Representative Ann Peoples [Democrat]
Westbrook ~ District 35
Towns in District: part of WestbrookWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Labor and Housing
✉ 300 E. Bridge Street, Apt 322
Westbrook, Maine 04092
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|LD 467||An Act To Amend the Eligibility Criteria for Creditable Service in the Armed Forces of the United States under the State Retirement System||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-550, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill amends the state retirement system laws governing creditable service for service in the United States Armed Forces to provide credit for service during operations in Lebanon, August 21, 1982 to February 26, 1984; operations in Grenada, October 25, 1983 to December 15, 1983; and operations in Panama, December 21, 1989 to February 13, 1990.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 467 fiscal note
LD 467 Amendment H-550 fiscal note
|LD 334||An Act To Change the Definition of "Renewable Capacity Resource"||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 13, 2019|
This bill aligns the definition of "renewable capacity resource" with that of "renewable resource" in the laws governing renewable energy by adding generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling to the definition of "renewable capacity resource."
|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 584||An Act To Convert Stipends to Base Pay for Child Protective Workers||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill requires that the $5 per wage-hour stipends provided to child protective services employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services for the purpose of recruitment and retention of such employees and the $1 per wage-hour stipend paid to such child protective services employees who hold or obtain a relevant master's degree must be considered part of the base pay of employees who receive a stipend for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.
|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|
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 593||Resolve, To Stabilize the Behavioral Health Workforce and Avert More Expensive Treatments (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-143, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve provides funding to increase rates by 8% in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services. The resolve also specifies that the increase in reimbursement rates must be applied to wages and benefits for employees who provide direct care services and not to administrators or managers and that to qualify for the rate increase an agency providing services must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Health and Human Services, that an increase in wages and benefits has been granted to employees providing direct care services that equals the amount of the projected increase in reimbursement to be received.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, updates the appropriations and allocations section to reflect a more recent estimate of the cost.
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and clause and changes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services must amend its rule.
LD 593 fiscal note
LD 593 Amendment S-143 fiscal note
LD 593 Amendment S-161 fiscal note
|LD 653||Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Opportunities for Improving Home and Community-based Services||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, February 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study Opportunities for Improving Home and Community-based Services. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in home and community-based services, one provider of such services, one recipient of such services, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor and one member of the public. The task force's duties include examination and review of the unmet need for home and community-based services, adequacy of the workforce providing home and community-based services, current systems for delivering home and community-based services and reimbursement arrangements in the home and community-based services sector. The task force is required to publish an interim report by October 15, 2019 and then seek input from stakeholders around the State. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 15, 2019.
|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 710||Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Study the Establishment of a Product Stewardship Program for Mattresses||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature May 26, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to study the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for mattresses and report the results of its study to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 4, 2019. The department is required to include recommended legislation to implement its recommendations related to the report, and the joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
LD 710 Chaptered Law
LD 710 Chaptered Law 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 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 862||An Act To Limit the Amount of Money That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 10, 2019|
This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price. The limit applies only to private contracts and not to contracts entered into by governmental entities and only to contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the legislation.
LD 862 fiscal note
|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 947||An Act To Extend the Notice of Injury Period in the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
Under current law governing workers' compensation, an employee must provide notice of injury to an employer within 30 days after the date of injury. This bill provides that, for claims for which the date of injury is on or after January 1, 2020, an employee must provide to the employer notice of the injury within 180 days after the date of injury.
|LD 954||An Act To Rescind An Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill repeals An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. The repeal does not take effect unless approved by the Houlton Band Council of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Tribal Chief and the Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|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 1034||An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Transportation Infrastructure||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing revenue to the Highway Fund and for other transportation purposes.
|LD 1068||An Act To Increase the Number of Agency Liquor Stores Permitted in Municipalities with 10,000 to 20,000 Residents||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019|
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 10,001 but less than 20,001; current law allows such a municipality a maximum of 5 agency liquor stores.
|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 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 1386||An Act Regarding the Determination of the Prevailing Wage Rate for Public Works Projects||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-204 and Senate amendment S-342, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
This bill directs the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, when determining prevailing hourly wages and benefits, to collect one set of data through conducting a survey of wages and benefits and a 2nd set of data through certified payroll submissions on state construction projects during 2 weeks in July of each year and to use the higher wage and benefit information of the 2 data sets to determine the prevailing hourly wage and benefit rate. This bill also increases from $50 to $250 the penalty for failing to provide requested information to the bureau.
Like the bill, this amendment requires 2 data sets to be reported to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards in order to determine the hourly prevailing wage and benefits rate paid in the construction industry but clarifies that the 2nd set of data, the certified payroll submissions on state construction of public works, is to come from reporting by state agencies that contract for the construction of public works. It also requires that all data must be submitted to the bureau by the 2nd week in October. It increases the penalties the director may assess against any person who fails to provide the information from $250 for all offenses, as in the bill, to $250 for the first offense, $500 for a 2nd offense and $1,000 for any subsequent offense. Lastly, it adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund a position in the department necessary for the administration of requirements of the bill, as amended.
This amendment eliminates the General Fund appropriations for one-half of the cost of one Statistician II position within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards and instead provides Other Special Revenue Funds allocations for the full cost of the position.
LD 1386 Amendment S-204 fiscal note
LD 1386 Amendment S-342 fiscal note
|LD 1482||An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Blueberry Tax||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-340, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019|
This bill amends the laws regarding the wild Maine blueberry tax in the following ways.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill to remove the establishment of a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State. The amendment requires all wild blueberries harvested in the State that are to be shipped outside the State for processing to be weighed on a state-certified scale in the State prior to being shipped outside the State.
The amendment strikes detailed reporting, for processors, of wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.
The bill requires the State Tax Assessor to forward an annual report containing information pertinent to the collection of the blueberry tax to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. The amendment specifies that the report must include the total number of pounds of: wild blueberries grown in the State, wild blueberries processed in the State, unprocessed wild blueberries imported into the State and unprocessed wild blueberries exported from the State.
The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors. The amendment strikes the requirement that each shipper and processor be inspected at least once in a 3-year period.
The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage and assets and other industry data.
The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.
The amendment removes the repeal of the current law that provides an exception for wild blueberries harvested outside the State to the prohibition on the transport of wild blueberries in quantities exceeding 25 pounds without first obtaining a transportation permit from the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.
The amendment removes the provision in the bill that changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.
The amendment removes from the bill the prohibition on mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries from another field and the requirement that each field from which blueberries are harvested have a unique identifying number and for shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries the unique identifying number of that lot. Instead, the amendment provides that wild blueberries must be uniquely identified by the field from which they were harvested during transportation to a receiving facility.