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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 10

Friday, March 20, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 13, 2015

Ch. 2 - An Act To Allow Licensed Independent Practice Dental Hygienists To Expose and Process Radiographs under Protocols Developed by the Board of Dental Examiners. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 319, L.D. 918)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ch. 3 - An Act Regarding Educator Effectiveness. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 250, L.D. 692) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Ch. 1 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21: Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 10, L.D. 7)

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, MARCH 20, 2015

L.D. 919, H.P. 638
An Act To Provide Access to Opioid Analgesics with Abuse-deterrent Properties. (Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco)

L.D. 920, H.P. 639
An Act To Require Mortgage Servicers To Act in Good Faith in Dealings with Homeowners. (Presented by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick)

L.D. 921, H.P. 640
An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 922, H.P. 641
An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption for Pension or Retirement Plans for Veterans Who Are Totally Disabled. (Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 923, H.P. 642
An Act To Create Jobs and Increase Consumer Wine Choice. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 924, H.P. 643
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Enhance State Parks. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 925, H.P. 644
An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 926, H.P. 645
Resolve, To Increase the Number of Days a Junior Hunter May Hunt Deer. (Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals)

L.D. 927, H.P. 646
An Act To Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at Institutions That Are Closing. (Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals)

L.D. 928, H.P. 647
Resolve, To Enhance Consumer Awareness of Expenditures and Gifts by Manufacturers of Prescribed Products. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 929, S.P. 320
An Act Relative to the Escheat of United States Savings Bonds. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 930, S.P. 321
An Act To Attract Young Families to Maine and Keep Young Families in Maine by Expanding the Child Care Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 931, S.P. 322
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development for the University of Maine System. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 932, S.P. 323
An Act To Designate a Sales Tax Holiday. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 933, S.P. 324
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To End Student Hunger in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 934, S.P. 325
An Act To Create Transparency in Maine's Economic Development Spending. (Presented by Senator DILL of Penobscot)

L.D. 935, S.P. 326
An Act Regarding Alcohol Manufacturing Licenses Issued to Research Facilities. (Presented by Senator DILL of Penobscot)

L.D. 936, S.P. 327
An Act To Protect Children from Sexual Predators, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 937, S.P. 328
An Act Regarding Residential Drinking Water Arsenic Testing. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 938, S.P. 329
An Act To Clarify Maine's Fertilizer Quality Control Laws. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 939, S.P. 330
An Act To Increase Transparency in the University of Maine System Regarding Procurement and Administrative Costs. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 940, S.P. 331
Resolve, To Require Hospitals To Provide Information to Parents of Infants Regarding Testing for Krabbe Disease. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 941, S.P. 332
An Act To Improve Tax Expenditure Transparency and Accountability. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 942, S.P. 333
An Act To Permit the Use of Firearm Noise Suppression Devices in Hunting and To Provide for a Chief Law Enforcement Officer's Certification for Certain Firearms. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 943, S.P. 334
An Act To Provide Access to Infertility Treatment. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 944, S.P. 335
An Act Regarding Recovery of Emergency Response Costs Related to an OUI Offense. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 945, H.P. 648
An Act To Manage Electricity Rates To Lower Consumer Electricity Bills and Increase Utilities' Cash Flow through 3rd-party Management of Smart Meters. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 946, H.P. 649
An Act To Change Laws Amended by Public Law 2013, Chapter 369, Also Known as the Omnibus Energy Act. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 947, H.P. 650
An Act To Fund State Efforts To Reduce the Landfilling of Solid Waste. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 948, H.P. 651
An Act To Harmonize Maine's Laws Governing Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products with Those of Other States. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 949, H.P. 652
An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Commission on Independent Living and Disability. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 950, H.P. 653
An Act To Prohibit Discrimination against a Person Who Is Not Vaccinated. (Presented by Representative SAWICKI of Auburn)

L.D. 951, H.P. 654
An Act To Restore Judicial Discretion in the Administration of Fines. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 952, H.P. 655
An Act Regarding the Licensure of Funeral Service Providers. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 953, H.P. 656
An Act To Implement Changes in the Family Division To Improve the Experience of Pro Se Litigants. (Presented by Representative SEAVEY of Kennebunkport)

L.D. 954, H.P. 657
An Act To Amend the Maine Property Insurance Cancellation Control Laws. (Presented by Representative WALLACE of Dexter)

L.D. 955, H.P. 658
An Act To Make Changes to Laws Governing Condominiums Regarding the Display of Signs. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 956, S.P. 336
An Act To Create Community Schools. (Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 957, S.P. 337
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Attorney General, Secretary of State and Treasurer of State. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 958, S.P. 338
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Group Trusts Established by Self-insurers of Workers' Compensation Benefits. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 959, S.P. 339
An Act To Amend the Membership of the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund Board. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 960, H.P. 659
An Act To Support Family Caregivers in the Workforce. (Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford)

L.D. 961, H.P. 660
An Act To Support Tourism Development in the City of Sanford. (Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford)

L.D. 962, H.P. 661
An Act To Require the Attorney General To Investigate the Death of a Person in Police Custody or in a Correctional Facility. (Presented by Representative BATES of Westbrook)

L.D. 963, H.P. 662
An Act To Strengthen the Benefits of the State Earned Income Tax Credit for Childless Workers. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 964, H.P. 663
An Act To Provide Access to Private Apartment Complexes for Political Candidates. (Presented by Representative VACHON of Scarborough)

L.D. 965, H.P. 664
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit the Freezing of Property Taxes on the Homes of Maine Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 966, H.P. 665
An Act To Assist Patients in Need of Psychiatric Services. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 967, H.P. 666
An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2015-16. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the administrator of the unorganized territory pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 968, S.P. 340
An Act To Expand Access to Affordable Higher Education and To Strengthen Workforce Development. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 969, S.P. 341
An Act To Preserve Jobs and Primary Care Services in Rural and Underserved Areas of Maine. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 970, S.P. 342
An Act Regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Requirements. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 971, S.P. 343
An Act To Reinstate the State Fire Marshal's Authority To Inspect Amusement Rides. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 972, H.P. 669
An Act To Provide for the Nonpartisan Election of County Officials. (Presented by Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford)

L.D. 973, H.P. 670
An Act To Ensure That Nicotine Products Are Taxed Equally. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 974, H.P. 671
An Act To Provide Compensation to a Corrections Officer Injured by a Patient or Prisoner. (Presented by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick)

L.D. 975, H.P. 672
An Act Regarding Travel Insurance in the Maine Insurance Code. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 976, H.P. 673
An Act To Eliminate Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens on Motor Vehicle Dealer-to-dealer Transactions. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 977, H.P. 674
An Act To Improve Child Care in the State. (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 978, H.P. 675
An Act To Promote Patient Choice and Access to Health Care. (Presented by Representative DOORE of Augusta)

L.D. 979, H.P. 676
Resolve, To Provide for Workforce Development in the Forest Products Industry. (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 980, H.P. 677
An Act To Restore Revenue Sharing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham)

L.D. 981, H.P. 678
An Act To Establish a Veterinary School. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 982, S.P. 344
An Act Requiring a Permit and Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance for Transportation Network Companies. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 983, S.P. 345
An Act To Clarify Wine Auction Licenses. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 984, H.P. 679
An Act To Authorize the Dispensing of Eyeglasses with an Expired Prescription. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 985, H.P. 680
An Act To Align Maine's School Marketing Law with Current Federal Food Standards. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 986, H.P. 681
An Act To Streamline Certain Regulations on Small Distilleries. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 987, H.P. 682
An Act To Suspend the Right of an Out-of-state Toll Violator To Operate a Motor Vehicle on Maine Roads. (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 988, H.P. 683
An Act To Create the Crime of Operating While Fatigued. (Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn)

L.D. 989, H.P. 684
An Act To Limit the Use of Extended-release Hydrocodone Bitartrate. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 990, H.P. 685
An Act To Limit Agency Expenditures To Influence Elections. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 991, H.P. 686
An Act To Amend Maine's Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Old Town)

L.D. 992, H.P. 687
An Act To Regulate Standards of Service for Mobile Telecommunications Services and Broadband Services. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 993, H.P. 688
Resolve, To Allow a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe To Conduct a Pilot Project in Hemp Cultivation. (Presented by Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 994, H.P. 689
An Act To Create a Priority Lien Securing 6 Months of Assessments under the Maine Condominium Act. (Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells)

L.D. 995, H.P. 690
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Participating Local Districts in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells)

L.D. 996, H.P. 691
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Rural Areas of the State. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 997, H.P. 692
An Act To Streamline Licensing Requirements for and Payments from Veterans' Organizations. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 998, H.P. 693
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Collect Data on and To Monitor Ocean Acidification. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 999, H.P. 694
An Act To Ensure Proper Adoption of Rules by All Departments, Agencies and Boards. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1000, H.P. 695
An Act To Define Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices for Purposes of the Sales Tax Law. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1001, H.P. 696
An Act To Enact a New Hire Tax Credit and To Create Initiatives To Help Families Move from Assistance to Employment. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1002, H.P. 697
An Act To Appropriate $500,000 for the Electronic Monitoring Fund. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1003, H.P. 698
An Act To Prohibit Discrimination by Employers and Protect the Privacy of an Applicant for Employment, an Employee or an Employee's Dependents Regarding Reproductive Health Decisions. (Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell)

L.D. 1004, H.P. 699
An Act To Provide Incentives To Foster Economic Growth and Build Infrastructure in the State by Encouraging Visual Media Production. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 1005, H.P. 700
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Medical Examiners. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1006, S.P. 346
An Act To Prevent Beneficiaries under the Statewide Food Supplement Program from Carrying Forward Unused Benefit Amounts. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1007, S.P. 347
Resolve, To Study the Tax Exemption Provided to Nonprofit Entities. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1008, S.P. 348
An Act To Extend Options for Publicly Funded Projects. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1009, S.P. 349
An Act To Benefit the Education of Denturism Students. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1010, S.P. 350
An Act To Afford Public Employers Flexibility To Achieve Efficiency and Quality in Management. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1011, S.P. 351
An Act To Address Drug Testing in the Workplace and the Effect of Approved Substances on Current Drug Policy. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1012, S.P. 352
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Length of Terms of Senators. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1013, S.P. 353
An Act To Prevent the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1014, S.P. 354
An Act To Ensure Confidentiality of Personally Identifying Information for Private Investigators, Investigative Assistants and Dependents of Deployed Members of the Military. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1015, S.P. 355
An Act To Require Large Employers To Report Compensation Information. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1016, S.P. 356
An Act To Allow Retired Marine Patrol Officers To Obtain up to 2 Marine Fisheries Licenses. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1017, S.P. 358
An Act To Update Maine's Family Law. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1018, H.P. 701
An Act To Make Certain Necessary Appropriations and Allocations. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1019, H.P. 702
An Act Making Unified 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, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1020, H.P. 703
An Act To Make Certain Necessary Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1021, H.P. 704
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1022, H.P. 705
An Act To Protect the Future of Harness Racing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAREAN of Hollis)

L.D. 1023, H.P. 706
An Act To Revise the Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative MAREAN of Hollis)

L.D. 1024, H.P. 707
An Act To Preserve Agricultural Fairs. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAREAN of Hollis)

L.D. 1025, H.P. 708
An Act To Require Motorized Scooters To Be Equipped with Flags. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

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