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Representative Arthur Verow [Democrat]
Brewer ~ District 128

Towns in District: part of Brewer

Would be term limited: 2026
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✉ Arthur.Verow@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 20 Greenwood Drive
Brewer, Maine 04412


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

LD 223 An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 223
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.

LD 415 An Act To Enhance the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 415
This bill makes changes to the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
  • 1. It makes enrollment in the program mandatory for a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter with a date of hire on or after January 1, 2020 and offers one-time open enrollment until July 1, 2020 to those officers and firefighters with a date of hire after November 1, 2006 who elected not to enroll.
  • 2. It increases the employee contribution for participation in the program from 1.5% of gross wages to 2.5% and makes corresponding changes to the contribution requirements for retirees with less than 5 years of contributions upon retirement.
  • 3. It allows a retiree to be eligible if the retiree is less than 50 years of age as long as the retiree has at least 25 years of service in a position as a county or municipal law enforcement officer or a municipal firefighter and has participated in the special consolidation retirement plan from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
  • 4. It increases the state subsidy for the retiree's share of the costs of health insurance coverage from 45% to 100%.
  • 5. It requires that all retirees be provided health insurance coverage through the group health plan provided to state employees beginning January 1, 2020.


LD 623 An Act To Amend the Charter of the City of Brewer High School District Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-71, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 623
This bill amends the charter of the City of Brewer High School District to provide that each trustee of the district receives annual compensation as determined by the city council and to provide that the president, treasurer and clerk receive additional annual compensation as determined by the city council. Currently, the district charter provides that only the treasurer receives compensation.

Amendment H-71
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and clause to allow this legislation to become effective prior to the start of the City of Brewer's fiscal year 2019-20. The amendment clarifies that each City of Brewer High School District trustee receives the same amount of compensation and removes the provision in the bill regarding additional compensation for the president, treasurer and clerk.

LD 623 Chaptered Law
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LD 868 An Act To Require That the Terms of a Settlement to Which a Governmental Entity is a Party Be Made Available to the Public Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-269, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 868
This bill provides that the terms of a settlement of a claim against a county or municipality, including a payment by an insurer of the county or municipality, are a public record.

Amendment H-269
This amendment replaces the bill to make clear that a settlement agreement entered into by any governmental entity is a public record, except for any information in the agreement that is confidential by statute or is described by one of the exceptions to the definition of public record in the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 868 Chaptered Law
LD 868 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1249 An Act To Prohibit Infringing on the Rights of Association of Dependent Adults Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-546, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1249
This bill prohibits abuse and isolation of elder persons and dependent adults. Abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult is a Class C crime. A person commits the crime if the person has or has assumed responsibility for the care, custody or control of an elder person or a dependent adult and subjects the elder person or dependent adult to isolation, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse, including threats of abuse. The new crime is allocated to the chapter of the Maine Criminal Code that establishes crimes against the person.

The bill defines "elder person" to mean a person who is at least 60 years of age. The bill also defines "isolate" to mean to restrict personal rights of association retained by the elder person or dependent adult, including, but not limited to, the right to receive visitors, telephone calls and personal mail, unless the restriction of personal rights is authorized by court order.

When a person is convicted of the crime of abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult, the court may require that the person convicted of the crime participate in appropriate counseling at the convicted person's expense.

The bill is based on similar law in Rhode Island.

Amendment H-546
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment adds new variants to the crime of endangering the welfare of a dependent person. The new variants are the Class D crime of recklessly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association, including but not limited to the right to receive visitors, mail or telephone or electronic communication, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person and the Class C crime of intentionally and knowingly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person. The amendment also provides a definition for "undue influence."

LD 1249 Amendment H-546 fiscal note

LD 6 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 6
This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual's Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.

LD 147 An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-43, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 23, 2019
LD 147
This bill provides one-time funding for 2 years for a program that provides mobile wireless hot spot devices to libraries in Washington County.

Amendment H-43
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment adds language to the law governing the telecommunications education access fund to:
  • 1. Specify that the use of the fund for Internet access includes mobile Internet access through a portable wireless access point, or hotspot, that provides Internet access over a cellular network; and
  • 2. Add a guideline for allocation of money from the fund to provide, within existing resources, support for qualified libraries in rural areas of the State with greatest need, as determined in consultation with the State Librarian, the Commissioner of Education and the ConnectME Authority, to offer portable wireless access points, or hotspots, for mobile Internet access.


LD 147 Chaptered Law
LD 147 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 207 Resolve, To Rename the Stillwater Bridges in Old Town the Llewellyn Estes Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 207
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename Stillwater Bridge #1 and Stillwater Bridge #2 in the City of Old Town the Llewellyn Estes Bridge.

LD 207 Chaptered Law
LD 207 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 460 An Act Requiring the State To Reimburse Counties for All Costs Exceeding the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 460
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the annual costs of correctional services that exceed the county's tax assessment for those services.

LD 507 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Employer Recovery of Overcompensation Paid to an Employee Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 507
This bill amends the definition of "overcompensation" by an employer to include compensation in the form of paid leave. It changes the maximum amount an employer can withhold from an employee's pay to recover overcompensation from 10% to 5%. It prohibits an employer from recovering more than the amount of overcompensation paid to an employee in the 3 years preceding the discovery of the overcompensation. The bill also specifies that the section of law regarding overcompensation by employers that includes these provisions does not limit or affect an employee's general civil remedies against an employer.

LD 570 An Act To Create an Airplane Mechanic Education Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 570
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to develop a program to train and educate individuals for a career in aircraft mechanics and maintenance.

LD 586 An Act Regarding the Department of Transportation's Use of Sediment Erosion Control Systems Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 586
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to specify whether a biodegradable or nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control system will be used for a project by the department and requires that nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control systems be removed with 90 days of a project's completion.

LD 597 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project Authorizing the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras on Castine Road in Orland (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 597
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to establish a pilot project allowing the use of traffic surveillance cameras to prove or enforce a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A on Castine Road in Orland and requires the department to submit a report evaluating the results of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by January 15, 2021.

LD 625 An Act To Phase Out the Insurance Premium Tax on Annuities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-32, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 625
This bill phases out the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations over 4 years beginning in 2020. During the phase-out period, the prescribed rate applies only if the insurer credits the savings from the rate reductions to annuity holders. The bill also specifies that certain deductions related to annuities may be deducted from annuity considerations for tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-32
This amendment changes the phase-out of the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations from 4 years to 9 years and provides that during the phase-out period the retaliatory tax on non-Maine insurance companies does not apply. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 625 Amendment H-32 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
LD 653
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 679 An Act Regarding the Licensing of Funeral Practitioners Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-144, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 679
This bill allows the State Board of Funeral Service to issue a permanent license to engage in the funeral service profession and operate a funeral establishment to an applicant who holds an active license to practice funeral service in another state the license requirements of which are substantially similar to the license requirements in Maine.

Amendment H-144
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill.

This amendment repeals the temporary licensure process for an individual with an out-of-state license to practice funeral service. The amendment removes the term "permanent" from the language describing the issuance of a license to an applicant with an out-of-state license and also removes a clause exempting such a license from annual renewal. The amendment adds language stating that the license of the out-of-state licensee must be active, unrestricted and without disciplinary action. The amendment requires the State Board of Funeral Service to adopt rules to implement the section describing the issuance of a license to an out-of-state licensee, and specifically requires that rules define what constitutes substantially similar license requirements. The amendment also changes the continuing education requirements to allow for 6, rather than 8 hours to be conducted remotely, and removes the requirement that all continuing education programs be approved by the board.

LD 679 Chaptered Law
LD 679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 697
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 740 An Act To Include Bucksport and the Penobscot River Basin in the Department of Transportation's Cargo Port Strategy Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 740
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to develop and implement a strategy for cargo port development that includes Bucksport and the Penobscot River Basin.

LD 783 Resolve, To Require an Independent Analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 783
This resolve directs the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, to contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform an independent analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to fund the contract. The nongovernmental entity may not have a direct commercial interest in the I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and must provide a report of its analysis to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than April 19, 2019. This resolve also suspends the project until the independent analysis is complete and provides the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation with the authority to make a determination about whether the project may continue.

LD 832 An Act To Expand Options for Consumers of Cable Television in Purchasing Individual Channels and Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 15, 2019
LD 832
This bill requires that cable television system operators offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels or programs on cable channels individually.

LD 832 Chaptered Law
LD 832 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 850 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 in Island Falls Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 850
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Island Falls on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.

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
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 913 An Act To Amend the Laws on Gross Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching To Include Counseling Professionals (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 913
This bill makes it unlawful for a member of the clergy who is in a position of trust or authority over another person to cause the other person to submit to or participate in a sexual act, sexual contact or sexual touching by exploiting the person's emotional dependency on the member of the clergy. It also places the current definition of "domestic partner" in the definition section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 11 and deletes repetitive definitions of "domestic partner" found throughout the chapter.

Amendment S-117
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the law on gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching to include all licensed counseling professionals as the actors in the gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.

LD 913 Amendment S-117 fiscal note
LD 943 An Act To Allow Laser Spine Surgery in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 943
This bill allows the use of lasers during spine surgery.

LD 948 An Act To Restrict Ordinances That Affect the Posting of Property for Municipal and Private Land Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 948
This bill provides that a municipality or political subdivision of the State may not enact an ordinance, law or rule regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint that is different from the provisions in state law regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint.

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

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 970 An Act To Encourage Policies Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units under Local Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Requirements Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-179, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 970
This bill directs municipalities to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, which are dwelling units located within a detached single-family dwelling unit.

Amendment H-179
This amendment expands the definition of "accessory dwelling unit" to include a dwelling unit attached to and detached from another single-dwelling unit. It clarifies that municipalities are encouraged to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, but it does not require municipalities to permit accessory dwelling units. It reorganizes the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4236, subsection 3-A, paragraph G for ease of understanding.

LD 970 Chaptered Law
LD 970 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 991 Resolve, To Expunge Criminal and Civil Records Related to Marijuana Activities Legalized by the Voters of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 991
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to expunge, by July 1, 2020, all records relating to criminal convictions and civil violations for conduct now authorized by the adult use of marijuana provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 993 An Act To Expand Recovery Support Services Offered in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties and the Greater Bangor Region To Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those Affected by Substance Use Disorder by Designating a Regional Peer-supported Recovery Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 993
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a regional peer-supported recovery center to expand recovery support services to all areas in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties and the greater Bangor region and provides funding for the contract.

LD 1029 An Act To Expand Educational Opportunities for Students Attending Public Secondary Schools with Enrollments of 300 or Fewer Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1029
This bill requires private and public secondary schools with more than 300 students to enter into contracts with secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to establish academic opportunity programs that make available to resident students of the smaller schools the courses and academic programs of the larger schools, including, but not limited to, advanced placement courses, international baccalaureate programs and early college programs. The bill also requires the secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to inform their resident students of the academic opportunity program and provides that the schools participating in an academic opportunity program are not responsible for providing transportation to participating students.

LD 1065 An Act To Expand Health Insurance Coverage To Certain State Employees Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-278, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1065
This bill requires the State to pay its share of the individual premium for the state employee health insurance plan for a seasonal or session-only employee regardless of whether the employee is in active work status unless the seasonal or session-only employee has health coverage under another plan.

Amendment H-292
This amendment requires the State Budget Officer to calculate the increased cost to state departments and agencies due to the requirements of the bill and transfer the amounts by financial order. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1065 fiscal note
LD 1065 Amendment H-292 fiscal note
LD 1081 An Act To Impose Further Restrictions on where Marijuana May Be Smoked Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1081
This bill expands the restrictions on where marijuana may be smoked to include:
  • 1. Areas in which tobacco smoking is prohibited;
  • 2. In a private residence or on private property when a person under 18 years of age is present; and
  • 3. In a vehicle in which a person under 18 years of age is present.


LD 1179 An Act To Expand Coyote Hunting to Every Day of the Coyote Hunting Season and To Eliminate Fees Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1179
This bill abolishes the coyote night hunting permit fee, allows hunters to hunt coyotes on Sundays during the regular hunting season, which under current Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rules is from January 1st to December 31st, and eliminates any license fee that may be charged in connection with coyote hunting for the 2019 regular season.

LD 1198 An Act To Ensure Transparency and Participation in Maine Water Districts Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019
LD 1198
This bill removes from the laws governing water districts and standard water districts language referencing the appointment of standard district trustees pursuant to standard district charters. It amends the law regarding appointments of trustees to provide that, if sufficient and appropriate nominations for the election of trustees have not occurred, trustees may be appointed.

LD 1314 An Act To Extend Protections for Genetic Information Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-271, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1314
Under current law, when considering the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity, an insurer may consider an applicant's genetic information or the results of an applicant's genetic test as long as the consideration of genetic information or test results does not constitute "unfair discrimination." This bill strikes language that authorizes the consideration of genetic information or test results and instead prohibits an insurer from discriminating against an individual on the basis of genetic information or the results of a genetic test in the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

Amendment H-271
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that an insurer obtain the informed written consent of an individual before requesting, requiring, purchasing or using any information from an entity providing direct-to-consumer genetic testing in connection with the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

LD 1314 Chaptered Law
LD 1314 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1321 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Funding Limitation on County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1321
This bill eliminates the 4% growth limitation cap on county assessments to municipalities to fund county correctional services.

LD 1333 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Establish a Maine County Correctional Facilities Revolving Construction and Improvement Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1333
This bill provides for a bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, to fund the construction, repair and upgrading of county correctional facilities. The bill establishes the Maine County Correctional Facilities Revolving Construction and Improvement Fund to receive the bond money and the Maine County Correctional Facilities Construction and Improvement Board to administer the fund. The bill allows money in the fund to be loaned to a county for a project to construct, repair or upgrade a county correctional facility and requires a loan from the fund to be approved at a referendum of the voters of the county where the project is located.

LD 1348 An Act To Authorize Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1348
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to conduct sports wagering, including online sports wagering, to persons or federally recognized Indian tribes licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities. The board may issue licenses to operate only online sports wagering to federally recognized Indian tribes that are not licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities.

Under the bill, "sports wagering" is defined as any device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering. Sports wagering operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events, other events in which a majority of the participants are minors and competitive video game events. Sports wagering operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports wagering operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of prohibited persons established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the conduct of sports wagering, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within casino, commercial track or off-track betting facilities and establishing record keeping, reporting and auditing requirements. The bill also requires the board to adopt rules further regulating the conduct of online sports wagering, including rules regulating the servers and other equipment used to conduct sports wagering online, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net sports wagering income be used for administrative expenses of the board and 24% of net sports wagering income be credited by the Treasurer of State to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports wagering operators that comply with the laws governing sports wagering.

LD 1365 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Election of the Governor by Majority Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1365
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the Governor be elected by majority vote.

LD 1588 An Act To Create a Registration Process and Permits for Vacation Rentals (By request) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1588
Current law exempts private homes, when not more than 5 rooms are let in that home, and cottages and rooms, when not more than 3 rooms or cottages are let, from licensing as a lodging place. This bill retains that exemption from licensing for such places, but considers them vacation rentals and requires the owner of a vacation rental to register the vacation rental with the Department of Health and Human Services and obtain a permit. The permit is issued on an annual basis for a fee of no more than $50. The department is required to establish and maintain a vacation rental registry. A vacation rental is defined in current law as a residential property that is rented for vacation, leisure or recreation purposes for a day, a week or a month, and typically under 30 days but not for more than an entire summer or winter season, to a person who has a place of permanent residence to which the person intends to return.

This bill also makes nonsubstantive grammatical changes to reflect current drafting standards.

LD 1608 An Act To Exempt Trailers Sold to Out-of-state Entities from Sales and Use Tax (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-168, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1608
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for trailers that are purchased in the State but then driven or transported outside the State immediately upon delivery. The exemption excludes camper trailers, which are included in the definition of "trailer," since a similar exemption already exists for camper trailers, other than those that are being leased for a period of less than one year.

Amendment S-168
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1608 Amendment S-168 fiscal note
LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-290, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1674
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
  • 1. It requires a county or municipality that employs a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter to notify such an employee of the program in writing no later than 60 days following the effective date of hire of that employee. Such an employee must choose in writing whether to enroll in the program. A copy of the form on which an employee chooses to enroll in the program or to not enroll in the program must be retained by the county or municipality.
  • 2. It provides that, when the effective date of hire of the eligible person is on or after October 1, 2019, the eligible person must enroll in the program no later than 5 years following the effective date of hire.
  • 3. It increases the amount of the premium subsidy from 45% to 55%.
  • 4. It provides that enrollees retiring from counties or municipalities that do not participate in the majority multiple-employer welfare arrangement and do not provide health insurance coverage for retirees may enroll in the group health plan available to state employees.
  • 5. It provides that an enrollee may participate in the group health insurance plan in which the enrollee's spouse participates if that plan is offered in this State or in another group health insurance plan that is offered in this State.
  • 6. It provides that an enrollee who is not receiving wages from a county or municipal employer on account of an absence from work due to an injury compensable under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992, a disability for which the enrollee is receiving a disability retirement benefit from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System or a leave of absence must contribute to the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund for the period of time of the absence from work based on the enrollee's gross wages immediately before the absence from work in order for the enrollee to be eligible for coverage under the program.


Amendment S-290
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment delays until July 1, 2021 the provision to increase the state share of the premium subsidy for enrollees in the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program from 45% to 55%.

LD 1674 Chaptered Law
LD 1674 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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