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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 15

Friday, April 15, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 8, 2016

Ch. 445 - An Act To Allow the Public Utilities Commission To Contract for Liquefied Natural Gas Storage and Distribution. (H.P. 600, L.D. 881)

Ch. 446 - An Act To Enable Low-income and Other Customers Greater Access To Efficient Electric Heat Pumps through Unique Financing and Third-party Installation and Maintenance. (H.P. 1061, L.D. 1558)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 447 - An Act Regarding the Election Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 582, L.D. 1484)

Ch. 448 - An Act To Amend Certain Education Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1069, L.D. 1576)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 11, 2016

Ch. 449 - An Act To Increase Government Efficiency. (S.P. 446, L.D. 1241)

Ch. 450 - An Act Regarding Maximum Allowable Cost Pricing Lists Used by Pharmacy Benefit Managers. (H.P. 788, L.D. 1150)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, April 11, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 451 - An Act To Extend the Time for Commencing an Action Relating to Death Caused by Homicide. (S.P. 646, L.D. 1605)

Ch. 452 - An Act To Enact the Recommendations of the Commission on Independent Living and Disability. (H.P. 652, L.D. 949)

Ch. 453 - An Act To Improve Hospital Governance by Clarifying the Requirement for a Certificate of Need for Intracorporation Transfers. (S.P. 624, L.D. 1573)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 454 - An Act To Encourage Roller Derby. (H.P. 1062, L.D. 1559)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ch. 455 - An Act To Ensure Nondiscrimination against Gun Owners in Certain Federally Subsidized Housing. (S.P. 620, L.D. 1572)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 456 - An Act To Clarify Financial Responsibility in Gestational Carrier Agreements. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 594, L.D. 1532)

Ch. 457 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals. (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1601)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ch. 458 - An Act Regarding Consent to Land Transfers to the Federal Government. (H.P. 1091, L.D. 1600) (Governor's Bill)

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

Ch. 459 - An Act To Streamline Judicial Review of Certain Land Use Decisions. (H.P. 528, L.D. 775)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ch. 460 - An Act To Ensure a Continuing Home Court for Cases Involving Children. (H.P. 609, L.D. 890)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Ch. 461 - An Act To Create a Sustainable Solution to the Handling, Management and Disposal of Solid Waste in the State. (H.P. 207, L.D. 313)

Ch. 462 - An Act To Increase Competition and Ensure a Robust Information and Telecommunications Market. (H.P. 305, L.D. 466)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 463 - An Act To Facilitate the Use of State Education Subsidies. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 573, L.D. 1475)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 464 - An Act To Ensure a Public Process When Discontinuing or Abandoning a Public Road. (H.P. 903, L.D. 1325)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ch. 465 - An Act To Improve the Delivery of Services and Benefits to Maine's Veterans and Provide Tuition Assistance to Members of the Maine National Guard. (H.P. 1100, L.D. 1612)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ch. 466 - An Act To Improve Student Retention in Maine's Postsecondary Institutions. (S.P. 84, L.D. 215)

Ch. 467 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Temporary Powers of Attorney over Minors and To Require Organizations To Screen Agents before Providing Care. (H.P. 734, L.D. 1065)

Ch. 468 - An Act To Modernize and Consolidate Court Facilities. (S.P. 590, L.D. 1528)

Ch. 469 - An Act To Improve the Workers' Compensation System. (S.P. 608, L.D. 1553)

Ch. 470 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Relative to the Maine Criminal Code and Related Statutes. (H.P. 1094, L.D. 1603)

Ch. 471 - An Act To Increase Penalties for the Use of Violence against Firefighters. (S.P. 692, L.D. 1683)

Ch. 472 - An Act To Authorize the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority To Issue Securities To Pay for Capital Repairs and Improvements to the Maine Correctional Center in South Windham and a Facility Owned by the Department of Corrections in Washington County. (S.P. 547, L.D. 1447) (Governor's Bill)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 11, 2016

Ch. 17 - An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Oxbow Plantation. (H.P. 1112, L.D. 1635)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, April 11, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 18 - An Act To Authorize the Sinclair Sanitary District To Lease Land for Telecommunications Purposes. (H.P. 1130, L.D. 1659)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 77 - Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Strengthen and Align the Services Provided to Maine's Veterans To Address the Transportation Needs of Maine's Veterans. (H.P. 1093, L.D. 1602)

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 15, 2016

L.D. 1696, H.P. 1162
Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on Rate Changes Related to Rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Sections 13, 17, 28 and 65. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, H.P. 1156.)

L.D. 1697, S.P. 704
An Act To Raise the Base Assessment for Correctional Services for Oxford County. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety pursuant to Joint Order 2016, S.P. 695.)

L.D. 1698, H.P. 1163
Resolve, Related To Legislative Review of a Change to the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Section 17. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 11115.)

L.D. 1699, S.P. 705
An Act To Provide Relief for Significant Reductions in Municipal Property Fiscal Capacity. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1700, H.P. 1168
Resolve, To Require the Gathering of Information in Order To Develop a Plan To Expand the Infrastructure Capacity for State Forensic and Civil Mental Health Treatment. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2016, H.P. 1160.)

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.