Representative Chad Grignon [Republican]
Athens ~ District 118
Towns in District: Athens, Bingham, Brighton, Caratunk, Concord Township, Cornville, Embden, Harmony, Highland, Jackman, Kingsbury, Moscow, Pleasant Ridge, The Forks, Wellington, West Forks, Wyman Township, Lexington Township, Rockwood Strip T1, Rockwood Strip T2, Seboomook, Northeast Somerset, Rockwood Strip, Northwest Somerset and Seboomook LakeWould be term limited: 2024
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology
✉ 181 Fox Hill Road
Athens, Maine 04912
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||0%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||3 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||3 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%, 1 Unexcused absences|
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|LD 652||An Act To Modify Maine's Ice Fishing Laws with Respect to Cusk Fishing||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill changes how often a person is required to check cusk lines while ice fishing from at least once every hour in the nighttime to at least once every 24 hours.
|LD 873||An Act To Clarify the Application of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax to Water Well Drilling Equipment||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-442, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill sets the annual personal property tax on equipment for water well drilling owned by a licensed well driller at $2,500 for tax years beginning January 1, 2020 and thereafter.
This amendment provides that water well drilling equipment attached to a self-propelled vehicle is not considered part of the motor vehicle for purposes of the motor vehicle excise tax.
LD 873 Chaptered Law
LD 873 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 963||An Act To Exempt Overtime Pay from Individual Income Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019|
This bill excludes from income tax overtime compensation if the employer is required by law to pay the overtime compensation to the employee.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund costs of activities necessary to administer the tax change provided in the bill.
LD 963 Amendment H-259 fiscal note
|LD 1383||An Act To Amend Maine's Municipal Land Use and Eminent Domain Laws Regarding High-impact Electric Transmission Lines||Status: Dead, Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-435, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 13, 2019|
This bill requires a transmission and distribution utility, prior to taking land or an easement by eminent domain, to obtain the approval of the body of government having jurisdiction over the land or easement. Following approval by the body of government, the transmission and distribution utility is still required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Public Utilities Commission.
The bill makes explicit that the exemption from municipal zoning ordinances regarding real estate used by public utilities does not apply to an elective transmission upgrade, which is a transmission line for which a person developing the transmission line has agreed to pay all of the costs of developing the transmission line without passing those costs on to ratepayers.
|LD 41||An Act To Replace Net Energy Billing with a Market-based Mechanism||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019|
This bill does the following regarding net energy billing:
The bill establishes a market-based crediting system for energy generated by eligible facilities. It requires the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules to allow an eligible customer to receive a monetary credit for energy generated by an eligible facility in excess of the customer's usage and exported to the grid at the real-time wholesale market price of that energy. As in the provisions relating to net energy billing, a transmission and distribution utility is prohibited from requiring a customer to meter the gross output of an eligible facility in order to participate in the crediting system, and the number of eligible customers that may participate in a single shared interest in an eligible facility, or the number of meters associated with a single shared interest, is limited to 50. The bill exempts a transmission and distribution utility located in an area administered by the independent system administrator for northern Maine, or any successor of the independent system administrator for northern Maine, from using this crediting system until the Public Utilities Commission determines the utility's billing system can perform the necessary functions to implement the system. It requires the commission to consider whether an alternative system to the crediting system for northern Maine could be developed and utilized in the interim period before the utility's billing system is modified to allow a market-based crediting system.
It requires the Public Utilities Commission to procure, to the maximum extent possible, 20 megawatts of large-scale community solar distributed generation resources. It requires that the contract rate be calculated annually and that no contract may be for more than 6¢ per kilowatt-hour or the average wholesale electricity rate over the preceding 12 months, whichever is less.
Lastly, it requires the Public Utilities Commission to conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits to ratepayers for both net energy billing and the market-based crediting system in an adjudicatory proceeding and to report those findings to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters no later than January 1, 2021.
|LD 49||An Act Regarding the Designation of Traumatic Brain Injury on Driver's Licenses and Nondriver Identification Cards||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-519 and Senate amendment S-360, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019|
This bill requires the Secretary of State, upon request, to issue a sticker to be placed on a person's driver's license or nondriver identification card to indicate that the person has a traumatic brain injury.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.
LD 49 Chaptered Law
LD 49 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 77||An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption to $50,000 for Persons 75 Years of Age and Older||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill increases the property tax exemption for individuals who are 75 years of age or older from $20,000 to $50,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2020.
|LD 210||An Act To Increase Technology and Engineering Education for Grades 7 to 12||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures to enhance technology and engineering education for students in grades 7 to 12. The measures include, but are not limited to:
|LD 255||Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
|LD 322||An Act To Strengthen Maine's Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 18, 2019|
This bill requires that a voter provide proof of identity with photographic identification approved by the Secretary of State by rule for the purpose of voting.
|LD 358||An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Emergency)||Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-190, failed enactment as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 7, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program within the Department of Education in order to fully fund the cost of career and technical education pursuant to current law. This bill also amends Public Law 2017, chapter 446 to reflect the additional funding.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and raises the cap on the career and technical education funding formula provision regarding the allocation for career and technical education centers or regions for which the sum of the program components is greater than the most recent expenditure data, as adjusted for inflation to the year prior to the allocation year, from 5% to 15%. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 358 Amendment S-190 fiscal note
|LD 387||An Act To Require Cursive Handwriting Instruction in Grade 3 to Grade 5||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Education to provide for continual, regular instruction of and opportunities to use cursive handwriting beginning in grade 3. The instruction must be designed to enable students to demonstrate competence in cursive handwriting by the end of grade 5.
|LD 416||An Act To Allow Eating Establishments To Permit Smoking Tobacco in Designated Outdoor Eating Areas||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill allows an eating establishment to permit smoking tobacco in a designated outdoor eating area if no one under 21 years of age is allowed in the designated outdoor eating area.
|LD 425||An Act To Strengthen Small Businesses in Rural Maine by Changing the Minimum Wage||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill sets the minimum wage at $10.00 per hour and removes the provision that requires the minimum wage to be increased annually by the increase, if any, in the cost of living.
|LD 555||An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-46, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019|
This bill removes references to the age of the patient for purposes of requiring coverage for colorectal cancer screening for asymptomatic individuals who are at average risk for colorectal cancer and instead requires coverage in accordance with the most recently published guidelines of a national cancer society. In addition, this bill requires coverage of all colorectal examinations and laboratory tests recommended by a health care provider in accordance with those published guidelines.
This amendment makes the bill's requirements for coverage of colorectal cancer screening apply to health insurance plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020. The amendment also adds language exempting the Act from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752.
LD 555 Chaptered Law
LD 555 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 575||An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit and the Amount Retained by Bottle Redemption Centers||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
|LD 654||An Act Regarding Instruction in Civics in Secondary Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill clarifies that instruction in civics is part of the comprehensive program of instruction in secondary schools and also adds civics to the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in the system of learning results.
|LD 655||An Act To Allow Municipalities To Send Separate Tax Bills for Municipal and County and School Taxes||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019|
This bill permits municipalities to issue separate bills for the portion of their tax commitments attributable to education funding and the portion attributable to county taxes and all other municipal costs.
|LD 664||An Act To Organize Biannual County Meetings for Local School Boards||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill requires the State Board of Education to organize a biannual meeting in each county for the school boards in each county to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, develop new ideas and review proposed rule changes by the Department of Education and other policies and issues impacting school administrative units. Each school board may send up to 3 representatives, and the state board shall send at least one representative to the biannual county meeting. Costs for a biannual county meeting must be split between the state board and the school administrative units in that county.
|LD 694||An Act To Amend the Charter of the Town of Madison's Department of Electric Works||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill replaces language regarding the bonding authority of the Madison Department of Electric Works to provide that it is the electric works that issues bonds for its purposes and not the Town of Madison. The bill also removes the $1,200,000 cap on the issuance of bonds or notes for current operating expenses.
LD 694 Chaptered Law
LD 694 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 830||An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.
|LD 882||Resolve, To Require the Examination of the System of Learning Results||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Department of Education to convene a working group to study the system of learning results and to submit a report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 980||An Act To Amend Provisions of the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act Regarding Assessments on Ratepayers||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019|
This bill amends the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act to permit the Public Utilities Commission to consider the effect on electricity market clearing prices in Maine of programs, contracts and other enforceable obligations in other states in determining whether assessments on Maine electricity ratepayers for natural gas pipelines and gas storage are just and reasonable.
|LD 1102||An Act To Remove a Reference to Constables in the Law Governing Execution of Process||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill amends the law governing execution of process to remove a reference to constables.
LD 1102 Chaptered Law
LD 1102 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1363||An Act To Amend Certain Laws Relating to High-impact Electric Transmission Lines (Emergency)||Status: Dead, Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-437 and House amendment H-504, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 13, 2019|
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a high-impact electric transmission line unless the commission finds significant tangible public benefits will result from the construction and use of the line, and all municipalities through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass have held a local referendum and certified to the commission that a majority of the voters voting at the election voted in favor of the construction of the line through that municipality.
This bill also establishes a moratorium on the issuance of any permit, certificate or other approval by the Public Utilities Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection for a high-impact electric transmission line until 90 days after the adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to allow time for the commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to adopt rules necessary to implement the requirements of the legislation.
|LD 1449||An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities||Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill establishes prohibitions concerning restricting the sharing and use of immigration and citizenship information. It prohibits restricting the enforcement of federal immigration law. It establishes a complaint process and a duty to report.
This bill also provides that if the Attorney General, upon investigation, determines that a government entity is violating these prohibitions, the Attorney General must issue an opinion stating that finding. The government entity has 30 days to appeal the finding to the Superior Court. If the Superior Court agrees with the Attorney General, the court must immediately enjoin the policy or practice. The government entity that continues the policy or practice is subject to a $500 fine for each day the policy or practice remains in effect. If the Superior Court disagrees with the Attorney General, the Attorney General must immediately certify that the government entity is in compliance with the law.
|LD 1515||An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.
Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the 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 including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.
The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of 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, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.
The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.
Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing sports pools.