Politics

March 26, 2013

State House calendar, March 27, 2013

STAFF REPORTS

1 p.m.

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

L.D. 926, "An Act To Increase the Penalty for an Adult Who Provides Alcohol to a Minor Involved in a Fatal Accident": makes the furnishing liquor to a minor a class B crime if the liquor causes the death of the minor or another individual.

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

L.D. 422, "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Franco-Americans": requires the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System to establish a working group to study and develop a strategy to increase enrollment and graduation rates for first-generation college students who are Maine residents and report annually.

L.D. 715, "An Act To Improve Access to Career and Technical Schools": provides for the reimbursement by the State of the actual transportation costs for career and technical education students who reside in a school administrative unit that is determined to be an isolated small unit by the following fiscal year for the actual transportation costs for career and technical education students incurred in a fiscal year.

L.D. 772, "An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force on Franco-Americans Regarding the Reporting of Franco-American Ethnicity Data": requires the superintendent of each school administrative unit and the administrator of each private school to report to the Commissioner of Education the number of Franco-American students in their schools.

L.D. 773, "Resolve, To Enhance the Study of Franco-American History in Schools": directs the commissioner of Education to include Franco-American studies in the content standards for teaching social studies in Maine and adds $25,000 for this purpose.

L.D. 821, "An Act To Allocate the Balance of Funds Not Expended by the Task Force on Franco-Americans": emergency bill; authorizes the executive director of the Legislative Council to retain and expand $300 in the Task Force on Franco-Americans funding for Franco-American Day and requires the executive director of the Legislative Council to pay $1,110.50, the funds contributed by outside sources for the Franco-Amreican task force but no used, to the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine by Nov. 1.

L.D. 822, "An Act To Establish a Program To Invite Legislators To Visit Public School Classrooms": establishes the second week in April as a special week in which schools are encouraged to invite Legislators to visit to promote increased knowledge among students of the legislative process and to improve citizen interest and participation in the legislative process.

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

L.D. 795, "An Act To Amend the Net Energy Billing Program To Allow Participation by Certain Municipal Entities": allows a municipal or quasi-municipal entity with a renewable energy facility that generates no more than 800 kilowatts to participate in the net energy billing program.

L.D. 796, "Resolve, To Enhance Economic Development by Encouraging Businesses Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly": establishes a stakeholder group to identify barriers to and incentives for the direct purchase of electricity by businesses adjacent to electricity-generating facilities with the intent that direct purchasing of electricity will decrease the total electricity costs to businesses and details the membership of the stakeholders and requires them to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by Jan. 15, 2014.

L.D. 894, "An Act To Provide Customers with Itemized Bills": requires each provider of cable TV, phone or Internet services to provide to each of its customers by mail an itemized bill that includes an explanation of all charges, fees and taxes.

L.D. 927, "An Act To Further Energy Independence for the State": requires the Governor's Energy Office to draft a new comprehensive state energy plan, the Department of Environmental Protection to draft a new climate action plan and encourages and sometimes requires consultation between the Governor's Energy Office, the Efficiency Maine Trust, the Department of Environmental Protection, the joint standing committee on natural resources matters and the joint standing on energy matters in the drafting of the plans or reporting out of legislation in response to the plans.

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