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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 21

Monday, May 21, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Ch. 89 - An Act Regarding Notice That Must Be Provided by a Psychiatric Facility Concerning Certain Patients. (S.P. 228, L.D. 711)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ch. 90 - An Act To Require a Model Radon Standard for New Residential Construction. (H.P. 101, L.D. 109)

Ch. 91 - An Act Relating to Alternate Directors for Public Waste Disposal Corporations. (H.P. 245, L.D. 301)

Ch. 92 - An Act To Require the Replacement of Trees Cut in Shoreland Areas. (H.P. 270, L.D. 340)

Ch. 93 - An Act To Improve Access to HIV Testing in Health Care Settings. (H.P. 345, L.D. 429)

Ch. 94 - An Act To Postpone the Expiration of the Required Nonhospital Expenditures Component in the Capital Investment Fund. (S.P. 137, L.D. 436)

Ch. 95 - An Act To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Meet the Federal Requirements on Regional Haze Visibility Impairment. (S.P. 144, L.D. 443)

Ch. 96 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Juveniles. (H.P. 399, L.D. 521)

Ch. 97 - An Act To Provide an Energy Allowance to At-home Patients Using Ventilators. (H.P. 613, L.D. 813)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Permit the Sale of Certain Used Mercury-added Products. (H.P. 691, L.D. 916)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Credit Card Companies. (S.P. 302, L.D. 951)

Ch. 100 - An Act Regarding the Terms of Members of the Maine State Museum Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 885, L.D. 1257)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 11, 2007

Ch. 101 - An Act To Restructure the Board of Commissioners of the Maine State Housing Authority To Closely Match Local Authorities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 142, L.D. 441)

Ch. 102 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Department of Corrections Facilities. (H.P. 528, L.D. 697)

Ch. 103 - An Act To Amend the Civil Foreclosure Laws. (H.P. 657, L.D. 868)

Ch. 104 - An Act Regarding Cable Television Service Outages. (H.P. 781, L.D. 1063)

Ch. 105 - An Act To Allow Municipal Cost Sharing for County Services. (H.P. 828, L.D. 1135)

Ch. 106 - An Act To Further Limit Retrospective Denials of Previously Paid Health Insurance Claims. (S.P. 406, L.D. 1218)

Ch. 107 - An Act Requiring the Development of Codes of Ethics by Component Units and Other Related Organizations of State Government. (H.P. 928, L.D. 1320)

Ch. 108 - An Act To Facilitate Reporting by Maine Financial Institutions of Elder Financial Exploitation. (H.P. 1002, L.D. 1428)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 14, 2007

Ch. 109 - An Act To Temporarily Reduce the Fee To Operate High-stakes Beano. (H.P. 74, L.D. 76)

Ch. 110 - An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Beano. (H.P. 119, L.D. 127)

Ch. 111 - An Act To Amend and Improve the Education Laws Concerning Portable Space and Rule-making Authority. (H.P. 132, L.D. 150)

Ch. 112 - An Act To Provide for Enforcement of Land Use Limitations Relating to Cemeteries. (H.P. 401, L.D. 523)

Ch. 113 - An Act Relating to Liquor Samples. (H.P. 469, L.D. 620)

Ch. 114 - An Act Concerning Applications Processed by the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 526, L.D. 695)

Ch. 115 - An Act To Extend Health Insurance Coverage for Dependent Children up to 25 Years of Age. (H.P. 640, L.D. 841)

Ch. 116 - An Act To Provide Gambling Addiction Counseling Services through the Office of Substance Abuse. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 747, L.D. 987)

Ch. 117 - An Act To Create an Ownership Interest in Agency Liquor Store Licenses. (H.P. 817, L.D. 1124)

Ch. 118 - An Act To Protect Consumers from Deceptive Insurance Solicitation. (S.P. 439, L.D. 1253)

Ch. 119 - An Act To Require Veterinarians To Notify the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources of Rabies Vaccinations of Dogs. (H.P. 1210, L.D. 1727)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ch. 120 - An Act To Prohibit the Transfer of Salvia Divinorum to Minors and To Prohibit Possession of Salvia Divinorum by Minors. (H.P. 64, L.D. 66)

Ch. 121 - An Act To Clarify Certain Equipment Provisions for Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 492, L.D. 643)

Ch. 122 - An Act To Update Absentee Ballot Procedures. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 512, L.D. 663)

Ch. 123 - An Act To Promote the Safety of Deaf or Hard-of-hearing Drivers. (H.P. 561, L.D. 740)

Ch. 124 - An Act To Permit the Use of Pictorial Graphics and Photographs on Changeable Signs. (H.P. 627, L.D. 830)

Ch. 125 - An Act To Update the Authority of the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve the Needs of Maine Employers. (H.P. 639, L.D. 840)

Ch. 126 - An Act To Change the Name of the Division of Labor Market Information Services to the Center for Workforce Research and Information. (H.P. 643, L.D. 844)

Ch. 127 - An Act To Streamline the Review of Minor Tariff Filings of Consumer-owned Water Utilities. (H.P. 844, L.D. 1151)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ch. 128 - An Act To Amend Certain Animal Health Laws. (H.P. 731, L.D. 971)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 17, 2007

Ch. 129 - An Act To Modify Daylight Savings Time According to Federal Statute. (H.P. 1172, L.D. 1663)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ch. 9 - An Act To Establish the Operating Budget for the Maine State Retirement System for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2008. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 594, L.D. 776)

Ch. 10 - An Act To Create a Utility District in Edgecomb. (H.P. 974, L.D. 1382)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Fryeburg Water District Charter. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1165, L.D. 1656)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 11, 2007

Ch. 12 - An Act To Establish the Columbia Falls Village Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 921, L.D. 1303)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 14, 2007

Ch. 17 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 100: Enforcement Procedures, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 41, L.D. 40)

Ch. 18 - Resolve, To Require an Engineering Study To Determine the Cost of Extending Rail Service from Portland to Fryeburg. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 106, L.D. 328)

Ch. 19 - 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) (H.P. 538, L.D. 717)

Ch. 20 - Resolve, Requiring the Department of Education To Review the Personnel Preparation and Professional Development Opportunities for Special Purpose School Teachers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 734, L.D. 974)

Ch. 21 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Study Invasive Terrestrial Plant Species. (H.P. 1016, L.D. 1447)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Ch. 22 - Resolve, To Provide Access for Persons with Disabilities to Great Ponds. (H.P. 24, L.D. 21)

Ch. 23 - Resolve, To Develop an Appropriate Commemorative License Plate Decal for Combat Service. (H.P. 379, L.D. 495)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, To Direct the Secretary of State To Examine Driver's License Laws. (H.P. 612, L.D. 812)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection and the Public Utilities Commission To Develop a Program That Supports the Recycling of Fluorescent Lamps. (H.P. 876, L.D. 1234)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ch. 26 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 324: ConnectME Tax Reimbursements, a Major Substantive Rule of Maine Revenue Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 537, L.D. 716)

Ch. 27 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of ConnectME Authority, Chapter 101, a Major Substantive Rule of the Governor's Office. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 586, L.D. 765)

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, MAY 18, 2007

L.D. 1906, H.P. 1340
An Act To Clarify the Authority of Municipal Boards and Committees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 1907, S.P. 707
An Act To Clarify and Affirm the Scope of Services Available to Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1908, S.P. 708
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Solid Waste Management. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 207.)

L.D. 1909, S.P. 709
An Act To Establish the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2007, S.P. 699.)

L.D. 1910, H.P. 1341
An Act To Reestablish the Committee for the Training of Firefighters and To Clarify the Law Governing the Maine Fire Training and Education Program. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1911, H.P. 1343
Resolve, To Authorize the State To Sell a Certain Property with Buildings Located within the City of Old Town. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

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.