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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVIII, No. 15

Friday, April 6, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ch. 543 - An Act Concerning Solid Waste Facility Citizen Advisory Committees. (H.P. 522, L.D. 693)

Ch. 544 - An Act To Stabilize Solid Waste Management Funding. (H.P. 937, L.D. 1278)

Ch. 545 - An Act To Prevent the Theft and Illegal Sale of Copper and Other Metals. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1260, L.D. 1708)

Ch. 546 - An Act To Improve the Department of Environmental Protection's Annual Waste Discharge License Fee System. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1302, L.D. 1768)

Ch. 547 - An Act To Facilitate Recovery of Debts Owed to the State for Indigent Legal Services. (S.P. 558, L.D. 1659)

Ch. 548 - An Act Concerning Technical Changes to the Tax Laws. (H.P. 1293, L.D. 1752)

Ch. 549 - An Act To Sustain the Elver Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1298, L.D. 1765)

Ch. 550 - An Act Concerning the Collection of Child Support Obligations. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 549, L.D. 1650)

Ch. 551 - An Act To Clarify the Site Location of Development Laws Regarding Exemptions for Previously Developed Sites. (S.P. 547, L.D. 1648)

Ch. 552 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Abatements of Property Taxes for Infirmity or Poverty and the Administration of the Circuitbreaker Program. (H.P. 1245, L.D. 1693)

Ch. 553 - An Act To Require Carbon Monoxide Detectors in Additional Residential Occupancies. (H.P. 1286, L.D. 1744)

Ch. 554 - An Act Regarding Insurance Adjusters and Reporting Requirements for Insurance Companies. (H.P. 1305, L.D. 1773)

Ch. 555 - An Act To Address Research and Teaching in Maine's Institutions of Higher Education by Amending the Laws Governing the Purchase of Goods and Services by the State Involving Institutions of Higher Education. (S.P. 541, L.D. 1631)

Ch. 556 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (H.P. 1262, L.D. 1710)

Ch. 557 - An Act To Allow the Change of Location of a Licensed Large Game Shooting Area. (S.P. 630, L.D. 1822)

Ch. 558 - An Act Regarding the Matching Funds Provisions of the Maine Clean Election Act. (S.P. 612, L.D. 1774)

Ch. 559 - An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Commission To Study Priorities and Timing of Judicial Proceedings in State Courts. (S.P. 622, L.D. 1802)

Ch. 560 - An Act Relating to the Governance of the Maine State Housing Authority. (S.P. 615, L.D. 1778)

Ch. 561 - An Act To Repeal the Requirement That Canadian Big Game or Wild Turkey Hunters Be Accompanied by Guides Licensed in the State and To Clarify the Laws Concerning the Civil Violation of Trespass by Motor Vehicle. (H.P. 1310, L.D. 1785) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 562 - An Act To Authorize the Establishment of Pilot Projects for Community Paramedicine. (H.P. 1359, L.D. 1837) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 30, 2012

Ch. 563 - An Act To Implement a Coordinated Strategy To Attract New Businesses, Expand Existing Businesses and Develop a Consistent and Recognizable Maine Brand. (H.P. 256, L.D. 323)

Ch. 564 - An Act To Adopt the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act. (H.P. 1016, L.D. 1377)

Ch. 565 - An Act To Amend the Labor Laws Relating to Certain Agricultural Employees. (H.P. 898, L.D. 1207)

Ch. 566 - An Act To Ensure Adequate Landfill Capacity in the State for Solid Waste. (H.P. 646, L.D. 879)

Ch. 567 - An Act To Permit the Department of Marine Resources To Develop and Establish a Seafood Export Certification Program. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 553, L.D. 1654)

Ch. 568 - An Act To Clarify the Court's Authority To Grant Credit Given for Jail Time toward Payment of Fines. (H.P. 1204, L.D. 1598)

Ch. 569 - An Act To Amend the Requirement That the Department of Labor Calculate the Livable Wage. (H.P. 1311, L.D. 1786)

Ch. 570 - An Act To Amend and Clarify the Public Charter School Law. (S.P. 607, L.D. 1762)

Ch. 571 - An Act To Encourage Parental Involvement in Education. (S.P. 609, L.D. 1770)

Ch. 572 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Confidentiality of Health Care Information. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1337, L.D. 1813)

Ch. 573 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Governor's Training Initiative Program. (S.P. 639, L.D. 1844) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 574 - An Act To Protect Consumers by Strengthening the Laws Governing Prepaid Home Heating Oil Contracts. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1399, L.D. 1895)

Ch. 575 - 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) (H.P. 1384, L.D. 1870)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, April 2, 2012

Ch. 576 - An Act To Strengthen the Relationship between Land Users and Landowners. (H.P. 1222, L.D. 1613)

Ch. 577 - An Act To Allow for Timely Access to and Enhanced Administration of All Vaccines. (H.P. 1267, L.D. 1715)

Ch. 578 - An Act To Provide a More Comprehensive Ban on the Possession of Synthetic Hallucinogenic Drugs. (H.P. 1370, L.D. 1852)

Ch. 579 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry under the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1395, L.D. 1892)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, April 2, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 580 - An Act To Make Certain Juvenile Case Records Confidential. (H.P. 1203, L.D. 1597)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ch. 581 - An Act To Establish a Dental Adjudicatory Panel System. (S.P. 301, L.D. 955)

Ch. 582 - An Act To Resolve Conflicts in the Implementation of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (S.P. 529, L.D. 1619)

Ch. 583 - An Act To Impose a Penalty for Making False Claims Regarding Affiliation with a Federally Recognized Tribe. (H.P. 1201, L.D. 1595)

Ch. 584 - An Act To Restrict Further the Amount of Methamphetamine Precursors That May Be Bought or Sold. (H.P. 1266, L.D. 1714)

Ch. 585 - An Act To Amend Maine's Gambling Laws. (S.P. 610, L.D. 1771)

Ch. 586 - An Act To Expand the Availability of Natural Gas to Maine Residents. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 543, L.D. 1644)

Ch. 587 - An Act To Amend the Maine Wild Mushroom Harvesting Certification Program. (H.P. 1343, L.D. 1823)

Ch. 588 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Dig Safe Work Group. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1329, L.D. 1803)

Ch. 589 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Municipal Inspections of Establishments. (H.P. 1369, L.D. 1851)

Ch. 590 - An Act To Provide Transparency in Electricity Pricing for Maine Ratepayers. (H.P. 1387, L.D. 1875) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 591 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2012-13. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1368, L.D. 1847)

Ch. 592 - An Act To Clarify the Regulation of Private Natural Gas Pipelines. (S.P. 660, L.D. 1883)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ch. 593 - An Act To Allow for a Contingency Fee Agreement with a MaineCare Program Integrity Recovery Audit Contractor. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 539, L.D. 1629)

Ch. 594 - An Act To Clarify Authorized Associations of Veterinary Practice. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 656, L.D. 1877)

Ch. 595 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs after Its Review of the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority Pursuant to the State Government Evaluation Act. (H.P. 1401, L.D. 1899)

Ch. 596 - An Act To Support Members of the Law Enforcement Community Who Have Suffered a Catastrophic Illness. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1402, L.D. 1900)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ch. 135 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 61: Rules for Major Capital School Construction Projects, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1300, L.D. 1766)

Ch. 136 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 140: Public Charter Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (H.P. 1308, L.D. 1783)

Ch. 137 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 64: Maine School Facilities Program and School Revolving Renovation Fund, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education and the Maine Municipal Bond Bank. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1313, L.D. 1788)

Ch. 138 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 316: Long-Term Contracting and Resource Adequacy, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1314, L.D. 1789)

Ch. 139 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 378: Variance Criteria for the Excavation of Rock, Borrow, Topsoil, Clay or Silt and Performance Standards for the Storage of Petroleum Products, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1320, L.D. 1794)

Ch. 140 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 305: Permit by Rule, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1323, L.D. 1797)

Ch. 141 - Resolve, Regarding Access to Eastern Road in Scarborough. (H.P. 1340, L.D. 1817) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, March 30, 2012

Ch. 142 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Review Rules Governing Reimbursement to MaineCare Recipients for Transportation to and from MaineCare Services. (H.P. 1246, L.D. 1694)

Ch. 143 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 421: Safety and Operation Standards for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Distribution Systems, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1317, L.D. 1792)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ch. 144 - Resolve, To Require Rulemaking Regarding Standing To Appeal in Proceedings before the Board of Environmental Protection and the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. (S.P. 546, L.D. 1647)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 145 - Resolve, To Assist Maine Schools To Obtain Federal Funds for Medically Necessary Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 739, L.D. 1003)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Ch. 146 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 33: Regulations Governing Timeout Rooms, Therapeutic Restraints and Aversives in Public Schools and Approved Private Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1360, L.D. 1838)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ch. 147 - Resolve, To Require the Department of Transportation To Facilitate and Oversee a Study of the Feasibility of an East-west Highway. (S.P. 570, L.D. 1671)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 148 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Economic Growth Council To Develop the Maine Prosperity Action Plan of 2012. (S.P. 444, L.D. 1437)

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, APRIL 6, 2012

L.D. 1905, H.P. 1409
An Act To Revise the Target Prices for the Dairy Stabilization Program. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2009, chapter 467, section 16.)

L.D. 1906, H.P. 1410
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1907, H.P. 1412
An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

L.D. 1908, S.P. 680
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Stakeholder Group To Review the Maine State Grant Program. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Resolve 2011, chapter 14, section 4.)

L.D. 1909, S.P. 681
An Act To Simplify the Certificate of Need Process and Lessen the Regulatory Burden on Providers. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Public Law 2011, chapter 424.)

L.D. 1910, H.P. 1414
An Act To Allow the Town of Fort Kent To Create a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District Using the Current Assessed Value of the Downtown. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake)

L.D. 1911, S.P. 683
Resolve, Authorizing the Executive Department To Facilitate the Closure of the Maine Energy Recovery Company Facility in Biddeford by Negotiating the Transfer of the Juniper Ridge Landfill and Requiring Other Actions To Improve Recycling. (Presented by Senator HOBBINS of York)

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.