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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 14

Monday, April 2, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 23, 2007

Ch. 16 - An Act To Ensure Proper Funding of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 223, L.D. 267)

Ch. 17 - An Act To Provide Reinstatement of Group Life Insurance for Public Employees Returning from Unpaid Military Leave. (H.P. 136, L.D. 154)

Ch. 18 - An Act To Transfer the Administration of the Renewable Resource Fund from the State Planning Office to the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 37, L.D. 36)

Ch. 19 - An Act To Allow the Municipal Clerk To Inspect Municipal Election Ballots. (H.P. 173, L.D. 202)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 26, 2007

Ch. 20 - An Act To Authorize the Bureau of Warden Service to Provide Assistance to Other Entities. (S.P. 88, L.D. 251)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Ch. 21 - An Act To Designate the Arctic Charr as a State Heritage Fish. (H.P. 147, L.D. 165)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 26, 2007

Ch. 3 - An Act To Improve Access to the Government Chart of Accounts. (H.P. 185, L.D. 214)

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 30, 2007

L.D. 1727, H.P. 1210
An Act To Require Veterinarians To Notify Municipalities of Rabies Vaccinations of Dogs. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 1728, H.P. 1211
An Act To Strengthen the Authority of Concealed Weapons Permits and Define the Term "Crossbow" in Maine Law. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1729, H.P. 1212
An Act To Allow Contributors to Candidates Financed by the Maine Clean Election Fund To Submit Qualifying Contributions Online. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 1730, H.P. 1213
An Act To Protect Citizens from Identity Theft through Restriction of the Disclosure of Confidential Information. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1731, H.P. 1214
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Tax Nonprimary Residences at a Higher Rate. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1732, H.P. 1215
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Surtax on Property with a Value over $400,000. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1733, H.P. 1216
An Act To Provide Additional Funding for the Regional Emergency Medical Services Councils and To Establish a Study Group To Examine Funding for the Emergency Medical Services System in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1734, H.P. 1217
An Act To Provide Adult Adoptees Access to Information. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1735, H.P. 1218
An Act To Facilitate and Promote Regional Cooperation. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 1736, H.P. 1219
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Probation and Supervised Release for Sex Offenders. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1737, H.P. 1220
An Act To Amend the Conservation Easement Laws. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1738, H.P. 1221
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Maine State Retirement System. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1739, H.P. 1222
An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1740, S.P. 607
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1741, S.P. 608
An Act To Update the Maine Business Corporation Act. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1742, S.P. 609
An Act To Permit Greater Flexibility in the Design of Affordable Health Insurance. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1743, S.P. 610
An Act To Create the Freshwater Resource Board. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1744, S.P. 611
An Act To Join the Interstate Compact on the National Popular Vote. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1745, S.P. 612
An Act To Improve Continuity of Care within Maine's Community-based Mental Health Services. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1746, S.P. 613
An Act To Improve MaineCare and Promote Employment. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1747, S.P. 614
An Act To Enact the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1748, S.P. 615
An Act Regarding Street Rods and Custom Vehicles. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1749, S.P. 616
An Act To Create Indeterminate Sentencing and a Forensic Review Board for Repeat Sexual Assault Offenders and Sexually Violent Offenders. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1750, S.P. 617
An Act To Amend the Statute of Limitations for Actions against Professional Land Surveyors. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1751, S.P. 618
An Act To Address Smoking in Senior Housing. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1752, S.P. 619
An Act To Clarify the Law for Failing To Comply with the Requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1753, S.P. 620
An Act Regarding Health Insurance Coverage for Persons under the Influence of Alcohol or Narcotics. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1754, S.P. 621
An Act To Incorporate the Greater Augusta Utility District. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1755, S.P. 623
An Act To Promote New Electrical Generation in Maine. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1756, S.P. 624
An Act To Make Real Estate Taxation Stable, Equitable and Predictable. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1757, H.P. 1223
An Act To Establish a Pricing Formula for Liquor Sales and To Adjust Agent Discounts. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1758, H.P. 1224
Resolve, To Promote Alternative Schools within Existing School Systems. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MUSE of Fryeburg)

L.D. 1759, H.P. 1225
An Act To Reduce Fraud in the Processing of Beverage Containers. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1760, H.P. 1226
An Act To Restore Competition to Maine's Health Insurance Market. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1761, H.P. 1227
An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 1762, H.P. 1228
An Act To Increase MaineCare Reimbursement for Speech and Language Therapists and Provide Treatment for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1763, H.P. 1229
An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1764, S.P. 625
An Act To Increase the Wages of Direct Support Professional Staff Based on Increases in the State Minimum Wage. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1765, H.P. 1231
An Act To Ensure End-of-life Care for Children with Terminal Illnesses. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1766, H.P. 1232
An Act To Amend the Authorization Procedures for Certain Municipal and School Budgets. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1767, S.P. 626
An Act To Encourage Community Network Development. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1768, H.P. 1234
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 252: Rules Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes in the State of Maine, 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. 1769, H.P. 1235
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11.15: Scallop Conservation Areas, Beals-Jonesport, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Marine Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Marine Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1770, H.P. 1236
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Exempt 65-year-old Residents from Property Tax Increases. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1771, H.P. 1237
An Act To Authorize the Use of Parenting Coordinators in Maine. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 1772, H.P. 1239
An Act To Require Nonresidents To Pay Sales Tax on Snowmobiles and ATVs. (Presented by Representative MAREAN of Hollis)

L.D. 1773, H.P. 1240
An Act To Encourage Availability of Genuinely Affordable Housing in High-cost Markets. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1774, H.P. 1241
An Act To Provide Greater Information Pertaining to the Health of Maine Children. (Presented by Representative FAIRCLOTH of Bangor)

L.D. 1775, H.P. 1242
An Act To Ensure Safe Drinking Water from Private Wells. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 1776, S.P. 627
An Act To Strengthen Budget Caps for Counties, Municipalities and School Districts. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1777, S.P. 628
An Act for Fair Treatment of Workers. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1778, S.P. 629
An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1779, S.P. 630
An Act To Govern Publicly Funded Advertising during Campaigns. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1780, H.P. 1238
Resolve, To Convene a Working Group To Review Statutory Language and Propose Standards To Ensure the Use of Respectful Language. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1781, H.P. 1243
An Act To Prevent Duplication in Certification of Medical Facilities. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1782, H.P. 1244
Resolve, To Clarify the Rules of Reimbursement for Personnel Working in Homes Providing Services to Persons with Brain Injuries. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1783, H.P. 1245
An Act To Require Photographic Identification in Order To Register To Vote. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1784, H.P. 1246
An Act To Authorize Municipal Property Tax Deferral Programs. (Presented by Representative BRAUTIGAM of Falmouth)

L.D. 1785, H.P. 1247
An Act To Require Automated External Defibrillators in Extracurricular Activities in Kindergarten to Grade 12. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 1786, H.P. 1248
An Act To Reduce the Spread of Infectious Disease through Shared Hypodermic Apparatuses. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1787, H.P. 1249
An Act To Amend the Licensing of Landscape Architects. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1788, H.P. 1250
An Act To Equalize Tax Filing Status. (Presented by Representative WOODBURY of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1789, S.P. 633
An Act To Ratify the Revised Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children To Promote Compliance with the Federal Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1790, S.P. 634
An Act To Secure Maine's Transportation Future. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1791, S.P. 635
An Act To Amend the Oil and Solid Fuel Board and Propane and Natural Gas Board Licensing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1792, S.P. 636
An Act To Limit the Compensation of Officers and Directors of Nonprofit Corporations. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1793, S.P. 637
An Act To Authorize Peaks Island, House Island, Pumpkin Knob and Catnip Island To Secede from the City of Portland. (Presented by Senator SAVAGE of Knox)

L.D. 1794, S.P. 638
Resolve, To Provide Regional Economic Development Assistance To Ensure Prosperity in Maine. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1795, S.P. 639
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Place Signs on Interstate 95 To Identify the Route to the Fort Knox Historic Site and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory Tower. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1796, S.P. 640
An Act To Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters for the June and November 2007 Elections. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1797, H.P. 1251
An Act To Fund Maine's HealthInfoNet Program. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1798, H.P. 1252
An Act To Fund Pesticide Education in the State. (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

L.D. 1799, H.P. 1253
An Act To Establish Open Ballot Voting in Maine. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1800, H.P. 1254
An Act To Amend Licensing and Certification Requirements. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative LEWIN of Eliot)

L.D. 1801, H.P. 1256
An Act To Clarify the Definition of Autism and Eligibility for Services from the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1802, H.P. 1257
An Act To Ensure Public Benefit from Investments in Taxpayer-funded Research. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Farmingdale)

L.D. 1803, H.P. 1258
An Act To Clarify Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Ordinances. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1804, H.P. 1259
An Act To Permit Greater Voter Participation Regarding Municipal Expenditures. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1805, H.P. 1260
An Act To Preserve Home Care Coordination Services for Long-term Care Consumers Served in the Community. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 1806, S.P. 642
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1807, S.P. 641
An Act To Provide for Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators and To Prohibit Sex Offenders from Residing Together. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1808, S.P. 643
An Act To Improve Road Safety and Update Bicycling Laws. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1809, H.P. 1261
An Act To Base Minimum Wage Increases on the Consumer Price Index. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1810, H.P. 1262
An Act To Enact the Informed Growth Act. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

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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