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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVIII, No. 16

Friday, April 13, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 6, 2012

Ch. 597 - An Act To Prohibit the Sexual Solicitation of a Child by any Means. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 572, L.D. 1673)

Ch. 598 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Marine Resources Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 587, L.D. 1722)

Ch. 599 - An Act To Change Regulation of Forestry Activities. (S.P. 596, L.D. 1739)

Ch. 600 - An Act Regarding the Collection of Fees for Prepaid Wireless Service. (H.P. 1326, L.D. 1799)

Ch. 601 - An Act To Amend Statutory Post-conviction Review. (H.P. 1378, L.D. 1861)

Ch. 602 - An Act To Implement Recommendations To Provide Additional Flexibility for Funding Infrastructure Improvements for Water Utilities. (H.P. 1342, L.D. 1820)

Ch. 603 - An Act To Assist Maine's Current and Former Members of the United States Armed Forces. (S.P. 645, L.D. 1850) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 604 - An Act To Implement Certain Recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. (H.P. 1374, L.D. 1856)

Ch. 605 - An Act To Provide a Temporary Registration Permit to Certain Members of the Armed Forces. (S.P. 672, L.D. 1896) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 606 - An Act To Allow Forfeiture of Maine Public Employees Retirement System Benefits for Persons Convicted of Certain Crimes. (H.P. 1351, L.D. 1831)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 9, 2012

Ch. 607 - An Act To Remove the $100 Reporting Fee for Fertilizer and Agricultural Liming Materials Sold. (H.P. 1211, L.D. 1602)

Ch. 608 - An Act To Authorize the Registration of Farmland. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 548, L.D. 1649)

Ch. 609 - An Act To Promote Agricultural Activity in Maine by Limiting the Liability for Agritourism Activities. (H.P. 1214, L.D. 1605)

Ch. 610 - An Act To Improve Transportation in the State. (S.P. 601, L.D. 1753)

Ch. 611 - An Act Related to Specialty Tiers in Prescription Medication Pricing. (H.P. 1243, L.D. 1691)

Ch. 612 - An Act To Protect Landlocked Salmon Fisheries in Schoodic and Seboeis Lakes from Invasive Fish Species. (S.P. 643, L.D. 1849)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 613 - An Act To Amend the Housing Provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act. (S.P. 487, L.D. 1530)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 614 - An Act To Promote School Attendance and Increase School Achievement. (S.P. 473, L.D. 1503)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 615 - An Act To Require the Maine Community College System, the University of Maine System and the Maine Maritime Academy To Report the Number of Students Enrolled in Remedial Courses. (S.P. 544, L.D. 1645)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 616 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Quasi-independent State Entities. (H.P. 1364, L.D. 1843)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 617 - An Act Regarding the Fund for a Healthy Maine's Prevention, Education and Treatment Activities Concerning Unhealthy Weight and Obesity. (H.P. 1373, L.D. 1855)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 6, 2012

Ch. 25 - An Act To Amend the Boothbay Region Water District Charter. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1354, L.D. 1834)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, April 6, 2012

Ch. 149 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Adopt Rules Pertaining to Petroleum Storage and Gravel Pits. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 641, L.D. 1846)

Ch. 150 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 850: Health Plan Accountability, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1396, L.D. 1893)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 9, 2012

Ch. 151 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Milk Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1341, L.D. 1819)

Ch. 152 - Resolve, Authorizing the Lease of the Guy P. Gannett House in Augusta to a Nonprofit Organization for Use as a Museum. (S.P. 674, L.D. 1898)

Ch. 153 - Resolve, To Amend the Pilot Project for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists To Process Radiographs in Underserved Areas of the State. (S.P. 669, L.D. 1891) (Governor's Bill)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 154 - Resolve, Regarding the Laws Governing Electric Industry Restructuring. (S.P. 532, L.D. 1622)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 155 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit an Application for a Waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture. (H.P. 1336, L.D. 1812)

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, APRIL 13, 2012

L.D. 1912, S.P. 684
An Act To Encourage Responsible Teen Driving. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1913, H.P. 1417
An Act To Review and Restructure the Workers' Compensation System. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Joint Order 2012, H.P. 1345.)

L.D. 1914, H.P. 1418
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 32: Allowances for Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 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. 1915, H.P. 1419
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 50, Principles of Reimbursement for Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF-MR) Services, 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.)

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.

Bill text is also available at the Maine Legislature Web Site http://legislature.maine.gov/bills/billtexts.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.