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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 13

Friday, April 10, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ch. 10 - An Act Making Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2015. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 204, L.D. 286) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 3, 2015

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Exempt Certain Walkways and Trails from Setback Requirements. (S.P. 122, L.D. 307)

Ch. 12 - An Act To Rename B Stream in Houlton as Captain Ambrose Bear Stream. (H.P. 177, L.D. 245)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Stay Certain Suspensions Imposed by the Secretary of State Pending Appeal. (S.P. 83, L.D. 214)

Ch. 14 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Noncommercial Foreign Vessels. (S.P. 73, L.D. 198)

Ch. 15 - An Act To Strengthen the Craft Beer Industry. (S.P. 39, L.D. 102)

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 10, 2015

L.D. 1222, H.P. 840
An Act To Remove Barriers to School Construction Financing in Regional School Units. (Presented by Representative BABBIDGE of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1223, H.P. 841
An Act To Revise the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1224, H.P. 842
An Act To Amend the Child Protective Services Laws. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1225, H.P. 843
An Act To Limit the Use of Ropes and Buoys in Swim Areas in Great Ponds. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1226, H.P. 844
An Act To Establish a Comprehensive Hunting License. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1227, H.P. 845
An Act To Provide for Improved Reporting of Marine Resources Landings. (Presented by Representative KRUGER of Thomaston)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 846
An Act To Amend the Ballot Initiative Process To Ensure Support in Maine's Congressional Districts. (Presented by Representative SHORT of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1229, S.P. 434
Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Conduct Screenings for Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1230, S.P. 435
An Act To Create a Digital Portal for Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1231, S.P. 436
An Act To Create the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1232, S.P. 437
Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Amend Its Rules Regarding the Bag Limit on Smelts. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1233, S.P. 438
An Act To Improve Enforcement of Maine's Marine Resources Laws. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1234, S.P. 439
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Acquire the Frances Perkins Homestead. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1235, S.P. 440
An Act To Strengthen Standards-based Diplomas. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1236, S.P. 441
An Act To Change the Type of Rulemaking Required Regarding Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1237, S.P. 442
An Act Regarding the Filing of Death and Marriage Records. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1238, S.P. 443
An Act To Allow the Release of Child Protective Records to Certain Providers of Child and Adult Services. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1239, S.P. 444
An Act To Allow Persons To Train and Use Dogs To Hunt Coyotes. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1240, S.P. 445
An Act To Phase Out the Payment of Subminimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1241, S.P. 446
An Act To Increase Government Efficiency. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1242, S.P. 447
An Act To Protect Maine Consumers from Medical Identity Theft. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 1243, S.P. 448
An Act To Make the Law Regarding Critical Incident Stress Management Teams More Beneficial and Effective. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1244, S.P. 449
An Act To Amend Environmental Permitting Standards. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1245, S.P. 450
An Act To Preserve the Efficiency of Transportation Maintenance and Construction Activities. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1246, S.P. 451
An Act To Strengthen Laws Regarding the Manufacture and Sale of Methamphetamine and Other Drugs. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1247, H.P. 847
An Act To Release a Restriction on 2 Parcels of Former State Land in Greenbush Currently Owned by Anita P. Haskell. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1248, H.P. 848
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Land for Maine's Future Fund. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1249, H.P. 849
An Act To Bring Equity to the State Portion of the Education Funding Formula as It Applies to Regional School Unit No. 35. (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

L.D. 1250, H.P. 850
An Act To Reform Public Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1251, H.P. 851
An Act To Safeguard Students' Personal and Private Information. (Presented by Representative SAWICKI of Auburn)

L.D. 1252, H.P. 852
An Act To Protect Student Data. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1253, H.P. 853
An Act To Improve the Evaluation of Public Schools. (Presented by Representative BATES of Westbrook)

L.D. 1254, H.P. 854
An Act To Implement and Fund an Integrated Beach Management Program. (Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells)

L.D. 1255, H.P. 855
An Act To Improve Rural Utility Service through the Use of Microgrids. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 1256, H.P. 856
An Act To Improve the Safety and Survival of 9-1-1 Callers and First Responders. (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

L.D. 1257, H.P. 857
Resolve, To Make Home Heat Pumps Affordable. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1258, H.P. 858
An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act with Regard to Good Business Practices. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1259, H.P. 859
An Act To Increase Consumer Protections. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1260, H.P. 860
Resolve, Requiring the Judicial Department To Study Court Facility Needs in Oxford, Waldo and York Counties. (Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco)

L.D. 1261, H.P. 861
An Act To Correct Defects in Title Created by Improperly Discharged Mortgages. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1262, H.P. 862
An Act To Authorize Tribal-state Memoranda in the Eel and Elver Fisheries. (Presented by Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 1263, H.P. 863
An Act To Create Jobs and Promote Investment in Maine's Economy through Increased Access to Solar Energy. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1264, H.P. 864
An Act To Transfer Oversight of the Maine Quality Forum to the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Order 2015, H.P. 585.)

L.D. 1265, H.P. 865
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Order 2013, H.P. 1136.)

L.D. 1266, H.P. 866
An Act To Expand and Improve State-approved School Construction Projects. (Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford)

L.D. 1267, H.P. 867
An Act To Assist Working Families with Young Children. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1268, H.P. 868
An Act To Reform Welfare by Establishing Bridges to Sustainable Employment. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1269, H.P. 869
An Act To Restore Some Progressivity and Fairness to the State Income Tax. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1270, S.P. 452
An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1271, S.P. 453
An Act To Protect Patients Who Need Eye Care. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1272, S.P. 454
An Act To Strengthen the Protections for Senior Citizens in the State. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1273, S.P. 455
Resolve, To Create a License Plate To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1274, H.P. 870
An Act To Allow the Governor To Review Routine Technical Rules. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1275, H.P. 871
An Act Regarding Notice to the Public Pertaining to a Resident Person Deported from Canada to the United States for Committing a Sex Offense against a Child. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Rule 353.)

L.D. 1276, H.P. 872
An Act To Improve Educational Assessments of Maine Students. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1277, H.P. 873
An Act To Establish a Magnet School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering. (Presented by Representative GILLWAY of Searsport)

L.D. 1278, H.P. 874
An Act Regarding the Purchase of Essential Tools for the Repair of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1279, H.P. 875
An Act To Authorize Advance Deposit Wagering for Horse Racing. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 1280, H.P. 876
An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief by Expanding Gaming Opportunities. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 1281, S.P. 456
An Act To Reduce the Burden on Local Communities of Transportation Costs for Special Needs Students. (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1282, S.P. 457
An Act To Support Conservation and the Health and Wellness of Maine Youth through Physically Active Residential Environmental Education Programs. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1283, S.P. 458
An Act To Stimulate Economic Development and Create Jobs by Amending the Laws Governing Gaming. (Presented by Senator VALENTINO of York)

L.D. 1284, S.P. 459
An Act To Expand the Local Foods Economy. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1285, S.P. 460
An Act To Support School Nutrition. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1286, S.P. 461
An Act To Ensure the Use of Environmentally Responsible Insulation Materials in Taxpayer-funded Building Projects. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1287, S.P. 462
An Act To Ensure That Tax Expenditures Create High-quality Jobs. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1288, S.P. 463
An Act To Attract Skilled Professionals and Young Families to Maine. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1289, S.P. 464
An Act To Allow Retail Liquor Licensees To Sell Alcoholic Beverages for On-premises and Off-premises Consumption at One Location. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1290, S.P. 465
An Act To Repeal the Maine Clean Election Act and Direct the Savings To Be Used for the State's Contribution toward the Costs of Education Funding. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1291, H.P. 877
An Act To Promote Food Self-sufficiency for the People of the State. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 1292, H.P. 878
An Act To Allow for Super Cribbage Tournaments. (Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham)

L.D. 1293, H.P. 879
An Act To Allow a Local Distributed Energy Pilot Program. (Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford)

L.D. 1294, H.P. 880
An Act To Improve the Health of Maine Residents through Education and Health Care. (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 1295, H.P. 881
An Act To Streamline Regulation of Farms, Food Producers and Food Establishments. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 1296, H.P. 882
An Act To Repeal Authorization for Smelt Fishing in Mud Brook in Aroostook County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McELWEE of Caribou)

L.D. 1297, H.P. 883
An Act To Amend Marine Resources Licensing Restrictions for Wabanaki Tribal Members. (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 1298, H.P. 884
An Act Relating to the Creation of Public-private Facilities and Infrastructure. (Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham)

L.D. 1299, H.P. 885
An Act To Allow Educational Access for Families. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 1300, H.P. 886
An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs through Development of Cooperatives. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 1301, S.P. 466
An Act To Improve the Safety of Vulnerable Users in Traffic and To Clarify the Responsibilities of Bicyclists and Pedestrians. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1302, S.P. 467
An Act To Increase Competition and Ensure a Robust Information and Telecommunications Market. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1303, S.P. 468
An Act To Stabilize and Streamline the Department of Environmental Protection's Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund and Maine Coastal and Inland Surface Oil Clean-up Fund. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1304, S.P. 469
An Act To Permit Funds for Prearranged Funerals To Be Invested under a Wider Range of Options. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1305, S.P. 470
An Act To Encourage Health Insurance Consumers To Comparison Shop for Health Care Procedures and Treatment. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1306, S.P. 471
An Act To Affirm the Obligation To Support One's Children. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1307, S.P. 475
An Act To Fund the Maine Diversion Alert Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator WILLETTE of Aroostook)

L.D. 1308, S.P. 476
An Act To Eliminate the Requirement That Truck Campers Be Registered. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1309, H.P. 887
An Act To Create the Central Maine Water District. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 1310, H.P. 888
An Act To Amend the Community-based Renewable Energy Program. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1311, H.P. 889
An Act To Establish the Patient Compensation System Act. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1312, H.P. 890
An Act To License Outpatient Surgical Abortion Facilities. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1313, H.P. 891
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Nuclear Power Generating Facilities. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 1314, H.P. 892
An Act To Establish Primary Energy Goals for the State. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram)

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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