March 20, 2013

State House calendar, March 21, 2013


1 p.m.

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

L.D. 367, "An Act To Repeal the Repeal Provision in the Law That Limits the Reduction of State Subsidy for Education": emergency bill; exempts a school administrative unit from a reduction in its state subsidy for failure to raise its required contribution if they have raised the same percentage as the state.

L.D. 409, "An Act To Establish a Veteran-to-farmer Training Pilot Program": requires the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Department of Veterans and Emergency Management to design a pilot program that will enable U.S. military veterans to develop necessary skills in farming while also addressing the difficulties some veterans face in transitioning back to civilian life after military service.

L.D. 595, "An Act To Exempt School Administrative Units That Do Not Directly Serve Children with Disabilities from Certain Reporting Requirements": provides that the Commissioner of Education may not require a school administrative unit to file reports regarding special education if the unit does not operate schools or if special education services for the unit's children with disabilities are provided by another school administrative unit that includes those children in its reports.

L.D. 667, "An Act To Increase Funding to Schools": emergency bill; phases out the proportional share reduction over a 3-year period from fiscal year 2014-15 to fiscal year 2016-17.

L.D. 672, "An Act Relating to Exemption from Immunization for Schoolchildren": requires that a school health care provider give to the parent of a child excepted from immunization requirements information about the benefits and risks of immunization and sign a statement saying the information was provided.

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

L.D. 304, "An Act To Amend the Representation on the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council": on the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council removes the member representing a cellular or wireless service provider and adds a member representing an Internet telecommunications relay service provider.

Environment and Natural Resources Committee; public hearings; room 216; Cross Building

L.D. 470, "An Act Regarding Working Waterfront Projects": exempts working waterfront activities from certain provisions under the Natural Resources Protection Act and provides flexibility under the mandatory shoreland zoning laws for the clearing of land associated with working waterfront activities.

L.D. 596, "An Act To Help Small Businesses and Promote Tourism by Allowing the Construction of a Platform, Walkway or Deck over a River or Marshland": provides that construction of a platform or walkway or deck over a river or marshland may be exempt from the Department of Environmental Protection's rules relative to significant wildlife habitat under certain conditions.

L.D. 642, "An Act To Exempt All-terrain Vehicle Trail Management from Storm Water Management Requirements": exempts from review by the Department of Environmental Protection for a storm water permit a project that involves the development, construction and maintenance of the statewide all-terrain vehicle trails as long as certain criteria are met.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee; work sessions; room 206; Cross Building

L.D. 89, "An Act To Establish a Deadline for Snowmobile Registration": requires that the fee for a resident snowmobile registration and for a nonresident seasonal snowmobile registration be paid on or before December 31st of the year prior the year registration will be in effect and establishes a $20 late fee.

L.D. 172, "An Act To Make Permanent the Reciprocal Agreement between Maine and Other States Regarding a Snowmobile Weekend": makes permanent the reciprocal agreement between Maine and other states regarding a snowmobile weekend.

L.D. 268, "An Act To Improve Snowmobiling in the State": raises the annual registration fee for a snowmobile for a resident and nonresident by $20 and the 3-consecutive-day nonresident registration fee by $7 and dedicates $27 from each registration to the Snowmobile Trail Fund and establishes a nonresident 7-consecutive-day registration for $75.

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