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Representative Denise Tepler [Democrat]
Topsham ~ District 54

Towns in District: Topsham

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

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♦ Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services (Chair)

✉ Denise.Tepler@legislature.maine.gov
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Topsham, Maine 04086


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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 5 An Act To Require Notification of Proposed Rate Increases for Long-term Care Policies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-25, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 5
This bill requires the insurer to notify a policyholder of a long-term care insurance policy of a proposed premium rate increase that affects the policyholder no later than 10 business days after the filing of the premium rate increase. The bill also requires that the notice inform the policyholder of the policyholder's right to contact the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to request a hearing on the proposed rate increase.

Amendment H-25
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment changes the time frame for when written notice of a proposed long-term care insurance rate increase must be provided from no later than 10 business days to no later than 30 days after the filing of the proposed premium rate increase. The amendment clarifies that notice must be provided by the insurer to all affected individual and group policyholders and others who are directly billed for group coverage. The amendment also specifies that the notice must include certain information, including the proposed rate, information on the policyholder's right to request a hearing and submit written comments on the proposed rate and contact information for the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance.

An increase in a premium rate may not be implemented until approved by the bureau or until the effective date of the premium rate increase, whichever is later.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 5 Chaptered Law
LD 5 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 6 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 6
This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual's Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.

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

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

LD 286 Amendment H-58 fiscal note
LD 287 An Act To Impose on Mental Health Professionals a Duty To Warn and Protect Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-450, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 287
This bill imposes on certain mental health professionals a duty to warn and protect if a patient or client is likely to engage in physical violence that poses a serious risk of harm to self or others or that constitutes a serious threat of substantial damage to real property. The duty to warn and protect applies to osteopathic physicians, physicians, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, social workers and counseling professionals.

Amendment H-450
This amendment clarifies the duty that the bill imposes on certain professionals to warn and protect if a patient or client is likely to engage in physical violence by limiting the duty to cases in which there is a belief that the patient is likely to pose a serious risk of harm to self or others. The bill includes a duty with regard to a serious threat of substantial damage to real property, which this amendment deletes.

This amendment also replaces the immunity language provided in the bill to make clear that there is no monetary liability and that the specific mental health professionals are not subject to a cause of action based on the disclosure of information to a 3rd party in an effort to discharge the duty to warn or protect.

LD 287 Chaptered Law
LD 287 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 288 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 288
This resolve establishes the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan to study economic development issues and create a strategic, regionally focused economic development plan.

LD 373 An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Injuries and Other Related Conditions Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-353, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 373
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Dental services provided to such a person must be the same as those provided under the MaineCare program to an eligible person under 21 years of age.

Amendment H-353
This amendment expands the adult dental benefit proposed in the bill to include individuals receiving home-based or community-based services under the brain injury and other related conditions waivers under Medicaid. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to seek any necessary amendments to the waivers from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also reallocates the provisions of the bill to the existing section in the Maine Revised Statutes governing adult dental services under the MaineCare program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
LD 466 An Act To Create a Diesel Fuel Tax Differential Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 466
This bill imposes an additional 5¢ per gallon fuel tax on diesel fuel and requires that revenue from the tax be used only for construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges. The additional tax is repealed on November 1, 2022. The Commissioner of Transportation is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by March 1, 2022 identifying the amount of revenue collected and the purposes for which the revenue was or will be used. The committee is authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to retain, repeal or amend provisions relating to the diesel fuel tax differential.

LD 626 An Act To Provide Funding for the Naval Museum and Gardens in Brunswick Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-64, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 626
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens in Brunswick.

Amendment H-64
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment, which is the majority report, provides one-time funds to the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens to support and preserve Maine's maritime patrol aviation heritage.

LD 626 Amendment H-64 fiscal note

LD 643 An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 643
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the State Entomologist, to identify pests, such as browntail moths and ticks, in this State that pose a risk of significant harm to human health, and to undertake measures to manage those pests.

The bill also establishes the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to provide funds to municipalities severely infested with harmful pests, to be used in mitigating the infestations. It also provides $500,000 to the fund.

LD 769 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Create a Working Group To Study Credentialing Skilled Individuals with Foreign Credentials Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 769
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to create a working group to study credentialing skilled individuals with foreign credentials in the State. The working group consists of 8 to 10 members representing licensing boards and professional organizations served by the licensing boards in professions for which there is a need for and an opportunity to credential skilled individuals with foreign credentials. The working group is required to submit its report along with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Governor and the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. The commissioner is required to submit the report with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. The committee is permitted to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 862 An Act To Limit the Amount of Money That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 10, 2019
LD 862
This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price. The limit applies only to private contracts and not to contracts entered into by governmental entities and only to contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the legislation.

LD 862 fiscal note
LD 863 An Act To Exempt Diapering Products from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-212, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 863
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for disposable and reusable diapers for children, including diaper covers, wraps and diaper pins that are used with reusable diapers.

Amendment H-212
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 863 fiscal note
LD 863 Amendment H-212 fiscal note
LD 1037 An Act To Address the Browntail Moth Infestation Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-449, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1037
This bill provides funding to the University of Maine System to support a 3-year study of the browntail moth infestation. This bill specifies that funds appropriated for this purpose do not lapse but must be carried forward into the next fiscal year to be used only to support the cost of the study.

Amendment H-449
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the University of Maine System to submit an annual report on the progress of the 3-year browntail moth infestation study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than March 1st for the duration of the 3-year study.

LD 1037 fiscal note
LD 1037 Amendment H-449 fiscal note
LD 1281 Resolve, To Create a Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1281
This resolve establishes the Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance, which is required to study providing a more affordable health insurance option to middle-income individuals and small businesses, including convening a multistate conference to draft a proposal for a nonprofit health insurance cooperative.

LD 18 An Act To Ensure Proper Prosecution of Crimes Involving Domestic Violence and Enhance Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-175, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 18
This bill creates the crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person. The bill also makes violation of a protection from abuse order a Class C crime if the person has 2 or more prior convictions for violating a protection from abuse order.

Amendment H-175
This amendment amends the bill by changing the crime of domestic violence aggravated assault to create the Class A variant of aggravated assault that is consistent with the existing crime of Class A aggravated assault under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A section 208, subsection 1, paragraph A-1, when the defendant causes bodily injury to another that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or loss or substantial impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the predicates that may be used to elevate existing domestic violence crimes. The amendment also adds reference to the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the definition of "family or household members" under Title 19-A, chapter 101, which concerns protection from abuse. The amendment makes one nonsubstantive, grammatical correction to the provision of the bill on repeat violations under the protection from abuse law. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the mandatory arrest provisions of Title 19-A, section 4012, subsection 5 and repeals reference to a violation of Title 17-A, section 208 that has occurred between members of the same family or household as unnecessary following inclusion in the subsection of the newly created crimes.

LD 18 Chaptered Law
LD 18 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-466, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 37
This bill creates a limited exception to the prohibition against the sale of drugs by vending machines to allow for the sale of nonprescription drugs by vending machines.

Amendment H-466
This amendment adds a "vending machine outlet" pharmacy licensing classification and requires that the Maine Board of Pharmacy adopt rules in accordance with certain specified requirements.

LD 37 Chaptered Law
LD 37 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-132, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 78
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3173-G and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for presumptive eligibility. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if, upon application, the individual is found ineligible under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A, C, D, E, F, G or H and to enroll the individual if found eligible for the family planning benefit. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit after an individual loses eligibility for the MaineCare pregnancy benefit under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A due to the birth of a child or an increase in income and to enroll the individual, if found eligible, for the family planning benefit. It also requires the department to use a single application form for individuals applying for eligibility for the family planning benefit under Title 22, section 3173-G and under the adult expansion provisions under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph H. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to carry out these requirements.

Amendment H-132
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if the individual is found ineligible under another MaineCare section. It also removes the requirement that the department use a single application form. This amendment clarifies that presumptive eligibility must be implemented in accordance with 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-1, which outlines the timing and other requirements of presumptive eligibility for states.

LD 78 Chaptered Law
LD 78 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 104 An Act To Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-297, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 104
This bill expands the earned income tax credit by increasing the credit from 5% to 15% of the federal earned income tax credit and extending the credit to persons from 18 to 24 years of age who have no qualifying child.

This bill also requires the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to provide a poster or notice to employers that states that employees may be eligible for the earned income tax credit. This bill requires employers to post the poster or notice in a place that is accessible to the employers' employees.

Amendment S-297
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the provisions of the bill amending the earned income tax credit with the Maine work credit. The Maine work credit is similar to the federal earned income tax credit but uses different factors for calculating the credit that are intended to produce a state credit for individuals with qualifying children that is approximately 23% of the federal credit and for individuals with no qualifying children that is approximately 70% of the federal credit. The bill also provides eligibility for individuals who are at least 18 years of age but less than 25 years of age who have no qualifying children and creates a minimum credit for students and eligible caregivers.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 104 Amendment S-297 fiscal note

LD 249 An Act To Ensure Protection of Patients in Medical Reviews by Health Insurance Carriers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-107, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 249
This bill requires that a health insurance carrier's medical reviews, including utilization reviews and case management, be conducted by a health care practitioner who is board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment S-107
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that appeals of a health insurance carrier's adverse health care treatment decision be conducted by a licensed health care practitioner who is board certified in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review and whose compensation does not directly or indirectly depend upon the quantity, type or cost of the medical condition, procedure or treatment the practitioner approves or denies on behalf of a carrier. The bill would have required that all medical reviews be conducted by a clinical peer who was board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty.

The amendment also provides that any rules adopted by the Bureau of Insurance to conform to changes made in the bill are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.

LD 249 Chaptered Law
LD 249 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 291 An Act Regarding Responsibility for the Overpayment of Claims Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 291
This bill requires an insurer who overpays a claim to attempt to retroactively collect that overpayment directly from the provider, not the insured, unless the insured was directly paid by the insurer for the services identified in the claim and the insured did not forward payment to the provider.

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

LD 291 Chaptered Law
LD 291 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 364 An Act To Establish the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-109, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 364
This bill establishes the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act. The bill provides that a person providing alternative or complementary health care services who is not licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 may provide health care services as long as the person does not perform surgery, prescribe medications, drugs or devices that require a prescription, perform chiropractic manipulation or falsely state that the person is a licensed health care professional. The person providing services must disclose certain information to the person receiving services and must collect and retain a signed statement granting permission to provide services.

Amendment S-109
This amendment clarifies that a person providing complementary or alternative health care services is not a licensed professional providing health care services within the scope of a license.

LD 364 Chaptered Law
LD 364 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 372 An Act To Increase the Safety of Municipal Residents by Allowing Municipalities To Address Downed Wires in Extended Power Outages Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-171, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 372
This bill allows a municipality, in the event of a power outage of 5 or more days, to hire appropriately licensed professionals to address power, telephone and similar lines that have been felled by weather events and that are preventing access to roadways within the municipality. It allows a municipality to apply to receive compensation from the local electric utility, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency or another funding source.

Amendment H-171
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes requirements for an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to establish emergency response plans for recovery and restoration in response to an event where widespread outages have occurred due to weather events or other causes beyond the utility's control. It requires that the prioritization process under the plan follow the statewide comprehensive emergency management plan and include consideration of steps to ensure safety of electric facilities, road opening and service restoration. The amendment requires the plan to detail a coordinated approach that includes: priorities for emergency response and service restoration, staffing, communication and coordination with emergency management agencies, customer communications, resource deployment and safety.
br>The amendment requires each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to file the plan with the Public Utilities Commission on a biannual basis and to provide a copy of the plan to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency. The amendment allows the commission to designate portions of the emergency response plan as confidential through the issuance of a protective order.

The amendment also authorizes the commission to open an investigation to review the emergency response performance of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility after an emergency event. If the commission, through investigation, finds that the utility failed to implement its emergency response plan in a prudent manner, the commission is required to take action to remedy the failure, which may include denying the recovery through rates of the costs of emergency response and service restoration.

Finally, the amendment requires the commission to include in its annual report to the Legislature information regarding its activities and the performance of investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities in relation to emergency response plans.

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 403 An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 403
This bill requires corporations that file unitary income tax returns in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the United States in net income when apportioning income among tax jurisdictions. The State Tax Assessor is required to adopt major substantive rules to determine the income or loss attributable to such corporations and to prevent double taxation or deduction of income. The assessor is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters regarding whether jurisdictions should be added to or deleted from the list of tax havens based on specified criteria.

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

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 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 547 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Aquaculture 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 547
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to study and promote Maine aquaculture.

LD 555 An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-46, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 555
This bill removes references to the age of the patient for purposes of requiring coverage for colorectal cancer screening for asymptomatic individuals who are at average risk for colorectal cancer and instead requires coverage in accordance with the most recently published guidelines of a national cancer society. In addition, this bill requires coverage of all colorectal examinations and laboratory tests recommended by a health care provider in accordance with those published guidelines.

Amendment S-46
This amendment makes the bill's requirements for coverage of colorectal cancer screening apply to health insurance plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020. The amendment also adds language exempting the Act from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752.

LD 555 Chaptered Law
LD 555 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 566 An Act To Protect Vulnerable Adults from Financial Exploitation Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 2, 2019
LD 566
This bill requires reporting to the Securities Administrator within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Securities and the Department of Health and Human Services by qualified individuals who reasonably believe that financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult may have occurred, may have been attempted or is being attempted. It defines "qualified individual" to mean an agent, an investment adviser representative and a person who serves in a supervisory, compliance or legal capacity for a broker-dealer or investment adviser. The bill also:
  • 1. Authorizes broker-dealers and investment advisers who suspect financial exploitation to delay disbursing funds from a vulnerable adult's account;
  • 2. Authorizes disclosure by qualified individuals to 3rd parties in certain instances in which a vulnerable adult has previously designated the 3rd party;
  • 3. Prohibits disclosure to the 3rd party if the qualified individual suspects the 3rd party of the financial exploitation;
  • 4. Provides immunity from administrative and civil liability for actions taken consistent with the law; and
  • 5. Requires that broker-dealers and investment advisers comply with certain requests for information.


LD 566 Chaptered Law
LD 566 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 594 An Act To Promote Individual Savings Accounts through a Public-Private Partnership Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 594
This bill establishes the Maine Retirement Savings Board and authorizes the board to develop a program to offer individual defined contribution retirement accounts for persons employed in the State who do not have access to a qualified retirement plan through their employers or who are self-employed.

LD 598 An Act Regulating Employee Benefit Excess Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 598
This bill provides that an insurer or a subsidiary of an insurer may not provide employee benefit excess insurance to an employer that is eligible for a small group health plan.

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

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

LD 610 fiscal note
LD 610 Amendment H-401 fiscal note
LD 669 An Act To Provide Housing Relief for Maine Families and Seniors Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 669
This bill replaces the property tax fairness credit with a housing relief credit for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Resident individuals are eligible for the housing relief credit if their income is equal to or less than the area median income identified by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The credit is equal to the amount by which a resident individual's housing cost exceeds 25% of the individual's income. Housing cost includes payments made for the purpose of maintaining a homestead, including property tax payments, property insurance payments, mortgage payments, rent payments and payments for heat, electricity, water and sewer, including well and septic maintenance. The maximum credit is $3,000 for resident individuals under 70 years of age as of the last day of the taxable year or $4,000 for resident individuals 70 years of age and older as of the last day of the taxable year.

LD 699 Resolve, To Provide for Outreach Programs To Assist Women at Risk of Giving Birth to Substance-exposed Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-121, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 699
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a community-based nonprofit organization to develop outreach and educational programs regarding reproductive and sexual health care for women and adolescents at highest risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy. The programming must emphasize the right to individual self-determination regarding family planning and childbearing and be targeted to women and adolescents experiencing substance use disorder, homelessness or other circumstances that indicate a need for family planning services or who are involved in the correctional system.

Amendment S-121
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 699 fiscal note
LD 699 Amendment S-121 fiscal note
LD 748 An Act To Provide Relief to Survivors of Economic Abuse Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-585, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 748
This bill defines economic abuse in the context of protection from abuse and provides for the court to order compensation for losses resulting from the economic abuse. The bill also provides for an economic abuse survivor to be protected from debt collection and for the economic abuse survivor's credit to be repaired.

Amendment H-585
The amendment adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4007, subsection 1 to ensure that it is clear that the abuse for which a plaintiff may seek the issuance of a protection from abuse order is what is defined as abuse in Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1. The bill does not add economic abuse as a type of conduct for which a protection from abuse order may be sought, although it does provide that if a protection from abuse order is issued, the court has expanded discretion to order appropriate monetary relief to help address the impact of any economic abuse that may be found by the court. The amendment makes clear that the court may make a finding of economic abuse.

The amendment strikes from the bill language specific to economic abuse relief that may be included in a protection from abuse order and instead amends the current law concerning monetary compensation. The amendment broadens the available relief by changing the monetary compensation in current law to monetary relief to the plaintiff that includes, but is not limited to, the existing types of relief and adds transitional living expenses, which are often necessary for plaintiffs who have suffered economic abuse. It also provides that the monetary relief component of a protection from abuse order does not limit the court's discretion to provide any other relief in a protection from abuse order, either as the statute specifically enumerates or as the court may find necessary and appropriate to issue as part of the proceeding under its discretion in section 4007, subsection 1, paragraph M, and does not preclude the plaintiff from seeking monetary relief through other actions as permissible by law.

LD 748 Chaptered Law
LD 748 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 759 An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-573, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 759
This bill provides funding for 2 Paralegal positions and one Consumer Outreach position within the Maine Human Rights Commission and requires that the commission purchase a computer system. It also includes a $10,000 appropriation for the initial step in evaluating the commission's computer system needs.

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 763 An Act To Ensure the Availability of Community Integration Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted Committee Majority report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-252, adopted Senate amendment S-162 and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 763
This bill provides funding to increase reimbursement rates in the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 17 for community integration services to $24.25 per quarter-hour.

Amendment H-252
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-162
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause, changes the date by which the reimbursement rate increase must start to October 1, 2019 and reduces the appropriation for fiscal year 2019-20 due to the delayed start.

LD 763 fiscal note
LD 763 Amendment H-252 fiscal note
LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 777
This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.

Amendment H-493
This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 815 An Act To Regulate the Issuance of Short-term, Limited-duration Health Insurance Policies in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 815
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period.

The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of the policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

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

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

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

LD 825 Chaptered Law
LD 825 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 836 An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-158, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 836
This bill provides ongoing funding to the school-based health centers within the Fund for a Healthy Maine program within the Department of Health and Human Services to add an additional 15 school-based health center sites.

Amendment H-158
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the reference to 15 new school-based health centers from the bill but retains the funding amount. The Department of Health and Human Services distributes the funding through a request for proposals process for the number of sites the funding will support.

LD 836 fiscal note
LD 836 Amendment H-158 fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 872 An Act To Forgive Education Debt for Certain Health Care Professionals Who Work in the State Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 872
This bill creates the Health Care Professional Education Loan Repayment Program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to repay the education debt of certain health care professionals who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay 20% of the education debt or $25,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $125,000 for a health care professional who is not employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area and 20% of the education debt or $30,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $150,000 for a health care professional who is employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area. The program is contingent on funding from the proceeds from the renewal of the contract for the operations of the State's wholesale spirits business.

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 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.

LD 906 Chaptered Law
LD 906 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 907 An Act To Ensure That Defendants in Foreclosure Proceedings Receive Proper Notification Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-543, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 907
This bill requires a mortgagee to send a mortgagor in a foreclosure action the right to cure notice by both certified mail, return receipt requested, and ordinary mail.

The time the notice is given to the mortgagor or cosigner is the sooner of:

  • 1. The date the mortgagor or cosigner signs the receipt or, if the notice is undeliverable, the date the post office last attempts to deliver it, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph A; and
  • 2. The date the mortgagor or cosigner receives the notice under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B. A post office department certificate of mailing to the mortgagor or cosigner is conclusive proof of receipt on the 7th calendar day after mailing when notice is provided under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B.


Amendment H-543
This amendment restructures the subsection governing notice by a mortgagee to clarify that the date of notice is the date of the delivery or attempted delivery of the notice by certified mail or the date of receipt by ordinary first-class mail, whichever is sooner.

LD 907 Chaptered Law
LD 907 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 908 An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs and Inspection Results to the Board of Pesticides Control for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-307, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 908
This bill establishes in law certain requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control related to pest management on school property. It requires a school to maintain a pest management activity log related to the application of pesticides. It requires this information to be provided annually to the board and requires the board to post the information on its publicly accessible website. It also requires that the board post on its publicly accessible website a list of all board inspections of a school's use of pesticides and the results of those inspections.

Amendment H-302
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

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

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

LD 908 fiscal note
LD 908 Amendment H-302 fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

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

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

LD 939 Chaptered Law
LD 939 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 977
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

Amendment H-621
This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

LD 982 Resolve, To Expand the Use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at Farmers' Markets Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-427, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 982
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to amend the rules regarding the use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at farmers' markets by expanding the program from seasonal to include all 12 months of the calendar year and by expanding the scope of food products that may be purchased through the program at a farmers' market from only fresh fruits and vegetables to all food products allowed to be purchased through the program in general.

Amendment H-427
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 982 Chaptered Law
LD 982 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 995 An Act To Establish a Student Loan Bill of Rights To License and Regulate Student Loan Servicers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 995
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It creates a position of student loan ombudsman under the Superintendent of Consumer Credit Protection within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection. The student loan ombudsman's duties include: receiving, reviewing and, if possible, resolving complaints from student loan borrowers; compiling and analyzing student loan borrower data; assisting student loan borrowers to understand their rights and responsibilities; providing information to the public, agencies and Legislators regarding concerns of student loan borrowers and making recommendations to resolve them; analyzing and monitoring the development and implementation of other legislation and policies that affect student loan borrowers and recommending necessary changes; reviewing student education loan history for borrowers who consent; disseminating information about the ombudsman's availability to assist others; seek the assistance of financial institutions or the Finance Authority of Maine in the resolution of student loan borrower complaints; and other necessary actions.
  • 2. It requires the superintendent to submit an annual report by January 1st of each year in regard to the effectiveness of the student loan ombudsman and to recommend additional steps necessary to gain regulatory control over licensing and enforcement with respect to student loan servicers.
  • 3. It establishes a licensing procedure for student loan servicers, which includes an investigation of an applicant, along with a license fee and an investigation fee and requires the costs of the investigation to be paid by the licensee or person being investigated.
  • 4. It identifies prohibited acts for student loan servicers, including employing any scheme, device or artifice to defraud or mislead student loan borrowers.
  • 5. It identifies duties of the superintendent in regard to investigations and examinations of student loan servicers.
  • 6. It exempts from the student loan servicer requirements imposed by this legislation most financial institutions licensed by the State, including licensed banks and credit unions, supervised financial organizations, Maine financial institutions and mutual holding companies whose home state is Maine and the Finance Authority of Maine. Those exempt organizations are required to work with the student loan ombudsman to resolve student loan borrower complaints and provide information as requested by the ombudsman.
  • 7. It requires student loan servicers to comply with all applicable federal laws and regulations related to student education loan servicing.
  • 8. It requires the superintendent to adopt routine technical rules necessary to carry out the provisions in this bill.


Amendment S-225
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It makes the requirements for the filing of financial statements with an application for licensure as a student loan servicer consistent with licensure requirements for mortgage loan servicers.
  • 2. It clarifies that a license is required for each physical location where a student loan servicer does business.
  • 3. It authorizes the Superintendent of Consumer Credit Protection within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection to require student loan servicers to file license applications electronically and to use the nationwide mortgage loan servicer licensing system and registry.
  • 4. It adds a provision authorizing the automatic licensure of student loan servicers under contract with the federal Department of Education.
  • 5. It provides that funding from license and investigation fees for student loan servicers may not be used for purposes other than to cover the costs of administering the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 9-A, Article 14.
  • 6. It replaces language in the bill with language from laws in other states regulating student loan servicing to maintain consistency.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 995 Chaptered Law
LD 995 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1009 An Act To Provide Protections for Maine Patients Facing Step Therapy Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-432, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1009
This bill requires health insurance carriers to establish a process for prescription drug step therapy exceptions.

Amendment H-432
This amendment conforms the timeline for responding to a request for a step therapy override exception determination with the existing timeline for prior authorization requests. The amendment clarifies the meaning of exigent circumstances and makes clear that a carrier is required to continue to provide access to the prescription drug subject to step therapy protocol during the consideration of a request for a step therapy override exception determination. The amendment also adds a definition of "stable on a prescription drug" and clarifies that the provisions do not prevent a carrier from requiring an enrollee to try an interchangeable biological product. The amendment also changes the allocation of a new section of the statutory provision to avoid a numbering problem.

LD 1009 Chaptered Law
LD 1009 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1034 An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Transportation Infrastructure Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1034
This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing revenue to the Highway Fund and for other transportation purposes.
  • 1. It increases certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver's license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, duplicate registrations, titles, driver's licenses, nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations.
  • 2. It increases the sales tax on the short-term rental of automobiles and certain pickup trucks and vans from 10% to 12%.
  • 3. It requires 5% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis.
  • 4. Beginning October 1, 2019, it increases the tax imposed on gasoline to 36.5¢ per gallon and the tax imposed on special fuel to 37.7¢ per gallon.


LD 1047 An Act To Prohibit Consideration of Naloxone Purchases in Life Insurance Underwriting Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-106, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1047
This bill prohibits a denial or limitation of coverage or an increase in insurance premiums under a life insurance policy based on the fact that an individual has been issued a prescription for naloxone or has purchased naloxone.

Amendment S-106
This amendment is the majority report and replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits a denial or limitation of coverage or an increase in insurance premiums under a life insurance policy based on the fact that an individual has been issued a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or has purchased naloxone hydrochloride. The amendment also provides an exception to the prohibition when the individual has a demonstrated history of opioid use disorder.

LD 1047 Chaptered Law
LD 1047 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1062 An Act To Support Maine Families by Providing for Transportation of Parents and Guardians of MaineCare Recipients under 18 Years of Age to Their Appointments Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 1062
This bill allows nonemergency medical transportation services that are currently available to MaineCare members for transportation to and from providers of medical services to be used by parents or guardians of MaineCare members under 18 years of age to and from providers of medical services when no other means of transportation is available to the parents or guardians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt or amend rules to implement this provision. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to apply for any Medicaid waivers or submit any state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive matching funds. In the event that no matching federal funds are available, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to cover the cost using General Fund money.

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

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

LD 1065 fiscal note
LD 1065 Amendment H-292 fiscal note
LD 1140 An Act To Improve the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault Cases Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1140
This bill requires a law enforcement agency, within 60 days of receiving a complaint for an alleged sexual assault, to inform the appropriate prosecutor of any evidence and submit the complaint to the appropriate prosecutor for review and a decision by the prosecutor regarding further investigation and commencement of prosecution. Failure of a law enforcement agency to do so does not affect the validity of a later submission and prosecution.

LD 1140 Chaptered Law
LD 1140 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1141 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Construct the Merrymeeting Trail from Topsham to Gardiner Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1141
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct a recreational trail, to be known as the Merrymeeting Trail, along the existing railroad corridor owned by the department from the Town of Topsham to the City of Gardiner.

LD 1155 An Act To Protect Patients and the Prudent Layperson Standard Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-372, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1155
This bill establishes a definition of "emergency medical condition" in the law governing utilization review in the Maine Insurance Code and makes clear that the determination of an emergency medical condition relies on the prudent layperson standard regardless of the final diagnosis that is given. The bill also prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for emergency services and requires that utilization review of benefit determinations for emergency services be conducted by a clinical peer, who is a licensed provider in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment H-372
This amendment makes several changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the reference to inadequately controlled pain and uses the phrase "severe pain" to maintain consistency with the definition used in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • 2. It clarifies the definition of "emergency service" so that it applies to services provided in an emergency setting or facility and makes other changes to maintain consistent language within the definition.
  • 3. It removes the reference to prior authorization for emergency services in section 2 of the bill because it is redundant with changes made in section 3.
  • 4. It clarifies that before a carrier denies benefits or reduces payment for an emergency service based on a determination of the absence of an emergency medical condition or a determination that a lower level of care was needed, the carrier's utilization review must be done by a board-certified emergency physician who is licensed in this State and that the review must include a review of the enrollee's medical record related to the emergency medical condition subject to dispute.
  • 5. It provides that any rules adopted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend current rules to conform to changes made in this legislation are routine technical rules.


LD 1155 Chaptered Law
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LD 1161 An Act To Restrict the Use of Mercury in Dental Fillings in State-funded Dental Procedures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 1161
This bill prohibits the use of mercury amalgam fillings as part of a procedure covered by any dental care program funded or partially funded by the State.

LD 1162 An Act To Further Expand Drug Price Transparency Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-252, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1162
This bill requires that, if a prescription drug has a wholesale acquisition cost of more than $40 for a course of therapy and there is an increase in the wholesale acquisition cost of that prescription drug of more than 16%, including the proposed increase and the cumulative increases that occurred within the previous two calendar years prior to the current year, the manufacturer of the prescription drug must provide notice to certain registered purchasers.

Under current law the Maine Health Data Organization, referred to as the "organization," is required to collect and report information with regard to the 25 prescription drugs that are the most frequently prescribed in the State, the 25 costliest as determined by the total amount spent on those drugs in the State and the 25 drugs that have the highest year-over-year cost increases in total spending in the State. This bill requires the organization to post online a list of the identified prescription drugs, along with the corresponding wholesale acquisition cost and the percentage of wholesale acquisition cost increase, if applicable, for each identified prescription drug.

The bill directs the organization to develop a plan to collect data from manufacturers that will help explain how prescription drug prices are established. The organization is required to work with other state and national agencies and organizations to determine how to conduct the data collection. The organization is required to submit the plan as well as any recommendations for legislation to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by April 1, 2020. That committee may report out legislation to the First or Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Using the plan developed and reported to the Legislature, starting in 2021 the organization must require the manufacturer of each drug on the list to disclose drug production, research and development costs, marketing and advertising costs and actual costs paid by purchasers. The manufacturer must certify the accuracy of the information and provide it within 60 days after the information is requested by the organization. The organization is authorized to request additional information related to the required information.

The information that the manufacturers are directed to provide to the organization, unless the information is already publicly accessible or available or previously released in the public domain, must be held confidential at the request of the manufacturer. The organization may release information that was previously accessible or available or released in the public domain. The organization may release additional information as long as the information released is not a trade secret. The organization must treat the information as "Level II" information as required by rules that have already been adopted by the organization.

This amendment provides that the manufacturer may voluntarily provide any other information the manufacturer determines relevant to the increase in wholesale acquisition cost, including but not limited to information about all manufacturer-sponsored assistance programs for that drug in the previous year, including the terms of the programs, the total amount of financial assistance provided to residents of the State and the average amount of assistance per resident of the State for whom assistance was provided. This information is not considered confidential and the organization may release it, identifying both the manufacturer and the individual drug.

The organization is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature based on the list of up to 75 drugs and the wholesale acquisition cost information. The organization may include in the report recommendations for increasing prescription drug pricing transparency. Once the organization starts collecting information from manufacturers in 2021, the report must also include at least a summary of the manufacturer information. The organization is required to post the report online.

The bill provides that when a manufacturer violates the reporting requirements, the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization may impose a fine of not more than $10,000 per day after the deadline for reporting required information. If the manufacturer fails to pay a fine, or if an injunction is necessary, the board may refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Attorney General may bring an action in Superior Court for injunctive relief, enforcement of fines, costs, attorney's fees and any other appropriate remedy.

The legislation does not restrict the legal ability of a prescription drug manufacturer to change prices to the extent permitted under federal law.

Amendment S-252
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

The amendment requires prescription drug manufacturers to report annually to the Maine Health Data Organization no later than January 30, 2020 and annually thereafter, on prescription drug prices when the manufacturer has during the prior calendar year increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a brand-name drug by more than 20% per pricing unit, increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a generic drug that costs at least $10 per pricing unit by more than 20% per pricing unit or introduced a new drug for distribution in this State when the wholesale acquisition cost is greater than the amount that would cause the drug to be considered a specialty drug under the Medicare Part D program.

The amendment also requires prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers to provide pricing component data per pricing unit of a drug within 60 days of a request by the Maine Health Data Organization. The amendment defines "pricing component data" as data unique to each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager that evidences the cost to make a prescription drug available to consumers and the payments received by each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager to make a prescription drug available to consumers, taking into account any price concessions, and that is measured uniformly among the entities, as determined by rules adopted by the organization.

The amendment provides that reported information is confidential, except that information may be shared in the aggregate and with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance for enforcement purposes.

Beginning November 1, 2020 and annually thereafter, the amendment requires the Maine Health Data Organization to produce and post on its publicly accessible website an annual report, including information developed from the notifications and disclosures received from prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers on trends in the cost of prescription drugs, an analysis of manufacturer prices and price increases, the major components of prescription drug pricing along the supply chain and the impacts on insurance premiums and cost sharing and other information the organization determines is relevant to providing greater consumer awareness of the factors contributing to the cost of prescription drugs in the State.

LD 1162 Chaptered Law
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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 1228 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop More Comprehensible MaineCare Benefit Letters Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-367, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1228
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new limited benefit MaineCare card for individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program, also known as the Medicare Buy-in Program. The department must issue the card to qualified individuals for use at pharmacies and providers of medical, behavioral health and other services. The department must assess the ease of use of the card to cardholders and providers of services and submit a report regarding the limited benefit MaineCare card to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

Amendment H-367
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to examine the letters the department sends notifying individuals of their eligibility for MaineCare and the Medicare savings program, also known as the Medicare buy-in program, and make changes to the letters to ensure the format and language of the letters are as user-friendly and comprehensible as possible. The department shall investigate the possibility of a letter that includes a tear-off or cut-out section for use as proof of eligibility for persons eligible for the Medicare savings program to carry if they do not otherwise receive a card from the department for this purpose. Any changes must be made within existing resources. The department shall report any changes to the letters and cards to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

LD 1228 Chaptered Law
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LD 1243 An Act To Assist Small Businesses in Providing Health Care for Their Employees Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1243
This bill requires the Bureau of Insurance, Consumer Health Care Division to provide education and resources to employers with 50 or fewer employees to assist with making decisions related to health care coverage for their employees.

LD 1247 Resolve, To Clarify the Good Cause and Sanction Process in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-408, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1247
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to include a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program participant's attendance at the medical and mental health appointments of the participant's children as a life management skill and job readiness activity.

Amendment H-408
This amendment replaces the resolve and changes the title. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to establish a process for a participant in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who fails to comply with a program requirement with an opportunity to claim good cause and receive a determination from the department in response to that claim.

LD 1247 Chaptered Law
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LD 1260 An Act Regarding Short-term, Limited-duration Health Plans Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-476, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1260
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period. The bill prohibits an insurer from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion on a short-term, limited-duration policy.

The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

The bill prohibits the issuance of a policy without prior approval from the Superintendent of Insurance.

The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-476
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

  • 1. It limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that ends on December 31st of the calendar year in which they are issued and allows an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker to issue a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy only if the combined term of the new policy and all prior policies does not exceed 24 months and as long as the individual has not been covered under any short-term, limited-duration policy for at least 12 months prior to the issuance of a policy.
  • 2. It requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies, a summary of plan benefits, limits and exclusions in a standardized format, information about the circumstances in which covered benefits may be subject to balance billing and examples of how charges may be applied toward any cost sharing under the policy and billed to the individual policyholder, and a comparison of the short-term, limited-duration policy to a qualified health plan in the terms, benefits and conditions of the policy, any exclusions, medical loss ratio requirements or the provisions of guaranteed renewal and continuity of coverage. It also requires an insurer to make the documents and information required to be disclosed to be made available on the insurer's publicly accessible website.
  • 3. It prohibits a short-term, limited-duration policy from being actively marketed or sold during any open enrollment period except for a policy that terminates coverage on December 31st.
  • 4. It restricts the sale of short-term, limited-duration policies to in-person encounters with an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker.
  • 5. It requires that an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker, upon offering an individual short-term, limited-duration policy for purchase, assess an individual making an application for eligibility for an advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction for coverage under a qualified health plan purchased on the exchange pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide an estimate of the cost for coverage under a qualified health plan after applying any advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction.
  • 6. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to issue, no later than 30 days following the effective date of this legislation, a bulletin related to short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies describing the statutory requirements for the policies, including the requirements enacted in this legislation and the required mandated benefits applicable to all short-term, limited-duration policies.
  • 7. It makes the requirements of this legislation apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.


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LD 1272 An Act To Increase Access to Low-cost Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-250, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1272
This bill establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the State in order to provide cost savings to consumers. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to design the program through rulemaking by January 1, 2020. The rules are designated as major substantive and must be submitted to the Legislature for final approval. The bill also specifies that the program may not be implemented until the State has received federal approval and certification. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal approval no later than May 1, 2020.

Amendment S-250
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. It adds language to the bill directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider whether the program may be developed on a multistate basis through collaboration with other states and to apply for and receive funds, grants or contracts from public and private sources.

LD 1272 Chaptered Law
LD 1272 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1345 An Act To Ensure a Fair Workweek Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1345
This bill requires employers who employ 5 or more employees in the State to provide hourly employees at least 2 weeks' prior notice of the employees' work schedules, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years.

The bill provides that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The department may adopt rules regarding compliance with and enforcement of these provisions, and the bureau is required to report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and the bureau's efforts.

LD 1361 An Act Regarding Health Care Providers and Patient Trust Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1361
This bill prevents the State from requiring persons licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or the Board of Licensure in Medicine, including physician assistants, or the State Board of Nursing to give patients information that is medically inaccurate or perform medical services that are inconsistent with evidence-based standards. It also provides that the State may not prohibit a person licensed under these professional boards from providing patients with medically accurate information or evidence-based medical services.

LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1387
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

This bill, using the guidance developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, enacts the Maine Pharmaceutical Drug Safety Act to allow an individual in Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada as long as specific criteria are met, including that the drug is imported for personal use, that the individual importing the drug has a valid prescription, that the drug does not present an unreasonable risk to the individual and that no more than a 90-day supply of the drug is imported. The prescription drug to be imported must also meet specific requirements. The importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs for sale or resale is specifically prohibited.

LD 1445 An Act To Provide Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1445
This bill establishes the Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents program. The bill requires, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20, the Finance Authority of Maine to provide eligible Maine residents a grant in the amount of the cost of tuition and other expenses related to the cost of attendance at an eligible school, including the cost of room and board, books, supplies and fees, charged to a student enrolled in courses leading to completion of an eligible program of study on at least a part-time basis at a public institution of higher education in the State in which the student is enrolled, less all other gift aid. An eligible program of study means a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree or certificate. An eligible full-time or part-time student may receive a grant for one academic year and may receive grants for the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate program at the eligible school the student is attending.

LD 1453 An Act To Improve Dental Health for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-409, Enacted in both chambers June 5, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1453
This bill adds access to comprehensive medically necessary preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to MaineCare members 21 years of age and over. It also establishes a dental incentive payment program for dentists to increase access to dental care for MaineCare members, including children, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations on the design of the program. It provides for the establishment of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the dental incentive payment program over time.

Amendment H-409
This amendment removes from the bill provisions establishing the dental incentive payment program and the working group that would have designed it. It retains the adult dental benefit under MaineCare and the rulemaking implementing it. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1470
This bill allows a political subdivision to prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons at public proceedings and at voting places. It provides an exception to allow the carrying of a handgun by an on-duty law enforcement officer. It defines "political subdivision" as any municipality, plantation, county, quasi-municipal corporation and special purpose district, including, but not limited to, any water district, sanitary district, hospital district, municipal transmission and distribution utility and school administrative unit.

LD 1499 An Act To Establish the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-251, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1499
This bill creates the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine the reasonableness of the costs for certain prescription drug products. The bill requires prescription drug manufacturers to notify the board when the introductory price or proposed price increase for a brand-name or generic drug reaches a specified threshold. The board is directed to review the information submitted by manufacturers to justify the price or increase.

The bill requires the board to have a public process for each prescription drug required to be reviewed based on certain criteria. The board is directed to determine if the cost to the health care system of appropriate utilization of a drug is commensurate with its benefit to the system and whether the drug is affordable to state residents. If the board finds that the cost in the State is not affordable to state health care systems and state residents, the board is authorized to establish a cost or payment rate for the drug to which all state programs, local governments, licensed commercial health plans, including state marketplace plans, licensed pharmacies, wholesalers and distributors must abide. These covered entities are prohibited from paying more for the drugs than the board-established rate.

Amendment S-251
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment, as in the bill, establishes the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board but removes the provisions that allow rate setting by the board and require the board to determine excess prescription drug costs based upon certain thresholds for prescription drug prices and price increases.

The amendment instead provides that the board determines prescription drug spending targets for public entities, including for specific prescription drugs, based upon a 10-year rolling average of the medical care services component of the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index medical care services index plus a reasonable percentage for inflation and minus a spending target determined by the board for pharmacy savings and in consideration of information received about the public entity's prescription drug spending and information collected by the Maine Health Data Organization. The board makes recommendations on prescription drug spending targets, including spending targets for specific prescription drugs, with input from representatives of those public entities. The recommendations may include establishing a common prescription drug formulary among public payors, purchasing prescription drugs in bulk or through a single purchasing agreement, collaborating with other states and state prescription drug purchasing consortia to purchase prescription drugs in bulk or to jointly negotiate rebates, allowing health insurance carriers providing coverage to small businesses in the State to participate in a public payor prescription drug benefit for a fee, procuring common pharmacy benefit management services and actuarial services, negotiating specific rebates and removing drugs for which a manufacturer does not negotiate a sufficient rebate from a formulary and other methods determined by the board. The board is required to report its prescription drug spending targets and the methods recommended to meet those targets to the Legislature annually.

LD 1499 Chaptered Law
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LD 1504 An Act To Protect Consumers from Unfair Practices Related to Pharmacy Benefits Management Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-253, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1504
This bill replaces the current registration requirement for pharmacy benefits managers doing business in this State with a licensing requirement beginning January 1, 2020. The bill imposes the following requirements on a carrier that provides prescription drug benefits.
  • 1. It makes a carrier responsible for monitoring all activities carried out by the carrier, or all activities carried out on behalf of the carrier by a pharmacy benefits manager, related to a carrier's prescription drug benefits and for ensuring that all requirements of the law are met.
  • 2. If a carrier contracts with a pharmacy benefits manager to perform any activities related to the carrier's prescription drug benefits, it makes the carrier responsible for ensuring that the pharmacy benefits manager acts as the carrier's agent and owes a fiduciary duty to the carrier.
  • 3. It prohibits a carrier from entering into a contract or agreement or allowing a pharmacy benefits manager or any person acting on the carrier's behalf to enter into a contract or agreement that prohibits a pharmacy provider from providing a consumer with the option of paying the cash price for the purchase of a prescription drug and not filing a claim with the consumer's carrier if the cash price is less than the covered person's cost-sharing amount or providing information to a state or federal agency, law enforcement agency or the Superintendent of Insurance when such information is required by law.
  • 4. It prohibits a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager from requiring a consumer to make an excessive payment at the point of sale for a covered prescription drug.
  • 5. It requires a carrier to provide a reasonably adequate retail pharmacy network and specifies that a mail order pharmacy may not be included in determining the adequacy of a retail pharmacy network.
  • 6. It replaces and updates current law related to the use of a maximum allowable cost list by a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager under contract with a carrier. It also clarifies how a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager may determine the average wholesale price of a brand-name drug or generic drug not included on the maximum allowable cost list.
  • 7. It specifies how to calculate the amount paid by a carrier or a carrier's pharmacy benefits manager to a pharmacy provider under contract with the carrier or the carrier's pharmacy benefits manager for dispensing a prescription drug.
  • 8. It requires that all compensation remitted by or on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer or labeler, directly or indirectly, to a carrier or to a pharmacy benefits manager related to its prescription drug benefits must be remitted to, and retained by, the carrier and used to lower the premium for covered persons. The bill requires a carrier to file annual reports beginning March 1, 2021 demonstrating how the carrier has complied with this requirement.
  • 9. It requires a carrier to use a prescription drug formulary and specifies certain requirements for accessibility and disclosure of the formulary to covered persons. The bill also prohibits a carrier from allowing a person to be a member of its pharmacy and therapeutics committee if the member has a conflict of interest because of a relationship with, or compensation from, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer, labeler, wholesaler or distributor.
  • 10. It requires a carrier to maintain certain records related to the administration and provision of prescription drug benefits under a health plan and authorizes the carrier to audit those activities. The bill also authorizes the superintendent to have access to records upon request.
  • 11. If a carrier uses a pharmacy benefits manager to administer or manage prescription drug benefits provided for the benefit of covered persons, it provides that any pharmacy benefits manager compensation constitutes an administrative cost incurred by a carrier for purposes of calculating the anticipated loss ratio. "Pharmacy benefits manager compensation" is defined in the bill as the difference between the value of payments made by a carrier of a health plan to its pharmacy benefits manager and the value of payments made by the pharmacy benefits manager to dispensing pharmacists for the provision of prescription drugs or pharmacy services with regard to pharmacy benefits covered by the health plan.
  • 12. It provides that the provisions in the bill take effect January 1, 2020.


Amendment S-253
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the provision related to excess payments at the point of sale.
  • 2. It requires that all compensation remitted by or on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer or labeler, directly or indirectly, to a carrier or to a pharmacy benefits manager related to its prescription drug benefit must be remitted directly to the covered person at the point of sale or to the carrier to offset premiums for covered persons.
  • 3. It removes the provision related to prescription drug formularies used by carriers as it is duplicative of other provisions in current law.
  • 4. It clarifies that the definition of "carrier" does not include a multiple-employer welfare arrangement if the multiple-employer welfare arrangement contracts with a 3rd-party administrator to manage and administer health benefits, including benefits for prescription drugs.


LD 1504 Chaptered Law
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LD 1617 An Act To Create a Single-payer Health Care Program in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1617
This bill establishes a single-payer health care program in the State that provides health care services for Maine residents. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consult with the Department of Labor and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to develop the program. The bill requires the State to implement the program in 3 phases, based on income, beginning in 2022 for those residents not eligible for the MaineCare program. The bill also creates the Single-payer Implementation Task Force to advise the departments and make recommendations to fully implement the single-payer health care program. The program may not be implemented in 2022 without prior legislative approval.

LD 1647 An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1647
This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

LD 1650 An Act To Strengthen Consumer Protections in Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1650
This bill makes changes to the rating provisions for individual and small group health insurance plans to reduce the rating band for age and to require that the ratio on the basis of geographic area is 1.5 to 1 and that the ratio for age and geographic area may not exceed 2.5. The changes in the bill reinstate the rating provisions in place before the enactment of Public Law 2011, chapter 90.

LD 1666 An Act To Require Certain Health Care Providers To Provide Patients Detailed Information on the Risks Associated with the Use of Opioid Medications and Schedule II Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1666
This bill requires a health care provider who is a prescriber of any opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, before issuing an initial prescription and before issuing a 3rd prescription of an opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, to inform a patient of the risks of using the medication, the reason the medication is necessary and alternative treatments that may be available. It also requires the health care provider to include a note in the patient's medical record that the health care provider discussed the information with the patient.

LD 1673 An Act To Prohibit Prescription Drug Advertising Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1673
This bill amends current law, which allows the advertising of prescription drugs only if the advertisement is not misleading, to ban completely, beginning January 1, 2020, the advertising of prescription drugs, either by broadcast by a television or radio station in this State, over the Internet from a location in this State or in a magazine or newspaper printed, distributed or sold in this State. A violation is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

LD 1680 An Act To Authorize Common Consumption Area Licenses for the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages within Designated Entertainment Districts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-184, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1680
This bill authorizes the issuance of auxiliary liquor licenses for the consumption of spirits, wine and malt liquor within entertainment districts authorized by and located within municipalities or unincorporated places.

Amendment S-184
This amendment makes the following changes to the process established in the bill for the issuance of licenses for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in entertainment districts.
  • 1. It provides that an entertainment district ordinance established by a municipal legislative body must describe the boundaries of the entertainment district as well as permissible hours of operation and maximum size of any common consumption area located within the entertainment district. The ordinance must also specify the maximum number of licensees that may operate a single common consumption area and whether a common consumption area located within the entertainment district may include public or private ways.
  • 2. It clarifies that an auditorium, hotel, restaurant, Class A restaurant, Class A restaurant/lounge or Maine manufacturer licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A to serve alcoholic beverages is eligible for a common consumption area license. An applicant's premises must be located both within the entertainment district and adjacent to the common consumption area.
  • 3. It specifies that a common consumption area license does not permit the licensee to serve alcoholic beverages that the licensee is not authorized to serve pursuant to the licensee's underlying liquor license.
  • 4. It clarifies that the customers of a common consumption area licensee may consume alcoholic beverages served by the licensee either on the licensee's premises or within the premises of the common consumption area, which must be controlled by barriers and by signs prohibiting consumption beyond the barriers.


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LD 1685 An Act To Facilitate Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-416, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1685
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, the authority may provide interest-free loans to foreign-educated or foreign-trained, experienced immigrants who need assistance while awaiting federal employment authorization to pay the costs of certain actions and activities that will improve their work-readiness once they receive their work permits.

Amendment H-416
The amendment clarifies language regarding applications for work permits and makes technical edits to the bill.

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