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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLIII, No. 12

Friday, March 31, 2017

128TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 24, 2017

Ch. 3 - An Act To Grant Plantations the Power To Control Consumer Fireworks. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 5, L.D. 3)

Ch. 4 - An Act To Provide a Career and Technical Education Training Option for Plumbers. (S.P. 16, L.D. 37)

Ch. 5 - An Act Regarding Changing the Designation of a Parent on the Birth Certificate of an Adult. (S.P. 32, L.D. 83)

Ch. 6 - An Act To Make Changes to the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund. (H.P. 92, L.D. 124)

Ch. 7 - An Act To Remove the Treasurer of State from the Maine Vaccine Board. (H.P. 119, L.D. 161)

Ch. 8 - An Act To Add the Air Medal as an Option for a Special Commemorative Decal on Special Veterans Registration Plates. (H.P. 127, L.D. 171)

Ch. 9 - An Act To Update Accessibility Requirements on Highways. (S.P. 80, L.D. 236)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ch. 10 - An Act To Exclude Cardboard Beverage Containers from the Laws Governing Returnable Beverage Containers. (S.P. 73, L.D. 227)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 24, 2017

Ch. 1 - Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in East Machias as the Norman E. Bagley Memorial Bridge. (H.P. 163, L.D. 207)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Ch. 2 - Resolve, To Allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Extend the 2017 Ice Fishing Season. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 409, L.D. 1218) (Governor's Bill)

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 31, 2017

L.D. 1169, S.P. 390
An Act To Exempt Temporary Categorical Signs from the Identification Label Requirement for 6 Weeks Prior to the June and November Elections. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1170, S.P. 391
An Act To Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1171, S.P. 392
An Act To Sustain and Attract Skilled Workers to Maine by Improving the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program. (Presented by Senator CHENETTE of York)

L.D. 1172, S.P. 393
An Act To Repeal the Maine Personal Property Tax. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1173, S.P. 394
An Act To Require That Information on Prisoners' Furlough Be Reported to the National Crime Information Center, Department of Public Safety and State Bureau of Identification. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1174, S.P. 395
An Act To Clarify the Use of Public Money for Bulk Mailing in the Election Process. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1175, S.P. 396
An Act To Expand Options for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. (Presented by Senator DION of Cumberland)

L.D. 1176, S.P. 397
An Act To Ensure the Safety of Low-income Persons Who Are Deaf and Who Use Video and Captioned Phones by Providing Equitable Access to the Internet. (Presented by Senator DION of Cumberland)

L.D. 1177, S.P. 398
An Act To Create an Appeals Process for Child Care Providers. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1178, S.P. 399
An Act To Better Understand and Control Invasive Aquatic Plants and Nuisance Species. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1179, S.P. 400
An Act To Increase Funding for Programs That Support the Mission of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1180, S.P. 401
An Act To Provide a Definition of "Primary Residence" for Purposes of Property Tax Abatements Based on Hardship or Poverty. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1181, H.P. 818
An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Infested by Brown-tail Moth Caterpillars. (Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham)

L.D. 1182, H.P. 819
An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Hormone-disrupting Chemicals in Packaged Food. (Presented by Representative BATES of Westbrook)

L.D. 1183, H.P. 820
An Act To Expand Use of Electronic Monitoring in Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Cases. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1184, H.P. 821
An Act To Exempt Public Safety Buildings from Historic Preservation Restrictions. (Presented by Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford)

L.D. 1185, H.P. 822
An Act Regarding Renewable Portfolio Standards. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1186, H.P. 823
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Resource Guide for Assistance in Substance Abuse Matters. (Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon)

L.D. 1187, H.P. 824
An Act To Amend the Child Protective Services Statutes. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1188, H.P. 825
An Act To Facilitate MaineCare-Funded Assisted Living by Providing a Cost-of-living Adjustment to Private Nonmedical Institutions and Adult Family Care Homes. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1189, H.P. 826
An Act To Define the Age of Consent for Alcohol or Drug Treatment and Mental Health Services. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1190, H.P. 827
An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions for Nondriving-related Violations. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1191, H.P. 828
An Act To Extend to One Year the Probationary Period for Certain Municipal Employee Positions. (Presented by Representative SPEAR of South Thomaston)

L.D. 1192, H.P. 829
An Act To Require Maine Governmental Departments That Affect Citizen Health and Safety To Staff at Least 75 Percent of Available Positions. (Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham)

L.D. 1193, H.P. 830
An Act To Ensure the Cost-efficiency of Contracting out Services by the State. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 1194, H.P. 831
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment. (Presented by Representative PIERCE of Dresden)

L.D. 1195, H.P. 832
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Out of the Collection and Assessment of Personal Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1196, H.P. 833
An Act To Assist Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities in Paying Property Taxes. (Presented by Representative BAILEY of Saco)

L.D. 1197, H.P. 834
An Act to Support Substance Use Disorder Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. (Presented by Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland)

L.D. 1198, H.P. 835
An Act To Enhance the Administration of the State's Group Health Plan. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells)

L.D. 1199, H.P. 836
An Act To Promote Fiscal Responsibility in the Purchasing of Debt. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Portland)

L.D. 1200, H.P. 837
An Act Relating To the Licensure of Physicians and Surgeons. (Presented by Representative HYMANSON of York)

L.D. 1201, H.P. 838
An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming. (Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1202, S.P. 403
An Act To Clear a Path to Employment. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1203, H.P. 839
An Act To Increase Transparency in Cooperative Agreements within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 1204, H.P. 840
An Act Regarding Absentee Voting by Residents of Nursing Homes and Other Residential Care Facilities. (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1205, H.P. 841
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 21, Allowances for Home and Community Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 and approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council.)

L.D. 1206, H.P. 842
An Act To Increase State Funding to Maine Public Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1207, H.P. 843
An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Marine Resources Laws. (Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias)

L.D. 1208, H.P. 844
An Act To Amend the Veterans Service Laws. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1209, H.P. 845
An Act To Reserve for County Government One Percent of the Excise Tax Revenue from the Sale of Retail Marijuana. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair)

L.D. 1210, H.P. 846
An Act Regarding the Maine Clean Election Fund. (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 1124, subsection 4.)

L.D. 1211, S.P. 405
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Legislative Political Action Committees. (Presented by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1212, S.P. 406
An Act To Amend the Definition of "Eligible Business Equipment" for the Purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1213, S.P. 407
An Act To Protect Taxpayers in the Privatization of State Services. (Presented by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec)

L.D. 1214, S.P. 408
An Act To Create Fairness in Home-based Care Fees for Service. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 847
An Act To Clarify Collective Bargaining in School Districts. (Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland)

L.D. 1216, H.P. 848
An Act To Clarify the Law Regarding Arbitration Privacy with Respect to Executive and Legislative Branch Employees. (Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland)

L.D. 1217, H.P. 849
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Evaluations of the State's Investments in Economic Development. (Submitted by the Government Oversight Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1218, S.P. 409
An Act To Allow the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Change the Closing Date of Fishing Seasons. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis)

L.D. 1219, S.P. 410
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Forensic Examination Kits. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1220, S.P. 411
An Act To Repeal the Former Interstate Compact for Juveniles. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1221, S.P. 412
An Act To Clarify and Amend Certain Provisions of Law Regarding Victim Services. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1222, S.P. 413
An Act To Address the Policies Relating to Substance Use in the Workplace. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1223, S.P. 414
An Act To Facilitate the Continued Operation of the Department of Corrections Intensive Mental Health Unit. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1224, S.P. 415
An Act To Allow for Greater Energy Competition in Maine by Amending the Law Governing Electric Generation or Generation-related Assets by Affiliates. (Presented by Senator DION of Cumberland)

L.D. 1225, S.P. 416
An Act Regarding the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program Requirements for New Rental Vehicles First Registered in Maine. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1226, S.P. 417
An Act To Keep Maine's Transportation Infrastructure Safe by Providing More Sources of Revenue for the Highway Fund. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1227, S.P. 418
An Act To Restore to Five Percent the State-Municipal Revenue Sharing Distribution and Create a Matching Fund for Local Road and Bridge Construction, Maintenance and Reconstruction. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 850
An Act To Ensure That Charter School Students Have Access to Extracurricular Activities. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1229, H.P. 851
An Act To Ensure Life Insurance Claims Are Paid. (Presented by Representative TERRY of Gorham)

L.D. 1230, H.P. 852
An Act To Allow a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging. (Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1231, H.P. 853
An Act Regarding Mental Health Care for Maine Veterans. (Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1232, H.P. 854
An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who Are Qualified To Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 1233, H.P. 856
An Act To Provide Veterans and Gold Star Families Free Admission to the Maine State Museum. (Presented by Representative SHEATS of Auburn)

L.D. 1234, H.P. 857
An Act To Amend Maine's Truancy Laws by Specifying Penalties for Noncompliance. (Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon)

L.D. 1235, H.P. 858
An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1236, H.P. 859
An Act To Improve Maine's Heritage Fish List. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1237, H.P. 860
An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Contraceptive Supplies. (Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell)

L.D. 1238, H.P. 861
An Act To Permit the Expungement of Records Relating to Proceedings That Do Not Result in Convictions. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1239, H.P. 862
An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act. (Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias)

L.D. 1240, H.P. 863
An Act To Provide Immunity to Medical Professionals Who Provide Free Health Care Services to Uninsured and Underserved Populations of the State. (Presented by Representative GINZLER of Bridgton)

L.D. 1241, H.P. 864
An Act To Encourage Child Support Accountability. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1242, H.P. 865
An Act To Prevent Abusive Debt Collection Tactics by Debt Buyers. (Presented by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth)

L.D. 1243, H.P. 866
An Act Regarding the Maine Length of Service Award Program Board of Trustees. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1244, H.P. 867
An Act To Support Small Manufacturers in the State. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1245, H.P. 868
An Act To Ensure the Effectiveness of Tax Expenditures. (Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford)

L.D. 1246, H.P. 869
An Act To Provide Landowners a Property Tax Exemption for Certain Trails. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1247, H.P. 870
An Act To Repeal the Income Tax on Pick-up Contributions Paid to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and To Clarify the Taxation of Pick-up Contributions Distributed in the Form of a Rollover. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1248, H.P. 871
An Act To Improve Public Transportation in Maine. (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1249, H.P. 872
An Act To Include the Vehicles of Emergency Medical Services Persons in the Firefighter Registration Plate Program. (Presented by Representative HEAD of Bethel)

L.D. 1250, H.P. 873
An Act To Ensure That Handicapped Parking Is Properly Enforced. (Presented by Representative RILEY of Jay)

L.D. 1251, H.P. 874
An Act To Require Timely Notification of Owners of Motor Vehicles That Have Been Towed. (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1252, H.P. 875
An Act To Permit the Operation of Certain All-terrain Vehicles on Public Ways. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair)

L.D. 1253, H.P. 876
An Act To Make Maine's Casinos More Competitive by Authorizing Extensions of Credit. (Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram)

L.D. 1254, H.P. 877
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Super Cribbage Tournaments. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham)

L.D. 1255, H.P. 878
An Act Authorizing an Instant Lottery Game with Proceeds To Benefit Early Childhood Education. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1256, H.P. 879
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Implement Ranked-choice Voting. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 1257, S.P. 420
An Act To Minimize Hardship by Prohibiting the State from Reducing the Wages of a State Employee To Recoup Payments the State Made in Error. (Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1258, S.P. 421
An Act To Modernize the Voluntary Response Action Program Funding Process. (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1259, S.P. 422
An Act Regarding Pay Equality. (Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1260, S.P. 423
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Create a Plan for the Establishment of a Probate Court System with Full-time Judges. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1261, S.P. 424
An Act To Protect Minors from Sex Trafficking. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1262, S.P. 425
An Act To Protect Monhegan Island by Limiting Wind Turbines. (Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln)

L.D. 1263, S.P. 426
Resolve, To Increase the Affordability of Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families. (Presented by Senator MAKER of Washington)

L.D. 1264, S.P. 427
Resolve, Regarding Court Facilities in York County. (Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York)

L.D. 1265, S.P. 428
An Act To Allow the Creation of a Local Option Sales Tax by Referendum. (Presented by Senator CHENETTE of York)

L.D. 1266, S.P. 429
An Act To Transfer Operations and Ownership of County Jail Facilities to the State. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1267, S.P. 430
An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1268, H.P. 880
An Act To Enhance Pretrial Justice through Risk-based Decision Making with Enhanced Diversion, Release and Treatment Options for Eligible Defendants. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1269, H.P. 881
An Act To Adjust the Timing for Recounts in Certain Municipal and Local School Elections. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 1270, H.P. 882
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Include Itemized Fees on Property Tax Bills. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1271, H.P. 883
An Act Regarding the Certification Process for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referenda. (Presented by Representative KINNEY of Limington)

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, bill status and roll call information are available on the internet at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.