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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 14

Friday, April 17, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 16 - An Act To Adjust Appropriations and Allocations from the General Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 168, L.D. 236) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 17 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Gold Star Family Registration Plate. (H.P. 131, L.D. 173)

Ch. 18 - An Act To Allow Sufficient Time for Implementation of the Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth System for Educators. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 36, L.D. 38)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 19 - An Act To Establish Native American Heritage and Culture Day. (H.P. 13, L.D. 10)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ch. 20 - An Act To Limit the Liability of Landowners Who Allow Recreational Climbing on Their Land. (S.P. 13, L.D. 12)

Ch. 21 - An Act To Specify That Theft by Deception Includes False Claims Regarding Military Service. (H.P. 37, L.D. 43)

Ch. 22 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Service of Process in Eviction Actions. (H.P. 65, L.D. 71)

Ch. 23 - An Act To Restore the Right To Possess Certain Knives That Are Used by Many Citizens as Tools. (H.P. 182, L.D. 264)

Ch. 24 - An Act To Temporarily Reduce the Annual High-stakes Beano Fee from $50,000 to $25,000. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 188, L.D. 270)

Ch. 25 - An Act To Extend the Statutory Sunset of the Green Power Offer. (H.P. 234, L.D. 340)

Ch. 26 - An Act To Create a Blue Alert Program in Maine. (S.P. 143, L.D. 375)

Ch. 27 - An Act Relating to the Sale of Hypodermic Apparatuses. (H.P. 255, L.D. 389)

Ch. 28 - An Act To Clarify Municipal Capacity for Site Location of Development and Encourage Local Development. (S.P. 171, L.D. 442)

Ch. 29 - An Act To Allow the Resale of Electricity by Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. (S.P. 209, L.D. 593)

Ch. 30 - An Act To Make a Technical Correction to the Law Establishing the State Trauma Prevention and Control Advisory Committee within the Field of Public Safety. (S.P. 217, L.D. 624)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ch. 2 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Hampden Water District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 85, L.D. 216)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 9 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 143, L.D. 200)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ch. 10 - 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) (H.P. 239, L.D. 352)

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 17, 2015

L.D. 1315, H.P. 893
An Act To Amend Maine's Restructuring Laws. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1316, H.P. 894
An Act Regarding the Employment of Certified Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers. (Presented by Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 1317, H.P. 895
An Act To Provide Expedited Court Review of Child Visitation Provisions for Military Personnel on Duty out of State. (Presented by Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 1318, H.P. 896
An Act To Promote Individual Private Savings Accounts through a Public-private Partnership. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 1319, H.P. 897
An Act To Ensure That Wages and Benefits of Maine State Employees Serve a Public Purpose. (Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham)

L.D. 1320, H.P. 898
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1321, H.P. 899
An Act To Expand the Landowner Relations Program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1322, H.P. 900
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission Concerning the Probate Code. (Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco)

L.D. 1323, H.P. 901
An Act To Expand Rural Broadband. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1324, H.P. 902
An Act To Create Transparency with Regard to Large Employers in the State with Workforce Members Who Receive Public Benefits. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1325, H.P. 903
An Act To Ensure a Public Process When Discontinuing or Abandoning a Public Road. (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 1326, S.P. 478
An Act To Require Labeling of All Genetically Modified Products. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1327, S.P. 479
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1328, S.P. 480
An Act To Clarify the Ownership of and Access to Ancient and Family Burying Grounds. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1329, H.P. 904
An Act To Maximize the Benefits of Renewable Energy in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 1330, H.P. 905
An Act To Enhance Efficiency in the Collection of Child Support Obligations. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1331, H.P. 906
An Act To Provide Enhanced Enforcement of the Laws Governing Alcoholic Beverages. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1332, S.P. 481
An Act To Attract Entrepreneurs to the State. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1333, S.P. 482
An Act To Ensure Economic Stability in Washington County. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1334, S.P. 483
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Repair and Renovate the Former Cutler Naval Base in Washington County To Facilitate Development and Stimulate the Economy. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1335, H.P. 907
An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1336, H.P. 908
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Maine's Community Colleges. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1337, H.P. 909
An Act To Fully Fund the Family Caregiver Respite Program. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1338, H.P. 910
An Act Regarding Legal Representation in Certain Eviction Actions. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1339, S.P. 484
An Act To Provide Relief to Maine Ratepayers. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1340, S.P. 485
An Act To Enact the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1341, S.P. 487
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Maine's Housing Stock and Reduce Heating Costs and Oil Consumption. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 1342, H.P. 911
An Act To Prohibit Unauthorized Custody Transfers of Children. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 1343, H.P. 912
An Act To Increase Access to Postsecondary Education for Maine National Guard Members. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1344, H.P. 913
An Act To Protect Maine Consumers in the Individual Health Insurance Market and Support Maine's Economy. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1345, H.P. 914
An Act To Provide Funding for Incubators for Business Start-ups. (Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford)

L.D. 1346, H.P. 915
An Act To Establish a Comprehensive Gaming Policy. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1347, H.P. 916
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Clarify That Competitive Bid Provisions Apply to Grant Awards. (Submitted by the Government Oversight Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1348, H.P. 917
An Act To Protect Older Adults from Financial Exploitation. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1349, H.P. 918
An Act To Establish the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1350, H.P. 920
Resolve, To Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Direct-care Workers Serving Adults with Long-term Care Needs. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1351, H.P. 921
An Act To Ensure that Membership of Public Employees in Unions is Voluntary. (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

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/.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.