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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 23

Friday, June 19, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Friday, June 12, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 161 - An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Railroad Carrier Cargo. (H.P. 323, L.D. 484)

Ch. 162 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding On-premises and Off-premises Liquor Licenses. (H.P. 975, L.D. 1429)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 12, 2015

Ch. 163 - An Act To Allow for Super Cribbage Tournaments. (H.P. 878, L.D. 1292)

Ch. 164 - An Act To Improve the Safety of Vulnerable Users in Traffic and To Clarify the Responsibilities of Bicyclists and Pedestrians. (S.P. 466, L.D. 1301)

Ch. 165 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Nuclear Power Generating Facilities. (H.P. 891, L.D. 1313) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 166 - An Act To Promote Recycling Program Integration and Efficiencies. (S.P. 498, L.D. 1366)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Clarify the Used Car Information Laws. (S.P. 514, L.D. 1388)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Amend the Boundaries of the Capitol Area. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 516, L.D. 1390) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Amend the Licensing Laws of the Maine Fuel Board. (S.P. 523, L.D. 1405)

Ch. 170 - An Act To Merge the Maine Educational Loan Authority with the Finance Authority of Maine. (S.P. 544, L.D. 1443) (Governor's Bill)

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

Ch. 171 - An Act To Protect Vision Care Patients and Providers. (S.P. 310, L.D. 865)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Improve Enforcement of Maine's Marine Resources Laws. (S.P. 438, L.D. 1233)

Ch. 173 - An Act To Protect Patients Who Need Eye Care. (S.P. 453, L.D. 1271)

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

Ch. 174 - An Act To Clarify the Law Governing the Collection of Unpaid Sanitary District Charges. (S.P. 67, L.D. 192)

Ch. 175 - An Act To Improve the Veterans' Services Laws. (H.P. 470, L.D. 694)

Ch. 176 - An Act To Amend Maine's Motor Vehicle Statutes. (H.P. 807, L.D. 1175)

Ch. 177 - An Act To Preserve the Efficiency of Transportation Maintenance and Construction Activities. (S.P. 450, L.D. 1245)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, June 15, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 178 - An Act Regarding the Reporting Standards for Child Abuse. (H.P. 322, L.D. 483)

Ch. 179 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Clarify That Competitive Bid Provisions Apply to Grant Awards. (H.P. 916, L.D. 1347)

Ch. 180 - An Act To Increase Consumer Protections. (H.P. 859, L.D. 1259)

Ch. 181 - An Act To Remove Barriers to School Construction Financing in Regional School Units. (H.P. 840, L.D. 1222)

Ch. 182 - An Act To Improve Transit Services Statewide. (H.P. 578, L.D. 844)

Ch. 183 - An Act To Avoid the Inappropriate Use of Assessment Tools on Children before Grade 3. (H.P. 361, L.D. 537)

Ch. 184 - An Act To Permit a Licensed Sales Representative To Provide Spirits at an Approved Tasting Event. (H.P. 350, L.D. 511)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 15, 2015

Ch. 185 - An Act To Allow Certain Wine and Hard Cider Manufacturing Partnerships. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 429, L.D. 616)

Ch. 186 - An Act To Enhance Efficiency in the Collection of Child Support Obligations. (H.P. 905, L.D. 1330)

Ch. 187 - An Act To Clarify the Policy for Withdrawal of Life Support from Minors. (S.P. 389, L.D. 1117)

Ch. 188 - An Act To Clarify the Liability of Funeral Practitioners. (S.P. 162, L.D. 433)

Ch. 189 - An Act To Allow Access to Certain Death Records. (S.P. 266, L.D. 736)

Ch. 190 - An Act Concerning the Review of Certain Projects under the Site Location of Development Laws. (H.P. 631, L.D. 911)

Ch. 191 - An Act To Clarify Maine's Fertilizer Quality Control Laws. (S.P. 329, L.D. 938)

Ch. 192 - An Act To Benefit the Education of Denturism Students. (S.P. 349, L.D. 1009)

Ch. 193 - An Act Regarding the Filing of Death and Marriage Records. (S.P. 442, L.D. 1237)

Ch. 194 - An Act To Allow the Release of Child Protective Records to Certain Providers of Child and Adult Services. (S.P. 443, L.D. 1238)

Ch. 195 - An Act Regarding Legal Representation in Certain Eviction Actions. (H.P. 910, L.D. 1338)

Ch. 196 - An Act Regarding the Maine Registry of Certified Nursing Assistants and Direct Care Workers. (H.P. 972, L.D. 1426)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 197 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2015-16. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 666, L.D. 967)

Ch. 198 - An Act To Allow Personal Representatives of Children Access to Certain Documents of the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Child Protective Activities. (H.P. 222, L.D. 328)

Ch. 199 - An Act To Create a Spat Collection License. (H.P. 450, L.D. 669)

Ch. 200 - An Act To Enhance Equity and Efficiency for Off-track Betting Facilities. (H.P. 572, L.D. 838)

Ch. 201 - An Act To Provide for Improved Reporting of Marine Resources Landings. (H.P. 845, L.D. 1227)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 202 - An Act To Promote Industrial Hemp. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 7, L.D. 4)

Ch. 203 - An Act To Improve the Quality of Life of Persons with Serious Illnesses. (S.P. 280, L.D. 782)

Ch. 204 - An Act To Amend the Trespass Laws Pertaining to Railroad Property. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 563, L.D. 829)

Ch. 205 - An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Possession of Powdered Alcohol in the State. (H.P. 808, L.D. 1176)

Ch. 206 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Motor Vehicles. (H.P. 898, L.D. 1320)

Ch. 207 - An Act To Allow a Home Heating Oil Delivery Driver To Bleed a Home Heating Oil Burner. (S.P. 108, L.D. 294)

Ch. 208 - An Act To Facilitate the Issuance of a Gravestone for a Deceased Veteran with No Next of Kin. (S.P. 146, L.D. 378)

Ch. 209 - An Act To Update the Maine Veterinary Practice Act. (S.P. 288, L.D. 814)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ch. 210 - An Act To Require Lienholders To Remove Liens Once Satisfied. (H.P. 231, L.D. 337)

Ch. 211 - An Act Regarding the Administration of Vaccines by Pharmacists. (H.P. 836, L.D. 1218)

Ch. 212 - An Act To Affirm the Obligation To Support One's Children. (S.P. 471, L.D. 1306)

Ch. 213 - An Act To Correct an Inconsistency in the So-called Dig Safe Law. (S.P. 545, L.D. 1444)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 214 - An Act To Allow Certificate of Approval Holders under the Liquor Licensing Laws To Donate Alcohol to Nonprofit Organizations. (S.P. 424, L.D. 1197)

Ch. 215 - An Act Relative to the Escheat of United States Savings Bonds. (S.P. 320, L.D. 929)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ch. 216 - An Act To Manage Risks Associated with the Installation of Natural Gas Pipelines. (H.P. 775, L.D. 1124)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ch. 217 - An Act To Include Muzzle-loading Firearms, Bows and Crossbows as Dangerous Weapons for Purposes of Protection from Abuse Orders. (H.P. 982, L.D. 1438) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

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

Ch. 8 - An Act Concerning Membership on the Board of Directors of the Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority. (S.P. 495, L.D. 1362)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 15, 2015

Ch. 9 - An Act To Revise the Charter of the Kennebunk Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 841, L.D. 1223)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Ch. 10 - An Act To Improve Educational Assessments of Maine Students. (H.P. 872, L.D. 1276)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 26 - 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) (H.P. 957, L.D. 1408)

Ch. 27 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1327)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ch. 28 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Property Located in Bangor, Orono and Thomaston. (S.P. 262, L.D. 732)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ch. 29 - Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (H.P. 970, L.D. 1424) (Governor's Bill)

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, JUNE 19, 2015

L.D. 1445, S.P. 546
Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2009 Bond Issue for an Offshore Wind Energy Demonstration Project. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1446, H.P. 990
An Act To Authorize a Casino To Benefit Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2013 chapter 111, section 3.)

L.D. 1447, S.P. 547
An Act To Authorize Increased Borrowing by the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority To Support the Maine Correctional Center in South Windham. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1448, S.P. 548
An Act To Amend Education Laws. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook)

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.