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House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
ORDERS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
CONSENT CALENDAR
First Day
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
ENACTORS

 


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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


23rd Legislative Day

Thursday, March 21, 2013

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Pastor Stephen Espling, North Deering Alliance Church, Portland.

 

            National Anthem by Bucksport High School Band.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Lisa Ryan, D.O., Naples.

 

            Reading of the Journal of yesterday.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Enhance Enforcement of the Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and Neglect"

(S.P. 349)  (L.D. 1024)

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

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

 

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            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Encourage Development in the Logging Industry"

(S.P. 385)  (L.D. 1103)

 

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

 

 

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

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-3)  Resolve, To Direct Eastern Maine Community College To Create Industry-specific Workplace Transition Educational Programming

(H.P. 674)  (L.D. 960)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS in the House on March 12, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Joint Select Committee on MAINE'S WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC FUTURE in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act"

(H.P. 711)  (L.D. 1013)

 

            REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES in the House on March 14, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 783)

 

TOWN OF HARPSWELL

PO BOX 39

HARPSWELL, MAINE  04079

 

Resolution Re: Governor's Budget

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's unprecedented biennial budget proposal places municipalities and their citizens in a most difficult position; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposal includes the elimination of $283 million in municipal revenue sharing, falls far short of the 55% State support for schools that has been approved by the citizens in referendum, makes cuts in State reimbursement to cities & towns for General Assistance and Homestead exemptions, eliminates the "circuit breaker" program for anyone under 65, cuts commercial truck excise taxes for cities & towns and reduces corporate property taxes; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposal also makes cuts in funding for health and human services available to the elderly and disabled; and

 

WHEREAS, it is not realistic or reasonable to fail to recognize that Maine municipalities will need to assume many of the costs being avoided by the State under this proposal; and

 

WHEREAS, many or all of the State's municipalities have very limited alternative sources of revenue and thus these cuts will, inevitably lead to increases in property taxes throughout the State; and

 

WHEREAS, the property tax is the least fair of broadly-applied taxes and other taxes such as sales and income taxes are more aligned with the ability to pay;

 

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Harpswell urges the Legislature to support less harmful and more fair methods to bridge Maine's budgetary gap.

 

Given under our hand this fourteenth day of March, 2013

 

Harpswell Board of Selectman

 

S/Elinor Multer, Chair

S/Richard A. Daniel, Selectman

Harpswell, Maine

Attest: A true and exact copy.

S/Rosalind Knight

Town Clerk, Deputy

Date: March 18, 2013

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 108)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

March 21, 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:"

 

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

L.D. 291         An Act To Transfer Responsibility for the Returnable Beverage Container Laws from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Environmental Protection

 

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

L.D. 190         An Act To Provide a Ten Percent Discount to Persons Charged with a Traffic Infraction Who Pay Fines by Waiver

 

Health and Human Services

L.D. 256         An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

L.D. 330         An Act To Require All Lodging Places To Be Licensed by the State

L.D. 496         Resolve, To Ensure That Standards for Performance-based Contracts for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Include All Employment Options

 

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

L.D. 97           An Act To Improve the Integrity of the State's Snowmobile Trail System

 

Veterans and Legal Affairs

L.D. 408         An Act To Require a Copy of Communications To Be Filed with Independent Expenditure Reports

L.D. 428         An Act To License Betting on Football Score Pools

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.P. 357)

 

CITY OF GARDINER, MAINE

 

RESOLUTION

REGARDING THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET

By the Gardiner City Council on February 20, 2013

 

WHEREAS, the City of Gardiner stands to lose $598,789 in municipal revenue sharing funds in the upcoming fiscal year if the state budget as proposed by Governor Paul LePage is adopted; and

 

WHEREAS, MSAD 11 would pay an additional $300,000 to fund teacher retirement under the Governor's budget proposal, of which Gardiner property tax payers would be responsible for $117,450 in the upcoming fiscal year; and

 

WHEREAS, 946 non-elderly Gardiner households would lose $199 each, or $188,254 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, 292 non-elderly Gardiner households that currently qualify for the Circuit Breaker program would lose an average of $344 each, or $100,448 total in the upcoming fiscal year, under that program, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; and

 

WHEREAS, many Gardiner households would lose $543 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 Gardiner stands to lose $27,727 with tractor trailer excise tax revenues being transferred from the City of Gardiner to the State of Maine, if the Legislature adopts the Governor's proposed budget; 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 Gardiner, 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 GARDINER 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/Thomas Harnett, Mayor

S/Christopher Leake, Councilor (Dist. 1)

S/Patricia Hart, Councilor (Dist. 2)

S/Phillip Hart, Councilor (Dist. 4)

S/William Barron, Councilor (At-Large)

S/Robert Johnston, Councilor (At-Large)

S/Scott Williams, Councilor (At-Large)

S/Scott Morelli, City Manager

 

 

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

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Public Water Infrastructure to Areas with Contaminated Well Water"

(H.P. 797)  (L.D. 1125)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act Regarding Correctional Officers' Retirement"

(H.P. 807)  (L.D. 1142)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CASAVANT of Biddeford, MASON of Topsham, Senators: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Allow the Town of Bancroft To Withdraw from Its Regional School Unit without Penalty"

(H.P. 795)  (L.D. 1123)

 

Sponsored by Representative LONG of Sherman.

 

            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Develop Young Readers"

(H.P. 808)  (L.D. 1143)

 

Sponsored by Representative NELSON of Falmouth.

Cosponsored by President ALFOND of Cumberland and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HOBBINS of Saco, McLEAN of Gorham, RANKIN of Hiram, SANBORN of Gorham, Senator: LANGLEY of Hancock.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Further Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership"

(H.P. 809)  (L.D. 1144)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-6)  Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Study Reimbursement for Installation of Utility Poles

(H.P. 787)  (L.D. 1115)

 

Sponsored by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Help Homeowners Reduce Heating Costs through Energy Efficiency"

(H.P. 810)  (L.D. 1145)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Encourage the Use of Renewable Energy"

(H.P. 811)  (L.D. 1146)

 

Sponsored by Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock.

Cosponsored by Senator BOYLE of Cumberland and Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, DEVIN of Newcastle, GATTINE of Westbrook, MAKER of Calais, McELWEE of Caribou.

 

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

 

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            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Promote the Production of Maine Beverages"

(H.P. 793)  (L.D. 1121)

 

Sponsored by Representative JONES of Freedom.

Cosponsored by Representatives: JOHNSON of Greenville, NUTTING of Oakland, POWERS of Naples, SHORT of Pittsfield, VILLA of Harrison.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Provide Consistency in the Regulation of Motorized Recreational Gold Prospecting"

(H.P. 800)  (L.D. 1135)

 

Sponsored by Representative BLACK of Wilton.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CRAY of Palmyra, CROCKETT of Bethel, DILL of Old Town, KENT of Woolwich, LONG of Sherman, MAREAN of Hollis, WELSH of Rockport.

 

            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine's Scenic Character"

(H.P. 812)  (L.D. 1147)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAYES of Buckfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BRIGGS of Mexico, CROCKETT of Bethel, HARLOW of Portland, HARVELL of Farmington, McCABE of Skowhegan, MORRISON of South Portland, WINSOR of Norway, Senator: SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Muzzle-loading Hunting Season"

(H.P. 789)  (L.D. 1117)

 

Sponsored by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel.  (BY REQUEST)

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Expand the Season for Night Hunting of Coyotes"

(H.P. 813)  (L.D. 1148)

 

Sponsored by Representative BLACK of Wilton.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook and Representatives: CRAY of Palmyra, DAVIS of Sangerville, JACKSON of Oxford, LONG of Sherman, NADEAU of Fort Kent, NOON of Sanford, WOOD of Sabattus, Senator: BURNS of Washington.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Parental Rights in Child Abandonment Cases"

(H.P. 786)  (L.D. 1114)

 

Sponsored by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel.

Cosponsored by Representative: DAVIS of Sangerville.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Attorney's Fees Provision in Foreclosure Actions"

(H.P. 788)  (L.D. 1116)

 

Sponsored by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, CRAFTS of Lisbon, DAVIS of Sangerville, HARLOW of Portland, LONG of Sherman, TREAT of Hallowell, Senator: HILL of York.

 

            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Amend Public Access Laws To Improve Accountability for Public Funds by Making Public the Board Meetings of Hospitals Receiving Significant State Funding"

(H.P. 790)  (L.D. 1118)

 

Sponsored by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: CROCKETT of Bethel, FARNSWORTH of Portland, GOODE of Bangor, MacDONALD of Boothbay, Senators: President ALFOND of Cumberland, CRAVEN of Androscoggin.

Submitted by the Department of the Attorney General pursuant to Joint Rule 205.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act To Establish Superior Court as the Forum in Which Appeals of Agency Decisions Must Be Taken"

(H.P. 791)  (L.D. 1119)

 

Sponsored by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel.

Cosponsored by Representative: DUNPHY of Embden.

 

            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Provide State Recognition for the Kineo Band of Maliseet Indians"

(H.P. 801)  (L.D. 1136)

 

Sponsored by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Facilitate Veterans' and Their Spouses' Access to Employment, Education and Training"

(H.P. 802)  (L.D. 1137)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator CAIN of Penobscot and Representatives: BEAUDOIN of Biddeford, BRIGGS of Mexico, COTTA of China, FREDETTE of Newport, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, NUTTING of Oakland.

 

            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Rebuttable Presumption Regarding a Corrections Employee That Contracts Hypertension or Cardiovascular Disease"

(H.P. 814)  (L.D. 1149)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Representative: CASAVANT of Biddeford, Senators: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Require Prevailing Wages To Be Paid on All Public Works Projects Receiving State Funding"

(H.P. 815)  (L.D. 1150)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Representatives: CASAVANT of Biddeford, MASON of Topsham, Senators: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            (3-22)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Administration and Financial Transparency of the Citizen Trade Policy Commission" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 816)  (L.D. 1151)

 

Sponsored by Representative MAKER of Calais.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook and Representatives: GIFFORD of Lincoln, KESCHL of Belgrade, LAJOIE of Lewiston, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, TURNER of Burlington, WERTS of Auburn, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec.

 

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

 

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            (3-23)  Bill "An Act Allowing Municipalities To Enact Firearms Policies in Local Government Buildings"

(H.P. 794)  (L.D. 1122)

 

Sponsored by Representative MOONEN of Portland.

 

            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To Establish Hospital Administrative District No. 5, a Regional Hospital Administrative District in Lincoln County" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 799)  (L.D. 1127)

 

Sponsored by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay.

Cosponsored by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln and Representative: DEVIN of Newcastle.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act Related to Appeals of Disciplinary Proceedings Affecting County Employees"

(H.P. 803)  (L.D. 1138)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Representative: DION of Portland.

 

            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Allow County Law Enforcement To Participate in Mutual Aid Agreements"

(H.P. 804)  (L.D. 1139)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Amend the State Government Evaluation Act"

(H.P. 805)  (L.D. 1140)

 

Sponsored by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec and Representatives: BOLAND of Sanford, COTTA of China, PEASE of Morrill.

 

            (3-28)  Resolve, To Continue Consultation and Conditions Prerequisite to the Sale or Lease of Certain Real Property in Hallowell (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 817)  (L.D. 1152)

 

Sponsored by Representative TREAT of Hallowell.

 

            (3-29)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Notices Provided by Governmental Entities"

(H.P. 818)  (L.D. 1153)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAYES of Buckfield.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families"

(H.P. 785)  (L.D. 1113)

 

Sponsored by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

Cosponsored by President ALFOND of Cumberland and Representatives: BROOKS of Winterport, Speaker EVES of North Berwick, GOODE of Bangor, McCABE of Skowhegan, Senators: CRAVEN of Androscoggin, HASKELL of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford, VALENTINO of York.

 

            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Improve Maine's Tax Laws"

(H.P. 792)  (L.D. 1120)

 

Sponsored by Representative GOODE of Bangor.

Cosponsored by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland and Representatives: CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CHIPMAN of Portland, MacDONALD of Boothbay, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, STUCKEY of Portland, Senators: MAZUREK of Knox, MILLETT of Cumberland.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief"

(H.P. 796)  (L.D. 1124)

 

Sponsored by Representative STUCKEY of Portland.

Cosponsored by President ALFOND of Cumberland and Representatives: BROOKS of Winterport, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, EVANGELOS of Friendship, GILBERT of Jay, KUSIAK of Fairfield, PRIEST of Brunswick, SANBORN of Gorham.

 

            (3-33)  Bill "An Act Regarding Corporate Income Tax Disclosure"

(H.P. 798)  (L.D. 1126)

 

Sponsored by Representative STUCKEY of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Winterport, GOODE of Bangor.

 

            (3-34)  Bill "An Act To Increase the Sales Tax To Support Revenue Sharing"

(H.P. 806)  (L.D. 1141)

 

Sponsored by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, McLEAN of Gorham, MONAGHAN-DERRIG of Cape Elizabeth, PEOPLES of Westbrook, Senators: MAZUREK of Knox, PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            (3-35)  Bill "An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program"

(H.P. 819)  (L.D. 1154)

 

Sponsored by Representative MAKER of Calais.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, CRAY of Palmyra, JOHNSON of Greenville, LAJOIE of Lewiston, LONG of Sherman, PEASE of Morrill, WERTS of Auburn, WOOD of Sabattus.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 784) (Cosponsored by Representatives: AYOTTE of Caswell, BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, BEAUDOIN of Biddeford, BEAULIEU of Auburn, BEAVERS of South Berwick, BECK of Waterville, BENNETT of Kennebunk, BLACK of Wilton, BOLAND of Sanford, BOLDUC of Auburn, BRIGGS of Mexico, BROOKS of Winterport, CAMPBELL of Newfield, CAMPBELL of Orrington, CAREY of Lewiston, CASAVANT of Biddeford, CASSIDY of Lubec, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CHASE of Wells, CHENETTE of Saco, CHIPMAN of Portland, CLARK of Easton, COOPER of Yarmouth, COTTA of China, CRAFTS of Lisbon, CRAY of Palmyra, CROCKETT of Bethel, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DAVIS of Sangerville, DeCHANT of Bath, DEVIN of Newcastle, DICKERSON of Rockland, DILL of Old Town, DION of Portland, DOAK of Columbia Falls, DORNEY of Norridgewock, DUNPHY of Embden, DUPREY of Hampden, ESPLING of New Gloucester, EVANGELOS of Friendship, Speaker EVES of North Berwick, FARNSWORTH of Portland, FITZPATRICK of Houlton, FOWLE of Vassalboro, FREDETTE of Newport, FREY of Bangor, GATTINE of Westbrook, GIDEON of Freeport, GIFFORD of Lincoln, GILBERT of Jay, GILLWAY of Searsport, GOODE of Bangor, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, GRANT of Gardiner, GUERIN of Glenburn, HAMANN of South Portland, HARLOW of Portland, HARVELL of Farmington, HAYES of Buckfield, HERBIG of Belfast, HICKMAN of Winthrop, HOBBINS of Saco, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, JACKSON of Oxford, JOHNSON of Eddington, JOHNSON of Greenville, JONES of Freedom, JORGENSEN of Portland, KAENRATH of South Portland, KENT of Woolwich, KESCHL of Belgrade, KINNEY of Limington, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, KORNFIELD of Bangor, KRUGER of Thomaston, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, KUSIAK of Fairfield, LAJOIE of Lewiston, LIBBY of Waterboro, LIBBY of Lewiston, LOCKMAN of Amherst, LONG of Sherman, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, MacDONALD of Boothbay, MAKER of Calais, MALABY of Hancock, MAREAN of Hollis, MARKS of Pittston, MASON of Topsham, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McCABE of Skowhegan, McCLELLAN of Raymond, McELWEE of Caribou, McGOWAN of York, McLEAN of Gorham, MITCHELL of the Penobscot Nation, MONAGHAN-DERRIG of Cape Elizabeth, MOONEN of Portland, MORIARTY of Cumberland, MORRISON of South Portland, NADEAU of Fort Kent, NADEAU of Winslow, NELSON of Falmouth, NEWENDYKE of Litchfield, NOON of Sanford, NUTTING of Oakland, PARRY of Arundel, PEASE of Morrill, PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford, PEOPLES of Westbrook, PETERSON of Rumford, PLANTE of Berwick, POULIOT of Augusta, POWERS of Naples, PRIEST of Brunswick, PRINGLE of Windham, RANKIN of Hiram, REED of Carmel, ROCHELO of Biddeford, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, RUSSELL of Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery, SANBORN of Gorham, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SAXTON of Harpswell, SCHNECK of Bangor, SHAW of Standish, SHORT of Pittsfield, SIROCKI of Scarborough, SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, STANLEY of Medway, STUCKEY of Portland, THERIAULT of Madawaska, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, TREAT of Hallowell, TURNER of Burlington, TYLER of Windham, VEROW of Brewer, VILLA of Harrison, VOLK of Scarborough, WALLACE of Dexter, WEAVER of York, WELSH of Rockport, WERTS of Auburn, WILLETTE of Mapleton, WILSON of Augusta, WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro, WINSOR of Norway, WOOD of Sabattus, Senators: President ALFOND of Cumberland, BOYLE of Cumberland, BURNS of Washington, CAIN of Penobscot, CLEVELAND of Androscoggin, COLLINS of York, CRAVEN of Androscoggin, CUSHING of Penobscot, DUTREMBLE of York, FLOOD of Kennebec, GERZOFSKY of Cumberland, GOODALL of Sagadahoc, GRATWICK of Penobscot, HAMPER of Oxford, HASKELL of Cumberland, HILL of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, JOHNSON of Lincoln, KATZ of Kennebec, LACHOWICZ of Kennebec, LANGLEY of Hancock, MASON of Androscoggin, MAZUREK of Knox, MILLETT of Cumberland, PATRICK of Oxford, PLUMMER of Cumberland, SAVIELLO of Franklin, SHERMAN of Aroostook, THIBODEAU of Waldo, THOMAS of Somerset, TUTTLE of York, VALENTINO of York, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, WOODBURY of Cumberland, YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WOMEN MAKE TO MAINE AND TO THE UNITED STATES

 

            WHEREAS, American women of every race, class and ethnic background have made historic contributions to the growth and strength of our nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways, especially in the areas of political and social change; and

 

            WHEREAS, the United States boasts a rich history of women whose vast and courageous achievements speak to the sense of excellence and potential shared by all Americans; and

 

            WHEREAS, our country would not have attained its greatness without the strength, bravery, insight and persistence of the women who have come before us; and

 

            WHEREAS, American women have played, and continue to play, critical economic, cultural, political and social roles in every sphere of the life of the nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home and in professions from educator to astronaut, yet make up less than 4 percent of the executives in charge of Fortune 500 companies each year; and

 

            WHEREAS, women have played a major role in the defense of our nation, both on and off the battlefield; and

 

            WHEREAS, American women have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity but also in the abolitionist movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movement and other movements that create a more fair and just society for all; and

 

            WHEREAS, women not only have played critical economic, cultural and social roles in our society but also have permanently changed the face of American government and politics; and

 

            WHEREAS, Maine has a rich and vibrant history of women in leadership, including Senator Margaret Chase Smith, perhaps best known for her contribution to the well-being of the United States and its people with her consistent stand for the condemnation of bigotry and injustice wherever she found them; and

 

            WHEREAS, Senator Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman from Maine to serve in the United States Congress, the first woman in the nation elected to both houses of the United States Congress and the first woman to be placed in nomination for the presidency at a major party's convention; and

 

            WHEREAS, Maine currently has some of the strongest women leaders in the nation, including Senator Susan Collins, the first woman to run for Maine Governor from a major party, and the recently retired Senator Olympia J. Snowe, the first woman to serve in both chambers of a state legislature and both chambers of the United States Congress; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Legislature has a distinguished record of women elected to leadership positions, including the Honorable Beverly Daggett, the first female President of the Senate, the Honorable Betheda Edmonds, the first woman to serve 2 terms as President of the Senate and the Honorable Elizabeth Mitchell, the first woman in the United States to have been chosen in a state legislature as both Speaker of the House and President of the Senate; and

 

            WHEREAS, among the many women who have served in the Maine Legislature are the Honorable Hannah Pingree, the youngest woman to hold the position of Speaker of the House, and the many women who have served as Senate floor leaders, including the Honorable Jane A. Amero, the Honorable Pamela Cahill, the Honorable Nancy Randall Clark, the Honorable Chellie Pingree, the Honorable Sharon Treat, the Honorable Mary Small and the Honorable Carol Weston, and who have served as House floor leaders, including the Honorable Lucia M. Cormier, the Honorable Emily Cain, the Honorable Carol A. Kontos and the Honorable Mary Clark Webster; and

 

            WHEREAS, women who have served as assistant leaders in the Maine Legislature include the Honorable Minnette Cummings, the Honorable Barbara A. Gill, the Honorable Beverly Bustin-Hatheway, the Honorable Anne Rand, the Honorable Lisa Marraché, the Honorable Debra Plowman, the Honorable Elizabeth D. Moffatt, the Honorable Mary Najarian and the Honorable Teresea Hayes; and

 

            WHEREAS, within our state judicial system, Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley is the first woman to serve as Maine's Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Honorable Janet T. Mills is the first woman to have served as Maine's Attorney General, as well as being a former District Attorney and Legislator; the Honorable Dale McCormick is the first woman to serve as Treasurer of State, as well as being a former Legislator; the Honorable Gail Chase is the first woman to serve as State Auditor, as well as being a former Legislator; Pola Buckley is the current State Auditor; and the Honorable Neria Douglass is the Treasurer of State as well as being a former Legislator and State Auditor; and

 

            WHEREAS, we must take every action possible to promote women in leadership so that we can achieve fair representation in our State Government, including recognizing Maine women's contributions to our state history; and

 

            WHEREAS, in recognition of the contributions of women, the United States Congress has passed a resolution each year since 1987 designating the month of March as "Women's History Month"; 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 recognize March 2013 as Women's History Month in Maine; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That We encourage the residents of this State to observe Women's History Month by participating in programs, ceremonies and activities to foster an awareness of and appreciation for the contributions made by women that have benefited and improved society.

 

 

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            (4-2)  On motion of Representative RANKIN of Hiram, the following House Order:  (H.O. 16)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Brian M. Duprey of Hampden be excused January 24, February 7, 28 and March 7 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Walter A. Kumiega III of Deer Isle be excused March 14 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Anita Peavey Haskell of Milford be excused February 28 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Michael A. Shaw of Standish be excused March 12 and 14 for health reasons.

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Iona Osnoe, of Topsham, a veteran of World War II, who has been a continuous member of the American Legion for 65 years.  The American Legion was founded in March 1919 following the First World War.  Mrs. Osnoe joined the military in 1942.  She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia as a radar observer.  When she was discharged, she returned home and joined the American Legion George T. Files Post No. 20 in Brunswick.   Mrs. Osnoe remained a member there for 2 years and then transferred her membership to the American Legion Field-Allen Post No. 148 in Windham, where she held many offices,  including Post Commander.  Mrs. Osnoe remained a member there until 1982, when she transferred her membership to Topsham Memorial Post No. 202, where she was elected to the Post Adjutant position and was voted Honorary Post Commander.  Mrs. Osnoe also served as a Sagadahoc County Commissioner.  During her career in the American Legion, Mrs. Osnoe worked tirelessly for women veterans and their benefits.  We send her our appreciation for her many years of dedicated service to her community, the American Legion and her Nation.  Mrs. Osnoe celebrated her 92nd birthday on February 10, 2013, and we also send her our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 105)

 

 

            (5-2)  the Oxford Elementary School 3rd and 4th Grade Girls Basketball Team, on its winning the 2013 Central Maine Basketball League Championship.  We send our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the team on their winning this championship;

 

(SLS 110)

 

 

            (5-3)  the Central Aroostook High School Boys Basketball Team, of Mars Hill, 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;

 

(SLS 111)

 

 

            (5-4)  the Lakes Region High School Girls Basketball Team, of Naples, on its winning the 2013 Western Class B Championship.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the team on their achievement;

 

(SLS 112)

 

 

            (5-5)  Denise Reehl, of Gardiner, on the occasion of her retirement as Artistic Director of Johnson Hall after 25 years of dedicated service.  Ms. Reehl, along with her late husband, Benny, and many others, has helped to make the City of Gardiner a center for the variety arts and the creative movement known as New Vaudeville.  We send our appreciation to Ms. Reehl for her efforts over the years to bring professional performing artists of all kinds to Gardiner's historic downtown district and to Johnson Hall.  We acknowledge her commitment to the arts and all the hard work she has given through the years.  We send our congratulations and thanks to Ms. Reehl for a quarter century of service to the arts in Maine and best wishes on her retirement;

 

(HLS 83)

Presented by Representative GRANT of Gardiner.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec.

 

 

            (5-6)  the coaches and students of Greely High School of MSAD No. 51, Cumberland and North Yarmouth, on the school's capturing 4 winter sports State Championship titles this year; the Girls Alpine Ski Team, on its winning the 2013 Class A State Championship, the Boys Swim Team, on its winning the 2013 Class B State Championship, the Boys Ice Hockey Team, on its winning the 2013 Class B State Championship, its second consecutive state title, and the Girls Ice Hockey Team, on its winning the 2013 Class B State Championship.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the teams on these achievements;

 

(HLS 85)

Presented by Representative MORIARTY of Cumberland.

Cosponsored by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland, Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Refer to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Establish Uniform Quorum, Meeting and Chair Requirements for Professional and Occupational Licensing Boards"

(S.P. 73)  (L.D. 237)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    LACHOWICZ of Kennebec
                                    COLLINS of York

            Representatives:
                                    GRAHAM of North Yarmouth
                                    BOLAND of Sanford
                                    BOLDUC of Auburn
                                    COTTA of China
                                    HAYES of Buckfield
                                    MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach
                                    NADEAU of Winslow
                                    NADEAU of Fort Kent
                                    PEASE of Morrill

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought Not to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    CHENETTE of Saco

            Comes from the Senate with the Majority REFER TO COMMITTEE Report READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill and accompanying papers REFERRED to the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

 

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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)  (S.P. 117)  (L.D. 284) Bill "An Act To Amend the Duties of the Division of Forestry"  Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY reporting Ought to Pass

 

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ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Amend the Student Membership Criteria of the State Board of Education

(S.P. 80)  (L.D. 244)

 

 

            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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Acts

 

            (10-2)  An Act Regarding Registration of Fetal Deaths

(S.P. 89)  (L.D. 253)

 

            (10-3)  An Act To Eliminate the Commercial Standard for Maine White-cedar Shingles

(S.P. 115)  (L.D. 282)

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Eliminate the Elm Tree Restoration Fund

(S.P. 116)  (L.D. 283)

 

            (10-5)  An Act To Eliminate the Forest Certification Incentive Cost-share Fund

(H.P. 199)  (L.D. 290)

 

            (10-6)  An Act To Change the Name of the Department of Audit

(H.P. 274)  (L.D. 399)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 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 Protect the State's Property Rights in Maine State Museum Research" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 717)  (L.D. 1019)

 

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

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - March 20, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Provide for Greater Public Input and Local Control in the Chartering of Public Schools"

(S.P. 389)  (L.D. 1128)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Promote Innovation in Public Schools"

(S.P. 390)  (L.D. 1129)

 

            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Create a Virtual School Managed by the State"

(S.P. 391)  (L.D. 1130)

 

            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Improve Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers and Other Public School Employees"

(S.P. 392)  (L.D. 1131)

 

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

 

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            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Allow Collaborative Practice Agreements between Authorized Practitioners and Pharmacists"

(S.P. 395)  (L.D. 1134)

 

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

 

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            (1-6)  Bill "An Act Concerning the Removal of Municipal Employees"

(S.P. 394)  (L.D. 1133)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT 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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 396)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that when the House and Senate adjourn, they do so until Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 10:00 in the morning.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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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

Thursday, March 21, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act Regarding Commercial Elver Fishing Licenses Issued by the Penobscot Nation

(H.P. 423)  (L.D. 604)
(C. "A" H-9)

 

 

            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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