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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 3

Monday, December 24, 2007

123RD LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2007

L.D. 1944, H.P. 1380
An Act Regarding the Application of Term Limits for the State Board of Education. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 1945, H.P. 1381
An Act To Update the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1946, H.P. 1382
An Act To Address Uncertified Practice of Underground Oil Storage Tank Installation and Inspection. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1947, H.P. 1383
An Act To Clarify the Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1948, H.P. 1384
An Act To Require a Hearing When a Fatality Results from a Motor Vehicle Accident. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Kittery)

L.D. 1949, H.P. 1387
Resolve, Regarding Special Education Evaluations. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 1950, H.P. 1388
An Act To Repeal the Premium Imposed on Motor Vehicle Oil Changes. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1951, H.P. 1389
An Act To Create the Mental Health Homicide Review Board. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1952, H.P. 1390
An Act To Streamline the Administration of Significant Vernal Pool Habitat Protection. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1953, H.P. 1391
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1954, H.P. 1392
An Act To Amend the Potato Cull Pile Law. (Presented by Representative LUNDEEN of Mars Hill)

L.D. 1955, S.P. 749
An Act Regarding Certain Positions at the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1956, S.P. 750
Resolve, To Expand the Case Definition of Lyme Disease for Purposes of Compiling the Annual Lyme Disease Surveillance Report. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1957, S.P. 751
An Act To Restore Diadromous Fish in the St. Croix River. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1958, S.P. 752
An Act To Make Marine Resources Management More Responsive. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1959, S.P. 753
An Act To Promote Tourism in Maine and the Purchase of Products Made in Maine. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1960, S.P. 754
An Act Regarding Axle Weight on Tri-axle Farm Trucks. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1961, S.P. 755
An Act To Repeal the Ban on the Sale and Furnishing of Hard Snuff. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1962, S.P. 756
An Act To Amend the Informed Growth Act. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1963, S.P. 757
An Act Regarding the Training of Applicants for a Limited Radiographer License by Licensed Practitioners. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1964, S.P. 758
Resolve, To Determine Appropriate Buffer Zones for Landfill Construction and Expansion. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1965, S.P. 759
An Act To Amend the Lucerne-in-Maine Village Corporation Charter. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1966, S.P. 760
Resolve, To Allow John Jorgensen To Sue the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1967, S.P. 761
An Act To Establish a Consumer Council System of Maine Consistent with the AMHI Consent Decree and the State's Comprehensive Mental Health Plan. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1968, S.P. 762
An Act To Clarify the Election of Municipal Charter Commission Members. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1969, S.P. 763
An Act To Raise the Per Diem Rate for Members of the Board of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1970, S.P. 764
Resolve, To Extend to January 20, 2008 the Reporting Deadline for the Tribal-State Work Group. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1971, S.P. 765
An Act Concerning Gasoline Station Vapor Recovery Requirements. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1972, S.P. 766
An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1973, S.P. 767
An Act To Improve the Compliance and Accountability of the Child Development Services System. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 1974, S.P. 768
Resolve, To Prevent the Closing of Store Road in Somerset County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1975, S.P. 769
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Promote Awareness of Parkinson's Disease. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1976, S.P. 770
An Act To Enhance Economic Development in Maine's Aviation Industry. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1977, S.P. 771
Resolve, To Establish a Statewide Protocol for the Early Detection and Treatment of Autism. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1978, S.P. 772
An Act To Require the Department of Transportation To Recover for the Highway Fund Any Money Recovered from Those Responsible for Doing Damage to State Roads and Bridges. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1979, S.P. 773
An Act To Amend the Provisions for All-terrain Vehicles. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1980, S.P. 774
An Act To Preserve the Cobscook Bay Scallop Fishery. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1981, S.P. 775
An Act To Exempt Certain Facilities from Increased Fire Sprinkler Requirements. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1982, S.P. 776
An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1983, S.P. 777
An Act To Protect Public Safety, Provide for the Prudent Use of Landfill Capacity and Save Taxpayers Money. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1984, S.P. 778
An Act To Provide a State Income Tax Credit to Dentists for Military Pensions. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 1985, S.P. 779
An Act To Meet the Emergency Needs of Maine Veterans. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1986, S.P. 780
An Act To Expand the Pool of Qualified Mental Health Examiners for Purposes of Involuntary Treatment. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1987, S.P. 781
An Act To Allow Direct-to-consumer Wine Sales. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1988, S.P. 782
An Act To Protect Persons Responding to an Emergency Situation Involving a Water Utility. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 1989, S.P. 783
An Act To Clarify Maine's "Do Not Call" Laws. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1990, S.P. 784
Resolve, To Prevent Domestic Violence and Protect Our Citizens. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1991, S.P. 785
An Act To Ensure Continued Operation of the Poison Hotline. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1992, S.P. 786
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1993, S.P. 787
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Review the Accountability of State Cultural Agencies. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1994, S.P. 788
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Marks, Corporations, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1995, S.P. 789
An Act To Strengthen the Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1996, S.P. 790
An Act To Allow Changes of Beneficiaries under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Senator BENOIT of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1997, S.P. 791
An Act To Fully Fund School Breakfast from Kindergarten to Grade 12. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1998, S.P. 792
An Act To Provide Accessible Higher Education Financial Assistance for Maine Families. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1999, S.P. 793
An Act To Amend Criminal Laws against Domestic Violence To Ensure Appropriate Recognition of Prior Convictions. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 2000, S.P. 794
An Act To Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services To Investigate Suspicious Deaths of Children. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 2001, S.P. 795
An Act To Reduce Wild Blueberry Theft. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 2002, S.P. 796
An Act To Protect Electricity Consumers of Northern Maine. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2003, S.P. 797
An Act To Create the Southern York County Regional Development Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 2004, S.P. 798
An Act To Establish the Department of Substance Abuse Services. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2005, S.P. 799
An Act To Clarify the Sales Tax on Prepared Meals. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 2006, S.P. 800
An Act To Give Municipalities Control of Mussels Located in Intertidal Zones. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 2007, S.P. 801
An Act To Make Technical Corrections to the Employment Security Law. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 2008, S.P. 802
An Act To Provide Ongoing Funding for the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 2009, H.P. 1393
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 150: Control of Emissions from Outdoor Wood Boilers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality Control. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2010, H.P. 1394
An Act To Ensure Ethical and Humane Dog Breeding in the State. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 2011, H.P. 1395
An Act To Establish a Bracelet Monitoring Program for Persons Convicted of Minor Crimes. (Presented by Representative CARTER of Bethel)

L.D. 2012, H.P. 1396
An Act To Protect Children in Vehicles from Secondhand Smoke. (Presented by Representative DUPREY of Hampden)

L.D. 2013, H.P. 1397
An Act To Extend the Application of Certain Rebuttable Presumptions in the Child Protection Laws. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 2014, H.P. 1398
Resolve, To Extend the Deadline To Adopt a Rule by the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Smoking in the Workplace. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 2015, H.P. 1399
An Act To Ensure Integrity in Financing Publicly Funded Campaigns. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 2016, H.P. 1400
An Act To Safeguard Imperiled or Critically Imperiled Natural Communities within Protected Natural Resources. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 2017, H.P. 1401
An Act To Provide for Enforcement of the Office Paper Recycling Program. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lewiston)

L.D. 2018, H.P. 1402
An Act To Require the Accurate Designation of Floodplain Areas. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 2019, H.P. 1403
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Passenger Rail Funding. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2020, H.P. 1404
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Granting of Disability Variances from the Zoning Laws. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 2021, H.P. 1405
An Act To Continue the Maine Military Family Relief Fund Voluntary Checkoff. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 2022, H.P. 1406
An Act To Designate Certain Rules of the Bureau of State Police as Major Substantive Rules. (Presented by Representative BROWNE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 2023, H.P. 1407
An Act To Repeal the Cap on Rental Rates for State Submerged Lands. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 2024, H.P. 1408
An Act To Clarify the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 2025, H.P. 1409
An Act To Provide Degree-granting Authority to the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 2026, H.P. 1410
Resolve, To Reimburse School Administrative District No. 11 for the State Share of Retirement Contributions Paid in Error. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 2027, H.P. 1411
An Act To Provide Parents of Children with Disabilities Access to Ombudsman Services. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 2028, H.P. 1412
An Act To Equalize the Tax Burden for Education across Municipalities of the Lower Kennebec River Region Authorized To Form a Regional School Unit Pursuant to Private and Special Law 2007, Chapter 25. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 2029, H.P. 1413
An Act To Reduce Property Taxes, Eliminate Duplication and Streamline Government by Unifying the State Prisons and County Jails. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 2030, H.P. 1414
An Act To Allow Nondangerous Drivers To Obtain a Work-restricted License. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 2031, H.P. 1415
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Whitewater Rafting Allocation System. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 2032, H.P. 1416
An Act To Implement a Consent Judgment Regarding OxyContin Abuse. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 2033, H.P. 1417
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Adopt Rules Governing the Use of Lakes by Licensed Child Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 2034, H.P. 1418
An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Energy Drinks to Minors. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Allagash)

L.D. 2035, H.P. 1419
An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing the Inspection of Medical Facilities. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 2036, H.P. 1420
An Act To Clarify Governmental Liability with Respect to Transfer Stations. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 2037, H.P. 1421
An Act To Provide Support for At-risk Youth. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 2038, H.P. 1422
An Act To Facilitate the Timely Reopening of Closed Clam Flats. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 2039, H.P. 1423
Resolve, To Protect Public Health and Promote a Healthy Soft-shell Clam Industry. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 2040, H.P. 1424
An Act To Ban the Use of Liquid Calcium Chloride on Roads. (Presented by Representative MIRAMANT of Camden)

L.D. 2041, H.P. 1425
An Act To Decrease Energy Costs on Swans Island and Frenchboro. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 2042, H.P. 1426
An Act To Facilitate the Diversion of Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse away from Incarceration through the Co-occurring Disorders Court. (Presented by Representative CANAVAN of Waterville)

L.D. 2043, H.P. 1427
An Act To Protect Student Athletes. (Presented by Representative SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 2044, H.P. 1428
An Act To Prohibit Hospitals from Charging for Treatment To Correct Medical Mistakes. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 2045, H.P. 1429
An Act To Enact Guidelines for the Operation of Motorboats by Minors. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 2046, H.P. 1430
An Act Concerning Certain Excavations. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 2047, H.P. 1431
An Act To Shield Journalists' Confidential Sources. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 2048, H.P. 1432
An Act To Protect Children's Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children's Products. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 2049, H.P. 1433
An Act To Provide Tax Treatment Consistency for Limited Liability and S Corporations. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BRAUTIGAM of Falmouth)

L.D. 2050, H.P. 1434
An Act To Protect Maine Consumers of Electricity. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 2051, H.P. 1435
An Act Regarding the Sale of Firearms to Minors. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 2052, H.P. 1436
Resolve, To Create the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study the Future of Home-based and Community-based Care. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 2053, H.P. 1437
An Act To Ensure That Children's Toys and Products Are Free of Lead. (Presented by Representative CONOVER of Oakland)

L.D. 2054, H.P. 1438
An Act To Encourage Access to Respite Care Services for Maine Families with Behavioral Health Needs. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 2055, H.P. 1439
An Act To Improve the Elections Process under the Maine Labor Relations Board Laws. (Presented by Speaker CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 2056, H.P. 1440
An Act To Conserve Gasoline and Preserve Clean Air. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 2057, H.P. 1441
An Act To Amend the Conflict of Interest Laws for Notaries Public. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 2058, H.P. 1442
Resolve, Authorizing the President of the Maine Community College System To Sell 2 Parcels of Real Property in South Portland. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 2059, H.P. 1443
An Act To Establish a Wellness Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 2060, H.P. 1444
An Act To Create Consistency in the Authority of the Public Utilities Commission To Provide Tariff Exemptions. (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 2061, H.P. 1445
An Act To Clarify the Qualifications of Installers under the Solar Energy Rebate Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 2062, H.P. 1446
An Act Regarding Education Laws. (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 2063, H.P. 1447
Resolve, To Preserve Access to Assisted Living Services for Maine's Elderly and Disabled Citizens. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 2064, H.P. 1448
An Act To Amend the Provisions of the Homeless Youth Program. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 2065, H.P. 1449
An Act To Clarify the Filing Requirements for Noncommercial Whitewater Rafting Organizations. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 2066, H.P. 1450
An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing the Extension of Health Care Coverage to Dependents. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 2067, H.P. 1451
An Act To Require Boating Safety Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 2068, H.P. 1452
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Lobbyist Disclosure. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 2069, H.P. 1453
An Act To Update Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 2070, H.P. 1454
An Act To Improve the Campaign Finance Laws and Their Administration. (Presented by Representative PATRICK of Rumford)

L.D. 2071, H.P. 1455
An Act To Amend Maine's Scallop Laws. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 2072, H.P. 1456
An Act To Conform the Laws Governing Underground Oil Storage Tanks to the Requirements of the Federal Energy Policy Act. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 2073, H.P. 1457
An Act To Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 2074, H.P. 1458
An Act To Reestablish Fairness in Corporate Taxation by Taxing Real Estate Investment Trusts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 2075, H.P. 1459
An Act To Amend Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2076, H.P. 1460
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Norway Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 2077, H.P. 1463
An Act To Increase the State Subsidy for Adult Education within the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

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