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Representative Brian Hubbell [Democrat]
Bar Harbor ~ District 135

Towns in District: Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs

✉ Brian.Hubbell@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 66 Park Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609


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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, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 111 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development and Commercialization Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 111
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $250,000,000 issued in $50,000,000 increments over a 5-year period, will be used to provide funds for research and development and commercialization as prioritized by the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board's most recent innovation economy action plan and the Office of Innovation's most recent science and technology action plan. The funds must be allocated in support of technological innovation leading to commercialization in the targeted sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, environmental and renewable energy technology, information technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine technology, composites and advanced materials and precision manufacturing. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process and to Maine-based public and private institutions to leverage matching private and federal funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

LD 143 An Act To Protect Electric Ratepayers from Gross Output Metering Costs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 143
This bill prohibits a transmission and distribution utility from requiring a customer to meter the gross output of a facility for net energy billing purposes and from requiring a customer to have a meter installed to measure gross output in order to participate in net energy billing. The bill requires that a net energy billing customer be credited for kilowatt-hours exported from an eligible facility at the total retail rate for electricity. It allows a transmission and distribution utility to collect data on gross output only if a meter to measure gross output was installed prior to the effective date of this legislation. Finally, it requires the Public Utilities Commission to amend its rules to conform with the changes made in this legislation within 90 days of the effective date.

LD 331 An Act To Prohibit the Operation of Large Commercial Vessels in the Waters of Southern Mount Desert Island (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 331
This bill prohibits the operation, mooring or anchoring of commercial vessels over 200 feet in length or with the capacity to carry more than 100 passengers in the waters of southern Mount Desert Island.

LD 658 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-170, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
LD 658
This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.

Amendment H-170
This amendment replaces the resolve. The amendment directs the Governor's Energy Office, in coordination with the development of the state energy plan or other planning initiatives, to conduct an analysis for at least one scenario for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030 through the development and expansion of energy generating capacity, energy conservation and energy efficiency at levels sufficient to offset the total value of the State's domestic energy consumption across all sectors. The amendment requires the Governor's Energy Office to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 on progress regarding the state energy plan and the analysis for the State to become a net exporter of energy.

LD 658 Chaptered Law
LD 658 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 968 An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 968
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to make supplemental appropriations and allocations and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

LD 969 An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 969
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to make supplemental appropriations and allocations and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

LD 1026 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Examine Best Practices in Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-278, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1026
This bill requires the Secretary of State to:
  • 1. Publish a guide to election procedures for public distribution and revise the guide annually to reflect current law, rules and procedures regarding elections;
  • 2. Provide local election procedure and ballot reconciliation forms for local election officials to complete;
  • 3. Develop an election complaint process;
  • 4. Maintain automatic voter registration information and contract with a nonprofit corporation of member states to maintain the information;
  • 5. Report to the Legislature on certain election issues within 12 months after a general election; and
  • 6. Conduct a study of post-election audits and recounts.


Amendment H-278
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Secretary of State to conduct a study of post-election ballot audits and recounts. By December 6, 2023, the Secretary of State is directed to submit a report based upon the study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over election matters. The joint standing committee may report out a bill based upon the report to the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.

LD 1026 Chaptered Law
LD 1026 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1465 An Act To Diversify Maine's Energy Portfolio with Renewable Energy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 18, 2019
LD 1465
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It increases the portfolio requirement for new renewable resources from 10% to 50% by 2030 and makes several changes to resource eligibility for the requirement to encourage solar generation and highly productive hydropower resources and to provide minimum efficiency standards for biomass resources.
  • 2. It directs the Public Utilities Commission to procure long-term contracts over a 5-year period for 800 megawatts of grid-scale renewable resources, 90 megawatts of community-based renewable resources and 135 megawatts of renewable resources owned by commercial and industrial electricity customers. For each of these 3 types of renewable resources, the bill requires the commission to conduct annual solicitations for the long-term contracts and specifies requirements for the procurement process, resulting contracts and resource qualification.
  • 3. It requires that the Public Utilities Commission rules governing net energy billing allow up to 200 customers to share ownership of an electricity generating facility for net energy billing, allow electricity generating facilities of up to one megawatt installed capacity to qualify for net energy billing and require the commission to review net energy billing when the cumulative capacity of electricity generating facilities that participate in net energy billing in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility reaches 10% of the utility's peak demand.
  • 4. It directs the Public Utilities Commission to develop a plan for implementing a thermal renewable resource portfolio standard to encourage commercial and industrial pellet and wood heating systems, residential biomass systems and combined heat and power systems fueled by biomass. It requires the commission to submit a plan for the thermal renewable resource portfolio standard by January 1, 2020.
  • 5. It directs the Public Utilities Commission to develop, implement and evaluate a distributed generation pilot program to encourage on-site renewable energy generation. It requires the commission to evaluate the pilot program after 3 years of operation and report its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy matters by April 15, 2023.


LD 1506 Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Facilitate the Creation of a Strategic Economic Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1506
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate the creation of a 10-year strategic economic plan that recommends breakthrough strategies for increased economic prosperity for all citizens of the State in all regions, ultimately measured by increased household income, a growing workforce and sustainable business development.

The resolve directs the department to provide a report on the strategic plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 31, 2019. The joint standing committees are authorized to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 14 An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 14
This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State's system of learning results and assessment and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2019 in order to include the science standards as part of the State's system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

LD 84 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Allow Spouses To Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-135, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 84
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the current federal 1915(c) waiver so that eligible members receiving home and community-based services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 19 will be able to receive services provided by spouses who are employed as personal support specialists to provide those services. It requires the department to amend its rules after the amended waiver approval has been received from the Federal Government. The resolve requires the department to provide an interim report regarding the progress in applying for, receiving and implementing the amended waiver and a final report with data on the number of individuals receiving services from spouses, any information about costs or savings and recommendations about the feasibility for similarly expanding other MaineCare programs or other potential waiver programs available under Medicaid.

Amendment H-135
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the resolve.

LD 84 fiscal note
LD 84 Amendment H-135 fiscal note
LD 139 An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-82, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 139
This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program administered by the Department of Labor, including the following.

  • 1. It requires that the Department of Labor's outreach efforts regarding the program be tailored to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, veterans, immigrants, recipients of benefits under the statewide food supplement program, low-skilled manufacturing workers and students enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Labor to collaborate with other entities to improve program outreach to target demographics, including, at a minimum, collaboration with the Maine Community College System.
  • 3. It makes changes to the criteria used to determine approved education and training under the program, including consideration of employer input, changing demographics and traditional industries in the State in which innovations and new technologies are creating a demand for skilled workers.
  • 4. It requires that a program participant be given information about the allowable uses of a family development account under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter 4-A.
  • 5. It adds a requirement that a participant be offered comprehensive career planning services prior to the program's development of an individual career plan with the participant and permits the Department of Labor to partner with other entities to provide this service. It directs the department to include in this partnership, at a minimum, the Maine Community College System with respect to participants enrolled or seeking enrollment in a training or education course provided by the Maine Community College System. It also directs the Maine Community College System to assist the Department of Labor in program management and oversight for such participants.
  • 6. It repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.

This bill also amends the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age, providing that such a minor may be employed in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education only if the minor has graduated from the program and has graduated from high school.

Amendment H-82
This amendment strikes a number of sections of the bill affecting the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program and does the following.

  • 1. It retains the changes in the bill that amend the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education to require that the minor must have graduated from high school. The amendment provides that a high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • 2. It retains the provision in the bill that repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.
  • 3. It amends the eligibility criteria of the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program to modify the requirement that an individual be at least 18 years old by also including an individual who has graduated from high school.


LD 139 Chaptered Law
LD 139 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 183 An Act To Increase the Number of Teachers in Maine Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 183
Currently, under the Educators for Maine Program, an eligible undergraduate may receive a loan of up to $3,000 per academic year or $12,000 total. This bill increases those loan amounts to $9,000 per academic year and $36,000 total. It also increases from $20,000 to $44,000 the total loan amount under the program a student may receive in undergraduate and postbaccalaureate loans.

LD 206 An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-26, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 206
This bill increases the borrowing authority for the University of Maine System from $220,000,000 to $350,000,000.

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

LD 271 An Act Regarding a Transmission and Distribution Utility's Use of the Right of Eminent Domain To Locate Its Transmission Lines Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 271
This bill withholds the right of eminent domain from a transmission and distribution utility for lands or easements to be acquired for an elective transmission upgrade that is not required for reliability of service to customers in the State or the ISO-New England region.

LD 272 An Act To Allow Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 272
This bill requires that, beginning November 1, 2020, all primary and general elections for President of the United States, United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative as well as all elections on people's veto questions, initiated measures, bond issues, constitutional amendments and other legislatively proposed referenda be conducted by mail. The bill also establishes the Commission to Implement Voting by Mail to make recommendations, including proposed legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature for implementing voting by mail.

LD 273 An Act To Require Transmission and Distribution Utilities To Purchase Electricity from Renewable Resources at Certain Prices Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 273
This bill requires a transmission and distribution utility, at the request of the owner of a renewable resource, to purchase the electricity generated by that renewable resource at a price per kilowatt-hour that is 50% of the average cost per kilowatt-hour to generate electricity using a fossil fuel in this State.

LD 276 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 28, 2019
LD 276
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

LD 284 An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 284
This bill establishes a residential forensic step-down facility, which provides treatment of forensic patients who no longer require hospital level care but cannot be safely treated in a community setting, in Augusta in the Capitol Area. It authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to maintain and operate the 21-bed forensic step-down facility. It provides that the facility must be licensed and that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that apply specifically to the licensure of a forensic step-down facility and that include the admission and discharge standards of the facility, the staffing model, security, patients' access to treatment and patient rights protections. It requires that the department provisionally adopt rules to implement the licensure of the forensic step-down facility no later than January 11, 2020. It creates an advisory committee to participate in and guide the planning process for the facility and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. It authorizes the committee to report out a bill based on the advisory committee's report. It requires the department to report to the committee on the progress of creating the facility and developing rules. It provides that the transfer of a forensic patient into the forensic step-down facility must be approved by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. It includes the forensic step-down facility in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 1 as a "state institution."

LD 290 An Act To Prohibit Motor Vehicle Use in the Intertidal Zone Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 290
This bill prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone except to launch or retrieve a watercraft, to engage in an activity that requires the use of a motor vehicle and for which any necessary state or local permits have been obtained or if the vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle. It specifies that a person who violates the prohibition on the operation of a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone commits a civil violation, except that a person who is adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations for operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.

LD 310 An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 310
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to adjust certain appropriations and allocations from the General Fund and other funds for the expenditures of State Government related to position changes and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

LD 311 An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 311
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

LD 330 An Act To Define Licensed Massage Therapists as Health Care Practitioners Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 330
This bill clarifies that massage therapists and massage practitioners are health care practitioners and that massage therapy is a health care practice. It prohibits unlicensed persons from claiming to provide procedures that are described as "massage," "bodywork," "body therapy," "manual therapy," "neuromuscular therapy," "touch therapy" or "myotherapy" or related terms.

LD 354 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage the Provision of Reliable High-speed Internet in Rural Underserved Areas of Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 354
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for encouraging the provision of reliable high-speed Internet in rural underserved areas of Maine.

LD 362 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a State Plan Amendment To Exempt Retirement and Educational Assets from Calculations for Medicaid Eligibility 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 362
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to make a change in Medicaid eligibility requirements for individuals with disabilities under 65 years of age who have dependent children living in the home by disregarding assets held in qualifying retirement and education accounts.

LD 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 375
This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

Amendment H-60
This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

LD 375 Chaptered Law
LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 381 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade and Replace Infrastructure of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 381
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used to replace existing infrastructure systems of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation that carry the emergency alert system.

LD 404 An Act To Fund the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-9, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 404
This bill provides one-time funds to be deposited in the School Revolving Renovation Fund to be used for the purposes specified in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-F, subsection 3.

Amendment H-9
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 404 fiscal note
LD 404 Amendment H-9 fiscal note
LD 405 An Act To Increase the Statewide Minimum Salary for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 405
This bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. This bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to increase the state share of the total allocation to a qualifying school administrative unit to achieve the minimum salary for certified teachers.

LD 423 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Preserve Historic Properties for Maine's Bicentennial Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 423
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to undertake a program as part of the commemoration of the State's bicentennial to preserve historic properties listed or eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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
LD 434
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 437 An Act To Improve Access to and Affordability of Health Care in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 437
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve access to and affordability of health care in Maine.

LD 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 455
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

LD 461 An Act To Improve the Affordability of Higher Education Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 461
This bill provides additional funding to the Maine State Grant Program in the 2020-2021 biennium. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to expand the Maine State Grant Program to enable more low-income residents of the State to attend an institution of higher education within the State. It also requires the Finance Authority of Maine and the Department of Health and Human Services to jointly examine ways to maximize the delivery of federally funded support services to postsecondary students, including, but not limited to, the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program.

LD 464 An Act To Change the Period To Request a Due Process Hearing for Costs Related to a Unilateral Private School Placement from a Public School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 464
This bill removes a requirement that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing due process hearings include a maximum period within which due process hearings and appeals may be requested. It provides that an action against a school administrative unit to recover the costs of a unilateral special education placement in a private school may be commenced only by requesting a due process hearing within 90 days of the placement. It also provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing the procedures for conducting due process hearings must include procedures for discovery, including rules for the production of documents.

LD 474 Resolve, To Ensure the Health and Wellness of Older Residents of the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-36, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 474
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older. It also directs the department to develop a pilot project to provide home-delivered meals to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and who are homebound or at risk for readmission to a health care facility. It requires the department to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters at the conclusion of the pilot project. The bill also provides funding to eliminate the waiting list for home-delivered meals to homebound individuals who are over 60 years of age who cannot prepare meals and do not have others available to prepare meals for them.

Amendment S-36
This amendment removes from the resolve the provisions relating to requesting a waiver from the asset test for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program and providing additional funds to eliminate the waiting list for home-delivered meals to homebound individuals. The amendment also clarifies that the demonstration waiver for medically tailored foods applies to individuals who are 60 years of age or older, homebound and at risk for readmission to a health care facility. It changes the date for reporting on the 2-year pilot project to January 1, 2023 and clarifies that the pilot project goes forward only if the waiver is approved by the Federal Government.

The amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.



LD 474 Amendment S-36 fiscal note
LD 483 An Act To Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 483
This bill increases the total annual aggregate amount of credits that may be issued under the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, decreases the total aggregate credits that may be authorized for any one business from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 and requires that eligible businesses that provide a product or service that is sold or rendered predominantly outside the State maintain more than 50% of their employees in positions within the State.

LD 499 An Act To Prohibit Payment per Signature on Petitions for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referendums Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-232, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 499
This bill prohibits the circulator or person who causes the circulation of an initiative or referendum petition or a petition organization from receiving payment for the collection of signatures based on the number of signatures collected. The bill clarifies that a salary or fee for the collection of signatures is not prohibited if it is not based on the number of signatures collected.

Amendment S-232
This amendment is the majority report. The amendment replaces the title and the bill and strengthens the integrity of the direct initiative and people's veto referendum process by requiring a petition circulator to submit an affidavit that includes the circulator's name, the address at which the circulator resides and the date the circulator signed the affidavit; that the circulator read the information provided by the Secretary of State and understands the laws governing the circulation of petitions in Maine; that the circulator was a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine at the time of circulating the petition; and that the circulator understands that the circulator can be prosecuted for violating the laws governing the circulation of petitions, including the requirement that a circulator truthfully executed the affidavit. The amendment also requires petition organizations and others to indicate the method by which they are compensating any individuals hired to assist in circulating petitions.

LD 499 Chaptered Law
LD 499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 506 An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 506
This bill provides civil immunity for architects, contractors, environmental professionals, land surveyors, landscape architects, planners and professional engineers who provide voluntary professional services during or within 90 days of a natural disaster or catastrophe when the services are provided under the applicable license or certification, are related to the natural disaster or catastrophe and are provided at the request of a federal, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official. No immunity is provided for reckless or intentional misconduct.

The bill is based on a similar Massachusetts law.

Amendment H-34
This amendment clarifies that the immunity applies only when an emergency is declared by the President or the Governor. It also removes from the bill the provision of immunity for the 90 days after the emergency and it makes the language consistent with the Maine Tort Claims Act.

LD 506 Chaptered Law
LD 506 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 602 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Research and Development in Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 602
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State's 7 targeted technology sectors to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs, including in the biotechnical and biomedical sectors by attracting more research capacity and in the forest products sector by using Maine fiber to reduce carbon emissions. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio.

LD 606 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-120, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 606
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.

Amendment S-120
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 606 fiscal note
LD 606 Amendment S-120 fiscal note
LD 671 Resolve, To Require Professional Licensure for Home Inspectors Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-223, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 671
This bill requires that all property inspectors be licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The bill also directs the department to adopt rules to establish standards and procedures for licensure.

Amendment H-223
This amendment replaces the bill, which requires licensure of home inspectors, with a resolve that requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct a sunrise review assessment. The amendment requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business and allows the committee to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 671 Chaptered Law
LD 671 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 770 An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
LD 770
This bill requires that, by September 1, 2020, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

LD 773 An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 773
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to review the content standards and performance indicators for the content area of health, physical education and wellness, including instruction on affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity and the effects of alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics on the ability to give affirmative consent, communicate and make appropriate decisions, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the commissioner's 5-year review cycle of the content standards and performance indicators required under the system of learning results.

Amendment H-266
This amendment adds a mandate preamble.

LD 773 Chaptered Law
LD 773 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 780 An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 780
This bill reduces from $750 to $350 the maximum allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

Amendment S-21
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, reduces from $750 to $500 the maximum statutory allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

LD 780 Chaptered Law
LD 780 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
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.

Amendment H-430
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-541
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
  • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019. People's veto petition certified to appear on March 3, 2020 ballot: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
LD 798
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules and requires the Department of Education to adopt rules allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as an appropriate medical professional provides a statement that the medical professional has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

Amendment H-120
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This amendment, which is the majority report, removes those exemptions effective September 1, 2021.

Current law relating to enrollment in any public or private elementary or secondary school provides that the superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires the parent or child to provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

Current law relating to immunization of students enrolled in any public or private postsecondary school provides that a chief administrative officer may not permit a student to be enrolled in or to attend a school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires that the parent or the student provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.The amendment keeps the directive in the unallocated section of the bill to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules.

The amendment places in statute the directive in the unallocated section of the bill allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant provides a statement that the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

The amendment also requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report, by January 1st of each odd-numbered year, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters concerning any new developments in the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness. The joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters are each authorized to submit a bill during the legislative session in which the report was submitted.

LD 798 Chaptered Law
LD 798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 814 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Research and Innovation led by the University of Maine System Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 814
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

his bill would provide funding and enact measures based on recommendations of the President of the University of Maine at Machias in a strategic plan chartered by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and due to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System in March 2019. The bill would strengthen research and economic development efforts across the University of Maine System to support Maine industries and workforce development and to foster business formation and expansion, specifically in the 7 research and development sectors designated in statute: advanced technology for agriculture and forestry; aquaculture and marine technology; biotechnology; composite materials technology; environmental technology; information technology; and precision manufacturing technology.

LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law 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
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 862 An Act To Limit the Amount of Money That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 10, 2019
LD 862
This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price. The limit applies only to private contracts and not to contracts entered into by governmental entities and only to contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the legislation.

LD 862 fiscal note
LD 894 An Act To Expressly Allow Nonprofit Corporations To Conduct Electronic Voting Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 894
This bill specifically permits a nonprofit corporation to authorize in its bylaws the conduct of elections or voting, or both, through electronic transmission.

LD 894 Chaptered Law
LD 894 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1000 An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-6, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 1000
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

Amendment H-6
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

LD 1000 Chaptered Law
LD 1000 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1001 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General 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 Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-586, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1001
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General 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/9635.

Amendment H-586
Link to amendment H-586 (opens in new tab)


LD 1001 Chaptered Law
LD 1001 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1006 Resolve, To Require the Development of Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities Based on Social Determinants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1006
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to present to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services an action plan detailing strategies for reducing health disparities based on social determinants.

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
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
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 1085 An Act To Ensure That Maine Residents Have Adequate and Affordable Access to Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1085
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure that consumer protections in health insurance are maintained under state law.



LD 1096 An Act To Require That Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Be Made Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1096
This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to establish and maintain a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities, which must provide for an assessment on intake, provide a variety of behavioral and medication-assisted treatment options and offer peer support and comprehensive treatment options after release. The bill also provides funding for the establishment of the substance use disorder treatment program.

LD 1119 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipalities and School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1119
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to purchase solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units.

Part B directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds from the bond issue under Part A to fund the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Part C establishes the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust to support municipalities and municipally authorized citizen committees and school administrative units across the State in reducing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, facilitating the development of renewable energy resources and creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. It funds the program with the proceeds of bonds, including bonds issued pursuant to Part A, any other funds allocated by the trust and matching funds from participating municipalities.

Parts B and C take effect only if the bond issue under Part A is approved by the voters of the State.

LD 1139 An Act To Eliminate Restrictions on Capacity and the Number of Accounts for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1139
This bill provides that the Public Utilities Commission may not limit the installed capacity of an eligible facility or the number of accounts or meters a customer or shared ownership customer may designate for net energy billing. Current commission rules limit the capacity to 660 kilowatts and the number of meters or accounts to 10.

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 1181 An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1181
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.

The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.

The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.

The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.

Amendment H-431
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.

  • 1. It requires the Public Advocate to contract with a person or entity to serve as the nonwires alternative coordinator.
  • 2. It provides that funding of the contracted services of the nonwires alternative coordinator is provided through a special assessment on investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities.
  • 3. It adjusts the salary range of the Special Assistant to the Public Advocate from range 20 to range 25.
  • 4. It amends the definition of "transmission project" to cover projects expected to cost in excess of $5,000,000, rather than those in excess of $20,000,000 as in current law.
  • 5. It amends the provisions relating to transmission lines and transmission projects subject to investigation of nonwires alternatives in several ways. It limits the requirement for a nonwires alternative investigation to apply to transmission lines and projects proposed by investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than transmission and distribution utilities in general. It also adds a category of small transmission and distribution projects subject to nonwires alternatives investigation.
  • 6. It establishes cost-effectiveness as the analytical framework and standard for the investigation of nonwires alternatives for all types of projects and requires a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate cost-effectiveness. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to develop and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of nonwires alternatives and a proposed plan for procurement of nonwires alternatives.
  • 7. It requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to submit annually to the Office of the Public Advocate a planning study for small transmission and distribution projects.
  • 8. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to provide recommendations to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities for nonwires alternatives to small transmission projects and distribution projects and requires the coordinator and the utility to attempt to reach a good faith agreement on the adoption of nonwires alternatives. If no agreement is reached, the utility is required to petition the Public Utilities Commission to resolve the dispute.
  • 9. It includes provisions regarding procurement of nonwires alternatives. These provisions require a transmission and distribution utility to contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the customer side of the meter and require the commission to determine the entity, which may be the utility or a 3rd party, to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the grid side of the meter.
  • 10. It provides that a transmission and distribution utility's prudently incurred costs to deliver nonwires alternatives are recoverable in rates.
  • 11. It adds a provision to reference the activities of the nonwires alternative coordinator in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act regarding coordination with activities and programs of state agencies and authorities.
  • 12. It makes changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy and establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State.


LD 1181 Chaptered Law
LD 1181 Chaptered Law 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
LD 1214
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.

Amendment S-146
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 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 13, 2019
LD 1276
This bill requires background checks of purchasers of firearms for all private sales at gun shows or private sales resulting from advertising or marketing.

LD 1283 Resolve, To Advance College Affordability by Convening a Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature June 12, 2019
LD 1283
This resolve directs the Chancellor of the University of Maine System to convene a task force, to be named the Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure, to study how to provide adequate supplemental funding to sustain the State's public higher education infrastructure without burdening students who are residents of the State with unreasonable tuition and fee increases. The task force is directed to consider, but is not limited to considering, infrastructure improvements, health and safety repairs, technology improvements, energy efficiency and equipment upgrades and, when necessary, new construction. The task force is directed to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 2, 2020. The joint standing committees are authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1283 Chaptered Law
LD 1283 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1300 Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School Property to the Town of South Thomaston (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-264, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1300
This resolve authorizes the State to transfer ownership of the Guilford Butler School property in South Thomaston to the Town of South Thomaston.

Amendment H-264
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1300 Chaptered Law
LD 1300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1322 An Act To Provide Equitable Tax Treatment to State-licensed Marijuana Businesses Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-334, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1322
This bill expands the list of marijuana businesses that are licensed by the State and are eligible to take deductions otherwise allowed under the state income tax laws to include adult use marijuana establishments and testing facilities and medical marijuana manufacturing facilities. This bill also corrects 2 lettering conflicts created when 2 separate public laws enacted new paragraphs with the same letter designations by reallocating the later enacted versions.

Amendment H-334
This amendment provides a General Fund appropriation for administrative costs.

LD 1322 Amendment H-334 fiscal note
LD 1350 An Act To Improve Rural Health Care Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-259, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1350
This bill provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee are not included in federal adjusted gross income for Maine income tax purposes. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II and Chapter III regarding reimbursement to rural and nonrural hospitals, acute care critical access hospitals and rural health clinics.

Amendment S-259
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the reimbursement for acute care critical access hospitals to 100% for all hospital-based physician costs rather than facility and physician costs.
  • 2. It clarifies that rural health clinics are paid under an alternative payment methodology option that is the same as the current system except for rebasing costs to 2016 and 2017 costs as long as the rural health clinics are not paid less than the current reimbursement rate.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than January 1, 2020. Rulemaking must be completed by the department within 180 days of receiving federal approval.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify that taxpayers cannot claim a double benefit for educational opportunity tax credits.
  • 5. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1350 Amendment S-259 fiscal note
LD 1353 An Act To Establish Transparency in Primary Health Care Spending Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1353
This bill requires insurers to report primary care expenditures to the Maine Health Data Organization and for the Maine Quality Forum to use this data to report annually to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Legislature the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust respectively, the average of the percentage of total medical expenses paid for primary care across all organizations and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. This bill also requires the Maine Quality Forum to conduct a study on best practices in health care spending reporting and submit its findings to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

Amendment S-156
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Maine Quality Forum to submit an annual report, beginning January 15, 2020, to the Department of Health and Human Services and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and health insurance matters, based on claims data reported to the Maine Health Data Organization and information on methods of reimbursement for primary care reported by insurers. The annual report is required to include the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust, the average percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care across all payors and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. The amendment also requires the Maine Quality Forum to consult with other state and national agencies and organizations on best practices in health care spending reporting.

LD 1353 Chaptered Law
LD 1353 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1369 An Act To Create an Additional Pathway To Certify Industrial Arts Teachers To Foster Career and Technical Subjects in Maine Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 13, 2019
LD 1369
This bill directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules to amend the credentialing of education personnel to create a pathway for a teacher to obtain an endorsement on a teaching certificate for a component of industrial arts with an experiential lab that includes, but is not limited to: automotive body repair, diagnostics and mechanics; welding; electrical; carpentry; and computer-aided design. Rules must include at least the following qualifications for a teacher to be eligible for an endorsement: a completed apprenticeship registered with a statewide or national apprenticeship and training organization; a completed 2-year degree or certificate from a technical institution accredited by a national association of career and technical schools or similar organization; completion of a minimum number of hours of paid applied employment or teaching in the endorsement area being sought; and completion of a minimum number of hours of experience learning the trade or craft for which the endorsement is sought. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

LD 1382 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Develop a State Plan for Computer Science Instruction and Professional Development Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-522, Finally passed, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1382
This bill provides the necessary resources and support for kindergarten to grade 12 schools to adopt computer science into their courses and curriculums. The bill establishes a grant program for computer science professional development, including costs of transportation, mentoring and coaching. The bill also requires the Department of Education to develop a statewide plan as well as computer science standards for kindergarten to grade 12 schools. The bill creates a full-time Regional Education Representative position in the Department of Education to support the creation and implementation of the plan and the standards. The bill establishes a grant program for computer devices and instructional materials to provide the tools necessary for schools to implement computer science courses and content. The bill also establishes a computer science teacher certification program for students who are majoring in education in the University of Maine System. Finally, the bill authorizes the Department of Education to adopt rules as necessary to implement the provisions of the bill.

Amendment H-522
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to study and develop a plan for implementing computer science instruction in schools and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs that includes an overview of how computer science courses and curricula are being implemented in schools in the State; a state plan for instruction in computer science in public preschool to grade 12, including the development of standards and clarification on how instruction in computer science may be applied toward graduation requirements, that provides equitable access to computer science instruction across the State and provides for instruction in computer science in all high schools by 2022 and in all grades by 2025; a professional development plan for educators that includes training in computer science and a component that includes peer-to-peer training in computer science; and an estimate of the funding levels necessary to implement the plans set out in the report.

The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1382 Chaptered Law
LD 1382 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1464 An Act To Support Electrification of Certain Technologies for the Benefit of Maine Consumers and Utility Systems and the Environment Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-477, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1464
This bill:
  • 1. Amends provisions in the law regarding the conservation programs of the Efficiency Maine Trust by clarifying that conservation programs seek to increase the efficiency with which electricity is used and defining "beneficial electrification" as the electrification of a technology that would otherwise require energy from a fossil fuel that provides a benefit to a utility, a ratepayer or the environment by improving the efficiency of the electricity grid or reducing consumer costs or emissions, including carbon emissions;
  • 2. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to conduct a study regarding the barriers to beneficial electrification of the transportation and heating sectors in the State; and
  • 3. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to issue a request for proposals from utilities and entities that are not utilities to conduct a pilot program to support beneficial electrification of the transportation sector of the State.


Amendment H-477
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the definition of "beneficial electrification."
  • 2. It clarifies that the Efficiency Maine Trust must conduct the study of barriers to beneficial electrification in consultation with stakeholders, rather than in coordination with the Public Utilities Commission, and specifies that the commission is required to facilitate the trust's access to information the trust requests from electric and gas utilities.
  • 3. It changes certain dates in the bill regarding the timeline for the study of beneficial electrification by the Efficiency Maine Trust and for pilot program proposals to implement beneficial electrification in the transportation sector administered by the Public Utilities Commission.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify the review and selection of proposals for a pilot program for beneficial electrification in the transportation sector.


LD 1464 Chaptered Law
LD 1464 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1496 An Act To Protect the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1496
Under Public Law 2017, chapter 284, Part EEEEEEE, the State Controller is required to transfer up to $65,000,000 from the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to provide General Fund resources to cover any federal disallowance in federal financial participation for Medicaid services and disproportionate share hospital payments related to the Riverview Psychiatric Center. A payment of $10,524,817 was made in early 2019.

This bill requires instead that the transfer be made from the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and requires the State Controller to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund for the amount transferred for the federal disallowance related to Riverview Psychiatric Center earlier this year. In the event that sufficient funds do not exist in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents to cover future payments, the funds must come from the Rainy Day Fund, and the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents must be used to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund as soon as funds become available.

LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool 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 online sports pool 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 voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, 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, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, 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 online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited 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 online sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing online sports pools.

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 1634 An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1634
This bill creates the Maine Clean Energy Fund within and with oversight from the Efficiency Maine Trust to support the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and infrastructure through providing financing support including loans, loan guarantees and other financial and risk mitigation products. The fund is administered by a 9-member board of directors consisting of certain government officials and members of the public appointed by the Governor.

This bill also provides for a bond issue in the amount of $100,000,000 to be used to capitalize the Maine Clean Energy Fund.

LD 1646 An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1646
This bill creates the Maine Power Delivery Authority as a consumer-owned utility to acquire and operate all transmission and distribution systems in the State currently operated by the investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities known as Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.

LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1679
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
  • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
  • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
  • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


Amendment S-221
This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
  • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
  • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
  • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
    • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
    • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
    • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
    • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
    • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
    • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
    • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

      It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
  • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


LD 1679 Chaptered Law
LD 1679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1689 An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-177, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1689
This bill expands the scope and capabilities of hypodermic apparatus exchange programs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill requires the center to adopt rules that:
  • 1. Allow the programs to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; and
  • 2. Expand the criteria a program must meet in order to be awarded funds, including distributing naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C testing; and maintaining referral agreements or having the capacity to provide counseling services, medication-assisted treatment services and infectious disease care.

The center is also required to consider geographic distribution of services provided by a program when allocating funding.

This bill also amends the Maine Criminal Code to remove the crimes of furnishing hypodermic apparatuses and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses and makes changes to other statutes to reflect that decriminalization.

Amendment S-177
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill that decriminalize the crimes of furnishing or possessing hypodermic apparatuses. It removes the changes to the requirement to distribute educational materials. It removes the requirement to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies. Instead of requiring that a hypodermic apparatus exchange program have a board, the amendment requires a program to have a process or system to regularly seek input from persons with a history of drug use. The amendment also makes changes to the allocation of funds appropriated for hypodermic apparatus exchange programs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1689 Amendment S-177 fiscal note
LD 1705 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen the Marine Economy Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1705
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to facilitate the growth of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors of the State's marine economy through research and development and workforce development with capital investments awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development, to be matched by at least $50,000,000 in private and other funds.

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