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Representative Craig Hickman [Democrat]
Winthrop ~ District 81

Towns in District: part of Monmouth, Readfield and Winthrop

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Chair)
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs

✉ Craig.Hickman@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 192 Annabessacook Road
Winthrop, Maine 04364


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 400
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas of the State.

LD 524 Resolve, Regarding the Promotion of Composting Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 524
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to study the feasibility of establishing incentives or mandates to promote composting in the State. The departments are required to submit a joint report of their findings and recommendations, together with any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may submit legislation relating to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 569 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Submit to the United States Secretary of Agriculture a Plan for Continued Implementation of the Maine Industrial Hemp Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 569
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture to continue Maine's industrial hemp program and to regulate hemp in accordance with federal requirements.

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
LD 630
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.

Amendment H-10
This amendment strikes and replaces Part A of the bill and provides that food, food additives and food products that contain hemp and hemp products, including hemp-derived cannabidiol, are not considered to be adulterated under state law and that the nonpharmaceutical or nonmedical production, marketing, sale or distribution within the State of food, food additives or food products that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol may not be prohibited. The amendment also clarifies that eating establishments, in addition to food establishments, may not make any therapeutic claims about food products that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol without federal approval.

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
LD 630 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 796 An Act To Reestablish the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources and the Department of Conservation (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 796
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to reestablish the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources and the Department of Conservation, or "the departments," which were merged into the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry pursuant to Public Law 2011, chapter 657.

In addition to reestablishing the departments as separate entities with separate commissioners, this bill would:

  • 1. Reestablish the original missions of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources and the Department of Conservation;
  • 2. Reestablish critical administrative and program positions in the departments, including positions charged with responsibilities associated with economic development;
  • 3. Address deficiencies in the departments in staffing and funding;
  • 4. Address stagnation in the departments in program development and planning;
  • 5. Allow the reestablished Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources the ability to devote resources to aid farmers and to devise solutions to present-day challenges facing agricultural industries in the State;
  • 6. Establish new goals for promoting and protecting Maine's natural beauty and the unique character of its land, waterways, wildlife habitats and wilderness resources;
  • 7. Establish new goals for improving the agricultural economy in Maine, maintaining and strengthening rural life and values and enhancing the preservation of the rural skills, food supply, health and nutrition of the people of the State; and
  • 8. Demonstrate Maine's commitment to its goal of becoming the "bread basket" for New England.


LD 1065 An Act To Expand Health Insurance Coverage To Certain State Employees Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-278, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1065
This bill requires the State to pay its share of the individual premium for the state employee health insurance plan for a seasonal or session-only employee regardless of whether the employee is in active work status unless the seasonal or session-only employee has health coverage under another plan.

Amendment H-292
This amendment requires the State Budget Officer to calculate the increased cost to state departments and agencies due to the requirements of the bill and transfer the amounts by financial order. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1065 fiscal note
LD 1065 Amendment H-292 fiscal note
LD 1078 An Act Regarding the Number of Agency Liquor Store Licenses Permitted in a Municipality Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-96, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 1078
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10.

Amendment H-96
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment restructures for clarity current law limiting the number of agency liquor stores. Substantively, the amendment allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to:
  • 1. License up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10; and
  • 2. License up to 7 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 15,000 but less than 20,001 and 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 15,001. Currently, 5 agency liquor stores are allowed in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 20,001.


LD 1078 Chaptered Law
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LD 1159 Resolve, To End Hunger in Maine by 2030 Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 1159
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in consultation and collaboration with interested parties and stakeholders, to collaborate with the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to eliminate hunger in the State by 2030. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit an initial design for the plan by February 10, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1159 Chaptered Law
LD 1159 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1167 An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in State Institutions Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1167
Current law requires state and school purchasers to buy meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fruits and fresh vegetables directly from Maine food producers or food brokers. This bill establishes a minimum percentage of Maine foodstuffs, including milk or milk products, eggs, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products and fruits and vegetables, that must be purchased, requiring at least 20% by December 31, 2025, at least 30% by December 31, 2030, at least 40% by December 31, 2040 and at least 50% by December 31, 2050. The bill exempts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also clarifies that "Maine food producer" includes food processors, revises provisions regulating quality standards and requires competitive bidding when more than one producer or broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff.

LD 1474 An Act To Ensure Water Equity and Accountability for the People of the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1474
This bill requires certain governmental entities when issuing permits or licenses and setting rates to evaluate the negative externalities resulting from unique uses of water, such as the bulk exportation of water out of a region.

LD 1475 An Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-581, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1475
This bill creates the Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine, which establishes policies and procedures for law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies to prohibit and eliminate profiling. The bill defines profiling as the discriminatory practice of a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency relying, to any degree, on actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin in targeting an individual for routine or spontaneous investigatory activities or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure, except when there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links a person with a particular characteristic to an identified criminal incident or scheme.

Specifically, the bill directs the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to establish policies and procedures to eliminate profiling and require mandatory training and anti-profiling education by all law enforcement agencies in the State. All law enforcement agencies must adopt written policies on profiling. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to implement procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints of profiling. The bill also directs the Attorney General to adopt rules and guidelines for collecting and reporting data regarding profiling. Rules must define what data must be collected, how it must be collected and how the data may be reported and used to eliminate profiling and inform law enforcement, the public and the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters and criminal justice and public safety matters.

Amendment H-581
The bill prohibits profiling on the basis of actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin by law enforcement and requires data collection to provide information about whether profiling is occurring and, if so, the extent to which it is occurring. This amendment retains the prohibition on profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, national origin or ancestry by requiring the establishment of anti-profiling policies but removes the data collection requirement and instead directs the Attorney General to explore data collection techniques and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary findings and recommendations by March 15, 2020. The committee may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The amendment requires that training of law enforcement officers include anti-profiling education and instruction.

The amendment directs the Attorney General to establish procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints alleging profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies. The Attorney General may adopt rules to address the operation of administrative complaint procedures and independent audit programs to ensure that programs and procedures provide an appropriate response to allegations of profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies.

LD 1475 Chaptered Law
LD 1475 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1589 An Act To Protect the Liberty of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Maine Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 1589
This bill establishes the Maine Liberty Act, which governs the relationship of state and local law enforcement agencies, including correctional facilities, with federal immigration authorities, including:
  • 1. Prohibiting a law enforcement agency from stopping, investigating, interrogating, arresting or detaining a person solely for immigration enforcement purposes, including in response to a hold request, immigration detainer or administrative warrant issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or allowing the United States Department of Homeland Security access to inmates, inmate information or law enforcement agency facilities or providing law enforcement agency resources or personnel to assist immigration enforcement activities;
  • 2. Clarifying that a law enforcement agency upon a request from the United States Department of Homeland Security may arrest and detain a person and perform other law enforcement duties due to suspected criminal activity or other reasons not solely based on the person's immigration status;
  • 3. Establishing the permissible scope of collaboration of a law enforcement agency with a joint law enforcement task force and requiring reporting to the Attorney General on all arrests made by the task force, including all arrests made for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 4. Requiring a law enforcement agency to release as soon as possible and detain no longer than 48 hours a person determined to be held solely for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 5. Establishing duties and prohibitions for law enforcement agencies regarding immigration issues of inmates, including requiring the agency to inform an inmate of the inmate's rights prior to interview by an immigration authority and whether the agency intends to comply with a hold request and prohibiting an agency from restricting access to educational programming and good conduct credits or determining an inmate's custodial status based upon the inmate's immigration status;
  • 6. Requiring the Attorney General to publish a model policy regarding limiting assistance to immigration authorities in public facilities and publish guidance, audit criteria and training recommendations to ensure that a database operated by a state or local law enforcement agency limits the availability of database information to immigration authorities; and
  • 7. Requiring a law enforcement agency to record certain information regarding hold requests and certain other information from immigration authorities received by the agency and to report quarterly to the Attorney General on this information.


LD 1770 An Act To Amend the Forestry Laws Regarding Responsibility for Compliance with Those Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1770
This bill clarifies in the laws governing forest practices and forest landowner and wood processor reporting requirements that the parties responsible for compliance with those laws include the landowner, the landowner's designated agent, the professional forester, the professional forester's employee and the person who conducts timber harvesting activities.

LD 1843 An Act To Provide Funding for Two Positions in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Governor's Bill) Status: Under suspension of the rules, Enacted in both chambers, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1843
This bill provides funding from Other Special Revenue Funds for 2 positions in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Land Management and Planning.

LD 1843 Chaptered Law
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LD 36 An Act To Change the Composition of the Board of Pesticides Control Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-304, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 36
This bill restores the requirement that the 2 public members of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection. The change does not require the termination of the terms of current members of the board.

Amendment H-304
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes from the bill the requirement that the 2 public members of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection and strikes from the law the requirement that these members represent different areas of the State. Instead, the amendment requires that one of the 2 public members have practical experience and knowledge of methods of sustainable management of indoor and outdoor pests.

LD 36 Chaptered Law
LD 36 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 86 An Act To Provide That Persons Who Produce Maple Syrup and Honey Commercially Are Eligible for the Sales Tax Refund and Exemption for Commercial Agricultural Production (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 86
This bill expands the sales tax refund and exemption for commercial agricultural production to include the commercial production of maple syrup and honey.

LD 86 Chaptered Law
LD 86 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 106 An Act To Amend the Maine Veterinary Practice Act Relating to Alternative Therapy or Collaborative Treatment Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 106
This bill authorizes a person to provide alternative therapy or collaborative treatment to an animal only if the person holds a license, registration or certification from the entity in the State responsible for issuing licenses, certifications or registrations for the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment or meets certain educational requirements, has a referral to provide the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment from a licensed veterinarian and is under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The bill also defines "alternative therapy or collaborative treatment" to include acupuncture, dentistry, homeopathic or chiropractic procedures and physical or massage therapy.

LD 116 An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-5, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 116
This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.

Amendment H-5
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.

LD 116 Chaptered Law
LD 116 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 199 An Act To Create the Water Resources Planning Committee Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 199
This bill estsablishes the Water Resources Planning Committee within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The bill describes requirements related to committee membership, meetings and reporting. It details 3 phases on which the committee is required to focus effort. It also requires the committee to conduct an annual review of state policy in regard to water resources, provide guidance to municipalities and develop and disseminate educational materials on water resources and the regulatory regime.

LD 199 Chaptered Law
LD 199 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 201 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 204 An Act To Provide Funding for a Ranger Pilot Position in the Maine Forest Service Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-66, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 204
This bill provides funding for a Ranger Pilot position and associated costs in the forest protection unit in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry.

Amendment H-66
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 204 Chaptered Law
LD 204 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 241 An Act To Adjust the Personal Property Tax Exemption for Farm Machinery Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-335, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 241
This bill increases the amount of the exemption from personal property taxation for farm machinery from $10,000 to $45,000.

Amendment H-335
This amendment provides a time frame for implementation of the increase in the property tax exemption for farm machinery, provides administrative provisions for the Bureau of Revenue Services to enforce the exemption and verify required state reimbursement amounts and requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 100% of property taxes lost as a result of the increase in the exemption.

This amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 241 Amendment H-335 fiscal note
LD 253 An Act To Remove the Bet Limit for Winner-take-all Hands in Games of Chance Tournament Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 253
This bill removes the $5 bet limit for a winner-take-all hand conducted during a game of chance tournament game.

LD 253 Chaptered Law
LD 253 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 269 An Act To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 269
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.

LD 285 An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 285
This bill repeals the provision of law that exempts from legislative review major substantive rules that must be adopted to comply with federal law or to qualify for federal funds.

LD 285 Chaptered Law
LD 285 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 286 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-58, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 286
This bill provides a sales tax exemption on the purchase of feminine hygiene products.

Amendment H-58
This amendment changes the term used to describe the products subject to exemption and changes the definition to that in the federal Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act to simplify multistate administration.

LD 286 Amendment H-58 fiscal note
LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 293
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.

LD 315 Resolve, To Promote Healthy Living in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-66, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 315
This bill appropriates funds for evidence-based programs to promote healthy living of the State's older adults.

Amendment H-197
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a 2-year program designed to support and improve the health and well-being of the State's older adults and reduce health care treatment costs by preventing disease, injury and falls. It directs the department to contract for the implementation of this program with one or more community-based organizations that have a demonstrated ability to deliver evidence-based programs to serve older adults statewide, especially in rural, underserved and unserved areas of the State. The amendment describes the criteria that a community-based organization must meet in order to be awarded a contract. It also changes the appropriations and allocations section to indicate that it is one-time funding.

LD 315 fiscal note
LD 315 Amendment H-197 fiscal note
LD 351 An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-423, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 351
This bill provides that:

  • 1. Poultry and poultry products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the poultry was raised solely in the State from no later than the 7th day after hatching; and
  • 2. Meat and meat products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the animal was born in the State and raised solely in the State.

The bill also requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 562-A relating to preparation of livestock and poultry products for human consumption, to enforce the prohibition on labeling or advertising poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products sold or offered for sale as "Maine-raised" unless the requirements in this bill are met.

Amendment H-423
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the bill. It provides that poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products labeled or advertised as Maine-raised or by a similar designation are considered misbranded if offered for sale, sold or distributed within the State unless the poultry or animals were raised in Maine, as defined in the amendment. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may grant a waiver of the determination that such poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products are misbranded upon consideration of economic factors, including, but not limited to, the proximity of processing facilities to the in-state poultry producer or meat producer and the availability of poultry processing facilities or meat processing facilities in the State.

LD 351 Chaptered Law
LD 351 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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
LD 353 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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 365 An Act To Allow Flexible Business Hours for Certain Agency Liquor Stores Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-22, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 365
This bill allows an agency liquor store flexibility in setting seasonal hours if the agency liquor store is subject to a substantial seasonal variation in business or retail customers based upon tourism or other factors.

Amendment S-22
This amendment requires an agency liquor store that establishes seasonal hours as allowed by the bill to send a written notice to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of those seasonal hours.

LD 365 Chaptered Law
LD 365 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 412 An Act To Restore System Administration Allocations in Maine School Administrative Units to the Level Prescribed for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-310, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 412
Current law requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, a portion of the system administration allocation must be allocated to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services. This bill instead establishes the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil, the same as it was for fiscal year 2017-18, and repeals provisions that increase for future fiscal years the per-pupil amount and restrict allocation of portions of the funds to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

Amendment H-310
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, delays establishing the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil until fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 412 Chaptered Law
LD 412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 413 An Act To Ensure the Rights of Citizens to Groundwater in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 413
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to change the laws governing groundwater to recognize that the citizens of the State collectively own the State's groundwater. The bill establishes the State as the trustee and steward of the State's groundwater on behalf of the citizens of the State and requires the State to endeavor to ensure that the groundwater will always be available to the benefit of all the citizens of the State. It also directs the State to take all reasonable measures to ensure an adequate supply of usable groundwater for the citizens of the State and to monitor the level of sustainability of the groundwater and protect against uses of groundwater that are detrimental to aquifers, bodies of surface water or wetlands or to public health and welfare.

LD 421 Resolve, To Amend the State Plan Regarding the Processing of Vouchers under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children by Farmers' Markets Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 421
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its state plan to authorize farmers' markets to redeem coupons from the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

LD 424 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Baling Twine, Net and Wrapping for Hay Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment 57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 424
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for baling twine, net and wrapping for hay.

Amendment H-57
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 424 fiscal note
LD 424 Amendment H-57 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 495 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Conduct a Feasibility Study on Locating a Grain Processing Facility in Aroostook County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 495
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating a grain processing facility in Aroostook County. The resolve directs the commissioner to present the study findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than December 4, 2019, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 497 An Act Regarding the Providing of Human Food Waste to Swine Producers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 497
This bill specifies that an individual, organization or institution, including a public school, that donates food waste to a swine producer for use in swine feed is not required to verify that the swine producer has a license to feed garbage to swine. The bill also specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage to swine.

Amendment S-17
This amendment strikes the provision in the bill that specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to treating or feeding of garbage to swine. Current law provides that the commissioner may enter any private or public property to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage.

LD 497 Chaptered Law
LD 497 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 510 An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-118, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 510
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management for the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope to provide suitable housing for women veterans in transition and their families.

Amendment H-118
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and moves the appropriation to the current fiscal year.

LD 511 An Act To Create an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Coordinator 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-159, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 511
This bill establishes a position within the Department of Health and Human Services, office of aging and disability services for coordinating programs and services to Maine's population with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across departments and branches of State Government. The coordinator is required to implement recommendations developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and plans developed by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters outlining the activities and progress of the coordinator and the department. The bill includes funding for the coordinator position.

Amendment H-159
This amendment replaces references to "Alzheimer's disease and other dementias" from the bill and uses the term "dementia" instead. It also clarifies that the coordinator oversees the implementation of any state or federal plans related to dementia and that programs and services are for both individuals with dementia and their families.

LD 511 fiscal note
LD 511 Amendment H-159 fiscal note
LD 534 An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier To Read and Understand for Maine Voters (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-277, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 534
This bill requires that ballot questions be written in a manner that is understandable to the greatest number of voters possible, determined to be for adult literacy at the 6th-grade reading level, which is the standard used for other important official state documents, including for the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, notices regarding child support, municipal property tax deferral programs for seniors and temporary assistance for needy families. This bill also requires ballot questions to unambiguously state what the effect of a "yes" or "no" vote may have.

Amendment H-277
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill but retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment makes the following changes to the laws governing the printing of ballots for referendum questions.
  • 1. It requires that the Secretary of State draft the ballot question for a people's veto or a direct initiative in a clear, concise and direct manner that describes the subject matter of the people's veto or direct initiative as simply as is possible.
  • 2. It eliminates the requirement that questions for a people's veto referendum be phrased so that an affirmative vote is in favor of the people's veto.
  • 3. It requires that an explanation of the effect of a "yes" vote and the effect of a "no" vote be printed on the ballot immediately below each referendum question, including each people's veto, direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional amendment and other legislatively proposed referendum question.


LD 534 Chaptered Law
LD 534 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 542 An Act To Allow a Person To Enter a Place of Public Accommodation Accompanied by a Medically Necessary Assistance Animal That Is a Dog Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 542
This bill requires a place of public accommodation to allow the use of a dog that is an assistance animal by an individual with a physical or mental disability.

LD 568 An Act To Change the Composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 568
This bill amends the laws governing the composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to increase the number of members appointed by the Governor from one to 3 and to decrease the number of members appointed by the counties from 8 to 6.

LD 572 An Act Regarding the State Bird Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 572
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to specify the black-capped chickadee or the boreal chickadee as the state bird.

LD 577 An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-226, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 577
This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.

Amendment H-226
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill.

LD 577 Chaptered Law
LD 577 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 602 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Research and Development in Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 602
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State's 7 targeted technology sectors to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs, including in the biotechnical and biomedical sectors by attracting more research capacity and in the forest products sector by using Maine fiber to reduce carbon emissions. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio.

LD 620 An Act Regarding Licensing of Land-based Aquaculture Facilities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 620
This bill amends the law allowing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to refuse to issue a land-based aquaculture license, or revoke an existing license, when the aquaculture activity presents an unreasonable risk to indigenous marine or freshwater life or its environment and specifies that the activity is either alone in the use of a body of water in combination with the aquaculture activity of any other land-based aquaculture operations using the same body of water.

LD 641 An Act To Save Lives through Epinephrine Autoinjector Accessibility Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 641
This bill authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense epinephrine autoinjectors at no cost to a person of any age who the pharmacist reasonably believes is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, or to a person who is in a position to assist the other person if the other person is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It creates a fund within the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a pharmacist who has prescribed and dispensed an epinephrine autoinjector and directs the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the fund.

LD 677 An Act Regarding the Use of Seizure and Forfeitures by Law Enforcement Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 677
This bill requires the establishment of a record and case tracking system and detailed reporting to the Commissioner of Public Safety when a law enforcement agency seizes, holds or disposes of property as a result of civil forfeiture provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15, section 5821 and the criminal forfeiture provisions of Title 15, section 5826. The bill provides that reported information is public information and for public access to that information through a website and mandates reports to the Legislature, Attorney General and Governor. The bill provides rulemaking for the Commissioner of Public Safety and auditing by the State Auditor, with a report from the State Auditor to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The provisions apply to law enforcement agencies, which are defined to include fire departments, that seize, hold or dispose of property as a result of an investigation and arrest carried out in cooperation with a federal law enforcement agency.

LD 678 An Act Requiring the State To Fund 20.25 Percent of the Cost of County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 678
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for 20.25% of the cost of the county's correctional services.

LD 679 An Act Regarding the Licensing of Funeral Practitioners Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-144, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 679
This bill allows the State Board of Funeral Service to issue a permanent license to engage in the funeral service profession and operate a funeral establishment to an applicant who holds an active license to practice funeral service in another state the license requirements of which are substantially similar to the license requirements in Maine.

Amendment H-144
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill.

This amendment repeals the temporary licensure process for an individual with an out-of-state license to practice funeral service. The amendment removes the term "permanent" from the language describing the issuance of a license to an applicant with an out-of-state license and also removes a clause exempting such a license from annual renewal. The amendment adds language stating that the license of the out-of-state licensee must be active, unrestricted and without disciplinary action. The amendment requires the State Board of Funeral Service to adopt rules to implement the section describing the issuance of a license to an out-of-state licensee, and specifically requires that rules define what constitutes substantially similar license requirements. The amendment also changes the continuing education requirements to allow for 6, rather than 8 hours to be conducted remotely, and removes the requirement that all continuing education programs be approved by the board.

LD 679 Chaptered Law
LD 679 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 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 701 An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-139 and Senate amendment S-329, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 701
Current law requires the Department of Education to make information available to public schools regarding Internet-based applications for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This bill requires the department to develop and make available to public schools a specific Internet-based application for the National School Lunch Program as well as for the School Breakfast Program. A public school that implements the Internet-based application process is required to continue to distribute paper applications for school meals to all students.

Amendment S-139
This amendment provides that the Department of Education is required to contract for the development and implementation of an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The amendment provides that a public school implementing the Internet-based application is solely responsible for processing that school's online applications. The amendment also provides that the department may contract with a 3rd-party vendor to develop and implement the Internet-based application for free or reduced-price school meals.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-329
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. This amendment also provides ongoing General Fund appropriations of $150,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for the cost to develop and maintain an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals and a one-time General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 to eligible school administrative units that start or expand alternative breakfast delivery services that provide breakfast after the start of the school day.

This amendment also requires the State Controller to transfer $650,000 to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund no later than June 30, 2020 and $150,000 no later than June 30, 2021 from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2430.

LD 701 Chaptered Law
LD 701 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
LD 722
This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

LD 734 Resolve, To Expedite the Processing of Applications for Certification under the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-51, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 734
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to establish a new permanent position in the Bureau of Employment Services to expedite the processing of employer applications for certification required for the federal work opportunity tax credit under Section 51 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The resolve also requires the Department of Labor to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with the most recent information available concerning applications submitted by employers, including information on the extent of any backlog in application processing, by February 1, 2020.

Amendment H-51
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 734 fiscal note
LD 734 Amendment H-51 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 752 An Act To Reduce Food Insecurity and Promote Economic Growth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 752
This bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver beginning with federal fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019, and for each federal fiscal year thereafter to allow individuals otherwise subject to a 3-month limit on federal food supplement program benefits to continue to receive benefits if those individuals reside in counties, labor market areas or other areas that qualify for a waiver because of high unemployment or a lack of a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for those individuals.
  • 2. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to calculate the amount of the food stamp standard utility allowance using reliable data reflecting actual utility costs in Maine.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older or an individual with a disability or that does not include children.


LD 768 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 768
This resolve establishes the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations.

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 780 An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 780
This bill reduces from $750 to $350 the maximum allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

Amendment S-21
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, reduces from $750 to $500 the maximum statutory allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

LD 780 Chaptered Law
LD 780 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 782
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 786 An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-81, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 786
This bill provides an appropriation to allow the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with a nonprofit organization that provides statewide hunger relief services to allow that organization to:
  • 1. Engage in statewide hunger relief services, including, but not limited to, the purchase of food from Maine food producers and processors;
  • 2. Provide grants to local hunger relief programs; and
  • 3. Pay its operational and distribution expenses.


Amendment S-81
This amendment decreases the ongoing annual General fund appropriation to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for statewide hunger relief services from $2,500,000 to $1,500,000.

LD 786 Amendment S-81 fiscal note
LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
LD 816
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

Amendment S-44
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

LD 816 Amendment S-44 fiscal note
LD 821 Resolve, To Review Case Loads for Child Welfare Caseworkers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-209, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 21, 2019
LD 821
This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services ensure that a caseworker in the Office of Child and Family Services is not assigned a number of cases that exceeds a number established by the department by rule. The number established by the department must be a number recommended by a national organization with expertise in maximum case loads that ensures caseworkers can adequately focus on each case. The bill also provides that the number of caseworkers assigned to any individual support staff may not exceed 8.

Amendment H-209
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to review case load standards for child welfare caseworkers and develop standard case load recommendations with input from child welfare caseworkers and the Public Consulting Group. The Public Consulting Group is currently contracted with the department to evaluate the child welfare program. The department is required to submit a report by October 1, 2019 with its findings and recommendations and then submit annual reports on staffing in the child welfare program in relation to the standard case load recommendations. The reports are submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint legislative committee established to oversee program evaluation and government accountability matters. The amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 821 Chaptered Law
LD 821 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 825 An Act To Change the Harassment Prevention Training Required for Legislators, Legislative Staff and Lobbyists Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-30, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 825
This bill expands the scope of harassment prevention training required for Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists to include racial harassment.

Amendment H-30
This amendment clarifies that sexual and racial harassment are some, but not all, of the types of harassment about which Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists must be trained.

LD 825 Chaptered Law
LD 825 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 833 An Act To Provide the Same Retirement Benefits for State Employees Working as Emergency Communications Specialists as Are Provided to Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-496, Enacted in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 833
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to provide the same retirement benefits as are provided to law enforcement officers to state employees working in law enforcement, including these job classifications:

  • 1. Emergency dispatchers;
  • 2. Staff in the Maine State Police computer crimes unit;
  • 3. Staff in the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory;
  • 4. Law enforcement staff at the Attorney General's office; and
  • 5. Forest rangers.


Amendment H-496
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment allows emergency communications specialists in the employment of the Department of Public Safety to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 833 Amendment H-496 fiscal note
LD 835 An Act To Increase Funding for Case Managers for Veterans Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, April 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 835
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for additional case managers in the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding the availability of benefits and services for veterans such as health care, home financing, property tax exemptions and income tax credits.

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 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 908 An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs and Inspection Results to the Board of Pesticides Control for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-307, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 908
This bill establishes in law certain requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control related to pest management on school property. It requires a school to maintain a pest management activity log related to the application of pesticides. It requires this information to be provided annually to the board and requires the board to post the information on its publicly accessible website. It also requires that the board post on its publicly accessible website a list of all board inspections of a school's use of pesticides and the results of those inspections.

Amendment H-302
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

The fiscal note on the amendment, which is a fiscal note only amendment, identifies certain requirements in the bill as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential mandate do not require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

The requirement in the bill that a local school administrative unit submit a pest management activity log to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control by January 15th of each year for the previous calendar year does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. Local school administrative units currently prepare pest management activity logs with the required data pursuant to rules established by the Board of Pesticides Control. The committee finds that the act of submitting a pest management activity log that is already required to be maintained does not necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

LD 908 fiscal note
LD 908 Amendment H-302 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 920 An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-192, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 920
This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.

Amendment H-192
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 920 Amendment H-192 fiscal note
LD 939 An Act Regarding the Regulation of Rabbit Production for Local Consumption Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-88, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 939
This bill permits a rabbit producer to sell whole rabbit carcasses without inspection at the farm on which the rabbits were raised, at farmers' markets, by delivery to consumers' homes, to members of community supported agriculture farms with which the rabbit producer has a direct marketing relationship, to locally owned grocery stores and to locally owned restaurants as long as the rabbit producer slaughters fewer than 1,000 rabbits annually and the rabbit producer is registered.

Amendment H-88
This amendment provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish requirements for the physical facilities and sanitary processes used by rabbit producers whose rabbit products are exempt from inspection are routine technical rules rather than major substantive rules as in the bill.

LD 939 Chaptered Law
LD 939 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 971 Resolve, To Establish a Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Pilot Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-203, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 971
This bill establishes the Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to reimburse farmers for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The bill also provides that reimbursement to farmers for certification may not be more than $500 per farmer per year.

Amendment H-203
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a specialty crops certification cost-share pilot program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and authorizes the department to reimburse qualified farms for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The amendment provides that reimbursement of funds under the program is for initial one-time payment and may not be more than $500 per qualified farm. The amendment also directs the commissioner to monitor the 4-year pilot program and to report back to the joint standing committee having jurisdiction over agricultural matters no later than December 15, 2023 with findings and recommendations.

LD 971 Chaptered Law
LD 971 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1026 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Examine Best Practices in Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-278, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1026
This bill requires the Secretary of State to:
  • 1. Publish a guide to election procedures for public distribution and revise the guide annually to reflect current law, rules and procedures regarding elections;
  • 2. Provide local election procedure and ballot reconciliation forms for local election officials to complete;
  • 3. Develop an election complaint process;
  • 4. Maintain automatic voter registration information and contract with a nonprofit corporation of member states to maintain the information;
  • 5. Report to the Legislature on certain election issues within 12 months after a general election; and
  • 6. Conduct a study of post-election audits and recounts.


Amendment H-278
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Secretary of State to conduct a study of post-election ballot audits and recounts. By December 6, 2023, the Secretary of State is directed to submit a report based upon the study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over election matters. The joint standing committee may report out a bill based upon the report to the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.

LD 1026 Chaptered Law
LD 1026 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1035 Resolve, To Streamline the Process by Which Schools Receive Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 1035
This resolve requires the Department of Education to assist elementary schools with the application process for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to ensure more fresh fruits and vegetables are available in eligible schools.

LD 1041 An Act Regarding Collective Bargaining for Public Employees under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1041
This bill amends provisions relating to collective bargaining by public employees covered by municipal public employees labor relations laws, including:
  • 1. Repealing the provision that prohibits public employees from stopping or slowing work, striking or blacklisting public employers to prevent the employers from filling vacancies; and
  • 2. Requiring both parties to collective bargaining to have an individual present who is authorized to reach a tentative agreement.


LD 1042 An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1042
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.

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 1072 An Act To Promote Workforce Education on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 1072
This bill requires health care practitioners to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia to an authorized representative or a family or household member except for a person that is expressly prohibited by the individual diagnosed. The health care practitioner making the diagnosis must also provide information regarding care planning services, including assistance understanding the diagnosis, and medical and nonmedical options for treatment, services and supports and information on how to access those options.

The bill requires that by January 1, 2023 every hospital must have a policy regarding the recognition and management of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia within that hospital and have the policy on file. The hospital must consult with the Department of Health and Human Services and statewide organizations with expertise in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and include relevant portions of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Healthy Brain Initiative" publication and any succeeding plans and the state plan regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Maine developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill also requires continuing education requirements to be adopted by the Board of Licensure in Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the State Board of Nursing that relate to diagnosis, behavioral symptoms, respectful and effective communication, safety, signs of abuse and neglect and identifying signs of self-neglect by persons living alone with Alzheimer's or dementia. It also requires physician assistants to receive the same continuing education.

The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 4 hours of education and training to all employees of adult protective services at the beginning of employment.

LD 1076 An Act To Account for Market Change in the Adult Use Marijuana Excise Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1076
This bill changes the excise tax on adult use marijuana cultivation facilities from a tax based on quantity to a tax based on a percentage of the average market price for the category of marijuana sold. The bill requires the average market price to be determined quarterly by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. The tax would not apply to sales by a cultivation facility to a licensee with which it is vertically integrated.

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 1103 An Act To Increase the Number of Members of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1103
This bill expands the membership of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine by adding 2 additional members who are grower representatives and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to formally call for nominations for grower representative members. The bill clarifies the requirements governing grower representative members and processor representative members. The bill prohibits former employees of the commission from serving as paid lobbyists for wild blueberry businesses for a period of one year following employment by the commission. The bill also allows members of the University of Maine System Wild Blueberry Advisory Committee to be reappointed for additional terms.

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 1144 An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming 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
LD 1144
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application for a casino operator license from a joint tribal entity authorizing the joint tribal entity to operate table games and slot machines at one casino owned by the joint tribal entity. It increases by 1,500 the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State. "Joint tribal entity" is defined as a legal entity formed for the purpose of operating slot machines and table games at one casino, the entire ownership of which is held equally, either jointly or in common, by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. The bill provides the following in regard to the casino.
  • 1. It specifies that, as a condition of a joint tribal entity's receiving a license, a casino must be located:
    • A. On land that on January 1, 2019 was owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or land held in trust by the United States or by any other person or entity for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians;
    • B. On land located in the unorganized territory; or
    • C. On land in a municipality and that municipality approves of the operation of the casino in that municipality, either by vote of its legislative body or in a referendum of the voters of the municipality.
  • 2. It exempts a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity from the provision in current law that prohibits a new casino or slot machine facility from being located within 100 miles of an existing casino or slot machine facility. It provides that a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity may not be located within 50 miles of an existing facility.
  • 3. It provides that a change in the composition of a joint tribal entity does not invalidate a casino license issued to the entity as long as the change occurs no sooner than 6 months after the license is issued and the entity still consists of at least 2 federally recognized Indian tribes in the State who own equal shares of the entity in its entirety.
  • 4. It changes the provision in current law that states that distributions of net slot machine revenue from the casino located in Oxford County to the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe revert to the operator if one or both tribes operate or receive distributions from a newly licensed casino. It provides that the distribution of that slot machine revenue would instead be deposited into the General Fund if either the Penobscot Nation or the Passamaquoddy Tribe operated or received distributions from a newly licensed casino.
  • 5. It establishes a distribution rate of 25% of net slot machine income and 16% of net table game income for a casino operator that is a joint tribal entity. The slot machine income is used to fund education for kindergarten to grade 12 and the table game income is deposited to the General Fund.


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 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 1211 An Act To Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them To Organize for the Purpose of Collective Bargaining Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1211
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to allow persons working in agriculture to organize for the purposes of collectively bargaining for wages, hours, other working conditions and benefits, without fear of reprisal. The bill would exempt farms under a certain size and with a limited number of employees.

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 1230 An Act To Update the Civil Animal Welfare Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-380, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1230
This bill amends the civil animal welfare laws in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes the provision regarding registering a dog as a service dog and issuing a tag identifying the dog as a service dog;
  • 2. It clarifies that the dog licensing fee is waived for an owner who produces documentation that the dog is a service dog;
  • 3. It provides for euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured stray livestock authorized by a veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter;
  • 4. It provides for immunity for a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer and animal shelter in instances involving handling of stray livestock;
  • 5. It adds to the animal cruelty provisions the violation of intentionally giving an animal a scheduled drug;
  • 6. It increases the penalties for civil violations involving animal cruelty;
  • 7. It makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime;
  • 8. It establishes municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock; and
  • 9. It repeals provisions related to stray beasts.


Amendment H-380
This amendment retains the current law that provides that, if a service dog has not been previously registered or licensed by a municipal clerk, the clerk may not register the dog nor issue to its owner or keeper a license unless the applicant presents written evidence to the municipal clerk that the dog meets the definition of "service dog." The amendment removes the requirement that the municipal clerk issue to the dog's owner or keeper a tag that identifies the dog as a service dog.

The amendment clarifies that a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter is not civilly liable to any party for authorization of euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured livestock if certain conditions are met nor is any person performing euthanasia under that authorization.

The amendment adds the intent to harm or intoxicate the animal to the bill's addition to the animal cruelty provisions of the violation of giving a scheduled drug to an animal.

The amendment strikes from the bill the provision that makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime.

The amendment clarifies under the provision establishing municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock that "livestock" does not include feral swine or domesticated cervids.

The fiscal note on the bill identifies certain requirements in the bill, which are retained in the amendment, as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential state mandate do not require a local unit government to expand or modify its activities in a manner so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

Under current law, pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 3948, subsection 3, municipalities are required to control domesticated animals that are a cause of complaint in the community. Additionally, municipalities are required to control animals that pose a threat to public health or safety. This section of law also provides that a municipality may control undomesticated animals in matters no other department is charged by law to regulate.

The bill repeals and amends certain provisions under Title 33, chapter 21 relating to lost goods and stray beasts. The bill repeals the requirement that the finder of a stray beast, potentially a municipality, keep a stray beast for up to 6 months. The bill requires a municipality to follow certain procedures related to stray livestock, but a municipality is only required to retain custody for 10 days. The committee feels that this could potentially result in a savings for a municipality faced with this scenario.

LD 1230 Chaptered Law
LD 1230 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 1244
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 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-413 and House amendment H-460, Enacted, Signed into law, June 17, 2019
LD 1282
This bill does the following.

Part A requires competitive electricity providers to demonstrate, by 2040, that their portfolios of supply sources for retail electricity sales in this State are 80% accounted for by renewable resources. It also amends the State's goals for long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Part B creates the Task Force for a Green New Deal, which consists of 11 members including representatives of State Government, climate science, renewable energy, youth, labor and business. The task force is charged with creating a plan to advance environmental sustainability, renewable energy and economic growth for the State. The plan must include, but is not limited to, a renewable resources strategy to achieve 80% reliance on renewable resources for electricity supply by 2040; a job training strategy, including a training program to prepare workers for green jobs; and a residential energy strategy that provides incentives for installation of solar energy systems and heat pumps. The task force is required to submit a report on its plan by January 15, 2020 to the Governor, the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

Part C requires the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust to submit a report by January 1, 2020 that includes draft legislation to establish a virtual net metering program to encourage installation of solar photovoltaic energy systems on public school buildings.

Part D creates the Commission on a Just Transition to a Low-carbon Economy. The commission includes 13 members. The purpose of the commission is to ensure that the State's transition to a low-carbon economy benefits all residents fairly and equitably. The commission is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature.

Amendment H-413
This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

  • 1. Requires construction employers constructing grid scale generation facilities to hire certain percentages of apprentices to work on the construction beginning in 2021;
  • 2. Requires that the Efficiency Maine Trust, in collaboration with the Department of Education, identify and provide incentives for cost-effective electric and natural gas conservation projects in new school construction projects; and
  • 3. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to establish, through a competitive solicitation process, a power purchase agreement for solar capacity to be installed on school property when a new school is being constructed.


Amendment H-460
This amendment includes as a qualifying apprentice an apprentice who is in an apprenticeship program registered with the United States Department of Labor.

LD 1282 Chaptered Law
LD 1282 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1417 An Act To Expand Access to Head Start To Assist Opioid-affected and Other At-risk Families Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-265, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1417
This bill establishes eligibility standards for the Head Start program that allow participation for a child up to 5 years of age who is or whose family is affected by substance use disorder or whose family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This bill also provides appropriations to be distributed to nontribal Head Start program service providers proportionately in an amount based upon the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level in each provider's service area compared to the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level statewide, with preference given to children who are at risk or whose families are at risk.

Amendment H-265
This amendment clarifies that eligibility for the Head Start program is limited to children who have not met the minimum age requirement to enroll in a school administrative unit in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5201, subsection 2.

LD 1417 fiscal note
LD 1417 Amendment H-265 fiscal note
LD 1420 Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1420
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in aquaculture and representatives of state agencies, associations and commercial fisheries. The task force's duties include a review of the report from the Governor's Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine dated January 30, 2004 and an assessment of the current status of aquaculture in the State, current production levels and production capacity and environmental effects and the carrying capacity of the coastal marine environment, as well as an examination of aquaculture best practices, relationships with other fisheries, current economic and workforce effects, future opportunities and current and proposed community outreach and education. The task force is required to submit an interim report no later than September 1, 2019 and a final report no later than December 11, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may each submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

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

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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 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


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LD 1486 An Act To Strengthen Supports for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism in Crisis Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-411, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1486
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a system of crisis and respite services specific to persons with intellectual disabilities or autism and their families. It requires the department to adopt rules by January 1, 2020. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-411
This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the current law regarding crisis and respite services for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to provisionally adopt major substantive rules on crisis and respite services no later than April 1, 2020. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to study the existing services for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism and determine the adequacy of the MaineCare reimbursement methodology and rates paid to providers for meeting the needs of persons at risk for out-of-home placement due to challenging behavior that affects health and safety. The department is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020.

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LD 1520 An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs and Encourage Affordable Housing through Development of Cooperatives and Employee-owned Businesses Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-260, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1520
This bill supports employee-owned businesses and cooperatives in the following ways.
  • 1. It excludes from Maine income tax the amount of gain, up to a maximum of $750,000 recognized by a business owner in transferring the business to an employee stock ownership plan, eligible worker-owned cooperative, consumer cooperative or affordable housing cooperative.
  • 2. It excludes from Maine income tax interest from loans that finance transfers of ownership from a business to an employee stock ownership plan, eligible worker-owned cooperative, consumer cooperative or affordable housing cooperative.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Business Development to encourage and assist employee-owned businesses by requiring the office to: develop educational programs, including convening an annual conference on employee ownership issues; provide information about employee ownership and technical assistance to retiring business owners, employees of plants threatened with closure and entrepreneurs interested in creating businesses with broadly shared ownership; link Maine businesses interested in implementing employee ownership to available financial, technical and legal resources; and help businesses interested in implementing some form of employee ownership to obtain financing, as well as undertake other duties.
  • 4. It requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to give priority to employee-owned businesses, either established or in the process of becoming employee-owned, when providing loans or grants from funds or programs maintained by the department.
  • 5. It requires the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to conduct a study to determine how funds held by the system may be invested responsibly in employee-owned businesses in this State and to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, which is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the study and recommendations of the system.


Amendment S-260
This amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Business Development to contract with a nonprofit development organization with relevant expertise to develop and manage the Maine Employee Ownership Center to provide information and programs to assist businesses in the transition to employee or cooperative ownership, rather than requiring the office to provide those services. The amendment removes requirements that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services collect specified data and report annually to the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and that the Maine Public Employees Retirement System study investment of funds in employee-owned businesses. The amendment also makes changes to facilitate the administration and evaluation of the deductions provided in the bill. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1520 Amendment S-260 fiscal note
LD 1531 An Act To Establish the Maine Food System Investment Program To Create Quality Jobs and Support Farms, Fisheries and Food-related Businesses Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1531
This bill creates the Maine Food System Investment Program under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to strengthen the food system, including the agriculture, seafood and fisheries and other food sectors and the supply chain, to increase access to new markets and opportunities for producers, processors, small businesses and consumers in the State in the producing, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food products. The duties of the program are to develop and maintain a 10-year strategic framework to carry out the goals of the program by fostering communication, collaboration and coordination among the various sectors of the supply chain, identify gaps in the supply chain and barriers to food infrastructure and distribution needs and work with community development corporations, financial institutions and other investors and lenders in the food system to direct financial investment to the areas of greatest need in the food system. The program is also authorized to make recommendations regarding rules or legislation to the department and the Legislature that will direct investment or establish policies or priorities in carrying out the goals of the program. The program is required to submit a 6-month and a one-year report to the Legislature subsequent to the implementation of the program and an annual report on the progress of and developments regarding the 10-year strategic framework.

LD 1540 An Act Concerning Timber Harvesting on Public Lands and in State Parks, Historic Sites and the Restricted Zone of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1540
This bill amends and enacts provisions regarding the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands' management of timber harvesting on state property under its jurisdiction, including:
  • 1. Requiring the bureau to report on the State's actual and potential forest inventory status and needs, including the need for a sawmill or other forest products processing facility to be located in the State;
  • 2. Requiring contractors harvesting timber at state parks, historic sites and the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to be established businesses in the State and to meet other requirements;
  • 3. Requiring forest products harvested or collected from state parks, historic sites, public lands or the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, unless used by the state parks, historic sites or Allagash Wilderness Waterway, to be sold to a sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to be processed or manufactured at the facility;
  • 4. Declaring that it is in the public interest and for the general benefit of the people of the State that title, possession and the responsibility for the management of nonreserved public lands be vested and established in the bureau acting on behalf of the people of the State and that the lands be managed to demonstrate exemplary land management practices, including silvicultural, wildlife and recreational practices, that reflect state policies governing management of forested and related types of lands; and
  • 5. Requiring that the annual report dealing with public reserved lands identify persons who conduct timber harvesting on the lands and the sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to which the forest products derived from the harvesting were delivered.


LD 1545 An Act Regarding the Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Marijuana Products 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 1545
This bill amends the provisions regarding the testing of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by:
  • 1. Requiring that any testing conform to any applicable state or federal process, protocol or standard for the testing of tobacco; and
  • 2. Providing that if a testing facility does not test adult use marijuana or an adult use marijuana product within 5 days of receiving the marijuana or marijuana product from a licensee, the licensee may sell or distribute the marijuana or marijuana product if the marijuana or marijuana product is labeled "Untested." If upon testing a testing facility determines that the marijuana or marijuana product exceeds the maximum level of allowable contamination for any contaminant that is injurious to health and for which testing is required, the testing facility is required to immediately notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the licensee. The licensee is required to recover, document, quarantine and hold the marijuana or marijuana product for either remediation and retesting or destruction by the department.


LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to online sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing online sports pools.

LD 1572 An Act To Enact the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1572
This bill establishes the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act, the purpose of which is to ensure that a person is not denied housing based solely on the existence of a history of criminal convictions. This bill prohibits a housing provider from considering an applicant's criminal history until after the housing provider determines that the applicant meets all other qualifications for tenancy.

A person who is aggrieved by a violation of the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act by a housing provider may file a grievance with the Maine Human Rights Commission and, if it is a violation by a private housing provider, may bring a civil action in court.

LD 1574 An Act To Continue Authorization of Seaplane Landings on Katahdin Lake Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1574
This bill allows a seaplane to land on and take off from Katahdin Lake in Baxter State Park.

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 1621 An Act To Allow Delivery of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products by an Approved Marijuana Store (Emergency) 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 1621
This bill amends the Marijuana Legalization Act to allow delivery of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by a marijuana store if the municipality or town, plantation or township in which the marijuana store is located authorizes the operation of delivery services and the marijuana store receives approval to operate the delivery service from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. A marijuana store is allowed to maintain a separate storage facility approved by the department in which to store product or from which to conduct delivery service operations and which may be located in the same municipality as the retail facility of the marijuana store or another municipality subject to the approval of the other municipality. Delivery services are subject to the same testing, tracking, labelling and packaging requirements as retail sales of adult use marijuana and marijuana products, delivery service drivers are subject to the same requirements as the employees of a marijuana store, delivery recipients are subject to the same customer restrictions regarding age and state of intoxication as marijuana store customers and delivery service vehicles are subject to the same inspection requirements as the marijuana store's licensed premises and may not have an occupant under 21 years of age during the course of a delivery.

LD 1626 An Act To Implement a Presidential Primary System in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-186, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1626
This bill implements a presidential primary election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of the presidential election year, and provides a process for the parties to participate if they certify to the Secretary of State by November 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year that they have a contest among candidates for nomination.

Amendment S-186
This amendment, which is a minority report of the committee, strikes the provision of the bill mandating that each party's presidential primary elections are closed to any voter not enrolled in that party. Under the amendment, an unenrolled voter may choose to vote in one party's presidential primary election. The amendment also corrects cross-references in the bill.

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LD 1627 An Act To Authorize the Use of Autocycles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-487, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1627
This bill defines an autocycle as a 3-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel or handlebars, floor pedals for automotive-style controls and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride a seat and establishes provisions for registration and operator licensing.

Amendment H-487
This amendment clarifies that an autocycle is subject to the general motorcycle inspection standards, except those that do not apply to the design of the vehicle, and any other inspection standards set by the Chief of the State Police. This amendment also clarifies that an autocycle may not be operated abreast with any motor vehicle within the same lane.

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LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1631
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

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.

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LD 1663 An Act To Clarify Ranked-choice Voting Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-194, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1663
This bill clarifies that "elections determined by ranked-choice voting" only occur when there are 3 or more candidates for an office. This bill specifies additional layout requirements for ballots containing ranked-choice contests. This bill allows the Secretary of State to create a separate voter instruction poster for ranked-choice voting. This bill provides that municipalities count and report only the first choice votes cast for elections determined by ranked-choice voting. This bill substitutes the word "count" for the word "tabulate" in reference to ranked-choice voting. This bill removes an inconsistent provision regarding ties in ranked-choice contests and changes the permitted restriction on the number of rankings allowed on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting contest from 6 to 5. This bill limits who can request a recount of a ranked-choice voting contest to the candidates receiving the top 3 rankings in the penultimate round of ranked-choice counting.

Amendment S-194
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes several technical changes to the bill and clarifies that the Secretary of State has discretion to determine whether ranked-choice contests should appear on the same ballot page as or on a different ballot page from contests that are not subject to ranked-choice voting. The amendment also clarifies that a voter's decision to rank more than one candidate for a single office does not render the voter's vote invalid in an election determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further requires that an election official post a paper copy of the results of the first choice votes cast in elections determined by ranked-choice voting, if a secure place is available at the voting place or municipal office where the public may view the election results.

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LD 1688 An Act To Protect Original Birth Certificates Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1688
This bill repeals the law authorizing the creation of a new birth certificate for an adopted person and it removes the provision that requires the sealing of the original birth certificate. The bill allows a person born in this State to retain that person's original birth certificate, even if that person is adopted. This change does not affect a person born in a foreign country who is adopted in this State. A person adopted before October 1, 2019 will still need to follow the current statutory procedure to receive access to that person's original birth certificate upon attaining 18 years of age. This bill requires a certificate of birth for a child who is being adopted to be amended to include the adoptee's new name and the adoptive parent's name or parents' names and personal data.

LD 1719 An Act To Improve Geographic Information System Data Acquisition and Maintenance Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-261, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1719
This bill moves the Maine Library of Geographic Information, the Geolibrary, from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and establishes the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to administer the Geolibrary. This bill adds a Geolibrarian and a GIS information officer, appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to the staff of the Maine Library of Geographic Information, to collect, perserve and disseminate data, manage funds and direct the Geolibrary's activities. The bill repeals language allowing the administrator of the Office of Geographic Information Systems to enter into agreements with other agencies and to accept funds from public and private organizations, repeals language describing licensing agreement and fee requirements for geographic information system data and repeals language allowing the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board to hear and resolve disputes related to geographic information system data.

Amendment S-261
This amendment makes changes to the composition of the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1726 An Act To Penalize Violators of Wood Shipment and Quarantine Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1726
This bill provides for penalties for violation of Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry rules governing plant or wood products that may cause the introduction or spread of a dangerous forest insect or disease and rules governing the quarantine of forest or shade trees or part of a forest or shade tree capable of supporting a disease or insect infestation.

The bill sets fines at $100 to $1,000 for each day of a violation and from $1,000 to $2,000 for each day of a violation by a violator that violated the rules within the previous 5-year period. It allows maximum fines to be increased to account for economic benefit and provides for the award of litigation costs in any action or proceeding brought by the Attorney General.

LD 1728 An Act To Align the Harness Racing Laws with Current Policies (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1728
This bill allows for the disqualification of horses participating in harness racing that are found in violation of the laws and rules governing prohibited substances and allowable levels of permitted medication and allows for the forfeiture of any purses won by horses in violation of those laws and rules. It also removes language that requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide a booklet containing harness racing laws and rules to harness racing licensees and instead requires the department to provide public access to those laws and rules.

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LD 1735 An Act To Clarify the Pathway for a Registered Dispensary under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Become a For-profit Entity (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-214, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1735
Public Law 2017, chapter 452 authorized registered dispensaries under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act operating as nonprofit entities to become for-profit entities, but did not outline a pathway to follow for such a transaction. This bill:
  • 1. Specifies the possible pathways of merger, purchase and conversion for such a dispensary to become a for-profit entity;
  • 2. Provides that a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity that reorganizes as a for-profit entity retains its registration certificate;
  • 3. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund a percentage of the value of the sale or transfer of interest; and
  • 4. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund 2% of gross sales for discounts to certain qualified patients.


Amendment S-214
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Provides that the reorganization of a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to a for-profit entity may be accomplished only by any of the 8 registered dispensaries that were issued registration certificates as of April 1, 2018 and that operate as any type of nonprofit entity;
  • 2. Specifies that any exemptions from fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest otherwise required by the law do not apply for the limited purposes required in order for a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to reorganize as a for-profit entity;
  • 3. Clarifies that the triggering event for a registered dispensary to pay a fine to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund is only upon the sale or transfer of interest within 4 years after the reorganization to a for-profit entity and provides that the cost of an appraisal required to determine the value of the sale or transfer of interest must be paid from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund;
  • 4. Requires a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity or the dispensary's successor in interest to provide discounts in an amount that is not less than 2% of gross sales of the dispensary in the previous year to certain qualifying patients as a condition of registration. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by January 15, 2023 regarding the discounts provided. The requirement to provide discounts is repealed July 1, 2023; and
  • 5. Directs the Secretary of State to develop a form for use by registered dispensaries to accomplish the reorganization from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity.


LD 1735 Chaptered Law
LD 1735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1748 An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1748
This bill allows the Efficiency Maine Trust or a municipality to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program to finance energy savings improvements on qualifying property.

LD 1749 An Act To Amend the State's Hemp Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-299 and House amendment H-630, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1749
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and defines "indoor square footage";
  • 2. Allows a person to plant and grow up to 3 hemp plants on no more than one acre of land area or indoor square footage and to harvest, possess and process that hemp for personal use without a license;
  • 3. Clarifies that a person licensed to grow hemp may grow hemp from a clone that is produced from seeds acquired from a certified seed source or hemp propagated from tissue cultures that are removed from live plants grown from seeds acquired from a certified seed source;
  • 4. This bill allows a person who holds a license to save seeds from hemp plants that the person has grown and harvested and, after having ensured through testing by an independent 3rd-party tester that the plants that will grow from the seeds will meet the definition of hemp, to use those seeds for breeding and planting hemp. It also requires a person who holds a license, within 14 days after planting hemp seeds or clones, to provide to the commissioner a listing of the varieties of seeds or clones planted and a statement that the seeds or clones meet the definition of hemp.
  • 5. Directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to adopt rules to establish a certified hemp seed program based on international standards that includes a registry of seed varieties to allow a person desiring to grow hemp for commercial purposes to import hemp seeds through the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry;
  • 6. Allows for the indoor production of hemp;
  • 7. Increases the period a hemp license is valid from one year to 2 years;
  • 8. Requires a person who is licensed to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy hemp to provide the commissioner with a final legal description of the land area or indoor square footage to be used for the production of hemp and a map, an aerial photograph or global positioning coordinates sufficient for locating each field, site, building, enclosed structure, greenhouse, high tunnel structure or row cover where hemp is growing within 14 days of planting hemp; and
  • 9. Provides that the legal description of the land area or indoor square footage to be used for the production of hemp is confidential and may be shared with state, county and local government agencies only for purposes of administration and enforcement of the law. However, the bill specifies that summary reports of information designated as confidential may be released to the public using aggregate data that does not reveal the location of a field, site, building, enclosed structure, greenhouse, high tunnel structure or row cover where hemp is grown, handled or stored;
  • 10. Provides that hemp and hemp products may not be tracked as part of the medical use of marijuana program or the regulation of adult use marijuana. It state that the rules applicable to hemp, medical use of marijuana and adult use of marijuana may not prohibit or limit the sale of hemp or hemp products in medical marijuana dispensaries, by medical marijuana caregivers or in adult use marijuana establishments.
  • 11. Requires the rules adopted by the commissioner to include rules regarding seed importation and a certified hemp seed program, testing and tracking hemp during cultivation, tracking hemp from harvest through processing to the point of sale, tracking hemp from processing to the manufacturing of hemp products and tracking and labeling for sale harvested hemp and hemp products;
  • 12. Requires all state agencies to review the laws and rules applicable to their areas of jurisdiction that pertain to hemp seeds and crops, agricultural commodities and products derived from hemp, and topical or ingestible consumer products, including food, food additives and food products derived from hemp, and to identify laws and rules that require amendment to bring them into agreement with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, chapter 406-A and Title 22, section 2158-A. The bill requires those state agencies, by January 1, 2020, to submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports, including proposals for legislation to bring their laws and rules into agreement with Title 7, chapter 406-A and Title 22, section 2158-A; and
  • 13. Fixes cross-references.


Amendment S-299
This amendment amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions relating to the indoor growing of hemp, including instead and incorporating those provisions of existing law regarding the indoor growing of hemp as enacted through Public Law 2019, chapter 115, section 1.
  • 2. It requires a person who manufactures, sells, offers for sale or serves ingestible consumer products containing hemp or cannabidiol derived hemp to be licensed under other applicable laws, such as licenses for eating establishments or liquor licenses.
  • 3. It excludes hemp from the application of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act and the Marijuana Legalization Act and clarifies the scope of the definitions of "hashish" and "hemp" within the Maine Criminal Code.
  • 4. It amends the Maine Food Law to provide that the sale, offering for sale or serving of a food, food additive or food product containing cannabidiol derived from hemp by a retail store, hotel, restaurant or other public eating place is not considered misbranded food if certain information regarding the product is provided on the packaging or to consumers.
  • 5. It provides that the nonpharmaceutical or nonmedical manufacturing of food, food additives or food products within the State that contain hemp may not be prohibited within the State based solely on the inclusion of hemp.
  • 6. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to report out legislation upon the receipt of any report regarding hemp as provided for in the bill.
  • 7. It directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a preliminary program for the indoor cultivation of hemp.
  • 8. It removes from the bill the requirement that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry establish a certified hemp seed program.
  • 9. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-630
This amendment amends the definition of "hemp."

LD 1749 Chaptered Law
LD 1749 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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