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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVI, No. 11

Monday, March 15, 2010

124TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 5, 2010

Ch. 487 - An Act Regarding Gaming by Charitable Organizations. (H.P. 934, L.D. 1330)

Ch. 488 - An Act To Encourage Veterinary Practice in Maine and Make Revisions to Related Medical Education Programs Administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. (S.P. 116, L.D. 352)

Ch. 489 - An Act To Protect Elderly Residents from Losing Their Homes Due to Taxes or Foreclosure. (H.P. 776, L.D. 1121)

Ch. 490 - An Act To Authorize Sanitary Districts, Water Utilities and Sewer Districts To Waive an Automatic Lien Foreclosure. (H.P. 1127, L.D. 1589)

Ch. 491 - An Act To Change the Requirements for the Sales Tax Exemption for Snowmobile Trail Grooming Equipment. (H.P. 1165, L.D. 1637)

Ch. 492 - An Act To Assist in Reviewing Wind Energy Applications. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 652, L.D. 1680)

Ch. 493 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Unlawful Use of License or Identification Card. (H.P. 1140, L.D. 1612)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 8, 2010

Ch. 494 - An Act To Enhance Public Awareness of Lyme Disease. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1210, L.D. 1709)

Ch. 495 - An Act To Change the Penalties for Writing Bad Checks. (H.P. 1126, L.D. 1588)

Ch. 496 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1083, L.D. 1539)

Ch. 497 - An Act To Amend the Loan Originator Registration Laws. (H.P. 1146, L.D. 1618)

Ch. 498 - An Act To Improve the Ability of the Commissioner of Corrections To Respond in Special Situations. (H.P. 1114, L.D. 1576)

Ch. 499 - An Act To Eliminate the 3-trap Limit in the Waters of the State. (S.P. 597, L.D. 1560)

Ch. 500 - An Act To Facilitate Uniformity Regarding Exemption from Registration of Certain Securities Offerings. (H.P. 1147, L.D. 1619)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ch. 501 - An Act To Amend Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (S.P. 610, L.D. 1603)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ch. 502 - An Act To Protect Consumers from Charges after a Free Trial Period. (H.P. 1085, L.D. 1541)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 5, 2010

Ch. 31 - An Act To Provide Funding To Educate Homeowners in Integrated Pest Management. (H.P. 858, L.D. 1239)

Ch. 32 - An Act To Create the Lincolnville Sewer District. (S.P. 607, L.D. 1601)

Ch. 33 - An Act To Provide for the 2010 and 2011 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1240, L.D. 1743) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 8, 2010

Ch. 34 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2011. (S.P. 669, L.D. 1746)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 5, 2010

Ch. 153 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Conservation To Seek To Acquire Public Access to the Dead River. (S.P. 262, L.D. 687)

Ch. 154 - Resolve, To Develop Model Academic Year Calendars. (H.P. 1100, L.D. 1563)

Ch. 155 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Milk Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1067, L.D. 1517)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 8, 2010

Ch. 156 - Resolve, To Increase the Financial Stability of Low-income Families in Maine. (S.P. 614, L.D. 1649)

Ch. 157 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Repeal of Chapter 182: Formula for Distribution of Funds to Child Development Services Regional Sites, a Major Substantive Rule That Has Been Provisionally Repealed by the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1245, L.D. 1751)

Ch. 158 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Repeal of Chapter 181: Child Development Services System: Regional Provider Advisory Boards, a Major Substantive Rule That Has Been Provisionally Repealed by the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1246, L.D. 1752)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Ch. 159 - Resolve, To Enhance Protection of Maine Farms and Nurseries. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1123, L.D. 1585)

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, MARCH 12, 2010

L.D. 1812, H.P. 1296
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 37: Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1813, H.P. 1297
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding Emergency Communications Services. (Submitted by the Government Oversight Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1814, H.P. 1298
An Act To Implement Recommendations Concerning Domestic Violence and Parental Rights and Responsibilities. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Resolve 2009, chapter 120.)

L.D. 1815, H.P. 1299
An Act To Clarify the Construction Subcontractor Status of the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor pursuant to Public Law 2009, chapter 452, section 6.)

L.D. 1816, S.P. 724
An Act To Authorize a Bond Issue for Ratification by the Voters for the June 2010 Election To Create Jobs in the State. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 1817, S.P. 725
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group Concerning Domestic Violence and Firearms. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Resolve 2009, chapter 86.)

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.