Representative Diane Denk [Democrat]
Kennebunk ~ District 9
Towns in District: part of Biddeford and KennebunkportWould be term limited: 2026
✉ 32 River's Edge Drive
Kennebunk, Maine 04043
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|LD 1542||An Act To Allow a Municipality To Choose Its Power Provider||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
This bill provides a process to allow a municipality to choose a single transmission and distribution utility via a referendum when that municipality is served by more than one utility. The decision to hold a referendum must be made by a majority vote of the municipal officials. A referendum to choose a single utility must occur during a gubernatorial or presidential election in November and must be called, advertised and conducted according to the law relating to municipal elections.
The bill also requires the choice of a single utility to be approved by the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to approve the choice if the commission finds that the chosen utility is willing to furnish service to the entire municipality, has the financial ability to meet its obligations under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A and is willing and able to pay a fair and reasonable price, as determined by the commission, for the assets of the 2nd utility needed to furnish service to the entire municipality. Upon approval, the commission is directed to order the 2nd utility to sell its assets used to serve the municipality to the chosen transmission and distribution utility. This bill also allows the commission to adopt routine technical rules to implement these provisions.
|LD 8||An Act To Allow and Recognize a Legal Name Change upon Marriage||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-97, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019|
This bill allows a person who is getting married to change that person's name by indicating the new name on the application for recording notice of intent to marry, which becomes effective upon the completion of the marriage license.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to authorize the one-time use of Other Special Revenue Funds to update the marriage license and marriage certificate forms in the online vital records ordering system used by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics. This amendment also adds a fiscal note.
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|LD 21||An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain Populations||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019|
This bill prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy on a child under 18 years of age or a person over 65 years of age or a person who is pregnant.
|LD 101||An Act To Reestablish the Pesticide Notification Registry||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019|
This bill reestablishes the law, which was repealed by Public Law 2011, chapter 332, governing the development and maintenance of a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that they receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides near their properties.
|LD 114||An Act To Establish Open Primaries for Certain Federal and State Offices||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019|
This bill provides for open primary elections for the elections for United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative. All of the candidates for those offices, including candidates enrolled in a party and unenrolled candidates, must appear on the same open primary ballot. All qualified voters, regardless of enrollment status, are eligible to vote in open primary elections.
The votes in an open primary election must be tabulated using ranked-choice voting, except that the 2 candidates who receive the most votes are declared the winners of the open primary and their names must appear on the ballot for the general election. If one of the 2 candidates who received the most votes at the open primary withdraws from the race at least 70 days before the general election, that candidate must be replaced with the candidate who received the 3rd most votes in the open primary election, if any. Voters may not vote for a write-in candidate in a general election that was preceded by an open primary election. As a result, ranked-choice voting will no longer be used in general elections for United States Senator and United States Representative to Congress. Instead, the candidate who receives a plurality of votes at the general election will be elected to those offices.
|LD 349||An Act To Extend the Refundability of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit to Students in the Behavioral Health Field||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill provides that students receiving bachelor's degrees or associate degrees in a behavioral health field are entitled to a refundable income tax credit for certain education loans in the same manner as students receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
|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|
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.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
|LD 462||An Act To Provide Paid Family Leave to Public School Employees||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill provides that a full-time employee of a school administrative unit is entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave and may not be required to use sick or other kinds of leave for the birth of the employee's child or the employee's domestic partner's child or for the placement of a child 16 years of age or less with the employee or the employee's domestic partner in connection with the adoption of the child by the employee or the employee's domestic partner. The bill also provides that the employer and employee may negotiate whether leave is taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule.
|LD 537||An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Establishment of a Near-shore Coastal Sensor Network||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's establishment of a near-shore coastal sensor network to gather oceanographic data, track changes in state waters, predict changes and support persons who engage in commercial fishing and aquaculture as they adapt to a changing ocean.
|LD 538||An Act To Ensure Access to Medical Cannabis for Visiting Qualifying Patients||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-347, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019|
This bill repeals the provision of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act that requires visiting qualifying patients to designate a registered caregiver or dispensary in order to obtain harvested marijuana.
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill. It removes the requirement that a visiting qualifying patient obtain valid written certification pursuant to Maine law from the visiting patient's medical provider. It also directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to maintain a list of other jurisdictions that authorize the medical use of marijuana and the images of the valid medical marijuana certifications from those jurisdictions and make that information available to registered caregivers and registered dispensaries.
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|LD 561||An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill exempts from Maine income tax certain income from out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income. The exemption is only for the amount of the contribution made by the taxpayer divided by the life expectancy of the taxpayer and applies only if the income is included in federal adjusted gross income and not deducted under the general pension deduction.
In order to qualify for the exemption, the contribution must have been made using income on which income tax was paid and is available only if the state in which the taxpayer resided at the time of the contribution provides a similar exemption to a former resident of Maine.
|LD 562||An Act To Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement To Support Municipalities||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019|
This bill amends the laws relating to the State's regulation of the shoreland zone as follows.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill by removing the requirement that the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement and instead removes from existing law the designation that the training program required by statute be basic.
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|LD 563||An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019|
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.
This amendment clarifies that a municipality or multimunicipal region that is in the "coastal area" as that term is defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1802, subsection 1 is subject to the bill. The amendment also strikes from the bill a requirement that state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.
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|LD 564||An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.
|LD 604||An Act To Create an Electric Vehicle Tax Credit||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill provides an income tax credit for the purchase of a new plug-in electric-drive motor vehicle that is eligible for a federal income tax credit. The credit is $300 plus $50 for each kilowatt-hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt-hours up to a maximum credit of $1,500.
|LD 621||An Act To Prohibit Extruded Polystyrene Food Service Containers||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill prohibits food establishments from processing, preparing, selling or providing food in or on an extruded polystyrene foam food service container with certain exceptions.
|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|
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.
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.
This amendment amends the bill by:
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LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
|LD 812||An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes on Homesteads of Individuals Who Are 66 Years of Age or Older||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019|
This bill permits a municipality to maintain the property tax on the homestead of a permanent resident who is at least 66 years of age or older at the amount billed in the year prior to an application for stabilization. The amount by which the tax assessed exceeds the stabilized amount must be paid to the municipality by the State. An applicant for stabilization must be a permanent resident of the State and must have received a property tax fairness credit for the income tax year preceding application for stabilization. An application for stabilization must be made each year to continue eligibility.
|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|
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.
|LD 839||An Act To Increase Funding for Multimodal Transportation||Status: Dead, Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-329, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019|
This bill increases the sales tax on short-term rentals of automobiles, small trucks and vans from 10% to 15% to provide funding for multimodal transportation. The increase takes effect October 1, 2019.
This amendment reduces from 15% to 12% the increased rate of the sales tax on short-term rental of automobiles, small trucks and vans and adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 839 Amendment H-329 fiscal note
|LD 855||An Act To Strengthen the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-619 and Senate amendment S-372, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires that the Commissioner of Public Safety appoint a technical codes coordinator, an office specialist and a building codes trainer. It also requires that municipalities impose a $3 surcharge on building permits and remit those funds to the Department of Public Safety to fund the Uniform Building Codes and Standards Fund.
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.
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|LD 859||An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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 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|
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.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
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LD 863 Amendment H-212 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|
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 954||An Act To Rescind An Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill repeals An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. The repeal does not take effect unless approved by the Houlton Band Council of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Tribal Chief and the Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|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|
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.
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|LD 957||An Act To Increase the Property Tax Fairness Credit||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit from $750 to $1,000 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and from $1,200 to $1,500 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older and decreases the threshold from 6% to 5% of the resident individual's income for purposes of calculating the credit.
|LD 976||An Act To Require Additional Lead Screening for Children||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-296, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill amends the Lead Poisoning Control Act to require blood lead level testing of all children not covered by the MaineCare program at one year of age, 2 years of age and 6 years of age
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It changes the definition of "lead poisoning" in the Lead Poisoning Control Act to mean a confirmed elevated level of blood lead that is equal to or exceeds 5 micrograms per deciliter. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters when the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes the reference level at which it recommends public health actions be taken with respect to blood lead levels in children.
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|LD 980||An Act To Amend Provisions of the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act Regarding Assessments on Ratepayers||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019|
This bill amends the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act to permit the Public Utilities Commission to consider the effect on electricity market clearing prices in Maine of programs, contracts and other enforceable obligations in other states in determining whether assessments on Maine electricity ratepayers for natural gas pipelines and gas storage are just and reasonable.
|LD 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|
This bill does the following.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.
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|LD 1042||An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.
|LD 1110||An Act To Establish a Local Option for Sales Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019|
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, the categories of taxable items the local option sales tax will apply to and the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
|LD 1138||An Act To Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Treatment for Childhood Postinfectious Neuroimmune Disorders Including Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires health insurance coverage for treatment of childhood postinfectious neuroimmune disorders, a group of medical conditions that includes autoinflammatory encephalopathic conditions including pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. The treatments authorized include certain treatments described as the standard of care in a series of articles in the 2017 Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Volume 27, Number 7. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.
|LD 1158||An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-382, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill amends the property tax fairness credit under the income tax laws for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 by changing the formula for calculation of benefits to reflect the calculation that applied under the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, referred to as "the circuitbreaker program," which was in effect prior to enactment of the property tax fairness credit.
This amendment changes "calendar year" to "tax year" in the definition of "household income" and clarifies that the income factor for the calculation proposed in the bill of the property tax fairness credit is household income.
This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1158 Amendment H-382 fiscal note
|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|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1180||Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to identify areas of improvement in the coordination of information and processes of the entities that investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 4, 2019.
|LD 1181||An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019|
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.
The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.
The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.
The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.
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|LD 1214||Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 1242||An Act To Reinstitute the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill reinstitutes the property tax deferral program for seniors which, until April 1, 1991, provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program and makes other technical changes to the program to bring it into conformity with current law.
|LD 1245||An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.
|LD 1299||An Act To Incentivize Municipalities, State Agencies, Colleges and Universities To Use Electric Vehicles||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to develop a program to provide grants to municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities to support the purchase of charging stations for electric vehicles and the purchase of electric vehicles.
|LD 1334||An Act To Rename the Maine International Trade Center the Maine Trade Center and To Establish within the Center International and Domestic Export Branches||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill changes the name of the Maine International Trade Center to the Maine Trade Center and directs the center to establish international and domestic export branches within the center.
|LD 1441||An Act To Align the Laws Governing Dental Therapy with Standards Established by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-503, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019|
This bill makes the following changes to the laws affecting dental therapists.
This amendment clarifies the educational requirements for dental therapists.
The amendment removes language proposing to clarify statutory language related to supervision of dental therapists and replaces it with a provision requiring further study of the issues by the Board of Dental Practice. The Board of Dental Practice is directed to recommend changes to the statutory definitions of supervision and to recommend a definition of "teledentistry" for the purpose of aligning current supervision practices and reflecting advancements in technology. The Board of Dental Practice is required to submit its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than February 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the board's recommendations.
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|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|
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 1593||An Act To Support Infrastructure Improvements in Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-399, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019|
This bill makes changes to the laws governing energy conservation improvements at school administrative unit facilities, including amending the definition of "energy services company" and removing the requirement that an agreement with an energy services company must have a total contract cost of less than $2,500,000 in order for the agreement to be deemed a professional service and not subject to competitive bidding requirements.
This amendment amends the definition of "energy services company" to mean a company or 3rd-party financing company that provides design, installation, operation, maintenance and financing of locally funded energy conservation improvements, air quality improvements or combined energy conservation and related air quality improvements at existing school administrative unit facilities. This amendment also increases the cap on the total contract cost, excluding private or federal grant funds, interest and operating and maintenance costs, for which an agreement is deemed to be a professional service, which is not subject to competitive bidding requirements, to $10,000,000.
LD 1593 Chaptered Law
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