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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 10

Monday, March 16, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 6, 2009

Ch. 2 - An Act To Provide Rule-making Authority to the Maine Library Commission. (S.P. 11, L.D. 2)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 6, 2009

Ch. 2 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 181: Child Development Services System: Regional Provider Advisory Boards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 67, L.D. 77)

Ch. 3 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 10: Exemptions to the Ban on Flavored Cigarettes and Cigars, a Major Substantive Rule of the Office of the Attorney General. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 71, L.D. 81)

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 13, 2009

L.D. 912, H.P. 630
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Capital Projects for Hospitals. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 913, H.P. 631
An Act To Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters for the November 2009 and June 2010 Elections. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 914, H.P. 632
An Act To Combat Childhood Obesity through the Creation of Recreational and Athletic Fields. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 915, H.P. 633
An Act To Update and Clarify Statutes Related to or Administered by the Department of Public Safety. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 916, H.P. 634
An Act Regarding Trans Fat. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 917, H.P. 635
An Act To Prevent the Unauthorized or Deceptive Use of the Names of Financial Institutions. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 918, H.P. 636
An Act To Amend the Informed Growth Act To Provide a Local Management Option. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 919, H.P. 637
An Act To Prevent and Treat Cancer in Maine by Implementing Critical Portions of the Comprehensive Cancer Program. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 920, H.P. 638
An Act To Reduce Noise Pollution. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 921, S.P. 343
An Act To Eliminate Maine Clean Election Act Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 922, S.P. 344
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require a Supermajority Approval of the Legislature for Tax Increases. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 923, S.P. 345
Resolve, To Reduce Funding to Maine Clean Election Act Candidates. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 924, S.P. 346
An Act To Clarify the Taxability of Promotional Credits in the State Gaming Laws. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 925, S.P. 347
An Act To Allow Youth To Fish for Smelt on Worthley Pond. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 926, S.P. 348
An Act To Allow Smelt Fishing in Metallak Brook, Upper Richardson Lake. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 927, S.P. 349
An Act To Establish and Enhance Populations of Large Landlocked Salmon in Certain Inland Waters. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 928, S.P. 350
An Act To Permit the Landing of Dragged Crabs as Bycatch. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 929, S.P. 351
An Act To Expand the Moose Hunting Season. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 930, S.P. 352
Resolve, To Complete an All-terrain Vehicle Trail through Pittston Farm. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 931, S.P. 353
An Act To Expand the Economic Development Benefit of Tax Increment Financing in Counties That Include Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 932, S.P. 354
An Act To Establish Area Management of Maine's Scallop Fishery. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 933, S.P. 355
An Act To Prohibit Cyberbullying. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 934, S.P. 356
An Act To Clarify Public Sector Employee Fair Choice in Collective Bargaining. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 935, S.P. 357
An Act To Rate Energy Efficiency and Carbon Emissions of Buildings. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 936, H.P. 639
An Act To Remove Prior-operation Requirements for Commercial Large Game Shooting Area Licensing. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 937, H.P. 640
An Act To License Septic System Installers. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 938, H.P. 641
An Act To Allocate Redemption Centers Based on Population. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 939, H.P. 642
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Assisted Living Programs. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 940, H.P. 643
An Act To Estimate the Financial Costs to Providers in Implementing MaineCare Rules. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 941, H.P. 644
Resolve, To Assist Families with Substance Abuse Issues. (Presented by Representative BEAUDETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 942, H.P. 645
An Act To Allow Hunting on Sundays on Certain Land. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 943, H.P. 646
An Act To Reduce Lung Cancer Rates in Maine. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Orono)

L.D. 944, H.P. 647
An Act To Increase the Evidentiary Standard Required To Establish a Guardianship. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 945, H.P. 648
An Act To Protect the Rights of Siblings Separated by Adoption. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 946, H.P. 649
An Act To Reverse the Effects of Grant v. Central Maine Power, Inc. on Workers' Compensation. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 947, H.P. 650
An Act To Amend the Laws To Ensure Equity in the Judicial Retirement Program. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 948, H.P. 651
An Act To Reduce the Cost of the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative VAN WIE of New Gloucester)

L.D. 949, H.P. 652
An Act To Reduce the Number of Qualifying Contributions Required for Special Elections under the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative BLANCHARD of Old Town)

L.D. 950, H.P. 653
An Act To Amend the Maine Estate Tax. (Presented by Representative CLEARY of Houlton)

L.D. 951, H.P. 654
An Act To Prioritize Funding in the TransCap Trust Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 952, H.P. 655
An Act To Authorize Issuance of Permanent Disability Plates and Placards. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 953, H.P. 656
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Winterport Water District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative THIBODEAU of Winterport)

L.D. 954, H.P. 657
An Act To Clarify the Role of the Public Advocate. (Presented by Representative THIBODEAU of Winterport)

L.D. 955, S.P. 360
An Act To Transform the Maine Economy and Create Jobs. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 956, H.P. 658
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide Constitutional Protection to the Funds Generated by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 957, H.P. 659
An Act To Establish a New Method of Determining the State Budget. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 958, H.P. 660
An Act To Encourage Renewable Energy Investment. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 959, H.P. 661
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 960, H.P. 662
Resolve, Requiring Rulemaking by the Maine Quality Forum Regarding Clostridium Difficile and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 961, H.P. 663
An Act To Amend the Maine Condominium Act Regarding Liens. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 962, H.P. 664
An Act To Protect Family Caregivers. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 963, H.P. 665
Resolve, Directing the University of Maine System To Self-transition Its Educational Broadband Service from Analog to Digital. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 964, H.P. 666
An Act Pertaining to the Breeding and Selling of Dogs and Cats. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 203, section 3.)

L.D. 965, H.P. 667
An Act To Establish Annual Reporting for Genetically Engineered Crops. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 966, H.P. 668
An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 967, H.P. 669
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Interagency Transportation Coordinating Committee. (Presented by Representative PEOPLES of Westbrook)

L.D. 968, H.P. 670
An Act Regarding New Utility Line Extension Construction. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 969, H.P. 671
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Children's Growth Council. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 970, H.P. 672
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Notification after a Security Breach Involving Personal Information. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 971, H.P. 673
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Liquor Liability and Licensing. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 972, H.P. 674
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 28: Notification Provisions for Outdoor Pesticide Applications, a Major Substantive Rule of the Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 973, H.P. 675
An Act To Provide for the Safe Collection and Recycling of Mercury-containing Lighting. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 974, I.B. 1
An Act To Decrease the Automobile Excise Tax and Promote Energy Efficiency. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 124th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 4, 2009, and ordered printed.)

L.D. 975, I.B. 2
An Act To Establish the Maine Medical Marijuana Act. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 124th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 4, 2009, and ordered printed.)

L.D. 976, I.B. 3
An Act To Provide Tax Relief. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 124th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 4, 2009, and ordered printed)

L.D. 977, I.B. 4
An Act To Repeal the School District Consolidation Laws. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 124th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 4, 2009)

L.D. 978, S.P. 361
An Act To Extend the Jurisdiction of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to the Executive Branch. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 979, S.P. 362
An Act To Require the Disclosure of Insurance Policy Limits to an Injured Party. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 980, S.P. 363
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for Heating and Cooling System Alternatives and Improvements That Benefit the Environment and Address Climate Change. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 981, S.P. 364
Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Examine the Issue of Eminent Domain. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 982, S.P. 365
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Legislative Ethics. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009.)

L.D. 983, S.P. 366
An Act To Reduce the Risk of Hypothermia in Residential Rental Units. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 984, S.P. 367
Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Provide Greater Cooperation and Coordination between the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 985, S.P. 368
An Act To Increase Public Safety by Requiring a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer To Facilitate the Transfer of Firearms. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 986, S.P. 369
An Act To Protect the Public Health and the Environment by Prohibiting the Sale of Wheel Weights Containing Lead or Mercury. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 987, S.P. 370
An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Employee" in the Employment Security Law. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 988, H.P. 680
An Act To Increase the Penalty for Keeping a Dangerous Dog That Harms a Domesticated Animal. (Presented by Representative McFADDEN of Dennysville)

L.D. 989, H.P. 681
An Act To Allow for a Dual Liquor License. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 990, H.P. 682
An Act To Increase the Preservation Time for Municipal Campaign Finance Reports. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 991, H.P. 683
An Act To Create a Statute of Limitations for Oil Discharge Violations. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 992, H.P. 684
An Act To Increase Highway Safety by Requiring Daytime Headlight Use. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 993, S.P. 371
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Protection of Farms and Farmland Pertaining to Taxation. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 649, section 11, subsection 6.)

L.D. 994, S.P. 373
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Milo Water District. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 995, S.P. 374
An Act To Improve Purchasing for the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 996, S.P. 375
An Act To Allow Certain Retirees in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Return to Service with the State for 180 Days Annually. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 997, H.P. 685
An Act To Clarify the Limits of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 998, H.P. 686
An Act To Provide a Strategic Planning Fund for Research and Development and Technology-related Companies. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 999, H.P. 687
An Act To Streamline the Evaluation of Economic Development Programs. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1000, H.P. 688
An Act To Amend the Provision Creating the Long-term Care Partnership Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1001, H.P. 689
Resolve, Concerning Fitness Programs for State Employees. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1002, H.P. 690
Resolve, To Conduct an Updated Study of the Feasibility of Establishing a Single-payor Health Care System in the State. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1003, H.P. 691
Resolve, Directing the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability To Perform a Performance Evaluation and Cost-benefit Analysis of the Dirigo Health Program. (Presented by Representative LEWIN of Eliot)

L.D. 1004, H.P. 692
An Act Relating to Self-insurance. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1005, H.P. 693
An Act To Continue Access to Dirigo Choice Health Insurance by Reducing Administrative Costs and Replacing the Savings Offset Payment. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1006, H.P. 694
An Act To Create the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1007, H.P. 695
An Act Pertaining to the Retirement of Certain Oil and Hazardous Material Specialists. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1008, H.P. 696
An Act To Increase Consumer Choice for Wine. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1009, H.P. 697
An Act To Allow Lobster License Exemptions to Persons with Certain Medical Criteria. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1010, H.P. 698
Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Review Its Rules Regarding Incinerators. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1011, H.P. 699
An Act To Improve Solid Waste Disposal Quality. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 1012, H.P. 700
An Act To Establish the Maine Broadband Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

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