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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 12

Monday, March 30, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 23, 2009

Ch. 10 - An Act To Allow a Newly Licensed Driver To Transport a Foreign Exchange Student Who Lives with That Driver's Family. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 55, L.D. 169)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Requirements for the Livable Wage Report. (S.P. 23, L.D. 64)

Ch. 12 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Maine Jobs Council. (H.P. 128, L.D. 149)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Enhance Oversight of Fraternal Benefit Societies. (H.P. 136, L.D. 157)

Ch. 14 - An Act Regarding the Electronic Submission of Filings. (S.P. 45, L.D. 123)

Ch. 15 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Water System Operation Fees. (S.P. 41, L.D. 119)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 23, 2009

Ch. 2 - An Act To Revise the Boundary between the City of Waterville and the Town of Oakland. (H.P. 121, L.D. 142)

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 27, 2009

L.D. 1123, S.P. 414
An Act To Improve the Safety of Minors by Collecting Data on Vehicle Collision Rates. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 1124, S.P. 415
An Act To Provide Legislative Oversight of Changes to Policies and Practices of the Bureau of Revenue Services. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1125, S.P. 416
An Act To Improve the Home Foreclosure Process. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1126, S.P. 417
An Act To Limit the Scope of Miscellaneous Costs within the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools Appropriation. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 1127, S.P. 418
An Act To Define Services for Maine Runaway and Homeless Youth. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1128, S.P. 419
An Act To Allow Family Members of an Island Community to Share a Lobster and Crab Fishing License. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1129, S.P. 420
An Act To Permit Efficient School Districts To Opt Out of Consolidation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1130, S.P. 421
An Act To Clarify the Crime of Obstructing Government Administration. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1131, S.P. 422
An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding the Passing of School Buses by Bicyclists. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1132, S.P. 423
An Act To Establish the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1133, S.P. 424
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Protection of Farms and Farmland. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 649, section 11, subsection 6.)

L.D. 1134, H.P. 778
An Act Regarding the Maximum Fee for Processing an Environmental License Application. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Natural Resources pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 655, section 20.)

L.D. 1135, H.P. 779
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Examine the Establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary on Blue Hill Bay. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1136, H.P. 780
An Act To Reduce Maine's Debt by Applying Year-end Departmental Balances to the Debt Service. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1137, H.P. 781
An Act To Limit the Interest Charged under Rental-purchase Agreements. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1138, H.P. 782
Resolve, To Provide Assistance to Private Sellers of Firearms. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1139, H.P. 783
An Act To Require Internet Service Providers To Retain Records. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1140, H.P. 784
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Convene a Work Group To Strengthen Farm-to-school Efforts in the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1141, H.P. 785
An Act To Add a Member from Castine to the Board of Trustees of the Maine Maritime Academy. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 1142, H.P. 786
Resolve, To Ensure Access to Speech and Hearing Services. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1143, H.P. 787
An Act To Establish Child Custody and Domestic Violence Presumptions. (Presented by Representative MORRISON of South Portland)

L.D. 1144, H.P. 788
An Act To Protect Tenants during Foreclosure. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1145, H.P. 789
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Amend the Time Frame for Towns To Certify Citizen Initiative and People's Veto Signatures. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1146, H.P. 790
An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Impose Service Charges to Tax-exempt Property Owned by Certain Organizations Whose Primary Activities Are Not Charitable. (Presented by Representative CELLI of Brewer)

L.D. 1147, H.P. 791
Resolve, To Allow the Secretary of State and the InforME Board To Facilitate the Payment of Outstanding Parking Tickets When Registering a Motor Vehicle. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1148, H.P. 792
An Act To Designate Sales Tax Holiday Weekends. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1149, H.P. 793
An Act To Amend the Veterans Homestead Exemption To Include Certain Medal Winners. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1150, H.P. 794
Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Issue Conditional Titles for Certain Automobiles and Trucks That Are More than 25 Years Old. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1151, H.P. 795
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Engine Brakes on All State Roads under Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1152, H.P. 796
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Certain Reports and Reviews Related to Utilities and Energy and Certain Positions at the Public Utilities Commission. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1153, S.P. 425
An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Procure an Equal Supply of Vaccine from Each Manufacturer of That Vaccine under Certain Circumstances. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1154, S.P. 426
Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Review Tax Increment Financing in the Unorganized Territory. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1155, S.P. 427
An Act To Make Certain Changes to the Laws Governing Approval for Transmission Lines. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1156, S.P. 428
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Recycling of Televisions. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1157, S.P. 429
An Act To Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1158, H.P. 797
Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

L.D. 1159, H.P. 798
An Act Relating to Industrial Hemp. (Presented by Representative WELSH of Rockport)

L.D. 1160, H.P. 799
An Act To Prohibit a Person from Being Hired in a School Administrative Unit in a Position for Which a Relative Serves in a Supervisory Capacity. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1161, H.P. 800
An Act To Require That Universities within the University of Maine System Accept Credits Earned at Other Universities within the System. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1162, H.P. 801
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Teacher Certification Interns. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1163, H.P. 802
Resolve, To Reduce Childhood Obesity in Schools by Adding to the Physical Education Curriculum. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1164, H.P. 803
An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002 To Change Nursing Facilities Review Thresholds for Energy Efficiency Projects and for Replacement Equipment. (Presented by Representative MILLER of Somerville)

L.D. 1165, H.P. 804
An Act To Improve Children's Safety in Public Swimming Pools. (Presented by Representative HUNT of Buxton)

L.D. 1166, H.P. 805
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force by Law Enforcement Officers Against Individuals Suffering From Mental Illness. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1167, H.P. 806
An Act To Limit the Work Week of Doctors and Medical Residents. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1168, H.P. 807
An Act To Allow the Taste Testing of Malt Liquor and Spirits. (Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington)

L.D. 1169, H.P. 808
An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 1170, H.P. 809
An Act To Ensure the Accuracy of Maine Election Results. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 1171, H.P. 810
An Act To Institute Voluntary Emissions Standards for Outdoor Wood Boilers. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1172, H.P. 811
An Act To Allow a Municipality To Grant a Variance for the Construction of a Parking Structure for a Person with a Permanent Disability. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1173, H.P. 812
An Act To Exempt Sales of Heating Oil and Kerosene to Maine Businesses from Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1174, H.P. 813
An Act To Allow the Use of Cameras To Enforce Traffic Violations. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1175, H.P. 814
An Act To Add Combat Action Badges and Ribbons to the Special Commemorative Decals for Veterans License Plates. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 1176, H.P. 815
An Act To Revise the Charter of the Portland Water District. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1177, H.P. 816
An Act To Establish the Maine Emergency Services Institute. (Submitted by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 3371.)

L.D. 1178, H.P. 817
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State, and Local Accountability Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1179, H.P. 818
An Act To Create a Post-judgment Mechanism To Provide Relief for a Person Whose Identity Has Been Stolen and Falsely Used in Court Proceedings. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1180, H.P. 821
An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Life and Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1181, H.P. 822
An Act To Create Jobs through Investment in Green Energy. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1182, S.P. 430
An Act To Prevent Price Gouging in the Sale of Milk. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1183, S.P. 431
An Act To Prevent Predatory Marketing Practices against Minors Regarding Data Concerning Health Care Issues. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1184, S.P. 432
An Act To Improve the Process for Recovering Personal Property and for Filing Actions Involving Consumer Credit. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1185, S.P. 433
An Act To Require Cause for Employment Termination. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1186, S.P. 434
Resolve, To Facilitate the Creation and Expansion of Certain Business Sectors. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1187, S.P. 435
An Act To Allow the Sale and Use of Consumer Fireworks. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 1188, S.P. 436
An Act To Clarify Child Protection Proceedings. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1189, S.P. 437
An Act To Simplify and Improve the Maine Clean Election Laws. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1190, S.P. 438
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 1191, S.P. 439
An Act To Improve Teacher Confidentiality Laws. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1192, S.P. 440
An Act To Change the Statute of Limitations for Health Care Practitioners. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1193, S.P. 441
An Act To Establish Uniform Protocols for the Use of Controlled Substances. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1194, S.P. 442
An Act To Establish a Reinsurance Mechanism To Expand Health Insurance for Individuals and Groups. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1195, S.P. 443
An Act To Allow Noncitizen Residents To Vote in Municipal Elections. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1196, S.P. 444
An Act To Ensure Royalties to Visual Artists. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1197, S.P. 445
An Act To Improve the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1198, S.P. 446
An Act To Reform Insurance Coverage To Include Diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 1199, H.P. 823
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1200, H.P. 824
An Act To Streamline the Process for Court-ordered Mental Health Examinations in Criminal Cases. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1201, H.P. 826
An Act Regarding Energy Independence. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1202, H.P. 827
An Act To Establish a Farmer's Rights in an Investigation of Intellectual Property Theft of Genetically Engineered Material. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 1203, H.P. 828
An Act To Allow Certain School Units To Reorganize without Meeting Minimum Student Population Requirements without Being Penalized. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SUTHERLAND of Chapman)

L.D. 1204, H.P. 829
An Act To Increase Youth Boating Safety. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1205, H.P. 830
An Act To Establish a Health Care Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1206, H.P. 831
An Act To Fund the Dirigo Health Program through a High-risk Pool. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1207, H.P. 832
An Act To Base the Value of Eminent Domain Takings on Going Concern Value. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 1208, H.P. 833
An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Oversight of Interscholastic Activities. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 1209, H.P. 834
An Act Regarding the Consent of Minors To Receive Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1210, H.P. 835
An Act Pertaining to Volunteer Lobbyists for Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1211, H.P. 836
An Act To Amend the Marine Resources Suspension Laws. (Presented by Representative WEAVER of York)

L.D. 1212, H.P. 837
An Act To Clarify the Role of Public Comment in the Agency Decision-making Process. (Presented by Representative PRATT of Eddington)

L.D. 1213, H.P. 838
An Act To Amend the Homestead Exemption for Certain Veterans To Include Certain Military Personnel Stationed at Guantanamo Bay. (Presented by Representative GILES of Belfast)

L.D. 1214, H.P. 839
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Taxation of Private and Public Pensions. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 840
An Act To Correct Administrative Procedures Regarding the Dental Care Access Credit. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 1216, S.P. 449
An Act To Strengthen the Kinship Preference in Child Welfare Residential Placement. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 1217, S.P. 450
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Property Tax Relief. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1218, S.P. 451
An Act To Allow Barrier Fences To Be Erected To Protect Homes from Coastal Storms. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 1219, S.P. 452
An Act To Correct Inequities for Certain Maine Community College System Employees in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1220, S.P. 453
An Act To Create Incentives for the Consolidation of Municipal Services. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 1221, S.P. 454
An Act To Remove the Local Requirement for Education Funding. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1222, S.P. 455
An Act To Promote Geothermal Energy in the State. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1223, H.P. 843
An Act To Allow Pharmacists To Administer Certain Immunizations. (Presented by Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1224, H.P. 844
An Act Regarding the Operation of County Jails and the State Board of Corrections. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 1225, H.P. 845
An Act To Amend the School Funding Formula Regarding School Administrative Units That Are Eligible for the Minimum State Share of Their Total Allocation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1226, H.P. 846
An Act To Eliminate the Opt-out Penalty for Consolidation of Schools if a School Administrative Unit Forms an Alternative Organizational Structure. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1227, H.P. 847
An Act To Equalize the Regional Salary Cost Index under the School Funding Formula. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 848
Resolve, To Direct Action on Health Disparities of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and Washington County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1229, H.P. 849
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Extend MaineCare Dental and Oral Health Services. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1230, H.P. 850
An Act To Prohibit the Delivery of Tobacco Products to Consumers To Prevent the Sale of Tobacco Products to Minors. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 1231, H.P. 851
An Act To Protect the Long-term Viability of Island Lobster Fishing Communities. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1232, H.P. 852
Resolve, Establishing a Committee To Study the Legislative Confirmation Process. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1233, H.P. 853
An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Senior Citizens. (Presented by Representative WEAVER of York)

L.D. 1234, H.P. 854
An Act To Regulate the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1235, H.P. 855
An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2009-10. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Audit pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1236, H.P. 856
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Proposed Plan Dated March 19, 2009 Submitted by the Maine State Housing Authority for the Use of Federal Energy Stimulus Funds. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine State Housing Authority pursuant to Resolve 2009, chapter 1, section 2, subsection 2.)

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