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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 13

Monday, April 4, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 25, 2011

Ch. 7 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Potato Board. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 34, L.D. 41)

Ch. 8 - An Act To Include Antique Motorcycles on the List of Vehicles That Are Exempt from Inspection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 188, L.D. 235)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 25, 2011

Ch. 6 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 131: The Maine Federal, State and Local Accountability Standards, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 4, L.D. 12)

Ch. 7 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 2-C: Voluntary Municipal Farm Support Program, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 167, L.D. 190)

Ch. 8 - Resolve, To Name the Maine Fire Training and Education Program at Southern Maine Community College the Maine Fire Service Institute. (S.P. 134, L.D. 430)

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 MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011

L.D. 1308, S.P. 405
An Act To Strengthen Computer Privacy. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1309, S.P. 406
Resolve, To Encourage Reciprocity between Maine and New Hampshire in the Reporting of Rabies Vaccinations by Veterinarians. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 1310, S.P. 407
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Address Confidentiality Program. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1311, S.P. 408
An Act To Specify That Providers of Voice Over Internet Protocol Services and Internet Protocol Enabled Services Do Not Constitute Telephone Utilities. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1312, S.P. 409
An Act To Require That Notaries Public Keep Records of Notarial Acts. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1313, S.P. 410
An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (Presented by Senator COLLINS of York)

L.D. 1314, H.P. 960
An Act To Standardize the Definition of "Independent Contractor". (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 1315, H.P. 961
An Act To Establish an Integrated Statewide System To Manage and Enforce Electronic Warrants. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1316, H.P. 962
An Act To Expand Magnet Schools in Maine. (Presented by Representative LOVEJOY of Portland)

L.D. 1317, H.P. 963
An Act Concerning Sex Offender Registry Information. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1318, H.P. 964
An Act To Repeal the Law Regarding DNA Collection. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1319, H.P. 965
An Act To Prohibit the Unwarranted Collection of Identifying Data of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1320, H.P. 966
An Act To Increase the Recycling Rate in Maine. (Presented by Representative WELSH of Rockport)

L.D. 1321, H.P. 967
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Allow for the Appointment of County Sheriffs, Judges and Registers of Probate. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1322, H.P. 968
An Act To Extend the Probationary Period for Teachers. (Presented by Representative NELSON of Falmouth)

L.D. 1323, H.P. 969
An Act To Support Solar Energy Development in Maine. (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 1324, H.P. 970
An Act To Create Consistency and Fairness in Maine's Bottle Bill. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1325, H.P. 971
An Act To Amend the Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1326, H.P. 972
An Act To Allow School Administrative Units To Seek Less Expensive Health Insurance Alternatives. (Presented by Representative SARTY of Denmark)

L.D. 1327, H.P. 973
Resolve, To Study the Organization of the Fisheries Management Activities of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Make Recommendations To Improve Efficiency and Effectiveness. (Presented by Representative FLEMINGS of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1328, H.P. 974
Resolve, To Create a Working Group To Study the Subdivision Laws. (Presented by Representative MORISSETTE of Winslow)

L.D. 1329, H.P. 975
Resolve, To Study the Condition of the Landlocked Salmon in Maine and Make Recommendations To Improve Their Health. (Presented by Representative FLEMINGS of Bar Harbor)

L.D. 1330, H.P. 976
Resolve, To Expand Commuter and Passenger Rail Transportation in Maine. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1331, H.P. 977
An Act To Increase Health Care Quality through the Promotion of Health Information Exchange and the Protection of Patient Privacy. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 1332, H.P. 978
An Act To Amend the Maine Condominium Act. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1333, H.P. 979
An Act To Modify Rating Practices for Individual and Small Group Health Plans and To Encourage Value-based Purchasing of Health Care Services. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1334, S.P. 411
An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To License Families To Provide Care for Children in Foster Care. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1335, S.P. 412
An Act Relating to the Authority of the Legislative Council over the Fiscal Note Process. (Presented by Senator ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1336, S.P. 413
An Act To Provide an Internship Employment Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1337, S.P. 414
An Act To Ensure Patient Privacy and Control with Regard to Health Information Exchanges. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1338, S.P. 415
An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code To Conform with Federal Law. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1339, H.P. 980
An Act To Amend the Process for Appeals of Liquor Licensing Decisions. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1340, H.P. 981
Resolve, To Suspend Fuel Tax Rate Adjustments for the 2012-2013 Biennium. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1341, H.P. 982
An Act To Provide Rent Relief to Low-income Maine Residents. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1342, H.P. 983
An Act To Amend the Washington County Development Authority. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 1343, H.P. 984
An Act To Limit Interest Assessed against Municipalities. (Presented by Representative GILLWAY of Searsport)

L.D. 1344, H.P. 985
An Act To Fund Commuter and Passenger Rail Transportation in Maine. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1345, H.P. 986
An Act To Align Maine Special Education Statutes with Federal Requirements. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1346, H.P. 987
An Act To Enhance Access to the Workplace for Minors. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 1347, H.P. 988
An Act Relating to Locations where Concealed Weapons May Be Carried. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1348, H.P. 989
An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway 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 CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1349, H.P. 990
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Handling of Medical Examiner Cases. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 1350, H.P. 991
An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1351, H.P. 992
An Act To Improve and Simplify the Application for Benefits under the Circuitbreaker Program. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1352, H.P. 993
An Act To Implement the Requirements of the Federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1353, S.P. 416
An Act To Amend the Discovery Rule Laws. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1354, S.P. 417
An Act To Require a Person To Carry Liability Insurance on a Snowmobile. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1355, S.P. 418
An Act To Encourage Transparency in Certain Organizations Involved in Political Campaigns. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1356, S.P. 419
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the School Revolving Renovation Fund. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1357, H.P. 996
An Act To Exempt Certain Mortgage Loan Originators from Licensing. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1358, H.P. 997
An Act To Amend the Requirements Concerning Restroom Facilities for Small Restaurants with Dual Liquor Licenses. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1359, H.P. 998
An Act To Enhance Local Control of Noise Ordinances. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1360, H.P. 999
An Act To Provide Prevailing Mortgagors Attorney's Fees in the Foreclosure Process. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1361, H.P. 1000
Resolve, To Ensure Patient Safety in the Use of Certain Imaging Equipment. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1362, H.P. 1001
An Act To Ensure Accurate Valuation of a Community Benefits Package for Communities That Host Wind Energy Developments. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1363, H.P. 1002
An Act Regarding the Publication of Information Related to Persons Convicted of Operating under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1364, H.P. 1003
An Act To Improve the Quality and Reduce the Cost of Health Care. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1365, H.P. 1004
An Act Regarding Protection Orders and the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases. (Presented by Representative HINCK of Portland)

L.D. 1366, H.P. 1005
An Act To Update the Maine Wind Energy Act To Include Low-emission Energy. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln)

L.D. 1367, S.P. 421
An Act To Restore Maine's Secondary Roads. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1368, H.P. 1007
An Act To Adjust Payroll Processor License Fees. (Presented by Representative CURTIS of Madison)

L.D. 1369, H.P. 1008
An Act To Simplify the Maine Income Tax Law. (Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway)

L.D. 1370, H.P. 1009
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing General Assistance Programs. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

L.D. 1371, H.P. 1010
An Act To Promote Fair and Efficient Resolutions in Tax Disputes. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1372, H.P. 1011
An Act To Make Additional Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2011. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 1373, H.P. 1012
Resolve, To Produce Cost Savings by Requiring the State E-mail System To Be Hosted by Google. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1374, H.P. 1013
An Act To Protect Seniors and Incapacitated or Dependent Adults from Abuse. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 1375, H.P. 1014
An Act To Require a Boating Safety Course for New Boat Registrants. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1376, H.P. 1015
An Act To Preserve the Integrity of the Voter Registration and Election Process. (Presented by Speaker NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 1377, H.P. 1016
An Act To Adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1378, S.P. 423
An Act To Create a State-sponsored 401(k) Retirement Plan for Participation by Private Employers. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1379, S.P. 424
An Act To Establish Training Routes for School Bus Drivers. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1380, S.P. 425
An Act To Extend the Salary Supplement for National Board-certified Teachers at Publicly Supported Secondary Schools That Enroll at Least 60% Public Students. (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1381, S.P. 426
An Act Regarding the Requirement That Construction Equipment Have a License Plate. (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1382, S.P. 427
An Act To Protect Homeowners Regarding Sewer Liens. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1383, S.P. 428
An Act To Improve the Process by Which Logging Contractors Hire Legal Foreign Workers. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1384, H.P. 1017
An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Holiday Weekend. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1385, H.P. 1018
An Act To Provide Tax Relief to Residents Deployed for Military Duty or Stationed outside of Maine. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1386, H.P. 1019
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund the Challenger Learning Center of Maine. (Presented by Representative STEVENS of Bangor)

L.D. 1387, H.P. 1020
An Act To Restore Exemptions in the Natural Resources Protection Act. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1388, H.P. 1021
An Act To Allow Schools To Adopt Approved Alternative Curricula. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1389, S.P. 429
An Act To Require Certain Costly Rules To Be Approved by the Legislature. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1390, S.P. 430
An Act To Revise the Reporting Requirements for Oil Spills. (Presented by Senator SNOWE-MELLO of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1391, S.P. 431
An Act To Improve Access to Veterinary Medicine and Improve Veterinary Care. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1392, S.P. 432
An Act To Increase the Penalty for Sexual Abuse by Certain Offenders. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1393, H.P. 1022
An Act To Require Estimates of Patient Costs in Any Plan of Care prior to Treatment. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1394, H.P. 1023
An Act To Impose Penalties for Certain Transfers of Assets at Less Than Fair Market Value by Individuals Receiving Long-term Care Services. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1395, H.P. 1024
An Act To Authorize a Highway Fund Bond Issue To Improve Maine's Roads and Bridges. (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1396, H.P. 1025
An Act To Require a Transmission and Distribution Utility To Provide Safeguards to Consumers Prior To Installing Wireless Smart Meters. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1397, H.P. 1026
An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1398, H.P. 1027
An Act To Amend the Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (Presented by Representative HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1399, H.P. 1028
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Relative to the Maine Criminal Code and Related Statutes. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1400, H.P. 1029
An Act To Address Certain Aspects of Bail. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

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