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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 11

Friday, March 18, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 391 - An Act To Provide Flexibility in the Administration of the Elver Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1025, L.D. 1502)

Ch. 392 - An Act To Allow Members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program To Reapply for Disability Retirement Benefits after Denial and To Direct the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Explore the Feasibility of Offering Long-term Disability Insurance Coverage. (H.P. 1004, L.D. 1463)

Ch. 393 - An Act To Amend Maine's Death Certificate Disclosure Law. (S.P. 568, L.D. 1470)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Ch. 394 - An Act Regarding Sexual Exploitation of Children. (S.P. 386, L.D. 1114)

Ch. 395 - An Act To Revise the Educational Personnel Certification Statutes and To Direct the Department of Education To Review Department Rules Regarding Educational Personnel Certification. (H.P. 1005, L.D. 1464)

Ch. 396 - An Act To Improve the Law Concerning Carbon Monoxide Detectors. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 574, L.D. 1476)

Ch. 397 - An Act To Update the Laws Governing the Maine Veterans' Homes. (S.P. 586, L.D. 1524)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 17, 2016

Ch. 398 - An Act To Improve Services for Persons Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing by Updating the Laws Governing Qualifications for Certain Members of the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council. (H.P. 1076, L.D. 1585)

Ch. 399 - An Act To Establish November 1st as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day. (H.P. 1027, L.D. 1504)

Ch. 400 - An Act To Amend the Quorum Requirements That Apply to the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (H.P. 1049, L.D. 1538)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 60 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age 20, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1058, L.D. 1555)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 61 - 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) (H.P. 1047, L.D. 1522)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 373: Financial and Technical Capacity Standards of the Site Location of Development Act, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1064, L.D. 1568)

Ch. 63 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 375: No Adverse Environmental Effect Standards of the Site Location of Development Act, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1065, L.D. 1569)

Ch. 64 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 380: Long-term Construction Projects Under the Site Location of Development Act, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1066, L.D. 1570)

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 18, 2016

L.D. 1650, H.P. 1121
An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Study of the Allocations of the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 353.)

L.D. 1651, H.P. 1122
An Act To Exempt Certain Natural Gas Consumers from an Assessment and To Extend a Moratorium on Assessments for Other Large-volume Consumers of Natural Gas. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology pursuant to Resolve 2015, chapter 39, section 2.)

L.D. 1652, H.P. 1123
An Act Regarding Municipal Immigration Policies. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst)

L.D. 1653, H.P. 1124
An Act Implementing Pay Increases for Certain Law Enforcement Employees To Aid in Recruitment and Retention. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1654, H.P. 1127
An Act To Strengthen Protection from Abuse Laws. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative HEAD of Bethel)

L.D. 1655, S.P. 676
An Act To Increase the Number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Professionals in the State. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1656, S.P. 677
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Loan Repayment Programs for Graduates in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1657, S.P. 678
An Act To Simplify and Expand the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1658, H.P. 1128
An Act To Reform the Veteran Preference in State Hiring and Retention. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1659, H.P. 1130
An Act To Authorize the Sinclair Sanitary District To Lease Land for Telecommunications Purposes. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Joint Order 2016, H.P. 1113.)

L.D. 1660, I.B. 3
An Act To Establish the Fund To Advance Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 127th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 15, 2016 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1661, I.B. 4
An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 127th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 15, 2016 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1662, I.B. 5
An Act To Require Background Checks for Gun Sales. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 127th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 15, 2016 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1663, S.P. 680
An Act To Promote Recruitment and Retention of State Employees. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1664, S.P. 681
An Act To Enable the State To Hire Qualified Applicants for Vital State Jobs. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

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.