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Representative Donald Marean [Republican]
Hollis ~ District 16

Towns in District: part of Buxton, Hollis and part of Saco

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

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♦ Taxation (Ranking Republican)

✉ Donald.Marean@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 233 Bonny Eagle Road
Hollis, Maine 04042


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 201833%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20185 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20174 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201729%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%, 1 Unexcused absences

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LD 1590 An Act To Amend the Laws Relating to Harness Racing Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1590
This bill amends the harness racing laws in the following ways.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to develop a biennial operating budget for the State Harness Racing Commission with input from the commission that allows for expenditures for discretionary activities by the commission during the biennium if the commission determines the activities are in the best interest of the harness racing industry.
  • 2. It protects the Harness Racing Promotional Fund from being charged for indirect costs under a departmental indirect cost allocation plan.
  • 3. It requires a harness racing license application of a pari-mutuel betting licensee who leases a racing plant to list financial and corporate information of the owner of the real estate.
  • 4. It requires the commission, when assigning race dates to licensees, to consider the development of revenues from interstate simulcasting, the ability to offer night racing and the ability to maintain ownership of or a leasehold on facilities.
  • 5. It changes the definition of "commercial track" for regions with a population of 300,000 or more and with a population of less than 300,000 by removing language for racetracks that have ceased operations.
  • 6. It provides that an off-track betting facility within a 50-mile radius of a commercial track must pay 1% of the wagers made during the time live racing is being conducted on race day and 0.5% of the wagers made during the time that live racing is not being conducted on race day.
  • 7. It allows an off-track betting facility to be located within a facility licensed to serve alcohol that is owned by an owner other than the off-track betting facility owner.
  • 8. It removes the requirement that an applicant for an off-track betting license notify commercial tracks within 50 miles of the proposed off-track betting facility.
  • 9. It provides that an applicant for an off-track betting license must notify and allow objections from existing off-track betting facilities within 15 miles of the proposed off-track betting facility, instead of within 35 miles as in current law.
  • 10. It changes the date of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's annual report to the Legislature on off-track betting from January 1st to March 1st.
  • 11. It provides for reduced payments from revenues derived by an off-track betting facility first licensed after January 1, 2019 that is owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe and is located and operated in an establishment licensed to serve alcohol.
  • 12. It allows an agricultural fair licensee to qualify for funds from the fund to supplement harness racing purses by conducting an extended meet, removing the requirement that the licensee must have conducted an extended meet in 2005.


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

LD 1728 Chaptered Law
LD 1728 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 62 An Act To Enhance the Senior Volunteer Benefit Program Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 62
This bill increases the maximum benefit that a municipality may provide under a senior volunteer benefit program from $750 to the greater of $1,000 and 100 times the state minimum hourly wage.

LD 62 Chaptered Law
LD 62 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 108 An Act To Protect Historic Places and Structures on the Federal Aid Highway System Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 108
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act when performing construction or maintenance on a federal aid highway that involves or affects a structure or place listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

LD 163 An Act Regarding Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 163
This bill provides enhanced property tax exemptions for certain veterans. A veteran regardless of age becomes eligible for a $25,000 exemption if the veteran has served at least 90 days of active service and has served in a combat zone. A veteran with a service-connected disability becomes eligible for a $50,000 exemption if the disability is rated 50% to 90% and a $100,000 exemption if the disability is rated 100%. A surviving unremarried spouse, minor child or parent who is receiving a pension based on the service of a deceased veteran qualifies for the same exemption the veteran would have been eligible for. A municipality is reimbursed for the constitutionally mandated 50% of the property tax revenue loss as a result of the enhanced exemption.

LD 210 An Act To Increase Technology and Engineering Education for Grades 7 to 12 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 210
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to enhance technology and engineering education for students in grades 7 to 12. The measures include, but are not limited to:

  • 1. Changing the industrial arts/technology teacher endorsement to a technology and engineering endorsement and amending the endorsement requirements. The amended endorsement requirements would grandfather all current teachers who hold an industrial arts/technology endorsement and make them technology and engineering teachers. The amended endorsement requirements would also allow a college graduate with an engineering degree to obtain a technology and engineering endorsement; and
  • 2. Creating 3 categories of science endorsements: life science, physical science and technology and engineering.


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

LD 216 An Act To Protect Water Quality by Standardizing the Law Concerning Septic Inspection in the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 216
This bill extends to inland shoreland areas the requirement that subsurface wastewater disposal systems on property located within a shoreland area be inspected prior to a sale of the property. Currently, that inspection requirement applies only to the sale of property located within a coastal shoreland area.

LD 216 Chaptered Law
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LD 221 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Automobile Repairs by Eliminating the Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Requirement Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 221
This bill amends the Board of Environmental Protection's authority to adopt and enforce new motor vehicle emission standards by prohibiting the adoption of standards requiring that new aftermarket catalytic converters sold or installed in the State be certified to any standards adopted by the State of California or the California Air Resources Board. The bill also requires the Department of Environmental Protection, as soon as practicable, to amend its rule Chapter 127 relating to new motor vehicle emission standards in accordance with this statutory prohibition.

LD 233 An Act To Move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 233
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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

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

This amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 241 Amendment H-335 fiscal note
LD 251 An Act To Amend the Maine Condominium Act by Extending the Lien Period for Nonpayment of Assessments Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 251
This bill extends the lien period for nonpayment of assessments under the Maine Condominium Act from 5 years to 6 years.

LD 251 Chaptered Law
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LD 260 An Act To Permit Disability Insurance To Be Offered through the Surplus Lines Market Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-7, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 260
This bill permits disability insurance to be offered through the surplus lines market in excess of policy limits available from an admitted insurer.

Amendment S-7
This amendment removes the restriction in the bill that would have limited the offer of disability insurance to only the excess of policy limits available from an admitted insurer. The amendment would allow a licensed producer to place disability insurance through the surplus lines market if coverage is not available from an admitted insurer.

LD 260 Chaptered Law
LD 260 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 321 An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 321
This bill provides funding to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow the department through the landowner relations program to improve relationships or maintain good relationships between landowners and outdoor recreationists.

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

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

LD 375 Chaptered Law
LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 500 An Act To Extend the Limitation on Prescribing Opioids for Certain Individuals with Chronic Pain (By request) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 500
Current law prohibits an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication from prescribing more than a 30-day supply of an opioid medication to a patient under treatment for chronic pain. This bill allows an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication to prescribe no more than a 6-month supply of an opioid medication to a patient under treatment for chronic pain who has been prescribed medication for chronic pain continually for at least 5 years or is 63 years of age or older.

LD 515 An Act To Require Ingredient Lists at Certain Retail Food Locations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 515
This bill requires a commercial food producer with a retail location to provide upon request a list of ingredients of each food and beverage item offered for sale at the retail location.

LD 527 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Establish a Law Enforcement Training Program for Park Managers and Certain Bureau Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-229, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 527
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to implement a training program for bureau employees and agents who manage lands or waters and exercise law enforcement powers within the bureau's jurisdiction on various law enforcement practices, to be implemented no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-229
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the resolve.

LD 527 Chaptered Law
LD 527 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 569 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Submit to the United States Secretary of Agriculture a Plan for Continued Implementation of the Maine Industrial Hemp Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 569
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture to continue Maine's industrial hemp program and to regulate hemp in accordance with federal requirements.

LD 625 An Act To Phase Out the Insurance Premium Tax on Annuities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-32, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 625
This bill phases out the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations over 4 years beginning in 2020. During the phase-out period, the prescribed rate applies only if the insurer credits the savings from the rate reductions to annuity holders. The bill also specifies that certain deductions related to annuities may be deducted from annuity considerations for tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-32
This amendment changes the phase-out of the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations from 4 years to 9 years and provides that during the phase-out period the retaliatory tax on non-Maine insurance companies does not apply. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 625 Amendment H-32 fiscal note
LD 645 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Tax on the Primary Residence of Certain Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 645
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to authorize the Legislature to require municipalities to cap property taxes on property owned and occupied as a person's primary residence if that person is at least 65 years of age and the household income for the residents of the property does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level. The tax would be stabilized at the amount assessed on the property on the later of the date by which the person attained 65 years of age or purchased the property. Upon transfer of the property to someone other than a family member of the owner, the property would assume the just value at the time of transfer. The State would be required to reimburse a municipality for any revenue lost due to the cap on property taxes.

LD 649 An Act To Enhance Collaboration among State Agencies To Improve Landowner Relations Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 649
This bill directs all state agencies and in particular the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to implement the landowner relations program. This bill directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to organize the collaboration to distribute as evenly as practicable the burden experienced by the various agencies arising from the public use of private lands.

LD 650 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Landowner Relations Program Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 650
This bill provides ongoing funding for 5 additional Deputy Game Warden positions and associated costs in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 684 Resolve, Relating to the Prevention and Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 684
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations for measures related to the prevention and management of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

LD 741 An Act To Return Surplus Money to Maine Taxpayers Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 741
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to distribute the funds in the State treasury by:

  • 1. Placing in the General Fund only the amount necessary to cover the outstanding obligations of the State required by law, such as for bond debt and payment of contracts and salaries;
  • 2. After the transfer of funds required to meet the legal obligations of the State, distributing 75% of the remaining funds to Maine taxpayers on a pro rata basis, based on tax data for the 2018 tax year; and
  • 3. After the transfer and the distributions, transferring the remaining 25% to the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Maine Rainy Day Fund.


LD 782 An Act Relating to Animals in Pulling Events Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 782
This bill prohibits a person handling or responsible for an animal in a pulling event from using on the animal any technique, force or method of preparing the animal for pulling that subjects the animal to pain, fear or undue stress, including but not limited to electric shock, physical punishment or artificial sweating to achieve weight. A person who engages in that activity is banned from participating in pulling events for one year for the first offense and permanently for a 2nd offense.

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


LD 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 806 An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Ancient Burying Ground" Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 806
This bill provides that ancient burying grounds include private cemeteries established pursuant to Public Law 1829, chapter 420 and Public Law 1839, chapter 392 and family burying grounds established before 1880. It also provides that ancient burying grounds may be documented in family papers, records of registers of deeds or municipal records, but that a lack of such documentation, or of apparent marked boundaries, does not negate the existence of, or a place's status as, an ancient burying ground.

LD 807 An Act Regarding the Duties of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 807
This bill removes an exception to the Public Advocate's ability to petition to initiate, or intervene and appear in, any proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission, appeals from orders of the commission or proceedings before state and federal agencies and courts in which the subject matter of the action affects the customers of any utility or competitive service provider doing business in the State. The exception the bill removes is the prohibition against the Public Advocate's intervening in any proceedings in which commission staff is representing a position substantially similar to that of the Public Advocate.

Amendment S-38
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill. It provides an allocation to fund additional staff activities related to the expansion of the Office of the Public Advocate's duties in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal agencies and courts.

LD 807 Chaptered Law
LD 807 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 858 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Make Recommendations Relating to School Safety and Security Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-128, Finally passed, Signed into law May 15, 2019
LD 858
This resolve directs the Department of Education to study and make recommendations for the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center based on a report created by Safe Havens International, the top recommendation of which was the establishment of such a center. The department is directed to issue a report, including its recommendations for the establishment of a center and any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by October 15, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

LD 858 Chaptered Law
LD 858 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 878 An Act To Make Clean Election Filing Deadlines Consistent for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 11, 2019
LD 878
This bill changes the date on which a candidate who is not enrolled in a party must file to participate in the Maine Clean Election Act from April 20th to June 1st for a candidate for the Legislature and from April 1st to June 1st for a candidate for Governor. Current law provides that a nomination petition must be filed in the office of the Secretary of State by June 1st.

LD 892 Resolve, To Require the Examination of Alternatives to the Service Provider Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-289, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 892
This bill repeals the service provider tax for so-called MaineCare Appendix C private nonmedical institutions, which are residential care facilities maintained wholly or partly for the purpose of providing residents with medical and remedial treatment services. The service provider tax continues to apply to private nonmedical institution services that are provided by MaineCare Appendix B, D, E or F private nonmedical institutions.

Amendment S-289
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and other state agencies that the departments determine should be included to examine the service provider tax and alternatives to the tax and submit a report on their findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by March 1, 2020. The committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 892 Chaptered Law
LD 892 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 926 An Act To Protect Hospital Employees from Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 926
This bill provides that an assault on a hospital employee while the hospital employee is providing medical care is a Class C crime. It also provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing medical care is a Class C crime. Current law provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing emergency medical care is a Class C crime. The bill also corrects a cross-reference.

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 988 An Act To Reduce the Landfilling of Municipal Solid Waste (By request) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 988
This bill removes the exemption to the municipal solid waste disposal surcharge for municipal solid waste generated by a municipality that owns the landfill accepting it or that has entered into a contract with a term longer than 9 months for disposal of municipal solid waste in that landfill facility. The bill also directs the proceeds from the surcharge to the Maine Solid Waste Diversion Grant Program.

LD 1081 An Act To Impose Further Restrictions on where Marijuana May Be Smoked Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1081
This bill expands the restrictions on where marijuana may be smoked to include:
  • 1. Areas in which tobacco smoking is prohibited;
  • 2. In a private residence or on private property when a person under 18 years of age is present; and
  • 3. In a vehicle in which a person under 18 years of age is present.


LD 1142 Resolve, To Expand Transportation Services for Seniors Who Are MaineCare Members (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1142
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an amendment request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the 1915(c) waiver that provides services to the elderly under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 19 to allow for coverage of transportation services required to access services specified in the individual's service plan that are nonmedical in nature. The waiver request must be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. Upon approval, the department shall amend its rules to cover the new service. The department shall submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the waiver request and rulemaking. The resolve also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to develop a plan to provide nonmedical transportation services to travel to destinations to meet basic needs to persons who are 61 years of age or older with no other means of transportation and who are MaineCare members or receive state-funded services under the department's rule Chapter 5: Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 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
LD 1158
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.

Amendment H-382
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 1167 An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in State Institutions Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1167
Current law requires state and school purchasers to buy meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fruits and fresh vegetables directly from Maine food producers or food brokers. This bill establishes a minimum percentage of Maine foodstuffs, including milk or milk products, eggs, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products and fruits and vegetables, that must be purchased, requiring at least 20% by December 31, 2025, at least 30% by December 31, 2030, at least 40% by December 31, 2040 and at least 50% by December 31, 2050. The bill exempts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also clarifies that "Maine food producer" includes food processors, revises provisions regulating quality standards and requires competitive bidding when more than one producer or broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff.

LD 1294 Resolve, Directing the Maine Human Rights Commission To Implement a Pilot Program To Investigate and Report on Incidents of Harassment Due to Housing Status, Lack of Employment and Other Issues Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1294
This resolve directs the Maine Human Rights Commission to create a 2-year pilot program to receive, review and investigate incidents and complaints of harassment due to a person's lack of employment or housing status and other reports of interference with a person's access to public accommodations. In carrying out the pilot program, the commission must investigate and respond to incidents and complaints of harassment as set out in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, sections 4611 and 4612. The commission is authorized to use any of its powers under Title 5, section 4566 to carry out the pilot program and may limit its scope. The commission is authorized to establish an advisory board to document and evaluate complaints and to advise the commission as to which incidents and complaints should be acted on and possible solutions. The commission is directed to produce an interim report for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by September 15, 2020 and a final report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by September 15, 2021. The reports are authorized to contain recommendations on changes to the program or for its continuation as well as proposed legislation to carry out any recommendations.

LD 1294 fiscal note
LD 1322 An Act To Provide Equitable Tax Treatment to State-licensed Marijuana Businesses Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-334, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1322
This bill expands the list of marijuana businesses that are licensed by the State and are eligible to take deductions otherwise allowed under the state income tax laws to include adult use marijuana establishments and testing facilities and medical marijuana manufacturing facilities. This bill also corrects 2 lettering conflicts created when 2 separate public laws enacted new paragraphs with the same letter designations by reallocating the later enacted versions.

Amendment H-334
This amendment provides a General Fund appropriation for administrative costs.

LD 1322 Amendment H-334 fiscal note
LD 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.

LD 1348 An Act To Authorize Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1348
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to conduct sports wagering, including online sports wagering, to persons or federally recognized Indian tribes licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities. The board may issue licenses to operate only online sports wagering to federally recognized Indian tribes that are not licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities.

Under the bill, "sports wagering" is defined as any device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering. Sports wagering operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events, other events in which a majority of the participants are minors and competitive video game events. Sports wagering operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports wagering operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of prohibited persons established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the conduct of sports wagering, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within casino, commercial track or off-track betting facilities and establishing record keeping, reporting and auditing requirements. The bill also requires the board to adopt rules further regulating the conduct of online sports wagering, including rules regulating the servers and other equipment used to conduct sports wagering online, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net sports wagering income be used for administrative expenses of the board and 24% of net sports wagering income be credited by the Treasurer of State to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

LD 1369 An Act To Create an Additional Pathway To Certify Industrial Arts Teachers To Foster Career and Technical Subjects in Maine Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 13, 2019
LD 1369
This bill directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules to amend the credentialing of education personnel to create a pathway for a teacher to obtain an endorsement on a teaching certificate for a component of industrial arts with an experiential lab that includes, but is not limited to: automotive body repair, diagnostics and mechanics; welding; electrical; carpentry; and computer-aided design. Rules must include at least the following qualifications for a teacher to be eligible for an endorsement: a completed apprenticeship registered with a statewide or national apprenticeship and training organization; a completed 2-year degree or certificate from a technical institution accredited by a national association of career and technical schools or similar organization; completion of a minimum number of hours of paid applied employment or teaching in the endorsement area being sought; and completion of a minimum number of hours of experience learning the trade or craft for which the endorsement is sought. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


LD 1438 An Act To Clarify the Intent of Referendum Questions for Voters Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1438
This bill requires the Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Revisor of Statutes, to prepare a summary of each referendum question that explains the referendum question to the voter and to place this summary on the ballot after the corresponding referendum question. This summary may not exceed 250 words, except that additional words may be used if the Secretary of State considers it necessary and space on the ballot permits.

LD 1452 An Act Regarding the Collection of the Sales and Use Tax by Marketplace Facilitators Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-508 and House amendment H-521, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1452
This bill ensures that persons making sales through physical or electronic marketplaces of tangible personal property and taxable services subject to the sales and use tax are subject to the same sales and use tax collection and remittance responsibilities as other sellers.

Amendment H-508
This amendment enacts definitions and other provisions to require a marketplace facilitator to collect and remit the sales tax on sales of tangible personal property and taxable services facilitated on the marketplace facilitator's marketplace that are delivered into the State. It consolidates the sales tax registration provisions by repealing the recently enacted Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1951-B and reformatting the provision of law requiring certain persons to register with the State Tax Assessor and collect and remit taxes, including the remote seller registration requirements in the new provision, harmonizing the merged provisions and removing obsolete language. It also adjusts the use tax calculation used on the income tax return to report unpaid use tax, lowering the default amount from .08% to .04% of Maine adjusted gross income to account for the increased tax collected by remote sellers and marketplace facilitators.

Amendment H-521
This amendment amends the committee amendment. It changes the term "gross revenue" to "gross sales" in a provision designating persons who are required to register. It changes a subsection headnote to better reflect the substance of the subsection. It provides that a marketplace facilitator is considered a retailer for each sale of tangible personal property or taxable services for delivery in this State, instead of into this State, that the marketplace facilitator facilitates on or through its marketplace.

LD 1452 Chaptered Law
LD 1452 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1532 An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-378, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1532
This bill prohibits a retail establishment from using single-use carry-out bags to bag products at the point of sale or otherwise make single-use carry-out bags available to customers, with exemptions for certain types and uses of plastic and paper bags. Retail establishments may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale for at least 5¢ per bag, with exceptions to the fee requirement for certain types of retail establishments. The prohibition is effective April 22, 2020.

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

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

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

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

LD 1615 An Act To Enact the Peer-to-peer Car Sharing Insurance Act Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-540, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1615
This bill modernizes state law to regulate private vehicle rentals.

Part A requires private vehicle rentals to comply with the same laws that apply to rental vehicles, rental vehicle transactions and rental vehicle companies. Part A also allows rental vehicle companies to comply with certain notice and record-keeping requirements electronically or through a master agreement.

Part B of the bill establishes insurance requirements for private vehicle rentals.

Amendment H-540
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment removes the provisions of Part A of the bill, which require private vehicle rentals to comply with the same laws that apply to rental vehicles, rental vehicle transactions and rental vehicle companies.

The amendment replaces the provision relating to insurance requirements for private vehicle rentals, using different terminology to describe the practice as peer-to-peer car sharing and establishing insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car sharing programs. The amendment also sets forth parameters for liability when a loss or injury occurs during a car sharing period or while a motor vehicle is under the control of a peer-to-peer car sharing program.

LD 1615 Chaptered Law
LD 1615 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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