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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XLIII, No. 14

Friday, April 14, 2017

128TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2017

Ch. 11 - An Act To Prohibit Charging Maine Seniors Higher Automobile Insurance Premiums Based Solely on Their Age. (S.P. 96, L.D. 308)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ch. 12 - An Act To Repeal the Requirement That Municipalities License Roller-skating Rinks. (H.P. 23, L.D. 22)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Special Amusement Permits for Liquor Licensees. (H.P. 31, L.D. 30)

Ch. 14 - An Act To Authorize Podiatrists To Perform Certain Routine Procedures. (S.P. 51, L.D. 132)

Ch. 15 - An Act To Enable the Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company To Better Serve Maine Employers by Eliminating the High-risk Program. (S.P. 207, L.D. 592)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 16 - An Act To Clarify the Tax Laws for Title to Real Estate by Releasing Inheritance Tax Liens. (H.P. 59, L.D. 72)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ch. 17 - An Act To Authorize Auxiliary Liquor Licenses at Disc Golf Courses. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 90, L.D. 304)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 18 - An Act To Allow Conveyance of Land Previously Conveyed by the State to the Town of Bridgton. (H.P. 8, L.D. 7)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 19 - An Act Concerning the Law Governing the Posting of Newspaper Legal Notices and the Statewide Repository for Legal Notices. (H.P. 243, L.D. 329)

Private and Special Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 2 - An Act To Change the Name of Township 17, Range 4, WELS, in the Unorganized Territory to Sinclair. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 25, L.D. 24)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ch. 3 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2018. (S.P. 157, L.D. 460)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ch. 4 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Southwest Harbor Water and Sewer District. (H.P. 191, L.D. 258)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 10, 2017

Ch. 3 - Resolve, To Name the Bridge over the Penobscot River in the Towns of Enfield and Howland King's Bridge. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 227, L.D. 294)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 220: Removal of Provider of Last Resort Service Obligation, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 327, L.D. 461)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ch. 5 - Resolve, To Designate a Portion of Route 43 in Corinth, Exeter and Corinna the Donald Strout, Sr., Memorial Highway. (H.P. 503, L.D. 712)

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 14, 2017

L.D. 1369, H.P. 948
An Act To Support Local Agricultural Production. (Presented by Representative ZEIGLER of Montville)

L.D. 1370, H.P. 949
An Act To Enhance Safety on College and University Campuses by Allowing Firearms To Be Carried on the Campuses of Public Colleges and Universities. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1371, H.P. 950
An Act To Address Costs for Certain Special Education Students. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 1372, H.P. 951
An Act To Increase Broadband Access for Rural Communities. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1373, H.P. 952
An Act To Protect and Expand Access to Solar Power in Maine. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1374, H.P. 953
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Assess and Improve the Availability of Child Care Services. (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 1375, H.P. 954
An Act To Prevent Overdose Deaths and Infectious Diseases by Establishing Safer Drug Use Facilities. (Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland)

L.D. 1376, H.P. 955
An Act To Remove Barriers to Workforce Development in Alcohol and Drug Counseling and To Increase the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Certain Counselors. (Presented by Representative GRANT of Gardiner)

L.D. 1377, H.P. 956
An Act To Prohibit Posing as a Governmental Entity in Commerce. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Old Town)

L.D. 1378, H.P. 957
An Act To Create the Maine Family First Employer Award. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1379, H.P. 958
An Act Regarding Enforcement of Marine Resources Laws and Suspensions of Marine Resources Licenses. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1380, H.P. 959
An Act To Implement an Owner-Operator Requirement in the Scallop and Sea Urchin Fisheries. (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1381, H.P. 960
An Act To Clarify Appeals of Municipal Land Use Decisions. (Presented by Representative MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 1382, H.P. 961
An Act To Require Responsible Contracting on Public Construction Projects. (Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1383, H.P. 962
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting. (Presented by Representative DENNO of Cumberland)

L.D. 1384, S.P. 471
An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1385, S.P. 472
An Act Governing Direct Primary Care Membership Agreements. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1386, S.P. 473
An Act To Clarify the Public Nature of Annual Statements of Life Settlement Providers. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1387, S.P. 474
An Act Regarding the Threatened Use of Force in the Crime of Robbery. (Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec)

L.D. 1388, S.P. 475
An Act To Prohibit the Falsification of Medical Records. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1389, H.P. 963
An Act To Disburse Funds to the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of China)

L.D. 1390, H.P. 964
An Act To Enhance the Rights of Families of Missing Persons and Homicide Victims. (Presented by Representative RILEY of Jay)

L.D. 1391, H.P. 965
An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program. (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1392, H.P. 966
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Opt Not To Enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1393, H.P. 967
Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TEPLER of Topsham)

L.D. 1394, H.P. 968
An Act Regarding Certain License Plates for Veterans and Providing for a Breast Cancer Support Services Disability Plate. (Presented by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1395, H.P. 969
Resolve, To Name the Bridge over the Androscoggin River between the Towns of Peru and Mexico the Buddy Wendall McLain Bridge. (Presented by Representative PICKETT of Dixfield)

L.D. 1396, H.P. 970
An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators. (Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford)

L.D. 1397, H.P. 971
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act and Related Laws. (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

L.D. 1398, S.P. 476
An Act To Allow Vehicles Registered as Wreckers To Transport 2 Vehicles. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1399, S.P. 477
An Act To Encourage Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine. (Presented by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec)

L.D. 1400, S.P. 478
An Act To Create the Bar Harbor Port Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1401, S.P. 479
An Act To Allow Nonviolent Felons To Own Firearms at the Court's Discretion. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1402, S.P. 480
An Act Regarding Payroll Deductions. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1403, S.P. 481
An Act Regarding Drug Testing in the Transportation Sector. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1404, S.P. 482
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of For-profit Colleges. (Presented by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1405, S.P. 483
An Act To Require Remote Sellers To Collect and Remit Sales and Use Tax on Sales into Maine and To Provide Retailers a Collection Allowance. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1406, S.P. 484
An Act To Promote Prescription Drug Price Transparency. (Presented by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1407, S.P. 485
An Act Regarding Prescription Drug Step Therapy. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1408, S.P. 486
An Act To Establish an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee on Maine's Welfare Programs. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1409, S.P. 487
An Act To Reduce Regulations for Small Nonalcoholic Beverage Producers. (Presented by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1410, S.P. 488
An Act To Adopt the Nurse Licensure Compact. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1411, S.P. 489
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Limit Petitions for Direct Initiatives That Would Violate the Constitution of Maine. (Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1412, S.P. 490
An Act To Increase Access to Workforce Development Programs for New Maine Residents. (Presented by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1413, S.P. 491
Resolve, Regarding Sober Living Transitional Assistance. (Presented by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1414, H.P. 972
An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails. (Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland)

L.D. 1415, H.P. 973
An Act To Provide Additional Deductions from a Sentence of Imprisonment for Completion of Education, Mental Health Treatment and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. (Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland)

L.D. 1416, H.P. 974
An Act To Amend High School Diploma Standards. (Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred)

L.D. 1417, H.P. 975
An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1418, H.P. 976
An Act To Ban the Purchase of Retail Marijuana and Retail Marijuana Products with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Benefits. (Presented by Representative COREY of Windham)

L.D. 1419, H.P. 977
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29, Allowances for Support 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. 1420, H.P. 978
An Act Regarding Work Permits for Minors under 16 Years of Age. (Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan)

L.D. 1421, H.P. 979
Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade)

L.D. 1422, H.P. 980
An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1423, S.P. 493
An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing Child Care Providers. (Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1424, S.P. 494
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing MaineCare Eligibility Determination For Applicants To Nursing Homes. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 1425, S.P. 495
An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing the Mental Health Homicide, Suicide and Aggravated Assault Review Board. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Order 2017, S.P. 404.)

L.D. 1426, S.P. 496
An Act To Allow the Use of Bioptic or Telescopic Corrective Lenses To Meet the Vision Examination Requirements for a Class C Driver's License. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1427, H.P. 981
An Act To Make Community Paramedicine Projects Permanent. (Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon)

L.D. 1428, H.P. 982
An Act To Relieve Overcrowding in County Jails. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn)

L.D. 1429, H.P. 983
An Act Regarding the Epidemic of Opiate Abuse. (Presented by Representative GROHMAN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1430, H.P. 984
An Act To Develop a Statewide Resource and Referral Center and Develop Hub-and-spoke Models To Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those with Substance Use Disorder. (Presented by Representative VACHON of Scarborough)

L.D. 1431, H.P. 985
An Act To Dedicate a Portion of the Tax on the Sale of Marijuana to Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Law Enforcement Costs and Regulatory Oversight. (Presented by Representative CRAIG of Brewer)

L.D. 1432, H.P. 986
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Advance Payment of Costs for Public Records Requests. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1433, H.P. 988
An Act To Protect Maine Children from Lung Cancer by Requiring Radon Testing in Schools. (Presented by Representative WARREN of Hallowell)

L.D. 1434, H.P. 989
An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Education in the Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias)

L.D. 1435, H.P. 990
An Act To Ensure Transparency in the Distribution of Federal Block Grant Funds. (Presented by Representative JORGENSEN of Portland)

L.D. 1436, H.P. 991
Resolve, To Reduce MaineCare Spending through Targeted Nutrition Interventions. (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1437, H.P. 992
An Act To Establish a Youth-in-care Court. (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1438, H.P. 993
An Act To Improve the Aquaculture Leasing and Licensing Laws. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 1439, H.P. 994
Resolve, To Study the Placement of Vehicle Charging Stations on Maine's Highways. (Presented by Representative CASÁS of Rockport)

L.D. 1440, H.P. 995
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham)

L.D. 1441, H.P. 996
An Act To Create Veteran-friendly Workplaces. (Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland)

L.D. 1442, S.P. 497
An Act To Raise the Debtor's Exemption on Vehicles and To Exempt Amounts Rolled Over from 401(k) or 403(b) Accounts to Individual Retirement Accounts. (Presented by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook)

L.D. 1443, S.P. 498
An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Laws. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

L.D. 1444, S.P. 499
An Act Regarding Large-scale Community Solar Procurement. (Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York)

L.D. 1445, H.P. 997
An Act To Designate the Maine Farms Agricultural Resource Management and Sustainability Recognition Program. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1446, H.P. 998
An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Information in the Animal Welfare Laws. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1447, H.P. 999
An Act To Recognize and Provide for the Right of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Operate a Casino on Houlton Band Trust Land Exempt from Certain Gaming Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 1448, H.P. 1000
An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions of the Marijuana Legalization Act and To Deter the Use of Marijuana by Minors. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford)

L.D. 1449, H.P. 1001
An Act To Support Maine Military Charities. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1450, S.P. 501
An Act To Promote Workforce Development and Provide an Economic Stimulus for Maine-based Filmmakers and Supporting Businesses. (Presented by Senator DESCHAMBAULT of York)

L.D. 1451, S.P. 502
An Act To Promote Biosecurity and Better Regulate the Importation, Possession and Use of Aquatic Species. (Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland)

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.