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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVIII, No. 13

Friday, March 23, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 16, 2012

Ch. 502 - An Act To Provide for School Enrollment and an Appeal Process in Specific Cases in Which Students Do Not Reside with Parents. (H.P. 722, L.D. 978)

Ch. 503 - An Act To Codify the Review Practice of Certain Changes in the Application of the Sales and Use Tax Law. (H.P. 448, L.D. 590)

Ch. 504 - An Act Regarding the Writing of Bad Checks. (S.P. 321, L.D. 1088)

Ch. 505 - An Act Relating to the Calculation of Population for Purposes of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and Public Safety Answering Point Assessments. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1249, L.D. 1697)

Ch. 506 - An Act Regarding Inmates on Public Works Projects. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1225, L.D. 1635)

Ch. 507 - An Act Regarding the Interception of Oral or Wire Communications of Residents of State Correctional Facilities and Jails. (H.P. 1282, L.D. 1737)

Ch. 508 - An Act Concerning Copying Fees for Users of County Registries of Deeds. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 526, L.D. 1616)

Ch. 509 - An Act Regarding Subrogation of Medical Payments Coverage. (H.P. 1303, L.D. 1769)

Ch. 510 - An Act To Eliminate the Deposit Requirements for Containers of Limited and Restricted Use Pesticides. (S.P. 606, L.D. 1758)

Ch. 511 - An Act Regarding the Filing of Birth, Death and Marriage Data. (S.P. 537, L.D. 1627)

Ch. 512 - An Act To Clarify the Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services To Impose Administrative Sanctions upon Vendors, Providers and Participants in the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program. (S.P. 536, L.D. 1626)

Ch. 513 - An Act To Amend the Circuitbreaker Program To Include Claimants Occupying Property Pursuant to a Trust and To Require Proof of Payment of Rent. (S.P. 579, L.D. 1680)

Ch. 514 - An Act To Allow Employees of the Small Enterprise Growth Board To Participate in the State's Group Health Plan. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 582, L.D. 1682)

Ch. 515 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Law Governing the Department of Corrections. (S.P. 602, L.D. 1754)

Ch. 516 - An Act To Correct an Inconsistency in the Employment Security Law. (S.P. 614, L.D. 1777)

Ch. 517 - An Act To Enhance Career Pathways for Adult Learners. (S.P. 617, L.D. 1780)

Ch. 518 - An Act To Permit Financial Institutions To Share Certain Information for the Purpose of Preventing Electronic Bank Card Losses and Other Fraud. (H.P. 1227, L.D. 1637)

Ch. 519 - An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Imposing Fees on Ice Fishing Shacks. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1288, L.D. 1747)

Ch. 520 - An Act To Provide Tort Claims Immunity for Out-of-state Regional Transit Organizations That Provide Regular Service in Maine. (S.P. 559, L.D. 1660)

Ch. 521 - An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Education To Allow Access to Criminal History Record Information to Entities Providing Document Management and To Remove Applicants' Fingerprints from the Fingerprint File. (H.P. 1301, L.D. 1767)

Ch. 522 - An Act To Amend the Campaign Finance Laws Regarding Reporting Refunds of Campaign Expenditures. (S.P. 528, L.D. 1618)

Ch. 523 - An Act To Amend the Uniform Commercial Code Regarding Motor Vehicle Warranties. (H.P. 1236, L.D. 1684)

Ch. 524 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Public Records Exceptions. (H.P. 1330, L.D. 1804)

Ch. 525 - An Act To Increase Access to Information Regarding Health Care Facility and Practitioner Payments. (H.P. 602, L.D. 806)

Signed by the Governor
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ch. 526 - An Act To Reduce High-technology Tax Evasion and Theft. (H.P. 1297, L.D. 1764)

Ch. 527 - An Act To Improve the Method of Classifying Shellfish Harvesting Areas and Providing Notification of Changes. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 586, L.D. 1721)

Ch. 528 - An Act To Clarify the Requirements of Income Withholding Orders. (H.P. 1199, L.D. 1594)

Ch. 529 - An Act To Increase the Membership of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. (S.P. 585, L.D. 1720)

Ch. 530 - An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Laws for 2011 to the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1289, L.D. 1748)

Ch. 531 - An Act To Lessen the Regulatory Burden on Medical Laboratories by Removing Outdated Requirements from the Maine Medical Laboratory Act. (S.P. 534, L.D. 1624)

Ch. 532 - An Act To Streamline the Paperwork Requirements of the State's Forest Practices Laws. (S.P. 598, L.D. 1741)

Ch. 533 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 592, L.D. 1732)

Ch. 534 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws. (S.P. 563, L.D. 1664)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 19, 2012

Ch. 535 - An Act To Provide Additional In-store Space for Maine's Businesses by Removing License and Permit Posting Requirements. (H.P. 1247, L.D. 1695)

Ch. 536 - An Act To Establish "The Dirigo March" as the Official March of the State. (S.P. 627, L.D. 1815)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ch. 537 - An Act To Amend the Law Relating to Concealed Firearms Locked in Vehicles. (H.P. 1212, L.D. 1603)

Ch. 538 - An Act To Make Minor Adjustments to Laws Administered by the Department of Environmental Protection. (H.P. 1283, L.D. 1738)

Ch. 539 - An Act To Update the Powers and Duties of the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services. (S.P. 584, L.D. 1719)

Ch. 540 - An Act To Clarify Health Insurance Benefits for Disabled Participants in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 550, L.D. 1651)

Ch. 541 - An Act To Clarify the Status of Patients Held under Involuntary Commitment Applications. (H.P. 1240, L.D. 1688)

Ch. 542 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Regarding Respectful Language. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 640, L.D. 1845)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 16, 2012

Ch. 126 - Resolve, To Establish a Stakeholder Group for the Development of a Plan for the Inventory and Proper Care of Veterans' Graves. (S.P. 540, L.D. 1630)

Ch. 127 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Turnpike Authority To Place Signs on Interstate 95 Directing Motorists to the Southern Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Springvale. (S.P. 625, L.D. 1807)

Ch. 128 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 815: Consumer Protection Standards for Electric and Gas Transmission and Distribution Utilities, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1316, L.D. 1791)

Signed by the Governor
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ch. 129 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1292, L.D. 1751)

Ch. 130 - Resolve, To Streamline Forester Licensing Requirements. (S.P. 613, L.D. 1776)

Ch. 131 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 375: No Adverse Environmental Effect Standard of the Site Location Law, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1318, L.D. 1793)

Ch. 132 - Resolve, To Promote the Expansion of the Maine Maple Sugar Industry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1338, L.D. 1814)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ch. 133 - Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Study Voter Participation and Registration and the Conduct of Elections in the State. (H.P. 176, L.D. 199)

Ch. 134 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1273, L.D. 1724)

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 23, 2012

L.D. 1887, S.P. 664
An Act To Restructure the Department of Health and Human Services. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1888, S.P. 665
An Act To Strengthen the State's Ability To Investigate and Prosecute Misuse of Public Benefits. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1889, S.P. 667
An Act To Amend the Liquor Laws of the State. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator FARNHAM of Penobscot)

L.D. 1890, S.P. 668
An Act To Streamline the Process for Minors To Obtain a Work Permit. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator RECTOR of Knox)

L.D. 1891, S.P. 669
Resolve, To Amend the Pilot Project for Independent Practice Dental Hygienists To Process Radiographs in Underserved Areas of the State. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1892, H.P. 1395
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry under the State Government Evaluation Act. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 955, subsection 4.)

L.D. 1893, H.P. 1396
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 850: Health Plan Accountability, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1894, S.P. 671
An Act To Restore Departmental Management over Costs of State-paid Child Care. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec)

L.D. 1895, H.P. 1399
An Act To Protect Consumers by Strengthening the Laws Governing Prepaid Home Heating Oil Contracts. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Resolve 2011, chapter 79.)

L.D. 1896, S.P. 672
An Act To Provide a Temporary Registration Plate to Certain Members of the Armed Forces. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1897, H.P. 1400
An Act To Establish a Competitive Bid Process for Future Casinos and Slot Machine Facilities. (Presented by Representative BEAULIEU of Auburn)

L.D. 1898, S.P. 674
Resolve, Authorizing the Lease of the Guy P. Gannett House in Augusta to a Nonprofit Organization for Use as a Museum. (Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec)

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.