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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

From Millicent M. MacFarland, Clerk of the House
State House, Augusta, Maine

Volume XXXIX, No. 10

Friday, March 22, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 3 - An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Change a Fishing Season Opening Date Statewide. (H.P. 24, L.D. 26)

Ch. 4 - An Act To Make Changes to the Maine College Savings Program. (H.P. 95, L.D. 113)

Ch. 5 - An Act To Correct an Inconsistency in Maine's Apprenticeship Laws. (H.P. 85, L.D. 103)

Ch. 6 - An Act To Expand the Types of Vaccines That May Be Administered by Pharmacists. (S.P. 21, L.D. 32)

Ch. 7 - An Act To Make Changes to the Educators for Maine Program. (H.P. 94, L.D. 112)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ch. 8 - An Act Relating to Certain Marine Resources Licenses. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 301, L.D. 451)

Ch. 9 - An Act Regarding Commercial Elver Fishing Licenses Issued by the Penobscot Nation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 423, L.D. 604)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 2 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 252: Rules Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes in the State of Maine, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 4, L.D. 2)

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 22, 2013

L.D. 1050, H.P. 743
An Act Requiring the Labeling of Food Packaging That Contains Bisphenol A. (Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle)

L.D. 1051, H.P. 744
An Act To Clarify the Authority and Responsibility of Forest Rangers. (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1052, H.P. 745
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Intermodal Infrastructure. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

L.D. 1053, H.P. 746
An Act Regarding a Retired Law Enforcement Officer Carrying a Concealed Handgun without a Permit. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1054, H.P. 747
An Act To Prohibit Enforcement by a Federal or State Official or Others of the National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2012. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1055, H.P. 748
An Act To Create a Maine Financial Education Portal. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1056, H.P. 749
An Act To Require Local Voter Approval for Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative CHENETTE of Saco)

L.D. 1057, H.P. 750
An Act Related to Public Funding of Charter Schools. (Presented by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield)

L.D. 1058, H.P. 751
Resolve, Directing the Department of Environmental Protection To Set the Motor Vehicle Fuel Volatility Level for the State. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Waterboro)

L.D. 1059, H.P. 752
An Act To Protect Maine's Environment and Natural Resources Jeopardized by Mining. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1060, H.P. 753
An Act To Address Rising Electric Transmission Rates. (Presented by Representative NEWENDYKE of Litchfield)

L.D. 1061, H.P. 754
An Act To Regulate Meteorological Data-gathering Towers in Maine. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1062, H.P. 755
An Act To Add Conditions That Qualify for Medical Marijuana Use. (Presented by Representative DICKERSON of Rockland)

L.D. 1063, H.P. 756
An Act To Remove a Conflict in the Law Restricting the Sale or Purchase of Targeted Methamphetamine Precursors. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1064, H.P. 757
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force on Independence from Public Assistance. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative NEWENDYKE of Litchfield)

L.D. 1065, H.P. 758
An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 1066, H.P. 759
An Act To Increase Access to Health Coverage and Qualify Maine for Federal Funding. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1067, H.P. 760
An Act To Allow Certain Small Retail Businesses To Pass Credit and Debit Card Transaction Fees on to Consumers. (Presented by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst)

L.D. 1068, H.P. 761
An Act To Prevent the Reduction in Adoption Subsidy after an Agreement Has Been Signed by the Prospective Adoptive Parents and the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick)

L.D. 1069, H.P. 762
An Act To Provide Flexibility in the State Prevailing Wage and Benefit Rates. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1070, H.P. 763
Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Proposal To License Certain Mechanical Trades. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1071, H.P. 764
An Act Regarding Qualifications for Real Estate Licensees. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1072, H.P. 765
An Act To Provide Accountability in the Handling of Affordable Housing Tenants' Security Deposits. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1073, H.P. 766
An Act To Establish Minimum Fuel Economy Standards for State Vehicles. (Presented by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery)

L.D. 1074, H.P. 767
An Act To Deny Employment-related Benefits to State Employees Convicted of a Felony Involving the Misuse or Theft of Government Funds. (Presented by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield)

L.D. 1075, H.P. 768
An Act To Allow Motorists To Proceed through an Intersection after Stopping for a Red Light. (Presented by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst)

L.D. 1076, H.P. 769
An Act To Allow for the Equalization of Truck Weights between Maine and Canada for Limited Use at the Border Crossings. (Presented by Representative WILLETTE of Mapleton)

L.D. 1077, H.P. 770
An Act To Amend the Maine Clean Election Act and Campaign Finance Laws. (Presented by Representative BROOKS of Winterport)

L.D. 1078, S.P. 360
Resolve, To Establish the Task Force on the Creation of a State of Maine Partnership Bank. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1079, S.P. 361
An Act To Provide for Alternatives for the Courts To Address Settlement of Fines in Certain Cases. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1080, S.P. 362
An Act To Improve Efficiency in the Collection of Beverage Containers. (Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford)

L.D. 1081, S.P. 363
An Act To Establish Legislative Standing in Judicial Proceedings. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1082, S.P. 364
An Act Concerning the Ability of Off-premises Liquor Licensees To Dispense Liquor in Sealed Refillable Containers. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 1083, S.P. 365
Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop a Process To Provide Alternative Pathways To Learning for Certain High School Students. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1084, S.P. 366
An Act To Amend the Androscoggin County Charter. (Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1085, S.P. 367
An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff. (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1086, S.P. 368
An Act To Revise the Laws Governing Candidate Nominations by Petition. (Presented by Senator VALENTINO of York)

L.D. 1087, S.P. 369
An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation and Short-term Disability Insurance in Maine. (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1088, S.P. 370
An Act To Provide Another Funding Source To Better Maintain Veterans' Cemeteries. (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1089, S.P. 371
Resolve, To Allow York County To Renegotiate with the Department of Health and Human Services a Decision Regarding Transportation Services. (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1090, S.P. 372
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Nursing Programs at Maine's Seven Community Colleges. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1091, S.P. 373
An Act To Require Nonprofit Corporations To Disclose the Salaries of Their Employees. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1092, S.P. 374
An Act To Increase the Use of Long-term Care Insurance. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1093, S.P. 375
An Act To Clarify the Criteria of the Health Professions Loan Program as It Affects Physicians Practicing Neurology-psychiatry. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1094, S.P. 376
An Act To Fully Implement Health Insurance Exchanges and To Make Maine Law Consistent with Federal Law. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1095, S.P. 377
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec)

L.D. 1096, S.P. 378
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Students Experiencing Education Disruption. (Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock)

L.D. 1097, S.P. 379
An Act To Allow the Sale of Incidentally Caught Lobsters. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1098, S.P. 380
An Act To Encourage Teacher Input in Education Policy. (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford)

L.D. 1099, S.P. 381
An Act To Provide an Internship Employment Tax Credit. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1100, S.P. 382
An Act To Update and Revise the Laws Governing the Maine Arts Commission. (Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1101, S.P. 383
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Waterfront Development. (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1102, S.P. 384
An Act Regarding Reconstruction of Residential Structures on Sand Dunes. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1103, S.P. 385
An Act To Encourage Development in the Logging Industry. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1104, S.P. 386
An Act Relating to Sales of Lottery Tickets by Convenience Stores. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1105, S.P. 388
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Maine's Downtowns through Innovative Business Development and the Creative Economy. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1106, H.P. 775
An Act To Develop a Grant Program To Establish a Teacher-led School Model. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1107, H.P. 776
An Act To Provide a Uniform Process for the Use of Orders Awarding Parental Rights and Responsibilities To Dispose of a Child Protective Case. (Presented by Representative FREY of Bangor)

L.D. 1108, H.P. 777
An Act To Modify the Qualifications for a Person To Be Able To Teach Driver's Education. (Presented by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln)

L.D. 1109, H.P. 778
An Act To Clarify the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program Tax Credit. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1110, H.P. 779
An Act To Simplify the Tax Code. (Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel)

L.D. 1111, H.P. 780
An Act To Allow Maine's Harness Racing Industry To Compete with Casino Gaming. (Presented by Representative GIFFORD of Lincoln)

L.D. 1112, H.P. 782
An Act To Amend the Maine Juvenile Code and Related Statutes. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1113, H.P. 785
An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families. (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

L.D. 1114, H.P. 786
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Parental Rights in Child Abandonment Cases. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1115, H.P. 787
Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Study Reimbursement for Installation of Utility Poles. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1116, H.P. 788
An Act To Amend the Attorney's Fees Provision in Foreclosure Actions. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1117, H.P. 789
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Muzzle-loading Hunting Season. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1118, H.P. 790
An Act To Amend Public Access Laws To Improve Accountability for Public Funds by Making Public the Board Meetings of Hospitals Receiving Significant State Funding. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1119, H.P. 791
An Act To Establish Superior Court as the Forum in Which Appeals of Agency Decisions Must Be Taken. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1120, H.P. 792
An Act To Improve Maine's Tax Laws. (Presented by Representative GOODE of Bangor)

L.D. 1121, H.P. 793
An Act To Promote the Production of Maine Beverages. (Presented by Representative JONES of Freedom)

L.D. 1122, H.P. 794
An Act Allowing Municipalities To Enact Firearms Policies in Local Government Buildings. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1123, H.P. 795
An Act To Allow the Town of Bancroft To Withdraw from Its Regional School Unit without Penalty. (Presented by Representative LONG of Sherman)

L.D. 1124, H.P. 796
An Act To Provide Income Tax Relief. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1125, H.P. 797
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Public Water Infrastructure to Areas with Contaminated Well Water. (Presented by Representative SHAW of Standish)

L.D. 1126, H.P. 798
An Act Regarding Corporate Income Tax Disclosure. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1127, H.P. 799
An Act To Establish Hospital Administrative District No. 5, a Regional Hospital Administrative District in Lincoln County. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1128, S.P. 389
An Act To Provide for Greater Public Input and Local Control in the Chartering of Public Schools. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1129, S.P. 390
An Act To Promote Innovation in Public Schools. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1130, S.P. 391
An Act To Create a Virtual School Managed by the State. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1131, S.P. 392
An Act To Improve Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers and Other Public School Employees. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1132, S.P. 393
An Act To Achieve Economic Growth by Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and To Meet Workforce Needs. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1133, S.P. 394
An Act Concerning the Removal of Municipal Employees. (Presented by Senator CLEVELAND of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1134, S.P. 395
An Act To Allow Collaborative Practice Agreements between Authorized Practitioners and Pharmacists. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1135, H.P. 800
An Act To Provide Consistency in the Regulation of Motorized Recreational Gold Prospecting. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1136, H.P. 801
An Act To Provide State Recognition for the Kineo Band of Maliseet Indians. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Greenville)

L.D. 1137, H.P. 802
An Act To Facilitate Veterans' and Their Spouses' Access to Employment, Education and Training. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1138, H.P. 803
An Act Related to Appeals of Disciplinary Proceedings Affecting County Employees. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1139, H.P. 804
An Act To Allow County Law Enforcement To Participate in Mutual Aid Agreements. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1140, H.P. 805
An Act To Amend the State Government Evaluation Act. (Presented by Representative GRAHAM of North Yarmouth)

L.D. 1141, H.P. 806
An Act To Increase the Sales Tax To Support Revenue Sharing. (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 1142, H.P. 807
An Act Regarding Correctional Officers' Retirement. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1143, H.P. 808
An Act To Develop Young Readers. (Presented by Representative NELSON of Falmouth)

L.D. 1144, H.P. 809
An Act To Further Ensure Effective Teaching and School Leadership. (Presented by Representative KUSIAK of Fairfield)

L.D. 1145, H.P. 810
An Act To Help Homeowners Reduce Heating Costs through Energy Efficiency. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 1146, H.P. 811
An Act To Encourage the Use of Renewable Energy. (Presented by Representative DORNEY of Norridgewock)

L.D. 1147, H.P. 812
An Act To Protect Maine's Scenic Character. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 1148, H.P. 813
An Act To Expand the Season for Night Hunting of Coyotes. (Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton)

L.D. 1149, H.P. 814
An Act To Establish a Rebuttable Presumption Regarding a Corrections Employee That Contracts Hypertension or Cardiovascular Disease. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1150, H.P. 815
An Act To Require Prevailing Wages To Be Paid on All Public Works Projects Receiving State Funding. (Presented by Representative DeCHANT of Bath)

L.D. 1151, H.P. 816
An Act Regarding the Administration and Financial Transparency of the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

L.D. 1152, H.P. 817
Resolve, To Continue Consultation and Conditions Prerequisite to the Sale or Lease of Certain Real Property in Hallowell. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative TREAT of Hallowell)

L.D. 1153, H.P. 818
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Notices Provided by Governmental Entities. (Presented by Representative HAYES of Buckfield)

L.D. 1154, H.P. 819
An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program. (Presented by Representative MAKER of Calais)

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