Table of Contents

House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
Reference
ORDERS
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
CONSENT CALENDAR
First Day
Second Day
BILLS IN THE SECOND READING
House
House as Amended
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
NOTICE
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 13
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 16
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 17
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report
SUPPLEMENT NO. 19
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Divided Report

 


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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


32nd Legislative Day

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Father Renald Labarre, Biddeford (retired).

 

            National Anthem by Elaine Michaud, Mexico.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Honorable Ann E. Dorney, M.D., Norridgewock.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Resolution:  (S.P. 503)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA FOR ITS PUBLIC SERVICE AND ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LIVES OF THE NATION'S BOYS AND YOUNG MEN

 

            WHEREAS, scouting is the largest voluntary youth movement in the world, with a membership totaling more than 25 million; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America is an organization that was incorporated on February 8, 1910, and recognized by federal charter on June 15, 1916, to provide an educational program for boys and young men to build strong moral character, learn the responsibilities of participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America teaches the core values of duty to God and country, personal honor, respect for the beliefs of others, volunteerism and interdependence with the environment, values that are conducive to good character, citizenship and health; and

 

            WHEREAS, since 1910, more than 111,000,000 people have been members of the Boy Scouts of America; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America has enhanced the lives of millions of boys and young men from every ethnic, religious and economic background, including those with disabilities and special needs, participating in scouting programs across the United States; and

 

            WHEREAS, each local Boy Scout Council charges each Boy Scout with performing 12 hours of community service yearly, for a total of 30,000,000 community service hours each year; and

 

            WHEREAS, more than 1,000,000 adult volunteer leaders selflessly serve young people in their communities through organizations chartered by the Boy Scouts of America; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America has always affirmed faith in God as foundational and essential to its purpose and mission, animated by Lord Baden‑Powell's insight that "God has given us...the great Book of Nature to read"; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Boy Scouts of America enjoys a sustained record of proven success in producing leaders for our nation who are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent; 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 the Boy Scouts of America and express our appreciation for the public service it performs through its contributions to the lives of the nation's boys and young men.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

 

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            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Create the Aging in Place Program"

(S.P. 473)  (L.D. 1354)

 

            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)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption to Incorporated Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations"

(S.P. 47)  (L.D. 126)

 

            Majority (8) OUGHT NOT TO PASS Report of the Committee on TAXATION READ and ACCEPTED in the House on April 9, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate with that Body having INSISTED on its former action whereby the Minority (5) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on TAXATION was READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-12) and ASKED for a Committee of Conference in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1014)

 

CITY OF LEWISTON MAINE

27 PINE STREET

LEWISTON, MAINE  04240

 

CITY COUNCIL RESOLVE

JANUARY 22, 2013

 

Resolve, Expressing the Opposition of the City Council of the City of Lewiston 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 $4 million revenue loss to the City of Lewiston, representing 12.5% of the City's general fund operating budget and $2.18 on the property tax rate; and

 

Whereas, the proposal to redirect the excise tax on tractor trailers will reduce the City's revenues by an additional $370,000 or 20 cents on the tax rate; and

 

Whereas, eliminating the homestead exemption in FY 15 for those under 65 will increase taxes for no longer qualifying residents by $227 in that year if the City's tax rate remains unchanged; this represents a tax increase of over 10% for most of those losing the exemption; 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

 

Whereas, starting in the second year of the biennium, the business equipment tax reimbursement program, under which businesses are fully reimbursed for property taxes they pay on certain business equipment, will be eliminated with most qualifying property transferred to the business equipment tax exemption program; under this program, the City will only be reimbursed by the state for 60% of the taxes due, reducing City revenues by an estimated $897,000 in FY 15, or 49 cents on the tax rate; and

 

Whereas, if enacted, these changes will reduce City revenues by at least $4,370,000 in FY 14 and $5,267,500 in FY 15, excluding certain impacts on the school budget; and

 

Whereas, to replace these revenues through property taxation, the City's tax rate would have to increase by approximately $2.38 in FY 14 and an additional $0.49 in FY 15 before considering any other expenditure increases that may be required; and

 

Whereas, alternatively, reducing expenditures by this amount would require eliminating all capital expenditures and dramatically reducing staff over and above the almost 20% reductions that have been implemented since 2002; and

 

Whereas, further staffing and expenditure reductions of this magnitude would undermine our ability to provide basic public services; and

 

Whereas, even a balance between tax increases and spending cuts would result in much higher property taxes in return for services that would no longer meet resident expectations or needs;

 

Now, therefore, be It Resolved by the City Council of the City of Lewiston that the City 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 Lewiston, 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; and

 

Be it Further Resolved, that

 

The City Clerk is directed to provide copies of this Resolve to the members of the Legislature representing the City of Lewiston, members of the Appropriations Committee, the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate and the Legislative leadership.

 

ATTEST:

I, Kathleen M. Montejo, City Clerk of Lewiston, hereby affirm and attest this Resolve was approved in public session by the Lewiston City Council on January, 22, 2013:

 

Motion by Councilor Cayer, second by Councilor Butler.  Vote: 7-0

 

A TRUE COPY ATTEST:

S/Kathleen M. Montejo, City Clerk

DATE: April 9, 2013

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1015)

 

Town of Bethel

 

Resolution Expressing Opposition to the Governor's Proposed State Budget which Shifts Responsibility for Funding the State Budget Shortfall to the Property Tax and Property Taxpayers

 

Whereas, the Governor has proposed a biennial budget that will shift the responsibility to fund State government by eliminating or significantly modifying Maine's primary programs that are intended to provide property tax relief; and

 

Whereas, the property tax is the most regressive form of taxation and by eliminating Revenue Sharing and greatly changing the eligibility criteria of the Homestead Exemption and the Maine Residents Property Tax and Rent Refund Program (Circuit Breaker) would make the State's tax mix more regressive; and

 

Whereas, by eliminating the State-Municipal Revenue Sharing program, the Town of Bethel would lose approximately $120,000 which would mean a property tax increase to both residential and business property owners, cuts to essential local services, or both; and

 

Whereas, the proposed budget would eliminate the Homestead Exemption program for anyone under the age of 65, which would result in an automatic property tax increase of $115 even if the local budget had no increase; and

 

Whereas, the proposed budget would eliminate the Maine Residents property tax and rent relief program "Circuit Breaker" for anyone under the age of 65 and hurt the people most in need at a time they can least afford to pay higher property taxes; now

 

Therefore Be it Resolved, that the Bethel Select Board calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals, restore Revenue Sharing, maintain the Homestead and Circuit Breaker programs, and fund State government through an equitable tax system that prevents this unfair shift to property taxpayers.

 

S/Stan Howe, Chairman

S/Donald Bennett, Vice-Chairman

S/Patricia Carter

S/Peter Southam

S/Lloyd Sweetser

Attest:

S/Christen Mason, Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1016)

 

TOWN OF GORHAM

MUNICIPAL CENTER

75 SOUTH STREET, SUITE 1

GORHAM, MAINE  04038-1382

 

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING OPPOSITION TO PROPOSALS
TO SHIFT THE BURDEN OF FUNDING STATE GOVERNMENT
TO LOCAL PROPERTY TAX PAYERS

 

Whereas, the State Administration has proposed a State Budget for the coming biennium that will dramatically shift the burden of funding state government to the property tax; and

 

Whereas, pursuant to Title 30-A MRSA Section 5681, the State Legislature sought to strengthen the partnership between the State and local government by providing 5% of sales tax revenue, known as State Revenue Sharing, to reduce the burden to the property tax and assist in financing municipal services; and

 

Whereas, the diversion of funds from the State Revenue Sharing program, as proposed in the State Budget, would cost the Town of Gorham approximately $1,593,000 resulting in either an increase in the tax rate of $1.21 or significant reduction in services or some combination of both; and

 

Whereas, the proposed biennial budget would redirect the Town of Gorham's excise tax paid on tractor trailers to fund State Government; and

 

Whereas, the State Legislature, pursuant to Title 36 MRSA Section 683, has previously granted a Homestead Exemption to all qualified Residents to lower the burden of property taxes, which the biennial budget now proposes to eliminate in FY 15 for all residents under the age of 65 who currently qualify; and

 

Whereas, starting in the second year of the biennium, the business equipment tax reimbursement program, under which businesses are fully reimbursed for property taxes they pay on certain business equipment, will be eliminated with most qualifying property transferred to the business equipment tax exemption program; under this program, the Town will only be reimbursed by the state for 60% of the taxes due, further reducing Town revenues by an estimated $105,000, or 19 cents on the tax rate; and

 

Whereas, if enacted, all of these changes would reduce revenues to the Town by at approximately $1.9 million, not counting certain impacts on the School budget; and

 

Whereas, reducing Town expenditures of this magnitude would significantly undermine the Town's ability to provide basic public services; and

 

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Gorham Town Council hereby expresses its strong opposition to provisions included in the proposed state budget that would dramatically shift the burden of funding state government to the local property tax and undermine the Town of Gorham's ability to provide basic public services to its citizens; and

 

Be It Further Resolved, that the Town Clerk is hereby directed to provide copies to members of the Town of Gorham's Legislative delegation, members of the Appropriations Committee and the Governor.

 

Adopted by a vote of the Gorham Town Council: April 2, 2013.

 

Gorham Town Council

 

S/Philip T. Gagnon, Chair

S/Michael J. Phinney, Vice Chair

S/Matthew J. Robinson

S/John A. Pressey

S/Suzanne Phillips

S/Shonn Moulton

S/Sherrie Benner

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1017)

 

TOWN OF FALMOUTH

 

RESOLUTION REGARDING IMPACT OF PROPOSED STATE BUDGET

 

WHEREAS, the Falmouth Town Council is deeply concerned about the multiple proposals in the State Budget to shift the burden of funding state government to local property taxpayers; and

 

WHEREAS, the Administration's proposed budget eliminates $284 million in municipal revenue sharing despite a state law that requires 5% of state sales and income tax revenue to be returned to municipalities; and

 

WHEREAS, eliminating municipal revenue sharing would cost taxpayers $121 annually in property taxes on an average Falmouth home; and

 

WHEREAS, eliminating $625,000 in state aid and teacher retirement pensions to the Falmouth School District would cost taxpayers $116 on an average Falmouth home; and

 

WHEREAS, the State Budget would eliminate and significantly modify multiple property tax relief programs, such as the Circuit Breaker and Homestead Exemption, hurting those, in particular, with low incomes under the age of 65; and

 

WHEREAS, eliminating the Homestead Exemption would add an average of $134 to the property tax of Falmouth homeowners receiving the exemption; and

 

WHEREAS, eliminating the Circuit Breaker program, would cost program participants in Falmouth an average of $712;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF FALMOUTH, that the Town Council hereby calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals and work in a collaborative manner to avoid a regressive tax shift to municipalities.

 

Approved this 8th day of April 2013.

Attest:

S/Ellen Planer

Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1018)

 

RESOLUTION

TOWN OF DAMARISCOTTA, MAINE

 

A resolution urging the Maine State Legislature to reject any Biennial State Budget that forces cities and towns to either increase property taxes or reduce essential municipal services.

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's proposed biennial budget places towns and cities in an untenable and uncertain fiscal position during its budget planning for Fiscal Year 2014; and

 

WHEREAS, under this proposed budget, the Town of Damariscotta would lose $115,000 in revenue sharing; $3,600 in Commercial Excise Tax and an estimated $85,000 with the shift from BETR to BETE exemption criteria for total impact is $203,600 not including any tax increases due to changes in the State funding for education and the loss of the Homestead exemption for many of our residents; and

 

WHEREAS, this tax burden represents .59 mils or 4.1 % of the Town's current 14.375 mil rate not including the Homestead Exemption that currently allows 563 homeowners to save $143.75 on their annual tax bills and not including the expected increases for school funding; and

 

WHEREAS, The Town budget is comprised mainly of expenditures for police, the County assessment, public works, administrative duties required by the State Constitution and Statutes, solid waste disposal, fire hydrant fees, the volunteer fire department and street and traffic light charges, and, as a regional service center, any reduction in these services will have a direct impact on residents and visitors alike; and

 

WHEREAS, Holding the line on Town budgets has been a high priority for the Town's Board of Selectmen for many years as shown by the fact that the Town shares employees and services with other entities in the following areas: public safety, public works, code enforcement, harbor management, shellfish law enforcement, and general assistance;

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Damariscotta hereby urges the Maine State Legislature to craft a biennial budget that takes into account the already high property tax burden on homeowners in Maine, and calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject the Governor's budget proposal, identify less harmful cost savings, and raise State-generated revenues in an equitable fashion in order to avoid a regressive tax shift to municipalities.

 

Adopted this 3rd day of April, 2013,

 

The Board of Selectmen:

S/Joshua Pinkham

S/Ronn Orenstein

S/Vicki Pinkham

S/Robin Mayer

 

Attest: A True Copy

S/Cheryl Pinkham

Date: 4/9/2013

 

 

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            (2-6)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1019)

 

TOWN OF LUBEC

40 SCHOOL STREET

LUBEC, MAINE  04652

 

Date March 14, 2013

 

WHEREAS, the people of the Town of Lubec, situated in the easternmost edge of Washington County, Maine with a population of 1,359, with 56% above the age of 50 years, with a median household income of $32,563 and 25% living below the poverty rate; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's unprecedented biennial budget proposal places Lubec, Washington County and a majority of Maine towns in an untenable and uncertain fiscal position during their budget planning; 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 relief program for anyone under the age of 65; would take $8 million in truck excise tax revenue from towns; and would create a corporate tax exemption for large amounts of currently taxable property, resulting in significant losses of local tax revenue; Lubec is comprised of 24,500 acres, of those 2,257.02 acres are non-taxable due to ownership by the State of Maine, churches and nonprofits, and plus an additional 2,670.36 acres in open space benefiting land trusts and private land owners plus an additional 3,379 acres in tree growth. This is a total of 8,325.18 acres representing a total of over one-third of Lubec's total land mass; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's proposal also contains cuts to health and human services such as prescription drugs for the elderly and disabled, Washington County has the highest percentage of children in poverty, children who receive free/reduce lunch, uninsured residents, current smokers, reports of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer mortality rate, individuals with substance abuse problems, domestic violence, and youth binge drinking; to all funding for clean elections; to the wages and benefits of public workers; while also rejecting federal funds to make health care affordable for over 44,000 Mainers; and

 

WHEREAS, all of the above shifts cost to towns, cost sharing with our two closest communities would not be cost effective, being that Machias is 28 miles and Eastport is 38 miles in one-way travel from Lubec; whose only major means of raising revenue is property taxes; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the Town of Lubec calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals, identify less harmful cost savings, and raise revenue in an equitable fashion to avoid this regressive tax shift which will be devastating to Lubec, Washington County and Maine.

 

This Resolve is signed and supported by the Lubec Board of Selectmen.

 

S/Maureen Glidden, Chairman

S/Michael Scrivani, Vice Chairman

S/Justin Doran, Selectman

S/Sara McConnell, Selectman

S/James Jones, Selectman

 

Attested: This is the original copy of the Town of Lubec's Resolution.

S/Betty L. Case, Town Clerk of Lubec

April 8, 2013

 

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1021)

 

TOWN OF SOUTH BERWICK

180 MAIN STREET

SOUTH BERWICK, MAINE  03908-1535

 

March 26, 2013

 

RESOLVE, EXPRESSING THE OPPOSITION OF THE CITY COUNCIL
OF THE TOWN OF SOUTH BERWICK TO PROPOSALS TO SHIFT
THE BURDEN OF FUNDING STATE GOVERNMENT TO PROPERTY
TAX AND THE PROPERTY TAX PAYER

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's unprecedented biennial budget proposal places towns in an untenable and uncertain fiscal position during their budget planning; 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 relief program for anyone under the age of 65; would take $8 million in truck excise tax revenue from towns; and would create a corporate tax exemption for large amounts of currently taxable property, resulting in significant losses of local tax revenue; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposal to suspend municipal revenue sharing would result in the loss of $539,245 in revenues, which would increase property taxes by $215.65 on the average residential property value of $227,000; and

 

WHEREAS, the proposal to eliminate the FY 2015 Homestead Exemption for those under 65 will increase taxes for those residents by $185.00 if the towns tax rate stays the same; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor's proposal also contains cuts to health and human services such as prescription drugs for the elderly and disabled; to all funding for clean elections; to the wages and benefits of public workers; while also rejecting federal funds to make healthcare affordable for over 44,000 Mainers; and

 

WHEREAS, all of the above shifts costs to towns, whose only major means of raising revenue is property taxes; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, The South Berwick Town Council calls upon the Maine State Legislature to reject these proposals, identify harmful cost savings, and raise revenue in an equitable fashion to avoid this regressive tax shift.

 

S/Gerald W. MacPherson

S/David H. Webster

S/Russell Abell

S/Jean Demetrocopoulos

S/Jack Kareckas

 

April 17, 2013 Attest to be a true copy.

S/Barbara Bennett

Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-8)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1027)

 

TOWN OF NORTH BERWICK

21 MAIN STREET, PO BOX 422

NORTH BERWICK, MAINE  03906

 

Resolution adopted by the Selectmen of the Town of North Berwick

 

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

 

Whereas, the proposal includes the elimination of $283 million in municipal revenue sharing; falls $200 million short in funding local schools at the 55% level passed in referendum; would cut the states reimbursement for General Assistance by an estimated $6.7 million; would eliminate the Homestead Exemption and Circuit Breaker Program for anyone under the age of 65; would take $8 million in truck excise tax revenue from towns; and would change BETE to exempt large amounts of currently taxable property, resulting in significant losses of local tax revenue; and

 

Whereas, the loss of revenue to the Town of North Berwick is expected to be $354,300.00 forcing an increase of $274.50 in property taxes to the average taxpayer; and further that the loss of income to the school district is estimated to cost the average taxpayer an additional $25; and resulting in a property tax increase to the citizens of North Berwick of approximately 10%; and

 

Whereas, all of the above shifts costs to towns, whose only major means of raising revenue is property taxes; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the Selectmen of the Town of North Berwick calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals, identify less harmful cost savings; and raise revenue in an equitable fashion to avoid this regressive tax shift.

 

Date: March 19, 2013

 

North Berwick Board of Selectmen

 

S/Lawrence Hart

S/Elaine Folsom

S/Charles Galemmo

S/Paul Danforth

S/Gregg Drew

 

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1028)

 

TOWN OF BOWDOINHAM

13 SCHOOL STREET

BOWDOINHAM, MAINE  04008

 

March 26, 2013

 

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

 

WHEREAS, this biennial budget proposal calls for redirecting that portion of sales and income tax revenues normally distributed to municipalities under the Revenue Sharing Program toward balancing the State Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, this biennial budget proposal calls for redirecting commercial vehicle excise tax revenues away from municipalities toward balancing the State Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, this biennial budget proposal dramatically curtails the Homestead and Circuit Breaker programs designed to reduce local resident property tax burdens for the purpose of balancing the State Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, this biennial budget proposal calls for the elimination of the BETR program that reimburses municipalities for lost personal property taxes for the purpose of balancing the State Budget; and

 

WHEREAS, this biennial budget proposal calls for drastically reducing funding to local schools (again failing to meet the Citizen Referendum mandate to provide 55% support) for the purpose of balancing the State Budget; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the Select Board of the Town of Bowdoinham calls upon the Maine Legislature and Senator Seth Goodall and Representative Seth Berry to reject these proposals and restore revenue sharing to municipalities, retain full funding of General Assistance reimbursements, maintain the homestead exemption and circuit breaker tax relief programs, restore excise taxes to previous levels, retain the BETR program and support to schools in order to avoid this regressive tax shift.

 

S/Brian Hobart, Chair

S/M. Theresa Turgeon, Vice Chair

S/Kathleen Gallant

S/Kathy Tome

 

"ATTEST": A true certified copy.

S/Pamela C. Ross, Town Clerk

 

 

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            (2-10)  The Following Communication: (H.P. 1029)

 

Town of Paris Resolution

 

March 25, 2013

 

Whereas, the Governor's biennial budget proposal places towns in an uncertain fiscal situation; and

 

Whereas, the proposal includes elimination of $283 million in municipal revenue sharing and falls $200 million short of funding local schools at the 55% level passed in referendum; would eliminate the Homestead Exemption for anyone under the age of 65; would eliminate the "circuit breaker" property tax and rent relief program for anyone under the age of 65; would take $8 million in truck excise revenue from towns; and would create a corporate tax exemption for large amounts of currently taxable property; all resulting in significant losses of revenue for Paris; and

 

Whereas, all the above would shift part of the costs to the Town of Paris, approximately $454,760, whose only major means of raising revenue is property taxes; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, that the Paris Select Board calls upon the Maine Legislature to reject these proposals, identify less harmful cost savings, and raise revenue in an equitable fashion to avoid this added revenue burden on the Town.

 

S/Samuel Elliot

S/Robert Kirchherr

S/Gerald Kilgore, Jr.

S/Robert Wessels

 

A TRUE COPY:

ATTESTED BY:

S/Elizabeth J. Knox

Town Clerk, Paris, Maine

Date  April 8, 2013

 

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 129)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

April 19, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

This is to inform you that I am today nominating Amy R. Fowler of Palermo for appointment to the State Board of Corrections.

 

Pursuant to Title 34-A, MRSA §1802, this appointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

 

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            (2-12)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 130)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

April 19, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

This is to inform you that I am today nominating Honorable Susan E. Morissette of Winslow for appointment to the State Board of Corrections.

 

Pursuant to Title 34-A, MRSA §1802, this appointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 127)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 23, 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 and Joint Select Committee have voted unanimously to report the following bills out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

L.D. 478         An Act To Require a Local Permit for the Use of Fireworks

L.D. 526         An Act To Allow for the Disposition of Certain Items Confiscated from Criminals Convicted of Sexual Exploitation of Minors

L.D. 663         An Act To Change the Time Restriction on the Use of Fireworks

L.D. 926         An Act To Increase the Penalty for an Adult Who Provides Alcohol to a Minor Involved in a Fatal Accident

 

Education and Cultural Affairs

L.D. 533         An Act To Eliminate the Requirement That Local Funding Follow a Pupil to a Charter School

L.D. 889         An Act To Adjust Funding Forwarded from School Districts to Charter Schools

L.D. 1056       An Act To Require Local Voter Approval for Charter Schools

 

Energy, Utilities and Technology

L.D. 774         Resolve, Regarding a Fire and Police Protocols Pilot Program for E-9-1-1 Call Processing

 

Environment and Natural Resources

L.D. 261         An Act To Provide That a Distributor, Blender or Retail Dealer of Motor Fuel May Not Be Required To Sell, Consign or Distribute Motor Fuel Containing Ten Percent or More Ethanol

 

Insurance and Financial Services

L.D. 83           An Act To Protect Health Insurance Ratepayers from Undocumented Rate Increases

L.D. 102         An Act To Improve Health Insurance Transparency

L.D. 393         An Act To Cap Interest Rates and Finance Charges on Credit and Loans

L.D. 776         An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Rate and Form Filings

L.D. 1176       An Act To Require Health Insurers To Use One Geographic Area as Permitted by the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

 

Judiciary

L.D. 425         An Act To Change the Membership of the Family Law Advisory Commission

 

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

L.D. 263         An Act To Require Dealers of Secondhand Precious Metals To Keep Records To Aid Law Enforcement

L.D. 722         Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Review Section 8 Housing Construction Standards

L.D. 747         An Act To Protect Doctors Who Prescribe a Complementary Course of Treatment and To Provide Insurance Coverage for That Treatment

L.D. 914         An Act To Certify Nuclear Medicine Technologists in Computed Tomography

L.D. 993         Resolve, To Amend Maine Board of Pharmacy Rules Regarding Automated Pharmacy Systems in Hospitals

L.D. 1035       An Act To Report Certain Information in Response to Growing Financial Inequality

L.D. 1041       An Act To Modify the Mandatory Enforcement of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code for a Municipality without a Building Code

L.D. 1071       An Act Regarding Qualifications for Real Estate Licensees

L.D. 1072       An Act To Provide Accountability in the Handling of Affordable Housing Tenants' Security Deposits

L.D. 1087       An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation and Short-term Disability Insurance in Maine

L.D. 1108       An Act To Modify the Qualifications for a Person To Be Able To Teach Driver's Education

L.D. 1202       An Act To Update the Maine Veterinary Practice Act

L.D. 1221       An Act To Preserve the Dynamic Status Quo Pending Expiration of Collective Bargaining Agreements

 

Maine's Workforce and Economic Future

L.D. 578         An Act To Award Academic Credit to Service Members for Military Education, Experience and Training

L.D. 960         Resolve, To Direct Eastern Maine Community College To Create Industry-specific Workplace Transition Educational Programming

 

Marine Resources

L.D. 557         An Act To Change the Age at Which a Person Qualifies for a Fee Reduction for a Lobster and Crab Fishing License

L.D. 584         An Act To Provide for Passage of River Herring on the St. Croix River in Accordance with an Adaptive Management Plan

L.D. 643         An Act To Create a Tax Incentive Program To Improve the Maine Lobster Industry  (EMERGENCY)

L.D. 748         An Act Regarding the Passage of River Herring on the St. Croix River  (EMERGENCY)

 

State and Local Government

L.D. 787         An Act To Encourage Municipal Infrastructure Improvement

 

Taxation

L.D. 614         An Act To Adjust Fuel Taxes To Improve Sustainability

L.D. 693         An Act To Provide Solar Energy Tax Credits to Maine Homeowners

L.D. 698         An Act To Provide an Exemption from Fuel and Sales Taxes to Persons Engaged in Snowmobile Trail Grooming  (EMERGENCY)

L.D. 866         An Act To Create an Income Tax Credit for Educational Supplies Purchased by Public School Employees

 

Transportation

L.D. 270         An Act To Improve the Motor Vehicle Inspection System

L.D. 403         Resolve, To Establish a Task Force on the Establishment of So-called Complete Streets Design Guidelines

L.D. 473         Resolve, To Widen the Shoulders of Highways

L.D. 565         Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Feasibility of Imposing Tolls on Interstate 95

L.D. 582         An Act To Enhance and Encourage Economic Development of the Lower Penobscot River Basin by Creating a Niche Port Plan

L.D. 763         Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority To Conduct a Study Regarding the Need for a Passenger Transit Service Linking Municipalities from Portland North to Lewiston and Auburn

L.D. 764         Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Conduct a Traffic Study To Consider Whether To Open Water Street in Augusta to 2-way Traffic

L.D. 765         An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Motorcycle Registration Expiration Dates

L.D. 780         An Act To Reduce Conflicts of Interest in the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program

L.D. 937         An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Disability Parking Spaces

L.D. 945         An Act To Amend Provisions of Law Pertaining to Motor Vehicles

 

Veterans and Legal Affairs

L.D. 69           An Act To Strengthen Financial Disclosure Laws for the Legislative and Executive Branches of State Government

L.D. 344         An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Beano Halls Leased by Veterans' Organizations

L.D. 349         An Act To Strengthen Maine's Ethics Laws and Improve Public Access to Information

 

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

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of House

 

 

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            (2-14)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 128)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

April 23, 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 Education and Cultural Affairs has approved the request by the sponsor, Senator Millett of Cumberland, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 233         An Act To Require the Department of Education To Report on the Costs and Sources of Funding of Charter Schools

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs has approved the request by the sponsor, Representative Parry of Arundel, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 1027       An Act To Provide an Improved Process for Voter Approval of Withdrawal from a Regional School Unit  (EMERGENCY)

L.D. 1347       An Act To Improve the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws by Allowing a Regional School Unit To Dissolve Itself

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs has approved the request by the sponsor, Senator Patrick of Oxford, to report the following "Leave to Withdraw":

 

L.D. 1098       An Act To Encourage Teacher Input in Education Policy

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

 

 

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            (2-15)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 225)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

April 10, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Please be advised the Senate today adhered to its previous action whereby it accepted the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Transportation on Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Place a Sign on Northbound Interstate 95 Directing Motorists to Lee Academy (H.P. 67) (L.D. 74), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a Matching General Fund Bond Issue for Improvements to the Seven Community College Campuses"

(H.P. 1006)  (L.D. 1418)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.

Cosponsored by Representatives: GOODE of Bangor, HOBBINS of Saco, REED of Carmel, Senator: YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Allow a Setoff of a Third-party Bailor's Property under Certain Conditions"

(H.P. 1007)  (L.D. 1419)

 

Sponsored by Representative DION of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland and Representatives: FREDETTE of Newport, FREY of Bangor, MARKS of Pittston, PLANTE of Berwick.

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

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Mental Responsibility for Criminal Conduct"

(H.P. 1022)  (L.D. 1433)

 

Sponsored by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

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

 

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

 

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            (3-4)  Resolve, To Require the Public Utilities Commission To Amend Its Rules Regarding Net Energy Billing

(H.P. 999)  (L.D. 1403)

 

Sponsored by Representative WELSH of Rockport.

Cosponsored by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland and Representatives: HOBBINS of Saco, PRIEST of Brunswick, RYKERSON of Kittery.

 

            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Create Affordable Heating Options for Maine Residents and Reduce Business Energy Costs"

(H.P. 1013)  (L.D. 1425)

 

Sponsored by Representative DUNPHY of Embden.  (GOVERNOR'S BILL)

Cosponsored by Representatives: FREDETTE of Newport, GIDEON of Freeport, Senators: CLEVELAND of Androscoggin, KATZ of Kennebec, SAVIELLO of Franklin, THIBODEAU of Waldo, YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot.

 

            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Noise from Wind Turbines"

(H.P. 1023)  (L.D. 1434)

 

Sponsored by Representative JONES of Freedom.

 

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

 

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            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Maine's Medical Marijuana Program" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1000)  (L.D. 1404)

 

Sponsored by Representative GILBERT of Jay.

Cosponsored by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec and Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, CASSIDY of Lubec, CHIPMAN of Portland, DION of Portland, HARVELL of Farmington, KRUGER of Thomaston, SANDERSON of Chelsea, Senator: WHITTEMORE of Somerset.

 

            (3-8)  Bill "An Act To Increase Access to Postsecondary Education for Maine's Children" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1003)  (L.D. 1407)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAYES of Buckfield.

Cosponsored by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, JONES of Freedom, KUMIEGA of Deer Isle, MALABY of Hancock, NUTTING of Oakland, VOLK of Scarborough, Senator: MASON of Androscoggin.

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

 

            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Medical Marijuana Law Regarding Excess Harvested Marijuana"

(H.P. 1011)  (L.D. 1423)

 

Sponsored by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.  (BY REQUEST)

Cosponsored by Representative: DION of Portland, Senator: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws"

(H.P. 1024)  (L.D. 1435)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

Cosponsored by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland and Representatives: BRIGGS of Mexico, ESPLING of New Gloucester, KUSIAK of Fairfield, Senator: DUTREMBLE of York.

Submitted by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Increase Mileage Reimbursement and Compensation for Jurors"

(H.P. 1012)  (L.D. 1424)

 

Sponsored by Representative BROOKS of Winterport.

Cosponsored by President ALFOND of Cumberland and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, EVANGELOS of Friendship, Speaker EVES of North Berwick, FREDETTE of Newport, McCABE of Skowhegan, Senators: GOODALL of Sagadahoc, JACKSON of Aroostook, THIBODEAU of Waldo.

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

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Return to Building Code Requirements in Effect Prior to the Adoption of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code"

(H.P. 1008)  (L.D. 1420)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset and Representatives: CRAY of Palmyra, GIFFORD of Lincoln, JOHNSON of Eddington, Senator: SHERMAN of Aroostook.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Avoid Conflicts of Interest in State Government Labor Relations"

(H.P. 1025)  (L.D. 1436)

 

Sponsored by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Licensure of Physicians and Physician Assistants"

(H.P. 1026)  (L.D. 1437)

 

Sponsored by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representative: MASON of Topsham.

Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

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

 

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            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Repeal the Laws Establishing the Cumberland County Recreation Center and Transfer Authority to Cumberland County"

(H.P. 1001)  (L.D. 1405)

 

Sponsored by Representative VILLA of Harrison.

Cosponsored by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland and Representatives: DICKERSON of Rockland, GIDEON of Freeport, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, McCABE of Skowhegan, McCLELLAN of Raymond, POWERS of Naples, WILSON of Augusta, Senator: DUTREMBLE of York.

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

 

            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Secession by a Municipality from a County" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1004)  (L.D. 1408)

 

Sponsored by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls.

Cosponsored by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec and Representatives: CHENETTE of Saco, COTTA of China, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, HAYES of Buckfield, MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach, NADEAU of Fort Kent, PEASE of Morrill, Senator: MASON of Androscoggin.

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

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-17)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Youth Smoking and Improve Public Health by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax to the Fund for a Healthy Maine and To Pay Debts Owed to Health Care Providers" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1002)  (L.D. 1406)

 

Sponsored by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, BERRY of Bowdoinham, BRIGGS of Mexico, BROOKS of Winterport, EVANGELOS of Friendship, GRAHAM of North Yarmouth, HAMANN of South Portland, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, KNIGHT of Livermore Falls, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, RYKERSON of Kittery, SANBORN of Gorham, STUCKEY of Portland, TREAT of Hallowell, WELSH of Rockport.

 

            (3-18)  Bill "An Act To Promote Tourism and Foster Economic Development" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1005)  (L.D. 1409)

 

Sponsored by Representative HAMANN of South Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator VALENTINO of York and Representatives: BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, GILBERT of Jay, GOODE of Bangor, HARVELL of Farmington, JORGENSEN of Portland, KUSIAK of Fairfield, McLEAN of Gorham.

 

            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Permit a Student Holding a Degree from a Non-Maine Institution To Participate in the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program"

(H.P. 1009)  (L.D. 1421)

 

Sponsored by Representative NADEAU of Winslow.

Cosponsored by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representatives: BECK of Waterville, BERRY of Bowdoinham, CHENETTE of Saco, KAENRATH of South Portland, KORNFIELD of Bangor, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, MacDONALD of Boothbay, POULIOT of Augusta.

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

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Nonpartisan Primary and a Presidential Primary Election System and Instant Run-off Voting for State and Federal Candidates"

(H.P. 1010)  (L.D. 1422)

 

Sponsored by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.

Cosponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick, Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland and Representatives: BROOKS of Winterport, CASSIDY of Lubec, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, CHENETTE of Saco, EVANGELOS of Friendship, FARNSWORTH of Portland, McGOWAN of York, SCHNECK of Bangor.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative KESCHL of Belgrade, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 1020) (Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and 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, BERRY of Bowdoinham, 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, 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, SHERMAN of Aroostook, THIBODEAU of Waldo, THOMAS of Somerset, TUTTLE of York, VALENTINO of York, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, WOODBURY of Cumberland, YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot) (Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 214)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION MEMORIALIZING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO PROTECT THE CLEAN AIR ACT AND FUND THE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ENSURES HEALTHY AIR FOR MAINE FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES

 

            WE, your Memorialists, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Legislature of the State of Maine now assembled in the First Regular Session, most respectfully present and petition the President of the United States and the United States Congress as follows:

 

            WHEREAS, Maine families and businesses need healthy air to grow and succeed because when people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive and businesses can add jobs because their health care costs are lower; and

 

            WHEREAS, air pollution does not respect state borders, and Maine's geographic location puts us on the receiving end of life-threatening air pollution produced in states to the south and west of us; and

 

            WHEREAS, air pollution can lead to asthma attacks, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, reproductive and developmental harm and even premature death; and

 

            WHEREAS, dangerous air pollution levels can increase hospital admissions and emergency room visits as well as missed days of school and work; and

 

            WHEREAS, unhealthy air can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases, including the more than 22,700 children and 92,700 adults with asthma and other lung diseases, who may require expensive medical care on unhealthy air days in the State; and

 

            WHEREAS, air pollution can cause serious health effects at levels once deemed safe and almost half of the people in Maine live in counties with fair to poor air quality; and

 

            WHEREAS, for more than 4 decades the federal Clean Air Act has protected public health by reducing levels of smog, soot and other air toxins; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Clean Air Act is a Maine tradition, having been established and subsequently updated and improved under the leadership of Senator Edmund S. Muskie, Senator George J. Mitchell and Senator William S. Cohen; and

 

            WHEREAS, nationally the Clean Air Act has prevented an estimated 160,000 premature deaths, more than 130,000 heart attacks and over 1.7 million asthma attacks in 2010 alone; and

 

            WHEREAS, reducing air pollution through the Clean Air Act will provide the United States with $2 trillion in benefits and prevent 230,000 deaths in 2020; and

 

            WHEREAS, it is not necessary to choose between improving public health and helping our economy innovate and grow, as evidenced by data showing that between 1970 and 2009 total emissions of the 6 principal air pollutants fell by 63%, while private sector jobs and our nation's gross domestic product increased by 86% and 210%, respectively; and

 

            WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that the Clean Air Act has produced economic benefits valued at 30 times the cost of regulation; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Clean Air Act is continually threatened by attempts to weaken, block, delay or underfund its important public health safeguards; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, your Memorialists, respectfully urge and request that the President of the United States and the United States Congress support the Clean Air Act and fund its enforcement and fund the infrastructure that reduces the dangerous air pollution that crosses into Maine and that ensures the air is safe to breathe for Maine children and adults; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and to each Member of the Maine Congressional Delegation.

 

 

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            (4-2)  On motion of Representative CHIPMAN of Portland, the following Joint Resolution:  (H.P. 1030) (Cosponsored by Senator: President ALFOND of Cumberland)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE DAY OF
GENOCIDE OF AZERBAIJANIS

 

            WHEREAS, the internationally recognized area of the Republic of Azerbaijan is 33,440 square miles, including the Karabakh and Nakhichevan regions, but used to include Zangezur and other regions and comprised 44,016 square miles until Joseph Stalin's soviet government's interference in the 1920s; and

 

            WHEREAS, a series of large-scale massacres occurred in March 1918 in Baku, Shemakha, Guba, Shusha, Nakhichevan, Irevan, Urmia, Salmas, Maku, Khoy and other Azerbaijani-populated towns and hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani civilians, as well as other Muslims and Jews, were slaughtered by the Armenian Dashnak and Bolshevik armed forces; and

 

            WHEREAS, this genocidal crime has been duly investigated and commemorated by the official decree of the government of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan since March 31, 1919 as the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis; and

 

            WHEREAS, this action marked the first-ever genuine attempt to give a political and legal assessment of the policy of genocide by any government in the world; and

 

            WHEREAS, the annual commemoration of the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis was suppressed after the Bolshevik takeover on April 28, 1920 and restarted only in the 1990s after the breakup of the Soviet Union and Azerbaijan's reestablishing its independence and freedom; and

 

            WHEREAS, in 1998, in light of all of the assaults against Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty and of the up to one million Azerbaijanis and other Turkic and Muslim civilians killed from 1813 to 1994 and due to the continued Armenian aggression, March 31st was officially designated a national observance, the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis; and

 

            WHEREAS, every year since 1918, Azerbaijanis and many people around the globe, including Azerbaijani-Americans and the United States Azeris Network, observe March 31st as the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis to honor the victims of the catastrophic tragedy; and

 

            WHEREAS, the 95th anniversary commemoration of the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis provides an opportunity to reflect on the terrible loss of life that can result from conflicts between peoples of different ethnicities, religions and political viewpoints and the enduring need to resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation rather than bloodshed; now, therefore, be it

 

            RESOLVED: That We, the Members of the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Legislature now assembled in the First Regular Session, take this opportunity to recognize the anniversary of the Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis and to urge that it be commemorated in solemn observance of those horrific events.

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the Cosmopolitan Club of Bath, on its 100th anniversary.  The club was organized on April 11, 1913 by its founder, Miss Elizabeth Webber, and the mission of the club was to bring together, for educational, philanthropic and social purposes, the numerous young women who desired to work together for the welfare of each other and the community at large.  The club has had an immense positive and diverse impact on the community.  During World War I, members provided aid to French victims of the war, including adopting an orphan, and sponsored the first public health nurse.  During World War II, members conducted a street fair, bought defense bonds and sent clothing to our Russian allies.  In 1927, the club was inducted into the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the Maine Federation of Women's Clubs.  It has supported projects like Maine Youth Leadership, Domestic Violence Awareness, Operation Smile, the Good Shepherd Food Bank and the Maine Women's Fund.  While maintaining the same purpose incorporated in 1913, the club continues to maintain the historical and architectural integrity of its clubhouse, a Greek Revival structure on the National Register of Historic Places in the historic business district of Bath.  The women of the Cosmopolitan Club of Bath continue to gather in fellowship, raise awareness of the needs of the community, serve that community and open their homes to those in need and to those who serve.  We extend our appreciation and congratulations to the Cosmopolitan Club of Bath on its centennial celebration;

 

(SLS 174)

 

 

            (5-2)  Kyle Lee, of Sidney, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 454, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout project, Kyle restored and documented the Getchell Cemetery in Sidney.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 175)

 

 

            (5-3)  Paul Vachon, of Augusta, New England Basketball Hall of Fame coach, who guided the Cony High School girls basketball team to 7 Class A State Championship crowns and 11 Eastern Maine titles, on his induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  The former coach of 23 years at Cony High School, Mr. Vachon is currently the school's athletic director.  He coached 3 Miss Maine Basketball winners, 23 McDonald Senior All-Stars and 7 players who went on to play Division I basketball.  Mr. Vachon was a basketball player himself and was on the 1973 Class A State Championship team.  He has been an inspiration to countless players through the years.  We congratulate Paul Vachon on his induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame;

 

(SLS 176)

 

 

            (5-4)  Winona Davenport, of Phillips, for her more than 20 years of service to the citizens of the Town of Phillips.  Ms. Davenport served on the Phillips Conservation Commission, the Phillips Area Chamber of Commerce, the Phillips Area Community Center and the Parent Teacher Association.  Since 1998, she has helped the Phillips Public Library with the local Justafield Golf Scramble and the famous Penny Auction, raising $68,969.  We extend our appreciation to Ms. Davenport for her commitment to the citizens of the Town of Phillips;

 

(SLS 177)

 

 

            (5-5)  Deputy Chief Karen M. Gagnon-Wheeler, of Lyman, on her retirement after 25 years of service to the Fire and EMS community.  Deputy Chief Gagnon-Wheeler has served the communities of Dayton and Lyman with the Goodwin's Mills Fire-Rescue.  Her leadership and innovative approach have ensured the future growth and relevance of the Goodwin's Mills Fire-Rescue and her efforts to modernize the emergency medical services in Lyman and Dayton have resulted in a better quality of life for the residents of those communities.  Deputy Chief Gagnon-Wheeler's continued commitment to the Fire and EMS community through her role on the Executive Board of the York County Chiefs' Association has ensured that firefighters and EMTs are receiving challenging, relevant and quality training.  We send our congratulations and best wishes to Deputy Chief Gagnon-Wheeler on her retirement and send her our appreciation for her commitment to the community and to the State;

 

(HLS 140)

Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro.

Cosponsored by Senator TUTTLE of York, Representative PARRY of Arundel, Senator VALENTINO of York.

 

 

            (5-6)  Ellery A. Goode, of Newport, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 63, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  Ellery's Eagle Scout service project was to work on the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce's "Wish List," which included fixing and lighting the flag pole, making a covered bulletin board and a pamphlet case, fixing and replanting the window boxes, planting around the building, removing and replacing old shrubs, replacing pavers and providing a picnic table for staff members and visitors.  We extend our congratulations to Ellery on this achievement;

 

(HLS 141)

Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot, Representative CRAY of Palmyra.

 

 

            (5-7)  Marion Taylor Whipple, a longtime resident of Starks and now of Madison, on the occasion of her 100th birthday.  Mrs. Whipple was born in Starks on April 18, 1913 and married Charles Whipple in 1930.  She is the mother of 8 children and has 31 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.  She also worked various jobs in the area and retired at the age of 62.  She moved to Madison in 2002 and enjoys visits from her family.  We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Whipple on her 100th birthday;

 

(HLS 142)

Presented by Representative GILBERT of Jay.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock.

 

 

            (5-8)  the members of the Messalonskee High School 2648 FIRST Robotics Club, of Oakland, who won the Pine Tree FIRST Robotics Competition:  McKenzie Brunelle, Sabine Fountaine, Taylor Ferguson, Robert Klein, Amy Pinkham, Brady Snowden, Bradley Bickford and Justin Shuman and Coach Jamee Luce.  We extend our congratulations to the team and extend our best wishes as they compete at the next level;

 

(HLS 143)

Presented by Representative KESCHL of Belgrade.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin, Representative NUTTING of Oakland, Representative BECK of Waterville, Representative COTTA of China, Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield.

 

 

            (5-9)  Mike LeBlanc, of Skowhegan, girls basketball coach at Forest Hills High School in Jackman, who was named the 2013 Morning Sentinel Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.  We send Mr. LeBlanc our congratulations on his receiving this honor;

 

(HLS 144)

Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representative DUNPHY of Embden.

 

 

            (5-10)  Linda Knowles Smith, of Corinna, who has had the 2012 Corinna Town Report dedicated to her in appreciation of her service and commitment to the people of Corinna.  Ms. Smith has been a significant asset to the town with her volunteer work and community support as a Cub Scout leader and founding member of the Historical Society and by maintaining the Stewart private library through the Amicus Club, providing vision and leadership for the Comprehensive Plan and performing important liaison work with the Environmental Protection Agency in the redevelopment of Corinna.  We extend our congratulations to Ms. Smith on her receiving this well-deserved honor;

 

(HLS 145)

Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot, Representative CRAY of Palmyra.

 

 

            (5-11)  George Drisko, of Bridgton, who is the recipient of a 2013 Real Heroes Award for Blood Services from the American Red Cross of Southern Maine, for his coordination of Red Cross blood drives in the Bridgton area.  Mr. Drisko has attended, volunteered at and donated blood to each and every blood drive at the Masonic Lodge over the past 6 years and spends his Christmas holiday helping with the Christmas Eve blood drive sponsored by the Masons.  We congratulate Mr. Drisko on his receiving this well-deserved honor;

 

(HLS 146)

Presented by Representative VILLA of Harrison.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-12)  Austin Christopher, of Winthrop, who is the recipient of the 2013 Hobey Baker High School Character Award for St. Dominic Academy.  The Hobey Baker High School Character Award is presented to those high school varsity hockey players who exemplify character, commitment, teamwork, persistence, selflessness, academic excellence and sportsmanship.  We congratulate Austin on his receiving this well-deserved award;

 

(HLS 147)

Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-13)  Fire Chief George S. Davis, of Lyman, who served the communities of Hollis, Sanford, Dayton and Lyman.  Fire Chief Davis' career spanned over 30 years.  He served in every rank from Lieutenant to Deputy Chief to Fire Marshal to Chief of the Hollis Fire-Rescue.  His contributions, innovation and vision for the communities he served have had a positive influence on the quality of life of residents in those communities.  Fire Chief Davis' involvement in fire service training has significantly improved firefighter readiness.  His efforts ensured that quality, challenging and relevant firefighter training programs will exist statewide for years to come.  His exemplary leadership and devotion to service will live on as motivators to those he served with and to those he trained.  We acknowledge his commitment to firefighting, to his communities and to the State.  He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 139)

Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro.

Cosponsored by Senator TUTTLE of York, Representative PARRY of Arundel, Representative BOLAND of Sanford, Representative NOON of Sanford, Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Representative MAREAN of Hollis, Senator PLUMMER of Cumberland, Senator VALENTINO of York.

 

 

            (5-14)  Stephen J. Longley, of Solon, a Registered Maine Guide, a Wilderness First Responder and longtime operator of the Appalachian Trail Conference's Kennebec River Ferry Service, where the Appalachian Trail crosses the Kennebec River in Caratunk.  Mr. Longley was known throughout the Appalachian Trail hiking community simply as "the Ferryman," and during his 20-year tenure, he transported more than 19,000 hikers safely across the river.  Mr. Longley was born in Lewiston, the son of former Governor James B. Longley, an Independent, after whom he modeled himself.  He was known for his quick wit and his intense love and loyalty to his large extended family and many close friends.  Mr. Longley will be greatly missed and long remembered by the love of his life, Susan Wilber; his loving family; his many friends and those whose lives he touched;

 

(HLS 148)

Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

Cosponsored by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock.

 

 

            (5-15)  Timothy J. Vrabel, of Bath, who lived and worked in and was an engaged member of many communities throughout the State over the past 33 years.  Mr. Vrabel was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, and received his undergraduate degree at Lake Forest College in 1971 and his master's degree in business from Husson College in 1997.  He married Barbara Lawrence in 1988, and they lived in South Portland before moving to Bath with their daughters, Lindsay and Leslie, in 1990.  Mr. Vrabel worked in many sectors of the Maine economy over the past 3 decades.  He worked at the Efficiency Maine Trust, the Maine Public Utilities Commission, Bangor Savings Bank, Central Maine Power and the Maine Office of Energy Resources.  Mr. Vrabel was awarded the 2012 Philip C. Hastings Award for his extraordinary commitment to energy efficiency in Maine.  Mr. Vrabel was an active volunteer for many organizations.  At Baxter State Park he volunteered his time and talents to trail maintenance and resource protection.  He served on many boards, including the Planning Board in Bath, the Brunswick Landing Advisory Board, the Environmental Technology Review Board of the Maine Technology Institute and the Board of Directors for Camp Kawanhee for Boys in Weld.  He was awarded the 2012 Frank Foundation Distinguished Service Award from the Board of Directors for Camp Kawanhee for his leadership and commitment to the camp from 1998 to 2012.  Mr. Vrabel was known as a caring family man, a devoted friend and coworker, a peerless trash-talker during cribbage and softball games and a tireless champion of worthy causes.  He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his wife, Barbara, his loving family and those whose lives he touched;

 

(HLS 149)

Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc, Representative KENT of Woolwich.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY reporting Ought to Pass on Bill "An Act To Create a Permanent Wabanaki Law Enforcement Seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy"

(H.P. 115)  (L.D. 140)

            Signed:

            Senator:
                                    DUTREMBLE of York

            Representatives:
                                    DION of Portland
                                    CASAVANT of Biddeford
                                    KAENRATH of South Portland
                                    LAJOIE of Lewiston
                                    LONG of Sherman
                                    PLANTE of Berwick
                                    TYLER of Windham
                                    WILSON of Augusta

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

 

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    GERZOFSKY of Cumberland
                                    PLUMMER of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    MARKS of Pittston
                                    PEASE of Morrill

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            (6-2)  Majority Report of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Ensure Increased Wages for Wabanaki Tribal Members"

(H.P. 665)  (L.D. 952)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    PATRICK of Oxford
                                    CLEVELAND of Androscoggin
                                    CUSHING of Penobscot

            Representatives:
                                    HERBIG of Belfast
                                    CAMPBELL of Newfield
                                    GILBERT of Jay
                                    HAMANN of South Portland
                                    LOCKMAN of Amherst
                                    MASON of Topsham
                                    MASTRACCIO of Sanford
                                    VOLK of Scarborough
                                    WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    DUPREY of Hampden

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CONSENT CALENDAR

 

First Day

 

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

 

            (7-1)  (H.P. 56)  (L.D. 64) Bill "An Act To Place Land in Centerville in Trust for the Passamaquoddy Tribe"  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-2)  (H.P. 117)  (L.D. 142) Bill "An Act To Add Using an All-terrain Vehicle to the List of Activities Included in the Definition of 'Guide' in the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Laws"  Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-3)  (H.P. 269)  (L.D. 394) Bill "An Act To Add Members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission and Add Corresponding Members for the State"  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-4)  (H.P. 386)  (L.D. 567) Bill "An Act To Amend the Definition of 'Special Mobile Equipment' in the Motor Vehicle Laws"  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-5)  (H.P. 393)  (L.D. 574) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reapportionment To Conform to the Constitution of Maine"  Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-6)  (H.P. 410)  (L.D. 591) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Motorcycle and Moped Permits"  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-7)  (H.P. 642)  (L.D. 918) Bill "An Act To Remove the Provision That a Motorcycle Operator May Prove a Motorcycle Muffler Does Not Exceed Specific Noise Standards"  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass

 

            (7-8)  (H.P. 12)  (L.D. 8) Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Coverage under the MaineCare Program for Home Life Skills Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-68)

 

            (7-9)  (H.P. 30)  (L.D. 35) Bill "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning the Membership of the Maine Economic Growth Council"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-72)

 

            (7-10)  (H.P. 41)  (L.D. 46) Bill "An Act To Protect Maine Business Names"  Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-60)

 

            (7-11)  (H.P. 61)  (L.D. 78) Bill "An Act To Expand Transitional Assistance for Families"  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-69)

 

            (7-12)  (H.P. 77)  (L.D. 95) Resolve, To Create the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children (EMERGENCY)  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-79)

 

            (7-13)  (H.P. 111)  (L.D. 136) Bill "An Act To Connect Benefits Provided under the Circuitbreaker Program with the Payment of Property Taxes"  Committee on TAXATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-82)

 

            (7-14)  (H.P. 120)  (L.D. 145) Bill "An Act To Ensure Adequate Child Protective Services throughout the State"  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-70)

 

            (7-15)  (H.P. 123)  (L.D. 148) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Drugs and Vaccines Administered by Pharmacists"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-83)

 

            (7-16)  (H.P. 135)  (L.D. 160) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Archaeological Sites"  Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-62)

 

            (7-17)  (H.P. 192)  (L.D. 231) Bill "An Act To Support the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women" (EMERGENCY)  Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-80)

 

            (7-18)  (H.P. 228)  (L.D. 319) Bill "An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Small Businesses in the State" (EMERGENCY)  Committee on TAXATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-81)

 

            (7-19)  (H.P. 263)  (L.D. 388) Bill "An Act To Amend the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Participation Requirements"  Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-71)

 

            (7-20)  (H.P. 286)  (L.D. 411) Bill "An Act To Amend the Health Care Practitioner Licensing, Disciplinary and Reporting Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drug Abuse"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-84)

 

            (7-21)  (H.P. 343)  (L.D. 524) Bill "An Act To Increase the Membership of the Land for Maine's Future Board"  Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-59)

 

            (7-22)  (H.P. 351)  (L.D. 532) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine State Library"  Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-73)

 

            (7-23)  (H.P. 360)  (L.D. 541) Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Complimentary Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans"  Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-74)

 

            (7-24)  (H.P. 375)  (L.D. 556) Bill "An Act To Modernize the Statutes Governing Physician Assistants"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-85)

 

            (7-25)  (H.P. 428)  (L.D. 609) Bill "An Act To Increase Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools"  Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-86)

 

            (7-26)  (H.P. 446)  (L.D. 654) Bill "An Act To Raise the Speed Limit on Interstate 295"  Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-64)

 

            (7-27)  (H.P. 460)  (L.D. 668) Bill "An Act To Make Agriculture Studies a Part of the Maine Curriculum"  Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-88)

 

            (7-28)  (H.P. 481)  (L.D. 689) Bill "An Act To Clarify Compensation for the Panel of Mediators"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-93)

 

            (7-29)  (H.P. 512)  (L.D. 761) Bill "An Act To Clarify the Agricultural Exemption to the Workers' Compensation Laws"  Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-92)

 

            (7-30)  (H.P. 573)  (L.D. 822) Bill "An Act To Establish a Program To Invite Legislators To Visit Public School Classrooms"  Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-87)

 

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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. 193)  (L.D. 503) Bill "An Act To Amend the Limited Liability Company Laws"  (C. "A" S-22)

 

            (8-2)  (H.P. 74)  (L.D. 92) Bill "An Act Relating to Private School Student Participation in Public School Cocurricular, Interscholastic and Extracurricular Activities"  (C. "A" H-53)

 

            (8-3)  (H.P. 201)  (L.D. 292) Bill "An Act To Protect the Public Health from Mosquito-borne Diseases"  (C. "A" H-54)

 

            (8-4)  (H.P. 211)  (L.D. 302) Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Review Certain Electricity Distribution Charges Assessed on Businesses  (C. "A" H-58)

 

            (8-5)  (H.P. 287)  (L.D. 414) Bill "An Act To Restructure the Licensing and Regulation of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Elevators and Tramways"  (C. "A" H-55)

 

            (8-6)  (H.P. 303)  (L.D. 453) Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Gasoline That Contains Ethanol as an Additive at a Level Greater than 10 Percent by Volume"  (C. "A" H-56)

 

            (8-7)  (H.P. 778)  (L.D. 1109) Bill "An Act To Clarify the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program Tax Credit" (EMERGENCY)  (C. "A" H-57)

 

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BILLS IN THE SECOND READING

 

 

House

 

            (9-1)  Bill "An Act To Remove the Statement of Oral Condition as a Requirement for Denturists Making Partial Dentures"

(H.P. 372)  (L.D. 553)

 

 

House as Amended

 

            (9-2)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit the Use of Rubber Lures for Fishing"

(H.P. 37)  (L.D. 42)
(C. "A" H-47)

 

 

            (9-3)  Bill "An Act To Authorize the Public Advocate To Publish and Distribute Consumer Information"

(H.P. 212)  (L.D. 303)
(C. "A" H-46)

 

 

            (9-4)  Bill "An Act To Eliminate Sales Tax Exemptions for Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Purchased by Nonresidents for Use in the State"

(H.P. 492)  (L.D. 720)
(C. "A" H-42)

 

 

            Reported by the Committee on Bills in the Second Reading.

 

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ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Allow Vehicles Engaged in Snow Removal or Sanding Operations on Public Ways To Use Preemptive Traffic Light Devices

(H.P. 15)  (L.D. 11)
(C. "A" H-33)

 

 

            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 To Amend Standards for Participation in Certain Public School Services by Students Who Are Homeschooled

(H.P. 53)  (L.D. 61)
(C. "A" H-30)

 

            (10-3)  An Act Relating to Vehicles Delivering Home Heating Fuel

(H.P. 91)  (L.D. 109)
(C. "A" H-24)

 

            (10-4)  An Act To Amend the Anson and Madison Water District Charter

(H.P. 139)  (L.D. 179)
(C. "A" H-22)

 

            (10-5)  An Act To Support the Maine Lobster Industry

(H.P. 142)  (L.D. 182)
(C. "A" H-29)

 

            (10-6)  An Act To Exempt Free Clinics from Licensing under the Charitable Solicitations Act

(H.P. 166)  (L.D. 205)
(C. "A" H-26)

 

            (10-7)  An Act Regarding the Membership of the Emergency Medical Services' Board

(H.P. 207)  (L.D. 298)
(C. "A" H-35)

 

            (10-8)  An Act To Waive Driver's License and Nondriver Identification Card Fees for Current and Recently Discharged Members of the Armed Forces

(H.P. 247)  (L.D. 342)
(C. "A" H-34)

 

            (10-9)  An Act To Provide Funding to Soil and Water Conservation Districts

(H.P. 252)  (L.D. 377)
(C. "A" H-21)

 

            (10-10)  An Act To Increase Municipal Agent Fees for Licensing and Registration of Motor Vehicles

(H.P. 280)  (L.D. 405)

 

            (10-11)  An Act Relating to Health Care Provider Liability Claims Reports

(H.P. 304)  (L.D. 454)
(C. "A" H-25)

 

            (10-12)  An Act To Increase the State Earned Income Credit

(H.P. 305)  (L.D. 455)
(C. "A" H-15)

 

            (10-13)  An Act To Repeal an Insurance Reporting Requirement

(H.P. 422)  (L.D. 603)

 

            (10-14)  An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Licensing of Technicians Involved in a Display of Fireworks or Special Effects

(H.P. 590)  (L.D. 839)

 

            (10-15)  An Act To Amend the Law Regulating the Use of Explosives

(H.P. 591)  (L.D. 840)
(C. "A" H-27)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 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.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Central Aroostook High School Boys Basketball Team, of Mars Hill

(SLS 111)

 

- In Senate, READ and PASSED.

TABLED - March 21, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative CLARK of Easton.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment in Memory of Major Gregory W. Sanborn, Deputy Chief Game Warden, of Sidney

(SLS 108)

 

- In Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

TABLED - March 26, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - ADOPTION.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         JOINT RESOLUTION AFFIRMING THE FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF MAINE AND THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA

(H.P. 943)

 

TABLED - April 3, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative HAYES of Buckfield.

PENDING - ADOPTION.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the Town of Freedom, on the occasion of its 200th Anniversary

(SLS 156)

 

- In Senate, READ and PASSED.

TABLED - April 3, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative JONES of Freedom.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         HOUSE DIVIDED REPORT - Majority (8) Ought Not to Pass - Minority (5) Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-28) - Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY on Bill "An Act To Provide Funding to the State Board of Corrections for Certain County Jail Debt"

(H.P. 59)  (L.D. 76)

 

TABLED - April 4, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative DION of Portland.

PENDING - ACCEPTANCE OF EITHER REPORT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE JUNE 19, 2013

 

NOTICE

 

House Divided Reports that will appear on the House Calendar later:

 

(1)  From the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on Bill "An Act To Provide Assistance to Municipalities Recovering from a Municipally Significant Disaster"

(H.P. 104)  (L.D. 122)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (12 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-61)  (1 member)

 

(2)  From the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety on Bill "An Act To Prevent Offensive Touching of a Person Seeking Access to Public Facilities"

(H.P. 592)  (L.D. 841)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (12 members)
Ought to Pass  (1 member)

 

(3)  From the Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill "An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians"

(H.P. 158)  (L.D. 197)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-75)  (11 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (1 member)

 

(4)  From the Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill "An Act To Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality"

(H.P. 191)  (L.D. 230)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-76)  (7 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (5 members)

 

(5)  From the Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill "An Act To Protect Public Health at Public Institutions of Higher Education"

(H.P. 318)  (L.D. 468)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-77)  (9 members)
Ought Not to Pass  (3 members)

 

(6)  From the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Bill "An Act To Allow Hunting for Deer with a Crossbow during the Expanded Archery Season"

(H.P. 81)  (L.D. 99)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (8 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-67)  (5 members)

 

(7)  From the Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Strengthen the Rights of Grandparents under the Grandparents Visitation Act"

(H.P. 170)  (L.D. 209)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (8 members)
Ought to Pass  (5 members)

 

(8)  From the Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 250)  (L.D. 345)

 

Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-89)  (10 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-90)  (3 members)

 

(9)  From the Committee on Judiciary on Bill "An Act To Expedite Court Proceedings by Providing Funds for Additional District Court Personnel"

(H.P. 371)  (L.D. 552)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (10 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-78)  (3 members)

 

(10)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Make Gold and Silver Coins and Bars Legal Tender"

(H.P. 124)  (L.D. 149)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (9 members)
Ought to Pass  (4 members)

 

(11)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws Regulating Commerce in Violation of the Constitution of the United States"

(H.P. 483)  (L.D. 691)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (12 members)
Ought to Pass  (1 member)

 

(12)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Ensure the Voluntary Membership of Public Employees in Unions"

(H.P. 537)  (L.D. 786)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (8 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-91)  (5 members)

 

(13)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Prohibit Mandatory Membership in a Union or Payment of Agency Fees as a Condition of Employment"

(H.P. 582)  (L.D. 831)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (8 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-94)  (5 members)

 

(14)  From the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development on Bill "An Act To Help the Unemployed Find Work"

(H.P. 728)  (L.D. 1033)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (9 members)
Ought to Pass  (4 members)

 

(15)  From the Committee on Transportation on Bill "An Act To Strengthen Collaboration in the Transfer of Responsibilities for State and State Aid Highways"

(H.P. 70)  (L.D. 67)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (11 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-63)  (2 members)

 

(16)  From the Committee on Transportation on Bill "An Act To Promote Small Businesses by Enhancing the Use of On-premises Signs"

(H.P. 333)  (L.D. 483)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (11 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-65)  (2 members)

 

(17)  From the Committee on Transportation on Resolve, To Equalize Tolls on Highways in the State

(H.P. 570)  (L.D. 819)

 

Ought Not to Pass  (12 members)
Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-66)  (1 member)

 

 

Millicent M. MacFarland
Clerk of the House

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Revise the Laws of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy"

(S.P. 518)  (L.D. 1432)

 

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

 

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            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 517)  (L.D. 1431)

 

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

 

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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Improve Maine's Economy and Lower Energy Costs through Energy Efficiency"

(S.P. 512)  (L.D. 1426)

 

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

 

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            (1-4)  Bill "An Act To Establish a Resource and Development Coordinating Council"

(S.P. 513)  (L.D. 1427)

 

            (1-5)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Permitted Use of Aquatic Pesticides"

(S.P. 516)  (L.D. 1430)

 

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

 

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            (1-6)  Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Request a Waiver To Prohibit the Use of Food Supplement Benefits for the Purchase of Taxable Food Items (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 505)  (L.D. 1411)

 

            (1-7)  Bill "An Act Regarding Responsibility of General Assistance for a Person Who Is Released from Prison"

(S.P. 510)  (L.D. 1416)

 

            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Certain Human Services Licensing and Certification Requirements"

(S.P. 511)  (L.D. 1417)

 

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

 

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            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Update the Fair Credit Reporting Act Consistent with Federal Law"

(S.P. 504)  (L.D. 1410)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Clarify Limitations on Homeowner's Insurance Policies Regarding Claims on Vacant Properties"

(S.P. 507)  (L.D. 1413)

 

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

 

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            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Protect Religious Freedom"

(S.P. 514)  (L.D. 1428)

 

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

 

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            (1-12)  Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory

(S.P. 508)  (L.D. 1414)

 

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

 

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            (1-13)  Resolve, To Allow Licensed Clubs To Allow Their Members To Purchase Tickets to a Scheduled Function at the Time of the Function

(S.P. 509)  (L.D. 1415)

 

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

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Resolution:  (S.P. 526)

 

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE MAINE BETA CHAPTER OF ALPHA DELTA KAPPA

 

            WHEREAS, Alpha Delta Kappa was founded in 1947 as an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding; and

 

            WHEREAS, Alpha Delta Kappa was founded by Agnes Shipman Robertson, Marie Neal, Marion Southall and Hattie Poppino, 4 visionary women who sought to recognize and support the professional efforts of outstanding women educators; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa was established in January 1963 and provides opportunities for leadership development through workshops, conferences and conventions; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Beta Chapter members of Alpha Delta Kappa combine their energies and talents toward enriching their lives and the lives of others through participation in community-based altruistic projects; and

 

            WHEREAS, local organizations have benefited from the Maine Beta Chapter's monetary contributions and service, which have included funding a yearly high school scholarship, aiding other community members, organizations and veterans and sponsoring families at Christmas; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Beta Chapter also supports the local food pantry in Gorham and gives book donations to Camp Sunshine in Casco, a retreat for children with life‑threatening illnesses and their parents, and sends gifts to needy children through Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child; and

 

            WHEREAS, the Maine Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, 2013; 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 the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Maine Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and send the Maine Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa our appreciation for its 50 years of service; and be it further

 

            RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Maine Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and ADOPTED.

 

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Provide Assistance to Municipalities Recovering from a Municipally Significant Disaster"

(H.P. 104)  (L.D. 122)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    GERZOFSKY of Cumberland
                                    DUTREMBLE of York
                                    PLUMMER of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    DION of Portland
                                    CASAVANT of Biddeford
                                    KAENRATH of South Portland
                                    LAJOIE of Lewiston
                                    MARKS of Pittston
                                    PEASE of Morrill
                                    PLANTE of Berwick
                                    TYLER of Windham
                                    WILSON of Augusta

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-61) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    LONG of Sherman

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

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on TRANSPORTATION reporting Ought Not to Pass on Resolve, To Equalize Tolls on Highways in the State

(H.P. 570)  (L.D. 819)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    MAZUREK of Knox
                                    COLLINS of York
                                    VALENTINO of York

            Representatives:
                                    THERIAULT of Madawaska
                                    GILLWAY of Searsport
                                    McLEAN of Gorham
                                    NUTTING of Oakland
                                    PARRY of Arundel
                                    PEOPLES of Westbrook
                                    POWERS of Naples
                                    TURNER of Burlington
                                    VEROW of Brewer

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-66) on same Resolve.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    WERTS of Auburn

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 13

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-75) on Bill "An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians"

(H.P. 158)  (L.D. 197)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    CRAVEN of Androscoggin
                                    HAMPER of Oxford
                                    LACHOWICZ of Kennebec

            Representatives:
                                    FARNSWORTH of Portland
                                    CASSIDY of Lubec
                                    GATTINE of Westbrook
                                    MALABY of Hancock
                                    McELWEE of Caribou
                                    SANDERSON of Chelsea
                                    SIROCKI of Scarborough
                                    STUCKEY of Portland

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

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    DORNEY of Norridgewock

            Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians - of the House - supports the Majority Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-75) Report.

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 16

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on JUDICIARY reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-89) on Bill "An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 250)  (L.D. 345)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    VALENTINO of York
                                    BURNS of Washington
                                    TUTTLE of York

            Representatives:
                                    BEAULIEU of Auburn
                                    CROCKETT of Bethel
                                    DeCHANT of Bath
                                    GUERIN of Glenburn
                                    MORIARTY of Cumberland
                                    PEAVEY HASKELL of Milford
                                    VILLA of Harrison

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "B" (H-90) on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representatives:
                                    PRIEST of Brunswick
                                    MONAGHAN-DERRIG of Cape Elizabeth
                                    MOONEN of Portland

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 17

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws Regulating Commerce in Violation of the Constitution of the United States"

(H.P. 483)  (L.D. 691)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    PATRICK of Oxford
                                    CLEVELAND of Androscoggin
                                    CUSHING of Penobscot

            Representatives:
                                    HERBIG of Belfast
                                    CAMPBELL of Newfield
                                    DUPREY of Hampden
                                    GILBERT of Jay
                                    HAMANN of South Portland
                                    MASON of Topsham
                                    MASTRACCIO of Sanford
                                    VOLK of Scarborough
                                    WINCHENBACH of Waldoboro

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    LOCKMAN of Amherst

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

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 19

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Divided Report

 

            (6-1)  Majority Report of the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY reporting Ought Not to Pass on Bill "An Act To Prevent Offensive Touching of a Person Seeking Access to Public Facilities"

(H.P. 592)  (L.D. 841)

            Signed:

            Senators:
                                    GERZOFSKY of Cumberland
                                    DUTREMBLE of York
                                    PLUMMER of Cumberland

            Representatives:
                                    DION of Portland
                                    CASAVANT of Biddeford
                                    KAENRATH of South Portland
                                    LAJOIE of Lewiston
                                    LONG of Sherman
                                    MARKS of Pittston
                                    PEASE of Morrill
                                    PLANTE of Berwick
                                    TYLER of Windham

            Minority Report of the same Committee reporting Ought to Pass on same Bill.

 

            Signed:

            Representative:
                                    WILSON of Augusta

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