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Representative Deane Rykerson [Democrat]
Kittery ~ District 1

Towns in District: part of Kittery

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

House Committees:
♦ Bills in the Second Reading

Joint Committees:
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology
♦ Labor and Housing

✉ Deane.Rykerson@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 1 Salt Marsh Lane
Kittery Point, Maine 03905


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 114 An Act To Establish Open Primaries for Certain Federal and State Offices Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 114
This bill provides for open primary elections for the elections for United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative. All of the candidates for those offices, including candidates enrolled in a party and unenrolled candidates, must appear on the same open primary ballot. All qualified voters, regardless of enrollment status, are eligible to vote in open primary elections.

The votes in an open primary election must be tabulated using ranked-choice voting, except that the 2 candidates who receive the most votes are declared the winners of the open primary and their names must appear on the ballot for the general election. If one of the 2 candidates who received the most votes at the open primary withdraws from the race at least 70 days before the general election, that candidate must be replaced with the candidate who received the 3rd most votes in the open primary election, if any. Voters may not vote for a write-in candidate in a general election that was preceded by an open primary election. As a result, ranked-choice voting will no longer be used in general elections for United States Senator and United States Representative to Congress. Instead, the candidate who receives a plurality of votes at the general election will be elected to those offices.

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 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 418 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 418
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

LD 423 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Preserve Historic Properties for Maine's Bicentennial 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 423
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to undertake a program as part of the commemoration of the State's bicentennial to preserve historic properties listed or eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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 505 An Act To Require the Use of Reusable Food Ware at Eating Establishments Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 505
This bill requires that a prepared food vendor may sell or provide prepared food to a customer for consumption on the vendor's premises only if the prepared food is served to the customer using reusable food ware. The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor may sell or provide prepared food to a customer for consumption off the vendor's premises using single-use disposable food ware only if the prepared food is served to the customer using single-use disposable food ware approved by the Department of Environmental Protection as recyclable or compostable.

The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor selling take-out food to a customer for consumption off the vendor's premises must require payment by the customer of a fee, retained by the prepared food vendor, of 25¢ for certain items of single-use disposable food ware in which the customer's take-out food is served or for each take-out meal served to the customer, whichever is less. The provisions of this bill also apply to a prepared food vendor or other food server providing or serving prepared food to customers at a state facility or state function.

This legislation takes effect January 1, 2021.

LD 506 An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 506
This bill provides civil immunity for architects, contractors, environmental professionals, land surveyors, landscape architects, planners and professional engineers who provide voluntary professional services during or within 90 days of a natural disaster or catastrophe when the services are provided under the applicable license or certification, are related to the natural disaster or catastrophe and are provided at the request of a federal, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official. No immunity is provided for reckless or intentional misconduct.

The bill is based on a similar Massachusetts law.

Amendment H-34
This amendment clarifies that the immunity applies only when an emergency is declared by the President or the Governor. It also removes from the bill the provision of immunity for the 90 days after the emergency and it makes the language consistent with the Maine Tort Claims Act.

LD 506 Chaptered Law
LD 506 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 723 An Act To Enhance Resource Management of Submerged Lands beneath Impounded Waters Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 723
This bill provides that all lands beneath the mean low-water mark of waters impounded prior to January 1, 1997 are state-owned submerged lands held in trust for the benefit of the people of Maine.

LD 843 An Act To Clarify Parental Consent Regarding the Release of Student Information Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 843
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to clarify the laws governing parental consent regarding the release of student information.

LD 933 Resolve, Authorizing Certain Persons To Sue the Town of Kittery Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 933
This resolve authorizes persons who claim to have suffered damages arising from the Kittery Community Center transport van accident on Interstate 95 in Greenland, New Hampshire on August 10, 2018 to sue the Town of Kittery for damages resulting from the accident and waives the statutory limitations on damage recovery.

LD 1222 An Act Regarding Electric Bicycles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-511, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1222
This bill defines and regulates the use of electric bicycles, which are bicycles with a motor and which fall into one of 3 classes, depending on the top speed attainable and whether the operator needs to pedal while the motor is propelling the electric bicycle. The bill provides that an operator of an electric bicycle has generally the same rights and obligations as the operator of a bicycle, except that the use of an electric bicycle on bicycle paths and bikeways may be restricted by the entity having jurisdiction over the bicycle path or bikeway. An electric bicycle is considered a vehicle for purposes of the State's so-called open container law and, as with bicycles, any person under 16 years of age who is operating or riding as a passenger on an electric bicycle must wear a helmet.

Amendment H-511
This amendment makes minor technical edits to the bill, including to the definitions of Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 electric bicycles, and clarifies the label requirement to apply only to a manufacturer, distributor or seller in the State. The amendment also makes changes to the age restrictions in the bill.

LD 1222 Chaptered Law
LD 1222 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1509 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code To Ensure It Is Consistent with Current Standards and Applies to Small Municipalities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-592, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1509
This bill adds the executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Technical Building Codes and Standards Board. The bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code so as to be consistent with the most recent edition of the International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council, as well as the most recent edition of the International Mechanical Code published by the International Code Council. Beginning July 1, 2020, the bill also prohibits a municipality from adopting or enforcing a building or energy code other than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and requires that any municipality that has adopted a building or energy code by July 1, 2020 adopt and enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

Amendment H-592
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and makes the following changes:
  • 1. Lists as mandatory the specific codes that must comprise the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code;
  • 2. Requires that each new version of a code or standard that is part of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code must be reviewed as it is published and that the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board must adopt either the most recent edition or the edition previous of each code or standard;
  • 3. Makes the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code applicable statewide but does not require municipalities under 4,000 residents to enforce the code; and
  • 4. Provides that the Director of the Efficiency Maine Trust serves as a nonvoting member of the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board.


LD 1509 Chaptered Law
LD 1509 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 52 An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 52
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a health care system in the State that will be simple and efficient for all consumers and providers. The bill proposes to provide all Maine residents with access to an affordable health benefit plan covering essential health benefits. The bill proposes to create the Health Care Trust, which will have authority to determine essential health care benefits, to negotiate with providers, to reimburse providers for the costs of providing care at negotiated rates and to manage the financing mechanisms for the trust. All Maine residents will be eligible to enroll in the trust on a voluntary basis. Those residents currently eligible for MaineCare or other public coverage will be automatically enrolled; MaineCare and other public coverage programs will be replaced by the trust's health care coverage.

The bill proposes to use several funding sources to pay for the costs of the trust and for coverage of all Maine residents enrolled in the trust for coverage, including payroll taxes, transaction taxes and available federal funding.

The Health Care Trust will be administered by a health care administrator and overseen by a board of trustees. In addition, a stakeholder advisory board will provide input and guidance for the trust.

LD 75 An Act To Protect Earned Pay Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-11, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 75
Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.

Amendment S-11
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 75 Chaptered Law
LD 75 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 89 An Act To Impose Requirements on the Rental of Residential Property That Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 89
This bill requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property ensure that property used in the manufacture of methamphetamine be decontaminated and tested in accordance with the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's March 2013 revised edition of the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup or other standards established in rule by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill also requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement disclose to the potential tenant or lessee that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bill makes violation of these provisions a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and also states that failure to decontaminate or disclose constitutes a breach of the implied warranty of fitness for human habitation. The bill gives the Department of Economic and Community Development authority to adopt rules to implement these provisions.

LD 96 An Act To Require Disclosure at the Sale or Transfer whether Real Estate Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-386, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 96
This bill amends the law requiring disclosures by the seller of residential real property to require the seller to disclose whether the property has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Amendment H-386
The bill requires a seller of residential real property to disclose that the property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Current law requires the disclosure of the presence or prior removal of any hazardous materials. This amendment strikes and replaces the text of the bill to include methamphetamine as a specific hazardous material, the presence or prior removal of which must be disclosed by the seller of the residential real property.

LD 96 Chaptered Law
LD 96 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 102 An Act To Improve the Manufacturing of Plastic Bottles and Bottle Caps Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, March 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 102
This bill prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container unless the container is composed of at least 15% postconsumer recycled plastic. Beginning January 1, 2022, this threshold for the percentage of postconsumer recycled plastic in single-use plastic beverage containers increases to 20% and, beginning January 1, 2024, the threshold increases to 25%.

The bill also prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container with a plastic beverage cap unless the cap is composed of the same plastic as the beverage container and the cap is tethered to the container in a manner that prevents the separation of the cap from the container when the cap is removed or the cap includes an opening from which the beverage can be consumed while the cap remains screwed onto or otherwise affixed to the container.

LD 144 An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 144
This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone.

LD 155 An Act To Ensure Transparency in College Costs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 155
This bill prohibits a postsecondary institution from assessing a student fees unless the institution uses the standardized financial aid offer form developed by the Commissioner of Education. The bill directs the Commissioner of Education to develop a standard format for written and electronic financial aid offers to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a postsecondary institution. The bill specifies that the standardized financial aid offer form must clearly identify each student fee to be paid to the postsecondary institution.

LD 159 An Act To Require Cameras in Ambulances When a Patient Is Being Transported Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 159
This bill requires that, whenever an ambulance transports a patient from the scene of an emergency or from a hospital or other health care facility to another place, the ambulance must be equipped with video recording equipment that is in operation for the duration of the transport and that is producing a clear video record of the care provided to the patient. In accordance with applicable federal and state law, the video records are to be maintained as confidential by the ambulance service operator and, if applicable, by the Emergency Medical Services' Board and the Department of Public Safety.

LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 179
This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.

LD 179 Chaptered Law
LD 179 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 271 An Act Regarding a Transmission and Distribution Utility's Use of the Right of Eminent Domain To Locate Its Transmission Lines Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 271
This bill withholds the right of eminent domain from a transmission and distribution utility for lands or easements to be acquired for an elective transmission upgrade that is not required for reliability of service to customers in the State or the ISO-New England region.

LD 272 An Act To Allow Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 272
This bill requires that, beginning November 1, 2020, all primary and general elections for President of the United States, United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative as well as all elections on people's veto questions, initiated measures, bond issues, constitutional amendments and other legislatively proposed referenda be conducted by mail. The bill also establishes the Commission to Implement Voting by Mail to make recommendations, including proposed legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature for implementing voting by mail.

LD 274 An Act To Allow the Sale of Ethanol-free Gasoline Statewide Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 274
Since June 1, 2015, retailers who sell gasoline in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox or Lincoln County have been required to sell only reformulated gasoline in those counties. This bill repeals that sales requirement effective November 1, 2020.

LD 274 Chaptered Law
LD 274 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 296 An Act Regarding Student Privacy with Respect to Video Recordings Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 296
This bill requires an elementary or secondary school to keep confidential a video recording in which a student is present, including a video recording taken in a bus or other means of student transportation used by the school, and prohibits the school from disseminating or publishing the video recording without the written permission of a parent of the student.

LD 299 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist Schools, Municipalities and Counties in Using Emerging Technologies and Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Heating, Electrical and Other Utility Systems Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 299
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to assist schools, municipalities and counties in using emerging technologies and energy alternatives to fossil fuels in heating, electrical and other utility systems. The Finance Authority of Maine is directed to establish an application process and requirements for distribution of the funds.

LD 308 An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-357, Enacted as an emergency measure, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019
LD 308
This bill increases from 30 to 60 days the notice that a party must provide to terminate a tenancy at will. It also increases from 45 to 75 days the notice that a landlord must provide to increase the rent of a residential tenant.

Amendment H-357
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the title and the bill and authorizes a municipality to increase from 30 days up to 60 days the notice that a party must provide to terminate a tenancy at will. It also authorizes a municipality to increase from 45 days up to 75 days the notice that a landlord must provide to increase the rent of a residential tenant.

LD 308 fiscal note
LD 308 Amendment H-357 fiscal note
LD 348 An Act To Prohibit the Providing of Misleading or Inaccurate Information via Caller Identification Services during Telemarketing Calls Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 348
This bill makes it a civil violation for a seller or telemarketer engaging in a telemarketing call to knowingly cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. It establishes a fine of not less than $500 for the first offense and of not less than $1,000 for any subsequent offense to be imposed in addition to any other penalties imposed under the law regarding telemarketing and caller identification and requires restitution to be paid.

LD 397 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Proposal To License Building Contractors, Insulation Installers and Energy Auditors (By request) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 397
This bill requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct an assessment pursuant to the sunrise review requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, chapter 1-A, subchapter 2 of the licensing of building contractors, insulation installers and energy auditors. The bill requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce and allows the committee to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 402 An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 402
This bill annually raises the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative or professional capacity must earn in order for that employee to be exempt from the laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay until it is $55,224 on January 1, 2022. The bill provides for an annual adjustment, beginning January 1, 2023, based on the percentage annual increase in certain earnings as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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 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 470 An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-83, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 470
The purpose of this bill is to provide students in Maine with traffic safety education from an early age with the goal of teaching students safe practices and respect for all users of the road in order to reduce the unacceptable number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and make Maine's roadways safer and more enjoyable for all users.

This bill requires all school administrative units to provide at least one hour annually of age-appropriate traffic safety education to students in grades 2 to 12. The traffic safety education program must provide, at a minimum, instruction on the use of public and private ways by pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators and on the laws and rules regarding that use. A school administrative unit may contract with a 3rd party to provide the traffic safety education.

Amendment H-83
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, modifies the requirements in the bill for age-appropriate traffic safety education in school administrative units. The amendment provides that the traffic safety education must be provided annually to at least 4 different grade levels from kindergarten to grade 8 instead of annually in grades 2 to 12. The amendment also strikes the requirement that the education be at least one hour in length.

This amendment also provides funding for 90% of the cost to school administrative units to implement the traffic safety education curriculum. The amendment also specifies that outside funding may be accepted by the Department of Education and expended for the purpose of traffic safety education annually.

LD 470 fiscal note
LD 470 Amendment H-83 fiscal note

LD 480 An Act To Ensure Pay Transparency and To Reduce Gender and Racial Wage Inequities Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 480
This bill requires certain employers, including, but not limited to, state agencies, to annually submit wage data reports regarding employee gender, race and ethnicity to the Maine Human Rights Commission.

LD 481 An Act To Allow the Expansion of the Types of Newspapers That Qualify as Legal Notice Publishers by Removing the 2nd Class Postal Matter Requirement Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 481
This bill removes from the law governing publication of legal notices the requirement that, in order for a newspaper to publish notices, it must be entered as 2nd class postal matter in the United States mails.

LD 486 An Act To Improve Efficiencies in Cosmetology Licensing Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 486
This bill provides that a person is eligible to obtain a cosmetology license in this State if that person has met the hour and timing requirements in state law by completing a course of instruction or having experience as a trainee out of state that is approved by the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.

LD 507 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Employer Recovery of Overcompensation Paid to an Employee Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 507
This bill amends the definition of "overcompensation" by an employer to include compensation in the form of paid leave. It changes the maximum amount an employer can withhold from an employee's pay to recover overcompensation from 10% to 5%. It prohibits an employer from recovering more than the amount of overcompensation paid to an employee in the 3 years preceding the discovery of the overcompensation. The bill also specifies that the section of law regarding overcompensation by employers that includes these provisions does not limit or affect an employee's general civil remedies against an employer.

LD 528 An Act To Increase the Number of Clubs in Penobscot County That May Be Issued a Special Dog Training Area License Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-69, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 528
This bill increases the number of clubs in Penobscot County that may be issued a special dog training area license for training hunting dogs from 5 to 8.

Amendment H-69
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. It increases from 5 to 8 the number of clubs per county for which the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may issue a special dog training area license.

LD 528 Chaptered Law
LD 528 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 537 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Establishment of a Near-shore Coastal Sensor Network Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 537
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's establishment of a near-shore coastal sensor network to gather oceanographic data, track changes in state waters, predict changes and support persons who engage in commercial fishing and aquaculture as they adapt to a changing ocean.

LD 538 An Act To Ensure Access to Medical Cannabis for Visiting Qualifying Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-347, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 538
This bill repeals the provision of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act that requires visiting qualifying patients to designate a registered caregiver or dispensary in order to obtain harvested marijuana.

Amendment H-347
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill. It removes the requirement that a visiting qualifying patient obtain valid written certification pursuant to Maine law from the visiting patient's medical provider. It also directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to maintain a list of other jurisdictions that authorize the medical use of marijuana and the images of the valid medical marijuana certifications from those jurisdictions and make that information available to registered caregivers and registered dispensaries.

LD 538 Chaptered Law
LD 538 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 543 Resolve, To Facilitate the Protection of Public Health through Increased Subsurface Wastewater Inspections Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-37, Finally passed, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 543
Current law requires the inspection of a subsurface wastewater disposal system on a property located within the shoreland area of the State that is to be transferred. This bill expands these requirements to apply to the transfer of any property in the State on which a subsurface wastewater disposal system is located. The bill also amends other provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes as necessary to incorporate these changes.

Amendment H-37
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title of the bill and changes the bill into a resolve directing the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on or before January 15, 2020 a report containing a variety of information regarding septic system inspections and the certification of septic system inspectors. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out a bill related to the information contained in the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 543 Chaptered Law
LD 543 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 561 An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 561
This bill exempts from Maine income tax certain income from out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income. The exemption is only for the amount of the contribution made by the taxpayer divided by the life expectancy of the taxpayer and applies only if the income is included in federal adjusted gross income and not deducted under the general pension deduction.

In order to qualify for the exemption, the contribution must have been made using income on which income tax was paid and is available only if the state in which the taxpayer resided at the time of the contribution provides a similar exemption to a former resident of Maine.

LD 562 An Act To Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement To Support Municipalities Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 562
This bill amends the laws relating to the State's regulation of the shoreland zone as follows.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement. Current law only requires that the office provide basic training to code enforcement officers.
  • 2. It increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal land use law or ordinance from $2,500 to $5,000 and increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance occurring within an area zoned for resource protection from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • 3. It provides that a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance must require an applicant for a permit for development within the shoreland zone to provide to the municipal permitting authority preconstruction and postconstruction photographs of the shoreline vegetation and development site.


Amendment H-38
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill by removing the requirement that the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement and instead removes from existing law the designation that the training program required by statute be basic.

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LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-180
This amendment clarifies that a municipality or multimunicipal region that is in the "coastal area" as that term is defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1802, subsection 1 is subject to the bill. The amendment also strikes from the bill a requirement that state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.

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LD 564 An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 564
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.

LD 637 An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


LD 640 Resolve, To Require a Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 640
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review all relevant, verifiable evidence on the total net effect on greenhouse gas emissions from Central Maine Power Company's New England Clean Energy Connect project and submit a report to the Legislature, make the report available to the public and provide a copy of the report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by June 1, 2019. The resolve prohibits the department from issuing a permit for the project without taking into account the results of the department's review.

Amendment S-82
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the resolve and directs the Department of Environmental Protection to commission a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, project, as proposed by Central Maine Power Company, on total greenhouse gas emissions across all jurisdictions interconnected with electricity generation and distribution systems operated by the Hydro-Quebec company. The findings of the study regarding greenhouse gas emissions effects, with and without construction of the NECEC project, must be presented in relation to a benchmark of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New England by 3.6 million metric tons per year. The study, which is to be prepared by a consultant that is an independent, nongovernmental organization with expertise in energy and environmental policy and analysis, must be based on a modeling analysis that incorporates appropriate assumptions regarding load growth, fuel costs, variation in dispatch of electricity among electricity markets, rainfall, electricity transmission constraints, addition and retirement of electric generation facilities and technology development.

On or before August 15, 2019, the department is required to submit the final report prepared by the consultant to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The department may not issue a permit, license or other approval relating to the NECEC project until at least 45 days after it submits to the committee the final report prepared by the consultant, except that this 45-day prohibition does not apply if the department fails to submit the final report to the committee on or before August 15, 2019.

Amendment H-345
This amendment removes a requirement in the bill that the Department of Environmental Protection obtain outside funding to complete a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect project and instead transfers $150,000 from the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fund within the Public Utilities Commission to the Maine Environmental Protection Fund within the department to fund the cost of the study. The amendment includes a one-time $150,000 allocation in fiscal year 2019-20 to allow for the expenditure of the transferred funds.

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

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

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

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LD 687 Resolve, To Create a Flag To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-72, Finally passed, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 687
This bill replaces the current State of Maine flag with the flag that was in use before 1909.

Amendment H-72
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve directing the Secretary of State to create a bicentennial flag for the State.

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

Amendment H-51
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

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LD 790 An Act To Eliminate the Cap on the Number of Accounts or Meters Designated for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 790
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from adopting or amending net energy billing rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to impose any limit on the number of accounts or meters that customers may designate for net energy billing or any limit on the number of customers that may share an interest in a generation facility for which the energy output is credited as part of any net energy billing.

LD 791 An Act To Provide School Districts with Full State Funding for Students with High-cost Special Education Needs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 791
This bill requires the State, beginning July 1, 2020, to provide a school administrative unit 100% of the funding needed for high-cost special education students.

LD 792 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of Bonds Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 792
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the issuance of bonds:
  • 1. It requires the Governor to issue a general obligation bond that has been ratified by the legal voters of the State unless one of 5 specific conditions exists, and it requires the Governor to provide certain information upon delaying or forgoing issuance of a bond;
  • 2. It eliminates the requirement that registered bonds bear the facsimile signature of the Governor; and
  • 3. It provides that the bill applies to all general obligation bonds ratified by the voters but as yet unissued as well as all future general obligation bonds ratified by the voters.


LD 810 An Act To Require Background Checks for All Private Firearm Sales or Transfers Except between Family Members Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 810
This bill allows the transfer or sale of a firearm between 2 individuals who are not licensed as firearm dealers if the person to whom the firearm is being transferred submits to a background check conducted by a licensed firearm dealer; the dealer must conduct a background check and complete the sale or transfer as though selling or transferring the dealer's own inventory. This bill does not restrict transfers to a family member, which is broadly defined to include a spouse, domestic partner, intimate partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, stepchild, stepparent, niece, nephew, first cousin, aunt, uncle and in-law; temporary transfers between persons who are hunting or sport shooting together; transfers done for emergency self-defense; the transfer of an antique weapon or curio; a transfer involving a law enforcement officer or agency, member of the military or licensed security guard; or a transfer that occurs by operation of law upon a person's death.

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.

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LD 834 An Act To Establish Minimum Service Standards for Electric Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-109, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 834
This bill proposes to establish service interruption standards and require transmission and distribution utilities that do not meet these standards to take corrective action. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to require, by rule, transmission and distribution utilities to keep records and report service interruptions to the commission. It also requires a utility that experiences service interruptions at a rate that exceeds the statewide average service interruption rate by 50% or more to submit a plan for, implement and track corrective actions to address the service interruptions.

Amendment H-109
The amendment changes the provision in the bill regarding the metrics for evaluating service interruptions for transmission and distribution utilities and the threshold for requiring corrective action. Rather than calculating a statewide average service interruption rate and establishing the threshold for corrective action at 50% above that statewide average, as in the bill, the amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission by rule to set standards regarding the frequency and duration of service interruptions, establish performance targets and specify guidelines for requiring corrective action by a utility. The amendment authorizes the commission to exempt transmission and distribution utilities serving 50,000 or fewer customers from rules regarding service interruption reporting and standards.

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LD 837 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 837
This bill provides an additional $30,000 homestead property tax exemption, for a total exemption of $50,000, for persons who are 75 years of age or older and claimed the homestead as a permanent residence for 10 or more years. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities 100% of the revenue lost as a result of the increased exemption for persons 75 years of age or older.

LD 842 An Act Relating to Insurance Companies and Totaled Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 842
This bill requires motor vehicle insurance policies to allow an insured to maintain possession of an insured motor vehicle determined a total loss by the insurer if the insured provides a credible estimate from a motor vehicle mechanic or repair facility detailing repairs that, if performed, would conform the motor vehicle to state motor vehicle inspection standards. This bill allows an insurer to deduct from a settlement paid for damage to a totaled vehicle an amount equal to the motor vehicle's salvage value if the insured elects to maintain possession of the motor vehicle.

LD 854 An Act To Improve Tax Incentives for Broadband Service Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-385, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 854
This bill expands the allowable use of tax increment financing to include development, expansion or improvement of broadband services, including connecting to broadband service outside the tax increment financing district.

Amendment H-385
This amendment clarifies the circumstances under which tax increment financing project costs may include broadband and fiber optics expansion projects that serve residential or other nonbusiness or noncommercial areas within a municipality or plantation.

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LD 855 An Act To Strengthen the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-619 and Senate amendment S-372, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 855
This bill requires that the Commissioner of Public Safety appoint a technical codes coordinator, an office specialist and a building codes trainer. It also requires that municipalities impose a $3 surcharge on building permits and remit those funds to the Department of Public Safety to fund the Uniform Building Codes and Standards Fund.

Amendment H-619
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
  • 1. It increases the municipal permit surcharge from $3 to $5 and specifies that the surcharge only applies to permits for new construction or renovations that are subject to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
  • 2. It transfers administration of code enforcement officer training from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The amendment also adds a mandate preamble and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-372
This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.

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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 883 An Act To Establish the Opt-in Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 883
This bill creates the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program to provide wage-replacement benefits to persons who qualify for family medical leave. The program is funded by employee contributions and provides 2/3 of a person's average weekly wage or 100% of the state average weekly wage, whichever is lower, for up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.

LD 900 An Act To Expand the Rights of Public Employees under the Maine Labor Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, April 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 900
This bill allows public employees, including municipal and county employees, state and legislative employees, university, academy and community college employees and judicial employees, but not including employees whose duties include protecting public safety, to strike pursuant to the official procedures of the employees' employee organization or under a process in which an affirmative vote to strike is held. The bill requires that notice be given to the public employer stating the dates upon which the strike will begin and end. The bill also provides that the employee organization or public employer may call for emergency bargaining within 3 days prior to the intended start of the strike.

LD 906 An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-166 and House amendment H-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 906
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar sealant products beginning October 1, 2020 and prohibits the application of coal tar sealant products on driveways or parking areas beginning October 1, 2021. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may grant an exemption from the prohibitions for research or development purposes.

Amendment H-166
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It amends the definition of "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" to include a reference to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.
  • 2. It clarifies the scope of the bill's sales and application prohibitions or coal tar sealant products.
  • 3. It removes an unnecessary cross-reference.


Amendment H-225
This amendment delays for 3 years the prohibitions regarding coal tar sealant products.

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LD 910 An Act To Establish as a Priority the Interests of Maine Farmers, Growers and Food Producers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 910
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to require that when the State makes decisions regarding its purchasing of food, the State must consider as a priority in its decision making the interests of Maine farmers, growers and food producers.

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 921 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adopt Stricter Building and Energy Code Standards Than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 921
This bill authorizes municipalities to adopt building and energy code requirements that are more strict than those contained in the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

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

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

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LD 947 An Act To Extend the Notice of Injury Period in the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 947
Under current law governing workers' compensation, an employee must provide notice of injury to an employer within 30 days after the date of injury. This bill provides that, for claims for which the date of injury is on or after January 1, 2020, an employee must provide to the employer notice of the injury within 180 days after the date of injury.

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.


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LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.

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LD 1120 An Act To Protect Consumers from Price Gouging by Utility Companies Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 16, 2019
LD 1120
This bill changes the positions of the members of the Public Utilities Commission, currently 6-year terms, and the Public Advocate, currently a 4-year term, to positions serving at the pleasure of the Governor. It also changes the compensation of the members of the Public Utilities Commission to be set at the average annual wage in the State; current law sets compensation of the chair of the commission at the salary of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court and the other commissioners at the salary of an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

The bill requires the commission, in the determination of utility rates, to limit rate increases to less than 10% in any 12-month period. The bill also prohibits costs associated with errors or mistakes that are the responsibility of a utility from being included or incorporated in operating expenses in the commission's determination of rates or rate-adjustment mechanisms.

LD 1139 An Act To Eliminate Restrictions on Capacity and the Number of Accounts for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1139
This bill provides that the Public Utilities Commission may not limit the installed capacity of an eligible facility or the number of accounts or meters a customer or shared ownership customer may designate for net energy billing. Current commission rules limit the capacity to 660 kilowatts and the number of meters or accounts to 10.

LD 1144 An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1144
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application for a casino operator license from a joint tribal entity authorizing the joint tribal entity to operate table games and slot machines at one casino owned by the joint tribal entity. It increases by 1,500 the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State. "Joint tribal entity" is defined as a legal entity formed for the purpose of operating slot machines and table games at one casino, the entire ownership of which is held equally, either jointly or in common, by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. The bill provides the following in regard to the casino.
  • 1. It specifies that, as a condition of a joint tribal entity's receiving a license, a casino must be located:
    • A. On land that on January 1, 2019 was owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or land held in trust by the United States or by any other person or entity for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians;
    • B. On land located in the unorganized territory; or
    • C. On land in a municipality and that municipality approves of the operation of the casino in that municipality, either by vote of its legislative body or in a referendum of the voters of the municipality.
  • 2. It exempts a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity from the provision in current law that prohibits a new casino or slot machine facility from being located within 100 miles of an existing casino or slot machine facility. It provides that a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity may not be located within 50 miles of an existing facility.
  • 3. It provides that a change in the composition of a joint tribal entity does not invalidate a casino license issued to the entity as long as the change occurs no sooner than 6 months after the license is issued and the entity still consists of at least 2 federally recognized Indian tribes in the State who own equal shares of the entity in its entirety.
  • 4. It changes the provision in current law that states that distributions of net slot machine revenue from the casino located in Oxford County to the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe revert to the operator if one or both tribes operate or receive distributions from a newly licensed casino. It provides that the distribution of that slot machine revenue would instead be deposited into the General Fund if either the Penobscot Nation or the Passamaquoddy Tribe operated or received distributions from a newly licensed casino.
  • 5. It establishes a distribution rate of 25% of net slot machine income and 16% of net table game income for a casino operator that is a joint tribal entity. The slot machine income is used to fund education for kindergarten to grade 12 and the table game income is deposited to the General Fund.


LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1192 An Act To Establish Municipal Access to Utility Poles Located in Municipal Rights-of-way Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-69, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1192
This bill amends the utilities laws to provide access by municipalities to facilities located in the municipal right-of-way in the interest of public health, safety and welfare. The bill also establishes the preservation of space for municipal attachments to shared-use poles by exempting municipalities from expenses assessed by joint use entities when the attachment is made for any purpose.

Amendment S-69
The amendment changes the provision in the bill that exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities to a shared-used pole for any purpose. The amendment instead exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities for a governmental purpose consistent with the police power of the municipality or for the purpose of providing broadband service to an unserved or underserved area.

LD 1192 Chaptered Law
LD 1192 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1196
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

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

LD 1257 An Act To Prepare Maine for a Low-carbon Transportation Future Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1257
This bill authorizes the Secretary of State to require the owner of an electric vehicle to pay an electric vehicle registration surcharge of $25 per year when at least 3,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The amount of the surcharge increases to $50 per year when at least 10,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The municipality that collects the annual electric vehicle registration surcharge is required to expend no less than 50% of the surcharge to construct or modify public infrastructure that facilitates the charging of electric vehicles for use by the general public or for other purposes that encourage or support the purchase and use by the general public of electric vehicles.

The bill also directs the Governor's Energy Office to convene an electric vehicle task force, which is charged with reviewing a number of matters relating to electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure. The director of the office is required to report by February 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation regarding any recommendations of the task force, including proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The bill also directs the Commissioner of Transportation to take a number of actions regarding short-term and long-term planning for road infrastructure and highway funding, including a review of potential new vehicle or road use fees. The commissioner is directed to report by February 15, 2021 to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy, utilities and technology matters and transportation matters regarding those actions and including any findings and recommendations and proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

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 1436 Resolve, Directing Coordinated State Agencies To Negotiate with the Governing Leaderships of Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited for Sustainability-centered Repurposing of Stranded and At-risk Infrastructure Assets in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-414, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019
LD 1436
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Governor's Energy Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Land Resources within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission in coordination to negotiate directly with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited a proposal for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State. It directs the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period, which may be extended as needed.

It also prohibits any state agency from issuing any further permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project before the proposal is complete, as determined by the Department of Economic and Community Development

Amendment H-414
This amendment amends the resolve in the following ways.

  • 1. It changes the title of the resolve.
  • 2. It removes the emergency preamble and clause.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Governor's Energy Office to lead an effort to engage, rather than negotiate, with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited to examine opportunities for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State.
  • 4. It removes references to creating an alternative to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
  • 5. It removes the provision that required the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period.
  • 6. It removes the moratorium on state agency approval of permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
  • 7. It adds a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by February 15, 2020.


LD 1436 Chaptered Law
LD 1436 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1440 An Act To Create Transparency in Tax Increment Financing and Credit Enhancement Agreement Proposals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1440
This bill requires that, for applicants to the Department of Economic and Community Development or municipalities for assistance for the improvement and development of housing, community and economic development opportunities, the name of the applicants and the amount of assistance being requested not be withheld as confidential but be subject to disclosure.

LD 1450 Resolve, To Mitigate the Increasing Waiting List for Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1450
This resolve establishes a 2-year pilot project to provide housing to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder who are on the waiting list for home and community-based benefits provided under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 21. The pilot project must be modeled on a program operated in the Town of Kittery by A House for ME and must provide housing to 2 to 3 residents in each home and, with the assistance of community volunteers, assist those residents in becoming active, contributing members of the community.

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


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


LD 1464 Chaptered Law
LD 1464 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1497 An Act To Recognize High-performing, Efficient School Districts with Regard to the System Administration Allocation (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1497
Under current law, for the 2019-20 fiscal year, a system administration allocation of $141 per pupil is established, with $47 being allocated to each school administrative unit and an additional $94 being allocated as a targeted amount to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

This bill maintains the $141 allocation for fiscal year 2019-20, but provides $94 to each school administrative unit and an additional $47 to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services and to those school administrative units that have been identified as high-performing, efficient school administrative units.

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

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

LD 1557 Chaptered Law
LD 1557 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1559 An Act To Require the Public Utilities Commission To Permit the Public Advocate To Access Certain Information Related to a Management Audit Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-154, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1559
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission, whenever it initiates a management audit of a public utility, to also open an investigation into the same issues that are the subject of the audit. This investigation is an adjudicatory proceeding with full rights of intervention and participation as allowed under the commission's procedural rules.

Amendment S-154
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission, upon request of the Public Advocate, to permit the Public Advocate to access certain information in connection with a management audit of a public utility and to provide the Public Advocate the opportunity to comment on information received.

LD 1559 Chaptered Law
LD 1559 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1563 An Act To Encourage the Development of Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1563
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 1567 An Act To Change the Deadline for Submission of the Annual Report of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1567
This bill changes the deadline for submission of the annual report of the Public Advocate from August 1st to September 1st.

LD 1567 Chaptered Law
LD 1567 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1570 An Act To Allow Residents To Register Online To Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1570
This bill allows online application for voter registration by an eligible resident of the State through the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website.

LD 1634 An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1634
This bill creates the Maine Clean Energy Fund within and with oversight from the Efficiency Maine Trust to support the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and infrastructure through providing financing support including loans, loan guarantees and other financial and risk mitigation products. The fund is administered by a 9-member board of directors consisting of certain government officials and members of the public appointed by the Governor.

This bill also provides for a bond issue in the amount of $100,000,000 to be used to capitalize the Maine Clean Energy Fund.

LD 1646 An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1646
This bill creates the Maine Power Delivery Authority as a consumer-owned utility to acquire and operate all transmission and distribution systems in the State currently operated by the investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities known as Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.

LD 1683 An Act To Clarify the Definitions of Consumer-owned Utilities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-478, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1683
This bill amends the definition of consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility to clarify that the utility must be wholly owned by consumers who reside in the service territory of the utility and that any municipal or quasi-municipal ownership must be of a municipality or quasi-municipal entity located in the State.

Amendment H-478
This amendment amends the definition of "consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility" in the bill. The amendment specifies that a consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility is wholly owned by its consumers, including its consumers served by the utility in this State. The amendment also adds a provision to amend the definition of "consumer-owned water utility" in the same way and makes other clarifying changes to the language in the bill.

LD 1683 Chaptered Law
LD 1683 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1748 An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1748
This bill allows the Efficiency Maine Trust or a municipality to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program to finance energy savings improvements on qualifying property.

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