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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 9

Monday, March 9, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, February 27, 2009

Ch. 1 - Resolve, Relating to Federal Stimulus Funds for Energy Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 394, L.D. 556)

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, MARCH 6, 2009

L.D. 791, S.P. 305
An Act To Prohibit Furnishing a Place for Minors To Use Illegal Drugs. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 792, S.P. 306
An Act To Encourage Small Business Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 793, H.P. 542
An Act To Improve Juvenile Correctional Services. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 794, H.P. 543
Resolve, To Adjust Copayment Rules To Ensure Access to Home-based Care Services. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 795, H.P. 544
Resolve, To Enhance Public Information about the MaineCare Program. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lewiston)

L.D. 796, H.P. 545
An Act To Direct Fines Collected on Tribal Lands to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 797, H.P. 546
An Act To Fully Implement the Legislative Intent in Prohibiting Offensive Place Names. (Presented by Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation)

L.D. 798, H.P. 547
Resolve, Requiring the Department of Transportation To Replace All Property Markers along the 85-mile Stretch of the Calais Branch Corridor from Washington Junction to Ayers Junction. (Presented by Representative LANGLEY of Ellsworth)

L.D. 799, S.P. 307
An Act To Encourage Clean Fuel Vehicle Economic and Infrastructure Development by Extending the Tax Credit. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 800, S.P. 308
Resolve, To Establish a Landlocked Salmon Enhancement Pilot Project. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 801, S.P. 309
An Act To Clarify the Rights of Public Employee Unions and Public Employers To Agree through Collective Bargaining To Permit Payroll Deductions for Union Dues or Other Funds. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 802, S.P. 310
An Act To Require Reporting on Medical Services or Treatment Provided to Minors without Parental Consent. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 803, S.P. 311
An Act To Authorize an Active Retired Justice or Judge To Conduct Arbitration and Chair Medical Malpractice Screening Panels. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 804, S.P. 312
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Organic Agricultural Crops. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 805, S.P. 313
An Act To Change Current Limits on Commercial Harness Racing Tracks. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 806, S.P. 314
An Act To Authorize Fuel Cost Stabilization Funds To Be Established in School Administrative Units. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 807, S.P. 315
An Act To Improve and Promote Maine's Landlocked Salmon Resources. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 808, S.P. 316
An Act To Capitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund with Municipal Revenue-sharing Resources. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 809, S.P. 317
An Act To Preserve the Viability of Services to Maine's Citizens with Mental Retardation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 810, S.P. 318
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for School Construction and Renovation Projects That Demonstrate Cost Savings. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 811, S.P. 319
An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Fish and Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 812, H.P. 548
Resolve, Pertaining to Vacation Leave Earned by Seasonal Employees of the Baxter State Park Authority. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 813, H.P. 549
An Act To Require Plain Language in Consumer Contracts. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 814, H.P. 550
An Act Regarding the Sale of Weapons at Gun Shows. (Presented by Representative BLODGETT of Augusta)

L.D. 815, H.P. 551
An Act To Require the Collection of DNA from a Person under Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Representative CELLI of Brewer)

L.D. 816, H.P. 552
An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Education To Issue Separate Subsidy Checks to Each Municipality in an Alternative Organizational Structure. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 817, H.P. 553
An Act Concerning Teacher Salaries. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 818, H.P. 554
An Act To Improve Transparency in the School Funding Formula. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 819, H.P. 555
An Act To Encourage Transparency in Disclosing the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children to Parents and Guardians. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 820, H.P. 556
An Act To Limit Smoking in Outdoor Dining Areas. (Presented by Representative COHEN of Portland)

L.D. 821, H.P. 557
An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 822, H.P. 558
An Act To Expand Turkey Hunting Opportunities. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 823, H.P. 559
An Act To Increase Snowmobile Registration Fees. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 824, H.P. 560
An Act To Require a Moose Permit Lottery for Residents Who Have Never Had a Moose Permit. (Presented by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln)

L.D. 825, H.P. 561
An Act To Allow the Consecutive Purchase of 6-month Health Insurance Policies. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 826, H.P. 562
An Act To Protect Recreational Trails on Private Land by Exempting Certain Information on Recreational Trails from the Definition of "Public Records". (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 827, H.P. 563
An Act To Exempt Protection from Abuse Orders from the Notification and 30-day Waiting Period Requirements under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 828, H.P. 564
An Act To Enhance the Shielding of Journalists' Sources. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 829, H.P. 565
An Act To Clarify the Right of Public School Employees To Engage in Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 830, H.P. 566
An Act To Exclude Collectively Bargained Salary and Job Promotion Increases from the Earnable Compensation Limitation for Retirement Purposes. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 831, H.P. 567
An Act To Enhance Fund-raising Opportunities by Certain Nonprofit and Fraternal Organizations. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 832, H.P. 568
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Lobbyist Disclosure. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 833, H.P. 569
An Act To Distribute Funds Received from the Racino in Bangor to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 834, H.P. 570
An Act To Provide for 2 Veteran Service Officer Positions. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 835, H.P. 571
An Act To Amend the Forcible Entry and Detainer Laws. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 836, H.P. 572
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Scallop Season. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 837, H.P. 573
An Act To Protect Maine's Groundwater. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 838, H.P. 574
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Elect 2 Senators from Each County and To Increase the Senate Term from 2 to 4 Years. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 839, H.P. 575
An Act To Authorize an Alternative Calculation of the Property Growth Factor for Municipalities with Exempt Personal Property. (Presented by Representative GILBERT of Jay)

L.D. 840, H.P. 576
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Control Property Tax Increases. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 841, H.P. 577
An Act Regarding the State Earned Income Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 842, H.P. 578
An Act To Exclude Business and Capital Losses from Consideration as Income under the Circuitbreaker Program. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 843, H.P. 579
Resolve, To Designate the Great South Bridge in the Town of Milbridge as the Harold West Bridge. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 844, H.P. 580
An Act To Reduce Costs for Customers of Northern Maine Consumer-owned Utilities. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 845, H.P. 581
An Act To Expand Access to Efficiency Maine Rebate Programs. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 846, H.P. 582
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Study Ways To Reduce Energy Use and Promote Efficiency along Major Transportation Corridors. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 847, H.P. 583
An Act Authorizing Statewide Mutual Aid among First Responder Agencies. (Submitted by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 3371.)

L.D. 848, H.P. 586
An Act To Encourage Green Commerce. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 849, H.P. 584
An Act To Clarify the Application of the Public Works Minimum Wage Laws. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 850, H.P. 585
An Act To Ensure Local Broadband Coverage. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 851, S.P. 320
An Act To Exempt Certain Veterans from the Income Tax. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 852, S.P. 321
An Act To Clarify the Public Ownership of Marine Organisms within the Intertidal Zone. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 853, S.P. 322
An Act To Encourage Maine Residents To Attend Medical School and Practice in Maine. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 854, S.P. 323
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Create a New Health Care Internet Infrastructure. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 855, S.P. 324
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Reform of Taxes and Spending in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 856, S.P. 325
An Act To Ensure the Availability of Supplemental Educational Loans. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 857, H.P. 588
An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes by School Administrative District No. 32. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 858, H.P. 589
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Energy Investments for Maine's Future. (Presented by Representative VAN WIE of New Gloucester)

L.D. 859, H.P. 590
An Act To Control Premium Costs in the Small Group Health Insurance Market. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 860, H.P. 591
An Act Relating to Geothermal Heat Exchange Wells. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 861, H.P. 592
An Act Concerning Deductibles for Underground Oil Storage Facilities and Tanks. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 862, H.P. 593
An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Citizens and Safety of Pedestrians. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 863, H.P. 594
An Act To Permanently Establish the Position of Director of Recreational Access and Landowner Relations. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 864, H.P. 595
An Act To Provide for the Certification of Teachers in a Critical Teacher Shortage Area. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 865, H.P. 596
An Act To Change the Maine HIV Advisory Committee. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 866, H.P. 597
Resolve, To Examine Data Discrepancies and Adequately Identify and Serve Children with Brain Injuries. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 867, H.P. 598
An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 868, H.P. 599
An Act To Rename the Division of Deafness within the Department of Labor. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 869, H.P. 600
An Act To Require the Development of Plans To Achieve the Payment of Livable Wages by State and Local Government Employers. (Presented by Representative BUTTERFIELD of Bangor)

L.D. 870, H.P. 601
An Act To Improve Transportation for Veterans. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 871, H.P. 602
An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Solid Waste Management Rules. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 872, H.P. 603
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit to Certain Heating Fuel Contract Consumers. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 873, H.P. 604
An Act To Improve Wheelchair-dependent Parking Access. (Presented by Representative THIBODEAU of Winterport)

L.D. 874, H.P. 605
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Axle Weights. (Presented by Representative THOMAS of Ripley)

L.D. 875, H.P. 606
An Act To Promote Fuel Conservation by Allowing the Use of Mini-trucks on Public Ways. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 876, H.P. 607
Resolve, To Create a Surrounding Community Advisory Panel for the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 877, H.P. 608
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Reporting of Crimes on the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 878, H.P. 609
An Act To Change the Status of the Road System at the Loring Development Authority. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 879, S.P. 327
An Act To Allow Licensed Kennel Owners To Vaccinate Their Own Dogs. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 880, S.P. 328
An Act To Improve the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 881, S.P. 329
Resolve, To Ensure the Health of Maine Children by Requiring a Certain Vaccination. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 882, S.P. 330
An Act To Consolidate and Modernize Maine's Courts. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 883, S.P. 331
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Tenants Harbor Standard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 884, S.P. 332
An Act To Provide Income Tax Equity for Working Spouses. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 885, S.P. 333
An Act To Provide a Tax Deduction for Landlords Who Complete Energy Audits on Rental Units. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 886, H.P. 610
An Act To Secure Maine's Energy Future. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 887, S.P. 337
An Act To Amend the Reporting Requirements for Independent Expenditures for Political Campaigns. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 888, S.P. 338
Resolve, Directing the Governor and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Human Resources To Remove Longevity Biases from Collective Bargaining Agreements. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 889, S.P. 339
An Act To Limit Liability for Certain Noncommercial Aviation Activities. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 890, S.P. 340
Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services To Develop a Proposed State Policy for the Use of State Property by the Private Sector. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 891, S.P. 341
An Act To Amend the Site Location of Development Laws To Include Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 892, S.P. 342
An Act To Improve Assistance for Technology-based Entrepreneurs. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 893, H.P. 611
Resolve, To Promote the Use of Alternative Fiber. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 894, H.P. 612
An Act To Establish the Maine Farmland Fund and Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Traditional Industries. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 895, H.P. 613
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Renovate Classrooms, Laboratories and Other Essential Teaching and Learning Facilities in the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 896, H.P. 614
An Act To Ensure Adequate Insurance Coverage for Family Child Care Providers. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 897, H.P. 615
An Act To Prohibit Mandatory Binding Arbitration. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 898, H.P. 616
An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to Permanently Restricted Funds of Municipal Public Libraries. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 899, H.P. 617
An Act To Require Candidates for Public Office To Provide Proof of Citizenship. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 900, H.P. 618
An Act To Prohibit Payments to Persons Who Collect Signatures for the Direct Initiative or People's Veto of Legislation. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 901, H.P. 619
An Act To Restrict the Size of Political Signs on Vehicles. (Presented by Representative DOSTIE of Sabattus)

L.D. 902, H.P. 620
An Act To Provide the Right of First Refusal to Mobile Home Park Residents. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 903, H.P. 621
An Act To Allow an Election Clerk To Request Proof of Identity from a Voter. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 904, H.P. 622
An Act To Permit Brew Pubs To Sell Half-gallon Containers of Malt Liquor. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 905, H.P. 623
Resolve, To Require the State To Consult with the City of Hallowell prior to the Sale of Certain Real Property. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 906, H.P. 624
An Act To Amend the Rate of Tax on New Manufactured Housing. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 907, H.P. 625
An Act To Amend the Speed Limits for Low-speed Vehicles. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 908, H.P. 626
Resolve, To Authorize Efficiency Maine To Conduct a Pilot Conservation Program. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 909, H.P. 627
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Research and Development for Cancer. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 910, H.P. 628
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Sustainable Green Housing. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 911, H.P. 629
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Affordable Housing. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

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