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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIX, No. 20

Friday, May 31, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 24, 2013

Ch. 128 - An Act To Provide Revenue to Veterans' Organizations and the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery System Care Fund from Table Game Revenue. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 58, L.D. 169)

Ch. 129 - An Act To Enhance Transparency in Government by Implementing a Waiting Period for Legislators before They May Register as Lobbyists. (H.P. 144, L.D. 184)

Ch. 130 - An Act To Clarify the Authority and Responsibility of Forest Rangers. (H.P. 744, L.D. 1051)

Ch. 131 - An Act To Amend the Election Laws and Other Related Laws. (S.P. 194, L.D. 504)

Ch. 132 - An Act To Eliminate Institute Councils for Mental Health Institutions. (H.P. 214, L.D. 305)

Ch. 133 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Probation and Remove References to the Intensive Supervision Program of the Department of Corrections. (S.P. 250, L.D. 701)

Ch. 134 - An Act Regarding Legal Representation in Certain Eviction Actions. (S.P. 230, L.D. 640)

Ch. 135 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Service of Process in Eviction Actions. (H.P. 400, L.D. 581)

Ch. 136 - An Act To Include Archery Hunting Licenses among the Complimentary Licenses Issued to a Member of a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, Nation or Band. (H.P. 419, L.D. 600)

Ch. 137 - An Act Regarding Adoption. (H.P. 122, L.D. 147)

Ch. 138 - An Act To Remove the Rangeley Plantation Sanctuary from the List of Wildlife Sanctuaries. (S.P. 62, L.D. 173)

Ch. 139 - An Act To Exempt Persons Who Serve in the Armed Forces from the Requirement To Take a Hunter Safety Course To Obtain a Hunting License. (H.P. 216, L.D. 307)

Ch. 140 - An Act To Help Small Businesses and Promote Tourism by Allowing the Construction of a Deck over a River within a Downtown Revitalization Project. (H.P. 415, L.D. 596)

Ch. 141 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Scrap Metal Processors. (H.P. 559, L.D. 808)

Ch. 142 - An Act To Allow a Minor in the Police Explorer Program To Assist with Traffic Control at Civic Events. (H.P. 424, L.D. 605)

Ch. 143 - An Act To Establish Maine Seniors Day. (H.P. 379, L.D. 560)

Ch. 144 - An Act To Clarify the Appeal Process of Code Enforcement Officers and Boards of Appeal. (H.P. 848, L.D. 1204)

Ch. 145 - An Act To Increase State Wildlife Revenues and Grow the Hunting and Fishing Industries. (S.P. 304, L.D. 879)

Ch. 146 - An Act To Update the Maine Emergency Management Laws. (S.P. 121, L.D. 326)

Ch. 147 - An Act To Revise the Laws of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. (S.P. 518, L.D. 1432)

Ch. 148 - An Act Allowing the Harvesting of Yellow Perch with Seines. (H.P. 903, L.D. 1264)

Ch. 149 - An Act Regarding Poker Runs Operated by Organizations Licensed To Conduct Games of Chance. (H.P. 391, L.D. 572)

Ch. 150 - An Act To Provide Another Alternative to the Civil Order of Arrest Process. (H.P. 636, L.D. 912)

Ch. 151 - An Act To Make the State's Uniform Commercial Code Compatible with the Federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 352, L.D. 1038)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 152 - An Act To Ensure the Proportional Offset against Retirement Benefits of Workers' Compensation Awards. (S.P. 327, L.D. 949)

Ch. 153 - An Act To Provide for Edible Landscaping in a Portion of Capitol Park. (H.P. 324, L.D. 474)

Ch. 154 - An Act To Require Payment Quotes in Service Contracts for the Harvesting and Hauling of Wood. (S.P. 229, L.D. 639)

Ch. 155 - An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Reciprocal Disciplinary Actions in Harness Racing and Pulling Events. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 441, L.D. 622)

Ch. 156 - An Act To Amend the Laws Dealing with the Taxing of the Purchase of Extended Service Contracts and Extended Service Contract Claims for Trucks. (S.P. 266, L.D. 728)

Ch. 157 - An Act To Promote the Installation of Masonry Stoves. (S.P. 326, L.D. 948)

Ch. 158 - An Act Regarding the Cost of Copies of Medical Records. (S.P. 561, L.D. 1500)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ch. 159 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of Law Affecting the Judicial Branch. (H.P. 603, L.D. 852)

Ch. 160 - An Act To Protect Title to Real and Personal Property of Public Employees and Public Officials. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 167, L.D. 206)

Ch. 161 - An Act To Allow a Municipality To Prohibit a Sex Offender from Residing within 750 Feet of a Recreational Facility. (H.P. 340, L.D. 498)

Ch. 162 - An Act To Ensure Compliance with the Laws Governing Elections. (H.P. 854, L.D. 1210)

Ch. 163 - An Act Relating to Proof of Citizenship for Renewal of a Driver's License or Nondriver Identification Card. (H.P. 980, L.D. 1372)

Ch. 164 - An Act To Ensure the Choice of a Pharmacy for Injured Employees under the Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. (S.P. 483, L.D. 1376)

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ch. 165 - An Act To Amend the Provision of Law That Requires the Trade Name or Brand of Malt Liquor To Be Displayed in Full Sight of a Customer on a Faucet, Spigot or Dispensing Apparatus. (H.P. 238, L.D. 333)

Ch. 166 - An Act Regarding Enrollment and Graduation Rates of First-generation Higher Education Students. (H.P. 294, L.D. 422)

Ch. 167 - An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Education Laws. (H.P. 335, L.D. 485)

Ch. 168 - An Act To Remove the Disqualification from Obtaining a Liquor License for a Law Enforcement Officer Who Does Not Directly Benefit Financially. (S.P. 198, L.D. 508)

Ch. 169 - An Act To Require the Development of a Statewide Approach to Seaweed Management. (H.P. 404, L.D. 585)

Ch. 170 - An Act To Allow the Adjustment of the Assessment Rate for the Rural Medical Access Program. (S.P. 236, L.D. 645)

Ch. 171 - An Act To Increase Funding to Schools. (H.P. 459, L.D. 667)

Ch. 172 - An Act To Amend the Workers' Compensation Self-insurance Laws. (S.P. 255, L.D. 706)

Ch. 173 - An Act To Create Fairness in Political Party Enrollment Deadlines. (H.P. 520, L.D. 769)

Ch. 174 - An Act To Establish Municipal Cost Components for Unorganized Territory Services To Be Rendered in Fiscal Year 2013-14. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 867, L.D. 1228)

Ch. 175 - An Act To Revise Maine's Unemployment Compensation Laws. (H.P. 884, L.D. 1250)

Ch. 176 - An Act To Encourage High School Students To Complete Community Service. (H.P. 917, L.D. 1290)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 24, 2013

Ch. 12 - An Act To Release a Restriction on Former State Land in Passadumkeag Currently Owned by Dale Ross. (H.P. 221, L.D. 312)

Ch. 13 - An Act To Amend the Charter of the Veazie Sewer District. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 467, L.D. 675)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, May 24, 2013

Ch. 29 - Resolve, To Erect a State Monument to Franco-Americans. (H.P. 377, L.D. 558)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 30 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Review, Clarify and Update Its Rules Pertaining to the Maple Syrup Industry. (H.P. 449, L.D. 657)

Ch. 31 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Seek Funding To Complete a Design and Engineering Assessment for the Extension of Passenger Rail Service from Portland North on the State-owned St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway Corridor. (S.P. 344, L.D. 999)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ch. 32 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 508, L.D. 1414)

Ch. 33 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 4: Rules of Practice, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 32, L.D. 37)

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 31, 2013

L.D. 1553, S.P. 595
An Act To Maintain Competition among Electricity Suppliers Serving Northern Maine. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1554, H.P. 1122
An Act To Increase International Cross-border Partnerships To Benefit Maine's Economy. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

L.D. 1555, S.P. 596
An Act To Strengthen Maine's Hospitals and To Provide for a New Spirits Contract. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator FLOOD of Kennebec)

L.D. 1556, H.P. 1124
Resolve, To Establish the Study Group To Examine the Issue of Medicaid Expansion. (Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport)

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 cannot 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.