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Representative Amy Arata [Republican]
New Gloucester ~ District 65

Towns in District: New Gloucester and part of Poland

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs
♦ Government Oversight

✉ Amy.Arata@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 607 Bald Hill Road
New Gloucester, Maine 04260


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Representative Arata did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

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
LD 63
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
LD 94
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
LD 473
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
LD 668
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
LD 1040
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
LD 1413
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
LD 136
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
LD 137
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
LD 141
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
LD 208
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
LD 209
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
LD 255
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
LD 263
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
LD 264
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.

Amendment S-118
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.

LD 264 Chaptered Law
LD 264 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 310
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
LD 311
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
LD 510
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.

Amendment H-118
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
LD 522
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
LD 589
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
LD 612
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
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


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
LD 659
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
LD 704
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
LD 1057
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
LD 1058
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
LD 1209
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.

Amendment H-204
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
LD 1296
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any aversive practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity except for talk therapy; counseling or treatment intended to assist an individual undergoing a gender transition; counseling intended to provide acceptance, support and understanding to the individual; and counseling intended to facilitate the individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation 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 defines "aversive practice or treatment" as any practice or treatment that is intended to induce changes in behavior through unpleasant stimuli or punishment and provides examples of aversive practices or treatments.
  • 3. It provides that advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age in the State is an unfair trade practice. Court actions involving conversion therapy brought against health care providers under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act are not governed by the specialized procedures set forth in the Maine Health Security Act for actions involving professional negligence.
  • 4. It prohibits 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 administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Administration of 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.
  • 5. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.


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
LD 1339
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
LD 1446
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
LD 1599
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
LD 1600
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.

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