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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Robert B. Hunt, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XLI, No. 6

Friday, February 13, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ch. 1 - An Act To Update References to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 Contained in the Maine Revised Statutes, Decouple Federal Bonus Depreciation Deductions and Create a Maine Capital Investment Credit. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 96, L.D. 138) (Governor's Bill)

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. 207-287-1324.

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2015

L.D. 295, S.P. 110
An Act To Promote Tidal Energy Projects. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 296, S.P. 111
An Act To Increase Economic Development in Rural Communities by Expanding Hunting Opportunities. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 297, S.P. 112
An Act To Increase Allowed Investments under the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 298, S.P. 113
An Act To Require Political Action Committees To Report the Receipt of Paid Services Received from State Agencies. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009.)

L.D. 299, S.P. 114
An Act To Protect Children in Municipal and School Facilities by Requiring Boiler Inspections. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 300, S.P. 115
An Act To Appropriate Funds To Help Restore the Historic Wood Island Life Saving Station in Kittery. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 301, S.P. 116
An Act To Improve Insurance Coverage for First Responders Answering a Call to Duty. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 302, S.P. 117
An Act To Encourage Responsible Consumer Fireworks Use. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 303, S.P. 118
An Act To Improve Communications Regarding Executive Sessions. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 304, S.P. 119
An Act To Support Marketing of Maine's Farms and Fisheries. (Presented by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox)

L.D. 305, S.P. 120
An Act To Authorize Circus Conservatory of America To Grant Baccalaureate Degrees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 306, S.P. 121
Resolve, To Prevent Overpayment for Virtual Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 307, S.P. 122
An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Exempt Certain Walkways and Trails from Setback Requirements. (Presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York)

L.D. 308, S.P. 123
An Act To Cap Fines Imposed for Certain Motor Carrier Violations. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 309, S.P. 124
An Act To Connect the Citizens of the State to the State's Natural Resources by Establishing Standards for Relief from Regulatory Burdens. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 310, S.P. 125
An Act To Prevent Organized Retail Crime. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 311, S.P. 126
An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 312, H.P. 206
An Act To Allow the Sale of Unregulated Farm-produced Dairy Products at the Site of Production. (Presented by Representative NOON of Sanford)

L.D. 313, H.P. 207
An Act To Create a Sustainable Solution to the Handling, Management and Disposal of Solid Waste in the State. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 314, H.P. 208
An Act To Amend the Administration of the Transportation System in the Department of Education. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 315, H.P. 209
An Act To Provide a Refund of Fuel Taxes to Maine Ambulance Companies. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 316, H.P. 210
An Act To Provide a Waiver of Short-term Camping Fees at State-owned Parks, Camping Areas and Beaches for Members of Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State. (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 317, H.P. 211
An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right of Access for Members of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Certain Public Lands in Aroostook County for Traditional Uses. (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 318, H.P. 212
An Act To Appropriate Funds to Kennebec Valley Community College for its Programs in Allied Health. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 319, H.P. 213
An Act To Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services. (Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell)

L.D. 320, H.P. 214
An Act Regarding Retrieving Wounded Bear. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 321, H.P. 215
An Act To Protect Consumers against Residential Real Estate Title Defects. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 322, H.P. 216
An Act To Enhance the Creative Economy by Providing a Sales Tax Exemption to Incorporated Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 323, H.P. 217
An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Transportation To Complete the Assessment for the Completion of the State-owned St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad Line. (Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 324, H.P. 218
An Act To Control Fireworks in Monhegan Island Plantation. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 325, H.P. 219
An Act To Strengthen Recycling of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 326, H.P. 220
An Act To Transfer Ownership of the Monhegan Water Company. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 327, H.P. 221
An Act To Require Prescribers of Controlled Substances To Use the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Software. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 328, H.P. 222
An Act To Allow Personal Representatives of Children Access to Certain Documents of the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Child Protective Activities. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 329, H.P. 223
An Act To Allow Equipment Rental Companies To Sell Equipment Insurance. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 330, H.P. 224
An Act To Protect Rights and Privileges Granted under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maine. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 331, H.P. 225
An Act To Quantitatively Evaluate State Contracts. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 332, H.P. 226
An Act To Exempt from Sales Tax Sales to Certain Nonprofit Corporations That Provide Home Rehabilitation and Modification Services to Low-income Individuals. (Presented by Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor)

L.D. 333, H.P. 227
An Act To Help Veterans To Receive Benefits. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 334, H.P. 228
An Act To Improve the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 335, H.P. 229
An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops. (Presented by Representative MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 336, H.P. 230
An Act To Combine Outstanding Student Loan Debt with a Home Mortgage. (Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford)

L.D. 337, H.P. 231
An Act To Require Lienholders To Remove Liens Once Satisfied. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 338, H.P. 232
An Act To Reduce Remedial Course Requirements at Maine Community Colleges. (Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford)

L.D. 339, H.P. 233
An Act To Clarify That the Telephone Number 9-1-1 Is the Primary Number Advertised or Promoted for Emergency Response Services. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 340, H.P. 234
An Act To Repeal the Sunset of the Green Power Offer. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 341, H.P. 235
An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse. (Presented by Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono)

L.D. 342, H.P. 236
An Act To Reduce the E-9-1-1 Surcharge. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 343, H.P. 237
An Act To Align the Federal Affordable Care Act's Health Care Coverage Opportunities and Hospital Charity Care. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 344, S.P. 127
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Confidentiality of Library Records. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 345, S.P. 128
An Act To Require Motorists To Move to a Nonadjacent Lane or Slow Down for Certain Stationary Vehicles. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 346, S.P. 129
An Act To Require Shared Parenting of Minor Children When the Parents Separate. (Presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York)

L.D. 347, S.P. 130
An Act Concerning Billing between Emergency Medical Services Providers and Insurance Companies. (Presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York)

L.D. 348, S.P. 131
An Act To Provide for 2-year Motor Vehicle Inspection Stickers. (Presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York)

L.D. 349, S.P. 132
An Act To Ensure Accountability of Guardians Ad Litem. (Presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York)

L.D. 350, S.P. 133
An Act To Expedite MaineCare Payments for School Administrative Units. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 351, H.P. 238
An Act To Reinstate as a Nonprofit Corporation the Orchard Hills Umbrella Association. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor)

L.D. 352, H.P. 239
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 119: Motor Vehicle Fuel Volatility Limit, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 353, H.P. 240
An Act To Ensure Maine's Elver Fishermen Can Fully Access Maine's Elver Resource. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PIERCE of Dresden)

L.D. 354, H.P. 241
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Enhance Public Transportation in the Bangor Area. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 355, H.P. 242
An Act To Extend the Statute of Limitations for the Prosecution of the Crime of Robbery. (Presented by Representative VEROW of Brewer)

L.D. 356, H.P. 243
An Act To Permit the New England School of Dental Technology To Grant the Degree of Bachelor of Science. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 357, H.P. 244
Resolve, To Study Options for a State Demand Response Program. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 358, H.P. 245
An Act To Provide Additional Oversight over the Management of the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

L.D. 359, H.P. 246
An Act To Assist Persons with Breast Cancer. (Presented by Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville)

L.D. 360, H.P. 247
An Act To Clarify That the Information Gathered during Investigations of Attorneys by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services Is Confidential. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 361, H.P. 248
An Act To Allow Licensed Dental Professionals To Own Dental Practices. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 362, H.P. 249
An Act To Require Dentists To Disclose the Cost and Origin of Off-site Laboratory Services. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 363, H.P. 250
An Act Regarding Learner's Permits for Driver's Licenses. (Presented by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln)

L.D. 364, H.P. 251
An Act To Allow a Sales Representative To Serve Spirits or Wine at a Tasting Event. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 365, H.P. 252
An Act To Provide a Tax Reduction for Modifications To Make a Home More Accessible for a Person with a Disability. (Presented by Representative VEROW of Brewer)

L.D. 366, H.P. 253
An Act Regarding the Sale and Taxation of Hard Cider. (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 367, S.P. 135
An Act To Protect the Income of Service Workers. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 368, S.P. 136
An Act To Integrate the State's General Assistance and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 369, S.P. 137
An Act To Align Municipal General Assistance Programs with the Immigration Status Policies of the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 370, S.P. 138
An Act To Amend the Lobbyist Disclosure Procedures Law. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009.)

L.D. 371, S.P. 139
An Act To Enhance Safety for Highway Maintenance Vehicles. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 372, S.P. 140
An Act To Enhance the Promotion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities in Maine by the Office of Tourism. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 373, S.P. 141
An Act To Allow a Moose Permit To Be Transferred to a Family Member. (Presented by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox)

L.D. 374, S.P. 142
An Act To Require School Administrators To Complete 50 Hours of Direct Student Instruction To Be Recertified. (Presented by Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 375, S.P. 143
An Act To Create a Blue Alert Program in Maine. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 376, S.P. 144
An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 377, S.P. 145
An Act To Continue the Visual and Digital Media Loan Program and the Visual and Digital Media Loan Fund. (Presented by Senator VALENTINO of York)

L.D. 378, S.P. 146
An Act To Facilitate the Issuance of a Gravestone for a Deceased Veteran with No Next of Kin. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 379, S.P. 147
An Act To Create the Sex Offender Management and Risk Assessment Advisory Commission. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 380, S.P. 148
Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Aid with the End of Student Hunger. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 381, S.P. 149
An Act To Change the Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements To Extend the Time between Inspections. (Presented by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox)

L.D. 382, S.P. 150
An Act To Amend the Allowable Security Freeze Fees Charged by a Consumer Reporting Agency. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 383, S.P. 151
An Act Requiring Corporations To Have Approval from a Majority of Their Shareholders before Making Political Contributions Valued at Greater Than $5,000. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 384, S.P. 152
Resolve, To Study the Design and Implementation of Options for a Universal Health Care Plan in the State That Is in Compliance with the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 385, S.P. 153
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Improvements to Facilities at the University of Maine System Campuses. (Presented by Senator DILL of Penobscot)

L.D. 386, S.P. 154
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Farmland Restoration. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 387, S.P. 155
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Agricultural Enterprises and Encourage the Use of Local Farm Products in Public Schools. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 388, H.P. 254
An Act Regarding Timber Harvesting on Land Managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 389, H.P. 255
An Act Relating to the Sale of Hypodermic Apparatuses. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 390, H.P. 256
An Act To Enforce Restrictions in Parking Spaces and Access Designated for Persons with a Walking Disability. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 391, H.P. 257
Resolve, To Create a State-run Virtual Academy Providing Maine Students with Access to Online Learning through Their Existing School Districts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 392, H.P. 258
An Act To Eliminate the Maine School Performance Grading System. (Presented by Representative CHENETTE of Saco)

L.D. 393, H.P. 259
An Act To Create a Unified Board of Higher Education. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 394, H.P. 260
Resolve, To Lower the Department of Environmental Protection's 5-point Odor Intensity Referencing Scale for Odor Control at Solid Waste Processing Facilities. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 395, H.P. 261
An Act To Amend the Site Location of Development Laws. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 396, H.P. 262
An Act To Encourage the Use of Alternatives to Single-use Plastic Disposable Bags. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 397, H.P. 263
An Act Regarding the Packaging and Labeling of Disposable Cleaning and Personal Hygiene Products. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 398, H.P. 264
An Act To Allow Consumers of Cable Television To Purchase Channels Individually. (Presented by Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship)

L.D. 399, H.P. 265
An Act To Designate a Youth Bear Hunting Day. (Presented by Representative WOOD of Sabattus)

L.D. 400, H.P. 266
An Act To Continue To Permit Persons 70 Years of Age and Older To Hunt with a Crossbow. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 401, H.P. 267
An Act To Create Transparency in the Mortgage Foreclosure Process. (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

L.D. 402, H.P. 268
Resolve, To Amend Rules Regarding Proof of Ownership of Logging Equipment and Recruitment by Employers Employing Foreign Laborers To Operate Logging Equipment. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 403, H.P. 269
An Act To Eliminate the Exception from Minimum Wage Laws for Workers Who Receive Tips. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 404, H.P. 270
An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions. (Presented by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst)

L.D. 405, H.P. 271
An Act To Support Expanded Capacity for Breeding Wild Atlantic Salmon in Downeast Rivers. (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 406, H.P. 272
An Act To Increase the Salaries of the Governor and Legislators. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 407, H.P. 273
An Act To Buy American-made Products. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 408, H.P. 274
An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Changes in Sea Level. (Presented by Representative BLUME of York)

L.D. 409, H.P. 275
An Act To Lower the Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero. (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 410, H.P. 276
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Transportation To Require the Word "Danger" on All Road Signs That Warn of Moose. (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 411, H.P. 277
Resolve, Regarding Engineering for Route 161. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 412, H.P. 278
An Act Regarding Telephonic Political Communications and Push Polling. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 413, H.P. 279
An Act To Expand Access to Absentee Ballots. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston)

L.D. 414, H.P. 281
An Act To Remove Certain Exemptions to the Laws Concerning Tree Specialists. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of China)

L.D. 415, H.P. 282
An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 416, H.P. 283
An Act To Provide for Direct Appeals under the Maine Juvenile Code to the Supreme Judicial Court. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 417, H.P. 284
An Act Regarding Measures To Ensure Students Can Demonstrate Proficiency in Financial Literacy. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 418, H.P. 285
Resolve, To Study the Use of Social Impact Bonds as a Funding Mechanism for Public Education Programs in Maine. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 419, H.P. 286
An Act To Promote Academic Opportunities for Maine Youth during Summer Months. (Presented by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth)

L.D. 420, H.P. 287
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Filing Fees for Proposed Transmission Line Projects. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 421, H.P. 288
An Act To Improve Program Integrity Activities within the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 422, H.P. 289
An Act To Improve Access to Treatments for Lyme Disease. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 423, H.P. 290
An Act To Require Child-resistant Packaging for Products Containing Liquid Nicotine. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 424, H.P. 291
An Act To Allow the Use of Suppressors for Hunting Nuisance Wildlife. (Presented by Representative WOOD of Sabattus)

L.D. 425, H.P. 292
An Act To Prohibit False Labeling of Marine Organisms. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 426, H.P. 293
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Address Sea Level Rise. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 427, H.P. 294
An Act To Address and Mitigate the Effects of Marine Debris. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

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 cannot mail bill text electronically.

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