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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 19

Monday, May 18, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 8, 2009

Ch. 87 - An Act To Calculate the School Year by Number of Hours. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 86, L.D. 245)

Ch. 88 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Solar and Wind Power. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 70, L.D. 220)

Ch. 89 - An Act To Ensure That the Membership of the State Board of Corrections Includes a Representative with Expertise in Issues Regarding Mental Illness. (S.P. 181, L.D. 478)

Ch. 90 - An Act To Improve Assistance for Technology-based Entrepreneurs. (S.P. 342, L.D. 892)

Ch. 91 - An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Citizens and Safety of Pedestrians. (H.P. 593, L.D. 862)

Ch. 92 - An Act To Allow the Department of Corrections To Certify Community Intervention Programs. (H.P. 343, L.D. 481)

Ch. 93 - An Act To Improve Juvenile Correctional Services. (H.P. 542, L.D. 793)

Ch. 94 - An Act To Improve the Service of Protection from Harassment and Protection from Abuse Orders and the Collection of Restitution by the Department of Corrections. (H.P. 345, L.D. 483)

Ch. 95 - An Act To Adopt Amendments to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. (S.P. 164, L.D. 461)

Ch. 96 - An Act Concerning the Automatic Dissolution of Certain Marriages. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 418, L.D. 580)

Ch. 97 - An Act Regarding the Transfer of Nursing Facilities. (H.P. 198, L.D. 252)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Allow School Budget Validation Referenda To Be Held on a Saturday. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 481, L.D. 698)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Support Pretrial Diversion Programs for Issuers of Worthless Checks. (H.P. 356, L.D. 511)

Ch. 100 - An Act To Provide a Safe Sleeping Environment for Children with Disabilities To Enable Them To Remain in Their Homes. (H.P. 311, L.D. 423)

Ch. 101 - An Act To Amend the Provision Creating the Long-term Care Partnership Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 688, L.D. 1000)

Ch. 102 - An Act Regarding Liquor Licenses Issued to Incorporated Civic Organizations. (H.P. 377, L.D. 532)

Ch. 103 - An Act To Prevent the Unauthorized or Deceptive Use of the Names of Financial Institutions. (H.P. 635, L.D. 917)

Ch. 104 - An Act To Authorize Fuel Cost Stabilization Funds To Be Established in School Administrative Units. (S.P. 314, L.D. 806)

Ch. 105 - An Act To Require Closed-captioning for Certain Political Advertisements. (H.P. 530, L.D. 779)

Ch. 106 - An Act Creating a Probationary Period for County Corrections Officials. (H.P. 297, L.D. 401)

Ch. 107 - An Act To Clarify the Right of Public School Employees To Engage in Collective Bargaining. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 565, L.D. 829)

Ch. 108 - An Act To Reduce Costs for Customers of Northern Maine Consumer-owned Utilities. (H.P. 580, L.D. 844)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 11, 2009

Ch. 109 - An Act To Equitably Adjust the Workers' Compensation Board's Assessment. (S.P. 62, L.D. 176)

Ch. 110 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of Hard Cider for the Purposes of the Returnable Container Law. (H.P. 43, L.D. 50)

Ch. 111 - An Act To Conform Building Standards in the Unorganized Territories with Federal Emergency Management Agency Requirements. (S.P. 67, L.D. 181)

Ch. 112 - An Act To Update and Streamline State Licensing Laws and Clarify the Process for Appealing Final Decisions of Certain Licensing Entities. (H.P. 444, L.D. 630)

Ch. 113 - An Act To Enable the Use of Credit Cards for Governmental Transactions. (H.P. 498, L.D. 715)

Ch. 114 - An Act To Clarify the Income-producing Requirement for Land in the Farm and Open Space Tax Program. (S.P. 94, L.D. 277)

Ch. 115 - An Act Regarding Raffles Conducted by Nonprofit Organizations. (S.P. 298, L.D. 771)

Ch. 116 - An Act To Strengthen the Board of the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. (S.P. 231, L.D. 616)

Ch. 117 - An Act To Ensure Continued Access to Emergency Information in the State by Allowing Governments To Build Federally Licensed Television Translators. (S.P. 480, L.D. 1334)

Ch. 118 - An Act To Clarify Guaranteed Fund Protection for Deferred Compensation Accounts. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 132, L.D. 390)

Ch. 119 - An Act To Amend the Petroleum Market Share Act. (H.P. 404, L.D. 566)

Ch. 120 - An Act To Clarify the Minimum Wage Exemption for Summer Camp Counselors Working at Day Camps. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 260, L.D. 685)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ch. 121 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (S.P. 179, L.D. 476)

Ch. 122 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Certain Reports and Reviews Related to Utilities and Energy and Certain Positions at the Public Utilities Commission. (H.P. 796, L.D. 1152)

Ch. 123 - An Act To Make Certain Changes to the Laws Governing Approval for Transmission Lines. (S.P. 427, L.D. 1155)

Ch. 124 - An Act To Facilitate the State's Existing Commitment to the Production of Liquid Biofuels. (H.P. 296, L.D. 389)

Ch. 125 - An Act To Protect the Public Health and the Environment by Prohibiting the Sale of Wheel Weights Containing Lead or Mercury. (S.P. 369, L.D. 986)

Ch. 126 - An Act To Include as Authorized Project Costs the Construction or Improvement of Buildings Used by Municipalities for Purposes of Designating Municipal Development Districts. (S.P. 195, L.D. 500)

Ch. 127 - An Act To Prohibit Cruel Confinement of Calves Raised for Veal and Sows during Gestation. (S.P. 385, L.D. 1021)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 8, 2009

Ch. 15 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Tenants Harbor Standard Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 331, L.D. 883)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 8, 2009

Ch. 27 - Resolve, Directing the State Tax Assessor To Work with Local Law Enforcement Agencies To Improve Tax Collection and Enforcement along the Border of the State. (H.P. 30, L.D. 35)

Ch. 28 - Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Program To Provide Greater Cooperation and Coordination between the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. (S.P. 367, L.D. 984)

Ch. 29 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Take Measures To Assist Blind and Visually Impaired Students. (H.P. 508, L.D. 749)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, To Direct State Agencies To Develop Policies To Guide Employees When Accessing Private Woodland, Farmland or Coastal Lands. (H.P. 399, L.D. 561)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 4: Water-based Fire Protection Systems, a Major Substantive Rule of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 239, L.D. 299)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Directing a Review of the Management of Risks Associated with Surface Uses on Public Water Supplies. (H.P. 505, L.D. 722)

Ch. 33 - Resolve, To Provide Reimbursement in the MaineCare Program for Board-certified Behavior Analysts. (S.P. 226, L.D. 611)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 11, 2009

Ch. 34 - Resolve, To Direct the Board of Dental Examiners To Review the Definition of "Edentulous Arch" in the Rules Governing Denturists. (H.P. 403, L.D. 565)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Ch. 35 - Resolve, To Develop a Management Plan for the Nonwildlife Components of Swan Island and Little Swan Island in Perkins Township, Sagadahoc County. (S.P. 140, L.D. 398)

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Study Equine Husbandry Practices in the State. (S.P. 161, L.D. 458)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, To Allow for the Support, Preservation and Maintenance of Maine Monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (S.P. 100, L.D. 304)

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 15, 2009

L.D. 1479, S.P. 554
An Act Relating to Biomass Gasification. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

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.