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Representative David McCrea [Democrat]
Fort Fairfield ~ District 148

Towns in District: Caswell, Cyr, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Hamlin, Limestone, Stockholm, part of Presque Isle, Connor and Connor Township

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
♦ Education and Cultural Affairs

✉ David.McCrea@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ P. O. Box 513
Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters64%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201775%

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LD 92 An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-18, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 92
This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.

Amendment H-18
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and clarifies that a school administrative unit is not required to use student growth measures in educator evaluation requirements and provides that the effective date of the provisions in the legislation that remove the requirement regarding student growth and learning systems is September 1, 2021. This amendment also requires that a school administrative unit's steering committee on the elements of the school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system must include a majority of teachers chosen by the school administrative unit's local union and that any revisions to the performance evaluation and professional growth system made by the steering committee must be reached by consensus.

LD 92 Chaptered Law
LD 92 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 93 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption To Counterbalance for Redemption Centers the Increase in Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 93
This bill increases by 1¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 173 An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 173
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority's baseline update of 2013.

LD 175 An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by 2 Saturdays Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 175
This bill extends the end of the regular firearm deer hunting season by 2 Saturdays.

LD 198 An Act To Require That Nonmotorized Carriages Be Equipped with Reflectors and Lights Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-243, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 198
This bill requires a horse-drawn carriage operated during nighttime to be equipped with reflective tape on all sides, a reflective triangle on the rear and a light that is visible outside of the carriage to the front and the rear.

Amendment H-243
This amendment expands the scope of the bill to apply to animal-drawn vehicles instead of just horse-drawn carriages. The amendment requires a light to be attached to the left side of the vehicle that displays a red light to the rear and white light to the front; specifies the placement and type of reflective tape required on all sides of the vehicle; and removes the requirement for a reflective triangle to be placed on the rear of the vehicle. The amendment also exempts animal-drawn vehicles from the standard red rear reflector requirement.

LD 198 Chaptered Law
LD 198 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 213 An Act To Require Snow Tires or All-weather Tires on Automobiles from October through April Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 213
This bill requires automobiles to be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from the 2nd day of October to the last day of April and requires the Chief of the State Police within the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules to define "snow tires" and "all-weather tires."

LD 345 An Act To Help New Teachers Succeed Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-153, Enacted, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 345
This bill requires a probationary teacher to be evaluated during each year of employment as a probationary teacher and provides that if a 3rd-year probationary teacher does not receive a summative effectiveness rating indicating ineffectiveness during the first or 2nd year of the probationary teacher's contract, the probationary teacher's contract must be extended automatically. This bill also requires special procedures for probationary teachers in a school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system.

Amendment H-153
This amendment requires that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years. This amendment removes the sections of the bill that enacted special procedures for probationary teachers.

The bill as amended includes a restructuring of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13201 to bring the section into conformity with current drafting standards. The only substantive changes to section 13201 are to require the superintendent to evaluate probationary teachers during, without limitation, each year of their employment as probationary teachers and that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years.

LD 345 Chaptered Law
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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
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LD 539 Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-131, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 539
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its MaineCare rules to provide for increases in the personal needs allowances of residents in nursing facilities and residential care facilities. The rules are designated as routine technical rules.

Amendment H-131
This amendment increases the personal needs allowance for residents of nursing facilities to $50 rather than the $70 required in the resolve. It removes the section of the resolve that increases the personal needs allowance for residents of residential care facilities. The amendment also specifies the rule chapter of the Department of Health and Human Services that is changed, changes the title of the resolve and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 539 Amendment H-131 fiscal note
LD 585 An Act To Allow the Adoption of Ordinances Prohibiting the Accumulation of Trash on Private Property in Plantations and Unorganized Territories Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-187, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 585
This bill grants to plantations the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards. The bill also grants to county commissioners the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in unorganized territories in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards.

Amendment H-187
This amendment limits the applicability of the bill to plantations. It removes reference to junkyards and automobile graveyards. It grants plantations the authority to enact ordinances with respect to the accumulation of garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash or unwanted or discarded material of any kind on private property.

LD 585 Chaptered Law
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LD 592 Resolve, To Establish a Background Check Consolidation Commission (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, engrossed with Committee amendment H-35 in both chambers, Finally passed in the House, placed on the Special Study table in the Senate, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 592
This resolve establishes the Background Check Consolidation Commission to study consolidating and centralizing as many state-required background checks required for employment as possible, including background checks for teachers, state workers and persons seeking Maine Guide licenses. It prohibits the commission from studying background checks to obtain firearms.

Amendment H-35
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. It reduces the number of Senate members from 4 to 2 and increases the number of House members from 3 to 5. It adds the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, or the commissioner's designee, to the Background Check Consolidation Commission. It moves the report deadline from December 4, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

LD 592 fiscal note
LD 592 Amendment H-35 fiscal note
LD 726 An Act To Make Sales to Area Agencies on Aging Tax-exempt Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-56, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 726
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax to area agencies on aging, as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and public and private nonprofit agencies that are operating under grants provided by the department, that provide social services in order to secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older people capable of self-care with appropriate supportive services.

Amendment H-56
This amendment adds an exemption from the service provider tax for sales of taxable services to agencies that the bill makes eligible for a sales tax exemption.

LD 726 Amendment H-56 fiscal note
LD 1075 An Act To Allow a Wrecker To Transport the Number of Vehicles Authorized by Manufacturer Specifications for the Wrecker Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1075
Current law provides that "wrecker" does not include a vehicle designed to carry or tow more than 2 vehicles on its own body. This bill strikes that language and provides that a wrecker may not carry or tow more vehicles than allowed by the manufacturer specifications for that wrecker.

LD 1179 An Act To Expand Coyote Hunting to Every Day of the Coyote Hunting Season and To Eliminate Fees Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1179
This bill abolishes the coyote night hunting permit fee, allows hunters to hunt coyotes on Sundays during the regular hunting season, which under current Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rules is from January 1st to December 31st, and eliminates any license fee that may be charged in connection with coyote hunting for the 2019 regular season.

LD 1338 An Act To Protect Teachers from Unfair Evaluations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-400, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1338
This bill removes the requirement in current law that the criteria to establish the order of layoff and recall of teachers must include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor. It also amends the provisions in current law governing the use of teacher effectiveness ratings.

Amendment H-400
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and provides that, in any negotiated agreement, the criteria negotiated by the school board and the bargaining agent to establish the order of layoff and recall may include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor.

This amendment also provides that, subject to appeal or grievance under the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, receipt of summative effectiveness ratings indicating that a teacher is ineffective for 2 consecutive years constitutes just cause for nonrenewal of a teacher's contract as long as there is a reasonable basis in fact for the effectiveness ratings, the evaluation process leading to the effectiveness ratings has been performed in a manner reasonably consistent with the approved system and department rules and the effectiveness ratings are not the result of bad faith.

This amendment also provides that there is no right to an appeal or grievance of a summative effectiveness rating unless the summative effectiveness rating is used by the employer as a basis for a disciplinary action and provides that a teacher has the opportunity to provide a written response to any summative effectiveness rating issued to the teacher.

LD 1338 Chaptered Law
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LD 1375 An Act To Prohibit Certain Sexual Acts and Sexual Contact by Law Enforcement Officers in Performance of Official Duties and To Amend the Law on Obstructing Criminal Prosecution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-285, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1375
This bill makes sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person who is not the law enforcement officer's spouse while the person is under arrest, in custody, being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, by the law enforcement officer a Class D crime. If the sexual contact involves penetration, the sexual contact is a Class C crime.

Amendment H-285
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides that a law enforcement officer commits Class B gross sexual assault if the officer, in the performance of the officer's official duties, engages in a sexual act with another person, not the officer's spouse, while the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime. The amendment subjects to disciplinary sanctions by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy an applicant or certificate holder who engages in sexual contact, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D, with another person, not the person's spouse, if at the time of the sexual contact the applicant or certificate holder is acting in performance of official duties and the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, except that it is not grounds for discipline that a certificate holder properly performs a search of a person for legitimate law enforcement purposes consistent with training standards approved by the board. The amendment also prohibits, as obstructing criminal prosecution, giving anything of benefit to another person with the intent to induce the other person to refrain from initiating or continuing with a criminal prosecution or juvenile proceeding or soliciting, accepting or agreeing to accept anything of benefit for those purposes.

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LD 1699 An Act To Make a Technical Correction to the Law Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1699
This bill amends the laws regarding the certification of seed potatoes to require that a seed potato be post-harvest tested instead of winter tested.

LD 1699 Chaptered Law
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LD 3 An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 3
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 19 An Act To Require Newly Purchased Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-190, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 19
This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.

Amendment H-190
This amendment, rather than requiring all school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, requires school buses of model year 2021 or newer to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also clarifies the definition of "school bus crossing arm" and sets the minimum and maximum length of a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also makes the bill an emergency, to take effect when approved.

LD 19 Chaptered Law
LD 19 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 125 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Convey Certain Lands to Roosevelt Conference Center Doing Business as Eagle Lake Sporting Camps Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-303 and Senate amendment S-288, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 125
This resolve requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to convey to Roosevelt Conference Center, doing business as Eagle Lake Sporting Camps, a 12.86-acre parcel of land in Township 16, Range 6. The resolve requires the director to sell the land at fair market value and to retain or withhold any rights to subdivide. The director is also required by the resolve to convey to Eagle Lake Sporting Camps a right-of-way along the service road to the Square Lake Road for appraised fair market value. The resolve also stipulates that the State must retain a right of first refusal to reacquire the parcel and right-of-way from the owner if the use of the parcel for a year-round sporting camp or Class A restaurant and lodge is discontinued or appropriate licenses are not maintained.

Amendment H-303
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to offer to convey, by quitclaim deed with covenant to Roosevelt Conference Center doing business as Eagle Lake Sporting Camps, a 12.86-acre parcel of land in Township 16, Range 6. If Eagle Lake Sporting Camps accepts the offer, the amendment requires the director at the State's expense and the purchaser at the purchaser's expense to each obtain a professional appraisal of the property and the higher of the 2 appraisals is the sale price. The amendment also stipulates that the use of the property is restricted to the operation of a commercial sporting camp, in keeping with the historical traditions of the area in general and particularly of this property. The amendment provides that if the property is no longer used for the purpose of a commercial sporting camp, title to the property reverts to the State without cost and any buildings that occupy the site must be removed by the property owner at the property owner's own cost.

Amendment S-288
This amendment removes the language from the committee amendment that required the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide an opportunity for comment if the director intends to lease any more land to Eagle Lake Sporting Camps other than the land conveyed pursuant to the resolve. Instead, this amendment requires that the director have placed in the deed words to the effect that Eagle Lake Sporting Camps and its successors and assigns agree that they will never ask for any changes to the deed and that they will neither ask for nor accept any further grants of land from the State other than the 12.86-acre parcel conveyed pursuant to this resolve. A violation of this covenant results in the immediate reversion of the parcel to the State.

LD 125 Chaptered Law
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LD 126 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Acquire Significant Historic Properties for Resale and Rehabilitation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 126
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to capitalize the Historic Preservation Revolving Fund for the purpose of acquiring significant historic properties for resale and rehabilitation.

LD 127 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Maine Potato Board Districts Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 127
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Potato Board to reduce the number of the board's districts from 5 to 3 and the number of assemblies to match the reduction in districts, to reduce the number of members on assemblies' executive councils so that all executive councils have 5 members and to reduce the number of officers an executive council must elect to one, a chair. It also removes the requirements that the board carry out duties under the laws governing the so-called Maine Bag Program.

LD 127 Chaptered Law
LD 127 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 130 An Act To Provide Funding To Continue the Strategic Economic and Sustainable Development of Northern Aroostook County Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 130
This bill provides funds in only the 2020-2021 biennium to support the work of the Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

LD 135 An Act To Appropriate Funds To Provide Sea Protection and Public Access to the Historic Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, March 19, 2019
LD 135
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation of $150,000 to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery to construct a breakwater, dock and gangway.

LD 176 An Act To Enhance Participation on the State Board of Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-29, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 176
This bill eliminates the provision in current law prohibiting teachers and school administrators from serving on the State Board of Education. It also provides that a teacher or school administrator serving on the state board must be granted release time for attendance at state board meetings. Any cost related to the release time is the responsibility of the state board.

Amendment H-29
This amendment clarifies that the State Board of Education is responsible for the costs of a substitute teacher when a teacher is granted release time to serve on the State Board of Education. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 176 Chaptered Law
LD 176 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 178 An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 178
Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020; 55% from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; 60% from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; 65% from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023; 70% from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024; 75% from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025; 80% from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026; 85% from July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2027; and 90% after June 30, 2027. It also removes some outdated language and the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.

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 211 An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 211
This bill allows an unenrolled voter to vote in a primary election without having to enroll in a political party. An unenrolled voter may vote in only one party's primary election.

LD 212 An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund and To Establish the ATV Enforcement Fund Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-86, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature May 1, 2019
LD 212
This bill increases ATV registration fees from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents, from $53 to $65 for 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $80 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The bill provides that the increased fee revenue be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-86
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble, an emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section. It creates the ATV Enforcement Fund, which is a nonlapsing fund that is funded with $10 from each nonresident ATV registration fee collected. Money from the fund is required to be used for the enforcement of ATV laws, ATV education and the purchase of necessary machinery or equipment related to ATV safety and enforcement activities.

Like the bill, this amendment increases the ATV registration fee from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents. It also increases from $53 to $75 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $90 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The amendment requires $12 of each registration fee to be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

LD 212 Chaptered Law
LD 212 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 217 An Act To Aid Certain Veterans' Organizations Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-39 and House amendment H-61, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 217
This bill allows a licensed veterans' organization, at the discretion of and by agreement with the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, to sell liquor to the general public, subject to time-of-day and seasonal limitations defined at the time of license approval, if the organization has a valid license and is located in a municipality with fewer than 5,000 residents or is located on an island off the coast of the State that is provided with ferry service pursuant to state law.

Amendment H-61
The bill allows certain licensed veterans' organizations to sell liquor to the general public. This amendment permits only a licensed veterans' organization that is located on an island off the coast of the State that is provided with ferry service pursuant to state law to sell liquor to the general public at the discretion of and by agreement with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, instead of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services as in the bill, subject to time-of-day and seasonal limitations defined by the bureau at the time of license approval.

Amendment H-61
This amendment prohibits smoking on the premises at which a licensed veterans' organization sells liquor to the general public during the time the general public is invited or allowed to be present.

LD 217 Chaptered Law
LD 217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 224 An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 224
This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.

LD 226 An Act To Require the Use of Preapproved Subcontractors for Publicly Funded Construction Projects Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 226
This bill requires the use of preapproved subcontractors for certain components of work included in bids awarded to general contractors for public improvement construction projects subject to competitive bidding.

LD 237 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Coaching Services for Existing and New Prekindergarten Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 237
This bill provides ongoing funds for coaching services to provide teaching support for new and existing prekindergarten programs throughout the State.

LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Planning and Preparation Periods Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-518, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 19, 2019
LD 240
This bill allows, but does not require, public employers of teachers to negotiate with respect to educational policies.

Amendment H-518
This amendment specifies that planning and preparation periods are mandatory items of collective bargaining and may not be considered matters of educational policy exempted from mandatory collective bargaining.

LD 240 Amendment H-518 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 301 An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-31, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 301
This bill encourages municipalities to develop policies that assist older adults with aging in place and that create age-friendly communities. It amends the law governing comprehensive plans by encouraging municipalities to plan for the needs of older adults in their communities.

Amendment H-31
This amendment amends the definition of age-friendly community in the bill to clarify that it refers to older adults.

LD 301 Chaptered Law
LD 301 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 307 An Act To Limit the Number of Charter Schools in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-365, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 15, 2019
LD 307
Under current law, the number of public charter schools approved by the Maine Charter School Commission that may operate at any time is capped at 10 until July 1, 2022. This bill makes that cap permanent.

Amendment H-365
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, caps the total number of public charter schools in the state to 10 public charter schools, regardless of whether the public charter school is authorized by the commission or by local school boards or collaboratives of local school boards.

This amendment also directs the Maine Charter School Commission to develop a process for the revocation or nonrenewal of a public charter school's charter for public charter schools that are not meeting required performance framework provisions and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, no later than January 1, 2020, on the recommended process and submit any suggested legislation to implement the process to revoke or not renew a public charter school's charter.

LD 307 Chaptered Law
LD 307 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 309 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Direct a Study of the Regional Adjustment for School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-393, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 309
This bill removes the regional adjustment in the total operating allocation for school administrative units under the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.

Amendment H-393
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve and adds an emergency preamble and clause. The amendment directs the Department of Education to direct the Maine Education Policy Research Institute in the institute's review of the essential programs and services to study and report to the department on the regional adjustment for school administrative units. The department must submit the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 15, 2020.

LD 309 Chaptered Law
LD 309 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 344 An Act To Increase the Penalties for Illegally Passing a School Bus Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 344
This bill increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. The new penalties are:

  • 1. A $500 fine and a suspension of a driver's license for not more than 30 days for the first offense; and
  • 2. A fine of not less than $1,000 and a suspension of a driver's license for not less than 30 days for a 2nd or subsequent offense occurring within 5 years of the first offense.


LD 350 An Act To Exempt Head Start School Buses from Snow Tire Restrictions Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-24, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 350
This bill exempts school buses operated by Head Start programs from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires.

Amendment H-24
This amendment exempts all school buses from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires, instead of creating a specific exemption for school buses operated by Head Start programs as in the bill. This amendment also changes the title to reflect the contents of the bill.

LD 350 Chaptered Law
LD 350 Chaptered Law 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 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 375
This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

Amendment H-60
This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

LD 375 Chaptered Law
LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 386 An Act To Establish a Comprehensive Wildlife Biology Internship Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 386
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a paid internship program in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order to provide beginning wildlife biologists with a diversity of opportunities to increase their experience and make them more versatile and more likely to pursue careers in the State.

The program must:

  • 1. Employ a competitive process to choose interns;
  • 2. Offer a paid internship to each chosen participant for a period of no less than 2 years;
  • 3. Include various fields of study in incremental blocks over the course of the internship; and
  • 4. Be offered to no fewer than 3 interns per year.

It is intended that funding for this program would come, in part, from the consolidation of seasonal and other part-time positions in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the duties of which can be performed by interns participating in the program.

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

LD 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 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 454 An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-108, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 454
This bill provides funds to the Department of Education to administer the Local Produce Fund and to provide a $1 match for every $3 expended by a school administrative unit for produce or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers' cooperative or local food hub in this State.

Amendment S-108
This amendment, which is the majority report, establishes one Education Specialist II position rather than one Education Specialist III position as in the bill. The amendment also provides that the state match is up to a maximum of $1,000 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2019-20 and up to $1,500 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2020-21 and subsequent years.

LD 454 fiscal note
LD 454 Amendment S-108 fiscal note
LD 460 An Act Requiring the State To Reimburse Counties for All Costs Exceeding the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 460
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the annual costs of correctional services that exceed the county's tax assessment for those services.

LD 463 An Act To Reduce Obesity Rates in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 463
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a comprehensive state plan relating to the reduction of unhealthy weight and obesity. The plan must include coordination of activities within the Department of Health and Human Services and among state departments, efforts to monitor rates of unhealthy weight and obesity, including a survey of food and drink consumption and physical exercise, and a media plan to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. The department is required to submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 1, 2020 and every 2 years thereafter. The bill also includes a position within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or contracted for by the department, as a coordinator of the state plan. The bill also appropriates funds to develop and implement the plan, to improve surveillance and epidemiology related to obesity and to fund one Obesity Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 464 An Act To Change the Period To Request a Due Process Hearing for Costs Related to a Unilateral Private School Placement from a Public School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 464
This bill removes a requirement that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing due process hearings include a maximum period within which due process hearings and appeals may be requested. It provides that an action against a school administrative unit to recover the costs of a unilateral special education placement in a private school may be commenced only by requesting a due process hearing within 90 days of the placement. It also provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing the procedures for conducting due process hearings must include procedures for discovery, including rules for the production of documents.

LD 469 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for Upgrades of Learning Spaces and Other Projects Funded by the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 469
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2020-21, will be used to provide funds to the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools to upgrade learning spaces in school buildings and make other necessary repairs.

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

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

LD 498 fiscal note
LD 498 Amendment S-144 fiscal note
LD 504 An Act To Enhance the Development of Innovative Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 504
This bill streamlines the procedure for authorizing career and technical education satellite programs. Current law requires any affiliated unit that wishes to operate a career and technical education satellite program to submit a written request to operate a satellite program to the governing body of the center or region with which the unit is affiliated. The governing body of the center or region considers the request and then forwards its recommendation to the Commissioner of Education. Instead, the bill provides that the written request be submitted directly to the Commissioner of Education for approval.

LD 512 Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-561, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 512
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services to examine the national trends and relevant models of governing and delivering early childhood special education systems and the short-term and long-term costs and benefits to the Department of Education's proposed plan to restructure the Child Development Services System and to make recommendations for an early childhood special education services program plan.

Amendment H-561
This amendment authorizes the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to contract with a qualified research and technical assistance entity to conduct an independent review of Maine's early childhood special education services. This amendment authorizes the Office of the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, at the direction of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to develop and administer a request for proposals process to award a contract for the independent review. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 512 fiscal note
LD 512 Amendment H-561 fiscal note
LD 513 An Act To Limit the Number of Students and Prevent the Addition of Grade Levels at Virtual Public Charter Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-239, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 513
This bill limits total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the commission to the total enrollment at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. It also prohibits a virtual public charter school authorized by the commission from expanding to serve a grade level not included in the school's initial charter contract or, for a school whose charter was renewed prior to November 1, 2019, the renewed charter contract.

Amendment H-239
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, limits the total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission to 1,000 students.

LD 513 Chaptered Law
LD 513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 521 An Act To Amend the Archives and Records Management Law Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-52, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 521
This bill makes the following changes to the archives and records management laws:
  • 1. Adds language to specify that it is the policy of the State to ensure that nonpermanent records are preserved for the time required by an approved records retention schedule;
  • 2. Removes the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from the definition of "state agency" for purposes of the Archives and Records Management Law;
  • 3. Adds language to include the advice from the Archives Advisory Board in the State Archivist's consideration of what constitutes an archival record, to change the definition of "state agency" or "agency" to include all government agencies that transmit records to the Maine State Archives and to change the definition of "electronic records";
  • 4. Adds language to specify the 2nd organizational unit within the Maine State Archives is records management and adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 94 that was stricken from Title 5, section 95 regarding powers and duties of the State Archivist;
  • 5. Changes the laws governing the State Archivist to reflect the 2 organizational units of the Maine State Archives: archives services and records management. It adds language to strengthen the records management practices for all state and local government agencies by using 4 criteria in the development of a guiding records retention schedule: administrative use, legal requirements, fiscal and audit requirements and historical and research value;
  • 6. Specifies when local government records may be destroyed;
  • 7. Repeals and replaces the laws governing the Archives Advisory Board to change the expertise required of members, to provide that members are appointed by the Secretary of State and to provide 3-year terms for members; and
  • 8. Removes the requirement that the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs but retains the requirement that the board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters, which is the committee of oversight for the Maine State Archives. It also removes a reference to funding a full-time position that was eliminated in Public Law 2015, chapter 480.


Amendment H-52
This amendment maintains the exclusion of the judicial branch from the requirements of the Archives and Records Management Law, as in current law; the bill includes the judicial branch in those requirements.

LD 521 Chaptered Law
LD 521 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 565 An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 565
This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

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 576 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop and Implement an Online Learning Platform for Students and Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-125, Finally passed, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 576
This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop and implement an online platform to facilitate the provision of online, virtual instruction by state-certified teachers to students in every public school in the State and the provision of a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities to educators across the State. It directs the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020 on the progress toward and obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to address any obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform and any other concerns.

Amendment H-125
This amendment removes the requirement in the resolve that the Department of Education implement an online platform and instead requires the department to study and develop an online platform. The amendment also requires the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs required by the resolve to include the expected costs and a strategy for implementation of the online platform.

LD 576 Chaptered Law
LD 576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 590 An Act To Promote Climate Resiliency Measures To Protect Beaches and Near-shore Infrastructure Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 590
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to provide flexibility in the regulation of development near the shore. The purpose of the bill is to encourage the development of creative approaches to protect beaches and critical near-shore infrastructure threatened by sea level rise and storm damage.

LD 594 An Act To Promote Individual Savings Accounts through a Public-Private Partnership Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 594
This bill establishes the Maine Retirement Savings Board and authorizes the board to develop a program to offer individual defined contribution retirement accounts for persons employed in the State who do not have access to a qualified retirement plan through their employers or who are self-employed.

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

LD 613 Chaptered Law
LD 613 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 618 Resolve, To Temporarily Remove Nighttime Restrictions on Lobster Fishing in a Certain Area in the Bay of Fundy (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-115, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 618
This bill allows a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of day between Labor Day and Memorial Day in an area in the Bay of Fundy encompassing approximately 70 square miles around Machias Seal Island, as long as that person is authorized to fish in that area.

Amendment H-115
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of the day from September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 in an area in the Bay of Fundy referred to as the "gray zone" that encompasses approximately 210 square miles around Machias Seal Island where there are overlapping claims of sovereignty by the United States and Canada, if that person is authorized to fish in that area. It also directs the commissioner to define this area in rule to ensure the boundaries of this area are clearly delineated. Lastly, it requires that the commissioner submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources by February 1, 2020 and gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 618 Chaptered Law
LD 618 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 619 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-42 and engrossed, failed Final passage as an Constitutional amendment in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 619
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process by which municipalities may conduct early voting by allowing voters to vote in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election and to allow absentee voting for any sufficient reason.

Amendment H-42
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 619 Amendment H-42 fiscal note
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 639 An Act To Protect Student Privacy Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 639
This bill provides that video and audio recordings made by security or surveillance cameras on school grounds or in school vehicles are not public records for purposes of the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 651 Resolve, To Facilitate School Access to Federal Title I Funds and Improve the Delivery of Special Education Services Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-154, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 651
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing special education.
  • 1. It adds 4 provisions to the laws regarding nontraditional limited purpose schools that were part of Department of Education rule Chapter 250 which has been repealed.
  • 2. It adds response to intervention systems to the minimum requirements for basic school approval to ensure an all-encompassing, tiered system of support for general and special education students. It also clarifies that rules regarding those requirements are major substantive rules.
  • 3. It facilitates collaboration between general education and special education, including a clarification that the Department of Education is required to facilitate a process to help schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to federal Title I funds.
  • 4. It promotes dual certification programs by the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
  • 5. It requires recodification of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 4, subpart 1, concerning special education, by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
  • 6. It requires a review of the purpose of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula and whether it is accomplishing this purpose and how to increase equity among all school administrative units.
  • 7. It requires a review and improvement of MaineCare billing systems and procedures through a pilot program through the Department of Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.


Amendment H-154
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 1, 2020 on progress, including recommendations and suggested legislation, on the following:
  • 1. Enhancement of response to intervention to become an all-encompassing multitiered system of support in all school administrative units and removing the regulations on general education interventions from Department of Education rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty and amending rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to include regulations on general education interventions;
  • 2. Facilitation of the process by which schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
  • 3. Increased use of dual certification programs for general education and special education certifications;
  • 4. Review of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula; and
  • 5. Improvement of regional programs that facilitate MaineCare billing for medically necessary services for schools.
The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement any recommendations in the report.

LD 651 Chaptered Law
LD 651 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 662 An Act To Count Study Abroad toward Secondary School Credit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-54, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 662
This bill requires school administrative units to award course credit to students who have studied abroad by awarding the student elective credit based on hours of instruction received abroad or by awarding credit hours in the relevant content area if the student receives 3rd-party certification or if the student passes a summative assessment.

Amendment H-54
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by requiring school boards to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad. The school board may include in the policy that the school administrative unit award credit as elective credit, through 3rd-party certification or based on a summative assessment.

This amendment also requires the Department of Education to issue an administrative letter to school boards and superintendents addressing the benefits of proactive communication between the school administrative unit and parents of a student and the student regarding the credit options available to the student prior to the student's participation in the study abroad program.

This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad as a potential unfunded state mandate. The committee reviewed the fiscal note and determined that requiring a school board to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad is not a mandate. Because school boards have a duty to adopt policies that govern school administrative units pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1001, subsection 1-A, and because Title 20-A requires school administrative units to provide students with opportunities for learning in multiple pathways, the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.



LD 662 Amendment H-54 fiscal note
LD 696 An Act To Protect Public Employees from Identity Theft Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-77, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 696
This bill requires a public employer, if the public employer determines or suspects there has been a breach of confidentiality or theft of an employee's personal information due to cyber activity or other means, to notify the employee within 24 hours of being notified of or discovering the breach or theft and to provide the employee financial counseling.

Amendment S-77
This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act to add municipalities and school administrative units to the definition of "person" to make the Act applicable to these entities. It also exempts these entities from the civil violations provision of the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act. The amendment specifies that notice to residents of the State of a security breach must be given no later than 30 days after the information broker or person maintaining computerized data that includes personal information becomes aware of a security breach.

LD 696 Amendment S-77 fiscal note
LD 712 An Act To Increase the School Construction Debt Service Limit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-290, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 712
This bill amends the school funding formula to fund after-school programs based on the state share percentage and to fund public preschool programs at 50% of the cost of the programs, or if a school administrative unit's state share percentage is greater than 50%, to fund the unit's public preschool program at the state share percentage. The bill also increases the additional weight for economically disadvantaged students from 0.15 to 1.5. The bill also raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

Amendment H-290
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title and strikes all sections of the bill except the provision that raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

LD 712 Amendment H-290 fiscal note
LD 713 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Endangered Species Laws Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-275, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 713
This bill gives a law enforcement officer discretion in issuing a warning to a first-time violator of the State's laws prohibiting negligently feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species or feeding, baiting or harassing a delisted species. It removes the requirement that a law enforcement officer must issue a warning to a first-time violator of the law prohibiting intentionally feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species.

It increases from Class E crimes to Class D crimes negligently importing, exporting, hunting, taking, trapping, possessing, processing, selling, offering for sale, delivering, carrying, transporting, shipping, feeding, baiting or harassing endangered or threatened species. It also increases from Class D crimes to Class C crimes intentionally engaging in any of those acts with endangered, threatened and delisted species.

Amendment H-275
This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

  • 1. Provides that for conviction of certain Class E crimes of negligence related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $1,000 must be adjudged;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of negligently feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 3. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional acts related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 4. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 5. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional conduct related to a delisted species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 6. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally harassing a delisted species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning; and
  • 7. Removes the prohibition on intentionally feeding or setting bait for a delisted species.


LD 713 Chaptered Law
LD 713 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 717 An Act To Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Reform Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 717
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a seamless crisis services system that allows high-risk patients timely access to inpatient care and to increase communication within the crisis services system to better manage patients after discharge. The purpose of this bill is to save lives and improve the overall quality and integrity of the crisis services system by:

  • 1. Creating a single point of entry for a high-risk patient by designating an independent entity of a hospital to provide clinical assessment of the patient and determine whether the patient meets inpatient criteria of care;
  • 2. Adopting universal criteria under which priority admission for a patient is based on acuteness of crisis and length of stay in an emergency room;
  • 3. Requiring hospitals to communicate with and make referrals to community providers for aftercare within 24 hours following discharge from the emergency room or inpatient treatment when patients are most at risk of suicide; and
  • 4. Exploring further significant upgrades, access and training in developing prevention and post-intervention services with the goal of avoiding hospitalization of patients with mental illness who are not in need of psychiatric hospitalization and can be stabilized in the community.


LD 725 An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit To Encourage Small Business Hiring Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 725
This bill provides a new employee hiring incentive by means of an income tax credit for employers with an average of 25 or fewer full-time employees during a tax year. The credit is equal to the amount of federal social security tax and Medicare tax paid by the employer for the first 40 hours of employment for new employees who are employed for at least 12 consecutive months for year-round jobs or at least 2 consecutive seasons for seasonal jobs.

LD 727 An Act Concerning Funding of Alternative Organizational Structures Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 727
This bill requires alternative organizational structures, a type of school administrative unit, to be funded at the same level as school management and leadership centers.

LD 729 An Act Regarding the Probationary Period for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 729
This bill provides that if a teacher completed a 3-year probationary period in a school administrative unit and later teaches in another school administrative unit, that teacher will only have a one-year probationary period in the new school administrative unit.

LD 733 An Act To Promote Keeping Workers in Maine Status: Referred to Labor and Housing, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-280 and adopted Senate amendment S-208, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 733
This bill prohibits an employer from requiring or entering into a so-called noncompete agreement with an employee earning wages that are at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. A noncompete agreement is defined as a contract or contract provision that prohibits an employee or prospective employee from working in the same or a similar profession or in a specified geographic area for a certain period of time following termination of employment. If an employer requires a noncompete agreement for a position of employment, the employer must disclose that requirement in any advertisement for that position, and an employer must provide an employee or prospective employee with a copy of a noncompete agreement at least 3 business days before requiring that employee or prospective employee to sign the agreement. An employer that violates this law commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $5,000 may be adjudged. The Department of Labor is responsible for enforcement of the law. The terms of a noncompete agreement, except for a noncompete agreement with a physician, are not in effect until after an employee has been employed with the employer for at least one year or a period of 6 months from the date the agreement was signed, whichever is later.

The bill also prohibits a restrictive employment agreement between 2 or more employers that prohibits or restricts one employer from soliciting or hiring another employer's employees or former employees.

Amendment H-280
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It moves the language in the bill to another location in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26 and restricts the enforceability of noncompete agreements to the extent that they are reasonable and are no broader than necessary to protect a legitimate business interest of the employer, such as trade secrets, confidential information or goodwill. It also adds a presumption that a noncompete agreement is necessary if the legitimate business interest cannot be adequately protected through an alternative restrictive covenant. As in the bill, it also provides for ongoing appropriations to provide for enforcement of the provisions.

Amendment S-208
This amendment prohibits an employer from requiring or permitting an employee earning wages at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, instead of at or below 300% of the federal poverty level as in the committee amendment, to enter into a noncompete agreement with the employer.

LD 733 Amendment H-280 fiscal note
LD 733 Amendment S-208 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 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

Amendment H-430
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-541
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
  • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 823 An Act To Exempt Vehicles That Are More Than 15 Years Old from Titling Requirements Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-191, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 823
This bill amends the law exempting motor vehicles from certificate of title or certificate of salvage requirements to exempt automobiles and all over-the-road commercial vehicles that are more than 15 years old, unless the Secretary of State determines it is in the best interest of the State and an applicant for certificate of title to issue a title to a vehicle more than 15 years old.

Amendment H-191
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment, rather than exempting all vehicles more than 15 years old from titling requirements, allows a vehicle that is at least 20 years old according to its model year to be recycled, salvaged or scrapped without a certificate of title.

LD 823 Chaptered Law
LD 823 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 858 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Make Recommendations Relating to School Safety and Security Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-128, Finally passed, Signed into law May 15, 2019
LD 858
This resolve directs the Department of Education to study and make recommendations for the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center based on a report created by Safe Havens International, the top recommendation of which was the establishment of such a center. The department is directed to issue a report, including its recommendations for the establishment of a center and any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by October 15, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

LD 858 Chaptered Law
LD 858 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 860 An Act To Establish the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 860
This bill establishes the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program. Under the program, Maine residents who are determined to be eligible students and who are enrolled in an eligible course of study at a college within the Maine Community College System are eligible for a grant to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees, less any federal financial aid or other financial assistance that the student receives that is not required to be repaid. The Maine Community College System must include in its biennial budget for presentation to the Governor and the Legislature the estimated full funding for the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program.

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

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


LD 866 Amendment H-321 fiscal note
LD 889 An Act To Require the Labeling of Foods Made with Nanotechnology (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 889
This bill requires that a label be placed on any food or food product offered for sale in the State made with the use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the branch of technology concerned with the control of matter with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.

LD 898 An Act To Provide for Support for New Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-59 and Senate amendment S-332, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 898
This bill proposes to improve teacher quality in the State by amending the current statutes related to programs involving teacher preparation, support systems for conditionally certified teachers and educational specialists, teacher certification and teacher salaries and funding college loans for students enrolled in a program of study leading to certification as a teacher.

The bill expands the student teaching experience and academic achievement requirements for candidates for a professional teacher certificate. It specifies the number of hours of practicum an applicant must complete and clarifies the time frame during which the student teaching experience must occur. The bill enacts a grade point average requirement with respect to applicants recommended by educational institutions offering teacher preparation programs.

The bill strengthens the support and mentoring systems required to provide assistance for teachers, including teachers certified for less than 5 years, and requires the Commissioner of Education to pay salary supplements to teachers who are involved in the operation of such systems. The bill provides that a school administrative unit may not employ a conditionally certified teacher or educational specialist unless it has an approved, locally designed support and mentoring system or has received specific authorization from the commissioner.

The bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers to $40,000 beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and provides that a certified teacher's salary may not remain at the minimum level for longer than 2 years. The bill includes in the school funding formula state funding for the incremental costs of meeting this minimum in fiscal year 2020-21, state funding for 66% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2021-22 and state funding for 33% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2022-23.

The bill requires the State Board of Education to amend its rule Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel to articulate and outline clear standards for a memorandum of understanding between student teachers, teacher preparation programs and participating school administrative units.

The bill directs the Governor to appoint members to vacant positions on the Professional Standards Board by November 1, 2019 and directs the board to convene a meeting by December 1, 2019.

The bill provides additional appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program within the Finance Authority of Maine in order to double the annual investment of state loan funds awarded to eligible students.

Amendment S-59
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the requirement that a support and mentoring system must be approved by the Commissioner of Education, and it clarifies that the support and mentoring system is a peer support and mentoring system and that it must include opportunities for educators to share, learn and improve their practice in collaboration with peers, be formative in nature and be for the sole purpose of ongoing professional growth for educators.

This amendment also removes the provisions of the bill on teacher preparation programs and salary supplements for approved support and mentoring systems for teacher certification and the appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program under the Finance Authority of Maine.

Amendment S-332
This amendment removes the sections of the bill relating to establishing a minimum salary of $40,000 for certified teachers starting after June 30, 2020.

LD 898 Chaptered Law
LD 898 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

LD 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 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.

It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.

Amendment H-425
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to clarify the prohibition on oil or natural gas exploration, development or production activities as follows.

  • 1. It amends certain definitions to more clearly delineate the activities regulated and to specify that the transfer of oil or natural gas resources to or from the waters of the State, including both on-loading and offloading of oil or natural gas resources between an oil terminal facility and a vessel or between vessels, is not prohibited under the bill.
  • 2. It removes language specifically prohibiting exploration, development or production activities that may adversely affect the waters of the State.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 957 An Act To Increase the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 957
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit from $750 to $1,000 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and from $1,200 to $1,500 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older and decreases the threshold from 6% to 5% of the resident individual's income for purposes of calculating the credit.

LD 1038 Resolve, To Convene a Stakeholder Group on Funding and Training for the State's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams and the Acquisition of Equipment Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-319, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1038
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve the training and retention of oil and hazardous materials emergency response workers and their ability to respond to oil and hazardous materials emergencies by requiring the State to:

  • 1. Pay or waive the fee for workers for the cost of necessary training courses and any materials required for those courses;
  • 2. Compensate workers fairly for the time spent in training courses, while on call and when responding to hazardous materials emergencies; and
  • 3. Purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment for use by municipalities or reimburse municipalities that purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment.


Amendment H-319
This amendment replaces the concept draft bill with a resolve. The resolve directs the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding the funding currently provided to the State's hazardous materials emergency response teams, including the 8 regional response teams and the 7 decontamination strike teams, funding options, the training of the teams and equipment acquisition. The recommendations of the stakeholder group must be compatible with the strategic plan of the State Emergency Response Commission. The director is required to invite to the stakeholder group representatives of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, fire chiefs from municipalities with regional response teams and decontamination strike teams and other persons who express interest in the work of the stakeholder group. The amendment directs the director to present the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by November 6, 2019. Following receipt of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1038 Chaptered Law
LD 1038 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1070 An Act To Reduce the Number of Domestic Assaults and Suicides By Increasing the Tax on Alcohol Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1070
This bill, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on the sale of liquor sold in establishments for consumption on or off premises.

LD 1093 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Railroad Infrastructure Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1093
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investments in railroad infrastructure to expand passenger rail service, with a priority for railroad track corridors that could support passenger and freight intermodal operations and enhance the movement of agricultural products.

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 1165 An Act To Support the Operation of Fixed-wing Air Medical Transport in Northern Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1165
This bill provides funding to the Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle to fund and support the operation of a fixed-wing aircraft out of Caribou.

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 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-308, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the Senate, June 20, 2019
LD 1177
This bill:
  • 1. Amends the labor relations laws governing municipal public employees and University of Maine System employees to provide that determinations by arbitrators with respect to controversies over all subjects, including salaries, pensions and insurance, are final and binding on the parties;
  • 2. Amends the labor relations laws governing state employees to provide that, with respect to controversies over salaries, an arbitrator's determinations are final and binding on the parties; and
  • 3. Amends the labor relations laws governing judicial employees to provide that an arbitrator's determinations with respect to controversies over all subjects, including salaries, pensions and insurance, are final and binding on the parties and that, with respect to controversies over salaries, determinations by mediator-arbitrators are final and binding on the parties.


Amendment S-308
This amendment adds specific factors an arbitrator must consider when a controversy is not resolved between a public employer and bargaining agent under the municipal public employees labor relations law. This amendment delays the effective date of the changes made in the bill until July 1, 2020.

LD 1190 An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Distribution of Flavored Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-238, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1190
This bill prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars.

Amendment S-238
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides that it is a Class D crime for a person who is 21 years of age or older to procure, furnish, give, sell or deliver a tobacco product to a minor or allow a minor under that person's control or in a place under that person's control to possess or consume a tobacco product. This provision does not apply to a licensee under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 262-A or an agent of that licensee in the scope of employment. Current law provides that a person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child if the person knowingly sells, furnishes, gives away or offers to sell, furnish or give away cigarettes to a child under 16 years of age. This amendment instead makes the same conduct illegal with respect to a tobacco product.

LD 1190 Chaptered Law
LD 1190 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1241 An Act To Improve Survival Rates of Salmon and Other Migratory Fish Transitioning from Freshwater to Saltwater Environments Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1241
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a smoltification success research program to investigate the external influences on smoltification success and metamorphosis success of nonsalmonid anadromous species and smolt migration success. Specific attention must be given to evaluating the effects of industrial and sewage treatment plant effluents and other pollutants on the timing of smoltification. The program must include the capacity to systematically analyze the effect of a variety of chemicals found in effluents on the timing of the development of and physical health of smolts and recommendations for conservation and management options. The analysis must include the effluence of biological substances such as pheromones from land-based aquaculture. Analysis of these effects must be conducted cooperatively with the industries and communities that discharge into rivers that are significant for Atlantic salmon and other diadromous fish species.

LD 1311 An Act Regarding the Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Shops Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-272, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1311
This bill prohibits a pet shop from selling dogs and cats and establishes a fine of $500 per violation as well as license suspension or revocation. A pet shop may provide space to an animal rescue entity to offer to the public dogs and cats for adoption.

Amendment S-272
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, does the following:
  • 1. It allows pet shops that are currently lawfully offering dogs or cats for sale to continue to offer dogs and cats for sale as long as the ownership of the pet shop does not change and the number of dogs and cats offered for sale does not increase. It allows for limited transfers of ownership of a family-owned pet shop to a spouse, domestic partner or child of the oldest member of the family having an ownership interest;
  • 2. Removes from the definition of "animal rescue entity" the exclusions that allow for certain associations with breeders; and
  • 3. Removes the word "nominal" as a descriptor of the adoption fee that may be charged for dogs and cats offered for adoption by an animal rescue entity.


LD 1311 Amendment S-272 fiscal note
LD 1370 An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-237, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1370
Current law requires the Commissioner of Education to provide technical assistance to school administrative units if they request assistance in the provision of violence prevention training. This bill requires a school administrative unit to immediately investigate allegations of violent behavior by a student against a public school employee and, if an allegation is substantiated, to institute an action plan to avoid future violent behavior. The action plan must be instituted prior to the student's return to school and must emphasize minimizing suspensions and expulsions of a student who demonstrated violent behavior, prioritizing counseling and guidance services for the student, restorative justice and training for public school employees who interact with the student. The bill also prohibits a school administrative unit from counting time away from work due to an injury resulting from violent behavior against a public school employee's accrued sick leave.

Amendment S-237
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, changes the title and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It changes the focus of the bill from violent behavior to dangerous behavior and defines "dangerous behavior" to mean behavior of a student that presents a risk of injury or harm to a student or others.
  • 2. It amends the process in the bill regarding investigations. It requires review of a report of an incident of dangerous behavior and the development of an individualized response plan. It stipulates that these provisions do not limit any federally protected right of a student, including, but not limited to, federally protected rights of students with disabilities, and provides that, in the case of a student eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any discussions or actions related to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the student or provision of a free, appropriate public education to the student must take place through the processes established under federal law rather than under the process described in the bill, as amended.
  • 3. It moves the provisions in the bill regarding the counting of sick leave of a public school employee injured from dangerous behavior to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13601, which contains other provisions regulating sick leave.
  • 4. It adds a mandate preamble.


LD 1370 Chaptered Law
LD 1370 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1395 An Act To Create Fairness for Dispatchers in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-551, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1395
This bill adds dispatchers to the categories of participating local district employees for which a special retirement plan is available. Participating local districts that elect to cover their dispatchers by a more favorable special plan are responsible for the payment of any increased employer costs associated with such an election. Depending upon the plan that is elected, dispatchers may also pay an increased member contribution rate for participation in the more favorable special plan.

Amendment H-551
This amendment clarifies that a dispatcher may not be added to a special retirement plan by a participating local district that does not have a specific age requirement unless the dispatcher has completed at least 25 years of creditable service.

LD 1395 Chaptered Law
LD 1395 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1532 An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-378, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1532
This bill prohibits a retail establishment from using single-use carry-out bags to bag products at the point of sale or otherwise make single-use carry-out bags available to customers, with exemptions for certain types and uses of plastic and paper bags. Retail establishments may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale for at least 5¢ per bag, with exceptions to the fee requirement for certain types of retail establishments. The prohibition is effective April 22, 2020.

Amendment H-378
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, requires a retail establishment to charge at least a 5¢ fee for each reusable bag made of plastic and for each recycled paper bag used to bag products at the point of sale. It also clarifies provisions in the bill regarding the implementation of the statewide preemption on single-use carry-out bag regulation and the provision regarding violations of the bag prohibition and bag fees requirements. It makes additional technical changes to clarify the application of existing state law regarding plastic bags and removes language in the bill regarding the application of bag fees to purchasers using the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program or the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program of the United States Child Nutrition Act of 1996.

LD 1532 Chaptered Law
LD 1532 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1561 An Act To Amend the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Laws and Enhance the Economic Vitality of Neighboring Communities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1561
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by requiring the commission to coordinate with neighboring municipalities by engaging in regional land use planning and directing future development into the communities where possible and consistent with municipal comprehensive land use plans. In order to ensure that the commission has current, critical data necessary for regional planning, the bill directs the commission to conduct a land use structure inventory by July 1, 2020. The bill also changes the appointment process for members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to ensure that a statewide perspective and relevant areas of expertise are represented on the commission.

LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-631, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1580
This bill allows applicants and licensees of the State Board of Nursing, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine to review their own redacted licensing files before the respective board makes the file available for inspection or copying after the licensing file has been requested.

The board must notify the applicant or licensee of the request to view the file at the same time the board acknowledges the request under the Freedom of Access Act. The board must use the most recent address on file for that applicant or licensee. If the applicant or licensee would like to review the redacted file before it is made publicly available, the applicant or licensee must notify the board within 10 business days. If requested by the applicant or licensee, the board must send a copy of the redacted file to the applicant or licensee, and the applicant or licensee has 10 business days from when the file is sent to stop the release of all or a part of the redacted licensing file by petitioning the board to withhold release of all or a part of the file because making all or part of the redacted file available to the public creates a potential risk to the personal safety of the applicant or licensee or any 3rd party.

Amendment H-631
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It replaces the bill but retains the basic concept of protecting information in applicants' and licensees' records held by medical licensing boards when the records are requested to be inspected or copied.< p>This amendment revises terminology to refer to an applicant's or licensee's record rather than a licensing file as in the bill. It requires that the acknowledgement that the licensing board must send to a requester that a request for a record has been received include a description of the review process provided to the applicant or licensee, including the fact that all or part of the record may be withheld if the board finds that disclosure of all or part of the redacted record creates a risk to the applicant's or licensee's personal safety or the personal safety of any 3rd party.

The amendment extends the time for the licensing board to review the applicant's or licensee's petition to withhold all or part of the record from 30 days in the bill to 60 days.

It allows an applicant or licensee who does not agree with the licensing board's decision to seek an injunction in Superior Court.

It clarifies that the restriction on releasing an applicant's or licensee's record does not apply to requests for records from other governmental licensing or disciplinary authorities or from any health care providers located within or outside this State that are concerned with granting, limiting or denying an applicant's or licensee's employment or privileges.

LD 1580 Chaptered Law
LD 1580 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1584 An Act To Attract, Build and Retain an Early Childhood Education Workforce through Increased Training, Education and Career Pathways Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-464, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1584
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor jointly to develop and implement an early childhood educators workforce support program to recruit and retain early childhood educators working with children up to 5 years of age. Components of the program include:
  • 1. Expansion of educational programs at career and technical education centers and financial support of those programs;
  • 2. Comprehensive scholarships for persons taking classes toward the attainment of an early childhood education credential or an associate or bachelor's degree that allow the persons to graduate without student debt as long as the persons agree to work for a year with an approved employer;
  • 3. An increased number of apprenticeships; and
  • 4. Salary supplements awarded to individuals who provide child care or who are early childhood educators. The amount of the supplement is based on the level of education and experience of the individual and other factors.
This bill also provides funding to carry out the program.

Amendment H-464
This amendment requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to collect and review early childhood educators workforce data and, on a biennial basis, conduct a review of the adequacy of the pathways to early childhood education careers. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor to collaborate with local adult education providers of school administrative units, apprenticeship sponsors, career and technical education programs, the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System to create articulation agreements between these entities for the transfer of credits for course work related to early childhood education and to facilitate enrollment in courses that lead to the issuance of a postsecondary degree by a degree-granting institution. It also requires the commissioners to collaborate with these same entities to provide support for individuals, including immigrants and other populations lacking experience in Maine's workforce, who require foundational skills development to enter and succeed in early childhood education courses, including but not limited to English as a second language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills.

LD 1584 fiscal note
LD 1584 Amendment H-464 fiscal note
LD 1586 An Act To Promote Major Food Processing and Manufacturing Facility Expansion and To Create Jobs in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1586
This bill, modeled on the tax credit for major business headquarters expansions, provides a tax credit to a food processing and manufacturing business that:
  • 1. Is, and has been for the 5 years prior to application, a corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of the State;
  • 2. Has been headquartered in this State for the 5 years prior to application;
  • 3. Pays at least 75% of its employees a salary that exceeds the income threshold for the county in which the facility that is the subject of the application is located;
  • 4. Agrees to make an investment of at least $35,000,000 in the construction or expansion in this State of a facility for that business; and
  • 5. Adds a total of 40 new full-time employees by the end of the first year of qualifying for the tax credit, maintains that number for the next 2 years and then adds 20 more full-time employees, maintaining a total of 60 full-time employees for each year after the 3rd year of qualifying for the tax credit. The employees added must be based in the State.

A business that qualifies is allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 2% of the amount of the qualified investment each tax year for 20 years. The total investment that may be approved for any one business may not exceed $85,000,000 and the total aggregate investment that may be approved is limited to $100,000,000. The maximum amount of tax credits that may be received by a business under one construction or expansion project is $34,000,000.

Amendment S-228
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause to the bill. It also adds provisions to facilitate administration of the credit and the review of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability under the tax expenditure review laws.

LD 1586 Chaptered Law
LD 1586 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1603 Resolve, To Coordinate a Plan To Expand Cellular Telephone Service Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1603
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan in consultation with the ConnectME Authority to install wireless base stations at state-owned facilities to improve cellular telephone service in underserved areas of the State. It requires the department to direct the relevant state agencies to install and maintain wireless base stations as identified in the plan.

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

LD 1603 Chaptered Law
LD 1603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1608 An Act To Exempt Trailers Sold to Out-of-state Entities from Sales and Use Tax (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-168, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1608
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for trailers that are purchased in the State but then driven or transported outside the State immediately upon delivery. The exemption excludes camper trailers, which are included in the definition of "trailer," since a similar exemption already exists for camper trailers, other than those that are being leased for a period of less than one year.

Amendment S-168
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1608 Amendment S-168 fiscal note
LD 1633 An Act To Legalize Keno and Historical Instant Racing Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1633
This bill establishes a framework for the regulation of historical instant racing and keno. The bill creates a single license for the operation of historical instant racing and keno. Casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities are each eligible to apply for the license, issued by the Gambling Control Board.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of historical instant racing and keno, including rules related to the prevention of fraud or deception, authorized wager amounts, the maximum percentage of all wagers that may be retained by the licensee and methods for verifying that a person who makes a historical instant racing wager or who plays keno is at least 21 years of age. The bill further requires that 1% of the net income from historical instant racing and keno be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of the net revenue be distributed to the Treasurer of the State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

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

LD 1704 Amendment H-569 fiscal note
LD 1742 An Act To Encourage Broadband Deployment in Unserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1742
This bill facilitates the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of this State by establishing the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program under the ConnectME Authority to award grants to applicants for the purpose of extending deployment of facilities used to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the State and thus to encourage new investment in broadband service infrastructure. The bill eliminates the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. The bill removes the authority of the ConnectME Authority to require communications service providers to contribute to the ConnectME Fund. It allows the authority to issue bonds for the construction of advanced communications technology infrastructure.

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