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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 19

Monday, April 14, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Ch. 546 - An Act to Require the Accommodation of Religious Practices in Correctional Facilities. (H.P. 390, L.D. 507)

Ch. 547 - An Act To Create a Special License Plate To Support Breast Cancer Support Services. (H.P. 593, L.D. 775)

Ch. 548 - An Act To Amend the Cable Television Laws and Establish a Model Cable Franchise Agreement. (H.P. 1515, L.D. 2133)

Ch. 549 - An Act To Prevent the Theft of Certain Metals. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1504, L.D. 2124)

Ch. 550 - An Act To Provide for Fairness and Accuracy in Utility Rate Setting. (H.P. 1490, L.D. 2104)

Ch. 551 - An Act To Ensure That State Government Is a Model Employer of People with Disabilities. (H.P. 1527, L.D. 2147)

Ch. 552 - An Act To Delete Outdated References to Rule 42 of the Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure from the Maine Bail Code and the Provision Allowing for Appeals by Aggrieved Contemnors. (H.P. 1609, L.D. 2248)

Ch. 553 - An Act To Allow Civil Penalties for Damaging Utility Property or for Theft of Utility Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1552, L.D. 2182)

Ch. 554 - An Act To Amend the Games of Cards Law. (H.P. 1593, L.D. 2232) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 555 - An Act To Increase the Number of Concealed Firearms Permit Reciprocity Agreements That Maine May Enter into with Other Eligible States. (H.P. 1630, L.D. 2267)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 4, 2008

Ch. 556 - An Act To Improve Funding for the State Snowmobile Trail System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 482, L.D. 633)

Ch. 557 - An Act To Preserve the Cobscook Bay Scallop Fishery. (S.P. 774, L.D. 1980)

Ch. 558 - An Act To Sustain Maine's Core Wastewater Licensing Program and Adjust Related Provisions. (H.P. 1596, L.D. 2235)

Ch. 559 - An Act Concerning Gasoline Station Vapor Recovery Requirements. (S.P. 765, L.D. 1971)

Ch. 560 - 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. (H.P. 1631, L.D. 2268)

Ch. 561 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services Regarding Reporting on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Illnesses. (S.P. 825, L.D. 2157)

Ch. 562 - An Act Regarding the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Maine State Housing Authority. (H.P. 1636, L.D. 2271)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 7, 2008

Ch. 563 - An Act To Facilitate the Creation of Airport Authorities. (S.P. 191, L.D. 599)

Ch. 564 - An Act To Maintain the Amount of State Land That Is Open for Hunting. (H.P. 497, L.D. 648)

Ch. 565 - An Act To Update the Dioxin Monitoring Program. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1392)

Ch. 566 - An Act To Protect Employee Choice of Collective Bargaining Agents in the Educational Unit Consolidation Process. (S.P. 738, L.D. 1931)

Ch. 567 - An Act To Ensure Integrity in Financing Publicly Funded Campaigns. (H.P. 1399, L.D. 2015)

Ch. 568 - An Act To Protect Shellfish Waters and Shellfish Resources from Coastal Pollution. (H.P. 1535, L.D. 2160)

Ch. 569 - An Act To Prevent Contamination of Drinking Water Supplies. (H.P. 1457, L.D. 2073)

Ch. 570 - An Act To Amend the Potato Cull Pile Law. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1392, L.D. 1954)

Ch. 571 - An Act To Improve the Campaign Finance Laws and Their Administration. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1454, L.D. 2070)

Ch. 572 - An Act Regarding Education Laws. (H.P. 1446, L.D. 2062)

Ch. 573 - An Act To Amend the Requirements for Approval of the Use of Physical Restraints. (H.P. 1518, L.D. 2138)

Ch. 574 - An Act To Make Marine Resources Management More Responsive. (S.P. 752, L.D. 1958)

Ch. 575 - An Act To Protect Electricity Consumers of Maine. (S.P. 796, L.D. 2002)

Ch. 576 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Training for Elected Officials. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1568, L.D. 2198)

Ch. 577 - An Act To Increase the Number of Mandated Reporters of Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation and To Clarify the Probation Laws Relating to Violation of Protection Orders. (H.P. 1604, L.D. 2243) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ch. 578 - An Act To Preserve Successful Historic Neighborhood Schools. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1468, L.D. 2082)

Ch. 579 - An Act To Increase the Amount of Value of a Residence Protected from Bankruptcy Proceedings. (S.P. 853, L.D. 2215)

Ch. 580 - An Act Regarding Clinical Review of Certain Requests for Involuntary Mental Health Treatment. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 844, L.D. 2193)

Ch. 581 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Improve Public Understanding and Participation in the Rulemaking Process. (H.P. 1580, L.D. 2213)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ch. 582 - An Act To Conserve Gasoline and Preserve Clean Air. (H.P. 1440, L.D. 2056)

Ch. 583 - An Act To Improve Solid Waste Management. (H.P. 610, L.D. 810)

Ch. 584 - An Act To Minimize Carbon Dioxide Emissions from New Coal-powered Industrial and Electrical Generating Facilities in the State. (H.P. 1506, L.D. 2126)

Ch. 585 - An Act To Strengthen the Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission. (S.P. 789, L.D. 1995)

Ch. 586 - An Act To Authorize the Department of Health and Human Services To Investigate Suspicious Deaths of Children. (S.P. 794, L.D. 2000)

Ch. 587 - An Act To Restore Diadromous Fish in the St. Croix River. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 751, L.D. 1957)

Ch. 588 - An Act To Protect Vulnerable Children by Allowing the Use of Asthma Inhalers and Epinephrine Pens. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1470, L.D. 2084)

Ch. 589 - An Act To Streamline and Ensure Adequate Funding for the Bureau of Air Quality. (H.P. 1582, L.D. 2216)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ch. 590 - An Act Regarding MaineCare Pharmacy Professional Fees. (H.P. 321, L.D. 405)

Ch. 591 - An Act To Protect Children in Vehicles from Secondhand Smoke. (H.P. 1396, L.D. 2012)

Ch. 592 - An Act To Establish a Consumer Council System of Maine. (S.P. 761, L.D. 1967)

Ch. 593 - An Act To Protect Lake Water Quality. (H.P. 1610, L.D. 2249)

Ch. 594 - An Act To Establish a Method for Reporting Health Care-associated Infection Quality Data. (S.P. 917, L.D. 2297)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 3, 2008

Ch. 180 - Resolve, Requiring the State To Use Valid Risk and Preventive Factors for Youth Programs. (S.P. 804, L.D. 2114)

Ch. 181 - 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. (H.P. 1647, L.D. 2282) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 4, 2008

Ch. 182 - Resolve, Regarding Enhancement of Maine's Cultural Assets. (S.P. 787, L.D. 1993)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 7, 2008

Ch. 183 - Resolve, To Encourage Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation in Maine. (H.P. 1529, L.D. 2149)

Ch. 184 - Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of a Public Dock on Mooselookmeguntic Lake. (H.P. 1473, L.D. 2087)

Ch. 185 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 818, L.D. 2144)

Ch. 186 - Resolve, To Achieve Universal Blood Lead Level Screening of Maine Children. (H.P. 1546, L.D. 2172)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ch. 187 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, Parts I and II, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1501, L.D. 2121)

Ch. 188 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1516, L.D. 2136)

Ch. 189 - Resolve, To Temporarily Suspend the Rate-setting Procedures for the Forest Products Industry. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 896, L.D. 2273) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ch. 190 - 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) (H.P. 1393, L.D. 2009)

Ch. 191 - Resolve, To Create a Deer Predation Working Group. (H.P. 1650, L.D. 2288)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ch. 192 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1542, L.D. 2167)

Ch. 193 - Resolve, Regarding ISO New England. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 884, L.D. 2254) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 194 - Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Convey a Certain Easement Interest in Lands. (S.P. 889, L.D. 2260) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 195 - Resolve, Implementing the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Primary Care Medical Practice. (S.P. 910, L.D. 2286)

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 11, 2008

L.D. 2305, S.P. 921
An Act To Restore Benefits under the Circuitbreaker Program. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 2306, H.P. 1666
An Act To Amend the Definition of "Penobscot Indian Reservation". (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LORING of the Penobscot Nation)

L.D. 2307, H.P. 1667
An Act To Restore Positions in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 2308, H.P. 1668
An Act To Stabilize the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Bureau of Warden Service and Fisheries and Hatcheries Division. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Carmel)

L.D. 2309, H.P. 1669
An Act To Enhance the Security of State Credentials. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2310, H.P. 1670
An Act To Permit Persons 65 Years of Age or Older To Defer Payment of Property Taxes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Joint Order 2007, H.P. 1233.)

L.D. 2311, H.P. 1671
An Act To Invest in Maine's Young Children. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 136.)

L.D. 2312, S.P. 923
Resolve, To Extend the Pilot Project at the Juvenile Correctional Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Order 2008, S.P. 890.)

L.D. 2313, H.P. 1673
An Act To Keep Bridges Safe. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 2314, H.P. 1675
An Act To Amend School Funding Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative NORTON of Bangor)

L.D. 2315, S.P. 925
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 2316, H.P. 1676
An Act Regarding Flavored Cigarettes and Cigars. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2008, H.P. 1656.)

L.D. 2317, S.P. 926
An Act Regarding the Maine Economic Development Evaluation. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 434, section 9.)

L.D. 2318, H.P. 1677
Resolve, To Appoint Members to and Establish Terms for the Workers' Compensation Board. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 2319, H.P. 1680
An Act To Promote Filmmaking in the State. (Presented by Representative MILLS of Farmington)

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.