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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 20

Friday, May 20, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 16, 2011

Ch. 73 - An Act Pertaining to the Laws Governing Pull Events. (H.P. 459, L.D. 629)

Ch. 74 - An Act Concerning the Lake and River Protection Fund. (H.P. 439, L.D. 556)

Ch. 75 - An Act To Clarify the Scope of Maine's Franchise Laws for Dealers of Power Equipment, Machinery and Appliances. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 96, L.D. 316)

Ch. 76 - An Act To Amend Shelter Provisions To Accommodate Rotational Grazing of Livestock. (H.P. 253, L.D. 320)

Ch. 77 - An Act To Modify the Auditing Requirements for Certain Small Water Utilities. (H.P. 579, L.D. 772)

Ch. 78 - An Act To Bring Maine's Minimum Financial Responsibility Laws Pertaining to Rental Vehicles into Conformity with Privately Owned Vehicles. (H.P. 410, L.D. 527)

Ch. 79 - An Act To Clarify the Role of the Public Advocate. (S.P. 133, L.D. 429)

Ch. 80 - An Act To Clarify the Uniform Arbitration Act. (H.P. 379, L.D. 486)

Ch. 81 - An Act To Allow for Timely Credit for Driver's License Suspensions Imposed by a Court. (S.P. 178, L.D. 595)

Ch. 82 - An Act To Strengthen the Laws Regarding Dangerous Dogs. (H.P. 562, L.D. 755)

Ch. 83 - An Act To Terminate the Authorization of the Maine Self-Insurance Guarantee Association To Serve as a Statistical Advisory Organization for Self-insurers. (S.P. 221, L.D. 731)

Ch. 84 - An Act To Require the Efficiency Maine Trust To More Effectively Administer Funds. (S.P. 135, L.D. 431)

Ch. 85 - An Act Relating to Indemnity Agreements in Motor Carrier Transportation Contracts. (S.P. 216, L.D. 727)

Ch. 86 - An Act To Continue the Axle Fine Waiver during the Midwinter Season. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 240, L.D. 796)

Ch. 87 - An Act To Amend the Maine Consumer Credit Code Regarding Interest Charged on Deferred Payments. (S.P. 279, L.D. 891)

Ch. 88 - An Act To Clarify the Procedure by Which a Salvage Company May Apply for a Motor Vehicle Title. (S.P. 190, L.D. 610)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Ch. 89 - An Act To Amend the Informed Growth Act. (H.P. 255, L.D. 322)

Ch. 90 - An Act To Modify Rating Practices for Individual and Small Group Health Plans and To Encourage Value-based Purchasing of Health Care Services. (H.P. 979, L.D. 1333)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 91 - An Act To Implement a Maine Unemployment Insurance Work-sharing Program. (H.P. 222, L.D. 269)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ch. 92 - An Act Establishing a Vietnam War Remembrance Day. (H.P. 12, L.D. 20)

Ch. 93 - An Act To Make Technical Changes to Aquaculture Laws. (H.P. 270, L.D. 337)

Ch. 94 - An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Law Concerning Municipal Inspections of Buildings. (H.P. 612, L.D. 816)

Ch. 95 - An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing County Sheriffs. (H.P. 531, L.D. 701)

Ch. 96 - An Act To Eliminate Duplication of Paint Disclosure and Radon Requirements. (H.P. 427, L.D. 544)

Ch. 97 - An Act To Amend the Lien Process for Unpaid Water Rates. (H.P. 796, L.D. 1061)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Group Trusts Established by Group Self-insurers of Workers' Compensation Benefits. (H.P. 575, L.D. 768)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Allow Harness Racing Betting To Be Conducted at Class A Lounges. (H.P. 853, L.D. 1155)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 16, 2011

Ch. 4 - An Act To Clarify the Boundary between the Town of Cushing and the Town of Friendship, Town of Warren, Town of Thomaston and Town of Waldoboro. (H.P. 424, L.D. 541)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 16, 2011

Ch. 34 - Resolve, To Direct the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection To Recommend Changes to Credit Reporting Laws Concerning Paid Debts. (S.P. 364, L.D. 1243)

Ch. 35 - Resolve, To Design and Implement a Demonstration Project on Recertification of Certified Nursing Assistants. (H.P. 420, L.D. 537)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ch. 36 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Scents Used in Hunting Deer and Renderings Used in Deer Feed. (H.P. 338, L.D. 445)

Ch. 37 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Designate the Park Street Bridge in the Town of Presque Isle the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. (H.P. 910, L.D. 1219)

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 20, 2011

L.D. 1572, S.P. 504
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer of State and State Auditor. (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1573, H.P. 1155
An Act To Allow Retired Dentists To Obtain a License To Practice in Nonprofit Clinics. (Presented by Representative CORNELL du HOUX of Brunswick)

L.D. 1574, H.P. 1156
An Act To Tax Water Used by Hydroelectric Facilities. (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

L.D. 1575, S.P. 507
An Act To Conform the Authority of the Department of Environmental Protection to Federal Law. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1576, H.P. 1159
An Act To Clarify the Award of Fees in Domestic Violence Cases. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1577, H.P. 1160
An Act To Amend the Winthrop Utilities District Charter. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative FLOOD of Winthrop)

L.D. 1578, H.P. 1161
Resolve, Relating to the State Valuation of the Town of East Millinocket. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative CLARK of Millinocket)

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.