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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 18

Friday, May 15, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 8, 2015

Ch. 53 - An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Refund Amounts Collected in Excess of Tax Liens. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 51, L.D. 118)

Ch. 54 - An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Public Funding of Charter Schools. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 89, L.D. 131)

Ch. 55 - An Act To Improve Permit Oversight for the Cutting of Christmas Trees and Evergreen Boughs. (S.P. 91, L.D. 253)

Ch. 56 - An Act To Allow Licensed Foresters To Use Mechanics Liens. (H.P. 324, L.D. 485)

Ch. 57 - An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Postpone or Cancel an Open Hunting Season. (H.P. 394, L.D. 570)

Ch. 58 - An Act Regarding Aerial Pesticide Spray Projects. (S.P. 291, L.D. 817)

Ch. 59 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Group Trusts Established by Self-insurers of Workers' Compensation Benefits. (S.P. 338, L.D. 958)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 60 - An Act To Provide Options to Schools for Making Up School Days. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 87, L.D. 129)

Ch. 61 - An Act To Require Proper Notification of Life Insurance Cancellation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 152, L.D. 220)

Ch. 62 - An Act To Clarify That the Telephone Number 9-1-1 Is the Only Number Advertised or Promoted for Emergency Response Services. (H.P. 233, L.D. 339)

Ch. 63 - An Act To Expedite MaineCare Payments for School Administrative Units. (S.P. 133, L.D. 350)

Ch. 64 - An Act Regarding Measures To Ensure Support for Students' Financial Literacy. (H.P. 284, L.D. 417)

Ch. 65 - An Act To Change the Notification Deadline for the Nonrenewal of a Teacher's Contract. (H.P. 300, L.D. 461)

Ch. 66 - An Act To Achieve Regional Uniformity in Sulfur Standards for Heating Oil. (H.P. 416, L.D. 603)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 11, 2015

Ch. 67 - An Act To Add Certain Capital Goods to the Product Stewardship Exclusions. (S.P. 65, L.D. 190)

Ch. 68 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Marine Resources Laws. (S.P. 260, L.D. 730)

Ch. 69 - An Act To Amend the Maine Property Insurance Cancellation Control Laws. (H.P. 657, L.D. 954)

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

Ch. 70 - An Act To Designate Pure Maine Maple Syrup as the Official State Sweetener. (H.P. 82, L.D. 110)

Ch. 71 - An Act To Allow the Use of a Crossbow for Recreational Target Practice within 100 Yards of a Building without the Owner's Permission. (H.P. 193, L.D. 275)

Ch. 72 - An Act To Amend the Powers and Duties of the State Board of Education. (S.P. 157, L.D. 428)

Ch. 73 - An Act To Clarify Rulemaking for Transportation of Public School Students. (H.P. 301, L.D. 462)

Ch. 74 - An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased. (H.P. 465, L.D. 684)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 75 - An Act To Protect Maine Lakes. (H.P. 392, L.D. 568)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 76 - 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. (H.P. 871, L.D. 1275)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ch. 77 - An Act To Allow Equipment Rental Companies To Sell Insurance. (H.P. 223, L.D. 329)

Ch. 78 - An Act To Create Efficiencies in Court Process. (H.P. 139, L.D. 181)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 13 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29: Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 410, L.D. 597)

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, MAY 15, 2015

L.D. 1397, H.P. 949
An Act To Establish the Affordable Heating from Maine's Forests Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1398, S.P. 519
An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1399, S.P. 520
An Act To Improve Natural Gas Price Competitiveness for Maine's Manufacturers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1400, S.P. 521
An Act To Focus Energy Laws on Energy Cost. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York)

L.D. 1401, H.P. 950
An Act To Allow for and Regulate the Adult Use of Cannabis. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1402, H.P. 951
An Act To Reward Work Performed by Welfare Recipients. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1403, H.P. 952
An Act To Require Licensed Mental Health Professionals To Receive Training in Suicide Risk Assessment. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1404, S.P. 522
Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review of the Proposal To License Court Reporters and Legal Recorders. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1405, S.P. 523
An Act To Amend the Licensing Laws of the Maine Fuel Board. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1406, S.P. 524
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study College Affordability and College Completion. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 109, section 8.)

L.D. 1407, H.P. 955
An Act To Require Screening and Testing for Illegal Substances of Beneficiaries under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1408, H.P. 957
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 21: Statewide Standards for Timber Harvesting and Related Activities in Shoreland Areas, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 and approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council.)

L.D. 1409, H.P. 958
An Act To Clarify and Simplify the Licensing and Registration Provisions of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade)

L.D. 1410, S.P. 525
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Fisheries Laws. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1411, S.P. 526
An Act To Amend the Tax Laws. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1412, H.P. 959
An Act To Fund a Training Partnership between Riverview Psychiatric Center and the University of Maine at Augusta. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1413, H.P. 960
An Act To Allow a Victim of a Crime To Be Represented by an Attorney at a Sentencing Hearing. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1414, H.P. 961
An Act Regarding the Disposition of Certain Funds Received by the Attorney General Pursuant to a Court Order or Settlement. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1415, S.P. 530
An Act To Authorize Two General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1416, H.P. 962
An Act Regarding Interstate Shellfish Depuration. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

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.