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ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH MAINE LEGISLATURE
SECOND REGULAR SESSION


 

5th Legislative Day

Thursday, January 18, 2018

 

Calling of the House to Order by the Speaker Pro Tem.

 

Prayer by Rabbi Erica Asch, Temple Beth El-Augusta.

 

National Anthem by Alexis Handy, Lewiston.

 

Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Doctor of the day, Rob Hubbs, M.D., Cape Elizabeth.

 

Reading of the Journal of Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

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SENATE PAPERS

 

 

(1-1) The following Joint Resolution: (S.P. 667)

 

 

JOINT RESOLUTION MAKING APPLICATION TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO CALL A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION UNDER ARTICLE V OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO PROPOSE AN AMENDMENT TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION TO RESTORE FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS

 

WHEREAS, the framers of the United States Constitution intended that the Congress of the United States should be "dependent on the people alone"; and

 

WHEREAS, that dependency has evolved from a dependency on the people alone to a dependency on powerful special interests, through campaigns or 3rd‑party groups, that has created a fundamental imbalance in our representative democracy; and

 

WHEREAS, Americans across the political spectrum agree that elections in the United States of America should be free from the disproportional influence of special interests and fair enough that any citizen can be elected to office; and

 

WHEREAS, the Constitution of Maine, Article I, Section 2 states that "all power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit," and the people have an unalienable and indefeasible right to reform the government when desired; and

 

WHEREAS, under the United States Constitution, Article V, the Congress of the United States, whenever two‑thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to the United States Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two‑thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments that, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the United States Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three‑fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three‑fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED: That the Legislature of Maine respectfully applies to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the specific and exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that will permanently protect free and fair elections by addressing concerns about the removal of restrictions on amounts of independent political spending through Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and related cases and events including those occurring long before or afterward or for a substantially similar purpose, and desires that the requested convention should be limited to that purpose; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That this State desires that the delegates to the requested convention be composed equally of individuals currently elected to state and local office or be selected by election in each congressional district for the purpose of serving as delegates and all individuals elected or appointed to federal office, now or in the past, be prohibited from serving as delegates to the requested convention and that the State intends to retain the ability to restrict or expand the power of its delegates within the limits expressed in this paragraph; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That this application by this body constitutes a continuing application in accordance with the United States Constitution, Article V together with similar applications calling for a convention passed in Vermont, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Rhode Island and all other passed, pending and future applications until at least 2/3 of the legislatures of the several states have made similar application pursuant to Article V and the convention is convened by the Congress of the United States; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That this application is void, rescinded and of no effect in the event that such a convention is not limited to such a specific and exclusive purpose; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That the people of the State speaking through its Legislature, and pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, hereby apply to the Congress of the United States to call a convention for the exclusive purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution that will restore free and fair elections as described herein, as soon as 2/3 of the several states have applied for a convention for a similar purpose; and be it further

 

RESOLVED: That suitable copies of this resolution, duly authenticated by the Secretary of State, be transmitted to the Secretary of the Senate and the presiding officers of the houses of the legislature of each of the several states in the nation, the President of the United States, the Speaker and the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, the President and the Secretary of the United States Senate and each member of the Maine Congressional Delegation.

 

 

Comes from the Senate, READ and REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS.

 

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(1-2) Bill "An Act To Provide for In-person Visitation of Incarcerated Persons"

(S.P. 665) (L.D. 1782)

 

Committee on STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY and ordered printed.

 

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COMMUNICATIONS

 

 


 

(2-1) The Following Communication: (H.C. 384)

 

STATE OF MAINE

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SPEAKER'S OFFICE

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

January 18, 2018

 

Honorable Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Clerk Hunt:

 

Pursuant to my authority under House Rule 201.1 (H), I appoint Representative Ralph Chapman of Brooksville to serve as Speaker Pro Tem to convene the House on January 18, 2018.

 

Further, pursuant to my authority under House Rule 201.1 (H), I appoint Representative James S. Gillway of Searsport to serve as Speaker Pro Tem to convene the House on January 23, 2018.

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

 

 

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(2-2) The Following Communication: (H.C. 385)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

January 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the following Joint Standing Committees have voted unanimously to report the following bills out "Ought Not to Pass:"

 

Appropriations and Financial Affairs

L.D. 953 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Biomass Industry (BOND ISSUE)

 

Energy, Utilities and Technology

L.D. 1515 An Act To Reduce Electric Rates for Maine Businesses by Amending the Laws Governing Spending from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund

L.D. 1632 An Act To Establish the Manufacturing Jobs Energy Program

 

Judiciary

L.D. 821 An Act To Enact the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

L.D. 1355 An Act To Ensure the Timely and Proper Completion of Residential Foreclosures

L.D. 1658 An Act To Make Criminal History Record Information Maintained in a Database Confidential

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of House

 

 

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(2-3) The Following Communication: (H.C. 386)

 

STATE OF MAINE

CLERK'S OFFICE

2 STATE HOUSE STATION

AUGUSTA, MAINE 04333-0002

 

January 18, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

Pursuant to Joint Rule 310, the Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has approved the request by Rep. Dunphy of Old Town for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to report the following bill Leave to Withdraw:

 

L.D. 1662 Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 307: Fees for Testing Weighing and Measuring Devices, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (EMERGENCY)

 

 

Sincerely,

 

S/Robert B. Hunt

Clerk of the House

 

 

 

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(2-4) The Following Communication: (S.C. 747)

 

MAINE SENATE

128TH LEGISLATURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

 

January 16, 2018

 

Honorable Sara Gideon

Speaker of the House

2 State House Station

Augusta, Maine 04333

 

Dear Speaker Gideon:

 

In accordance with 3 MRSA 158 and Joint Rule 506 of the 128th Maine Legislature, please be advised that the Senate today confirmed the following nominations:

 

Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development:

        Coleman R. Palmer of Phippsburg for reappointment to the Maine Rural Development Authority, Board of Trustees

        Michael A. Duguay of Waterville for appointment to the Maine Rural Development Authority, Board of Trustees.

 

Best Regards,

 

S/Heather J.R. Priest

Secretary of the Senate

 

 

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PETITIONS, BILLS AND RESOLVES REQUIRING REFERENCE

 

 

(3-1) Bill "An Act To Improve Market Stability for Maine Residents Purchasing Individual Health Insurance Coverage"

(H.P. 1237) (L.D. 1792)

 

Sponsored by Representative LAWRENCE of Eliot.

Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 203.

 

Committee on INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES suggested and ordered printed.

 

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ORDERS

 

(4-1) On motion of Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville, the following House Order: (H.O. 53)

 

ORDERED, that Representative Kathleen R. J. Dillingham of Oxford be excused January 9 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Donna R. Doore of Augusta be excused January 9 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard R. Farnsworth of Portland be excused January 11 for health reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Bradlee Thomas Farrin of Norridgewock be excused January 11 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Aaron M. Frey of Bangor be excused January 16 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Gay M. Grant of Gardiner be excused January 9 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Denise Patricia Harlow of Portland be excused January 9 for health reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Victoria P. Kornfield of Bangor be excused November 6, 2017 for legislative business.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard S. Malaby of Hancock be excused January 3 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Richard A. Pickett of Dixfield be excused January 3 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Heidi H. Sampson of Alfred be excused July 1, 2017 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Timothy S. Theriault of China be excused January 11 for personal reasons.

 

AND BE IT FURTHER ORDERED, that Representative Karen R. Vachon of Scarborough be excused January 9 and 11 for health reasons.

 

 

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SPECIAL SENTIMENT CALENDAR

 

In accordance with House Rule 519 and Joint Rule 213, the following items:

 

Recognizing:

 

(5-1) Aiden Pettengill, of South China, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 479, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 664)

 

 

(5-2) Nolan Murphy, of Seal Cove, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 98, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 665)

 

 

(5-3) Jacob Sanborn, of Sidney, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 401, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(SLS 666)

 

 

(5-4) David H. Bonneau, of Biddeford, a sergeant with the Windham Police Department, who is retiring after over 33 years of service. Sergeant Bonneau served as a motorcycle officer for 20 years and as a detective for 8 years and was the department's physical fitness instructor and defensive tactics instructor for many years. We extend to Sergeant Bonneau our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(SLS 667)

 

 

(5-5) Jason Moen, of Naples, who is retiring after more than 20 years in the firefighting service, including nearly 10 years as Chief of the Casco Fire and Rescue Department. We congratulate Chief Moen and send him our best wishes;

 

(SLS 668)

 

 

(5-6) Matt Murphy, of Corinna, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 63, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. This is the highest award in Boy Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to him on this achievement;

 

(HLS 848)

Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot.

 

 

(5-7) Zach Hartsgrove, of Newport, a senior at Nokomis Regional High School and a player on the boys basketball team, who recently scored his 1,000th career point. We extend to Zach our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 849)

Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

Cosponsored by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot.

 

 

(5-8) Bryce Gilbert, of Guilford, a student at Piscataquis Community High School and a member of the boys basketball team, who recently scored his 1,000th career point. We extend to Bryce our congratulations and best wishes;

 

(HLS 850)

Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.

Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis.

 

 

 

 

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REPORTS OF COMMITTEE

 

Refer to the Committee on Marine Resources
Pursuant to Statute

 

(6-1) Representative KUMIEGA for the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources on Bill "An Act To Continue the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative"

(H.P. 1236) (L.D. 1791)

 

Reporting that it be REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 6455, subsection 8.

 

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ORDERS OF THE DAY

HOUSE CALENDAR
THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 2018

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

 

The following matters, in the consideration of which the House was engaged at the time of adjournment, have preference in the Orders of the Day and continue with such preference until disposed of as provided by House Rule 502.

 

 

1. Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist in the Commercialization of Maine Products and Services"

(S.P. 568) (L.D. 1613)
(H. "A" H-565 to C. "A" S-335)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-335) AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT "A" (S-339) thereto.

- CARRIED OVER to any special or regular session, or both, of the 128th Legislature, pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1138 on August 2, 2017.

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Bill "An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for a Program of Student Debt Cancellation and Refinancing"

(S.P. 384) (L.D. 1163)
(C. "A" S-336)

 

- In Senate, PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY COMMITTEE AMENDMENT "A" (S-336).

- CARRIED OVER to any special or regular session, or both, of the 128th Legislature, pursuant to Joint Order H.P. 1138 on August 2, 2017.

TABLED - July 20, 2017 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - PASSAGE TO BE ENGROSSED.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Bill "An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals Who Are Not Physicians To Perform Abortions"

(H.P. 1217) (L.D. 1763)

 

(Committee on JUDICIARY suggested)

TABLED - January 3, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative FREDETTE of Newport.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

4. Expression of Legislative Sentiment Recognizing Cameron Croft, of Sidney

(HLS 837)

 

TABLED - January 3, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative PERKINS of Oakland.

PENDING - PASSAGE.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Bill "An Act To Transfer Funds to the Maine Clean Election Fund To Provide Adequate Funding for Maine Clean Election Fund Candidates"

(H.P. 1226) (L.D. 1780)

 

(Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS suggested)

TABLED - January 9, 2018 (Till Later Today) by Representative HERBIG of Belfast.

PENDING - REFERENCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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STATUTORY ADJOURNMENT DATE April 18, 2018

 

State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

 

(1-1) The following Joint Order: (S.P. 670)

 

 

ORDERED, the House concurring, that when the Senate and House adjourn, they do so until Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10:00 in the morning.

 

 

Comes from the Senate, READ and PASSED.

 

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State of Maine
House of Representatives
128th Legislature
Second Regular Session
HOUSE ADVANCE JOURNAL AND CALENDAR

http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/house/hcalfr.htm

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SUPPLEMENT NO. 2

 

SENATE PAPERS

 

(1-1) Bill "An Act To Ensure Propane Delivery during Emergencies" (EMERGENCY)

(S.P. 671) (L.D. 1793)

 

Committee on LABOR, COMMERCE, RESEARCH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT suggested and ordered printed.

 

 

Comes from the Senate, REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY and ordered printed.

 

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