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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 3

Monday, January 26, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009

L.D. 155, H.P. 134
An Act To Ban Smoking on Public Beaches and in Public Parks. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 156, H.P. 135
An Act To Protect Consumers from the Unlicensed Practice of a Trade or Profession. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 157, H.P. 136
An Act To Enhance Oversight of Fraternal Benefit Societies. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 158, H.P. 137
An Act To Allow an Alternative Organizational Structure To Act as a Fiscal Agent for Each Member or Municipality in That Alternative Organizational Structure. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 159, H.P. 138
An Act To Provide an Administrative Structure for a School Administrative Unit That Does Not Join a Regional School Unit or an Alternative Organizational Structure. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 160, H.P. 139
An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide an Accounting of School Subsidy Based on Individual Members in a Regional School Unit or Alternative Organizational Structure. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 161, H.P. 140
An Act To Amend the Special Education, School Health and School Nutrition Laws Regarding Scoliosis Screening, the School Lunch Program, Transitional Services, Gifted and Talented Education Programs and the Maine Mentoring Partnership Grant Program. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 162, H.P. 141
An Act To Clarify Child Abuse and Neglect Information Disclosure. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 163, H.P. 142
An Act To Require Health Care Practitioners To Distribute Free Samples of Medications in Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 164, H.P. 143
An Act To Save Lives on Maine Waters. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 165, H.P. 144
An Act To Supervise and Regulate Escrow Agents in Order To Protect Consumers. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 166, H.P. 145
An Act To Exempt Persons 65 Years of Age or Older with Income below the Poverty Line from Property Taxes on Their Homes. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 167, H.P. 146
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Used Goods Sold To Benefit Food Pantries. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 168, S.P. 54
An Act To Provide Complimentary Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Resident Disabled Veterans Who Served in Support Units Outside of Combat Zones. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 169, S.P. 55
An Act To Allow a Newly Licensed Driver To Transport a Foreign Exchange Student Who Lives with That Driver's Family. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 170, S.P. 56
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Harness Horse Racing Track Conditions. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 171, S.P. 57
An Act To Extend the Season for Training Hunting Dogs. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 172, S.P. 58
Resolve, Requiring the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Market Youth Fishing Day. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 173, S.P. 59
An Act To Restore Funding for a Fish Hatchery in Northern Maine. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 174, S.P. 60
An Act Regarding School Consolidation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 175, S.P. 61
An Act To Modify the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 176, S.P. 62
An Act To Equitably Adjust the Workers' Compensation Board's Assessment. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 177, S.P. 63
An Act To Modify the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 178, S.P. 64
An Act To Create the Support Animal Welfare Registration Plate. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 179, S.P. 65
An Act To Clarify Expenditures and the Use of Department-generated Revenues within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 180, S.P. 66
An Act To Make Technical Corrections to the Operating Under the Influence Laws. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 181, S.P. 67
An Act To Conform Building Standards in the Unorganized Territories with Federal Emergency Management Agency Requirements. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 182, H.P. 147
An Act To Prohibit Aerial Spraying of Pesticides near Buildings, Roads and Bodies of Water. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 183, H.P. 148
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Genetically Engineered Plants and Seeds. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 184, H.P. 149
An Act To Allow a Cosmetologist, Barber, Manicurist or Aesthetician Licensee To Perform Services outside of the Primary Business Location. (Presented by Representative NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 185, H.P. 150
An Act To Ensure Public Safety during High-speed Chases by Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 186, H.P. 151
An Act Pertaining to the Possession of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lewiston)

L.D. 187, H.P. 152
An Act To Require a Test for Operating Under the Influence for a Driver Involved in an Accident That Caused Bodily Injury. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 188, H.P. 153
An Act To Establish a Moratorium on School Administrative Regionalization. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McFADDEN of Dennysville)

L.D. 189, H.P. 154
An Act To Exempt School Union No. 60 from the Laws Requiring School Administrative Unit Consolidation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 190, H.P. 155
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Convene a Stakeholders Group To Analyze the School Funding Formula. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 191, H.P. 156
An Act Regarding Insurance Copayments for Short-term Prescriptions. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 192, H.P. 157
An Act To Index the State Minimum Wage to Inflation. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 193, H.P. 158
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Tournament Games. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 194, H.P. 159
An Act To Require an Independent Audit of State Government Every 4 Years. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 195, H.P. 160
An Act To Base the Excise Tax on Vehicles on a Percentage of the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 196, H.P. 161
An Act To Exempt Military Pensions from Income Tax. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 197, H.P. 162
An Act To Provide Tax Relief to Workers Who Lose Their Jobs Due to Business Closure. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 198, H.P. 163
An Act To Recouple Maine Estate Tax with the Federal Estate Tax. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 199, H.P. 164
An Act To Facilitate Wind Power Siting. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 200, H.P. 165
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Caribou Utilities District. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 201, H.P. 166
An Act To License Commercial Painters. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 202, H.P. 167
Resolve, Directing the Department of Corrections To Accept Bank Checks for Inmates. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 203, H.P. 168
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist the University of Maine System in the Conversion of the Educational Broadband Spectrum from Analog to Digital. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 204, H.P. 169
An Act Regarding the Conducting of Games of Chance by Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 205, H.P. 170
An Act To Repeal the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 206, H.P. 171
Resolve, To Fund the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DRISCOLL of Westbrook)

L.D. 207, H.P. 172
An Act Concerning Regulation of Borrow Pit Excavations. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 208, H.P. 173
An Act To Require a Municipality That Abuts a Body of Water To Contribute to the Cost of Upkeep of Municipally Owned Dams on That Body of Water. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

L.D. 209, H.P. 174
An Act To Abolish the Intergovernmental Advisory Commission. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 210, H.P. 175
An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Heritage Day. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 211, H.P. 176
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Change the Schedule for Redistricting. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

L.D. 212, H.P. 177
Resolve, To Study and Develop a Tax Increment Financing Program To Fund the Washington County Development Authority. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 213, H.P. 178
An Act To Allow Military Reenlistees To Obtain a Veterans Registration Plate. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 214, H.P. 179
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Economic Recovery. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 215, H.P. 180
An Act Regarding the Practice of Professional Engineering without a License. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 216, H.P. 181
An Act To Amend the Law Governing Property Insurance on a Primary Residence. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 217, H.P. 182
Resolve, To Increase Transparency in the Long-term Care Planning and Delivery Process To Ensure Maine's Elderly Can Make Informed Choices. (Presented by Representative BEAULIEU of Auburn)

L.D. 218, H.P. 183
An Act To Exempt the United States Flag from Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 219, S.P. 69
An Act To Require Maine Clean Election Act Candidates To Use Maine Vendors. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 220, S.P. 70
An Act To Increase the Availability of Solar and Wind Power. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 221, S.P. 71
An Act To Modify the Laws Regarding Seat Belts. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 222, S.P. 72
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve State Parks. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 223, S.P. 73
An Act To Ensure That the Money Received from the Surcharge on Registration of Pet Food Is Used for the Sterilization of Animals. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 224, S.P. 74
An Act To Exempt Certain Senior Residents from the Income Tax. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 225, S.P. 75
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Ensure Protection of Funding of Certain Programs Administered by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 226, S.P. 76
An Act To Require a Vacancy in the Office of United States Senator To Be Filled by Election. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 227, S.P. 77
An Act To Raise the Fee a Bail Commissioner May Charge. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 228, S.P. 78
An Act To Prevent Teenage Substance Abuse and Suicide. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 229, S.P. 79
An Act To Promote Clean Waters in the State. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 230, H.P. 184
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Purchase and Protection of Traditional Hunting Grounds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 231, H.P. 185
Resolve, Directing the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and the President of the Maine Community College System To Develop Recommendations To Address the Professional Needs of State Employees. (Presented by Representative LOVEJOY of Portland)

L.D. 232, H.P. 186
An Act To Require Businesses To Make Toilet Facilities Available to Individuals with Certain Medical Conditions. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 233, H.P. 187
An Act To Include Independent Practice Dental Hygienists in MaineCare. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

L.D. 234, H.P. 188
An Act To Expand Access to Oral Health Care. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

L.D. 235, H.P. 189
An Act To Modify the Citizen Initiative Process. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 236, H.P. 190
An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 237, H.P. 191
An Act To Impose an Excise Tax on the Extraction of Water for Bottling. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 238, H.P. 192
An Act Regarding Consumer-owned Water Utilities and Contracts for Water Extraction and for the Sale of Water. (Presented by Representative LEGG of Kennebunk)

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