weekly
LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 13

Friday, April 1, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 407 - An Act To Require Training of Mandated Reporters under the Child Abuse Laws. (S.P. 215, L.D. 622)

Ch. 408 - An Act To Improve the Disclosure of Financial Activities by Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees. (H.P. 1033, L.D. 1510)

Ch. 409 - An Act To Make Technical Amendments to the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 1067, L.D. 1575)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 410 - An Act To Amend the Laws on Protection from Abuse, Protection from Harassment and Unauthorized Dissemination of Certain Private Images. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1010, L.D. 1487)

Ch. 411 - An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Intelligence and Investigative Record Information. (S.P. 588, L.D. 1526)

Ch. 412 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Oversight of and Responsibility for the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund. (H.P. 1056, L.D. 1549)

Ch. 413 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Operation of an All-terrain Vehicle or Snowmobile on a Controlled Access Highway. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1063, L.D. 1567)

Ch. 414 - An Act To Amend Procedures for the Licensing of Architects and Foresters. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1088, L.D. 1598)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 415 - An Act To Create and Sustain High-quality Maine Jobs. (S.P. 578, L.D. 1480)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Ch. 416 - An Act To Make Hunting, Fishing and Trapping the Basis of Managing Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Resources. (H.P. 1083, L.D. 1593)

Ch. 417 - An Act To Conform Maine Law to Federal Law Regarding Closings and Mass Layoffs and To Strengthen Employee Severance Pay Protections. (S.P. 515, L.D. 1389)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ch. 418 - An Act To Allow Terminally Ill Patients To Choose To Use Experimental Treatments. (H.P. 138, L.D. 180)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 419 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of County Sheriffs To Grant Law Enforcement Powers. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1041, L.D. 1516)

Ch. 420 - An Act To Enable an Alternative Organizational Structure To Purchase Group Health Insurance for Its Employees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1042, L.D. 1517)

Ch. 421 - An Act Regarding the Application Fees and Inspection Fees Associated with the Provision of Amusement Rides. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 591, L.D. 1529)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 66 - Resolve, To Further Study the Implementation and Funding of an Integrated Beach Management Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 854, L.D. 1254)

Ch. 67 - 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. (S.P. 558, L.D. 1456)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, To Name the Naples Bay Bridge on U.S. Route 302 in the Town of Naples the Robert Neault Memorial Bridge. (H.P. 1074, L.D. 1582)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, To Name the Essex Street Overpass Bridge in Bangor the Brent Cross Bridge. (H.P. 1080, L.D. 1589)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 70 - 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) (H.P. 1105, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 71 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1073, L.D. 1581)

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Milk Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1072, L.D. 1580)

Ch. 73 - Resolve, To Direct Legislative Staff To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code and To Direct the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission and the Family Law Advisory Commission To Study and Make Recommendations on Related Issues. (H.P. 900, L.D. 1322)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 74 - 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) (H.P. 1002, L.D. 1460)

Ch. 75 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Eligibility Requirements for Specialized Case Types, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 531, L.D. 778)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 76 - Resolve, Directing Certain State Agencies To Consider the Effects of Marine Debris. (H.P. 294, L.D. 427)

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, APRIL 1, 2016

L.D. 1678, H.P. 1148
An Act To Change the Definition of "Hard Cider" for Consistency with Federal Law. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1679, H.P. 1149
An Act To Increase the Salary of the Governor and the Salary of Legislators upon Reduction in the Size of the Legislature. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1680, H.P. 1150
RESOLUTION, PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF MAINE TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS IN THE LEGISLATURE. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1681, S.P. 690
An Act To Clarify the Appointment Process. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1682, H.P. 1151
An Act To Specify That Certain Rules Regarding Services to Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Are Major Substantive Rules. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 377-A.)

L.D. 1683, S.P. 692
An Act To Increase Penalties for the Use of Violence against Firefighters. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1684, S.P. 691
An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Task Force on School Leadership. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2015, chapter 46, section 7.)

L.D. 1685, S.P. 693
An Act To Clarify That Buprenorphine Is a Scheduled Drug. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1686, S.P. 694
An Act To Amend the Finance Authority of Maine Act. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1687, H.P. 1152
An Act To Assist Small Distilleries. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1688, H.P. 1153
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding of Maine Clean Election Act Candidates. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

L.D. 1689, H.P. 1154
An Act To Protect Children in the State from Possible Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse by Persons Who Have Been Convicted of Crimes. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1690, S.P. 696
An Act To Establish a Public Service Berthing Vessel License for the Sale of Liquor. (Presented by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox)

L.D. 1691, H.P. 1157
An Act To Improve the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law Program. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1692, S.P. 698
An Act To Amend and Clarify the Laws Governing the Brunswick Naval Air Station Job Increment Financing Fund. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1693, H.P. 1158
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of the Maine Biomass Industry. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1694, S.P. 699
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

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.