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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLII, No. 16

Friday, April 22, 2016

127TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 15, 2016

Ch. 473 - An Act To Amend Maine's Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 581, L.D. 1483)

Ch. 474 - An Act To Establish a Presidential Primary System in Maine. (S.P. 685, L.D. 1673)

Ch. 475 - An Act To Increase Patient Safety in Maine's Medical Marijuana Program. (S.P. 256, L.D. 726)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Friday, April 15, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 476 - An Act To Increase the Safety of Social Workers. (H.P. 1022, L.D. 1499)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 15, 2016

Ch. 477 - An Act To Increase Payments to MaineCare Providers That Are Subject to Maine's Service Provider Tax. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1115, L.D. 1638)

Ch. 478 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities. (S.P. 699, L.D. 1694) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 479 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Stimulate Investment in Innovation by Maine Businesses To Produce Nationally and Globally Competitive Products and Services. (H.P. 722, L.D. 1053)

Signed by the Governor
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ch. 480 - An Act To Provide Supplemental Deallocations for the Department of the Secretary of State and Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 703, L.D. 1020)

Ch. 481 - An Act To Provide Funding to the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund and To Make Additional Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 647, L.D. 1606) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 482 - An Act To Simplify and Expand the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 678, L.D. 1657) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 483 - An Act To Establish a Process for the Procurement of Biomass Resources. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 689, L.D. 1676)

Ch. 484 - An Act To Improve the Integrity of Maine's Welfare Programs. (S.P. 384, L.D. 1097)

Ch. 485 - An Act To Increase Sentences Imposed for the Illegal Importation of Scheduled Drugs. (S.P. 602, L.D. 1541)

Ch. 486 - An Act To Attract Investment to Loring Commerce Centre. (H.P. 1141, L.D. 1670) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 487 - An Act To Provide Relief for Significant Reductions in Municipal Property Fiscal Capacity. (S.P. 705, L.D. 1699) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ch. 488 - An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. (S.P. 671, L.D. 1646) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 489 - An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Maine Proficiency Education Council. (S.P. 660, L.D. 1627)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 490 - An Act To Encourage Maine Employers To Offer and Employees To Enroll in Disability Income Protection Plans in the Workplace. (H.P. 1051, L.D. 1542)

Ch. 491 - An Act To Eliminate Inactive Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 1103, L.D. 1624)

Ch. 492 - An Act To Clarify That Buprenorphine Is a Scheduled Drug. (S.P. 693, L.D. 1685)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Friday, April 15, 2016
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 78 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Identify Retirees Whose Retirement Benefit Calculations Were Adversely Affected by Certain Pay Freezes and To Calculate Costs Associated with Authorizing Those Retirees To Include Such Lost Wages in Retirement Benefit Calculations. (H.P. 1144, L.D. 1677)

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

Ch. 79 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 120: Release of Data to the Public, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1135, L.D. 1665)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ch. 80 - Resolve, To Provide Wage Parity for Supervisors of Law Enforcement Personnel and Other Law Enforcement Personnel. (S.P. 585, L.D. 1523)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 81 - Resolve, To Facilitate the Distribution of Food Harvested in Maine to Residents with Food Insecurity. (S.P. 569, L.D. 1471)

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. 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.