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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XL, No. 17

Saturday, May 3, 2014

126TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ch. 568 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Human Health Research in Maine. (S.P. 421, L.D. 1223)

Ch. 569 - An Act To Amend the Veterans' Services Laws. (H.P. 1184, L.D. 1612)

Ch. 570 - An Act To Further Delegate Permit-granting Authority to the Bureau of Forestry. (S.P. 657, L.D. 1673)

Ch. 571 - An Act To Modernize and Improve the Efficiency of Maine's Courts. (H.P. 1281, L.D. 1789) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 572 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Create an Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control Facility Administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. (H.P. 1355, L.D. 1861)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 573 - An Act To Reform Regulation of Consumer-owned Water Utilities. (S.P. 710, L.D. 1784)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 28, 2014

Ch. 574 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Biomedical Research in Maine. (H.P. 1260, L.D. 1756)

Ch. 575 - An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care. (H.P. 870, L.D. 1230)

Ch. 576 - An Act To Increase Employment Opportunities for Veterans. (S.P. 735, L.D. 1832)

Ch. 577 - An Act To Improve Degree and Career Attainment for Former Foster Children. (H.P. 1206, L.D. 1683)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 578 - An Act To Increase the Base for the Cost-of-living Increase for Retired State Employees and Teachers. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 68, L.D. 232)

Ch. 579 - An Act To Address Preventable Deaths from Drug Overdose. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1209, L.D. 1686)

Ch. 580 - An Act To Fund Invasive Species Prevention and Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1198, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 581 - An Act To Establish a Process for the Implementation of Universal Voluntary Public Preschool Programs for Children 4 Years of Age. (S.P. 577, L.D. 1530)

Ch. 582 - An Act To Align Costs Recognized for Transfer of Nursing Facilities and Residential Care Facilities with Ordinary Commercial and Government Contracting Standards. (H.P. 357, L.D. 538)

Ch. 583 - An Act To Change Compensation for Career and Technical Education Region Cooperative Board Meeting Attendance. (H.P. 314, L.D. 464)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ch. 584 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Veterans Treatment Courts. (H.P. 1221, L.D. 1697)

Ch. 585 - An Act To Create a Cold Case Homicide Unit in the Department of the Attorney General. (H.P. 1242, L.D. 1734)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 586 - An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1280, L.D. 1788) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 587 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Substance Abuse Services Commission with Regard to the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 743, L.D. 1840)

Ch. 588 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1323, L.D. 1841)

Ch. 589 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Ensure Clean Water and Safe Communities. (S.P. 539, L.D. 1455)

Ch. 590 - An Act To Encourage Charitable Contributions to Nonprofit Organizations. (S.P. 659, L.D. 1664)

Ch. 591 - An Act To Appropriate Funds for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Code Enforcement Officer Training, Increased Enforcement of Tax Collection, Water Quality Control, Clinical Staff at the Maine State Prison and HIV Prevention Education. (H.P. 1202, L.D. 1679)

Ch. 592 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Growth of and To Build Infrastructure for the Marine Sector of the State's Economy. (S.P. 675, L.D. 1709)

Ch. 593 - An Act To Facilitate Informed Planning for Higher Education and Careers. (H.P. 1253, L.D. 1746)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 594 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 704, L.D. 1776)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 595 - An Act To Achieve the Savings Required under Part F of the Biennial Budget and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law for Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1349, L.D. 1858)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 596 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation. (S.P. 732, L.D. 1827)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 597 - An Act To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (S.P. 127, L.D. 347)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 598 - An Act To Provide Additional Authority to the State Board of Corrections. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 730, L.D. 1824)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 599 - An Act To Create a Tax Credit for Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas. (S.P. 172, L.D. 440)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 600 - An Act To Clarify Telecommunications Regulation Reform. (H.P. 1060, L.D. 1479)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 601 - An Act To Permit a School Administrative Unit Discretion Concerning Participation of Students from Charter Schools in School Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities. (H.P. 630, L.D. 906)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 602 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations Contained in the State Government Evaluation Act Review of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (H.P. 1297, L.D. 1806)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 603 - An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Human Leukocyte Antigen Testing To Establish Bone Marrow Donor Transplantation Suitability. (H.P. 1172, L.D. 1600)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 604 - An Act To Increase the Period of Time for the Calculation of a Prior Conviction for Operating under the Influence. (H.P. 1237, L.D. 1729)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 605 - An Act To Improve the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program. (H.P. 734, L.D. 1043)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ch. 28 - An Act To Validate Certain Proceedings Authorizing the Issuance of Bonds and Notes of the Town of Old Orchard Beach. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 753, L.D. 1855)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 29 - An Act To Restore MaineCare Coverage for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 265, L.D. 390)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Review the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees. (S.P. 412, L.D. 1175)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 109 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study College Affordability and College Completion. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 748, L.D. 1849)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 110 - Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Effects of Coastal and Ocean Acidification and Its Existing and Potential Effects on Species That Are Commercially Harvested and Grown along the Maine Coast. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1174, L.D. 1602)

Ch. 111 - Resolve, To Conduct a Market Analysis Regarding the Feasibility of Expanded Gaming in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1343, L.D. 1856)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 112 - Resolve, Directing a Study of Social Media Privacy in School and in the Workplace. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 838, L.D. 1194)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 113 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 180: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1254, L.D. 1747)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 114 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Strengthen the Adequacy and Equity of Certain Cost Components of the School Funding Formula. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1335, L.D. 1850)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 115 - Resolve, To Develop a Process for Tax Expenditure Review. (H.P. 1048, L.D. 1463)

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 SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014

L.D. 1863, H.P. 1359
An Act To Correct an Error in the Laws To Assist Victims of Human Trafficking. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1864, S.P. 758
An Act To Support Nursing Facilities and Home Care for Seniors and Create a Tax Credit for Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1865, H.P. 1360
An Act To Clarify the Specific Purposes of Recently Enacted Legislation Authorizing the Issuance of a General Fund Bond. (Presented by Representative DILL of Old Town)

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/bills_126th/billtexts/.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.