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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 24

Monday, June 22, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ch. 361 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 980, L.D. 1401)

Ch. 362 - An Act To Conform State Mortgage Laws with Federal Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 523, L.D. 1439)

Ch. 363 - An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Laws Governing Gubernatorial Candidates. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 970, L.D. 1380)

Ch. 364 - An Act To Streamline the Regulatory Process for Commercial Building Construction Projects. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 861, L.D. 1242)

Ch. 365 - An Act To Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders. (S.P. 429, L.D. 1157)

Ch. 366 - An Act To Preserve Government Documents. (S.P. 411, L.D. 1100)

Ch. 367 - An Act To Protect Maine Citizens and Franchised New Motor Vehicle Dealers. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 483, L.D. 1337)

Ch. 368 - An Act To Amend the Statute of Limitations for Actions against the Estate of a Decedent. (H.P. 420, L.D. 582)

Ch. 369 - An Act To Repeal Inactive Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 873, L.D. 1254)

Ch. 370 - An Act Regarding the Central Voter Registration System. (H.P. 1037, L.D. 1484)

Ch. 371 - An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2009, June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1048, L.D. 1489) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 12, 2009

Ch. 372 - An Act Regarding Maine's Energy Future. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1038, L.D. 1485)

Ch. 373 - An Act To Increase Consumer Choice for Wine. (H.P. 696, L.D. 1008)

Ch. 374 - An Act Regarding Asbestos Abatement Work. (S.P. 518, L.D. 1434)

Ch. 375 - An Act To Amend the Review and Approval Process of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 722, L.D. 1047)

Ch. 376 - An Act To Provide Consumer Disclosures and Protect Consumer Options in Life Insurance. (S.P. 397, L.D. 1063)

Ch. 377 - An Act To Create a Funding Structure for Sustainable Investment in Public Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in the State. (H.P. 464, L.D. 650)

Ch. 378 - An Act To Require Citizen Notification of Pesticide Applications Using Aerial Spray or Air-carrier Application Equipment. (H.P. 896, L.D. 1293)

Ch. 379 - An Act To Transfer the Seed Potato Board to the Maine Potato Board. (H.P. 982, L.D. 1406) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 380 - An Act Regarding the Transfer of Licenses for Energy Recovery Facilities. (S.P. 551, L.D. 1476)

Ch. 381 - An Act To Improve Opportunity in the Maine Woods. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1049, L.D. 1492) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 382 - An Act To Implement Tax Relief and Tax Reform. (H.P. 1051, L.D. 1495) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 383 - An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 974, L.D. 1395)

Ch. 384 - An Act To Amend the 1980 Maine Implementing Act To Authorize the Establishment of a Tribal Court for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and Related Matters. (H.P. 967, L.D. 1377)

Ch. 385 - An Act To Require Legislative Consultation and Approval Prior to Committing the State to Binding International Trade Agreements. (H.P. 876, L.D. 1257)

Ch. 386 - An Act to Enhance Fund-raising Opportunities by Certain Nonprofit Organizations. (H.P. 567, L.D. 831)

Ch. 387 - An Act Regarding the Transfer of Patient Health Care Information through an Electronic Health Information Exchange. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 570, L.D. 1490)

Ch. 388 - An Act To Create a Moratorium on the Open-air Production of Genetically Engineered Pharmaceutical Crops in Maine. (H.P. 491, L.D. 708)

Ch. 389 - An Act To Clarify Standards by Which All-terrain Vehicles May Be Stopped. (H.P. 244, L.D. 308)

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ch. 390 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Alien Big Game and Turkey Hunters and Nonresident Hunters. (H.P. 199, L.D. 253)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 15, 2009

Ch. 391 - An Act Regarding the Operation of County Jails and the State Board of Corrections. (H.P. 844, L.D. 1224)

Ch. 392 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Children's Growth Council. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 671, L.D. 969)

Ch. 393 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Related to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (H.P. 874, L.D. 1255)

Ch. 394 - An Act Regarding Violations of Lobster Conservation Laws. (S.P. 87, L.D. 246)

Ch. 395 - An Act To Increase Access to Nutrition Information. (H.P. 878, L.D. 1259)

Ch. 396 - An Act To Bring Equity to the Sea Urchin License Fees. (S.P. 95, L.D. 278)

Ch. 397 - An Act To Enhance Maine's Electronic Waste Recycling Law. (H.P. 381, L.D. 536)

Ch. 398 - An Act To Prohibit the Delivery of Tobacco Products to Minors. (H.P. 850, L.D. 1230)

Ch. 399 - An Act To Clarify the Role of the Public Advocate. (H.P. 657, L.D. 954)

Ch. 400 - An Act To Simplify the Assessment of E-9-1-1 Surcharges on Prepaid Wireless Telecommunications Service. (H.P. 731, L.D. 1056)

Ch. 401 - An Act To Clarify Land Use Regulation in Unorganized and Deorganized Townships. (H.P. 301, L.D. 413)

Ch. 402 - An Act To Preserve Home Ownership and Stabilize the Economy by Preventing Unnecessary Foreclosures. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 994, L.D. 1418)

Ch. 403 - An Act Pertaining to the Breeding and Selling of Dogs and Cats and Equitable Funding of Animal Welfare. (H.P. 666, L.D. 964)

Ch. 404 - An Act To Promote Youth Hunting License Sales. (H.P. 865, L.D. 1246)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ch. 405 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption. (S.P. 139, L.D. 397)

Ch. 406 - An Act To Update Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management Laws. (H.P. 931, L.D. 1327)

Ch. 407 - An Act To Track the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in Maine. (H.P. 255, L.D. 319)

Ch. 408 - An Act Allowing Workers' Compensation Benefits for Firefighters Who Contract Cancer. (S.P. 235, L.D. 621)

Ch. 409 - An Act To Adopt the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. (H.P. 928, L.D. 1324)

Ch. 410 - An Act To Encourage Maine Residents To Attend Medical School and Practice in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 322, L.D. 853)

Ch. 411 - An Act Relating to the TransCap Trust Fund. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 654, L.D. 951)

Ch. 412 - An Act To Improve Landfill Capacity. (H.P. 519, L.D. 760)

Ch. 413 - An Act Making Unified Highway Fund and Other Funds Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2009, June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 269, L.D. 333) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 414 - An Act To Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters for the November 2009 and June and November 2010 Elections. (H.P. 631, L.D. 913) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 15, 2009

Ch. 25 - An Act To Continue the Position of Director of Recreational Access and Landowner Relations. (H.P. 594, L.D. 863)

Ch. 26 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Limestone Water and Sewer District. (H.P. 1050, L.D. 1494)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ch. 126 - Resolve, To Facilitate Disclosure of Information to Taxpayer Representatives. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1321)

Ch. 127 - Resolve, Relating To Review of Certain Changes in the Application of the Sales and Use Tax Law. (H.P. 775, L.D. 1120)

Ch. 128 - Resolve, To Reduce Funding to Maine Clean Election Act Candidates. (S.P. 345, L.D. 923)

Ch. 129 - Resolve, To Recognize Women Veterans in the State House Hall of Flags. (H.P. 1023, L.D. 1470)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 12, 2009

Ch. 130 - Resolve, To Examine Environmental Effects of the Resource Recovery System. (S.P. 270, L.D. 733)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 15, 2009

Ch. 131 - Resolve, To Expand Access to Renewable Energy Programs. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 581, L.D. 845)

Ch. 132 - Resolve, Relating to a Review of International Trade Agreements and the Management of Groundwater Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 913, L.D. 1310)

Ch. 133 - Resolve, To Stimulate the Maine Economy by Allowing the Federal First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit To Be Used at Closing of a Real Estate Transaction. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1483)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Ch. 134 - Resolve, Regarding Building Energy Efficiency and Carbon Performance Ratings. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 357, L.D. 935)

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. 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.

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