Representative Betty Austin [Democrat]
Skowhegan ~ District 107
Towns in District: part of Madison and SkowheganWould be term limited: 2022
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✉ 41 Woodland Drive
Skowhegan, Maine 04976
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||73%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||83%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||8 of 8|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||7 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||100%|
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|LD 572||An Act Regarding the State Bird||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to specify the black-capped chickadee or the boreal chickadee as the state bird.
|LD 1234||An Act To Expand the Value of the Homestead Exemption to $25,000 and State Reimbursement to 100 Percent of Lost Property Tax Revenue||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-482, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill increases for property tax years beginning April 1, 2020 the value of the homestead exemption benefit under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $20,000 to $25,000 and increases the state reimbursement for the lost property tax revenue from 62.5% to 100%. The bill also provides that the property tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes to 70% the percentage of state reimbursement of lost property tax revenue due to the increase in the homestead exemption in the bill. It also removes from the bill the provision that the tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1234 Amendment H-482 fiscal note
|LD 19||An Act To Require Newly Purchased Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-190, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.
This amendment, rather than requiring all school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, requires school buses of model year 2021 or newer to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also clarifies the definition of "school bus crossing arm" and sets the minimum and maximum length of a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also makes the bill an emergency, to take effect when approved.
LD 19 Chaptered Law
LD 19 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 40||Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-246, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019|
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 40 Chaptered Law
LD 40 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 105||An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019|
This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development.
It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.
|LD 128||An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 10, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.
Funding is provided to restore all positions and for related All Other costs to reopen and operate the Downeast Correctional Facility beginning October 1, 2019.
|LD 171||Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Evaluate and Address the Transportation Needs of Maine's Veterans||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-116, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve establishes a 30-month pilot project in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties to provide transportation to veterans and their caregivers or dependents to and from employment or employment-related services, medical appointments, mental health services, social services and community activities.
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 171 fiscal note
LD 171 Amendment H-116 fiscal note
|LD 315||Resolve, To Promote Healthy Living in Maine||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-66, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill appropriates funds for evidence-based programs to promote healthy living of the State's older adults.
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a 2-year program designed to support and improve the health and well-being of the State's older adults and reduce health care treatment costs by preventing disease, injury and falls. It directs the department to contract for the implementation of this program with one or more community-based organizations that have a demonstrated ability to deliver evidence-based programs to serve older adults statewide, especially in rural, underserved and unserved areas of the State. The amendment describes the criteria that a community-based organization must meet in order to be awarded a contract. It also changes the appropriations and allocations section to indicate that it is one-time funding.
LD 315 fiscal note
LD 315 Amendment H-197 fiscal note
|LD 349||An Act To Extend the Refundability of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit to Students in the Behavioral Health Field||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill provides that students receiving bachelor's degrees or associate degrees in a behavioral health field are entitled to a refundable income tax credit for certain education loans in the same manner as students receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
|LD 414||An Act To Provide Intensive Case Managers to Counties That Do Not Have County Jails or Regional Jails||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-196, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to create additional intensive case manager positions so that counties that do not have a county jail or regional jail will have an intensive case manager. An intensive case manager oversees persons who are detained by a law enforcement officer and who have intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions or have misused substances and connects them to the services for which they qualify, works with the court system to ensure that they receive due process and speedy trials and assists persons who qualify for the MaineCare program to apply for and receive MaineCare benefits and services while being detained or incarcerated, including during the implementation of diversion and reentry plans.
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It provides funding for 4 additional Intensive Case Manager positions in the Department of Health and Human Services.
LD 414 Amendment H-196 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|
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 539||Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-131, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 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 amend its MaineCare rules to provide for increases in the personal needs allowances of residents in nursing facilities and residential care facilities. The rules are designated as routine technical rules.
This amendment increases the personal needs allowance for residents of nursing facilities to $50 rather than the $70 required in the resolve. It removes the section of the resolve that increases the personal needs allowance for residents of residential care facilities. The amendment also specifies the rule chapter of the Department of Health and Human Services that is changed, changes the title of the resolve and adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 539 Amendment H-131 fiscal note
|LD 687||Resolve, To Create a Flag To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-72, Finally passed, Signed into law April 30, 2019|
This bill replaces the current State of Maine flag with the flag that was in use before 1909.
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve directing the Secretary of State to create a bicentennial flag for the State.
LD 687 Chaptered Law
LD 687 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 694||An Act To Amend the Charter of the Town of Madison's Department of Electric Works||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill replaces language regarding the bonding authority of the Madison Department of Electric Works to provide that it is the electric works that issues bonds for its purposes and not the Town of Madison. The bill also removes the $1,200,000 cap on the issuance of bonds or notes for current operating expenses.
LD 694 Chaptered Law
LD 694 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 716||An Act To Increase Railroad Freight Safety||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019|
This bill requires a railroad company to ensure that there are at least 2 employees on a freight train traveling on a railroad line within the State, except for a freight train traveling for hostler service. It provides that a railroad company that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each violation.
|LD 717||An Act To Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Reform||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to create a seamless crisis services system that allows high-risk patients timely access to inpatient care and to increase communication within the crisis services system to better manage patients after discharge. The purpose of this bill is to save lives and improve the overall quality and integrity of the crisis services system by:
|LD 765||Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-247, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review asset limits for social service programs and revise the limits to increase the effectiveness of the programs.
The amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to examine the asset limits for eligibility applied to the elderly low-cost drug program, the Medicare savings program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the statewide food supplement program, otherwise known as SNAP. The department and stakeholder group are required to examine the asset limits to determine if they meet the missions of the programs or present barriers and to determine compliance with federal laws and guidelines. The department is required to submit a report, together with its findings, legislative recommendations and any rulemaking activities to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2019.
LD 765 Chaptered Law
LD 765 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 778||An Act To Create the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill establishes the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety as a program account in the Highway Fund within the Department of Transportation. The bill provides that the fund must be used for pedestrian safety improvements, such as lights, paint, signs, speed bumps and reconstruction of intersections. The bill also provides that a municipality or a group of municipalities may apply for funding from the fund. Up to 80% of project costs for pedestrian safety improvements may be financed from the fund with the remainder of the costs provided by the municipality or group of municipalities, except that up to 100% of proposed project costs for pedestrian safety improvements may be financed from the fund if the project is located within an area identified by the Department of Transportation as a dangerous intersection based on pedestrian crash data. The bill also requires the department to notify municipalities of the required biennial report and pedestrian crash data. Finally, the bill provides that the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety receives revenue from uncommitted balances in the Multimodal Transportation Fund and other funds from any public or private source.
|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 821||Resolve, To Review Case Loads for Child Welfare Caseworkers||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-209, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 21, 2019|
This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services ensure that a caseworker in the Office of Child and Family Services is not assigned a number of cases that exceeds a number established by the department by rule. The number established by the department must be a number recommended by a national organization with expertise in maximum case loads that ensures caseworkers can adequately focus on each case. The bill also provides that the number of caseworkers assigned to any individual support staff may not exceed 8.
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to review case load standards for child welfare caseworkers and develop standard case load recommendations with input from child welfare caseworkers and the Public Consulting Group. The Public Consulting Group is currently contracted with the department to evaluate the child welfare program. The department is required to submit a report by October 1, 2019 with its findings and recommendations and then submit annual reports on staffing in the child welfare program in relation to the standard case load recommendations. The reports are submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint legislative committee established to oversee program evaluation and government accountability matters. The amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.
LD 821 Chaptered Law
LD 821 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 857||An Act To Increase Accountability for Wage Violations||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-78, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.
This amendment changes the fine structure proposed in the bill from a $2,500 fine for each subsequent violation of the various wage and hour laws to a fine of at least $500 but not more than $2,500 for each subsequent violation. It also strikes new language added by the bill regarding a civil action remedy for violations of various wage and hour laws. It reduces the liquidated damages available in a civil action to collect unpaid minimum wages from 3 times the amount of unpaid wages, as proposed by the bill, to twice the amount of unpaid wages, and it reduces the Labor and Safety Inspector positions added to the bill from 10 to 4.
LD 857 Amendment H-78 fiscal note
|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 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 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|
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.
LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 963||An Act To Exempt Overtime Pay from Individual Income Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019|
This bill excludes from income tax overtime compensation if the employer is required by law to pay the overtime compensation to the employee.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund costs of activities necessary to administer the tax change provided in the bill.
LD 963 Amendment H-259 fiscal note
|LD 1002||An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill)||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-624, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.<\p>
This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.
The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9634.
|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 1038||Resolve, To Convene a Stakeholder Group on Funding and Training for the State's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams and the Acquisition of Equipment||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-319, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to improve the training and retention of oil and hazardous materials emergency response workers and their ability to respond to oil and hazardous materials emergencies by requiring the State to:
This amendment replaces the concept draft bill with a resolve. The resolve directs the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding the funding currently provided to the State's hazardous materials emergency response teams, including the 8 regional response teams and the 7 decontamination strike teams, funding options, the training of the teams and equipment acquisition. The recommendations of the stakeholder group must be compatible with the strategic plan of the State Emergency Response Commission. The director is required to invite to the stakeholder group representatives of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, fire chiefs from municipalities with regional response teams and decontamination strike teams and other persons who express interest in the work of the stakeholder group. The amendment directs the director to present the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by November 6, 2019. Following receipt of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
LD 1038 Chaptered Law
LD 1038 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1062||An Act To Support Maine Families by Providing for Transportation of Parents and Guardians of MaineCare Recipients under 18 Years of Age to Their Appointments||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019|
This bill allows nonemergency medical transportation services that are currently available to MaineCare members for transportation to and from providers of medical services to be used by parents or guardians of MaineCare members under 18 years of age to and from providers of medical services when no other means of transportation is available to the parents or guardians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt or amend rules to implement this provision. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to apply for any Medicaid waivers or submit any state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive matching funds. In the event that no matching federal funds are available, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to cover the cost using General Fund money.
|LD 1101||An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Allow Pedestrian Walkways and Trails That Exclude Motorized Vehicles within the Shoreland Zone||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill amends the shoreland zoning laws to authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance that exempts pedestrian walkways or trails within the shoreland zone from otherwise applicable setback requirements so long as use of motorized vehicles, other than motorized assistive devices, is prohibited on the walkway or trail and the ordinance maintains certain other protective standards. Any allowed walkway or trail must meet all other state and local permit requirements and comply with all other applicable rules.
|LD 1140||An Act To Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019|
This bill requires a law enforcement agency, within 60 days of receiving a complaint for an alleged sexual assault, to inform the appropriate prosecutor of any evidence and submit the complaint to the appropriate prosecutor for review and a decision by the prosecutor regarding further investigation and commencement of prosecution. Failure of a law enforcement agency to do so does not affect the validity of a later submission and prosecution.
LD 1140 Chaptered Law
LD 1140 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1166||An Act To Require Public Transit To Be Accessible to Blind or Visually Impaired Riders (By request)||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019|
This bill requires that all state and municipal vehicles that operate on a fixed route system for the purpose of public transportation must be equipped with an automated announcement system that delivers audible messages to passengers regarding transit route, current and next stop and destination of the vehicle. The bill provides an exemption for vehicles that cannot reasonably be equipped with an automated announcement system.
|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 1241||An Act To Improve Survival Rates of Salmon and Other Migratory Fish Transitioning from Freshwater to Saltwater Environments||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a smoltification success research program to investigate the external influences on smoltification success and metamorphosis success of nonsalmonid anadromous species and smolt migration success. Specific attention must be given to evaluating the effects of industrial and sewage treatment plant effluents and other pollutants on the timing of smoltification. The program must include the capacity to systematically analyze the effect of a variety of chemicals found in effluents on the timing of the development of and physical health of smolts and recommendations for conservation and management options. The analysis must include the effluence of biological substances such as pheromones from land-based aquaculture. Analysis of these effects must be conducted cooperatively with the industries and communities that discharge into rivers that are significant for Atlantic salmon and other diadromous fish species.
|LD 1338||An Act To Protect Teachers from Unfair Evaluations||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-400, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019|
This bill removes the requirement in current law that the criteria to establish the order of layoff and recall of teachers must include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor. It also amends the provisions in current law governing the use of teacher effectiveness ratings.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and provides that, in any negotiated agreement, the criteria negotiated by the school board and the bargaining agent to establish the order of layoff and recall may include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor.
This amendment also provides that, subject to appeal or grievance under the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, receipt of summative effectiveness ratings indicating that a teacher is ineffective for 2 consecutive years constitutes just cause for nonrenewal of a teacher's contract as long as there is a reasonable basis in fact for the effectiveness ratings, the evaluation process leading to the effectiveness ratings has been performed in a manner reasonably consistent with the approved system and department rules and the effectiveness ratings are not the result of bad faith.This amendment also provides that there is no right to an appeal or grievance of a summative effectiveness rating unless the summative effectiveness rating is used by the employer as a basis for a disciplinary action and provides that a teacher has the opportunity to provide a written response to any summative effectiveness rating issued to the teacher.
LD 1338 Chaptered Law
LD 1338 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1555||An Act To Improve Highway Maintenance Safety||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill amends current law to allow vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or in emergency rescue operations by emergency management and public safety agencies and public service vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary lights that emit a combination of amber and white lights or any shade between amber and white. It also allows the use of green lighting for any highway maintenance vehicle that is operating under the direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority.
This bill also amends current law to allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to remove a vehicle from the Maine Turnpike if it is improperly parked, abandoned or interfering with snow removal in the same manner that the Department of Transportation may remove such a vehicle on a road under its jurisdiction. It also clarifies that a 3rd-party agent such as an independent contractor working for the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority is entitled to the same immunity from liability for these removals as employees of the department or authority.
|LD 1592||An Act To Allow the Dissolution of Regional School Units Composed of a Single Municipality||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-474, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019|
This bill provides the steps necessary for a regional school unit composed of only one municipality to dissolve, including petitioning to dissolve the regional school unit, holding elections in the municipality, the provision of educational services for students and the disposition of outstanding indebtedness if the vote is to dissolve the regional school unit.
This amendment clarifies the process for a municipality to withdraw from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality and provides that upon withdrawal of a municipality from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality, the regional school unit is dissolved.
LD 1592 Chaptered Law
LD 1592 Chaptered Law fiscal note