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Representative Charlotte Warren [Democrat]
Hallowell ~ District 84

Towns in District: Hallowell, Manchester and West Gardiner

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Chair)

✉ Charlotte.Warren@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 19 Oakwood Drive
Hallowell, Maine 04347


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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 335 An Act To Require the State To Distribute 25 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-484 and Senate amendment S-287, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 335
This bill allocates 25% of the gross sales and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments in the State to the municipalities where the revenue was generated and makes a reduction to the amount deposited in the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund.

Amendment H-484
This amendment changes from 25% to 12% the amount of sales tax and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments required to be transferred to the municipalities where the revenue was generated after the transfer to the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund and the deduction of state administrative costs.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-287
This amendment makes technical changes to the bill, as amended by Committee Amendment H-484 that are necessitated by recent changes to the laws governing adult use marijuana that were enacted in Public Law 2019, chapter 231.

LD 335 Amendment H-484 fiscal note
LD 335 Amendment S-287 fiscal note
LD 408 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan for Neurobehavioral Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-471, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 408
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide by September 1, 2020 16 new neurobehavioral beds in one or more neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term evaluation and treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment in either the community or a long-term care facility.

Amendment H-471
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new neurobehavioral beds in the State to serve individuals with brain injury and accompanying significant behavioral challenges who need short-term treatment for no longer than one year before transitioning to a long-term care environment. These individuals must be unable to be served appropriately in the community or in a nursing facility lacking specialized neurobehavioral services but must not need hospitalization. The department shall submit a report with the plan, together with any necessary legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 408 Chaptered Law
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LD 409 An Act To Allow Fair Access to Child Advocacy Center Records Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 409
This bill allows confidential information related to services provided by a child advocacy center established pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4019 to be disclosed to an attorney representing a person charged with committing a crime related to an allegation of child sexual abuse or other child abuse and neglect against a child who is the subject of confidential records and an attorney in a child protection proceeding representing a parent of a child who is the subject of confidential records.

LD 432 An Act To Amend the Greater Augusta Utility District Charter Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 432
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to make technical changes to the charter of the Greater Augusta Utility District to accommodate the district's growth and change in services and to change its voting membership.

LD 628 An Act To Ensure Comprehensive Access to Menstrual Products in All Maine's Jails, County Correctional Facilities and State Correctional and Detention Facilities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-176, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 628
This bill adds to the rights of a person residing in a correctional or detention facility under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections the right to comprehensive access to menstrual products, including sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups, provided without charge to a female person residing in the correctional or detention facility.

This bill provides that any female person incarcerated in a jail or other county correctional facility has a right to comprehensive access to menstrual products, including, but not limited to, sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups, without charge to the incarcerated person.

Amendment H-176
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the person entitled to menstrual products from a female person to a person who menstruates. The amendment removes menstrual cups from the products in the bill that are required to be provided. The amendment requires that products, including but not limited to sanitary pads and tampons, be provided and available at all times and without inconvenience to the person who resides in the jail, county correctional facility or state correctional or detention facility.

LD 628 Chaptered Law
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LD 632 An Act To Promote Free, Appropriate Public Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 632
This bill eliminates the provision that requires the Child Development Services System to provide free, appropriate public education to a preschool child with disabilities who reaches 5 years of age between July 1st and October 15th if the child's individualized education program team determines that it is in the best interest of the child to delay enrollment in kindergarten for one year.

LD 633 An Act To Create a Permanent Navigator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-195, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 633
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to appoint one person to administer all issues related to the placement of a child with a relative.

Amendment H-195
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services the kinship care navigator program to provide resources and information to persons providing kinship care to children in the State. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to designate one person to administer the program. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 633 fiscal note
LD 633 Amendment H-195 fiscal note
LD 634 An Act Regarding Implementation of Differentiated Case Management in the Judicial Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 634
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish guidelines for implementation of a differentiated case management system in the Judicial Department.

LD 693 An Act To Create a Regional Prerelease Center Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 693
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish and fund a regional prerelease center.

LD 800 An Act To Amend Mandatory Law Enforcement Agency Policies Regarding Recording Suspects To Include Cases of Murder and Class A, Class B and Class C Crimes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-572, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 800
Current law requires that law enforcement agencies only adopt written policies for the recording of interviews of suspects of serious crimes. This bill requires law enforcement officers to record interviews of suspects in custody or otherwise deprived of freedom of action in any significant way whenever feasible and always where questioning occurs at a place of detention.

Amendment H-572
This amendment strikes and replaces the title and the bill. The amendment amends the mandatory policies for law enforcement agencies, which are set by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, regarding digital, electronic, audio, video or other recording of law enforcement interviews of suspects to specifically include all suspects of murder and Class A, Class B and Class C crimes, instead of suspects in "serious crimes."

LD 800 Chaptered Law
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LD 801 An Act Regarding Recording of Witness Interviews Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the Senate, June 19, 2019
LD 801
Current law requires that law enforcement agencies adopt written policies for the recording of interviews of only suspects in serious crimes. This bill extends that requirement to include recording of interviews of witnesses.

LD 801 fiscal note
LD 802 An Act To Recruit and Retain Corrections Support Staff Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, March 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 802
This bill requires staff in support, maintenance and other nonsupervisory positions, but not including guards, in correctional facilities maintained by the Department of Corrections to be given a $2 per hour increase in their wages. In 2016, guards in the department were given a $2 per hour wage increase but other employees in the correctional facilities were not.

LD 803 An Act To Create 4 Regional Mental Health Receiving Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 803
This bill establishes 4 crisis intervention centers regionally throughout the State that will be operated and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. It requires the crisis intervention centers to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to provide sufficient staffing. It provides that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that include the certification of the crisis intervention centers; the location of the crisis intervention centers to ensure regional accessibility throughout the State; admission and discharge standards; requirements for notice of a person's admission; availability of and patients' access to treatment; the staffing model, with specific descriptions of staffing levels, roles and responsibilities; and patient rights protections; and that, to the extent possible, the rules must be consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 511; Title 34-B, chapter 1, subchapter 8; and Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 4.

LD 804 An Act To Ensure Programming for Long-term Incarcerations at County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 9, 2019
LD 804
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure programming for long-term incarcerations at county jails.

LD 888 An Act To Provide Workplace Support to Individuals with Hearing Loss Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 888
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to add hearing loss to the list of qualifying conditions for which the Department of Labor's vocational rehabilitation program provides services.

LD 972 Resolve, To Increase Access to Brain Injury Waiver Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-245, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 972
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the rates for services provided to MaineCare members receiving Home Support (Residential Habilitation) Level I under the brain injury waiver, rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 18, to no less than $8.63 per quarter hour. It also allows up to 400 units of care coordination each year rather than only in the first year of receiving services under the waiver. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to explore opportunities to provide additional telehealth services, including care coordination services, provided by both licensed medical personnel and nonlicensed personnel.

Amendment H-245
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services must seek approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the brain injury waiver to increase rates for Home Support (Residential Habilitation) Level I to no less than $8.63 per quarter hour. It also requires the department to include any findings from exploring telehealth opportunities for brain injury services to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters as part of the annual telehealth report. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 972 Amendment H-245 fiscal note
LD 973 An Act To Stabilize County Corrections 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 973
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to stabilize the funding for county corrections.

LD 974 An Act To Amend the Penalties for Engaging in Prostitution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 974
This bill amends the penalty provision for the crime of engaging in prostitution. For a first offense, the bill retains the current law designation of the crime as a Class E crime. For a 2nd or subsequent conviction within 2 years of engaging in prostitution, the bill changes the designation from a Class D crime to a Class E crime.

LD 1009 An Act To Provide Protections for Maine Patients Facing Step Therapy Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-432, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1009
This bill requires health insurance carriers to establish a process for prescription drug step therapy exceptions.

Amendment H-432
This amendment conforms the timeline for responding to a request for a step therapy override exception determination with the existing timeline for prior authorization requests. The amendment clarifies the meaning of exigent circumstances and makes clear that a carrier is required to continue to provide access to the prescription drug subject to step therapy protocol during the consideration of a request for a step therapy override exception determination. The amendment also adds a definition of "stable on a prescription drug" and clarifies that the provisions do not prevent a carrier from requiring an enrollee to try an interchangeable biological product. The amendment also changes the allocation of a new section of the statutory provision to avoid a numbering problem.

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LD 1079 An Act To Require Public Schools To Periodically Test for Radon Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-251, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1079
This bill requires school administrative units to test schools and other buildings for radon every 5 years. The radon testing must comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's recommended testing standards for schools. A school administrative unit must notify parents, faculty and staff of the test results and must report test results to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services must report these results every 5 years to the Governor and the Legislature.

The bill also requires school administrative units to build new schools and buildings using radon-resistant new construction techniques as recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Amendment H-251
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement in the bill that school administrative units test for radon, but allows school administrative units to test for radon. It provides that any testing and new school construction must comply with rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of recommendations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency as in the bill.

LD 1079 Chaptered Law
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LD 1133 An Act To Require That Hospital Liens Be Satisfied on a Just and Equitable Basis Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 12, 2019
LD 1133
This bill requires that a hospital's statutory lien be reduced by the patient's proportionate share of a patient's litigation or other recovery costs, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees. It also provides that a hospital lien must be satisfied on a just and equitable basis considering factors that diminish the patient's claim such as questions of liability or comparative negligence or other legal defenses, exigencies of trial and limits of insurance coverage.

LD 1133 Chaptered Law
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LD 1141 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Construct the Merrymeeting Trail from Topsham to Gardiner Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1141
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct a recreational trail, to be known as the Merrymeeting Trail, along the existing railroad corridor owned by the department from the Town of Topsham to the City of Gardiner.

LD 1534 An Act To Amend Maine Fireworks Laws To Include Flame Effects Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1534
This bill amends fireworks laws in the following ways:
  • 1. By adding the term "flame effects" to the definition of "display";
  • 2. By adding flame effects to the types of displays for which a permit must be obtained; and
  • 3. By removing the requirement that indoor pyrotechnic events be monitored by the State Fire Marshal or the State Fire Marshal's designee and instead requiring that indoor pyrotechnic and flame effects events be inspected by the State Fire Marshal or the State Fire Marshal's designee.


LD 1534 Chaptered Law
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LD 1632 An Act Regarding Criminal Procedure with Respect to Allowable Defenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1632
This bill prohibits the use of what is referred to as the "gay and trans panic defense."

The bill provides that when considering whether a defendant has an abnormal condition of the mind in determining whether a requisite culpable mental state exists in the defendant, a determination of abnormal condition of the mind may not be based on the defendant's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

The bill excludes from the affirmative defense for murder that the defendant acted on the basis of extreme anger or extreme fear based on provocation by prohibiting the alleged cause of provocation from being solely from the discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

The bill provides that a person's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship, may not be used as the sole justification for the use of force against the victim.

LD 1632 Chaptered Law
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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
LD 49
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.

Amendment H-519
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
  • 1. Directs the Secretary of State to issue wallet-sized acquired brain injury identification cards to persons who voluntarily request a card;
  • 2. Allows the Secretary of State to require documentation of an acquired brain injury;
  • 3. Provides requirements for the application for and issuance of an acquired brain injury identification card; and
  • 4. Allows the Secretary of State to determine by rule any additional information about acquired brain injury that must be placed on an acquired brain injury identification card.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-360
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 49 Chaptered Law
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LD 67 An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-72, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 67
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. These changes apply only to those Class A, Class B and Class C crimes of unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

The bill also makes a number of technical corrections to the provisions of the Maine Criminal Code governing statutes of limitations to provide additional clarity within those provisions.

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
LD 67 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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 115 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Home Visiting Services To Provide Child Development Education and Skills Development for New Parents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-137, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 115
This bill appropriates funds for home visiting services to provide child development education and skills development for new parents.

Amendment H-137
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, directs the Board of the Maine Children's Trust Incorporated to use state funds it receives to maximize its receipt of federal funds. This amendment also adds an appropriation of funds to stabilize the workforce by bringing salaries of home visitors in line with comparable positions. It reduces the additional funding provided in the bill for home visiting services from $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2019-20 and $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2020-21 to $500,000 for each year and provides that the funding must be used to reduce any waiting lists for home visiting services. It directs these funds to go to the Maine Children's Trust.

LD 115 fiscal note
LD 115 Amendment H-137 fiscal note
LD 162 An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 162
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 182 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Regarding the Financial Capacity of a Defendant To Post Bond Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 182
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code to provide that a defendant who is not dangerous, is not a flight risk in the absence of bond and is otherwise eligible for bail may not be detained solely due to financial inability to post a money or property bond and may file a motion with the court requesting relief from the requirement to post a money or property bond. This bill requires the court to determine the financial capacity of the defendant and rule on the motion in an expedited manner.

LD 201 An Act To Protect Jobs in the State by Requiring Advance Notice of Closure of Call Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-149, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 201
This bill requires a person that operates a call center in the State to provide the Commissioner of Labor 120 days' notice before relocating the call center or a part of the call center. If the employer fails to notify the Commissioner of Labor of the relocation of the call center at least 120 days before the relocation, a daily fine of $10,000 may be assessed.

The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to create a list of employers who have relocated a call center, or a facility or operating unit handling at least 30% of call volume within a call center, from the State to a foreign country. An employer appearing on the list is ineligible for a state grant, loan or tax benefit for 5 years and is required to pay back the unamortized value of a state grant, loan or tax benefit previously issued to the employer. The bill requires that call center work for executive branch agencies of the State be performed in the State.

Amendment H-149
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with changes to the law governing the notification requirements for an employer that proposes to close or relocate an industrial or commercial facility that employs 100 or more people. It changes the notification period from 60 days prior to the closure or relocation to 90 days prior, changes the civil penalty from a maximum $500 fine to a $500 per day fine and it applies this civil penalty to both failure to notify the Department of Labor and failure to notify the employees and the municipal officers of the municipality where the facility is located.

LD 201 Chaptered Law
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LD 221 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Automobile Repairs by Eliminating the Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Requirement Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 221
This bill amends the Board of Environmental Protection's authority to adopt and enforce new motor vehicle emission standards by prohibiting the adoption of standards requiring that new aftermarket catalytic converters sold or installed in the State be certified to any standards adopted by the State of California or the California Air Resources Board. The bill also requires the Department of Environmental Protection, as soon as practicable, to amend its rule Chapter 127 relating to new motor vehicle emission standards in accordance with this statutory prohibition.

LD 297 An Act To Strengthen Brain Injury Resources for Underserved Populations, Including Opioid Overdose Brain Injury Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-134, Enacted, Signed into law, June 27, 2019
LD 297
This bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with organizations representing individuals with a brain injury and their families, bringing together state and national expertise to provide core brain injury support for underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Amendment H-134
This amendment adds victims of domestic violence to the list of underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt rules rather than being required to adopt rules.

LD 297 Chaptered Law
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LD 302 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 302
This bill amends the statutory provisions regarding criminal post-conviction review to allow the filing of a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence at any time during the period of direct impediment, except that it may not be filed within one year of a judgment on a prior petition for post-conviction review on the same conviction. This bill requires that a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence receive at least one evidentiary hearing in which the petitioner may submit new evidence and evidence submitted in prior proceedings on the same matter.

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

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

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

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

LD 353 Chaptered Law
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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 396 An Act To Support Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault by Increasing the Time Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Kits Must Be Stored Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-113, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 396
This bill changes the period that a law enforcement agency must store a sexual assault forensic examination kit when the victim has not come forward from 90 days from receipt of the kit to the period of time equal to the limitations period for the underlying crime. This bill also requires investigating agencies in possession of a sexual assault forensic examination kit when the victim has come forward to store the kit for the period of time equal to the limitations period for the underlying crime or until the underlying crime has been prosecuted and a conviction has been obtained, whichever comes first.

Amendment H-113
This amendment strikes the bill and instead changes the period that a law enforcement agency must store a sexual assault forensic examination kit when the victim has not come forward from 90 days from receipt of the kit to 8 years.

LD 396 Chaptered Law
LD 396 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 419 An Act To Require a Minimum Salary of $50,000 for Public School Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 419
This bill requires that the minimum salary of certified teachers in public schools be established at $50,000 for the school year starting after June 30, 2020.

LD 420 An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 420
This bill returns the exclusion amount, below which the Maine estate tax does not apply, to $2,000,000 from $5,600,000 for estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2020 and removes the annual adjustment for inflation of that exclusion amount.

LD 429 An Act To Improve the Ability of Mental Health Professionals To Assess the Risk of Suicide Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 429
This bill adds a new requirement for the renewal of professional licenses for psychologists, social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors that each must show proof upon renewal that the licensee has completed a minimum of 6 hours of course work every 10 years in suicide prevention, evidence-based suicide risk assessment or the treatment and management of suicidal persons, including knowledge of community resources and cultural factors. These courses may be used to satisfy the licensee's other continuing education requirements. The bill also changes, from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2022, the date that licensed clinical professional counselors must begin demonstrating successful completion of a minimum of 12 hours of course work in family or intimate partner violence.

Amendment H-139
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, amends the bill to require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to any employee engaged in adult protective services instead of to only new employees. It clarifies that it is the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers, instead of the number of supervisors, that must be identical in adult protective services and child protective services. The amendment also provides that Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions receive a $1 per wage-hour stipend for employees holding or obtaining a relevant master's degree. It provides that the $5 per wage-hour stipend payment and $1 per wage-hour stipend payment authorized for Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions must be considered part of those employees' base pay for purposes of transfers, promotions, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases and collectively bargained wage increases. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 429 Amendment H-139 fiscal note
LD 430 An Act To Establish and Promote a System of Safe Disposal of Expired Marine Flares Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-627, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 430
This bill establishes within the Department of Public Safety programs for the collection and disposal of expired marine flares and for education of the public and state agency personnel regarding expired marine flares.

Amendment H-627
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds to the bill a directive that the Commissioner of Public Safety use appropriated General Fund funding for the purposes of the bill and authorizes the commissioner to accept and use for those purposes gifts, donations and contributions. The amendment adds an appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 of $43,500 to enable the State Fire Marshal to purchase a new high temperature thermal destruction incinerator.

LD 430 Amendment H-627 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 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 444 An Act To Fully Restore Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 444
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 3 months earlier than currently provided in law.

LD 456 An Act To Strengthen the Qualifications for County Sheriffs Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-13, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 456
This bill requires candidates for the office of county sheriff to have 5 years of law enforcement supervisory experience. Currently, the law requires 5 years of supervisory experience generally.

Amendment S-13
This amendment reduces the required number of years of supervisory experience from 5 years to 2 years and specifies that the supervisory experience must be in law enforcement or corrections or a combination of both.

LD 456 Chaptered Law
LD 456 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 457 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 457
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to fund a grant program to invest in projects along the State's rivers that contribute to economic, environmental and community development and revitalization, promote economic activity, protect the environment and enhance quality of life for Maine people.

LD 482 An Act To Reduce the Participation Thresholds for Various Municipal Referenda and To Change the Measurement of Those Thresholds from Votes Cast for and against the Question to Votes in Favor of the Question Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 482
This bill changes the requirements for a municipality to withdraw from a regional school unit following a vote on a withdrawal agreement. Current law requires that the total number of votes cast for and against withdrawal equal or exceed 50% of the total votes cast in the municipality for Governor in the last gubernatorial election. This bill requires instead that the number of votes cast in favor of withdrawal equal or exceed 25% of the total votes cast in the municipality for Governor in the last gubernatorial election. A majority vote in favor of withdrawal is still required, and a 2/3 vote in favor of withdrawal is still required if the municipality is part of a school administrative district that was reformulated as a regional school unit pursuant to the school unit consolidation laws.

This bill also changes the requirements for a new municipal charter, charter revision, charter modification or charter amendment in a question before the voters to go into effect. Current law requires that the total number of votes cast for and against the question equal or exceed 30% of the total votes cast in the municipality in the last gubernatorial election. This bill requires instead that the number of votes cast in favor of the proposed change equal or exceed 15% of the total votes cast in the municipality in the last gubernatorial election and clarifies that this means votes cast for Governor in that election. Also, while this bill does not change the requirement that a majority of votes cast for and against the proposed change be in favor of it in order for that change to go into effect, it clarifies that blank votes are not counted in that calculation.

This bill also changes the requirements for a deorganization of a municipality to go into effect following a vote on final approval. Current law requires that the total number of votes cast for and against deorganization must equal or exceed 50% of the total votes cast in the municipality for Governor in the last gubernatorial election in order for the deorganization to go into effect. This bill requires instead that the number of votes cast in favor of deorganization must equal or exceed 1/3 of the total votes cast in the municipality for Governor in the last gubernatorial election. Also, while this bill retains the requirement that the deorganization be approved by 2/3 of the voters in order for it to go into effect, it clarifies that that means 2/3 of those voting for or against deorganization in that election.

LD 556 An Act To Protect Animals in Unattended Vehicles Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 556
This bill allows a person who is not a law enforcement officer, humane agent, animal control officer, firefighter, first responder or security guard to enter a vehicle and remove an animal if the animal's safety, health or well-being appears to be in immediate danger. The bill provides that a person who removes an animal from a vehicle under these conditions is immune from criminal or civil liability.

LD 584 An Act To Convert Stipends to Base Pay for Child Protective Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 584
This bill requires that the $5 per wage-hour stipends provided to child protective services employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services for the purpose of recruitment and retention of such employees and the $1 per wage-hour stipend paid to such child protective services employees who hold or obtain a relevant master's degree must be considered part of the base pay of employees who receive a stipend for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

LD 613 Resolve, Concerning the Adoption of Rules To Carry Out the Purpose of the Bridging Rental Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 613
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules for the Bridging Rental Assistance Program in order to ensure fairness, equity and access to the program for those persons with mental illness who qualify for the program. The department is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services if the department anticipates a delay in the adoption of the rules.

LD 613 Chaptered Law
LD 613 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 648 An Act To Improve Reporting of Operating Under the Influence Offenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-152, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 648
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to maintain separate categories in its uniform crime reporting for offenses that involve operating under the influence of alcohol, offenses that involve operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and offenses that involve operating under a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.

Amendment H-152
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters regarding the incidence of operating under the influence offenses pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2411. The report must include separate categories for offenses involving operating under the influence of alcohol, for offenses involving operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and for offenses involving operating under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The report is due by April 1st each year beginning in 2020.

LD 648 Chaptered Law
LD 648 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 680 An Act To Clarify the Intent of the Federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 To Ensure the Federal Principle of Inherent Tribal Sovereignty Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 680
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to clarify the intent of the federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 to ensure the federal principle of inherent tribal sovereignty.

LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 692
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-407
This amendment specifies that the services provided by independent licensed clinical social workers are provided under Section 65 of rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. Rather than increasing rates to the lowest reimbursement rate for the same service paid by an insurance carrier licensed in Maine, the amendment increases rates to 70% of the Medicare rate for the closest equivalent service, since there is no exact equivalent rate under Medicare. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 692 fiscal note
LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
LD 735 An Act To Create a Seat for a Representative of the Wabanaki Tribal Governments on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-111, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 735
This bill provides a permanent seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a representative of the 5 Wabanaki tribal governments. The tribal representative must be a law enforcement official and must be chosen for a 2-year term by a process determined by the tribal governments. The process must require that the position rotate among the 5 tribal governments.

Amendment H-111
This amendment changes the title and provides a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a person appointed by the Governor who is knowledgeable about public safety and who has been recommended to the Governor by the Wabanaki tribal governments of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik and the Penobscot Nation. The term of this member of the board of trustees is 2 years.

LD 735 Chaptered Law
LD 735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 759 An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-573, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 759
This bill provides funding for 2 Paralegal positions and one Consumer Outreach position within the Maine Human Rights Commission and requires that the commission purchase a computer system. It also includes a $10,000 appropriation for the initial step in evaluating the commission's computer system needs.

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 760 An Act To Prohibit the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from Considering the Criminal Records of Applicants Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 760
This bill prohibits the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from inquiring about or considering the criminal record of an applicant for admission to any postsecondary educational program.

LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 775 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules for Eligibility for Community Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-403, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 775
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services to include access to services to persons who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Amendment H-403
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services concerning eligibility criteria for services under that section. It requires the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 15, 2020 on the rulemaking process, proposed and provisionally adopted rules and justification for the adoption of the proposed rules. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation regarding the subject matter of the rules.

LD 775 Amendment H-403 fiscal note
LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 777
This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.

Amendment H-493
This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 794 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 794
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $6,000,000, will be used to provide funds to recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to provide grants and loans to municipalities for public facilities and infrastructure.

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 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 846 Resolve, To Provide for the Sealing of Records of Convictions for Marijuana-related Violations That Are No Longer Crimes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 846
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to ensure that all criminal conviction records in the possession of the department that relate to the conviction for an offense involving marijuana that is no longer illegal are made confidential and prohibits the dissemination of such records. The department is required to submit a report to the 130th Legislature regarding the progress of the department in meeting the requirements of this legislation.

LD 858 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Make Recommendations Relating to School Safety and Security Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-128, Finally passed, Signed into law May 15, 2019
LD 858
This resolve directs the Department of Education to study and make recommendations for the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center based on a report created by Safe Havens International, the top recommendation of which was the establishment of such a center. The department is directed to issue a report, including its recommendations for the establishment of a center and any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by October 15, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-128
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Education is required to study and make recommendations relating to school safety and security, including, but not limited to, planning to mitigate the potential risks associated with opening school facilities to the public when a school is used as a polling place and the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center. The amendment requires the department to submit a preliminary report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 and a final report by December 15, 2020. The amendment authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature instead of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature as proposed in the bill.

LD 858 Chaptered Law
LD 858 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 866 An Act To Support College Completion by Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-321, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 866
This bill requires institutions of higher education in the State to designate an existing staff member to serve as a liaison for homeless youth who are enrolled in that institution of higher education. The bill also requires institutions of higher education to give homeless youth priority for on-campus housing, develop a plan to provide homeless youth housing during school breaks and allow homeless youth who are enrolled part-time to access on-campus housing during the homeless youth's first year of school. The bill also expands the tuition waiver for state postsecondary educational institutions to include tuition waivers for homeless youth.

Amendment H-321
This amendment, which strikes and replaces the bill, does the following.
  • 1. It defines as a homeless student a student under 25 years of age who has been verified, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student's admission to or while enrolled in a state postsecondary educational institution, as a homeless child or youth as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
  • 2. It requires each state postsecondary educational institution to designate a staff member as the homeless student liaison.
  • 3. It authorizes each state postsecondary educational institution to award a homeless student a financial assistance grant, which is limited to the amount of the cost of tuition less all other financial aid received that a student is not required to repay. The availability of the grant and the amount of the grant is also subject to the amounts appropriated by the Legislature.


LD 866 Amendment H-321 fiscal note
LD 870 An Act To Change the Membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse To Include More Tribal Members Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 2, 2019
LD 870
This bill changes the membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse by:
  • 1. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of domestic violence projects from 2 members to one member;
  • 2. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of sexual assault centers from 2 members to one member;
  • 3. Allowing the member who is a chief of a municipal police department to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 4. Allowing the member who is a county sheriff to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 5. Correcting the description of a member from the statewide coordinator of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence to the executive director of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence;
  • 6. Reducing the number of at-large members from 6 to 4; and
  • 7. Adding 4 new members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor, one of whom is an executive director of a tribal coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, one of whom is chief of a tribal police department or the chief's designee, one of whom is a representative of a tribal court and one of whom is a representative of tribal government.


LD 870 Chaptered Law
LD 870 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 914 An Act To Enhance the Recruitment and Retention of Marine Patrol Sergeants Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 914
This bill provides funding to increase the salaries of Marine Patrol Sergeants in the Department of Marine Resources by 5%.

LD 942 An Act To Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 942
Part A of this bill requires a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider. Carriers are required to directly reimburse a health plan enrollee for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

Part A also applies the same requirements to individual and group accidental injury and disability insurance.

Part B of the bill requires an employer to reimburse an employee eligible for workers' compensation benefits for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana.

LD 949 An Act To Prevent Overdose Deaths Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 949
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to certify 2 facilities in the State to provide safe and secure locations for people to self-administer previously obtained drugs. The bill requires the facilities to have health care personnel and other trained staff, to provide information concerning drug overdoses and diseases associated with drug use, to administer first aid or other medications in case of an overdose and to provide referrals to other services that clients of the facilities may need. The bill provides immunity from arrest or prosecution to clients and staff members acting in accordance with the provisions of the bill and creates a tolerance zone within 1/2 mile of each facility. The facilities are directed to report certain demographic and other information to the department, which is directed to analyze the information and report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters. The department is also directed to review the effectiveness of the facilities to determine whether to open additional facilities.

LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 977
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

Amendment H-621
This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

LD 987 An Act To Provide Autonomy for Health Care Providers To Practice Patient-centered Care by Amending the Laws Governing Medical Exemptions to Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 987
This bill provides that a medical exemption from immunization for the purposes of attendance at a nursery school, a child care facility, a family child care provider or an elementary, secondary or postsecondary school, or for employees at certain health care facilities, is at the sole discretion of the student's or employee's health care provider. It prohibits the adoption of rules or policies related to medical exemptions, including, but not limited to, rules or policies that establish requirements for medical exemptions and rules or policies requiring the review, acceptance or rejection of medical exemptions. The bill also removes the authority of school boards, the governing boards of private schools and municipalities to have more stringent immunization requirements than state law.

LD 999 An Act To Allow Medical and Adult Use Marijuana Stores To Share a Common Space Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 999
This bill allows the use of a shared facility for retail sale of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use, as long as the adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products are sold using a different cash register than that used for sales of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use.

LD 1018 Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Protection from Abuse Orders (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1018
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to convene a work group to review the laws governing enforcement of protection from abuse orders and how those orders are enforced by law enforcement officers.

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 1034 An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Transportation Infrastructure Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1034
This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing revenue to the Highway Fund and for other transportation purposes.
  • 1. It increases certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver's license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, duplicate registrations, titles, driver's licenses, nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations.
  • 2. It increases the sales tax on the short-term rental of automobiles and certain pickup trucks and vans from 10% to 12%.
  • 3. It requires 5% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis.
  • 4. Beginning October 1, 2019, it increases the tax imposed on gasoline to 36.5¢ per gallon and the tax imposed on special fuel to 37.7¢ per gallon.


LD 1061 An Act To Establish a Fund To Compensate Unjustly Incarcerated Persons Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1061
This bill creates the Unjustly Incarcerated Persons Compensation Fund and establishes compensation amounts and a process for the application for and determination of compensation. The bill establishes compensation of $25,000 per year of unjust incarceration and $10,000 for each year that the person eligible for compensation was required to register as a sex offender.

The bill provides for compensation payments to be made in a lump sum, and only in a lump sum in the case of a deceased person, or as an annuity.

A person is eligible to seek compensation if the person has served in whole or in part a sentence of imprisonment under the laws of this State and the person has:

  • 1. Received a full and free pardon on the basis of innocence for the crime for which the person was sentenced;
  • 2. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus that is based on a court finding or determination that the person is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced; or
  • 3. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus and the court in which the person was convicted has entered an order dismissing the charge. The court's dismissal order must be based on a motion to dismiss in which the district attorney or the Attorney General states that no credible evidence exists that inculpates the defendant and, either in the motion or in an affidavit, the district attorney or the Attorney General states that the district attorney or Attorney General believes that the defendant is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced.

The bill repeals the existing law providing a maximum payment of $300,000 for wrongful imprisonment that is based on a pardon granted on the basis of innocence.

LD 1083 An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-313 in both chambers, Enacted in the both chambers, August 26, 2019, Governor's action pending
LD 1083
This bill provides that, whenever the state committee of a qualified political party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate of the party and that the committee has voted to conduct a presidential primary election, the State shall hold a presidential primary election on a date in March of the presidential election year chosen by the Secretary of State in consultation with the parties. Only voters who are enrolled in the party may vote in that party's presidential primary election. The votes cast in the presidential primary for each party must be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes. The selection of delegates to the national presidential nominating convention for each party and allocation of those delegates among primary candidates must be in accordance with any reasonable procedures established at the state party convention.

This bill also requires the ballots cast for presidential electors during the general election to be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes.

Amendment S-313
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill. Under the amendment, general elections for presidential electors must be determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further provides that, if a law establishing a presidential primary election is enacted in the State, primary elections for the office of President of the United States must be determined by ranked-choice voting.

LD 1083 Amendment S-313 fiscal note

LD 1092 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Critical Incident Stress Management Teams Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-54, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1092
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

Amendment S-54
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

LD 1092 Chaptered Law
LD 1092 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1097 An Act To Protect Tenants from Sexual Harassment Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-165, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 18, 2019
LD 1097
This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant if the tenant had made a complaint of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or landlord's agent. The bill defines "sexual harassment."

Amendment S-165
The bill addresses sexual harassment with regard to tenants in residential property. This amendment clearly states a landlord or a landlord's agent may not subject a tenant to sexual harassment. It retains the provision that nothing in the subchapter limits the application of the Maine Human Rights Act, which addresses discrimination in housing.

The amendment revises the definition of "sexual harassment" to include retaliation for communicating about or filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

The amendment replaces the rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant with additional options for the tenant: the tenant raises the rebuttable presumption of retaliation by having communicated to the landlord or the landlord's agent about an act of sexual harassment or filed a complaint with a law enforcement agency, the Maine Human Rights Commission or a court of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent against the tenant or a family or household member of the tenant. The tenant must have made the communication, which does not have to be in writing, or complaint prior to receiving the eviction notice. This is consistent with current law that creates a rebuttable presumption based on the tenant's filing a fair housing complaint prior to receiving an eviction notice.

In addition, the amendment provides that the defense of retaliation cannot be used in an eviction if the action is brought because the tenant violated a lease provision or for any reason that is listed in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6002, subsection 1 as grounds for an eviction with 7 days' written notice. Thus, if the landlord commences an eviction based on nonpayment of rent, for example, the fact that the tenant had communicated about sexual harassment or filed a complaint of sexual harassment does not create a presumption that the eviction is in retaliation for the assertion of that right.

The amendment also provides a tenant who is the victim of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent with the opportunity to terminate the lease early, using the same process currently in law for a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, by providing specified written documentation with appropriate notice.

LD 1097 Chaptered Law
LD 1097 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1104 An Act To Clarify the State's Commitments Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-205, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1104
This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.

Amendment H-205
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1104 Amendment H-205 fiscal note
LD 1108 Resolve, Establishing the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1108
This resolve establishes the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth to:
  • 1. Review and evaluate current state and national reports regarding the efficacy of the use of incarceration of youth in the State and nationally;
  • 2. Seek input from juvenile justice system stakeholders, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, agency staff, residential and community-based service providers, youth advocates and youth and families affected by the juvenile justice system;
  • 3. Develop a plan to close the Long Creek Youth Development Center by 2022 and make recommendations on subsequent use of the land or facility, including identifying options for alternate use of the land or facility that do not include the incarceration of other populations, and a transition plan for the center's staff; and
  • 4. Develop recommendations for reinvestment of corrections funds currently designated for youth incarceration into a continuum of community-based alternatives.


LD 1111 An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-576, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1111
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the suspension of a driver's license of a person who negligently operates a motor vehicle in a manner so as to cause the death of another person.
  • 1. It removes the requirement that prior to the suspension, the Secretary of State notify any family of the victim and consider written or oral statements received from the family in response to the notice.
  • 2. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended operated a motor vehicle with criminal negligence as described in the Maine Criminal Code.
  • 3. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended caused the death of another person and to base that finding on the definition of "causation" in the Maine Criminal Code.


Amendment H-576
This amendment changes the mandatory minimum period of suspension of a driver's license after a finding of negligence in causing a fatal accident from 3 years to one year. The amendment deletes from the bill provisions that change the requirement of civil negligence to a requirement of criminal negligence and that require causation to be found as defined in the Maine Criminal Code in Title 17-A, section 33.

LD 1111 Chaptered Law
LD 1111 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1114 An Act To Humanely Treat Animals Trapped in Buildings Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1114
This bill requires an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who responds to a report of an animal trapped in a building to attempt to capture and release the animal unharmed unless doing so would pose a threat to public health or safety.

LD 1117 An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1117
This bill eliminates the turkey hunting permit and fee and the requirement to tag wild turkeys at registration stations. A hunter is directed to inform the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the conclusion of each turkey hunting season of how many wild turkeys the hunter harvested. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend the department's rules to increase the spring season bag limit to 4 male wild turkeys and the fall season bag limit to 8 wild turkeys of either sex.

LD 1136 An Act To Provide Snow Sports Safety Information to Consumers Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1136
This bill requires a ski area operator to annually create a safety plan for the ski area and make that plan accessible to the public. It also requires ski area operators to report on skiing accidents from the previous year and make those reports accessible to the public.

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 1178 An Act To Address the Needs of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-410, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1178
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a home and community-based waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services to children up to 21 years of age with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Services must be provided according to a care plan process that requires participation by the child's family. The care plan must address safety as the highest priority. The care plan must address the child's developmental, mental health, emotional, social, educational and physical needs in the least restrictive environment. Services must be clinically appropriate, be provided in a location as close to the child's home as possible, be provided in a timely manner and promote early identification and intervention. The department is directed to apply for the waiver no later than January 1, 2020. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules within 6 months. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-410
This amendment removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to request a waiver pursuant to Section 1915(c) of the United States Social Security Act for services to children with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and allows the department to apply for any waiver or state plan amendment that would accomplish this purpose. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1178 fiscal note
LD 1178 Amendment H-410 fiscal note
LD 1180 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1180
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to identify areas of improvement in the coordination of information and processes of the entities that investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 4, 2019.

LD 1185 An Act To Facilitate Intervention by and Provision of Services through the Department of Health and Human Services for Certain Families Affected by Substance Use Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1185
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide and pay for services relating to and treatment for substance use disorder in cases in which it does not file a child protection petition under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4032 but does open a case to provide services to the family to alleviate child abuse and neglect in the home, and also to provide and pay for those services as part of the rehabilitation and reunification plan required pursuant to Title 22, section 4041 when a child has been removed from the home. The bill provides that the department is not financially responsible if the person receiving services is insured by MaineCare or other insurance and that insurance covers the cost of those services. The bill establishes a program within the department for families affected by substance use disorder. The department is required to create a process to identify families engaged in a rehabilitation and reunification plan in which substance use disorder is a barrier to the return of a child to the child's home and ensure the family receives intervention and treatment for the disorder.

LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1196
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

LD 1210 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Corrections To Study Changes in Corrections Practices and Reinvestment in Corrections Resources To Reduce Recidivism and Control Correctional Facility Costs Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1210
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Corrections to establish a working group to study changes in corrections practices and reinvestment of corrections resources in various ways to reduce recidivism and control correctional facility costs, including upstream interventions, diversion and alternative sentencing, prevention and harm reduction and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

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 1217 An Act To Clarify the Oversight of the Family Development Account Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-167, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1217
This bill amends the family development account program by transferring administration from the Finance Authority of Maine to the University of Maine System. The bill also allows the University of Maine System to consult key stakeholders such as program participants, community development organizations and financial institutions, as well as organizations representing the interests of low-income persons in the State, as part of administering the program and assessing its effectiveness.

Amendment S-167
This amendment adds a definition of "eligible person"; modifies the definition of "account holder"; adds language allowing the University of Maine System to solicit proposals from community development organizations on a schedule established by the system; allows, instead of requires, the system to adopt rules; allows, instead of requires, enforcement of the penalty for unauthorized withdrawals; changes the makeup of the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts from 12 members to 10 members and changes the descriptions of members; and adds a section describing the transition of the program from the Finance Authority of Maine to the system.

LD 1217 Chaptered Law
LD 1217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1218 An Act To Allow Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers To Measure Cultivation Limits by Plant Canopy Size Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 1218
This bill amends the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act provision governing how much medical marijuana caregivers may cultivate. It defines the term "plant canopy" and adds language allowing caregivers to cultivate up to 30 mature marijuana plants or 500 square feet of plant canopy, 60 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings.

LD 1218 Chaptered Law
LD 1218 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1219 An Act To Establish an Independent Panel To Review the Use of Deadly Force by Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-644, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1219
This bill establishes the Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths to review investigations by law enforcement agencies concerning deaths involving law enforcement officers and to issue recommendations to the prosecuting attorneys or Attorney General. The board consists of 7 members appointed to 3-year terms, and members of the board are conferred immunity in performing their duties on the board, except when the plaintiff is the State. The bill requires the board to issue a public report of its findings and conclusions for every officer-involved death in the State.

Amendment H-644
This amendment replaces the bill and revises the title to reflect that the panel will review use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, not just officer-related deaths.

The amendment establishes a panel of 15 members. The following are ex officio members, although each may appoint a designee to attend meetings and participate as a panel member: the Commissioner of Public Safety; the Director of Investigations for the Office of the Attorney General; the Director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy; and the Chief Medical Examiner. The remaining members are appointed by the Attorney General: an attorney who represents plaintiffs in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a municipal police chief; a county sheriff; a mental health professional; a representative of a statewide collective bargaining law enforcement organization; a representative of a statewide civil rights organization; an attorney who represents defendants in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a criminal prosecutor; and 3 citizens, each of whom is not and has never been a sworn law enforcement officer.

The panel is directed to select a chair and a vice-chair and must meet at least quarterly. The Attorney General must call the first meeting before January 1, 2020.

The panel examines deaths and serious injuries that result from a law enforcement officer's use of deadly force. The panel will wait to conduct its examination until the Attorney General conducts the investigation of the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer as required in current law. The purpose of the examinations is to identify whether there was compliance with accepted and best practices under the particular circumstances and whether the practices were sufficient for the particular circumstances or whether the practices require adjustment or improvement. The panel must recommend methods of improving standards, including changes to statutes, rules, training, policies and procedures designed to ensure incorporation of best practices that demonstrate increased public safety or officer safety.

The panel may request information and records that are necessary and relevant to the review. Persons providing information or records are not criminally or civilly liable for disclosing or providing information or records as directed by the panel. The panel may consult with content experts and other professionals and discuss necessary information or records within the scope of the consultations.

The proceedings of the panel are not public proceedings and records of the panel are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil or criminal action. To ensure oversight, the Legislature may inspect and review the records, but it must be under conditions that ensure the information is not further disclosed. The Office of the Attorney General shall disclose conclusions of the review panel but may not disclose information, records or data that are otherwise classified as confidential.

The panel is directed to submit a report on each incident it reviews, as well as annual reports summarizing its activities, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters beginning January 30, 2021.

LD 1219 Chaptered Law
LD 1219 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1221 An Act To Allow Deductions from Prison Sentences for Rehabilitative Activities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1221
This bill allows, in addition to existing deductions in time from a prison or jail sentence, a deduction in time of up to 7.5 days per calendar month for a person's satisfactory performance, while in custody or on probation, in the completion of an educational program leading to a high school equivalency diploma, completion of another educational or vocational training program or a work release program or work for a county or state facility industry that leads directly to the rehabilitation of that person.

LD 1231 An Act To Fund Energy Efficiency Programs through a Fee on the Sale of Unregulated Heating Fuels Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1231
Starting July 1, 2020, this bill imposes a fee of 1% on the wholesale sale price of heating oil, propane, coal, kerosene and dyed diesel fuel that is intended for residential or commercial heating purposes. The bill requires the revenue raised through the imposition of this fee to be used to provide additional funding for the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund, which is administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust for the purpose of reducing heating fuel consumption and providing energy efficiency and weatherization products and services to consumers.

LD 1239 An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1239
This bill requires employers with one to 49 employees to provide 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and one week of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. Employers with more than 49 employees are required to provide 4 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and 2 weeks of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. The bill also includes provisions regarding the protection of existing benefits, position restoration, denial of rights and judicial enforcement similar to the provisions of the family medical leave laws.

LD 1245 An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1245
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

LD 1288 An Act To Establish a MaineCare Reimbursement Rate Review Process and the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1288
This bill establishes a process by which the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a schedule of MaineCare program reimbursement rate reviews in which each rate is reviewed at least every 5 years. Under this process, the department reviews a rate for access, service, quality and use of service and compares the rate reimbursed with available benchmarks, including Medicare rates and usual and customary rates paid by private parties, and uses qualitative tools to assess whether reimbursements are sufficient to allow for provider retention and recipient access and to support appropriate reimbursement of high-value services. The department is required to provide a report of its review to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission, a 24-member group of interested parties providing oversight of the rate review process, and stakeholders. After holding public meetings and consulting stakeholders and stakeholder groups and consultation with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of the Budget, the department makes recommendations on the MaineCare reimbursement rates to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs to assist in developing the department's budget.

LD 1301 An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Investigations by the Bureau of Forestry Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 1301
This bill makes all complaints and investigative records of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry related to violations of the forestry laws confidential during the pendency of an investigation. The bill provides exceptions to allow disclosures to department employees and other agencies and otherwise as determined warranted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The provision or disclosure of investigative records of the Department of the Attorney General to a Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry employee designated by the commissioner does not constitute a waiver of the confidentiality of those records. A person who knowingly or intentionally makes a disclosure in violation of this provision commits a civil violation for which a fine not to exceed $1,000 may be adjudged.

LD 1304 An Act To Ease Financial Burdens for Juveniles Involved in the Justice System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-616, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1304
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code concerning the payment of restitution and fines in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes from the consideration of withholding an institutional disposition following the adjudication of a juvenile crime the juvenile's ability or agreement to make restitution for a victim's damages or injuries;
  • 2. It caps the amount of restitution a juvenile may be ordered to pay at $800, requires the court to hold a hearing to determine the juvenile's financial capacity and allows the court to order community service in place of restitution; and
  • 3. Regarding a contempt proceeding concerning the enforcement of a dispositional order following the adjudication of a juvenile crime, the bill removes the ability of a court to incarcerate a juvenile or to levy execution of the monetary penalty or restitution to be collected as an unpaid civil judgment. The bill authorizes the court as a punitive or remedial sanction for the nonpayment of the restitution or fine to require the juvenile to earn credit by court-approved community service, which must be at a rate no less than the state minimum wage without considering whether the nonpayment was excusable or inexcusable.


Amendment H-616
This amendment replaces the bill. It enacts a new section in the Maine Juvenile Code governing court orders of restitution and orders to modify restitution. The new section:
  • 1. Requires that restitution be considered by the court and, when the court does not order restitution, that the court state on the record or in writing the reasons for not imposing restitution;
  • 2. Establishes criteria that must be considered in determining whether restitution is appropriate and the amount of restitution to be paid. The amendment specifically prohibits an order of restitution in enumerated circumstances;
  • 3. Clarifies to whom restitution may be paid;
  • 4. Establishes who has the burden of proof with regard to the capacity to pay restitution. If the juvenile has not attained 16 years of age, there is a rebuttable presumption that the juvenile does not have the capacity to pay restitution; the State may rebut the presumption by a preponderance of evidence. If the juvenile is 16 years of age or older, the juvenile has the burden of proving the incapacity to pay restitution by a preponderance of the evidence. On appeal, the juvenile has the burden of demonstrating that the court abused its discretion in ordering an amount of restitution;
  • 5. Provides for the modification of orders of juvenile restitution; and
  • 6. Provides that, in enforcing an order to pay restitution, the court may not enter an order for confinement as a remedial or contempt sanction unless the juvenile has in fact attained 14 years of age. The court may also order the juvenile to complete community service.


LD 1304 Chaptered Law
LD 1304 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1316 An Act To Make It Explicit That Maine Holds Title to Its Intertidal Lands (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1316
This bill states that the State owns title to intertidal land not already filled to facilitate marine commerce. The State's ownership is based on federal laws and United States Supreme Court cases that establish and substantiate each state's sovereignty over its intertidal and submerged land, as well as state law, which were not adhered to when the Supreme Judicial Court decided a pre-statehood colonial ordinance applicable to Massachusetts governs the State's ownership interest in intertidal land.

LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, House accepted Majority Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-248, adopted House amendment H-645 and engrossed, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20,2019
LD 1317
This bill removes limitations on food supplement program benefits and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program benefits, provides MaineCare coverage and modifies language for state-funded supplemental security income to maintain consistency throughout the law for certain noncitizens who are lawfully present in the United States or pursuing a lawful process to apply for immigration relief.

LD 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.

LD 1347 An Act To Promote High-quality After-school Programs in Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the provisions in law regarding high-quality after-school programs under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 318. Currently, funds to provide high-quality after-school programs are provided by the After-school Program Fund, which receives a substantial amount of funding from the Federal Government that may be terminated or no longer available in the coming years. This bill proposes to seek new funding for the After-school Program Fund and to increase the quality of the after-school programs, including requiring matching funds from the schools that receive the funds and to make grants from the fund competitive. An after-school program that is a recipient of funding from the fund must have as measurable outcomes for the students academic improvement, social emotional learning and family engagement. Criteria for competitive grants would seek to improve or raise the quality of after-school programs by giving preference to schools that would collaborate with and leverage existing community resources that have demonstrated effectiveness, engage in outreach to children and youth and involve local governments, including parks and recreation departments and other schools.

LD 1354 An Act To Eliminate the Penalties for State and Teacher Retirees Who Return to Employment Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1354
This bill eliminates the provisions in law that limit employment of a retired state employee or teacher to 5 years and 75% of the compensation established for the position.

LD 1361 An Act Regarding Health Care Providers and Patient Trust Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1361
This bill prevents the State from requiring persons licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or the Board of Licensure in Medicine, including physician assistants, or the State Board of Nursing to give patients information that is medically inaccurate or perform medical services that are inconsistent with evidence-based standards. It also provides that the State may not prohibit a person licensed under these professional boards from providing patients with medically accurate information or evidence-based medical services.

LD 1362 An Act To Fund Opioid Treatment by Establishing an Excise Tax on Manufacturers of Opioids Status: Referred to Taxation, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-608 and adopted House amendment H-650, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1362
This bill establishes the Opioid Stewardship Fund within the Fund for a Healthy Maine for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery funded by an excise tax of 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against opioid drug manufacturers for opioid drugs purchased by consumers in the State.

Amendment H-608
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It provides that the excise tax is a tax on manufacturers of opioids if more than 100,000 morphine milligram equivalents of the manufacturer's prescription opioid products are dispensed in the State in the tax year.
  • 2. It changes the rate of the tax from 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent to $0.01 per morphine milligram equivalent for a brand-name opioid distributed in the State or $0.0025 per morphine milligram equivalent for a generic substitute.
  • 3. It removes the prohibition on passing the tax on to consumers.
  • 4. It provides that revenue collected from the tax also may be used to fund the costs of administering the tax and provides necessary administrative details.
  • 5. It provides that the tax is in effect until December 31, 2023 and requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters to review the tax. It authorizes the committee to submit a bill to extend, amend or repeal the tax to the 131st Legislature based on the review.
  • 6. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-650
This amendment is the same as House AmendmentH-629 to Committee Amendment H-608 except that this amendment retains the appropriations and allocations section in Committee Amendment H-608, which was removed in error by House Amendment H-629 to Committee Amendment H-608.

House amendment H-629
This amendment to the committee amendment strikes the list of information that must be reported annually by a manufacturer of opioids to the Department of Health and Human Services and substitutes a requirement that the department adopt major substantive rules establishing the information that must be reported. The amendment also provides a different method of determining the products subject to the 2 levels of tax specified in the committee amendment and changes elements of the calculation of the rates.

LD 1362 Amendment H-608 fiscal note
LD 1362 Amendment H-650 fiscal note
LD 1376 An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-617, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1376
This bill directs the Department of Education to amend its rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to include concepts from and references to the department's rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

It directs schools to make annual reports to the department regarding incidents of physical restraint and seclusion and directs the Commissioner of Education to report biennially to the Governor and the Legislature on data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.

Amendment H-617
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment directs schools to submit annual reports to the Department of Education regarding incidents of physical restraint and seclusion including the number of uses and number of students, broken down by grade level or age group, gender, race and type of education plan, and the number of injuries to students and to staff and directs the Commissioner of Education to report biennially to the Governor and the Legislature on data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also directs the Department of Education to, by rule, develop and implement a performance review system to define and monitor all schools' use of physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also requires the Department of Education to submit major substantive rules by December 5, 2019, provide guidance to schools regarding these rules and submit a plan by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on professional development opportunities to promote preventive practice models that will reduce dependence on physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that school administrative units break down the aggregate data by grade level or age group, gender, race and type of plan as a potential unfunded state mandate. Because schools are already required to collect this data pursuant to department rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion, the committee finds this additional requirement does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.

LD 1376 Amendment H-617 fiscal note
LD 1397 An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Statements of Juveniles Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-299, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1397
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or substance use disorder or mental health treatment program attended by the juvenile in connection with an informal adjustment are not admissible in evidence at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile if a petition based on the same facts is later filed. The bill also removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

Amendment H-299
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or made to a clinical provider during substance use disorder, sexual behavior or mental health assessment or treatment attended by the juvenile are not admissible in evidence during the State's case in chief at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile on a petition based on the same facts that caused the referral for informal adjustment, restorative justice, assessment or treatment. The amendment provides for similar protections in school disciplinary proceedings. The amendment adds a definition of "restorative justice program." The amendment also retains the provision of the bill that removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

LD 1397 Chaptered Law
LD 1397 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1408 An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Wear Insignia on Their Uniforms To Indicate That They Are Veterans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-115, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1408
This bill allows a law enforcement officer employed by the State, a county or a municipality to wear insignia on the law enforcement officer's uniform to indicate that the law enforcement officer is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt routine technical rules to implement the change in law.

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

LD 1408 Chaptered Law
LD 1408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


LD 1444 An Act To Make the Distance to Schools for Marijuana Establishments Consistent with the Liquor Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1444
This bill changes the distance requirements under the adult use marijuana provisions from 1,000 feet to 300 feet for a marijuana establishment to a preexisting public or private school and the method by which the distance is measured to make the adult use marijuana distance requirements consistent with liquor law requirements.

LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1461
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.

Amendment S-244
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies that the department must establish a bundled rate for coordinated specialty care. It also provides that the department may review, develop or apply for any source of funds that may be available to implement reimbursement for the coordinated specialty care model. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-300
This amendment amends the committee amendment. This amendment retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause and, as in the committee amendment and the bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a reimbursement rate for a coordinated specialty care model to treat individuals showing early signs of psychotic disorder. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. Under this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and no later than July 1, 2020, to establish a bundled rate to reimburse for services provided under the coordinated specialty care model that are not otherwise covered under the MaineCare program. This amendment moves the statutory requirements for the reimbursement to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22. This amendment retains the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant but changes cross-references and requires that necessary applications be submitted no later than 90 days after the effective date of this legislation.

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1482 An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Blueberry Tax Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-340, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1482
This bill amends the laws regarding the wild Maine blueberry tax in the following ways.
  • 1. It establishes a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State.
  • 2. It requires detailed reporting of the wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors so that each shipper and processor is inspected at least once in a 3-year period.
  • 4. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage, assets and other industry data.
  • 5. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.
  • 6. It requires shippers and processors to maintain permanent records of the origin of wild blueberries received by the shippers and processors.
  • 7. It prohibits the mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries harvested from another field and requires each field from which wild blueberries are harvested to have a unique identifying number and shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries shipped, received, transported or processed the unique identifying number of that lot.
  • 8. It changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.
  • 9. It allows the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to audit a shipper or processor at its own discretion.


Amendment H-340
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill to remove the establishment of a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State. The amendment requires all wild blueberries harvested in the State that are to be shipped outside the State for processing to be weighed on a state-certified scale in the State prior to being shipped outside the State.

The amendment strikes detailed reporting, for processors, of wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.

The bill requires the State Tax Assessor to forward an annual report containing information pertinent to the collection of the blueberry tax to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. The amendment specifies that the report must include the total number of pounds of: wild blueberries grown in the State, wild blueberries processed in the State, unprocessed wild blueberries imported into the State and unprocessed wild blueberries exported from the State.

The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors. The amendment strikes the requirement that each shipper and processor be inspected at least once in a 3-year period.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage and assets and other industry data.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.

The amendment removes the repeal of the current law that provides an exception for wild blueberries harvested outside the State to the prohibition on the transport of wild blueberries in quantities exceeding 25 pounds without first obtaining a transportation permit from the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.

The amendment removes the provision in the bill that changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.

The amendment removes from the bill the prohibition on mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries from another field and the requirement that each field from which blueberries are harvested have a unique identifying number and for shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries the unique identifying number of that lot. Instead, the amendment provides that wild blueberries must be uniquely identified by the field from which they were harvested during transportation to a receiving facility.

The amendment provides an effective date for this legislation of January 1, 2020.

LD 1482 Chaptered Law
LD 1482 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1485 An Act To Create a Contact Person Program in the Department of Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-373, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1485
This bill creates the at-risk persons program to provide law enforcement officers with the contact information for a person designated by an at-risk person or that person's legal guardian. The program also provides access to information that may aid in maximizing the safety of the at-risk person during an encounter with a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-373
This amendment replaces the bill and title. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement a contact person program, a voluntary program to assist a law enforcement officer with communications with a participating person during an encounter between the participating person and the law enforcement officer. A participating person is a person who voluntarily applies or whose legal guardian applies to the program. The program must provide the law enforcement officer with access to contact information and must interface with the State's telecommunications and radio message switching system. The program must include standards of procedure for law enforcement agencies consistent with policies adopted by the department. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1485 Chaptered Law
LD 1485 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1512 An Act Regarding Persons Who Are Found Not Criminally Responsible and Are Sent out of State for Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-469, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 1512
This bill concerns persons charged with crimes who are judged not criminally responsible by reason of insanity who are placed in an institution outside the State. The bill:
  • 1. Requires the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, to conduct a hearing to find that the institution is the least restrictive placement, that there is not an equivalent placement within the State and that the institution outside the State will comply with state reporting requirements;
  • 2. Requires an institution outside the State in which a patient is placed to provide quarterly status reports on the patient to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services; and
  • 3. Directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene an oversight committee to review the status of forensic patients placed in institutions outside the State to determine if a patient is in the least restrictive environment and receiving adequate care and if the Department of Health and Human Services is actively working on a plan to return the patient to the State and to make recommendations to the commissioner, the head of the institution where the patient is placed, the court of record, a family member designated by the patient and the patient's attorney or, if the patient does not have an attorney, the patient's attorney of record.


Amendment H-469
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Removes the requirement in the bill that the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, conduct a hearing;
  • 2. Reduces the frequency of required status reports on a forensic patient placed outside the State from quarterly to every 6 months and requires the report be filed in the Superior Court in the county in which the state institution monitoring the person's placement is located; and
  • 3. Replaces the proposed oversight committee of forensic patients in the bill with a committee for the oversight of patient human rights, for patients in state institutions or forensic patients placed outside the State, to review practices that affect, or potentially affect, the civil liberties or other rights of patients; review patient grievances; review reports regarding the placement of forensic patients outside the State and, among other duties, to report concerns and make recommendations to the superintendent of the state institution.


LD 1512 Chaptered Law
LD 1512 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1516 An Act To Improve Efficiency in Communication in the Court System (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-270, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1516
This bill provides funding to the judicial branch to allow it to develop and implement a text message notification system to provide information regarding pending court cases, such as location, calendar, case category and case type, to involved parties.

Amendment H-270
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and reduces the appropriation to reflect the new effective date.

LD 1516 fiscal note
LD 1516 Amendment H-270 fiscal note
LD 1529 An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment Status: Enacted, recalled from the Governor's desk, committed to Labor and Housing Committee, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1529
This bill prohibits employers from requiring agreements that prevent an employee or prospective employee from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring between employees or between an employer and an employee.

The bill prohibits settlement agreements, unless requested by the employee, prospective employee or former employee, from including a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence, file claims or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

An employee, prospective employee or former employee is not liable for damages for breaching a prohibited nondisclosure agreement or a settlement agreement.

Amendment H-448
This amendment replaces the bill. It prohibits an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a contract with the employer that contains a nondisclosure agreement, nondisparagement agreement, waiver or other provision that prevents the employee, intern or applicant from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring in the workplace or at work-related events coordinated by or through the employer.

It also prevents an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a settlement, separation or severance agreement that includes a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, unless the employee, intern or applicant requests such a provision. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor, and any agreement must make it clear that an individual retains the right to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

It specifies that an individual must be given 21 days to consider any agreement containing nondisclosure provisions and be provided at least 7 days following the execution of the agreement to revoke the agreement. The bill states that an agreement is not effective or enforceable until the revocation period has expired.

It requires that an employer retain a copy of any settlement, separation or severance agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, in the individual's personnel file for 6 years.

It prohibits an employer from retaliating against an individual who opposes any act or practice that is unlawful under these provisions or interfering with an individual in the exercise or enjoyment of the rights granted or protected by these provisions. It provides the Department of Labor with the duty to enforce these provisions.

LD 1529 Amendment H-448 fiscal note
LD 1543 An Act To Amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-235, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1543
This bill amends provisions regarding the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code by requiring the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to adopt and maintain an appendix to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code that contains energy conservation and efficiency requirements that exceed the requirements in the code, to make the appendix available for voluntary adoption by municipalities and to maintain a list of those municipalities on the board's publicly accessible website.

Amendment S-235
This amendment requires that as the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code is updated the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board ensure that the appendix continues to exceed the energy conservation and efficiency standards contained in the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

LD 1543 Chaptered Law
LD 1543 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1576 An Act To Improve the Department of Corrections' Response to Emergency Situations by Including Vehicles Operated by Certain Department Employees in the Definition of Authorized Emergency Vehicles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-455, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1576
This bill amends the definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" in the motor vehicle laws to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by an investigative officer or other employee of the department who is certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-455
This amendment expands the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer and allows a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer who is operating a Department of Corrections vehicle to exceed the maximum speed limits as long as life or property is not endangered.

LD 1576 Chaptered Law
LD 1576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1583 An Act To Enact the Maine Citizens' Initiatives Clean Election Act Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 1583
This bill establishes the Maine Citizens' Initiatives Clean Election Act. It provides a public financing mechanism for committees that are Maine-chartered nonprofits or groups whose principal officers are Maine citizens and are formed to support or oppose a direct initiative of legislation or a people's veto or to support a competing measure to a direct initiative of legislation. The funding process is similar to that provided for clean election candidates under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, chapter 14. It provides for limits on the amount of funds that committees seeking public funding may raise and spend prior to qualifying for public funding and the amount of qualifying contributions that a committee must raise to be certified to receive public funding, and it establishes the amounts that certified committees may receive. It also establishes procedures governing financial reporting and accounting, appeals of decisions, penalties for violations and other procedural matters to ensure the integrity of the process. In addition to other available funds, including qualifying contributions raised by committees and voluntary contributions through a tax checkoff program, funding for certified committees is provided by an annual appropriation of $3,000,000.

LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1617 An Act To Create a Single-payer Health Care Program in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1617
This bill establishes a single-payer health care program in the State that provides health care services for Maine residents. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consult with the Department of Labor and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to develop the program. The bill requires the State to implement the program in 3 phases, based on income, beginning in 2022 for those residents not eligible for the MaineCare program. The bill also creates the Single-payer Implementation Task Force to advise the departments and make recommendations to fully implement the single-payer health care program. The program may not be implemented in 2022 without prior legislative approval.

LD 1666 An Act To Require Certain Health Care Providers To Provide Patients Detailed Information on the Risks Associated with the Use of Opioid Medications and Schedule II Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1666
This bill requires a health care provider who is a prescriber of any opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, before issuing an initial prescription and before issuing a 3rd prescription of an opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, to inform a patient of the risks of using the medication, the reason the medication is necessary and alternative treatments that may be available. It also requires the health care provider to include a note in the patient's medical record that the health care provider discussed the information with the patient.

LD 1704 An Act To Establish the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund for Victims of Securities Violations Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-569, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1704
This bill establishes in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Securities the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund. The fund will be used to provide financial assistance to victims of securities violations that have been awarded restitution in a final order issued by the Securities Administrator or were awarded restitution in a final order in a legal action initiated by the administrator and that have not received the full amount of restitution ordered before the application for restitution assistance is due. The fund will be funded initially by a one-time transfer of $350,000 from the dedicated revenue of the Office of Securities. Thereafter, the fund will be funded by the civil fines ordered or agreed to by the administrator, a portion of broker-dealer agent and investment adviser representative renewal fees and any grants, donations or other money received by the administrator for victim restitution assistance.

Amendment H-569
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section in the bill.

LD 1704 Amendment H-569 fiscal note

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