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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 24

Friday, June 17, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ch. 265 - An Act Regarding Protection Orders. (H.P. 1004, L.D. 1365)

Ch. 266 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Marine Resources Laws. (S.P. 483, L.D. 1522)

Ch. 267 - An Act Concerning the Disposal of Unclaimed, Lost or Stolen Personal Property by Law Enforcement Agencies. (H.P. 918, L.D. 1227)

Ch. 268 - An Act To Amend the Fees for Infant Lifetime Licenses. (H.P. 90, L.D. 108)

Ch. 269 - An Act To Provide Prevailing Mortgagors Attorney's Fees in the Foreclosure Process. (H.P. 999, L.D. 1360)

Ch. 270 - An Act To Implement the Insurance Payment Reform Recommendations of the Advisory Council on Health Systems Development. (H.P. 423, L.D. 540)

Ch. 271 - An Act Regarding Regulation of Emergency Medical Services. (S.P. 467, L.D. 1489)

Ch. 272 - An Act To Exempt Persons Performing Simple Electrical Repairs from Licensing Requirements. (H.P. 591, L.D. 784)

Ch. 273 - An Act To Ensure Ratepayer Benefits from Long-term Contracts for Renewable Energy Credits. (S.P. 218, L.D. 729)

Ch. 274 - An Act To Amend the Maine Business Corporation Act. (H.P. 1103, L.D. 1502)

Ch. 275 - An Act Regarding the Disposition of Mercury-added Lamps. (S.P. 145, L.D. 512)

Ch. 276 - An Act To Extend the Use of Underground Storage Tanks. (S.P. 210, L.D. 721)

Ch. 277 - An Act To Protect Ratepayers While Enhancing Energy Independence and Security. (S.P. 231, L.D. 793)

Ch. 278 - An Act Regarding Conveyance of Easements across Railroad Rights-of-way. (S.P. 147, L.D. 514)

Ch. 279 - An Act To Create a Fair Process for Energy Service Companies Contracting with Maine Schools. (H.P. 583, L.D. 776)

Ch. 280 - An Act To Allow the Sale of Locally Produced Beer and Wine at Farmers' Markets. (H.P. 570, L.D. 763)

Ch. 281 - An Act To Amend the Requirements for Electric Transmission Lines. (S.P. 246, L.D. 802)

Ch. 282 - An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code To Address the Issue of Competency. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1039, L.D. 1413)

Ch. 283 - An Act Regarding the Public Utilities Commission's Ability To Use Certain Funds. (H.P. 735, L.D. 999)

Ch. 284 - An Act Regarding Information Provided to Consumers by Competitive Electricity Providers. (H.P. 1113, L.D. 1510)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 10, 2011

Ch. 285 - An Act To Amend the Tax Laws. (H.P. 971, L.D. 1325)

Ch. 286 - An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Statutes. (H.P. 1145, L.D. 1560)

Ch. 287 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Tax Increment Financing Districts. (H.P. 619, L.D. 823)

Ch. 288 - An Act To Improve the Protection of Animals. (S.P. 253, L.D. 850)

Ch. 289 - An Act To Amend the Maine Secure and Fair Enforcement for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2009. (H.P. 234, L.D. 290)

Ch. 290 - An Act To Clarify the Exemption of Lineworkers from Maine Electrician Licensing Laws. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 675, L.D. 915)

Ch. 291 - An Act To Enhance Mandated Reporting and Prosecution of Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. (H.P. 699, L.D. 939)

Ch. 292 - An Act To Modify the Laws Regarding Status as an Independent Contractor. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 437, L.D. 1420)

Ch. 293 - An Act To Clarify Assistance for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. (H.P. 887, L.D. 1196)

Ch. 294 - An Act To Include Civics in the Social Studies and History Courses Required for a High School Diploma. (H.P. 902, L.D. 1211)

Ch. 295 - An Act To Clarify the State's Authority under Public Health Laws for Municipal Inspections of Establishments. (S.P. 273, L.D. 869)

Ch. 296 - An Act To Amend the Definition of "Automobile" for Purposes of the Sales and Use Tax Law. (H.P. 544, L.D. 713)

Ch. 297 - An Act To Establish Standards for Portable Electronic Device Insurance. (S.P. 455, L.D. 1464)

Ch. 298 - An Act Regarding Permits To Carry Concealed Firearms. (H.P. 1070, L.D. 1439)

Ch. 299 - An Act Concerning Sex Offender Registry Information. (H.P. 963, L.D. 1317)

Ch. 300 - An Act To Remove Obstacles to the Use of Technological Advances for Heating in Multifamily Structures. (H.P. 1107, L.D. 1506)

Ch. 301 - An Act To Amend the Beano Laws. (H.P. 1083, L.D. 1474)

Ch. 302 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Turnpike Authority and To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee in the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Report Concerning the Maine Turnpike Authority. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1130, L.D. 1538)

Ch. 303 - An Act To Clarify the Award of Fees in Domestic Violence Cases. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1159, L.D. 1576)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 13, 2011

Ch. 304 - An Act To Ensure Regulatory Fairness and Reform. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 10, L.D. 1)

Ch. 305 - An Act To Regulate Boxing and Prizefighting in Maine. (H.P. 656, L.D. 889)

Ch. 306 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Public Health Infrastructure. (H.P. 103, L.D. 121)

Ch. 307 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sex Offender Registry. (S.P. 313, L.D. 1025)

Ch. 308 - An Act To Adjust Payroll Processor License Fees. (H.P. 1007, L.D. 1368)

Ch. 309 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bear Hunting. (H.P. 361, L.D. 468)

Ch. 310 - An Act To Clarify the Maine State Lottery Agent Licensing Process. (H.P. 1116, L.D. 1513)

Ch. 311 - An Act To Amend the Department of Marine Resources' Administrative Suspension Process. (S.P. 453, L.D. 1462)

Ch. 312 - An Act To Clarify Rights-of-way Laws. (H.P. 1082, L.D. 1473)

Ch. 313 - An Act To Provide Tax Relief to Residents Deployed for Military Duty or Stationed outside of Maine. (H.P. 1018, L.D. 1385)

Ch. 314 - An Act To Provide Rebates for Renewable Energy Technologies. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 568, L.D. 761)

Ch. 315 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services in Lincoln County and Sagadahoc County. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 126, L.D. 422)

Ch. 316 - An Act To Improve Hospital Reporting of MRSA and Clostridium difficile Data. (H.P. 903, L.D. 1212)

Ch. 317 - An Act To Improve Oil Storage Facility Operator Training. (S.P. 371, L.D. 1250)

Ch. 318 - An Act To Allow the Unclaimed Remains of a Veteran To Have Proper Burial. (S.P. 386, L.D. 1265)

Ch. 319 - An Act To Provide the Department of Environmental Protection with Regulatory Flexibility Regarding the Listing of Priority Chemicals. (H.P. 841, L.D. 1129)

Ch. 320 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (H.P. 852, L.D. 1154)

Ch. 321 - An Act To Amend the InforME Public Information Access Act. (S.P. 482, L.D. 1521)

Ch. 322 - An Act To Amend the Maine Human Rights Act Regarding Accessible Building Standards. (S.P. 488, L.D. 1531)

Ch. 323 - An Act To Promote Transparency in the Medicaid Reimbursement Process. (H.P. 1092, L.D. 1485)

Ch. 324 - An Act To Provide for a Method To Remove an Elected Municipal Official. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1125, L.D. 1533)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 325 - An Act To Revise the Laws on Tournament Games. (H.P. 718, L.D. 974)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 326 - An Act To Amend the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1410)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ch. 327 - An Act Regarding the Right of Native Americans To Be Issued Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1071, L.D. 1456)

Ch. 328 - An Act To Reduce the Time Period after Which a Member Municipality May Petition To Withdraw from a Regional School Unit. (H.P. 121, L.D. 139)

Ch. 329 - An Act To End Homelessness for Veterans in Maine. (S.P. 212, L.D. 723)

Ch. 330 - An Act To Allow the Board of Dental Examiners To Issue Dental School Faculty Licenses. (S.P. 480, L.D. 1519)

Ch. 331 - An Act To Implement the Requirements of the Federal Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 993, L.D. 1352)

Ch. 332 - An Act To Revise Notification Requirements for Pesticide Application. (H.P. 181, L.D. 228)

Ch. 333 - An Act To Provide a Temporary License To Operate a Public Dance Establishment. (H.P. 645, L.D. 878)

Ch. 334 - An Act To Increase the Credit Toward Payment of Fines Given for Jail Time. (H.P. 686, L.D. 926)

Ch. 335 - An Act To Strengthen the Laws against Driving under the Influence of Drugs. (H.P. 1096, L.D. 1491)

Ch. 336 - An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code. (H.P. 774, L.D. 1040)

Ch. 337 - An Act To Amend the Occupational Disease Reporting Laws. (H.P. 484, L.D. 654)

Ch. 338 - An Act Regarding Payment of Medical Fees in the Workers' Compensation System. (S.P. 365, L.D. 1244)

Ch. 339 - An Act To Amend Seasonal Licenses for the Operation of Beano or Bingo Games. (S.P. 441, L.D. 1427)

Ch. 340 - An Act To Support Farm Programs at Department of Corrections Facilities. (H.P. 513, L.D. 685)

Ch. 341 - An Act To Address Certain Aspects of Bail. (H.P. 1029, L.D. 1400)

Ch. 342 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws. (H.P. 1122, L.D. 1528)

Ch. 343 - An Act To Protect Consumer Information at the Efficiency Maine Trust. (S.P. 478, L.D. 1516)

Ch. 344 - An Act To Repeal Inactive Boards and Commissions. (H.P. 850, L.D. 1144)

Ch. 345 - An Act Regarding Service Contracts. (H.P. 1109, L.D. 1507)

Ch. 346 - An Act To Encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 490, L.D. 1540) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 347 - An Act To Increase Health Care Quality through the Promotion of Health Information Exchange and the Protection of Patient Privacy. (H.P. 977, L.D. 1331)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ch. 348 - An Act To Align Maine Special Education Statutes with Federal Requirements. (H.P. 986, L.D. 1345)

Ch. 349 - An Act To Assist Seasonal Entertainment Facilities with Public Safety Requirements. (H.P. 105, L.D. 123)

Ch. 350 - An Act To Create a 6-year Statute of Limitations for Environmental Violations. (S.P. 87, L.D. 281)

Ch. 351 - An Act To Amend the Process of Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program Grants. (H.P. 585, L.D. 778)

Ch. 352 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Competitive Bidding for School Construction and Repair. (S.P. 110, L.D. 397)

Ch. 353 - An Act To Permit Public School Online Learning Programs To Accept Nonresident Tuition Students. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 698, L.D. 938)

Ch. 354 - An Act To Support and Encourage the Use of Online Textbooks. (S.P. 161, L.D. 569)

Ch. 355 - An Act To Encourage Fishing for Individuals with Disabilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 825, L.D. 1113)

Ch. 356 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 410, L.D. 1313)

Ch. 357 - An Act To Conform the Authority of the Department of Environmental Protection to Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 507, L.D. 1575) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 358 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations Regarding the Legislative Review of the Allocation of Slot Machine Revenue. (H.P. 319, L.D. 393)

Ch. 359 - An Act To Foster Economic Development by Improving Administration of the Laws Governing Site Location of Development and Storm Water Management. (S.P. 52, L.D. 159)

Ch. 360 - An Act To Increase Transparency in Funding of Campaign Advertisements. (S.P. 333, L.D. 1100)

Ch. 361 - An Act To Allow the Repayment of Improperly Awarded Workers' Compensation Benefits. (S.P. 389, L.D. 1268)

Ch. 362 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Significant Wildlife Habitat. (H.P. 765, L.D. 1031)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ch. 14 - An Act To Create the Nickerson Lake Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 499, L.D. 1561)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 15 - An Act To Allow the City of Bangor To Replace the Bangor Auditorium and Civic Center at the Bass Park Complex. (S.P. 283, L.D. 895)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ch. 67 - Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists To Process Radiographs in Underserved Areas of the State. (H.P. 183, L.D. 230)

Ch. 68 - Resolve, To Promote Greater Transparency and Accountability through Regional Transmission Organization Reform. (S.P. 396, L.D. 1275)

Ch. 69 - Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission To Develop a Plan To Reform Telecommunications Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1075, L.D. 1466)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 10, 2011

Ch. 70 - Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Sell or Lease the Interests of the State in Certain Real Property Located in Rockwood and Sinclair in the Unorganized Territory and To Extend the Dates To Sell Real Property in Bangor, Augusta, Skowhegan, Frenchville and Hallowell. (H.P. 1139, L.D. 1552)

Ch. 71 - Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Report on Services for Elders and Other Adults Who Need Long-term Home-based and Community-based Care. (S.P. 452, L.D. 1461)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, June 13, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 72 - Resolve, To Authorize the Exchange of Interest in Certain Lands Owned by the State. (S.P. 341, L.D. 1132)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 13, 2011

Ch. 73 - Resolve, Reauthorizing the Balance of the 2005 Maine Biomedical Research Fund and Marine Infrastructure and Technology Fund Bond Issues. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 86, L.D. 280)

Ch. 74 - Resolve, Regarding Prequalification Standards for Contractors. (S.P. 318, L.D. 1085)

Ch. 75 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Examine Centralization of the Petition Signature Verification Process. (H.P. 736, L.D. 1000)

Ch. 76 - Resolve, To Coordinate Stakeholders To Review Best Practices in the Management of Strangulation and Determine Methods To Address the Issue in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 761, L.D. 1027)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ch. 77 - Resolve, To Ensure a Strong Start for Maine's Infants and Toddlers by Extending the Reach of High-quality Home Visitation. (H.P. 1105, L.D. 1504)

Ch. 78 - 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) (H.P. 550, L.D. 743)

Ch. 79 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct Meetings To Review the Issue of Compliance with the Laws Governing Guaranteed Price Home Heating Oil, Kerosene and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contracts. (H.P. 1128, L.D. 1536)

Ch. 80 - Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Improve Public Guardianship Services to Adults with Cognitive Disabilities. (S.P. 373, L.D. 1252)

Ch. 81 - Resolve, To Reduce Opioid Overprescription, Overuse and Abuse. (H.P. 1102, L.D. 1501)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ch. 82 - Resolve, To Examine Cyber Security and Privacy Issues Relating to Smart Meters. (H.P. 563, L.D. 756)

Ch. 83 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Education To Submit a Plan for the Implementation of Standards-based Education. (S.P. 295, L.D. 949)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 84 - Resolve, Authorizing the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation To Study Establishment of a Voluntary Workplace Training Program. (H.P. 929, L.D. 1238)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ch. 85 - Resolve, To Require the Commissioner of Labor To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Determine the Most Appropriate Amount of Time an Employer May Employ an Employee without Being Subject to Unemployment Compensation Requirements. (H.P. 829, L.D. 1117)

Ch. 86 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services To Review the Farm and Open Space Tax Law. (H.P. 848, L.D. 1142)

Ch. 87 - Resolve, Directing the Executive Director of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Review the Law Governing Push Polling. (S.P. 375, L.D. 1254)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 88 - Resolve, To Transfer the Gilford Butler School to Regional School Unit 13. (S.P. 498, L.D. 1559)

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, JUNE 17, 2011

L.D. 1587, H.P. 1185
An Act To Provide Further Improvements to Maine's Health Insurance Law. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

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