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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 15

Monday, April 9, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 29, 2007

Ch. 22 - An Act To Provide for Minimum Wage and Overtime Coverage for Certain Domestic Workers. (H.P. 195, L.D. 224)

Ch. 23 - An Act To Correct an Inconsistency in Unemployment Insurance Tax Law. (S.P. 129, L.D. 382)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 2, 2007

Ch. 24 - An Act To More Clearly Define Maple Syrup. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 743, L.D. 983)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Create the Endangered or Threatened Marine Species Fund. (S.P. 245, L.D. 796)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Ch. 26 - An Act Regarding the Enforcement of Penalties under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (S.P. 44, L.D. 136)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Ch. 27 - An Act To Establish Cancer Awareness Week and Lung Cancer Awareness Day. (S.P. 80, L.D. 243)

Ch. 28 - An Act To Establish May 25th as Missing Persons Day. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 86, L.D. 249)

Ch. 29 - An Act To Encourage the Use of Solar Energy. (S.P. 42, L.D. 134)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Increase the Value of an Estate Collectible by Affidavit in Probate Law to $20,000. (H.P. 169, L.D. 198)

Ch. 31 - An Act To Use Forfeited Bail Money for the Victims of an Offender. (H.P. 190, L.D. 219)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Ch. 5 - Resolve, To Ensure More Comprehensive Investigation and Prosecution of Computer Crimes. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 105, L.D. 322)

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, APRIL 6, 2007

L.D. 1811, H.P. 1263
An Act To Create a Saltwater Recreational Fishing License. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1812, H.P. 1264
Resolve, Regarding the Role of Local Regions in Maine's Emerging Public Health Infrastructure. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1813, H.P. 1265
An Act To Facilitate Collection of Money Owed to the State. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 1814, H.P. 1266
An Act To Allow Legislative Pay To Be Set by the State Compensation Commission. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1815, H.P. 1267
An Act To Create Jobs by Expanding Educational Opportunity for Maine Residents. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1816, H.P. 1268
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1817, S.P. 646
An Act To Strengthen and Clarify Maine's Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1818, S.P. 647
An Act To Enhance Public Safety, Facilitate the Coordination of Traffic Control Signal Systems and Promote More Equitable Use of Public Highway Rights-of-way. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1819, S.P. 648
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Restrict Tax Increases. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 1820, S.P. 650
An Act To Create a Program To Implement Choice of Health Plans in the MaineCare Program and Amend the MaineCare Program. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1821, H.P. 1269
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards, 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. 1822, H.P. 1270
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1823, H.P. 1271
An Act To Exempt Certain Meals Provided to Food Service Employees from the Sales and Use Tax. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1824, H.P. 1272
An Act To Declare a Moratorium on the Sale and Installation of High-emissions Outdoor Wood Boilers That Do Not Meet the Current Federal Environmental Protection Agency Standards for Wood Stoves. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1825, H.P. 1273
An Act To Amend the Groundwater Oil Clean-up Fund. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1826, H.P. 1274
An Act To Allow a County Jail To Assess a Surcharge on Bail as a Processing Fee. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 1827, H.P. 1275
An Act To License Certified Professional Midwives To Promote Greater Public Safety and Access. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1828, H.P. 1276
An Act To Allow a Casino in Oxford County. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 1829, S.P. 651
An Act To Amend the Banking Laws Regarding the Establishment of Branches by Financial Institutions with Affiliates That Engage in Commercial Activity. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Order 2007, S.P. 575.)

L.D. 1830, H.P. 1277
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 872: Exemptions from the Ban on Sale of Mercury-added Switches, Relays and Measuring Devices, 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. 1831, H.P. 1278
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Educational Personnel Part I and II, Requirements for Specific Certificates and Endorsements, 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. 1832, H.P. 1279
An Act To Amend the Unemployment Compensation Laws. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 1833, H.P. 1280
An Act To Provide Property Tax and Income Tax Relief. (Presented by Representative HOTHAM of Dixfield)

L.D. 1834, S.P. 652
An Act To Authorize the Use of Timber Harvesting Revenues for Land Management. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1835, S.P. 653
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Notaries Public. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1836, S.P. 654
An Act To Save Money for Maine Energy Consumers through Enhanced Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1837, S.P. 655
An Act To Harmonize State and Federal Laws on Do-not-call Lists. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1838, H.P. 1281
An Act To Ensure Safety on Freshwater Ferry Vessels. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 1839, H.P. 1282
An Act To Further the Implementation of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 1840, S.P. 656
An Act To Define the Process for a Municipality To Secede from a County. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 1841, H.P. 1283
An Act To Improve the Efficiency of the Maine Emergency Medical Services System. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 1842, S.P. 659
An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1843, S.P. 660
An Act To Improve the Quality of Health Care in Maine. (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.

Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.