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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 19

Friday, May 13, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 9, 2011

Ch. 59 - An Act Regarding Forensic Examination Kits. (H.P. 450, L.D. 592)

Ch. 60 - An Act To Require a Medical Examiner To Determine whether an Autopsy Is Needed in the Case of the Death of a Prisoner in a Correctional Facility. (H.P. 145, L.D. 168)

Ch. 61 - An Act To Allow Persons 70 Years of Age or Older Expanded Crossbow Privileges. (H.P. 238, L.D. 294)

Ch. 62 - An Act To Allow Farm Wineries To Charge for Wine Tastings. (S.P. 17, L.D. 2)

Ch. 63 - An Act To Provide Certainty to Businesses and Development. (S.P. 41, L.D. 86)

Ch. 64 - An Act To Amend the Natural Resources Protection Act Regarding Coastal Sand Dune Systems. (H.P. 313, L.D. 387)

Ch. 65 - An Act To Improve Harbor Safety by Clarifying Requirements for Maintenance Dredging Permits. (S.P. 91, L.D. 311)

Ch. 66 - An Act Relating to the Status of a Private Investigator as an Independent Contractor. (S.P. 95, L.D. 315)

Ch. 67 - An Act To Allow Employees of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics to Join the State's Group Health Plan. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 333, L.D. 440)

Ch. 68 - An Act To Allow the Transfer of Commercial Whitewater Rafting Trips under Extenuating Conditions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 304, L.D. 378)

Ch. 69 - An Act To Amend the Taste Testing of Wine Law. (S.P. 120, L.D. 416)

Ch. 70 - An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Employment" in the Employment Security Law. (S.P. 193, L.D. 613)

Ch. 71 - An Act To Enhance Transparency in the Regulation of Large, Investor-owned Transmission and Distribution Utilities. (H.P. 412, L.D. 529)

Ch. 72 - An Act To Clarify the Dig Safe Standards. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 325, L.D. 407)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 9, 2011

Ch. 29 - Resolve, To Leverage Federal Opportunities for Job Creation in Maine. (H.P. 506, L.D. 679)

Ch. 30 - Resolve, To Complete the Timely and Appropriate Redesign of Shared Living Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 302, L.D. 376)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 895: Underground Facility Damage Prevention Requirements, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 264, L.D. 331)

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Adopt Rules Affecting Utility Deposits. (S.P. 222, L.D. 732)

Ch. 33 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Community College System To Extinguish Certain Easements. (S.P. 358, L.D. 1183)

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, MAY 13, 2011

L.D. 1555, H.P. 1141
An Act To Eliminate the Waiting Period before Insurance Adjusters May Offer Adjustment Services. (Presented by Representative HASKELL of Portland)

L.D. 1556, H.P. 1142
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Replacement of Firearms Carried by Maine State Police. (Presented by Representative BEAUDOIN of Biddeford)

L.D. 1557, H.P. 1143
An Act To Raise the Speed Limit on Interstate 95 between the City of Old Town and the Town of Houlton. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1558, H.P. 1144
Resolve, To Study Allocations of the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (Submitted by the Government Oversight Committee pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 997, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1559, S.P. 498
Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School to Regional School Unit 13. (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 1560, H.P. 1145
An Act To Update Professional and Occupational Licensing Statutes. (Presented by Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham)

L.D. 1561, S.P. 499
An Act To Create the Nickerson Lake Sewer District. (Presented by Senator SHERMAN of Aroostook)

L.D. 1562, H.P. 1147
An Act To Prohibit the Sale or Possession of So-called Bath Salts Containing Dangerous Synthetic Drugs. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1563, H.P. 1148
An Act To Regulate the Licensing and Oversight of Professional Investigators. (Presented by Representative BURNS of Whiting)

L.D. 1564, H.P. 1149
An Act Concerning Certain Privileges Transferred to GNE, LLC by Great Northern Paper, Inc.. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1565, H.P. 1150
An Act To Give Judges Greater Flexibility When Sentencing Defendants Convicted of Murder. (Presented by Representative CELLI of Brewer)

L.D. 1566, H.P. 1151
An Act To Require Disclosures by 3rd-party Vendors Contracted To Perform Fund-raising. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative DAMON of Bangor)

L.D. 1567, S.P. 500
Resolve, To Authorize the State To Purchase a Landfill in the Town of East Millinocket. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1568, H.P. 1153
An Act To Ensure Fair Business Competition in Agriculture. (Presented by Representative CURTIS of Madison)

L.D. 1569, S.P. 502
An Act To Restore the White-tailed Deer Population and Improve Maine's Wildlife Economy and Heritage. (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1570, S.P. 501
An Act To Reduce Energy Prices for Maine Consumers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1571, H.P. 1154
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Workers' Compensation. (Presented by Representative CUSHING of Hampden)

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.