Representative Amy Arata [Republican]
New Gloucester ~ District 65
Towns in District: New Gloucester and part of PolandWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs
♦ Government Oversight
✉ 607 Bald Hill Road
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
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|LD 63||An Act To Improve Responsiveness of Elected School Boards to the Public||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019|
This bill clarifies that a school board is accountable to the residents of the school board's district, who are the school board's constituents.
|LD 94||An Act To Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019|
This bill removes public schools from the institutional exceptions to the law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene material to minors.
|LD 473||An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019|
This bill repeals the limit on security deposits on residential rental units.
|LD 668||Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Convene a Work Group To Study Improving Traffic Safety for Color-blind Drivers||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to convene a work group of interested parties and persons with expertise in traffic light systems and technology to study requiring new traffic lights to accommodate color-blind drivers. It requires the study to include an analysis of the effectiveness of the available technology and its costs. The department is directed to submit a report on its study, including any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by December 4, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 1040||An Act To Waive the Variance Process for Harvesting Timber in a Shoreland Zone||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill allows a landowner to conduct timber harvesting activities on property adjacent to a river, stream, pond, wetland or tidal water that exceed limits established by Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry rules if determined necessary by a professional forester in order to meet acceptable forestry standards upon a 5-day notice to the bureau by the landowner stating the area where the timber harvesting activity is to take place, the name of the professional forester, the professional forester's license number and the professional forester's determination of the need for the timber harvesting activity.
|LD 1413||An Act To Reduce Administrative Burdens of Forest Products Harvesters||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill provides that, when the Workers' Compensation Board issues a certificate of independent status certifying that a contractor that harvests forest products does so in a manner that would not make the contractor an employee of a landowner, that certificate of independent status remains valid unless the manner in which the contractor harvests changes.
|LD 136||An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement Program||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill establishes the special education circuit breaker reimbursement program, in which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate. The bill requires the department to distribute reimbursements to eligible school administrative units on a quarterly basis, and the reimbursements must be deposited in a separate revolving account that may be spent only on approved special education services.
|LD 137||An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 26, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to make the Department of Education's Maine Learning Technology Initiative, or "MLTI," more cost-effective for schools and for the State, thus allowing participation by increased numbers of students. The cost-saving measures may include, but are not limited to, eliminating the ability of school administrative units to choose higher-cost technology options.
|LD 141||An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill makes it a traffic infraction to consume marijuana or a marijuana product, to possess an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or to place marijuana or a marijuana product in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a nonmarijuana substance. This bill is similar to the provisions of law making consuming alcohol or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle a traffic infraction.
|LD 208||An Act Regarding Small Claims Court Jurisdiction||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill increases the jurisdictional limits for small claims from $6,000 to $15,000.
|LD 209||An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Prohibiting Short-term Rentals||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019|
This bill prohibits municipalities from prohibiting or restricting the use of short-term rentals except for narrowly tailored regulations to protect the public health and safety.
|LD 255||Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
|LD 263||An Act To Prohibit Certain Sex Offenders from Establishing Residence in Certain Multiunit Residential Buildings in which Minors Reside||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019|
This bill prohibits certain convicted sex offenders who were convicted of an offense against a minor under 14 years of age from intentionally or knowingly establishing residence in a dwelling unit of a multiunit residential building in which another dwelling unit that shares the same entryway is occupied by a person under 18 years of age. The bill makes violation of this provision a Class E crime.
|LD 264||An Act Regarding the Taking of a Blood Sample from an Operator of a Motor Vehicle Involved in a Fatal Accident||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-118, Enacted, Signed into law June 3, 2019|
This bill allows an emergency medical services person or law enforcement officer whose training allows that person to draw blood samples to draw a specimen of blood from the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident for the purpose of determining the blood-alcohol level or the presence of a drug or drug metabolite. This bill extends to those same persons the current law shielding persons from liability for acts done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood.
This amendment changes the title of the bill and strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment makes grammatical changes to clarify the law providing immunity from liability for an act done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood at the request of a law enforcement officer and extends that immunity to an emergency medical services person, a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical service and a law enforcement agency.
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|LD 310||An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This emergency bill proposes to adjust certain appropriations and allocations from the General Fund and other funds for the expenditures of State Government related to position changes and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.
|LD 311||An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This emergency bill proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
|LD 510||An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-118, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management for the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope to provide suitable housing for women veterans in transition and their families.
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and moves the appropriation to the current fiscal year.
|LD 522||An Act To Prohibit the Imposition by Municipalities of General Restrictions on Rents and Rental Properties||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019|
This bill prohibits towns, cities, plantations, village corporations and counties providing municipal services in the unorganized territory of their county from adopting ordinances regulating the rent that may be charged for a rental property, requiring registration of rental properties or imposing fees specific to rental properties.
|LD 589||Resolve, Directing the State Board of Education To Adopt Rules Prohibiting Teachers in Public Schools from Engaging in Political, Ideological or Religious Advocacy in the Classroom||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This resolve directs the State Board of Education to adopt major substantive rules prohibiting teachers in public schools from engaging in political, religious or ideological advocacy in the classroom or from introducing any controversial subject matter that is not germane to the topic of the course being taught, with penalties for violations up to and including termination of the teacher. This resolve requires the State Board of Education to provide written notice of the rules to all affected teachers, parents and students and for teachers to receive annually at least 3 hours of continuing teacher education to instruct the teachers on the rules. Finally, this resolve requests professional teacher organizations and unions to voluntarily adopt an educator's code of ethics and professional responsibility that incorporates the rules and that specifically prohibits teachers in kindergarten to grade 12 instruction from using the classroom for political indoctrination.
|LD 612||An Act To Promote Youth Employment||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 16 or 17 years of age that is $1.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage, a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 15 years of age that is $2.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage and a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 14 years of age and under that is $3.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage.
|LD 637||An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill does the following:
|LD 659||An Act Regarding the Use of Interchangeable Biological Products||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill provides for pharmacist substitution of interchangeable biological products for prescribed biological products in a manner similar to the current regulation of generic drug substitution. The bill defines "biological product" and "interchangeable biological product."
LD 659 Chaptered Law
LD 659 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 704||An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Driver's License Suspensions||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill applies to motor vehicle offenses the definition of "criminal negligence" and the use of causation as an element of an offense as used in the Maine Criminal Code. This bill also changes the standard for minimum suspension for negligent operation of a motor vehicle causing the death of another person from "negligently" to "with criminal negligence" and removes the provision requiring the Secretary of State to notify any family of the victim or to consider written or oral statements from the family prior to the determination and issuance of the suspension.
|LD 1057||An Act To Streamline the Eviction Process||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, May 28, 2019|
Current law requires that a sheriff or constable serving a writ of possession in an eviction must make 3 good faith efforts on 3 different days to serve the defendant in person before the writ of possession may be left at the defendant's home and a notice mailed. This bill reduces the number of efforts required to 2.
|LD 1058||An Act Concerning Liability for Direct Reimbursement of Unemployment Benefits||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019|
This bill specifies that a governmental entity that elects to make payments in lieu of contributions into the unemployment compensation fund is not liable to make payments with respect to an individual who voluntarily separates from employment.
|LD 1209||An Act To Require Legislative Hearings on Citizen-initiated Legislation||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-204, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill requires a petition for the direct initiative of legislation, once it has been certified by the Secretary of State to be submitted to the Legislature for consideration by the Legislature to receive a public hearing before a joint standing committee of the Legislature or a special legislative committee established by the Legislative Council. The public hearing must be conducted in the same manner as other public hearings.
This amendment permits the Legislature to waive the public hearing requirement by a 2/3 vote of those present in each House of the Legislature.
LD 1209 Chaptered Law
LD 1209 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1296||An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy||Status: Dead, Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill does the following.
|LD 1339||An Act To Recalculate Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees Adversely Affected by Merit Pay Freezes||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019|
The law governing the calculation of retirement benefits for members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System was amended by Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part CCCC, section 1 and Public Law 2015, chapter 385 to allow members who retired on or after June 30, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes.
This bill authorizes a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired on or after March 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015 to include in the member's retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes, retroactive to the date of the member's retirement. This provision does not include lost wages due to longevity pay freezes.
|LD 1446||An Act To Remove Sales and Use Taxation on Gold and Silver Coins||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019|
This bill exempts from the sales and use tax sales of specie, which is defined as coins with gold or silver content or refined gold or silver bullion.
|LD 1599||An Act To Allow Certain State Regulators To Lower Fees by Order||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 30, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance, the Superintendent of Consumer Credit Protection, the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to lower or suspend certain fees specified in law by order.
|LD 1600||An Act To Support E-9-1-1 Dispatchers and Corrections Officers Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
This bill adds corrections officers and E-9-1-1 dispatchers to the list of employees for whom there is a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when the employee is diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from work stress that was extraordinary and unusual, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.