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Representative Bettyann Sheats [Democrat]
Auburn ~ District 64

Towns in District: part of Auburn and Minot

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
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✉ Bettyann.Sheats@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 32 Waterview Drive
Auburn, Maine 04210


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 168 Resolve, To Create a Universal Job Application System for Maine's Career Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 168
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to create a universal job application system for use in the State's career centers and make universal job applications available at each of the centers. It also requires the department to work with public and private employers in the creation and maintenance of the system.

LD 169 An Act To Provide Occupants of Motor Vehicles with Gold Star Family Registration Plates Free Entry to State Parks, Camping Areas and Beaches Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-13, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 169
This bill provides for free entry to state parks, camping areas and beaches for those persons who have gold star family registration plates on their motor vehicles and for passengers in those vehicles.

Amendment H-13
This amendment clarifies that free entry to state parks and historic sites for a person displaying gold star family registration plates is for day use only.

LD 169 fiscal note
LD 169 Amendment H-13 fiscal note
LD 170 An Act To Prohibit Questions Regarding Criminal History on Certain State Employment Applications Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 170
This bill prohibits the State from including questions about criminal history on its employment application forms. The bill provides an exception to that prohibition when, due to the nature and requirements of the position, a person who has a criminal history may be disqualified from eligibility, such as for a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, child protective or adult protective services caseworker or child development services worker position. The bill applies to state employment positions in the legislative, executive or judicial branch of State Government and positions with quasi-independent state entities or public instrumentalities of the State; it does not apply to positions in school administrative units, municipalities, counties or other political subdivisions of the State.

LD 170 Chaptered Law
LD 170 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 171
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.

Amendment H-116
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 171 fiscal note
LD 171 Amendment H-116 fiscal note
LD 510 An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-118, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 510
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management for the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope to provide suitable housing for women veterans in transition and their families.

Amendment H-118
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and moves the appropriation to the current fiscal year.

LD 535 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 535
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.

LD 536 An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 536
Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.

LD 571 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Initiate a Service Development Plan for Commuter and Passenger Train Service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn Area Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 571
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to initiate a service development plan for commuter and passenger train service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn area. The plan must indicate the locations of railway stations in towns along the corridor route and include an environmental impact statement for each station site. It directs the department to submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 15, 2020.

LD 1258 An Act To Increase Access to Transportation for Workforce and Other Essential Transportation Needs Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-453, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1258
This bill requires the quinquennial locally coordinated plan for regional transit submitted by each regional public transportation agency to focus on meeting workforce needs.

This bill also provides funding to the Department of Transportation to support and expand local volunteer driver networks; to create a pilot purchase of service program in a selected region of the State to provide senior citizens and persons with disabilities vouchers to purchase their own transportation services; and for regional transportation providers throughout the State, split evenly between rural and urban areas, to expand their services, including addressing regional workforce needs.

Amendment H-453
This amendment provides funding to the Department of Transportation from the General Fund instead of the Highway Fund to support and expand local volunteer driver networks and for regional transportation providers through the State to expand their services. Resources must be distributed evenly between urban and rural areas.

LD 1258 Amendment H-453 fiscal note

LD 1578 An Act To Improve Administration of the Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board and the Public Transit Advisory Council (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1578
This bill changes the membership of the Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board and provides for staggered terms. It provides that the Commissioner of Transportation serves as a nonvoting secretary and clerk of the board and authorizes the board to adopt bylaws.

The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Transportation to designate as voting members of the Public Transit Advisory Council those persons the commissioner is required to invite to participate in council meetings. It provides for staggered terms, requires the council to meet at least once per year and authorizes the council to adopt bylaws. It also changes the reporting requirements for the council.

LD 1578 Chaptered Law
LD 1578 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 38 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-241, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 38
This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.

Amendment H-241
This amendment adds language to clarify the requirement that the purchase of a hearing aid in accordance with the bill's coverage must be done in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules for the dispensing of hearing aids. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section and provides for the calculation and transfer of amounts for premium costs by financial order.

LD 38 Chaptered Law
LD 38 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 150 An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-35, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 150
This bill provides that unless a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

Amendment S-35
This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the bill relating to persons attending schools outside of the unorganized territory also apply to a person who resides in the unorganized territory. The amendment provides that unless a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students in the unorganized territory who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 3271, subsection 2.

LD 150 Chaptered Law
LD 150 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 158 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Beano Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-42, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 158
This bill removes the requirement that beano conducted by organizations such as volunteer fire departments, agricultural fair associations and nonprofit, charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans organizations be conducted by members of those organizations and instead requires that beano conducted by these organizations be conducted in the presence of at least one member of the organization.

Amendment S-42
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Like the bill, the amendment removes the requirement in current law that beano or bingo games conducted by an organization such as a volunteer fire department, agricultural fair association or nonprofit association must be conducted entirely by members of the organization. Under the amendment, the beano or bingo games must be conducted under the exclusive control of an adult member of the organization, who may be assisted by other individuals. The amendment defines "member" to mean an individual duly admitted as a member according to the laws, rules, regulations, ordinances or bylaws governing the organization.<>br>
The amendment also makes a technical change to the laws governing beano and bingo to clarify that a charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans' organization that seeks to obtain a registration to conduct beano or bingo must be a bona fide nonprofit organization.

LD 158 Chaptered Law
LD 158 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 163 An Act Regarding Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 163
This bill provides enhanced property tax exemptions for certain veterans. A veteran regardless of age becomes eligible for a $25,000 exemption if the veteran has served at least 90 days of active service and has served in a combat zone. A veteran with a service-connected disability becomes eligible for a $50,000 exemption if the disability is rated 50% to 90% and a $100,000 exemption if the disability is rated 100%. A surviving unremarried spouse, minor child or parent who is receiving a pension based on the service of a deceased veteran qualifies for the same exemption the veteran would have been eligible for. A municipality is reimbursed for the constitutionally mandated 50% of the property tax revenue loss as a result of the enhanced exemption.

LD 253 An Act To Remove the Bet Limit for Winner-take-all Hands in Games of Chance Tournament Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 253
This bill removes the $5 bet limit for a winner-take-all hand conducted during a game of chance tournament game.

LD 253 Chaptered Law
LD 253 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 285 An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 285
This bill repeals the provision of law that exempts from legislative review major substantive rules that must be adopted to comply with federal law or to qualify for federal funds.

LD 285 Chaptered Law
LD 285 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 286 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-58, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 286
This bill provides a sales tax exemption on the purchase of feminine hygiene products.

Amendment H-58
This amendment changes the term used to describe the products subject to exemption and changes the definition to that in the federal Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act to simplify multistate administration.

LD 286 Amendment H-58 fiscal note
LD 306 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Public Safety To Study and Determine What Constitutes a Violation of Air Space by a Drone (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 306
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to study and determine what constitutes a violation of air space by a drone and to report the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by December 4, 2019.

LD 312 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Workers' Compensation Insurance for Small Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 312
This bill prohibits a workers' compensation insurer from charging a minimum premium in connection with its issuance of a workers' compensation policy.

LD 332 An Act To Remove the Statute of Limitations for Certain Sex Crimes Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 332
This bill amends the portions of the Maine Criminal Code pertaining to statutes of limitations to remove statutes of limitations governing the prosecution of Class A, Class B or Class C crimes involving incest; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; or rape or gross sexual assault, formerly denominated as gross sexual misconduct.

These changes apply only to those sexual crimes committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

LD 353 An Act Regarding the Safety of Recovery Residences Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-577, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 353
This bill requires a recovery residence located in a house to be considered a one-family dwelling under rules concerning safety to life from fire if the recovery residence has no more than 6 occupants and contains a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in each room.

This bill also defines "recovery residence" as an alcohol-free and illegal substance-free shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that provides peer support and connects residents to support services and community resources.

Amendment H-577
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides an exception to the rules for life safety code requirements for recovery residences that are certified by a nationally recognized organization that supports persons recovering from substance use disorder and that meet other listed criteria. The amendment defines a recovery residence as a shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that is focused on peer support, provides to its residents an environment free of alcohol and illegal drugs and assists its residents by connecting the residents to support services or resources in the community that are available to persons recovering from substance use disorder.

LD 353 Chaptered Law
LD 353 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 458 An Act To Require Motorists To Yield to Transit Buses Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-129, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 458
This bill requires an operator of a vehicle to yield the right-of-way to a transit bus traveling in the same direction if the transit bus has signaled and is reentering the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder of the roadway.

Amendment S-129
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment requires that the operator of a vehicle on a public way that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less must yield the right-of-way to a transit bus that has an illuminated yield sign on the left side of the rear of the bus and the bus driver has activated a turn signal to reenter the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder on the roadway. The amendment also clarifies the definition of "transit bus."

LD 458 Chaptered Law
LD 458 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 466 An Act To Create a Diesel Fuel Tax Differential Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 466
This bill imposes an additional 5¢ per gallon fuel tax on diesel fuel and requires that revenue from the tax be used only for construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges. The additional tax is repealed on November 1, 2022. The Commissioner of Transportation is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by March 1, 2022 identifying the amount of revenue collected and the purposes for which the revenue was or will be used. The committee is authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to retain, repeal or amend provisions relating to the diesel fuel tax differential.

LD 472 An Act To Provide Meals to Homebound Individuals Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-12, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 472
This bill provides for the appropriation of funding to provide meals to homebound individuals. This bill also establishes a work group to research food access barriers and make recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services about how to leverage resources to ensure regular, adequate nutrition for homebound individuals in the State and to forecast future demand and identify the appropriate level of funding in the future.

Amendment H-12
This amendment removes the work group to research food access barriers from the bill.

LD 472 fiscal note
LD 472 Amendment H-12 fiscal note
LD 473 An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019
LD 473
This bill repeals the limit on security deposits on residential rental units.

LD 572 An Act Regarding the State Bird Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 572
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 626 An Act To Provide Funding for the Naval Museum and Gardens in Brunswick Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-64, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 626
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens in Brunswick.

Amendment H-64
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment, which is the majority report, provides one-time funds to the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens to support and preserve Maine's maritime patrol aviation heritage.

LD 626 Amendment H-64 fiscal note

LD 689 An Act Regarding Temporary Signs Related to an Event That Are Placed in the Public Right-of-way Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 689
This bill limits the placement of temporary signs related to an event in the public right-of-way by prohibiting their placement more than 6 weeks before the event.

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
LD 778
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 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 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 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
LD 1002
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.

Amendment H-624
PART A
This Part makes allocations of funds for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

PART B
This Part recognizes an increase in the attrition rate for the 2020-2021 biennium from 1.6% to 5% for judicial branch and executive branch departments and agencies.

PART C
This Part requires the State Controller to carry forward any unexpended balances in the Personal Services and All Other line categories in the Department of Secretary of State, Administration - Motor Vehicles program, after all financial commitments for salary, benefits and other obligations and budgetary adjustments have been made, at the end of fiscal year 2018-19 to fiscal year 2019-20 and at the end of fiscal year 2019-20 to fiscal year 2020-21, to the All Other line category in the Department of Secretary of State, Administration - Motor Vehicles program to be used for the procurement and implementation of an automated driver's license testing system.

PART D
This Part allows the Commissioner of Transportation to use funds in the Multimodal Transportation Fund to make loans to counties, municipalities, state agencies and quasi-state government agencies for multimodal forms of transportation.

PART E
This Part allows the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to issue up to $75,000,000 of GARVEE bonds for highway and bridge needs.

PART F
This Part requires the State Controller to transfer amounts exceeding $100,000 from the unallocated balance in the Highway Fund, after all commitments have been met, to the Highway and Bridge Capital, Highway Light Capital and Maintenance and Operations programs within the Department of Transportation for capital needs.

PART G
This Part authorizes the Commissioner of Transportation to transfer Highway Fund Personal Services balances available at the end fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 to the Department of Transportation, Highway and Bridge Capital, Highway Light Capital and Maintenance and Operations programs for capital or all other needs. The funds may be allocated by financial order upon the recommendation of the State Budget Officer and the approval of the Governor.

PART H
This Part requires the State Controller to transfer $6,345,967 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $6,404,253 in fiscal year 2020-21 from the unallocated surplus of the Highway Fund to the TransCap Trust Fund.

PART I
This Part allows TransCap Trust Fund nonbond funds to be used for capital projects with an anticipated useful life of 5 years or more.

PART J
This Part repeals the section of law that excludes the Marine Highway account within the Highway Fund from the Local Road Assistance Program calculation.

PART K
This Part provides allocations to increase by 5% the base salary of one Public Service Executive I position and one Public Service Manager II position within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This Part also requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Human Resources to make a corresponding change to the bureau's rules governing compensation.

LD 1002 Chaptered Law
LD 1002 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1042 An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1042
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.

LD 1072 An Act To Promote Workforce Education on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 1072
This bill requires health care practitioners to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia to an authorized representative or a family or household member except for a person that is expressly prohibited by the individual diagnosed. The health care practitioner making the diagnosis must also provide information regarding care planning services, including assistance understanding the diagnosis, and medical and nonmedical options for treatment, services and supports and information on how to access those options.

The bill requires that by January 1, 2023 every hospital must have a policy regarding the recognition and management of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia within that hospital and have the policy on file. The hospital must consult with the Department of Health and Human Services and statewide organizations with expertise in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and include relevant portions of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Healthy Brain Initiative" publication and any succeeding plans and the state plan regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Maine developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill also requires continuing education requirements to be adopted by the Board of Licensure in Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the State Board of Nursing that relate to diagnosis, behavioral symptoms, respectful and effective communication, safety, signs of abuse and neglect and identifying signs of self-neglect by persons living alone with Alzheimer's or dementia. It also requires physician assistants to receive the same continuing education.

The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 4 hours of education and training to all employees of adult protective services at the beginning of employment.

LD 1093 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Railroad Infrastructure Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1093
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investments in railroad infrastructure to expand passenger rail service, with a priority for railroad track corridors that could support passenger and freight intermodal operations and enhance the movement of agricultural products.

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
LD 1166
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
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1226 An Act To Make Criteria for State Veterans' Benefits Consistent within the Maine Revised Statutes Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1226
This bill revises language in the Maine Revised Statutes regarding eligibility for veterans' benefits to make that language consistent throughout the statutes.

LD 1257 An Act To Prepare Maine for a Low-carbon Transportation Future Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1257
This bill authorizes the Secretary of State to require the owner of an electric vehicle to pay an electric vehicle registration surcharge of $25 per year when at least 3,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The amount of the surcharge increases to $50 per year when at least 10,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The municipality that collects the annual electric vehicle registration surcharge is required to expend no less than 50% of the surcharge to construct or modify public infrastructure that facilitates the charging of electric vehicles for use by the general public or for other purposes that encourage or support the purchase and use by the general public of electric vehicles.

The bill also directs the Governor's Energy Office to convene an electric vehicle task force, which is charged with reviewing a number of matters relating to electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure. The director of the office is required to report by February 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation regarding any recommendations of the task force, including proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The bill also directs the Commissioner of Transportation to take a number of actions regarding short-term and long-term planning for road infrastructure and highway funding, including a review of potential new vehicle or road use fees. The commissioner is directed to report by February 15, 2021 to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy, utilities and technology matters and transportation matters regarding those actions and including any findings and recommendations and proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 1266 An Act To Create Transportation Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding Transportation and Transit Services Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1266
This bill provides for the formation of transportation corridor districts within the current law relating to transit districts and regional transportation corporations. The bill provides that a municipality may, by itself or in cooperation with one or more other municipalities, form a transportation corridor district for the purposes of providing an environment to fund public transportation and serve accessibility needs, including passenger rail, ferry, bus, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and routes, and promoting economic development at transportation station areas and in downtown areas.

The bill requires a municipality or group of municipalities to select the borders of the transportation corridor district. The bill requires that the formation of a transportation corridor district be approved by voter referendum in each participating municipality. The bill authorizes a district's board of directors, with approval from all municipalities in the district, to change the borders of the district. The bill also provides that a transportation corridor district, if approved by voter referendum in each municipality participating in the district, may borrow money temporarily and issue its negotiable notes for that money and issue securities of the district.

LD 1266 Chaptered Law
LD 1266 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1326 An Act To Expand Eligibility for the Veterans' Property Tax Exemption Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1326
This bill allows persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the period from February 1, 1955 to February 27, 1961 to qualify for the veterans' property tax exemption based on dates of service.

LD 1345 An Act To Ensure a Fair Workweek Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1345
This bill requires employers who employ 5 or more employees in the State to provide hourly employees at least 2 weeks' prior notice of the employees' work schedules, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years.

The bill provides that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The department may adopt rules regarding compliance with and enforcement of these provisions, and the bureau is required to report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and the bureau's efforts.

LD 1367 An Act To Preserve and Protect the State's Rail Corridors Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1367
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to preserve and protect the rail corridors of the State for future railroad use and maintain all rail corridors in a condition that allows for their resuming railroad service.

The bill prohibits a rail corridor from being converted into or operated as a trail, used as a pathway or space for walking or biking, used for any other form of nonmotorized travel or recreation or used as a bus line without first being evaluated for passenger railroad service.

LD 1395 An Act To Create Fairness for Dispatchers in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-551, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1395
This bill adds dispatchers to the categories of participating local district employees for which a special retirement plan is available. Participating local districts that elect to cover their dispatchers by a more favorable special plan are responsible for the payment of any increased employer costs associated with such an election. Depending upon the plan that is elected, dispatchers may also pay an increased member contribution rate for participation in the more favorable special plan.

Amendment H-551
This amendment clarifies that a dispatcher may not be added to a special retirement plan by a participating local district that does not have a specific age requirement unless the dispatcher has completed at least 25 years of creditable service.

LD 1395 Chaptered Law
LD 1395 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1408 An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Wear Insignia on Their Uniforms To Indicate That They Are Veterans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-115, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1408
This bill allows a law enforcement officer employed by the State, a county or a municipality to wear insignia on the law enforcement officer's uniform to indicate that the law enforcement officer is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt routine technical rules to implement the change in law.

Amendment S-115
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment authorizes a law enforcement agency to allow a law enforcement officer who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and who is employed by the agency to wear insignia on the officer's uniform to indicate that the officer is a veteran.

LD 1408 Chaptered Law
LD 1408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1433 An Act To Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-362, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1433
This bill amends the laws regarding the reduction of toxics in packaging to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which phthalates have been intentionally introduced, effective January 1, 2022. It also authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to by rule prohibit the sale of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been intentionally introduced upon a determination by the department that a safer alternative to the intentionally introduced PFAS is available, except that such prohibition may not take effect until January 1, 2022 or 2 years following the department's determination that a safer alternative is available, whichever is later.

The bill provides an exemption from these prohibitions for a manufacturer of a food or beverage product that has annual national sales of all food and beverage products produced by the manufacturer of less than one billion dollars. It also authorizes the department to designate additional chemicals of concern in food packaging; to require manufacturers of food packaging that use such designated chemicals to report regarding its use of the chemical and the availability of safer alternatives; and to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which a designated chemical of concern has been intentionally introduced if safer alternatives are reasonably available, effective and affordable to the consumer.

Amendment H-362
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

  • 1. It clarifies that the sales prohibitions on food packaging containing intentionally introduced perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and phthalates in any amount greater than an incidental presence applies only to sales occurring in the State and clarifies the scope of the exemption to those prohibitions for certain manufacturers of food or beverage products.
  • 2. It provides that any rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection to prohibit the sale of food packaging containing intentionally introduced PFAS is major substantive rulemaking and requires the department to adopt by rule such a prohibition upon a determination that a safer alternative to the use of PFAS in a specific application of PFAS to a food package is available.
  • 3. It removes from the bill the provisions authorizing the department to designate by rule additional chemicals of concern in food packaging and instead enacts a new chapter to regulate the use of additional toxic chemicals in food packaging. That new chapter is modeled after the toxic chemicals in children's products law in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 16-D and incorporates the definitions and criteria from that law into the new chapter, as adapted for application to food packaging.
  • 4. It includes a number of technical changes to the bill as necessary to incorporate the other amendments to the bill described in this summary.


LD 1433 Chaptered Law
LD 1433 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1448 An Act To Expand the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1448
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's disability rating percentage instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons.

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
LD 1555
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.

Amendment S-206
This amendment clarifies that a municipal public works vehicle or vehicle operating under direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority may be equipped with green, white or amber auxiliary lights, which may be located on the front, rear or sides of the vehicle and may flash, oscillate, strobe or blink.

This amendment also makes minor technical changes to section 2 of the bill.

LD 1555 Chaptered Law
LD 1555 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1718 An Act To Exempt Purchases by Pet Food Pantries from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-241, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1718
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for purchases made by nonprofit organizations that provide pet food and supplies for little or no charge to low-income owners of pets.

Amendment S-241
This amendment provides that, in order to be eligible for a sales tax exemption, an incorporated nonprofit organization must be organized for the purpose of providing food or other supplies intended for pets at no charge to owners of those pets. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1718 Amendment S-241 fiscal note
LD 1748 An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1748
This bill allows the Efficiency Maine Trust or a municipality to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program to finance energy savings improvements on qualifying property.

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