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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 11

Monday, March 23, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 13, 2009

Ch. 3 - An Act To Allow a Weight Tolerance for Vehicle Auxiliary Power Units. (H.P. 32, L.D. 37)

Ch. 4 - An Act To Remove Game Sanctuary Status for Certain Lands in the Town of Orrington. (H.P. 108, L.D. 124)

Ch. 5 - An Act To Allow Nonmember Directors To Serve on the Board of Cooperative Agricultural Associations. (S.P. 18, L.D. 46)

Ch. 6 - An Act To Allow a Municipality Greater Flexibility To Disburse State Fees. (S.P. 49, L.D. 130)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ch. 7 - An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 54, L.D. 61) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ch. 8 - An Act To Modify the Maine Dental Education Loan Program. (S.P. 63, L.D. 177)

Ch. 9 - An Act To Allow School Buses To Travel at the Posted Speed Limit on the Interstate and the Maine Turnpike. (H.P. 94, L.D. 110)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 13, 2009

Ch. 1 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Athens Standard Water District. (S.P. 50, L.D. 131)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 13, 2009

Ch. 4 - Resolve, To Rename the Father Curran Bridge in Augusta. (H.P. 53, L.D. 60)

Ch. 5 - Resolve, To Name Part of Route 16 the Alton E. Worcester Highway. (H.P. 95, L.D. 111)

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 20, 2009

L.D. 1013, S.P. 377
An Act To Protect the Environment through Promoting the Use of Clean Fuel Vehicles. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1014, S.P. 378
An Act To Provide for the 2009 and 2010 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1015, S.P. 379
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Replacement of Aging and Outdated Long-term Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1016, S.P. 380
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Campaign Finance Reports and the Maine Clean Election Act. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009.)

L.D. 1017, S.P. 381
Resolve, To Improve Recycling in Maine. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1018, S.P. 382
An Act To Make the Maine Music Educators Association Tax Exempt. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1019, S.P. 383
An Act To Strengthen the Informed Growth Act. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1020, S.P. 384
An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1021, S.P. 385
An Act To Prohibit Cruel Confinement of Calves Raised for Veal and Sows during Gestation. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1022, S.P. 386
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Legislative Youth Advisory Council. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1023, S.P. 387
An Act To Require a Seller of a Gas Station To Provide an Updated Inspection Prior to Sale of the Property. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 1024, S.P. 388
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Examine Restructuring the Management of the Institutional Long-term Care Delivery System. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1025, S.P. 389
An Act To Allow Choice of Wine by Maine Consumers. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1026, S.P. 390
An Act Concerning Mercury-added Button Cell Batteries. (Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to Public Law 2005, chapter 509, section 3.)

L.D. 1027, H.P. 702
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Include the Study of Family and Consumer Science in the System of Learning Results. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 1028, H.P. 703
An Act To Enhance Municipal Home Rule Statutes. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1029, H.P. 704
An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Protect the Habitability of Rental Housing during Heating Fuel Emergencies. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1030, H.P. 705
An Act Establishing a Wind and Solar Energy Loan Guarantee Program. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1031, H.P. 706
An Act To Protect Moose Populations and Hunting Opportunities. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1032, H.P. 707
An Act To Ensure That Maine's Electronic Waste Collection and Recycling System Is Self-funded. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1033, H.P. 708
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for the Purchase of Small Wind Power Generators. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 1034, H.P. 709
An Act To Create Regulatory Exemptions for Poultry. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1035, H.P. 710
An Act To Discourage Theft from and Destruction of Vending Machines. (Presented by Representative THIBODEAU of Winterport)

L.D. 1036, H.P. 711
An Act To Amend the Education Laws Regarding the State Board of Education's Degree-granting Authority, the Appeal of a School Board's Decision To Discharge a Superintendent, the Telecommunications Education Access Fund and Certain Definitions and Programs. (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 1037, H.P. 712
An Act To Require the Department of Education To Provide Certain Information to Individual Communities of Alternative Organizational Structures. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1038, H.P. 713
An Act Regarding the Prevention and Reporting of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1039, H.P. 714
An Act Concerning Advanced Directives To Give Effect to a Person's End-of-life Health Care Decisions. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 1040, H.P. 715
An Act Relating to Health Benefit Plan Coverage of Chemotherapy. (Presented by Representative ROSEN of Bucksport)

L.D. 1041, H.P. 716
An Act To Alter the Mechanism by which a Political Party is a Qualified Party. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1042, H.P. 717
An Act To Continue To Reduce Mercury Use and Emissions. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1043, H.P. 718
Resolve, To Establish a Blue Ribbon Commission To Study On-ramp Speed Limits. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1044, H.P. 719
An Act To Promote Cogeneration of Energy at Maine Sawmills. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 1045, H.P. 720
An Act Regarding the Purchase of Fuel for Off-road Use. (Presented by Representative CRAY of Palmyra)

L.D. 1046, H.P. 721
An Act To Exempt Cleaning Products for Milking Machines from the Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative CURTIS of Madison)

L.D. 1047, H.P. 722
An Act To Amend the Review and Approval Process of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1048, H.P. 723
An Act To Increase the Amount of the Deposit on Returnable Beverage Containers. (Presented by Representative SIROIS of Turner)

L.D. 1049, H.P. 724
An Act To Encourage Cooperation among School Administrative Units. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 1050, H.P. 725
An Act To Establish a Waiting Period for MaineCare Participants. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1051, H.P. 726
An Act To Encourage Tire Recycling. (Presented by Representative SIROIS of Turner)

L.D. 1052, H.P. 727
An Act To Allow the Use of Net Metering for Energy Production by Consumers. (Presented by Representative SIROIS of Turner)

L.D. 1053, H.P. 728
An Act To Ensure Humane Dog and Cat Breeding in the State. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 1054, H.P. 729
An Act To Promote Economic Development in the Greater Portland Region. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 1055, H.P. 730
An Act To Alter MaineCare Benefits as Allowed by the Federal Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1056, H.P. 731
An Act To Simplify the Assessment of E-9-1-1 Surcharges on Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications Service. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1057, H.P. 732
An Act To Require Hospitals To Make Publicly Available the Cost of Medical Procedures. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 1058, S.P. 392
Resolve, To Eliminate the Regional Wage Adjustment Applied to Nursing Homes. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1059, S.P. 393
Resolve, To Enhance Health Care for Direct Care Workers. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1060, S.P. 394
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Restrict Property Revaluations. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1061, S.P. 395
An Act To Improve Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1062, S.P. 396
An Act To Protect Artists and Art Galleries. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1063, S.P. 397
An Act To Provide Consumer Disclosures and Protect Consumer Options in Life Insurance. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1064, S.P. 398
An Act To Increase Efficiency through Regionalization. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1065, S.P. 399
An Act To Change the Campaign Finance Laws Pertaining to Campaign Contributions To Allow for Increases Indexed to Inflation. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1066, H.P. 733
An Act To Establish the Independent Review Board for Police Involved in Fatal Shootings. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1067, H.P. 734
Resolve, To Establish a Blue Ribbon Commission To Study Methods of Protecting Emergency Medical Services Personnel during the Transportation of Persons with Mental Illness. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1068, H.P. 735
An Act To Extend the Summer Tourism Season and Thereby Increase Sales Tax Revenues by Requiring that the School Year in Maine Begin After Labor Day. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1069, H.P. 736
Resolve, To Encourage Access to Higher Education for Certain Child Care Providers. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Lincolnville)

L.D. 1070, H.P. 737
Resolve, Directing the University of Maine at Orono To Conduct a Pilot Project Regarding the Benefits of Medical Marijuana. (Presented by Representative PERCY of Phippsburg)

L.D. 1071, H.P. 738
An Act To Add a Member to the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1072, H.P. 739
An Act To Provide Support for Children with Special Needs in Adoptive Families. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1073, H.P. 740
An Act To Provide for Insurance Coverage of Telemedicine Services. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1074, H.P. 741
An Act To Promote Responsible Sales of Alcoholic Beverages. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1075, H.P. 742
An Act To Promote Community-based Energy. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1076, H.P. 743
An Act To Create a Statewide Training and Protocol for Responding to Mental Health Crises. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1077, H.P. 744
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Establish The Maine Academy of Living Treasures. (Presented by Representative MAGNAN of Stockton Springs)

L.D. 1078, H.P. 745
An Act To Strengthen Sustainable Long-term Supportive Services for Maine Citizens. (Presented by Representative PETERSON of Rumford)

L.D. 1079, H.P. 746
An Act To Prohibit a Parent without Parental Rights from Inheriting from an Adult Child Who Dies without a Will. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1080, H.P. 747
Resolve, Establishing the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study Landlord and Tenant Issues. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1081, H.P. 748
An Act To Clarify the Laws on Licensing for Charitable and Fraternal Organizations and Games of Chance. (Presented by Representative TARDY of Newport)

L.D. 1082, H.P. 749
An Act To Create an Income Tax Credit for Certain Renewable Energy Systems. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lyman)

L.D. 1083, S.P. 401
An Act Regarding the Payment of Medicare Parts B and D Premiums for Employees Eligible for Medicare. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1084, S.P. 402
Resolve, To Improve Continuity of Coverage for Participants in Medicare Advantage Plans. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1085, S.P. 403
An Act Concerning Dispute Resolution in Home Construction Contracts. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1086, S.P. 404
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Implement an Oral Health Capitated Care System for Children Covered by MaineCare and the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1087, S.P. 405
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Tax on the Primary Residence of a Person 65 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1088, H.P. 750
An Act To Modernize the Tax Laws and Provide over $75,000,000 to Residents of the State in Tax Relief. (Presented by Representative PIOTTI of Unity)

L.D. 1089, H.P. 751
An Act To Regulate Mixed Martial Arts Competitions, Exhibitions and Events. (Presented by Representative PETERSON of Rumford)

L.D. 1090, H.P. 752
An Act To Allow Veterans and Active Duty Military Members To Qualify for In-state Tuition. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1091, H.P. 753
An Act To Reduce the Cost of Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 1092, H.P. 754
An Act To Improve Worksite Accountability for Public Construction Projects by Requiring Subcontractor Identification. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1093, H.P. 755
An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1094, H.P. 756
An Act To Enhance Safety at Construction Sites by Regulating Open Trenches. (Presented by Representative CONNOR of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1095, H.P. 757
An Act To Provide Affordable Installation of Alternative Energy Systems. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 1096, S.P. 407
An Act To Protect School Children from Dangerous or Abusive Restraint and Seclusion. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1097, S.P. 408
An Act To Improve Alternative Organizational Structures by Requiring the Department of Education To Provide Them with Estimated Allocations. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1098, S.P. 409
Resolve, To Transfer Ownership of the Reed Center on the Stevens Campus in the City of Hallowell to School Administrative District No. 16. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1099, S.P. 410
Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Conduct a Study To Identify All Publicly Owned Inland and Coastal Water Access Sites. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1100, S.P. 411
An Act To Preserve Government Documents. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1101, S.P. 412
Resolve, To Understand and Assist in Efforts To Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1102, S.P. 413
An Act To Establish the Maine Science Advisory Board. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1103, H.P. 758
An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1104, H.P. 759
An Act To Require the Convening of the Professional Standards Board. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 1105, H.P. 760
An Act To Establish a Model Dating Violence Prevention Policy. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lyman)

L.D. 1106, H.P. 761
Resolve, To Establish a Schoolchildren's Well-being Stakeholder Group. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1107, H.P. 762
An Act To Promote Personal Financial Responsibility by Allowing a Person To Make Good on Dishonored Checks Prior to the Imposition of Criminal Penalties. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 1108, H.P. 763
An Act To Amend the Statute of Limitations under the Maine Human Rights Act. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1109, H.P. 764
An Act To Prohibit the Reduction of Benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 for Certain Prior Injuries. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1110, H.P. 765
Resolve, Creating a Commission To Study the Issue of Homeless Veterans in the State. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1111, H.P. 766
An Act To Promote Transparency and Accountability in Campaigns and Governmental Ethics. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 1112, H.P. 767
An Act To Establish a Recall Procedure for Elected Officials. (Presented by Representative JOY of Crystal)

L.D. 1113, H.P. 768
An Act To Exempt Private Nonmedical Institutions from the Service Provider Tax. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1114, H.P. 769
An Act To Facilitate the Marketing of Power Produced by Small Generators. (Presented by Representative VAN WIE of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1115, H.P. 770
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force on Kinship Families. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1116, H.P. 771
An Act To Ensure Health Care Practitioners Understand and Screen for Domestic Abuse for Pregnant Women and New Mothers. (Presented by Representative MORRISON of South Portland)

L.D. 1117, H.P. 772
An Act To Create a Statewide Breast-feeding Resource System at Women, Infants and Children Offices. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1118, H.P. 773
An Act To Expand Rights for Maine Families. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 1119, H.P. 774
An Act To Clarify the Municipal Jurisdiction of a Portion of Saco Bay. (Presented by Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1120, H.P. 775
An Act To Require a Review of Certain Changes in the Application of the Sales and Use Tax Law. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 1121, H.P. 776
An Act To Protect Elderly Residents from Losing Their Homes Due to Taxes or Foreclosure. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 1122, H.P. 777
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Establishment of the Capital Investment Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

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