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Representative Allison Hepler [Democrat]
Woolwich ~ District 53

Towns in District: Arrowsic, Dresden, Georgetown, Phippsburg, part of Richmond and Woolwich

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Marine Resources

✉ Allison.Hepler@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 417 Montsweag Road
Woolwich, Maine 04579


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20198 of 10Maine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20197 of 7Maine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 201910 of 10AFL-CIO, 2019
Maine Women's Lobby, 20196 of 7, 1 unexcused absenceMaine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20196 of 6Planned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Firearms Control, 20193 of 7This website, see below for roll calls included.

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Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Representative's vote
16 LD 179 An Act to Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
250 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require that Signatures on a Direct Initiative Come from Each Congressional District Final Passage as a Constitutional Amendment (requires 2/3 of membership) Nay Yea
272 LD 308 An Act to Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Reconsider passage after Governor's veto Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act to Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
278 LD 420 An Act to Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Yea
70 LD 820 An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
237 LD 949 An Act to Prevent Overdose Deaths Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act to Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act to Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act to Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 8 votes, 80 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Representative's vote
37 LD 289 An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
293 LD 1494 An Act to Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
157 LD 1532 An Act to Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-392 Yea Yea
209 LD 1679 An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council Enact as an Emergency measure (2/3 of members required) Yea Yea
282 LD 1711 An Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Yea
208 LD 1775 An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact Yea Yea
329 LD 1851 An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact as a bond issue (requires 2/3 present) Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 7 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Representative's vote
227 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
111 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
120 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
206 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Enact LD 1524 as amended by Commitee amendment S-203 Yea Yea
195 LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations Enact LD 1560 as amended by Committee amendment S-192 as an emergency measure Yea Yea
156 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Yea
190 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 10 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
28 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Absent
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
80 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 6 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
153 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Enact LD 1580 as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 4 votes, agreed on 4 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
204 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
211 LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Yea
252 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
253 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Yea
296 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-285 Yea Nay
235 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
315 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hepler: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 3 votes, 43 percent agreement
LD 297 An Act To Strengthen Brain Injury Resources for Underserved Populations, Including Opioid Overdose Brain Injury Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-134, Enacted, Signed into law, June 27, 2019
LD 297
This bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with organizations representing individuals with a brain injury and their families, bringing together state and national expertise to provide core brain injury support for underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Amendment H-134
This amendment adds victims of domestic violence to the list of underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt rules rather than being required to adopt rules.

LD 297 Chaptered Law
LD 297 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 977
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

Amendment H-621
This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

LD 1238 An Act To Exempt Certain Print Publications from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-330, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1238
This bill expands the sales tax exemption for free publications to also apply to printed publications, including daily newspapers, that are issued at least once every 7 days, on average.

Amendment H-330
This amendment removes language from the bill that changes the definition of "publication" to retain the minimum average publication interval of 3 months, as found in the current law, required for a publication to qualify for the exemption.

LD 1238 Amendment H-330 fiscal note
LD 1876 Resolve, To Name Bridge 3880 in the Town of Dresden the Veterans Memorial Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, House accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass, and engrossed, February 25, 2020, Senate action pending
LD 1876
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to name Bridge 3880 in the Town of Dresden the Veterans Memorial Bridge.

LD 1882 An Act To Provide Noncommercial Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses and Scallop Licenses to Disabled Veterans at No Cost Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-672, engrossed and enacted, February 25, 2020, Governor's action pending
LD 1882
This bill allows a resident disabled veteran to obtain upon application, at no cost, a noncommercial lobster and crab fishing license or a noncommercial scallop license.

Amendment H-672
This amendment replaces the bill. It clarifies that a qualified resident disabled veteran may obtain a noncommercial lobster and crab fishing license or a noncommercial scallop license at no cost, and it adds reservists to the definition of "qualified resident disabled veteran." It also exempts a qualified resident disabled veteran from paying the scallop license surcharge that is assessed on a noncommercial scallop license.

LD 1882 Amendment H-672 fiscal note
LD 1883 An Act Regarding the Recommendations of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program Concerning the Membership of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1883
This bill expands the membership of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council who are persons with acquired brain injury or family caregivers to 50% of the voting membership of the council and adds representatives from the long-term care ombudsman program, an aging and disability resource center and a center for independent living.

LD 1883 Chaptered Law
LD 1883 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 3 An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 3
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 28 An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, House accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-686 and engrossed, February 25, 2020, Senate action pending
LD 28
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.

Amendment H-686
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve and changes the title. It requires the Department of Marine Resources to provide the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over marine resources matters with a report that evaluates the limited-entry zone system by February 15, 2021. It requires the department to examine the long waiting period for entry to fish in a limited-entry zone. This amendment requires the department, in examining the waiting list, to consider several factors, including, but not limited to, the current biological status of the fishery, current exit-to-entry ratios in each limited-entry zone, latency of licenses and trap tags and the current policy for student lobster and crab fishing licenses. It requires the department to revisit the recommendations made in the report prepared for the department by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute pursuant to Resolve 2011, chapter 62. It requires the department to make recommendations regarding the long waiting period for entry into a limited-entry zone. It also requires the department to account for possible new federal regulations to address protections for endangered right whales when making any recommendations. Lastly, this amendment authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over marine resources matters to report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 28 Amendment H-686 fiscal note
LD 101 An Act To Reestablish the Pesticide Notification Registry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 101
This bill reestablishes the law, which was repealed by Public Law 2011, chapter 332, governing the development and maintenance of a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that they receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides near their properties.

LD 103 An Act To Ensure the Integrity of For-profit Colleges and Universities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-83, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 103
This bill requires annual review of for-profit colleges by the State Board of Education to ensure that they are meeting adequate educational standards. If the board finds that a for-profit college is not meeting the standards, the board may terminate the degree-granting authority of the for-profit college.

Amendment S-83
This amendment, which is the majority report, clarifies that the bill applies to for-profit universities as well as colleges and expands the definition of "for-profit college or university" to include a postsecondary institution that is regulated by the Department of Education or the State Board of Education, is eligible to participate in federal student aid programs and is operated by a private, for-profit business. The amendment requires the Commissioner of Education, instead of the State Board of Education, to review a for-profit college or university and adds a requirement that student support services, including the process by which student complaints are handled, be reviewed by the Commissioner of Education to determine whether adequate educational standards are being met by a for-profit college or university.

LD 103 Chaptered Law
LD 103 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 109 An Act To Create a Public Health Insurance Option Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 109
This bill makes any legally domiciled resident of the State eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons. The bill permits any resident enrolling in coverage under this provision to do so during an open enrollment period.

The bill also adds a reporting requirement to track the experience of those persons enrolling in coverage under the group health plan and the relative effect of that experience on the overall costs of the group health plan.

LD 174 An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 174
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.

LD 178 An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held February 19, 2020
LD 178
Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020; 55% from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; 60% from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; 65% from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023; 70% from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024; 75% from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025; 80% from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026; 85% from July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2027; and 90% after June 30, 2027. It also removes some outdated language and the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.

LD 227 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Review the State's Public Health Infrastructure Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Amended by Committee amendment H-667, Finally passed, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 227
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the State's public health infrastructure by:

  • 1. Identifying community-level geographic regions where essential public health services, including competent and qualified comprehensive community health coalitions, can be funded equitably;
  • 2. Ensuring that basic and essential public health services be delivered in each public health district and tribal health district;
  • 3. Identifying emerging nonclinical public health workers, including community health workers, community paramedics, recovery coaches and resiliency coaches, who can strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery;
  • 4. Facilitating, when possible, the integration and collaboration of public and private public health professionals with public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals; and
  • 5. Enabling the operation of public health professionals, public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals as a cohesive and coordinated public health team to improve the visibility and understanding of public health among Maine children and adults.


Amendment H-667
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to review, with stakeholder input, the State’s public health infrastructure and develop recommendations to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery and to submit a report with those recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 1, 2021. The committee may report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature related to the recommendations of the report.

LD 227 Chaptered Law
LD 227 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 231 An Act To Improve Public Health by Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 6, 2020
LD 231
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase federal funding to improve the State's public health outcomes and workforce by designating the Maine Public Health Institute within the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service as an agent of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of applying for federal funds to support public health research and programming. To provide guidance to the Maine Public Health Institute in carrying out this duty, this bill would establish an advisory board composed of officials from the department, including the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and representatives of statewide public health organizations and care providers. The bill would require that the Maine Public Health Institute report every 2 years to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.

LD 289 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-49 and House amendment H-55, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 289
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.

Amendment H-49
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill, repeals the existing law regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers and enacts a new provision of law regarding disposable food service containers. Under the amendment, beginning January 1, 2021, a food establishment is prohibited, subject to certain exemptions, from processing, preparing, selling or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The amendment also:
  • 1. Excludes from the definition of disposable food service container polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests that are used for the processing or shipping of seafood;
  • 2. Adds sleeves and stirrers to the definition of service ware;
  • 3. Excludes from the definition of food establishment hospitals licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 405 and so-called meals on wheels establishments funded in whole or in part directly or indirectly by the Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • 4. Incorporates from the existing law, which was repealed in the amendment, regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers certain definitions, a penalty provision and a prohibition on the use of plastic beverage stirrers by food establishments providing or serving beverages at a facility or function of the State or of a political subdivision.


Amendment H-55
This amendment replaces the term food establishment with the term covered establishment.

LD 289 Chaptered Law
LD 289 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 340 An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 340
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-70
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.

LD 340 Chaptered Law
LD 340 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 347 An Act To Provide Sustainable Funding for Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide ongoing funding for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure statewide, including, but not limited to, funding to support the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-H.

Amendment H-206
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment does the following:

  • 1. It amends the law governing the use of the Liquor Operation Revenue Fund after all liquor operation revenue bonds and any ancillary obligations secured by the fund have been retired to provide additional funding for water and wastewater infrastructure. Specifically, while current law provides a maximum of 15% of funds available after retirement of the bonds be used for matching funds for federal programs for drinking water and wastewater systems, the amendment provides 30% of funds after bond retirement be designated for drinking water and wastewater purposes. The amendment divides the 30% between drinking water and wastewater at 45% and 55% respectively. For both drinking water and wastewater the amendment provides the funds first be used for the state match for federal funds for revolving loans.
  • 2. It amends the law governing the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund and the Maine Clean Water Fund to allow the funds to be used to provide assistance for capital investment in private and commercial wastewater systems.


LD 347 Chaptered Law
LD 347 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 372 An Act To Increase the Safety of Municipal Residents by Allowing Municipalities To Address Downed Wires in Extended Power Outages Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-171, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 372
This bill allows a municipality, in the event of a power outage of 5 or more days, to hire appropriately licensed professionals to address power, telephone and similar lines that have been felled by weather events and that are preventing access to roadways within the municipality. It allows a municipality to apply to receive compensation from the local electric utility, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency or another funding source.

Amendment H-171
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes requirements for an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to establish emergency response plans for recovery and restoration in response to an event where widespread outages have occurred due to weather events or other causes beyond the utility's control. It requires that the prioritization process under the plan follow the statewide comprehensive emergency management plan and include consideration of steps to ensure safety of electric facilities, road opening and service restoration. The amendment requires the plan to detail a coordinated approach that includes: priorities for emergency response and service restoration, staffing, communication and coordination with emergency management agencies, customer communications, resource deployment and safety.
br>The amendment requires each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to file the plan with the Public Utilities Commission on a biannual basis and to provide a copy of the plan to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency. The amendment allows the commission to designate portions of the emergency response plan as confidential through the issuance of a protective order.

The amendment also authorizes the commission to open an investigation to review the emergency response performance of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility after an emergency event. If the commission, through investigation, finds that the utility failed to implement its emergency response plan in a prudent manner, the commission is required to take action to remedy the failure, which may include denying the recovery through rates of the costs of emergency response and service restoration.

Finally, the amendment requires the commission to include in its annual report to the Legislature information regarding its activities and the performance of investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities in relation to emergency response plans.

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 408 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan for Neurobehavioral Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-471, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 408
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide by September 1, 2020 16 new neurobehavioral beds in one or more neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term evaluation and treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment in either the community or a long-term care facility.

Amendment H-471
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new neurobehavioral beds in the State to serve individuals with brain injury and accompanying significant behavioral challenges who need short-term treatment for no longer than one year before transitioning to a long-term care environment. These individuals must be unable to be served appropriately in the community or in a nursing facility lacking specialized neurobehavioral services but must not need hospitalization. The department shall submit a report with the plan, together with any necessary legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 408 Chaptered Law
LD 408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 428 An Act To Establish Wage and Employment Parity between Adult and Child Protective Services Caseworkers in the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services, both chambers accepted Minority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-139 and adopted House amendment H-549, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 428
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to new employees engaged in adult protective services. It requires the number of supervisory positions in adult protective services and child protective services to be identical. It provides funding for the recruitment and retention of employees in Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions and Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions with a $5 per wage-hour stipend payment.

Amendment H-139
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, amends the bill to require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to any employee engaged in adult protective services instead of to only new employees. It clarifies that it is the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers, instead of the number of supervisors, that must be identical in adult protective services and child protective services. The amendment also provides that Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions receive a $1 per wage-hour stipend for employees holding or obtaining a relevant master's degree. It provides that the $5 per wage-hour stipend payment and $1 per wage-hour stipend payment authorized for Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions must be considered part of those employees' base pay for purposes of transfers, promotions, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases and collectively bargained wage increases. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment H-549
This amendment removes language requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to new employees and removes language regarding the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers. It provides funding to support the recruitment and retention of certain employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services with a stipend payment of up to $5 per wage-hour and an additional $1 per wage-hour stipend payment for employees holding a relevant master's degree.

LD 428 Amendment H-139 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

Amendment H-230
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 587 An Act To Require Career Options Education for High School Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 587
This bill makes career and education development a required one-semester course to receive a high school diploma.

LD 590 An Act To Promote Climate Resiliency Measures To Protect Beaches and Near-shore Infrastructure Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 590
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to provide flexibility in the regulation of development near the shore. The purpose of the bill is to encourage the development of creative approaches to protect beaches and critical near-shore infrastructure threatened by sea level rise and storm damage.

LD 614 An Act To Increase Electric Vehicles in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-300, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 614
This bill establishes an electric vehicle rebate program to be administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust that, beginning July 1, 2020, allows a person who purchases or leases an eligible battery electric vehicle to apply for and, as resources allow, receive a direct rebate of $2,500 if the person meets certain eligibility criteria. The bill also provides a General Fund appropriation of $500,000 to support the direct rebates to be made available under the program.

Amendment H-300
This amendment makes the following changes to the electric vehicle rebate program and the associated fund established in the bill:
  • 1. Adds plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the definition of eligible electric vehicle;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that an eligible vehicle be a "new" vehicle;
  • 3. Limits the $50,000 cap on the manufacturer's suggested retail price to vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less;
  • 4. Removes the program start date of July 1, 2020;
  • 5. Removes the fixed rebate amount of $2,500 and instead requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to determine the rebate amount, which may vary by the size of the vehicle battery. It also permits the trust to establish different rebate amounts to provide opportunities for participation in the program across different customer groups and geographic areas;
  • 6. Revises the eligibility criteria regarding registration of a vehicle in the State;
  • 7. Adds language to specify that the trust may set limits on the number of rebates per person or per vehicle;
  • 8. Removes the provision of the bill that provides a $500,000 General Fund appropriation to the Electric Vehicle Rebate Fund; and
  • 9. Establishes the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Fund, administered by Efficiency Maine Trust, to increase the availability and effectiveness of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State.


LD 614 Chaptered Law
LD 614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 620 An Act Regarding Licensing of Land-based Aquaculture Facilities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 620
This bill amends the law allowing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to refuse to issue a land-based aquaculture license, or revoke an existing license, when the aquaculture activity presents an unreasonable risk to indigenous marine or freshwater life or its environment and specifies that the activity is either alone in the use of a body of water in combination with the aquaculture activity of any other land-based aquaculture operations using the same body of water.

LD 629 An Act To Ensure a Seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council Is Held by a Person with a Background and Credentials in a Field of Marine Science Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 629
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to ensure that a seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council is held by a member who has a demonstrated knowledge of a marine science and, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a field of marine science.

LD 643 An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 643
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the State Entomologist, to identify pests, such as browntail moths and ticks, in this State that pose a risk of significant harm to human health, and to undertake measures to manage those pests.

The bill also establishes the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to provide funds to municipalities severely infested with harmful pests, to be used in mitigating the infestations. It also provides $500,000 to the fund.

LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, Tabled in the House pending Final passage, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

Amendment H-430
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

Amendment H-541
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
  • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 879 An Act To Decrease the Risk of the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 879
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to develop a risk assessment tool to evaluate the economic and environmental risks associated with public access, including the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments, on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants. It requires the commissioner to utilize the risk assessment tool before the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments and when making decisions regarding public access on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants.

LD 887 An Act To Improve the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 887
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit to $2,000 for resident individuals, regardless of age. Current law provides a maximum credit of $750 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and $1,200 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older. This bill also removes the inclusion of benefits received under the federal Social Security Act and railroad retirement benefits from being included as income for purposes of determining the credit.

The credit is fully refundable after the application of nonrefundable credits.

LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.

It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.

Amendment H-425
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to clarify the prohibition on oil or natural gas exploration, development or production activities as follows.

  • 1. It amends certain definitions to more clearly delineate the activities regulated and to specify that the transfer of oil or natural gas resources to or from the waters of the State, including both on-loading and offloading of oil or natural gas resources between an oil terminal facility and a vessel or between vessels, is not prohibited under the bill.
  • 2. It removes language specifically prohibiting exploration, development or production activities that may adversely affect the waters of the State.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 957 An Act To Increase the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 957
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit from $750 to $1,000 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and from $1,200 to $1,500 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older and decreases the threshold from 6% to 5% of the resident individual's income for purposes of calculating the credit.

LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1059 An Act To Authorize the Establishment of an Apprentice License for the Maine Scallop Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-114, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1059
This bill allows the Department of Marine Resources to establish by rule an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery that includes an apprentice license allowing an apprentice to engage in dragging for scallops under the supervision of a scallop dragging license holder. It sets the apprentice license fee at $250 and creates a $250 license surcharge for a scallop dragger to sponsor an apprentice. It limits participation to residents and makes 18 years of age the minimum age to participate as an apprentice. It also changes rules to implement the scallop license limited entry system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.

Amendment H-114
This amendment specifies that license fees collected for an apprentice scallop dragging license are to be deposited into the Scallop Research Fund and it clarifies that the fund may be used for the administrative costs associated with an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1059 Chaptered Law
LD 1059 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1070 An Act To Reduce the Number of Domestic Assaults and Suicides By Increasing the Tax on Alcohol Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1070
This bill, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on the sale of liquor sold in establishments for consumption on or off premises.

LD 1073 Resolve, To Implement an Intensive Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in the Midcoast Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-475, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1073
This resolve establishes an intensive drug treatment court 2-year pilot project in the midcoast area of the State to be operational no later than November 1, 2019. The pilot project will serve 10 participants who meet the requirements for participation in drug court programs. The support services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services under the pilot project are more intensive than those provided to current participants in drug court programs. The department is required to provide an interim report on implementation and a final report that includes the results of an independent evaluation of the project.

Amendment H-475
This amendment revises the number of participants in the pilot project from 10 to 25. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1073 fiscal note
LD 1073 Amendment H-475 fiscal note
LD 1141 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Construct the Merrymeeting Trail from Topsham to Gardiner Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held February 20, 2020
LD 1141
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct a recreational trail, to be known as the Merrymeeting Trail, along the existing railroad corridor owned by the department from the Town of Topsham to the City of Gardiner.

LD 1148 An Act Regarding the Costs Incurred by Municipalities in the Administration of Aquaculture Lease and License Applications Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-123, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1148
This bill allows a municipality to charge a reasonable fee to a person granted a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease on or under coastal waters to pay for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease.

Amendment H-123
This amendment changes the title and replaces the bill. The amendment specifies that a municipality may not charge a person applying for an aquaculture lease or license a fee of more than $50 for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease or license application.

LD 1148 Chaptered Law
LD 1148 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1170 An Act To Raise the Floor of State Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1170
This bill changes the formula for determining the minimum state allocation for a school administrative unit to be the unit's total cost of education, as adjusted, multiplied by 15% or the unit's special education costs, as adjusted, whichever is greater. This bill also guarantees a member municipality a minimum state contribution of 15% of the municipality's total cost of education, as adjusted, and requires the funds to be paid to the school administrative unit and deducted from the municipality's required contribution.

LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1178 An Act To Address the Needs of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-410, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1178
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a home and community-based waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services to children up to 21 years of age with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Services must be provided according to a care plan process that requires participation by the child's family. The care plan must address safety as the highest priority. The care plan must address the child's developmental, mental health, emotional, social, educational and physical needs in the least restrictive environment. Services must be clinically appropriate, be provided in a location as close to the child's home as possible, be provided in a timely manner and promote early identification and intervention. The department is directed to apply for the waiver no later than January 1, 2020. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules within 6 months. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-410
This amendment removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to request a waiver pursuant to Section 1915(c) of the United States Social Security Act for services to children with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and allows the department to apply for any waiver or state plan amendment that would accomplish this purpose. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1178 fiscal note
LD 1178 Amendment H-410 fiscal note
LD 1192 An Act To Establish Municipal Access to Utility Poles Located in Municipal Rights-of-way Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-69, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1192
This bill amends the utilities laws to provide access by municipalities to facilities located in the municipal right-of-way in the interest of public health, safety and welfare. The bill also establishes the preservation of space for municipal attachments to shared-use poles by exempting municipalities from expenses assessed by joint use entities when the attachment is made for any purpose.

Amendment S-69
The amendment changes the provision in the bill that exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities to a shared-used pole for any purpose. The amendment instead exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities for a governmental purpose consistent with the police power of the municipality or for the purpose of providing broadband service to an unserved or underserved area.

LD 1192 Chaptered Law
LD 1192 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1224 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Address Changes in Sea Level, Geospatial Data Acquisition by Communities and the Increase in Ocean Acidity Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1224
This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds.
  • 1. Part A of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels.
  • 2. Part B of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $6,000,000, to be used to provide partnership funds and matching grants for geospatial data acquisition to communities that are creating or improving digital parcel maps to accurately identify existing boundaries and land use, identify potential community development areas and protect environmental resources.
  • 3. Part C of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $3,000,000, to be used to collect data, monitor waterways and perform tests related to the known increasing ocean acidity along the Maine coast and its impact on natural wildlife and commercially important species in Maine waters, such as lobsters and clams.


LD 1234 An Act To Expand the Value of the Homestead Exemption to $25,000 and State Reimbursement to 100 Percent of Lost Property Tax Revenue Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-482, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1234
This bill increases for property tax years beginning April 1, 2020 the value of the homestead exemption benefit under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $20,000 to $25,000 and increases the state reimbursement for the lost property tax revenue from 62.5% to 100%. The bill also provides that the property tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

Amendment H-482
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes to 70% the percentage of state reimbursement of lost property tax revenue due to the increase in the homestead exemption in the bill. It also removes from the bill the provision that the tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1234 Amendment H-482 fiscal note
LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-413 and House amendment H-460, Enacted, Signed into law, June 17, 2019
LD 1282
This bill does the following.

Part A requires competitive electricity providers to demonstrate, by 2040, that their portfolios of supply sources for retail electricity sales in this State are 80% accounted for by renewable resources. It also amends the State's goals for long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Part B creates the Task Force for a Green New Deal, which consists of 11 members including representatives of State Government, climate science, renewable energy, youth, labor and business. The task force is charged with creating a plan to advance environmental sustainability, renewable energy and economic growth for the State. The plan must include, but is not limited to, a renewable resources strategy to achieve 80% reliance on renewable resources for electricity supply by 2040; a job training strategy, including a training program to prepare workers for green jobs; and a residential energy strategy that provides incentives for installation of solar energy systems and heat pumps. The task force is required to submit a report on its plan by January 15, 2020 to the Governor, the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Part C requires the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust to submit a report by January 1, 2020 that includes draft legislation to establish a virtual net metering program to encourage installation of solar photovoltaic energy systems on public school buildings.

Part D creates the Commission on a Just Transition to a Low-carbon Economy. The commission includes 13 members. The purpose of the commission is to ensure that the State's transition to a low-carbon economy benefits all residents fairly and equitably. The commission is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature.

Amendment H-413
This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

  • 1. Requires construction employers constructing grid scale generation facilities to hire certain percentages of apprentices to work on the construction beginning in 2021;
  • 2. Requires that the Efficiency Maine Trust, in collaboration with the Department of Education, identify and provide incentives for cost-effective electric and natural gas conservation projects in new school construction projects; and
  • 3. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to establish, through a competitive solicitation process, a power purchase agreement for solar capacity to be installed on school property when a new school is being constructed.


Amendment H-460
This amendment includes as a qualifying apprentice an apprentice who is in an apprenticeship program registered with the United States Department of Labor.

LD 1282 Chaptered Law
LD 1282 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1284 An Act To Create the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1284
This bill establishes the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species to examine the effects of climate change on Maine's marine ecosystems as habitat for the State's valuable commercial marine species and the direct and indirect effects of climate change on those commercial marine species. The council will identify, study and make recommendations to remediate and mitigate the direct and indirect effects of climate change on marine species that are commercially harvested and grown in the State's coastal and ocean environments.

LD 1299 An Act To Incentivize Municipalities, State Agencies, Colleges and Universities To Use Electric Vehicles Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1299
This bill requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to develop a program to provide grants to municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities to support the purchase of charging stations for electric vehicles and the purchase of electric vehicles.

LD 1305 An Act To Encourage Savings through Contributions to Family Development Accounts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1305
This bill creates a tax credit of up to $25,000 for taxpayers who make contributions to family development account reserve funds.

Amendment S-137
This amendment changes the responsibility for the verification of eligibility for the tax credit for contributions to a family development account reserve fund from the State Tax Assessor to the state agency with responsibility for overseeing the family development account program.

LD 1305 Amendment S-137 fiscal note
LD 1324 Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-157, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1324
This resolve establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security to examine options to better provide basic economic security to Maine people, including through the development of a direct cash payment system.

Amendment S-157
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the resolve, which establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security, as follows.
  • 1. It changes the membership of the committee.
  • 2. It requires that the committee in fulfilling its duties invite input as necessary from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services and from the Governor's Office of Policy and Management.
  • 3. It changes the date of the committee's report to the Legislature.


LD 1324 Chaptered Law
LD 1324 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1399 An Act To Improve Oral Health and Access to Dental Care for Maine Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-249 and Senate amendment S-343, Enacted, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, Became law without the Governor's signature, January 11, 2020
LD 1399
This bill establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services one Oral Health Coordinator position in the oral health program within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rural health and primary care division to lead the State's work on oral health; one Planning and Research Associate II position in the rural health and primary care division within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention tasked with data analysis, performance management reporting and program planning and evaluation; and one Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Dental Coordinator position in the Office of MaineCare Services. The bill also provides funding to expand preventive oral health services provided in schools through the oral health program within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rural health and primary care division to all schools in the State and a half-time Office Assistant II position to provide logistical and administrative support for that expansion.

Amendment H-249
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It replaces the appropriations and allocations section to remove the funding to expand preventive oral health services provided in schools.
  • 2. It removes the descriptions of the responsibilities of 2 positions created in the bill to provide the Department of Health and Human Services flexibility.
  • 3. It removes the interim report on the oral health program.
  • 4. It requires a report on the status of the oral health program rather than on the expansion of the program since the funding to expand the program has been removed.


Amendment S-343
This amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services, when completing the report on oral health care services provided in schools, to include methods for utilization and maximization of Medicaid funding for oral health staff positions and school-based services. This amendment also changes the date for submission of the report to February 15, 2020 and removes the funding for new positions in the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 1399 Chaptered Law
LD 1399 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1420 Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1420
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in aquaculture and representatives of state agencies, associations and commercial fisheries. The task force's duties include a review of the report from the Governor's Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine dated January 30, 2004 and an assessment of the current status of aquaculture in the State, current production levels and production capacity and environmental effects and the carrying capacity of the coastal marine environment, as well as an examination of aquaculture best practices, relationships with other fisheries, current economic and workforce effects, future opportunities and current and proposed community outreach and education. The task force is required to submit an interim report no later than September 1, 2019 and a final report no later than December 11, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may each submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1424 An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-332, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1424
This bill provides an income tax credit for 5 years for attorneys who practice law in the State and agree to practice for at least 5 years in an underserved area of the State as determined by the Supreme Judicial Court. Eligibility for the credit is open from 2020 through 2025. The court may certify up to 5 eligible attorneys each year. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters is directed to review the effectiveness of the credit and may submit legislation to extend or revise it.

Amendment H-332
This amendment changes the entity reporting information to the Legislature regarding the access to justice credit from the State Tax Assessor to the Supreme Judicial Court and clarifies that the authorized disclosure by the assessor of tax information related to the credit is to the Supreme Judicial Court for purposes of making the report to the Legislature.

LD 1424 Amendment H-332 fiscal note
LD 1545 An Act Regarding the Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Marijuana Products Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session, Monday, February 24, 2020 10 am, State House, Room 437
LD 1545
This bill amends the provisions regarding the testing of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by:
  • 1. Requiring that any testing conform to any applicable state or federal process, protocol or standard for the testing of tobacco; and
  • 2. Providing that if a testing facility does not test adult use marijuana or an adult use marijuana product within 5 days of receiving the marijuana or marijuana product from a licensee, the licensee may sell or distribute the marijuana or marijuana product if the marijuana or marijuana product is labeled "Untested." If upon testing a testing facility determines that the marijuana or marijuana product exceeds the maximum level of allowable contamination for any contaminant that is injurious to health and for which testing is required, the testing facility is required to immediately notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the licensee. The licensee is required to recover, document, quarantine and hold the marijuana or marijuana product for either remediation and retesting or destruction by the department.


LD 1569 An Act To Prohibit Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1569
This bill regulates the manufacture, distribution and possession of so-called ghost guns and so-called 3-D printed guns or 3-D guns, which are fully functioning firearms that can be made at home by unlicensed firearm manufacturers, sellers and distributors either by purchasing the necessary parts separately, or as part of mail order gun kits, and then assembling them at home or by downloading a computer code from the Internet that allows the user to manufacture the gun using a 3-D printer. This bill provides definitions of "undetectable firearm" and "untraceable firearm" and prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, transfer and possession of such firearms with certain exceptions. This bill also prohibits, with certain exceptions, the dissemination of downloadable gun code from which untraceable firearms can be manufactured.

LD 1626 An Act To Implement a Presidential Primary System in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-186, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1626
This bill implements a presidential primary election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of the presidential election year, and provides a process for the parties to participate if they certify to the Secretary of State by November 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year that they have a contest among candidates for nomination.

Amendment S-186
This amendment, which is a minority report of the committee, strikes the provision of the bill mandating that each party's presidential primary elections are closed to any voter not enrolled in that party. Under the amendment, an unenrolled voter may choose to vote in one party's presidential primary election. The amendment also corrects cross-references in the bill.

LD 1626 Chaptered Law
LD 1626 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1627 An Act To Authorize the Use of Autocycles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-487, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1627
This bill defines an autocycle as a 3-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel or handlebars, floor pedals for automotive-style controls and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride a seat and establishes provisions for registration and operator licensing.

Amendment H-487
This amendment clarifies that an autocycle is subject to the general motorcycle inspection standards, except those that do not apply to the design of the vehicle, and any other inspection standards set by the Chief of the State Police. This amendment also clarifies that an autocycle may not be operated abreast with any motor vehicle within the same lane.

LD 1627 Chaptered Law
LD 1627 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1631
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

LD 1688 An Act To Protect Original Birth Certificates Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1688
This bill repeals the law authorizing the creation of a new birth certificate for an adopted person and it removes the provision that requires the sealing of the original birth certificate. The bill allows a person born in this State to retain that person's original birth certificate, even if that person is adopted. This change does not affect a person born in a foreign country who is adopted in this State. A person adopted before October 1, 2019 will still need to follow the current statutory procedure to receive access to that person's original birth certificate upon attaining 18 years of age. This bill requires a certificate of birth for a child who is being adopted to be amended to include the adoptee's new name and the adoptive parent's name or parents' names and personal data.

LD 1887 Resolve, To Reduce the Operational Costs of Ferries in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 18, 2020
LD 1887
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation, Maine State Ferry Service to seek alternative fuel sources for its ferry vessels, including electricity from renewable sources, in order to help reduce or control ongoing operational costs as well as to help the State meet its climate goals. It directs the Maine State Ferry Service to develop an evaluation process to compare the cost of fuel over the anticipated service life of a vessel powered by electricity and a vessel powered by fossil fuel to use as part of the new vessel procurement process.

The department is directed to perform a feasibility assessment to determine the costs and barriers associated with the use by the Maine State Ferry Service of ferry vessels powered by electricity instead of fossil fuel and to submit a report on its findings and the vessel evaluation process developed by the Maine State Ferry Service to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by July 31, 2020.

LD 1893 An Act To Require a Lease of Public Lands To Be Based on Reasonable Market Value and To Require Approval of Such Leases for Commercial Purposes (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held February 18, 2020
LD 1893
This bill requires that any lease of public lands by the State be at reasonable market value and be approved by the Legislature pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Article IX, Section 23. The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to submit a lease of public lands for commercial purposes to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over public lands matters for approval, amendment or disapproval by the committee. The joint standing committee must submit its recommendation to the Legislature for approval. If the Legislature does not approve the lease, the bureau may not enter into the lease.

The bill also requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands to examine all leases of public reserved lands entered into by the State since January 1, 2014 to determine whether those leases are in compliance with these requirements. The director is required to report the findings of this examination, including any recommendations for action on noncompliant leases, to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than March 1, 2020. The joint standing committee may report out legislation related to the report of the director to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1901 An Act To Amend the Laws Prohibiting the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-386, and engrossed, House enacted, February 25, 2020, Senate action pending
LD 1901
This bill simplifies the definition of "handheld electronic device" in recently enacted law prohibiting the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. It adds parking areas to the places where the use of mobile telephones and handheld electronic devices while driving is prohibited. It changes the penalty provisions to provide a fine of $50 for the first offense and $250 for a 2nd or subsequent offense.

Amendment S-386
This amendment removes parking areas from the places where using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited and restores the exemption for devices utilizing "push to talk" features from the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices.

LD 1901 Amendment S-386 fiscal note
LD 1958 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing To Include Adult Care Facilities and Services and Certain Child Care Facilities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, House accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-695, and engrossed, February 25, 2020, Senate action pending
LD 1958
This bill expands the permitted use of tax increment financing to include costs associated with certain adult care facilities and child care facilities; current law permits such use only for quality child care costs.

Amendment H-695
This amendment clarifies the definitions of "adult care facilities" and "child care facilities" as they pertain to project costs for purposes of tax increment financing.

LD 1958 fiscal note
LD 1958 Amendment H-695 fiscal note
LD 1987 Resolve, To Exempt Truck Drivers Transporting Live Lobsters from Certain Hours-of-service Restrictions Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Reported out with unanimous Committee report, Ought Not to Pass, February 24, 2020
LD 1987
This resolve directs the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police to adopt major substantive rules amending its rules governing motor carrier safety to exempt intrastate motor carriers, vehicles and drivers delivering live lobsters from hours-of-service restrictions requiring a 30-minute rest break after 8 hours of driving.

LD 2044 An Act To Increase the Death Benefit for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held February 12, 2020
LD 2044
This bill increases the death benefit for a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services person who has died while in the line of duty from $50,000 to $75,000 through June 30, 2021. For deaths occurring after June 30, 2021, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to adopt rules to annually calculate an increase in the death benefit based on the previous year's increase in the Consumer Price Index.

LD 2045 An Act Relating to the Valuation of Certain Retail Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held February 19, 2020
LD 2045
This bill provides that, for property tax purposes, retail sales facilities in excess of 20,000 square feet must be valued based on their current use compared to similar properties in their retail market segment or, if vacant, according to their highest and best use.

LD 2065 An Act To Address Decibel Level Limits for Airboats Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held February 12, 2020
LD 2065
This bill exempts airboats, which are defined as flat-bottomed watercraft propelled by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft engine or an automotive engine, from the noise level limits imposed on other watercraft. Instead, this bill allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish noise level limits for airboats by routine technical rules.

This bill also requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources to jointly solicit and collect information regarding airboats, including uses of airboats, noise levels and complaints and suggestions for reducing complaints regarding the use of airboats, from interested parties, such as harbor masters, town clerks and residents of coastal towns and airboat users and sellers. Based on the suggestions, the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Commissioner of Marine Resources are authorized to submit legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to implement whatever suggestions the commissioners determine are necessary.

LD 2096 An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Public hearing, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1 pm, Cross Building, Room 220
LD 2096
This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

LD 2105 An Act To Protect Consumers from Surprise Emergency Medical Bills Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Public hearing, Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1 pm, Cross Building, Room 220
LD 2105
This bill amends the law providing consumer protection for surprise medical bills to include surprise bills for emergency services. In the event of a dispute with respect to a surprise medical bill, the bill directs the Superintendent of Insurance to develop an independent dispute resolution process to determine a reasonable payment for health care services.

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