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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XXXIX, No. 26

Thursday, July 25, 2013

126TH LEGISLATURE

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED ON JULY 10, 2013

END OF SESSION ISSUE

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ch. 421 - An Act To Preserve and Protect Ancient Burial Grounds and Burial Grounds in Which Veterans Are Buried. (S.P. 107, L.D. 274)

Ch. 422 - An Act To Continue Certain Position Distributions in the Department of Labor and To Amend the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 815, L.D. 1150)

Ch. 423 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Hospital and Therapeutic Leave Days for MaineCare Recipients. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 972, L.D. 1364)

Ch. 424 - An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1103, L.D. 1536)

Ch. 425 - An Act To Fund Agreements with Certain State Employee Unions and Ensure Equitable Treatment for Other State Employees. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 617, L.D. 1576) (Governor's Bill)

Ch. 426 - An Act To Fund the Agreement with Certain Judicial Department Employees. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1147, L.D. 1577)

Signed by the Governor
Friday, July 19, 2013

Ch. 427 - An Act Regarding the Administration and Financial Transparency of the Citizen Trade Policy Commission. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 816, L.D. 1151)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 22, 2013

Ch. 428 - An Act Relating to Private School Student Participation in Public School Cocurricular, Interscholastic and Extracurricular Activities. (H.P. 74, L.D. 92)

Private and Special Laws

Signed by the Governor
Monday, July 15, 2013

Ch. 18 - An Act To Enable the Town of Livermore Falls To Withdraw from Androscoggin County and Join Franklin County. (H.P. 25, L.D. 27)

Resolves

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ch. 77 - Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1143, L.D. 1574)

Ch. 78 - Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 331, L.D. 986)

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.

16 BILLS HELD BY THE GOVERNOR

"...If a bill or resolution shall not be returned by the governor within 10 days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to the Governor, it shall have the same force and effect as if the Governor had signed it unless the Legislature by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall have such force and effect, unless returned within 3 days after the next meeting of the same Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution; if there is no such next meeting of the Legislature which enacted the bill or resolution, the bill or resolution shall not be a law." (excerpted from Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of Maine)

Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Review the Need for and the Costs of Services That Enable Populations Who Are Elderly or Have Disabilities To Live Independently (S.P. 12) (L.D. 20)

An Act To Provide Funding to Soil and Water Conservation Districts (H.P. 252) (L.D. 377)

An Act To Reduce Tobacco-related Illness and Lower Health Care Costs in MaineCare (H.P. 261) (L.D. 386)

An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food (H.P. 490) (L.D. 718)

An Act To Promote the Maine Economy and Support Maine's Sporting Camp Tradition (S.P. 276) (L.D. 738)

An Act To Extend and Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program (S.P. 281) (L.D. 743)

An Act To Expand Access to Early Postsecondary Education (H.P. 677) (L.D. 963)

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Students Experiencing Education Disruption (S.P. 378) (L.D. 1096)

An Act To Support the Maine Downtown Center (S.P. 409) (L.D. 1172)

An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in All State Institutions (H.P. 888) (L.D. 1254)

An Act To Sustain Emergency Medical Services throughout the State (S.P. 435) (L.D. 1274)

An Act To Further Reduce Student Hunger (S.P. 472) (L.D. 1353)

An Act To Exempt from Sales Tax the Sales of Adaptive Equipment To Make a Vehicle Handicapped Accessible (H.P. 978) (L.D. 1370)

An Act To Address Maine's Immediate Workforce Needs (S.P. 554) (L.D. 1489)

An Act To Correct Minor Technical Errors and Inconsistencies in the Unified Budget Bill (H.P. 1141) (L.D. 1572)

Resolve, Regarding Memorial Plaques Honoring Vietnam Veterans near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn (S.P. 614) (L.D. 1575)

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/.

INTERIM STUDIES AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS
APPROVED FOR 2013

Citizen Trade Policy Commission (10 MRSA section 11) (Continuation)

Commission To Develop a Competitive Bidding Process for the Operation of Additional Casinos or Slot Machine Facilities (PL 2011, c. 699) (Continuation)

Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities (Resolve 2013, c. 78)

Commission To Study the State Board of Corrections and the Unified County Corrections System (H.P. 1132)

Commission To Study the Incidence of and Mortality Related to Cancer (Resolve 2013, c. 77)

Commission To Study Transparency, Costs and Accountability of Health Care System Financing (H.P. 1123)

Criminal Code Revision Planning Commission (S.P. 31)

Legislative Youth Advisory Council (3 MRSA section 168-B) (Continuation)

Maine Health Exchange Advisory Committee (H.P. 1136)

Nonprofit Tax Review Task Force (PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. AA)

Right To Know Advisory Committee (1 MRSA section 411) (Continuation)

Tax Expenditure Review Task Force (PL 2013, c. 368, Pt. S)


TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN ITEMS HELD OVER BY LEGISLATURE

The list of bills held over by the Legislature was published in Weekly Legislative Report #25 - http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/wlr/wlr1325.htm#carryover.

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.

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