weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIII, No. 28

Monday, July 9, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED ON JUNE 21, 2007

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 25, 2007

Ch. 404 - An Act To Exempt from Excise Tax Maine Military Personnel Who Are Serving Their Tours of Duty in Maine. (H.P. 678, L.D. 893)

Ch. 405 - An Act To Allow Municipalities To Establish Foundations To Support Education. (H.P. 533, L.D. 702)

Ch. 406 - An Act To Provide for the Protection of Communities That Host a Solid Waste Disposal Facility. (H.P. 1005, L.D. 1431)

Ch. 407 - An Act To Reduce Duplication of Paperwork for Fuel Distributors. (S.P. 455, L.D. 1307)

Ch. 408 - An Act To Ensure the Integrity of School Crisis Response Plans. (H.P. 193, L.D. 222)

Ch. 409 - An Act To Provide Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Certificates. (H.P. 802, L.D. 1084)

Ch. 410 - An Act To Amend the Tax Laws Concerning Certain Motor Vehicle Dealership Transactions. (S.P. 322, L.D. 1005)

Ch. 411 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Burial or Cremation of Certain Persons. (H.P. 740, L.D. 980)

Ch. 412 - An Act To Amend the Conservation Easement Laws. (H.P. 1220, L.D. 1737)

Ch. 413 - An Act To Enable the Creation of Tax Increment Financing Districts for Arts Districts. (H.P. 863, L.D. 1182)

Ch. 414 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Solid Waste Management. (S.P. 708, L.D. 1908)

Ch. 415 - An Act To Protect Fair Share Workers from Termination. (S.P. 714, L.D. 1915)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ch. 416 - An Act To Support Maine's Free Clinics. (S.P. 55, L.D. 144)

Ch. 417 - An Act To Require That a State Road Be in Good Condition before Being Turned over to a Municipality. (S.P. 335, L.D. 1018)

Ch. 418 - An Act To Extend the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans to Persons Living in Cooperative Housing. (H.P. 257, L.D. 313)

Ch. 419 - An Act To Clarify the Sales Tax and Service Provider Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Ambulance Services. (H.P. 694, L.D. 919)

Ch. 420 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Research, Economic Development and the Innovation Economy. (S.P. 90, L.D. 253)

Ch. 421 - An Act To Promote Mandatory Assignments and Training for Assistant Game Wardens. (H.P. 208, L.D. 274)

Ch. 422 - An Act To Clarify Election Laws Concerning Election Clerks' Qualifications. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 29, L.D. 27)

Ch. 423 - An Act to Repeal Delayed Estate Recovery. (H.P. 730, L.D. 970)

Ch. 424 - An Act To Adjust the School Funding Formula with Regard to Unorganized Territories. (H.P. 368, L.D. 484)

Ch. 425 - An Act To Require Notification before Withdrawal of Land from Classification under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law for Failure To File Certain Statements. (H.P. 557, L.D. 736)

Ch. 426 - An Act To Amend the Tax Credit for Biofuel Production. (S.P. 320, L.D. 1003)

Ch. 427 - An Act To Protect the Housing Opportunities for Maine Fund. (H.P. 711, L.D. 936)

Ch. 428 - An Act To Amend the Lodging Place Licensing Requirements to Support Small Businesses. (H.P. 702, L.D. 927)

Ch. 429 - An Act To Exempt Qualifying Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment from State Sales Tax. (H.P. 712, L.D. 937)

Ch. 430 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Public Education Services from Child Development Services. (S.P. 99, L.D. 317)

Ch. 431 - An Act To Prevent Overcharging for Prescription Drug Copayments. (H.P. 607, L.D. 807)

Ch. 432 - An Act To Provide Information to Property Tax Payers. (H.P. 837, L.D. 1144)

Ch. 433 - An Act To Clarify That Senior Lifetime Hunting Licenses Include the Right To Hunt Turkey. (H.P. 599, L.D. 783)

Ch. 434 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding Economic Development in Maine. (S.P. 411, L.D. 1163)

Ch. 435 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Repeal of the Personal Property Tax on Business Equipment. (S.P. 426, L.D. 1225)

Ch. 436 - An Act To Protect Families and Enhance Public Safety by Making Domestic Violence a Crime. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 571, L.D. 1627)

Ch. 437 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1054, L.D. 1504)

Ch. 438 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1222, L.D. 1739)

Ch. 439 - An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 1137, L.D. 1615)

Ch. 440 - An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1229, L.D. 1763)

Ch. 441 - An Act To Protect Consumers from Rising Health Care Costs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 664, L.D. 1849)

Ch. 442 - An Act To Regulate Outdoor Wood Boilers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1272, L.D. 1824)

Ch. 443 - An Act Regarding Campaign Finance Reporting and the Maine Clean Election Act. (S.P. 668, L.D. 1854)

Ch. 444 - An Act To Clarify That Certain Separately Itemized Charges Are Subject to the Sales Tax on the Rental of Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 1154, L.D. 1645)

Ch. 445 - An Act To Strengthen the Laws Concerning Surface Water Ambient Toxic Monitoring. (H.P. 1285, L.D. 1845)

Ch. 446 - An Act Regarding Involuntary Treatment of Mental Health Patients. (S.P. 350, L.D. 1033)

Ch. 447 - An Act To Enable the Dirigo Health Program To Be Self-administered. (H.P. 347, L.D. 431)

Ch. 448 - An Act To Improve MaineCare and Promote Employment. (S.P. 613, L.D. 1746)

Ch. 449 - An Act To Address an Inequity in the Judicial Retirement System. (S.P. 574, L.D. 1630)

Ch. 450 - An Act To Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness of Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education for Children from Birth to Eight Years of Age through Improved Oversight, Accountability and Interagency Coordination. (S.P. 666, L.D. 1850)

Ch. 451 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Engage Maine's Youth Regarding Successful School Completion. (H.P. 1296, L.D. 1860) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ch. 452 - An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids. (S.P. 537, L.D. 1514)

Ch. 453 - An Act To Continue the Axle Weight Law Changes beyond September 15, 2007. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 10, L.D. 9)

Ch. 454 - An Act To Require Alien Big Game Hunters To Be Accompanied by a Guide. (H.P. 90, L.D. 98)

Ch. 455 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 1227, L.D. 1761)

Ch. 456 - An Act To Establish an Agriculture Education Registration Plate. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 746, L.D. 986)

Ch. 457 - An Act To Increase Caps on Damages in Actions under the Maine Human Rights Act. (H.P. 964, L.D. 1372)

Ch. 458 - An Act To Reauthorize the Community Preservation Advisory Committee. (S.P. 108, L.D. 336)

Ch. 459 - An Act To Change the Registration Fees for Home-based Manufacturers of Pet Foods. (S.P. 578, L.D. 1673)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 29, 2007

Ch. 460 - An Act To Amend the Prescription Privacy Law. (H.P. 5, L.D. 4)

Ch. 461 - An Act To Recognize Gold Star Parents and Family Members. (H.P. 60, L.D. 62)

Ch. 462 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Study Maine's Homeland Security Needs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 213, L.D. 676)

Ch. 463 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Fish and Wildlife Law. (S.P. 356, L.D. 1104)

Ch. 464 - An Act To Assist in the Cleanup of Waste Motor Oil Disposal Sites. (H.P. 1368, L.D. 1929)

Ch. 465 - An Act To Extend from 4 to 6 Terms the Limits on Legislative Terms. (H.P. 1367, L.D. 1928)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 2, 2007

Ch. 466 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1338, L.D. 1904)

Ch. 467 - An Act Concerning Certain Flavored Cigarettes and Flavored Cigars and Hard Snuff. (S.P. 475, L.D. 1361)

Ch. 468 - An Act To Expand the Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits to Small and Midsize Maine Manufacturers. (H.P. 1364, L.D. 1926)

Ch. 469 - An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for College Loan Repayments. (I.B. 2, L.D. 1856)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 25, 2007

Ch. 23 - An Act To Allow the City of Auburn To Adjust the Definition of "Original Assessed Value" for the City of Auburn's Mall Area Municipal Tax Increment Financing District and the City of Auburn's Downtown Area Municipal Tax Increment Financing District. (H.P. 1324, L.D. 1892)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ch. 24 - An Act To Create a Service Model for Delivering Career and Technical Education. (H.P. 1057, L.D. 1532)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Permit Public Schools in the Lower Kennebec River Area To Regionalize To Achieve Efficiency and Improve Quality. (H.P. 685, L.D. 910)

Ch. 26 - An Act To Support the Capital Riverfront Improvement District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 195, L.D. 603)

Ch. 27 - An Act To Establish a Pilot Program for Return of Unused Prescription Drugs by Mail. (H.P. 327, L.D. 411)

Ch. 28 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2007-08. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1307, L.D. 1875)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ch. 29 - An Act To Restore Funding to the Maine Joint Environmental Training Coordinating Committee. (S.P. 211, L.D. 674)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 29, 2007

Ch. 30 - An Act To Improve Transportation for Veterans. (S.P. 316, L.D. 999)

Ch. 31 - An Act To Fund the Western Maine Career Centers. (H.P. 439, L.D. 572)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 25, 2007

Ch. 118 - Resolve, To Promote Health Care Insurance for Volunteer Public Safety Personnel through the Dirigo Health Program. (H.P. 686, L.D. 911)

Ch. 119 - Resolve, To Determine the Impact of Funding for State Higher Education on the Distribution of Higher Education Costs among Families, Taxpayers and Publicly Supported Institutions of Higher Education. (S.P. 355, L.D. 1103)

Ch. 120 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell Interest in a Certain Parcel of Land. (H.P. 1360, L.D. 1922)

Ch. 121 - Resolve, Regarding Options for Long-term Renovation and Use of the Buildings Formerly Occupied by the Augusta Mental Health Institute. (H.P. 1366, L.D. 1927)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ch. 122 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Encourage School Administrative Units To Encourage Secondary School Students To Apply to College. (H.P. 758, L.D. 1040)

Ch. 123 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Review and Report on Whether a State Tax Increment Financing Structure Should Be Established To Support Economic Development in Washington County. (H.P. 560, L.D. 739)

Ch. 124 - Resolve, To Promote Alternative Schools within Existing School Systems. (H.P. 1224, L.D. 1758)

Ch. 125 - Resolve, To Direct the Secretary of State To Study Issues Related to Dealer Plates. (S.P. 82, L.D. 245)

Ch. 126 - Resolve, To Establish the Council on Financial Literacy and Create a Financial Literacy Matching Grant Program. (H.P. 187, L.D. 216)

Ch. 127 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Analyze and Evaluate the Effect of Tax Increment Financing for Retail Businesses on Economic Development. (H.P. 179, L.D. 208)

Ch. 128 - Resolve, To Study the Promotion, Expansion and Regulation of the Harness Racing Industry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 791, L.D. 1073)

Ch. 129 - Resolve, Relating to the Wells-Ogunquit Community School District. (S.P. 375, L.D. 1123)

Ch. 130 - Resolve, To Improve Landowner Relations. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1151, L.D. 1642)

Ch. 131 - Resolve, To Study the Impact of Social Services and Corrections Policies on Homeless People in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 963, L.D. 1371)

Ch. 132 - Resolve, To Encourage Financial Education of Children from Kindergarten to Grade 12. (H.P. 1089, L.D. 1564)

Ch. 133 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Study the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 881, L.D. 1239)

Ch. 134 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 007: Implementation of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Model, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (H.P. 727, L.D. 967)

Ch. 135 - Resolve, Establishing an Apportionment Commission To Increase the Number of Androscoggin County Commissioners. (H.P. 1349, L.D. 1916)

Ch. 136 - Resolve, To Create the Commission To Develop a Strategic Priorities Plan for Maine's Young Children. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 576, L.D. 755)

Ch. 137 - Resolve, To Provide for an Independent Evaluation of the Procedures and Programs of the Department of Health and Human Services for Promoting Permanency and Safety for Children. (S.P. 484, L.D. 1396)

Ch. 138 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1333, L.D. 1900)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ch. 139 - Resolve, To Streamline the Regulation of Agricultural Composters. (S.P. 176, L.D. 564)

Ch. 140 - Resolve, To Address the Funding Needs of Air and Ground Emergency and Critical Care Emergency Medical Services. (H.P. 737, L.D. 977)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 29, 2007

Ch. 141 - Resolve, Honoring Women Veterans of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 85, L.D. 248)

Ch. 142 - Resolve, To Continue the Tribal-State Work Group. (H.P. 891, L.D. 1263)

Ch. 143 - Resolve, To Provide Education Concerning and Insurance Coverage for Lyme Disease. (S.P. 544, L.D. 1521)

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 HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act To Secure Maine’s Transportation Future (S.P. 634) (L.D. 1790)

ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-NINE BILLS
HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

The following matters are held over to any special or regular session of the 123rd Legislature by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Order House Paper 1369:

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

S.P. 217, L.D. 680 - An Act To Increase Funding for the Spaying and Neutering of Companion Animals

H.P. 1159, L.D. 1650 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Genetically Engineered Plants and Seeds

S.P. 591, L.D. 1684 - An Act To Create the Maine Agriculture Protection Act

S.P. 735, L.D. 1930 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey Certain Lands

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

H.P. 497, L.D. 648 - An Act To Maintain the Amount of State Land That Is Open for Hunting

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

H.P. 61, L.D. 63 - An Act To Increase Access to After-school Programs

H.P. 63, L.D. 65 - An Act To Provide Funding for Mentoring Programs

H.P. 112, L.D. 120 - An Act To Provide Transitional Support for the Downeast Heritage Museum in Calais

H.P. 157, L.D. 186 - An Act To Provide Funding to the St. Francis Water District for New Wells

H.P. 160, L.D. 189 - An Act To Invest in an Allied Health Center at Northern Maine Community College

H.P. 249, L.D. 305 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Cellular Telephone Service for Rural Residents

S.P. 96, L.D. 314 - An Act To Restore Funding for the Reading Recovery Program

H.P. 341, L.D. 425 - An Act Regarding the Accounting Procedure for Certain State Programs

H.P. 495, L.D. 646 - An Act To Support and Expand Regional Teacher Development Centers and Early College Readiness Programs

H.P. 542, L.D. 721 - An Act To Restore Support for HIV and AIDS Treatment and Prevention

H.P. 565, L.D. 744 - An Act To Stabilize and Expand Funding for the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at the University of Maine

H.P. 598, L.D. 782 - An Act To Establish a New Method of Determining the State Budget

S.P. 242, L.D. 793 - An Act To Provide Essential Library Resources to All Maine Communities

S.P. 253, L.D. 804 - An Act To Ensure Responsible Government Spending, Investment and Educational Efficiency

H.P. 614, L.D. 817 - An Act To Support the Maine Keeping Seniors Home Program

H.P. 700, L.D. 925 - An Act To Provide Funds To Support Residential Programs for People with Developmental Disabilities

H.P. 783, L.D. 1065 - Resolve, To Enhance the Education Opportunities for Maine's Early Childhood Workers

S.P. 378, L.D. 1190 - An Act To Promote Economic Growth through Education for Androscoggin County

H.P. 896, L.D. 1268 - An Act To Fund the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program and Fund

H.P. 998, L.D. 1424 - An Act Requiring Long-range Budget Planning

H.P. 1163, L.D. 1654 - An Act To Reduce the Cost of the Unfunded Liability of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Fund and To Reduce the Cost to Maine Citizens of Purchasing State Bonds

S.P. 662, L.D. 1848 - An Act To Promote Sustainable Prosperity

H.P. 1291, L.D. 1852 - An Act To Provide Taxpayer Relief

Business, Research and Economic Development

H.P. 204, L.D. 270 - Resolve, Establishing the Task Force To Eliminate Outdated or Unnecessary Laws and Rules To Stimulate Job Creation

S.P. 239, L.D. 790 - An Act To Strengthen Rural Community Investment

H.P. 632, L.D. 833 - An Act To Support the Maine Patent Program

H.P. 756, L.D. 1038 - An Act To License Home Building and Improvement Contractors

H.P. 821, L.D. 1128 - An Act To Require Electronic Monitoring of Secondary Sales Transactions

S.P. 398, L.D. 1210 - An Act Concerning the Diagnosis, Service and Repair of Motor Vehicles

S.P. 403, L.D. 1215 - An Act To Attract New Capital for Innovative Businesses through Equity Investment in Maine

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

H.P. 4, L.D. 3 - An Act To Strengthen "Permissible Inference" in the Law Concerning Dissemination of Sexually Explicit Material

H.P. 66, L.D. 68 - An Act To Provide a Reward for Information Regarding the Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer

H.P. 69, L.D. 71 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Plea of Not Criminally Responsible by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect in Juvenile Cases

H.P. 131, L.D. 149 - An Act To Take into Account the Crime Committed That Facilitated a Sexual Assault

H.P. 191, L.D. 220 - An Act To Clarify and Expand Maine Criminal Laws Related to Sexual Assault

H.P. 201, L.D. 239 - An Act To Provide a Felony Penalty for Assault on a Firefighter

S.P. 95, L.D. 280 - An Act To Make a Conviction for a 6th Operating under the Influence Charge a Class B Crime

S.P. 116, L.D. 372 - An Act To Strengthen the Crime of Gross Sexual Assault as It Pertains to Persons Who Furnish Drugs to Victims

H.P. 339, L.D. 423 - An Act To Ensure the Safety of the Public and of Victims of Sexual Assault

H.P. 340, L.D. 424 - An Act To Protect Children from Dangerous Drugs, Harmful Chemicals and Drug-related Violence

S.P. 147, L.D. 446 - An Act To Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders to Better Ensure Public Safety and Awareness

S.P. 266, L.D. 856 - An Act To Reduce Drunk Driving

H.P. 882, L.D. 1240 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission

H.P. 883, L.D. 1241 - An Act To Provide Uniform Treatment of Prior Convictions in the Maine Criminal Code

S.P. 535, L.D. 1512 - An Act To Change the Statute of Limitations for Gross Sexual Assault by a Juvenile

S.P. 579, L.D. 1674 - An Act To Amend the Habitual Offender and Felony Operating Under the Influence Laws

S.P. 681, L.D. 1873 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Stalking

S.P. 691, L.D. 1897 - An Act To Allow Blended Sentencing for Certain Juveniles

H.P. 1336, L.D. 1902 - An Act To Bring Maine into Compliance with Federal Law Regarding Purchases of Firearms by Persons Found To Be a Danger to Themselves or Others

Education and Cultural Affairs

H.P. 115, L.D. 123 - An Act To Establish a Labor Center within the University of Maine System

H.P. 167, L.D. 196 - An Act To Modify the Maine Learning Results System

S.P. 209, L.D. 672 - An Act To Strengthen the Scientific Research Support Capability of the Maine State Museum

H.P. 759, L.D. 1041 - An Act To Improve the Essential Programs and Services Funding Formula

H.P. 845, L.D. 1152 - An Act To Improve Public Education in Maine

H.P. 1000, L.D. 1426 - An Act To Enhance the Prekindergarten Experience for Maine Children

Health and Human Services

H.P. 321, L.D. 405 - An Act To Establish Necessary MaineCare Pharmacy Incentives

H.P. 397, L.D. 519 - An Act To Provide Assistance to Family Members, Friends and Neighbors Who Provide Home Health Care for Senior Citizens

H.P. 501, L.D. 652 - Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities

S.P. 362, L.D. 1110 - An Act To Create the Maine Council on Poverty and Economic Security

H.P. 1092, L.D. 1567 - Resolve, To Demonstrate Cost Savings by Preventing the Onset of Severe Mental Illness in Youth

S.P. 594, L.D. 1687 - An Act To Increase Health Insurance Coverage for Front-line Direct Care Workers Providing Long-term Care

H.P. 1251, L.D. 1797 - An Act To Fund Maine's HealthInfoNet Program

S.P. 660, L.D. 1843 - An Act To Improve the Quality of Health Care in Maine

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

H.P. 482, L.D. 633 - An Act To Improve Funding for the State Snowmobile Trail System

H.P. 503, L.D. 654 - An Act To Make License Requirements and Rules Consistent for Young Anglers

H.P. 1281, L.D. 1838 - An Act To Ensure Safety on Freshwater Ferry Vessels

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 1294, L.D. 1858 - An Act To Protect Inland Water Access

Insurance and Financial Services

H.P. 507, L.D. 658 - An Act To Protect the Health of Infants

H.P. 765, L.D. 1047 - An Act To Lower the Cost of Health Insurance

H.P. 790, L.D. 1072 - An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System

H.P. 800, L.D. 1082 - An Act To Create a Maine-based Independent Nonprofit Health Insurance Company

S.P. 391, L.D. 1203 - An Act To Amend the Laws Respecting Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors

H.P. 912, L.D. 1294 - An Act To Establish a Health Care Bill of Rights

H.P. 1176, L.D. 1667 - An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Prevention

H.P. 1226, L.D. 1760 - An Act To Restore Competition to Maine's Health Insurance Market

Judiciary

S.P. 11, L.D. 1 - An Act To Increase Reimbursement for Jury Duty

H.P. 297, L.D. 367 - An Act To Protect Emergency Room Personnel from Civil Liability

H.P. 360, L.D. 461 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Human Trafficking Task Force

S.P. 156, L.D. 469 - An Act To Disseminate "Lessons Learned" from Medical Injury Claims

H.P. 390, L.D. 507 - An Act Recognizing Native American Religion in Maine Prisons and Jails

S.P. 200, L.D. 608 - An Act To Extend the Statute of Limitations for Certain Medical Malpractice Cases

S.P. 221, L.D. 684 - An Act To Permit Medical Providers an Opportunity To Express Regret for a Medical Error

S.P. 267, L.D. 857 - Resolve, To Create A Medical Malpractice Study Group

H.P. 899, L.D. 1271 - An Act To Establish Health Care Practitioner Immunity for Consulting Physicians in Critical Specialties or Subspecialties

S.P. 462, L.D. 1348 - An Act To Amend the Maine Tort Claims Act

S.P. 463, L.D. 1349 - Resolve, To Waive the Tort Claims Limitation on Damages Relative to the Traumatic Brain Injury of Lucas Tolliver

S.P. 528, L.D. 1505 - An Act To Adopt the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act

S.P. 547, L.D. 1524 - An Act To Increase Judicial Salaries

H.P. 1065, L.D. 1540 - An Act To Guarantee Free Speech in Privately Owned Public Gathering Places

S.P. 614, L.D. 1747 - An Act To Enact the Uniform Power of Attorney Act

S.P. 636, L.D. 1792 - An Act To Limit the Compensation of Officers and Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

S.P. 684, L.D. 1881 - An Act To Improve Transparency and Accountability in Government

H.P. 1361, L.D. 1923 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Creating the Public Access Ombudsman

Labor

H.P. 117, L.D. 125 - Resolve, To Expedite a Workers' Compensation Case

H.P. 241, L.D. 297 - Resolve, Authorizing Elizabeth O'Connor To Rejoin the Maine State Retirement System

H.P. 328, L.D. 412 - An Act To Clarify the Application of Prevailing Wage Requirements

H.P. 458, L.D. 591 - An Act Regarding Occupational Safety and Health Training for Workers on State-funded Construction Projects

H.P. 658, L.D. 869 - Resolve, Directing the Maine State Retirement System To Recalculate the Retirement Benefits of D'Lila Terracin

S.P. 349, L.D. 1032 - An Act To Improve Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Maine

H.P. 778, L.D. 1060 - Resolve, To Study the State's Career Center Network and Create a Sustainable System

S.P. 424, L.D. 1223 - An Act To Provide a Uniform Retirement Plan for Corrections Officers and Mental Health Workers

H.P. 903, L.D. 1275 - An Act To Promote Workplace Safety and Certainty within the Construction Industry by Authorizing the Workers' Compensation Board To Issue Construction Contractor Certificates

H.P. 954, L.D. 1345 - An Act To Simplify Standards for Determining Independent Contractor Status for Unemployment Compensation Purposes

H.P. 1024, L.D. 1454 - An Act To Care for Working Families

S.P. 556, L.D. 1585 - An Act To Assist the Independent Medical Examiner Program for Workers' Compensation

S.P. 577, L.D. 1672 - An Act Relating to Retirement and Death Benefits for Certain Law Enforcement Officers

S.P. 600, L.D. 1693 - An Act To Restore Equity to the Maine State Retirement System

S.P. 604, L.D. 1697 - An Act To Ensure Fair Wages

S.P. 738, L.D. 1931 - An Act To Protect Employee Choice of Collective Bargaining Agents in the Educational Unit Consolidation Process

Legal and Veterans Affairs

H.P. 532, L.D. 701 - An Act To Authorize the Operation of Slot Machines on Indian Island in Old Town

H.P. 843, L.D. 1150 - An Act To Establish Random Audits of Voting Machines

S.P. 481, L.D. 1393 - An Act Regarding Lobbyist Disclosure

S.P. 482, L.D. 1394 - An Act Regarding Campaign Finance Disclosure by Political Action Committees

S.P. 611, L.D. 1744 - An Act To Join the Interstate Compact on the National Popular Vote

H.P. 1253, L.D. 1799 - An Act To Establish Open Ballot Voting in Maine

H.P. 1311, L.D. 1879 - An Act To Allow Additional Slot Machines at a Harness Horse Racing Track To Support Harness Horse Racing, Passenger and Freight Train Service on the Mountain Division Rail Line and Passenger Train Service Overseen by the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority

S.P. 729, L.D. 1924 - 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

Marine Resources

S.P. 247, L.D. 798 - An Act To Standardize Inshore Dragging Seasons for Scallops and Sea Cucumbers

H.P. 1095, L.D. 1570 - An Act To Support Commercial Groundfishing

H.P. 1116, L.D. 1594 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Closed Periods for the Hauling of Lobster Traps

Natural Resources

H.P. 610, L.D. 810 - An Act To Improve Solid Waste Management

S.P. 479, L.D. 1392 - An Act To Update the Dioxin Monitoring Program

State and Local Government

H.P. 1308, L.D. 1876 - Resolve, Regarding the Maine State Cultural Building in Augusta

H.P. 1310, L.D. 1878 - An Act To Generate Savings by Changing Public Notice Requirements

Taxation

H.P. 218, L.D. 262 - An Act To Amend the Credit for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties

S.P. 91, L.D. 276 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require the Legislature To Freeze the Valuation of Maine Primary Residence Land

H.P. 279, L.D. 349 - An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for the Purchase of Small Wind Power Generators for Personal or Small Business Use

H.P. 408, L.D. 530 - An Act To Encourage Open Space through Current Use Taxation of Open Space Land Set Aside for Long-term Protection from Development

H.P. 409, L.D. 531 - An Act To Improve the Method of Taxing Natural Gas for Highway Use

H.P. 421, L.D. 543 - Resolve, To Establish the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law Review Committee

H.P. 558, L.D. 737 - An Act To Promote Forest Management Planning and Certification

H.P. 604, L.D. 788 - An Act To Dedicate 20 Percent of the Sales Tax on Motor Vehicles to the Highway Fund

H.P. 670, L.D. 885 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Costs of Providing Certain Services in the Unorganized Territories

H.P. 721, L.D. 961 - An Act To Authorize an Alternative Calculation of the Property Growth Factor for Industrial Municipalities

S.P. 318, L.D. 1001 - An Act To Eliminate the Property Tax on Business Equipment Owned by Small Retailers

H.P. 812, L.D. 1094 - An Act To Exempt from the Sales Tax Water Used in Agricultural Production

S.P. 361, L.D. 1109 - Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Reform Taxes and Spending in Maine

H.P. 848, L.D. 1155 - An Act To Include Fuel Economy when Calculating the Excise Tax on Motor Vehicles

S.P. 402, L.D. 1214 - An Act To Improve the Competitiveness of Maine's Boat Building Industry

H.P. 916, L.D. 1298 - An Act To Amend the Definition of "Working Waterfront Land" To Include Land Used for Marine Trades

H.P. 996, L.D. 1413 - An Act To Set Fees for Services for Tax-exempt Property in Municipalities

H.P. 1081, L.D. 1556 - An Act To Recouple Maine Estate Tax with Federal Estate Tax

H.P. 1107, L.D. 1582 - An Act Reduce Maine's Tax Burden over a 10-year Period

S.P. 555, L.D. 1584 - An Act To Authorize Arbitration of Property Tax Valuation Disputes

H.P. 1208, L.D. 1725 - An Act To Modernize the Alcohol Tax by Imposing It on a Per Drink Basis

H.P. 1239, L.D. 1772 - An Act To Require Nonresidents To Pay Sales Tax on Snowmobiles and ATVs

H.P. 1250, L.D. 1788 - An Act To Equalize Tax Filing Status

H.P. 1280, L.D. 1833 - An Act To Provide Property Tax and Income Tax Relief

Transportation

H.P. 7, L.D. 6 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Improve Guardrails on Portions of Interstate 295

H.P. 394, L.D. 511 - An Act To Study the Feasibility of Locating a New Bridge in the St. David Area

S.P. 191, L.D. 599 - An Act To Create an Airport Authority

H.P. 593, L.D. 775 - An Act To Create a Special License Plate To Support Breast Cancer Support Services

H.P. 1209, L.D. 1726 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Guarantee the Integrity of the Highway Fund

S.P. 647, L.D. 1818 - An Act To Enhance Public Safety, Facilitate the Coordination of Traffic Control Signal Systems and Promote More Equitable Use of Public Highway Rights-of-way

Utilities and Energy

H.P. 314, L.D. 398 - An Act To Require Transmission Lines To Be Placed Underground near Certain Facilities

S.P. 136, L.D. 435 - An Act To Require Utilities and Competitive Service Providers To Pay Interest on Overestimates of Electric Power Bills

H.P. 816, L.D. 1098 - An Act To Promote Electricity Transmission Independence

S.P. 351, L.D. 1099 - An Act To Encourage Wind Energy Development

S.P. 404, L.D. 1216 - Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Stimulate Telecommunications Investment, Economic Development and Job Creation

S.P. 422, L.D. 1221 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Kennebunk Light and Power District

S.P. 434, L.D. 1248 - An Act To Establish the Northern Maine Power Agency

H.P. 1351, L.D. 1918 - An Act To Ensure Adequate Funding for the Oversight of Spent Nuclear Fuel Storage in Maine

The following matters are held over to any special or regular session of the 123rd Legislature by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Order House Paper 1370:

Taxation

S.P. 488, L.D. 1400 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Taxation of Partnerships

S.P. 303, L.D. 952 - An Act To Reduce the Income Tax

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.

INTERIM STUDIES
2007

Commission to Study the Promotion, Expansion and Regulation of the Harness Racing Industry (Chapter 128, Resolves of 2007)

Steering Committee to Streamline State Government (Chapter 240, Part QQQ, Public Laws of 2007)

Joint Select Committee on Future Maine Prosperity (Joint Order, HP 1018)

Commission to Develop Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Access, Retention and Completion for Low-wage, Low-skilled Adults (Joint Order, SP 717)

Legislative Youth Advisory Commission (Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001 as amended by Chapter 662, Part C, Public Laws of 2005) (Continuation)

Alternative Education Programs Committee (Chapter 124, Resolves of 2007)

Commission to Study Primary Care Medical Practice (Joint Order, SP 732)

Commission to Develop a Strategic Priorities Plan for Maine’s Young Children (Chapter 136, Resolves of 2007)

Working Group to Study the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss (Chapter 133, Resolves of 2007)

Advisory Council on Health Systems Development (Chapter 441, Public Laws of 2007)

Right to Know Advisory Commission (Chapter 631, Public Laws of 2005) (Continuation)

Council on Financial Literacy (Chapter 126, Resolves of 2007)

Tribal-State Work Group (Chapter 142, Resolves of 2007)

Citizen Trade Policy Commission (Chapter 699, Public Laws of 2003) (Continuation)

Community Preservation Advisory Group (Chapter 648, Public Laws of 2001 as reauthorized in Chapter 458, Public Laws of 2007)

Technical Advisory Group on Surface Water Ambient Toxic Monitoring (Chapter 445, Public Laws of 2007)

Committee to Study Appropriate Funding for the State Police (Joint Order, SP 725)

INTERIM COMMITTEE STUDIES
2007

Committee Study of Business Compliance (Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development) (Legislative Council authorized from LD 1163)

Committee Study of Outdated and Unnecessary Laws and Rules (Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development) (Approved by letter to Presiding Officers)

Committee Study of Prison Industries Program (Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety) (Joint Order, HP 1334)

Committee Study of Prison Overcrowding (Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety) (Approved by letter to Presiding Officers)

Committee Review of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety) (Approved by letter to Presiding Officers)

Committee Study of MaineCare (Committee on Health and Human Services) (Joint Order, SP 720)

Committee Review of Eligibility for and Transitioning of the MaineCare Program (Committee on Health and Human Services) (Joint Order, SP 724)

Committee Review of Lyme Disease (Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife) (Legislative Council authorized from LD 1521)

Committee Study of the Depletion of Finfish Stocks in the Gulf of Maine (Committee on Marine Resources) (Joint Order, SP 726)

Committee Study on Solid Waste (Committee on Natural Resources) (Joint Order, HP 1355)

Committee Review of the Need for a Maine Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (Committee on State and Local Government) (Legislative Council authorized from LD 1091)

Committee Review of Property Tax Assessment (Committee on Taxation) (Legislative Council authorized from LD 261)

Committee Study of Certain Transportation-Related Matters (Committee on Transportation) (Joint Order, SP 731)

Committee Study of Motor Fuels (Committee on Transportation) (Legislative Council authorized from LD 1919)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session of the 123rd Legislature become effective September 20, 2007. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.