weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 25

Monday, June 18, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ch. 235 - An Act To Coordinate the Implementation of the In-stream Flow and Water Level Rules among the Department of Environmental Protection, the Drinking Water Program of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 592, L.D. 774)

Ch. 236 - An Act To Enhance the Newborn Hearing Program. (H.P. 835, L.D. 1142)

Ch. 237 - An Act To Provide Certain Requirements for Rules Related to Rate Setting for Mental Retardation Services. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 370, L.D. 1118)

Ch. 238 - An Act To Protect Children from Lead Exposure by Requiring Sufficient Notice of Renovations. (H.P. 433, L.D. 555)

Ch. 239 - An Act To Establish the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council. (S.P. 709, L.D. 1909)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ch. 240 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2007, June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 383, L.D. 499) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 241 - An Act Regarding Jury Service. (S.P. 573, L.D. 1629)

Ch. 242 - An Act To Extend the Coyote Night Hunting Season. (H.P. 763, L.D. 1045)

Ch. 243 - An Act To Amend the Maine Human Rights Act. (S.P. 222, L.D. 685)

Ch. 244 - An Act To Amend Certain Harness Racing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 914, L.D. 1296)

Ch. 245 - An Act To Require a Commercial Applicator's License To Use Pesticides in Licensed Food and Eating Establishments. (H.P. 650, L.D. 861)

Ch. 246 - An Act To Establish a Mediation Process for Landlord-tenant Disputes. (H.P. 508, L.D. 659)

Ch. 247 - An Act To Clarify Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Ordinances. (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1803)

Ch. 248 - An Act To Facilitate Collection of Money Owed to the State. (H.P. 1265, L.D. 1813)

Ch. 249 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 1221, L.D. 1738)

Ch. 250 - An Act To Enhance Fairness in Arbitration. (S.P. 516, L.D. 1489)

Ch. 251 - An Act To Prohibit Maine from Participating in the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005. (H.P. 831, L.D. 1138)

Ch. 252 - An Act To Amend the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices' Appointment Process. (H.P. 829, L.D. 1136)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 8, 2007

Ch. 253 - An Act Concerning Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes. (H.P. 68, L.D. 70)

Ch. 254 - An Act To Provide Exceptions to the Games of Chance Laws for Children's Games. (S.P. 500, L.D. 1422)

Ch. 255 - 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. (S.P. 633, L.D. 1789)

Ch. 256 - An Act To Allow the District Court To Enter Parental Rights and Responsibilities Orders in Child Protection Proceedings. (H.P. 305, L.D. 389)

Ch. 257 - An Act To Allow the District Court To Adjudicate Parentage in Child Protective Custody Cases. (H.P. 306, L.D. 390)

Ch. 258 - An Act To Increase Civil Penalties for Violations of Fire Code Laws Applicable to Fire Escape Installment and Maintenance. (H.P. 934, L.D. 1326)

Ch. 259 - An Act To Prepare All Maine Students for Postsecondary Education, Career and Citizenship. (H.P. 1295, L.D. 1859)

Ch. 260 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Landowner Liability. (H.P. 886, L.D. 1258)

Ch. 261 - An Act To Amend the Family Medical Leave Laws. (S.P. 119, L.D. 375)

Ch. 262 - An Act To Adjust the Levels of the State's Dairy Stabilization Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 262, L.D. 852)

Ch. 263 - An Act To Ensure That Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits Are Not Extended to Businesses That Compete with Existing Maine Businesses. (S.P. 235, L.D. 768)

Ch. 264 - An Act To Clarify Land Planning in the Unorganized and Deorganized Townships of the State. (S.P. 159, L.D. 472)

Ch. 265 - An Act To Promote Compliance with the Workers' Compensation Laws. (S.P. 359, L.D. 1107)

Ch. 266 - An Act To Amend the Membership and Reporting Requirements for the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (S.P. 542, L.D. 1519)

Ch. 267 - An Act To Permit Automated External Defibrillators in Kindergarten to Grade 12 Schools. (H.P. 1247, L.D. 1785)

Ch. 268 - An Act To Permit the University of Maine System To Install Lines on Utility Facilities in Public Rights-of-way. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 474, L.D. 1360)

Ch. 269 - An Act To Adjust the Milk Handling Fee. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1030, L.D. 1468)

Ch. 270 - An Act To Allow the Widening of a Portion of the Maine Turnpike. (S.P. 103, L.D. 320)

Ch. 271 - An Act To Extend the Time Allowed for Outcome-based Forestry. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 713, L.D. 1914) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 11, 2007

Ch. 272 - An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electronic Devices by Minors while Driving. (H.P. 143, L.D. 161)

Ch. 273 - An Act To Protect Maine Homeowners from Predatory Lending. (H.P. 1301, L.D. 1869)

Ch. 274 - An Act To Improve the Efficiency of the Maine Emergency Medical Services System. (H.P. 1283, L.D. 1841)

Ch. 275 - An Act To Limit Liability for the Performance of Community Service. (H.P. 313, L.D. 397)

Ch. 276 - An Act To Clarify the Exemption of Federal, State and Local Public Assistance Benefits under State Bankruptcy Law. (S.P. 246, L.D. 797)

Ch. 277 - An Act To Amend the Accord and Satisfaction Laws To Add Juveniles. (S.P. 226, L.D. 709)

Ch. 278 - An Act To Create Uniformity among Certain Self-insureds. (S.P. 396, L.D. 1208)

Ch. 279 - An Act To Clarify Restrictions on Accepting Campaign Contributions Laws. (H.P. 950, L.D. 1341)

Ch. 280 - An Act To Amend the Wrongful Death Laws. (H.P. 655, L.D. 866)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ch. 18 - An Act To Provide for the 2007 and 2008 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 564, L.D. 1620) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Ch. 58 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Review and Report on Efforts Concerning Postpartum Mental Health Education. (S.P. 241, L.D. 792)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, Regarding the Organization and Administration of Energy Policy Responsibilities within State Government. (S.P. 447, L.D. 1284)

Ch. 60 - Resolve, Regarding the Use of Restraints in Nursing Facilities. (S.P. 456, L.D. 1308)

Ch. 61 - Resolve, To Ensure Proper Levels of Care for the Elderly and the Disabled. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 112, L.D. 339)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, To Convene a Working Group To Review Statutory Language and Propose Standards To Ensure the Use of Respectful Language. (H.P. 1238, L.D. 1780)

Ch. 63 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 587: In-stream Flow and Lake and Pond Water Levels, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 728, L.D. 968)

Ch. 64 - 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) (H.P. 1277, L.D. 1830)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ch. 65 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1268, L.D. 1816)

Ch. 66 - Resolve, Regarding the Department of Audit's Municipal Internal Control Observation Program. (S.P. 510, L.D. 1462)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 8, 2007

Ch. 67 - Resolve, To Preserve the Saco River. (H.P. 752, L.D. 1034)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Liquor Licensing and Compliance To Study the Retail Placement and Marketing of Spirits, Beer and Wine with Regard to Minors. (H.P. 645, L.D. 846)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, Directing the Family Law Advisory Commission To Develop Legislation Authorizing the Use of Parenting Coordinators. (H.P. 1237, L.D. 1771)

Ch. 70 - Resolve, To Enhance Accountability in Tax Increment Financing. (H.P. 1031, L.D. 1469)

Ch. 71 - 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) (H.P. 1269, L.D. 1821)

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1309, L.D. 1877)

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 15, 2007

L.D. 1922, H.P. 1360
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell Interest in a Certain Parcel of Land. (Presented by Representative CARTER of Bethel)

L.D. 1923, H.P. 1361
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Creating the Public Access Ombudsman. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1924, S.P. 729
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee To Review the Taxation of Slot Machine Revenues, Created by Executive Order 33 Fiscal Year 2006-07. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1925, H.P. 1362
An Act To Cut Taxes on Maine Residents by over $140,000,000. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1233.)

L.D. 1926, H.P. 1364
An Act To Expand the Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits to Small and Midsize Maine Manufacturers. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1927, H.P. 1366
Resolve, Regarding Options for Long-term Renovation and Use of the Buildings Formerly Occupied by the Augusta Mental Health Institute. (Submitted by the Working Group To Develop Options for the Long-term Renovation and Use of the Stone Buildings, the Administrative Building and the Center Building Formerly Occupied by the Augusta Mental Health Institute pursuant to Resolve 2005, chapter 201.)

L.D. 1928, H.P. 1367
An Act To Extend from 4 to 6 Terms the Limits on Legislative Terms. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Legal and Veterans Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1357.)

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.