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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 16

Monday, April 27, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ch. 24 - An Act To Clarify the Disposition of Fines from Maine's Soft-shelled Clam Laws. (H.P. 27, L.D. 32)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Increase the Ability of the Maine Wage Assurance Fund To Pay Unpaid Workers. (S.P. 24, L.D. 65)

Ch. 26 - An Act To Facilitate the Protection of Electric Utility Consumer Interests in Public Utility Commission Cases Involving the Construction, Rebuilding or Relocating of Transmission Lines. (H.P. 126, L.D. 147)

Ch. 27 - An Act To Support Maine State Parks. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 400, L.D. 562)

Ch. 28 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Informal Conferences as Part of the Board of Licensure in Medicine's Disciplinary Proceedings. (S.P. 38, L.D. 89)

Ch. 29 - An Act To Ensure Fair Pay. (S.P. 33, L.D. 84)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Abolish the Intergovernmental Advisory Commission. (H.P. 174, L.D. 209)

Ch. 31 - An Act To Clarify the Prohibition on Payment for Health Care Facility Mistakes or Preventable Adverse Events. (H.P. 258, L.D. 322)

Ch. 32 - An Act To Enable the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve the Needs of All Employers. (S.P. 221, L.D. 606)

Ch. 33 - An Act To Provide Additional Unemployment Benefits and Make Statutory Revisions in Accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 541, L.D. 1454) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 17, 2009

Ch. 34 - An Act To Modify the Laws Regarding Seat Belts. (S.P. 71, L.D. 221)

Ch. 35 - An Act Regarding Assistance to Low-income Customers of Gas Utilities. (S.P. 43, L.D. 120)

Ch. 36 - An Act To Prohibit Telephone Charges Not Representing Services or Fees Requested by the Customer or Authorized by the Government. (H.P. 111, L.D. 127)

Ch. 37 - An Act Regarding Consumer-owned Water Utilities and Contracts for Large-scale Extraction and Transportation of Water. (H.P. 192, L.D. 238)

Ch. 38 - An Act To Clarify Child Abuse and Neglect Information Disclosure. (H.P. 141, L.D. 162)

Ch. 39 - An Act Concerning Cremated Remains. (H.P. 501, L.D. 718)

Ch. 40 - An Act To Ensure the Availability of Supplemental Educational Loans. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 325, L.D. 856)

Ch. 41 - An Act To Require School Bus Drivers and School Bus Attendants To Report Suspected Child Abuse. (H.P. 315, L.D. 427)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ch. 42 - An Act To Include Trucks in the Definition of "Low-speed Vehicle". (H.P. 324, L.D. 436)

Ch. 43 - An Act To Amend the Instruction Permit Process. (S.P. 16, L.D. 7)

Ch. 44 - An Act To Protect Consumers from the Unlicensed Practice of a Trade or Profession. (H.P. 135, L.D. 156)

Ch. 45 - An Act To Ensure That Medical Equipment Found in a Repossessed Vehicle Is Returned to the Owner. (H.P. 237, L.D. 297)

Ch. 46 - An Act To Change the Coyote Night Hunting Season. (H.P. 47, L.D. 54)

Ch. 47 - An Act To Authorize the State Board of Nursing To Request Mental and Physical Examinations and To Establish a Nurse Health Program. (H.P. 78, L.D. 94)

Ch. 48 - An Act To Allow a Cosmetologist, Barber, Manicurist or Aesthetician Licensee To Perform Services outside of the Primary Business Location. (H.P. 149, L.D. 184)

Ch. 49 - An Act Regarding the Requirement That the Treatment of a Gunshot Wound Be Reported. (H.P. 222, L.D. 282)

Ch. 50 - An Act To Require a Person under 18 Years of Age To Wear a Helmet While on a Motorcycle. (H.P. 325, L.D. 437)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ch. 51 - An Act To Establish Native American Veterans Day. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 25, L.D. 30)

Ch. 52 - An Act To Clarify the Election of Municipal Charter Commission Members. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 29, L.D. 34)

Ch. 53 - An Act To Improve the Protection for Buyers of Motor Vehicles from Vehicles Labeled Lemons in Other States. (S.P. 248, L.D. 673)

Ch. 54 - An Act To Make Technical Corrections to the Operating Under the Influence Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 66, L.D. 180)

Ch. 55 - An Act Relating to Autocycles. (H.P. 131, L.D. 152)

Ch. 56 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships. (S.P. 203, L.D. 508)

Ch. 57 - An Act To Clarify That the Assessor and Treasurer Are Incompatible Municipal Offices. (S.P. 286, L.D. 739)

Ch. 58 - An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Reinstatement of a Driver's License. (H.P. 339, L.D. 451)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ch. 59 - An Act To Hold Municipal Officers Harmless for a Determination That a Town Way or Public Easement Is Considered Abandoned. (S.P. 255, L.D. 680)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ch. 5 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Limestone Water and Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 218, L.D. 275)

Ch. 6 - An Act To Validate the Property Tax Commitments in the Towns That are Members of Community School District No. 9. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 287, L.D. 740)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 17, 2009

Ch. 7 - An Act To Change the Name of Township 16, Range 4, WELS, to Madawaska Lake. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 28, L.D. 33)

Ch. 8 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Caribou Utilities District. (H.P. 165, L.D. 200)

Ch. 9 - An Act Regarding Rockport College. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 254, L.D. 318)

Ch. 10 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Milo Water District. (S.P. 373, L.D. 994)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Winterport Water District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 656, L.D. 953)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ch. 12 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Mandatory Electronic Filing of Certain Tax Returns. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 189, L.D. 490)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 24, 2009

Ch. 13 - An Act To Rename Certain Unorganized Townships in Washington County. (S.P. 234, L.D. 619)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ch. 8 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 33: Rules for the Certification of Family Child Care Providers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 70, L.D. 80)

Ch. 9 - Resolve, To Allow the Department of Transportation To Transfer Certain Land to the Greater Grand Isle Historical Society. (H.P. 392, L.D. 554)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 17, 2009

Ch. 10 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Property Located at 17 School Street in Benedicta, Aroostook County. (H.P. 337, L.D. 449)

Ch. 11 - Resolve, To Fund the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 171, L.D. 206)

Ch. 12 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization, and Approval of Education Personnel, Part I and Part II, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 211, L.D. 268)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ch. 13 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Amend Its Rules Governing Pastoral Counselors. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 7, L.D. 12)

Ch. 14 - Resolve, Regarding the Retention of Dealer Plates in Light of Recent Economic Conditions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 386, L.D. 541)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ch. 15 - Resolve, To Facilitate the Creation of a Memorial for the Families and Friends of Children Who Have Died by Violence. (H.P. 102, L.D. 117)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ch. 16 - Resolve, To Evaluate Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State. (S.P. 163, L.D. 460)

Ch. 17 - Resolve, To Designate the Great South Bridge in the Town of Milbridge as the Harold West Bridge. (H.P. 579, L.D. 843)

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, APRIL 24, 2009

L.D. 1464, H.P. 1019
An Act To Amend Licensing, Certification and Registration Requirements for Health Care Providers and Other Facilities. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/billtexts.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.