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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXI, No. 20

Monday, May 23, 2005

122ND LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Ch. 88 - An Act To Protect Motherhood. (S.P. 292, L.D. 884)

Ch. 89 - An Act To Set Standards for Electronic Methods Used for Wage Payment. (H.P. 673, L.D. 963)

Ch. 90 - An Act To Establish and Implement the Maine STEP-UP Program. (S.P. 374, L.D. 1057)

Ch. 91 - An Act To Protect Consumers and To Modernize Heating Oil Rules and Reporting Requirements. (H.P. 214, L.D. 289)

Ch. 92 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Aquaculture. (H.P. 595, L.D. 836)

Ch. 93 - An Act To Provide for Registration of Certain Snowmobile Trail-grooming Equipment. (H.P. 170, L.D. 231)

Ch. 94 - An Act To Prohibit Shooting Wild Turkey Decoys. (S.P. 317, L.D. 942)

Ch. 95 - An Act To Exempt Insurers of Commercial Vehicle Fleets from the Requirement of Notification to the Secretary of State When Insurance Is Cancelled. (S.P. 154, L.D. 528)

Ch. 96 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Fishing Derbies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 420, L.D. 565)

Ch. 97 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Submission of Health Insurance Claims. (S.P. 140, L.D. 416)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Amend Group Insurance Funding Requirements. (S.P. 108, L.D. 346)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Facilitate Testimony in Workers' Compensation Proceedings. (H.P. 574, L.D. 809)

Ch. 100 - An Act To Allow Counties To Recover the Cost of Cleaning Up Hazardous Spills. (S.P. 91, L.D. 271)

Ch. 101 - An Act To Prohibit Steering in Automobile Insurance. (H.P. 235, L.D. 311)

Ch. 102 - An Act To Reauthorize Funding for the Lobster Promotion Council. (S.P. 260, L.D. 793)

Ch. 103 - An Act To Allow for Equitable Recovery of Wages for Employees Who Are Not Paid in Full. (H.P. 479, L.D. 659)

Ch. 104 - An Act To Enact an Immediate Review System in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. (H.P. 184, L.D. 245)

Ch. 105 - An Act To Amend the Knox County Budget Process. (H.P. 522, L.D. 727)

Ch. 106 - An Act To Permit the Stopping of Traffic by Charitable Nonprofit Organizations for Certain Fund-raising Projects. (H.P. 835, L.D. 1217)

Ch. 107 - An Act To Allow the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission To Assess a Processing Fee for Certain Projects. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1126, L.D. 1590)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 13, 2005

Ch. 108 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Mobile Service Bars on Maine Golf Courses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 215, L.D. 290)

Ch. 109 - An Act To Provide for the Efficient Administration of Scholarship Resources. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 216, L.D. 680)

Ch. 110 - An Act To Promote the More Efficient Use of Natural Gas. (H.P. 300, L.D. 397)

Ch. 111 - An Act To Waive Continuing Education Requirements and To Provide an Automatic Extension of a License, Certificate or Registration for Mobilized Military Members. (S.P. 221, L.D. 685)

Ch. 112 - An Act To Increase Vital Records Fees. (H.P. 348, L.D. 473)

Ch. 113 - An Act To Improve Security at State Courthouses. (H.P. 696, L.D. 1012)

Ch. 114 - An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Cancellation and Nonrenewal of Insurance. (S.P. 167, L.D. 541)

Ch. 115 - An Act To Cap Tuition Rates by Schools in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 353, L.D. 478)

Ch. 116 - An Act Concerning Significant Wildlife Habitat and Wetlands of Special Significance. (H.P. 200, L.D. 261)

Ch. 117 - An Act To Allow Electronic Calling Devices for Hunting Moose. (S.P. 88, L.D. 268)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Ch. 118 - An Act To Amend the Procedure by Which Maine Education Assessment Scores Are Interpreted. (H.P. 457, L.D. 624)

Ch. 119 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Certain Employment-related Matters. (H.P. 983, L.D. 1419)

Ch. 120 - An Act To Conform Maine Employment Security Law with the Federal SUTA Dumping Prevention Act of 2004. (S.P. 335, L.D. 995)

Ch. 121 - An Act To Amend the Laws Related to Health Insurance and Confidentiality of Property and Casualty Filings. (S.P. 517, L.D. 1499)

Ch. 122 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Rural Medical Access Program. (H.P. 1035, L.D. 1472)

Ch. 123 - An Act To Make Technical and Minor Changes in the Capitol Planning Commission. (H.P. 749, L.D. 1096)

Ch. 124 - An Act To Reestablish the Penobscot County Budget Committee. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 274, L.D. 361)

Ch. 125 - An Act To Improve the Affordability of Health Insurance. (H.P. 544, L.D. 767)

Ch. 126 - An Act To Exempt Fire Departments from Biweekly Pay Requirements for Volunteer Firefighters. (S.P. 398, L.D. 1170)

Ch. 127 - An Act To Conform the Insurance Information and Privacy Protection Act to Federal Privacy Rules. (H.P. 676, L.D. 966)

Ch. 128 - An Act To Make Insurance Coverage Available for Medically Necessary Breast Reduction and Symptomatic Varicose Vein Surgery. (H.P. 429, L.D. 596)

Ch. 129 - An Act To Restructure the Board of Trustees of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. (H.P. 640, L.D. 921)

Ch. 130 - An Act Allowing School Unions To Improve Efficiency. (H.P. 607, L.D. 856)

Ch. 131 - An Act To Designate Pay Phone Locations in the Public Interest. (H.P. 754, L.D. 1101)

Ch. 132 - An Act To Assist Persons with Pulmonary Disabilities. (H.P. 418, L.D. 563)

Ch. 133 - An Act To Make Technical Changes in Laws Relating to Conservation. (H.P. 578, L.D. 813)

Ch. 134 - An Act To Amend Provisions of the Submerged Lands Laws. (S.P. 183, L.D. 574)

Ch. 135 - An Act To Ensure Equity in Funding. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 619, L.D. 868)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Ch. 6 - An Act To Efficiently Use Funds of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 611, L.D. 860)

Ch. 7 - An Act To Amend the Mexico Water District Charter. (H.P. 268, L.D. 355)

Ch. 8 - An Act To Amend the Mexico Sewer District Charter. (H.P. 337, L.D. 459)

Ch. 9 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2005-06. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 947, L.D. 1364)

Ch. 10 - An Act To Establish a Cost-sharing Formula for the Five Town Community School District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1177, L.D. 1668)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 13, 2005

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Waldoboro Utility District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 291, L.D. 389)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Ch. 14 - Resolve, Directing a Review of the Effects of Antifreeze, Engine Coolant and Aversive Agents on the Environment and Small Animals. (H.P. 432, L.D. 599)

Ch. 15 - Resolve, Directing the State Planning Office To Establish a Process for the Collection of Municipal and County Data. (S.P. 308, L.D. 900)

Ch. 16 - Resolve, To Ensure the Collection and Report of Outsourcing Data. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 346, L.D. 471)

Ch. 17 - Resolve, Directing the Advisory Council on Tax-deferred Arrangements To Study Deferred Retirement Option Programs. (H.P. 688, L.D. 978)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 13, 2005

Ch. 18 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Seek Federal Funding To Serve Immigrant and Refugee Populations in Need of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 17, L.D. 37)

Ch. 19 - Resolve, Requiring the Secretary of State To Develop Voting Systems Standards. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 76, L.D. 100)

Ch. 20 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Study the Management and Fee Structure of Scarborough Beach State Park. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 568, L.D. 803)

Ch. 21 - Resolve, To Extend the 2-year Rabies Vaccination Certificate to 3 Years. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 361, L.D. 486)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Ch. 22 - Resolve, To Name the New Augusta Bridge. (H.P. 877, L.D. 1280)

Ch. 23 - Resolve, To Continue Efforts of the Department of Transportation To Balance Public Safety and Access to Land by Landowners. (H.P. 580, L.D. 821)

Ch. 24 - Resolve, Authorizing the Office of Consumer Credit Regulation To Study the Payday Advance Industry and Related Consumer Credit Lending Issues in Maine. (H.P. 565, L.D. 788)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, To Improve the Response Time for State Employees Seeking Job Reclassifications. (S.P. 458, L.D. 1331)

Chaptered copies of the above measures may be obtained from the Engrossing Department, Room 106, State House, 7 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333-0007, Ph. 207-287-1649.

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005

L.D. 1673, S.P. 620
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Study Maine's Community Hospitals. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MAYO of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1674, H.P. 1182
Resolve, Authorizing Certain Land Transactions by the Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative PINEAU of Jay)

L.D. 1675, S.P. 622
An Act To Make a Standard Alternative Form of Regulation Available to Rural Telephone Companies. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1676, H.P. 1185
Resolve, Authorizing the President of the Maine Community College System To Sell 1.37 Acres of Real Property Owned by Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BLISS of South Portland)

L.D. 1677, H.P. 1186
An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2006 and June 30, 2007. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BRANNIGAN of Portland)

L.D. 1678, S.P. 624
An Act To Replace the Interagency Task Force on Homelessness and Housing Opportunities with the Statewide Homeless Council. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President EDMONDS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1679, H.P. 1187
An Act To Amend Procedures Used in Criminal Proceedings in Which the Victim Is Mentally Disabled. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://janus.state.me.us/legis - choose "Session Information" to go to the list of available bills. New bills are added every couple of days.

Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/session.