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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SEVENTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
FIRST REGULAR SESSION


 

14th Legislative Day

Thursday, February 26, 2015

 

            Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker.

 

            Prayer by Reverend Steven DeGroft, Stockton Springs Community Church.

 

            National Anthem by Dr. A. Jan Berlin, Portland.

 

            Pledge of Allegiance.

 

            Doctor of the day, A. Jan Berlin, M.D., Portland.

 

            Reading of the Journal of Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage Access to Workforce Training and Job Creation"

(S.P. 69)  (L.D. 194)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

            (2-1)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 72)

 

STATE OF MAINE

127TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

 

February 12, 2015

 

James H. Page, Chancellor

University of Maine

16 Central Street

Bangor, Maine  04401

 

Dear Chancellor Page:

 

We are pleased to invite you to address a Joint Session of the 127th Maine Legislature on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. concerning the State of the University of Maine System and any other matters that you may care to bring to our attention.

 

On the same day, following your address, Derek P. Langhauser, Interim President of the Maine Community College System and William J. Brennan, President of the Maine Maritime Academy will be addressing the Joint Convention.

 

We look forward to seeing you then.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-2)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 73)

 

STATE OF MAINE

127TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

 

February 12, 2015

 

Derek P. Langhauser, Interim President

Maine Community College System

131 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear President Langhauser:

 

We are pleased to invite you to address a Joint Session of the 127th Maine Legislature on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. concerning the State of the Maine Community College System and any other matters that you may care to bring to our attention.  You will address the Joint Convention following James Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System.

 

On the same day, following your address, William Brennan, President of the Maine Maritime Academy will be addressing the Joint Convention.

 

We look forward to seeing you then.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-3)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 74)

 

STATE OF MAINE

127TH MAINE LEGISLATURE

 

William J. Brennan, President

Maine Maritime Academy

Box C-03

Castine, Maine  04420

 

Dear President Brennan:

 

We are pleased to invite you to address a Joint Session of the 127th Maine Legislature on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. concerning the State of the Maine Maritime Academy and any other matters that you may care to bring to our attention.

 

You will address the Joint Convention following James Page, Chancellor of the University of Maine System and Derek Langhauser, Interim President of the Maine Community College System.

 

We look forward to seeing you then.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Michael D. Thibodeau

President of the Senate

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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            (2-4)  The Following Communication: (H.C. 69)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE  04333-0002

 

February 26, 2015

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine  04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Please be advised that pursuant to his authority, Governor Paul R. LePage has nominated the following:

 

On February 23, 2015

 

Justice Mary Michaela Murphy of Rome for reappointment as a Justice to the Maine Superior Court.

Pursuant to Article V, Part First, §8, of the Maine Constitution, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

 

Associate Justice Ellen A. Gorman of Falmouth for reappointment as an Associate Justice to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Pursuant to Article V, Part First, §8, of the Maine Constitution, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

 

Judge Richard W. Mulhern of Falmouth for reappointment as a District Court Judge.

Pursuant to Title 4, MRSA §157, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

 

Judge Patricia G. Worth of Belfast for reappointment as a District Court Judge.

Pursuant to Title 4, MRSA §157, this reappointment is contingent on the Maine Senate confirmation after review by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Mark W. Eves

Speaker of the House

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

            (3-1)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Humane Conditions for Egg-laying Poultry"

(H.P. 357)  (L.D. 533)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-2)  Bill "An Act To Assist Individuals To Obtain a Permit To Grow and Sell Water Spinach"

(H.P. 370)  (L.D. 546)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, Senators: MILLETT of Cumberland, SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

            (3-3)  Bill "An Act Regarding Service Dogs"

(H.P. 371)  (L.D. 547)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.  (BY REQUEST)

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: DOORE of Augusta, LAJOIE of Lewiston, MAKER of Calais, NADEAU of Winslow, STANLEY of Medway, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-4)  Bill "An Act To Adjust Appropriations and Allocations from the General Fund and Other Funds for the Expenditures of State Government Related to Position Changes for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 400)  (L.D. 576)

 

Sponsored by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston.  (GOVERNOR'S BILL)

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford.

 

            Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-5)  Bill "An Act To Increase Crisis Intervention Training in the State"

(H.P. 358)  (L.D. 534)

 

Sponsored by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Representatives: DION of Portland, GATTINE of Westbrook, GERRISH of Lebanon, HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, McCLELLAN of Raymond, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough, Senator: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland.

 

            (3-6)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Concealed Handguns Permit Application"

(H.P. 359)  (L.D. 535)

 

Sponsored by Representative DUNPHY of Embden.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: CHIPMAN of Portland, FARRIN of Norridgewock, HARLOW of Portland, HOBBINS of Saco, LONG of Sherman, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough.

 

            (3-7)  Bill "An Act To Provide a Concealed Handgun Permit for Active Military Members"

(H.P. 372)  (L.D. 548)

 

Sponsored by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: FREDETTE of Newport, HANINGTON of Lincoln, LOCKMAN of Amherst, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, REED of Carmel, SAWICKI of Auburn, STETKIS of Canaan, THERIAULT of China.

 

            (3-8)  Resolve, To Create the Task Force on Disaster Resiliency (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 373)  (L.D. 549)

 

Sponsored by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.

Cosponsored by Senator DUTREMBLE of York and Representatives: BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, CAMPBELL of Newfield, CAMPBELL of Orrington, FOLEY of Wells, HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, MAREAN of Hollis, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            (3-9)  Bill "An Act To Protect Individuals from Breaches of Trust by Clergy Members"

(H.P. 390)  (L.D. 566)

 

Sponsored by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn.

Cosponsored by Representatives: GINZLER of Bridgton, HERRICK of Paris, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, MOONEN of Portland, VEROW of Brewer, WARREN of Hallowell, Senators: BURNS of Washington, JOHNSON of Lincoln.

 

            (3-10)  Bill "An Act To Provide for Annulment of Certain Arrest Records and Expungement of Certain Confidential Criminal History Record Information"

(H.P. 397)  (L.D. 573)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BECK of Waterville, FOWLE of Vassalboro, McCREIGHT of Harpswell.

 

            (3-11)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Penalties for Writing Bad Checks"

(H.P. 401)  (L.D. 577)

 

Sponsored by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: ESPLING of New Gloucester, FOLEY of Wells, GUERIN of Glenburn, HANINGTON of Lincoln, LOCKMAN of Amherst, PARRY of Arundel, WARD of Dedham, WINSOR of Norway.

 

            Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-12)  Bill "An Act To Amend Provisions Regarding the Appointment of Members of the Maine Charter School Commission"

(H.P. 360)  (L.D. 536)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, KORNFIELD of Bangor, MAKER of Calais, McCLELLAN of Raymond, PIERCE of Falmouth, POULIOT of Augusta, STEARNS of Guilford.

 

            (3-13)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Standardized Testing of Children before the Third Grade"

(H.P. 361)  (L.D. 537)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

 

            (3-14)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Fees at Maine's Postsecondary Institutions"

(H.P. 362)  (L.D. 538)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BATES of Westbrook, CHENETTE of Saco, CHIPMAN of Portland, EDGECOMB of Fort Fairfield, FECTEAU of Biddeford, MOONEN of Portland, POULIOT of Augusta, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono.

 

            (3-15)  Bill "An Act To Adjust the Calculation of Municipal Education Contributions for Communities Faced with Sudden and Severe Property Tax Valuation Reductions" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 374)  (L.D. 550)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.  (BY REQUEST)

Cosponsored by Representative STANLEY of Medway, Senator ROSEN of Hancock and Representatives: GILBERT of Jay, McCABE of Skowhegan, SHORT of Pittsfield, Senator: PATRICK of Oxford.

 

            (3-16)  Bill "An Act To Require Public Schools To Offer Instruction Related to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of an Automated External Defibrillator"

(H.P. 380)  (L.D. 556)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, MAKER of Calais, TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono, Senator: DUTREMBLE of York.

 

            (3-17)  Bill "An Act To Provide Reasonable Accommodations for School Attendance for Children with Disabilities for Whom Medical Marijuana Has Been Recommended"

(H.P. 381)  (L.D. 557)

 

Sponsored by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, DION of Portland, DUNPHY of Embden, GATTINE of Westbrook, HARLOW of Portland, HICKMAN of Winthrop, MALABY of Hancock, STETKIS of Canaan.

 

            (3-18)  Resolve, To Implement Recommendations from the Maine Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and Workforce Plan

(H.P. 391)  (L.D. 567)

 

Sponsored by Representative POULIOT of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, MAKER of Calais.

 

            (3-19)  Bill "An Act To Redefine the Method by Which the Department of Education Determines Cost Sharing for School Construction and Renovation Projects for Municipalities within a School Administrative Unit"

(H.P. 402)  (L.D. 578)

 

Sponsored by Representative GINZLER of Bridgton.

Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representatives: GUERIN of Glenburn, MAKER of Calais.

 

            (3-20)  Bill "An Act To Allow Teachers To Teach and Students To Learn by Amending the Laws Governing Education Standards"

(H.P. 403)  (L.D. 579)

 

Sponsored by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Representative: O'CONNOR of Berwick.

 

            Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-21)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Community-based Renewable Energy Project Laws for Purposes of the Mayo Mill Project"

(H.P. 382)  (L.D. 558)

 

Sponsored by Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representative: STEARNS of Guilford.

 

            Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-22)  Bill "An Act To Provide Incentives for Implementation of Municipal Comprehensive Plans To Prevent Sprawl"

(H.P. 375)  (L.D. 551)

 

Sponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Newfield, CHIPMAN of Portland, Speaker EVES of North Berwick, RYKERSON of Kittery, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, VEROW of Brewer, WELSH of Rockport.

 

            (3-23)  Bill "An Act To Protect Maine Lakes"

(H.P. 392)  (L.D. 568)

 

Sponsored by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland.

Cosponsored by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan, Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: BUCKLAND of Farmington, CAMPBELL of Orrington, DUCHESNE of Hudson, HARLOW of Portland, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, TUCKER of Brunswick, WHITE of Washburn, Senator: GRATWICK of Penobscot.

 

            (3-24)  Bill "An Act To Extend the Funding Period for Landfill Closure Costs"

(H.P. 404)  (L.D. 580)

 

Sponsored by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: BUCKLAND of Farmington, CAMPBELL of Orrington, HARLOW of Portland, WELSH of Rockport, WHITE of Washburn.

Submitted by the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to Joint Rule 204.

 

            (3-25)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Municipal Development District Law" (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 405)  (L.D. 581)

 

Sponsored by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough.

Cosponsored by Representative: O'CONNOR of Berwick.

 

            Committee on ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-26)  Bill "An Act To Increase Utilization of the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center"

(H.P. 363)  (L.D. 539)

 

Sponsored by Representative FREY of Bangor.

 

            (3-27)  Bill "An Act To Provide Funding for Home Visiting Services"

(H.P. 376)  (L.D. 552)

 

Sponsored by Representative MAKER of Calais.

Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: CHENETTE of Saco, GINZLER of Bridgton, McELWEE of Caribou, STANLEY of Medway, WARD of Dedham, WHITE of Washburn.

 

            (3-28)  Bill "An Act To Notify Parents of a Complaint against a Child Care Facility or a Family Child Care Provider"

(H.P. 383)  (L.D. 559)

 

Sponsored by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York and Representatives: HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor, HEAD of Bethel, KINNEY of Limington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PARRY of Arundel, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, WARD of Dedham.

 

            (3-29)  Bill "An Act Regarding Patient Information Under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act"

(H.P. 384)  (L.D. 560)

 

Sponsored by Representative RUSSELL of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: DION of Portland, O'CONNOR of Berwick.

 

            (3-30)  Bill "An Act To Establish a State Educational Medicaid Officer"

(H.P. 406)  (L.D. 582)

 

Sponsored by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, POULIOT of Augusta, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

            Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-31)  Bill "An Act To Recognize the Registrations of Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Owned by Residents of a State That Borders Maine"

(H.P. 385)  (L.D. 561)

 

Sponsored by Representative PETERSON of Rumford.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representatives: BECK of Waterville, GILBERT of Jay, HEAD of Bethel, McCABE of Skowhegan, PICKETT of Dixfield.

 

            (3-32)  Bill "An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Postpone or Cancel an Open Hunting Season"

(H.P. 394)  (L.D. 570)

 

Sponsored by Representative WOOD of Sabattus.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: CRAFTS of Lisbon, DUNPHY of Old Town, HOBART of Bowdoinham, SHORT of Pittsfield, Senator: DUTREMBLE of York.

 

            (3-33)  Resolve, To Study the Need for a Standard Formula for the Horsepower of Motors Used on the Lakes and Ponds of the State

(H.P. 395)  (L.D. 571)

 

Sponsored by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: BLACK of Wilton, GREENWOOD of Wales, LONG of Sherman, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WOOD of Sabattus.

 

            Committee on INLAND FISHERIES AND WILDLIFE suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-34)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Municipal Liability outside Federally Declared Flood Zones"

(H.P. 393)  (L.D. 569)

 

Sponsored by Representative DeCHANT of Bath.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BECK of Waterville, FOWLE of Vassalboro, McCREIGHT of Harpswell.

 

            (3-35)  Bill "An Act To Ensure Appropriate Health Insurance Coverage for Prescription Eye Drops"

(H.P. 396)  (L.D. 572)

 

Sponsored by Representative MORRISON of South Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: BECK of Waterville, COOPER of Yarmouth.

 

            Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-36)  Bill "An Act To Include a Representative of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs in the House of Representatives"

(H.P. 377)  (L.D. 553)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Cosponsored by Senator WILLETTE of Aroostook and Representative: DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

 

            (3-37)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse"

(H.P. 398)  (L.D. 574)

 

Sponsored by Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Cosponsored by Representatives: BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, CHAPMAN of Brooksville, MELARAGNO of Auburn.

 

            (3-38)  Bill "An Act To Clarify the Law Governing Mortuary Trust Accounts as They Relate to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act"

(H.P. 407)  (L.D. 583)

 

Sponsored by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FOLEY of Wells, GUERIN of Glenburn, HANINGTON of Lincoln, LOCKMAN of Amherst, WARD of Dedham, WINSOR of Norway.

 

            (3-39)  RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit the Denial of Equal Rights Based on the Sex of an Individual

(H.P. 408)  (L.D. 584)

 

Sponsored by Representative RUSSELL of Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator VALENTINO of York and Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, BURSTEIN of Lincolnville, COOPER of Yarmouth, GRANT of Gardiner, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, MELARAGNO of Auburn, ROTUNDO of Lewiston, SANBORN of Gorham.

 

            Committee on JUDICIARY suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-40)  Bill "An Act To Improve Access to Dental Care through the Establishment of the Maine Board of Oral Health"

(H.P. 364)  (L.D. 540)

 

Sponsored by Representative SHAW of Standish.

 

            (3-41)  Bill "An Act To Protect Casino Workers"

(H.P. 386)  (L.D. 562)

 

Sponsored by Representative PETERSON of Rumford.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford and Representatives: BECK of Waterville, GILBERT of Jay, GOLDEN of Lewiston, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, McCABE of Skowhegan, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth.

 

            Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-42)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Purchase of Trap Tags in the Lobster Fishery"

(H.P. 387)  (L.D. 563)

 

Sponsored by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle.

 

            Committee on MARINE RESOURCES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-43)  Bill "An Act To Establish Appropriate Parameters for County Borrowing Authority"

(H.P. 388)  (L.D. 564)

 

Sponsored by Representative KRUGER of Thomaston.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: DION of Portland, EVANGELOS of Friendship, MAREAN of Hollis, McCABE of Skowhegan, Senators: DILL of Penobscot, LIBBY of Androscoggin, MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

            Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-44)  Bill "An Act To Promote Sustainability in Home Ownership for First-time Home Buyers"

(H.P. 365)  (L.D. 541)

 

Sponsored by Representative BRYANT of Windham.

Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, BEAVERS of South Berwick, GOODE of Bangor, NADEAU of Winslow, RUSSELL of Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, Senator: MIRAMANT of Knox.

 

            (3-45)  Bill "An Act To Reduce Property Taxes"

(H.P. 366)  (L.D. 542)

 

Sponsored by Representative GOODE of Bangor.

 

            (3-46)  Bill "An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Impose Service Charges on Tax-exempt Property Owned by Certain Nonprofit Organizations"

(H.P. 389)  (L.D. 565)

 

Sponsored by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst.

Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: EDGECOMB of Fort Fairfield, GILLWAY of Searsport, GOODE of Bangor, GUERIN of Glenburn, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, TUELL of East Machias, Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, VOLK of Cumberland.

 

            (3-47)  Bill "An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine's Working Families"

(H.P. 399)  (L.D. 575)

 

Sponsored by Representative MAREAN of Hollis.

Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: BATTLE of South Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery, TUELL of East Machias, Senators: ALFOND of Cumberland, CYRWAY of Kennebec, KATZ of Kennebec, VOLK of Cumberland.

 

            Committee on TAXATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-48)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Use of Flashing Lights by School Buses"

(H.P. 367)  (L.D. 543)

 

Sponsored by Representative BATTLE of South Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, HANLEY of Pittston, MAREAN of Hollis, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, REED of Carmel, SKOLFIELD of Weld, TIMMONS of Cumberland, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            (3-49)  Bill "An Act To Assist Maine Veterans and Service Members"

(H.P. 368)  (L.D. 544)

 

Sponsored by Representative DAVITT of Hampden.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Representatives: COREY of Windham, FOWLE of Vassalboro, LAJOIE of Lewiston, Senator: GERZOFSKY of Cumberland.

 

            (3-50)  Bill "An Act To Require That Traffic Lights Default to Flashing Mode between the Hours of Midnight and 6 a.m."

(H.P. 369)  (L.D. 545)

 

Sponsored by Representative BATTLE of South Portland.

Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: BEAVERS of South Berwick, HANLEY of Pittston, KINNEY of Limington, MAREAN of Hollis, REED of Carmel, SKOLFIELD of Weld, TIMMONS of Cumberland, TUELL of East Machias.

 

            (3-51)  Bill "An Act Concerning Commercial Vehicles at Canadian Weight Limits Traveling to Certain Points in the State"

(H.P. 378)  (L.D. 554)

 

Sponsored by Representative MAKER of Calais.

Cosponsored by Senator BURNS of Washington and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, MARTIN of Sinclair, STANLEY of Medway, TUELL of East Machias, TURNER of Burlington, Senators: EDGECOMB of Aroostook, ROSEN of Hancock.

 

            Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested and ordered printed.

 

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            (3-52)  Bill "An Act To Distribute a Portion of Proceeds from the Oxford Casino to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs"

(H.P. 379)  (L.D. 555)

 

Sponsored by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Cosponsored by Senator WILLETTE of Aroostook and Representative: DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

 

            (3-53)  Bill "An Act Regarding the Processing of Absentee Ballots Prior to Election Day"

(H.P. 409)  (L.D. 585)

 

Sponsored by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield.

Cosponsored by Representatives: FOLEY of Wells, GUERIN of Glenburn, HANINGTON of Lincoln, LOCKMAN of Amherst, WARD of Dedham, WINSOR of Norway.

 

            Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested and ordered printed.

 

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Pursuant to Statute
Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

            (3-54)  Representative GATTINE for the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072 asks leave to report that the accompanying Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29:  Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services (EMERGENCY)

(H.P. 410)  (L.D. 597)

 

            Be REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218.

 

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ORDERS

 

            (4-1)  On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order:  (H.O. 12)

 

            ORDERED, that Representative Matthew Dana II of the Passamaquoddy Tribe be excused February 10 and 12 for personal reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham of Oxford be excused February 10 and 12 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Paul E. Gilbert of Jay be excused February 10 and 12 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Lloyd C. Herrick of Paris be excused January 29 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative William F. Noon of Sanford be excused February 5 for health reasons.

 

            AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Wayne R. Parry of Arundel be excused February 12 for health reasons.

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

            In accordance with House Rule 519 and Joint Rule 213, the following items:

 

Recognizing:

 

            (5-1)  Genie O'Brien, of Portland, on the occasion of her retirement from Portland Ballet after 35 years as founder and Artistic and Executive Director.  Ms. O'Brien began Portland Ballet in 1980 and guided its development through the 2014-2015 season.  Her vision helped Portland Ballet become one of the top dance schools and presenters of modern dance in northern New England.  We send Ms. O'Brien our appreciation for her contributions to the arts in Maine and we send her our best wishes on her retirement;

 

(SLS 80)

 

 

            (5-2)  Frank O. Smith, of South Portland, whose novel Dream Singer was selected as a Notable Book of the Year in the literary fiction category by Shelf Unbound, the international independent book review magazine.  In addition to being named a Notable Book of the Year, Dream Singer was also a finalist for the Bellwether Prize.  We extend our congratulations to Mr. Smith on his receiving this honor and send him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 86)

 

 

            (5-3)  William F. Clark, of Ellsworth, on his retirement as Sheriff of Hancock County after 34 years of service.  Sheriff Clark started as a part-time Ellsworth Police Department patrolman in 1972.  During his career he helped many people, volunteered to serve in several projects in the area and was instrumental in many substance abuse education programs and treatment facilities.  He also was influential in establishing a call-sharing program with the Maine State Police, benefiting residents of the county.  The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce named Sheriff Clark the 2013 Citizen of the Year for his volunteerism, civic involvement and advocacy.  We extend to Sheriff Clark our congratulations on his retirement and our best wishes;

 

(SLS 130)

 

 

            (5-4)  Richard Bjorn, of Farmington, who is the 2015 recipient of the Salt and Light Award by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry for his great generosity in partnering with the wider community and raising money for the Care and Share Food Closet and the local food pantry.  We send our appreciation to Mr. Bjorn for his commitment and service to his community;

 

(SLS 131)

 

 

            (5-5)  Bowman Constructors, in Newport, which has been named Business of the Year by the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Owners Brian and Kevin Bowman are very active in the community, and their business has received several safety awards from the Maine Chamber Group Trust.  We extend to Bowman Constructors our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 132)

 

 

            (5-6)  the Cape Elizabeth High School Mock Trial Team, which has won the 2014 Maine State High School Mock Trial Championship, its 5th championship victory in a row.  The team will represent Maine at the National High School Mock Trial Tournament.  Members of the team include Matt Denison, Sam MacDuffie, Sierra Bates, Madi Connolly, Rosie Stevens, Sam Moran, Ally Stewart, Walker Grimes, Rose Baille, Ben Stanley, Zoeth Chalat, Montana Braxton, Leo Wing, Woody Chiang, Luke Gilman, Lauren Holmes, Chloe Gillian, Dan Howard, Emma Schoonover, Drew Harrington, Sarah Keniston and Jack Stewart and coaches Dick O'Meara, Jonathan Sarhbeck and David Hillman.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 133)

 

 

            (5-7)  Michelle Danois, of South Portland, who was named the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Sentry Great Person of the Year.  Ms. Danois was chosen for her commitment to her community.  She worked as a physical education and health teacher for almost 40 years and became a school crossing guard 3 1/2 years ago in South Portland, where she is beloved by children and parents alike.  We congratulate her on her receiving this honor;

 

(SLS 134)

 

 

            (5-8)  the following students of Gray-New Gloucester High School's International Baccalaureate Information Technology in a Global Society class, who were chosen as recipients of Verizon's "Innovative App Challenge" Best in State Award:  Denver Mazur, Keaton McEvoy, Scout Ray, Will Richards, Ben Rogers and Stephen Southard.  The students developed the plan for the Fit Food 4 Kids+ app to help students create healthy eating and exercise habits.  We congratulate the students on winning this award and send them our best wishes;

 

(SLS 137)

 

 

            (5-9)  Melody Roller Rink, in Caribou, on the 50th anniversary of its opening.  Ken and Elsie Doody opened the rink on December 4, 1964, thinking they'd stay in Caribou for a few years before moving on.  They never left, and the Melody Roller Rink has gone on to become an important part of the city and its social history.  We extend to Mr. and Mrs. Doody our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 138)

 

 

            (5-10)  Greg Hammerbeck, of Oakland, who saved several lives from a house fire that resulted in a total loss of 2 homes.  Mr. Hammerbeck noticed a 2-family building was on fire and rushed to help.  He pounded on doors and even entered the burning building to ensure its occupants got out safely.  We extend to Mr. Hammerbeck our best wishes and our appreciation for his exemplary actions;

 

(SLS 140)

 

 

            (5-11)  Tammie Grieshaber, of Lewiston, who is the recipient of the 2015 Community Service Leadership Award from the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce for her longtime community service and her strong support promoting the arts in the community.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her on her receiving this award;

 

(SLS 141)

 

 

            (5-12)  the Lewiston Regional Technical Center, on its receiving the 2015 Education and Workforce Development Award from the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce for its work-based learning environment that prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and postsecondary education.  We extend our congratulations to the Lewiston Regional Technical Center on its receiving this award;

 

(SLS 142)

 

 

            (5-13)  Patti Gagne, of Lewiston, who is the recipient of the 2015 Ray Geiger Award from the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce.  The award recognizes how deeply its namesake, the founder of Geiger Brothers, cared for his adopted hometown.  Ms. Gagne is past chair of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has been involved in the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce for more than a decade.  We congratulate her on her receiving this award and send her our best wishes;

 

(SLS 143)

 

 

            (5-14)  Varney Agency, in Houlton, which is celebrating 30 years in business.  Varney Agency provides insurance products and bonds for both residential and commercial entities.  It opened in 1985 in a small room adjacent to Varney Auto Supplies in Houlton and now, through growth and acquisitions, has over 23 locations, including locations in South Carolina and Florida, but is still family owned and operated.  We extend to Varney Agency our congratulations on its 30th anniversary;

 

(SLS 145)

 

 

            (5-15)  Ruth Ann Moran, of Winterport, who is celebrating her 85th Birthday on September 10th.  Ms. Moran was a food service provider for School Administrative District #22, serving as head cook at the Smith School for 27 years.  She also served as the Winterport news correspondent for the Republican Journal for many years.  We extend to Ms. Moran our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 147)

 

 

            (5-16)  Harold Drinkwater, of Camden, who has served with the Camden Fire Department for 60 years.  Mr. Drinkwater began with the department after he returned from military duty in Korea in 1955.  For many years, he served as Assistant Fire Chief.  He continues to work and to respond to fire calls.  To honor his dedication, Camden's firefighters have placed his name on their newest fire truck.  We extend to Mr. Drinkwater our appreciation for his service and offer him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 148)

 

 

            (5-17)  Michael S. Canfield, of Union, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 207, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout.  This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service.  For his Eagle Scout service project, Michael worked on entry steps and a deck at the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage at the Union Fairgrounds.  We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 149)

 

 

            (5-18)  the Honorable Donald Soctomah, of Indian Township, who has received the Constance H. Carlson Prize from the Maine Humanities Council.  The prize honors an individual, institution or group in recognition of exemplary contributions to public humanities in the State.  Mr. Soctomah serves as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township.  He has stewarded and protected Native American culture and lands through resource management, policymaking, teaching and promoting and disseminating history and language.  Because of his work as Tribal Representative to the Legislature, students learn about Maine Native American history in school, and place names now show cultural awareness and sensitivity to the State's Native American populations.  We extend to Mr. Soctomah our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 150)

 

 

            (5-19)  Marcie Lane Schulenberg, of Augusta, who has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  One of the most renowned high school athletes of her generation, the 1989 Cony High School graduate starred on 2 Class A state championship basketball teams and 2 Class A state championship field hockey teams.  She was also an All-State selection in basketball, field hockey and softball.  We extend our congratulations to Ms. Schulenberg on her receiving this honor;

 

(SLS 155)

 

 

            (5-20)  Glenn Dumont, of Winslow, who has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  Mr. Dumont, a 1965 graduate of Winslow High School, is the greatest running back in that school's history.  He was an All-American at American International College, where he is a member of its Hall of Fame and holds the record for most points scored in a football career.  Mr. Dumont was a member of the coaching staff for 2 state championship teams at Winslow High School and a longtime high school football official.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Dumont on his receiving this honor;

 

(SLS 156)

 

 

            (5-21)  Amy Winchester, of Brewer, who has been inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.  Ms. Winchester, a graduate of Brewer High School, was a 5-time state champion in track, twice in shot put and discus and once in javelin.  She also excelled on the hardwood and the pitch, earning All-State honors in basketball and soccer.  At Dartmouth College, Ms. Winchester was a 4-time All-Ivy League first-team selection, won 9 heptagonal championships and holds the school shot put record.  She placed in the shot put at the 1996 NCAA Division/Outdoor Championship and qualified for the United States Olympic Trials.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her on her receiving this honor;

 

(SLS 157)

 

 

            (5-22)  Charlie Gaunce, of Waterville, who was named the 2015 Dealer of the Year by Time magazine for his demonstrable dedication to his community.  Mr. Gaunce, of Central Maine Motors Auto Group, was one of 55 nominees nationwide.  He has contributed to an economic development team that brought 1,500 much-needed jobs to the area.  He supports the Salvation Army, the Alfond Youth Center, the Waterville Opera House, Meals on Wheels Association of America, Coats for Kids and more.  Mr. Gaunce is also closely associated with the Rotary Club of Waterville, Inland Hospital, the Inland Foundation and Waterville Main Street.  We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Gaunce on his receiving this well-deserved award;

 

(SLS 158)

 

 

            (5-23)  Nicholas Mathieu, of Falmouth, who has been recognized as the 2014 #1 Boy's 16 Player of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Nicholas our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 159)

 

 

            (5-24)  Olivia Leavitt and Julia Brogan, of Falmouth, who have been named the 2014 #1 Women's Doubles Team of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Olivia and Julia our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 160)

 

 

            (5-25)  Julia Brogan, of Falmouth, who has been recognized as the 2014 #1 Adult Female Player of the Year, the #1 Girl's 18 Player of the Year and the Female Junior Sportsperson of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Julia our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 161)

 

 

            (5-26)  Bob McCully, of Falmouth, who has been recognized as the 2014 Class A High School Boys Coach of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Mr. McCully our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 162)

 

 

            (5-27)  Sandra Stone, of Falmouth, who has been recognized as the 2014 Class A High School Girls Coach of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Ms. Stone our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 163)

 

 

            (5-28)  Rick Campbell, of Falmouth, and Gnome Landscaping Design and Masonry, which has been named the 2014 Corporate Sponsor of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Mr. Campbell and everyone at Gnome Landscaping Design and Masonry our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 164)

 

 

            (5-29)  Matt Gilbert, of Falmouth, and Falmouth Parks and Community Programs, which has been recognized as the 2014 Recreation Department of the Year by the Maine Tennis Association.  We extend to Mr. Gilbert and everyone at Falmouth Parks and Community Programs our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 165)

 

 

            (5-30)  Cape Elizabeth High School, which has been named the 24th-best STEM high school in America by U.S. News & World Report.  STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.  We extend to everyone at Cape Elizabeth High School our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 166)

 

 

            (5-31)  Paul Thornton, Bill Thornton and Rob Thornton, of Lincoln, who have received the Business of the Year Award from the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.  The Thorntons have been in automotive sales for 43 years.  Paul Thornton started Thornton Brothers in 1972, working 7 days a week to get the business going, and Paul's sons Bill and Rob are the 2nd of 3 generations to work for the business.  We extend to the Thorntons our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 93)

Presented by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-32)  the Honorable Roger Reed, of Carmel, who is being inducted into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame.  Representative Reed compiled a 571-201 record coaching at Bangor Christian School and Bangor High School, and he coached the Bangor High School Rams to 8 Class A state championships over 27 years.  Representative Reed currently represents Carmel, Hermon and part of Etna in the Maine House of Representatives.  We extend to Representative Reed our congratulations on his well-deserved induction into the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame;

 

(HLS 94)

Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn.

Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo, Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot.

 

 

            (5-33)  the Central Aroostook High School Varsity Cheerleading Team, of Mars Hill, on its winning the 2015 Class D State Championship.  This is the team's 7th championship in Class D, which is a record, and its 12th overall, tying the all-classes mark.  The team also won the East/West Maine Class D regional cheering title.  The team includes Whitnie Bradbury, Jordan Canney, Courtney Milliard, Shannon Scully, Noelle Bailey, Victoria Brewer, Dayna Collins, Elizabeth Gillen, Sheratin Kelly, Emilee Durost, Sarah Gerritsen, Halee Rusby, Lillie Mahan, Keara McCrum, Hunter Nicholson, Holly O'Leary, Michaela Pelletier, Sarah Sargent, Taia Tilley and Chloe Wheeler; assistant coach Janice Mosher; and head coach Sami Allen.  We extend to all the members of the team our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 95)

Presented by Representative WHITE of Washburn.

Cosponsored by Senator WILLETTE of Aroostook.

 

 

            (5-34)  Charles "Chuck" Plummer, of Eddington, as he steps down after 36 years of honorable public service with the Town of Eddington.  Mr. Plummer is a past selectman, assessor and Overseer of the Poor and has previously served on the town's planning board.  We extend our appreciation to Mr. Plummer for his more than three decades of civic involvement and commitment to the community;

 

(HLS 96)

Presented by Representative LYFORD of Eddington.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-35)  Rodney Buswell, Sr., of Eddington, as he steps down after 24 years of honorable public service with the Town of Eddington.  Mr. Buswell is a former chair of the town's Recreation Committee and currently serves on the Economic Development Committee.  We extend our appreciation to Mr. Buswell for his more than two decades of civic involvement and his commitment to the community;

 

(HLS 97)

Presented by Representative LYFORD of Eddington.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-36)  Donn C. Goodwin, of Eddington, as he steps down after 16 years of honorable public service as an Eddington town selectman.   We extend our appreciation to Mr. Goodwin for his civic involvement and his commitment to the community;

 

(HLS 98)

Presented by Representative LYFORD of Eddington.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-37)  Elaine Lowell, of Prospect Harbor, who celebrated her 100th birthday on February 1, 2015.  Mrs. Lowell, a native of Steuben, was married to George Lowell, who passed away in 1997.  Together they raised 3 children, who gave them 11 grandchildren.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Lowell on the centennial celebration of her life;

 

(HLS 99)

Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock.

Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-38)  Julian Beale III, of Belgrade, whose Capitol City Junior Rifle Club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary.  Mr. Beale established the club and is its Junior Director and Coach.  He has trained over 1,000 young marksmen, and many have gone on to win awards, including over 563 medals in Junior Olympic and National Sectional events.  Under Mr. Beale's leadership, the club received the 2013 Outstanding Youth Club Award from the National Rifle Association, the 4th time the club has received this national recognition.  Mr. Beale is a United States Navy veteran and former rifle instructor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and has also been the Range Director for the NRA National Small-bore Matches in Indiana for the past 25 years.  We extend to Mr. Beale our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 100)

Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

 

            (5-39)  Floyd Damren, of Belgrade, on his 80th Birthday, March 17, 2015.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Damren on this special occasion;

 

(HLS 101)

Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade.

Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin.

 

 

            (5-40)  the 2015 inductees into the Lakers Hall of Fame of Lake Region High School, in Naples, for their notable contributions to sports:  Kim Gerrish Greenberg, 1990-1993; John Mayo, 1985-1988; Rachel Sama, 1982-1985; Paula Webster Tocco, 1978-1981; and community contributor Bill Shane.  We extend our congratulations to the newest members of the Lakers Hall of Fame and send them our best wishes;

 

(HLS 102)

Presented by Representative POWERS of Naples.

Cosponsored by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland, Representative AUSTIN of Gray, Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond, Representative GINZLER of Bridgton.

 

 

            (5-41)  the Riverside Grange #475, in Lebanon, for its 100 years of promoting family, agriculture and community service.  Voted Grange of the Year for 2012 and 2013 by the past officers of the Maine State Grange, the Riverside Grange donates to the Animal Welfare Society and the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, as well as to the Dover and Berwick holiday parades.  Its members participate in the United Way Day of Caring, dictionary projects at Lebanon Elementary School and raffles.  The grange placed first in the Maine State Grange Community Service Contest in 2012 and 2013.  We extend to the members of the Riverside Grange our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 103)

Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon.

Cosponsored by Senator COLLINS of York.

 

 

            (5-42)  Andrew Wilcox, of Livermore Falls, a senior at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay, who won First Place in the Voice of Democracy competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Maine for writing and recording an audio essay on the patriotic theme "Why Veterans Are Important to Our Nation's History and Future."  Andrew will go on to compete at the national level in Washington, D.C.  We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Andrew on this achievement;

 

(HLS 104)

Presented by Representative GILBERT of Jay.

Cosponsored by Senator PATRICK of Oxford.

 

 

In Memory of:

 

            (5-43)  Clinton Jackson, Jr., of South Portland, a longtime member of the community.  Mr. Jackson was born in Auburn, Alabama and attended schools in Syracuse, New York.  He served in the United States Coast Guard and lived his adult life in South Portland, where he owned and operated DC Painting for 25 years.  He loved the time he spent surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving family and friends;

 

(SLS 75)

 

 

            (5-44)  Norman Bisson, of Millinocket, a United States Army veteran.  Mr. Bisson served in the United States Army for 4 years and was stationed in Paris, France.  While in France, he drove for the American Embassy.  He worked for Great Northern Paper for 25 years and was a member of Elks Lodge #1521.  Mr. Bisson will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(SLS 151)

 

 

            (5-45)  Albert A. Gaudreau, Sr., of Gilead, a United States Army veteran.  Mr. Gaudreau was born and attended schools in Aurora.  He served in the Army from 1955 to 1963 and worked for Brooks Brothers Plumbing and Heating in Bethel for 32 years.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family.  Mr. Gaudreau will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(SLS 152)

 

 

            (5-46)  Marcel C. Dulac, of Lewiston, a United States Army veteran.  Mr. Dulac was born and attended schools in Lewiston.  He served in the Army in 1942 until he was seriously wounded in France.  He worked as a master plumber in Lewiston and the surrounding areas in the State and in New Hampshire and also served as the director of the Housing Inspection Department for the City of Lewiston.  He participated in the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus.  He was a member of the Arbor Day Society and proudly planted over 800 trees.  Mr. Dulac will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(SLS 153)

 

 

            (5-47)  Clyde Le Clair, of Augusta, a veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Le Clair was educated in Old Town schools and completed high school while in the Army as a paratrooper.  After his discharge he attended Husson College under the G.I. Bill.  He also attended the University of Maine at Portland and Boston College.  He joined the Old Town Police Department and rose to become Deputy Chief of Police.  Later he was named Chief of Police of Falmouth, a role in which he served until November 1984.  Governor Joseph Brennan appointed Mr. Le Clair Executive Director of the Maine Animal Welfare Board in 1984.  In 1991 he volunteered to become legislative liaison for the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, and in 1997 he began to serve the Legislature under the Sergeant-at-Arms.  Mr. Le Clair ran for public office twice and served on many professional, local and state boards and commissions.  He was known for being personable, having a good sense of humor and caring deeply for animals.  Mr. Le Clair will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues;

 

(HLS 89)

Presented by Representative DOORE of Augusta.

Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec, Representative POULIOT of Augusta, Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro.

 

 

            (5-48)  David J. Kimball, of Orland, veteran of the United States Air Force.  Mr. Kimball served in the Air Force as a Radar Repairman, and he retired after 24 years of working at the paper mill in Bucksport as an Instrument Technician.  He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, sports, camping with his wife of 50 years, Rachel, and being active with his grandchildren.  Mr. Kimball will be long remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends;

 

(HLS 90)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-49)  Carolyn Blodgett, of Penobscot, a longtime active member of her community and a retired teacher.  Mrs. Blodgett was born in Penobscot and was a 1945 graduate of Clark High School.  She attended Gorham State Teachers College but left to marry her husband Donald in 1947.  They lived with their 5 children in an apartment over Blodgett's General Store, a business they owned and operated for many years.  Mrs. Blodgett returned to school as her children grew older and earned her degree from the University of Maine in 1969 and then her graduate degree in reading and special education.  Mrs. Blodgett taught for many years at Brooksville Elementary School, retiring in 1987.  After her retirement, she remained very active with numerous local civic organizations, as well as her church, and volunteered at the Penobscot Elementary School and the Penobscot Nursing Home.  Mrs. Blodgett will be greatly missed and long remembered by her loving family and her many friends;

 

(HLS 91)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

            (5-50)  Philip A. Garland, of Dedham, who was a well-known financial advisor in the Greater Bangor area and an active member of his community.  Mr. Garland was born in Bangor and attended Bangor schools.  He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and Bowdoin College.  He served in the United States Army and was a recipient of the National Defense Medal.  Mr. Garland enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and skiing and was a member of numerous fraternal organizations.  He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his wife, Pauline, his family and his many friends;

 

(HLS 92)

Presented by Representative WARD of Dedham.

Cosponsored by Senator ROSEN of Hancock.

 

 

 

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

            The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment Tuesday, February 24, 2015, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Gertrude Fraser, of Verona Island

(HLS 8)

 

TABLED - January 7, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative WARD of Dedham.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing the members of the Stockton Springs Community Church Steeple Committee

(HLS 9)

 

TABLED - January 7, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative WARD of Dedham.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Alvion Kimball, of Orland

(HLS 19)

 

TABLED - January 7, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative WARD of Dedham.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

4.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Healthy Kids! A Family Resource Network, of Lincoln County

(HLS 25)

 

TABLED - January 7, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

5.         Bill "An Act To Improve Telecommunications in Maine"

(H.P. 72)  (L.D. 89)

 

(Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY suggested)

TABLED - January 20, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

6.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Sharon Wise, of Winthrop

(HLS 26)

 

TABLED - January 20, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

7.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Ronald Grondin, of Sanford

(HLS 44)

 

TABLED - February 5, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

8.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Robert April, of Sanford

(HLS 45)

 

TABLED - February 5, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

9.         Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Harold Smith, of Sanford

(HLS 46)

 

TABLED - February 5, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

10.       Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Richard Bond, of Sanford

(HLS 47)

 

TABLED - February 5, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

11.       Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Albert Noble, of Sanford

(HLS 48)

 

TABLED - February 5, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

12.       Bill "An Act To Improve the Reporting of Child Abuse"

(S.P. 74)  (L.D. 199)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY.

TABLED - February 10, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

13.       Bill "An Act To Recruit New Businesses to Maine by Providing Energy Efficiency Assistance"

(S.P. 40)  (L.D. 103)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.

TABLED - February 10, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

14.       Bill "An Act To Provide for Special Restrictions on Dissemination and Use of Criminal History Record Information for Class E Crimes Committed by an Adult under 21 Years of Age"

(S.P. 79)  (L.D. 210)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY.

TABLED - February 10, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

15.       Bill "An Act To Allow Personal Representatives of Children Access to Certain Documents of the Department of Health and Human Services Regarding Child Protective Activities"

(H.P. 222)  (L.D. 328)

 

(Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES suggested)

TABLED - February 10, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

16.       Bill "An Act To Provide a Minor with a Defense to Prosecution in a Situation That Involves Risk of Alcohol Overdose"

(H.P. 181)  (L.D. 263)

 

- In House, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY on February 5, 2015.

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY in NON-CONCURRENCE.

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative GIDEON of Freeport.

PENDING - FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

 

 

 

 

 

17.       Bill "An Act To Implement a Motor Vehicle Violation Electronic Citation Program"

(H.P. 297)  (L.D. 458)

 

(Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY suggested)

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

18.       Bill "An Act Regarding the Reporting Standards for Child Abuse"

(H.P. 322)  (L.D. 483)

 

(Committee on JUDICIARY suggested)

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative HOBBINS of Saco.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

19.       Bill "An Act To Allow Licensed Foresters To Use Mechanics Liens"

(H.P. 324)  (L.D. 485)

 

(Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested)

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

20.       Bill "An Act To Increase the Penalty for Failing To Carry Proof of Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility"

(H.P. 343)  (L.D. 504)

 

(Committee on TRANSPORTATION suggested)

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McLEAN of Gorham.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

21.       Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Local and Regional Services"

(S.P. 179)  (L.D. 450)

 

- In Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

TABLED - February 24, 2015 (Till Later Today) by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan.

PENDING - REFERENCE IN CONCURRENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE JUNE 17, 2015

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
127th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

            (1-1)  The following Joint Order:  (S.P. 210)

 

 

            ORDERED, the House concurring, that when the Senate and House adjourn, they do so until Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 10:00 in the morning.

 

 

            Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
127th Legislature
First Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Thursday, February 26, 2015

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

            (1-1)  Bill "An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits"

(S.P. 186)  (L.D. 518)

 

            (1-2)  Bill "An Act To Clarify a Recently Enacted Law Designed To Expand the Number of Qualified Educators"

(S.P. 191)  (L.D. 522)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-3)  Bill "An Act To Start a Pilot Program for Medical Substitution Treatment in a Local Community Setting"

(S.P. 193)  (L.D. 524)

 

            (1-4)  Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Report on Efforts To Reach in Rural Areas Persons Who Are Elderly, Disabled or Mentally Ill

(S.P. 194)  (L.D. 525)

 

            (1-5)  Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Request a Waiver To Prohibit the Use of Food Supplement Benefits for the Purchase of Taxable Food Items (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 195)  (L.D. 526)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-6)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Health Care Practitioner Transparency Requirements"

(S.P. 190)  (L.D. 521)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-7)  Bill "An Act To Allow Telecommunications Infrastructure Investment in Development Districts for Municipalities and Plantations"

(S.P. 187)  (L.D. 519)

 

            Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-8)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Requirement for a Certificate of Title for Junk and Scrap Automobiles and Vehicles" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 188)  (L.D. 520)

 

            (1-9)  Bill "An Act To Repeal Outdated Agricultural Aviation Laws"

(S.P. 196)  (L.D. 527)

 

            (1-10)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Maine Organ and Tissue Donation Fund" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 197)  (L.D. 528)

 

            (1-11)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Motor Vehicles at Railroad Crossings"

(S.P. 198)  (L.D. 529)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION and ordered printed.

 

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            (1-12)  Bill "An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Sale of Liquor"

(S.P. 192)  (L.D. 523)

 

            (1-13)  Bill "An Act To Prohibit Maine Clean Election Act Candidates from Accepting Special Interest Money through a Political Party or Political Action Committee"

(S.P. 201)  (L.D. 532)

 

            Come from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed.

 

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