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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXVIII, No. 19

Thursday, May 31, 2012

125TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED ON MAY 31, 2012

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Ch. 657 - 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 for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013. (S.P. 600, L.D. 1746) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 658 - An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations from the Highway Fund for the Expenditures of State Government To Address Revenue Shortfalls Projected for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1420, L.D. 1916) (Governor's Bill)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 21, 2012

Ch. 659 - An Act To Prohibit Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools. (H.P. 928, L.D. 1237)

Ch. 660 - An Act To Increase the Amount Tagging Agents Receive for Tagging Game. (H.P. 467, L.D. 637)

Ch. 661 - An Act To Address the Documented Educational and Rehabilitation Needs of Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 572, L.D. 765)

Ch. 662 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Freedom of Access. (S.P. 456, L.D. 1465)

Ch. 663 - An Act To Amend the Sex Offender Registration Laws. (H.P. 1117, L.D. 1514)

Ch. 664 - An Act To Provide Funding for the Fish Stocking Program. (S.P. 64, L.D. 213)

Ch. 665 - An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Improvements to the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (H.P. 632, L.D. 835)

Ch. 666 - An Act To Reduce Deer Predation. (H.P. 298, L.D. 372)

Ch. 667 - An Act To Expand the Capacity of York County Community College. (H.P. 457, L.D. 627)

Ch. 668 - An Act To Restore the Deer Herd in Certain Wildlife Management Districts in Maine. (H.P. 933, L.D. 1242)

Ch. 669 - An Act To Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy. (S.P. 439, L.D. 1422)

Ch. 670 - An Act To Amend the Law Regarding the Sale of Wood Pellets and Wood. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1219, L.D. 1610)

Ch. 671 - An Act To Clarify Authorization for a Court Facilities Bond. (S.P. 566, L.D. 1667)

Ch. 672 - An Act To Combat Human Sex Trafficking. (S.P. 591, L.D. 1731)

Ch. 673 - An Act To Create a Sales Tax Exemption for the Sale and Delivery of Off-peak Electricity for Electric Thermal Storage Devices. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 554, L.D. 1655)

Ch. 674 - An Act To Limit Payment for Care and Treatment of Residents of State Institutions. (S.P. 538, L.D. 1628)

Ch. 675 - An Act To Make Fisheries and Wildlife and Marine Resources Projects Eligible for Tax Increment Financing. (S.P. 552, L.D. 1653)

Ch. 676 - An Act To Establish a Separate State Council for Juveniles under the Interstate Compact for Juveniles. (S.P. 604, L.D. 1756)

Ch. 677 - An Act Regarding the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision. (S.P. 603, L.D. 1755)

Ch. 678 - An Act To Amend Education Laws. (H.P. 1284, L.D. 1742)

Ch. 679 - An Act To Update the Career and Technical Education Laws. (S.P. 616, L.D. 1779)

Ch. 680 - An Act To Adopt the Use of Standardized Risk Assessment in the Management of Domestic Violence Crimes. (H.P. 1263, L.D. 1711)

Ch. 681 - An Act To Conform Maine Law to Federal Law Regarding Payment of Overtime to Truck Drivers and Driver's Helpers. (H.P. 1237, L.D. 1685)

Ch. 682 - An Act To Reform Land Use Planning in the Unorganized Territory. (H.P. 1325, L.D. 1798)

Ch. 683 - An Act To Define Cost Responsibility for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Students Receiving Services from the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf. (S.P. 637, L.D. 1839)

Ch. 684 - An Act To Apply the Sales Tax on Camper Trailers and Motor Homes Purchased for Rental in the Same Manner as on Automobiles Purchased for Rental. (H.P. 1333, L.D. 1809)

Ch. 685 - An Act To Revise the Income Tax Return Checkoffs. (H.P. 1347, L.D. 1826)

Ch. 686 - An Act To Enhance Career and Technical Education. (S.P. 650, L.D. 1865) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 687 - An Act To Strengthen the State's Ability To Investigate and Prosecute Misuse of Public Benefits. (S.P. 665, L.D. 1888) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 688 - An Act To Direct the Commissioner of Education To Adopt a Model Policy Regarding Management of Head Injuries in School Activities and Athletics. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 654, L.D. 1873)

Ch. 689 - An Act To Create the Leased Space Reserve Fund and To Amend the Law Regarding the Issuance of Securities under the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority and To Provide for the Transfer of Certain Land. (S.P. 678, L.D. 1904) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 690 - An Act To Revise the Target Prices for the Dairy Stabilization Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1409, L.D. 1905)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ch. 691 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1383, L.D. 1868)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 25, 2012

Ch. 692 - An Act To Provide Tax Relief for Maine's Citizens by Reducing Income Taxes. (S.P. 252, L.D. 849)

Ch. 693 - An Act Regarding the Distribution and Sale of Spirits. (H.P. 664, L.D. 905)

Ch. 694 - An Act To Create the Maine Board of Tax Appeals. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1291, L.D. 1750)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 695 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Wastewater and Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funds. (H.P. 285, L.D. 359)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 696 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine's Natural Resource-based Economy. (S.P. 255, L.D. 852)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 697 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation Infrastructure To Meet the Needs of the Business Sector and To Create Jobs. (S.P. 282, L.D. 894)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 698 - An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Economic Improvement Fund. (H.P. 1393, L.D. 1885)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ch. 699 - An Act Regarding the Issuance of Licenses by the Gambling Control Board and To Establish a Competitive Bidding Process for Future Operation of Slot Machines and Table Games in the State. (H.P. 1400, L.D. 1897)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 700 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Higher Education. (S.P. 278, L.D. 874)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 701 - An Act To Revise the Laws Regarding the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (S.P. 661, L.D. 1884)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 702 - An Act To Restructure the National Board Certification Program for Teachers. (S.P. 618, L.D. 1781)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Monday, May 21, 2012

Ch. 162 - Resolve, To Create the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1257, L.D. 1705)

Ch. 163 - Resolve, Creating an Honorable Service Plaque To Honor Maine Veterans. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1385, L.D. 1871) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 164 - Resolve, Directing the Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs To Develop Legislation Establishing a Presidential Primary. (S.P. 659, L.D. 1882)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 165 - Resolve, To Support the Development of a Model Charter for the St. John Valley Regional Planning Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 578, L.D. 771)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ch. 166 - Resolve, To Authorize the Legislature To Contract for an Independent Review To Evaluate the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 702, L.D. 958)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 167 - Resolve, To Establish a Response Team To Facilitate the Redevelopment of Unoccupied Mills and Other Unoccupied Buildings. (S.P. 574, L.D. 1675)

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 THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

L.D. 1916, H.P. 1420
An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations from the Highway Fund for the Expenditures of State Government To Address Revenue Shortfalls Projected for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples)

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.

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the Second Regular Session of the 125th Legislature become effective Thursday, August 30, 2012. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor.