TUESDAY

1 p.m.

Education and Cultural Affairs Committee; work sessions; room 202; Cross Building

L.D. 178, “Resolve, To Provide Consistency in Rules of the Department of Education Regarding Visual and Performing Arts Requirements for High School Graduation”: requires the Department of Education to permit the visual and performing arts requirement to be met by the completion of a credit in dance, music, theater or visual arts.

L.D. 370, “Act To Increase Elementary School Applied Learning Opportunities”: proposes to assemble a working group to identify opportunities for and best practices of applied learning opportunities in kindergarten to grade eight.

L.D. 462, “An Act To Dedicate Funds for Emergency Back-up Power for Schools”: provides that school districts that participate in the Percent for Art Program must use at least half of the amount identified to provide backup electrical power to the school, building or facility being constructed.

L.D. 464, “An Act To Change Compensation for Career and Technical Education Region Cooperative Board Meeting Attendance”: increases the compensation for a career and technical education region cooperative board member to $20 for each meeting the member attends.

Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee; public hearings; room 211; Cross Building

L.D. 646, “An Act To Remove the 100-megawatt Limit on Renewable Sources of Energy”: removes the 100-megawatt maximum capacity limit for a source of electrical generation to qualify as renewable.

L.D. 675, “An Act To Amend the Charter of the Veazie Sewer District To Expand Its Boundaries”: emergency bill; includes in the Veazie Sewer District territory all of the town of Veazie that lies between the Penobscot River and Interstate 95.

L.D. 676, “Resolve, To Direct the Public Utilities Commission To Review Telecommunications Services in Northern Oxford County”: directs the Public Utilities Commission to review telecommunications services in northern Oxford county, including investigating whether there exists an anti-competitive concentration of market share by one or more service providers.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee; public hearings; room 206; Cross Building

L.D. 254, “Resolve, To Establish the Northern Maine Advisory Task Force on Deer”: establishes the Northern Maine Advisory Task Force on Deer, which would be charged with examining deer predation and ways to improve the deer population in northern Maine.

L.D. 280, “Resolve, Concerning Rights-of-way over Eastern Road in Scarborough”: ratifies certain conveyances made by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that granted access to Eastern Road in Scarborough.

L.D. 423, “An Act Regarding the Driving of Deer”: allows a group of six or fewer persons to hunt together in a deer hunt as long as they are accompanied by a registered Maine guide and do not use noise-making devices.

L.D. 544, “An Act To Give Certain Landowners First Priority for Antlerless Deer Permits”: requires that all antlerless deer permits available in a wildlife management district be issued to landowners who own at least 25 contiguous acres of land open to hunting by the public and have applied for the permit.

L.D. 705, “An Act To Amend the Junior Hunting License Requirements”: allows a junior hunting license to be issued to a person who turns 10 years old in the calendar year of the hunting season.

L.D. 717, “An Act To Provide Free Fishing Licenses to Certain Children in the Custody of the Department of Health and Human Services”: allows a complimentary fishing license to be issued to any resident 16 or 17 years of age who is in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Insurance and Financial Services Committee; public hearings; room 220; Cross Building

L.D. 347, “An Act To Amend Insurance Coverage for Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders”: expands health insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorders to persons 21 years of age and under.

L.D. 627, “An Act Relating to Orally Administered Cancer Therapy”: requires health insurance policies that cover cancer chemotherapy to include coverage for orally administered anti-cancer medication.

L.D. 682, “An Act To Require Health Insurers To Provide Coverage for Nutritional Wellness and Illness Prevention Measures and Products”: requires that health insurance policies provide coverage for nutritional wellness and illness prevention measures that are shown to be beneficial to the enrollee and are recommended by the enrollee’s physician.

Judiciary Committee; public hearings; room 438; State House

L.D. 345, “An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information”: emergency bill, makes personal and identifying information of concealed-weapon permit holders confidential and prohibits a person who has received concealed-weapon permit holder information from redistributing or disseminating the information to an unauthorized person.

1:30 p.m.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee; work sessions; room 214; Cross Building

L.D. 262, “An Act To Restore to Jimmy J. Soucy the Right To Maintain Existing Structures on Property in Sinclair”: specifies permissible uses of property in Sinclair and structures on that property acquired by Jimmy J. Soucy in 2009 from the state are residential.

L.D. 289, “An Act To Eliminate the Requirement That the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Provide Technical Services for Direct-marketing Agricultural Products”: removes the requirement that the Department of Agriculture provide technical assistance for lease and contract negotiation.

L.D. 312, “An Act To Release a Restriction on Former State Land in Passadumkeag Currently Owned by Dale Ross”: directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to issue the deed of the former Passadumkeag land to Dale Ross, releasing the restrictions on that land.

Health and Human Services Committee; work sessions; room 209; Cross Building

L.D. 374, “An Act To Eliminate the Child Support Collecting Fee Charged to a Person Who Has Never Received Assistance under a State Program”: provides that the state may not impose a fee for collection of child support on a person who never received assistance under a state program if the person would have been eligible for such assistance.

L.D. 434, “An Act To Provide a Safe Working Environment for Home Care Workers”: requires home health care providers to provide safe working conditions for their employees, including checking the sex offender registry for information on a client before sending an employee to the home of the client.

L.D. 447, “An Act To Increase Patient Choice in Health Care Facilities and Health Care Settings”: requires the disclosure of information to a patient being discharged to a nursing facility, hospice provider, or home health agency; physicians; nursing facilities; hospice providers; home health agencies and hospitals the patient’s health care options and business connections among hospitals nursing facilities, hospice providers and home health agencies.

L.D. 468, “An Act To Protect Public Health at Public Institutions of Higher Education”: prohibits smoking on the grounds of any campus of the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System or the Maine Maritime Academy.

L.D. 487, “Resolve, To Establish MaineCare Eligibility for Young Adults Who Were Formerly in Foster Care”: directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services an application for a waiver under the Medicaid program to allow MaineCare to cover a young adult 19 to 25 years of age who was in the custody of the state on his or her 19th birthday.

2:30 p.m.

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee; work sessions; room 208; Cross Building

L.D. 314, “An Act To Create the Office of Marketing”: creates a centralized Office of Marketing within the Department of Economic and Community Development responsible for the coordination of all marketing efforts throughout State Government.

L.D. 461, “An Act To Allow Businesses with More than 5,000 Square Feet of Interior Customer Selling Space To Open on Easter Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day”: allows a business with more than 5,000 square feet of interior customer selling space to open on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

L.D. 555, “Resolve, Directing the Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board To Amend Its Rules To Permit Certain Registered Nurses To Serve as Administrators of Nursing”: permits a licensed nurse who has five years of experience as a director of nursing to be licensed provisionally as a nursing home administrator for up to five years, and it removes the limit placed on the number of continuing education credits that licensed nursing home administrator may earn at a conference or program, as long as each credit qualifies under the board’s standards.

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