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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLI, No. 26

Friday, July 17, 2015

127TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE
Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature become effective October 15, 2015. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 6, 2015

Ch. 306 - An Act To Strengthen the Protections for Senior Citizens in the State. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 454, L.D. 1272)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 307 - An Act To Regulate Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use. (H.P. 24, L.D. 25)

Ch. 308 - An Act To Reduce the Penalties for Certain Drug Offenses. (S.P. 46, L.D. 113)

Ch. 309 - An Act To Improve Maine's Involuntary Commitment Processes. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 783, L.D. 1145)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 310 - An Act Regarding Limitations on Certain Storm Water Fees. (S.P. 26, L.D. 78)

Ch. 311 - An Act To Protect Children in School Facilities by Requiring Boiler Inspections. (S.P. 114, L.D. 299)

Ch. 312 - An Act To Strengthen Penalties for Abuse of General Assistance. (S.P. 252, L.D. 722)

Ch. 313 - An Act To Enhance the Address Confidentiality Program Regarding Property Records. (H.P. 509, L.D. 756)

Ch. 314 - An Act To Amend the Maine Spruce Budworm Management Laws. (S.P. 315, L.D. 870)

Ch. 315 - An Act To Prevent the Shackling of Pregnant Prisoners and Pregnant Juveniles. (S.P. 353, L.D. 1013)

Ch. 316 - An Act To Amend the Polygraph Examiners Act. (S.P. 365, L.D. 1039)

Ch. 317 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Receipt of a Request for Public Records. (H.P. 746, L.D. 1085)

Ch. 318 - An Act To Protect Children and the Public from Vapor from Electronic Smoking Devices. (H.P. 769, L.D. 1108)

Ch. 319 - 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. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 468, L.D. 1303)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 320 - An Act Regarding the Mountain View Youth Development Center. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 166, L.D. 234) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 321 - An Act To Clarify a Recently Enacted Law Designed To Expand the Number of Qualified Educators. (S.P. 191, L.D. 522)

Ch. 322 - An Act To Allow a Former Spouse of a Member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Begin Collecting Benefits When the Former Spouse Reaches the Member's Retirement Age. (H.P. 556, L.D. 822)

Ch. 323 - An Act To Establish the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. (H.P. 818, L.D. 1185)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 324 - An Act To Clarify the Immigration Status of Noncitizens Eligible for General Assistance. (S.P. 137, L.D. 369)

Ch. 325 - An Act Regarding the Treatment of Forensic Patients. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 941, L.D. 1391)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ch. 326 - An Act To Allow Dental Hygienists To Prescribe Fluoride Dentifrice and Antibacterial Rinse. (H.P. 74, L.D. 91)

Ch. 327 - An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit. (S.P. 245, L.D. 652)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Ch. 328 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Recently Enacted Legislation. (S.P. 554, L.D. 1452)

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

Ch. 329 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 936, L.D. 1381)

Ch. 330 - An Act To Add Acetylfentanyl and Methylfentanyl Derivatives to the List of Schedule W Drugs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 259, L.D. 729)

Ch. 331 - An Act To Ensure That Collection Facilities Can Participate in the Architectural Paint Stewardship Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 370, L.D. 1044)

Ch. 332 - An Act To Protect Older Adults from Financial Exploitation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 917, L.D. 1348)

Ch. 333 - An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain Judicial Department Employees. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 553, L.D. 1451)

Ch. 334 - An Act To Improve Retirement Security for Retired Public Employees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 69, L.D. 86)

Ch. 335 - An Act To Reverse Jail Consolidation. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 61, L.D. 186)

Ch. 336 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits for the Town of Berwick and the City of Sanford. (H.P. 76, L.D. 93)

Ch. 337 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors. (H.P. 823, L.D. 1205)

Ch. 338 - An Act To Ensure That Schoolchildren with Dyslexia Receive the Assistance Needed. (H.P. 163, L.D. 231)

Ch. 339 - An Act To Prohibit the Unauthorized Dissemination of Certain Private Images. (H.P. 460, L.D. 679)

Ch. 340 - An Act To Provide Tax Credits for Adult Day Care and Respite and Hospice Care. (H.P. 536, L.D. 787)

Ch. 341 - An Act To Increase Conservation District Funding. (H.P. 573, L.D. 839)

Ch. 342 - An Act To Allow Secondary Schools To Grant Certificates of Academic Proficiency. (H.P. 587, L.D. 853)

Ch. 343 - An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment and To Promote Employee Social Media Privacy. (H.P. 640, L.D. 921)

Ch. 344 - An Act To Improve Tax Expenditure Transparency and Accountability. (S.P. 332, L.D. 941)

Ch. 345 - An Act To Protect Taxpayers by Regulating Personal Services Contracts. (H.P. 800, L.D. 1166)

Ch. 346 - An Act To Strengthen Laws Regarding the Manufacture and Sale of Methamphetamine and Other Drugs. (S.P. 451, L.D. 1246)

Ch. 347 - An Act To Promote Food Self-sufficiency for the People of the State. (H.P. 877, L.D. 1291)

Ch. 348 - An Act To Fund the Family Caregiver Support Program. (H.P. 909, L.D. 1337)

Ch. 349 - An Act To Encourage the Redevelopment of Upper Floors of Buildings in Downtowns and on Main Streets. (H.P. 930, L.D. 1372)

Ch. 350 - An Act To Amend the State Election Laws. (S.P. 552, L.D. 1449)

Ch. 351 - An Act To Expand Access To Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Medication. (H.P. 98, L.D. 140)

Ch. 352 - An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program. (H.P. 122, L.D. 164)

Ch. 353 - An Act To Remove the 180-day Active Duty Requirement for the Property Tax Exemption for Vietnam Veterans. (H.P. 128, L.D. 170)

Ch. 354 - An Act To Provide for Special Restrictions on Dissemination and Use of Criminal History Record Information for Class E Crimes Committed by an Adult under 21 Years of Age. (S.P. 79, L.D. 210)

Ch. 355 - An Act To Reduce Commercial Shellfish License Fees for Persons under 18 Years of Age. (H.P. 154, L.D. 222)

Ch. 356 - An Act To Strengthen the Economic Stability of Qualified Maine Citizens by Expanding Coverage of Reproductive Health Care and Family Services. (H.P. 213, L.D. 319)

Ch. 357 - An Act To Strengthen the Laws Prohibiting Stalking. (S.P. 160, L.D. 431)

Ch. 358 - An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Relative to the Maine Criminal Code. (H.P. 351, L.D. 512)

Ch. 359 - An Act To Establish a State Educational Medicaid Officer. (H.P. 406, L.D. 582)

Ch. 360 - An Act To Amend Maine's Sex Trafficking and Child Welfare Laws. (S.P. 244, L.D. 651)

Ch. 361 - An Act To Allow the Retrofit of Underground Oil Storage Tanks. (S.P. 257, L.D. 727)

Ch. 362 - An Act To Attract Entrepreneurs to the State. (S.P. 481, L.D. 1332)

Ch. 363 - An Act To Establish a Magnet School for Marine Science, Technology, Transportation and Engineering. (H.P. 873, L.D. 1277)

Ch. 364 - An Act To Make Possession of a Firearm with an Altered or Obscured Serial Number a Class C Crime. (S.P. 412, L.D. 1160)

Ch. 365 - An Act To Enhance Funding Opportunities for the Youth Conservation Corps. (S.P. 366, L.D. 1040)

Ch. 366 - An Act To Clarify Wine Auction Licenses. (S.P. 345, L.D. 983)

Ch. 367 - An Act To Collect and Report Data on the Implementation of Proficiency-based Diplomas and Standards-based Student Learning. (H.P. 574, L.D. 840)

Ch. 368 - An Act To Create Jobs in Aroostook and Washington Counties. (H.P. 520, L.D. 767)

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

Ch. 369 - An Act To Provide Reasonable Accommodations for School Attendance for Children Certified for the Medical Use of Marijuana. (H.P. 381, L.D. 557)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 370 - An Act To Allow a Patient To Designate a Caregiver in the Patient's Medical Record. (H.P. 447, L.D. 666)

Ch. 371 - An Act To Provide Access to Opioid Analgesics with Abuse-deterrent Properties. (H.P. 638, L.D. 919)

Ch. 372 - An Act To Create a Digital Content Library for Education. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 435, L.D. 1230)

Ch. 373 - An Act Extending Workers' Compensation Benefits to Certain Employees of the Office of the State Fire Marshal Who Contract Cancer. (S.P. 59, L.D. 125)

Ch. 374 - An Act To Restructure the Permitting Process for Wildlife and Exotic Species in Captivity. (S.P. 501, L.D. 1369)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 43 - Resolve, To Create a License Plate To Recognize the Centennial of the United States Navy Reserve. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 98, L.D. 260)

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

Ch. 44 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Difficult-to-place Patients. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 113, L.D. 155)

Ch. 45 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Supplemental Reimbursement to Adult Family Care Homes and Residential Care Facilities in Remote Island Locations. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 57, L.D. 63)

Ch. 46 - Resolve, To Create the Task Force on School Leadership. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 368, L.D. 1042)

Ch. 47 - Resolve, To Study Allocations of the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 624, L.D. 905)

Ch. 48 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Strengthen and Align the Services Provided to Maine's Veterans. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 497, L.D. 721)

Ch. 49 - Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Develop Solutions To Meet the Needs for Municipal Volunteer Personnel. (H.P. 339, L.D. 500)

Ch. 50 - Resolve, To Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Direct-care Workers Serving Adults with Long-term Care Needs. (H.P. 920, L.D. 1350)

Ch. 51 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Maine State Museum Commission To Study the Replacement of Statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection. (S.P. 99, L.D. 261)

Ch. 52 - Resolve, To Study the Use of Social Impact Bonds as a Funding Mechanism for Public Education Programs in Maine. (H.P. 285, L.D. 418)

Ch. 53 - Resolve, To Ensure the Stocking of Inland Waters in the State. (S.P. 429, L.D. 1202)

Ch. 54 - Resolve, To Reduce MaineCare Spending through Targeted Prevention Services. (H.P. 565, L.D. 831)

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 17, 2015

L.D. 1453, H.P. 995
An Act To Fund Agreements with Bargaining Units for Certain Executive Branch Employees and Ensure Equitable Treatment for Other Executive Branch Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 1454, H.P. 996
Resolve, Directing the Governor and the Land for Maine's Future Board To Fulfill the Will of Maine Voters and Issue Bonds Approved in 2010. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1455, S.P. 557
An Act To Make a Technical Correction to a Recently Enacted Law Regarding the Appointment of District Court Judges. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

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.