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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 20

Monday, April 21, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 11, 2008

Ch. 595 - An Act To Protect the Health of Infants. (H.P. 507, L.D. 658)

Ch. 596 - An Act To Protect Homeowners from Equity Stripping during Foreclosure. (H.P. 1559, L.D. 2189)

Ch. 597 - An Act Concerning Public Records Exceptions. (H.P. 1579, L.D. 2212)

Ch. 598 - An Act To Modernize the Local Health Officer Statutes. (S.P. 915, L.D. 2294)

Ch. 599 - 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) (H.P. 1658, L.D. 2299)

Ch. 600 - An Act Regarding the Statewide Homeless Council. (S.P. 916, L.D. 2296)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 14, 2008

Ch. 601 - An Act To Adopt the Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. (S.P. 528, L.D. 1505)

Ch. 602 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Genetically Engineered Plants and Seeds. (H.P. 1159, L.D. 1650)

Ch. 603 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Creating the Public Access Ombudsman. (H.P. 1361, L.D. 1923)

Ch. 604 - An Act To Ensure That Children's Toys and Products Are Free of Lead. (H.P. 1437, L.D. 2053)

Ch. 605 - An Act To Prohibit Health Care Facilities from Charging for Treatment To Correct Mistakes or Preventable Adverse Events. (H.P. 1428, L.D. 2044)

Ch. 606 - An Act To Establish the Shellfish Advisory Council and To Improve the Process of Reopening Clam Flats. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1422, L.D. 2038)

Ch. 607 - An Act To Amend Maine's Scallop Laws. (H.P. 1455, L.D. 2071)

Ch. 608 - An Act To Update the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (H.P. 1381, L.D. 1945)

Ch. 609 - An Act To Create the Mental Health Homicide, Suicide and Aggravated Assault Review Board. (H.P. 1389, L.D. 1951)

Ch. 610 - An Act To Amend the Tournament Games Laws. (S.P. 849, L.D. 2206)

Ch. 611 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Promotion, Expansion and Regulation of the Harness Racing Industry. (H.P. 1554, L.D. 2184)

Ch. 612 - An Act Regarding Flavored Cigarettes and Cigars. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1676, L.D. 2316)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ch. 613 - An Act Requiring Long-range Budget Planning. (H.P. 998, L.D. 1424)

Ch. 614 - An Act To Provide Ongoing Funding for the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. (S.P. 802, L.D. 2008)

Ch. 615 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Marine Resources. (S.P. 824, L.D. 2156)

Ch. 616 - An Act Concerning Certain Excavations. (H.P. 1430, L.D. 2046)

Ch. 617 - An Act To Raise the Meal Allowance for Members of the Board of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (S.P. 763, L.D. 1969)

Ch. 618 - An Act To Clarify the Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program. (H.P. 1383, L.D. 1947)

Ch. 619 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reports Related to Natural Resources. (S.P. 862, L.D. 2230)

Ch. 620 - An Act Regarding the Sunrise Review of Oral Health Care Issues. (H.P. 1643, L.D. 2277)

Ch. 621 - 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. (H.P. 1644, L.D. 2278)

Ch. 622 - An Act To Ensure Equitable Payment for E-9-1-1 Services. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 905, L.D. 2279)

Ch. 623 - An Act To Improve the Reporting Requirements of Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1657, L.D. 2298)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ch. 624 - An Act To Require Disclosure of the Compensation of Officers and Directors of Public Benefit Nonprofit Corporations. (S.P. 636, L.D. 1792)

Ch. 625 - An Act To Allow Road Associations To Determine Assessments According to Majority Vote Cast at a Duly Held Meeting. (H.P. 1488, L.D. 2102)

Ch. 626 - An Act To Help Prevent Identity Theft. (H.P. 1479, L.D. 2093)

Ch. 627 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (S.P. 823, L.D. 2154)

Ch. 628 - An Act To Protect Children from Hazardous Lead-based Paint. (H.P. 1584, L.D. 2218)

Ch. 629 - An Act To Continue Maine's Leadership in Covering the Uninsured. (H.P. 1608, L.D. 2247)

Ch. 630 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Lobbyist Disclosure. (H.P. 1452, L.D. 2068)

Ch. 631 - An Act To Change the Timing of the Health Care Occupations Report and To Add and Clarify Definitions Relating to Swimming Pools and Spas. (H.P. 1491, L.D. 2105)

Ch. 632 - An Act To Ensure Legislative Review of Fire Sprinkler Rules. (S.P. 775, L.D. 1981)

Ch. 633 - An Act To Allow Limited Charitable Solicitations by Law Enforcement Associations. (H.P. 1557, L.D. 2187)

Ch. 634 - An Act To Aid Victims of Identity Theft in Securing a Police Report. (H.P. 1586, L.D. 2220)

Ch. 635 - An Act To Allow a Municipality To Adopt a Program To Provide Property Tax Benefits to Senior Citizens. (H.P. 1571, L.D. 2202)

Ch. 636 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2008-09 and To Require Notation of Tax Enhancement Programs Approved by the County Commissioners. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1613, L.D. 2251)

Ch. 637 - An Act To Reduce the Amount Collected for the Purpose of the E-9-1-1 System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1628, L.D. 2265)

Ch. 638 - An Act To Strengthen Maine's Consumer Protections against "Slamming". (H.P. 1632, L.D. 2269)

Ch. 639 - An Act To Amend the Municipal Tree Growth Reimbursement Formula. (H.P. 1639, L.D. 2274)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 14, 2008

Ch. 42 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Board of Directors of Regional School Unit No. 1. (H.P. 1412, L.D. 2028)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ch. 43 - An Act To Reduce the Cost of Prescription Drugs Purchased by the State and Counties by Using Section 340B of the Federal Public Health Service Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1591, L.D. 2231)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 11, 2008

Ch. 196 - Resolve, To Prevent Domestic Violence and Protect Our Citizens. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 784, L.D. 1990)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 14, 2008

Ch. 197 - Resolve, To Direct a Review of Issues Concerning the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (H.P. 421, L.D. 543)

Ch. 198 - Resolve, To Advance Maine's HealthInfoNet Program. (H.P. 1251, L.D. 1797)

Ch. 199 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Adopt Rules Governing Water Activities Offered by Licensed Child Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1417, L.D. 2033)

Ch. 200 - Resolve, To Establish a Statewide Protocol for the Early Detection and Treatment of Autism. (S.P. 771, L.D. 1977)

Ch. 201 - 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. (S.P. 904, L.D. 2275) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 202 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1621, L.D. 2258)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ch. 203 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Review and Make Recommendations Regarding the Regulation of Dog and Cat Breeding Facilities. (H.P. 1394, L.D. 2010)

Ch. 204 - Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on Development in Saco Bay. (H.P. 1558, L.D. 2188)

Ch. 205 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 220: Methodology for Identification of Regional Service Centers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Executive Department, State Planning Office. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1612, L.D. 2250)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ch. 206 - Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Develop Options for Long-term Funding for the Northern New England Poison Center. (S.P. 785, L.D. 1991)

Ch. 207 - 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) (H.P. 1649, L.D. 2287)

Ch. 208 - Resolve, To Appoint Members to and Establish Terms for the Workers' Compensation Board. (H.P. 1677, L.D. 2318) (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 18, 2008

L.D. 2320, S.P. 929
An Act To Stimulate Capital Investment for Innovative Businesses in Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Business, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2008, S.P. 873.)

L.D. 2321, H.P. 1683
An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes by Maine School Administrative District No. 29. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 2322, S.P. 930
An Act To Amend the Charter of Northern Maine General. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 2323, S.P. 931
An Act To Remove Barriers to the Reorganization of School Administrative Units. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 2324, S.P. 932
An Act To Expedite the Maintenance and Repair of Maine's Transportation Network. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

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.