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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 8

Monday, March 2, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2009

L.D. 664, S.P. 238
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority To Find Efficiencies in the Maine Transportation System. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 665, S.P. 239
An Act To Enhance Safety on Maine's Bridges. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 666, S.P. 240
An Act To Clarify When the Rental of a Car Is Exempt from Sales and Use Tax. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 667, S.P. 241
An Act Regarding the Purchase of Fish for Stocking Inland Waters. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 668, S.P. 242
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Disorderly Conduct. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 669, S.P. 243
An Act To Clarify an Employer's Ability To Collect the Overcompensation of Wages. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 670, S.P. 244
An Act To Make Health Insurance More Affordable. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 671, S.P. 245
An Act To Exempt Clean Fuel Vehicles from Sales Tax. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 672, S.P. 246
An Act To Add Maine Maritime Academy Representation to the State Employee Health Commission. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 673, S.P. 248
An Act To Improve the Protection for Buyers of Motor Vehicles from Vehicles Labeled Lemons in Other States. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 674, S.P. 249
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 675, S.P. 250
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 676, S.P. 251
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 677, S.P. 252
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 678, S.P. 253
An Act To Provide Middle School Students with Access to Innovative Science Education. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 679, S.P. 254
An Act To Allow a Court To Award Attorney's Fees in Successful Freedom of Access Appeals. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 680, S.P. 255
An Act To Hold Municipal Officers Harmless for a Determination That a Town Way or Public Easement Is Considered Abandoned. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 681, S.P. 256
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 682, S.P. 257
An Act Regarding Agency Liquor Stores. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 683, S.P. 258
An Act To Promote Cost-effective and Broad-based Vision Care for Maine Citizens by Clarifying the Scope of Prescription Authority by an Optometrist. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 684, S.P. 259
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Finance the Acquisition of Land and Interest in Land for Public Land and Water Access, Conservation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats, Outdoor Recreation Including Hunting and Fishing and Farmland Preservation and To Access Matching Contributions from Public and Private Sources. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 685, S.P. 260
An Act To Clarify the Minimum Wage Exemption for Summer Camp Counselors Working at Day Camps. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 686, S.P. 261
An Act To Require Semiannual Testing in Certain Gravel Pits. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 687, S.P. 262
Resolve, To Authorize the Department of Conservation To Place Priority on Access to Certain Prominent Water Bodies under the Land for Maine's Future Fund. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 688, S.P. 263
An Act To Equalize Annuity and Structured Settlement Annuity Benefits with Life Insurance under the Maine Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 689, S.P. 264
An Act Regarding Guardians Ad Litem. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 690, S.P. 265
An Act Concerning Domestic Violence and Firearms. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 691, S.P. 266
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 692, S.P. 267
Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Develop Best Management Practices for Poultry Production. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 693, S.P. 268
An Act To Clarify the Status and Benefits of Employees of the Child Development Services System. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 694, S.P. 269
An Act To Allow Limited Partnerships between Brewers and Wholesalers. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 695, H.P. 478
An Act To Streamline Health Care Services in Maine by Allowing Certified Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Midwives To Verify Medical Papers and Records. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 696, H.P. 479
Resolve, To Reclaim Past Unredeemed Beverage Container Deposits. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 697, H.P. 480
An Act To Stabilize School Heating Costs. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 698, H.P. 481
An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referenda To Be Held on a Saturday. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WEAVER of York)

L.D. 699, H.P. 482
Resolve, Establishing Goals and Principles for Fisheries Management for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 700, H.P. 483
An Act To Restore Funding for Bed-hold Days at Private Nonmedical Institutions. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 701, H.P. 484
An Act To Fund the Screening and Early Detection Elements of the Statewide Cancer Plan. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 702, H.P. 485
An Act To Allow the Donation of Certain Perishable Food Products to Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative BROWNE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 703, H.P. 486
An Act Regarding Claims for Civil Perjury. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 704, H.P. 487
An Act To Allow Property Owners To Terminate Residential Leases That Do Not Contain Termination Language. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 705, H.P. 488
An Act To Clarify the Qualifications for the Position of State Archivist. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 706, H.P. 489
An Act To Impose a Maximum Speed Limit of 45 Miles Per Hour on Roads on Which a School Bus Stop Is Located. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 707, H.P. 490
An Act To Settle a Dispute between Andrea LaPointe and Michael Barden and the State. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 708, H.P. 491
An Act To Create a Moratorium on the Open-air Production of Genetically Engineered Pharmaceutical Crops in Maine. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 709, H.P. 492
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Weatherize and Upgrade the Energy Efficiency of Maine Homes and Businesses and To Provide a Trained Workforce. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 710, H.P. 493
An Act To Allow Denturists To Practice to the Level of Their Educational Training. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 711, H.P. 494
An Act To Authorize the Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 712, H.P. 495
An Act To Suspend Driver's Licenses of Persons Operating All-terrain Vehicles, Watercraft and Snowmobiles while Intoxicated. (Presented by Representative AUSTIN of Gray)

L.D. 713, H.P. 496
An Act Regarding Assault on a Firefighter. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 714, H.P. 497
An Act To Empower Anglers in Fish Stocking Decisions. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 715, H.P. 498
An Act To Enable the Use of Credit Cards for Governmental Transactions. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 716, H.P. 499
An Act To Change the Definition of "Domestic Partner" in the Laws Governing Custody of Remains. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 717, H.P. 500
An Act To Ensure Proper Oversight of Propane Facilities. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 718, H.P. 501
An Act Concerning Cremated Remains. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 719, H.P. 502
An Act To Allow Nonresidents under 14 Years of Age To Fish without a License. (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 720, H.P. 503
An Act To Permit the Commercial Harvesting of Illegal and Nuisance Fish Species. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 721, H.P. 504
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Raise Public Awareness of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 722, H.P. 505
An Act To Manage Risks Associated with Surface Uses on Public Water Supplies. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 723, S.P. 272
Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Amend Its Rules for Hydropower Projects To Require a Detailed Cost-benefit Analysis. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 724, S.P. 273
An Act To Provide Transparency Concerning Operating Expenses for Hospitals. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 725, S.P. 274
An Act To Protect Student Privacy while Complying with Federal Law. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 726, S.P. 276
An Act To Improve the Process for Issuing Concealed Weapons Permits. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 727, S.P. 277
An Act To Protect Sports Officials. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 728, S.P. 278
An Act To Protect Homeowners in Foreclosure Proceedings. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 729, S.P. 279
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Create a New Health Care Internet Infrastructure. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 730, S.P. 280
An Act To Allow Bail Commissioners To Access Criminal Records. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 731, S.P. 281
An Act To Designate Cumberland County as a Pine Tree Development Zone. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 732, S.P. 282
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Small Businesses' Access to Capital. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 733, S.P. 270
Resolve, To Examine Environmental Effects of the Dual Recovery System for Beverage Containers. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 734, S.P. 271
An Act To Provide for Treble Damages for Injuries Caused by a Person under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 735, S.P. 275
An Act To Allow Unimmunized Children to Attend School Upon Parental Waiver. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 736, S.P. 283
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Request Federal Funding for the Extension and Completion of Interstate 95. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 737, S.P. 284
An Act To Require the State To Provide Bonita Rogan with Health Insurance Benefits. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 738, S.P. 285
An Act To Require Patients of Opioid Treatment Programs To Release Medical Information to a Designated Primary Care Physician. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 739, S.P. 286
An Act To Provide That the Assessor and Treasurer Are Incompatible Municipal Offices. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 740, S.P. 287
An Act To Validate the Property Tax Commitments in the Towns That are Members of Community School District No. 9. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 741, S.P. 288
An Act To Authorize the Annexation of a Portion of Redington Township in Franklin County to the Town of Carrabassett Valley. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 742, S.P. 289
An Act To Amend the Composition of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 743, S.P. 290
An Act To Exempt Fuel Used by Commercial Fishing Vessels from the Sales Tax. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 744, S.P. 291
An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 745, S.P. 292
An Act To Allow the Operation of Modified Utility Vehicles on Public Ways. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 746, S.P. 293
An Act To Lower the Cost of State Government in the Departments under the Purview of the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 747, H.P. 506
An Act To Increase Split Sentencing Alternatives. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 748, H.P. 507
An Act To Adjust the Assessment for Correctional Services from Sagadahoc County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 749, H.P. 508
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Take Measures To Assist Blind and Visually Impaired Students. (Presented by Representative PENDLETON of Scarborough)

L.D. 750, H.P. 509
An Act To Exempt Certain Municipalities from the Requirement To Hold Referenda on School Budgets. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 751, H.P. 510
Resolve, To Transfer the Phillips Fish Hatchery to the Sandy River Land Trust. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 752, H.P. 511
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Request a Waiver To Prohibit the Use of Food Stamps for the Purchase of Soft Drinks. (Presented by Representative PENDLETON of Scarborough)

L.D. 753, H.P. 512
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Request a Waiver To Prohibit the Use of Food Stamps for the Purchase of Taxable Food Items. (Presented by Representative BICKFORD of Auburn)

L.D. 754, H.P. 513
An Act Regarding Subrogation of Medical Payments Coverage. (Presented by Representative LEGG of Kennebunk)

L.D. 755, H.P. 514
An Act To Help the State Achieve Energy Independence and Security. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 756, H.P. 515
An Act To Discourage the Misuse of the Process for Obtaining Protection from Abuse. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 757, H.P. 516
An Act To Improve the Transparency of Certain Hospitals. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 758, H.P. 517
An Act To Allow Municipalities and Counties To Require Bartender Training for Liquor Licensees. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 759, H.P. 518
An Act To Require State-owned Solid Waste Disposal Facilities To Demonstrate a Public Benefit. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 760, H.P. 519
An Act To Improve Landfill Capacity. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 761, H.P. 520
An Act To Abolish the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 762, H.P. 521
Resolve, To Increase Reporting Transparency in State Government. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 763, H.P. 522
An Act To Clarify the Warrant Article Petition Process. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Presque Isle)

L.D. 764, H.P. 523
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Offer Access to the Internet through Digital Subscriber Lines. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 765, H.P. 524
An Act To Allow Towns To Establish Their Own Homestead Exemption Programs. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 766, H.P. 525
An Act To Promote Telecommunications Availability for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lyman)

L.D. 767, S.P. 294
An Act To Promote Fairness and Protect Economic Development in Transportation Projects Undertaken by the State. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 768, S.P. 295
An Act To Improve the Dental Health of Children by Making Fluoride Treatments More Available. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 769, S.P. 296
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Income Tax To Allow an Age-based Write-off of Capital Losses. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 770, S.P. 297
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 771, S.P. 298
An Act To Allow Certain Organizations To Hold Raffles. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 772, S.P. 299
An Act To Increase Eligibility Requirements under the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 773, S.P. 300
An Act To Increase Funding for Higher Education. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 774, S.P. 301
An Act To Create Jobs and Improve Energy Efficiency through the Transformation of Maine's Housing Stock. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 775, S.P. 302
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund the Communities for Maine's Future Program. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 776, H.P. 527
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Land for Maine's Future Board. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 777, H.P. 528
An Act To Require Due Process and To Establish Expiration Dates for Criminal Trespass and Harassment Notices. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 778, H.P. 529
An Act To Exempt Certain Isolated Rural Communities from the Minimum Student Enrollment Requirements in the Laws Governing the Reorganization of School Administrative Units. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 779, H.P. 530
An Act To Require Closed-captioning for Certain Political Advertisements. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 780, H.P. 531
An Act To Increase the Amount and Number of Qualifying Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative FLAHERTY of Scarborough)

L.D. 781, H.P. 532
An Act To Designate a Specialty State Lottery Ticket To Benefit Cancer Education and Awareness. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 782, H.P. 533
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Prevention Measures and Products. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 783, H.P. 534
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Consumer Financial Information. (Presented by Representative LEGG of Kennebunk)

L.D. 784, H.P. 535
An Act To Improve the Process for Recovering Personal Property. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 785, H.P. 536
An Act To Use All Available Technologies To Provide Efficiencies in State Facilities. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 786, H.P. 537
An Act To Require That Minutes Be Kept of Municipal Meetings. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 787, H.P. 538
An Act To Provide an Additional Source of Revenue for the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 788, H.P. 539
An Act To Aid Municipalities and the Unorganized Territory in the Reduction of Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 789, H.P. 540
An Act To Make Certain Changes to the Laws Regarding E-9-1-1 Surcharge Collection from Prepaid Wireless and Voice over Internet Protocol Providers. (Presented by Representative FLAHERTY of Scarborough)

L.D. 790, H.P. 541
An Act To Waive Public Utilities Commission Approval of Special Contracts When the Contracts Apply to Detariffed Rates or Terms. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

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