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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 18

Monday, April 7, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ch. 519 - An Act To Amend the Family Medical Leave Laws To Include Siblings. (H.P. 1514, L.D. 2132)

Ch. 520 - An Act To Provide Accessible Higher Education Financial Assistance for Maine Families. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 792, L.D. 1998)

Ch. 521 - An Act To Update Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1453, L.D. 2069)

Ch. 522 - An Act To Clarify the Licensing Requirements for Aquaculturists and Allow for the Appropriate Handling of Bycatch from Aquaculture Lease Sites. (H.P. 1517, L.D. 2137)

Ch. 523 - An Act To Allow Changes of Beneficiaries under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 790, L.D. 1996)

Ch. 524 - An Act To Further Clarify Worker Payments for Clothing and Equipment. (H.P. 1574, L.D. 2205)

Ch. 525 - An Act Relating to Studded Tires. (S.P. 836, L.D. 2176)

Ch. 526 - An Act To Comprehensively Address Grand Jury Territorial Authority To Indict for Crimes. (H.P. 1567, L.D. 2197)

Ch. 527 - An Act To Expand the Natural Resources Protection Act Compensation Program. (H.P. 1589, L.D. 2223)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 28, 2008

Ch. 528 - An Act Regarding the Application of Term Limits for the State Board of Education. (H.P. 1380, L.D. 1944)

Ch. 529 - An Act To Clarify the Sales Tax on Prepared Meals. (S.P. 799, L.D. 2005)

Ch. 530 - An Act To Improve the Compliance and Accountability of the Child Development Services System. (S.P. 767, L.D. 1973)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 31, 2008

Ch. 531 - An Act To Reduce Drunk Driving. (S.P. 266, L.D. 856)

Ch. 532 - An Act To Allow Certain Assistance to Guides and Hunters. (H.P. 1475, L.D. 2089)

Ch. 533 - An Act To Streamline the Administration of Significant Vernal Pool Habitat Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1390, L.D. 1952)

Ch. 534 - An Act To Conform the Laws Governing Underground Oil Storage Tanks to the Requirements of the Federal Energy Policy Act. (H.P. 1456, L.D. 2072)

Ch. 535 - An Act to Amend the Laws Relating to Marks, Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies and Registered Agents. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 788, L.D. 1994)

Ch. 536 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Department of Corrections. (H.P. 1391, L.D. 1953)

Ch. 537 - An Act Regarding the Recommendations of the Committee To Study Appropriate Funding of the State Police. (S.P. 888, L.D. 2259)

Ch. 538 - An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and To Change Certain Provisions of State Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1566, L.D. 2196) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 539 - An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009. (H.P. 1651, L.D. 2289)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ch. 540 - An Act To Repeal the Cap on Rental Rates for State Submerged Lands. (H.P. 1407, L.D. 2023)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Ch. 541 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Costs of Providing Certain Services in the Unorganized Territories. (H.P. 670, L.D. 885)

Ch. 542 - An Act To Correct the Law Regarding Portability of Pension Benefits for Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters. (S.P. 837, L.D. 2177)

Ch. 543 - An Act To Protect Life Insurance Consumers. (H.P. 1477, L.D. 2091)

Ch. 544 - An Act To Ensure Full Payment of Annuity Death Benefits. (H.P. 1569, L.D. 2200)

Ch. 545 - An Act To Protect Access to Health Care. (H.P. 1652, L.D. 2290)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ch. 38 - An Act To Include the Town of Nobleboro within the Great Salt Bay Sanitary District. (S.P. 747, L.D. 1936)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 28, 2008

Ch. 39 - An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes by the City of Brewer High School District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 864, L.D. 2234)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 31, 2008

Ch. 40 - An Act To Provide Degree-granting Authority to the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1409, L.D. 2025)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ch. 41 - An Act To Provide for the 2008 and 2009 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 843, L.D. 2185) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ch. 168 - Resolve, Regarding Public Safety and Protection Related to Gas and Electric Utilities. (S.P. 815, L.D. 2135)

Ch. 169 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 34.10(1)(B)(4)(b)(viii): Atlantic Halibut, Landings Tag, Proposed Fee, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Marine Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1533, L.D. 2158)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 31, 2008

Ch. 170 - Resolve, To Require Rulemaking Concerning Landfill Gas and Odor Management. (S.P. 758, L.D. 1964)

Ch. 171 - Resolve, To Examine the Information, Training and Support Services Provided to Parents of Children with Disabilities. (H.P. 1411, L.D. 2027)

Ch. 172 - Resolve, To Adopt Respectful Language in Programs Affecting Developmental Services. (H.P. 1494, L.D. 2108)

Ch. 173 - Resolve, Regarding Curriculum Requirements and Standards for Awarding a High School Diploma. (H.P. 1548, L.D. 2174) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 174 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 64: Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1502, L.D. 2122)

Ch. 175 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 157: CO2 Budget Trading Program Waiver and Suspension, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1538, L.D. 2164)

Ch. 176 - Resolve, To Name a Road in Dexter after Harold Alfond. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 866, L.D. 2239)

Ch. 177 - Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate To Advocate for the Adoption and Implementation of Demand-side Management Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1434, L.D. 2050)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ch. 178 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 10: Rules for Exemptions to the Ban on Flavored Cigarettes and Cigars, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of the Attorney General. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1544, L.D. 2170)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Ch. 179 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Convey Certain Lands and Enter into Certain Leases with the Federal Government. (H.P. 1598, L.D. 2237) (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.

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008

L.D. 2285, H.P. 1648
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of a Task Force Convened To Evaluate and Recommend Revisions Regarding the Statutory Definition of "Service Dog". (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 96.)

L.D. 2286, S.P. 910
Resolve, Implementing the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Primary Care Medical Practice. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2007, S.P. 732.)

L.D. 2287, H.P. 1649
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Major Substantive MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21, Home and Community Benefits for Members with Mental Retardation or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 2288, H.P. 1650
Resolve, To Create a Deer Predation Working Group. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 39.)

L.D. 2289, H.P. 1651
An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2008 and June 30, 2009. (Presented by Representative FISCHER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 2290, H.P. 1652
An Act To Protect Access to Health Care. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

L.D. 2291, S.P. 912
An Act To Amend Teacher Confidentiality Laws. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 2292, H.P. 1653
Resolve, To Establish a Stakeholder Group To Study the Sale or Lease of the State's Excess Broadband Capacity. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 2293, S.P. 914
Resolve, To Prohibit In-person Absentee Voting on November 3, 2008. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 2294, S.P. 915
An Act To Modernize the Local Health Officer Statutes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 462, section 7.)

L.D. 2295, H.P. 1655
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Study the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss in Maine. (Submitted by the Working Group To Study the Effectiveness and Timeliness of Early Identification and Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss in Maine pursuant to Joint Order 2008, H.P. 1513.)

L.D. 2296, S.P. 916
An Act Regarding the Statewide Homeless Council. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 131.)

L.D. 2297, S.P. 917
An Act To Establish a Method for Reporting Health Care-associated Infection Quality Data. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2008, S.P. 907.)

L.D. 2298, H.P. 1657
An Act To Improve the Reporting Requirements of Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2008, H.P. 1635.)

L.D. 2299, H.P. 1658
An Act To Make Technical Corrections in the Laws Regarding Funding Adult Education Programs and the Closure of an Elementary School in a School District. (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. 2300, S.P. 918
An Act To Facilitate the Provision of Educational Loans for Maine Students and Families. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 2301, H.P. 1659
An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 110.)

L.D. 2302, H.P. 1660
An Act To Remove Impediments to Changing County Government Fiscal Years. (Presented by Representative MILLETT of Waterford)

L.D. 2303, H.P. 1661
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Alternative Education Programs Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 124, section 8.)

L.D. 2304, H.P. 1662
An Act To Require That a Person Be a Maine Resident in Order To Be Issued a Maine Driver's License. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 24.)

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.