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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 16

Monday, March 24, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 14, 2008

Ch. 494 - An Act To Give Municipalities Control of Mussels Located in Intertidal Zones. (S.P. 800, L.D. 2006)

Ch. 495 - An Act To Clarify the Election of Municipal Charter Commission Members. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 762, L.D. 1968)

Ch. 496 - An Act To Assist Distressed Businesses Organized as Limited Liability Companies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1374, L.D. 1940)

Ch. 497 - An Act To Address Uncertified Practice of Underground Oil Storage Tank Installation and Inspection. (H.P. 1382, L.D. 1946)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 17, 2008

Ch. 498 - An Act To Clarify the Licensure of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. (H.P. 1408, L.D. 2024)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ch. 499 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining. (S.P. 786, L.D. 1992)

Ch. 500 - An Act To Amend the Public Works Contractors' Surety Bond Law of 1971. (H.P. 1478, L.D. 2092)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ch. 501 - An Act To Improve Transparency and Accountability in Government. (S.P. 684, L.D. 1881)

Ch. 502 - An Act To Correct the Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 2007. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 811, L.D. 2128)

Ch. 503 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Committee To Study the Prison Industries Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1499, L.D. 2113)

Ch. 504 - An Act Regarding Tort Liability in the Provision of E-9-1-1 Access-only Service. (H.P. 1599, L.D. 2238)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ch. 505 - An Act To Designate Certain Rules of the Bureau of State Police as Major Substantive Rules. (H.P. 1406, L.D. 2022)

Ch. 506 - An Act To Make Technical Corrections to the Employment Security Law. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 801, L.D. 2007)

Ch. 507 - An Act To Minimize the Potential for Slope Failure in Gravel Pits. (S.P. 859, L.D. 2227)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ch. 35 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Kennebunk Light and Power District. (S.P. 422, L.D. 1221)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Ch. 36 - An Act To Decrease Energy Costs on Swans Island and Frenchboro. (H.P. 1425, L.D. 2041)

Ch. 37 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2009. (S.P. 808, L.D. 2118)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 17, 2008

Ch. 152 - Resolve, Directing the Bureau of Financial Institutions To Study Data Security Breaches in the State. (H.P. 1519, L.D. 2139)

Ch. 153 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 26: Standards for Indoor Pesticide Applications and Notification for All Occupied Buildings Except K-12 Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1564, L.D. 2194)

Ch. 154 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 29: Standards for Water Quality Protection, Section 6, Buffer Requirement, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1578, L.D. 2211)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ch. 155 - Resolve, To Eliminate or Reduce the Health Care Data Collection Problems Associated with Global Claims. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 660, L.D. 1843)

Ch. 156 - Resolve, Regarding Loans for Geothermal Heating Systems. (H.P. 1376, L.D. 1942)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ch. 157 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 3: Provision of Enhanced E-9-1-1 Access-only Service, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (H.P. 1521, L.D. 2141)

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, MARCH 21, 2008

L.D. 2259, S.P. 888
An Act Regarding the Recommendations of the Committee To Study Appropriate Funding of the State Police. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Joint Order 2007, S.P. 725.)

L.D. 2260, S.P. 889
Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey a Certain Easement Interest in Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 2261, I.B. 3
An Act To Allow a Casino in Oxford County. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 123rd Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 14, 2008 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 2262, H.P. 1626
An Act Pertaining to the Definition of "Milk". (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2263, S.P. 891
An Act Establishing an Outdoor Wood Boiler Fund. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Joint Order 2008, S.P. 886.)

L.D. 2264, H.P. 1627
An Act To Encourage Energy Conservation by the Maine State Housing Authority Pursuant to the State Government Evaluation Act Review. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2265, H.P. 1628
An Act To Reduce the Amount Collected for the Purpose of the E-9-1-1 System. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 2266, S.P. 893
An Act To Promote Municipal Wind Generation Development. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2267, H.P. 1630
An Act To Increase the Number of Concealed Firearms Permit Reciprocity Agreements That Maine May Enter into with Other Eligible States. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 84.)

L.D. 2268, H.P. 1631
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs Regarding Review of the Maine State Museum Commission under the Government Evaluation Act and To Revise the Review Schedule. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 2269, H.P. 1632
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Consumer Protections against "Slamming". (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 2270, H.P. 1633
An Act To Change the Formula for Calculation of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 107.)

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.