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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIX, No. 19

Friday, May 24, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 17, 2013

Ch. 97 - An Act To Expand Transitional Assistance for Families. (H.P. 61, L.D. 78)

Ch. 98 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Pharmacy Interns. (H.P. 123, L.D. 148)

Ch. 99 - An Act To Protect Maine Business Names. (H.P. 41, L.D. 46)

Ch. 100 - An Act To Remove the Provision That a Motorcycle Operator May Prove a Motorcycle Muffler Does Not Exceed Specific Noise Standards. (H.P. 642, L.D. 918)

Ch. 101 - An Act To Modernize the Statutes Governing Physician Assistants. (H.P. 375, L.D. 556)

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

Ch. 102 - An Act To Amend the Law Concerning the Membership of the Maine Economic Growth Council. (H.P. 30, L.D. 35)

Ch. 103 - An Act To Establish Invite Your Maine Legislator To School Month. (H.P. 573, L.D. 822)

Ch. 104 - An Act To Support the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 192, L.D. 231)

Ch. 105 - An Act To Amend the Health Care Practitioner Licensing, Disciplinary and Reporting Laws Regarding Alcohol and Drug Abuse. (H.P. 286, L.D. 411)

Ch. 106 - An Act To Encourage the Teaching of Agricultural Studies in Schools. (H.P. 460, L.D. 668)

Ch. 107 - An Act Regarding the Maximum Rate of Speed on the Interstate Highway System. (H.P. 446, L.D. 654)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 108 - An Act To Update the Maine HIV Advisory Committee. (S.P. 39, L.D. 88)

Ch. 109 - An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Protection from Abuse Orders To Include Pets. (H.P. 479, L.D. 687)

Ch. 110 - An Act To Ensure the Periodic Review and Revision of Statutory Provisions. (H.P. 536, L.D. 785)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ch. 111 - An Act To Include Raising Equines in the Definition of Agriculture for the Purpose of the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (S.P. 245, L.D. 696)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 112 - An Act To Amend Provisions of the Law Pertaining to Motor Vehicles. (S.P. 320, L.D. 943)

Ch. 113 - An Act To Improve Death Investigations. (S.P. 309, L.D. 884)

Ch. 114 - An Act To Allow a Court To Order a Person Who Violates a Municipal Ordinance To Perform Community Service Work. (H.P. 256, L.D. 381)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ch. 115 - An Act To Revise the Animal Welfare Laws. (H.P. 334, L.D. 484)

Ch. 116 - An Act To Remove Obsolete Provisions of the Electric Industry Restructuring Laws. (S.P. 310, L.D. 885)

Ch. 117 - An Act To Change the Grade Standards of the Maine Maple Syrup Industry. (H.P. 450, L.D. 658)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ch. 118 - An Act To Ensure Equity in Funding to State Postsecondary Institutions of Higher Learning. (S.P. 200, L.D. 510)

Ch. 119 - An Act Regarding Next Generation 9-1-1 and Making Changes in Surcharge Remittance for Certain Telecommunications Service Providers. (H.P. 877, L.D. 1243)

Ch. 120 - An Act To Update the Laws Governing Energy Efficiency Building Performance Standards. (S.P. 64, L.D. 175)

Ch. 121 - An Act To Improve the Unused Pharmaceutical Disposal Program. (S.P. 306, L.D. 881)

Ch. 122 - An Act To Establish Separate Geospatial Data Accounts for Use by the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board. (S.P. 302, L.D. 877)

Ch. 123 - An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Suspend a Person's License in Certain Instances Regardless of whether an Accident Report Has Been Filed. (H.P. 923, L.D. 1296)

Ch. 124 - An Act To Encourage the Use of Biofuels in the State. (S.P. 415, L.D. 1178)

Ch. 125 - An Act To Clarify When a Manufactured Home Becomes Residential Real Property. (H.P. 605, L.D. 854)

Ch. 126 - An Act To Clarify an Exemption to the Municipal Subdivision Laws. (H.P. 680, L.D. 966)

Ch. 127 - An Act To Improve Organ Donation Awareness. (H.P. 586, L.D. 835)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Ch. 9 - An Act To Make Allocations from Maine Turnpike Authority Funds for the Maine Turnpike Authority for the Calendar Year Ending December 31, 2014. (S.P. 328, L.D. 983)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ch. 10 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Ashland Water and Sewer District. (S.P. 351, L.D. 1026)

Ch. 11 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the South Berwick Sewer District. (H.P. 1042, L.D. 1457)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 17, 2013

Ch. 23 - Resolve, Regarding the Presence of the Department of Health and Human Services in Urban and Rural Areas. (H.P. 120, L.D. 145)

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

Ch. 24 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Coverage under the MaineCare Program for Home Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autistic Disorder. (H.P. 12, L.D. 8)

Ch. 25 - Resolve, To Improve the Participation Rate of Prescribers in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 263, L.D. 388)

Ch. 26 - Resolve, Directing the Maine Labor Relations Board To Convene a Task Force To Examine Compensation for the Panel of Mediators. (H.P. 481, L.D. 689)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 27 - Resolve, To Study the Issue of Inheritance of Digital Assets. (H.P. 601, L.D. 850)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 28 - Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Study Issues Relating to Broadband Infrastructure Deployment. (S.P. 301, L.D. 876)

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, MAY 24, 2013

L.D. 1541, H.P. 1108
An Act To Ensure That Legislators Share the Sacrifice with Civil Servants in the Event of a State Government Shutdown. (Presented by Representative RUSSELL of Portland)

L.D. 1542, H.P. 1109
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 180: Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth Systems, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Education. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Department of Education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.)

L.D. 1543, H.P. 1110
Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Late-filed 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. 1544, H.P. 1113
An Act To Expand the Authority of Lobster Management Policy Councils To Address Entry into Lobster Management Zones and To Create a Temporary Medical Allowance. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle)

L.D. 1545, S.P. 588
An Act To Make Technical Changes to Maine's Marine Resources Laws and Elver Enforcement Mechanisms. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln)

L.D. 1546, S.P. 589
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Hospitals, Increase Access to Health Care and Provide for a New Spirits Contract. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2013, S.P. 496.)

L.D. 1547, H.P. 1114
An Act To Support Municipal Volunteers. (Presented by Speaker EVES of North Berwick)

L.D. 1548, S.P. 590
An Act To Support Maine Businesses by Authorizing Certain Brewing Partnerships. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1549, S.P. 591
An Act To Provide an Exemption for Incidentally Caught Lobsters. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Senator HASKELL of Cumberland)

L.D. 1550, H.P. 1117
An Act To Make Supplemental Allocations from the Highway Fund for the Expenditures of State Government Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2013. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative THERIAULT of Madawaska)

L.D. 1551, S.P. 592
An Act Regarding the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation. (Presented by President ALFOND of Cumberland)

L.D. 1552, H.P. 1119
Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Initiate a New Rate-setting Procedure for Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities under the MaineCare Program. (Presented by Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland)

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://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_126th/billtexts/.

Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.