Thursday, June 20, 2013
Health and Human Services Committee; work sessions; room 209; Cross Building
L.D. 197, "An Act To Permit Nurse Practitioners To Perform the Functions of School Physicians": Allows a family or pediatric nurse practitioner to serve as a health care provider in a school.
L.D. 257, "An Act To Protect Newborns Exposed to Drugs or Alcohol": Once a health care provider has notified the Department of Health and Human Services of an infant from birth to 12 months of prenatal alcohol or drug exposure, DHHS must prepare a plan for the safe care of the infant. Repeals the requirement that the department investigate every notification for abuse or neglect.
L.D. 276, "Resolve, To Improve Access to Oral Health Care for MaineCare Recipients": Increases MaineCare dental reimbursement rates for 20 preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental procedures to the 10th percentile.
L.D. 305, "An Act To Eliminate Institute Councils for Mental Health Institutions": Repeals the laws establishing institute councils for the Riverview Psychiatric Center and Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center. L.D. 386, "An Act To Reduce Tobacco-related Illness and Lower Health Care Costs in MaineCare": This emergency bill requires tobacco cessation treatment for MaineCare members who are adults or are pregnant without copayments, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to pursue federal reimbursement for the cost of coverage.
L.D. 390, "An Act To Restore MaineCare Coverage for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services": This emergency bill restores funding for MaineCare coverage for ambulatory surgical center services.
Marine Resources Committee; public hearings; room 206; Cross Building
L.D. 182, "An Act To Support the Maine Lobster Industry": Adds $1 million to the Lobster Promotion Council for this fiscial year.
L.D. 469, "An Act To Allow the Commissioner of Marine Resources To Investigate Price Fixing of Lobster": This emergency bill authroizes the commissioner of Marine Resources to investigate lobster price fixing and requires the Attorney General to help at the request of the commissioner.
L.D. 486, "An Act To Provide for the Effective Marketing and Promotion of Maine Lobster": Increases the surcharged on harvester and dealer licenses, changes the criteria for membership on the Lobster Promotion Council and requires the council to report annually to the joint standing committee, the Lobster Advisory Council and the lobster industry.
State and Local Government Committee; work sessions; room 214; Cross Building
L.D. 155, "An Act To Streamline the Approval of Accessibility Structures": This emergency bill allows a code enforcement officer to grant all permits to build a disability ramp, including any structure that requires a variance.
L.D. 340, "Resolve, Authorizing the Sale of Certain Property in Augusta to Motivational Services, Inc.": Gives the commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services authority to sell Motivational Services Inc. building located at 6 and 10 Arsenal Heights Drive on the east campus of the Augusta Mental Health Institute.
L.D. 357, "An Act To Amend the Charter of the Augusta Parking District": Repeals the provision requiring the dissolution of conveyance of assets to the city of Augusta upon payment of all bonds issued to the district.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House
L.D. 190, "An Act To Provide a Ten Percent Discount to Persons Charged with a Traffic Infraction Who Pay Fines by Waiver": If a person files a written answer to the judicial branch's violations bureau that does not contest a traffic infraction, the fine is reduced by 10%.
L.D. 192, "An Act To Allow Consideration of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder at Sentencing in a Criminal Case": Allows a court to consider as a mitigating factor in sentencing a person convicted of a crime, that the person suffers from the condition of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, the person was exposed to alcohol in the womb resulting in impaired brain function.
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