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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 7

Monday, February 23, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009

L.D. 557, H.P. 395
Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Study Potential Uses of a Potato Plant That Is Toxic to the Colorado Potato Beetle. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 558, H.P. 396
An Act To Amend Notification Procedures of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 559, H.P. 397
An Act To Update the Board of Pesticides Control. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 560, H.P. 398
An Act To Ban the Hunting of Animals in Enclosed Areas. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 561, H.P. 399
Resolve, To Direct State Agencies To Develop Policies To Guide Employees When Accessing Private Woodland. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 562, H.P. 400
An Act To Support Maine State Parks. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 563, H.P. 401
An Act To Pay a State Share into the HealthInfoNet System. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 564, H.P. 402
An Act To Promote Independence and Facilitate Employment for Visually Impaired or Blind Individuals by Investing in an Effective Vision Rehabilitation System. (Presented by Representative DRISCOLL of Westbrook)

L.D. 565, H.P. 403
An Act To Define "Edentulous Arch" in the Laws Governing Denturists. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 566, H.P. 404
An Act To Amend the Petroleum Market Share Act. (Presented by Representative HUNT of Buxton)

L.D. 567, H.P. 405
An Act To Provide Increased Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence. (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 568, H.P. 406
An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 569, H.P. 407
An Act Concerning the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 570, H.P. 408
An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 571, H.P. 409
An Act To Protect College Students from Predatory Marketing and Lending Practices. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 572, H.P. 410
An Act To Expand the Membership of the Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Team. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 573, H.P. 411
An Act Requiring Assisted Living Facilities To Provide Automated External Defibrillator Availability. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 574, H.P. 412
Resolve, To Increase the Blood Supply. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lyman)

L.D. 575, H.P. 413
An Act To Preserve the Commitment Made to Children in the State's Care. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 576, H.P. 414
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine State Housing Authority To Create Efficiencies in Existing Services for Persons Who Are Homeless. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 577, H.P. 415
An Act To Create a Speed Limit on Long Lake and Brandy Pond in Cumberland County. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 578, H.P. 416
An Act Regarding Repayment of Subrogation or Lien Claims in Workers' Compensation Actions. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 579, H.P. 417
An Act To Provide Wraparound Medical Coverage in the Workers' Compensation System. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 580, H.P. 418
An Act Concerning the Automatic Dissolution of Certain Marriages. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 581, H.P. 419
An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Obtain a Personal Recognizance Bond in Certain Cases. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 582, H.P. 420
An Act To Amend the Statute of Limitations for Actions against the Estate of a Decedent. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 583, H.P. 421
An Act Relating to Political Action Committees. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 584, H.P. 422
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act To Equalize the Qualifying Period for All Candidates and To Increase the Number of Required Contributions for Candidates to the Legislature. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 585, H.P. 423
An Act To Protect Fishing Families by Authorizing Certain Transfers of Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses. (Presented by Representative FLAHERTY of Scarborough)

L.D. 586, H.P. 424
An Act To Retain Business in the State By Amending the Law Governing State Contract Bids. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 587, H.P. 425
An Act To Allow a Board of Selectmen To Fill a Vacancy on That Board. (Presented by Representative ROBINSON of Raymond)

L.D. 588, H.P. 426
An Act To Amend the Excise Tax on Motor Vehicles To Reflect Depreciation. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 589, H.P. 427
An Act To Encourage the Production of Liquid Biofuels. (Presented by Representative BUTTERFIELD of Bangor)

L.D. 590, H.P. 428
An Act To Establish a Wellness Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 591, H.P. 429
An Act Regarding the Granting of a Work-restricted Driver's License for Travel to and from Work for Certain Persons with Suspended Licenses. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 592, H.P. 430
An Act To Increase Mandatory Minimum Insurance Requirements for Vehicles for Hire. (Presented by Representative FLAHERTY of Scarborough)

L.D. 593, H.P. 431
Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Improve the Safety of the Intersection of Route 4 and the Dill Road in the Town of Phillips. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 594, H.P. 432
An Act To Require That Police Reports Be Filed in All Automobile Accidents. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 595, H.P. 433
An Act To Prevent High-speed Chases. (Presented by Representative KNAPP of Gorham)

L.D. 596, H.P. 434
An Act To Allow Electricity Customers Who Operate Generating Facilities To Be Paid in Cash for Excess Net Energy Produced. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Orono)

L.D. 597, H.P. 435
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Safety Answering Points. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 598, S.P. 213
An Act To Protect Private Enterprise from Tax-subsidized Competition by Imposing Requirements on Certain Postsecondary Institutions. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 599, S.P. 214
An Act To Allow Noninvasive Testing of Infants for the Presence of Drugs without a Parent's Consent. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 600, S.P. 215
Resolve, To Encourage Physicians To Administer the Injectable Painkiller Toradol in Lieu of Other Opioids. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 601, S.P. 216
An Act To Require That the Proceeds from Property Seized through Drug Crime Forfeitures Go to the General Fund. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 602, S.P. 217
An Act To Permit Wrecker Services To Charge for Storage while a Vehicle Is under an Order of Impoundment. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 603, S.P. 218
An Act To Create Recreational Access to the Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 604, S.P. 219
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Attorney General. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 605, S.P. 220
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Secretary of State. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 606, S.P. 221
An Act To Enable the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve the Needs of All Employers. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 607, S.P. 222
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act as It Relates to Independent Expenditures. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 608, S.P. 223
An Act To Protect Electricity Consumers in Northern Maine. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 609, S.P. 224
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Involuntary Hospitalization Procedures When Both Commitment and Involuntary Treatment Are Sought. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 610, S.P. 225
An Act To Add 10 Days to the School Year and To Require Daily Physical Exercise for All School Children. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 611, S.P. 226
An Act To Provide Reimbursement in the MaineCare Program for Board-certified Behavior Analysts. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 612, S.P. 227
An Act To Assist Small Businesses with Creating Jobs. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 613, S.P. 228
An Act To Recruit Businesses from Other States. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 614, S.P. 229
An Act To Improve Child Support Collection Procedures by Changing the Process of Modifying a Support Order. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 615, S.P. 230
An Act To Strengthen Landowner Rights in Certain Eminent Domain Situations. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 616, S.P. 231
An Act To Strengthen the Board of the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 617, S.P. 232
An Act To Amend the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 To Remove Independent Medical Examiners. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 618, S.P. 233
An Act To Reduce Income Tax on Capital Gains. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 619, S.P. 234
An Act To Rename Certain Unorganized Townships in Washington County. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 620, S.P. 236
An Act To Ensure the Workers' Compensation Board's Regulatory Oversight of the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 621, S.P. 235
An Act Allowing Workers' Compensation Benefits for Firefighters Who Contract Cancer. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 622, H.P. 436
An Act To Promote the Accessibility and Use of Reusable Bags. (Presented by Representative KNAPP of Gorham)

L.D. 623, H.P. 437
An Act To Provide the Office of Chief Medical Examiner Access to Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Data for the Purpose of Conducting Cause of Death Investigations. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 624, H.P. 438
Resolve, To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Report of the Governor's Task Force on Expanding Access to Oral Health Care for Maine People. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 625, H.P. 439
Resolve, To Ensure All Children Covered by MaineCare Receive Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Services. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 626, H.P. 440
An Act To Increase Participation in Funding the Activities of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 627, H.P. 441
An Act To Allow a Senior Hunter To Take an Antlerless Deer in Any Zone Designated by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 628, H.P. 442
An Act To Allocate Prospective Federal Funding To Support Maine's Dairy Industry. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 629, H.P. 443
An Act To Require That the 3 Branches of Government Be Listed Separately in Budget Documents and Budget Bills. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 630, H.P. 444
An Act To Update and Streamline State Licensing Laws and Clarify the Process for Appealing Final Decisions of Certain Licensing Entities. (Presented by Representative COHEN of Portland)

L.D. 631, H.P. 445
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 632, H.P. 446
An Act To Increase Payments to Victims of Crimes. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 633, H.P. 447
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Refusing To Submit to Arrest or Detention. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 634, H.P. 448
An Act To Create a Mandatory Sentence for Repeat Offenders of Sex Offenses against Victims under 12 Years of Age. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 635, H.P. 449
An Act To Provide Additional Time to Certain School Administrative Units To Comply with School Administrative Unit Reorganization Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 636, H.P. 450
An Act To Control Education Administrative Costs. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 637, H.P. 451
An Act To Ensure Services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 638, H.P. 452
An Act To Exempt Snowmobiles Operated at Demonstration Events from the Requirement of a Maine Registration. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 639, H.P. 453
An Act Regarding the Computation of Workers' Compensation Rates Based on Past Claims. (Presented by Representative BROWNE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 640, H.P. 454
An Act To Ensure Public Access to Records Relating to Public Contracts for Personal Services. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 641, H.P. 455
An Act To Notify Municipal Assessors of Foreclosure Actions. (Presented by Representative BEAUDETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 642, H.P. 456
An Act To Protect Parental Relationships during and after Divorce. (Presented by Representative BLODGETT of Augusta)

L.D. 643, H.P. 457
An Act To Authorize a Court To Appoint a Parenting Coordinator To Assist in Domestic Relations Actions. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 644, H.P. 458
An Act To Allow the Sale and Use of Fuel Containing MTBE in a Vehicle in a Competitive Event. (Presented by Representative LEWIN of Eliot)

L.D. 645, H.P. 459
An Act To Provide for Municipal Oversight and Authority over Groundwater Extraction. (Presented by Representative SARTY of Denmark)

L.D. 646, H.P. 460
An Act To Improve the Water Quality of Maine's Rivers. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 647, H.P. 461
An Act To Provide Tax Relief for Retired Veterans Operating Businesses in Maine. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 648, H.P. 462
An Act To Allow the Operation of Low-speed Vehicles on Higher-speed Roads. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 649, H.P. 463
An Act To Reimburse Communities That Have Constructed Sand and Salt Sheds Rated Priority 3 and 4. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 650, H.P. 464
An Act To Create a Sustainable Funding Mechanism for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in the State. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 651, H.P. 465
An Act To Amend the Wind Energy Rebate Program Eligibility Requirements. (Presented by Representative BROWNE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 652, H.P. 466
An Act To Clarify the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 653, H.P. 467
An Act To Strengthen the Penalties for Leaving the Scene of an Accident. (Presented by Representative WRIGHT of Berwick)

L.D. 654, H.P. 468
Resolve, To Review Statutes, Rules and Policies Regarding Mental Retardation, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and Other Cognitive and Developmental Disorders. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 655, H.P. 469
Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Conduct a Study To Enhance Maine's Recreational Fishing Economy. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 656, H.P. 470
An Act To Allow Members of the Armed Forces Who Are Not Residents but Own Property in this State To Obtain Resident Hunting and Fishing Licenses or Permits. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 657, H.P. 471
An Act To Allow the Award of Court Costs or Attorney's Fees in Protection from Harassment Actions. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 658, H.P. 472
An Act To Require United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training for Government Construction Contracts. (Presented by Representative WRIGHT of Berwick)

L.D. 659, H.P. 473
An Act To Remove the Sales Tax on Watercraft. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 660, H.P. 474
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Maintain Train Quiet Zone Status in Millinocket. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 661, H.P. 475
Resolve, To Provide Equitable Tolls on the Maine Turnpike. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 662, H.P. 476
An Act To Phase Out the Distribution of the Disproportionate Tax Burden Fund under the State-municipal Revenue Sharing Program over a 5-year Period. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 663, H.P. 477
An Act To Clarify A Municipality's Authority To Pass Ordinances That Govern the Extraction of Groundwater. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

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