Representative Chris Johansen [Republican]
Monticello ~ District 145
Towns in District: Bridgewater, Crystal, Dyer Brook, E, Hersey, Island Falls, Linneus, Littleton, Ludlow, Merrill, Monticello, Moro, Mount Chase, New Limerick, Oakfield, Sherman, Smyrna, Stacyville, Hammond and Central AroostookWould be term limited: 2024
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety
♦ Environment and Natural Resources
✉ 462 Fletcher Road
Monticello, Maine 04760
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|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||1 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%|
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|LD 110||An Act Regarding Credit Ratings Related to Overdue Medical Expenses||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-89, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 8, 2019|
This bill prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting debt from overdue medical expenses on a consumer report in a manner that adversely affects the consumer's credit history or credit rating as long as that consumer is making regular, scheduled periodic payments toward the debt.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment does the following.
It prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting debt from medical expenses on a consumer's consumer report when the date of the first delinquency on the debt is less than 180 days prior to the date that the debt is reported.
It requires that a consumer reporting agency remove medical debt on a consumer's consumer report once the credit reporting agency receives information that the debt has been settled in full or paid in full.
If a medical debt is reported to a consumer reporting agency, it requires the consumer reporting agency to report that debt in the same manner as debt related to a consumer credit transaction is reported as long as the consumer is making regular, scheduled periodic payments toward the debt as agreed upon by the consumer and medical provider.
LD 110 Chaptered Law
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|LD 113||An Act To Exclude Antique Tractors from the Laws Governing Motor Vehicle Racing (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 12, 2019|
This bill excludes antique tractors from regulation under the motor vehicle racing laws.
|LD 390||An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Dangerous Buildings||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill allows a municipality or county seeking an order of demolition of a dangerous building to seek a writ of attachment of the property on which the building is located.
|LD 523||An Act To Permit the Indoor Production of Industrial Hemp (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-193, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019|
This bill allows for the indoor production of industrial hemp.
This amendment clarifies that an indoor facility includes a building, greenhouse, cold frame, hoop house, high tunnel, floating row cover or other agricultural or horticultural methods of extending the growing season by enclosing the growing area.
LD 523 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1332||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require State and Congressional Elections To Be Decided by a Plurality of Votes Cast||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that a primary election for State Representative, State Senator or Governor must be decided by a plurality of votes cast. It also provides that a primary, general or special election for United States Representative or United States Senator must be decided by a plurality of votes cast.
|LD 45||An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Maine's Background Check Center||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill grants the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to request state and national criminal history records, including fingerprint-based criminal history records, for direct access workers undergoing a background check under the Maine Background Check Center Act.
|LD 184||An Act To Amend the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Coordination Program||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill repeals the current provisions regarding veterans' homelessness prevention coordination and instead enacts a provision that allows for multiple partnerships rather than a single partnership. It removes the requirement that the organizations chosen for the partnerships be national organizations in existence for at least 30 years. It requires that the organizations chosen be active in the State for at least 2 years, with priority given to organizations founded, chartered or organized in Maine. It changes the order of priorities for the partnerships, prioritizing identifying and securing temporary or permanent living space for veterans within the veterans' communities over conducting annual outreach events. It establishes a nonlapsing fund to support services for homeless veterans and directs the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development to distribute any funds.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It:
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|LD 210||An Act To Increase Technology and Engineering Education for Grades 7 to 12||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures to enhance technology and engineering education for students in grades 7 to 12. The measures include, but are not limited to:
|LD 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|
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.
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.
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 337||An Act To Start a Spring Bear Hunting Season||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill amends the law on open and closed seasons on bear to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a spring bear hunting season.
|LD 342||An Act To Require a Person To Notify Law Enforcement Officers of the Possession of a Hypodermic Needle||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019|
This bill establishes the failure to inform a law enforcement officer of a person's possession of a hypodermic apparatus as a Class D crime. Under the bill, if a person discloses the possession of a hypodermic apparatus as required, the hypodermic apparatus and any contents of the apparatus are inadmissible as evidence in a prosecution for a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 45.
|LD 350||An Act To Exempt Head Start School Buses from Snow Tire Restrictions||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-24, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill exempts school buses operated by Head Start programs from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires.
This amendment exempts all school buses from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires, instead of creating a specific exemption for school buses operated by Head Start programs as in the bill. This amendment also changes the title to reflect the contents of the bill.
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|LD 425||An Act To Strengthen Small Businesses in Rural Maine by Changing the Minimum Wage||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill sets the minimum wage at $10.00 per hour and removes the provision that requires the minimum wage to be increased annually by the increase, if any, in the cost of living.
|LD 426||An Act To Increase the Beverage Container Redemption Reimbursement To Offset Minimum Wage Increases||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill increases by 1/2¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.
|LD 533||An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019|
This bill removes the requirements that a person retreat if it is safe to do so and if the person can comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform. The bill also permits the use of deadly force to prevent death or serious bodily injury in self-defense, in defense of a 3rd person, in defense of a dwelling or to prevent the forcible commission of a kidnapping, a robbery or a gross sexual assault.
|LD 575||An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit and the Amount Retained by Bottle Redemption Centers||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
|LD 630||An Act To Clarify That Food and Food Products Containing Hemp-derived Cannabidiol Produced and Sold within the State Are Not Adulterated and To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-10, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 27, 2019|
Part A of this bill provides that food and food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol that are produced and sold within the State are not considered to be "adulterated" under state law, and the production, marketing, sale or distribution of food or food products containing hemp may not be prohibited.
Part B of this bill changes the term in Maine law "industrial hemp" to "hemp" and defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
The amendment clarifies that the definition of hemp includes commodities and products derived from hemp, including food, food additives and food products, and that it does not include medical marijuana as governed by the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act or adult use marijuana as governed by the Marijuana Legalization Act.
LD 630 Chaptered Law
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|LD 637||An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill does the following:
|LD 782||An Act Relating to Animals in Pulling Events||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person handling or responsible for an animal in a pulling event from using on the animal any technique, force or method of preparing the animal for pulling that subjects the animal to pain, fear or undue stress, including but not limited to electric shock, physical punishment or artificial sweating to achieve weight. A person who engages in that activity is banned from participating in pulling events for one year for the first offense and permanently for a 2nd offense.
|LD 850||Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 in Island Falls||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Island Falls on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.
|LD 871||An Act To Establish the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Transferring Illegal Drugs through Breast Milk||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill establishes the Class C crime of endangering the welfare of a child by knowingly transferring a scheduled drug or a metabolite of a scheduled drug to a child through breast milk.
|LD 882||Resolve, To Require the Examination of the System of Learning Results||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Department of Education to convene a working group to study the system of learning results and to submit a report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 884||An Act To Repeal the Board of Licensing of Dietetic Practice||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill repeals the law regulating dieticians and the practice of dietetics.
|LD 924||An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime Hunting or Fishing License||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill exempts a registered Maine guide who holds a senior lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping or archery license from the requirement to undergo a background check when renewing the guide license if the guide has undergone a background check when the guide was 68 years of age or older.
|LD 1077||An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of the Federal Immigration Verification System||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill requires an employer to register with and use the federal immigration verification system, currently known as the E-Verify program, to determine the work eligibility status of new employees physically performing services within the State.
|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|
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.
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.
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|LD 1232||An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.
|LD 1244||An Act To Authorize the Gambling Control Board To Accept an Application from the Passamaquoddy Tribe To Operate 50 Slot Machines in the Tribe's High-stakes Beano Facility||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application from the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate 50 slot machines at a gambling facility in Washington County at which high-stakes beano is conducted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The bill raises the limit on the number of slot machines allowed in the State by 50 to accommodate the slot machines that may be operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The bill requires deposit of 25% of net slot machine income in the General Fund and sets the initial application fee to operate the 50 slot machines at $10,000 and the renewal fee at $5,000. The Passamaquoddy Tribe is exempted from paying a $250,000 nonrefundable privilege fee and a $5,000,000 license fee. Slot machines operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe would be subject to the oversight of the Gambling Control Board and subject to the same laws and rules as other slot machines operated in this State.
|LD 1292||An Act To Lower Maine's Individual Income Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 3, 2019|
This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:
This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.
|LD 1448||An Act To Expand the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's disability rating percentage instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons.
|LD 1449||An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities||Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill establishes prohibitions concerning restricting the sharing and use of immigration and citizenship information. It prohibits restricting the enforcement of federal immigration law. It establishes a complaint process and a duty to report.
This bill also provides that if the Attorney General, upon investigation, determines that a government entity is violating these prohibitions, the Attorney General must issue an opinion stating that finding. The government entity has 30 days to appeal the finding to the Superior Court. If the Superior Court agrees with the Attorney General, the court must immediately enjoin the policy or practice. The government entity that continues the policy or practice is subject to a $500 fine for each day the policy or practice remains in effect. If the Superior Court disagrees with the Attorney General, the Attorney General must immediately certify that the government entity is in compliance with the law.
|LD 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|
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.
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.
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|LD 1669||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Help Ensure That Direct Initiatives of Legislation Are Compatible with the Constitution of Maine and Statutory Law||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a person who requests a petition form for a direct initiative of legislation must submit a written application for a petition form to the office of the Secretary of State, the office of the Governor, the office of the Attorney General and the Legislature. The Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General and the Legislature must review a direct initiative of legislation and determine whether it is compatible with the Constitution of Maine and statutory law. If the Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General or the Legislature determines that the measure is not compatible with the Constitution of Maine or statutory law, the Secretary of State may not furnish or approve petition forms for the direct initiative of legislation.