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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 11

Friday, March 27, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 4 - An Act To Prohibit Synthetic Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products and Over-the-counter Drugs. (S.P. 33, L.D. 85)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ch. 5 - An Act To Eliminate Outdated Provisions of the Laws Governing the Maine Turnpike Authority. (H.P. 155, L.D. 223)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ch. 1 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2016. (H.P. 160, L.D. 228)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 2 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Amend the School Emergency Drill Rules. (S.P. 34, L.D. 97)

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 27, 2015

L.D. 1026, H.P. 709
An Act To Make Confidential the E-mail Addresses of Applicants for Department of Marine Resources Licenses. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 1027, H.P. 710
An Act To Create an Elver Exporter's License. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1028, H.P. 711
An Act To Clarify Laws Concerning the Registration of Professional Engineers. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1029, H.P. 712
An Act To Improve Maine's Juvenile Justice System. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1030, H.P. 713
An Act To Better Coordinate the Work of Mental Health Crisis Agencies with Law Enforcement Agencies. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1031, H.P. 714
An Act To Improve the Unclaimed and Abandoned Property Laws. (Presented by Representative GREENWOOD of Wales)

L.D. 1032, H.P. 715
An Act To Implement the Combination Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Retirement Plan Described in a Report Submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs in March 2012. (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 1033, S.P. 359
Resolve, To Assist the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System To Reduce the Need for Remedial Education. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1034, S.P. 360
An Act To Prohibit the Use of EBT Cards for Cash Withdrawals. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1035, S.P. 361
An Act To Create a 9-month Time Limit on General Assistance Benefits. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1036, S.P. 362
An Act To Prioritize Use of Available Resources in General Assistance Programs. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1037, S.P. 363
An Act To Establish a 180-day Residency Requirement for Welfare Benefits. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1038, S.P. 364
An Act To Amend the Emergency Rule-making Authority of the Department of Marine Resources. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1039, S.P. 365
An Act To Amend the Polygraph Examiners Act. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1040, S.P. 366
An Act To Enhance Funding Opportunities for the Youth Conservation Corps. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1041, S.P. 367
An Act To Restore Farmlands and Improve Watersheds. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1042, S.P. 368
Resolve, To Create the Task Force on School Leadership. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1043, S.P. 369
An Act To Strengthen the Overboard Discharge Removal Grant Program. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1044, S.P. 370
An Act To Ensure That Collection Facilities Can Participate in the Architectural Paint Stewardship Program. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1045, S.P. 371
An Act To Modify the Laws Regarding the Collection and Recycling of Mercury-added Thermostats. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1046, S.P. 372
An Act To Penalize Legislators for Excessive Absences. (Presented by Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1047, H.P. 716
An Act To Allow for Collaboration in Public Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1048, H.P. 717
An Act To Allow School Administrative District No. 27 To Transfer Ownership of the St. Francis Elementary School to the Town of St. Francis. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1049, H.P. 718
An Act To Further Define Duties for Persons Who Hold Powers of Attorney or Act as Agents for Residents of Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1050, H.P. 719
An Act To Reimburse Nursing Homes for the Loss of Coinsurance and Deductibles for Skilled Nursing Beds under Rules Adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1051, H.P. 720
An Act To Prohibit Fuel Temperature Compensation When Fuel is Dispensed to Outdoor Tanks. (Presented by Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1052, H.P. 721
An Act To Feed Rural Citizens of the State. (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1053, H.P. 722
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Stimulate Investment in Innovation by Maine Businesses To Produce Nationally and Globally Competitive Products and Services. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1054, H.P. 723
An Act To Provide Funding for Head Start Services. (Presented by Representative McELWEE of Caribou)

L.D. 1055, H.P. 724
An Act To Allow a Municipality To Abate Taxes Assessed on Property That Is Destroyed. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1056, H.P. 725
An Act To Improve Snowmobiling in Maine. (Presented by Representative WOOD of Sabattus)

L.D. 1057, H.P. 726
An Act To Increase the Safety of Amusement Rides. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 1058, H.P. 727
An Act Regarding Medical Marijuana Registered Testing Laboratories. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1059, H.P. 728
An Act Relating to Marijuana Testing Facilities. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

L.D. 1060, H.P. 729
An Act To Strengthen Revenue Sharing. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1061, H.P. 730
Resolve, To Create the Commission To Study a Stable Continuum of Care for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1062, H.P. 731
An Act To Support Housing for Homeless Veterans. (Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1063, H.P. 732
An Act To Promote Community Broadband Planning and Strengthen Economic Opportunity throughout Maine. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1064, H.P. 733
Resolve, To Establish the Maine Summer Success Program. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1065, H.P. 734
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Temporary Powers of Attorney over Minors and Incapacitated Persons. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1066, H.P. 735
An Act To Provide for the Licensing of a Casino Owned by the Maliseet Tribal Government on Tribal Lands in Aroostook County. (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 1067, H.P. 736
An Act To Protect the Maine Clean Election Fund. (Presented by Representative DAVITT of Hampden)

L.D. 1068, H.P. 737
An Act To Allow Certain Active Duty Military Personnel To Pay the Resident Application Fee for a Concealed Handgun Permit. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 1069, H.P. 738
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1070, S.P. 373
An Act To Retain More Retirees in Maine. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1071, S.P. 374
An Act To Increase the Penalties for Vandalizing a Cemetery. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1072, S.P. 375
An Act To Encourage Maine's Economic Competitiveness. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1073, S.P. 376
An Act To Lower Energy Costs and Increase Access to Solar Energy for Agricultural Businesses. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1074, S.P. 377
An Act To Create a Cause of Action for Damage to Public Easements. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1075, S.P. 378
An Act To Amend the Charter of the Canton Water District. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1076, H.P. 739
An Act To Enact the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program. (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 1077, S.P. 379
An Act To Ensure Access to Public Health Nursing Care and Child and Maternal Health Nursing Care in Washington County. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1078, S.P. 380
An Act To Preserve MaineCare Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1079, S.P. 381
Resolve, To Support and Encourage the Expansion of Adult Family Care Services at Residential Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1080, H.P. 740
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway 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 McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1081, H.P. 742
An Act To Change the Individualized Education Program Notice Requirements. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 1082, H.P. 743
An Act To Ensure Equitable Support of Education for Maine Students in School Administrative District No. 6 and School Administrative District No. 44. (Presented by Representative AUSTIN of Gray)

L.D. 1083, H.P. 744
An Act To Facilitate the Use of Half-gallon Containers for Malt Liquor at Maine Brew Pubs. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1084, H.P. 745
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Exclude Wildlife Issues from Citizen Initiatives. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Old Town)

L.D. 1085, H.P. 746
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Receipt of a Request for Public Records. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1086, H.P. 747
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee To Create a Remedy for Unduly Burdensome and Oppressive Requests. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1087, H.P. 748
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Response Deadlines and Appeals. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1088, H.P. 749
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1089, H.P. 750
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Agriculture by Expanding the Powers of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1090, H.P. 751
Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project for Medicaid Reimbursement for Acupuncture Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1091, H.P. 752
An Act To Allow Youth Who Referee Sports To Be Paid Stipends. (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

L.D. 1092, H.P. 753
An Act To Prevent Abusive Debt Collection Practices. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1093, H.P. 754
An Act Regarding the Municipalities to Which the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Applies. (Presented by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft)

L.D. 1094, H.P. 755
An Act To Improve Tribal-state Relations. (Presented by Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1095, H.P. 756
An Act To Enhance the Property Tax Fairness Credit for Maine's Low-income Seniors and Other Low-income Residents. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1096, S.P. 383
An Act To Create the Crime of Intentional Interference with Business Operations. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1097, S.P. 384
An Act To Improve the Integrity of Maine's Welfare Programs. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1098, H.P. 758
An Act To Protect Children from Exposure to Pesticides. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1099, H.P. 759
An Act To Establish a Fund for the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Animal and Plant Disease and Insect Control Laboratory. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1100, H.P. 760
An Act To Expand Options for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1101, H.P. 761
An Act To Adopt a Retail Workers' Bill of Rights. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1102, H.P. 762
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Needs, Opportunities and Efficiency Associated with the Production of Salmonid Sport Fish in Maine. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1103, H.P. 763
Resolve, To Study Understaffing in State Agencies. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1104, H.P. 764
Resolve, To Exempt Local Fuel Delivery Vehicles from Hours-of-service Restrictions during Winter Months. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1105, H.P. 766
An Act To Protect Populations of Bees and Other Pollinators. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1106, H.P. 767
An Act To Compensate Beekeepers for Hive Losses. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1107, H.P. 768
An Act To Improve the Laws Governing the Purchasing of Power. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1108, H.P. 769
An Act To Protect Children and the Public from Electronic Cigarette Vapor. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1109, H.P. 770
An Act To Facilitate the Completion of Training by Certain Cosmetology Students. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 1110, H.P. 771
An Act To Modernize Road User Fees. (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1111, H.P. 772
An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities To Assist with the Maintenance of Veterans' Graves. (Presented by Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship)

L.D. 1112, H.P. 773
An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Acts of 1999 and 2013. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1113, S.P. 385
An Act To Replace the Bail Code with a System of Validated Risk Assessment Tools. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1114, S.P. 386
An Act To Protect Maine's Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1115, S.P. 387
An Act To Make the State's Standard for Lead Exposure in Children Consistent with the Federal Standard. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1116, S.P. 388
An Act To Authorize the Development of Thorium Energy. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1117, S.P. 389
An Act To Clarify the Policy for Withdrawal of Life Support from Minors. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1118, S.P. 390
Resolve, To Establish the Study Commission on the Social Emotional Learning and Development of Maine's Young Children. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1119, S.P. 391
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Filing of Wage Statements by Employers and To Clarify the Statute of Limitations under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1120, S.P. 392
An Act To Repeal the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1121, S.P. 393
An Act To Fund the Cold Case Homicide Unit in the Department of the Attorney General. (Presented by Senator VALENTINO of York)

L.D. 1122, S.P. 394
An Act Regarding the Use of Vehicles on Monhegan Island. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1123, S.P. 395
An Act To Amend the Campaign Reports and Finances Laws and the Maine Clean Election Act. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 1009.)

L.D. 1124, H.P. 775
An Act To Manage Risks Associated with the Installation of Natural Gas Pipelines. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1125, H.P. 776
An Act To Expand Public Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors. (Presented by Representative PETERSON of Rumford)

L.D. 1126, H.P. 777
An Act To Provide Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens and People with Disabilities. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1127, H.P. 778
An Act Regarding the Authority of the Secretary of State and the Attorney General To Conduct Investigations of Vote Recounts. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1128, S.P. 397
An Act To Make Minor Changes and Corrections to Statutes Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1129, S.P. 398
Resolve, To Support Home-based Care. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1130, S.P. 399
An Act To Clarify the Use of Lawyer's Trust Account Funds When the Owner Is Not Known or Cannot Be Located. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1131, S.P. 400
An Act To Create a Domestic Division within the Maine International Trade Center. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1132, S.P. 401
An Act To Invest in Maine Companies. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1133, S.P. 402
An Act To Require Snow and Ice To Be Removed from Vehicles before Operation. (Presented by Senator DILL of Penobscot)

L.D. 1134, S.P. 403
An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Distribute Information Regarding Down Syndrome to Providers of Prenatal and Postnatal Care and to Genetic Counselors. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

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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