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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVIII, No. 12

Friday, March 16, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 12, 2012

Ch. 490 - An Act To Promote POW/MIA Recognition Day. (H.P. 1230, L.D. 1640)

Ch. 491 - An Act To Conform Maine Apprenticeship Program Standards with Federal Apprenticeship Regulations. (H.P. 1327, L.D. 1800)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ch. 492 - An Act To Amend the Application Process for the Progressive Treatment Program. (S.P. 285, L.D. 897)

Ch. 493 - An Act To Extend Certain Insurance Protection to Emergency Responders. (H.P. 1226, L.D. 1636)

Ch. 494 - An Act To Conform Maine's Prescription Drug Privacy Laws with the United States Constitution. (S.P. 578, L.D. 1679)

Ch. 495 - An Act To Amend the Organization of the Quality Assurance Review Committee. (S.P. 535, L.D. 1625)

Ch. 496 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Pharmacy Interns. (H.P. 1217, L.D. 1608)

Ch. 497 - An Act To Correct Errors in Recently Enacted Laws Governing Agency Liquor Stores. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 562, L.D. 1663)

Ch. 498 - An Act Regarding the Oversight and Safety of Certain Commercial Vessels Operating in Maine Waters. (H.P. 1321, L.D. 1795)

Ch. 499 - An Act To Increase the Amount of Time an Employer May Employ an Employee without Being Charged for Unemployment Benefits. (H.P. 1352, L.D. 1832)

Ch. 500 - An Act To Establish Veterans Treatment Courts. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1250, L.D. 1698)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ch. 501 - An Act To Promote Jobs in the Motor Coach Industry by Providing a Sales Tax Exemption for Certain Buses. (S.P. 594, L.D. 1735)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ch. 23 - An Act To Provide for the 2012 and 2013 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 593, L.D. 1733)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ch. 123 - Resolve, To Revise Requirements of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission Pertaining to Maple Sugarhouses. (H.P. 1241, L.D. 1689)

Ch. 124 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1285, L.D. 1743)

Ch. 125 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 115: Certification, Authorization and Approval of Education Personnel, Parts I and II, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1306, L.D. 1775)

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 16, 2012

L.D. 1857, H.P. 1375
An Act To Enhance the Protection of Social Service Home Visitors. (Presented by Representative EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1858, H.P. 1376
An Act To Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative RICHARDSON of Carmel)

L.D. 1859, H.P. 1377
An Act To Protect Firearm Ownership during Times of Emergency. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1860, I.B. 3
An Act To Allow Marriage Licenses for Same-sex Couples and Protect Religious Freedom. (Transmitted to the Clerk of the 125th Maine Legislature by the Secretary of State on March 8, 2012 and ordered printed.)

L.D. 1861, H.P. 1378
An Act To Amend Statutory Post-conviction Review. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1862, S.P. 647
An Act To Limit Eligibility under the Municipal General Assistance Program. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1863, S.P. 648
An Act To Lower the Price of Electricity for Maine Consumers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1864, S.P. 649
An Act To Improve Efficiency Maine Trust Programs To Reduce Heating Costs and Provide Energy Efficient Heating Options for Maine's Consumers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1865, S.P. 650
An Act To Enhance Career and Technical Education. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1866, H.P. 1379
An Act To Remove Inequity in Student Access to Certain Schools. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1867, H.P. 1381
An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic Violence. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CAIN of Orono)

L.D. 1868, H.P. 1383
An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Reported by Representative NASS of Acton for the Revisor of Statutes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 94.)

L.D. 1869, S.P. 653
An Act To Establish the Dairy Improvement Fund. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1870, H.P. 1384
An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government To Address Revenue Shortfalls Projected for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2011, H.P. 1367.)

L.D. 1871, H.P. 1385
Resolve, Creating an Honorable Service Plaque To Honor Maine Veterans. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1872, H.P. 1386
An Act To Change the Name of the Governor's Office of Energy Independence and Security. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1873, S.P. 654
An Act To Direct the Commissioner of Education To Adopt a Model Policy Regarding Management of Head Injuries in School Activities and Athletics. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2011, S.P. 644.)

L.D. 1874, S.P. 655
An Act To Rename the Maine Jobs Council as the State Workforce Investment Board and Make Changes to Its Structure. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator MARTIN of Kennebec)

L.D. 1875, H.P. 1387
An Act To Provide Transparency in Electricity Pricing for Maine Ratepayers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative FITTS of Pittsfield)

L.D. 1876, H.P. 1388
Resolve, Establishing Surface Use Restrictions on Great Meadow Stream and the Northern Portion of North Bay on Great Pond. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KESCHL of Belgrade)

L.D. 1877, S.P. 656
An Act To Clarify Authorized Associations of Veterinary Practice. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1878, H.P. 1389
An Act To Allow Reimbursement and Abatement of Property Taxes Paid or Owed on a Primary Residence Destroyed by Fire. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1879, H.P. 1391
An Act To Treat Party Formation Committees the Same as Ballot Question Committees for Purposes of the Campaign Finance Laws. (Presented by Representative FOSSEL of Alna)

L.D. 1880, S.P. 657
An Act To Enhance Opportunities for the Sale of Lottery Tickets. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1881, S.P. 658
An Act Regarding the Commercial Sale of Deeds Records. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government pursuant to Joint Order 2011, S.P. 638.)

L.D. 1882, S.P. 659
An Act To Establish a Presidential Primary in the State. (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1883, S.P. 660
An Act To Clarify the Regulation of Private Natural Gas Pipelines. (Presented by President RAYE of Washington)

L.D. 1884, S.P. 661
An Act To Revise the Laws Regarding the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 353.)

L.D. 1885, H.P. 1393
An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. (Presented by Representative TILTON of Harrington)

L.D. 1886, H.P. 1394
An Act Requiring Communication of Mammographic Breast Density Information to Patients. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

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.