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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 23

Monday, June 4, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ch. 164 - An Act To Permit Modification of Department-initiated Paternity Judgments Concerning Parental Rights. (H.P. 477, L.D. 628)

Ch. 165 - An Act To Change Snowmobile Registration Requirements. (S.P. 87, L.D. 250)

Ch. 166 - An Act To Make Additions and Deletions to the List of State Endangered and Threatened Species. (H.P. 296, L.D. 366)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Amend Various Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (H.P. 806, L.D. 1088)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Enhance the Wise Use and Sound Management of Maine's Wildlife Resources. (H.P. 549, L.D. 728)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Personal Watercraft". (H.P. 673, L.D. 888)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2007

Ch. 170 - An Act To Protect the Public from Dangerous Dogs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 124, L.D. 380)

Ch. 171 - An Act To Ensure Truth in Music Advertising. (H.P. 517, L.D. 686)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Ensure Retail Tobacco License Compliance. (H.P. 546, L.D. 725)

Ch. 173 - An Act To Make Part 1 of the Maine Criminal Code Gender-neutral. (H.P. 726, L.D. 966)

Ch. 174 - An Act To Allow Affordable Housing Discretionary Water and Sewer Fee Waivers. (H.P. 846, L.D. 1153)

Ch. 175 - An Act To Increase the Per Diem for Members of the State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation. (H.P. 851, L.D. 1158)

Ch. 176 - An Act To Ensure the Proper Management of the Sea Urchin Industry. (H.P. 1117, L.D. 1595)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ch. 177 - An Act To Amend the Temporary Registration Plate Law. (H.P. 220, L.D. 264)

Ch. 178 - An Act Concerning the Examination of Persons in Protective Custody. (S.P. 218, L.D. 681)

Ch. 179 - An Act To Ensure Equitable Geographic Representation on the State Board of Education. (S.P. 240, L.D. 791)

Ch. 180 - An Act To Restrict the Smoking Exemption for Tobacco Specialty Stores. (S.P. 269, L.D. 859)

Ch. 181 - An Act To Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act To Strengthen Safeguards for Small Businesses. (H.P. 680, L.D. 905)

Ch. 182 - An Act To Ensure the Safety of Facilities Dispensing Flammable Liquids. (H.P. 682, L.D. 907)

Ch. 183 - An Act To Preserve Agricultural Fairs in Rural Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 699, L.D. 924)

Ch. 184 - An Act To Improve Health Standards in Piercing Procedures. (S.P. 405, L.D. 1217)

Ch. 185 - An Act To Protect a Borrower's Right To Use the Borrower's Chosen Accounting Service. (H.P. 1022, L.D. 1452)

Ch. 186 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Automotive Reflective and Tinted Glass. (H.P. 1049, L.D. 1487)

Ch. 187 - An Act To Allow the Department of Environmental Protection To Charge Interest for Late Payment of Fees. (S.P. 527, L.D. 1500)

Ch. 188 - An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Property and Casualty Insurance. (H.P. 1052, L.D. 1502)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ch. 189 - An Act To Facilitate the Establishment of Tribal Electric Utility Districts. (H.P. 200, L.D. 229)

Ch. 190 - An Act To Establish the Fee for Commercial Inspections for Farm Trucks. (H.P. 402, L.D. 524)

Ch. 191 - An Act To Allow a Landowner To Erect Installations in or near a State or State Aid Highway. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 696, L.D. 921)

Ch. 192 - An Act To Amend the Solid Waste Management Laws. (S.P. 461, L.D. 1313)

Ch. 193 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group on the State Purchasing Code of Conduct Laws. (S.P. 584, L.D. 1678)

Ch. 194 - An Act To Strengthen the Authority of Concealed Weapons Permits. (H.P. 1211, L.D. 1728)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2007

Ch. 14 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Somerset Woods Trustees. (S.P. 369, L.D. 1117)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ch. 15 - An Act To Amend the Laws Preventing the Pollution of Portland's Water Supply. (S.P. 393, L.D. 1205)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ch. 36 - Resolve, To Promote Chronic Disease Prevention and Care. (H.P. 544, L.D. 723)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, To Preserve Maine's Electric Energy Infrastructure. (H.P. 920, L.D. 1302)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, To Focus State Agency Efforts in Economic Development on Entrepreneurial Sustainability and Growth. (H.P. 505, L.D. 656)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Ch. 39 - Resolve, To Create an Effective Deer Habitat Enhancement and Coyote Control Program. (H.P. 620, L.D. 823)

Ch. 40 - Resolve, To Estimate the Annual Value of Uncollected Bottle Deposits, Fraud and Total Costs under Maine's Bottle Bill. (H.P. 895, L.D. 1267)

Ch. 41 - Resolve, To Promote High-quality Before-school and After-school Programs. (H.P. 961, L.D. 1369)

Ch. 42 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 252: Rules Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes in the State of Maine and Chapter 255: Imported Seed Potatoes, Major Substantive Rules of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1234, L.D. 1768)

Ch. 43 - 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) (H.P. 1278, L.D. 1831)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ch. 44 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 50, Principles of Reimbursement for Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 38, L.D. 37)

Ch. 45 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Turnpike Authority To Study the Relocation of the York Toll Booth. (H.P. 412, L.D. 534)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Directing the Development of a Building Code and Building Rehabilitation Code Implementation Plan. (S.P. 214, L.D. 677)

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, JUNE 1, 2007

L.D. 1916, H.P. 1349
An Act To Increase the Number of Androscoggin County Commissioners. (Presented by Representative LANSLEY of Sabattus)

L.D. 1917, H.P. 1350
An Act To Adjust the State Valuation of Boothbay Harbor. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1918, H.P. 1351
An Act To Ensure Adequate Funding for the Oversight of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1919, H.P. 1353
Resolve, To Provide for a Careful Examination of the Motor Fuel Taxes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1342.)

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.