Representative Ann Matlack [Democrat]
St. George ~ District 92
Towns in District: Cushing, Matinicus Isle, South Thomaston, St. George, Thomaston, Criehaven Township and Muscle Ridge Islands TownshipsWould be term limited: 2026
✉ 130 Scraggle Point Road
St. George, Maine 04859
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|LD 472||An Act To Provide Meals to Homebound Individuals||Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-12, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill provides for the appropriation of funding to provide meals to homebound individuals. This bill also establishes a work group to research food access barriers and make recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services about how to leverage resources to ensure regular, adequate nutrition for homebound individuals in the State and to forecast future demand and identify the appropriate level of funding in the future.
This amendment removes the work group to research food access barriers from the bill.
LD 472 fiscal note
LD 472 Amendment H-12 fiscal note
|LD 1300||Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School Property to the Town of South Thomaston (Emergency)||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-264, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This resolve authorizes the State to transfer ownership of the Guilford Butler School property in South Thomaston to the Town of South Thomaston.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1300 Chaptered Law
LD 1300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 65||An Act To Allow Municipalities To Impose a Seasonal or Year-round Local Option Sales Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019|
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, specify the months during which it will be imposed if not year-round and identify the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
|LD 87||An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit (By request)||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill increases to 25¢ the deposit and refund value on refillable and nonrefillable beverage containers whose deposit and refund value is currently 5¢. This increase does not apply to wine and spirits containers.
|LD 88||An Act To Require the Truthful Display of Gasoline Prices||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill requires posted gasoline prices on pumps or on roadside signs of a retail seller to be the full price of the fuel and prohibits posting a price reduced due to factors such as method of payment, participation in a rewards program or a discount for the purchase of other goods or services from the retail seller.
|LD 285||An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill repeals the provision of law that exempts from legislative review major substantive rules that must be adopted to comply with federal law or to qualify for federal funds.
LD 285 Chaptered Law
LD 285 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 286||An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-58, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides a sales tax exemption on the purchase of feminine hygiene products.
This amendment changes the term used to describe the products subject to exemption and changes the definition to that in the federal Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act to simplify multistate administration.
LD 286 Amendment H-58 fiscal note
|LD 290||An Act To Prohibit Motor Vehicle Use in the Intertidal Zone||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone except to launch or retrieve a watercraft, to engage in an activity that requires the use of a motor vehicle and for which any necessary state or local permits have been obtained or if the vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle. It specifies that a person who violates the prohibition on the operation of a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone commits a civil violation, except that a person who is adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations for operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.
|LD 293||An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.
|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|
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.
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 306||Resolve, Requiring the Department of Public Safety To Study and Determine What Constitutes a Violation of Air Space by a Drone (By request)||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to study and determine what constitutes a violation of air space by a drone and to report the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by December 4, 2019.
|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|
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.
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|
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 480||An Act To Ensure Pay Transparency and To Reduce Gender and Racial Wage Inequities||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill requires certain employers, including, but not limited to, state agencies, to annually submit wage data reports regarding employee gender, race and ethnicity to the Maine Human Rights Commission.
|LD 481||An Act To Allow the Expansion of the Types of Newspapers That Qualify as Legal Notice Publishers by Removing the 2nd Class Postal Matter Requirement||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019|
This bill removes from the law governing publication of legal notices the requirement that, in order for a newspaper to publish notices, it must be entered as 2nd class postal matter in the United States mails.
|LD 545||An Act To Ban Child Marriage||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
Under current law, a marriage license may be issued to parties who are under 16 years of age with the written consent of their parents, guardians or legal custodians and the consent of the probate judge in the county where each minor resides. This bill amends the law to prohibit the issuance of a marriage license to a person under 16 years of age.
LD 545 fiscal note
|LD 609||An Act To Provide Municipalities Additional Sales Tax Revenue from Lodging Sales||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides an incremental sales tax of 1% for those sales currently subject to the 9% sales tax on lodging. The incremental revenue, after reduction for administrative costs, is returned to the municipality or unorganized territory to which the revenue is attributable. The amount received may not be used to reduce any other state aid or revenue sharing to municipalities or the unorganized territory.
|LD 697||Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.
|LD 709||An Act To Exempt Certain Meals Provided to Food Service Employees from the Sales and Use Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-328, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill exempts from sales and use tax meals, up to a maximum cost to the employer of $6 per day, provided to an employee of an eating establishment while that employee is working. It provides that, beginning in 2020, the amount of the exemption must be adjusted for inflation.
This amendment provides that the tax exemption applies to meals that are provided at no cost to an employee who is actually working as a food service employee and that the exempted meals do not include alcoholic beverages. The amendment also removes the maximum meal cost limitation and inflation indexing provisions and allocates the exemption to a more appropriate subsection.
LD 709 Amendment H-328 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, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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.
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.
This amendment amends the bill by:
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|
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.
|LD 838||Resolve, To Ensure the Continuation of Services to Maine Children and Families (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
Resolve 2017, chapter 56 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to continue certain contractual agreements entered into by the department with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children until January 31, 2019. This resolve amends that resolve to require the department to extend the contractual agreements until at least the termination date specified in the contractual agreement. This resolve applies retroactively to January 31, 2019.
|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, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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 864||An Act To Make Whole Family Support Available Statewide||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 18, 2019|
This bill requires community action agencies to establish support programs to serve families to assist parents with children as they pursue stable employment, pursue education intended to lead to employment or otherwise pursue self-sufficiency. The bill also provides funding for community action agencies to establish the support programs.
|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|
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 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, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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 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|
This bill does the following.
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 1131||Resolve, Directing the Maine State Housing Authority To Study and Report on the Need for Modifications To Make Homes Accessible for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-327, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill changes the maximum income eligibility level for the income tax credit for home modifications to improve accessibility and the Maine State Housing Authority pilot project to assist older adults and persons with disabilities with certain home modifications. The new income eligibility level for each program is changed to the area median income as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the county or municipality in which the home is located.
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve and directs the Maine State Housing Authority to work with interested parties to study and make recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature regarding the need, with reference to geographical areas of the State, for home modifications to provide accessibility for low-income older or disabled residents of the State in order to permit those persons to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization.
LD 1131 Chaptered Law
LD 1131 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1158||An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-382, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill amends the property tax fairness credit under the income tax laws for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 by changing the formula for calculation of benefits to reflect the calculation that applied under the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, referred to as "the circuitbreaker program," which was in effect prior to enactment of the property tax fairness credit.
This amendment changes "calendar year" to "tax year" in the definition of "household income" and clarifies that the income factor for the calculation proposed in the bill of the property tax fairness credit is household income.
This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1158 Amendment H-382 fiscal note
|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|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 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|
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.
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 1242||An Act To Reinstitute the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill reinstitutes the property tax deferral program for seniors which, until April 1, 1991, provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program and makes other technical changes to the program to bring it into conformity with current law.
|LD 1245||An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
|LD 1336||Resolve, Directing the Governor To Renominate Penobscot Bay for Inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This resolve directs the Governor to renominate Penobscot Bay for inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program.
|LD 1470||An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019|
This bill allows a political subdivision to prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons at public proceedings and at voting places. It provides an exception to allow the carrying of a handgun by an on-duty law enforcement officer. It defines "political subdivision" as any municipality, plantation, county, quasi-municipal corporation and special purpose district, including, but not limited to, any water district, sanitary district, hospital district, municipal transmission and distribution utility and school administrative unit.
|LD 1530||An Act To Expand Incentives To Live and Work in Maine through a Tax Credit for Certain Student Loans||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill provides an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for individuals for certain student loan payments made during the tax year if the individuals were first employed in Maine on or after January 1, 2020. The credit is equal to the lesser of 50% of the loan payments actually made and 50% of income tax liability in the first year in which the credit is claimed declining to 10% of income tax liability in the 5th and final year in which the credit is claimed. The credit may not exceed 50% of the individual's outstanding student loan debt and may not be claimed if the individual claims the credit for educational opportunity.
|LD 1634||An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill creates the Maine Clean Energy Fund within and with oversight from the Efficiency Maine Trust to support the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and infrastructure through providing financing support including loans, loan guarantees and other financial and risk mitigation products. The fund is administered by a 9-member board of directors consisting of certain government officials and members of the public appointed by the Governor.
This bill also provides for a bond issue in the amount of $100,000,000 to be used to capitalize the Maine Clean Energy Fund.