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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 18

Monday, May 11, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ch. 60 - An Act To Amend Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species List by Removing the Bald Eagle. (S.P. 25, L.D. 66)

Ch. 61 - An Act To Supervise and Regulate Real Estate Settlement Agents and Exchange Facilitators in Order To Protect Consumers. (H.P. 144, L.D. 165)

Ch. 62 - An Act To Preserve Statewide Public Broadcasting. (S.P. 89, L.D. 266)

Ch. 63 - An Act To Ensure Local Broadband Coverage. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 585, L.D. 850)

Ch. 64 - An Act To Add Maine Maritime Academy Representation to the State Employee Health Commission. (S.P. 246, L.D. 672)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 1, 2009

Ch. 65 - An Act To Protect Maine's State Parks and State Historic Sites. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 26, L.D. 67)

Ch. 66 - An Act To Waive Public Utilities Commission Approval of Special Contracts When the Contracts Apply to Detariffed Rates or Terms. (H.P. 541, L.D. 790)

Ch. 67 - An Act To Streamline and Clarify Laws Pertaining to the Civil and Criminal Possession of Marijuana. (H.P. 196, L.D. 250)

Ch. 68 - An Act To Promote Telecommunications Availability for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (H.P. 525, L.D. 766)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 4, 2009

Ch. 69 - An Act To Clarify Hunting and Trapping Laws for Youth. (S.P. 51, L.D. 132)

Ch. 70 - An Act Regarding the Placement of Bait To Attract Wild Animals or Birds for Hunting. (H.P. 117, L.D. 138)

Ch. 71 - An Act To Extend the Operation of the Maine Health Data Processing Center and To Amend the Maine Health Data Organization Statutes. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 85, L.D. 101)

Ch. 72 - An Act To Create a Penalty for Harvesting Scallops in a Conservation Area. (S.P. 31, L.D. 82)

Ch. 73 - An Act To Create the Support Animal Welfare Registration Plate. (S.P. 64, L.D. 178)

Ch. 74 - An Act To Amend the Notary Public Laws. (H.P. 286, L.D. 379)

Ch. 75 - An Act To Facilitate the Removal of Dams That Pose a Hazard to Public Safety and the Installation and Repair of Fishways. (S.P. 112, L.D. 348)

Ch. 76 - An Act To Extend the Season for Training Hunting Dogs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 57, L.D. 171)

Ch. 77 - An Act To Equalize Annuity and Structured Settlement Annuity Benefits with Life Insurance under the Maine Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 263, L.D. 688)

Ch. 78 - An Act To Permit the Landing of Dragged Crabs as Bycatch. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 350, L.D. 928)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Ch. 79 - An Act To Increase Payments to Victims of Crimes. (H.P. 446, L.D. 632)

Ch. 80 - An Act To Allow Military Reenlistees To Obtain a Veterans Registration Plate. (H.P. 178, L.D. 213)

Ch. 81 - An Act To Allow Municipalities and Counties To Require Bartender Training for Liquor Licensees. (H.P. 517, L.D. 758)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ch. 82 - An Act To End Discrimination in Civil Marriage and Affirm Religious Freedom. (S.P. 384, L.D. 1020)

Ch. 83 - An Act To Further Facilitate the Provision of Educational Loans for Maine Students and Families. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 40, L.D. 118)

Ch. 84 - An Act To Facilitate Lactation at the Workplace by New Mothers. (H.P. 280, L.D. 373)

Ch. 85 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Allowable Uses of Tax Increment Financing Funds. (H.P. 384, L.D. 539)

Ch. 86 - An Act Concerning Mercury-added Button Cell Batteries. (S.P. 390, L.D. 1026)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ch. 14 - An Act To Provide for the 2009 and 2010 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 378, L.D. 1014) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ch. 18 - Resolve, To Identify Funding Available To Promote the Use of Energy-efficient Furnaces. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 151, L.D. 407)

Ch. 19 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 2: Administration of Trust, Budgeting, Project Selection Criteria and Procedures, Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 271, L.D. 335)

Ch. 20 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 313: Net Energy Billing Rule To Allow Shared Ownership, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 272, L.D. 336)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 1, 2009

Ch. 21 - Resolve, To Increase the Blood Supply. (H.P. 412, L.D. 574)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 4, 2009

Ch. 22 - Resolve, To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies. (H.P. 6, L.D. 11)

Ch. 23 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Marine Resources To Study the Issues Surrounding the Harvest of Bait Fish within Territorial Waters. (H.P. 285, L.D. 378)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Conduct a Pilot Program for Early Voting for the November 2009 Election. (S.P. 48, L.D. 129)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, To Review and Update Sales Tax Exemptions for Products Purchased for Agricultural Use. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 64, L.D. 74)

Ch. 26 - Resolve, To Ensure All Children Covered by MaineCare Receive Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Services. (H.P. 439, L.D. 625)

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, MAY 8, 2009

L.D. 1470, H.P. 1023
Resolve, To Recognize Women Veterans in the State House Hall of Flags. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1471, S.P. 548
An Act Concerning Debarment from Contracts with the Department of Environmental Protection. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1472, S.P. 549
An Act To Require a Municipality To Quiet Title to Certain Roads Acquired by Adverse Possession. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1473, H.P. 1024
An Act To Reaffirm Maine's Commitment to Business by Amending the Pine Tree Development Zone Laws. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 1474, H.P. 1025
An Act To Assist Maine Workers and Businesses in Succeeding in a Changing Economy. (Presented by Speaker PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 1475, H.P. 1028
An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Revisor of Statutes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 94.)

L.D. 1476, S.P. 551
An Act Regarding the Transfer of Licenses for Energy Recovery Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1477, S.P. 552
Resolve, Authorizing the Finance Authority of Maine To Oversee an Obligation Owed to the State by Lincoln Paper and Tissue, LLC. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 1478, H.P. 1029
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Approval of the Public Utilities Commission's Plan for the Use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funds. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Energy Future pursuant to Joint Order 2009, H.P. 63.)

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.