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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 17

Monday, March 31, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 21, 2008

Ch. 508 - An Act To Enhance the Newborn Hearing Program. (H.P. 1492, L.D. 2106)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 24, 2008

Ch. 509 - An Act Regarding the Use of Designated State-approved ATV Trails. (S.P. 773, L.D. 1979)

Ch. 510 - An Act To Prohibit the Retail Sale and Distribution of Novelty Lighters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1467, L.D. 2081)

Ch. 511 - An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Prepaid Calling Accounts. (H.P. 1550, L.D. 2180)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ch. 512 - An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Firearms Other than Handguns to Persons 16 or 17 Years of Age without Parental Consent. (H.P. 1435, L.D. 2051)

Ch. 513 - An Act To Extend the Application of Certain Rebuttable Presumptions in the Child Protection Laws. (H.P. 1397, L.D. 2013)

Ch. 514 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing the Extension of Health Care Coverage to Dependents. (H.P. 1450, L.D. 2066)

Ch. 515 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (H.P. 1496, L.D. 2110)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ch. 516 - An Act Relating to Insurance Coverage for Colorectal Cancer Early Detection. (H.P. 1495, L.D. 2109)

Ch. 517 - An Act To Allow Community Service in Lieu of Fines. (H.P. 1372, L.D. 1938)

Ch. 518 - An Act Containing the Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 1600, L.D. 2240)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 21, 2008

Ch. 158 - Resolve, Regarding Special Education Evaluations. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1387, L.D. 1949)

Ch. 159 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 103: Sensible Transportation Policy Act, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Transportation. (H.P. 1539, L.D. 2165)

Ch. 160 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 850: Health Plan Accountability, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1536, L.D. 2162)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 24, 2008

Ch. 161 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey Certain Lands. (S.P. 735, L.D. 1930) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 162 - Resolve, To Expand Access to Foreign Language Instruction in Maine Schools. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1469, L.D. 2083)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ch. 163 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11: Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1378, L.D. 1943)

Ch. 164 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Work with the Legislative Youth Advisory Council To Establish a Program Regarding Educating Youth about Voting. (H.P. 1509, L.D. 2130)

Ch. 165 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 294: Rules Governing the Qualifications for Local Health Officers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1541, L.D. 2166)

Ch. 166 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Health Care Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1537, L.D. 2163)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ch. 167 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 15: Batterer Intervention Program Certification, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1543, L.D. 2168)

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 28, 2008

L.D. 2271, H.P. 1636
An Act Regarding the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Maine State Housing Authority. (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. 2272, H.P. 1638
An Act To Reduce the Percentage of the Cost of Local Schools Paid by the State from 55% to 49%. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 2273, S.P. 896
Resolve, To Temporarily Suspend the Rate-setting Procedures for the Forest Products Industry. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2274, H.P. 1639
An Act To Amend the Municipal Tree Growth Reimbursement Formula. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1595.)

L.D. 2275, S.P. 904
Resolve, Authorizing the Creation of a Veterans Campus and the Conveyance of the State's Interest in Certain Real Property in the City of Bangor. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 2276, H.P. 1641
An Act To Improve the Administration of State-Municipal Revenue Sharing. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2008, H.P. 1594.)

L.D. 2277, H.P. 1643
An Act Regarding the Sunrise Review of Oral Health Care Issues. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 85, section 2.)

L.D. 2278, H.P. 1644
An Act To Create Efficiencies in Professional Licensing Laws Pursuant to the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (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. 2279, S.P. 905
An Act To Ensure Equitable Payment for E-9-1-1 Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 2280, H.P. 1645
An Act To Clarify and Improve the Laws Governing the Formation of Regional School Units. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX, section 47.)

L.D. 2281, H.P. 1646
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Reorganization of School Administrative Units. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 240, Part XXXX, section 47.)

L.D. 2282, H.P. 1647
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services on Behalf of the State To Convey Title and Other Interests in the Stone Buildings Formerly Occupied by the Augusta Mental Health Institute. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 2283, S.P. 908
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Wind Power Development. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 2284, S.P. 909
An Act Regarding the Regulation of Agricultural Composting Operations. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 139, section 4.)

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.