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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 9

Friday, March 4, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ch. 381 - An Act To Align the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act with the Federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1020, L.D. 1497)

Ch. 382 - An Act To Make Additional Technical Changes to Recently Enacted Tax Legislation Concerning Pension Income. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1029, L.D. 1506)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 383 - 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. (S.P. 567, L.D. 1469)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ch. 14 - An Act To Revise the Charter of the Rumford Water District. (S.P. 580, L.D. 1482)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ch. 56 - Resolve, To Name a Bridge between Atkinson and Sebec the Captain John "Jay" Brainard Gold Star Memorial Bridge. (S.P. 619, L.D. 1571)

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, MARCH 4, 2016

L.D. 1615, S.P. 653
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Continue the Study of Difficult-to-place Patients. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1616, S.P. 654
An Act To Expand Geropsychiatric Facility Capacity. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1617, S.P. 655
An Act Regarding the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1618, S.P. 656
An Act To Provide Additional Resources for Nurse Education Consultants in the Department of Health and Human Services. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1619, S.P. 657
Resolve, Regarding Home Care Service Rates for Serving Persons with Complex Medical Needs. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1620, S.P. 658
Resolve, Establishing a Stakeholder Group To Examine Methods of Protecting the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities from Financial Exploitation. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1621, S.P. 659
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules Governing Reimbursement to Hospitals for Patients Awaiting Placement in Nursing Facilities. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 639.)

L.D. 1622, H.P. 1101
An Act To Eliminate the Maine Estate Tax. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative SEAVEY of Kennebunkport)

L.D. 1623, H.P. 1102
An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2016-17. (Submitted by the administrator of the unorganized territory pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1624, H.P. 1103
An Act To Eliminate Inactive Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 12006, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1625, H.P. 1104
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Strengthen and Align the Services Provided to Maine's Veterans by Requiring the University of Maine System To Provide Supportive Services to Student-veterans. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2015, chapter 48, section 7.)

L.D. 1626, H.P. 1105
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 4: Water-based Fire Protection Systems, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 and approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council.)

L.D. 1627, S.P. 660
An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Rule 353.)

L.D. 1628, S.P. 661
An Act To Strengthen the Laws on Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Order 2015, S.P. 631.)

L.D. 1629, H.P. 1106
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Pt. GGGG, section 7.)

L.D. 1630, S.P. 662
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Construction of a New Fish Hatchery. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Resolve 2015, chapter 53, section 2.)

L.D. 1631, H.P. 1107
An Act To Reduce the Liability of Maine Taxpayers by Aligning Maine's Welfare Programs with Federal Law. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1632, H.P. 1108
An Act To Make Certain Statutory Changes in Light of the New Maine Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1633, H.P. 1109
An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Cary Plantation. (Presented by Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon)

L.D. 1634, H.P. 1110
An Act To Provide Tax Revenue To Offset Transfers to the Maine Clean Election Fund. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 199-E.)

L.D. 1635, H.P. 1112
An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Oxbow Plantation. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1636, S.P. 663
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Endangered and Threatened Species. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 637.)

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.