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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 13

Monday, March 26, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 19, 2007

Ch. 11 - An Act To Allow a Newspaper Carrier To Use Flashing Amber Lights on That Carrier's Vehicle. (H.P. 155, L.D. 173)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ch. 12 - An Act To Amend the Authority of a Motor Vehicle Investigator. (H.P. 114, L.D. 122)

Ch. 13 - An Act Regarding Penalties for Payments Made to the State That Are Rejected by a Financial Institution. (H.P. 188, L.D. 217)

Ch. 14 - An Act To Update References to Federal Laws in the Maine Uniform Securities Act and To Make Other Technical Corrections to the Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 266, L.D. 332)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ch. 15 - An Act To Encourage Municipalities To Abate Coastal Pollution. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 319, L.D. 403)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ch. 2 - An Act To Permit Andover College To Issue Degrees under New Ownership. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 205, L.D. 271)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 19, 2007

Ch. 2 - Resolve, To Designate a Portion of U.S. Route 1 in Indian Township Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation as the Captain Tomah Lewey Memorial Highway. (H.P. 83, L.D. 85)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Ch. 3 - Resolve, To Improve the Professional Development of County Officials. (H.P. 126, L.D. 142)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 22, 2007

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 250: Rules Relating to Smoking in the Workplace, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Partnership for a Tobacco-free Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 39, L.D. 38)

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, MARCH 23, 2007

L.D. 1468, H.P. 1030
An Act To Adjust the Milk Handling Fee. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1469, H.P. 1031
An Act To Enhance Accountability in Future Tax Increment Financing. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1470, H.P. 1032
An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Physicians. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1471, H.P. 1033
An Act To Ensure That Publicly Funded Programs Do Not Jeopardize Existing Industry. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1472, H.P. 1034
An Act To Provide for the Regulation of Denturists by the Board of Complementary Health Care Providers. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1473, H.P. 1035
An Act To Provide State Support for State-approved School Construction Projects in Certain Municipalities. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1474, H.P. 1036
An Act To Increase the Minimum Medical Payments Coverage in Automobile Insurance. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1475, H.P. 1037
An Act To Assist Maine Property Owners of Land near State-owned Railroads. (Presented by Representative GROSE of Woolwich)

L.D. 1476, H.P. 1038
An Act Relating to Bad Check Enforcement Programs Operated by Private Entities. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1477, H.P. 1039
An Act Concerning the Natural Resources Protection Laws and Related Provisions. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1478, H.P. 1040
An Act To Reduce County Tax on Certain Municipalities. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1479, H.P. 1041
An Act To Clarify Responsibility for the Collection of Rental Taxes. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 1480, H.P. 1042
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Donations to Maine Public Schools. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1481, H.P. 1043
An Act To Provide Tax Relief to Middle-income Residents through the Maine Residents Property Tax Program. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1482, H.P. 1044
An Act To Assist Recipients of Tax-exempt Income. (Presented by Representative FARRINGTON of Gorham)

L.D. 1483, H.P. 1045
An Act To Exempt a Portion of Rental Income from Taxation. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1484, H.P. 1046
An Act To Fund Community Health Centers. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1485, H.P. 1047
An Act Relating to Automotive Core Parts. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1486, H.P. 1048
An Act To Clarify the Property Tax Exemption for Family Burial Grounds. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1487, H.P. 1049
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Automotive Reflective and Tinted Glass. (Presented by Representative BERUBE of Lisbon)

L.D. 1488, H.P. 1050
An Act To Reduce Contamination in the Home from the Release of Brominated Flame Retardants. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Public Law 2003, chapter 629.)

L.D. 1489, S.P. 516
An Act To Enhance Fairness in Arbitration. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 1490, S.P. 517
An Act To Reduce the Amount of Good Time That May Be Awarded to Certain Offenders. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1491, S.P. 518
An Act To Create Child Safe Zones and To Increase the Use of Electronic Monitoring of High-risk Sex Offenders. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1492, S.P. 519
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit Incurring Any New Unfunded Liabilities for Retiree Health Benefits and To Require a 20-year Amortization of Public Retiree Benefits . (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1493, S.P. 520
An Act To Authorize the Employer To Adjust Workers' Compensation Benefits When the Employee Returns To Work for Another Employer. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1494, S.P. 521
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reform Property Taxes by Limiting Increases. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1495, S.P. 522
An Act To Reduce Additional State Fees for Consumer-owned Electric Utility Customers. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1496, S.P. 523
An Act To Restrict the Time during Which an Airmobile May Be Operated. (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1497, S.P. 524
An Act To Improve Local Control over Bars. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1498, S.P. 525
An Act To Prohibit Out-of-state Corporations from Contributing to State and County Elections. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 1499, S.P. 526
An Act To Improve the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1500, S.P. 527
An Act To Allow the Department of Environmental Protection To Charge Interest for Late Payment of Fees. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1501, H.P. 1051
An Act To Set Standards for Interviewing Children Who Are Subjects of a Child Protective Intervention. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1502, H.P. 1052
An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Property and Casualty Insurance. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1503, H.P. 1053
An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative BRAUTIGAM of Falmouth)

L.D. 1504, H.P. 1054
An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1505, S.P. 528
An Act To Adopt the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1506, S.P. 529
An Act To Reform Maine's School Funding. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1507, S.P. 530
An Act Regarding Political Activities of Corporations. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1508, S.P. 531
An Act To Protect the Scenic Value of the Kennebec River. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1509, S.P. 532
Resolve, To Protect Nursing Facilities. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1510, S.P. 533
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Deduction for Health Insurance Premiums. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1511, S.P. 534
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Dispose of Unfunded Liabilities in State Retiree Health Care Plans. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1512, S.P. 535
An Act To Change the Statute of Limitations for Gross Sexual Assault by a Juvenile. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1513, S.P. 536
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Water and Wastewater Infrastructure. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1514, S.P. 537
An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1515, S.P. 538
An Act To Require That Notaries Public Keep Records of Notarial Acts. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1516, S.P. 539
An Act To Permit Certain Health Care Practices. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1517, S.P. 540
An Act To Allow Maine Consumers To Purchase Health Insurance from Out-of-State Insurers. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1518, S.P. 541
An Act To Establish a Renewable Energy Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1519, S.P. 542
An Act To Amend the Staffing and Reporting Requirements for the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1520, S.P. 543
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Biorefineries. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1521, S.P. 544
An Act To Provide Education Concerning and Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1522, S.P. 545
An Act To Modify the Citizen Initiative Process. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1523, S.P. 546
An Act Requiring Heavy Metal-free Immunizing Agents. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1524, S.P. 547
An Act To Increase Judicial Salaries. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Judicial Compensation Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 4, section 1701.)

L.D. 1525, S.P. 548
An Act To Promote Compassion in Schoolchildren. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1526, S.P. 549
An Act To Enhance Family Development Accounts. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1527, S.P. 550
An Act To Set Maximum Allowable Television Viewing Hours for State-licensed Child Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1528, S.P. 551
An Act To Protect Native Diadromous Fish during Their Migration. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1529, S.P. 552
An Act To Create a Scholarship Grant Organization Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1530, S.P. 553
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce the Size of the Legislature to 140 Members. (Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln)

L.D. 1531, H.P. 1056
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Land for Maine's Future Program. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1532, H.P. 1057
An Act To Fund a Southern Maine Regional Applied Technology Center in Sanford. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1533, H.P. 1058
An Act Regarding the Violation of Bail. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 1534, H.P. 1059
An Act To Examine the Types of Sex Offenses That Require an Offender To Register with the State. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 1535, H.P. 1060
Resolve, To Establish the Work Group To Review and Recommend Improvements for the Certificate of Need Program. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1536, H.P. 1061
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Reform Maine's Noncategorical Medicaid Program. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 1537, H.P. 1062
Resolve, To Improve Access to MaineCare Home Health Services. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1538, H.P. 1063
An Act To Increase the Safety of Hospital Patients. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1539, H.P. 1064
An Act To Implement a Single-Payor Health Care System. (Presented by Representative WALCOTT of Lewiston)

L.D. 1540, H.P. 1065
An Act To Guarantee Free Speech in Privately Owned Public Gathering Places. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1541, H.P. 1066
An Act To Improve Child Support Services. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1542, H.P. 1067
An Act To Limit the Liability of Organized Clubs. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 1543, H.P. 1068
An Act To Clarify the Use of Tips in Payment of Service Employees. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1544, H.P. 1069
An Act To Enact the Home Care Consumer and Worker Protection Act. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1545, H.P. 1070
An Act To Protect Workers from Political or Religious Intimidation. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1546, H.P. 1071
An Act To Require Employees Injured at Work To Report Those Injuries within 24 Hours. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1547, H.P. 1072
An Act To Prohibit a Maine Clean Election Act Candidate from Recruiting a Primary Opponent. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1548, H.P. 1073
An Act Concerning Nonprofit Political Action Committees. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1549, H.P. 1074
An Act Concerning Voter Registration. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1550, H.P. 1075
An Act To Amend the Term Limitation Laws for State Legislators. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1551, H.P. 1076
An Act To Establish a Seasonal Ban on the Operation of Outdoor Wood Boilers. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1552, H.P. 1077
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Reduction in the Size of the Legislature. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 1553, H.P. 1078
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Length of Legislative Terms to 4 Years. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1554, H.P. 1079
An Act To Assist Snowmobile Clubs with Local Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1555, H.P. 1080
An Act To Remove the Tax-exempt Status on Land Purchased by Nonprofit Groups for Conservation. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1556, H.P. 1081
An Act To Recouple Maine Estate Tax with Federal Estate Tax. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1557, H.P. 1082
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Tax on the Primary Residence of a Person 65 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Kittery)

L.D. 1558, H.P. 1083
An Act To Improve the Process for Adjustment for Sudden and Severe Disruption of Valuation. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1559, H.P. 1084
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Freeze Property Tax Bills for Certain Residents 65 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1560, H.P. 1085
An Act To Rebalance Maine's Tax Code. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1561, H.P. 1086
An Act To Eliminate the Placement of Campaign Signs on Public Property. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 1562, H.P. 1087
An Act To Restrict the Placement of Political Signs by Requiring Permission. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1563, H.P. 1088
Resolve, To Name 3 Bridges in Honor of Medal of Honor Recipients. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 1564, H.P. 1089
Resolve, To Encourage Financial Education of Children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1565, H.P. 1090
Resolve, To Expand Access to Early Childhood Education to All Children 4 Years of Age and Older. (Presented by Representative MAKAS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1566, H.P. 1091
An Act To Allow the State Timely Opportunity To Participate in Settlement Negotiations for MaineCare Benefits. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1567, H.P. 1092
Resolve, To Demonstrate Cost Savings by Preventing the Onset of Severe Mental Illness in Youth. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 1568, H.P. 1093
Resolve, To Explore the Feasibility of Enrolling the Legislature as an Employer Group in Dirigo Health. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1569, H.P. 1094
An Act To Allow Certain Veterans Who Did Not Previously Qualify To Buy Maine State Retirement System Time at a Subsidized Rate. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1570, H.P. 1095
An Act To Support Commercial Groundfishing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 1571, H.P. 1096
An Act To Clarify the Tax Credit for Pollution-reducing Boilers. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1572, H.P. 1097
An Act To Encourage Community-oriented Campaigns for Appropriate Sign Laws. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1573, H.P. 1098
An Act To Encourage and Facilitate Regional Utility Districts. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1574, H.P. 1099
Resolve, To Address Drug Abuse and Addiction. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1575, H.P. 1100
An Act To Authorize the Maine Board of Pharmacy To Establish a Pharmacist Health Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1576, H.P. 1101
An Act To Establish the Leaseholders' Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1577, H.P. 1102
An Act To Address the Pervasive Effect of Substance Abuse in Maine. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1578, H.P. 1103
An Act To Encourage Municipal Cooperation. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1579, H.P. 1104
An Act To Increase Fairness in Municipal Spending Caps. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1580, H.P. 1105
An Act To Allow Tree Growth Land Transfer to Family Members. (Presented by Representative GOULD of South Berwick)

L.D. 1581, H.P. 1106
An Act To Promote Economic Recovery in Maine. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 1582, H.P. 1107
An Act Reduce Maine's Tax Burden over a 10-year Period. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1583, S.P. 554
An Act To Provide Retirement Equity to Forest Ranger Supervisory Personnel Whose Retirement Plans Were Changed after Initial Date of Hire. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1584, S.P. 555
An Act To Authorize Arbitration of Property Tax Valuation Disputes. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1585, S.P. 556
An Act To Assist the Independent Medical Examiner Program for Workers' Compensation. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1586, S.P. 557
Resolve, Directing the Department of Labor To Examine Policy and Programmatic Alternatives for the Establishment of a Wage Loss Insurance System To Provide Wage Security in the Event of Loss of Earnings. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1587, S.P. 559
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Distracted-driving Penalties. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1588, H.P. 1110
An Act To Enact the 2007 Tax Reform and Tax Relief Act. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1589, H.P. 1111
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Opposite-gender Bathrooms, Changing Rooms and Locker Rooms. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1590, H.P. 1112
An Act To Clarify the Method of Education Cost Sharing among Certain Municipalities. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1591, H.P. 1113
An Act To Provide Educational Opportunities for Dependents of Maine Military Personnel. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 1592, H.P. 1114
An Act To Protect Small Businesses and Individual Health Insurance Consumers. (Presented by Representative BRAUTIGAM of Falmouth)

L.D. 1593, H.P. 1115
An Act To Require the Consent of Union Members To Have Dues Used for Political Purposes. (Presented by Representative LANSLEY of Sabattus)

L.D. 1594, H.P. 1116
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Closed Periods for the Hauling of Lobster Traps. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1595, H.P. 1117
An Act To Ensure the Proper Management of the Sea Urchin Industry. (Presented by Representative EMERY of Cutler)

L.D. 1596, H.P. 1118
Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Study Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1597, H.P. 1119
An Act Regarding the Service Provider Tax. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 1598, H.P. 1120
An Act To Grant Supervisory Privileges to Qualified Independent Nurse Practitioners. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 1599, H.P. 1121
An Act To Allow Service Credit for Teachers in the Retirement System for Certain Educational Development. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1600, H.P. 1122
An Act To Allocate the Number of Redemption Centers Based on Population. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 1601, H.P. 1123
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Create a Longtime Resident Tax Cap Program. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 1602, H.P. 1124
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce Homestead Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1603, H.P. 1125
An Act To Make Actuarially Fair Adjustments in Retirement Benefits for Older Employees. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1604, H.P. 1126
An Act To End the Automatic Deduction of Union Dues from the Paychecks of Nonunion Members. (Presented by Representative LANSLEY of Sabattus)

L.D. 1605, H.P. 1127
An Act To Protect School Athletic Contest Officials. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 1606, H.P. 1128
An Act To Direct Fines Collected on Tribal Lands to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1607, H.P. 1129
An Act To Establish a Fund to Provide American Flags at Veterans' Graves. (Presented by Representative LANSLEY of Sabattus)

L.D. 1608, H.P. 1130
An Act To Require Legislative Review of Rules Governing the Requirements for Local Support Systems Required as Part of the Certification Process of Educational Personnel. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 1609, H.P. 1131
An Act To Require the Review of Utility Pole Placement during Road Improvement. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1610, H.P. 1132
An Act To Preserve Manufacturing in Maine. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1611, H.P. 1133
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development to Create Jobs in Maine's Emerging Biobased Plastics Industry. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1612, H.P. 1134
An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Incarceration for People with Mental Illness. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1613, H.P. 1135
An Act To Reduce Property Taxes through a Municipal Tax Deferral Program. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 1614, H.P. 1136
An Act To Transfer All Registry of Deeds and Probate Functions to the Secretary of State and Courts. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 1615, H.P. 1137
An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1616, S.P. 560
An Act To Allow Temporary State Workers To Contribute to Social Security. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1617, S.P. 561
An Act To Repeal Strict Foreclosure. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1618, S.P. 562
An Act To Seek Direct Voter Approval To Exceed Government Spending Limits. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1619, S.P. 563
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Adult Education. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1620, S.P. 564
An Act To Provide for the 2007 and 2008 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1621, S.P. 565
An Act To Ensure the Reliability of Communications Equipment in Certain Buildings. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1622, S.P. 566
An Act To Expand Exemptions from Licensing Laws for Professional Engineers. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1623, S.P. 567
An Act To Create the Board of Speech-language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1624, S.P. 568
An Act To Hold School Systems to the Same Spending Limits as Municipalities. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1625, S.P. 569
An Act To Protect Maine Consumers from Windfall Profits of Generators. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1626, S.P. 570
An Act To Ensure Cost-effective Training for Certified Nursing Assistants. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1627, S.P. 571
An Act To Protect Families and Enhance Public Safety by Making Domestic Violence a Crime. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1628, S.P. 572
An Act To Fund the Fuel Assistance Reserve Fund To Ensure That Help from the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program Is Received in a Timely Fashion. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1629, S.P. 573
An Act Regarding Jury Service. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1630, S.P. 574
An Act To Address an Inequity in the Judicial Retirement System. (Submitted by the Judicial Compensation Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 4, section 1701.)

L.D. 1631, H.P. 1139
An Act To Cut Taxes for Working-income Mainers. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1632, H.P. 1140
An Act To Impose Reasonable Limits on the Growth of State Government. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1633, H.P. 1141
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for College Textbooks. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 1634, H.P. 1143
An Act To Reduce School Construction Costs. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1635, H.P. 1144
An Act To Prohibit Recreational Bear Trapping. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1636, H.P. 1145
An Act To Extend the Right To Vote by Absentee Ballot at an Annual Town Meeting. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 1637, H.P. 1146
An Act To Adopt the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1638, H.P. 1147
Resolve, To Limit the Department of Education's Rulemaking in the Area of Special Education to Matters Required To Align State Rules with Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1639, H.P. 1148
Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Implement Representative Payee and Disability Specialists Programs. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1640, H.P. 1149
An Act To Allow Health Insurance Premiums To Vary Based on Behaviors Pertaining to Health. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1641, H.P. 1150
An Act To Provide for Transparency in Insurance Rate Proceedings. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1642, H.P. 1151
Resolve, To Improve Landowner Relations. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1643, H.P. 1152
An Act To Clarify Alcohol Enforcement. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1644, H.P. 1153
Resolve, To Establish a Stakeholder Group for the Establishment of Site Requirements for Wind Power. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1645, H.P. 1154
An Act To Clarify That Certain Separately Itemized Charges Are Subject to the Sales Tax on the Rental of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 1646, H.P. 1155
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide Property Tax Relief to the Elderly and Disabled. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 1647, H.P. 1156
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce Taxes for Affordable Housing. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 1648, H.P. 1157
An Act To Exempt Housing Owned by Nonprofit Organizations for People with Disabilities from the Municipal Service Fee Laws. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lewiston)

L.D. 1649, H.P. 1158
An Act To Establish a Local Option Real Estate Transfer Tax for Homestead Tax Relief. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1650, H.P. 1159
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Genetically Engineered Plants and Seeds. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1651, H.P. 1160
An Act To Permit the Use of Surety Bonds in Lieu of Security Deposits. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1652, H.P. 1161
An Act To Support County Corrections and Public Education. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1653, H.P. 1162
An Act To Prevent Real Minimum Wages from Falling. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1654, H.P. 1163
An Act To Reduce the Cost of the Unfunded Liability of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Fund and To Reduce the Cost to Maine Citizens of Purchasing State Bonds. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 1655, H.P. 1164
An Act To Improve Home and Commercial Building Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1656, H.P. 1165
An Act To Amend the Fryeburg Water District Charter. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MUSE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 1657, H.P. 1166
An Act To Support and Enhance Maine's Beverage Container Recycling Laws and Household Hazardous Waste Collection. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1658, H.P. 1167
An Act To Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals Released into the Home. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1659, H.P. 1168
An Act To Improve the Affordability of Health Insurance for Maine People. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 1660, H.P. 1169
An Act To Provide One-time Funds To Leverage Private Funds To Strengthen Children and Families in Maine. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1661, H.P. 1170
Resolve, To Support Community Planning for the Aging of the Population. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 1662, H.P. 1171
An Act To Authorize Judges To Mandate Counseling for Juvenile Offenders. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1663, H.P. 1172
An Act To Modify Daylight Savings Time According to Federal Statute. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1664, H.P. 1173
An Act To Exempt Vegetable Seeds and Fertilizer from the Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative MAREAN of Hollis)

L.D. 1665, H.P. 1174
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Limit the Rate of Change in the Property Tax Liability of Elderly Maine Residents. (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1666, H.P. 1175
Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Amend its Rules To Increase the Amount of Energy Conservation Funds for School Administrative Units. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1667, H.P. 1176
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Prevention. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1668, H.P. 1177
An Act To Create a Saco River Preservation Fund. (Presented by Representative MUSE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 1669, H.P. 1178
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reimbursement of Nursing Facilities. (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1670, H.P. 1179
An Act To Promote Tax Fairness. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1671, H.P. 1180
An Act To Limit Homestead Property Taxes to 5% of Income. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1672, S.P. 577
An Act Relating to Retirement and Death Benefits for Certain Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1673, S.P. 578
An Act To Change the Registration Fees for Home-based Manufacturers of Pet Foods. (Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln)

L.D. 1674, S.P. 579
An Act To Amend the Habitual Offender and Felony Operating Under the Influence Laws. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1675, S.P. 580
An Act To Protect Network Neutrality. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1676, S.P. 581
An Act To Ensure the Effective Management of the Behavioral Health Care Services System in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1677, S.P. 583
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1678, S.P. 584
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group on the State Purchasing Code of Conduct Laws. (Presented by Senator ROTUNDO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1679, S.P. 585
An Act To Change and Clarify the Maine Clean Election Laws. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1680, S.P. 586
An Act To Reform and Simplify the Clean Election Process. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1681, S.P. 587
An Act To Preserve and Grow Maine Jobs. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1682, S.P. 588
An Act To Improve Maine's Clean Election Law. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1683, H.P. 1181
An Act To Appropriate Funds for the Katahdin Cultural Center. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1684, S.P. 591
An Act To Create the Maine Agriculture Protection Act. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1685, S.P. 592
Resolve, To Develop a Comprehensive Water Use Plan for Maine. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1686, S.P. 593
An Act To Reduce Administrative Costs in Programs Delivered to People with Mental Retardation. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1687, S.P. 594
An Act To Increase Health Insurance Coverage for Front-line Direct Care Workers Providing Long-term Care. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1688, S.P. 595
An Act To Allow the Use of Credit Cards To Purchase Wine, Beer and Spirits from Distributors. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1689, S.P. 596
An Act To Amend the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1690, S.P. 597
Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Study the Necessity and Feasibility of Regulating Certain Mechanical Trades. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1691, S.P. 598
An Act To Improve the Independent Medical Examiner System. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1692, S.P. 599
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Improvements to Passenger Rail Service. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1693, S.P. 600
An Act To Restore Equity to the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1694, S.P. 601
An Act To Establish the Town Academy Advisory Council. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1695, S.P. 602
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Conveyance of Manufactured Housing. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1696, S.P. 603
An Act To Amend Maine's Bottle Laws. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1697, S.P. 604
An Act To Ensure Fair Wages. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1698, S.P. 605
An Act To Provide for Public Notification of Indoor Pesticide Applications. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1699, S.P. 606
Resolve, To Improve Maine's Homemaker Services Program. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1700, H.P. 1183
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 103: Board of Pesticides Control Regulatory Agenda, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Joint Order 2006, H.P. 1055.)

L.D. 1701, H.P. 1184
Resolve, To Review the Disciplinary Process of the Board of Licensure in Medicine. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1702, H.P. 1185
An Act To Allow Stores under 10,000 Square Feet To Be Open on Certain Holidays. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1703, H.P. 1186
An Act To Regulate Presettlement Lawsuit Funding. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1704, H.P. 1187
An Act To Make Changes in the Laws Regarding Raffles. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1705, H.P. 1188
Resolve, To Study the Enactment Procedures for Municipal Ordinances. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1706, H.P. 1189
Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Review State House and Capitol Complex Security Issues. (Presented by Representative GROSE of Woolwich)

L.D. 1707, H.P. 1190
An Act To Require Municipalities To Enforce the Collection of the State Excise Tax on Motor Vehicles, Watercraft and Certain Recreational Vehicles Owned by Maine Residents Registered Outside the State. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Kittery)

L.D. 1708, H.P. 1191
An Act To Exempt Persons 65 Years of Age or Older Whose Income Is Below the Poverty Line from Paying Property Taxes on Their Homes. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1709, H.P. 1192
Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project for the Enforcement of Laws Regarding Traffic Control Devices. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1710, H.P. 1193
An Act To Promote Fairness in Municipal Foreclosure Procedures. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1711, H.P. 1194
An Act To Reduce the Capital Gains Tax. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1712, H.P. 1195
An Act To Amend the Amount of the Child Care Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative CONOVER of Oakland)

L.D. 1713, H.P. 1196
Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Implement a Pilot Program To Preserve Agricultural Land. (Presented by Representative HOLMAN of Fayette)

L.D. 1714, H.P. 1197
Resolve, To Expand the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1715, H.P. 1198
An Act To Reduce the Cost of Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 1716, H.P. 1199
An Act To Ensure That DirigoChoice Is Affordable. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1717, H.P. 1200
An Act To Promote Recycling of Cellular Telephones. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1718, H.P. 1201
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce the Size of the Legislature. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1719, H.P. 1202
Resolve, To Improve Regional Transportation in Greater Portland. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1720, H.P. 1203
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority To Conduct a Study of Possible Western Connector Roads to Municipal Centers in Cumberland and York Counties. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1721, H.P. 1204
An Act Regarding the Sharing of Educational Costs in School Administrative Units of Multiple Municipalities. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1722, H.P. 1205
An Act To Allow the Creation of a School District in Northern Franklin County. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1723, H.P. 1206
An Act To Streamline the Beano Laws. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1724, H.P. 1207
An Act To Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1725, H.P. 1208
An Act To Modernize the Alcohol Tax by Imposing It on a Per Drink Basis. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1726, H.P. 1209
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Guarantee the Integrity of the Highway Fund. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

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