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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXV, No. 5

Monday, February 9, 2009

124TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009

L.D. 276, S.P. 93
An Act To Protect the Integrity of the State's Carbon Dioxide Budget Trading Program and Auction Process and To Provide Allocations to the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 277, S.P. 94
An Act To Eliminate the Income-producing Requirement for Land in the Farm and Open Space Tax Program. (Presented by Senator GOOLEY of Franklin)

L.D. 278, S.P. 95
An Act To Bring Equity to the Sea Urchin License Fees. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 279, H.P. 219
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 280, H.P. 220
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Repairs to Traditional Meetinghouses. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 281, H.P. 221
An Act To Amend the Licensing Requirements for Speech-language Pathology Assistants. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 282, H.P. 222
An Act Regarding the Requirement That the Treatment of a Gunshot Wound Be Reported. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 283, H.P. 223
Resolve, Regarding the Cost of Telephone Calls Made by Incarcerated Persons. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 284, H.P. 224
An Act Regarding the Period of Time for Which an Incarcerated Person Is Eligible To Earn Good Time. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 285, H.P. 225
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Consolidation of School Administrative Units To Delay All Penalties for 2 Years. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 286, H.P. 226
An Act To Encourage Young Hunters by Providing Them with Complimentary Licenses and Permits. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 287, H.P. 227
An Act To Survey Anglers Annually. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 288, H.P. 228
An Act To Expand Super Pack License Opportunities. (Presented by Representative HANLEY of Gardiner)

L.D. 289, H.P. 229
An Act To Require Boating Safety Education. (Presented by Representative WATSON of Bath)

L.D. 290, H.P. 230
An Act To Allow Maine Residents To Purchase Health Insurance from Out-of-state Insurers. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 291, H.P. 231
An Act To Exempt Breast-feeding Mothers from Jury Duty. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 292, H.P. 232
An Act To Restore Equity to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 293, H.P. 233
An Act To Provide Project Support for Veterans' Cemeteries. (Presented by Representative EDGECOMB of Caribou)

L.D. 294, H.P. 234
An Act To Require the Department of Marine Resources To Enforce Conditions in an Aquaculture Lease. (Presented by Representative SCHATZ of Blue Hill)

L.D. 295, H.P. 235
An Act To Contract Out the State Single Audit. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 296, H.P. 236
Resolve, To Name the Gorham Bypass. (Presented by Representative KNAPP of Gorham)

L.D. 297, H.P. 237
An Act To Ensure That Medical Equipment Found in a Repossessed Vehicle Is Returned to the Owner. (Presented by Representative CRAY of Palmyra)

L.D. 298, H.P. 238
An Act Regarding the Labeling of Wood Pellet and Biomass Heating Fuel Sold in the State. (Presented by Representative PINKHAM of Lexington Township)

L.D. 299, H.P. 239
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 4: Water-based Fire Protection Systems, a Major Substantive Rule of the Office of the State Fire Marshal. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 300, S.P. 96
An Act To Increase Child Support Collection by Expanding the New Hire Reporting Requirements. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 301, S.P. 97
An Act To Require Home Sellers To Disclose Energy Usage Data. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 302, S.P. 98
An Act To Require Review by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs of Transfers of MaineCare Funds. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 303, S.P. 99
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Deer Hunting and To Extend the Coyote Hunting Season. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 304, S.P. 100
Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Support, Preserve and Maintain Maine Monuments in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Presented by Senator DAVIS of Cumberland)

L.D. 305, H.P. 241
An Act To Renovate and Expand the Boat Launch on Long Lake in St. Agatha. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 306, H.P. 242
An Act To Reimburse Philip Wolley for Litigation Expenses Incurred in Connection with His Termination and Reinstatement as a State Employee. (Presented by Representative MAGNAN of Stockton Springs)

L.D. 307, H.P. 243
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Payment for Prearranged Funeral Services. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 308, H.P. 244
An Act To Clarify Standards by Which Game Wardens May Stop All-terrain Vehicles. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 309, H.P. 245
Resolve, To Direct the Emergency Medical Services' Board To Examine the Licensure Procedures for Emergency Medical Services Persons. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 310, H.P. 246
An Act Regarding Grassroots Lobbying. (Presented by Representative TRINWARD of Waterville)

L.D. 311, H.P. 247
An Act Concerning Late Rent Fee Charges in Residential Tenancies. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 312, H.P. 248
An Act To Require Campaign Finance Reports of Independent Expenditures To Contain a Copy of an Advertisement. (Presented by Representative MAGNAN of Stockton Springs)

L.D. 313, H.P. 249
An Act To Add a Fuel Oil Benefit to the Circuitbreaker Program. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 314, H.P. 250
Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Study the Feasibility of the Merger of Certain Utilities. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 315, H.P. 251
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Develop a Plan To Facilitate the Procurement of Local Produce by Food Stamp Recipients. (Presented by Representative LANGLEY of Ellsworth)

L.D. 316, H.P. 252
An Act To Create a Large Game Shooting Area in Piscataquis County. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 317, H.P. 253
An Act To Facilitate Repairs to the Saco River Retaining Wall. (Presented by Representative BEAUDETTE of Biddeford)

L.D. 318, H.P. 254
An Act Regarding Rockport College. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WELSH of Rockport)

L.D. 319, H.P. 255
An Act To Track the Prevalence of Childhood Obesity in Maine. (Presented by Representative RANKIN of Hiram)

L.D. 320, H.P. 256
Resolve, Regarding the Use of MaineCare for Catastrophic Illness. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 321, H.P. 257
An Act To Impose a State Residency Requirement for Eligibility for General Assistance. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 322, H.P. 258
An Act To Clarify the Prohibition on Payment for Health Care Facility Mistakes or Preventable Adverse Events. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 323, H.P. 259
An Act To Improve Transparency in the Health Insurance Markets. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 324, H.P. 260
An Act To Allow Limited Information Sharing in Domestic Violence Cases. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 325, H.P. 261
An Act To Authorize the Resentencing of Certain Prisoners Who Have Served Consecutive Sentences of 20 or More Years. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 326, H.P. 262
An Act To Allow the Request for and Granting of Permanent Protection from Abuse Orders. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield)

L.D. 327, H.P. 263
An Act To Strengthen Maine Small Business by Establishing a Preference Percentage for State Contract Bids. (Presented by Representative BUTTERFIELD of Bangor)

L.D. 328, H.P. 264
An Act To Require Economic Research Organizations To Report Financial Matters to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 329, H.P. 265
An Act To Increase the Prize Limit on Beano. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 330, H.P. 266
An Act To Change the Classification of Certain Waters of the State. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 331, H.P. 267
An Act To Clarify the Duties of Municipal Treasurers, Clerks and Tax Collectors. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 332, H.P. 268
An Act To Amend the Penalty for Withdrawal of Land from the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law Program. (Presented by Representative WEAVER of York)

L.D. 333, H.P. 269
An Act Making Unified Highway Fund and Other Funds Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MAZUREK of Rockland)

L.D. 334, H.P. 270
An Act To Clarify the So-called Dig Safe Law. (Presented by Representative SYKES of Harrison)

L.D. 335, H.P. 271
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 2: Administration of Trust, Budgeting, Project Selection Criteria and Procedures, Monitoring and Evaluation Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 336, H.P. 272
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 313: Net Energy Billing Rule To Allow Shared Ownership, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 337, S.P. 101
An Act Regarding Emergency Involuntary Admission of a Participant in the Department of Health and Human Services' Progressive Treatment Program to a State Mental Institute. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 338, S.P. 102
An Act To Improve the Visibility of Automobiles. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 339, S.P. 103
An Act To Promote Ethics in Campaign Fund Solicitation. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 340, S.P. 104
An Act To Provide Greater Access to ATVs by Lowering the Minimum Operating Age. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 341, S.P. 105
An Act To Amend the Department of Health and Human Services' Progressive Treatment Program. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 342, S.P. 106
An Act To Exempt Annuities from Taxation. (Presented by Senator NASS of York)

L.D. 343, S.P. 107
An Act To Establish a Specialty License Plate To Increase Funding for Autism Programs. (Presented by Senator PERRY of Penobscot)

L.D. 344, S.P. 108
An Act To Allow Smelting on Certain Brooks on Long Lake in Aroostook County. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 345, S.P. 109
An Act To Regulate the Rockweed Harvest in Cobscook Bay. (Presented by Senator RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 346, S.P. 110
An Act To Improve Elevator Safety. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 347, S.P. 111
An Act To Reduce Regulatory Costs for Maine Businesses. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 348, S.P. 112
An Act To Facilitate the Removal of Dams That Pose a Hazard to Public Safety and the Installation and Repair of Fishways. (Presented by Senator DAMON of Hancock)

L.D. 349, S.P. 113
An Act To Authorize Arbitration of Property Tax Valuation Disputes. (Presented by Senator SMITH of Piscataquis)

L.D. 350, S.P. 114
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 351, S.P. 115
An Act Regarding the Regulation of Agricultural Composting Operations. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 352, S.P. 116
An Act To Encourage Veterinary Practice in Maine. (Presented by President MITCHELL of Kennebec)

L.D. 353, H.P. 274
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, 2010 and June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 354, S.P. 118
An Act To Allow Wider Kayaks in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 355, S.P. 119
An Act To Protect Residential Consumers of Home Heating Fuel. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 356, S.P. 120
An Act To Increase the Safety of Automobile Drivers. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 357, S.P. 121
An Act To Require the Teaching of Acadian History as Part of Maine History. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 358, S.P. 122
Resolve, Requiring the Department of Education To Amend Rules Relating to School Construction. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 359, S.P. 123
An Act To Ensure That MaineCare Reimbursements to Hospitals Do Not Pay For Hospital Advertisements. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 360, S.P. 124
An Act To Notify a Lienholder before Property Is Withdrawn from Assessment under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. (Presented by Senator SCHNEIDER of Penobscot)

L.D. 361, S.P. 125
An Act To Require a Birth Certificate for a Stillborn Child. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 362, S.P. 126
An Act To Support New Mothers Who Are in Substance Abuse Treatment Programs. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 363, S.P. 127
An Act To Allow State Agencies To Acquire and Sell Carbon Credits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 364, S.P. 128
An Act To Eliminate Schools' Responsibility for Transportation of Preschool Students. (Presented by Senator WESTON of Waldo)

L.D. 365, S.P. 129
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing MaineCare Estate Recovery Undertaken by the Department of Health and Human Services. (Presented by Senator MILLS of Somerset)

L.D. 366, S.P. 130
An Act To Protect Confidential Consumer Records in Self-service Storage Facilities. (Presented by Senator BOWMAN of York)

L.D. 367, S.P. 131
An Act To Reduce the Amount of Plastic Introduced into the Waste Stream. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 368, H.P. 275
An Act To Reimburse Debra Bilodeau for Her Expenses Incurred in Connection with Her Petition for Appointment as a Foster Parent. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Augusta)

L.D. 369, H.P. 276
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Rebuild a Bulkhead and Wharf at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. (Presented by Representative EBERLE of South Portland)

L.D. 370, H.P. 277
An Act To Allow Mixed Martial Arts Competitions in Maine. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 371, H.P. 278
An Act To Allow One Registration Fee for Multiple-town Poker Runs. (Presented by Representative SAVIELLO of Wilton)

L.D. 372, H.P. 279
An Act To Authorize the Administration of Epinephrine Autoinjectors and Asthma Inhalers in Emergencies. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 373, H.P. 280
An Act To Facilitate Lactation at the Workplace by New Mothers. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 374, H.P. 281
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Campaign Report Exemptions. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 375, H.P. 282
An Act To Clarify the Amount of a Contract for Small Claim Purposes. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 376, H.P. 283
An Act To Remove Domestic Court Cases from the Probate Court. (Presented by Representative WAGNER of Lewiston)

L.D. 377, H.P. 284
An Act To Amend the Procedure for Foreclosure Regarding Timing and Sale. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 378, H.P. 285
An Act To Prohibit Dragging for Bait Fish in Certain Territorial Waters. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 379, H.P. 286
An Act To Amend the Notary Public Laws. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 380, H.P. 287
An Act To Require Residents of the Unorganized Territories To Pay Excise Taxes To Agents and Not Directly to the Secretary of State. (Presented by Representative McFADDEN of Dennysville)

L.D. 381, H.P. 288
An Act To Base the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax on the Documented Actual Sale Price Rather than on the Maker's List Price. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 382, H.P. 289
An Act To Clarify the Meaning of Prudent Speed. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 383, H.P. 290
An Act To Ensure That All Toll and Intermodal Transportation Facilities and Roadway Lighting within the Maine Turnpike Corridor Are Consistent with Maine's Quality of Place Goals. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 384, H.P. 291
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Cap on the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services in Lincoln County and Sagadahoc County. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 385, H.P. 292
An Act To Ensure a Uniform Comprehensive State Policy Regarding Residency Restrictions for Sex Offenders. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 386, H.P. 293
An Act To Establish a Process for the Determination of a Reasonable Price in the Use of Eminent Domain by the Maine Turnpike Authority. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 387, H.P. 294
An Act To Protect Groundwater and Surface Water from Contamination. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 388, H.P. 295
An Act To Ensure That Fair and Actual Funds from Maine Turnpike Authority Toll Receipts Be Given to the Department of Transportation Annually. (Presented by Representative HILL of York)

L.D. 389, H.P. 296
An Act To Facilitate the State's Existing Commitment to the Production of Liquid Biofuels. (Presented by Representative BUTTERFIELD of Bangor)

L.D. 390, S.P. 132
An Act To Clarify Guaranteed Fund Protection for Deferred Compensation Accounts. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 391, S.P. 133
An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Adverse Possession. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 392, S.P. 134
An Act To Reduce Minimum Participation to 60% for Group Health Insurance. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 393, S.P. 135
An Act Relating to Death Benefits for Certain Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 394, S.P. 136
An Act To Protect Nonprofit Organizations from Embezzlement. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 395, S.P. 137
Resolve, To Further Regulate the Use of Tanning Booths by Minors. (Presented by Senator MARRACHÉ of Kennebec)

L.D. 396, S.P. 138
An Act Regarding Installation of Solar Energy Systems under the Solar and Wind Energy Rebate Program. (Presented by Senator NUTTING of Androscoggin)

L.D. 397, S.P. 139
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption and To Establish the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources as the Agent in the State for the Purposes of Bottle Redemption. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 398, S.P. 140
An Act To Transfer Ownership and Management of Swan Island and Little Swan Island in Perkins Township, Sagadahoc County to the Department of Conservation. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 399, S.P. 141
An Act To Increase Child Support Collections. (Presented by Senator SIMPSON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 400, S.P. 142
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study Long-term Home-based and Community-based Care. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

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