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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Millicent M. MacFarland, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXXI, No. 8

Monday, February 21, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2005

L.D. 758, H.P. 535
An Act To Increase Retired Teachers' Health Insurance Benefits. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 759, H.P. 536
An Act To Provide For Special Antlerless Deer Permits to Certain Disabled Hunters. (Presented by Representative JACKSON of Fort Kent)

L.D. 760, H.P. 537
An Act To Assist Municipalities in Recruiting Emergency Services Personnel. (Presented by Representative RECTOR of Thomaston)

L.D. 761, H.P. 538
An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by One Week. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 762, H.P. 539
An Act To Provide Moose Permits to Persons 75 Years of Age or Older with Hunting Experience. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 763, H.P. 540
An Act To Prohibit the Issuance of a Driver's License to an Undocumented Illegal Alien. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 764, H.P. 541
Resolve, To Study Ways To Create More Teachers of Modern and Classical Languages. (Presented by Representative BOWLES of Sanford)

L.D. 765, H.P. 542
An Act Requiring That Contributions for a Clean Election Candidate Be from the Candidate's Political Party. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 766, H.P. 543
An Act To Support the New Century Community Program. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 767, H.P. 544
An Act To Improve the Affordability of Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 768, H.P. 545
An Act Regarding General Assistance under Special Circumstances. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 769, H.P. 546
Resolve, To Examine Smoking Prevention and Cessation Programs for Maine's Youth. (Presented by Representative BARSTOW of Gorham)

L.D. 770, H.P. 547
An Act To Provide Disclosure Related to Workers' Compensation Insurance. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 771, H.P. 548
An Act To Protect Consumers' Use of Gift Cards. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 772, H.P. 549
An Act To Prohibit the Placement of Expiration Dates on Gift Cards. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 773, H.P. 550
An Act To Allow Municipalities To Collect Debts through the Placement of Liens on Property. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 774, H.P. 551
Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Put a Bicycle Lane on Route 5 in Waterboro. (Presented by Representative JACOBSEN of Waterboro)

L.D. 775, H.P. 552
An Act To Provide a Stable Source of Funding for the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 776, H.P. 553
An Act Requiring the Disclosure of Odometer Changes. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 777, H.P. 554
An Act To Enhance Enforcement of Liquor Laws. (Presented by Representative FISHER of Brewer)

L.D. 778, H.P. 555
An Act To Exempt the Sale of Electric, Hybrid or Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles from State Sales Tax and Excise Tax. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 779, H.P. 556
An Act Allowing Certain Clean Election Campaign Reports To Be Filed by Telephone. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 780, H.P. 557
An Act To Allow a Landlord To Discover Whether Sewer and Water Bills Have Been Paid. (Presented by Representative GLYNN of South Portland)

L.D. 781, H.P. 558
Resolve, To Create Sebago Lake Village State Park. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 782, H.P. 559
An Act To Provide a Capital Gains Tax Exemption for the Sale of a Business or Unimproved Property for a Taxpayer 50 Years of Age or Older. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 783, H.P. 560
An Act To Require That the Pupil Evaluation Team Set Graduation Standards for Special Education Students. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 784, H.P. 561
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Conduct a Fiscal Analysis of State Requirements That School Administrative Units Implement Local Assessment Systems. (Presented by Representative GOLDMAN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 785, H.P. 562
An Act To Allow Employers To Take a Tax Deduction for Their Employees' Transportation Costs. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 786, H.P. 563
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Maine Resident College Graduates Employed in Maine. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 787, H.P. 564
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Enhanced Development of Public Geographic Information. (Presented by Representative KOFFMAN of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 788, H.P. 565
An Act To Establish Consumer Protections and Regulations for Deferred Deposit Loans. (Presented by Representative DUPLESSIE of Westbrook)

L.D. 789, S.P. 256
An Act Pertaining to Internet Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 790, S.P. 257
An Act To Reestablish a Maximum Water Level for Phillips Lake. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 791, S.P. 258
An Act Concerning the Taxation of Buildings in Which Nonprofit Organizations Are Housed. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 792, S.P. 259
An Act To Allow Limited Partnerships between Brewers and Wholesalers. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 793, S.P. 260
An Act To Reauthorize Funding for the Lobster Promotion Council. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 794, S.P. 261
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Allow Municipalities To Purchase Fishing Rights and Equipment. (Presented by Senator STRIMLING of Cumberland)

L.D. 795, S.P. 262
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Bulkhead Restoration at the Former United States Coast Guard Site in Portland. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 796, S.P. 263
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission To Study Public Health That Concern Schools, Children and Nutrition. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Aroostook)

L.D. 797, S.P. 264
An Act Authorizing the State Board of Education To Mediate School Attendance Disputes. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 798, S.P. 265
An Act To Establish a Sunset on New State Agencies and Programs. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 799, S.P. 266
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Create a Holocaust Human Rights Center at the University of Maine at Augusta. (Presented by Senator MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 800, S.P. 267
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Land for Maine's Future Program. (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 801, H.P. 566
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services to Develop Strategies to Reduce Tobacco Use and Improve Public Health. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 802, H.P. 567
An Act To Improve the Efficiency of the Legislature. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 803, H.P. 568
An Act To Allow Park Passes To Be Used at Scarborough Beach State Park. (Presented by Representative CURLEY of Scarborough)

L.D. 804, H.P. 569
An Act To Prohibit Clean Election Candidates from Using Clean Money for Personal Profit or Use. (Presented by Representative CRESSEY of Cornish)

L.D. 805, H.P. 570
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Finance the Acquisition of Land and Interest in Land for Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness and Fish Habitat. (Presented by Representative ADAMS of Portland)

L.D. 806, H.P. 571
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Rural High-speed Internet Access. (Presented by Representative PINGREE of North Haven)

L.D. 807, H.P. 572
An Act Regarding Veterans' Educational Assistance Benefits at the University of Maine System. (Presented by Representative MOODY of Manchester)

L.D. 808, H.P. 573
An Act To Provide Funding for "Camp To Belong" To Reunite Siblings Separated by Foster Care. (Presented by Representative MOODY of Manchester)

L.D. 809, H.P. 574
An Act To Facilitate Testimony in Workers' Compensation Proceedings. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 810, H.P. 575
An Act To Require the Use of Reflective Material on Ice Fishing Shacks. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 811, H.P. 576
An Act To Assist the Implementation of the Essential Programs and Services School Funding Model. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 812, H.P. 577
An Act To Make Illegal Possession of Certain Narcotic Drugs a Class C Crime. (Presented by Representative PERRY of Calais)

L.D. 813, H.P. 578
An Act To Make Technical Changes in Laws Relating to Conservation. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 814, S.P. 269
Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Use Adjustable Warning Signs. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 815, S.P. 270
An Act To Require that Division Heads within the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Be Unclassified. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 816, S.P. 271
An Act To Prohibit Changing the Flow of Water on Another's Land. (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 817, S.P. 272
An Act To Fix within State Government the Responsibility for Mental Health Services to Maine's Elderly. (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 818, S.P. 273
An Act To Specify Phosphorus Limits for Gulf Island Pond. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 819, S.P. 274
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Ocean-based Economy. (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 820, H.P. 579
An Act To Amend the Curriculum Requirements for High School Students. (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 821, H.P. 580
Resolve, To Continue Efforts of the Department of Transportation To Balance Public Safety and Access to Land by Landowners. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 822, H.P. 581
An Act Regarding Fundraising for Clean Election and Traditional Candidates in Leadership Races. (Presented by Representative CUMMINGS of Portland)

L.D. 823, H.P. 582
Resolve, To Allow for Seasonal Commercial Vehicle Registration. (Presented by Representative THOMPSON of China)

L.D. 824, H.P. 583
An Act To Allow the Public Utilities Commission To Consider the Health of Maine's Manufacturing Economy in the Design of Electric Rates and Energy Policy. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 825, H.P. 584
Resolve, To Establish 3-1-1 as a Statewide Business Assistance Services Line. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 826, H.P. 585
An Act To Require That the Department of Environmental Protection Consider Economic Impact When Adopting Environmental Regulations. (Presented by Representative TRAHAN of Waldoboro)

L.D. 827, H.P. 586
An Act To Preserve Farmland and Timberland following the Death of an Owner. (Presented by Representative FLETCHER of Winslow)

L.D. 828, H.P. 587
An Act To Have Counties Retain All the Proceeds from the Real Estate Transfer Tax. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 829, H.P. 588
Resolve, To Raise a Monument for Women Veterans of Maine. (Presented by Representative JENNINGS of Leeds)

L.D. 830, H.P. 589
An Act To Reduce the Duration of Nonpayment of Child Support That Triggers License Suspension. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 831, H.P. 590
An Act To Clarify the Law Relating to Motor Vehicle Repair Posters. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 832, H.P. 591
An Act To Amend the Laws Regulating the Practice of Optometry. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 833, H.P. 592
An Act To Promote Safe Routes to School. (Presented by Representative MARLEY of Portland)

L.D. 834, H.P. 593
An Act To Prevent Camcorder Piracy. (Presented by Representative GERZOFSKY of Brunswick)

L.D. 835, H.P. 594
Resolve, To Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of MaineCare. (Presented by Representative CURLEY of Scarborough)

L.D. 836, H.P. 595
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Aquaculture. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 837, S.P. 276
Resolve, Regarding a New Certification for Health Care Attendants. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 838, S.P. 277
An Act To Amend the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act As It Applies to Gift Cards. (Presented by Senator TURNER of Cumberland)

L.D. 839, S.P. 278
An Act To Reduce Hardships to Small Community Hospitals Resulting from the Hospital Tax. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ANDREWS of York)

L.D. 840, S.P. 279
An Act To Distribute Costs for the Funding of Pensions and Health Insurance for Retired Teachers. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 841, S.P. 280
An Act To Reform the Taxation of Malt Liquor and Wine. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 842, S.P. 281
An Act To Prevent Price Gouging and To Stabilize Prices in the Sale of Milk. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 843, S.P. 282
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for Protected Reserve Funds. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 844, S.P. 283
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Stimulate Maine's Economy. (Presented by Senator BROMLEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 845, H.P. 596
An Act Regarding Private Schools' Using Public Tuition Funds. (Presented by Representative MOODY of Manchester)

L.D. 846, H.P. 597
An Act To Prevent Discrimination against Persons without Health Insurance. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 847, H.P. 598
An Act To Increase the Class of Crime for Home Trespass. (Presented by Representative LEWIN of Eliot)

L.D. 848, H.P. 599
An Act To Restore to Maine Citizens Responsible Access to Sebago Lake. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 849, H.P. 600
An Act To Require That Certain Water Districts Install Sand Filtration Systems To Ensure the Safety and Purity of the Water Supply. (Presented by Representative MOORE of Standish)

L.D. 850, H.P. 601
Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Use Composite Manufactured Materials. (Presented by Representative McKENNEY of Cumberland)

L.D. 851, H.P. 602
An Act To Maintain Traditional Recreational Uses in Maine's Forests. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 852, H.P. 603
Resolve, To Require the State To Clean Up Toothaker Pond in Phillips. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 853, H.P. 604
An Act To Limit MaineCare Benefits for Individuals Seriously in Arrears on Child Support Payments. (Presented by Representative KAELIN of Winterport)

L.D. 854, H.P. 605
An Act To Ban the Distribution of Children's Products That Contain Mercury Batteries. (Presented by Representative MAKAS of Lewiston)

L.D. 855, H.P. 606
An Act To Limit In-kind Contributions to Maine Clean Election Act Candidates. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 856, H.P. 607
An Act Allowing School Unions To Improve Efficiency. (Presented by Representative MERRILL of Appleton)

L.D. 857, H.P. 608
An Act To Increase Fines for Unregistered ATVs. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 858, H.P. 609
An Act To Establish an All-terrain Vehicle Trail Pass System. (Presented by Representative FINCH of Fairfield)

L.D. 859, H.P. 610
An Act To Provide Greater Civil Relief Protection for Members of the Military. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 860, H.P. 611
An Act To Efficiently Use Funds of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 861, H.P. 612
An Act To Amend Arborist Licensing Law. (Presented by Representative LERMAN of Augusta)

L.D. 862, H.P. 613
An Act To Improve the Collection of Restitution and Supervision Fees. (Presented by Representative BLANCHETTE of Bangor)

L.D. 863, H.P. 614
An Act To Ensure Wraparound Services for Children in Need of Care. (Presented by Representative CRAVEN of Lewiston)

L.D. 864, H.P. 615
An Act To Streamline Sewer District and Sanitary District Borrowing. (Presented by Representative RINES of Wiscasset)

L.D. 865, H.P. 616
Resolve, To Improve the Information and Education Services of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 866, H.P. 617
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Education To Review the School Facility Needs of the State and To Develop Standards for Cost-effective Financing of School Facilities. (Presented by Representative GOLDMAN of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 867, H.P. 618
An Act Regarding Child Protection Proceedings. (Presented by Representative PELLETIER-SIMPSON of Auburn)

L.D. 868, H.P. 619
An Act To Ensure Equity in Funding. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 869, H.P. 620
An Act To Extend Recognition to the Metis People. (Presented by Representative BOWEN of Rockport)

L.D. 870, H.P. 621
An Act To Increase Access to Information Regarding Referendum Questions. (Presented by Representative MAKAS of Lewiston)

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