State and Local Government Committee; public hearings; room 214; Cross Building L.D. 339, “An Act To Require Public Hearings by the Legislature To Be Recorded and Posted on the Internet”: This bill requires that all joint standing committee public hearings are recorded and made accessible to the public as a written transcript, audio recording, video recording or other electronic recording on the Legislature's website within 72 hours of a public hearing beginning Jan. 1, 2014. L.D. 474, “An Act To Require Edible Landscaping in a Portion of Capitol Park”: This bill requires edible landscaping in a portion of Capitol Park that is subject to available funding. L.D. 558, “Resolve, To Erect a State Monument to Franco-Americans”: This resolve directs the Capitol Planning Commission to raise and maintain a monument to men and women of Franco-American heritage in the State and allows the commission to accept gifts and private contributions for this purpose. L.D. 560, “An Act To Establish Maine Seniors Day”: This bill establishes the 2nd Saturday in September of each year as Maine Seniors Day to honor senior citizens of the State. 10 a.m.Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House L.D. 122, “An Act To Provide Assistance to Municipalities Recovering from a Municipally Significant Disaster”: Authorizes the Governor to declare municipally significant disaster cases, the municipality and the State must work together to figure out the estimated cost of the damage where the two may then enter into a cost-sharing agreement with the affected municipality and its neighbors coming from the Disaster Relief Fund. L.D. 296, “An Act To Equalize the Fire Investigation and Prevention Tax Paid by Insurers”: This bill requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to determine every 5 years the basis percentage of fire risk and requires that fire insurance companies and associations pay the established percentage to ensure everyone collects and pays the same rate for fire insurance. L.D. 326, “An Act To Update the Maine Emergency Management Laws”: Includes the coordination of homeland security for the Maine Emergency Management Act; defines homeland security and terrorism; adds training, planning and maintenance of the State Emergency Operations Center to the duties of the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency; designates the Commissioner of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management as the Governor’s homeland security adviser; changes the name of the Disaster Relief Fund to the Disaster Recovery Fund; provides that emergency management forces from the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and the International Emergency Management Assistance Compact are considered state employees; changes dam hazard evaluation to once every 12 years and the time frame for hazard evaluations to within 60 days of request; and changes dam inspection to once every six years. L.D. 502, “An Act To Allow County Jails To Apply Savings to Debt Service without a Reduction in State Payments”: This bill allows the county jails to apply savings from the county's correctional budget to jail debt service without a reduction in payments from the State Board of Corrections. Educational and Cultural Affairs Committee; work sessions; room 202; Cross Building L.D. 34, “An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee and the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability Regarding Child Development Services”: Requires the director of Early Childhood Special Education to report annually by Feb. 15 to the Joint Standing Committee of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the committee dealing with appropriations and financial affairs. The report must be accessible on a public website and must include the financials, the services provided, office resources, statistics and analysis of their performance, description of how they coordinate with other entities and current trends and challenges. Also requires publishing or reporting a monthly budget.