weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 25

Friday, July 3, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 263 - 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. (S.P. 415, L.D. 1168)

Ch. 264 - An Act To Amend Environmental Permitting Standards. (S.P. 449, L.D. 1244)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 29, 2015

Ch. 265 - An Act To Improve Regulatory Consistency within the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission. (H.P. 562, L.D. 828)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 266 - An Act To Require the Documentation of the Use of Seclusion and Restraint at Mental Health Institutions in the State. (H.P. 929, L.D. 1368)

Ch. 267 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing 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. 702, L.D. 1019) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 268 - An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 740, L.D. 1080) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ch. 269 - An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Distribute Information Regarding Down Syndrome to Providers of Prenatal and Postnatal Care and to Genetic Counselors. (S.P. 403, L.D. 1134)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 270 - An Act To Clarify the Use of "M.D." To Represent Achievement of a Graduate Degree by an Individual Not Licensed To Practice Medicine in Maine. (H.P. 568, L.D. 834)

Ch. 271 - An Act To Make Changes to Laws Governing Condominiums Regarding the Display of Signs. (H.P. 658, L.D. 955)

Ch. 272 - An Act To Prevent Abusive Debt Collection Practices. (H.P. 753, L.D. 1092)

Ch. 273 - An Act To Provide Expedited Court Review of Child Visitation Provisions for Military Personnel on Duty out of State. (H.P. 895, L.D. 1317)

Ch. 274 - An Act To Prohibit Unauthorized Custody Transfers of Children. (H.P. 911, L.D. 1342)

Ch. 275 - An Act To Improve Disclosure Procedures. (S.P. 180, L.D. 451)

Ch. 276 - An Act To Address the Detrimental Effects of Abandoned Property. (S.P. 430, L.D. 1203)

Ch. 277 - An Act To Expand the Landowner Relations Program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (H.P. 899, L.D. 1321)

Ch. 278 - An Act Regarding Licensed Children's Programs. (H.P. 927, L.D. 1365)

Ch. 279 - An Act To Establish Transportation Network Company Insurance. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 934, L.D. 1379)

Ch. 280 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Acts of 1999 and 2013. (H.P. 773, L.D. 1112)

Ch. 281 - An Act To Clarify and Simplify the Licensing and Registration Provisions of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws. (H.P. 958, L.D. 1409)

Ch. 282 - An Act To Allow an Attorney To Speak or Provide a Written Statement for a Victim at Sentencing. (H.P. 960, L.D. 1413)

Ch. 283 - An Act To Consolidate the Investigation of Out-of-home Child Abuse and Neglect. (H.P. 977, L.D. 1432)

Ch. 284 - An Act To Promote Community Broadband Planning and Strengthen Economic Opportunity throughout Maine. (H.P. 732, L.D. 1063)

Ch. 285 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Medical Examiners. (H.P. 700, L.D. 1005)

Ch. 286 - An Act To Change the Budget Approval Process for Alternative Organizational Structures. (H.P. 516, L.D. 763)

Ch. 287 - An Act To Prohibit a Person Convicted of a Crime of Domestic Violence from Possessing a Firearm for a Period of 5 Years and To Better Align Maine Law with Federal Law Regarding Persons Prohibited from Possessing Firearms. (H.P. 413, L.D. 600)

Ch. 288 - An Act To Require Child-resistant Packaging for Nicotine Liquid Containers. (H.P. 290, L.D. 423)

Ch. 289 - An Act To Protect Consumers against Residential Real Estate Title Defects. (H.P. 215, L.D. 321)

Ch. 290 - An Act To Clarify That the Information Gathered during Investigations of Attorneys by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services Is Confidential. (H.P. 247, L.D. 360)

Ch. 291 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Department of Corrections and Correctional Services. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 542, L.D. 1440) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 292 - An Act To Require Education in Public Preschool Programs and Elementary Schools Regarding Child Sexual Abuse. (H.P. 813, L.D. 1180)

Ch. 293 - An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking. (S.P. 305, L.D. 861)

Ch. 294 - An Act To Clarify Who May Authorize Repairs in a Burying Ground. (S.P. 307, L.D. 862)

Ch. 295 - An Act To Ensure Confidentiality of Personally Identifying Information for Professional Investigators, Investigative Assistants and Dependents of Deployed Members of the Military. (S.P. 354, L.D. 1014)

Ch. 296 - An Act To Update Maine's Family Law. (S.P. 358, L.D. 1017)

Ch. 297 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Filing of Wage Statements and Other Laws under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (S.P. 391, L.D. 1119)

Ch. 298 - An Act To Strengthen Maine's Fisheries Laws. (S.P. 525, L.D. 1410)

Ch. 299 - An Act To Establish a Secure Internet-based Background Check Center for Providers of Long-term Care, Child Care and In-home and Community-based Services. (S.P. 541, L.D. 1439)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 300 - An Act To Amend the Tax Laws. (S.P. 526, L.D. 1411)

Ch. 301 - An Act To Correct and Clarify Maine's Fish and Wildlife Laws. (S.P. 423, L.D. 1196)

Ch. 302 - An Act To Extend the Funding Period for Landfill Closure Costs. (H.P. 404, L.D. 580)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ch. 303 - An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Overwidth Farm Tractors on Public Ways. (H.P. 202, L.D. 284)

Ch. 304 - An Act To Fund the Maine Diversion Alert Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 475, L.D. 1307)

Ch. 305 - An Act To Authorize Two General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities. (S.P. 530, L.D. 1415) (Governor's Bill)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Establishing a Task Force To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 591, L.D. 872)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 37 - Resolve, To Create Sustainable Growth in Maine's Distributed Energy Sector That Uses Market Forces To Fairly Compensate Energy Producers. (H.P. 863, L.D. 1263)

Ch. 38 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 2: Standards for Qualifications of Assigned Counsel, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 582, L.D. 851)

Ch. 39 - Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on the Assessment of Large Volume Consumers by Gas Utilities and To Evaluate Cost-effective Natural Gas Conservation and Efficiency Improvements for Large Volume Consumers. (H.P. 649, L.D. 946)

Ch. 40 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State, Maine State Library and Law and Legislative Reference Library To Make the Articles of Separation of Maine from Massachusetts More Prominently Available to Educators and the Inquiring Public. (H.P. 612, L.D. 893)

Ch. 41 - Resolve, To Strengthen Standards-based Diplomas. (S.P. 440, L.D. 1235)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ch. 42 - Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2009 Bond Issue for an Offshore Wind Energy Demonstration Project. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 546, L.D. 1445)

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, JULY 3, 2015

L.D. 1450, H.P. 993
An Act To Enact an Interim Budget. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1451, S.P. 553
An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain Judicial Department Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1452, S.P. 554
An Act To Make Technical Changes to Recently Enacted Legislation. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

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.