housing Opportunities for Maine Fund. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 937, H.P. 712
An Act To Exempt Qualifying Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment from State Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 938, H.P. 713
An Act To Delay Implementation of Motor Vehicle Inspection Rules until Inspectors Have Rules in Hand for 5 Days. (Presented by Representative MIRAMANT of Camden)

L.D. 939, H.P. 714
An Act To Permit Front-wheel Drive Vehicles To Have Front Studded Snow Tires Only. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 940, H.P. 715
Resolve, To Protect the Future of the Sebago Lake Water Supply. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 941, H.P. 716
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Long Pond Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative EATON of Sullivan)

L.D. 942, S.P. 293
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Educational Facilities and Research and Development Facilities for the University of New England. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 943, S.P. 294
Resolve, To Create a Look-back Rule for Residential Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 944, S.P. 295
An Act To Reduce Regulatory Costs for Maine Businesses. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 945, S.P. 296
An Act To Require the State's Share of Local Aid to Education To Be Used for Property Tax Relief. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 946, S.P. 297
An Act To Prevent Smoke Detector Tampering. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 947, S.P. 298
Resolve, To Prepare Students for Success in the Twenty-first Century. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 948, S.P. 299
An Act To Provide Relief to Maine Residents from Postsecondary Tuition Costs. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 949, S.P. 300
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Public Fighting. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 950, S.P. 301
An Act To Amend the Endangering the Welfare of a Child Laws. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 951, S.P. 302
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Credit Card Companies. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 952, S.P. 303
An Act To Reduce the Income Tax. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 953, S.P. 304
An Act To Provide for Nonpartisan Elections for Sheriffs. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 954, S.P. 305
An Act To Reduce the Sales Tax on Business Energy. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 955, S.P. 306
An Act To Amend the Employment Practices Law Regarding Substance Abuse Testing of Temporary Workers. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 956, S.P. 307
An Act To Increase Compliance with Truck Weight Limits. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 957, H.P. 717
An Act To Enact a Five-point Welfare Reform Plan. (Presented by Representative LANSLEY of Sabattus)

L.D. 958, H.P. 718
An Act To Protect Maine Citizens' Credit. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 959, H.P. 719
An Act To Require Insurers To Use Savings from Dirigo Health To Reduce Premiums. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 960, H.P. 720
An Act To Base Value in Eminent Domain Takings of Businesses on Going Concern Value. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 961, H.P. 721
An Act To Authorize an Alternative Calculation of the Property Growth Factor for Industrial Municipalities. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 962, H.P. 722
An Act To Reform and Lower Maine Taxes. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 963, H.P. 723
An Act To Prohibit Construction Companies from Using Certain Heavy Equipment in Residential Neighborhoods. (Presented by Representative McDONOUGH of Scarborough)

L.D. 964, H.P. 724
An Act To Establish a Special License Plate To Honor Maine Residents Serving Our Country. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 965, H.P. 725
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 328: Rules Governing the Licensing and Inspection of Farm Cheese, 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. 966, H.P. 726
An Act To Make Part 1 of the Maine Criminal Code Gender-neutral. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 967, H.P. 727
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 007: Implementation of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Model, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 968, H.P. 728
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 587: In-stream Flow and Water Level Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 969, H.P. 729
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 316, Long Term Contracting and Resource Adequacy, 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. 970, H.P. 730
An Act To Eliminate the Estate Recovery Delayed Claims Exemption. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 971, H.P. 731
An Act To Amend Certain Animal Health Laws. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 972, H.P. 732
An Act To Delay the Fiscal Sustainability of the Highway Fund. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 973, H.P. 733
An Act To Require the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention To Publish Abortion Statistics. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 974, H.P. 734
An Act To Amend the Certification Requirements for Special-purpose School Teachers. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 975, H.P. 735
Resolve, To Provide Reimbursement for Residential Care Facilities for Rising Heating Costs and Cost-of-living Adjustments. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 976, H.P. 736
An Act To Encourage Cost Efficiency in Administration of and Contribution to Tax Burden Reduction by School Districts. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 977, H.P. 737
An Act To Address the Funding Needs of Air and Ground Emergency Medical Services. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 978, H.P. 738
An Act To Amend the Process for Making Certain Changes to State-owned Land. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 979, H.P. 739
An Act To Adjust the Calculation of the Essential Programs and Services Pupil Count to Accurately Reflect Population Change. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 980, H.P. 740
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Burial or Cremation of Certain Persons. (Presented by Representative CROSTHWAITE of Ellsworth)

L.D. 981, H.P. 741
An Act Concerning the Supervision of Nursing Support Staff. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 982, H.P. 742
An Act To Encourage Youth Hunting. (Presented by Representative CARTER of Bethel)

L.D. 983, H.P. 743
An Act To More Clearly Define Maple Syrup. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 984, H.P. 744
Resolve, To Evaluate MaineCare Finances. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 985, H.P. 745
An Act To Include Family Life Skills in the System of Learning Results. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 986, H.P. 746
An Act To Establish an Agriculture Education Registration Plate. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 987, H.P. 747
An Act To Provide Gambling Addiction Counseling Services through the Office of Substance Abuse. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 988, H.P. 748
An Act To Improve the Protection from Abuse Laws. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 989, H.P. 749
An Act To Extend Parental Support Obligations for College Students. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 990, H.P. 750
An Act To Assist Children Who Are Not Receiving Court-ordered Child Support Payments. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 991, H.P. 751
An Act To Clarify the Security Requirements for Self-insurers. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 992, S.P. 309
Resolve, To Increase Highway Safety by Establishing a Dangerous Driver Hotline. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 993, S.P. 310
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Winterport Water District. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 994, S.P. 311
An Act To Make Minor Changes to the Gambling Control Board Laws. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 995, S.P. 312
An Act To Reduce the Expense of Health Care Treatment and Protect the Health of Maine Citizens by Providing Early Screening, Detection and Prevention of Cancer. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 996, S.P. 313
An Act To Support Medical Practice Protocols in Patient Care. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 997, S.P. 314
An Act Imposing Increased Responsibility for Registered Owners of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 998, S.P. 315
An Act To Further Facilitate the Regionalization of Emergency Communications Dispatching Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 999, S.P. 316
An Act To Improve Transportation for Veterans. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1000, S.P. 317
An Act To Increase Firearm Safety on College Campuses. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1001, S.P. 318
An Act To Eliminate the Property Tax on Business Equipment Owned by Small Retailers. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1002, S.P. 319
An Act To Improve Access to and Awareness of the Circuitbreaker Program. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1003, S.P. 320
An Act To Amend the Tax Credit for Biofuel Production. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1004, S.P. 321
An Act To Repeal the Laws That Establish a Deposit for Bottles and Cans. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 1005, S.P. 322
An Act To Amend the Tax Laws Concerning Certain Motor Vehicle Dealership Transactions. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1006, S.P. 323
An Act To Ensure Fairness for Maine Businesses. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

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