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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 1

Friday, January 8, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Initiated Bills

Public Approval Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Effective Date Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ch. 1 - An Act To Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act, Improve Disclosure and Make Other Changes to the Campaign Finance Laws. L.D. 806, I.B. 1

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016

L.D. 1456, S.P. 558
Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Convey Approximately 0.75 Acre of Land in Madrid Township to the Madrid Historical Society. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1457, S.P. 559
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1458, H.P. 999
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 30: Prior Approval Process and Stop Work Orders, a 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.)

L.D. 1459, H.P. 1000
An Act To Delay Any New Statewide Assessment Test. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1460, H.P. 1002
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 301: Fee Schedule and Administrative Procedures for Payment of Commission Assigned Counsel, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1461, S.P. 562
An Act To Allow All Manufacturers Licensed by the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations To Provide Samples of Products to Retail Licensees. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1462, S.P. 563
An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1463, H.P. 1004
An Act To Allow Members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program To Reapply for Disability Retirement Benefits after Denial and To Allow the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Offer Long-term Disability Insurance Coverage. (Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells)

L.D. 1464, H.P. 1005
An Act To Revise the Educational Personnel Certification Statutes and To Direct the Department of Education To Review Department Rules Regarding Educational Personnel Certification. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1465, H.P. 1006
An Act To Require the State To Adequately Pay for Emergency Medical Services. (Presented by Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston)

L.D. 1466, S.P. 564
An Act To Exempt Certain Liquor Sales Representatives from Licensing Requirements. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1467, S.P. 565
An Act Regarding Maine Spirits. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1468, S.P. 566
An Act To Improve the Safety of Ferries in the State. (Presented by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox)

L.D. 1469, S.P. 567
An Act To Promote Private Fund-raising for the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1470, S.P. 568
An Act To Amend Maine's Death Certificate Disclosure Law. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1471, S.P. 569
Resolve, To Facilitate the Distribution of Food Harvested or Processed in Maine to Residents with Food Insecurity. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1472, S.P. 570
Resolve, To Enhance the Administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program by Creating Clear Guidelines for Organizations and Streamlining the Application Process. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1473, S.P. 571
Resolve, To Increase Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment in Maine. (Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York)

L.D. 1474, S.P. 572
An Act To Provide for the 2016 and 2017 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1475, S.P. 573
An Act To Facilitate the Use of State Education Subsidies. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1476, S.P. 574
An Act To Improve the Law Concerning Carbon Monoxide Detectors. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1477, S.P. 575
An Act To Protect Victims of Sexual Assault. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1478, S.P. 576
An Act To Reestablish Recreational Use of a Historic Trolley Line in the Town of Gray. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1479, S.P. 577
An Act To Create Improved Consumer Protection against Long-term Care Insurance Premium Rate Increases. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1480, S.P. 578
An Act To Create and Sustain High-quality Maine Jobs. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1481, S.P. 579
An Act To Protect Maine's Natural Resources Jobs by Exempting from Sales Tax Petroleum Products Used in Commercial Farming, Fishing and Forestry. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1482, S.P. 580
An Act To Revise the Charter of the Rumford Water District. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1483, S.P. 581
An Act To Amend Maine's Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1484, S.P. 582
An Act Regarding the Election Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1485, H.P. 1008
An Act To Allow the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands To Transfer Ownership of Snowmobile Trail Maintenance Equipment to Incorporated Nonprofit Snowmobile Clubs. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1486, H.P. 1009
Resolve, To Reauthorize the Issuance of Certain Bonds for Land Conservation Projects. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1487, H.P. 1010
An Act To Amend the Laws on Protection from Abuse and Unauthorized Dissemination of Certain Private Images. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro)

L.D. 1488, H.P. 1011
An Act To Establish the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program in Maine. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1489, H.P. 1012
An Act To Clarify Expenditures Regarding Androscoggin County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1490, H.P. 1013
An Act Regarding the Maine Arts Commission. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1491, H.P. 1014
An Act To Allow Trained, Nonmedical Employees in Schools To Administer Emergency Medications. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CHENETTE of Saco)

L.D. 1492, H.P. 1015
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Education Standards in Maine. (Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias)

L.D. 1493, H.P. 1016
An Act To Provide a Private Support Organization for the Maine Arts Commission. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1494, H.P. 1017
An Act To Revise Oil Spill Reporting Standards. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1495, H.P. 1018
An Act To Allow the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District To Establish and Maintain a Capital Reserve Fund. (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Winslow)

L.D. 1496, H.P. 1019
An Act To Support Maine People in Recovery. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1497, H.P. 1020
An Act To Align the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1498, H.P. 1021
An Act To Clarify Medicaid Managed Care Ombudsman Services. (Presented by Representative VACHON of Scarborough)

L.D. 1499, H.P. 1022
An Act To Increase the Safety of Social Workers. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1500, H.P. 1023
An Act To Protect and Promote Access to Sport Shooting Ranges. (Presented by Representative COREY of Windham)

L.D. 1501, H.P. 1024
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits during Stoppages of Work. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

L.D. 1502, H.P. 1025
An Act To Provide Flexibility in the Designation of the Closed Period for Elver Harvesting. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1503, H.P. 1026
An Act To Create a Class II Limited Lobster and Crab Fishing License and Improve the Limited-entry System. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1504, H.P. 1027
An Act To Establish November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1505, H.P. 1028
An Act To Facilitate Student Loan Repayment by Allowing Graduates To Claim Educational Opportunity Tax Credits on Eligible Portions of Consolidated Loans. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell)

L.D. 1506, H.P. 1029
An Act To Make Additional Technical Changes to Recently Enacted Tax Legislation Concerning Pension Income. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1507, H.P. 1030
An Act To Authorize a Person Whose Operator's License Is Suspended Due to Failure To Pay Child Support To Drive to and from a Place of Employment. (Presented by Representative KINNEY of Knox)

L.D. 1508, H.P. 1031
An Act Regarding the Distribution and Off-site Storage of Spirits by Licensed Reselling Agents. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1509, H.P. 1032
An Act To Simplify the Filing of Campaign Independent Expenditure and 24-hour Reports. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1510, H.P. 1033
An Act To Improve the Disclosure of Financial Activities by Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1511, H.P. 1034
An Act To Allow Retailers To Return Promotional Alcoholic Beverages to Wholesalers. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1512, H.P. 1035
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers. (Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford)

L.D. 1513, H.P. 1036
An Act To Clarify Laws Relating to Affiliate Ownership of Electric Generation. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1514, H.P. 1037
An Act To Conform Maine Law to the Requirements of the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1515, H.P. 1040
An Act To Update the Laws Governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System as They Relate to Wartime Veterans. (Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham)

L.D. 1516, H.P. 1041
An Act To Allow School Resource Officers To Have Jurisdiction at Off-site Events. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GROHMAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1517, H.P. 1042
An Act To Enable an Alternative Organizational Structure To Purchase Group Health Insurance for Its Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1518, H.P. 1043
An Act To Ensure Children in the Care of Caretaker Relatives Can Access Fundamental Services. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 1519, H.P. 1044
An Act To Amend the Tax Laws To Strengthen Charitable Institutions, Encourage Home Ownership and Manage Medical Expenses. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1520, H.P. 1045
An Act To Amend Maine's Military Bureau Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1521, H.P. 1046
An Act To Create Equity among Essential Nonprofit Health Care Providers in Relation to the Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1522, H.P. 1047
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Final Repeal of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 32: Allowances for Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Pervasive Developmental Disorders, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1523, S.P. 585
Resolve, To Provide Wage Parity for Supervisors of Law Enforcement Personnel. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1524, S.P. 586
An Act To Update the Laws Governing the Maine Veterans' Homes. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1525, S.P. 587
An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Products Made in Maine and in the United States and To Give Preference to Maine Businesses When Awarding Contracts. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1526, S.P. 588
An Act To Permit Disclosure of Certain Intelligence and Investigative Record Information by a Criminal Justice Agency to a Nongovernmental Advocacy Program for Persons with Mental Illness. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1527, S.P. 589
An Act To Facilitate MaineCare Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1528, S.P. 590
An Act To Modernize and Consolidate Court Facilities. (Presented by Senator VALENTINO of York)

L.D. 1529, S.P. 591
An Act Regarding the Application Fees and Inspection Fees Associated with the Provision of Amusement Rides. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1530, S.P. 592
An Act To Exempt MaineCare Appendix C Private Nonmedical Institutions from the Service Provider Tax. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1531, S.P. 593
An Act To Protect Victims of Human Trafficking. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1532, S.P. 594
An Act To Clarify Financial Responsibility in Gestational Carrier Agreements. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1533, S.P. 595
An Act To Provide an Annual Cost-of-living Adjustment to Nursing Facilities To Further Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1534, S.P. 596
An Act To Reduce the Trafficking of Illegal Drugs in the State. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1535, S.P. 597
An Act To Protect Firefighters by Prohibiting the Sale and Distribution of New Upholstered Furniture Containing Certain Flame-retardant Chemicals. (Presented by Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1536, S.P. 598
An Act To Provide Ballistic Vests to State Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1537, S.P. 599
An Act To Combat Drug Addiction through Enforcement, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1538, H.P. 1049
An Act To Amend the Quorum Requirements That Apply to the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (Submitted by the Citizen Trade Policy Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, section 11, subsection 9, paragraph F.)

L.D. 1539, H.P. 1050
An Act To Expand the Early Processing of Absentee Ballots. (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 1540, S.P. 601
An Act To Protect All Students in Elementary or Secondary Schools from Sexual Assault by School Officials. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1541, S.P. 602
An Act To Increase Sentences Imposed for the Illegal Importation of Scheduled Drugs. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1542, H.P. 1051
An Act To Encourage Maine Employers To Offer and Employees To Enroll in Disability Income Protection Plans in the Workplace. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 1543, H.P. 1052
An Act To Create Stability in the Control of Pesticides. (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1544, S.P. 604
An Act To Improve Teaching Assignments in Maine's Public Schools. (Presented by Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc)

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