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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIX, No. 25

Thursday, July 11, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 28, 2013

Ch. 377 - An Act To Prevent the Double Funding of Certain MaineCare Costs. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 612, L.D. 1571) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 378 - An Act To Provide for Economic Development with Offshore Wind Power. (H.P. 1053, L.D. 1472)

Ch. 379 - An Act To Sustain Maine's Aviation Industry by Extending the Exemption from Sales and Use Tax for Aircraft and Parts. (S.P. 112, L.D. 279)

Ch. 380 - An Act To Promote Fishing by Youth. (H.P. 656, L.D. 932)

Ch. 381 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws. (S.P. 494, L.D. 1392)

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

Ch. 382 - An Act To Prohibit the Placement of Cameras and Electronic Surveillance Equipment on Private Property without the Written Permission of the Landowner. (S.P. 354, L.D. 1040)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Monday, July 1, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 383 - An Act To Clarify Transparency of Medical Provider Profiling Programs Used by Insurance Companies and Other Providers of Health Insurance. (H.P. 704, L.D. 1006)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 1, 2013

Ch. 384 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Secession from a Municipality. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1131, L.D. 1561)

Ch. 385 - An Act To Delay the Implementation of Changes to the Business Equipment Tax Exemption. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 611, L.D. 1570)

Ch. 386 - An Act To Make Permanent the Reciprocal Agreement between Maine and Other States Regarding a Snowmobile Weekend. (S.P. 61, L.D. 172)

Ch. 387 - An Act To Expand Wild Turkey Hunting Opportunities. (H.P. 161, L.D. 200)

Ch. 388 - An Act To Clarify Certification of Navigators and the Availability of Regional Health Plans. (S.P. 376, L.D. 1094)

Ch. 389 - An Act To Allow Ignition Interlock Devices on Vehicles Operated by First-time Offenders of Operating Under the Influence. (H.P. 899, L.D. 1260)

Ch. 390 - An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of the Town of Bancroft. (S.P. 442, L.D. 1280)

Ch. 391 - An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts. (H.P. 1034, L.D. 1440)

Ch. 392 - An Act To Extend the Statute of Limitations on Certain Sex Crimes. (S.P. 556, L.D. 1491)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 393 - An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act with Regard to Excess Prepared Marijuana. (H.P. 1011, L.D. 1423)

Ch. 394 - An Act To Establish Fees under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act. (H.P. 330, L.D. 480)

Ch. 395 - An Act To Establish a Stewardship Program for Architectural Paint. (S.P. 451, L.D. 1308)

Ch. 396 - An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Maine's Medical Marijuana Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1000, L.D. 1404)

Ch. 397 - An Act To Protect Newborn Infants from Critical Congenital Heart Disease. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 310, L.D. 460)

Ch. 398 - An Act To Regulate Dealers in Secondhand Precious Metals. (H.P. 64, L.D. 71)

Ch. 399 - An Act To Amend the Law Governing Provider Contracts with Insurance Companies. (S.P. 540, L.D. 1466)

Signed by the Governor
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Ch. 400 - An Act To Amend Standards for Participation in Certain Public School Services by Students Who Are Homeschooled. (H.P. 53, L.D. 61)

Ch. 401 - An Act To Improve Laws Governing Financial Disclosure by Legislators and Certain Public Employees and Public Access to Information Disclosed. (S.P. 346, L.D. 1001) (Governor's Bill)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 402 - An Act To Protect Cellular Telephone Privacy. (S.P. 484, L.D. 1377)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 8, 2013

Ch. 403 - An Act To Make Changes to the Potato Marketing Improvement Fund. (H.P. 9, L.D. 5)

Ch. 404 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Complimentary Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans. (H.P. 360, L.D. 541)

Ch. 405 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Establishing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. (H.P. 588, L.D. 837)

Ch. 406 - An Act To Improve the Quality of Guardian ad Litem Services for the Children and Families of Maine. (S.P. 297, L.D. 872)

Ch. 407 - An Act To Address Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking and Prostitution. (H.P. 824, L.D. 1159)

Ch. 408 - An Act To Amend Certain Provisions of the Fish and Wildlife Laws. (H.P. 1024, L.D. 1435)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 409 - An Act To Require a Warrant To Obtain the Location Information of a Cell Phone or Other Electronic Device. (S.P. 157, L.D. 415)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 410 - An Act To Achieve Economic Growth by Enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education and To Meet Workforce Needs. (S.P. 393, L.D. 1132)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 411 - 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) (H.P. 761, L.D. 1068)

Ch. 412 - An Act Relating to the Unlawful Cutting of Trees. (S.P. 26, L.D. 59)

Ch. 413 - An Act To Extend Funding for the Loring Job Increment Financing Fund. (S.P. 93, L.D. 260)

Ch. 414 - An Act To Protect Vulnerable Adults from Exploitation. (H.P. 346, L.D. 527)

Ch. 415 - An Act To Further Energy Independence for the State. (H.P. 651, L.D. 927)

Ch. 416 - An Act To Allow Cooperative Housing Owners Who Are Blind To Qualify for the Property Tax Exemption. (S.P. 401, L.D. 1164)

Ch. 417 - An Act To Promote and Expand Awareness of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit. (H.P. 926, L.D. 1300)

Ch. 418 - An Act Regarding Insured Value Factor Payments for Public Tuition Students Attending a Private School. (S.P. 563, L.D. 1505)

Ch. 419 - An Act To Increase International Cross-border Partnerships To Benefit Maine's Economy. (H.P. 1122, L.D. 1554)

Ch. 420 - An Act To Expand the Sales Tax Exemption for Certain Public Libraries To Include Sales by Those Libraries or Their Supporting Organizations. (H.P. 639, L.D. 915)

Private and Special Laws

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

Ch. 17 - An Act To Establish a Pilot Natural Gas District in Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1036, L.D. 1442)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Friday, June 28, 2013

Ch. 72 - Resolve, Regarding Implementation of Cost-of-living Increases for Nursing Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 833, L.D. 1189)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 73 - Resolve, To Extend the Deadline for the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a Report on Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 552, L.D. 801)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 74 - Resolve, To Review the Impact of Unfunded Education Mandates and Evaluate the Efficacy of Education Laws. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 322, L.D. 944)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Passed by Legislature. Deposited in the Office of the Secretary of State pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article X, Section 6. (Governor's signature not required.)

Ch. 75 - Resolve, Approving the 2013 Draft and Arrangement of the Constitution of Maine Made by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Providing for Its Publication and Distribution. (S.P. 607, L.D. 1564)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 76 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Examine School Security. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 629, L.D. 905)

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.

TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN ITEMS HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

ORDERED, the Senate concurring, that the following specified matters be held over to any special and/or regular session of the 126th Legislature, by vote of the House and Senate, pursuant to Joint Order House Paper 1145 as amended.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 342, L.D. 500 - An Act To Permit Tribal Members To Have Access to Wood Fiber for Fuel, Shelter and Traditional Woodcraft Production

H.P. 873, L.D. 1239 - An Act To Clarify, Streamline and Promote Fair Animal Welfare Laws

H.P. 1092, L.D. 1521 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Create a Pilot Program To Support the State's Small Food Processors

H.P. 1137, L.D. 1567 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 22: Standards for Outdoor Application of Pesticides by Powered Equipment in Order To Minimize Off-Target Deposition, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 1138, L.D. 1568 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 20: Special Provisions, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

H.P. 1139, L.D. 1569 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 51: Notice of Aerial Pesticide Application, a Late-filed Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

H.P. 20, L.D. 16 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation Infrastructure

H.P. 23, L.D. 25 - An Act To Exclude Certain State-funded Costs from the State Share of the Total Cost of Funding Public Education

H.P. 34, L.D. 39 - An Act To Expand the Number of Qualified Educators

H.P. 54, L.D. 62 - An Act To Provide Additional Funding for Respite Care for the Elderly and for Adults with Disabilities

S.P. 38, L.D. 87 - An Act To Improve Community Mental Health Treatment

S.P. 47, L.D. 126 - An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption to Incorporated Nonprofit Performing Arts Organizations

H.P. 112, L.D. 137 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Retirement under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System

H.P. 113, L.D. 138 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of Bonds That Have Been Ratified by the Citizens of the State

H.P. 131, L.D. 156 - RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting and Voting by Absentee Ballot

H.P. 140, L.D. 180 - An Act Concerning the Use of Tobacco Settlement Funds for Children's Health Care

H.P. 142, L.D. 182 - An Act To Support the Maine Lobster Industry

H.P. 147, L.D. 186 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Disability Retirement Determinations by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System

H.P. 182, L.D. 221 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funds for a Public-private Partnership for a New Science Facility at the Maine Maritime Academy

H.P. 189, L.D. 228 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Reduce Energy Costs by Weatherizing and Upgrading the Energy Efficiency of Maine Homes and Businesses and To Create Jobs by Providing for a Trained Workforce for Maine's Energy Future

H.P. 191, L.D. 230 - An Act To Establish the Commission on Health Care Cost and Quality

S.P. 68, L.D. 232 - An Act To Increase the Base for the Cost-of-living Increase for Retired State Employees and Teachers

S.P. 70, L.D. 234 - An Act To Provide Tax Treatment Consistency for Limited Liability Companies and S Corporations

S.P. 81, L.D. 245 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Maintenance of State Armories

S.P. 106, L.D. 273 - An Act Authorizing a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund the Dredging of Casco Bay and the Expansion of the Portland Fish Exchange

S.P. 109, L.D. 276 - Resolve, To Improve Access to Oral Health Care for MaineCare Recipients

H.P. 203, L.D. 294 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Construct a Facility To Assist Maine Agriculture in Control of Animal and Plant Diagnostics

H.P. 204, L.D. 295 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Weatherization Rebates for Veterans and Persons Eligible for Social Security

S.P. 139, L.D. 359 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Implement the Riverfront Island Master Plan

S.P. 140, L.D. 360 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Rail Lines in Western Maine

S.P. 148, L.D. 368 - An Act To Ensure the Continuation of Dairy Farming

H.P. 253, L.D. 378 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Complete Renovation of a Pier at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

H.P. 265, L.D. 390 - An Act To Restore MaineCare Coverage for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services

H.P. 271, L.D. 396 - An Act To Appropriate Sufficient Funds for Indigent Legal Services

S.P. 168, L.D. 436 - An Act To Raise the Maximum 529 Plan Contribution Tax Deduction

S.P. 172, L.D. 440 - An Act To Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas

H.P. 305, L.D. 455 - An Act To Increase the State Earned Income Credit

H.P. 314, L.D. 464 - An Act To Change Compensation for Career and Technical Education Region Cooperative Board Meeting Attendance

H.P. 331, L.D. 481 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Virtual Public Charter Schools

H.P. 338, L.D. 488 - An Act To Improve Access to Home-based and Community-based Care in the MaineCare Program

H.P. 341, L.D. 499 - An Act To Promote Dental Care for Low-income Populations

S.P. 203, L.D. 513 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation, Broadband Infrastructure, Downtown Revitalization, Land for Maine's Future Board and Training Facilities for Tourism-related Training in Labor Market Areas with Higher-than-average Unemployment

H.P. 357, L.D. 538 - An Act To Align Costs Recognized for Transfer of Nursing Facilities and Residential Care Facilities with Ordinary Commercial and Government Contracting Standards

H.P. 368, L.D. 549 - An Act To Allow a Person Who Is 21 Years of Age or Older To Expunge Certain Criminal Convictions

S.P. 221, L.D. 631 - An Act To Change the Taxes on Fuel Purchased for Use Other Than on the Highways

S.P. 226, L.D. 636 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Public Higher Educational Facilities

H.P. 464, L.D. 672 - An Act Relating to Exemption from Immunization for Schoolchildren

H.P. 482, L.D. 690 - An Act To Ensure Efficiency in the Unemployment Insurance System

S.P. 256, L.D. 707 - An Act To Provide Assistance to Maine's Dairy Farms

S.P. 262, L.D. 713 - An Act To Return Local Revenue Sharing to Full Funding

H.P. 487, L.D. 715 - An Act To Improve Access to Career and Technical Schools

S.P. 279, L.D. 741 - An Act To Promote Fairness in the Sales Tax Exemption for Vehicles Used in Interstate Commerce

H.P. 532, L.D. 781 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund the Construction of a New State Archives Facility

H.P. 533, L.D. 782 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education To Enhance Economic Development

H.P. 541, L.D. 790 - An Act To Repeal the Bonding Authority of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority

H.P. 555, L.D. 804 - An Act To Improve Preventive Dental Health Care and Reduce Costs in the MaineCare Program

S.P. 289, L.D. 864 - An Act Regarding Service of Small Claims Notices

S.P. 299, L.D. 874 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Reduce the Cost of Shipping for Maine Businesses, Attract Tourists and Facilitate the Development of Commuter Rail Transportation

H.P. 628, L.D. 904 - An Act To Clarify When Bonds May Be Issued

H.P. 630, L.D. 906 - An Act To Permit a School Administrative Unit Discretion Concerning Participation of Students from Charter Schools in School Extracurricular and Interscholastic Activities

H.P. 649, L.D. 925 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development

H.P. 652, L.D. 928 - An Act To Improve MaineCare Nursing Home Reimbursement To Preserve Access and Promote Quality

H.P. 657, L.D. 933 - An Act To Establish a Separate Regulatory Board for Dental Hygienists

S.P. 316, L.D. 939 - An Act To Restore Maine's Groundfishing Industry

S.P. 317, L.D. 940 - An Act To Reestablish State-municipal Revenue-sharing as a Compact between the State and Municipal Governments

S.P. 319, L.D. 942 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Deficient State Highways, Bridges and Aviation, Marine, Rail and Transit Facilities

H.P. 664, L.D. 951 - An Act To Repeal the 2-year Limit on Methadone and Suboxone Treatments under MaineCare

H.P. 693, L.D. 979 - An Act To Exempt the Sale of the United States Flag from the Sales Tax

S.P. 343, L.D. 998 - An Act To Provide Consistency in the Application of the Property Tax Exemption for Religious Organizations

H.P. 708, L.D. 1010 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Ensure Clean Water

H.P. 709, L.D. 1011 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Facilities and Purchase Classroom Equipment for Maine's Seven Community Colleges

H.P. 731, L.D. 1036 - An Act To Amend the Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program

H.P. 734, L.D. 1043 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue and To Assist in the Creation of Jobs through Regional Economic Development

H.P. 745, L.D. 1052 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Intermodal Infrastructure

S.P. 372, L.D. 1090 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Nursing Programs at Maine's Seven Community Colleges

S.P. 377, L.D. 1095 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities

S.P. 383, L.D. 1101 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Waterfront Development

S.P. 388, L.D. 1105 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Revitalize Maine's Downtowns through Innovative Business Development and the Creative Economy

H.P. 797, L.D. 1125 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Public Water Infrastructure to Areas with Contaminated Well Water

H.P. 807, L.D. 1142 - An Act Regarding Correctional Officers' Retirement

H.P. 822, L.D. 1157 - An Act To Establish the Fair Chance for Employment Act

S.P. 400, L.D. 1163 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Main Street and Downtown Economic Development Projects

S.P. 412, L.D. 1175 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers

S.P. 417, L.D. 1180 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Maine Community Reinvestment and Job Creation Fund

H.P. 829, L.D. 1185 - An Act To Enhance Efforts To Use Locally Produced Food in Schools

H.P. 832, L.D. 1188 - 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

S.P. 421, L.D. 1223 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Maine Technology Institute's Action Plan Implementation

H.P. 914, L.D. 1287 - An Act To Deregulate Face-to-face Transactions between the People and Small Farms and Small Food Producers

S.P. 452, L.D. 1309 - An Act To Strengthen the Maine Clean Election Act

S.P. 473, L.D. 1354 - An Act To Create the Aging in Place Program

H.P. 988, L.D. 1385 - An Act To Amend the Reporting Requirements of the Workers' Compensation Management Fund

S.P. 499, L.D. 1395 - An Act Regarding the Cost-of-living Adjustment for Certain State Retirees When the Cost of Living Declines

H.P. 1006, L.D. 1418 - An Act To Authorize a Matching General Fund Bond Issue for Improvements to the Seven Community College Campuses

H.P. 1012, L.D. 1424 - An Act To Increase Mileage Reimbursement and Compensation for Jurors

H.P. 1039, L.D. 1445 - An Act To Facilitate Children's Testimony

S.P. 539, L.D. 1455 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Ensure Clean Water and Safe Communities

H.P. 1046, L.D. 1461 - An Act To Require the State To Divest Itself of Assets Invested in the Fossil Fuel Industry

S.P. 542, L.D. 1468 - An Act To Establish the High-efficiency Biomass Pellet Boiler Rebate Program and the Home Heating Conversion Fund

H.P. 1054, L.D. 1473 - An Act To Create a Public Option Pension System

S.P. 557, L.D. 1492 - An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen Maine's Economy and Communities

S.P. 572, L.D. 1514 - An Act To Reform the Maine Public Employees Retirement System

H.P. 1087, L.D. 1515 - An Act To Increase the Availability of Mental Health Services

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

H.P. 93, L.D. 111 - An Act To Restrict the Sale, Purchase and Use of Fireworks in the State

S.P. 57, L.D. 168 - An Act To Establish Reasonable Restrictions on the Use of Fireworks

H.P. 183, L.D. 222 - An Act Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun

H.P. 206, L.D. 297 - An Act To Require Forest Rangers To Be Trained in Order To Allow Them To Carry Firearms

S.P. 192, L.D. 502 - An Act To Allow County Jails To Apply Savings to Debt Service without a Reduction in State Payments

H.P. 454, L.D. 662 - An Act Regarding Sexually Explicit Text Messaging by Minors

S.P. 569, L.D. 1513 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Corrections, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Labor To Support the Statewide Coordinated Services District System

Education and Cultural Affairs

H.P. 209, L.D. 300 - An Act To Protect School Administrative Units and Taxpayers

S.P. 149, L.D. 369 - An Act To Redesign Maine's School Funding Model

**H.P. 534, L.D. 783 - An Act To Change the Voting Requirements for the Withdrawal of a Municipality from a Regional School Unit

S.P. 340, L.D. 995 - An Act To Establish a Moratorium on the Approval and Operation of Virtual Public Charter Schools

S.P. 461, L.D. 1330 - An Act To Establish in Law a Method for Alternative Certification of Teachers

H.P. 969, L.D. 1361 - An Act To Strengthen the Teaching of Writing and Mathematics and Improve Maine High School Graduates' College and Career Readiness

S.P. 517, L.D. 1431 - An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy

S.P. 577, L.D. 1530 - An Act To Establish a Process for the Implementation of Universal Voluntary Prekindergarten Education

Energy, Utilities and Technology

H.P. 33, L.D. 38 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 201: Provider of Last Resort Service Quality, a Major Substantive Rule of the Public Utilities Commission

H.P. 157, L.D. 196 - An Act Regarding the Implementation of the Quality Assurance Program for Public Safety Answering Points

S.P. 108, L.D. 275 - Resolve, To Require the Emergency Services Communication Bureau To Expand the Existing Quality Assurance System

H.P. 435, L.D. 616 - An Act To Amend the Expedited Permitting Area for Wind Energy Development under the Jurisdiction of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission

S.P. 237, L.D. 646 - An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Renewable Sources of Energy

H.P. 547, L.D. 796 - Resolve, To Enhance Economic Development by Encouraging Businesses Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly

H.P. 577, L.D. 826 - An Act To Eliminate the Opt-out Charges for Smart Meters

H.P. 663, L.D. 950 - An Act To Establish the Electromagnetic Field Safety Act

H.P. 679, L.D. 965 - An Act To Improve Maine's Underground Facility Damage Prevention Program

H.P. 702, L.D. 1004 - An Act To Clarify Voting Procedures for Standard Water Districts

H.P. 711, L.D. 1013 - An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act

H.P. 753, L.D. 1060 - An Act To Address Rising Electric Transmission Rates

S.P. 367, L.D. 1085 - An Act To Establish the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff

H.P. 812, L.D. 1147 - An Act To Protect Maine's Scenic Character

H.P. 886, L.D. 1252 - An Act To Improve Maine's Economy and Energy Security with Solar and Wind Energy

S.P. 440, L.D. 1278 - An Act To Ensure Equitable Support for Long-term Energy Contracts

H.P. 947, L.D. 1323 - An Act Regarding Wind Power Siting in the Unorganized Territory

S.P. 500, L.D. 1396 - An Act To Create the Lisbon Water District

H.P. 1023, L.D. 1434 - An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Noise from Wind Turbines

H.P. 1060, L.D. 1479 - An Act To Clarify Telecommunications Regulation Reform

S.P. 579, L.D. 1532 - An Act To Provide Model Language for Standard Sewer District Charters

Environment and Natural Resources

H.P. 236, L.D. 331 - Resolve, To Expand Economic Development in the Town of Orrington by Releasing Certain Riverfront Land from State-imposed Environmental Restrictions

H.P. 545, L.D. 794 - An Act To Amend Setback Requirements and Standards Related to Species Migration under the Laws Regulating Development near Vernal Pools

S.P. 545, L.D. 1483 - An Act To Promote and Enhance State Policy To Preserve and Support Existing Methods of Disposal of Municipal Solid Waste

H.P. 1101, L.D. 1528 - Resolve, To Provide for Livable, Affordable Neighborhoods

Health and Human Services

H.P. 354, L.D. 535 - An Act To Promote Greater Flexibility in the Provision of Long-term Care Services

H.P. 682, L.D. 968 - An Act To Provide Needed Psychiatric Hospitalization for Persons with Mental Illness

H.P. 726, L.D. 1031 - An Act To Require a Mandatory Peer Review Process for the Restraint and Seclusion of Children in a Hospital or Children's Home

H.P. 738, L.D. 1047 - Resolve, To Provide a Better Transition for Foster Children to Independent Adulthood

H.P. 858, L.D. 1213 - An Act To Reduce Costs and Increase Access to Methadone Treatment

H.P. 881, L.D. 1247 - An Act To Expand Coverage of Family Planning Services

S.P. 531, L.D. 1449 - An Act To Amend the Composition and Duties of the Maine Children's Growth Council

S.P. 552, L.D. 1487 - An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program

H.P. 1119, L.D. 1552 - 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

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

S.P. 40, L.D. 89 - An Act To Establish a Deadline for Snowmobile Registration

H.P. 128, L.D. 153 - An Act To Establish a Comprehensive Hunting and Fishing License

H.P. 655, L.D. 931 - An Act To Prevent Fish Kills and To Allow for Recreational Use of Sebago Lake

Insurance and Financial Services

S.P. 127, L.D. 347 - An Act To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

S.P. 213, L.D. 523 - An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults

S.P. 217, L.D. 627 - An Act Relating to Orally Administered Cancer Therapy

H.P. 732, L.D. 1037 - An Act To Provide Access to Affordable Health Care for All Maine Residents by 2020

S.P. 374, L.D. 1092 - An Act To Increase the Use of Long-term Care Insurance

S.P. 430, L.D. 1236 - An Act To Amend the Maine Insurance Code To Ensure Fair and Reasonable Coverage and Reimbursement of Chiropractic Services

H.P. 962, L.D. 1345 - An Act To Establish a Single-payor Health Care System To Be Effective in 2017

H.P. 975, L.D. 1367 - An Act To Require Health Insurance Carriers and the MaineCare Program To Cover the Cost of Transition Services To Bridge the Gap between High School and Independence

S.P. 568, L.D. 1512 - An Act To Increase Funding for Start-ups

Judiciary

S.P. 263, L.D. 725 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission

H.P. 838, L.D. 1194 - An Act To Protect Social Media Privacy in School and the Workplace

H.P. 992, L.D. 1389 - An Act To Expedite the Foreclosure Process

S.P. 514, L.D. 1428 - An Act To Protect Religious Freedom

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development

H.P. 223, L.D. 314 - An Act To Create the Office of Marketing

S.P. 181, L.D. 449 - An Act To Ensure Consumer Choice in the Purchase of Prescription Drugs

H.P. 539, L.D. 788 - An Act To Provide Vehicle Owners and Repair Facilities Access to Vehicle Diagnostic and Repair Information and Equipment

H.P. 819, L.D. 1154 - An Act To Establish the Maine Length of Service Award Program

*H.P. 870, L.D. 1230 - An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care

S.P. 453, L.D. 1310 - An Act To Improve Access to Dental Care through the Establishment of the Maine Board of Oral Health

S.P. 459, L.D. 1328 - An Act To License Home Building and Improvement Contractors

H.P. 1043, L.D. 1458 - An Act To Enact the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act

S.P. 544, L.D. 1482 - An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Franchise Laws

H.P. 1135, L.D. 1565 - An Act To Preserve Code Enforcement Officer Training and Certification

Maine's Workforce and Economic Future

S.P. 497, L.D. 1393 - An Act To Encourage Entrepreneurial Investment in Maine

Marine Resources

H.P. 583, L.D. 832 - An Act To Enable Small-scale Cooperative Management of Sea Urchin Resources

S.P. 501, L.D. 1397 - An Act To Create Equity and Fairness in the Elver Industry

S.P. 536, L.D. 1452 - An Act To Allow Municipalities with Shellfish Conservation Ordinances To Request Permission To Prohibit Marine Worm Harvesting

State and Local Government

H.P. 172, L.D. 211 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Limitation on County Assessments

H.P. 817, L.D. 1152 - Resolve, To Continue Consultation and Conditions Prerequisite to the Sale or Lease of Certain Real Property in Hallowell

S.P. 414, L.D. 1177 - An Act To Implement the Recommendations from the Discontinued and Abandoned Roads Stakeholder Group

S.P. 455, L.D. 1312 - An Act To Create a Succession and Knowledge Transfer Plan for State Government

H.P. 1108, L.D. 1541 - An Act To Ensure That Legislators Share the Sacrifice with Civil Servants in the Event of a State Government Shutdown

H.P. 1114, L.D. 1547 - An Act To Support Municipal Volunteers

Taxation

H.P. 567, L.D. 816 - An Act To Reduce the Property Tax Burden and Improve the Circuitbreaker Program

H.P. 640, L.D. 916 - An Act To Promote Investment in Maine's Communications Network and Natural Gas Network

H.P. 660, L.D. 936 - An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Impose Service Charges on Tax-exempt Property Owned by Certain Nonprofit Organizations

S.P. 341, L.D. 996 - An Act To Improve the Accuracy of Fuel Tax Reporting

H.P. 792, L.D. 1120 - An Act To Improve Maine's Tax Laws

H.P. 998, L.D. 1402 - An Act To Amend the Taxes Imposed on Alcohol and Lodging

H.P. 1009, L.D. 1421 - An Act To Permit a Student Holding a Degree from a Non-Maine Institution To Participate in the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program

H.P. 1048, L.D. 1463 - An Act To Examine Best Practices Relating to Tax Expenditures

H.P. 1102, L.D. 1535 - An Act To Provide Maine's Businesses Tax Relief for Destroyed or Stolen Products

Transportation

H.P. 90, L.D. 108 - An Act To Rename Big Moose Mountain as Red Eagle Mountain

H.P. 102, L.D. 120 - An Act To Facilitate Regional Transit

H.P. 385, L.D. 566 - Resolve, To Enhance and Encourage Economic Development of the Lower Penobscot River Basin by Improving Rail Transportation

H.P. 769, L.D. 1076 - An Act To Allow for the Equalization of Truck Weights between Maine and Canada for Limited Use at the Border Crossings

H.P. 951, L.D. 1327 - An Act To Provide Greater Options for Transportation of Public School Students for Cocurricular Activities

H.P. 973, L.D. 1365 - An Act To Promote New Models of Mobility and Access to Transportation

Veterans and Legal Affairs

S.P. 20, L.D. 31 - An Act To Increase Gaming Opportunities for Charitable Fraternal and Veterans' Organizations

H.P. 188, L.D. 227 - An Act Concerning High-stakes Beano

S.P. 201, L.D. 511 - An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President

S.P. 209, L.D. 519 - An Act To Establish Advance Deposit Wagering for Harness Racing

S.P. 253, L.D. 704 - An Act To Improve the Availability of Coupons in the State

H.P. 517, L.D. 766 - An Act To Define "Brand" under the Liquor Laws

H.P. 780, L.D. 1111 - An Act To Allow Maine's Harness Racing Industry To Compete with Casino Gaming

H.P. 925, L.D. 1298 - An Act To Authorize the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians To Operate a Casino in Aroostook County

H.P. 942, L.D. 1319 - An Act To Authorize a Federally Recognized Indian Tribe in the State To Benefit from the Operation of an Existing Casino

H.P. 1071, L.D. 1494 - An Act To Alter the Distribution of Maine Clean Election Act Funds

H.P. 1091, L.D. 1520 - An Act To Allow the Passamaquoddy Tribe To Operate Slot Machines in Washington County in Conjunction with High-stakes Beano

*As amended by House Amendment "B" (H-580).

**As amended by House Amendment "C" (H-582).

BILLS PRINTED AS OF THURSDAY, JULY 11, 2013

L.D. 1576, S.P. 617
An Act To Fund Agreements with Certain State Employee Unions and Ensure Equitable Treatment for Other State Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THIBODEAU of Waldo)

L.D. 1577, H.P. 1147
An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain Judicial Department Employees. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham)

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/.

SESSION LAWS BECOME EFFECTIVE

Regular Bills and Resolves passed during the First Regular Session of the 126th Legislature become effective October 9, 2013. Emergency measures are effective when signed by the Governor. Bill status information is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/search.asp.