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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 1

Monday, January 12, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2009

L.D. 1, S.P. 10
An Act To Stimulate Capital Investment for Innovative Businesses in Maine. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 2, S.P. 11
An Act To Provide Rule-making Authority to the Maine Library Commission. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 3, S.P. 12
An Act To Designate Registered Voters Not Enrolled in a Political Party as Independent Voters. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 4, S.P. 13
An Act To Remove the Age Restriction for Serving as a Corporator of a Mutual Financial Institution. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 5, S.P. 14
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Liquor Licenses. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 6, S.P. 15
An Act To Establish a Distracted Driver Law. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 7, S.P. 16
An Act To Amend the Instruction Permit Process. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 8, S.P. 17
An Act To Deter Road Rage. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 9, H.P. 4
An Act To Prohibit the Force-feeding of Birds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 10, H.P. 5
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Wastewater Treatment Facilities and Drinking Water Programs. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 11, H.P. 6
Resolve, To Encourage the Preservation of Dark Skies. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 12, H.P. 7
Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Amend Its Rules Governing Pastoral Counselors. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 13, H.P. 8
An Act To Expand the Diagnostic Functions of Independent Practice Dental Hygienists. (Presented by Representative JONES of Mount Vernon)

L.D. 14, H.P. 9
An Act To Prohibit Air Bag Fraud. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 15, H.P. 10
An Act To Prohibit the Sale of a Road Sign Originally Placed by the State, a County or a Municipality. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 16, H.P. 11
Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 17, H.P. 12
An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Energy Drinks to Minors. (Presented by Representative PENDLETON of Scarborough)

L.D. 18, H.P. 13
An Act To Ensure Access to MaineCare Services. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 19, H.P. 14
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Public Rest Rooms. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 20, H.P. 15
An Act To Require Insurance Companies To Cover the Cost of Prosthetics. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 21, H.P. 16
An Act To Encourage the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 22, H.P. 17
Resolve, To Establish a Study Commission To Develop Legislation Designed To Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 23, H.P. 18
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Powers of Attorney. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 24, H.P. 19
An Act To Prevent Domestic Violence and Abuse. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 25, H.P. 20
An Act To Protect Child Victims of Sexual Abuse. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 26, H.P. 21
An Act To Allow the Spouse of a Retired Public Employee a Second Chance To Be Enrolled under the Retiree's Insurance Plan. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 27, H.P. 22
An Act To Amend the Definition of Employment for Purposes of Unemployment Compensation. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 28, H.P. 23
An Act To Promote the Integrity of Citizens' Initiatives. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 29, H.P. 24
An Act To Amend the Landlord and Tenant Laws as They Pertain to Interest Paid on Mobile Home Park Tenant Security Deposits. (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 30, H.P. 25
An Act To Establish Native American Veterans Day. (Presented by Representative SOCTOMAH of the Passamaquoddy Tribe)

L.D. 31, H.P. 26
An Act To Amend the Legislative Term Limit Laws. (Presented by Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 32, H.P. 27
An Act To Clarify the Disposition of Fines from Maine's Soft-shelled Clam Laws. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 33, H.P. 28
An Act To Change the Name of Township 16, Range 4, WELS, to Madawaska Lake. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 34, H.P. 29
An Act To Clarify the Election of Municipal Charter Commission Members. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 35, H.P. 30
An Act To Require Municipalities To Enforce the Collection of the State Excise Tax on Motor Vehicles, Aircraft and Watercraft Owned by Maine Residents and Registered outside the State. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Kittery)

L.D. 36, H.P. 31
An Act To Reopen Certain Rest Stops on Route 1. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 37, H.P. 32
An Act To Allow a Weight Tolerance for Vehicle Auxiliary Power Units. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 38, H.P. 33
An Act To Allow the Use of Only 2 Studded Tires on Front-wheel-drive Vehicles. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 39, H.P. 34
An Act To Enhance Motorcycle Safety. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 40, H.P. 35
An Act To Prohibit Certain Uses of Cellular Telephones and Handheld Electronic Devices while Operating a Motor Vehicle. (Presented by Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 41, H.P. 36
An Act To Prohibit the Use of a Handheld Cellular Telephone While Operating a Motor Vehicle. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 42, H.P. 37
An Act To Increase the Time Period for Motor Vehicle Inspections to 2 Years. (Presented by Representative WHEELER of Kittery)

L.D. 43, H.P. 38
An Act To Promote Consumer Fairness in Alternative Energy. (Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham)

L.D. 44, H.P. 39
An Act To Require Transmission Lines To Be Placed Underground near Certain Facilities. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 45, H.P. 40
An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 46, S.P. 18
An Act To Allow Nonmember Directors To Serve on the Board of Cooperative Agricultural Associations. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 47, S.P. 19
An Act To Allow the Town of Baldwin To Be Eligible for Full Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 48, H.P. 41
Resolve, To Delay the Sustainability of the Highway Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 49, H.P. 42
An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Provide Notice of License Revocation or Suspension by Certified Mail. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 50, H.P. 43
An Act To Clarify the Definition of Hard Cider for the Purposes of the Returnable Container Law. (Presented by Representative SMITH of Monmouth)

L.D. 51, H.P. 44
An Act To Allow Military Personnel Living in Maine To Benefit under the Maine Resident Homestead Property Tax Exemption. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 52, H.P. 45
An Act To Require Unredeemed Beverage Container Deposits To Be Provided to the State. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 53, H.P. 46
An Act To Permit the Use of a Common Flue for Oil and Solid Fuel Burning Equipment. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 54, H.P. 47
An Act To Change the Coyote Night Hunting Season. (Presented by Representative McFADDEN of Dennysville)

L.D. 55, H.P. 48
An Act To Prohibit the Commercial Sale of Water by a Water District. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 56, H.P. 49
An Act To Join the Interstate Compact on the National Popular Vote. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 57, H.P. 50
An Act To Exempt Small Privately Owned Windmills from the Property Tax. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 58, H.P. 51
Resolve, To Suspend Certain Maine State Housing Authority Rules for Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program Grant Applications. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 59, H.P. 52
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Confidentiality of Correctional Facility Plans. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 60, H.P. 53
Resolve, To Rename the Father Curran Bridge in Augusta. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 61, H.P. 54
An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2009. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 62, H.P. 55
An Act To Ensure an Adequate Time Frame within Which To Rebuild a Home. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 63, H.P. 56
An Act To Reduce Registration Fees for Certain Generators of Biomedical Waste. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 64, S.P. 23
An Act To Amend the Requirements for the Livable Wage Report. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 65, S.P. 24
An Act To Increase the Ability of the Maine Wage Assurance Fund To Pay Unpaid Workers. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 66, S.P. 25
An Act To Amend Maine's Endangered and Threatened Species List by Removing the Bald Eagle. (Presented by Senator BRYANT of Oxford)

L.D. 67, S.P. 26
An Act To Protect Beaches in Maine's State Parks. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 68, S.P. 27
An Act Regarding the Composition of the Board of Pesticides Control. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 69, H.P. 58
An Act To Provide a Reward for Information Regarding the Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 70, H.P. 59
An Act To Amend the Length Limits on Fish Caught on the Inland Waters. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 71, H.P. 60
An Act To Raise the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 72, H.P. 61
An Act Regarding the Tax on Fuel Used for Commercial Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 73, H.P. 62
An Act To Protect the Right To Use Solar Energy. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 74, H.P. 64
Resolve, To Review and Update Sales Tax Exemptions for Products Purchased for Agricultural Use. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 660, section 18.)

L.D. 75, H.P. 65
Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Streamline Agricultural Regulation. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 660, section 18.)

L.D. 76, H.P. 66
Resolve, To Study the Feasibility of Expanding the Curriculum of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2007, chapter 660, section 18.)

L.D. 77, H.P. 67
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 181: Child Development Services System: Regional Provider Advisory Boards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 78, H.P. 68
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 182: Formula for Distribution of Funds to Child Developmental Services Regional Sites, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 79, H.P. 69
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 61: State Board of Education Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 80, H.P. 70
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 33: Rules for the Certification of Family Child Care Providers, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 81, H.P. 71
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 10: Exemptions to the Ban on Flavored Cigarettes and Cigars, a Major Substantive Rule of the Office of the Attorney General. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

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