1 p.m.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee; work sessions; room 127; State House

L.D. 837, “An Act To Clarify the Laws Establishing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry”:

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearing; room 436; State House

L.D. 1470, “An Act To Develop Juvenile Assessment Centers”: develops guidelines for the establishment of juvenile assessment centers throughout the state.

Educational and Cultural Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 202; Cross Building

L.D. 665, “An Act To Facilitate the Transition to a Standards-based Educational System”: extends the implementation date of awarding diplomas based on student demonstration of proficiency to one year for each year for which levels of general purpose aid for local schools falls below 55 percent of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12.

L.D. 1129, “An Act To Promote Innovation in Public Schools”: requires the Department of Education to establish a website by the spring of 2013 where various educational and teaching models can be reviewed by school districts.

L.D. 1231, “An Act To Amend the Compulsory School Attendance Laws”: amends the laws related to compulsory school attendance in order to improve the enforcement of federal and state requirements.

L.D. 1235, “An Act Regarding School Construction”: requires the State Board of Education to amend its rules regarding major capital school construction projects to allow a school administrative unit to begin the school construction planning process.

L.D. 1481, “An Act To Ensure the Success of Maine Students”: emergency bill, establishes a moratorium on the authorization of new public charter schools until the state provides at least 55 percent of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12.

Energy, Utilities and Technology Committe; work sessions; room 211; Cross Building

L.D. 215, “An Act To Protect Landlords When Tenants Fail To Pay Utility Bills”:

L.D. 219, “An Act To Establish a Long-term Funding Source for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife”:

L.D. 1013, “An Act To Create the Children’s Wireless Protection Act”:

L.D. 1336, “An Act To Dissolve the Lisbon Water Department”:

L.D. 1386, “An Act To Allocate Net Revenue from Energy Corridor Leases on the Maine Turnpike for Purposes of Energy and Environmental Conservation”:

L.D. 1396, “An Act To Create the Lisbon Water District”:

Environment and Natural Resources Committee; work sessions; room 216; Cross Building

L.D. 1059, “An Act To Protect Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Jeopardized by Mining”:

L.D. 1302, “An Act To Amend the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act To Protect Water Quality”:

L.D. 1324, “An Act To Protect Local Communities When a Mining Project Is Terminated”:

Health and Human Services Committee; public hearings; room 209; Cross Building

L.D. 746, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide an Exception to the 60-day Limit on Out-of-state Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program”: requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide that if all parties  relating to a perosn with intellectual disabilities agree, an exception to the 60-day limit on out-of-state services must be granted.

L.D. 801, “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 bill, extends the deadline for the Department of Health and Human Services to submit its 2013 system of care plan for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism to Dec. 15, 2013.

L.D. 829, “Resolve, To Complete the Timely and Appropriate Redesign of Shared Living Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism”: emergency bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to continue to work on the redesign of its shared living program and to complete the redesign by June 30, 2013.

L.D. 897, “ An Act To Establish the Volunteer Advocate Program”: establishes in law the Volunteer Advocate Program to replace the Volunteer Correspondent Program.

L.D. 969, “Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Reduce and Limit the Adult Developmental Services Waiting Lists by Implementing a More Efficient, Responsive and Individualized Model of Service Delivery”: emergency bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to request approval from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the MaineCare waivers to permit the reimbursement for the use of appropriate electronic technology as a means of reducing the costs of supporting people currently being served.

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

L.D. 1453, “An Act To Increase the Transparency of Charges and Expenses of Hospitals That Receive State Funding”: requires the Maine Health Data Organization to conduct an annual study of hospital financial data and establishes the Commission to Study Transparency, Costs and Accountability of Health Care System Financing.

L.D. 1466, “An Act To Amend the Law Governing Provider Contracts with Insurance Companies”: places certain requirements on contracts for preferred provider arrangements, which are contracts between a health insurance carrier and a health care provider in which the provider agrees to provide services to a health plan enrollee whose plan benefits include incentives for the enrollee to use the services of that provider.

L.D. 1485, “An Act Relating to Insurance Company Formation and Dissolution”: updates references to Maine domestic insurance company “certificates of organization” in the Maine Insurance Code to “articles of incorporation”; simplifies and reduces the number of filings that must be made by those either forming or dissolving Maine insurers; and clarifies the procedure for the secretary of State, the superintendent of Insurance and insurers to follow with respect to certificates of dissolution.

Judiciary Committee; public hearings; room 438; State House

L.D. 125, “An Act To Preserve Lender Equity in the Foreclosure Process”: reduces the filing fee for foreclosure actions to $150; prohibits a fee for mediation from being assessed; and makes clear that a court may enter summary judgment in a foreclosure action at any time.

L.D. 392, “An Act To Protect Homeowners and Reduce Foreclosure Fraud”: requires that a plaintiff seeking to foreclose on a mortgage is required, upon request of the defendant within 90 days of service of the foreclosure summons and complaint, to produce the original mortgage note, evidencing that the plaintiff has the right to foreclose.

L.D. 612, “An Act To Protect Owners of Property in Foreclosure from Accumulation of Debts When Mortgagees Refuse To Complete the Foreclosure Process”: emergency bill, requires owners of foreclosed property who vacate their homes after receiving notice of a foreclosure judgment to notify the attorney representing the mortgagee in the foreclosure and the municipal tax assessor of the municipality where the mortgaged premises are located that they have vacated the property within 30 days of vacating the mortgaged premises.

L.D. 784, “An Act To Impose Penalties for Residential Mortgage Loan Fraud and False Representation Concerning Title”: establishes civil and criminal penalties for those persons engaging in residential mortgage loan fraud and making a false representation concerning title.

L.D. 807, “An Act To Provide Protection to a Condominium Association When a Condominium Is Foreclosed On”: amends the Maine Condominium Act to create a definition of “priority amounts.”

L.D. 851, “An Act To Require the Return of Excess Funds by a Municipality That Forecloses on Real Estate”: requires the municipality, to provide notice of the availability of the excess funds, after subtracting the tax lien, interest, fees for recording the lien, costs of mailing notice, court costs and any other expenses incurred in disposing of the real estate, to the former owner within 30 days of sale of the real estate or 180 days of the foreclosure, whichever is sooner.

L.D. 1116, “An Act To Amend the Attorney’s Fees Provision in Foreclosure Actions”: provides that if the mortgagee does not prevail in a foreclosure action or if the court finds the action was not brought in good faith, then the court must order the mortgagee to pay reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs to the mortgagor.

L.D. 1389, “An Act To Expedite the Foreclosure Process”: allows an employee of a financial institution or credit union who is not an attorney to appear for that institution in connection with a foreclosure action.

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee; public hearings; room 208; Cross Building

L.D. 1354, “An Act To Create the Aging in Place Program”: establishes the Aging in Place Program in the Department of Economic and Community Development to assist low-income seniors with aging in place and establishes the Aging in Place Fund and appropriates money to the fund.

L.D. 1451, “An Act To Require the Membership of the State Workforce Investment Board To Include Representatives of the Local Workforce Investment Boards”: requires that the membership of the State Workforce Investment Board include a representative from each of the local workforce investment boards in this state.

L.D. 1458, “An Act To Enact the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act”: enacts the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act to protect franchisees in the sale and operation of franchise businesses.

L.D. 1482, “An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Franchise Laws”: defines “essential tool”; provides a fair supply and mix of vehicles; and clarifies that when a manufacturer requires a dealer to purchase a special or essential tool a manufacturer may charge only its actual cost for such a tool.

State and Local Government Committee; work sessions; room 214; Cross Building

L.D. 27, “An Act To Enable the Town of Livermore Falls To Withdraw from Androscoggin County and Join Franklin County”:

L.D. 1084, “An Act To Amend the Androscoggin County Charter”:

L.D. 1127, “An Act To Establish Hospital Administrative District No. 5, a Regional Hospital Administrative District in Lincoln County”:

L.D. 1177, “An Act To Implement the Recommendations from the Discontinued and Abandoned Roads Stakeholder Group”:

L.D. 1273, “An Act Pertaining to the Closing of Municipal Roads for Community Use”:

L.D. 1408, “An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Secession by a Municipality from a County”:

Transportation Committee; public hearings; room 126; State House

L.D. 1268, “An Act To Update Driver Education Requirements”: clarifies that an instruction permit may be issued only by the secretary of State; requires that the accompanying driver be at least 25 years of age; and provides that a person under 21 years of age may not apply for a license unless the person has completed 70 hours of driving, including 10 hours of night driving, while accompanied by a parent, guardian or licensed driver at least 25 years of age.

L.D. 1392, “An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws”: removes the provision of law that allows the Secretary of State to issue vanity plates for radio plates as these plates now qualify as vanity plates; changes the headnote for the provision governing antique vehicle plates to “hobbyist registration plates”; and increases the fee for the Purple Heart motorcycle vanity plate to $25. It also clarifies  that the Secretary of State is allowed to receive law enforcement intelligence and investigative information; adopts federal definitions from the federal Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 pertaining to commercial motor vehicle operation; and adds foster relationships to the definition of an immediate family member.

L.D. 1460, “An Act To Update and Clarify the Laws Governing the Operation of Bicycles on Public Roadways”: amends and clarifies the laws regarding bicycles by clarifing current laws and definitions.

L.D. 1464, “An Act To Streamline the Laws Related to Transportation”: affords the Department of Transportation more flexibility to grant exceptions to the prohibition against allowing access to controlled access highways; amends transit-related provisions related to public transportation administration; and directs the Department of Transportation to work with the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Revisor of Statutes to develop recommendations regarding reorganizing or updating.

L.D. 1465, “An Act To Increase Accountability and Efficiency of Independent Entities Involved in Separate Aspects of the State’s Transportation Systems”: proposes to consolidate under one agency those independent agencies and quasi-governmental agencies that are established under state law and that are involved in or manage, control or oversee separate aspects of the state’s transportation systems.

L.D. 1467, “Resolve, To Establish a Demonstration Project To Promote Economic Development in the Forest Products Industry”: requires the commissioner of Transportation to establish a demonstration project in the Town of Ashland for the purpose of demonstrating cost-effective ways of promoting economic development in the forest products industry.

L.D. 1484, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Weight Tolerance for Certain Vehicles”: allows a 4-axle single-unit vehicle registered as a farm truck and hauling potatoes a tolerance weight of 64,000 pounds.

Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee; work sessions; room 437; State House

L.D. 677, “An Act Concerning Postsecondary Tuition Waivers for Children of Veterans”:

L.D. 1088, “An Act To Provide Another Funding Source To Better Maintain Veterans’ Cemeteries”:

L.D. 1104, “An Act Relating to Sales of Lottery Tickets by Convenience Stores”:

L.D. 1355, “An Act To Increase the Monetary Limit for Card Games”:

1:30 p.m.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House

L.D. 1491, “ An Act To Strengthen the Laws Regarding Certain Crimes Committed by a Person in a Position of Authority”: provides that a civil action based upon a sexual act that is committed or engaged in by an actor who has certain authority over the other person may be commenced at any time.

L.D. 1493, “An Act To Revise the Laws Concerning Criminal History Record Information and Intelligence and Investigative Information”: implements the recommendations of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission to revise the criminal history record information laws.

2:30 p.m.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House

L.D. 85, “An Act To Amend the Motor Vehicle Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in the Laws Regarding Operating Under the Influence”:

L.D. 1079, “An Act To Provide for Alternatives for the Courts To Address Settlement of Fines in Certain Cases”:

L.D. 1260, “An Act To Allow Ignition Interlock Devices on Vehicles Operated by First-time Offenders of Operating Under the Influence”:

L.D. 1419, “An Act To Allow a Setoff of a Third-party Bailor’s Property under Certain Conditions”:

L.D. 1433, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Mental Responsibility for Criminal Conduct”:

3:30 p.m.

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

L.D. 886
 

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