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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 27

Monday, July 2, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ch. 330 - An Act To Designate May 1st of Each Year as Cold War Victory Day. (H.P. 103, L.D. 111)

Ch. 331 - An Act To Require Mapping of Conservation Easements and Public Lands. (S.P. 92, L.D. 277)

Ch. 332 - An Act To Protect the Integrity of Security Deposits. (H.P. 264, L.D. 330)

Ch. 333 - An Act To Establish Penalties for Violation of the Severance Pay Law. (H.P. 308, L.D. 392)

Ch. 334 - An Act To Allow Civil Penalties for Trespass while Engaging in Activities Regulated by Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (H.P. 455, L.D. 588)

Ch. 335 - An Act To Clarify Confidentiality in Child Protective Proceedings. (S.P. 194, L.D. 602)

Ch. 336 - An Act To Protect Household Pets and Other Animals from Poisoning. (H.P. 579, L.D. 758)

Ch. 337 - An Act To Create a 10-year Statute of Limitations for Certain Environmental Violations. (S.P. 275, L.D. 882)

Ch. 338 - An Act To Continue To Ensure the Long-term Capacity of Municipal Landfills. (H.P. 710, L.D. 935)

Ch. 339 - An Act To Amend the Employment Practices Law Regarding Substance Abuse Testing of Temporary Workers. (S.P. 306, L.D. 955)

Ch. 340 - An Act To Improve the Protection from Abuse Laws. (H.P. 748, L.D. 988)

Ch. 341 - An Act To Reduce the Expense of Health Care Treatment and Protect the Health of Maine Citizens by Providing Early Screening, Detection and Prevention of Cancer. (S.P. 312, L.D. 995)

Ch. 342 - An Act To Establish the Publicly Supported Private Secondary School Advisory Council. (S.P. 601, L.D. 1694)

Ch. 343 - An Act To Promote Recycling of Cellular Telephones. (H.P. 1200, L.D. 1717)

Ch. 344 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Probation and Supervised Release for Sex Offenders and To Make Necessary Changes to the Maine Criminal Code. (H.P. 1219, L.D. 1736)

Ch. 345 - An Act To Amend the Statute of Limitations for Actions against Professional Land Surveyors. (S.P. 617, L.D. 1750)

Ch. 346 - An Act To Reduce the Spread of Infectious Disease through Shared Hypodermic Apparatuses. (H.P. 1248, L.D. 1786)

Ch. 347 - An Act To Enact the Informed Growth Act. (H.P. 1262, L.D. 1810)

Ch. 348 - An Act To Strengthen and Clarify Maine's Motor Vehicle Laws. (S.P. 646, L.D. 1817)

Ch. 349 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (H.P. 1270, L.D. 1822)

Ch. 350 - An Act Regarding Fairness for Families Regarding Workers' Compensation Coverage. (H.P. 1298, L.D. 1862)

Ch. 351 - An Act To Prevent Disclosure of Certain Identifying Information in Child Protective and Other Court Proceedings. (S.P. 677, L.D. 1864)

Ch. 352 - An Act To Create the Competitive Skills Scholarship Fund and To Improve Maine Employment Security Programs. (H.P. 1317, L.D. 1884) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 353 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Drinking Water Program Regarding Public Water Supply Protection. (S.P. 687, L.D. 1888)

Ch. 354 - An Act To Include Institutions Providing an Educational Program among Entities Eligible To Borrow from the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority. (H.P. 1332, L.D. 1899)

Ch. 355 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group Studying Mold in Buildings. (H.P. 1337, L.D. 1903)

Ch. 356 - An Act To Clarify and Affirm the Scope of Services Available to Persons with Mental Retardation or Autism. (S.P. 707, L.D. 1907) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 357 - An Act To Clarify Worker Payment for Clothing and Equipment. (H.P. 804, L.D. 1086)

Ch. 358 - An Act Regarding Local Plumbing Inspectors. (S.P. 376, L.D. 1188)

Ch. 359 - An Act To Enhance Enforcement of Public Health Measures. (H.P. 908, L.D. 1290)

Ch. 360 - An Act To Amend the Labor Laws Regarding Automobile Dealerships. (H.P. 913, L.D. 1295)

Ch. 361 - An Act To Amend Survivors' Benefits under the Workers' Compensation Laws. (H.P. 935, L.D. 1327)

Ch. 362 - An Act To Prohibit the Sale or Distribution of Software That Contains Inappropriate Advertising of Prescription Drugs. (H.P. 1009, L.D. 1440)

Ch. 363 - An Act to Define "Livable Wage". (H.P. 1014, L.D. 1445)

Ch. 364 - An Act To Protect the Scenic Value of the Kennebec River. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 531, L.D. 1508)

Ch. 365 - An Act To Improve Child Support Services. (H.P. 1066, L.D. 1541)

Ch. 366 - An Act To Limit the Liability of Organized Clubs. (H.P. 1067, L.D. 1542)

Ch. 367 - An Act To Clarify the Use of Tips in Payment of Service Employees. (H.P. 1068, L.D. 1543)

Ch. 368 - An Act To Establish a Fund to Provide American Flags at Veterans' Graves. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1129, L.D. 1607)

Ch. 369 - An Act To Create the Board of Speech-language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dealing and Fitting. (S.P. 567, L.D. 1623)

Ch. 370 - An Act To Permit the Use of Surety Bonds in Lieu of Security Deposits. (H.P. 1160, L.D. 1651)

Ch. 371 - An Act To Amend the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act. (S.P. 596, L.D. 1689)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ch. 372 - An Act To Make BETR Better. (H.P. 406, L.D. 528)

Ch. 373 - An Act To Require the Reporting of Executive Branch Lobbying. (H.P. 776, L.D. 1058)

Ch. 374 - An Act To Protect Community Safety by Amending Maine's Bail Code. (S.P. 169, L.D. 514)

Ch. 375 - An Act To Extend Eligibility for the Trade-in Credit to All Trailers. (H.P. 770, L.D. 1052)

Ch. 376 - An Act To Establish a Special Veterans License Plate for Motorcycles. (H.P. 199, L.D. 228)

Ch. 377 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Corrections Alternatives Advisory Committee. (H.P. 1327, L.D. 1895)

Ch. 378 - An Act To Make Changes in the Laws Regarding Raffles. (H.P. 1187, L.D. 1704)

Ch. 379 - An Act To Expand Exemptions from Licensing Laws for Professional Engineers. (S.P. 566, L.D. 1622)

Ch. 380 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Physicians. (H.P. 1032, L.D. 1470)

Ch. 381 - An Act To Allow the State Timely Opportunity To Participate in Settlement Negotiations for MaineCare Benefits. (H.P. 1091, L.D. 1566)

Ch. 382 - An Act To Facilitate the Reporting of the Crime of Acquiring Drugs by Deception. (H.P. 999, L.D. 1425)

Ch. 383 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (S.P. 168, L.D. 513)

Ch. 384 - An Act To Modernize Maine's Accountancy Laws. (H.P. 572, L.D. 751)

Ch. 385 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Physical or Mental Disability" in the Maine Human Rights Act. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 344, L.D. 1027)

Ch. 386 - An Act Related to Special Purpose Reinsurance Vehicles. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 982, L.D. 1390)

Ch. 387 - An Act To Prevent Additional Housing Charges for Persons Requiring In-home Care. (S.P. 162, L.D. 475)

Ch. 388 - An Act To Assist Maine Military Families. (H.P. 212, L.D. 256)

Ch. 389 - An Act Regarding the Valuation of Land within Buffer Areas Established under the Natural Resources Protection Laws. (H.P. 437, L.D. 559)

Ch. 390 - An Act To Amend the Licensing of Landscape Architects. (H.P. 1249, L.D. 1787)

Ch. 391 - An Act To Repeal Strict Foreclosure. (S.P. 561, L.D. 1617)

Ch. 392 - An Act To Amend the Oil and Solid Fuel Board and Propane and Natural Gas Board Licensing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 635, L.D. 1791) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 393 - An Act To Prohibit Unauthorized Contact of Persons Convicted of Sex Offenses against Persons under 14 Years of Age with Persons under 14 Years of Age. (S.P. 518, L.D. 1491)

Ch. 394 - An Act To Regulate Presettlement Lawsuit Funding. (H.P. 1186, L.D. 1703)

Ch. 395 - An Act To Repeal Inactive Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1319, L.D. 1885)

Ch. 396 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of Boards and Committees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1340, L.D. 1906)

Ch. 397 - An Act Regarding the Central Voter Registration System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1358, L.D. 1921)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2007

Ch. 398 - An Act To Provide Parity in the Laws Regarding Licensing of Electricians. (H.P. 986, L.D. 1403)

Ch. 399 - An Act Concerning the Sustainable Use of and Planning for Water Resources. (S.P. 610, L.D. 1743)

Ch. 400 - An Act To Improve Road Safety and Update Bicycling Laws. (S.P. 643, L.D. 1808)

Ch. 401 - An Act To Define the Process for a Municipality To Secede from a County. (S.P. 656, L.D. 1840)

Ch. 402 - An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws. (S.P. 659, L.D. 1842)

Ch. 403 - An Act To Stimulate Demand for Renewable Energy. (H.P. 1356, L.D. 1920)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2007

Ch. 22 - An Act To Incorporate the Greater Augusta Utility District. (S.P. 621, L.D. 1754)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 21, 2007

Ch. 106 - Resolve, Regarding Full, Fair and Nondiscriminatory Access to the Internet. (S.P. 580, L.D. 1675)

Ch. 107 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Revenue Services To Convene a Study Group on the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. (H.P. 605, L.D. 789)

Ch. 108 - Resolve, To Assist Maine Local Land Trusts. (H.P. 793, L.D. 1075)

Ch. 109 - Resolve, To Require State Agencies with Jurisdiction over Dams To Review and Update Plans for the Passage of Native Diadromous Fish. (S.P. 551, L.D. 1528)

Ch. 110 - Resolve, To Study the Certificate of Need Program. (H.P. 1060, L.D. 1535)

Ch. 111 - Resolve, To Review Remote Access Medicine, Hospice and Home Health Care under MaineCare. (H.P. 1062, L.D. 1537)

Ch. 112 - Resolve, To Explore the Feasibility of Enrolling the Legislature as an Employer Group in Dirigo Health. (H.P. 1093, L.D. 1568)

Ch. 113 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Revenue Services To Convene a Study Group on Excise Tax Enforcement. (H.P. 1190, L.D. 1707)

Ch. 114 - Resolve, Regarding the Role of Local Regions in Maine's Emerging Public Health Infrastructure. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1264, L.D. 1812)

Ch. 115 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Practice of Licensed Midwifery. (H.P. 1275, L.D. 1827)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 22, 2007

Ch. 116 - Resolve, Requiring the Maine Community College System To Return Real Property and Buildings to the City of Eastport. (H.P. 192, L.D. 221)

Ch. 117 - Resolve, To Authorize the State To Sell a Certain Property with Buildings Located within the City of Old Town. (H.P. 1343, L.D. 1911) (Governor's Bill)

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.

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.