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SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
ENACTORS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
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The House Calendar

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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


22nd Legislative Day

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Honorable Joseph E. Brooks, Winterport.

 

            National Anthem by Honorable Gay M. Grant, Gardiner.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Thursday, March 14, 2013.

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SENATE PAPERS

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Protect the State's Property Rights in Maine State Museum Research" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 717)  (L.D. 1019)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in the House on March 14, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 741)

 

TOWN OF JAY

340 MAIN STREET

JAY, MAINE  04239-1697

 

We, the undersigned Officials in the Town of Jay, on March 4, 2013 sign the following resolution for our 2013/14 Budget Year.

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's unprecedented biennial budget places towns in an untenable fiscal position; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposal includes the elimination of $283 million in municipal revenue sharing, falls $200 million short of funding local schools at the 55% level passed in referendum; would cut the state's reimbursement for General Assistance by an estimated $6.7 million; would eliminate the Homestead Exemption for anyone under the age of 65; would eliminate the "circuit breaker" property tax and rent revenue from towns; and would fail to reimburse towns for 50% of the cost for the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's proposal also contains cuts to health and human services, clean elections, the wage and benefits of public workers, and other initiatives necessary for strong communities and who's under-funding continues to shift costs to towns; be it

 

RESOLVED, The Officials of Jay call upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals, identify less harmful cost savings, and raise revenue in an equitable fashion in order to avoid a regressive tax shift to municipalities.

 

S/Stephen McCourt                                                  S/Ruth Cushman, Town Manager

S/Justin Merrill                                                         S/Ronda Palmer, Town Clerk

S/F. Timothy DeMillo                                              S/Lisa Bryant, Finance Director

S/Pearl Cook                                                             S/Larry White, Police Chief

S/Thomas C. Goding                                                S/John Johnson, Public Works Director

Selectmen of Jay                                                      S/Mark Holt, Waste Water Treatment
                                                                                    Plant Supervisor

 

A True Copy Attest:

S/Ronda L. Palmer, Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 742)

 

CITY OF BANGOR

RESOLUTION

REGARDING THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET

By the Bangor City Council on March 11, 2013

 

Whereas, the City of Bangor stands to lose $3.7 million in municipal revenue sharing in the upcoming fiscal year if the state budget as proposed by Governor Paul LePage is adopted; and

 

Whereas, The Bangor School Department would pay an additional $645,000 to fund teacher retirement under the Governor's budget proposal; and

 

Whereas, 3,615 non-elderly Bangor households would lose $197 each, or $712,155 total, in property tax relief in the upcoming fiscal year under the cuts to the Homestead Exemption program, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; and

 

Whereas, 1,810 non-elderly Bangor households that currently qualify for the Circuit Breaker program would lose an average of $386 each, or $698,660 total in the upcoming fiscal year, under that program, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; and

 

Whereas, in total many Bangor households would lose $583 in tax offsets if they had previously qualified for both the Homestead Exemption and Circuit Breaker programs, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; and

 

Whereas, the City of Bangor stands to lose $140,000 in tractor trailer excise tax revenues being transferred from the City of Bangor to the State of Maine, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; and

 

Whereas, the City of Bangor stands to lose $821,000 in General Assistance reimbursement, an entitlement program mandated by the State, in which the State establishes the eligibility requirements, benefit levels and process to be employed; and

 

Whereas, our community will once again be forced either to eliminate classroom education and other programs in our schools or find local funds to compensate for the reduction in state financial support for public education; and

 

Whereas, this City Council will be faced with the unacceptable choice of either severely cutting essential municipal services or dramatically increasing the property tax burden on our fellow residents; and

 

Whereas, we, as the elected representatives of the residents and taxpayers of Bangor, have an obligation to maintain essential local services, ensure a quality education for our children and contain the property tax burden of our citizens;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BANGOR THAT, we call upon the Governor and the members of 126th Legislature to fully fund municipal revenue sharing for the coming biennium, maintain the Circuit Breaker and Homestead Exemption property tax relief programs, and fulfill the state's K-12 education funding mandate under the School Finance Act of 2003 and confirmed by vote of the people of Maine in a June 2004 referendum.

 

S/Nelson E. Durgin, Mayor

S/Joe M. Baldacci, Councilor

S/Pauline B. Civiello, Councilor

S/James D. Gallant, Councilor

S/Susan M. Hawes, Councilor

S/Charles R. Longo, Councilor

S/David S. Neally, Councilor

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 771)

 

Town of Freeport

RESOLUTION

 

A Resolution in opposition to multiple proposals to shift the burden of funding State Government to Municipalities through property taxes:

 

WHEREAS, the Freeport Town Council is concerned and wishes to express its opposition to multiple proposals to shift the burden of funding State government to municipalities through the property tax levy system and,

 

WHEREAS, the State administration has submitted a proposed budget for the upcoming biennium that will dramatically shift the burden of funding State government to the property tax by eliminating or significantly modifying property tax relief programs and,

WHEREAS, the proposal to suspend municipal revenue sharing would result in a loss of more than $525,000 in revenues to the Town of Freeport, which represents approximately six percent of the Town's revenue budget and 38 cents on the property tax mil rate and,

 

WHEREAS, the changes in the BETR program would result in a loss to the Town of Freeport of at least $244,000 in the first year of the biennium, which represents approximately three percent of the annual revenue budget and 17 cents on the property tax mil rate and,

 

WHEREAS, the total of these two largest cuts represents approximately 55 cents on the tax mil rate or a $110 increase to the tax bill of a $200,000 home in Freeport, therefore:

 

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Freeport Town Council requests that the Maine Legislature reconsider this large tax shift when creating its biennial FY2014 and FY2015 budget, and welcomes the opportunity for further discussion of this issue in hopes of assisting the State to create a more efficient system of government in order to avoid this shift in revenue from the municipalities to the State.

 

Dated this 5th day of March, 2013 at Freeport, Maine.

 

S/James Hendricks, Council Chair

S/Kristina Egan, Council Vice-Chair

S/Rich DeGrandpre, Councilor

S/D. Scott Gleeson, Councilor

S/Melanie Sachs, Councilor

S/Andrew Wellen, Councilor

 

ATTEST, A True Copy:

S/Tracey L. Stevens, Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 772)

 

CITY OF ROCKLAND, MAINE

RESOLVE #15

(As Amended 03/11/13)

IN CITY COUNCIL

 

March 11, 2013

 

RESOLVE: Preservation of Revenues Used to Offset the Property Tax Burden

 

WHEREAS, Governor LePage has proposed a State budget which would have a significant and negative impact on local municipal services and local property taxes; and

 

WHEREAS, This State budget proposal calls for redirecting a portion of sales and income tax revenues, collected under the Revenue Sharing Program, away from municipalities and redirecting them to the State of Maine to balance the State budget; and

 

WHEREAS, This State budget proposal also calls for redirecting commercial vehicle excise tax revenues away from municipalities and redirecting them to the State of Maine to balance the State Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, This State budget proposal dramatically curtails the Homestead and Circuit Breaker programs, both programs designed to keep local residential property taxes low; and

 

WHEREAS, This State budget proposal calls for the elimination of the BETR program that reimburses municipalities for some lost personal property taxes; and

 

WHEREAS, This proposed State budget is now before the Legislature for consideration;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AS FOLLOWS:

 

THAT the Rockland City Council strongly opposes each of these recommendations and encourages our local delegation to also oppose any of these measures either in full, or in part; and

 

THAT the Rockland City Council requests our local delegation to support the preservation and full restoration of each of these programs, and

 

THAT the City Manager, with the assistance of the City Attorney and City Clerk, is directed to convey Council's strong opposition to members of the Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee and to work with other municipal and community leaders to support the preservation and restoration of these programs.

 

Passed as amended by the Rockland City Council on 03/11/2013 by a 5-0 vote.

A True Copy.  Attested:                                                      Sponsor:  City Council

S/Stuart H. Sylvester                                                            Originator:  City Manager

City Clerk

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 773)

 

TOWN OF YARMOUTH

200 MAIN STREET

YARMOUTH, MAINE 04096

 

March 12, 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:

 

The Yarmouth Town Council recently adopted a resolution stating its unanimous opposition to Governor LePage's proposal to suspend revenue sharing, further erode the tax base by exempting business equipment, eliminating the Homestead Exemption for most homeowners, and eliminating or severely restricting the Circuit Breaker program for residents already squeezed by taxes.  A copy of the text of that resolution is set forth below.

 

The Yarmouth Town Council fully understands the need for fiscal restraint, and has exercised that restraint quite diligently for a long while.  The proposed Town budget (non-education) for the Town of Yarmouth for 2013/14 is a reduction from the current year and represents TOTAL CUMULATIVE INCREASES from 2008 forward of less than one-half of one percent.  Yes, that's a total increase in spending of 0.48% over six budget years.  The Town also understands and embraces the value of shared and collaborative service delivery with other communities, and our current portfolio of "regionalized" and shared services or employees includes General Assistance Administration, Emergency Dispatch Operations, Solid Waste Recycling and Waste – to – Energy incineration, Paramedic level EMS services, Storm water management, regional transportation planning and resource allocation, joint purchasing, Code Enforcement, Assessing, police investigation and forensics, natural gas market development, vocational/technical education, shellfish conservation programs and enforcement, insurance and employee benefits purchases, fire training facility, library services, and household hazardous waste collection and disposal.  Yarmouth, like most if not all communities, has cinched its belt tightly, and has found or invented ways to collaborate to reduce costs and/or deliver better services.  But we cannot continue to absorb State policies that erode the tax base, reduce State Aid to Education, mandate services, and undercut the transfer of resources that were instituted to alleviate the burdens on the taxpayer.  We regrettably accept that no life ring will be tossed to us by the State government that threw us out of the raft in the first place, but these latest proposal merely tie a cinder block to our feet.  Augusta cannot continue to pass the buck and the bill on to the property taxpayer.  We thank you for voting no on these proposals that shift the costs from State revenue base to the local property tax.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Nathaniel J. Tupper

Yarmouth Town Manager

 

The following Resolution was adopted by the Yarmouth Town Council (7-0) on February 21, 2013.

 

Item No. 72: A resolution regarding the Governor's proposed budget initiatives

 

Resolve, Expressing the Opposition of the Town Council of the Town of Yarmouth to Proposals to Shift the Burden of Funding State Government to the Property Tax and Property Tax Payer.

 

Whereas, the State Administration has submitted a proposed budget for the coming biennium that will dramatically shift the burden of funding state government to the property tax by eliminating or significantly modifying long-standing property tax relief programs; and

 

Whereas, the proposal to suspend municipal revenue sharing would result in a

$775,000-revenue loss to the Town of Yarmouth, representing of the Town's general fund total budget and 2.93% on the property tax rate; and

 

Whereas, low and moderate income residents under the age of 65 who now qualify for

the state property tax circuit breaker program will no longer qualify for it in the coming budget year; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF YARMOUTH THAT the Town Council hereby expresses its strong opposition to provisions included in the recently proposed state budget that would significantly shift the burden of funding state government to the property tax and property tax payer.  These proposals will dramatically increase property taxes in Yarmouth, taxes which often are unrelated to the ability of property owners to pay, and will require spending reductions which will call into question our ability to protect the health and welfare of our community and provide our residents with basic government services.

 

Be it Further Resolved, that The Town Clerk is directed to provide copies of this resolve to the members of the legislature representing the Town of Yarmouth, members of the Appropriations Committee, and the Governor.

 

Approved 7-0

 

 

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            (2-6)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 774)

 

TOWN OF STARKS

57 ANSON ROAD

STARKS, MAINE 04911

 

RESOLUTION

 

Be it Resolved by the Town of Starks Board of Selectmen:

 

Whereas, the Town of Starks Board of Selectmen is deeply concerned and wishes to express its opposition to multiple proposals to Shift the Burden of Funding State Government to Municipalities through the Property Tax and to the Property Tax Payer;

 

Whereas, the State Administration has submitted a proposed budget for the coming biennium that will dramatically shift the burden of funding state government to the property tax by eliminating or significantly modifying multiple property tax relief programs;

 

Whereas, the proposal to suspend municipal revenue sharing would result in a loss of over $92,504 in revenues, which represents 11.0% of the Town's Revenue Budget;

 

Whereas, the proposal to redirect the commercial excise tax would result in a loss of approximately $6,000 or 1% of the Town's Revenue Budget;

 

Whereas, RSU #9 would be required to pay additional monies to fund Teacher Retirement under the Governor's budget proposal which would affect the school budget and ultimately be reflected in approximately $7,560 or 1% in new Town assessment;

Whereas, eliminating the homestead exemption in FY 15 for those under 65 will increase taxes for those residents by $221.00 in that year if the Town's tax remains the same;

 

Whereas, low and moderate income residents under the age of 65 who now qualify for the state property tax circuit breaker program will no longer qualify for it in the coming budget year;

 

Whereas, if enacted, these changes reflect at least $106,064 or 13% of the Municipality's revenue sources;

 

Whereas, these proposals would dramatically increase property taxes in Starks and all communities and also require large spending reductions that will challenge the Town's ability to protect the health, safety and welfare of the community through providing basic services;

 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Starks Board of Selectmen to express its opposition to the proposed state budget which significantly shifts the burden of funding state government to the property tax and property tax payer.  Further, the Starks Board of Selectmen call upon the members of the Legislature to fully fund municipal revenue sharing for the coming biennium, fulfill the State's K-12 Education Funding Mandate under the School Finance act of 2003, allow the towns to keep the commercial excise tax it collects, and maintain the Circuit Breaker and Homestead Exemption property tax relief programs for our citizens.

 

Signed March 11, 2013 by Starks Board of Selectmen

 

S/Paul Frederic

S/Joseph Miller

S/Sterling Doiron

 

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 781)

 

TOWN OF WINSLOW, MAINE

114 BENTON AVENUE

WINSLOW, MAINE  04901

 

Date:         March 11, 2013

 

To:            State of Maine Legislature

 

Subject:    Biennial State Budget Concerns

 

From:        Winslow Town Council

 

The Winslow Town Council would like to offer the following for your consideration in crafting the State Biennial Budget for FY 2014-15.

 

Winslow is a relatively small town in Kennebec County with a population of approximately 7,800 residents.  Over the last 20 years our population has actually decreased.  Since 1980, our median age has increased from 31 to 42 as our population has aged.  Our taxable valuation base has grown at a rate of about 1% per year.  Winslow's 2010 Full Value Tax rate was 4th highest in Kennebec County.  Winslow has been able to control expenditures so that the mil rate has been stable since 2008.

 

We understand that there are state budget proposals before the Legislature that would terminate municipal revenue sharing for two years, alter commercial excise tax distribution, and shift teacher retirement costs to the local level.  While we understand the significant challenges state government faces in balancing the next budget, we believe that removing these historic revenue sources from local finances as well as shifting additional costs to local responsibility will have very serious consequences to the people of Winslow and the state as a whole.

 

Our review indicates that these state budget proposals will remove at least $700,000 annually from state revenue sharing and commercial excise tax revenue as well as shift $200,000 to local expenditures for teacher retirement.  The combined impact is equivalent to a 1.6 mil rate impact.  While there is always opportunity to reduce local expenditures to offset the loss in revenue and mitigate the impact on property taxes, our options are limited.

 

The municipal portion of our local expenditures have been actually decreasing the last few years as we work to control costs and implement efficiencies.  Our proposed municipal budget for 2013-14 is approximately 6% less than in 2009-10.  If we were to totally adsorb the $700,000 in lost state revenue sharing and excise tax diversion, we would need to reduce municipal expenditures by nearly 11%.  This amount is equivalent to our total allocations for our Police Dept.  Of course we could simply stop whole department activities such as trash collection and shift this to a resident private pay responsibility.  While this would allow us to "balance" our budget by cost-shifting, the net effect is that Winslow taxpayers would be paying more for less and their financial burden is increased without a choice.

 

Another important factor is the Education cost impact.  Winslow's proposed 2013-14 budget is more than $1 million less than in 2009-10.  Shifting another $200,000 in teacher retirement costs to local sources will simply force a greater property tax burden and/or reduced education opportunities.  As you may know, Winslow has combined with Waterville and Vassalboro for school administration consolidation per the past Legislature's direction.  While it is hoped that school administration savings have been realized, requiring local property taxpayers to absorb another significant cost or choose to reduce classroom resources is an unrealistic challenge at this time.

 

While often not visible, the County tax requirement has increased significantly in the last ten years.  The forecasted 2013-14 County Tax burden for Winslow property taxpayers is $591,000 as compared to a $411,000 costs in 2003-04.  In ten years, Winslow's county tax burden has increased by 44%.  While it was hoped "Jail Consolidation" was going to at least slow County expenditure increases, results to date do not indicate any appreciable cost containment or easing of the local County Tax burden.

 

Another important matter is timing.  Winslow is just beginning the 2013-14 budget review with a schedule that calls for the first reading of the Budget by April 8 and finalization by May 13.  The current uncertainty of revenue sharing, excise tax redistribution, and shifting of teacher retirement expenses to the local level with a possible impact of $900,000 to local taxpayers places the Council in a "Sophie's Choice" position....do we speculatively raise property taxes and make significant local spending cuts without knowing the Legislature's decision on these unprecedented funding and expense proposals.

 

As we are sure you realize, property taxes are the only revenue source that local government has control over to meet the expenditure needs.  We would ask the Legislature to fully consider the implications if they decide to eliminate revenue sharing, re-allocate excise tax, and shift teacher retirement to local taxpayers.  The impact of the Legislature's decision will be immediate and significant.  We would ask that you recognize that revenue redistribution and cost-shifting has never proven to be a successful and sustainable means to balance budgets either at the state or local levels.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

Winslow Town Council

 

S/Gerald Saint Amand, Chair

S/Kenneth Fletcher

S/Steve C. Russell

S/Ray Caron

S/Jerry Quirion

S/Catherine M. Nadeau

S/Benjamin Twitchell

 

Attest.  A true copy of original.

S/Pamela Smiley

 

 

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            (2-8)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 107)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

March 18, 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 7, Chapter 5, §125 of the Maine Revised Statutes, I have appointed Representative James F. Dill of Old Town to the Board of Agriculture.

 

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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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 105)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 19, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the following Joint Standing Committees have voted unanimously to report the following bills out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

L.D. 366         An Act To Adjust the Values of Property That Define the Class of Crime for Theft Offenses

 

Education and Cultural Affairs

L.D. 384         An Act To Allow Spouses and Children of Veterans Killed in the Line of Duty To Receive the State Tuition Waiver

 

Energy, Utilities and Technology

L.D. 676         Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission To Review Telecommunications Services in Northern Oxford County

 

Health and Human Services

L.D. 337         An Act To Require That Burn Injuries and Wounds Be Reported to the Office of the State Fire Marshal

L.D. 374         An Act To Eliminate the Child Support Collecting Fee Charged to a Person Who Has Never Received Assistance under a State Program

 

Judiciary

L.D. 224         An Act To Streamline the Change of Name Process for Persons Getting Married

 

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

L.D. 348         An Act Concerning the Scope of Practice of Cardiovascular Technologists

L.D. 461         An Act To Allow Businesses with More than 5,000 Square Feet of Interior Customer Selling Space To Open on Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

L.D. 509         An Act To Exempt Certain Supervised Medical Assistants from Licensing under the Medical Radiation Health and Safety Laws

 

State and Local Government

L.D. 397         An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Development and Administration of Municipal Budgets in Unorganized Territories

 

Transportation

L.D. 406         An Act To Require Antique Automobiles That Are Operated on the Highways To Be Inspected

L.D. 479         An Act To Require Center Line Markings on All State and State Aid Highways

L.D. 501         An Act Regarding Enforcement of Commercial Vehicle Laws

L.D. 570         An Act To Create a Vintage Car Category in the Motor Vehicle Laws

 

Veterans and Legal Affairs

L.D. 174         An Act To Prohibit the Placement of Political Signs within 25 Feet of a Cemetery or Burial Site

L.D. 214         An Act To Require Registered Voter Lists To Be Provided to Candidates for Legislative Office

L.D. 320         An Act To Ensure the Integrity of the Election Process

 

The sponsors and cosponsors have been notified of the Committee's action.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-10)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 106)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 19, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Committee on Judiciary has approved the request by the sponsor, Senator Thomas of Somerset, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 450         An Act To Permit Real Estate Agents To Assist Property Owners in Obtaining Relief in the Mortgage Foreclosure Process

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

 

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (S.P. 348)

 

TOWN OF SCARBOROUGH, MAINE

US ROUTE ONE

PO BOX 360

SCARBOROUGH, MAINE  04070-0360

 

RESOLUTION 13-01

Urging the Maine State Legislature to Craft a Biennial State Budget That Prevents a Significant Increase in Property Taxes

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Town Council of the Town of Scarborough, Maine, in Town Council assembled, that,

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's unprecedented biennial budget proposal places municipalities in an untenable and uncertain fiscal position during their budget planning; and,

 

WHEREAS, the proposed biennial budget includes the suspension of municipal revenue sharing that would result in over $2.6 million in lost revenue to the Town of Scarborough; and,

 

WHEREAS, the proposed budget cut the state's reimbursement for General Assistance by an estimated $6.7 million; would eliminate the $10,000 Homestead Exemption for those under 65 years of age; eliminate the "circuit breaker" property tax and rent relief for anyone under 65 as well as take $8 million in truck excise tax revenue from municipalities; would create a corporate tax exemption for large amounts of currently taxable property resulting in significant losses in local tax revenue; and,

 

WHEREAS, these proposed changes in state policy would shift a significant financial burden onto the municipalities tax revenue, which would result in an estimated $225.00 or 5.37%, increase in property taxes for the average Scarborough household; and,

 

WHEREAS, any cuts would have a far-reaching and detrimental impact on essential municipal services

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED, by the Town Council of the Town of Scarborough, in Town Council assembled, hereby urges the Maine State Legislature to craft a biennial budget compromise that considers the already high property tax burden, seek balance, progressivity and a comprehensive approach with respect to tax policy, and identifies alternative cost savings and tax reforms that would prevent a significant increase in property taxes and protect essential municipal services from detrimental cuts.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT, should some, or all of the proposed tax shift take place, the Maine State Legislature should authorize legislation to enable municipalities to consider the adoption of a local option sales tax in an effort to move away from total reliance on the regressive property tax and consider a more progressive tax structure.

 

Signed and sealed this the 6th day of March, 2013, on behalf of the Scarborough Town Council and the Town Manager of Scarborough, Maine.

 

S/Ronald D. Ahlquist

Town Council Chair

 

A TRUE COPY ATTEST:

S/Yolande P. Justice

Town Clerk

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and with accompanying papers REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS.

 

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            (2-12)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 151)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

March 14, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

In accordance with 3 M.R.S.A. §158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 126th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nominations:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the nomination of Paul J. Underwood of Presque Isle for appointment to the Land Use Planning Commission.

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, the nomination of Katherine M. Greenleaf of Yarmouth for appointment to the Maine Maritime Academy, Board of Trustees.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act Requiring the Labeling of Food Packaging That Contains Bisphenol A"

(H.P. 743)  (L.D. 1050)

 

Sponsored by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle.

Cosponsored by Representatives: DORNEY of Norridgewock, EVANGELOS of Friendship, GIDEON of Freeport, MacDONALD of Boothbay, Senator: JOHNSON of Lincoln.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Authority and Responsibility of Forest Rangers"

(H.P. 744)  (L.D. 1051)

 

Sponsored by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.

Submitted by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

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

 

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            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Intermodal Infrastructure"

(H.P. 745)  (L.D. 1052)

 

Sponsored by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland and Representatives: CHIPMAN of Portland, DION of Portland, HARLOW of Portland, JORGENSEN of Portland, MOONEN of Portland, RUSSELL of Portland, STUCKEY of Portland, Senator: President ALFOND of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-4)  Bill "An Act Regarding a Retired Law Enforcement Officer Carrying a Concealed Handgun without a Permit"

(H.P. 746)  (L.D. 1053)

 

Sponsored by Representative BLACK of Wilton.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, CRAY of Palmyra, DAVIS of Sangerville, DION of Portland, GIFFORD of Lincoln, JONES of Freedom, MARKS of Pittston, TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Enforcement by a Federal or State Official or Others of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012"

(H.P. 747)  (L.D. 1054)

 

Sponsored by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CHIPMAN of Portland, GOODE of Bangor, HARVELL of Farmington, McCLELLAN of Raymond, RUSSELL of Portland, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SHAW of Standish, SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

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

 

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            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Create a Maine Financial Education Portal"

(H.P. 748)  (L.D. 1055)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representatives: CHIPMAN of Portland, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DION of Portland, FOWLE of Vassalboro, MOONEN of Portland, WILLETTE of Mapleton, Senators: JOHNSON of Lincoln, MILLETT of Cumberland.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Require Local Voter Approval for Charter Schools"

(H.P. 749)  (L.D. 1056)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHENETTE of Saco.

Cosponsored by Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, EVANGELOS of Friendship, KORNFIELD of Bangor, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Senator: VALENTINO of York.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act Related to Public Funding of Charter Schools"

(H.P. 750)  (L.D. 1057)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield.

 

            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Develop a Grant Program To Establish a Teacher-led School Model"

(H.P. 775)  (L.D. 1106)

 

Sponsored by Representative MOONEN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, NELSON of Falmouth, POULIOT of Augusta, Senator: MILLETT of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Address Rising Electric Transmission Rates"

(H.P. 753)  (L.D. 1060)

 

Sponsored by Representative NEWENDYKE of Litchfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: RYKERSON of Kittery, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro.

 

            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Regulate Meteorological Data-gathering Towers in Maine"

(H.P. 754)  (L.D. 1061)

 

Sponsored by Representative DUNPHY of Embden.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CRAY of Palmyra, FITZPATRICK of Houlton, GIFFORD of Lincoln, LIBBY of Waterboro, MALABY of Hancock, TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

 

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

 

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            (3-12)  Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Set the Motor Vehicle Fuel Volatility Level for the State

(H.P. 751)  (L.D. 1058)

 

Sponsored by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro.

Cosponsored by Senator TUTTLE of York and Representatives: BENNETT of Kennebunk, KINNEY of Limington, MAREAN of Hollis, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, PARRY of Arundel, WEAVER of York, Senators: COLLINS of York, HAMPER of Oxford.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine's Environment and Natural Resources Jeopardized by Mining"

(H.P. 752)  (L.D. 1059)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representative HARLOW of Portland and Representatives: COOPER of Yarmouth, GRANT of Gardiner, McGOWAN of York, MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation, Senator: GRATWICK of Penobscot.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use"

(H.P. 755)  (L.D. 1062)

 

Sponsored by Representative DICKERSON of Rockland.

Cosponsored by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland and Representatives: DION of Portland, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, RUSSELL of Portland, VILLA of Harrison.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Remove a Conflict in the Law Restricting the Sale or Purchase of Targeted Methamphetamine Precursors" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 756)  (L.D. 1063)

 

Sponsored by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Representatives: AYOTTE of Caswell, CLARK of Easton, MAKER of Calais, PARRY of Arundel, Senator: SHERMAN of Aroostook.

Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 205.

 

            (3-16)  Resolve, To Establish the Task Force on Independence from Public Assistance (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 757)  (L.D. 1064)

 

Sponsored by Representative NEWENDYKE of Litchfield.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec and Representatives: BEAULIEU of Auburn, BEAVERS of South Berwick, BECK of Waterville, BERRY of Bowdoinham, BLACK of Wilton, CHASE of Wells, COTTA of China, CRAY of Palmyra, DeCHANT of Bath, DOAK of Columbia Falls, DUPREY of Hampden, ESPLING of New Gloucester, FITZPATRICK of Houlton, FREDETTE of Newport, GATTINE of Westbrook, GIDEON of Freeport, GIFFORD of Lincoln, GILBERT of Jay, GILLWAY of Searsport, GRANT of Gardiner, GUERIN of Glenburn, JOHNSON of Eddington, JOHNSON of Greenville, KESCHL of Belgrade, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, LOCKMAN of Amherst, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, MAKER of Calais, MALABY of Hancock, MAREAN of Hollis, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McCLELLAN of Raymond, McELWEE of Caribou, McGOWAN of York, McLEAN of Gorham, NADEAU of Fort Kent, NOON of Sanford, PARRY of Arundel, PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford, POULIOT of Augusta, POWERS of Naples, RUSSELL of Portland, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SHORT of Pittsfield, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STUCKEY of Portland, TURNER of Burlington, TYLER of Windham, VOLK of Scarborough, WALLACE of Dexter, WEAVER of York, WILLETTE of Mapleton, WILSON of Augusta, WINSOR of Norway, WOOD of Sabattus.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life"

(H.P. 758)  (L.D. 1065)

 

Sponsored by Representative BROOKS of Winterport.

Cosponsored by Senator VALENTINO of York and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, CHENETTE of Saco, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HAYES of Buckfield, NADEAU of Winslow, RUSSELL of Portland, SCHNECK of Bangor, WELSH of Rockport.

 

            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding"

(H.P. 759)  (L.D. 1066)

 

Sponsored by Representative SANBORN of Gorham.

Cosponsored by Representative PRINGLE of Windham, Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, DORNEY of Norridgewock, Speaker EVES of North Berwick, GATTINE of Westbrook, McELWEE of Caribou, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro, Senators: President ALFOND of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, LANGLEY of Hancock, SAVIELLO of Franklin, WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Allow Certain Small Retail Businesses To Pass Credit and Debit Card Transaction Fees on to Consumers"

(H.P. 760)  (L.D. 1067)

 

Sponsored by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset and Representatives: GIFFORD of Lincoln, JOHNSON of Eddington, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, MALABY of Hancock, NEWENDYKE of Litchfield, Senator: LANGLEY of Hancock.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Prevent the Reduction in Adoption Subsidy after an Agreement Has Been Signed by the Prospective Adoptive Parents and the Department of Health and Human Services" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 761)  (L.D. 1068)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: GILBERT of Jay, GUERIN of Glenburn, NEWENDYKE of Litchfield, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, RYKERSON of Kittery, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, Senators: LANGLEY of Hancock, TUTTLE of York.

 

            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Uniform Process for the Use of Orders Awarding Parental Rights and Responsibilities To Dispose of a Child Protective Case"

(H.P. 776)  (L.D. 1107)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREY of Bangor.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-22)  Bill "An Act To Provide Flexibility in the State Prevailing Wage and Benefit Rates"

(H.P. 762)  (L.D. 1069)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, CAMPBELL of Newfield, FREY of Bangor, GILBERT of Jay, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            (3-23)  Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Proposal To License Certain Mechanical Trades

(H.P. 763)  (L.D. 1070)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Newfield, CASAVANT of Biddeford, FOWLE of Vassalboro, GILBERT of Jay, Senator: JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

            (3-24)  Bill "An Act Regarding Qualifications for Real Estate Licensees"

(H.P. 764)  (L.D. 1071)

 

Sponsored by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: CLARK of Easton, WILLETTE of Mapleton, WILSON of Augusta, Senator: HAMPER of Oxford.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Provide Accountability in the Handling of Affordable Housing Tenants' Security Deposits"

(H.P. 765)  (L.D. 1072)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CAMPBELL of Newfield, GILBERT of Jay, HAMANN of South Portland, MASON of Topsham, NADEAU of Winslow, VOLK of Scarborough, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro, Senator: PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Modify the Qualifications for a Person To Be Able To Teach Driver's Education"

(H.P. 777)  (L.D. 1108)

 

Sponsored by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, CRAY of Palmyra, FITZPATRICK of Houlton, STANLEY of Medway.

 

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

 

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            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Establish Minimum Fuel Economy Standards for State Vehicles"

(H.P. 766)  (L.D. 1073)

 

Sponsored by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, GIDEON of Freeport, McGOWAN of York, POWERS of Naples, RUSSELL of Portland, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, WERTS of Auburn, Senator: CLEVELAND of Androscoggin.

 

            (3-28)  Bill "An Act To Deny Employment-related Benefits to State Employees Convicted of a Felony Involving the Misuse or Theft of Government Funds"

(H.P. 767)  (L.D. 1074)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield.  (BY REQUEST)

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-29)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program Tax Credit" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 778)  (L.D. 1109)

 

Sponsored by Representative STANLEY of Medway.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset and Representatives: GIFFORD of Lincoln, GOODE of Bangor, TURNER of Burlington, Senators: HASKELL of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook, SHERMAN of Aroostook.

 

            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Simplify the Tax Code"

(H.P. 779)  (L.D. 1110)

 

Sponsored by Representative PARRY of Arundel.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York and Representatives: BENNETT of Kennebunk, CHASE of Wells, GOODE of Bangor, TURNER of Burlington, WILSON of Augusta.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Allow Motorists To Proceed through an Intersection after Stopping for a Red Light"

(H.P. 768)  (L.D. 1075)

 

Sponsored by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: JOHNSON of Eddington, MALABY of Hancock.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Allow for the Equalization of Truck Weights between Maine and Canada for Limited Use at the Border Crossings"

(H.P. 769)  (L.D. 1076)

 

Sponsored by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton.

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-33)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act and Campaign Finance Laws"

(H.P. 770)  (L.D. 1077)

 

Sponsored by Representative BROOKS of Winterport.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HOBBINS of Saco, STANLEY of Medway, STUCKEY of Portland, WELSH of Rockport.

 

            (3-34)  Bill "An Act To Allow Maine's Harness Racing Industry To Compete with Casino Gaming"

(H.P. 780)  (L.D. 1111)

 

Sponsored by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York and Representatives: CRAY of Palmyra, LONG of Sherman, STANLEY of Medway.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Criminal Law Advisory Commission

 

 

            (3-35)  Representative DION for the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2 asks leave to report that the accompanying Bill "An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code and Related Statutes"

(H.P. 782)  (L.D. 1112)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the Washburn High School Girls Basketball Team, on its winning the 2013 Class D State Championship.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the team on their achievement;

 

(HLS 77)

Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-2)  Valerie White, of Washburn, a student at Northern Maine Community College, who was named to the 2013 All-Maine Academic Team.  Ms. White will represent Maine as a nominee to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  We send her our congratulations and best wishes on this achievement;

 

(HLS 78)

Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-3)  Karl Kornchuk, of Presque Isle, a student at Northern Maine Community College, who was named to the 2013 All-Maine Academic Team.  Mr. Kornchuk will represent Maine as a nominee to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.  We send him our congratulations and best wishes on this achievement;

 

(HLS 79)

Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook, Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle.

 

 

            (5-4)  Lewis "Duddy" Brown, of Pittston, for his 50 years of service as a firefighter for the Town of Pittston.  We send our appreciation to Mr. Brown for his dedication and commitment to his community and to the State.  We send him our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 80)

Presented by Representative MARKS of Pittston.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec.

 

 

            (5-5)  Luke Libby, of Saco, who was on the Thornton Academy football team, on his receiving the 2011 Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Award for being top defensive lineman.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Luke on his receiving this honor;

 

(HLS 84)

Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco.

Cosponsored by Senator VALENTINO of York, Representative CHENETTE of Saco.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-6)  Jeannette Florence Charrier Jarvais, of Skowhegan, a lifelong member of the community.  Born in Skowhegan, Mrs. Jarvais was a graduate of Skowhegan High School and Bloomfield Academy.  She worked in local textile mills as well as in several shoe factories before retiring in 1984.  Mrs. Jarvais was a communicant of Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Skowhegan and was a volunteer at the American Legion Bingo games.  She will be greatly missed and long remembered by her loving family and friends;

 

(HLS 76)

Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

 

            (5-7)  Francis W. Thibodeau, of Old Town, a lifelong member of the community.  Mr. Thibodeau was born on July 8, 1912 and was raised and educated in the Old Town area.  He spent most of his career working in the textile mills of Old Town and Orono.  He was a lifelong member of the Holy Family Church and of the Knights of Columbus and he was a former auxiliary firefighter.  Mr. Thibodeau will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends;

 

(HLS 81)

Presented by Representative DILL of Old Town.

Cosponsored by Senator CAIN of Penobscot.

 

 

            (5-8)  Richard E. Valentino, of Saco, a longtime prominent member of his community.  Mr. Valentino was born in Portland and was a 1947 graduate of Portland High School, where he lettered in varsity sports.  He graduated from Portland University with an accounting degree and later earned his Certified Public Accountant's license.  He also attended the University of Maine School of Law, where he was class president of the 1960 graduating class.  He worked full-time for Maine Central Railroad at Rigby Yard while in school and was the local union president.  Mr. Valentino was honored for 50 years of service last year by the Maine Bar Association.  He was a tireless worker and contributor to his community and a passionate businessman.  He owned a modular home factory, a truck dealership, a farm equipment dealership and a construction company.  He was one of the first car dealers to locate on Route 1 in Saco when he opened Saco Motors in 1961.  Mr. Valentino will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving wife of 64 years, Lucette, his family and his many friends;

 

(HLS 82)

Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco.

Cosponsored by Senator VALENTINO of York, Representative CHENETTE of Saco.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Change of Committee

 

            (6-1)  Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY on Bill "An Act Relating to the Unlawful Cutting of Trees"

(S.P. 26)  (L.D. 59)

 

            Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.

 

            Comes from the Senate with the Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY.

 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following item appeared on the Consent Calendar for the First Day:

 

            (7-1)  (H.P. 301)  (L.D. 451) Bill "An Act To Cap Certain Marine Resources Licenses Issued by the Passamaquoddy Tribe"  Committee on MARINE RESOURCES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-8)

 

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Second Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following items appeared on the Consent Calendar for the Second Day:

 

            (8-1)  (S.P. 15)  (L.D. 23) Bill "An Act To Lower the Cost of Copies of Medical Records"

 

            (8-2)  (S.P. 88)  (L.D. 252) Bill "An Act Regarding Registration and Correction of Death Information on Death Certificates"

 

            (8-3)  (S.P. 119)  (L.D. 286) Bill "An Act To Reduce Reporting Responsibilities of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry"

 

            (8-4)  (S.P. 133)  (L.D. 353) Bill "An Act To Allow Young Adult Offenders To Be Confined in Juvenile Correctional Facilities and To Comply with Federal Law Requirements"

 

            (8-5)  (S.P. 134)  (L.D. 354) Bill "An Act To Amend the County Jail Inspection Requirement for Nationally Accredited Facilities"

 

            (8-6)  (S.P. 151)  (L.D. 371) Resolve, Regarding Revenue from the World Acadian Congress Commemorative Registration Plate (EMERGENCY)

 

            (8-7)  (S.P. 13)  (L.D. 21) Bill "An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws Governing Requisite Tire Size"  (C. "A" S-4)

 

            (8-8)  (S.P. 32)  (L.D. 81) Bill "An Act To Amend the Charter of the Ogunquit Sewer District"  (C. "A" S-5)

 

            (8-9)  (H.P. 148)  (L.D. 187) 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"

 

            (8-10)  (H.P. 197)  (L.D. 288) Bill "An Act Concerning Brucellosis Vaccines for Cattle"

 

            (8-11)  (H.P. 230)  (L.D. 321) Resolve, Directing the Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission To Review Maine's Probate Code and the Uniform Probate Code

 

            (8-12)  (H.P. 235)  (L.D. 325) Bill "An Act To Repeal Provisions of the Law That Apply or Refer to State Facilities for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities"

 

            (8-13)  (H.P. 6)  (L.D. 4) Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 675: Infrastructure Surcharge and Capital Reserve Accounts, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission (EMERGENCY)  (C. "A" H-7)

 

            (8-14)  (H.P. 73)  (L.D. 91) Bill "An Act To Raise the School Construction Bond Cap"  (C. "A" H-5)

 

            (8-15)  (H.P. 234)  (L.D. 324) Bill "An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013" (EMERGENCY)  (C. "A" H-6)

 

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BILLS IN THE SECOND READING

 

 

House

 

            (9-1)  Bill "An Act To Increase Municipal Agent Fees for Licensing and Registration of Motor Vehicles"

(H.P. 280)  (L.D. 405)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Payment of Fees to Registers of Deeds

(H.P. 44)  (L.D. 49)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

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

 

 

1.         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.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Bill "An Act To Strengthen Basic Telephone Service"

(H.P. 548)  (L.D. 797)

 

(Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY suggested)

TABLED - March 5, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative HOBBINS of Saco.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the members of the Bangor High School Girls Indoor Track and Field Team

(HLS 70)

 

TABLED - March 7, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Taking or Possession of a Natural Resource That Is on the Land of Another"

(H.P. 500)  (L.D. 749)

 

- In House, REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY on February 28, 2013.

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - March 12, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Bill "An Act To Create a Gambling Offset To Enhance the Collection of Child Support"

(H.P. 696)  (L.D. 982)

 

(Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested)

TABLED - March 12, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         Bill "An Act To Make Bylaws and Minutes of Board Meetings of Publicly Funded Hospitals Subject to the Freedom of Access Act"

(H.P. 476)  (L.D. 684)

 

- In House, REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES on February 26, 2013.

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - March 14, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         Bill "An Act Regarding the Disclosure of Certain Records in Criminal Matters"

(H.P. 623)  (L.D. 900)

 

- In House, REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT on March 7, 2013.

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - March 14, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         Bill "An Act Relating to Employee Leasing Company Registration"

(H.P. 715)  (L.D. 1017)

 

(Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested)

TABLED - March 14, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative COOPER of Yarmouth.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Nursing Programs at Maine's Seven Community Colleges"

(S.P. 372)  (L.D. 1090)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities"

(S.P. 377)  (L.D. 1095)

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Waterfront Development"

(S.P. 383)  (L.D. 1101)

 

            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Maine's Downtowns through Innovative Business Development and the Creative Economy"

(S.P. 388)  (L.D. 1105)

 

            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 Provide for Alternatives for the Courts To Address Settlement of Fines in Certain Cases"

(S.P. 361)  (L.D. 1079)

 

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

 

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            (1-6)  Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop a Process To Provide Alternative Pathways To Learning for Certain High School Students

(S.P. 365)  (L.D. 1083)

 

            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Students Experiencing Education Disruption"

(S.P. 378)  (L.D. 1096)

 

            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Encourage Teacher Input in Education Policy"

(S.P. 380)  (L.D. 1098)

 

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

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff"

(S.P. 367)  (L.D. 1085)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Improve Efficiency in the Collection of Beverage Containers"

(S.P. 362)  (L.D. 1080)

 

            (1-11)  Bill "An Act Regarding Reconstruction of Residential Structures on Sand Dunes" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 384)  (L.D. 1102)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES 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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Resolve, To Allow York County To Renegotiate with the Department of Health and Human Services a Decision Regarding Transportation Services

(S.P. 371)  (L.D. 1089)

 

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

 

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            (1-2)  Resolve, To Establish the Task Force on the Creation of a State of Maine Partnership Bank (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 360)  (L.D. 1078)

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Fully Implement Health Insurance Exchanges and To Make Maine Law Consistent with Federal Law"

(S.P. 376)  (L.D. 1094)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Establish Legislative Standing in Judicial Proceedings"

(S.P. 363)  (L.D. 1081)

 

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

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation and Short-term Disability Insurance in Maine"

(S.P. 369)  (L.D. 1087)

 

            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Criteria of the Health Professions Loan Program as It Affects Physicians Practicing Neurology-psychiatry"

(S.P. 375)  (L.D. 1093)

 

            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 Allow the Sale of Incidentally Caught Lobsters"

(S.P. 379)  (L.D. 1097)

 

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

 

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            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Androscoggin County Charter"

(S.P. 366)  (L.D. 1084)

 

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

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act Concerning the Ability of Off-premises Liquor Licensees To Dispense Liquor in Sealed Refillable Containers"

(S.P. 364)  (L.D. 1082)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Revise the Laws Governing Candidate Nominations by Petition"

(S.P. 368)  (L.D. 1086)

 

            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Provide Another Funding Source To Better Maintain Veterans' Cemeteries"

(S.P. 370)  (L.D. 1088)

 

            (1-12)  Bill "An Act Relating to Sales of Lottery Tickets by Convenience Stores"

(S.P. 386)  (L.D. 1104)

 

            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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Resolution:  (S.P. 387)

 

JOINT RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE IRISH CONTRIBUTION TO MAINE AND TO THE UNITED STATES

            WHEREAS, St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, known for bringing Christianity to Ireland and, it is said, for instilling a sense of literacy and learning that allowed Ireland to become the "isle of saints and scholars" when the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages; and

 

            WHEREAS, the feast day of St. Patrick is a national holiday that is given recognition outside its native land, which indicates the Irish influence throughout the world; and

 

            WHEREAS, the modern secular holiday of St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in America in Boston during colonial days and the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City was in 1766, and now St. Patrick's Day is celebrated all over America with pride; and

 

            WHEREAS, millions of Irish people emigrated from Ireland in the 1800s to escape brutal poverty and starvation due to the Irish potato famine, and most of those people came to America to start new lives and to embrace and contribute to a new land; and

 

            WHEREAS, tens of thousands of Irish immigrants arrived in New England and many came to Maine, and the Irish have been an important part of Maine's culture, history and society ever since; and

 

            WHEREAS, within a few years of their arrival in the United States and in Maine, these Irish immigrants became part of the American cultural landscape while preserving the best of their native culture, and they dedicated themselves to helping build this Nation and State; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Irish Heritage Center, housed in the former St. Dominic's Church in Portland, is dedicated to preserving the history of Irish culture in Maine; and 

 

            WHEREAS, four signers of the Declaration of Independence were Irish-born and nine signers were of Irish ancestry and 19 Presidents of the United States have proudly claimed Irish heritage, including George Washington, the father of our country; John Fitzgerald Kennedy; and Ronald Reagan; and

 

            WHEREAS, the 44,000,000 Americans of Irish ancestry, like their forebears, continue to enrich all aspects of life in the United States, in science, education, art, agriculture, business, industry, literature, music, athletics, entertainment and military and government service; 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, take this opportunity to encourage the celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and, recognizing the valuable contribution to our State and to our Nation of all Irish-American citizens, we urge the citizens of the State to commend and celebrate the integrity and richness of the Irish culture.

 

            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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act Relating to Certain Marine Resources Licenses

(H.P. 301)  (L.D. 451)
(C. "A" H-8)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Engrossed Bills as truly and strictly engrossed.  This being an emergency measure, a two-thirds vote of all the members elected to the House necessary.

 

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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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519, the following item appeared on the Consent Calendar for the First Day:

 

            (7-1)  (H.P. 423)  (L.D. 604) Bill "An Act Regarding Commercial Elver Fishing Licenses Issued by the Penobscot Nation" (EMERGENCY)  Committee on MARINE RESOURCES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-9)

 

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