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LEGISLATIVE REPORT

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

Volume XL, No. 11

Friday, March 21, 2014

126TH LEGISLATURE

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

BILLS ENACTED

Public Laws

Signed by the Governor
Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ch. 469 - An Act To Amend the Military Bureau Laws. (S.P. 648, L.D. 1655)

Ch. 470 - An Act Concerning Confidential Records Received by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. (H.P. 1213, L.D. 1690)

Ch. 471 - An Act To Clarify That Veterans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan Qualify for the Veterans' Property Tax Exemption. (H.P. 1220, L.D. 1696)

Ch. 472 - An Act To Conform the Maine Tax Laws to the United States Internal Revenue Code. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 671, L.D. 1705)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 10, 2014

Ch. 473 - An Act To Enable the Bureau of Labor Standards To Access Federal Reimbursement by Amending State Law To Conform to Federal Law. (S.P. 634, L.D. 1643)

Ch. 474 - An Act To Expedite Training Waiver Decisions for Unemployment Claimants by Transferring Original Jurisdiction from the Unemployment Insurance Commission to the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 663, L.D. 1668)

Signed by the Governor
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ch. 475 - An Act To Strengthen Enforcement Standards for Potatoes. (H.P. 1157, L.D. 1586)

Ch. 476 - An Act Regarding the Laws Governing Liquor Licensing and Enforcement. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1186, L.D. 1614)

Ch. 477 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Firefighter Absence from Work for Emergency Response. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1194, L.D. 1622)

Ch. 478 - An Act To Increase Safety for Victims of Domestic Violence and Victims of Sexual Assault. (EMERGENCY) (S.P. 649, L.D. 1656)

Ch. 479 - An Act To Streamline Enforcement of Child Support Orders Issued by the Penobscot Nation. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1211, L.D. 1688)

Ch. 480 - An Act To Stop Unlicensed Loan Transactions. (H.P. 1214, L.D. 1691)

Ch. 481 - An Act To Redistrict the Knox County Budget Committee Districts. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1258, L.D. 1753)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 482 - An Act To Clarify the Use of the Term "Civil Violation" in the Motor Vehicle Statutes. (H.P. 1262, L.D. 1758)

Ch. 483 - An Act To Allow an Earlier Implementation Date for an Architectural Paint Stewardship Program. (S.P. 625, L.D. 1634)

Ch. 484 - An Act To Provide Greater Options for Transportation of Public School Students for Cocurricular Activities. (H.P. 951, L.D. 1327)

Signed by the Governor
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ch. 485 - An Act Concerning Maine's Elver Fishery. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1197, L.D. 1625)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Became law notwithstanding the veto of the Governor

Ch. 486 - An Act To Expand the Number of Qualified Educators. (H.P. 34, L.D. 39)

Resolves

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 91 - Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Review the Use of Restraint and Seclusion at Mental Health Institutes. (H.P. 726, L.D. 1031)

Signed by the Governor
Monday, March 10, 2014

Ch. 92 - Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory. (S.P. 672, L.D. 1706)

Received in the Office of the Secretary of State
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Became law without the Governor's Signature

Ch. 93 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 4: Maine Motor Carrier Safety Regulation, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1156, L.D. 1585)

Ch. 94 - Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101, MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 32: Allowances for Waiver Services for Children with Intellectual Disabilities or Pervasive Developmental Disorders, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human Services. (EMERGENCY) (H.P. 1153, L.D. 1582)

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 21, 2014

L.D. 1820, H.P. 1309
An Act To Reduce Abuse of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Electronic Benefits Transfers. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative NADEAU of Fort Kent)

L.D. 1821, H.P. 1311
An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 411, subsection 6, paragraph G.)

L.D. 1822, H.P. 1312
An Act To Increase Integrity in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program through Restriction of Expenditures. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative MacDONALD of Old Orchard Beach)

L.D. 1823, H.P. 1314
An Act To Amend the Outcome-based Forestry Experiment Laws. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1824, S.P. 730
An Act To Provide Additional Authority to the State Board of Corrections. (Presented by Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland)

L.D. 1825, S.P. 731
An Act To Assist Electric Utility Ratepayers. (Presented by Senator CLEVELAND of Androscoggin)

L.D. 1826, H.P. 1315
An Act To Protect the State's Authority in Issues Concerning Federal Relicensing of Dams Located in the State. (Presented by Representative McCABE of Skowhegan)

L.D. 1827, S.P. 732
An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Small Business and Job Creation. (Submitted by the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future pursuant to Joint Order 2013, S.P. 27.)

L.D. 1828, S.P. 733
An Act To Limit Consent Regarding Land Transfers to the Federal Government. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1829, H.P. 1317
An Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Report Annually on Investigations and Prosecutions of False Claims Made under the MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Food Supplement Programs. (EMERGENCY) (Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook)

L.D. 1830, H.P. 1318
An Act To Promote Rockweed Habitat Conservation through the Consideration of No-harvest Areas. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 169, section 2.)

L.D. 1831, H.P. 1320
An Act To Allow Signs for Areas of Local, Regional and Statewide Interest on the Interstate System. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 14, section 4.)

L.D. 1832, S.P. 735
An Act To Increase Employment Opportunities for Veterans. (Presented by Senator TUTTLE of York)

L.D. 1833, S.P. 736
An Act To Improve Workers' Compensation Protection for Injured Workers Whose Employers Have Wrongfully Not Secured Workers' Compensation Insurance. (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development pursuant to Resolve 2013, chapter 40, section 2.)

L.D. 1834, S.P. 737
An Act To Require the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Make Public Declarations following a Determination of a Campaign Statement's Falsity. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset)

L.D. 1835, S.P. 738
An Act To Improve Maine's Ability To Attract Major Private Investments. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot)

L.D. 1836, S.P. 739
An Act To Establish the Commission on Promoting Manufacturing in Maine. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1837, S.P. 740
An Act To Provide Former Employees of the Maine Military Authority the Ability To Sue for Severance Pay. (Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook)

L.D. 1838, S.P. 741
An Act To Expand Affordable Heating Investments with Maine's Public Resources. (EMERGENCY) (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Senator YOUNGBLOOD of Penobscot)

L.D. 1839, H.P. 1321
An Act To Increase the Deduction for Pension Income. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative BENNETT of Kennebunk)

L.D. 1840, S.P. 743
An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Substance Abuse Services Commission with Regard to the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 353.)

L.D. 1841, H.P. 1323
An Act To Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine. (EMERGENCY) (Reported by Representative PRIEST of Brunswick for the Revisor of Statutes pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 1, section 94.)

L.D. 1842, H.P. 1324
An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. (Governor's Bill) (Presented by Representative GILLWAY of Searsport)

L.D. 1843, H.P. 1325
An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government To Address Supplemental Funding Needs Projected for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014 and To Adjust Funding for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2015. (EMERGENCY) (Submitted by the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs pursuant to Joint Order 2013, H.P. 1284.)

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.