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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 11

Thursday, March 17, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS PRINTED AS OF THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011

L.D. 1043, H.P. 778
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, 2012 and June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 1044, H.P. 779
An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools. (Presented by Representative FITZPATRICK of Houlton)

L.D. 1045, H.P. 780
An Act To Encourage Better Grades for High School Students by Linking Grades with the Granting of a Driver's License. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Easton)

L.D. 1046, H.P. 781
An Act To Amend the Application of the Maine Human Rights Act Regarding Public Accommodations. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1047, H.P. 782
An Act Pertaining to Vehicle Registrations. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1048, H.P. 783
An Act To Delay the Implementation of the Rental Housing Radon Testing Requirement. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1049, H.P. 784
An Act To Allow a Municipality To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit. (Presented by Representative KRUGER of Thomaston)

L.D. 1050, H.P. 785
An Act To Encourage the Promotion of Outdoor Recreational Activities. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1051, H.P. 786
An Act To Calculate Essential Programs and Services Funding on an Equal Labor Market. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1052, H.P. 787
An Act To Require Equal Treatment of All Roads in a Road Association. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1053, H.P. 788
An Act To Impose a Mandatory Minimum Award in Small Claims Actions. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1054, H.P. 789
An Act To Revise the Maine Clean Election Act Regarding Legislative Leadership Positions. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1055, H.P. 790
An Act Regarding the Computation of Workers' Compensation Rates Based on Past Claims. (Presented by Representative FITZPATRICK of Houlton)

L.D. 1056, H.P. 791
An Act To Increase the Availability of Independent Medical Examiners under the Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (Presented by Representative HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1057, H.P. 792
An Act To Limit Increases in the Unemployment Contribution Rate. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 1058, H.P. 793
Resolve, To Create a Mitigation Fund for Damage Caused by Unauthorized All-terrain Vehicle Use on Private Land. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1059, H.P. 794
An Act To Correct a Statutory Oversight Regarding Renewable Capacity Resources Portfolio Requirements for Consumer-owned Utilities. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1060, H.P. 795
Resolve, To Require Regional School Unit No. 20 To Transfer Certain Property to the Town of Searsport. (Presented by Representative GILLWAY of Searsport)

L.D. 1061, H.P. 796
An Act To Amend the Lien Process for Unpaid Water Rates. (Presented by Representative WELSH of Rockport)

L.D. 1062, H.P. 797
An Act To Ensure Access to Certain Health Care Services for Children. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1063, H.P. 798
An Act To Restore Limits on the Location of Licensed Redemption Centers and Improve Operations. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1064, H.P. 799
Resolve, To Expand the Scope of the Study of Existing Highway Infrastructure and Future Capacity Needs West of Route 1 in York and Cumberland Counties Being Conducted by the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority. (Presented by Representative TUTTLE of Sanford)

L.D. 1065, H.P. 800
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Determination of Permanent Impairment under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1066, H.P. 801
An Act To Increase Home Weatherization and Energy Independence. (Presented by Representative BELIVEAU of Kittery)

L.D. 1067, H.P. 802
An Act To Improve Awareness of Smoking Policies in Maine Rental Housing and Condominiums. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1068, H.P. 803
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Maine Residents under the Driver's License Laws. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1069, H.P. 804
An Act To Provide Maine Tourism and Industry Collaborative Film Grants. (Presented by Representative VALENTINO of Saco)

L.D. 1070, H.P. 805
An Act To Expedite the Eviction Process and Lower the Eviction Workload of the Courts. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 1071, H.P. 806
An Act To Allow the Use of Mini-trucks on Public Ways. (Presented by Representative AYOTTE of Caswell)

L.D. 1072, H.P. 807
An Act To Establish a Coyote Bounty Permit. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1073, H.P. 808
An Act To Require Defibrillators in All Health Club Gyms. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1074, H.P. 809
An Act To Create the Position of Juvenile Community Service Director in the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1075, H.P. 810
An Act To Prohibit Horse Slaughter for Human Consumption. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1076, H.P. 811
An Act To Protect Maine Laws under the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maine. (Presented by Representative WATERHOUSE of Bridgton)

L.D. 1077, H.P. 812
An Act To Enhance Public Participation in Decisions Relating to the Large-scale Extraction and Transportation of Water. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Alfred)

L.D. 1078, H.P. 813
An Act To Amend the Audit and Enforcement Functions of the Workers' Compensation Board. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 1079, H.P. 814
An Act To Authorize Peaks Island, House Island, Pumpkin Knob and Catnip Island To Secede from the City of Portland. (Presented by Representative WEAVER of York)

L.D. 1080, H.P. 815
An Act To Ban the Use of Traps and Dogs in Bear Hunting. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1081, H.P. 816
An Act To Provide a Property Tax Exemption for Family Burying Grounds. (Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington)

L.D. 1082, H.P. 817
An Act Concerning the Protection of Personal Information in Communications with Elected Officials. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1083, S.P. 316
An Act To Allow the Town of Arundel To Withdraw from Its Regional School Unit without Penalty. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1084, S.P. 317
An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Maine Fish and Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1085, S.P. 318
An Act Regarding Prequalification Standards for Contractors. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1086, S.P. 319
An Act To Promote Plug-in Electric Vehicle Sales. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1087, S.P. 320
An Act To Modernize the Procedure for Appeals in Criminal Cases. (Presented by Senator TRAHAN of Lincoln)

L.D. 1088, S.P. 321
An Act Regarding the Writing of Bad Checks. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1089, S.P. 322
An Act To Require That Homeowner's Insurance Covers Rental Equipment. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1090, S.P. 323
An Act To Allow a Stay of an Administrative License Suspension for Refusal To Submit to a Test. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1091, S.P. 324
An Act To Expand the Availability of Natural Gas to the Citizens of Maine. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1092, S.P. 325
An Act To Allow a Tax Credit for Tuition Paid to Private Schools. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1093, S.P. 326
An Act To Require the State To Pay Costs and Fees in Actions against Certain State Agencies. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1094, S.P. 327
An Act To Improve the Delivery of School Psychological Services to Children. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1095, S.P. 328
An Act To Facilitate the Construction and Operation of Private Prisons by Authorizing the Transport of Prisoners out of State. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1096, S.P. 329
An Act To Enhance Economic Development by Encouraging Job and Business Growth in Maine's Aviation Industry. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1097, S.P. 330
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Real Estate Transfer Tax. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1098, S.P. 331
An Act To Increase Accountability for the Most Serious Offenders of Laws Prohibiting Operating under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1099, S.P. 332
An Act Concerning Independent Contractors in the Trucking and Messenger Courier Industries. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1100, S.P. 333
An Act To Increase Transparency in Funding of Campaign Advertisements. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1101, S.P. 334
An Act To Require Specificity in Deed Restrictions. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1102, S.P. 335
An Act To Ensure That Victims Are Kept Informed in Criminal Cases. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1103, S.P. 336
An Act To Speed Recovery of Amounts Due the State. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1104, S.P. 337
An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Take Requisite Measures To Collect Fines and Penalties. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 1105, S.P. 338
Resolve, To Study Oral Health Care in Maine and Make Recommendations Regarding How To Address Maine's Oral Health Care Needs. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 1106, H.P. 818
An Act To Lower the Cost of Health Care through Improved Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1107, H.P. 819
An Act To Eliminate Penalties under the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws for Grand Isle School Department, Madawaska School Department, School Administrative District No. 32 and School Administrative District No. 33. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 1108, H.P. 820
An Act To Modify the Requirement To Replace Trees Cut Down in Violation of Local Laws. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1109, H.P. 821
Resolve, To Target Job Creation in the Agricultural Sector To Improve the Stability and Economic Strength of Rural Maine. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1110, H.P. 822
An Act Regarding the Attendance of Attorneys at Pupil Evaluation Team Meetings. (Presented by Representative KENT of Woolwich)

L.D. 1111, H.P. 823
An Act To Ensure Timely Resolution of Professional Negligence Claims. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1112, H.P. 824
An Act To Improve Maine's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1113, H.P. 825
An Act To Encourage Fishing for Individuals with Disabilities. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1114, H.P. 826
An Act To Improve Preventive Dental Health Care and Reduce Future Avoidable Costs. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1115, H.P. 827
An Act To Clarify the Responsibilities of the Maine Developmental Services Oversight and Advisory Board. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1116, H.P. 828
An Act To Restore Market-based Competition for Pharmacy Benefits Management Services. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1117, H.P. 829
An Act To Promote the Hiring of Seasonal Workers. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1118, H.P. 830
An Act To Provide a Tax Credit for High-quality Child Care Sites. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1119, H.P. 831
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sale of Certain Tobacco Products. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1120, H.P. 832
An Act To Move the Land for Maine's Future Program to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1121, H.P. 833
An Act To Provide for Incentives and Reparations to Landowners in Connection with All-terrain Vehicle Access. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1122, H.P. 834
An Act To Increase Dental Benefits and Oral Health Care. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1123, H.P. 835
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1124, H.P. 836
An Act To Authorize the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras To Prove and Enforce Violations of Overtaking and Passing School Buses. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1125, H.P. 837
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government To Make Necessary Changes to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1126, H.P. 838
An Act To Require That the Governor Be Elected by the Ranked-choice Voting Method. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1127, H.P. 839
An Act To Amend the Authority of the Washington County Development Authority. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative PARKER of Veazie)

L.D. 1128, H.P. 840
An Act To Modify the Requirements for Municipal Code Enforcement Officer Training. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1129, H.P. 841
An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority Chemicals. (Presented by Representative HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1130, S.P. 339
An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Determination of Domicile Based on the Geographic Location of an Individual's Bank. (Presented by Senator COURTNEY of York)

L.D. 1131, S.P. 340
An Act To Require Public Disclosure of Health Care Prices. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1132, S.P. 341
Resolve, To Authorize the Exchange of Certain Lands Owned by the State. (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 1133, S.P. 342
An Act To Reform the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1134, S.P. 343
An Act To Make Municipal Recounts Consistent with State Recounts. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1135, S.P. 344
An Act To Protect the Rights of Property Owners. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1136, H.P. 842
An Act To Require the Opportunity To Recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Schools. (Presented by Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick)

L.D. 1137, H.P. 843
An Act To Conform Business Expense Deductions to Federal Law. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1138, H.P. 844
An Act To Prevent Unnecessary Expulsion of Landowners from the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law Program. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1139, H.P. 845
An Act To Require Students To Receive Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated External Defibrillator prior to Graduation. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1140, H.P. 846
An Act To Amend the Dual Liquor License Law. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1141, H.P. 847
An Act To Allow Direct Shipment of Beer and Wine by Retail Licensees. (Presented by Representative PILON of Saco)

L.D. 1142, H.P. 848
An Act To Amend the Farm and Open Space Tax Law. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1143, H.P. 849
An Act To Require That Law Enforcement Officials Collect DNA Samples from Persons Arrested for Certain Crimes. (Presented by Representative MALONEY of Augusta)

L.D. 1144, H.P. 850
An Act To Repeal Inactive Boards and Commissions. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 12006, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1145, S.P. 345
Resolve, To Require the Purchase of Maine Wood Fuel by Recipients of Certain Public Funds. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1146, S.P. 346
Resolve, To Direct the Department of Environmental Protection To Adopt Rules Establishing Sound Level Limits for Wind Turbines. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1147, S.P. 347
An Act To Conform Maine's Estate Tax to the Federal Estate Tax. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1148, S.P. 348
An Act To Improve Vehicle Safety for First Responders. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1149, S.P. 349
An Act To Provide Equitable Access to Postsecondary Courses. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1150, S.P. 350
An Act To Improve the Administration of the Legislative Ethics Laws. (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 1151, S.P. 351
An Act Regarding Reporting Procedures of Lobbyists. (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 1152, S.P. 352
An Act To Amend the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1153, S.P. 353
An Act To Regulate the Bonded Indebtedness of the State. (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1154, H.P. 852
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1155, H.P. 853
An Act To Allow Harness Racing Betting To Be Conducted at Class A Lounges. (Presented by Representative CRAY of Palmyra)

L.D. 1156, H.P. 854
An Act To Exempt from Subdivision Requirements Land Sold by 65 Years of Age or Older Persons. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1157, H.P. 855
An Act To Protect Property Tax Revenue in the Unorganized Territory. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1158, H.P. 856
An Act To Change the Regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Distribution Facilities. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1159, H.P. 857
An Act To Amend the Identification Requirements under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1160, H.P. 858
Resolve, To Promote Education Regarding Parkinson's Disease among Health Care and Emergency Personnel. (Presented by Representative HARLOW of Portland)

L.D. 1161, H.P. 859
An Act To Waive Penalties Imposed under Laws Governing Taxation for Persons Who Are Unemployed. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1162, H.P. 860
An Act To Allow Members of Professional Associations To Purchase Health Insurance across State Lines. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1163, H.P. 861
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Commissioner of Corrections' Study Regarding the Placement of Special Management Prisoners. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1164, H.P. 862
An Act To Support Maine Farms and Alleviate Hunger. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1165, H.P. 863
An Act To Enable Prosecutions for Criminal Invasion of Computer Privacy. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1166, H.P. 864
An Act To Improve Electronic Prescribing. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1167, H.P. 865
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Persons Involved in Reportable Motor Vehicle Accidents. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1168, H.P. 866
An Act To Exempt Firearms Manufactured in this State from Federal Regulation. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1169, H.P. 867
An Act To Require Timely Reporting of Dog Licensing. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1170, H.P. 868
An Act To Establish a Code of Ethics for Individuals Involved in Grid-scale Wind Energy Development. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1171, H.P. 869
An Act To Amend the Pine Tree Development Zone Laws To Provide a Better Measurement of Per Capita Income. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1172, H.P. 870
An Act To Prohibit Enforcement of Federal Laws in Violation of the Constitution of the United States. (Presented by Representative NEWENDYKE of Litchfield)

L.D. 1173, H.P. 871
An Act To Make Changes to the Maine College Savings Program. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Carmel)

L.D. 1174, H.P. 872
An Act To Help Maine's Employers To Recruit Skilled Workers by Expanding the Availability of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1175, H.P. 873
An Act To Allow a Homeowner To Insure a Residence for Less than Actual Cash Value. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1176, H.P. 874
An Act To Enhance Reciprocity Agreements Regarding Permits To Carry Concealed Firearms. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1177, H.P. 875
An Act To Make Minor Changes to Municipal Health Inspection Activities. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1178, H.P. 876
An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing the Consolidation of Jails. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1179, H.P. 877
An Act To Require Advance Review and Approval of Certain Small Group Health Insurance Rate Increases and To Implement the Requirements of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1180, H.P. 878
An Act To Transfer Responsibility for Oversight of Games of Chance to the Gambling Control Board. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

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