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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIX, No. 11

Friday, March 29, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 10 - An Act To Allow the Maine Potato Board To Have Access to Information Regarding the Potato Tax. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 13, L.D. 9)

Private and Special Laws

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 1 - An Act To Abolish the Trustees of Public Cemeteries for the City of Waterville. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 88, L.D. 106)

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 29, 2013

L.D. 1155, H.P. 820
An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Neuropsychological Testing Materials. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

L.D. 1156, H.P. 821
An Act To Update a Reference Contained in the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1157, H.P. 822
An Act To Establish the Fair Chance for Employment Act. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1158, H.P. 823
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Length of Terms of Senators to 4 Years. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1159, H.P. 824
An Act To Address Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution. (Submitted by the Criminal Law Advisory Commission pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 1354, subsection 2.)

L.D. 1160, S.P. 397
An Act To Reduce Obesity among Schoolchildren. (Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland)

L.D. 1161, S.P. 398
An Act To Ensure Regulated Safe Access to Medical Marijuana. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1162, S.P. 399
An Act To Ensure the Rights of Patients. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1163, S.P. 400
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Main Street and Downtown Economic Development Projects. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1164, S.P. 401
An Act To Allow Cooperative Housing Owners Who Are Blind To Qualify for the Property Tax Exemption. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1165, S.P. 402
An Act To Improve the Safety of Workers Who Provide Direct Mental Health and Social Services. (Presented by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1166, S.P. 403
An Act Regarding Records Retention by Mental Health Practitioners. (Presented by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1167, S.P. 404
An Act Regarding the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Association. (Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset)

L.D. 1168, S.P. 405
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study How To Improve Maine's Transportation Infrastructure. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator MAZUREK of Knox)

L.D. 1169, S.P. 406
An Act To Ensure Accountability in State Contracts. (Presented by Senator LACHOWICZ of Kennebec)

L.D. 1170, S.P. 407
Resolve, Regarding the Transfer of State Property To Assist the Save the Depot Project in Greenville. (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1171, S.P. 408
Resolve, To Allow Certain Holders of Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses To Harvest River Herring for Personal Use as Bait. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1172, S.P. 409
An Act To Support the Maine Downtown Center. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1173, S.P. 410
An Act To Repeal the Law Allowing Concealed Weapons in State Parks with Certain Exceptions. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1174, S.P. 411
Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Creation of a State and Federal Fish and Wildlife Museum at the Massabesic Experimental Forest in Alfred and Lyman. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1175, S.P. 412
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1176, S.P. 413
An Act To Require Health Insurers To Use One Geographic Area as Permitted by the Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 1177, S.P. 414
An Act To Implement the Recommendations from the Discontinued and Abandoned Roads Stakeholder Group. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1178, S.P. 415
An Act To Encourage the Use of Biofuels in the State. (Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin)

L.D. 1179, S.P. 416
An Act To Create the Brunswick Landing Job Increment Financing Fund. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1180, S.P. 417
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Maine Community Reinvestment and Job Creation Fund. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1181, S.P. 418
An Act To Further Strengthen the Protection of Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals. (Presented by Senator GOODALL of Sagadahoc)

L.D. 1182, H.P. 826
An Act Regarding the Disposition of Firearms in State Custody. (Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner)

L.D. 1183, H.P. 827
An Act To Prohibit the Enforcement of Federal Law Placing Restrictions on Firearms or Ammunition. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Eddington)

L.D. 1184, H.P. 828
An Act Regarding Special Education Requirements for School Administrative Units That Do Not Operate Any Schools. (Presented by Representative DILL of Old Town)

L.D. 1185, H.P. 829
An Act To Enhance Efforts To Use Locally Produced Food in Schools. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1186, H.P. 830
An Act To Allow Removal of Trees for Shoreline Stabilization Adjacent to Coastal Wetlands under the Natural Resources Protection Act. (Presented by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington)

L.D. 1187, H.P. 831
An Act To Create the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Authority. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1188, H.P. 832
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules of Reimbursement under the MaineCare Program for Audiology and Speech-language Pathology Services. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1189, H.P. 833
An Act Regarding Implementation of Cost-of-living Increases for Nursing Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1190, H.P. 834
An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Issue Certificates of Title for All-terrain Vehicles, Snowmobiles and Watercraft. (Presented by Representative WALLACE of Dexter)

L.D. 1191, H.P. 835
An Act To Strengthen the Fishing Laws. (Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester)

L.D. 1192, H.P. 836
An Act Prohibiting Property Insurance Discrimination Based on Breed of Dog. (Presented by Representative CHENETTE of Saco)

L.D. 1193, H.P. 837
An Act To Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of an Unborn Child. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1194, H.P. 838
An Act To Protect Social Media Privacy in School and the Workplace. (Presented by Representative McCLELLAN of Raymond)

L.D. 1195, H.P. 839
An Act To Protect the Privacy of Job Applicants. (Presented by Representative JONES of Freedom)

L.D. 1196, H.P. 840
An Act To Amend the Postgraduate Education Requirements for Physicians Who Have Completed an Accredited Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1197, H.P. 841
An Act To Allow Stores under 10,000 Square Feet To Be Open on Certain Holidays. (Presented by Representative JOHNSON of Eddington)

L.D. 1198, H.P. 842
An Act To Protect Earned Pay. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1199, H.P. 843
An Act Regarding Mobile Home Ownership. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1200, H.P. 844
An Act To Impose a Duty To Warn and Protect on Mental Health Professionals. (Presented by Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship)

L.D. 1201, H.P. 845
An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments. (Presented by Representative GIDEON of Freeport)

L.D. 1202, H.P. 846
An Act To Update the Maine Veterinary Practice Act. (Presented by Representative DILL of Old Town)

L.D. 1203, H.P. 847
An Act To Encourage Financing of Manufactured Housing for the Workforce. (Presented by Representative VOLK of Scarborough)

L.D. 1204, H.P. 848
An Act To Clarify the Appeal Process of Code Enforcement Officers and Boards of Appeal. (Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco)

L.D. 1205, H.P. 849
An Act To Lower the Rate of Excise Tax on Older Vehicles To Acknowledge the Longer Life Span of Motor Vehicles. (Presented by Representative CRAY of Palmyra)

L.D. 1206, H.P. 850
An Act To Ensure Equity in the Taxation of Food Items. (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Boothbay)

L.D. 1207, H.P. 851
An Act To Expand the Property Tax Exemption for Veterans Who Are 100% Disabled. (Presented by Representative CROCKETT of Bethel)

L.D. 1208, H.P. 852
Resolve, To Establish the Commuter and Passenger Rail Advisory Task Force. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative VEROW of Brewer)

L.D. 1209, H.P. 853
An Act To Prohibit the Use of Public Resources for a Privately Owned East-west Highway. (Presented by Representative CASSIDY of Lubec)

L.D. 1210, H.P. 854
An Act To Ensure Compliance with the Laws Governing Elections. (Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth)

L.D. 1211, H.P. 855
An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Absentee Ballots. (Presented by Representative COTTA of China)

L.D. 1212, H.P. 857
An Act To Prohibit Coal Tar Pavement Products. (Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick)

L.D. 1213, H.P. 858
An Act To Reduce Costs and Increase Access to Methadone Treatment. (Presented by Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst)

L.D. 1214, H.P. 859
An Act To Require a Mandatory Assessment by a Physician prior to Psychotropic or Electroconvulsive Therapy. (Presented by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

L.D. 1215, H.P. 860
An Act To Protect Public Health by Regulating Excessive Wood Smoke as a Nuisance. (Presented by Representative SANBORN of Gorham)

L.D. 1216, H.P. 861
An Act To Amend the Freedom of Access Act. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1217, H.P. 862
An Act To Modify Franchise Territories for Personal Sports Mobile Dealerships. (Presented by Representative JONES of Freedom)

L.D. 1218, H.P. 863
An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Affordable Housing Tax Increment Financing. (Presented by Representative MOONEN of Portland)

L.D. 1219, H.P. 864
An Act To Establish a Run-off Process for the Election of the Governor, United States Senator or United States Representative. (Presented by Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship)

L.D. 1220, H.P. 865
RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives To Be Maine Natives. (Presented by Representative BOLDUC of Auburn)

L.D. 1221, S.P. 419
An Act To Preserve the Dynamic Status Quo Pending Expiration of Collective Bargaining Agreements. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1222, S.P. 420
Resolve, To Create a Task Force on Maine's Ethics and Transparency Laws. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1223, S.P. 421
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Maine Technology Institute's Action Plan Implementation. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1224, S.P. 422
An Act Regarding Advertising of Maine Shellfish. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1225, S.P. 423
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Wildlife Laws. (Presented by Senator BURNS of Washington)

L.D. 1226, S.P. 424
An Act To Improve Maine Veterans' Property Tax Exemptions. (Presented by Senator CLEVELAND of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1227, H.P. 866
An Act To Promote Tourism and Economic Development. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1228, H.P. 867
An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2013-14. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Administrator of the Unorganized Territory pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1604.)

L.D. 1229, H.P. 868
An Act To Regulate and Tax Marijuana. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1230, H.P. 870
An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1231, H.P. 871
An Act To Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Laws. (Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta)

L.D. 1232, S.P. 426
An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Fund for a Healthy Maine. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1233, S.P. 427
An Act Regarding Cyberbullying. (Presented by Senator CRAVEN of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1234, S.P. 428
An Act To Establish the Computer Crimes Unit Fund and Authorize the Department of Public Safety To Accept Donations for the Fund. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1235, S.P. 429
An Act Regarding School Construction. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1236, S.P. 430
An Act To Amend the Maine Insurance Code To Ensure Fair and Reasonable Coverage and Reimbursement of Chiropractic Services. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1237, S.P. 431
Resolve, Directing the Department of Corrections To Amend Its Rules Pertaining to Certification of Batterer Intervention Programs. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1238, S.P. 432
An Act To Improve Professional Training for Licensed Mental Health Clinicians. (Presented by Senator CAIN of Penobscot)

L.D. 1239, H.P. 873
An Act To Clarify, Streamline and Promote Fair Animal Welfare Laws. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1240, H.P. 874
An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms. (Presented by Representative DION of Portland)

L.D. 1241, H.P. 875
An Act To Protect School Athletes from Head Injuries. (Presented by Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston)

L.D. 1242, H.P. 876
An Act To Dissolve the Anson Water District. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1243, H.P. 877
An Act Regarding Next Generation 9-1-1 and Making Changes in Surcharge Remittance for Certain Telecommunications Service Providers. (Presented by Representative HOBBINS of Saco)

L.D. 1244, H.P. 878
An Act To Require Child Protective Services To Screen Parents of Newborn Infants. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland)

L.D. 1245, H.P. 879
Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Create a More Equitable, Transparent Resource Allocation System for Nursing Facilities Based on Residents' Needs. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1246, H.P. 880
An Act To Promote Greater Staffing Flexibility without Compromising Safety or Quality in Nursing Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1247, H.P. 881
An Act To Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services. (Presented by Representative PRINGLE of Windham)

L.D. 1248, H.P. 882
An Act To Establish Trail Standards in Deer Wintering Areas. (Presented by Representative DUNPHY of Embden)

L.D. 1249, H.P. 883
An Act To Make Statutory Changes To Address Certain Conflicting Requirements of the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct and the Federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 Regarding Maine's Protection and Advocacy Agency. (Presented by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick)

L.D. 1250, H.P. 884
An Act To Revise Maine's Unemployment Compensation Laws. (Presented by Representative BEAULIEU of Auburn)

L.D. 1251, H.P. 885
An Act To Lower Costs to Municipalities and Reduce Energy Consumption through Increased Competition in the Municipal Street Light Market. (Presented by Representative NELSON of Falmouth)

L.D. 1252, H.P. 886
An Act To Improve Maine's Economy and Energy Security with Solar and Wind Energy. (Presented by Representative MORRISON of South Portland)

L.D. 1253, H.P. 887
An Act To Allow Tribal Members a Choice of Venue. (Presented by Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians)

L.D. 1254, H.P. 888
An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in All State Institutions. (Presented by Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop)

L.D. 1255, H.P. 889
Resolve, To Provide Greater Depth and Transparency to the Review of Foregone Revenue Identified in the Biennial Tax Expenditure Report. (Presented by Representative STUCKEY of Portland)

L.D. 1256, H.P. 890
An Act To Establish Tax Fairness. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1257, H.P. 891
An Act To Create Corridor Transit Districts. (Presented by Representative CHIPMAN of Portland)

L.D. 1258, H.P. 892
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Relationship between Alcoholic Beverage Wholesalers and Certificate of Approval Holders. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1259, H.P. 893
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 17: Rules Regarding Proof of Ownership and Recruitment by Employers Employing Foreign Laborers To Operate Logging Equipment, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Labor. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1260, H.P. 899
An Act To Allow Ignition Interlock Devices on Vehicles Operated by First-time Offenders of Operating Under the Influence. (Presented by Representative NUTTING of Oakland)

L.D. 1261, H.P. 900
An Act To Improve Access for Maine Students to Postsecondary Education. (Presented by Representative LIBBY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1262, H.P. 901
An Act To Reduce Energy Costs. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1263, H.P. 902
An Act To Increase Funding for the Snowmobile Trail Fund and Adjust the Sales Tax Relating to Snowmobiles and Trail-grooming Equipment. (Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway)

L.D. 1264, H.P. 903
An Act Allowing the Harvesting of Yellow Perch with Seines. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative KNIGHT of Livermore Falls)

L.D. 1265, H.P. 904
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Assent Language for Participation in the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. (Presented by Representative DAVIS of Sangerville)

L.D. 1266, H.P. 905
An Act To Provide the Securities Administrator with the Power To Investigate Potential Violations Involving the Sale of Business Opportunities. (Presented by Representative FITZPATRICK of Houlton)

L.D. 1267, H.P. 906
An Act To Recodify the Land Surveyor Licensing Laws. (Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast)

L.D. 1268, H.P. 907
An Act To Update Driver Education Requirements. (Presented by Representative PEOPLES of Westbrook)

L.D. 1269, H.P. 908
An Act To Require an Independent Analysis of the Impact of and a Review Process for an East-west Highway prior to Development. (Presented by Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville)

L.D. 1270, H.P. 909
An Act To Provide That Innkeepers and Certain Campground Operators Are Not Considered Landlords. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative VEROW of Brewer)

L.D. 1271, H.P. 910
An Act To Increase Transparency in Reporting of Party Committees, Political Action Committees and Ballot Question Committees. (Presented by Representative CAREY of Lewiston)

L.D. 1272, H.P. 911
An Act To Amend the Process of Tenant Eviction. (Presented by Representative CASAVANT of Biddeford)

L.D. 1273, S.P. 434
An Act Pertaining to the Closing of Municipal Roads for Community Use. (Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot)

L.D. 1274, S.P. 435
An Act To Sustain Emergency Medical Services throughout the State. (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1275, S.P. 436
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maine Economic Growth Council Regarding Prosperity. (Presented by Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1276, S.P. 437
An Act To Provide Stable Funding for Research and Development in Maine. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1277, S.P. 438
An Act To Streamline the Charitable Solicitations Act. (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

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