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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 12

Friday, March 25, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ch. 3 - An Act Related to Family Law Magistrates. (H.P. 32, L.D. 39)

Ch. 4 - An Act To Clarify the Method of Creating or Severing Joint Tenancy. (S.P. 25, L.D. 10)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 21, 2011

Ch. 5 - An Act To Repeal the Sunset on the Law Relating to the Landing of Dragged Crabs. (S.P. 40, L.D. 85)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ch. 6 - An Act To Allow Marriage and Family Therapists To Serve as Mental Health Professionals in the Civil Service System. (H.P. 39, L.D. 46)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 21, 2011

Ch. 4 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 285: Adjustment of Non-bank Mortgage Lending Fees, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 7, L.D. 15)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ch. 5 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of the Final Repeal of Chapter 270: Adjustment of Volume Fees, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 6, L.D. 14)

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, MARCH 25, 2011

L.D. 1181, S.P. 356
An Act To Increase Access to Vital Records. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1182, S.P. 357
An Act To Protect Young Children from Sex Offenses. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1183, S.P. 358
Resolve, Directing the Maine Community College System To Extinguish Certain Easements. (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1184, S.P. 359
An Act To Limit Liability of Apiary Owners and Operators. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1185, S.P. 360
An Act To Amend the Process for Prioritizing Toxic Chemicals in Children's Products. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1186, S.P. 361
An Act To Amend the Probate Code Relating to the Authority of the Probate Court To Approve Transfers from a Protected Person's Estate. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1187, S.P. 362
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Maine's Downtowns through Innovative Business Development and the Creative Economy. (Presented by Senator SULLIVAN of York)

L.D. 1188, S.P. 363
An Act To Achieve Maine's High School Graduation Goal. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1189, H.P. 880
An Act To Require Bicyclists To Contribute to the Improvement of Bikeways. (Presented by Representative SARTY of Denmark)

L.D. 1190, H.P. 881
An Act To Support Maine Veterans Nonprofit Corporations. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1191, H.P. 882
An Act To Encourage Business Development by Limiting the Time a Utility May Hold a Business Customer's Deposit. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1192, H.P. 883
An Act To Require That Marijuana Seized by Law Enforcement Officers Be Tested and Made Available for Use by Authorized Medical Marijuana Dispensaries. (Presented by Representative KRUGER of Thomaston)

L.D. 1193, H.P. 884
An Act To Strengthen Confidentiality Laws for Child Victims of Crime. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1194, H.P. 885
An Act Regarding Contracts Awarded by the Maine State Housing Authority for the Installation or Servicing of Energy-efficient Appliances in Low-income Households. (Presented by Representative BEAULIEU of Auburn)

L.D. 1195, H.P. 886
Resolve, To Create Equitable Reimbursement for Mental Health Providers. (Presented by Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston)

L.D. 1196, H.P. 887
An Act To Clarify Assistance for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1197, H.P. 888
An Act To Amend Standards for Participation in Certain Public School Services by Students Who Are Homeschooled. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 1198, H.P. 889
An Act To Reduce Regulations for Residential Rental Property Owners. (Presented by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield)

L.D. 1199, H.P. 890
An Act To Expedite the Eviction Process in Certain Types of Cases. (Presented by Representative CELLI of Brewer)

L.D. 1200, H.P. 891
An Act To Authorize the Health Care Choice Compact To Permit the Purchase of Health Insurance from New Hampshire. (Presented by Representative McKANE of Newcastle)

L.D. 1201, H.P. 892
An Act To Increase the Amount of Funds Available to Counties for Witness Fees and Prosecution Costs. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1202, H.P. 893
An Act To Equalize the Premiums Imposed on the Sale of Motor Vehicle Oil. (Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington)

L.D. 1203, I.B. 2
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Deadline and Conditions for Municipal Approval of a Second Racino and To Allow a Tribal Racino in Washington County. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 125th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 17, 2011 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1204, H.P. 894
An Act To Create Jobs through Home Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Representative CELLI of Brewer)

L.D. 1205, H.P. 896
An Act To Provide Economic Incentives to Businesses for the Collection of State Taxes. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1206, H.P. 897
An Act To Amend the School Consolidation Laws Pertaining to Higher Performing Schools. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Easton)

L.D. 1207, H.P. 898
An Act To Amend the Labor Laws Relating to Certain Agricultural Employees. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 1208, H.P. 899
An Act To Allow Early Deer Hunting for Senior Hunters. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 1209, H.P. 900
An Act Regarding Stops of All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles by Law Enforcement Officers. (Presented by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon)

L.D. 1210, H.P. 901
An Act To Exempt Small Distributors from Unclaimed Deposit Requirements. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1211, H.P. 902
An Act To Require That a Student Satisfactorily Complete a Course in Civics and Government To Receive a High School Diploma. (Presented by Representative NELSON of Falmouth)

L.D. 1212, H.P. 903
An Act To Improve Hospital Reporting of MRSA Data. (Presented by Representative MALABY of Hancock)

L.D. 1213, H.P. 904
An Act To Provide Funding for a Convention Center or Civic Center in Cumberland County. (Presented by Representative PLUMMER of Windham)

L.D. 1214, H.P. 905
An Act To Allow a Referendum Regarding School Choice within Regional School Unit No. 12. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 906
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Illness Prevention Measures and Products. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1216, H.P. 907
An Act To Impose an Excise Tax on the Extraction of Water for Bottling. (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford)

L.D. 1217, H.P. 908
Resolve, Directing the Office of the State Fire Marshal To Amend Its Rules Relative to Construction Permit Applications. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1218, H.P. 909
An Act To Establish Recreational Flats Where Commercial Shellfish Harvesting Is Prohibited. (Presented by Representative CHASE of Wells)

L.D. 1219, H.P. 910
Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Designate the Park Street Bridge in the Town of Presque Isle the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1220, H.P. 911
An Act To Improve the Workplace for State Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Presque Isle)

L.D. 1221, H.P. 912
An Act To Encourage Prompt Payments by the State When It Contracts with Outside Agencies. (Presented by Representative MOULTON of York)

L.D. 1222, H.P. 913
An Act To Promote Fairness in Negotiations between Health Insurance Carriers and Health Care Service Providers. (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1223, H.P. 914
An Act Regarding Credit Card Transactions for InforME Services. (Presented by Representative KESCHL of Belgrade)

L.D. 1224, H.P. 915
An Act To Fund the Screening and Early Detection Elements of the Statewide Cancer Plan. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1225, H.P. 916
An Act To Create an Income Tax Return Checkoff To Fund Cancer Screening, Detection and Prevention. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1226, H.P. 917
An Act To Prevent and Treat Cancer in Maine by Implementing Critical Portions of the Comprehensive Cancer Program. (Presented by Representative STRANG BURGESS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1227, H.P. 918
An Act Concerning the Disposal of Unclaimed, Lost or Stolen Personal Property by Law Enforcement Agencies. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 919
An Act To Streamline the Liquor Licensing Reporting Procedure. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Lincolnville)

L.D. 1229, H.P. 920
An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults. (Presented by Representative WEBSTER of Freeport)

L.D. 1230, H.P. 921
An Act To Prohibit Smoking in Private Clubs Except in Separate Enclosed Areas. (Presented by Representative BLODGETT of Augusta)

L.D. 1231, H.P. 922
An Act Regarding Calculation of Benefits under Special Plans under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1232, H.P. 923
An Act To Enhance Self-defense by Removing Restrictions on the Carrying and Use of Weapons. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1233, H.P. 924
An Act To Prohibit Enforcement by a Federal or State Official of the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1234, H.P. 925
An Act To Restore the Uniform Visual Permitting Standard for Wind Power Projects. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1235, H.P. 926
An Act To Allow a Tax-free Employee Illness Account. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1236, H.P. 927
An Act To Amend the Legislative Findings in the Maine Wind Energy Act. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1237, H.P. 928
An Act To Prohibit Bullying in Schools. (Presented by Representative MORRISON of South Portland)

L.D. 1238, H.P. 929
An Act To Establish the Maine Back to Work Program. (Presented by Representative BICKFORD of Auburn)

L.D. 1239, H.P. 930
An Act To Further Expand Access to Oral Health Care by Requiring Insurance Coverage for Services Performed by Denturists. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1240, H.P. 931
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Reduce the Cost of Government through Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1241, H.P. 932
An Act To Remove the Requirement That Employers Offer Substance Abuse Services to Employees Who Fail Drug Tests. (Presented by Representative BICKFORD of Auburn)

L.D. 1242, H.P. 933
An Act To Restore the Deer Herd in Certain Wildlife Management Districts in Maine. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 1243, S.P. 364
Resolve, To Direct the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection To Recommend Changes to Credit Reporting Laws Concerning Paid Debts. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1244, S.P. 365
An Act To Clarify Usual and Customary Charges under the Workers' Compensation Laws. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1245, S.P. 366
An Act To Modify the Responsibilities of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1246, S.P. 367
Resolve, Concerning Access to the Eastern Road in Scarborough. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1247, S.P. 368
An Act To Specifically Define Reasonable Operating Expenses for the Maine Turnpike Authority in Accordance with Its Enabling Act. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 1248, S.P. 369
An Act To Require Approval by the Voters of Legislation To Enact or Increase a Tax or Fee. (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1249, S.P. 370
An Act To Require the Land for Maine's Future Fund To Expend Funds for Deer Wintering Areas. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1250, S.P. 371
An Act To Improve Oil Storage Facility Operator Training. (Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1251, S.P. 372
An Act To Prevent Credit Card Company Unfair Trade Practices. (Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock)

L.D. 1252, S.P. 373
Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Improve Public Guardianship Services to Adults with Cognitive Disabilities. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1253, S.P. 374
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Statewide Uniform Building Codes. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1254, S.P. 375
An Act To Further Restrict Push Polling. (Presented by Senator HILL of York)

L.D. 1255, S.P. 376
Resolve, To Study Initiatives To Increase Recycling in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HASTINGS of Oxford)

L.D. 1256, S.P. 377
An Act Concerning Tort Claims and Governmental Entities. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1257, S.P. 378
An Act Regarding Labor Contracts for Public Works Projects. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1258, S.P. 379
An Act To Improve Land Use Planning and Permitting in Unorganized Territories. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1259, S.P. 380
An Act To Encourage Computer Data Center Development. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1260, S.P. 381
An Act To Improve Transparency in Maine Government. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1261, S.P. 382
An Act Relating to Selection of Constitutional Officers and the State Auditor. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1262, S.P. 383
An Act To Increase Penalties for Certain Violations of the Campaign Reports and Financing Laws. (Presented by Senator BLISS of Cumberland)

L.D. 1263, S.P. 384
An Act To Establish One State Psychiatric Hospital. (Presented by Senator BRANNIGAN of Cumberland)

L.D. 1264, S.P. 385
An Act To Improve the Energy Efficiency of Public Buildings and Create Jobs. (Presented by Senator BARTLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1265, S.P. 386
An Act To Allow the Unclaimed Remains of a Veteran To Have Proper Burial. (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 1266, S.P. 387
An Act To Protect Municipalities That Host Wind Energy Developments. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1267, S.P. 388
An Act To Amend the School Transportation Formula To Recognize One-way Bus Trips. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1268, S.P. 389
An Act To Allow the Repayment of Improperly Awarded Workers' Compensation Benefits. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1269, S.P. 390
An Act To Require That the Taking of a Statewide Assessment Test for High School Seniors Be Voluntary. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1270, S.P. 391
Resolve, To Convene a Task Force To Study Staffing Ratios and Issues for Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1271, S.P. 392
An Act To Require Use of the Electronic Death Registration System. (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1272, S.P. 393
An Act To Create a Family Ombudsman in the Judicial Branch and the Department of Corrections. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1273, S.P. 394
An Act To Establish a 2-week Quiet Period for School Teams. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1274, S.P. 395
An Act To Restore Equity in Education Funding. (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1275, S.P. 396
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Activity of Certain Nonprofit Corporations. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

L.D. 1276, H.P. 935
An Act To Increase Efficiency of the State Court Library Committee. (Presented by Representative NASS of Acton)

L.D. 1277, H.P. 936
An Act To Exempt Contributions for the Retirement of Old Campaign Debt from Contribution Limits. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1278, H.P. 937
An Act To Stabilize Solid Waste Management Funding. (Presented by Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson)

L.D. 1279, H.P. 938
An Act Relating to Qualified Financial Contracts by Domestic Insurers. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1280, H.P. 939
An Act To Establish a Pilot Physical Education Project in Four Maine Schools. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative ROCHELO of Biddeford)

L.D. 1281, H.P. 940
Resolve, To Ensure Cost-effective Services for Persons Needing Neuropsychological Testing. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 1282, H.P. 941
An Act To Increase Fairness in Lobster Fishing Licensure. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1283, H.P. 942
An Act To Allow Students Choice in High School Enrollment. (Presented by Representative MALONEY of Augusta)

L.D. 1284, H.P. 943
An Act To Amend the Scallop Advisory Council. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 1285, H.P. 944
An Act To Amend the Assessment Process and Funding of the Maine Workers' Compensation Board. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1286, S.P. 400
An Act To Rename the Maine Fire Training and Education Program at Southern Maine Community College the Maine Fire Service Institute. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1287, S.P. 401
An Act To Create a Scholarship Granting Organization Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1288, S.P. 398
An Act To Amend the Pine Tree Development Zone Laws Regarding Average Weekly Wages. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1289, S.P. 399
An Act To Waive Penalties on School Administrative District No. 32 and School Administrative District No. 33 under the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1290, H.P. 945
Resolve, To Promote Prevention Practices in Oral Health Care. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1291, H.P. 946
Resolve, To Promote Community Wind Energy Development. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1292, H.P. 947
Resolve, To Establish a Study Group To Examine the Taxation by Municipalities of Renewable Energy Facilities' Property. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1293, H.P. 948
Resolve, To Establish a Study Group To Promote the Use of Locally Grown Food in Schools. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1294, H.P. 949
An Act To Impose a 90-day Residency Requirement in Order To Receive State Assistance. (Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn)

L.D. 1295, H.P. 950
An Act To Amend the Process of Resolving Property Tax Abatement Disputes. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1296, H.P. 951
An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Protect Patient Privacy. (Presented by Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea)

L.D. 1297, H.P. 952
An Act Relating to the Qualifications for the Position of Municipal Officer. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1298, H.P. 953
An Act To Facilitate the Certification of Teachers. (Presented by Representative O'BRIEN of Lincolnville)

L.D. 1299, S.P. 402
An Act To Allow Deferred Disposition in Juvenile Cases. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1300, S.P. 403
An Act To Create a New Liquor License, Provide Funding for Prevention of Underage Drinking and Provide Municipal Control over the Agency Liquor Store Application Process. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1301, S.P. 404
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Security Deposits of Workers' Compensation Self-insurers. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1302, H.P. 954
An Act To Extend Fire Code Rules to Single-family Dwellings Used as Nursing Homes for 3 or Fewer Patients. (Presented by Representative CLARKE of Bath)

L.D. 1303, H.P. 955
An Act To Increase the Fee Paid to a Funeral Home To Transport a Body at the Request of the State Medical Examiner. (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1304, H.P. 956
An Act Pertaining to Retirement Benefits for State Legislators. (Presented by Representative PARKER of Veazie)

L.D. 1305, H.P. 957
An Act To Limit the Use of the National Guard to Situations Specifically Authorized by the United States Constitution. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1306, H.P. 958
An Act To Require the Correct Motor Vehicle Registration for Antique Autos and Custom Vehicles. (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1307, H.P. 959
An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Education Statutes. (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Carmel)

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