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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Heather J.R. Priest, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXXVII, No. 9

Friday, March 4, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ch. 1 - Resolve, To Name Part of Route 2 in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Winn the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Highway. (H.P. 16, L.D. 24)

Ch. 2 - Resolve, To Deauthorize the Naming of the Bridge over Pattagumpus Stream. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 29, L.D. 36)

Ch. 3 - Resolve, To Name a Bridge over the Kennebec River between the Town of Benton and the Town of Fairfield the Brian L. Buker/Frank W. Haskell Medal of Honor Bridge. (H.P. 18, L.D. 26)

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, MARCH 4, 2011

L.D. 743, H.P. 550
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual Chapter III, Section 21: Allowances for Home and Community Benefits for Members with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 744, H.P. 551
An Act To Amend the Definition of "Service Animal" To Conform with Federal Law. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 745, H.P. 552
An Act To Encourage the Use of Reusable Bags. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 746, H.P. 553
An Act Regarding the Consent of Minors for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Aid. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 747, H.P. 554
An Act To Require Hospital Credit Reporting That Is Fair to Consumers. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 748, H.P. 555
An Act To Improve Driver Education Licensing. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 749, H.P. 556
An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting in Northern Maine. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 750, H.P. 557
An Act To Decriminalize Possession of 6 or Fewer Marijuana Plants. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 751, H.P. 558
Resolve, To Examine State Programs That Grant Funds To Improve Real Property and To Establish a Formula for Recouping Certain Funds. (Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington)

L.D. 752, H.P. 559
An Act To Provide Funding for Landfills by Imposing a Gift Package Surcharge. (Presented by Representative KNAPP of Gorham)

L.D. 753, H.P. 560
An Act To Establish Juneteenth Independence Day. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 754, H.P. 561
An Act To Remove Criminal Penalties for Possession of up to 5 Ounces of Marijuana. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 755, H.P. 562
An Act To Strengthen the Laws Regarding Dangerous Dogs. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 756, H.P. 563
An Act To Limit the Use of Smart Meters. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 757, H.P. 564
An Act To Add a Member to the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 758, H.P. 565
Resolve, To Establish a Schoolchildren's Well-being Stakeholder Group. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 759, H.P. 566
An Act To Increase Efficiency and Effectiveness in the Licensing of Certain Health and Human Services Providers. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 760, H.P. 567
An Act To Establish an Animal Abuser Registry. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 761, H.P. 568
An Act To Provide Rebates for the Purchase of Certain Solar and Wind Power Equipment. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 762, H.P. 569
An Act To Provide Equitable Revenue-sharing Distribution. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 763, H.P. 570
An Act To Allow the Sale of Locally Produced Beer and Wine at Farmers' Markets. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 764, H.P. 571
An Act To Ensure That Municipalities Refund Amounts Collected in Excess of Tax Liens. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 765, H.P. 572
An Act To Address the Documented Educational and Rehabilitation Needs of Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 766, H.P. 573
An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2012. (Submitted by the Maine Turnpike Authority pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, section 1961, subsection 6.)

L.D. 767, H.P. 574
An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Portions of the Dental Practice Laws. (Presented by Representative HUNT of Buxton)

L.D. 768, H.P. 575
An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Group Trusts Established by Group Self-insurers of Workers' Compensation Benefits. (Presented by Representative BECK of Waterville)

L.D. 769, H.P. 576
An Act To Review the Functions of the State Planning Office. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 770, H.P. 577
Resolve, To Establish a Study Group To Update Weight Regulations. (Presented by Representative KESCHL of Belgrade)

L.D. 771, H.P. 578
An Act To Establish the St. John Valley Regional Planning Commission. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 772, H.P. 579
An Act To Amend the Auditing Requirements for Accounts of All Water Utilities. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 773, H.P. 580
An Act To Further Restrict the Availability of Methamphetamine and Amphetamine Pills. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 774, H.P. 581
An Act To Allow Access to Pseudoephedrine by Prescription Only. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 775, H.P. 582
An Act To Clarify Special Education Reporting Requirements. (Presented by Representative LOVEJOY of Portland)

L.D. 776, H.P. 583
An Act To Create a Fair Process for Energy Service Companies Contracting with Maine Schools. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Carmel)

L.D. 777, H.P. 584
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Necessary Capital Improvements at the University of Maine System That Support the Critical Disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math To Enhance Economic Development and Employment Opportunities for Maine Citizens. (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 778, H.P. 585
An Act To Amend the Process of Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grants. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Presque Isle)

L.D. 779, H.P. 586
An Act To Implement Standards Concerning Animal Welfare and Research Institutions. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 780, H.P. 587
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Limit the Number of Terms Served in Total. (Presented by Representative DOW of Waldoboro)

L.D. 781, H.P. 588
An Act To Establish Flushability Standards for Consumer Products Advertised as Flushable. (Presented by Representative WALSH INNES of Yarmouth)

L.D. 782, H.P. 589
An Act To Expand Competitive Bidding for Energy Service Contracts with Schools. (Presented by Representative WINTLE of Garland)

L.D. 783, H.P. 590
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Captive Insurance Companies. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 784, H.P. 591
An Act To Permit Persons To Perform Simple Electrical Repairs under Limited Licenses. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 785, H.P. 592
An Act Relating to Identification of Service Animals. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CRAY of Palmyra)

L.D. 786, H.P. 593
An Act To Eliminate the Penalty for School Administrative Units That Did Not Consolidate and Eliminate State Funding of Local Administrative Costs. (Presented by Representative LOVEJOY of Portland)

L.D. 787, H.P. 594
An Act To Establish an Elder Victims Restitution Fund. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 788, H.P. 595
An Act To Prohibit Forced Payment of Labor Union Dues or Fees by Workers. (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 789, H.P. 596
An Act To Eliminate the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 790, S.P. 219
Resolve, To Foster Energy Efficiency Improvements and Other Needed Renovations at Residential Care Facilities Funded by MaineCare. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 791, S.P. 225
An Act Regarding the Construction of New Court Facilities. (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 792, S.P. 226
Resolve, Establishing a Task Force To Examine the Decline in the Number of Nonresident Hunters. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 793, S.P. 231
An Act To Protect Ratepayers While Enhancing Energy Independence and Security. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 794, S.P. 238
An Act To Provide Fair Value for Insured Items. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 795, S.P. 239
An Act To Expand Net Energy Billing. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 796, S.P. 240
An Act To Continue the Axle Fine Waiver during the Midwinter Season. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 797, S.P. 241
An Act To Reform the Election Laws. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 798, S.P. 242
An Act To Prohibit Nonresidents from Contributing to Maine Political Campaigns or Candidates. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 799, S.P. 243
An Act To Provide Capital for Economic Development in Aroostook County. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 800, S.P. 244
An Act To Allow the Town of Surry To Join School Union No. 93. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 801, S.P. 245
An Act To Authorize the Public Utilities Commission To Require That Transmission or Distribution Lines Be Placed Underground. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 802, S.P. 246
An Act To Amend the Requirements for Electric Transmission Lines. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 803, H.P. 598
An Act To Allow the Town of Dayton To Opt Out of Its Regional School Unit Agreement. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 804, H.P. 599
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Unicameral Legislature. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 805, H.P. 601
An Act To Decrease the Tax Burden on Maine's Seniors. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 806, H.P. 602
An Act To Provide Public Access to Price Lists of Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 807, H.P. 603
An Act To Repeal the Bonding Authority of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 808, H.P. 604
An Act Regarding Property Taxes in the Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 809, H.P. 605
An Act Regarding the Fairness of Sales Tax on Certain Precious Metals Purchases. (Presented by Representative DAMON of Bangor)

L.D. 810, H.P. 606
An Act To Allow Hunting on Sunday in Certain Wildlife Management Districts. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 811, H.P. 607
An Act Relating to Child Support and Visitation by Noncustodial Parents. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 812, H.P. 608
An Act To Allow Municipalities the Option To Subsidize Publicly Owned Bus Stops through Advertising. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 813, H.P. 609
An Act To Require Every School Administrative Unit To Have a Food Service Director. (Presented by Representative RANKIN of Hiram)

L.D. 814, H.P. 610
An Act Relating to Political Action Committees in Maine. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 815, H.P. 611
An Act To Limit the Placement of Motor Vehicle Inspection Stickers in Automobiles. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 816, H.P. 612
An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Law Concerning Municipal Inspections of Buildings. (Presented by Representative BLODGETT of Augusta)

L.D. 817, H.P. 613
An Act To Stabilize Short-term Funding of Public Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DOW of Waldoboro)

L.D. 818, H.P. 614
Resolve, To Improve the Training and Retention of Maine's Professional Direct Care and Personal Supports Workforce. (Presented by Representative PETERSON of Rumford)

L.D. 819, H.P. 615
Resolve, To Improve the Predictability of Land Use Regulation in the Unorganized Territories. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 820, H.P. 616
An Act To Alter the Distribution of Maine Clean Election Act Funding. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 821, H.P. 617
An Act To Transfer Responsibility for the Enforcement of Liquor Laws to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 822, H.P. 618
An Act To Remove Taxes on Equipment Used for Business. (Presented by Representative DAMON of Bangor)

L.D. 823, H.P. 619
An Act To Amend the Law Governing Tax Increment Financing Districts. (Presented by Representative ROCHELO of Biddeford)

L.D. 824, H.P. 620
An Act To Amend Certain Provisions Regarding Evidence under the Law Concerning Post-judgment DNA Analysis. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 825, H.P. 621
An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002 for Nursing Facility Projects To Provide Alternative Means To Satisfy MaineCare Neutrality. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 826, H.P. 622
An Act To Permit a Local Option Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 827, H.P. 623
An Act To Bring the State's Laws into Compliance with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. (Presented by Representative BLODGETT of Augusta)

L.D. 828, H.P. 624
An Act To Amend the Maine Certificate of Need Act of 2002 for Nursing Facility Projects. (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 829, H.P. 625
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation, Broadband Infrastructure, Downtown Revitalization, Land for Maine's Future and Training Facilities in Labor Market Areas with Higher than Average Unemployment for Tourism-related Training. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 830, H.P. 627
An Act To Establish a Debt Limit for the State. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 831, H.P. 628
An Act To Protect the State from Accumulating Future Hospital Debt. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 832, H.P. 629
An Act Regarding Write-in Candidates in Municipal and City Elections. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 833, H.P. 630
An Act To Restrict Permits Available to the Holder of a Super Pack License. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 834, H.P. 631
An Act To Exempt Orthotics from Sales Tax. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 835, H.P. 632
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Improvements to the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 836, H.P. 633
An Act To Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 837, H.P. 634
An Act To Protect Children's Health and Promote Safe Schools and Child Care Centers by Limiting the Use of Pesticides. (Presented by Representative NELSON of Falmouth)

L.D. 838, H.P. 635
An Act To Make the Homestead Property Tax Exemption More Flexible for Municipalities and Remain Revenue Neutral for the State. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 839, H.P. 636
Resolve, To Study Motor Fuel and Fuel Additives and To Explore Alternatives to Ethanol Motor Fuel. (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 840, H.P. 637
An Act Regarding the Hiring of Immediate Family Members in State Government. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 841, H.P. 638
Resolve, To Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission on Affordable Housing. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 842, H.P. 639
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Research and Sustainable Development of Maine's Natural Resources. (Presented by Representative HUNT of Buxton)

L.D. 843, H.P. 640
An Act To Modernize the Maine Clean Election Act by Allowing for Private Contributions. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 844, H.P. 641
An Act To Provide Affordable Health Insurance for Municipal and School Employees through Competition. (Presented by Representative DILL of Cape Elizabeth)

L.D. 845, S.P. 248
An Act To Hold the Maine Turnpike Authority Accountable for Its Obligation under Maine Law To Transfer Annual Surplus Revenue to the Department of Transportation for Road and Bridge Projects around the State. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 846, S.P. 249
An Act To Assist Nonprofit Corporations Harmed by a Casino. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 847, S.P. 250
An Act To Increase the Amount of Deductible Business Expense Allowed for Property Placed in Service Beginning in 2011. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 848, S.P. 251
Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Study Modifying the Maine Clean Election Act. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 849, S.P. 252
An Act To Provide Tax Relief for Maine's Citizens by Reducing Income Taxes. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 850, S.P. 253
An Act To Improve the Enforcement of Laws Protecting Dogs. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 851, S.P. 254
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Railroads To Reduce the Cost of Shipping to Maine Businesses, Attract Tourists to Maine and Facilitate the Development of Commuter Rail Transportation To Reduce the Use of Oil in Maine. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 852, S.P. 255
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Natural Resource-based Economy. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 853, S.P. 257
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish the Maine State Endowment Trust. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 854, S.P. 258
An Act To Require the Treasurer of State To Publish All State Liabilities. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 855, S.P. 259
An Act To Treat Plantations in the Same Manner as Towns for Purposes of Tax Increment Financing. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

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