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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVII, No. 23

Friday, June 10, 2011

125TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ch. 196 - An Act To Exempt Employers Subject to Federally Mandated Drug and Alcohol Programs from Maine Substance Abuse Program Laws. (H.P. 932, L.D. 1241)

Ch. 197 - An Act Regarding Gas Utilities under the Safety Jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 667, L.D. 908)

Ch. 198 - An Act To Require Insurance Companies To Reissue Qualifying Long-term Care Partnership Policies. (H.P. 472, L.D. 642)

Ch. 199 - An Act To Improve Awareness of Smoking Policies in Maine Rental Housing. (H.P. 802, L.D. 1067)

Ch. 200 - An Act To Provide That Private Transfer Fee Obligations on Real Property Are Void and Unenforceable. (S.P. 463, L.D. 1482)

Ch. 201 - An Act To Protect Seniors and Incapacitated or Dependent Adults from Abuse. (H.P. 1013, L.D. 1374)

Ch. 202 - An Act To Modify the Regulation of Fireworks. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 406, L.D. 523)

Ch. 203 - An Act To Update the Bankruptcy Laws To Incorporate Federal Changes Relating to Exemptions. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1041, L.D. 1415)

Ch. 204 - An Act To Increase Efficiency of the State Court Library Committee. (H.P. 935, L.D. 1276)

Ch. 205 - An Act To Restore Exemptions in the Natural Resources Protection Act. (H.P. 1020, L.D. 1387)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 3, 2011

Ch. 206 - An Act To Amend the Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1027, L.D. 1398)

Ch. 207 - An Act To Prohibit Texting while Driving. (S.P. 228, L.D. 736)

Ch. 208 - An Act To Discourage Illegal Dumping in the State. (H.P. 94, L.D. 112)

Ch. 209 - An Act Relating to Sales Tax on Certain Rental Vehicles. (S.P. 191, L.D. 611)

Ch. 210 - An Act To Protect Animal Cruelty Investigations. (H.P. 482, L.D. 652)

Ch. 211 - An Act To Streamline the Waste Motor Oil Disposal Site Remediation Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1055, L.D. 1434)

Ch. 212 - An Act To Increase the Transparency of the Unemployment Compensation Fund. (H.P. 792, L.D. 1057)

Ch. 213 - An Act To Repeal the Laws Governing the Capital Investment Fund. (S.P. 173, L.D. 581)

Ch. 214 - An Act To Establish an Integrated Statewide System To Manage and Enforce Electronic Warrants. (H.P. 961, L.D. 1315)

Ch. 215 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Independent Medical Examiners under the Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 791, L.D. 1056)

Ch. 216 - An Act To Change the Coyote Night Hunting Law. (H.P. 687, L.D. 927)

Ch. 217 - An Act To Adopt the Interstate Prescription Monitoring Program Compact. (H.P. 1056, L.D. 1435)

Ch. 218 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Prescription Monitoring Information. (H.P. 1050, L.D. 1429)

Ch. 219 - An Act To Reduce Fines for Certain Trucking Violations. (S.P. 211, L.D. 722)

Ch. 220 - An Act To Enhance Enforcement of Fish and Game Laws By Authorizing Maine To Enter into an Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact. (H.P. 1112, L.D. 1509)

Ch. 221 - An Act To Repeal the Law Regarding DNA Collection. (H.P. 964, L.D. 1318)

Ch. 222 - An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors Regarding Tobacco Use. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1106, L.D. 1505)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 6, 2011

Ch. 223 - An Act To Prevent the Disclosure of Student Social Security Numbers. (H.P. 399, L.D. 506)

Ch. 224 - An Act To Align State Standards Pertaining to Food and Beverages outside of the School Lunch Program to Federal Standards. (H.P. 398, L.D. 505)

Ch. 225 - An Act To Eliminate Certain Restrictions on the Installation of Chimneys and Equipment. (H.P. 106, L.D. 124)

Ch. 226 - An Act Regarding Penalties for Opting Out of Paperless Billing. (S.P. 82, L.D. 273)

Ch. 227 - An Act To Improve Party Status Requirements. (H.P. 125, L.D. 142)

Ch. 228 - An Act To Modify the Requirement To Replace Trees Cut Down in Violation of Local Laws. (H.P. 820, L.D. 1108)

Ch. 229 - An Act To Prevent HIV Transmission from a Pregnant Mother to a Child. (H.P. 532, L.D. 702)

Ch. 230 - An Act To Provide for Equal Rights of Appeal for the State and Defendants Concerning Post-judgment DNA Analysis. (H.P. 299, L.D. 373)

Ch. 231 - An Act To Exclude Cupolas from the Measurement of Height for Structures in the Shoreland Zone. (H.P. 435, L.D. 552)

Ch. 232 - An Act Regarding Retention and Graduation Rates for Maine's Colleges and Universities. (S.P. 156, L.D. 564)

Ch. 233 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Health Data Organization Relating to Retail Pharmacies. (S.P. 164, L.D. 572)

Ch. 234 - An Act Concerning the Labeling of Maine Shellfish Products. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1035, L.D. 1409)

Ch. 235 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2011-12. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1074, L.D. 1459)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ch. 236 - An Act To Amend the Laws Regulating Dealers of Agricultural, Industrial, Construction and Forestry Equipment. (H.P. 164, L.D. 187)

Ch. 237 - An Act To Continue Limited Entry in the Scallop Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 274, L.D. 348)

Ch. 238 - An Act To Clarify and Update the Laws Related to Health Insurance, Insurance Producer Licensing and Surplus Lines Insurance. (H.P. 1138, L.D. 1551)

Ch. 239 - An Act Regarding the Qualifications of Candidates for Office. (H.P. 229, L.D. 285)

Ch. 240 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1077, L.D. 1468)

Ch. 241 - An Act To Establish an Elder Victims Restitution Fund. (H.P. 594, L.D. 787)

Ch. 242 - An Act To Amend the Requirements Concerning Small Restaurants That Serve Alcoholic Beverages. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 997, L.D. 1358)

Ch. 243 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Ground Water Oil Clean-up Fund. (H.P. 501, L.D. 671)

Ch. 244 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government To Make Necessary Changes to the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. (H.P. 837, L.D. 1125)

Ch. 245 - An Act Concerning the Recording of Plans for Subdivisions. (S.P. 447, L.D. 1460)

Ch. 246 - An Act Honoring Gold Star Families through Special Registration Plates. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1123, L.D. 1529) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 247 - An Act To Allow Certain Wholesale Seafood Dealers To Process Imported Lobsters. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 494, L.D. 1547)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 248 - An Act To Amend the Standards by Which Law Enforcement Officers May Stop an All-terrain Vehicle Operating on Private Property. (H.P. 207, L.D. 254)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 249 - An Act To Assist School Administrative Units in Providing Health Insurance to Their Employees. (H.P. 322, L.D. 404)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 250 - An Act To Increase Recycling Jobs in Maine and Lower Costs for Maine Businesses Concerning Recycled Electronics. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 725, L.D. 981)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ch. 251 - An Act To Amend the School Administrative Unit Consolidation Laws. (H.P. 311, L.D. 385)

Ch. 252 - An Act To Restrict Permits Available to the Holder of a Super Pack License. (H.P. 630, L.D. 833)

Ch. 253 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Maine Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 317, L.D. 1084)

Ch. 254 - An Act To Enhance the Security of Hospital Patients, Visitors and Employees. (H.P. 365, L.D. 472)

Ch. 255 - An Act To Make Municipal Recounts Consistent with State Recounts. (S.P. 343, L.D. 1134)

Ch. 256 - An Act To Amend the Uniform Principal and Income Act. (S.P. 479, L.D. 1517)

Ch. 257 - An Act To Amend Licensing and Certification Laws Administered by the Department of Health and Human Services. (H.P. 1129, L.D. 1537)

Ch. 258 - An Act To Make Disputed Ballots in State Elections Public. (H.P. 225, L.D. 277)

Ch. 259 - An Act To Establish a Special Food and Beverage Industry Taste-testing Event License. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 479, L.D. 649)

Ch. 260 - An Act To Declare Certain Records of the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services Confidential. (S.P. 189, L.D. 609)

Ch. 261 - An Act To Expand the Availability of Natural Gas to the Citizens of Maine. (S.P. 324, L.D. 1091)

Ch. 262 - An Act To Expand Net Energy Billing. (S.P. 239, L.D. 795)

Ch. 263 - An Act Regarding Property Deposited with Museums and Historical Societies. (H.P. 772, L.D. 1038)

Ch. 264 - An Act Concerning the Protection of Personal Information in Communications with Elected Officials. (H.P. 817, L.D. 1082)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ch. 12 - An Act To Amend the Winthrop Utilities District Charter. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1160, L.D. 1577)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Ch. 13 - An Act To Allow the Towns of Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman To Adopt a Policy To Simplify the Municipal Disbursement Warrant Process. (H.P. 226, L.D. 278)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ch. 58 - Resolve, To Convene a Task Force To Study Cost-effective Ways of Dealing with an Increased Population of Those Affected by Alzheimer's Disease. (S.P. 263, L.D. 859)

Ch. 59 - Resolve, To Enhance the Use of Integrated Pest Management on School Grounds. (H.P. 634, L.D. 837)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 3, 2011

Ch. 60 - Resolve, To Adjust Composting Limits for Farms. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 713, L.D. 969)

Ch. 61 - Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Medicaid "Any Willing Provider" Requirements. (H.P. 693, L.D. 933)

Ch. 62 - Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Marine Resources To Contract for an Independent Analysis of the Limited Entry Lobster License System. (H.P. 1124, L.D. 1532)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, June 6, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 63 - Resolve, To Facilitate Participation in Individualized Education Program Team Meetings and Special Education Dispute Resolution Procedures. (H.P. 517, L.D. 688)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, June 6, 2011

Ch. 64 - Resolve, To Encourage Reciprocity between Maine and New Hampshire in the Reporting of Rabies Vaccinations by Veterinarians. (S.P. 406, L.D. 1309)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 65 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources To Develop Criteria for Identifying Invasive Terrestrial Plants. (H.P. 159, L.D. 182)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ch. 66 - Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing Slaughterhouses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 682, L.D. 922)

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, JUNE 10, 2011

L.D. 1580, S.P. 515
An Act To Further Improve Maine's Health Insurance Law. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1581, H.P. 1164
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 50: Principles of Reimbursement for Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded, a Major Substantive Rule of the DHHS. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1582, H.P. 1165
Resolve, Creating the Advisory Committee on Maine's Health Insurance Exchange. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Order 2011, H.P. 1162.)

L.D. 1583, H.P. 1168
An Act To Provide Oversight in Certain Negotiations. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Warren)

L.D. 1584, H.P. 1172
Resolve, To Allow the State To Continue Efforts To Sell or Lease Certain Real Property in the City of Hallowell. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1585, H.P. 1173
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97, Private Non-Medical Institution Services, Appendix D: Principles of Reimbursement for Child Care Facilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1586, H.P. 1174
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 40, Chapters II and III: Home Health Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

Copies of the Bills may be obtained from the Document Room, First Floor, State House, Augusta, Maine 04333-0002 - Ph: 207-287-1408 or by e-mailing a request to webmaster_house@legislature.maine.gov . Please include your mailing address as we can not mail bill text electronically.

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

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