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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIV, No. 22

Friday, May 9, 2008

123RD LEGISLATURE

FIRST SPECIAL SESSION

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED ON APRIL 18, 2008

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ch. 684 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Human Trafficking Task Force. (H.P. 360, L.D. 461)

Ch. 685 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Stalking. (S.P. 681, L.D. 1873)

Ch. 686 - An Act To Allow Blended Sentencing for Certain Juveniles. (S.P. 691, L.D. 1897) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 687 - An Act To Protect Parties to Real Estate Transactions. (H.P. 1520, L.D. 2140)

Ch. 688 - An Act To Strengthen the Crime of Visual Sexual Aggression against a Child. (H.P. 1465, L.D. 2079)

Ch. 689 - An Act To Provide a State Income Tax Deduction to Dentists for Military Pensions. (S.P. 778, L.D. 1984)

Ch. 690 - An Act To Increase Access to Dental Care. (H.P. 1562, L.D. 2192)

Ch. 691 - An Act To Enhance Economic Development in Maine's Aviation Industry. (S.P. 770, L.D. 1976)

Ch. 692 - An Act To Make Clam Flat Status Notification More Efficient, Cost-effective and Economically Beneficial to the Shellfish Industry. (H.P. 1508, L.D. 2129)

Ch. 693 - An Act To Make Minor Substantive Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1531, L.D. 2151)

Ch. 694 - An Act To Reduce Wild Blueberry Theft. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 795, L.D. 2001)

Ch. 695 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1615, L.D. 2252)

Ch. 696 - An Act To Protect Consumers' Gift Card Interests. (H.P. 1551, L.D. 2181)

Ch. 697 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Tribal-State Work Group. (H.P. 1587, L.D. 2221)

Ch. 698 - An Act To Extend the ConnectME Authority. (H.P. 1607, L.D. 2246)

Ch. 699 - An Act To Establish a Uniform Building and Energy Code. (H.P. 1619, L.D. 2257)

Ch. 700 - An Act To Restore Benefits under the Circuitbreaker Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 921, L.D. 2305)

Ch. 701 - An Act To Restore Positions in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1667, L.D. 2307)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 25, 2008

Ch. 702 - An Act To Amend the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 1545, L.D. 2171)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 28, 2008

Ch. 703 - An Act To Amend Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1459, L.D. 2075)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ch. 704 - An Act To Increase Public Confidence in Government by Expanding Public Disclosure. (S.P. 838, L.D. 2178)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ch. 219 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Study the Issue of Residential Contractor Licensing. (H.P. 756, L.D. 1038)

Ch. 220 - Resolve, To Study the Scientific Research Support Capability of the Maine State Museum. (S.P. 209, L.D. 672)

Ch. 221 - Resolve, To Continue the Work of Preventing the Onset of Severe Mental Illness in Youth. (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1567)

Ch. 222 - Resolve, To Protect Public Health and Promote a Healthy Soft-shell Clam Industry. (H.P. 1423, L.D. 2039)

Ch. 223 - Resolve, To Ensure Support for a Model of Consolidated and Integrated Secondary and Postsecondary Education. (H.P. 1549, L.D. 2175)

Ch. 224 - Resolve, Regarding the Operations of the Greater Portland Public Development Commission. (H.P. 1556, L.D. 2186)

Ch. 225 - Resolve, To Extend the Pilot Project at the Juvenile Correctional Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 923, L.D. 2312)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 25, 2008

Ch. 226 - Resolve, To Provide Funding for Small Wind Power Generators. (H.P. 279, L.D. 349)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 28, 2008

Ch. 227 - Resolve, To Direct the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Allow Maine Residents To Renew Their Watercraft Registrations Online and To Direct the State Controller To Make Certain Transfers. (H.P. 1474, L.D. 2088)

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 HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"…If the bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

An Act To Improve the Use of Information Regarding Sex Offenders to Better Ensure Public Safety and Awareness (S.P. 147) (L.D. 446)

An Act To Generate Savings by Changing Public Notice Requirements (H.P. 1310) (L.D. 1878)

An Act To Allow for Annual Super Tournament Games by Nonprofit Charitable Organizations (S.P. 814) (LD 2134)

An Act To Clarify the Laws on Licensing for Charitable and Fraternal Organizations and Games of Chance (H.P. 1597) (L.D. 2236)

An Act To Stimulate Capital Investment for Innovative Businesses in Maine (S.P. 929) (L.D. 2320)

INTERIM STUDIES 2008

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee Review of the Recommendations of the Agricultural Creative Economy Study (Chapter 660, Public Laws of 2007)

Committee to Study the Protection of Farms and Farmland (Chapter 649, Public Laws of 2007)

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Study of the Maine Sex Offender Registry (Joint Order, SP 933)

Legislative Youth Advisory Commission (Chapter 439, Public Laws of 2001 as amended by Chapter 662, Part C, Public Laws of 2005) (Continuation)

Office of Policy and Legal Analysis Review of Laws on Dissemination of Confidential Information Relating to Teachers (Chapter 666, Public Laws of 2007)

Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Long-term Home-based and Community-based Care (Chapter 209, Resolves of 2007)

Health and Human Services Committee Study to Review the Fund for a Healthy Maine (Chapter 629, Public Laws of 2007)

Staff Update Study of the Feasibility of Establishing a Single-payor Health Care System in the State (Chapter 216, Resolves of 2007)

Judicial Compensation Commission (Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Title 4, section 1701)

Right to Know Advisory Commission (Chapter 631, Public Laws of 2005) (Continuation)

Citizen Trade Policy Commission (Chapter 699, Public Laws of 2003) (Continuation)

Community Preservation Advisory Group (Chapter 648, Public Laws of 2001 as reauthorized in Chapter 458, Public Laws of 2007) (Continuation)

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Special Session of the 123rd Legislature become effective July 18, 2008. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.


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://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/billtexts.

Bill status information is available at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.