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Representative Bruce White [Democrat]
Waterville ~ District 109

Towns in District: part of Waterville

Would be term limited: 2026
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✉ Bruce.White@legislature.maine.gov
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Waterville, Maine 04901


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

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

LD 1314 Chaptered Law
LD 1314 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1437 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-163 and House amendment H-344, Constitutional amendment does not require Governor action, Finally passed June 18, 2019
LD 1437
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative as authorized by proper enactment by the Legislature.

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-344
This amendment revises the language in the resolution that allows alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative to clarify that the alternative signatures are authorized for use by persons with physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names.

LD 1437 Chaptered Law
LD 1437 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1782 An Act To Amend the Motorcycle Rider Education and Driver Education Laws Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-510, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1782
This bill amends the motorcycle rider education laws to clarify that a person who completes a motorcycle rider education course approved by the Secretary of State on a 2-wheel motorcycle may operate a 2-wheel or 3-wheel motorcycle and that a person who completes a motorcycle rider education course approved by the Secretary of State on a 3-wheel motorcycle may only operate a 3-wheel motorcycle. A person who holds a motorcycle learner's permit and who completes a motorcycle road test administered by the Secretary of State on a 3-wheel motorcycle is also restricted to the operation of a 3-wheel motorcycle. The bill requires motorcycle rider education schools to be licensed, submit to inspections and establish a place of business.

The bill also amends the driver education program laws to require that the 2 instructors who serve on the Secretary of State's Technical Review Panel be licensed in the curriculum and training being reviewed. The bill removes the authorization for the State to bring an action in Superior Court to enjoin a person from violating the driver education laws, as the penalties under those laws are administered by the District Courts.

Amendment H-510
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the motorcycle rider education course provisions.
  • 2. It clarifies that a motorcycle rider education school must continually comply with the requirements to obtain or renew a motorcycle rider education school license.
  • 3. It clarifies which records must be retained by a motorcycle rider education school for 5 years.
  • 4. It clarifies the penalty provisions contained in the bill and makes failure to comply with motorcycle rider education instructor standards and requirements a traffic infraction.


LD 1782 Chaptered Law
LD 1782 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 39 Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in Waterville as the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 39
This resolve designates Bridge 1457 on Interstate 95, which crosses Main Street in the City of Waterville, the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge.

LD 39 Chaptered Law
LD 39 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 136 An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 136
This bill establishes the special education circuit breaker reimbursement program, in which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate. The bill requires the department to distribute reimbursements to eligible school administrative units on a quarterly basis, and the reimbursements must be deposited in a separate revolving account that may be spent only on approved special education services.

LD 165 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-317, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 165
This bill repeals the provision of law that prohibits a person who has been issued a learner's permit from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone. It repeals the section of law that prohibits minors from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone and also repeals the section of law that prohibits any person from operating a motor vehicle while engaging in text messaging.

The bill incorporates the definition of "mobile telephone" into the definition of "handheld electronic device." It excludes text messaging from the definition of "using" to reflect the different penalties for using a handheld electronic device and for text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.

The bill expands the prohibition on minors and a person who has been issued a learner's permit operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device to prohibit all persons operating a motor vehicle from using a handheld electronic device.

The bill includes exceptions to the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle that allow for hands-free operation of the device and for using a handheld electronic device to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances. The exceptions do not apply to text messaging.

The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75 and the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.

Amendment S-317
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates a fund within the Department of Transportation for fine revenue collected in the enforcement of the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on a public way.
  • 2. It makes definitions uniform across the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A for restrictions on the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones and on texting by drivers, drivers operating with an intermediate license and drivers operating with a learner's permit.
  • 3. It clarifies that there is no exception for using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone while a motor vehicle is stopped in traffic, but does permit use when a car is pulled over in a safe location.
  • 4. It incorporates exceptions for radios, hands-free features, medical devices, ignition interlock devices, which are part of the operating equipment of the motor vehicle, and electronic logging devices and other equipment permitted under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
  • 5. It creates an exception for contacting emergency services personnel in emergency situations.
  • 6. It defines and makes an exception for the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones in hands-free mode for certain drivers.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 165 Chaptered Law
LD 165 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 193 An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-260, adopted Senate amendment S-174 and engrossed, enacted in the House, tabled to Special Appropiations in the Senate, June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 193
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.

Amendment H-260
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-174
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 193 Amendment H-260 fiscal note
LD 193 Amendment S-174 fiscal note
LD 223 An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 223
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.

LD 225 An Act Regarding Transportation Management Software and School Bus Replacement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 4, 2019
LD 225
This bill establishes in statute the criteria for the replacement of conventional and transit-style school buses through the Department of Education and prohibits the department from requiring a school administrative unit to use a specific brand of routing and transportation management software.

LD 262 An Act To Protect Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019
LD 262
This bill changes the crime of assault on an officer to include offensive physical contact and creates the crime of aggravated assault on an officer, which includes assaults against law enforcement officers and corrections officers and other corrections personnel and which is modeled on the crime of aggravated assault.

LD 263 An Act To Prohibit Certain Sex Offenders from Establishing Residence in Certain Multiunit Residential Buildings in which Minors Reside Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 263
This bill prohibits certain convicted sex offenders who were convicted of an offense against a minor under 14 years of age from intentionally or knowingly establishing residence in a dwelling unit of a multiunit residential building in which another dwelling unit that shares the same entryway is occupied by a person under 18 years of age. The bill makes violation of this provision a Class E crime.

LD 264 An Act Regarding the Taking of a Blood Sample from an Operator of a Motor Vehicle Involved in a Fatal Accident Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-118, Enacted, Signed into law June 3, 2019
LD 264
This bill allows an emergency medical services person or law enforcement officer whose training allows that person to draw blood samples to draw a specimen of blood from the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident for the purpose of determining the blood-alcohol level or the presence of a drug or drug metabolite. This bill extends to those same persons the current law shielding persons from liability for acts done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood.

Amendment S-118
This amendment changes the title of the bill and strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment makes grammatical changes to clarify the law providing immunity from liability for an act done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood at the request of a law enforcement officer and extends that immunity to an emergency medical services person, a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical service and a law enforcement agency.

LD 264 Chaptered Law
LD 264 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 458 An Act To Require Motorists To Yield to Transit Buses Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-129, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 458
This bill requires an operator of a vehicle to yield the right-of-way to a transit bus traveling in the same direction if the transit bus has signaled and is reentering the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder of the roadway.

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

LD 458 Chaptered Law
LD 458 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 460 An Act Requiring the State To Reimburse Counties for All Costs Exceeding the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 460
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the annual costs of correctional services that exceed the county's tax assessment for those services.

LD 546 An Act To Enhance Highway Safety by Strengthening the So-called Move Over Law Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-98, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 546
This bill increases from $250 to $350 the minimum fine for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

Amendment S-98
This amendment increases the minimum fine from $250 to $275 for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

LD 546 Chaptered Law
LD 546 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 585 An Act To Allow the Adoption of Ordinances Prohibiting the Accumulation of Trash on Private Property in Plantations and Unorganized Territories Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-187, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 585
This bill grants to plantations the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards. The bill also grants to county commissioners the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in unorganized territories in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards.

Amendment H-187
This amendment limits the applicability of the bill to plantations. It removes reference to junkyards and automobile graveyards. It grants plantations the authority to enact ordinances with respect to the accumulation of garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash or unwanted or discarded material of any kind on private property.

LD 585 Chaptered Law
LD 585 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 592 Resolve, To Establish a Background Check Consolidation Commission (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, engrossed with Committee amendment H-35 in both chambers, Finally passed in the House, placed on the Special Study table in the Senate, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 592
This resolve establishes the Background Check Consolidation Commission to study consolidating and centralizing as many state-required background checks required for employment as possible, including background checks for teachers, state workers and persons seeking Maine Guide licenses. It prohibits the commission from studying background checks to obtain firearms.

Amendment H-35
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. It reduces the number of Senate members from 4 to 2 and increases the number of House members from 3 to 5. It adds the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, or the commissioner's designee, to the Background Check Consolidation Commission. It moves the report deadline from December 4, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

LD 592 fiscal note
LD 592 Amendment H-35 fiscal note
LD 689 An Act Regarding Temporary Signs Related to an Event That Are Placed in the Public Right-of-way Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 689
This bill limits the placement of temporary signs related to an event in the public right-of-way by prohibiting their placement more than 6 weeks before the event.

LD 716 An Act To Increase Railroad Freight Safety Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019
LD 716
This bill requires a railroad company to ensure that there are at least 2 employees on a freight train traveling on a railroad line within the State, except for a freight train traveling for hostler service. It provides that a railroad company that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not more than $500 for each violation.

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

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

LD 868 Chaptered Law
LD 868 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1002 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-624, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1002
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.<\p>

This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.

The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9634.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LD 1002 Chaptered Law
LD 1002 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1038 Resolve, To Convene a Stakeholder Group on Funding and Training for the State's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams and the Acquisition of Equipment Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-319, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1038
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve the training and retention of oil and hazardous materials emergency response workers and their ability to respond to oil and hazardous materials emergencies by requiring the State to:

  • 1. Pay or waive the fee for workers for the cost of necessary training courses and any materials required for those courses;
  • 2. Compensate workers fairly for the time spent in training courses, while on call and when responding to hazardous materials emergencies; and
  • 3. Purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment for use by municipalities or reimburse municipalities that purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment.


Amendment H-319
This amendment replaces the concept draft bill with a resolve. The resolve directs the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding the funding currently provided to the State's hazardous materials emergency response teams, including the 8 regional response teams and the 7 decontamination strike teams, funding options, the training of the teams and equipment acquisition. The recommendations of the stakeholder group must be compatible with the strategic plan of the State Emergency Response Commission. The director is required to invite to the stakeholder group representatives of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, fire chiefs from municipalities with regional response teams and decontamination strike teams and other persons who express interest in the work of the stakeholder group. The amendment directs the director to present the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by November 6, 2019. Following receipt of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1038 Chaptered Law
LD 1038 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1166 An Act To Require Public Transit To Be Accessible to Blind or Visually Impaired Riders (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1166
This bill requires that all state and municipal vehicles that operate on a fixed route system for the purpose of public transportation must be equipped with an automated announcement system that delivers audible messages to passengers regarding transit route, current and next stop and destination of the vehicle. The bill provides an exemption for vehicles that cannot reasonably be equipped with an automated announcement system.

LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 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 1249 An Act To Prohibit Infringing on the Rights of Association of Dependent Adults Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-546, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1249
This bill prohibits abuse and isolation of elder persons and dependent adults. Abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult is a Class C crime. A person commits the crime if the person has or has assumed responsibility for the care, custody or control of an elder person or a dependent adult and subjects the elder person or dependent adult to isolation, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse, including threats of abuse. The new crime is allocated to the chapter of the Maine Criminal Code that establishes crimes against the person.

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

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

The bill is based on similar law in Rhode Island.

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

LD 1249 Amendment H-546 fiscal note

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

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

LD 1266 Chaptered Law
LD 1266 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1269 An Act To Update the Laws Governing Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-217, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1269
This bill amends the laws governing the use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. It defines several types of child restraint systems and establishes requirements for the use of child restraint systems based on a child's age, height and weight. It increases the fines for violations of the law. It repeals a provision in current law making the nonuse of seat belts or the failure to secure a child not admissible in evidence in a civil or criminal trial involving a motor vehicle accident.

Amendment S-217
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It defines "convertible child restraint system" and allows a child under 2 years of age properly secured in a convertible child restraint system to ride in a forward-facing position if the child exceeds the manufacturer recommended weight limit for a rear-facing position.
  • 2. It retains fines for the violation of seat belt laws at current statutory levels.
  • 3. It removes the changes in the bill regarding the inadmissibility of evidence for failure to properly secure a child.


LD 1269 Chaptered Law
LD 1269 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1321 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Funding Limitation on County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1321
This bill eliminates the 4% growth limitation cap on county assessments to municipalities to fund county correctional services.

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

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

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

LD 1426 An Act To Increase Protections for Land Installment Contracts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-582, Enacted in both chambers June 17, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1426
This bill expands the definition of "land installment contracts," creates foreclosure procedures for residential land installment contracts that include a 90-day redemption period and removes the right to cure of the purchaser and imposes mortgagee requirements on the foreclosing party. This bill also requires the vendor of a land installment contract to certify that the property meets the warranty of habitability under state law, makes the vendor of a land installment contract a creditor under the Maine Consumer Credit Code and, along with other remedies, makes a violation of the provisions regarding land installment contracts a violation under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Amendment H-582
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It amends the bill to make clear that the parties to a rent-to-own or option-to-buy contract may agree to treat the agreement as a residential lease subject to the rental statutes in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, chapters 709, 710 and 710-A; otherwise the residential properties foreclosure procedures apply. If the contract is treated as a residential lease agreement, the down payment is treated as a security deposit and must be returned when the rental ends.

The bill requires vendors who engage in land installment contracts to be treated as creditors under the Maine Consumer Credit Code. The amendment exempts vendors who engage in no more than one land installment contract per year.

LD 1426 Amendment H-582 fiscal note
LD 1555 An Act To Improve Highway Maintenance Safety Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1555
This bill amends current law to allow vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or in emergency rescue operations by emergency management and public safety agencies and public service vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary lights that emit a combination of amber and white lights or any shade between amber and white. It also allows the use of green lighting for any highway maintenance vehicle that is operating under the direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority.

This bill also amends current law to allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to remove a vehicle from the Maine Turnpike if it is improperly parked, abandoned or interfering with snow removal in the same manner that the Department of Transportation may remove such a vehicle on a road under its jurisdiction. It also clarifies that a 3rd-party agent such as an independent contractor working for the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority is entitled to the same immunity from liability for these removals as employees of the department or authority.

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

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

LD 1555 Chaptered Law
LD 1555 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

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

LD 1578 Chaptered Law
LD 1578 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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