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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVI, No. 13

Monday, March 29, 2010

124TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 19, 2010

Ch. 523 - An Act To Amend the Lobster Meat Laws and Expand Economic Opportunity for Maine's Lobster Industry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1131, L.D. 1593)

Ch. 524 - An Act To Improve Disclosure of Campaign Finance Information and the Operation of the Maine Clean Election Act. (S.P. 592, L.D. 1546)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 22, 2010

Ch. 525 - An Act To Protect Confidential Consumer Records in Self-service Storage Facilities. (S.P. 577, L.D. 1499)

Ch. 526 - An Act To Protect Maine Citizens' Credit. (S.P. 648, L.D. 1676)

Ch. 527 - An Act To Create a Commercial Pelagic and Anadromous Fishing License and Establish the Pelagic and Anadromous Fisheries Fund. (S.P. 657, L.D. 1724)

Ch. 528 - An Act To Clarify the Marine Resources Laws To Provide for the Protection of Public Safety and Welfare. (S.P. 611, L.D. 1604)

Ch. 529 - An Act To Clarify the Status of Prisoners. (H.P. 1212, L.D. 1711)

Ch. 530 - An Act Regarding Liquor Licenses for Qualified Catering Services. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 596, L.D. 1559)

Ch. 531 - An Act Regarding the Maternal and Infant Death Review Panel. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 606, L.D. 1599)

Ch. 532 - An Act To Promote Opportunity for Workers in the Maine Woods. (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1550)

Ch. 533 - An Act Enabling Expedited Partner Therapy. (H.P. 1145, L.D. 1617)

Ch. 534 - An Act To Extend the Temporary Reduction in High-stakes Beano License Fees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1260, L.D. 1770)

Ch. 535 - An Act To Amend Mercury Stack Testing Requirements for Certain Air Emission Sources. (S.P. 681, L.D. 1775)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ch. 536 - An Act Concerning Litigation Brought by the Attorney General To Enforce Provisions of the Forest Practices Laws. (H.P. 1211, L.D. 1710)

Ch. 537 - An Act To Close Loopholes in Environmental Laws. (H.P. 1082, L.D. 1538)

Ch. 538 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws. (S.P. 632, L.D. 1667)

Ch. 539 - An Act To Create a Smart Grid Policy in the State. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1079, L.D. 1535)

Ch. 540 - An Act To Include All Children in the Conditions of Education Report. (H.P. 1261, L.D. 1771)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ch. 541 - An Act To Streamline Collections for Consumer-owned Consolidated Water and Wastewater Utilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1173, L.D. 1645)

Ch. 542 - An Act To Amend the Electric Utility Industry Laws as They Relate to Renewable Resources. (S.P. 654, L.D. 1682)

Ch. 543 - An Act To Ensure Search and Rescue Dogs Are Afforded Access to Public Accommodations without an Extra Charge. (S.P. 584, L.D. 1519)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ch. 544 - An Act Concerning the National Animal Identification System. (H.P. 857, L.D. 1238)

Ch. 545 - An Act To Authorize an Alternative Calculation of the Property Growth Factor for Municipalities with Exempt Personal Property. (H.P. 575, L.D. 839)

Ch. 546 - An Act To Stimulate the Economy by Expanding Opportunities for Direct Support Aides. (H.P. 954, L.D. 1364)

Ch. 547 - An Act To Amend the Definition of "Farmers' Market". (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1124, L.D. 1586)

Ch. 548 - An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1125, L.D. 1587)

Ch. 549 - An Act To Clarify the Informed Growth Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1106, L.D. 1569)

Ch. 550 - An Act To Amend Provisions of Certain Laws Relating to Fish and Wildlife. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 615, L.D. 1650)

Ch. 551 - An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 575, L.D. 1497)

Ch. 552 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Regarding Review of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources under the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1293, L.D. 1806)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ch. 38 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Kennebec Water District. (S.P. 690, L.D. 1783)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 22, 2010

Ch. 165 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 2: Change of Use, Downsizing, or Closure of Correctional Facilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the State Board of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1237, L.D. 1740)

Ch. 166 - 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. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1243, L.D. 1749)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ch. 167 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Section 16, Activities in Coastal Sand Dunes, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1068, L.D. 1518)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ch. 168 - Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Address Public Safety Issues Relating to Disconnection of Certain Utilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1196, L.D. 1695)

Ch. 169 - Resolve, Regarding Energy Conservation through Voltage Regulation. (S.P. 676, L.D. 1762)

Ch. 170 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 15: Batterer Intervention Program Certification, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1256, L.D. 1766)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ch. 171 - Resolve, Directing the Right To Know Advisory Committee To Examine Issues Related to Communications of Members of Public Bodies. (H.P. 1093, L.D. 1551)

Ch. 172 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Place Signs at the Interstate Exits in Pittsfield Directing Motorists to Maine Central Institute. (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1763)

Ch. 173 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 28: Notification Provisions for Outdoor Pesticide Applications, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1225, L.D. 1726)

Ch. 174 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 9: Rule Requiring Best Management Practices for Growing Crops To Minimize Cross Contamination, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1241, L.D. 1744)

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 26, 2010

L.D. 1821, H.P. 1304
An Act Pertaining to Sales Tax Exemptions for Products Purchased for Agricultural Use. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Resolve 2009, chapter 25, section 3.)

L.D. 1822, H.P. 1305
An Act To Further Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Order 2010, H.P. 1234.)

L.D. 1823, H.P. 1306
Resolve, To Review and Update the Telecommunications Taxation Laws. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to Public Law 2009, chapter 213, Part P, section 2.)

L.D. 1824, H.P. 1310
An Act To Decriminalize Violations of Rules or Permit Conditions of the Baxter State Park Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 1825, H.P. 1311
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Property Located at 187-189 State Street, Augusta, Known as the Smith-Merrill House, and at 159 Hogan Road, Bangor, known as the Elizabeth Levinson Center. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1826, H.P. 1313
An Act To Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters for the June 2010 Election. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1827, H.P. 1314
An Act To Amend the Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1828, H.P. 1315
Resolve, Regarding Emergency Communications Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy pursuant to Public Law 2009, chapter 219, section 4.)

L.D. 1829, H.P. 1316
An Act To Support the Dairy Industry. (Presented by Representative PIEH of Bremen)

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.