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Representative Donna Bailey [Democrat]
Saco ~ District 14

Towns in District: part of Saco

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Judiciary (Chair)

✉ Donna.Bailey@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 7 Scrimshaw Lane
Saco, Maine 04072


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 2018100%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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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
LD 8
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.

Amendment H-97
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 9 An Act To Increase Juror Compensation Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 9
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $40.

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.

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LD 64 An Act To Make Post-conviction Possession of Animals by Certain Persons a Criminal Offense Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-105, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 64
This bill sets the minimum amount of time a person convicted of animal cruelty may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal as 5 years for a Class D crime and 15 years for a Class C crime and makes a violation of these time periods a Class D crime. This bill also provides that a person may petition the court to reduce the amount of time that the person may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal upon a showing that the person does not present a danger to animals and meets other criteria.

Amendment H-105
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment authorizes the court in a proceeding for a violation of cruelty to animals to impose conditions, including but not limited to prohibiting ownership or possession of an animal or having an animal on the defendant's premises and prohibiting employment that involves the care of or other contact with animals. The amendment provides that an intentional or knowing violation of a court order issued pursuant to the provisions of the amendment is a Class D crime. The amendment provides a procedure for a defendant to obtain a court order modifying the conditions or restrictions set in a court order.

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LD 82 An Act To Determine the Necessity for a Public Guardian or Conservator Bond Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 82
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to implement recommendations relating to the bond requirements for public guardians and conservators under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 18-C, section 5-710. The recommendations must be based on a review of the bond requirements to determine whether the requirements should be changed.

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


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LD 682 An Act To Provide Seniors and Certain Persons with Disabilities Assistance with Property Taxes through the Deferral of Those Taxes Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-443, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 682
This bill reinstates the State's property tax deferral program, which was in effect for applications filed before April 1, 1991. The bill modifies the program to include households with at least one individual who is 65 years of age or older or who is unable to continue employment due to disability and to surviving spouses who are at least 60 years of age or who are unable to continue employment due to disability and provides that income must be less than $40,000. This income limit is indexed for inflation in 2021 and annually thereafter. The bill also changes the rate of accrual of interest on deferred property taxes from 6% to the prime rate published in the Wall Street Journal rounded up to the next whole percent minus one percentage point. The bill adds a maximum liquid asset standard for eligibility of property owners and provides that property may not be subject to deferral under both the state deferral program and a municipal deferral program.

Amendment H-443
This amendment makes changes to clarify provisions of the State's property tax deferral program and to facilitate the administration of the deferral of property taxes for seniors and certain persons with disabilities, including expanding the authority of guardians to include an agent under a power of attorney or pursuant to a protective arrangement or any other lawful order. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 690 An Act To Amend the Maine Uniform Probate Code Regarding Claims for Personal Injury (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 690
This bill amends the Maine Uniform Probate Code to provide that appropriate probate, appointment or testacy proceedings may be commenced in relation to a claim for personal injury made against a decedent by a person without actual notice of the death within 6 years after the cause of action accrues.

LD 885 An Act To Adopt Eastern Daylight Time Year-round Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-307, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 885
This bill requires the State to observe so-called eastern daylight saving time year-round if the United States Congress authorizes states to do so.

Amendment H-307
This amendment changes Maine's standard time to what is commonly known as eastern daylight time year-round when federal law permits the District of Columbia and all states within the eastern time zone to observe eastern daylight time year-round and the District of Columbia and all the eastern time zone states do so. The amendment requires the Secretary of State to monitor legislative activity by the United States Congress, the District of Columbia and all the eastern time zone states regarding year-round eastern daylight time and provide public notice when each of the conditions is met. The amendment specifies the start date of year-round eastern daylight time and requires the Secretary of State to provide public notice of the effective date.

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LD 886 An Act To Protect Search and Rescue Volunteers Certified by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue from Adverse Employment Actions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-447, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 886
This bill provides the same protections to volunteer search and rescuers for absences from work in responding to search and rescue operations requested by a law enforcement agency as volunteer firefighters receive for absences from work in responding to emergencies. Under this bill, a volunteer search and rescuer is a person who has been certified in search and rescue practices and procedures by a nonprofit search and rescue training organization recognized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Warden Service.

Amendment H-447
This amendment makes the bill consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 809, concerning absence for emergency response. It adds a definition for "recognized organization" and changes terminology from "volunteer search and rescue" to "search and rescue volunteer."

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LD 978 An Act To Clarify Maine's Protection from Abuse Statutes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 978
This bill clarifies that when a court directs a defendant in a protection from abuse case to refrain from having any direct or indirect contact with the plaintiff, this includes direct or indirect contact via social media, consistent with the ruling of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in State v. Heffron, 2018 ME 102, 190 A.3d 232.

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LD 1054 An Act To Clarify the Use of Burying Grounds and Family Burying Grounds Status: Committed to State and Local Government Committee, May 28, 2019, Carry over to second session approved June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1054
This bill clarifies the law relating to the use of burying grounds and family burying grounds. It requires that the description of a burying ground or family burying ground be recorded only in the registry of deeds and not with the town clerk. The bill also allows property surrounding a family burying ground to be conveyed as long as reasonable access, including the establishment of an easement route, is provided to the spouse, ancestors and descendants of persons interred there.

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
LD 1138
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 1226 An Act To Make Criteria for State Veterans' Benefits Consistent within the Maine Revised Statutes Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1226
This bill revises language in the Maine Revised Statutes regarding eligibility for veterans' benefits to make that language consistent throughout the statutes.

LD 1233 An Act Regarding Offers of Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1233
This bill provides that prior to 28 days before trial, a party to a lawsuit may serve on the adverse party a written offer to stipulate to the entry of judgment for the whole or part of the claim. It sets forth how an offer or counteroffer may be accepted or rejected. It provides for the payment of costs if an offer is rejected. It provides that reasonable expert witness fees and expenses included as discretionary costs include fees associated with consulting, preparation and testifying at deposition or trial.

LD 1304 An Act To Ease Financial Burdens for Juveniles Involved in the Justice System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-616, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1304
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code concerning the payment of restitution and fines in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes from the consideration of withholding an institutional disposition following the adjudication of a juvenile crime the juvenile's ability or agreement to make restitution for a victim's damages or injuries;
  • 2. It caps the amount of restitution a juvenile may be ordered to pay at $800, requires the court to hold a hearing to determine the juvenile's financial capacity and allows the court to order community service in place of restitution; and
  • 3. Regarding a contempt proceeding concerning the enforcement of a dispositional order following the adjudication of a juvenile crime, the bill removes the ability of a court to incarcerate a juvenile or to levy execution of the monetary penalty or restitution to be collected as an unpaid civil judgment. The bill authorizes the court as a punitive or remedial sanction for the nonpayment of the restitution or fine to require the juvenile to earn credit by court-approved community service, which must be at a rate no less than the state minimum wage without considering whether the nonpayment was excusable or inexcusable.


Amendment H-616
This amendment replaces the bill. It enacts a new section in the Maine Juvenile Code governing court orders of restitution and orders to modify restitution. The new section:
  • 1. Requires that restitution be considered by the court and, when the court does not order restitution, that the court state on the record or in writing the reasons for not imposing restitution;
  • 2. Establishes criteria that must be considered in determining whether restitution is appropriate and the amount of restitution to be paid. The amendment specifically prohibits an order of restitution in enumerated circumstances;
  • 3. Clarifies to whom restitution may be paid;
  • 4. Establishes who has the burden of proof with regard to the capacity to pay restitution. If the juvenile has not attained 16 years of age, there is a rebuttable presumption that the juvenile does not have the capacity to pay restitution; the State may rebut the presumption by a preponderance of evidence. If the juvenile is 16 years of age or older, the juvenile has the burden of proving the incapacity to pay restitution by a preponderance of the evidence. On appeal, the juvenile has the burden of demonstrating that the court abused its discretion in ordering an amount of restitution;
  • 5. Provides for the modification of orders of juvenile restitution; and
  • 6. Provides that, in enforcing an order to pay restitution, the court may not enter an order for confinement as a remedial or contempt sanction unless the juvenile has in fact attained 14 years of age. The court may also order the juvenile to complete community service.


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LD 1424 An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-332, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1424
This bill provides an income tax credit for 5 years for attorneys who practice law in the State and agree to practice for at least 5 years in an underserved area of the State as determined by the Supreme Judicial Court. Eligibility for the credit is open from 2020 through 2025. The court may certify up to 5 eligible attorneys each year. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters is directed to review the effectiveness of the credit and may submit legislation to extend or revise it.

Amendment H-332
This amendment changes the entity reporting information to the Legislature regarding the access to justice credit from the State Tax Assessor to the Supreme Judicial Court and clarifies that the authorized disclosure by the assessor of tax information related to the credit is to the Supreme Judicial Court for purposes of making the report to the Legislature.

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LD 1442 An Act To Provide for Court-appointed Advocates for Justice in Animal Cruelty Cases Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-574, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1442
This bill allows courts to appoint law students or volunteer lawyers to advocate for the interests of justice in animal cruelty proceedings.

Amendment H-574
The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to keep a list of attorneys with knowledge of animal issues and the legal system and a list of law schools that have students with an interest in animal issues and the legal system, and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide that list to the courts. The courts use the list to appoint a separate advocate to represent the interests of justice in cases involving animal cruelty. This amendment moves the responsibilities concerning the list from the department and the commissioner to the Maine State Bar Association.

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LD 1511 An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning Public Records Exceptions Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
LD 1511
This bill implements statutory changes recommended by the Right To Know Advisory Committee pursuant to its responsibility to review existing public records exceptions.

The bill eliminates specific protection for social security numbers in the context of constituent communications because social security numbers are designated as not public records for all contexts.

Current law provides that personally identifying information concerning minors that is obtained or maintained by a municipality in providing recreational or nonmandatory educational programs or services is not a public record as long as the municipality has adopted an ordinance that protects the information from disclosure. The bill repeals the requirement that a municipality adopt such an ordinance in order to protect the information about minors.

Current law provides a public record exception for records or information describing the architecture, design, access authentication, encryption or security of information technology infrastructure, systems and software. The bill amends the provision to specifically include records or information maintained to ensure government operations and technology continuity and to enable disaster recovery.

The bill amends the statutes governing the confidentiality of the working papers of the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability to clarify that the working papers, whether in the possession of the office or an entity with which the office director has contracted, remain confidential even after the report is released to the public. It removes duplicative language that is already captured in the definition of "working papers."

The bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to update and clarify the language describing medical history and information about disabilities, as well as to update a reference to employee health and wellness programs.

LD 1596 An Act To Enhance the Long-term Stability of Certain At-risk Youth (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-544, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1596
This bill provides that the District Court has jurisdiction to consider petitions filed by at-risk noncitizens who are 18 years of age or older and under 21 years of age and the Probate Court has jurisdiction for at-risk noncitizens who are under 18 years of age. The courts are required to expeditiously issue findings of fact, rulings of law and dependency or custody determinations on these petitions.

Amendment H-544
This amendment removes the provision in the bill that an at-risk noncitizen child is not required to include as a respondent a parent with whom reunification may be a viable option in order to leave that determination to the discretion of the court in each case.

The amendment makes clear that courts have the authority to issue special orders for the protection, well-being, care and custody of at-risk noncitizen children for whom a remedy is not otherwise available or appropriate under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 18-C, Title 19-A or Title 22.

The amendment clarifies that the new provisions do not preclude the at-risk noncitizen child from seeking other remedies that are available to protect the child from further abuse or other harm or that provide support.

This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause from the bill.

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LD 1609 An Act To Set Off Court Fines, Surcharges and Assessments against Lottery Winnings Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1609
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to set off lottery winnings against monetary fines, surcharges and assessments imposed by a court of the State. The bill also establishes an order of priority the bureau must follow if there is more than one claim to the lottery winnings pursuant to state law or court order.

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LD 1703 An Act To Improve Consistency within the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-643, House amendment H-654, and Senate amendment S-349, Enacted in both chambers June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1703
The purpose of this bill is to address inconsistencies in the protections provided in different areas of jurisdiction under the Maine Human Rights Act. The bill provides more inclusive protection by:
  • 1. Including adult family members dependent for care in the definition of "familial status";
  • 2. Including familial status as a protected class in employment;
  • 3. Including age as a protected class in public accommodations;
  • 4. Providing that public entities cannot discriminate on the basis of protected class; and
  • 5. Clarifying the scope of the Maine Human Rights Act application in education.
The bill also clarifies the protections provided to pregnant persons in employment and that the sexual orientation provisions already in the Maine Human Rights Act extend to gender identity.

Amendment H-643
This amendment removes housing from the list in the policy section of activities for which it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of age. The bill clarifies the Maine Human Rights Act by adding "or gender identity" where the phrase "sexual orientation" currently is in place; the amendment does the same throughout the rest of the Maine Revised Statutes.

Amendment H-654
This amendment removes references to bona fide nonprofits regarding religious entities.

Senate amendment S-349
This amendment strikes from the bill the clarifications of protections provided to pregnant persons in employment because they are covered by another bill.

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LD 1701 An Act To Clarify Various Provisions of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by House amendment H-652, Enacted, Signed into law June 23, 2019
LD 1701
This bill makes changes to the Maine Human Rights Act in order to clarify its proper application and interpretation. In particular, the bill describes the behaviors that may constitute harassment in reference to unlawful discrimination; clarifies the Act's coverage of claims based on association and based on the perception that an individual belongs to a protected class; and provides a definition of "gender identity." The bill provides needed clarification related to several Maine Human Rights Act provisions highlighted by recent court decisions, including confirming that a leave of absence can be a reasonable accommodation for a disability in employment, and that individual employees may be liable for their discriminatory behavior in certain circumstances. The bill also makes grammatical changes and corrects cross-references.

Amendment H-652
This amendment make several changes to the bill, including removing the description of behaviors that might constitute harassment in reference to unlawful discrimination, removing the phrase "bona fide nonprofit" and removing language that would have held individual employees liable for their discriminatory behavior in certain circumstances.

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LD 1702 An Act To Enhance the Administration of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-642 and House amendment H-653, Enacted, Signed into law June 23, 2019
LD 1702
This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act so as to make more efficient the processing and investigation of complaints. The bill:
  • 1. Specifies that the Act must be construed to provide broad protection from discrimination; that it may not be construed to provide less coverage than the federal law; and that the interpretation of the Act by the Maine Human Rights Commission is entitled to deference by the court;
  • 2. Authorizes the executive director of the commission to appoint or hire additional necessary personnel subject to the Civil Service Law;
  • 3. Replaces certain references to the enumerated potential bases for discrimination with references to "protected class characteristics, membership or status";
  • 4. Specifies that funds received by the commission for the purpose of implementing a 3rd-party neutral mediation program are not subject to any statewide cost allocation plan;
  • 5. Designates as confidential certain information that is collected during the investigation of a complaint under the Act and exempts such information from the definition of "public record" for purposes of the Freedom of Access Act;
  • 6. Authorizes the executive director of the commission to administratively dismiss a complaint brought under the Act for specified reasons;
  • 7. Provides that any post-finding conciliation agreement that includes the commission as a signatory is a public record;
  • 8. Authorizes the executive director to issue a right-to-sue letter in any case in which the commission has not filed a civil action in the case or has not entered into a conciliation agreement in the case within 180 days of the complaint being filed, whether or not such a letter has been requested by the complainant; and
  • 9. Prohibits the awarding of attorney's fees and costs to the commission and specifies that the commission is not liable to pay attorney's fees and costs of another party.


Amendment H-642
The bill authorizes the executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission to issue a right-to-sue letter without a request. This amendment removes that authority from the bill.

Amendment H-653
This amendment removes language regarding the construction of the Maine Human Rights Act and the interpretation of rules of the Maine Human Rights Commission, and removes authorization for the appointment or hiring of additional commission personnel.

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LD 1672 An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Health Care Records as Evidence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 1672
This bill makes changes to the law governing the admissibility of health care records as evidence in court. It specifies that records, including itemized bills, kept by health care practitioners, health care entities, health care providers, pharmacists and pharmacies may be admissible in court as evidence of (1) the fair and reasonable charge for such services or the necessity of services or treatments; (2) the diagnosis provided by the medical entity; (3) the prognosis provided by the medical entity; (4) the opinion provided by the medical entity regarding the proximate cause of the condition diagnosed by the medical entity; and (5) the opinion provided by the medical entity regarding any disability or incapacity proximately resulting from the condition diagnosed by the medical entity.

LD 1846 An Act To Fund Collective Bargaining Agreements with Certain Judicial Department Employees (Emergency) Status: Under suspension of the rules, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law, June 28, 2019
LD 1846
This bill authorizes funding of the collective bargaining agreements reached by the Judicial Department and the 4 bargaining units representing Judicial Department employees.

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

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

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LD 20 An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019
LD 20
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal 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.

LD 45 An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Maine's Background Check Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 45
This bill grants the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to request state and national criminal history records, including fingerprint-based criminal history records, for direct access workers undergoing a background check under the Maine Background Check Center Act.

LD 76 An Act To Strengthen the Integrity of the Legislature by Extending the Waiting Period before Legislators May Engage in Any Amount of Compensated Lobbying Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-43, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 76
This bill prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in any compensated lobbying activities for 4 years after that person's term as a Legislator ends rather than for one year as in current law. This extended prohibition begins with the convening of the 130th Legislature. The bill also removes the safe harbor in current law that allows a former Legislator to engage in up to 8 hours of compensated lobbying per calendar month without violating the prohibition.

Amendment S-43
Like the bill, this amendment removes the safe harbor in current law that allows a former Legislator to engage in up to 8 hours of lobbying per calendar month without violating the prohibition against a former Legislator engaging in compensated lobbying. Unlike the bill, which prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in compensated lobbying activities for 4 years after that Legislator's term ends, the amendment prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in compensated lobbying activities for one year after that Legislator's term ends.

The amendment also makes a technical change to the bill to ensure that the prohibition against a former Legislator engaging in compensated lobbying does not prohibit the former Legislator from engaging in lobbying as an employee of the State or of an agency of the State.

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

LD 197 An Act To Convene a Working Group To Authorize a Public Trust for Maine's Groundwater and To Impose a 2-year Moratorium on Large-scale Groundwater Extraction Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 197
This bill imposes a 2-year moratorium, beginning November 1, 2019, on new contracts or agreements by a consumer-owned water utility, municipality, state agency or other governmental entity involving the extraction of more than 75,000 gallons of groundwater during any week or more than 50,000 gallons of groundwater on any day. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to convene a working group to develop the statutory and regulatory framework for the establishment of the Maine Water Trust, which must be designed to ensure a safe and plentiful drinking water supply for all residents of the State by regulating the use of groundwater for commercial purposes under laws that establish the absolute control and dominion of the State over all groundwater supplies in the State. The commissioner must, on or before January 15, 2021, report the recommendations of the working group to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters, which may report out a bill to implement those recommendations to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 214 An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-316 and Senate amendment S-370, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 214
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.

Amendment H-316
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment improves funding for civil legal services by providing an appropriation from the General Fund to be distributed through the existing procedures of the Civil Legal Services Fund Commission. The amendment clarifies the qualifications for providers to be eligible for funding.

Amendment S-370
This amendment amends Committee Amendment H-316 by replacing the $5,000,000 General Fund appropriation in the committee amendment with Other Special Revenue Funds allocations of $715,010 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $953,346 in fiscal year 2020-21 as a result of increasing the percentage of judicial fees allocated to the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund and from revenues collected from a filing fee surcharge to be deposited in the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund.

LD 214 Chaptered Law
LD 214 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

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

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

LD 287 Chaptered Law
LD 287 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 329 An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-178, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 329
This bill exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is experiencing a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose.

Amendment H-178
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 329 Chaptered Law
LD 329 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 372 An Act To Increase the Safety of Municipal Residents by Allowing Municipalities To Address Downed Wires in Extended Power Outages Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-171, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 372
This bill allows a municipality, in the event of a power outage of 5 or more days, to hire appropriately licensed professionals to address power, telephone and similar lines that have been felled by weather events and that are preventing access to roadways within the municipality. It allows a municipality to apply to receive compensation from the local electric utility, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency or another funding source.

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

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

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

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 409 An Act To Allow Fair Access to Child Advocacy Center Records Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 409
This bill allows confidential information related to services provided by a child advocacy center established pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4019 to be disclosed to an attorney representing a person charged with committing a crime related to an allegation of child sexual abuse or other child abuse and neglect against a child who is the subject of confidential records and an attorney in a child protection proceeding representing a parent of a child who is the subject of confidential records.

LD 417 An Act To Allow an Attorney To Copy a Driver's License Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-231, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 417
This bill allows an attorney to photocopy a driver's license for legal purposes without the permission of the Secretary of State.

Amendment H-231
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Current law authorizes the photocopying of a driver's license solely for proof of identification for the consummation of a financial transaction. The amendment revises current law to provide that either the driver or the driver's attorney can consummate a financial transaction using the photocopied driver's license for identification.

LD 417 Chaptered Law
LD 417 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 463 An Act To Reduce Obesity Rates in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 463
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a comprehensive state plan relating to the reduction of unhealthy weight and obesity. The plan must include coordination of activities within the Department of Health and Human Services and among state departments, efforts to monitor rates of unhealthy weight and obesity, including a survey of food and drink consumption and physical exercise, and a media plan to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. The department is required to submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 1, 2020 and every 2 years thereafter. The bill also includes a position within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or contracted for by the department, as a coordinator of the state plan. The bill also appropriates funds to develop and implement the plan, to improve surveillance and epidemiology related to obesity and to fund one Obesity Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 479 An Act Concerning Spousal Support Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-166, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 479
Under current law, the court may terminate spousal support when the payee and another person have entered into a relationship that is the functional equivalent of marriage for at least 12 months of a period of 18 consecutive months. This bill changes the time frame of cohabitation necessary for cessation of spousal support to 5 years over a period of 7 consecutive years.

Amendment S-166
This amendment strikes the bill and amends the provision regarding modification of an order of spousal support by specifying that an award of spousal support issued on or after October 1, 2013, is subject to modification when there is a substantial change in financial circumstances and additionally, as required in current law, it appears that justice requires the modification. The amendment also repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 951-A, subsection 12, because this amendment addresses the modification of spousal support including in cases of cohabitation.

LD 479 Chaptered Law
LD 479 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 489 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Enforce New Noise Ordinances on Existing Shooting Ranges (By request) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 489
Current law prohibits the application of a municipal noise control or other ordinance to an existing sport shooting range. This bill gives the Commissioner of Public Safety the power to authorize the application of a municipal noise ordinance to a sport shooting range that existed prior to the adoption of the ordinance. The Commissioner of Public Safety is required to adopt major substantive rules to establish the criteria and the process for the authorization process.

LD 496 An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 496
This bill expands the definition of "family or household member" in the laws governing protection from abuse in order to include, for purposes of a protection from abuse order, all related individuals regardless of whether the individuals are adult household members.

This bill also directs a court in which a protection from harassment or a protection from abuse complaint is filed to notify the plaintiff if appropriate or greater relief is available.

Amendment S-282
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment clarifies the bill's language regarding the court's discretion in a protection from harassment action to issue a protection from harassment order even if the notice to stop harassing the plaintiff was not issued to the defendant.

The amendment clarifies that an adult who has been abused, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1, can seek a protection from abuse order if the adult has been abused by, in addition to a family or household member or a dating partner as provided in current law, an individual related to the adult by consanguinity or affinity. The amendment provides the same protection for a minor child.

The amendment directs the offices of the court clerks to provide plaintiffs with written contact information for resources from which the plaintiff may receive legal or social service assistance when the contact information for those services has been provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts by the various providers, including the Maine State Bar Association or successor organization, any local or statewide organizations providing domestic violence services and sexual assault services and any other agency providing reliable and relevant resource contact information.

LD 496 Chaptered Law
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LD 536 An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 536
Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.

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

LD 544 An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 544
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a system under which producers of tobacco products develop, finance and implement stewardship programs to collect, transport, process and safely dispose of post-consumer tobacco waste to reduce, prevent and mitigate the environmental effects of the disposal of that waste in the State.

The bill proposes to:

  • 1. Prohibit tobacco producers or retailers from selling or offering for sale tobacco products in the State unless they are participating in an approved tobacco waste stewardship program;
  • 2. Require a tobacco producer to provide retailers that sell tobacco products information about the producer's tobacco waste stewardship program and information regarding available collection opportunities for post-consumer tobacco product waste. Under the bill, a retailer that sells tobacco products would be required to provide that information to its consumers at the time of sale;
  • 3. Require each tobacco producer to submit a plan for its tobacco waste stewardship program to the State for approval. The plan must:
    • A. Specify educational and outreach activities and materials that promote and increase awareness of the tobacco waste stewardship program, including but not limited to a website and written materials. The outreach materials must identify options for establishing an effective collection system, promote a reduction in the generation of post-consumer tobacco product waste, identify each tobacco producer participating in the program, identify participating brands of tobacco products sold and identify the processors that manage the post-consumer tobacco product waste that is collected;
    • B. Establish and provide for the implementation of goals to reduce the generation of post-consumer tobacco product waste;
    • C. Outline the responsibility for negotiating and executing contracts to collect, transport and process post-consumer tobacco product waste for end-of-product management;
    • D. Describe how the end-of-product management of post-consumer tobacco product waste that is collected under the tobacco waste stewardship program will use environmentally sound management practices that are consistent with state laws and other relevant environmental rules and practices for ultimate disposal;
    • E. Establish a timeline for carrying out an annual assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken under the tobacco waste stewardship program;
    • F. Include an anticipated annual operating budget for the tobacco waste stewardship program; and
    • G. Identify an effective, convenient system for the collection of post-consumer tobacco product waste that ensures sufficient permanent collection sites and provides for collection events in geographically underserved areas;
  • 4. Establish a process for tobacco producers to amend their tobacco waste stewardship programs;
  • 5. Require tobacco producers to submit annual reports, which must include the volume of post-consumer tobacco product waste collected, an independent financial audit, an evaluation of the tobacco waste stewardship program's funding mechanism, an updated budget, samples of educational and outreach materials, documentation of compliance with collection requirements, a description of activities undertaken to achieve the program's goals as provided for in the program plan and identification of proposed changes to the program;
  • 6. Allow the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to develop a pilot project for a tobacco waste stewardship program;
  • 7. Require the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to establish a schedule of fees;
  • 8. Make financial cost, production or sales data and records confidential and establish a process for disclosure of aggregate information;
  • 9. Require the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to publish by municipality, city or county the total weight of post-consumer tobacco product waste collected; and
  • 10. Establish civil penalties for violations.


LD 556 An Act To Protect Animals in Unattended Vehicles Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 556
This bill allows a person who is not a law enforcement officer, humane agent, animal control officer, firefighter, first responder or security guard to enter a vehicle and remove an animal if the animal's safety, health or well-being appears to be in immediate danger. The bill provides that a person who removes an animal from a vehicle under these conditions is immune from criminal or civil liability.

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

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

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


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

LD 562 Chaptered Law
LD 562 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

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

LD 563 Chaptered Law
LD 563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 564 An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 564
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.

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

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

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

LD 600 An Act To Achieve Mental Health Parity in Workers' Compensation Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 600
This bill changes the standard of proof required to demonstrate entitlement to compensation for a mental injury caused by stress so that it is the same standard as is required with respect to physical injuries. In addition, this bill specifies that a work-related injury that aggravates a preexisting mental condition may result in a compensable disability, just as aggravating a preexisting physical condition may.

LD 644 An Act To Improve Safety at State Courthouses Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 644
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding to update screening equipment at courthouses located throughout the State and to replace outdated screening equipment that may be causing exposure to radiation. It proposes to establish a protocol for testing and repairing existing screening equipment. It also proposes to develop a long-range plan for testing and replacing screening equipment in a timely manner.

LD 657 An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 657
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:

  • 1. Bringing the probate judge function into the state judicial branch by eliminating the existing office of probate judge and creating a number of new full-time state court judges who specialize in adjudicating probate law matters;
  • 2. Ensuring that Maine residents in all counties have equal and improved access to the services of a judge in probate law matters by reasonably calculating the number of new judge positions needed to fully meet this need; providing that judicial hearings will be held in existing county probate courtrooms so long as these spaces are accessible to all parties; and supplying recording devices and any other equipment necessary for the administration of justice by a state court judge. The judicial branch will be responsible for providing any needed items and compensating the county for the use of the courtrooms. This bill proposes to provide the judicial branch the funding needed for these purposes;
  • 3. Ensuring that all probate law records in all counties are contained in a computerized system with a searchable database that is part of the judicial branch case management system. This bill proposes to provide a reasonable effective date for the accomplishment of that goal and a General Fund appropriation sufficient to cover the cost;
  • 4. Ensuring that Maine law provides that each county has an elected register of probate with an office, staff and authority to deliver informal probate services that do not require a judicial order to the public in a uniform manner. This bill proposes to transfer existing judicial oversight of the register to the state court judge having responsibility for probate law matters in that county; and
  • 5. Providing continuing education through the judicial branch to each register of probate to ensure a common understanding of the law and the responsibilities of a register. This bill proposes to ensure the participation of current registers in the planning, development and presentation of these programs.


LD 673 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Circumstances of Death That Must Be Reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 673
This bill amends the law governing the Department of the Attorney General, Office of Chief Medical Examiner as follows.
  • 1. It clarifies that, absent certain other circumstances, the fact that a patient dies within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or other health care facility need not be reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
  • 2. It removes the requirement that deaths due to the consequences of long-term alcohol use be reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
  • 3. It allows a duly appointed medicolegal death investigator, in addition to a medical examiner, to certify that further examination or judicial inquiry concerning the cause and manner of death of a person is not necessary.


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LD 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 698 An Act To Authorize Maine Courts To Award Attorney's Fees and Costs to Citizens Who Prevail in Civil Litigation against the Executive Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-312, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 698
This bill clarifies that when one or more citizens sue the Governor or any executive branch agency to enforce federal or state law and the citizen or citizens prevail or substantially prevail, the citizen or citizens may petition the court for the State to pay all costs. If the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the agency or Governor knowingly violated the law, the court is required to also award reasonable attorney's fees.

Amendment S-312
The bill requires the court to award reasonable attorney 's fees to a citizen or citizens that prevail in litigation against the Governor or any agency of the executive branch if the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the defendant knowingly violated the law. This amendment gives the court in that situation the discretion to award reasonable attorney's fees to be paid to the prevailing citizen or citizens. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 698 Amendment S-312 fiscal note
LD 743 An Act To Create Local Options in E-9-1-1 Protocol Mandates Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 743
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact certain measures designed to allow for increased flexibility in emergency dispatch protocols. Currently, structured, standardized call-taking processes are implemented to assess a caller's condition, scene information and the appropriate response to dispatch to the emergency. This bill would examine:

  • 1. Whether protocol-based call-taking processes result, in certain instances, in delays in emergency response and the need for additional staffing;
  • 2. The extent to which the use of protocols improves or impedes the delivery of emergency services;
  • 3. Any outstanding issues associated with appropriate and effective training in the use of emergency dispatch protocols; and
  • 4. The costs associated with the implementation of standardized police dispatch protocols that are borne by municipalities.


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

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

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

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

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 760 An Act To Prohibit the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from Considering the Criminal Records of Applicants Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 760
This bill prohibits the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from inquiring about or considering the criminal record of an applicant for admission to any postsecondary educational program.

LD 766 An Act Regarding the Penobscot Nation's and Passamaquoddy Tribe's Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-648 and House amendment H-655, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 766
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
  • 1. Transferring jurisdiction over violations of a tribal ordinance from the State to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation over a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accord with and to the extent authorized by federal law;
  • 2. Increasing the level of certain criminal offenses from a maximum period of imprisonment of one year and a maximum amount of $5,000 to a maximum period of imprisonment of 3 years and a maximum amount of $15,000 over which the Penobscot Nation has the right to exercise exclusive jurisdiction as authorized by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010; and
  • 3. Clarifying that the Penobscot Nation has concurrent jurisdiction with the State over criminal offenses as authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.


Amendment H-648
This amendment provides authority for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to extend the jurisdiction of their respective tribal courts over certain criminal offenses committed by an individual, regardless of whether the individual is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. The criminal offenses are domestic violence offenses in the Maine Criminal Code and criminal violation of a protection from abuse order. The criminal offenses are Class D crimes, and the tribe's and nation's jurisdictions are concurrent with the State's jurisdiction for the crimes.

The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary has authority to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature concerning the extension of tribal court jurisdiction to felony domestic violence offenses consistent with the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

The tribal courts are required to participate in uniform crime reporting by reporting certain information to the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification, and the bureau will share its annual reports with tribal law enforcement agencies.

The changes to the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement included in the bill and this amendment do not take effect unless the tribes affected approve of the changes and certify their approval.

Amendment H-655
This amendment clarifies the application of the expanded jurisdiction.

LD 766 Amendment H-648 fiscal note
LD 766 Amendment H-655 fiscal note
LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 768 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 768
This resolve establishes the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations.

LD 781 An Act To Increase Judicial Compensation Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 781
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase judicial compensation.

LD 793 An Act To Improve Accountability of Opioid Manufacturers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-320 and Senate amendment S-321, June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 793
This bill prohibits opioid medication manufacturers and distributors from falsely advertising that an opioid medication does not have abuse liability or has a lower abuse liability than another opioid medication; distributing a quantity of opioid medications that is not medically reasonable; or failing to report orders that are not medically reasonable. It establishes a civil violation and authorizes the Attorney General to investigate violations. It creates a fund into which the penalties and fees must be paid. This legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 1985.

Amendment S-320
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment raises the annual fee for a manufacturer of opioid medication to $55,000. The amendment establishes a registration fee due from manufacturers of opioid medications of $250,000 if the manufacturer sells, delivers or distributes 2,000,000 or more units of an opioid medication within this State, not including units that are prescribed for the purpose of medication-assisted treatment of substance use disorder. The fees are deposited into the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund, which is established to provide opioid use disorder prevention and treatment services and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The amendment also requires manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioid medications to provide to the State the same information as provided to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration under its Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System regarding controlled substances transactions in this State on the same schedule that information is provided to the Federal Government.

The amendment requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to evaluate and report whether the fees have affected the prescribing practices for opioid medications by reducing the number of opioid medication prescriptions issued during calendar years 2020, 2021 and 2022 or whether the fees have created any unintended consequences in the availability of opioid medications for the treatment of chronic or intractable pain, to the extent the board has the ability to identify a correlation. The board shall provide the report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters, which may report out legislation based upon the report. The reports must be submitted annually by March 1st.

Amendment S-321
This amendment exempts from the opioid medication fee a manufacturer of opioid medications exclusively for use in veterinary medicine.

LD 793 Amendment S-320 fiscal note
LD 793 Amendment S-321 fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 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
LD 812
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
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 841 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Damages Awarded for Wrongful Death Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-314, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 841
This bill provides that a jury in a case of wrongful death may give damages as it determines a fair and just compensation for the probable duration of life of the deceased person but for the injury. It increases the limit on damages for the loss of comfort, society and companionship and emotional distress from $500,000 to $1,000,000 and removes the limit on punitive damages in a case of wrongful death.

Amendment H-314
This amendment deletes from the bill new language on compensatory damages based on the probable duration of the deceased person's life if the injury hadn't occurred. It also reduces the cap on noneconomic damages from $1,000,000 to $750,000 and retains the cap on punitive damages.

LD 841 Chaptered Law
LD 841 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 887 An Act To Improve the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 887
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit to $2,000 for resident individuals, regardless of age. Current law provides a maximum credit of $750 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and $1,200 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older. This bill also removes the inclusion of benefits received under the federal Social Security Act and railroad retirement benefits from being included as income for purposes of determining the credit.

The credit is fully refundable after the application of nonrefundable credits.

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

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


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1120 An Act To Protect Consumers from Price Gouging by Utility Companies Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 16, 2019
LD 1120
This bill changes the positions of the members of the Public Utilities Commission, currently 6-year terms, and the Public Advocate, currently a 4-year term, to positions serving at the pleasure of the Governor. It also changes the compensation of the members of the Public Utilities Commission to be set at the average annual wage in the State; current law sets compensation of the chair of the commission at the salary of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court and the other commissioners at the salary of an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

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

LD 1121 An Act To Acknowledge Potable Water as a Necessity Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1121
This bill adds potable water to lists of necessities in the Maine Revised Statutes in laws governing profiteering in necessities, municipal general assistance and supplies for jails.

LD 1121 Chaptered Law
LD 1121 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1151 An Act To Ensure Consistency in Commercial Real Estate Law by Restoring Due Diligence Responsibility to the Buyer Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1151
This bill repeals the requirement that a seller of nonresidential real estate provide the purchaser a property disclosure statement that includes information about any abandoned or discontinued roads, public easements or private roads on or abutting the property, if known by the seller, and who is responsible for maintenance of such roads or easements, including any responsible road association, if known by the seller.

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1210 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Corrections To Study Changes in Corrections Practices and Reinvestment in Corrections Resources To Reduce Recidivism and Control Correctional Facility Costs Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1210
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Corrections to establish a working group to study changes in corrections practices and reinvestment of corrections resources in various ways to reduce recidivism and control correctional facility costs, including upstream interventions, diversion and alternative sentencing, prevention and harm reduction and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1221 An Act To Allow Deductions from Prison Sentences for Rehabilitative Activities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1221
This bill allows, in addition to existing deductions in time from a prison or jail sentence, a deduction in time of up to 7.5 days per calendar month for a person's satisfactory performance, while in custody or on probation, in the completion of an educational program leading to a high school equivalency diploma, completion of another educational or vocational training program or a work release program or work for a county or state facility industry that leads directly to the rehabilitation of that person.

LD 1250 An Act To Prohibit Sexual Harassment as a Subject Matter of Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Contracts 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 1250
This bill prohibits an employment contract entered into after the effective date of this legislation from including a clause that requires arbitration of a sexual harassment allegation or claim and makes any such clause void. The bill does not affect the ability of an employer to include any other arbitration clause in a contract or to enforce the provisions of a contract other than the prohibited clause.

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 1295 An Act To Determine the Need To Increase the Number of Forensic Emergency and Crisis Beds Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1295
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections to determine the current need for forensic emergency and crisis beds to ensure the prompt and humane treatment of arrested individuals who are suffering from mental illness and awaiting trial. In making this determination, the departments shall consider:

  • 1. The number of currently available forensic emergency and crisis beds;
  • 2. The number of individuals currently awaiting placement pretrial;
  • 3. The annual average number of individuals needing forensic services pretrial;
  • 4. Proposals to address unmet needs and associated costs; and
  • 5. Other factors that would lessen wait times for placements and provide needed mental health services to individuals pretrial.


LD 1306 Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to Bullying in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-105, Finally passed, Signed into law June 3, 2019
LD 1306
This bill establishes the Safe School Climate Council, which is authorized to meet twice a year and to present to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters every 2 years recommendations on model policies to address bullying, harassment and overall safety in schools.

Amendment S-105
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Commissioner of Education to form a stakeholder group to comprehensively examine issues associated with bullying in schools and in particular how Maine's laws relating to bullying should be improved. The stakeholder group is required to include educators, administrators, students and experts on bullying in schools. By February 1, 2020, the commissioner is required to report on the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group as well as the commissioner's recommendations for changes to laws relating to bullying to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. The committee may report out a bill on the subject of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1306 Chaptered Law
LD 1306 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1311 An Act Regarding the Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Shops Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-272, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1311
This bill prohibits a pet shop from selling dogs and cats and establishes a fine of $500 per violation as well as license suspension or revocation. A pet shop may provide space to an animal rescue entity to offer to the public dogs and cats for adoption.

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


LD 1311 Amendment S-272 fiscal note
LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1312
This bill creates an extreme risk protection order to authorize a court to order a person to surrender that person's firearms temporarily for 14 days or on an extended basis for 365 days when it has been proved that the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. The bill provides that:
  • 1. A law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a family or household member may file a petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order, which may be granted if the court finds probable cause exists to issue the order. The temporary extreme risk protection order expires in 14 days or when a hearing to determine whether to issue an extended extreme risk protection order is held, whichever occurs sooner. A temporary extreme risk protection order may be issued on an ex parte basis;
  • 2. Whether or not the court issues a temporary extreme risk protection order, the court is required to hold a hearing within 14 days to determine whether the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. If the court, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that an extended extreme risk protection order should be issued, the extended extreme risk protection order must be issued, and it expires 365 days after the issuance of the order unless extended after another hearing;
  • 3. Following the issuance of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order, the court is required to order law enforcement to serve the order and is required to issue a search warrant if the court finds probable cause that the person who is the subject of the order is in possession of a firearm;
  • 4. A person who is the subject of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order is required to surrender all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. The firearms must be returned to the person at the expiration of the extreme risk protection order unless an extended extreme risk protection order is issued;
  • 5. A person against whom an extended extreme risk protection order is issued may request that the order be dissolved and be granted a hearing once during the term of the extended extreme risk protection order; and
  • 6. A person who possesses firearms in violation of an extreme risk protection order commits a Class D crime.


LD 1313 An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-305, Enacted, Signed into law June 12, 2019
LD 1313
This bill enacts the Maine Death with Dignity Act authorizing a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person's attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined in the Act, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person's life. The bill establishes the procedures for making these requests, including 2 waiting periods and one written and 2 oral requests and requires a 2nd opinion by a consulting physician. The bill requires specified information to be documented in the person's medical record, including all oral and written requests for a medication to hasten death.

The bill requires the attending and consulting physicians to assess the patient for depression or other mental health condition that impairs judgment. If the attending or consulting physician, in the physician's professional opinion, believes such a condition exists, the patient must be evaluated and treated by a state-licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker or clinical professional counselor. Medication to end a patient's life in a humane and dignified manner may not be prescribed until the person performing the counseling determines that the patient is not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment.

The bill prohibits a provision in a contract, will or other agreement from being conditioned upon, or affected by, a person's making or rescinding a request for medication under the Act. The bill prohibits the sale, procurement or issuance of any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy or the rate charged for any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy from being conditioned upon or affected by the making or rescinding of such a request.

The bill authorizes a health care provider to prohibit its employees, independent contractors or other persons or entities, including other health care providers, from participating in activities under the Act while on premises owned by or under the management or direct control of that prohibiting health care provider or while acting within the course and scope of any employment by, or contract with, the prohibiting health care provider.

The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly alter or forge a request for medication to end a person's life without that person's authorization or to conceal or destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request for medication, if it is done with the intent or effect of causing the person's death. The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly coerce or exert undue influence on a person to request medication for the purpose of ending that person's life or to destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request. The bill provides that the Act does not authorize ending a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia and provides that action taken in accordance with the Act does not constitute, among other things, suicide or homicide.

The bill requires health care providers to submit specified information to the Department of Health and Human Services upon their writing a prescription for or dispensing medication under the Act and after the death of the qualified patient. The bill requires the department to generate and make available to the public an annual statistical report of information collected regarding compliance with the Act. The bill requires a copy of the report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health matters annually by March 1st.

Amendment H-305
This amendment is the majority report and makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates in the Maine Criminal Code affirmative defenses to prosecution for aggravated attempted murder, for murder and for aiding or soliciting suicide. A person may raise an affirmative defense to prosecution for these crimes if that person's conduct was expressly authorized by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 418. The amendment also strikes from the bill language that creates new Class A crimes and other penalty language, as the prohibited conduct described is sufficiently covered by existing statute.
  • 2. It changes the rule-making authority of the Department of Health and Human Services for rules for the collection of information from routine technical to major substantive.
  • 3. It makes technical changes to the provisions regarding insurance in order to conform to current Maine law.
  • 4. It allows the physician completing the patient's death certificate to determine the cause of the death recorded on the certificate.
  • 5. It clarifies that an individual health care provider may choose not to participate in providing medication to end a qualified patient's life but, if the patient requests the medical records be provided to another health care provider, the records must be transferred.
  • 6. It includes the Board of Osteopathic Licensure in the list of appropriate licensing boards.


LD 1313 Chaptered Law
LD 1313 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1362 An Act To Fund Opioid Treatment by Establishing an Excise Tax on Manufacturers of Opioids Status: Referred to Taxation, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-608 and adopted House amendment H-650, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1362
This bill establishes the Opioid Stewardship Fund within the Fund for a Healthy Maine for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery funded by an excise tax of 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against opioid drug manufacturers for opioid drugs purchased by consumers in the State.

Amendment H-608
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It provides that the excise tax is a tax on manufacturers of opioids if more than 100,000 morphine milligram equivalents of the manufacturer's prescription opioid products are dispensed in the State in the tax year.
  • 2. It changes the rate of the tax from 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent to $0.01 per morphine milligram equivalent for a brand-name opioid distributed in the State or $0.0025 per morphine milligram equivalent for a generic substitute.
  • 3. It removes the prohibition on passing the tax on to consumers.
  • 4. It provides that revenue collected from the tax also may be used to fund the costs of administering the tax and provides necessary administrative details.
  • 5. It provides that the tax is in effect until December 31, 2023 and requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters to review the tax. It authorizes the committee to submit a bill to extend, amend or repeal the tax to the 131st Legislature based on the review.
  • 6. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-650
This amendment is the same as House AmendmentH-629 to Committee Amendment H-608 except that this amendment retains the appropriations and allocations section in Committee Amendment H-608, which was removed in error by House Amendment H-629 to Committee Amendment H-608.

House amendment H-629
This amendment to the committee amendment strikes the list of information that must be reported annually by a manufacturer of opioids to the Department of Health and Human Services and substitutes a requirement that the department adopt major substantive rules establishing the information that must be reported. The amendment also provides a different method of determining the products subject to the 2 levels of tax specified in the committee amendment and changes elements of the calculation of the rates.

LD 1362 Amendment H-608 fiscal note
LD 1362 Amendment H-650 fiscal note
LD 1390 An Act To Fund Saco Area Traffic Improvements Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1390
This bill, based on the recommendations of the study conducted jointly by the Department of Transportation, the Maine Turnpike Authority and the City of Saco, provides 40% of the estimated cost of the construction of a new exit and spur from the Maine Turnpike to serve communities near Exit 36 of the Maine Turnpike, such as Saco, Old Orchard Beach and Hollis. The recommendation of the study was for the cost to be split as follows: 40% to be provided by the Department of Transportation; 40% to be provided by the Maine Turnpike Authority; and 20% to be provided by the City of Saco.

LD 1397 An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Statements of Juveniles Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-299, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1397
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or substance use disorder or mental health treatment program attended by the juvenile in connection with an informal adjustment are not admissible in evidence at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile if a petition based on the same facts is later filed. The bill also removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

Amendment H-299
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or made to a clinical provider during substance use disorder, sexual behavior or mental health assessment or treatment attended by the juvenile are not admissible in evidence during the State's case in chief at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile on a petition based on the same facts that caused the referral for informal adjustment, restorative justice, assessment or treatment. The amendment provides for similar protections in school disciplinary proceedings. The amendment adds a definition of "restorative justice program." The amendment also retains the provision of the bill that removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

LD 1397 Chaptered Law
LD 1397 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1461
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.

Amendment S-244
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies that the department must establish a bundled rate for coordinated specialty care. It also provides that the department may review, develop or apply for any source of funds that may be available to implement reimbursement for the coordinated specialty care model. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-300
This amendment amends the committee amendment. This amendment retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause and, as in the committee amendment and the bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a reimbursement rate for a coordinated specialty care model to treat individuals showing early signs of psychotic disorder. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. Under this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and no later than July 1, 2020, to establish a bundled rate to reimburse for services provided under the coordinated specialty care model that are not otherwise covered under the MaineCare program. This amendment moves the statutory requirements for the reimbursement to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22. This amendment retains the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant but changes cross-references and requires that necessary applications be submitted no later than 90 days after the effective date of this legislation.

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1462 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide 4-year Terms for Senators and To Set Term Limits for Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1462
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to change the term of office for State Senators from 2 years to 4 years and change the number of consecutive years members of the State Senate and House of Representatives may serve from 8 years to 12 years.

LD 1475 An Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-581, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1475
This bill creates the Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine, which establishes policies and procedures for law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies to prohibit and eliminate profiling. The bill defines profiling as the discriminatory practice of a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency relying, to any degree, on actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin in targeting an individual for routine or spontaneous investigatory activities or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure, except when there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links a person with a particular characteristic to an identified criminal incident or scheme.

Specifically, the bill directs the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to establish policies and procedures to eliminate profiling and require mandatory training and anti-profiling education by all law enforcement agencies in the State. All law enforcement agencies must adopt written policies on profiling. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to implement procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints of profiling. The bill also directs the Attorney General to adopt rules and guidelines for collecting and reporting data regarding profiling. Rules must define what data must be collected, how it must be collected and how the data may be reported and used to eliminate profiling and inform law enforcement, the public and the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters and criminal justice and public safety matters.

Amendment H-581
The bill prohibits profiling on the basis of actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin by law enforcement and requires data collection to provide information about whether profiling is occurring and, if so, the extent to which it is occurring. This amendment retains the prohibition on profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, national origin or ancestry by requiring the establishment of anti-profiling policies but removes the data collection requirement and instead directs the Attorney General to explore data collection techniques and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary findings and recommendations by March 15, 2020. The committee may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The amendment requires that training of law enforcement officers include anti-profiling education and instruction.

The amendment directs the Attorney General to establish procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints alleging profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies. The Attorney General may adopt rules to address the operation of administrative complaint procedures and independent audit programs to ensure that programs and procedures provide an appropriate response to allegations of profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies.

LD 1475 Chaptered Law
LD 1475 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1516 An Act To Improve Efficiency in Communication in the Court System (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-270, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1516
This bill provides funding to the judicial branch to allow it to develop and implement a text message notification system to provide information regarding pending court cases, such as location, calendar, case category and case type, to involved parties.

Amendment H-270
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and reduces the appropriation to reflect the new effective date.

LD 1516 fiscal note
LD 1516 Amendment H-270 fiscal note
LD 1565 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Protect Voter-approved Measures Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1565
This resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to change a direct initiative approved by the voters at referendum if the change clarifies or further advances the original intent of the direct initiative. A change to such a direct initiative made by the Legislature no later than one year after the direct initiative takes effect that frustrates the effectuation or implementation of the direct initiative does not go into effect until submitted to the voters at referendum and approved by a majority of those voting on the question. The resolution also authorizes the Legislature to provide a process for the review of a direct initiative before petition forms are furnished or approved by the Secretary of State.

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 1598 An Act To Define the Responsibilities of Property Owners for the Maintenance and Repair of Private Roads Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1598
This bill establishes responsibility for the repair and maintenance of private roads and private ways that benefit residential properties. Unless there is an agreement, restriction, covenant or road association that specifies the cost to be paid by each owner of a benefited property, the cost is shared in proportion to the benefit received by each owner of benefited property. An owner who damages a private road or private way that benefits other residential properties is solely responsible for the cost of repairs to fix the damage. An owner who fails to comply may be forced to comply through an action brought by other owners on the private road or private way.

LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1612 An Act Regarding the Presumption of Abandonment of Gift Obligations Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-613 and Senate amendment S-366, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1612
Under current law, a gift obligation card, which includes a gift certificate, gift card and online gift account, is considered abandoned 2 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which it was purchased or last used. This bill removes the presumption of abandonment for gift obligation cards.

Amendment H-613
This amendment provides that this legislation, which exempts gift obligation cards from the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act by establishing that a gift obligation card is never presumed abandoned, is effective January 1, 2021 and applies to gift obligation cards sold on or after January 1, 2021.

Amendment S-366
This amendment provides that the amount of a gift obligation's face value that is unclaimed for purposes of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act is 60% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2018 or earlier; 40% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2019; 20% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2020; and 0% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2021 or thereafter.

LD 1612 Amendment H-613 fiscal note
LD 1612 Amendment S-366 fiscal note
LD 1617 An Act To Create a Single-payer Health Care Program in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1617
This bill establishes a single-payer health care program in the State that provides health care services for Maine residents. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consult with the Department of Labor and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to develop the program. The bill requires the State to implement the program in 3 phases, based on income, beginning in 2022 for those residents not eligible for the MaineCare program. The bill also creates the Single-payer Implementation Task Force to advise the departments and make recommendations to fully implement the single-payer health care program. The program may not be implemented in 2022 without prior legislative approval.

LD 1684 An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Public hearing held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1684
Currently, Maine has no minimum age at which a child may be prosecuted for a crime. The purpose of this bill is to prevent children under 12 years of age from being prosecuted for crimes, to prevent children under 14 years of age from being incarcerated, to eliminate the current requirement that, if committed, a juvenile must be committed for at least a year and to prevent courts from imposing dispositions against juveniles that involve commitment without exhausting all other less restrictive alternatives. The bill also mandates regular opportunities for judicial review of a juvenile's commitment in addition to providing an appellate avenue for relief from unfavorable reviews.

The bill provides that if a court imposes a disposition that involves incarceration, the court must conduct a detailed analysis on the record explaining the rationale for the disposition. Such a disposition is authorized only if the court finds certain criteria by clear and convincing evidence. If the court commits a juvenile to a facility, the bill requires periodic judicial review of the incarceration to ensure that the rehabilitative purposes of incarceration are not being outweighed by the harm caused by incarceration.

The overarching goal of this bill is to ensure that fewer children are in the juvenile justice system and that, if and when they do become involved in the system, there is a presumption against incarceration and a requirement for the regular review of any commitment imposed, in order to minimize the harm that incarceration can cause children.

This bill amends the statute governing a juvenile's right to counsel to specify that the right to counsel attaches at the juvenile's initial appearance and continues until the court no longer has jurisdiction over the juvenile, including all post-dispositional hearings and during the time of commitment. This bill also requires counsel appointed by the court to continue to represent the juvenile throughout all proceedings concerning the juvenile, unless relieved by the court.

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