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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 26

Monday, June 25, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

Legislature adjourned on June 21, 2007

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ch. 281 - An Act Regarding Property and Casualty Insurance Actuarial Opinion of Reserves. (H.P. 890, L.D. 1262)

Ch. 282 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Welfare. (H.P. 31, L.D. 29)

Ch. 283 - An Act To Make Lobster Trap Molesting a Civil Offense. (H.P. 18, L.D. 16)

Ch. 284 - An Act To Amend Laws Relating to Persons Serving as Permanency Guardians or Receiving Permanency Guardianship Subsidies. (S.P. 170, L.D. 515)

Ch. 285 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Notaries Public. (S.P. 653, L.D. 1835)

Ch. 286 - An Act To Improve Continuity of Care within Maine's Community-based Mental Health Services. (S.P. 612, L.D. 1745)

Ch. 287 - An Act To Modernize the Laws Pertaining to the Sport of Skiing and Use of Ski Areas. (S.P. 419, L.D. 1171)

Ch. 288 - An Act To Authorize the Maine Board of Pharmacy To Establish a Pharmacist Health Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1100, L.D. 1575)

Ch. 289 - An Act To Update the Maine Business Corporation Act. (S.P. 608, L.D. 1741)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ch. 290 - An Act Concerning the Natural Resources Protection Laws and Related Provisions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1039, L.D. 1477)

Ch. 291 - An Act To Allow the Discharge of Aquatic Pesticides Approved by the Department of Environmental Protection for the Control of Mosquito-borne Diseases in the Interest of Public Health and Safety. (H.P. 902, L.D. 1274)

Ch. 292 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (S.P. 629, L.D. 1778)

Ch. 293 - An Act Regarding the Long-term Contracting Authority of the Public Utilities Commission. (H.P. 224, L.D. 268)

Ch. 294 - An Act To Require the Collection of DNA from Persons Who Committed Felonies Prior to 1996 Who Then Reoffend by Committing Offenses for Which They Would Not Otherwise Have To Submit to a DNA Test. (H.P. 334, L.D. 418)

Ch. 295 - An Act Concerning Maine's Highway Safety Laws. (H.P. 1284, L.D. 1844)

Ch. 296 - An Act To Protect Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals Released into the Home. (H.P. 1167, L.D. 1658)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 15, 2007

Ch. 297 - An Act Concerning Blasting near Residential Areas. (S.P. 283, L.D. 895)

Ch. 298 - An Act To Clarify the Composition of the Advisory Council on Tax-deferred Arrangements. (H.P. 215, L.D. 259)

Ch. 299 - An Act To Preserve the Recycling Value of Beverage Containers. (H.P. 1225, L.D. 1759)

Ch. 300 - An Act To Authorize the Department of Environmental Protection To Exclude Repeat Violators of Environmental Laws from Receiving Contracts with the Department. (S.P. 388, L.D. 1200)

Ch. 301 - An Act To Support Farms and Limit Sprawl. (H.P. 997, L.D. 1414)

Ch. 302 - An Act To Fund Pesticide Education in the State. (H.P. 1252, L.D. 1798)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 18, 2007

Ch. 303 - An Act To Allow Certain Special Education Teachers To Acquire Time from the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 624, L.D. 827)

Ch. 304 - An Act To Amend Truancy Laws Regarding Parent Involvement. (H.P. 353, L.D. 454)

Ch. 305 - An Act Permitting Substitute Teachers To Opt Out of the Maine State Retirement System. (H.P. 258, L.D. 323)

Ch. 306 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Affecting Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 270, L.D. 860)

Ch. 307 - An Act To Enhance Special Education. (H.P. 635, L.D. 836)

Ch. 308 - An Act Regarding the Reporting Requirements of Conservators. (H.P. 284, L.D. 354)

Ch. 309 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of Autism. (H.P. 1256, L.D. 1801)

Ch. 310 - An Act To Permit Mental Health Professionals To Disclose Risks to People Likely To Be Harmed by a Patient. (S.P. 371, L.D. 1119)

Ch. 311 - An Act To Reimburse MaineCare in Certain Workers' Compensation Cases. (H.P. 922, L.D. 1314)

Ch. 312 - An Act To Enhance the Workers' Compensation Board Advocate Program. (S.P. 506, L.D. 1439)

Ch. 313 - An Act To Use the Date of Injury To Calculate the Average Weekly Wage in Occupational Disease Cases. (H.P. 887, L.D. 1259)

Ch. 314 - An Act To Prevent Duplication in Certification of Hospitals. (H.P. 1243, L.D. 1781)

Ch. 315 - An Act To Protect Owners and Occupiers of Homes from Civil Liability. (H.P. 849, L.D. 1156)

Ch. 316 - An Act To Grant Supervisory Privileges to Supervising Nurse Practitioners. (H.P. 1120, L.D. 1598)

Ch. 317 - An Act To Establish the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Act of 2007. (H.P. 1290, L.D. 1851) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 318 - An Act To Protect the Lives and Health of Members of the Maine National Guard. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1321, L.D. 1889) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ch. 319 - An Act To Clarify Involuntary Admissions for Psychiatric Hospitalizations. (S.P. 669, L.D. 1855)

Ch. 320 - An Act Regarding Residential Care Facilities for Children. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 333, L.D. 1016)

Ch. 321 - An Act To Promote County-based Economic and Community Development. (S.P. 324, L.D. 1007)

Ch. 322 - An Act To Improve the Process for Adjustment for Sudden and Severe Disruption of Valuation. (H.P. 1083, L.D. 1558)

Ch. 323 - An Act To Enact the Model Registered Agents Act and Amend Entity Acts To Rationalize Annual Filings. (H.P. 1292, L.D. 1853)

Ch. 324 - An Act To Amend Licensing and Certification Requirements. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1800)

Ch. 325 - An Act To Make Circuitbreaker Program Benefits Proportional If a Resident Moves. (H.P. 814, L.D. 1096)

Ch. 326 - An Act To Reduce Foreclosures. (S.P. 430, L.D. 1244)

Ch. 327 - An Act To Establish a Prescription Drug Academic Detailing Program. (H.P. 638, L.D. 839)

Ch. 328 - An Act To Ensure Fairness for Maine Businesses. (S.P. 323, L.D. 1006)

Ch. 329 - An Act Making Unified Highway Fund and Other Funds Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government 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. 597, L.D. 781) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ch. 19 - An Act To Equalize MaineCare Reimbursements to Hospitals. (H.P. 499, L.D. 650)

Ch. 20 - An Act To Address Eating Disorders in Maine. (H.P. 762, L.D. 1044)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ch. 21 - An Act To Assist the Community Affected by the Closure of the Cutler Naval Base. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 559, L.D. 738)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ch. 73 - Resolve, Requiring the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention To Report on Activities To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Study Cervical Cancer Prevention, Detection and Education. (S.P. 45, L.D. 137)

Ch. 74 - Resolve, To Direct the Study of Providing Additional Background Information to the Probate Court. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 171, L.D. 200)

Ch. 75 - Resolve, Regarding the Provision of Over-the-counter Medications in the MaineCare Program. (S.P. 386, L.D. 1198)

Ch. 76 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Nursing To Amend the Rules for the Medication Course for Certified Nursing Assistants. (S.P. 570, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 77 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting Systems for Maine Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1306, L.D. 1874)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 14, 2007

Ch. 78 - Resolve, To Review Statutes, Rules and Policies Regarding Mental Retardation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Other Cognitive and Developmental Disorders. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1300, L.D. 1868)

Ch. 79 - Resolve, To Encourage Increased Use of Biofuel in Maine. (H.P. 852, L.D. 1159)

Ch. 80 - Resolve, To Study Flood Control and Water Storage. (S.P. 407, L.D. 1219)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 15, 2007

Ch. 81 - Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Provide Historical Data Regarding the Receipt and Resolution of Complaints Pertaining to Legislative Ethics Violations. (S.P. 325, L.D. 1008)

Ch. 82 - Resolve, To Conduct an Independent Review of the Department of Marine Resources, Public Health Division. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 926, L.D. 1318)

Ch. 83 - Resolve, To Develop the Outdoor Licensed Network. (S.P. 712, L.D. 1912)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 18, 2007

Ch. 84 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Public Safety and the Attorney General To Review Other States' Concealed Weapon Reciprocity Agreements and Actively Seek Reciprocity Where Appropriate. (H.P. 130, L.D. 148)

Ch. 85 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review of Oral Health Care Issues. (H.P. 822, L.D. 1129)

Ch. 86 - Resolve, To Examine Issues Related to Distracted Driving. (H.P. 443, L.D. 576)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Ch. 87 - Resolve, To Expand the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (H.P. 1197, L.D. 1714)

Ch. 88 - Resolve, To Further the Collection of Hospital Quality Data Regarding Nurse Staffing. (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1538)

Ch. 89 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Revenue Services To Provide Guidance Regarding the Valuation of Certain Affordable Housing Property. (S.P. 352, L.D. 1100)

Ch. 90 - Resolve, To Assist Veterans in Need of Shelter. (H.P. 511, L.D. 662)

Ch. 91 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Convey Certain Lands. (H.P. 1347, L.D. 1913) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ch. 92 - Resolve, To Direct Fines Collected on Tribal Lands to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation. (H.P. 1128, L.D. 1606)

Ch. 93 - Resolve, To Improve the Energy Efficiency of Residential and Commercial Buildings. (H.P. 1164, L.D. 1655)

Ch. 94 - Resolve, To Analyze the Feasibility of Establishing an Education Bill of Rights for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children. (H.P. 1335, L.D. 1901)

Ch. 95 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority To Conduct a Study of Possible Western Connector Roads to Municipal Centers in Cumberland and York Counties. (H.P. 1203, L.D. 1720)

Ch. 96 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Labor To Convene a Task Force To Evaluate and Recommend Revisions to the Definition of Service Dog. (H.P. 233, L.D. 289)

Ch. 97 - Resolve, To Support Creative Economy Businesses. (H.P. 348, L.D. 449)

Ch. 98 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees To Develop and Implement Law Enforcement Training Regarding the Determination of the Predominant Aggressor in Domestic Violence Situations. (H.P. 757, L.D. 1039)

Ch. 99 - Resolve, Concerning the Reporting of Oil Spills. (S.P. 138, L.D. 437)

Ch. 100 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Study the Prevalence and Cost of Hearing Loss and the Use of Hearing Aids and Other Devices in Maine's Elderly Population. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 773, L.D. 1055)

Ch. 101 - Resolve, To Create Improved Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. (S.P. 515, L.D. 1467)

Ch. 102 - Resolve, To Increase Physical Education for Elementary School Students. (H.P. 1011, L.D. 1442)

Ch. 103 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development To Convene a Working Group To Advance the Redevelopment of Mill Buildings. (H.P. 596, L.D. 780)

Ch. 104 - Resolve, To Study Incentives To Encourage All-terrain Vehicle Registrants To Join Local All-terrain Vehicle Clubs. (H.P. 707, L.D. 932)

Ch. 105 - Resolve, To Promote Community Integration for Individuals with Brain Injuries. (H.P. 295, L.D. 365)

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 22, 2007

L.D. 1929, H.P. 1368
An Act To Assist in the Cleanup of Waste Motor Oil Disposal Sites. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1345.)

L.D. 1930, S.P. 735
Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey Certain Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1931, S.P. 738
An Act To Protect Employee Choice of Collective Bargaining Agents in the Educational Unit Consolidation Process. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

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.