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Representative Christina Riley [Democrat]
Jay ~ District 74

Towns in District: Jay, part of Livermore and Livermore Falls

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

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♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology

✉ Tina.Riley@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 437 Main Street
Jay, Maine 04239


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters64%
Maine People's Alliance, 201867%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201780%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 291 An Act Regarding Responsibility for the Overpayment of Claims Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 291
This bill requires an insurer who overpays a claim to attempt to retroactively collect that overpayment directly from the provider, not the insured, unless the insured was directly paid by the insurer for the services identified in the claim and the insured did not forward payment to the provider.

Amendment H-17
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that the provisions of the bill are intended to apply to duplicative or incorrect claims payments made with respect to health insurance coverage.

LD 291 Chaptered Law
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LD 305 An Act To Protect Job Applicants from Identity Theft Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-47, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 305
This bill prohibits the request of a social security number from a prospective employee by an employer on an employment application or during the application process. Under this bill, an employer may still request a social security number from a prospective employee for purposes of a substance abuse test or preemployment background check, and an employer is not prohibited from asking for a social security number from an individual for any reason after the individual has been hired.

Amendment H-47
This amendment specifies that the prohibition specified in the bill begins January 1, 2020.

LD 305 Chaptered Law
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LD 674 An Act To Improve the E-9-1-1 System Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-100, Finally passed, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 674
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to upgrade the State's E-9-1-1 system in accordance with certain recommendations contained in the report related to standardized dispatch protocols for police 9-1-1 calls that was presented to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on January 15, 2019 by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Amendment H-100
This amendment replaces the bill, which was a concept draft. The amendment directs the Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Services Communications Bureau to convene a stakeholder group to develop recommendations regarding emergency dispatch protocols and use of the E-9-1-1 fund to support standardized dispatch protocol implementation. The amendment requires the stakeholder group to examine and make recommendations regarding: the use of the E-9-1-1 fund to cover costs associated with the implementation of standardized dispatch protocols and related requirements; issues related to the adoption and implementation of protocols for fire 9-1-1 calls and medical 9-1-1 calls; and potential future implementation of dispatch protocols for police 9-1-1 protocols on a mandatory or voluntary basis. The amendment requires the bureau to submit a report detailing the recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by November 1, 2019 and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

LD 674 Chaptered Law
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LD 691 An Act Regarding County Jail Funding Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 691
This bill requires that instead of a specific dollar amount the State provide at least 20.22% of the cost of county jail operations to the County Jail Operations Fund for distribution to county jails.

LD 755 An Act To Ensure Funding Sources for County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 755
This bill removes the 4% growth limitation factor on county tax assessments for correctional services and treats excessive tax assessments for county correctional services the same as for other county services.

LD 847 An Act To Ensure Persons with Disabilities Have Access to Public Rest Rooms Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-640, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 847
This bill provides that single-occupancy bathrooms in existing buildings for use by the general public may not be designated as gender specific. It also requires that new construction of buildings for use by the general public include the construction of single-occupancy bathrooms that meet the standards of construction for new buildings and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The bathrooms may not be designated as gender specific; the purpose of this provision is to ensure that a person with a disability using the bathroom may be assisted by an attendant of a different gender.

Amendment H-640
This amendment strikes the bill and instead provides that after January 1, 2020, new construction of public buildings must include single-occupancy toilet facilities that meet the accessibility requirements established in the Maine Human Rights Act, if the new construction has a maximum occupant capacity exceeding 100 individuals. For example, after January 1, 2020, a restaurant that seats at least 101 individuals is subject to the single-occupancy toilet facilities requirement.

LD 847 Chaptered Law
LD 847 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 856 An Act To Give Probate Judges Latitude in Permitting Visitation by Grandparents Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 856
This bill authorizes a court to award a grandparent reasonable rights of visitation or access to a minor child regardless of objections the parents or legal guardians may have concerning the award of rights of visitation or access.

LD 940 An Act To Increase the Number of Franklin County Commissioners Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-488 and Senate amendment S-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 940
This bill increases the number of Franklin County commissioners from 3 to 5 and defines the 5 county commissioner districts beginning with the election to be held November 3, 2020.

Amendment H-488
This amendment requires that, upon approval by the voters of Franklin County at referendum held in November 2020, when the redistricting of the county commissioner districts is done in 2021 pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Franklin County must be divided into 5 county commissioner districts. This amendment requires that the reapportionment for each of the new 5 districts reflect, as closely as practicable, the specified geographical composition of each district.

Amendment S-266
This amendment makes a technical correction to reflect that the current term of the commissioner for Commissioner District 3 does not expire until 2022.

LD 940 Chaptered Law
LD 940 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 980 An Act To Amend Provisions of the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act Regarding Assessments on Ratepayers Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 980
This bill amends the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act to permit the Public Utilities Commission to consider the effect on electricity market clearing prices in Maine of programs, contracts and other enforceable obligations in other states in determining whether assessments on Maine electricity ratepayers for natural gas pipelines and gas storage are just and reasonable.

LD 1080 Resolve, Regarding Biofuel in Number 2 Heating Oil (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-148, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1080
This resolve directs the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to oversee a study of and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the feasibility of setting a requirement for the percentage of biofuel to be used in #2 heating oil.

Amendment H-148
This amendment changes the title of the resolve and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It broadens the scope of the study to include #6 heating oil and kerosene in addition to #2 heating oil.
  • 2. It requires consultation with additional state agencies in the development of the study report.
  • 3. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.
  • 4. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1080 Amendment H-148 fiscal note
LD 1366 An Act To Require Information Regarding Implied Warranties When Offering an Extended Warranty at the Point of Sale Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1366
This bill requires a seller that offers an extended warranty on goods at the point of sale to inform the buyer of the implied warranty provisions under state law by stating: "Maine's implied warranty law covers most consumer goods for up to 4 years as long as the item is seriously defective and not simply worn out."

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


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


LD 1464 Chaptered Law
LD 1464 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1614 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-433, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1614
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry.

Amendment H-433
This amendment makes the following changes to the resolve:
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry from 13 to 14, adding the Public Advocate or the Public Advocate's designee as a member, and requires one of the public members appointed by the President of the Senate to be from the northern part of the State;
  • 2. It removes the limitation that the members representing energy storage owners specifically represent battery storage owners;
  • 3. It amends the duties of the commission to include a review of economically efficient and effective implementation approaches to energy storage targets and consideration of bring-your-own-device programs and storm outage and response management programs for behind-the-meter energy storage to reduce peak reduction and increase resiliency;
  • 4. It removes certain language regarding invited staff support from state agencies; and
  • 5. It directs the commission to submit its report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.


LD 1614 Chaptered Law
LD 1614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1852 An Act To Amend the Law That Increases the Number of Franklin County Commissioners (Emergency(Governor's Bill) Status: Dead, Under suspension of the rules, Engrossed without committee reference in both chambers, Failed passage to be enacted in both chambers, August, 26, 2019
LD 1852
Public Law 2019, chapter 362 increases the number of Franklin County commissioners, subject to referendum by the voters of Franklin County. This bill amends that law to authorize submission of the referendum question to voters of Franklin County in the statewide election to be held in November 2019. This bill also makes technical changes to the designations of new County Commissioner Districts Number 1 and Number 5.

LD 1852 fiscal note
LD 277 An Act To Ban Telephone Solicitations Using an Artificial or Prerecorded Voice and Enhance Caller Identification Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-88, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 277
This bill makes it an unfair trade practice for a telemarketer to misrepresent the telemarketer's phone number when making a solicitation. It also prohibits the use of prerecorded or artificial voices by telemarketers. It also provides that the current exceptions to the prohibition against using an automated telephone calling device also apply to the use of an artificial or prerecorded voice and provides additional exceptions for public and private schools, emergency messages by governmental entities and calls made to deliver information with the prior express written consent of the recipient of the call.

Amendment S-88
This amendment adds a definition of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information to include blocked calls and adds language including interconnected voice over Internet protocol and text messaging, and removes the requirement for at least one intrastate call, in the definition of telemarketing. It adds an exception to the prohibition on use of automatic calls in order to communicate with a business about reservations, purchases and other information for customers such as hours of operation, directions and merchandise availability. The amendment removes language prohibiting blocked telemarketer caller identification information. The amendment adds language stating that violations of the prohibition on misleading or inaccurate telemarketer caller identification information that are violations of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act are enforceable by the Office of the Attorney General. The amendment changes the language describing transmission of misleading or inaccurate caller identification information to add a requirement for intent to defraud, cause harm or obtain anything of value. Finally, the amendment adds language stating that a telecommunications carrier providing telecommunications service as allowed by federal law is exempt from the prohibition on causing any caller identification services to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information with the intent to defraud, cause harm or obtain anything of value.

LD 277 Chaptered Law
LD 277 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 332 An Act To Remove the Statute of Limitations for Certain Sex Crimes Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 332
This bill amends the portions of the Maine Criminal Code pertaining to statutes of limitations to remove statutes of limitations governing the prosecution of Class A, Class B or Class C crimes involving incest; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; or rape or gross sexual assault, formerly denominated as gross sexual misconduct.

These changes apply only to those sexual crimes 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.

LD 348 An Act To Prohibit the Providing of Misleading or Inaccurate Information via Caller Identification Services during Telemarketing Calls Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 348
This bill makes it a civil violation for a seller or telemarketer engaging in a telemarketing call to knowingly cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. It establishes a fine of not less than $500 for the first offense and of not less than $1,000 for any subsequent offense to be imposed in addition to any other penalties imposed under the law regarding telemarketing and caller identification and requires restitution to be paid.

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

LD 371 An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 371
This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.

LD 398 An Act To Allow for Greater Flexibility in Addressing Energy Efficiency Needs in the State Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-73, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 398
This bill removes the provision that requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to allocate 50% of the funds in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund for residential programs and 50% for commercial and industrial programs.

Amendment H-73
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 398 Chaptered Law
LD 398 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 498 Resolve, Regarding Reimbursement of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Codes under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-144, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 498
This resolve sets the reimbursement rates for occupational therapy and physical therapy services under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Sections 68 and 85 at 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate as long as the rate is no lower than the rate in effect on January 1, 2019.

Amendment S-144
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 498 fiscal note
LD 498 Amendment S-144 fiscal note
LD 610 An Act To Provide Funding for Maine Public Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-401, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 610
This bill provides ongoing funds to Maine Public and increases the State's contribution to funding the cost of the emergency alert system.

Amendment H-401
This amendment, which is the majority report, decreases the ongoing appropriation to Maine Public because additional funding is included in the Governor's biennial budget.

LD 610 fiscal note
LD 610 Amendment H-401 fiscal note
LD 658 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-170, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
LD 658
This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.

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

LD 658 Chaptered Law
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LD 660 An Act To Exempt Sales to Parent-Teacher Organizations from the Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-183, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 660
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to a parent-teacher organization organized as a public benefit corporation.

Amendment H-183
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 660 fiscal note
LD 660 Amendment H-183 fiscal note
LD 797 An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use Maine's Natural Resources Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 797
This bill provides that by January 1, 2050 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels.

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 881 An Act To Ensure Equitable Treatment of Super Pack License Holders in Antlerless Deer Permit Lotteries Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-186, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 881
This bill allows the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery.

Amendment H-186
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It specifies that a person who obtains a super pack license also receives an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions and the opportunity to enter a bonus antlerless-only deer permit lottery. It also allows a super pack licensee to enter an antlerless deer permit lottery if that person does not obtain an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions specified in law.

LD 881 Chaptered Law
LD 881 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 912 An Act To Establish the Wood Energy Investment Program Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-193, Enacted in both chambers June 7, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk, June, 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 912
This bill establishes the wood energy investment fund and creates the Wood Energy Investment Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust. The bill specifies that, if the Public Utilities Commission finds that an entity awarded a contract for biomass resources pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 483 is not meeting contract requirements and therefore is not qualified to receive the full contract payment or any contract payment, those funds that would have been paid had contract requirements been met must be transferred to the wood energy investment fund. It also specifies that any funds remaining in the cost recovery fund established in Public Law 2015, chapter 483, section 1, subsection 5 that are not needed to pay above-market costs for biomass resources must also be transferred by the Public Utilities Commission to the wood energy investment fund. It requires the trust to use funds from the fund, if there are any, to provide incentives and low-interest or no-interest loans for new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects. It requires that the trust consult with the Finance Authority of Maine, when appropriate, in the development of any Wood Energy Investment Program incentives and the distribution of money from the wood energy investment fund. It prohibits the use of funds for incentives or loans for the refurbishment or maintenance of existing facilities.

Amendment S-193
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment allocates funds to establish the Wood Energy Fund within the Efficiency Maine Trust.

LD 912 Amendment S-193 fiscal note
LD 1003 An Act To Ensure Accurate Explanations of Electric Bills Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-101, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1003
This bill requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to obtain the approval of the Public Utilities Commission before providing information explaining electricity rate components to a customer. The bill requires the commission to ensure that the information provided to a customer accurately reflects the overall rate structure and cost components for the supply and delivery of electricity. The bill also requires the commission to receive input from the Public Advocate and other interested parties before approving or disapproving any written information provided by an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to a customer.

Amendment H-101
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules to do the following:
  • 1. Require investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to provide customers annually, as an insert or attachment to customer bills, an informational chart showing a 10-year history of transmission, distribution and standard-offer service rates available to the customer's rate class, along with a statement of the total percentage change in those rates over the 10-year period;
  • 2. Require a customer bill issued by an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to display clearly and prominently the toll-free telephone number for the commission's consumer assistance and safety division and a statement of the consumer assistance services available by calling the division; and
  • 3. Establish a process for the commission, upon finding that an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility has distributed information to customers that is misleading, deceptive or inaccurate, to require the transmission and distribution utility to provide customers a statement that corrects the misleading, deceptive or inaccurate information.

    The amendment also requires the commission to post informational charts showing a 10-year history of electricity rate components on the commission's website.


LD 1003 Chaptered Law
LD 1003 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1013 An Act To Clarify the Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits of a Person Who Is Terminated from Employment for Being Under the Influence of Marijuana Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1013
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.

Amendment S-71
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that includes being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work, which is the same provision as using illegal drugs, and instead includes marijuana in the current disqualification from unemployment benefits for an individual whose employment is terminated because of intoxication while on duty or when reporting to work or engaging in unauthorized use of alcohol while on duty.

LD 1013 Chaptered Law
LD 1013 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1123 An Act Regarding Telecommunications Infrastructure Costs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1123
This bill amends the laws governing development districts designated by a municipality or plantation to provide that costs associated with broadband and fiber optics expansion projects, including preparation, planning, engineering and other related costs in addition to the construction costs of such projects, whether or not such expansion projects serve residential or business areas within the municipality or plantation are authorized project costs.

LD 1127 An Act To Expand Community-based Solar Energy in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1127
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts with community-based solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities. The total amount of resources procured through these long-term contracts may not exceed 100 megawatts, and 20% of resources procured must come from generators with a capacity of less than 2 megawatts. The bill requires the commission to establish provisions to protect the interests of utility customers over the term of the contracts.

The bill sets forth eligibility requirements for community-based solar resources to enter into long-term contracts. To be eligible, a resource must have a capacity of no more than 10 megawatts, have an in-service date between June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021 and meet local ownership requirements. In addition, to be eligible, the owners of the resource must:

  • 1. Demonstrate to the Public Utilities Commission completion of an interconnection agreement application with the local transmission and distribution utility;
  • 2. Include a plan to obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals;
  • 3. Demonstrate financial capability to operate the resource over the term of the contract;
  • 4. Include a letter or resolution of support from the local community in which the resource is located; and
  • 5. Outline expected economic benefits from the long-term contract to the local community in which the resource is located. The bill establishes a minimum contract length of 20 years and requires the contract rate to be less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour and fixed for a period of at least 20 years. Contracts may be for energy or capacity. The contracts may also include renewable energy credits, or the owners of the resource may retain the renewable energy credits associated with the resource, as determined by the owners. Finally, the bill specifies that available energy contracted for under the provisions of this bill must be sold into the wholesale electricity market in conjunction with solicitations for standard-offer supply bids.


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

LD 1363 An Act To Amend Certain Laws Relating to High-impact Electric Transmission Lines (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-437 and House amendment H-504, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 13, 2019
LD 1363
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a high-impact electric transmission line unless the commission finds significant tangible public benefits will result from the construction and use of the line, and all municipalities through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass have held a local referendum and certified to the commission that a majority of the voters voting at the election voted in favor of the construction of the line through that municipality.

This bill also establishes a moratorium on the issuance of any permit, certificate or other approval by the Public Utilities Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection for a high-impact electric transmission line until 90 days after the adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to allow time for the commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to adopt rules necessary to implement the requirements of the legislation.

Amendment H-437
This amendment changes the bill as follows:

  • 1. It modifies the definition of "high-impact electric transmission line" to include a transmission line that is:
    • A. Greater than 50 miles in length;
    • B. Capable of operating at 200 kilovolts or more;
    • C. Not a generator interconnection transmission facility; and
    • D. Not constructed primarily to provide electric reliability within the State;
  • 2. It replaces the requirement that a high-impact electric transmission line provide significant tangible benefits with requirements that:
    • A. The petitioner for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the line pay an amount of tax benefits projected by the petitioner; and
    • B. The petitioner for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the line provide a community benefits package with a total value of no less than $20,000 per year per megawatt of capacity of the line;
  • 3. It requires that at least 2/3 of the local governments through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass approve the line and clarifies that if a referendum vote is held, that vote supersedes any vote by local government officers; and
  • 4. It makes other clarifying changes.


LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1470
This bill allows a political subdivision to prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons at public proceedings and at voting places. It provides an exception to allow the carrying of a handgun by an on-duty law enforcement officer. It defines "political subdivision" as any municipality, plantation, county, quasi-municipal corporation and special purpose district, including, but not limited to, any water district, sanitary district, hospital district, municipal transmission and distribution utility and school administrative unit.

LD 1491 Resolve, To Study Consolidation of Payment of Cost-of-living Tax Credits Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-509, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1491
This bill replaces the Maine earned income credit under the income tax with the Maine work credit. The Maine work credit is similar to the federal earned income tax credit but uses different factors for calculating the credit that are intended to produce a state credit for individuals with qualifying children that is approximately equal to 30% of the federal credit and for individuals with no qualifying children that is approximately equal to 100% of the federal credit. The bill also provides eligibility for individuals who are at least 18 years of age but less than 25 years of age who have no qualifying children and creates a minimum credit for students and eligible caregivers.

The bill also establishes a working group to study ways to streamline applications for tax credits intended to assist low to middle income taxpayers with the cost of basic necessities and to permit administration of those credits as advance consolidated payments.

Amendment H-509
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve that retains the provision of the bill that establishes a working group to study and report on ways to streamline applications for tax credits intended to assist low to middle income taxpayers with the cost of basic necessities and to permit administration of those credits as advance consolidated payments.

LD 1491 Chaptered Law
LD 1491 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1556 An Act Regarding Filing Fees in Transmission Line Proceedings Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-96, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1556
Current law requires that, when a person files with the Public Utilities Commission a petition of approval for the construction, rebuilding or relocation of a transmission line, that person must pay, in addition to the filing fee paid to the commission, an additional filing fee to the Office of the Public Advocate equal to 1/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. This bill increases the amount of the additional filing fee to 2/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. It also allows the Office of the Public Advocate to recover expenses in the transmission line proceeding that exceed the amount of the original filing fee from the person.

Amendment S-96
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1556 Chaptered Law
LD 1556 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1557 An Act To Adjust the Staffing and Resources of the Office of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-125, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1557
This bill allows the Public Advocate to hire an additional employee.

Amendment S-125
This amendment adds a provision to the bill to replace, in the Office of the Public Advocate, one Research Assistant position, salary range 30, with one Economic Analyst position, salary range 36, to align compensation with the assigned duties and qualifications of staff.

LD 1557 Chaptered Law
LD 1557 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1558 An Act To Change the Definition of "Gas Utility" in the Laws Governing Public Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1558
This bill includes propane dealers in the definition of "gas utility" in the laws governing public utilities.

LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-192, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1560
This bill provides that a reorganization of a utility may not be approved by the Public Utilities Commission unless it is established by the applicant for approval that the reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers and is consistent with the interests of the utility's investors. In determining whether a utility reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers, the commission at a minimum must examine whether the reorganization will result in a rate increase for the utility's ratepayers and whether the reorganization will result in a loss of local control of the utility's management and operations in a manner that limits the ability of local management to protect the interests of the utility's ratepayers in this State.

Amendment S-192
This amendment limits the application of the requirement in the bill that there be net benefits to ratepayers under a reorganization to only those reorganizations that involve transfer of ownership and control of a public utility or the parent company of a public utility, rather than all reorganizations.

LD 1560 Chaptered Law
LD 1560 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1563 An Act To Encourage the Development of Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1563
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish the Maine Broadband Initiative to encourage, promote, stimulate, invest in and support universal high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the State. The bill would also establish the Maine Broadband Initiative Fund to provide ongoing funding for high-speed broadband through funding sources that would be identified in the bill.

LD 1603 Resolve, To Coordinate a Plan To Expand Cellular Telephone Service Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1603
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan in consultation with the ConnectME Authority to install wireless base stations at state-owned facilities to improve cellular telephone service in underserved areas of the State. It requires the department to direct the relevant state agencies to install and maintain wireless base stations as identified in the plan.

Amendment S-155
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, in coordination with the ConnectME Authority, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the University of Maine System, Networkmaine, to develop a plan to leverage state assets to expand cellular telephone service to underserved areas of the State. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to submit a report on the plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

LD 1603 Chaptered Law
LD 1603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1637 An Act To Prevent Medicaid Payment from a Savings Account Established under the Federal ABLE Act of 2014 Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-179, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1637
This bill:
  • 1. Prohibits the State, or any agency or instrumentality of the State, from seeking payment from an ABLE account or its proceeds for MaineCare benefits provided to a beneficiary, unless otherwise required by federal law;
  • 2. Provides that funds held in an ABLE account must be disregarded when determining the designated beneficiary's eligibility for any means-tested public assistance program; and
  • 3. Provides that earnings on funds held in an ABLE account are exempt from taxation by the State.


Amendment S-179
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies the provisions regarding the exemption of an account established under a qualified ABLE program that complies with the requirements of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014, Public Law 113-295 from Medicaid estate recovery to the extent permitted under federal law.

LD 1637 Chaptered Law
LD 1637 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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