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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVI, No. 14

Monday, April 5, 2010

124TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 26, 2010

Ch. 553 - An Act To Strengthen the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program. (H.P. 899, L.D. 1296)

Ch. 554 - An Act To Establish Emergency Zones on Public Ways To Minimize Accidents. (S.P. 581, L.D. 1503)

Ch. 555 - An Act To Strengthen Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Laws. (H.P. 1223, L.D. 1722)

Ch. 556 - An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002 Concerning Right of Entry and Investigation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1129, L.D. 1591)

Ch. 557 - An Act To Expand Options in Child Protection Proceedings for Children in Foster Care. (H.P. 1151, L.D. 1623)

Ch. 558 - An Act To Clarify the Child Abuse or Neglect Substantiation Process. (S.P. 609, L.D. 1602)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 29, 2010

Ch. 559 - An Act To Create a Saltwater Recreational Fishing Registry. (S.P. 516, L.D. 1432)

Ch. 560 - An Act Regarding the Laws Governing Data Collection and Marketing Practices Directed at Minors. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 649, L.D. 1677)

Ch. 561 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in Marine Resources Laws. (H.P. 1104, L.D. 1567)

Ch. 562 - An Act Regarding the Law Governing Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers. (S.P. 655, L.D. 1683)

Ch. 563 - An Act To Facilitate Voting by Uniformed Service and Overseas Voters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1117, L.D. 1579)

Ch. 564 - An Act To Improve Access to Data in the Central Voter Registration System. (H.P. 1155, L.D. 1627)

Ch. 565 - An Act Regarding Community-based Renewable Energy. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1197, L.D. 1696)

Ch. 566 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Working Group To Study Landlord and Tenant Issues. (H.P. 1278, L.D. 1790)

Ch. 567 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Public Records Exceptions. (H.P. 1280, L.D. 1792)

Ch. 568 - An Act To Facilitate Communication between the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services and the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Forestry. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 718, L.D. 1809)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ch. 569 - An Act To Clarify the Construction Subcontractor Status of the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1299, L.D. 1815)

Ch. 570 - An Act To Further Amend the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act of 1999. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1305, L.D. 1822)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ch. 571 - 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, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1183, L.D. 1671) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 572 - An Act To Provide Protections for Consumers Subject to Mandatory Arbitration Clauses. (H.P. 875, L.D. 1256)

Ch. 573 - An Act To Strengthen the Laws against Cruelty to Animals. (S.P. 605, L.D. 1598)

Ch. 574 - An Act To Expand the Opportunity for Persons To Acquire Health Care Coverage under the State's "Mini-COBRA" Program. (H.P. 1209, L.D. 1708)

Ch. 575 - An Act Regarding Document Fees at County Registries of Deeds. (H.P. 1096, L.D. 1554)

Ch. 576 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Somerset County Budget Procedure. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1061, L.D. 1512)

Ch. 577 - An Act To Avoid Unnecessary Removal of Land from the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law Program. (H.P. 1163, L.D. 1635)

Ch. 578 - An Act To Improve Dental Insurance Coverage for Maine Children. (S.P. 680, L.D. 1773)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ch. 579 - An Act To Improve Toxics Use Reduction and Reduce Energy Costs by Maine Businesses. (H.P. 999, L.D. 1423)

Ch. 580 - An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 408, L.D. 570)

Ch. 581 - An Act To Improve Oversight of Pharmaceutical Purchasing. (H.P. 940, L.D. 1339)

Ch. 582 - An Act To Clarify the Enforcement Role of the Mixed Martial Arts Authority of Maine. (H.P. 1186, L.D. 1685)

Ch. 583 - An Act To Establish the Silver Alert Program. (H.P. 1138, L.D. 1610)

Ch. 584 - An Act To Revise Notification Requirements for Pesticides Applications Using Aircraft or Air-carrier Equipment. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1089, L.D. 1547)

Ch. 585 - An Act To Regulate the Transportation of Firewood. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1135, L.D. 1607)

Ch. 586 - An Act To Establish a Broadband Policy for Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1174, L.D. 1646)

Ch. 587 - An Act To Amend the Rights and Liabilities of the Supervising Physician of a Physician Assistant. (H.P. 1112, L.D. 1574)

Ch. 588 - An Act To Protect Health Care Consumers from Catastrophic Debt. (H.P. 1148, L.D. 1620)

Ch. 589 - An Act To Update the Laws Affecting the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (H.P. 1130, L.D. 1592)

Ch. 590 - An Act To Update the Laws Affecting the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services. (H.P. 1189, L.D. 1688)

Ch. 591 - An Act To Increase the Affordability of Clean Energy for Homeowners and Businesses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1218, L.D. 1717)

Ch. 592 - An Act To Strengthen Collection of Unredeemed Beverage Container Deposits. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1263, L.D. 1774) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 593 - An Act To Implement Recommendations Concerning Domestic Violence and Parental Rights and Responsibilities. (H.P. 1298, L.D. 1814)

Ch. 594 - An Act To Support the Dairy Industry. (H.P. 1316, L.D. 1829)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 26, 2010

Ch. 39 - An Act To Extend Access to Federal Health Insurance Premium Assistance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1259, L.D. 1769) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 26, 2010

Ch. 175 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11: Rules Governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1226, L.D. 1727)

Ch. 176 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21, Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Members with Mental Retardation or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1257, L.D. 1767)

Ch. 177 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 285: Adjustment of Non-bank Mortgage Lender Fees To Fund Investigative and Legal Compliance Personnel, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1768)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 29, 2010

Ch. 178 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Human Rights Commission to Report on Improvements. (H.P. 1081, L.D. 1537)

Ch. 179 - Resolve, Regarding Commercial Electricity Customers Whose Bills Increased after a Decrease in Electricity Use. (H.P. 1119, L.D. 1581)

Ch. 180 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 2: Standards for Qualifications of Assigned Counsel, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1283, L.D. 1795)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ch. 181 - Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Review the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans. (H.P. 60, L.D. 71)

Ch. 182 - Resolve, To Clarify the Reporting of Debt Service Costs and the Allowance of Minor Capital School Improvement Projects Costs under Essential Programs and Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1187, L.D. 1686)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Ch. 183 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Examine the Collection of the Milk Handling Fee on Packaged Milk for Out-of-state Sales. (H.P. 1276, L.D. 1788)

Ch. 184 - Resolve, Directing the Right To Know Advisory Committee To Examine Issues Related to Private Information Contained in the Communications of Public Officials. (H.P. 1288, L.D. 1802)

Ch. 185 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 348: Poultry Slaughter and Processing with Grower/Producer Exemption, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1255, L.D. 1765)

Ch. 186 - Resolve, Directing the Right To Know Advisory Committee To Further Examine Requirements That Public Bodies Keep Records of Public Proceedings. (H.P. 1279, L.D. 1791)

Ch. 187 - 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) (H.P. 1296, L.D. 1812)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ch. 188 - Resolve, Regarding the Dispensing of Antiepileptic Drugs. (S.P. 644, L.D. 1672)

Ch. 189 - Resolve, To Promote Efficiency and To Streamline Access to the Circuitbreaker Program Application Process. (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1514)

Ch. 190 - Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate To Account for Certain Resource Expenditures. (H.P. 1116, L.D. 1578)

Ch. 191 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Study the Complaint Resolution Process. (H.P. 1136, L.D. 1608)

Ch. 192 - Resolve, To Review Sales of Dairy Products. (H.P. 1249, L.D. 1755)

Ch. 193 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1270, L.D. 1780)

Ch. 194 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 881: Fees; Chemical Use in Children's Products, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1284, L.D. 1796)

Ch. 195 - Resolve, To Continue Evaluating Climate Change Adaptation Options for the State. (S.P. 733, L.D. 1818)

Ch. 196 - Resolve, Regarding Emergency Communications Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1315, L.D. 1828)

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, APRIL 2, 2010

L.D. 1830, H.P. 1321
An Act To Make Administrative Changes to Tax Laws To Maintain a Balanced Budget. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

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.

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