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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 12

Friday, April 3, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ch. 6 - An Act To Require Notice to Municipalities of Certain Licensing and Registration Actions Taken by the Emergency Medical Services' Board. (H.P. 56, L.D. 62)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ch. 7 - An Act To Adjust Appropriations and Allocations from the General Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of the Department of Education, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine State Museum and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2015. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 167, L.D. 235) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 8 - An Act To Change the Name of the Public Utilities Commission's Consumer Assistance Division. (S.P. 175, L.D. 446)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ch. 9 - An Act To Extend the Period of Time for Persons Who Purchase Special Fuel and Gasoline for Off-highway Use To Apply for the Special Fuel and Gasoline Tax Refunds. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 170, L.D. 238)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 3 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Transportation To Name the Interstate 95 Rest Area in Hampden the Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Rest Area. (H.P. 49, L.D. 55)

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Naming the Bridges That Span the Machias River in Machias the Jeremiah O'Brien Memorial Bridges. (H.P. 60, L.D. 66)

Ch. 5 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 22: Standards for Outdoor Application of Pesticides by Powered Equipment in Order To Minimize Off-target Deposition, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 145, L.D. 202)

Ch. 6 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 28: Notification Provisions for Outdoor Pesticide Applications, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 146, L.D. 203)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 7 - Resolve, To Name the Route 11 Bridge over the Saco River in Standish and Limington the Veterans Memorial Bridge. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 4, L.D. 1)

Ch. 8 - Resolve, To Name Interstate 295 from Scarborough to West Gardiner the Richard A. Coleman Highway. (S.P. 48, L.D. 115)

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, APRIL 3, 2015

L.D. 1135, S.P. 404
An Act Regarding the Requirements for Sprinkler Systems in Townhouses. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1136, S.P. 405
An Act To Amend the Maine Business Corporation Act. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1137, S.P. 406
An Act To Promote Reemployment of Unemployed Workers. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1138, S.P. 407
An Act Regarding Municipal Reporting of Statewide Elections. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1139, S.P. 408
An Act To Provide for the 2015 and 2016 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1140, S.P. 409
An Act To Promote Economic Development. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1141, H.P. 779
An Act To Increase the Affordability of College Tuition and Attract Professionals to Maine. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1142, H.P. 780
An Act Regarding the Taxation of Out-of-state Pensions. (Presented by Representative TURNER of Burlington)

L.D. 1143, H.P. 781
An Act To Promote Protection of Intertidal Rockweed Habitat. (Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias)

L.D. 1144, H.P. 782
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1145, H.P. 783
An Act To Improve Maine's Involuntary Commitment Processes. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1146, H.P. 784
An Act To Increase Investment in Maine. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1147, H.P. 785
An Act To Clarify the Mortgage Foreclosure Sale Process. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1148, H.P. 786
An Act To Implement a Local Ballot Referendum for Municipalities To Disallow Tax-exempt Status to Large Land Trusts. (Presented by Representative KINNEY of Limington)

L.D. 1149, H.P. 787
Resolve, Directing the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention To Report on Progress toward Meeting Healthy Maine 2020 Goals Pertaining to Reproductive Health. (Presented by Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville)

L.D. 1150, H.P. 788
An Act Regarding Maximum Allowable Cost Pricing Lists Used by Pharmacy Benefit Managers. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston)

L.D. 1151, H.P. 789
An Act To Prevent the Infestation of Firewood by Invasive Species. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1152, H.P. 790
An Act To Amend the Definition of "Property Fiscal Capacity" in the School Funding Law To Address Inequities Affecting Municipalities Experiencing Significant Reductions in Value. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1153, H.P. 791
An Act To Restore Local Control of Education to Towns. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1154, H.P. 792
An Act To Provide for the Establishment of Benefit Corporations. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1155, H.P. 793
An Act Concerning Electronic Monitoring and Increased Bail for Certain Crimes Involving Violence. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 1156, H.P. 794
An Act Regarding the Board of Dental Examiners. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford)

L.D. 1157, H.P. 795
An Act To Protect Preemployment Credit Privacy. (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1158, S.P. 410
An Act To Improve the Ability of Mental Health Professionals To Assess the Risk of Suicide. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1159, S.P. 411
An Act To Modify the Property Tax Abatement Laws. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1160, S.P. 412
An Act To Make Possession of a Firearm with an Altered or Obscured Serial Number a Class C Crime. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1161, S.P. 413
Resolve, To Modify the Deed for a Parcel of Property in the Town of Carrabassett Valley. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1162, H.P. 796
An Act To Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1163, H.P. 797
An Act To Amend the Garnishment Laws of the State. (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

L.D. 1164, H.P. 798
An Act To Promote Tourism and Foster Economic Development. (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1165, H.P. 799
An Act To Enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1166, H.P. 800
An Act To Protect Taxpayers by Regulating Personal Services Contracts. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair)

L.D. 1167, S.P. 414
An Act To Modernize Maine's Broadband Standards. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1168, S.P. 415
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain in Certain Public-private Partnerships and To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain by a Private Business Entity in a Public-private Partnership. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1169, S.P. 416
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Permit 25 Acres or Less To Be Withdrawn from Taxation as Timberland and Woodland without Penalty. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1170, H.P. 801
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 11: Rules Governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 and approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council.)

L.D. 1171, H.P. 802
An Act To Protect Certain Information under the Maine Human Rights Act. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 1172, H.P. 803
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Rules for Permitting Overlimit Commercial Motor Vehicles of Specified Configurations To Travel Designated Routes, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Transportation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Transportation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 and approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council.)

L.D. 1173, H.P. 805
An Act To Improve School Administrative Efficiency and Expand Capacity for Professional Growth for Educators with Regional Collaborative Programs and Services. (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1174, H.P. 806
Resolve, To Study the Feasibility and Cost of Providing Passenger Rail Service to the City of Bangor. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Old Town)

L.D. 1175, H.P. 807
An Act To Amend Maine's Motor Vehicle Statutes. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 1176, H.P. 808
An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Possession of Powdered Alcohol in the State. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 1177, H.P. 809
An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission Regarding the Maine Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 27, section 2.)

L.D. 1178, H.P. 811
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maple Syrup Task Force. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1179, H.P. 812
An Act To Prohibit the Selling of Humans. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1180, H.P. 813
An Act To Require Education in Public Preschool Programs and Elementary Schools Regarding Child Sexual Abuse. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1181, H.P. 814
An Act To Limit Liability for Certain Successor Corporations under Specific Circumstances. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1182, H.P. 815
An Act To Exempt Certain Agricultural Buildings from the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Representative FARRIN of Norridgewock)

L.D. 1183, H.P. 816
An Act To Strengthen the Craft Distillery Industry in Maine. (Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram)

L.D. 1184, H.P. 817
An Act To Provide Funds to the Town of Millinocket Due to the Loss in Valuation of the Katahdin Paper Company. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1185, H.P. 818
An Act To Establish the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. (Presented by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft)

L.D. 1186, H.P. 819
An Act To Promote Professional Training and Security in Maine Courts. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 1187, H.P. 820
An Act To Specify the Record-keeping Requirements for Social Workers. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1188, H.P. 821
An Act To Implement a Rental Assistance Program for Low-income Households and Individuals. (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 1189, H.P. 822
An Act To Make Certain Local Primaries Nonpartisan. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1190, S.P. 417
An Act To Amend the Androscoggin County Charter. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1191, S.P. 418
An Act To Remove the Municipal Mandate To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1192, S.P. 419
An Act Regarding Campaign Finance Reform. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1193, S.P. 420
An Act To Encourage Good Nutrition and Healthy Choices in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1194, S.P. 421
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Contract with and Dispose of Waste, including Residue, in State-owned Solid Waste Disposal Facilities, as Allowed under a Facility License, To Ensure Compliance with the Solid Waste Management Hierarchy. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1195, S.P. 422
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Workers' Compensation. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1196, S.P. 423
An Act To Correct and Clarify Maine's Fish and Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1197, S.P. 424
An Act To Allow Certificate of Approval Holders under the Liquor Licensing Laws To Donate Alcohol to Nonprofit Organizations. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1198, S.P. 425
An Act To Improve Representation on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1199, S.P. 426
An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1200, S.P. 427
An Act To Create a Civil Cause of Action for Intentional Interference with Business Operations. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1201, S.P. 428
An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To Have a Drug-free Workplace Policy. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1202, S.P. 429
Resolve, To Ensure the Stocking of Inland Waters in the State. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1203, S.P. 430
An Act To Address the Detrimental Effects of Abandoned Property. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1204, S.P. 432
An Act To Increase Recycling and Composting by Creating the Maine Recycling Fund. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1205, H.P. 823
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1206, H.P. 824
An Act To Allow County Corrections Officers To Participate in the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program. (Presented by Representative TUCKER of Brunswick)

L.D. 1207, H.P. 825
Resolve, To Implement an Online Professional Development Platform for Teachers and Educators. (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1208, H.P. 826
An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1209, H.P. 827
An Act To Increase the Effectiveness of Peer Supports in the State. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1210, H.P. 828
Resolve, To Convene a Work Group To Propose Changes to the Statutes Governing Dental Practice. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1211, H.P. 829
An Act To Provide Rule-making Powers and Increased Authority over Dental Hygienists to the Subcommittee on Dental Hygienists. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1212, H.P. 830
An Act To Support Transparency in Government through the Maine Capitol Connection Channel Program. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1213, H.P. 831
An Act To Ensure Fair Competition by and between Maine's Commercial Tracks. (Presented by Representative VACHON of Scarborough)

L.D. 1214, H.P. 832
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Mental Health Working Group. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 106, section 3.)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 833
An Act To Provide Lower Energy Costs to Maine Businesses and Residences by Carrying Out the Legislature's Intent Regarding Funding of the Efficiency Maine Trust. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1216, H.P. 834
An Act To Improve the Authority of Guardians of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

L.D. 1217, H.P. 835
An Act To Require at Least 2 Weeks' Advance Notice of the Work Schedule for Hourly Employees at Certain Businesses. (Presented by Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn)

L.D. 1218, H.P. 836
An Act Regarding the Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists. (Presented by Representative NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 1219, H.P. 837
An Act To Allow Active Members and Veterans of the Armed Forces Who Are at Least 18 Years of Age and under 21 Years of Age To Consume Alcohol at Eligible Veterans' Organization Posts and American Legion Halls. (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 1220, H.P. 838
An Act To Increase Funding for the Maine Community College System. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1221, H.P. 839
An Act To Enhance Energy Cost Reduction and Facilitate Heating Alternatives in furtherance of the Omnibus Energy Act. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

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.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/.

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