Table of Contents

House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Change of Committee

 


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The House Calendar

The Advance Journal and Calendar of the House of Representatives

ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


10th Legislative Day

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Reverend Carie Johnsen, Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Augusta.

 

            National Anthem by Lauren Crosby, Farmington.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Rebecca Chagrasulis, MD, FACEP, Otisfield.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Thursday, January 31, 2013.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Bottle Redemption Laws"

(S.P. 45)  (L.D. 124)

 

            Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES and ordered printed.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 37)

 

STATE OF MAINE

126TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

 

January 4, 2013

 

Honorable Paul R. LePage

Governor of Maine

1 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Governor LePage:

 

We are pleased to invite you to deliver the State of the State address at a Joint Session of the 126th Maine Legislature on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

 

We look forward to seeing you then.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 38)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

January 9, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

I thank you for the invitation to deliver the State of the State address at a Joint Session of the 126th Maine Legislature on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

 

Please know that I accept your invitation and look forward to seeing you at that time.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 39)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

January 30, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Pursuant to my authority under Title 1, MRSA, Chapter 13, §411(2)(B), I have appointed Representative Kimberly J. Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth to the Right to Know Advisory Committee for the duration of her term (Title 1, MRSA, Chapter 13, §411(3)(B)).

 

If you have any questions regarding this appointment, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 46)

 

MAINE TURNPIKE AUTHORITY

2360 CONGRESS STREET

PORTLAND, MAINE  04102

 

January 31, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

Please accept this letter as the report required by 5 M.R.S.A. §12023 regarding the adoption and implementation of certain policies and procedures required by 5 M.R.S.A. §12022.

 

General

 

The MTA is required by its bond resolution to have an annual financial audit conducted by an independent firm.  We are also required by statute (23 M.R.S.A. 1964-A) to have an ongoing compliance audit by an independent firm to test staff compliance with MTA policies and procedures.  The annual financial audit is available on our website and the Compliance Auditor's findings are reported on a quarterly basis to the MTA Board and to the Transportation Committee.

 

Specific Policy and Procedure Requirements

 

5 M.R.S.A. 12022 requires written policies and procedures regarding the following three categories of expense.

 

Selection of Vendors:  The MTA has been statutorily required to use competitive procurement since the spring of 2011.  On December 20, 2012 the MTA's board adopted amendments to the MTA Procurement Policy which cause that policy to be fully compliant with the requirements of 5 M.R.S.A. 12022.

 

Contributions:  In the spring of 2011, the MTA Board passed two resolutions, one to ban donations to outside organizations and the second to adopt a list of those organizations approved for MTA membership along with a detailed annual budget for membership costs.  These costs are reviewed by the Board at least annually.

 

Travel, Meals and Entertainment:  The MTA's current Travel Policy covers the first three requirements of 5 M.R.S.A. 12022 (5).  The MTA's accounting procedures satisfy the fourth requirement - that travel, meal and entertainment costs are budgeted and accounted for separately from other expenditures.  The MTA's Bond Resolution satisfies the fifth requirement by mandating that the board annually approve the MTA Operating Budget, which includes the annual budget for travel, meals and entertainment expenses broken down by department.  The board receives annual reports on actual expenses and the Chairman receives monthly reports on the same.

 

Lobbyists

 

The MTA has not employed any person, other than MTA staff, for the purpose of lobbying since March, 2011.

 

Questions on this report may be directed either to myself or to Dan Morin who may be reached at 207-871-7154 or DMorin@maineturnpike.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Peter Mills

Executive Director

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 48)

 

MAINE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

51 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  03333-0051

 

January 31, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves and President Alfond:

 

In accordance with 5 M.R.S.A. §12023, the Maine Human Rights Commission submits this report on the adoption and implementation status of written policies and procedures required by 5 M.R.S.A. §12022 for quasi-independent state entities.  The Executive Director of the Legislative Council directed such reports to be submitted to your attention.

 

When the Legislature enacted 5 M.R.S.A. §12022-23, it envisioned that as of February 1, 2014, each quasi-independent entity would report annually on the entity's consistency with authorizing law, compliance with financial policies and procedures, selection of vendors, contributions, spending on travel, meals and entertainment, and not retain lobbyists.  This report will describe the measures the Maine Human Rights Commission ("MHRC") intends to use to meet, and monitor compliance with, the requirements of §12022.

 

The MHRC takes the requirements of this statute seriously.  On August 20, 2012, soon after the statute became effective, the MHRC Commissioners discussed its requirements at a public meeting with the MHRC Commission Counsel and Executive Director.  The Commission's August 20, 2012 minutes are available at this link:  http://www.maine.gov/mhrc/meetings/2012/201208_m.pdf.  The MHRC is committed to ensuring that its governing body has all the information needed to oversee the MHRC's activities and expenditures responsibly.

 

"Consistency with authorizing law"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(1)

 

Section 12022(1) of the statute does not require adoption of a specific written policy to ensure that "all activities and expenditures of the entity are limited to those necessary to accomplish the entity's mission and to carry out the entity's duties consistent with the entity's authorizing law."  The MHRC has been, and continues to be, diligent in ensuring that the MHRC activities and expenditures are limited to those necessary to accomplish the aims of – and consistent with – the Maine Human Rights Act, the MHRC's authorizing law. See 5 M.R.S.A §§4551, et seq.

 

The MHRC reviews the activities and expenditures of the MHRC quarterly at public meetings.  The MHRC Commissioners receive detailed quarterly reports about the activities of the Commission in the prior quarter.  The quarterly report gives specific data on personnel changes, pending caseload, complaint filings and dismissals, case settlements, status of compliance matters and litigation, legislative matters affecting the Commission, and trainings in which Commission staff took part.  The MHRC Commissioners also receive detailed quarterly reports regarding expenditures of the MHRC.  These finance reports provide specifics on every aspect of our budget and expenditures on an actual basis.  The reporting includes separate identification and reporting for contributions (labeled "dues" on our reporting because we do not provide any gifts, donations or sponsorships) and travel, meals and entertainment.  They allow the MHRC Commissioners to ensure that the activities and expenditures of the MHRC are limited to those necessary to accomplish the MHRC mission and to carry out the MHRC's duties consistent with the Maine Human Rights Act.  These policies and practices meet the standards set forth in §12022(1).

 

Even so, on February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt a written policy designed to ensure that all activities and expenditures of the MHRC are limited to those necessary to accomplish the MHRC's mission and to carry out the MHRC's duties consistent with the Maine Human Rights Act.  That policy will be implemented by July 1, 2013.

 

"Compliance with financial policies and procedures"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(2)

 

Section 12022(2) of the statute does not require adoption of a specific written policy to ensure that "the governing body, management and staff of the entity comply with financial policies and procedures established by the governing body."  The MHRC has been, and continues to be, diligent in doing just that.

 

In creating budgets and financial reports, the MHRC follows all requirements set forth in the State of Maine's Administrative and Accounting Manual (found at http://www.maine.gov/osc/admin/saam.shtml) regarding financial policies and procedures.  The MHRC Commissioners receive detailed quarterly reports regarding expenditures of the MHRC.  A copy of a sample Quarterly Financial Review provided to our Commissioners is attached here as Exhibit A.  As you will see, these finance reports provide specific information on every aspect of our budget and expenditures on an actual basis.  The reporting includes separate identification and reporting for contributions (labeled "dues" on our reporting because we do not provide any gifts, donations or sponsorships) and travel, meals and entertainment.

 

These quarterly reports, which are reviewed by MHRC Commissioners at public meetings, allow the Commissioners to ensure that they, the management and staff of the MHRC comply with financial policies and procedures established by the MHRC.  These policies and practices meet the standards in §12022(2).

 

Soon after the enactment of the statute, in August 2012, the MHRC Commissioners discussed the requirements of this section.  Our minutes reflect the following:

 

Legal Counsel John P. Gause reviewed two new financial policies and procedures requirements for Commissioners contained within 5 M.R.S.A. §12022, "An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-Independent State Entities," requirements which are effective as of August 30th. Melody Piper reviewed several financial report alternatives with the Commissioners. Commissioners stated that the format that Commission staff utilize to report financial matters and details to the Commissioners is sufficient for them to meet the obligations of the new legal requirements, particularly because Commissioners know that they may obtain more detailed financial information from Commission staff at any time.

 

Even so, on February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt a written policy designed to ensure that the MHRC Commissioners, management and staff comply with financial policies and procedures established by the MHRC Commissioners.  That policy will be implemented by July 1, 2013.

 

"Selection of Vendors"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(3)

 

The MHRC's current policy and practice regarding procurements is to follow the requirements of 5 M.R.S.A. Subchapter 1-A ("Rules Governing the Competitive Bid Process").  We also follow regulations governing the purchase of services promulgated by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services; the primary policy is found at 18-554 C.M.R. ch. 110 (found at http://www.maine.gov/purchase/policies/110.shtml and http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/18/chaps18.htm).  We additionally follow all current policies, bulletins and recommended practices from the Division of Purchases regarding purchasing special services.  These State of Maine policies establish competitive procurement as the standard procurement method, and specify the conditions under which competitive procurement may be waived, and (for procurements exceeding $10,000 that were not competitively procured) require that written justification for and evidence of approvals are maintained on file for 5 years.  The MHRC's policy and practice in this regard meets the standards set forth in §12022(3).

 

Even so, on February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt a written policy governing the selection of vendors designed to ensure that the MHRC secures the best value in its procurements; those policies will be implemented by July 1, 2013.  To the extent possible, consistent with the Maine Human Rights Act, the policy will: (A) establish competitive procurement as the standard procurement method; (B) specify the conditions under which competitive procurement may be waived; and (C) require that written justification for and evidence of approvals are maintained on file for five years for procurements exceeding $10,000 that were not competitively secured.

 

The MHRC Commissioners will review, and will report to the Legislature, annually on procurements as required by §12023(2)(A).

 

"Contributions"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(4)

 

The MHRC follows all requirements set forth in the State of Maine's Administrative and Accounting Manual (found at http://www.maine.gov/osc/admin/saam.shtml) as they relate to coding, maintaining documentation for, and reporting contributions.  That State of Maine policy establishes criteria that ensure that contributions be coded separately from other expenditures in the MHRC accounting and that the MHRC maintain documentation to support each contribution.

 

The MHRC Commissioners receive detailed quarterly reports regarding membership dues and fees paid by the MHRC.  The MHRC does not report on gifts, donations or sponsorships because we do not provide any.  A copy of a sample Quarterly Financial Review provided to our Commissioners is attached here as Exhibit A.  As you will see, these finance reports include separate identification and reporting for contributions (labeled "dues" on our reporting because we do not provide any gifts, donations or sponsorships).

 

On February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt written policies and procedures governing the use of MHRC resources for contributions; those policies will be implemented by July 1, 2013.  To the extent possible and consistent with the Maine Human Rights Act, the policies and procedures will: (A) establish criteria to ensure that contributions are directly related to the MHRC's mission and activities; (B) require that for identification and reporting purposes contributions are budgeted and accounted for separately from other expenditures in the entity's records; (C) establish requirements for maintaining documentation to support each contribution; and (D) require that the MHRC must approve the annual budget for contributions and be provided periodic reports on contributions made by the entity.

 

The MHRC Commissioners will review, and will report to the Legislature, annually on contributions as required by §12023(2)(B).

 

"Travel, meals and entertainment"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(5)

 

The MHRC follows all requirements set forth in Chapter 10 of the State of Maine's Administrative and Accounting Manual (found at http://www.maine.gov/osc/admin/saam.shtml) regarding travel, meal and entertainment costs.  We also follow collective bargaining agreement requirements on expense reimbursement set forth at http://www.maine.gov/oer/contracts/index.htm.  This MHRC policy meets the standards set forth in section 12022(5)(A-E).

 

The MHRC Commissioners receive detailed quarterly reports regarding meal, travel and entertainment costs of the MHRC.  A copy of a sample Quarterly Financial Review provided to our Commissioners is attached here as Exhibit A.  As you will see, these finance reports provide specific information on our travel on an actual basis.  We do not provide meals other than those required as part of work-related travel, so any meal costs are included in the "travel expenses" category.  We do not provide any entertainment costs.

 

On February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt written policies and procedures governing the use of MHRC resources to pay costs of travel, meals and entertainment.  Those policies will be implemented by July 1, 2013.  To the extent possible, consistent with the Maine Human Rights Act, the policies and procedures will: (A) limit travel, meal and entertainment costs to those reasonable and necessary for accomplishing the MHRC mission and activities; (B) describe the persons for whom MHRC will pay travel, meal and entertainment costs and specify the conditions under which those costs will be paid and whether directly or through reimbursement; (C) establish the requirements for supporting documentation and approval of travel, meal and entertainment costs paid directly or through reimbursement; (D) require for identification and reporting purposes that travel, meal and entertainment costs are budgeted and accounted for separately from other expenditures in the MHRC records; and (E) require that the MHRC must approve the annual budget for travel, meal and entertainment costs and be provided periodic reports on actual costs paid directly or reimbursed.

 

"Lobbyists"

5 M.R.S.A. §12022(6)

 

The statute does not require adoption of a specific written policy to ensure that the MHRC does "not retain any person, other than entity staff, that is required to register as a lobbyist as defined in Title 3, section 312-A, subsection 10."  The MHRC's current policy is not to employ any person, other than MHRC staff, who is required to register as a lobbyist as defined in 3 M.R.S.A. §312-A(10).  This policy meets the standards set forth in §12022(2).

 

On February 25, 2013, the MHRC Commissioners will formally adopt a written policy and procedure designed to ensure that the MHRC does not retain any person, other than MHRC staff, who is required to register as a lobbyist as defined in 3 M.R.S.A. §312-A(10).  This policy will be implemented by July 1, 2013.

 

Conclusion

 

We thank the Legislature for its attention to this matter.  Should you or another member of the Legislature require additional information, or have a question, about the above report, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Amy M. Sneirson

Executive Director

 

 

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            (2-6)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 49)

 

Maine Technology Institute

8 VENTURE AVENUE

BRUNSWICK, MAINE  04011

 

January 23, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Re:  5 M.R.S.A. §12023

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

In 2011, the Legislature adopted statutes governing quasi-independent State entities, including the Maine Technology Institute.  This report is being provided on behalf of and at the direction of the MTI Board of Directors in accordance with the statute noted above, concerning the adoption and implementation of written policies and procedures required by 5 M.R.S.A. §12022.

 

Accordingly, please be advised that management and the Board of Directors of the Maine Technology Institute ("MTI"):

1.   Recognize their obligation to ensure that:

a.   all activities and expenditures of MTI are limited to those necessary to accomplish MTI's mission and to carry out MTI's duties consistent with MTI's authorizing law;

b.   MTI's Board, management and staff comply with financial policies and procedures;

2.   Have adopted, prior to December 31, 2012, policies and procedures consistent with the requirements of 5 M.R.S.A. section 12022:

a.   governing the selection of vendors, designed to ensure that MTI secures the best value in its procurements;

b.   governing the use of MTI's resources for contributions;

c.   governing the use of MTI's resources to pay costs of travel, meals and entertainment; and

d.   preventing the use of MTI's resources to pay for lobbyists, as appropriately defined.

 

Though not required by statute until July 1, 2013, said policies and procedures have already been implemented.

 

Please note that the MTI Board has a comprehensive oversight of staff operations that will ensure effective monitoring of the implementation of these policies and procedures.  Near monthly board meetings and board finance committee meetings are held where the board is briefed in detail on MTI financial and programmatic matters.  MTI's Board of Directors also annually reviews and approves all operating budgets and is provided periodic reports on costs associated with the expenditures noted above.  This assures that the MTI Board maintains consistent oversight of implementation of these financial policies and procedures.  The MTI Board also engages the services of BerryDunn to conduct an annual financial audit which includes an on-going review of financial operations.  These audit results are provided to the Legislature in MTI's Annual Report.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

S/Robert A. Martin

President

 

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 52)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

January 31, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Pursuant to my authority under PL 2011, Chapter 699, I have appointed the following legislative members to the Commission To Develop a Competitive Bidding Process for the Operation of Additional Casinos or Slot Machine Facilities:

 

Representative Louis J. Luchini of Ellsworth

Representative Michael Gary Beaulieu of Auburn

 

If you have any questions regarding these appointments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-8)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 53)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

January 22, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Pursuant to my authority under Title 10, Chapter 1-A §11 of the Maine Revised Statutes, I have appointed the following members to the Citizen Trade Policy Commission:

 

Representative Sharon Anglin Treat of Hallowell as House Chair

Representative Jeff M. McCabe of Skowhegan

Representative Bernard L. A. Ayotte of Caswell

 

If you have any questions regarding these appointments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 40)

 

MAINE PORT AUTHORITY

16 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0016

 

January 30, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves and President Alfond:

 

Pursuant to P.L. 2011, c. 616: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-independent State Entities, the Maine Port Authority is pleased to submit the following report to the Legislature as required under section 12023.

 

The Maine Port Authority maintains a Policies and Procedures Manual ("Manual") that is periodically reviewed and updated by the Board of Directors of the Maine Port Authority and is consistent with the policies and procedures described in section 12022.  A copy of the Manual is attached.  Specifically:

 

1.   Consistency with authorizing law is covered in the "Preamble" of the Manual

2.   Compliance with financial policies and procedures is covered in Section 200 of the Manual

3.   Selection of vendors is covered in Section 200-1

a.   The subject of competitive procurement is covered in Section 200-1

b.   Conditions under which competitive procurement may be waived is covered in Section 200-1

c.   Maintenance of written justification and evidence of approval of non-competitive procurement is covered in Section 200-1

4.   Contributions are covered in section 200-5 "Promotions and Sponsorships"

a.   Their relation to mission and activities is covered in 200-5

b.   The fact that contributions budgeted separately is covered in 200-5

c.   Maintenance of documentation to support the contribution is covered in 200-5

d.   Requirement that the governing body approves budget for contributions and is provided periodic reports is covered in 200-5

5.   Travel, meals and entertainment are covered in Section 200-3

a.   Limitation on travel, meal and entertainment costs is covered in Section 200-3

b.   Description of persons for whom the port authority will pay travel costs and how they will be paid is covered in Section 200-3

c.   Establishment of requirements for documentation of costs is covered in Section 200-3

d.   The requirement for travel, meal and entertainment costs being budgeted separately is included in Section 200-3

e.   Governing body approval for travel meal and entertainment costs and periodic reports on actual costs made to them is covered in Section 200-3

6.   The language on the retention of lobbyists is included in Section 700

 

The mission of the Maine Port Authority is to improve the global competitiveness of Maine businesses and to stimulate commerce by developing marine and rail facilities for the intermodal movement of people and cargo in support of economic development.  The port authority plays a vital role in serving the interests of the people of Maine.  We look forward to working with you to realize these objectives.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/John H. Henshaw

Executive Director

 

 

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            (2-10)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 41)

 

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM

OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR

16 CENTRAL STREET

BANGOR, MAINE  04401-5106

 

January 31, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

In accordance with Public Law 2011, Chapter 616, attached you will find the report of the University of Maine System on the adoption and implementation status of written policies and procedures required by section 12022, as well as a description of the measures the University uses to monitor compliance with these financial policies and procedures.

 

Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can answer any questions or provide any additional information.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/James H. Page, Chancellor

University of Maine System

 

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 42)

 

FINANCE AUTHORITY OF MAINE

5 COMMUNITY DRIVE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04332-0949

 

January 23, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

Pursuant to Public Law 2011, Chapter 616 (new 5 M.R.S.A. § 12023(1)), the board of directors of the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) respectfully submits this letter, which serves as its initial report on the adoption, implementation, and monitoring status of certain written policies required by this new law.

 

Attached please find copies of FAME's Travel and Reimbursement Policy; Procurement Policy; and Contributions, Sponsorships and Memberships Policy.  These policies were revised and/or approved by the board on March 15, 2012. 

 

The board receives quarterly reports from FAME staff detailing these specific categories. 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 541-2715 or at Susan.Snowden@bangor.com

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Susan Snowden

Chair, FAME Board of Directors

 

 

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            (2-12)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 43)

 

Efficiency Maine

151 Capitol Street

Augusta, MAINE 04330-6262

 

February 1, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

RE:  5 M.R.S.A. §12021-12023: Quasi-Independent State Entities

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

Pursuant to the above-referenced statutory requirement, this letter and the documents attached to it shall serve as the report of the Efficiency Maine Trust (the Trust) on the Trust's policies and procedures regarding procurement, contributions and travel.

 

The Efficiency Maine Trust Board (the Board) adopted and implemented multiple policies and procedures related to these requirements since its inception approximately three years ago.

 

To ensure compliance with financial policies and procedures, the Trust implemented the Contract Invoice Process – Roles and Responsibilities (Updated January 23, 2012).  A copy is attached.

 

The Board approved the Trust's ARRA Monitoring and Compliance Plan in September 2011.  This Plan provides procedures governing how the Trust establishes grant agreements, monitors compliance with federal and state laws, promotes competitive procurement processes, and ensures sufficient documentation for payment of invoices.  A copy of this policy is attached (appendices not included but available upon request).

 

The Board approved the Trust's procurement policy for the selection of vendors with the adoption of Chapter 1:  Contracting Process for Service Providers and Grant Recipients in September, 2010.  A copy of this policy is attached.  In addition to this rule, the Trust also complies with the procurement rules found in the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR 600) for all expenditures of federal grant funds.  These rules are lengthy and the Trust will be glad to provide them if requested.

 

The Board has also been very conservative regarding memberships and sponsorships.  Individual staff memberships in professional associations are allowed and addressed in both of the Efficiency Maine Trust State and Non-State Personnel Manuals, which were approved by the Board in May, 2011 and are attached.  Regarding corporate memberships, the Trust requires a Board vote as evidenced by Board approval of the membership in the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (approved in April 2011 and April 2012).  The Trust Board has also supported Trust memberships in several Chambers of Commerce as a means to communicate with area businesses about opportunities to participate in the Trust's programs.  Sponsorships are allowed, though rarely exercised, on the condition that the topic of the event or initiative has a direct nexus to promoting information and awareness of energy efficiency issues and will contribute to the successful implementation of the Trust's programs.  The policy on Contributions is attached.

 

The Trust's 31-page travel policy was adopted in May, 2011 and fully outlines, in detail, the process for obtaining approvals and reimbursements related to travel.  The Trust requires multiple staff sign-offs before travel (or lodging) can be authorized and again before payment for approved travel (or lodging) is made, which paperwork is all kept in the A/P files and subject to the A-133 audit that the Trust annually commissions and reports to the Board and the Office of the State Controller.

 

The Trust does not use or retain lobbyists and has no budget to support such expenditures.  Trust staff are registered, as necessary, to represent the Trust before the Legislature and State agencies.

 

The Board monitors compliance by relying on the external auditors who report annually to the Board on the Trust's adherence to its policies as part of its annual audit of the Trust's financial statements.  The audit reports are presented to and adopted by the Board and reported to the State's Office of the Controller.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

S/Michael D. Stoddard

Executive Director

 

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 44)

 

NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
PASSENGER RAIL AUTHORITY

75 West Commercial Street

Portland, Maine 04101-4631

 

January 30, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

RE:      Statutory Citation P.L. 2011 c. 616: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-Independent State Entities

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

Please find enclosed the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority's annual report as required under section 12023 (1) "Adoption and implementation" of the Statutory Citation referenced above.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Mr. Martin Eisenstein

Chairman

Northern New England Passenger
Rail Authority Board of Directors

 

 

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            (2-14)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 45)

 

Washington County Development Authority

 

January 30, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves and President Alfond:

 

P.L. 2011, c. 616: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi independent State Entities requires quasi-independent state entities to prepare and submit certain reports to the Legislature, the first of which is due by February 1, 2013.

 

I am writing to inform you that, in accordance with 5 M.R.S.A., Section 12023, the Washington County Development Authority (WCDA) presents the attached policies and procedures approved by the Board of Trustees on November 1, 2012 in accordance with this legislation.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Betsy Fitzgerald

Chair

 

 

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            (2-15)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 47)

 

Child Development Services

146 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333

 

February 1, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

P.L. 2011, c. 616: An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-independent State Entities requires quasi-independent state entities to prepare and submit certain reports to the Legislature, the first of which is due by February 1, 2013, and annually thereafter by February 1st.

 

Child Development Services (CDS) has prepared the enclosed report for your review and consideration. As required in the legislation enacted by the 125th Maine Legislature March 6, 2012 CDS is reporting its progress related to certain financial policies and procedures. Areas addressed in this report include: Selection of Vendors, Contributions, Travel, Meals and entertainment and Lobbying.

 

Specific policies and procedures can be found in Appendices A and B.

 

Child Development Services appreciates the opportunity to present this information and looks forward to comments suggesting additional refinements or improvements to be undertaken that will lead to achieving the intended purpose of this legislation.

 

Yours truly,

 

S/Cindy L. Brown

Director of Early Childhood Special Education

 

 

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            (2-16)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 50)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CONNECTME AUTHORITY

78 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0078

 

February 1, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves and President Alfond:

 

Pursuant to 5 M.R.S.A., Section 12023, please consider this the letter of transmittal for the required report from the ConnectME Authority due by February 1, 2013.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.

 

Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Phillip Lindley

Executive Director

 

 

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            (2-17)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 51)

 

MAINE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM

46 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0046

 

January 30, 2013

 

Honorable Justin L. Alfond

President of the Senate

3 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

RE:      MainePERS Policies

 

Dear President Alfond and Speaker Eves:

 

Attached please find three Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS) policies required by 5 M.R.S.A.  Section 12022 as enacted by PL 2011, chapter 616, "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-independent State Entities."  These three policies address the policy statements required by section 12022.

 

MainePERS designed or updated these policies to ensure compliance with all requirements of the law.  Board Policy 5.4, "Budgeting, Spending, and Reporting", encompasses the MainePERS Board of Trustees responsibilities under this law.  This is a comprehensive oversight policy which assigns the Executive Director to ensure all parts of the law are fully implemented in MainePERS administrative policy.

 

MainePERS administrative policies 1.3, "Procurement", and 1.4, "Travel", include the specific steps to fully comply with section 12022.

 

MainePERS has historically prohibited contributions and lobbying expenses.  These policies document this practice and represent no change from past practice.  Indirect lobbying expenses included in allowable dues to professional organizations for activities conducted at the federal level are generally for providing technical information on issues that affect federal regulations governing state retirement systems.

 

Competitive bidding for purchases over $10,000 is a reduced threshold for MainePERS.  Exceptions to this threshold which we believe would be detrimental to conducting our business efficiently or within our fiduciary duty are included in Administrative Policy 1.3, "Procurement."  MainePERS has historically reimbursed travel expenses on an actual and reasonable basis.  The System is changing to a per diem basis with the implementation of Administrative Policy 1.3, "Travel."

 

The MainePERS Board of Trustees will monitor compliance of 5 M.R.S.A section 12022 through the Audit Committee of the Board and that committee's budgeting and reporting process.  The Audit Committee of the Board meets quarterly and reports to the full Board of Trustees after each meeting.  MainePERS staff will provide the Audit Committee with procurement and travel budgets as part of the annual budget approval process.  The MainePERS Internal Auditor will also add review of this reporting to the internal audit schedule.  MainePERS staff will provide a semi-annual and annual report to the Audit Committee of travel and procurements, including any sole source procurements.  MainePERS prohibits contributions and direct lobbying expenses by Board policy.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us or provide us with questions about these policies.  Our implementation date for all new provisions will be no later than June 30, 2013.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sandra J. Matheson

Executive Director

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Promote Small-scale Poultry Farming"

(H.P. 179)  (L.D. 218)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, HICKMAN of Winthrop, JONES of Freedom, LIBBY of Waterboro, LOCKMAN of Amherst, Senator: JOHNSON of Lincoln.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Allow a Person Who Owns a Slaughterhouse To Slaughter Poultry for Other People" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 196)  (L.D. 259)

 

Sponsored by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CRAFTS of Lisbon, DILL of Old Town, GILBERT of Jay, JORGENSEN of Portland, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, McCABE of Skowhegan.

 

            Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Disability Retirement Determinations by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System"

(H.P. 147)  (L.D. 186)

 

Sponsored by Representative BECK of Waterville.

Cosponsored by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec and Representatives: SHORT of Pittsfield, TREAT of Hallowell.

 

            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funds for a Public-private Partnership for a New Science Facility at the Maine Maritime Academy"

(H.P. 182)  (L.D. 221)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CHASE of Wells, CLARK of Easton, GILLWAY of Searsport, JOHNSON of Greenville, KESCHL of Belgrade, Senator: CAIN of Penobscot.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Reduce Energy Costs by Weatherizing and Upgrading the Energy Efficiency of Maine Homes and Businesses and To Create Jobs by Providing for a Trained Workforce for Maine's Energy Future"

(H.P. 189)  (L.D. 228)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator BOYLE of Cumberland and Representatives: GIDEON of Freeport, HOBBINS of Saco, RYKERSON of Kittery, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, Senators: CLEVELAND of Androscoggin, YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Permit Temporary Operation of a Motor Vehicle with an Expired Operator's License Solely for the Purpose of Traveling Home or Renewing the License"

(H.P. 148)  (L.D. 187)

 

Sponsored by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford.

Cosponsored by Senator TUTTLE of York and Representatives: BEAUDOIN of Biddeford, DeCHANT of Bath, JOHNSON of Greenville, PEOPLES of Westbrook.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Criminalize Possession of a Suspended or Revoked Concealed Handgun Permit"

(H.P. 149)  (L.D. 188)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: PEASE of Morrill, PLANTE of Berwick.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Central Concealed Handgun Permit Database"

(H.P. 150)  (L.D. 189)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Senator: BURNS of Washington.

 

            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Ten Percent Discount to Persons Charged with a Traffic Infraction Who Pay Fines by Waiver"

(H.P. 151)  (L.D. 190)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Authorize the Suspension of a Concealed Handgun Permit"

(H.P. 152)  (L.D. 191)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

 

            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Allow Consideration of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at Sentencing in a Criminal Case"

(H.P. 153)  (L.D. 192)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representative: SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

 

            (3-12)  Bill "An Act Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun"

(H.P. 183)  (L.D. 222)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding a Concealed Handgun Permit"

(H.P. 184)  (L.D. 223)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Representative: PEASE of Morrill.

 

            Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Authorize InterCoast Career Institute To Grant the Degree of Associate Degree in Applied Science"

(H.P. 154)  (L.D. 193)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHASE of Wells.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York and Representatives: LIBBY of Waterboro, NELSON of Falmouth, PARRY of Arundel, SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Ensure That a Curtailment in School Funding Is Shared by All Institutions"

(H.P. 155)  (L.D. 194)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: JONES of Freedom, MASON of Topsham.

 

            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Fund Education by Providing Equal State Funding for Each Student"

(H.P. 156)  (L.D. 195)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: LOCKMAN of Amherst, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WEAVER of York.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-17)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Program for Public Safety Answering Points"

(H.P. 157)  (L.D. 196)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator CLEVELAND of Androscoggin and Representatives: DUNPHY of Embden, HOBBINS of Saco, RUSSELL of Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery.

 

            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Long-term Funding Source for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife"

(H.P. 180)  (L.D. 219)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: BRIGGS of Mexico, DION of Portland, GILBERT of Jay, HARVELL of Farmington, WOOD of Sabattus, Senators: JACKSON of Aroostook, SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians"

(H.P. 158)  (L.D. 197)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, FARNSWORTH of Portland, GIDEON of Freeport, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, MASON of Topsham, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SCHNECK of Bangor, Senator: PLUMMER of Cumberland.

 

            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Clarify Physicians' Delegation of Medical Care"

(H.P. 159)  (L.D. 198)

 

Sponsored by Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock.

 

            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality"

(H.P. 191)  (L.D. 230)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec and Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, HICKMAN of Winthrop, MONAGHAN-DERRIG of Cape Elizabeth, PEOPLES of Westbrook, PRINGLE of Windham, SANBORN of Gorham.

 

            (3-22)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families"

(H.P. 193)  (L.D. 256)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford.

Cosponsored by Representatives: NUTTING of Oakland, SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

 

            (3-23)  Bill "An Act To Protect Newborns Exposed to Drugs or Alcohol"

(H.P. 194)  (L.D. 257)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough.

Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To Allow Agents Designated by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Hunt Coyotes at Night during the Deer Hunting Season"

(H.P. 160)  (L.D. 199)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: BRIGGS of Mexico, DION of Portland, ESPLING of New Gloucester, HARVELL of Farmington, WOOD of Sabattus, Senators: CUSHING of Penobscot, JACKSON of Aroostook, SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Expand Turkey Hunting Opportunities for Young Hunters"

(H.P. 161)  (L.D. 200)

 

Sponsored by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, EVANGELOS of Friendship, HICKMAN of Winthrop, SHORT of Pittsfield, WOOD of Sabattus, Senator: BURNS of Washington.

 

            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Permit Tribal Members To Hunt Any Animal or Bird at Any Time for Sustenance"

(H.P. 162)  (L.D. 201)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CAREY of Lewiston, HAMANN of South Portland, MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Permit Tribal Members To Fish at Any Time for Sustenance"

(H.P. 163)  (L.D. 202)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CAREY of Lewiston, HAMANN of South Portland, MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation.

 

            (3-28)  Bill "An Act To Require Kayakers on Open Salt Water To Use a Personal Flotation Device"

(H.P. 164)  (L.D. 203)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.  (BY REQUEST)

Cosponsored by Representative: HUBBELL of Bar Harbor.

 

            (3-29)  Bill "An Act To Simplify and Encourage the Sale of Hunting and Fishing Licenses and Permits" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 190)  (L.D. 229)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: DAVIS of Sangerville, GILBERT of Jay, HARVELL of Farmington, McCABE of Skowhegan, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, Senators: BURNS of Washington, PLUMMER of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws That Govern the Activities of Insurance Adjusters"

(H.P. 165)  (L.D. 204)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

 

            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Exempt Free Clinics from Licensing under the Charitable Solicitations Act"

(H.P. 166)  (L.D. 205)

 

Sponsored by Representative ROCHELO of Biddeford.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: BEAUDOIN of Biddeford, CASAVANT of Biddeford, Senator: VALENTINO of York.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Restore Consumer Rate Review for Health Insurance Plans in the Individual and Small Group Markets"

(H.P. 186)  (L.D. 225)

 

Sponsored by Representative LIBBY of Lewiston.

Cosponsored by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin and Representatives: BECK of Waterville, BOLAND of Sanford, CAMPBELL of Newfield, CHIPMAN of Portland, GILBERT of Jay, HOBBINS of Saco, MORRISON of South Portland, SHAW of Standish.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-33)  Bill "An Act To Protect Title to Real and Personal Property of Public Employees"

(H.P. 167)  (L.D. 206)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Senator: COLLINS of York.

Submitted by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            (3-34)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Factors Considered in Determining the Best Interest of a Child in a Court Award of Parental Rights and Responsibilities"

(H.P. 168)  (L.D. 207)

 

Sponsored by Representative BECK of Waterville.

Cosponsored by Representatives: LONGSTAFF of Waterville, NADEAU of Winslow.

 

            (3-35)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Charter of St. Mark's Home for Women in Augusta"

(H.P. 169)  (L.D. 208)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, LIBBY of Waterboro, McCLELLAN of Raymond, WILSON of Augusta.

 

            (3-36)  Bill "An Act To Strengthen the Rights of Grandparents under the Grandparents Visitation Act"

(H.P. 170)  (L.D. 209)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec.

 

            (3-37)  Bill "An Act To Ban the United Nations Agenda 21 in Maine"

(H.P. 181)  (L.D. 220)

 

Sponsored by Representative LONG of Sherman.

Cosponsored by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro, Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, GIFFORD of Lincoln, JACKSON of Oxford, JOHNSON of Greenville, STANLEY of Medway, THERIAULT of Madawaska, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WILLETTE of Mapleton.

 

            (3-38)  Bill "An Act To Streamline the Change of Name Process for Persons Getting Married"

(H.P. 185)  (L.D. 224)

 

Sponsored by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representatives: BOLAND of Sanford, CAMPBELL of Newfield, KORNFIELD of Bangor, LIBBY of Waterboro, NOON of Sanford, PLANTE of Berwick, VOLK of Scarborough, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-39)  Bill "An Act To Require That Forms, Pamphlets and Other Documents Be Designed To Permit the Continued Use of the Materials"

(H.P. 171)  (L.D. 210)

 

Sponsored by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec and Representatives: CHASE of Wells, CLARK of Easton, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, Senator: CUSHING of Penobscot.

 

            (3-40)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Limitation on County Assessments"

(H.P. 172)  (L.D. 211)

 

Sponsored by Representative JACKSON of Oxford.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, CRAY of Palmyra, DOAK of Columbia Falls, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, LONG of Sherman, TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

 

            (3-41)  Bill "An Act To Support the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 192)  (L.D. 231)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, GIDEON of Freeport.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-42)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Tax Exemption for Tobacco Sold to an Adult Member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe for Cultural, Spiritual or Ceremonial Purposes"

(H.P. 173)  (L.D. 212)

 

Sponsored by Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation.

Cosponsored by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland and Representatives: BRIGGS of Mexico, GOODE of Bangor, SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, VEROW of Brewer, Senator: TUTTLE of York.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-43)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Renewable Energy License Plate"

(H.P. 187)  (L.D. 226)

 

Sponsored by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.

Cosponsored by Senator CLEVELAND of Androscoggin and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, GIDEON of Freeport, HOBBINS of Saco, KORNFIELD of Bangor, McLEAN of Gorham, MONAGHAN-DERRIG of Cape Elizabeth, MOONEN of Portland.

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-44)  Bill "An Act To Provide Funding for Transportation of Veterans to Medical Facilities"

(H.P. 174)  (L.D. 213)

 

Sponsored by Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro.

Cosponsored by Representative: RUSSELL of Portland.

 

            (3-45)  Bill "An Act To Require Registered Voter Lists To Be Provided to Candidates for Legislative Office"

(H.P. 175)  (L.D. 214)

 

Sponsored by Representative BROOKS of Winterport.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: EVANGELOS of Friendship, GOODE of Bangor, PETERSON of Rumford, STANLEY of Medway, VEROW of Brewer, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro.

 

            (3-46)  Bill "An Act To Protect Landlords When Tenants Fail To Pay Utility Bills"

(H.P. 176)  (L.D. 215)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: DUNPHY of Embden, LIBBY of Waterboro, LOCKMAN of Amherst, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, MAKER of Calais, POULIOT of Augusta, TURNER of Burlington, WEAVER of York.

 

            (3-47)  Bill "An Act To Extend the Hours for the Sale of Liquor on Sunday When St. Patrick's Day Is on a Sunday" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 177)  (L.D. 216)

 

Sponsored by Representative HOBBINS of Saco.

Cosponsored by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin and Representatives: CAREY of Lewiston, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, RUSSELL of Portland, Senator: TUTTLE of York.

 

            (3-48)  Bill "An Act Concerning High-stakes Beano"

(H.P. 188)  (L.D. 227)

 

Sponsored by Representative MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation.

Cosponsored by Senator TUTTLE of York and Representatives: BEAULIEU of Auburn, CAREY of Lewiston, DION of Portland, KRUGER of Thomaston, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, RUSSELL of Portland, SCHNECK of Bangor, Senator: PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519 and Joint Rule 213, the following items:

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Gary Parlin, of Farmington, who has been named the Morning Sentinel Football Coach of the Year.  Under Mr. Parlin's leadership, the Mt. Blue Cougars won the Class B State Title and ended the season as the only undefeated team in the State with a record of 12-0.  We extend our congratulations to Mr. Parlin on his receiving this recognition;

 

(SLS 22)

 

 

            (5-2)  Jordan Whitney, of Industry, who has been named the Morning Sentinel Football Player of the Year.  We extend our congratulations to Jordan on his receiving this recognition;

 

(SLS 23)

 

 

            (5-3)  Sheriff Dennis C. Pike, of Farmington, on his retirement from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department after 46 years of service in law enforcement, 12 of which he served as Sheriff.  Sheriff Pike also served as a Farmington Police Officer until 1991, has been a town selectman and was the area's National Weather Service cooperative observer.  We send Sheriff Pike our appreciation for his many years of commitment to the people of Franklin County and to the State.  We congratulate him on his retirement and send him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 47)

 

 

            (5-4)  Chief Deputy Raymond Meldrum, of Kingfield, for his dedicated service to the people of Franklin County after 35 years with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.  Chief Deputy Meldrum has served as chief deputy for 12 years.  We send him our appreciation for his commitment to the people of Franklin County and to the State.  We congratulate him on his retirement and send him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 48)

 

 

            (5-5)  Scott Graffam, of Norway, basketball coach of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Vikings, on his reaching the 300th win of his coaching career on December 21, 2012.  We congratulate Coach Graffam on his remarkable achievement and send him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 62)

 

 

            (5-6)  Jennifer Rowland, of Wyman Township, who is a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award for her dependability, leadership, service and patriotism.  This award was given by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter, the Colonial Daughters Chapter of Farmington.  We extend our congratulations to Jennifer on her receiving this award;

 

(SLS 63)

 

 

            (5-7)  Norman Fournier, of Wallagrass, who is the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.  Mr. Fournier is known as a quiet humanitarian and multicommunity leader whose work behind the scenes has had a profound effect in the communities served by the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is presently a trustee for the University of Maine System and is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Award from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  We extend our congratulations to Mr. Fournier on his receiving this Citizen of the Year award;

 

(SLS 64)

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-8)  Helen Chase Vose, of Machias, a longtime local volunteer to the community.  Mrs. Vose was born in York in 1929 and was a graduate of Plymouth Business School.  She was married to Gerald Vose and they had 2 children.  She worked at Boston Children's Hospital for 13 years and, in 1977, she relocated to Machias.  For more than 35 years, Mrs. Vose volunteered for numerous area organizations, including the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Woman's Guild of Centre Street Congregational Church, the Christmas Giving Tree Program, the Salvation Army and Alliance for the Mentally Ill.  She was the director of the Machias Food Pantry for 30 years.  Mrs. Vose was honored with many community service awards over the years.  She will be greatly missed and long remembered by her extended family and friends;

 

(SLS 16)

 

 

            (5-9)  Brian T. Danforth, of Oakland.  Mr. Danforth, born in Waterville, attended Oakland schools and All United Professional Security Academy in Holly Hill, Florida.  He was employed as a security officer at Thomas College and Colby College in Waterville and by Toby Nason Detective and Security for over 10 years, both as an officer and a private investigator.  Mr. Danforth was a call firefighter with the Waterville Fire Department.  In the early 1990s, he was co-owner of Strictly Pets and Strictly Birds, and he also was owner and operator of Brothers Cab.  Mr. Danforth was a past vice president of the Kennebec Valley Jaycees.  He was also a past president of Mid Maine REACT, a team monitoring emergency frequency 9 for local police and fire distress calls.  Mr. Danforth also volunteered with the local Cub Scouts, serving as den leader and assistant pack master of Pack 434.  He was a member of the Holly Hill Florida American Legion and of the Decker-Simmons Post 51 American Legion in Oakland, where he served as vice commander and as commander.  Mr. Danforth also served in many leadership capacities in the Sons of the American Legion Detachment of Maine and had recently joined the Fairfield American Legion.  He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving family and many friends;

 

(SLS 65)

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Refer to the Committee on Judiciary
Pursuant to Statute

 

            (6-1)  Representative PRIEST for the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Public Access to Records Relating to Public-private Partnerships"

(H.P. 178)  (L.D. 217)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.

 

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Refer to the Committee on Judiciary
Pursuant to Statute

 

            (6-2)  Representative PRIEST for the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Meetings of Public Bodies"

(H.P. 195)  (L.D. 258)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Thursday, January 31, 2013, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         Joint Order, To Require the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services To Examine Guardian Ad Litem Certification

(H.P. 7)

 

TABLED - January 8, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - Motion of Representative BROOKS of Winterport to REFER to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Mount Blue High School Football Team

(HLS 3)

 

TABLED - January 8, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative HARVELL of Farmington.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Tobias Leboutillier, of Brewer

(HLS 12)

 

TABLED - January 8, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Bill "An Act To Change the Schedule for the Beginning of the Biennial Budget Cycle"

(H.P. 58)  (L.D. 80)

 

(Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested)

TABLED - January 22, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE JUNE 19, 2013

State of Maine
House of Representatives
126th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Restore to Jimmy J. Soucy the Right To Maintain Existing Structures on Property in Sinclair"

(S.P. 95)  (L.D. 262)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Increase the Base for the Cost-of-living Increase for Retired State Employees and Teachers"

(S.P. 68)  (L.D. 232)

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Maintenance of State Armories"

(S.P. 81)  (L.D. 245)

 

            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 86)  (L.D. 250)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Designate the Jail in Franklin County as a Jail Rather than a Holding Facility"

(S.P. 74)  (L.D. 238)

 

            (1-6)  Bill "An Act Criminalizing Trafficking in Contraband or Alcoholic Beverages in State Hospitals Serving Adults"

(S.P. 87)  (L.D. 251)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Require the Department of Education To Report on the Costs and Sources of Funding of Charter Schools"

(S.P. 69)  (L.D. 233)

 

            (1-8)  Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules Regarding Restraint of Students (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 79)  (L.D. 243)

 

            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Student Membership Criteria of the State Board of Education" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 80)  (L.D. 244)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Provide That a Distributor, Blender or Retail Dealer of Motor Fuel May Not Be Required To Sell, Consign or Distribute Motor Fuel Containing Ten Percent or More Ethanol"

(S.P. 94)  (L.D. 261)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-11)  Bill "An Act Regarding Registration and Correction of Death Information on Death Certificates"

(S.P. 88)  (L.D. 252)

 

            (1-12)  Bill "An Act Regarding Registration of Fetal Deaths"

(S.P. 89)  (L.D. 253)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
126th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Resolve, To Establish the Northern Maine Advisory Task Force on Deer

(S.P. 90)  (L.D. 254)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Protect the Privacy of Citizens from Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use"

(S.P. 72)  (L.D. 236)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Improve Insurance Coverage for Volunteer First Responders"

(S.P. 71)  (L.D. 235)

 

            (1-4)  Resolve, Directing the Board of Dental Examiners To Amend Its Rules To Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Maine

(S.P. 85)  (L.D. 249)

 

            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Extend Funding for the Loring Job Increment Financing Fund"

(S.P. 93)  (L.D. 260)

 

            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Require Dealers of Secondhand Precious Metals To Keep Records To Aid Law Enforcement"

(S.P. 96)  (L.D. 263)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Establish Uniform Quorum, Meeting and Chair Requirements for Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards"

(S.P. 73)  (L.D. 237)

 

            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Establish July 27th as Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 91)  (L.D. 255)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Provide Tax Treatment Consistency for Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations"

(S.P. 70)  (L.D. 234)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Allow Motor Fuel Taxable Sales Disclosure"

(S.P. 76)  (L.D. 240)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services"

(S.P. 77)  (L.D. 241)

 

            (1-12)  Bill "An Act To Improve the Military Bureau Laws"

(S.P. 78)  (L.D. 242)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
126th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Resolution:  (S.P. 92)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING FEBRUARY 6, 2013 AS RONALD REAGAN DAY IN THE STATE OF MAINE

 

            WHEREAS, President Ronald Wilson Reagan, a man of humble background, worked throughout his life serving freedom and advancing the public good, having been employed as an entertainer, union leader and corporate spokesman and elected Governor of California and President of the United States; and

 

            WHEREAS, President Reagan served with honor and distinction for 2 terms as the 40th President of the United States, earning the confidence of 3/5 of the electorate and being victorious in 49 of the 50 states in the general election for his 2nd term, a record unsurpassed in the history of American presidential elections; and

 

            WHEREAS, in 1981, when President Reagan was inaugurated, he inherited a disillusioned nation shackled by rampant inflation and high unemployment; and

 

            WHEREAS, during President Reagan's presidency he worked in a bipartisan manner to enact his bold agenda of restoring accountability and common sense to government, which led to an unprecedented economic expansion and opportunity for millions of Americans; and

 

            WHEREAS, President Reagan's commitment to an active social policy agenda for the nation's children helped lower crime and drug use in our neighborhoods; and

 

            WHEREAS, President Reagan's commitment to America's armed forces contributed to the restoration of pride in America and her values, which are cherished by the free world, and prepared our armed forces to meet 21st‑century challenges; and

 

            WHEREAS, President Reagan's vision of "peace through strength" led to the end of the Cold War and the ultimate demise of the Soviet Union, guaranteeing basic human rights for millions of people; and

 

            WHEREAS, February 6, 2013 will be the 102nd anniversary of President Ronald Reagan's birth, and the 9th since his passing; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, on behalf of the people we represent, recognize February 6, 2013 as Ronald Reagan Day in the State of Maine, and we urge all citizens of the State to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
126th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Change of Committee

 

            (6-1)  Representative HERBIG from the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act To Allow Motor Fuel Containing Five Percent Ethanol To Be Sold in the State"

(H.P. 87)  (L.D. 105)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

 

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            (6-2)  Representative HERBIG from the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT on Bill "An Act To Join in a Prohibition on Motor Fuel Containing Corn-based Ethanol"

(H.P. 97)  (L.D. 115)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

 

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