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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 20

Monday, May 25, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ch. 128 - An Act To Amend the Landlord and Tenant Laws as They Pertain to Interest Paid on Mobile Home Park Tenant Security Deposits. (H.P. 24, L.D. 29)

Ch. 129 - An Act To Ensure the Workers' Compensation Board's Regulatory Oversight of the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. (S.P. 236, L.D. 620)

Ch. 130 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Governor's Interagency Transportation Coordinating Committee. (H.P. 669, L.D. 967)

Ch. 131 - An Act To Modify the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program. (H.P. 973, L.D. 1394)

Ch. 132 - An Act To Expand Super Pack License Opportunities. (H.P. 228, L.D. 288)

Ch. 133 - An Act To Amend the Employment Practices Law Regarding Substance Abuse Testing. (S.P. 209, L.D. 549)

Ch. 134 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Deer Hunting and To Extend the Coyote Hunting Season. (S.P. 99, L.D. 303)

Ch. 135 - An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Protect the Habitability of Rental Housing during Heating Fuel Emergencies. (H.P. 704, L.D. 1029)

Ch. 136 - An Act To Authorize an Active Retired Justice or Judge To Conduct Arbitration and Chair Medical Malpractice Screening Panels. (S.P. 311, L.D. 803)

Ch. 137 - An Act To Require Lobbyists To Wear Name Tags. (H.P. 568, L.D. 832)

Ch. 138 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Campaign Report Exemptions. (H.P. 281, L.D. 374)

Ch. 139 - An Act To Conserve Energy in Residential Leasehold Tenancies. (H.P. 352, L.D. 497)

Ch. 140 - An Act To Prohibit Smoking in Outdoor Eating Areas. (H.P. 556, L.D. 820)

Ch. 141 - An Act To Correct Administrative Procedures Regarding the Dental Care Access Credit. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 840, L.D. 1215)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 15, 2009

Ch. 142 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to the Department of Corrections. (H.P. 445, L.D. 631)

Ch. 143 - An Act Relating to Disability Plates and Placards. (H.P. 655, L.D. 952)

Ch. 144 - An Act To Clarify the Rights of Public Employee Unions and Public Employers To Agree through Collective Bargaining To Permit Payroll Deductions for Union Dues or Other Funds. (S.P. 309, L.D. 801)

Ch. 145 - An Act To Clarify the Use of Instant Redeemable Coupons with Alcoholic Beverages. (H.P. 912, L.D. 1309)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 18, 2009

Ch. 146 - An Act To Clarify Expenditures and the Use of Department-generated Revenues within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (S.P. 65, L.D. 179)

Ch. 147 - An Act To Amend the Special Education, School Health and School Nutrition Laws Regarding Scoliosis Screening, the School Lunch Program, Transitional Services, Gifted and Talented Education Programs and the Maine Mentoring Partnership Grant Program. (H.P. 140, L.D. 161)

Ch. 148 - An Act To Ensure That Money from the Surcharge on Registration of Pet Food for the Sterilization of Animals is Received in a Timely Manner. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 73, L.D. 223)

Ch. 149 - An Act To Expand the Membership of the Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Team. (H.P. 410, L.D. 572)

Ch. 150 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing MaineCare Estate Recovery Undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services. (S.P. 129, L.D. 365)

Ch. 151 - An Act To Amend the Marine Resources Suspension Laws. (H.P. 836, L.D. 1211)

Ch. 152 - An Act To Require Businesses To Make Toilet Facilities Available to Individuals with Certain Medical Conditions. (H.P. 186, L.D. 232)

Ch. 153 - An Act Relating to Geothermal Heat Exchange Wells. (H.P. 591, L.D. 860)

Ch. 154 - An Act To Encourage Cooperation among School Administrative Units. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 724, L.D. 1049)

Ch. 155 - An Act To Define Services for Maine Runaway and Homeless Youth. (S.P. 418, L.D. 1127)

Ch. 156 - An Act To Limit Liability for Certain Noncommercial Aviation Activities. (S.P. 339, L.D. 889)

Ch. 157 - An Act To Require the Convening of the Professional Standards Board. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 759, L.D. 1104)

Ch. 158 - An Act To Improve Child Support Collection Procedures by Changing the Process of Modifying a Support Order. (S.P. 229, L.D. 614)

Ch. 159 - An Act To Change the Definition of "Domestic Partner" in the Laws Governing Custody of Remains. (H.P. 499, L.D. 716)

Ch. 160 - An Act Regarding the Maximum Fee for Processing an Environmental License Application. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 778, L.D. 1134)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ch. 161 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Notification after a Security Breach Involving Personal Information. (H.P. 672, L.D. 970)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ch. 162 - An Act To Protect Maine Residents from Home Fires and Carbon Monoxide. (S.P. 212, L.D. 550)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ch. 163 - An Act To Change the Classification of Certain Waters of the State. (H.P. 266, L.D. 330)

Ch. 164 - An Act To Amend the Limited Liability Company Laws Concerning Management Standards. (S.P. 169, L.D. 466)

Ch. 165 - An Act To Ensure Access to Public Information. (S.P. 206, L.D. 546)

Ch. 166 - An Act To Require a Referee of a Land Dispute To Render a Decision within One Year. (H.P. 372, L.D. 527)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Permit Brew Pubs To Sell Half-gallon Containers of Malt Liquor. (H.P. 622, L.D. 904)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Allow the Donation of Certain Perishable Food Products to Nonprofit Organizations. (H.P. 485, L.D. 702)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Provide for Insurance Coverage of Telemedicine Services. (H.P. 740, L.D. 1073)

Ch. 170 - An Act Authorizing Colleges and Universities To Regulate Public Safety on Their Campuses. (H.P. 365, L.D. 520)

Ch. 171 - An Act To Amend the Forcible Entry and Detainer Laws. (H.P. 571, L.D. 835)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists. (H.P. 668, L.D. 966)

Ch. 173 - An Act Concerning Dispute Resolution in Home Construction Contracts. (S.P. 403, L.D. 1085)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ch. 174 - An Act To Rename the Division of Deafness within the Department of Labor. (H.P. 599, L.D. 868)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ch. 175 - An Act Authorizing Statewide Mutual Aid among First Responder Agencies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 583, L.D. 847)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ch. 176 - An Act To Protect Recreational Trails on Private Land by Exempting Certain Information on Recreational Trails from the Definition of "Public Records". (H.P. 562, L.D. 826)

Ch. 177 - An Act To Clarify a Municipality's Authority To Contract with an Animal Shelter for Services. (H.P. 362, L.D. 517)

Ch. 178 - An Act To Broaden the Use of the Land for Maine's Future Fund for Investments To Promote Public Access and Use of Conserved Lands and To Improve the Productivity of Conserved Farmlands. (H.P. 632, L.D. 914)

Ch. 179 - An Act To Add a Member to the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development. (H.P. 738, L.D. 1071)

Ch. 180 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Wrongful Death. (H.P. 316, L.D. 428)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 15, 2009

Ch. 16 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2010. (H.P. 348, L.D. 486)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ch. 38 - Resolve, To Ensure Transparency in Funding Certain Programs within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (S.P. 85, L.D. 244)

Ch. 39 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group of Stakeholders To Review the Current and Future Needs of Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals and To Establish Long-term Solutions To Fund Those Needs. (H.P. 402, L.D. 564)

Ch. 40 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of MaineCare Services, Division of Policy and Performance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 342, L.D. 480)

Ch. 41 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 10: Definitions and Terms, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 350, L.D. 495)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 15, 2009

Ch. 42 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Study Ways To Reduce Energy Use and Promote Efficiency along Major Transportation Corridors. (H.P. 582, L.D. 846)

Ch. 43 - Resolve, Pertaining to Vacation Leave Earned by Seasonal Employees of the Baxter State Park Authority. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 548, L.D. 812)

Ch. 44 - Resolve, To Name the Bridge in Orland the Ralston C. Gray Bridge. (S.P. 486, L.D. 1351)

Ch. 45 - 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) (H.P. 856, L.D. 1236)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Approval of the Public Utilities Commission's Plan for the Use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Funds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1029, L.D. 1478)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 18, 2009

Ch. 47 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Conduct an Evaluation of Its Sport Fishing Program. (H.P. 482, L.D. 699)

Ch. 48 - Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Explore Opportunities and Issues Surrounding Wild Turkey Hunting. (H.P. 202, L.D. 256)

Ch. 49 - Resolve, Regarding On-bill Financing Programs for Energy Efficiency . (S.P. 306, L.D. 792)

Ch. 50 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Conduct a Study To Enhance Maine's Recreational Fishing Economy. (H.P. 469, L.D. 655)

Ch. 51 - Resolve, Regarding Maine's Renewable Resource Portfolio Requirements. (S.P. 395, L.D. 1061)

Ch. 52 - Resolve, To Study Aging and Outdated Long-term Care Facilities. (S.P. 379, L.D. 1015)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Ch. 53 - Resolve, To Provide Assistance to Private Sellers of Firearms. (H.P. 782, L.D. 1138)

Ch. 54 - Resolve, To Convene a Work Group To Design and Implement a Statewide Disposable Checkout Bag Reduction Campaign, with Benchmarks . (S.P. 131, L.D. 367)

Ch. 55 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Report on the Accuracy of Election Results. (H.P. 809, L.D. 1170)

Ch. 56 - Resolve, To Establish Uniform Protocols for the Use of Controlled Substances. (S.P. 441, L.D. 1193)

Ch. 57 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Review Emerging Technologies and the Laws Regarding Incinerators. (H.P. 698, L.D. 1010)

Ch. 58 - Resolve, Directing the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy To Amend Its Minimum Standards for the Law Enforcement Use of Force Policy. (H.P. 733, L.D. 1066)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, To Improve Continuity of Coverage for Participants in Medicare Advantage Plans. (S.P. 402, L.D. 1084)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ch. 60 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Increase Child Support Collections. (S.P. 141, L.D. 399)

Ch. 61 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Increase Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence. (H.P. 405, L.D. 567)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, To Facilitate the Creation and Expansion of an Identified Business Sector. (S.P. 434, L.D. 1186)

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 22, 2009

L.D. 1480, H.P. 1033
Resolve, Regarding the Maine State Cultural Building in Augusta. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Resolve 2007, chapter 151, section 4.)

L.D. 1481, H.P. 1034
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Energy Efficiency Investments for Maine's Future. (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Energy Future pursuant to Joint Order 2007, 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.