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House Calendar
SENATE PAPERS
COMMUNICATIONS
PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE
SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR
Recognizing:
In Memory of:
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
ORDERS OF THE DAY
UNFINISHED BUSINESS
BILLS HELD
SUPPLEMENT NO. 1
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 2
ORDERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 3
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 4
COMMUNICATIONS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 5
ENACTORS
Regular
Resolves
SUPPLEMENT NO. 6
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 7
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 8
ENACTORS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 9
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 10
ENACTORS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 11
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
SUPPLEMENT NO. 12
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 13
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
SUPPLEMENT NO. 14
REPORTS OF COMMITTEE
Ought to Pass Pursuant to Joint Order
SUPPLEMENT NO. 15
ENACTORS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 16
SENATE PAPERS
SUPPLEMENT NO. 17
ENACTORS
Regular
Acts
SUPPLEMENT NO. 18
SENATE PAPERS

 


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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


65th Legislative Day

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Honorable Lawrence E. Lockman, Amherst.

 

            National Anthem by Honorable Craig V. Hickman, Winthrop.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, Robert Chagrasulis, M.D., Calais.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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SENATE PAPERS

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 17: Rules Regarding Proof of Ownership and Recruitment by Employers Employing Foreign Laborers To Operate Logging Equipment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 893)  (L.D. 1259)
(C. "A" H-257)

 

            FAILED of FINAL PASSAGE in the House on June 6, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-257) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-318) thereto AND SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-246) in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 234)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 24, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1509, "An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2013, June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015."

 

This veto is not one done lightly.  When I submitted a balanced budget, I knew there would be areas of concern for many legislators.  That is why we had nearly six months to work together and find a solution that would have made hard decisions while still protecting our most vulnerable.  It was an opportunity for our State to do something great, to make real changes for the better.  Unfortunately, it was an opportunity missed. 

 

There are two groups harmed by this budget, the first being students.  They are harmed by the education cuts forced through the process.  This budget reduces funding for the Job's for Maine Graduates program.  It reduces funding for our innovative programs, such as career and technical education and the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services.  These cuts were supposedly to help support General Purpose Aid for our schools – aid that I have significantly increased since I took office.  But money alone will not fix education in Maine.  We need to give our students options, to recognize that each student is an individual and each one learns differently.  Throwing more money at administration and overhead merely continues the status quo. 

 

The second group harmed in this budget is our elderly.  Some have said that "no one cares" about rate increases in our meals, lodging, and sales taxes.  That could not be more wrong.  Retired mill workers living on fixed incomes, elderly widows collecting social security, and our veterans who receive nothing more than their military pension – each of them care about this tax increase.  We are already one of the highest taxed states in the nation.  We have some of the lowest per capita income in the country.  Now is not the time to ask Mainers to give more to fund government.  It is time for us to make hard decisions and make real, structural cuts.

 

There is so much we can do.  Our overly generous welfare programs can be reformed, cutting waste, fraud, and abuse.  We can rethink our subsidies to cities and towns – Lewiston and Auburn are already doing much together and could do more.  I have told everyone where the efficiencies lie in Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, and Fairfield.  And often we forget that our counties can be partners to increase efficiencies and reduce cost in local government.  But we need to start somewhere, and that somewhere starts in Augusta. 

 

There are some good pieces in this budget – I recognize that.  Those pieces can be a starting point for us to go back to the table and do more.  I have extended an offer to Legislative leadership that can avoid a shutdown in the near-term and give us time to eliminate these sales, meals, and lodging tax increases.  However, while those tax increases remain in the budget, I cannot support it. 

 

As you vote on this veto, it should not be about counting votes to simply ignore these objections.  Maine people deserve a considered, reasoned debate, and your ultimate decision is owed directly to them.  We have been 50th in the nation for too long and this budget will keep us there.  It is time to look past the next election to the next generation.  The vote before you is about one thing: the future of Maine.  We must all stand together.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1509 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2013, June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015 (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1079)  (L.D. 1509)
(H. "P" H-499 to C. "A" H-468)

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 225)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 598, "Resolve, Directing All Relevant Agencies of State Government To Work in Concert with a Plan To End and Prevent Homelessness To Ensure That Resources Are Available To End Homelessness in the State."

 

I very much appreciate the intent of this bill – ending homelessness in our State is an objective we all share.  The challenges are ones I know all too well.  That is why I have volunteered with shelters and assistance agencies throughout my life, and why I am so dedicated to the Clubhouse model that is taking root throughout Maine and the country.

 

This bill is returned solely because I do not know how my agencies will be able to comply with this law.  Attempting to "align their budgets" is going to require Legislative action and I do not know how to assess compliance with this law.  The last thing I want is for agencies to be considered lawbreakers because of vague language.  Each department specified in this bill should be working together to eliminate homelessness and joining with volunteer organizations to do so.  It is not something we need a law for – our departments can just do the right thing. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 598 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item Resolve, Directing All Relevant Agencies of State Government To Work in Concert with a Plan To End and Prevent Homelessness To Ensure That Resources Are Available To End Homelessness in the State

(H.P. 417)  (L.D. 598)
(C. "A" H-342)

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 226)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 752, "Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the Effectiveness of Professional Development Services Provided to Child Care Providers and Referral Services Provided to Parents in Need of Child Care."

 

In April 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services consolidated the system described in this bill.  This resulted in efficiencies and savings for the State.  This Resolve would ask us to, yet again, go back to the drawing board and undo changes made during the first two years of my administration and the 125th Legislature. 

 

This Resolve is returned unsigned for just that reason.  We have a number of efforts underway to improve the delivery of services to Maine's most needy while reducing costs to taxpayers.  Diluting these efforts by forcing unwarranted studies will not serve a positive purpose.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 752 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the Effectiveness of Professional Development Services Provided to Child Care Providers and Referral Services Provided to Parents in Need of Child Care

(H.P. 503)  (L.D. 752)
(C. "A" H-271)

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 227)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 777, "An Act To Protect Working Mothers Who Breast-feed."

 

Maine law already protects working mothers who breast-feed.  Our job creators must "make reasonable efforts to provide a clean room or other location, other than a bathroom, where an employee may express breast milk in privacy."  They cannot "discriminate in any way against an employee who chooses to express breast milk in the workplace."

 

This bill adds an additional layer of legal enforcement by allowing multiple avenues to sue businesses both large and small.  It would send these matters to the Human Rights Commission, requiring both employers and employees to spend money on lawyers.  If there are problems with businesses not following our current law, I firmly believe those matters are best left to the courts or the court of public opinion.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 777 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Protect Working Mothers Who Breast-feed

(H.P. 528)  (L.D. 777)

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 228)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 911, "An Act To Increase Revenue for the ATV Recreational Management Fund."

 

The title of this bill says it all: "An Act To Increase Revenue."  It does nothing more than increase the fees paid by hardworking Mainers, as well as those who visit our state.  Before we decide to simply increase registration fees to fund state programs and pay for grants, we must assure government is functioning as efficiently and effectively as possible.  As I have said before, we do not have a revenue problem.  We must stop trying to fix things by simply throwing money at them.  Instead, we must exercise fiscal restraint and finding more cost effective and efficient ways of running government.  More fee increases are not the answer.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 911 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-10)  The accompanying item An Act To Increase Revenue for the ATV Recreational Management Fund

(H.P. 635)  (L.D. 911)
(C. "A" H-290)

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 229)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-12)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1271, "An Act Regarding Penalties for Campaign Finance Reporting Violations and Late Filing by Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees."

 

In a fair world, this is a good bill.  When we reach the final days of an election cycle, those who openly flaunt our laws should be held accountable.  However, the Ethics Commission has become a place for political warfare.  It is used to try and smear the names of good men and women who are running for office.  Political operatives file claims they know have little merit to win a headline leading up to Election Day.

 

Until we address these abuses within the system, I cannot agree to these stricter penalties.  In the last election cycle we saw good people attacked through the Ethics Commission for political gain.  Everyone reads the headlines, but no one reads the corrections.  In a fair world, this is a good bill, but this is not a fair world.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1271 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-12)  The accompanying item An Act Regarding Penalties for Campaign Finance Reporting Violations and Late Filing by Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees

(H.P. 910)  (L.D. 1271)
(C. "A" H-340)

 

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            (2-13)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 230)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-14)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 21, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1315, "Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Review Changes in Federal and State Regulations and Rules Governing Compounding Pharmacies."

 

We all agree that the problems brought to light with a certain compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts should cause each state to review their oversight of these institutions.  The Maine Board of Pharmacy has already done that and is proceeding through the rulemaking process.  If interested groups would like to comment or change those rules, the Administrative Procedures Act already gives them the opportunity to do so.

 

The other issue is the continual march of resolves directing executive branch studies.  While each one may be able to be completed "within existing resources," the cumulative effect is a significant drain on Executive Branch resources.  I have written time and again that the Legislature should seek to utilize legislative staff for these efforts, or provide additional funds to agencies to complete these numerous studies.  Until that time, I remain strongly concerned with each Resolve that reaches my desk.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1315 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-14)  The accompanying item Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Review Changes in Federal and State Regulations and Rules Governing Compounding Pharmacies

(H.P. 934)  (L.D. 1315)
(C. "A" H-299)

 

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            (2-15)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 231)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-16)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 24, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 825, "Resolve, To Study Climate Change and Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Environmental Protection Report on Climate Change."

 

The Resolve before you, as amended, requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to participate with other state agencies and interested parties to study climate change, develop a plan to address high priority recommendations and submit a preliminary report to the Legislature by March 15, 2014 and a final report by January 15, 2015.  This work is to be conducted within existing resources.  As the Legislature knows, I have serious objections to Resolves that impose unfunded mandates on the Executive branch or when the substance of the work is already being done and the Resolve merely adds layers of workgroups and reporting on top.  With this particular Resolve, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry are already conducting work in the area of climate change.  The Resolve duplicates work and imposes an unfunded mandate upon the agency.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 825 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-16)  The accompanying item Resolve, To Study Climate Change and Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Environmental Protection Report on Climate Change

(H.P. 576)  (L.D. 825)
(C. "A" H-374)

 

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            (2-17)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 232)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-18)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 24, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1032, "Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer."

 

This Resolve presents serious concerns about separation of powers: the President of the Senate should not be appointing executive branch personnel to commissions.  Our Constitution keeps these powers separate for good reason.  I imagine there would be strong objections if a bill came forward giving a Governor the appointment power over legislative employees. 

 

I appreciate the Legislature's decision to use legislative staff to assist this commission.  If this bill reached my desk without granting the appointment power of executive branch officials to legislative officers, it would become law.  Until then, I believe this bill must be returned and the powers of government kept separate. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1032 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-18)  The accompanying item Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer

(H.P. 727)  (L.D. 1032)
(C. "A" H-344)

 

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            (2-19)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 233)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-20)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 24, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1342, "An Act To Authorize the Public Advocate To Mediate Disputes Related to Rates for Sewer Service."

 

Maine's new Public Advocate is just beginning his job: advocating for ratepayers.  Mediating between ratepayers and providers is not part of that job description.  The Office of the Public Advocate was created to advocate before the Public Utilities Commission for one party – Maine ratepayers – and forcing them to stop advocating for ratepayers in order to mediate disputes is not proper.  

 

Additionally, sewer districts are specifically not under the jurisdiction of the PUC.  If individuals have problems with rate increases, they have two ways to fix them.  First, the courts, as occurred in the matter that led this bill to come forward.  As part of the court process, dispute resolution is a required step.  Thus, this bill would not add to the existing protections but would instead just create another layer of process.  The second way to protest rate increases is through the ballot box.  The sewer districts are governed by elected trustees.  Ultimately, the power lies with the voter and the decision is theirs.      

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1342 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-20)  The accompanying item An Act To Authorize the Public Advocate To Mediate Disputes Related to Rates for Sewer Service

(H.P. 959)  (L.D. 1342)
(C. "A" H-352)

 

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            (2-21)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 493)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 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 insisted to its previous action whereby it accepted the Majority Ought Not to Pass Report from the Committee on Taxation on Bill "An Act To Authorize Options for Local Revenue Enhancement" (H.P. 299) (L.D. 427), in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-22)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 494)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 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 Indefinitely Postponed Bill "An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families" (H.P. 785) (L.D. 1113) and all accompanying papers, in non-concurrence.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-23)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 495)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 602, Legislative Document 851, "An Act To Allow the Return of Excess Funds by a Municipality That Forecloses on Real Estate," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

 

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            (2-24)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 496)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 20, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 535, Legislative Document 1451, "An Act To Require the Membership of the State Workforce Investment Board To Include Representatives of the Local Workforce Investment Boards," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

19 voted in favor and 16 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

Pursuant to Statute
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

 

 

            (3-1)  Representative DILL for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 22: Standards for Outdoor Application of Pesticides by Powered Equipment in Order To Minimize Off-Target Deposition, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1137)  (L.D. 1567)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

 

 

            (3-2)  Representative DILL for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 20: Special Provisions, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1138)  (L.D. 1568)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

 

 

            (3-3)  Representative DILL for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 51: Notice of Aerial Pesticide Application, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1139)  (L.D. 1569)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

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

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  the members of the York High School Baseball Team, who won the Class B State Baseball Championship.  This is the team's first state championship win since 1971.  We extend our congratulations to the team members on this achievement and send them our best wishes;

 

(SLS 502)

 

 

            (5-2)  Sergeant Arlene Kerr, of West Paris, on the occasion of her retirement after 28 years of dedicated service with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office.  Sergeant Kerr was hired as a control clerk at the county jail in 1985, became a corrections officer in 1995 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996.  We extend our appreciation to Sergeant Kerr for her commitment to the citizens of the State and wish her well in her future endeavors;

 

(HLS 486)

Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-3)  the 175th anniversary of the Piscataquis Observer, in Dover-Foxcroft.  The publication began in 1838 as the Piscataquis Herald by editor and publisher George Valentines Edes.   He and his family relocated to the newly formed Piscataquis County from Norridgewock, where he started the first newspaper in Somerset County known as the Somerset Journal. The small printing press and materials of the trade were carried to Dover with a team of oxen from Waterville.  Today, the Piscataquis Observer is owned by Northeast Publishing Company, a subsidiary of the Bangor Publishing Company, and features area news, sports and community events.  It is also a source of classified advertising for the entire Penquis region from Brownville to Greenville, and many other towns surrounding the county seat of Dover-Foxcroft.  We join with the Piscataquis Observer editor Mark Putnam, along with the employees Jeannette Hughes, Stuart Hedstrom, Mike Lange, Keri Foster, Chad Raymond, Leisa Clement, Linda Kain and Sherry French, in celebrating this valued resource's terquasquicentennial anniversary;

 

(HLS 487)

Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville.

Cosponsored by Senator THOMAS of Somerset, Representative JOHNSON of Greenville, Representative DUNPHY of Embden, Representative WALLACE of Dexter.

 

 

            (5-4)  the Richmond High School Softball Team, the Bobcats, who have won the 2013 Class D State Championship.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the team on their achievement;

 

(HLS 488)

Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

Cosponsored by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc.

 

 

            (5-5)  the following members of Dirigo High School Baseball Team, the Cougars, of Dixfield, on its winning the 2013 Class C Baseball State Championship:  players TJ Frost; Hunter Ross; Chad Snowman; Spencer Trenoweth; Brett Whittemore; Robbie Babb; Nick Young; Justin Chartier; Jack Brown; Brian Volkernick; Tyler Frost; Kaine Hutchins; Nick Hall; Nick St. Germain; Cody Dolloff; Mitch Kubesh; Anthony Todd; and Gavin Arsenault; Lexi Noyes, manager; Kaitlyn York, manager; Aaron Perreault, trainer; Ryan Palmer, head coach; Dave Berry, assistant coach; Bob McPhee, assistant coach; and Scott Underhill, assistant coach.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the members of the team on this achievement;

 

(HLS 489)

Presented by Representative BRIGGS of Mexico.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford, Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

 

            (5-6)  Tom Palmer, of Bangor, who is the recipient of the first Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau Volunteer of the Year Award for his outstanding commitment to the organization, the board of directors and the membership of the bureau.  Mr. Palmer works to promote economic development through tourism-based initiatives and he strives to improve growth in the region.  He also volunteers for other nonprofit organizations.  After this year, the award he is receiving will be named the Thomas H. Palmer III Volunteer of the Year Award in his honor.  We send our appreciation to Mr. Palmer on his receiving this well-deserved award;

 

(HLS 490)

Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot, Representative GOODE of Bangor, Representative SCHNECK of Bangor, Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor, Representative FREY of Bangor, Representative VEROW of Brewer, Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot.

 

 

            (5-7)  Ted Baker, of Leeds, who is a recipient of a 2013 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Award for his service to the Town of Leeds as a selectman for 33 years.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the award is presented to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to Mr. Baker on his receiving this award;

 

(HLS 491)

Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls.

 

 

            (5-8)  Noella Hemond, of Minot, who is a recipient of a 2013 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Award for her service on Minot town boards and on the bicentennial committee and for making and donating mittens for those in need.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the award is presented to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to Ms. Hemond on her receiving this award;

 

(HLS 492)

Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls.

 

 

            (5-9)  Laurel Gagne, of Turner, who is a recipient of a 2013 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Award for his 40 years of volunteering.  Mr. Gagne is the chief of Turner Rescue.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the award is presented to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to Mr. Gagne on his receiving this award;

 

(HLS 493)

Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls.

 

 

            (5-10)  the North Turner Union Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, in North Turner, which is a recipient of a 2013 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute Award for its more than 15 years of providing service to people in need.  The Spirit of America Foundation was established to encourage and promote volunteerism, and the award is presented to honor local individuals, organizations or projects in appreciation of community service.  We send our congratulations to the North Turner Union Presbyterian Church Food Pantry on its receiving this award;

 

(HLS 494)

Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner.

Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls.

 

 

            (5-11)  the team members of the Scarborough High School Softball Team, who won the Class A State Softball Championship.  This is the 4th state title for the team in 7 years.  We extend our congratulations to the team members on this achievement and send them our best wishes;

 

(HLS 495)

Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator BOYLE of Cumberland, Senator MILLETT of Cumberland, Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

 

            (5-12)  the members of the Scarborough High School Boys Lacrosse Team, who won the Class A State Lacrosse Championship.  This is the 4th straight title for the team.  We extend our congratulations to the team members on this achievement and send them our best wishes;

 

(HLS 496)

Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Senator BOYLE of Cumberland, Senator MILLETT of Cumberland, Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

 

            (5-13)  Richard G. Austin, of Rumford, who won his 8th World Title in the World Bench Press and Dead Lift Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada in November 2012 competing in the 220-pound class Master Division for powerlifters ranging in age from 80 to 84.  Mr. Austin, at the age of 81, broke the world record in his age category by bench pressing 363 pounds.  He was inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Rumford Wall of Fame in 2009.  Mr. Austin began weight lifting nearly 70 years ago.  He is a Korean War veteran and served with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He retired from the local paper mill after 40 years.  We congratulate Mr. Austin for his remarkable achievement and we send him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 497)

Presented by Representative PETERSON of Rumford.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford.

 

 

            (5-14)  Megan Chamberland, of Winthrop, who is the recipient of the Secretary of State's Eighth Grade Citizenship Award.  This award is given to honor outstanding eighth-grade students chosen for their civic awareness, scholastic achievement and community service.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Megan on her receiving this honor;

 

(HLS 498)

Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.

Cosponsored by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec.

 

 

            (5-15)  Kennedy Young, of Easton, who has been named First Honor Essayist of the 2013 graduating class of Easton Junior/Senior High School.  Kennedy has been a member and chapter president of the National Honor Society, class secretary and a member of the French Club and the Varsity Club.  She was a member of the Future Farmers of America, a speaker at Junior Exhibition and a cheerleader.  She was captain of the soccer team and was appointed to the All-Aroostook Soccer Team and the All-East Soccer Team.  We extend our congratulations to Kennedy on this achievement and send her our best wishes;

 

(HLS 499)

Presented by Representative CLARK of Easton.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-16)  Jared Hafford, of Easton, who has been named Salutatorian of the 2013 graduating class of Easton Junior/Senior High School.  Jared has been a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club and the Varsity Club and has served as treasurer and vice president of the student council.  He was captain of the basketball and soccer teams and played volleyball.  He was named a WAGM Athlete of the Week and an Aroostook League Scholar-Athlete, and he was named to the All-Aroostook Basketball Team and the Aroostook County All-Star High School Basketball Classic Team.  We extend our congratulations to Jared on this achievement and send him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 500)

Presented by Representative CLARK of Easton.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-17)  Logan Sutherland, of Easton, who has been named Second Honor Essayist of the 2013 graduating class of Easton Junior/Senior High School.  Logan has served as class treasurer and was the secretary of the Future Farmers of America.  He was a member of the Varsity Club and was on the staff of the Eastonia yearbook.  He played basketball, soccer and volleyball.  We extend our congratulations to Logan on this achievement and send him our best wishes;

 

(HLS 501)

Presented by Representative CLARK of Easton.

Cosponsored by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-18)  the Kittery Trading Post, on its 75th anniversary.  Established in 1938 when Philip (Bing) Adams purchased the store from Frank Haskell, the enterprise expanded from its original retail floor space of 350 feet to 90,000 square feet as of 2006.  The family-owned business has earned several accolades through the years, including being voted "Independent Specialty Retailer of the Year" at the 18th Annual Leadership Awards, receiving the Governor's Award for Business Excellence in 1995 and being named the 2001 Maine Merchants Association "Retailer of the Year."  The Kittery Trading Post has 275 regular full-time employees and up to 350 employees on a seasonal basis, and is an exemplary and successful Maine business.  We congratulate the Adams family and the staff of the Kittery Trading Post on this anniversary and we send them our best wishes for continued success;

 

(HLS 502)

Presented by Representative WEAVER of York.

Cosponsored by Senator HILL of York, Representative McGOWAN of York, Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.

 

 

            (5-19)  Reginald and Lorraine Reed, of Caribou, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.  Mr. and Mrs. Reed were married on June 27, 1962, in St. Agatha, with the Reverend Albert E. Long officiating.  They met while teaching together at Hilltop Elementary School, in Caribou.   We join Mr. and Mrs. Reed's family and friends in extending our congratulations and best wishes to them on their Golden Anniversary;

 

(HLS 503)

Presented by Representative McELWEE of Caribou.

Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook, Representative AYOTTE of Caswell.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-20)  the Honorable Rodney W. McElroy, of Unity, former Member of the House of Representatives and longtime Waldo County educator.  He was born in Reed Plantation, Wytopitlock and was a 1950 graduate of Patten Academy.  Mr. McElroy served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and, after the war, attended the University of Maine, graduating with his bachelor's degree.  He later returned there for his master's degree and Certificate of Advanced Study.  Mr. McElroy worked for more than 30 years in School Administrative District No. 3, serving as the first guidance counselor of Mount View High School, then as principal and finally as superintendent of schools.  After his retirement from education, Mr. McElroy served 2 terms in the House of Representatives, where he was dedicated to working to improve education for Maine's youth.  Mr. McElroy was considered a "local institution" and will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving family, his friends and the community he served so well;

 

(SLS 501)

 

 

 

 

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ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Clarify Certification of Navigators and the Availability of Regional Health Plans

(S.P. 376)  (L.D. 1094)
(S. "A" S-314 to C. "A" S-185)

 

            (10-2)  An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts

(H.P. 1034)  (L.D. 1440)
(C. "A" H-568)

 

 

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

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Wednesday, June 19, 2013, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         HOUSE REPORT - Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee Amendment "A" (H-566) - Committee on JUDICIARY on Bill "An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine"

(H.P. 1103)  (L.D. 1536)

 

TABLED - June 19, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - ADOPTION OF COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-566).

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Bill "An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care"

(H.P. 870)  (L.D. 1230)

 

- In House, Majority (7) OUGHT TO PASS AS AMENDED Report of the Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT READ and ACCEPTED and the Bill PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-531) AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT "A" (H-564) thereto on June 19, 2013.

- In Senate, Reports READ and the Bill and accompanying papers INDEFINITELY POSTPONED in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - June 19, 2013 (Till Later Today) by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BILLS HELD

 

1.         An Act To Reduce Energy Costs, Increase Energy Efficiency, Promote Electric System Reliability and Protect the Environment (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1128)  (L.D. 1559)
(H. "A" H-350)

 

- In House, Governor's Veto was NOT SUSTAINED.

HELD at the Request of Representative RUSSELL 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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 235)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-2)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 380, "An Act To Clarify the Law Concerning the Threatening Display of Dangerous Weapons."

 

This bill came forward because an individual decided to walk down a sidewalk in our largest city with a rifle over his shoulder.  That incident caused some people concern.  It may not have been a smart thing to do, but he was not a threat and committed no crime.  This bill I have returned today would make it a crime for anyone carrying a firearm to not give their name, address, and date of birth to a police officer who suspected that person might represent a threat.

 

We need to be careful when we take rights away from law-abiding individuals, especially when those rights are enshrined in the Constitutions of Maine and of the United States.  While this bill might lead some to feel safer, the reality is anyone could still walk down the street with a rifle over their shoulder – this bill does not change that.  In order to protect public safety, we should focus on dedicating resources to those with mental health issues.  We should free our police from issuing paper certificates allowing concealed carry and have them focus on catching criminals.  Quite simply, we should focus on the real problems, not law-abiding citizens.

 

For these reasons, I return LD 380 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-2)  The accompanying item An Act To Clarify the Law Concerning the Threatening Display of Dangerous Weapons

(H.P. 255)  (L.D. 380)
(C. "A" H-204)

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 236)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-4)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1240, "An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms."

 

This bill is well-meaning, trying to force individuals to check government databases prior to transferring a firearm.  It includes not only sales, but also gifts from fathers to sons or between siblings after a parent passes away.  Unfortunately, it does not focus on the real problems our society faces with gun violence.

 

Those who would commit terrible crimes with firearms are one of two things: mentally ill or criminal.  No amount of laws will change that behavior.  That is why I am so dedicated to addressing mental health problems in our state.  It will take time, energy, and resources to help individuals and protect the public.  It is also why I strongly believe that, once a crime is actually committed, there should be strong penalties and strong enforcement.  This bill focuses on those who would choose to obey the law, and for that reason I believe it misses the target.   

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1240 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-4)  The accompanying item An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms

(H.P. 874)  (L.D. 1240)
(C. "A" H-450)

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 237)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-6)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1231, "An Act To Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Laws."

 

Maine law requires children between the ages of 7 and 17 to be enrolled in public school, unless they fall under an exception.  The goal of this bill is to strengthen the attendance of those younger than 7 years of age once they are enrolled.  It does not make those under age 7 and missing classes truants, nor does it provide any enforcement of its objective beyond paperwork.  While well-meaning, it misses the mark.

 

As we all know, it is often the parent who makes the choice that their young student not attend school.  Parents who choose not to have their child regularly attend classes before age 7 will not be swayed merely because of a new law.  We need to get students engaged and excited about learning, and we do that by recognizing each student is different and learns differently.  We must refocus our efforts to provide our students with choices.  That is the only way to improve education outcomes in Maine.  

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1231 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-6)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Laws

(H.P. 871)  (L.D. 1231)
(C. "A" H-432)

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 238)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-8)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 1349, "An Act To Amend the Appointment Process for the Maine Charter School Commission."

 

When Maine – far behind the majority of other states – finally adopted charter schools in the 125th Legislature, there were policy decisions made to try and insulate the Charter School Commission from politics.  That is why it was decided the State Board of Education should appoint four members of the Charter School Commission, leaving the Governor and Legislature two steps removed.  It is the Executive's authority to appoint members to the State Board and it is the Legislature's prerogative to review and confirm those appointments.  This gives the elected branches authority over charter schools while ensuring the State Board can work to make the right decision.

 

This bill turns that balance on its head.  It continues to leave the Executive out of the appointment process for the Commission, but it empowers the Legislature to review and confirm the decisions of the Board.  If we are going to subject Commission appointments to Legislative review, then we should return the appointment power to the Executive as we do with almost every other State board or commission.  Basically, we should have consistency across the board. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 1349 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-8)  The accompanying item An Act To Amend the Appointment Process for the Maine Charter School Commission

(H.P. 967)  (L.D. 1349)
(C. "A" H-454)

 

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            (2-9)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 239)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-10)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 897, "An Act To Establish the Volunteer Advocate Program and the Volunteer Advocate Program Council."

 

This bill creates an entirely new program and an entirely new council without any new funding.  Instead, it cannibalizes existing efforts and forces existing boards to cover all the costs.  While the program outlined in this bill might be worthwhile, I believe it requires more work at this time and should be considered in the context of wholesale changes to our delivery of services for Maine's most vulnerable.  

 

For these reasons, I return LD 897 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-10)  The accompanying item An Act To Establish the Volunteer Advocate Program and the Volunteer Advocate Program Council

(H.P. 620)  (L.D. 897)
(C. "A" H-462)

 

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            (2-11)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 240)

 

                        and accompanying veto, item (2-12)

 

STATE OF MAINE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

1 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0001

 

June 25, 2013

 

The 126th Legislature of the State of Maine

State House

Augusta, Maine

 

Dear Honorable Members of the 126th Legislature:

 

Under the authority vested in me by Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, I am hereby vetoing LD 559, "An Act To Change Document Filing and Copying Fees for County Registries of Deeds."

 

This bill increases the fees charged by Registries of Deeds to record the first page of a deed and to record plans.  These fee increases are nearly 50% and over 33%, respectively.  At a time when Mainers are struggling and our housing market is just beginning to rebound, we cannot go back to their wallets and take more.  We have heard from some Registers who oppose this bill and I firmly believe that county government, like the federal, state, and local governments, can tighten its belt.  The problem we face is a spending problem, not a revenue problem. 

 

For these reasons, I return LD 559 unsigned and vetoed.  I strongly urge the Legislature to sustain it.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Paul R. LePage

Governor

 

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            (2-12)  The accompanying item An Act To Change Document Filing and Copying Fees for County Registries of Deeds

(H.P. 378)  (L.D. 559)
(C. "A" H-445)

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston, the following Joint Order:  (H.P. 1140)

 

            ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs shall report out, to the House, a bill correcting errors and inconsistencies in L.D. 1509, "An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015."

 

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 3

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 610)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that Bill, "An Act To Protect Cellular Telephone Privacy," S.P. 484, L.D. 1377, and all its accompanying papers, be recalled from the Governor's desk to the Senate.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 4

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 505)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Speaker Eves:

 

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

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the nomination of Honorable Charles P. Pray of Millinocket for appointment to the Land Use Planning Commission.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 506)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 166, Legislative Document 434, "Resolve, Regarding Safer Workplaces for Home Care and Home Health Workers," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 507)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 389, Legislative Document 1128, "An Act To Provide for Greater Public Input and Local Control in the Chartering of Public Schools," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 508)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 347, Legislative Document 1023, "An Act To Provide Transparency in Fund-raising by and Lobbying of a Governor-elect," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

21 voted in favor and 14 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-5)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 509)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 449, Legislative Document 1306, "An Act To Enhance Voter Registration for Persons with Disabilities," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

21 voted in favor and 14 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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            (2-6)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 510)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 462, Legislative Document 1331, "An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to Defective or Unreasonably Dangerous Implantable Medical Devices and Pharmaceuticals," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

21 voted in favor and 14 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

 

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            (2-7)  The Following Communication: (S.C. 511)

 

MAINE SENATE

126TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

June 26, 2013

 

Honorable Millicent M. MacFarland

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk MacFarland:

 

Senate Paper 560, Legislative Document 1499, "Resolve, To Direct the Department of Economic and Community Development To Adopt Certain Eligibility Requirements Regarding Community Development Block Grants," having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same, pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question:  "Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?"

 

20 voted in favor and 15 against, and accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill not become a law and the veto was sustained.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Darek M. Grant

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 5

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Resolves

 

            (10-1)  Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 17: Rules Regarding Proof of Ownership and Recruitment by Employers Employing Foreign Laborers To Operate Logging Equipment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor

(H.P. 893)  (L.D. 1259)
(S. "A" S-318 to C. "A" H-257; S. "A" S-246)

 

 

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

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 6

 

SENATE PAPERS

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  An Act To Protect Cellular Telephone Privacy

(S.P. 484)  (L.D. 1377)
(C. "A" S-278)

 

- In House, PASSED TO BE ENACTED on June 18, 2013.

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENACTED on June 18, 2013, in concurrence.

- RECALLED from the Governor's Desk pursuant to Joint Order, S.P. 610.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-278) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-322) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 7

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Delay the Implementation of Changes to the Business Equipment Tax Exemption" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 611)  (L.D. 1570)

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

            Comes from the Senate, under suspension of the rules and WITHOUT REFERENCE to a Committee, the Bill READ TWICE and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 8

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Delay the Implementation of Changes to the Business Equipment Tax Exemption

(S.P. 611)  (L.D. 1570)

 

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 9

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Prevent the Double Funding of Certain MaineCare Costs" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 612)  (L.D. 1571)

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

            Comes from the Senate, under suspension of the rules and WITHOUT REFERENCE to a Committee, the Bill READ TWICE and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 10

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Prevent the Double Funding of Certain MaineCare Costs

(S.P. 612)  (L.D. 1571)

 

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 11

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Protect Cellular Telephone Privacy

(S.P. 484)  (L.D. 1377)
(S. "A" S-322 to C. "A" S-278)

 

 

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

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 12

 

SENATE PAPERS

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Provide for Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power"

(H.P. 1053)  (L.D. 1472)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-525) in the House on June 17, 2013.

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (H-525) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "D" (S-321) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 13

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Provide for Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power

(H.P. 1053)  (L.D. 1472)
(S. "D" S-321 to C. "A" H-525)

 

 

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

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 14

 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Ought to Pass Pursuant to Joint Order

 

            (6-1)  Representative ROTUNDO for the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs on Bill "An Act To Correct Minor Technical Errors and Inconsistencies in the Unified Budget Bill" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 1141)  (L.D. 1572)

 

            Reporting Ought to Pass pursuant to Joint Order, H.P. 1140.

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 15

 

ENACTORS

 

Emergency Measure

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Correct Minor Technical Errors and Inconsistencies in the Unified Budget Bill

(H.P. 1141)  (L.D. 1572)

 

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 16

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws

(S.P. 494)  (L.D. 1392)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENACTED in the House on June 3, 2013.  (Having previously been PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-133))

 

            Comes from the Senate PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-133) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-323) thereto in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 17

 

ENACTORS

 

 

Acts

 

            (10-1)  An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws

(S.P. 494)  (L.D. 1392)
(S. "A" S-323 to C. "A" S-133)

 

 

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

 

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

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

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPPLEMENT NO. 18

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

Non-Concurrent Matter

 

            (1-1)  An Act To Improve the Accuracy of Fuel Tax Reporting

(S.P. 341)  (L.D. 996)

 

            PASSED TO BE ENACTED in the House on May 31, 2013.  (Having previously been PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-109))

 

            Comes from the Senate with the Bill and accompanying papers COMMITTED to the Committee on TAXATION in NON-CONCURRENCE.

 

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