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Representative Drew Gattine [Democrat]
Westbrook ~ District 34

Towns in District: part of Westbrook

Term limited in 2020

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♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs (Chair)

✉ Andrew.Gattine@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 529 Stroudwater Street
Westbrook, Maine 04092


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 284 An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 284
This bill establishes a residential forensic step-down facility, which provides treatment of forensic patients who no longer require hospital level care but cannot be safely treated in a community setting, in Augusta in the Capitol Area. It authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to maintain and operate the 21-bed forensic step-down facility. It provides that the facility must be licensed and that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that apply specifically to the licensure of a forensic step-down facility and that include the admission and discharge standards of the facility, the staffing model, security, patients' access to treatment and patient rights protections. It requires that the department provisionally adopt rules to implement the licensure of the forensic step-down facility no later than January 11, 2020. It creates an advisory committee to participate in and guide the planning process for the facility and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. It authorizes the committee to report out a bill based on the advisory committee's report. It requires the department to report to the committee on the progress of creating the facility and developing rules. It provides that the transfer of a forensic patient into the forensic step-down facility must be approved by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. It includes the forensic step-down facility in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 1 as a "state institution."

LD 310 An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 310
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to adjust certain appropriations and allocations from the General Fund and other funds for the expenditures of State Government related to position changes and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

LD 311 An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 311
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

LD 381 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade and Replace Infrastructure of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 381
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used to replace existing infrastructure systems of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation that carry the emergency alert system.

LD 584 An Act To Convert Stipends to Base Pay for Child Protective Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 584
This bill requires that the $5 per wage-hour stipends provided to child protective services employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services for the purpose of recruitment and retention of such employees and the $1 per wage-hour stipend paid to such child protective services employees who hold or obtain a relevant master's degree must be considered part of the base pay of employees who receive a stipend for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

LD 738 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Study Group To Review the Crisis Response System in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 738
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a study group of interested parties to review the crisis response system in the State. The study group is required to submit its report, including any recommended legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 15, 2019. The joint standing committee may submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1000 An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 (Emergency(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-6, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 1000
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

Amendment H-6
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

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LD 1001 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-586, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1001
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.

The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9635.

Amendment H-586
Link to amendment H-586 (opens in new tab)


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LD 1006 Resolve, To Require the Development of Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities Based on Social Determinants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1006
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to present to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services an action plan detailing strategies for reducing health disparities based on social determinants.

LD 1007 An Act To Expand and Enhance Maine's Behavioral Health Direct Care Workforce Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-499, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1007
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to expand and enhance the State's behavioral health direct care workforce, including, but not limited to, community-based mental health rehabilitation technicians, direct support professionals and behavioral health professionals.

Amendment H-499
This amendment replaces the concept draft. It changes the educational requirements for behavioral health professionals providing children's home and community-based treatment to replace the requirement for a bachelor's degree to a minimum of 60 credit hours in a related field, 90 credit hours in an unrelated field combined with a plan for supervision and training or a high school diploma or equivalent with 3 years of experience working in the field combined with a plan for supervision and training. The educational requirements do not change the required behavioral health professional training or the prescribed time frames for that training. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend or establish contracts for training behavioral health professionals to train any additional individuals within existing resources, and authorizes the department to opt to charge individuals or their employers fees for training.

LD 1007 Amendment H-499 fiscal note

LD 1008 An Act To Include State Employee Stipends as Earnable Compensation Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1008
This bill requires that stipends paid to a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System be counted as earnable compensation for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

LD 1068 An Act To Increase the Number of Agency Liquor Stores Permitted in Municipalities with 10,000 to 20,000 Residents Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 1068
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 10,001 but less than 20,001; current law allows such a municipality a maximum of 5 agency liquor stores.

LD 1315 An Act To Support Medically Monitored Crisis Support and Intervention Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-351, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1315
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for an enhanced crisis stabilization reimbursement rate under the MaineCare program for medically monitored crisis support and intervention provided to persons 18 years of age or older with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders who voluntarily seek treatment.

Amendment H-351
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services must establish a rate under the MaineCare program that is sufficient to provide medically monitored crisis support and intervention to an adult. The rate must be established in rule by December 31, 2019.

LD 1315 fiscal note
LD 1315 Amendment H-351 fiscal note
LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, House accepted Majority Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-248, adopted House amendment H-645 and engrossed, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20,2019
LD 1317
This bill removes limitations on food supplement program benefits and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program benefits, provides MaineCare coverage and modifies language for state-funded supplemental security income to maintain consistency throughout the law for certain noncitizens who are lawfully present in the United States or pursuing a lawful process to apply for immigration relief.

LD 1318 Resolve, To Increase Access to Housing-related Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-349, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1318
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for waivers to provide housing-related services, including housing transition and tenancy sustaining services, to individuals with disabilities, older adults needing long-term services and supports and persons experiencing chronic homelessness under the 1915(b) and 1915(c) Medicaid waiver provisions. It also directs the department to amend MaineCare rules to implement the waivers once approved. These allowable benefits are set forth in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Informational Bulletin dated June 26, 2015 on Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

The resolve also directs the department to review any waivers or state plan amendments available under Title XIX of the United States Social Security Act to stabilize access to safe and affordable housing for individuals with disabilities, older adults, individuals needing long-term services and supports and persons experiencing chronic homelessness through the provision of housing transition, tenancy sustainment and case management services and to collaborate with the Maine State Housing Authority to determine how resources may be leveraged more effectively to address housing needs. As part of its review, the department is required to convene a stakeholder group to solicit input regarding methods to improve health outcomes through greater housing stability.

Amendment H-349
This amendment replaces the bill. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to examine opportunities available pursuant to a home and community-based services waiver available from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including, but not limited to, a Medicaid 1915(i) state plan amendment to provide housing-related services to persons experiencing chronic homelessness who have mental health or substance use disorders and other vulnerable populations.

It also directs the department to collaborate with Maine State Housing Authority to determine how resources may be leveraged more effectively to address the housing needs of persons experiencing chronic homelessness who have mental health or substance use disorders and other vulnerable populations and to consult with interested stakeholders as it conducts this review. The department must report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services with any recommendations related to this review by no later than February 1, 2020, and the committee is authorized to report out a bill to implement the recommendations.

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LD 1337 Resolve, To Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Pilot Project within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-429 and Senate amendment S-340, Finally passed, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1337
This bill establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services a program to provide rapid access to low-barrier treatment for substance use disorders and stable housing to support recovery and create stability for 50 opioid users who are among the most vulnerable and unstable in the State. The bill details the program objectives, eligibility criteria for program participants and services that must be provided to those participants, including medication-assisted treatment, intensive case management services and financial and case management assistance to ensure immediate and continued access to stable housing. The bill requires an independent evaluation of the program and directs the department to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters regarding the program by March 15, 2020 and annually thereafter. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit legislation regarding the program.

Amendment H-429
This amendment changes the bill into a resolve.

The bill established a homeless opioid users service engagement program. The amendment changes it to a pilot project that operates for 24 months.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-340
This amendment provides that the Maine State Housing Authority, within its existing programs and resources, is required to provide funding for costs associated with housing provided under the pilot project. This amendment also allocates funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine rather than appropriating funds from the General Fund.

LD 1337 Chaptered Law
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LD 1453 An Act To Improve Dental Health for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-409, Enacted in both chambers June 5, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1453
This bill adds access to comprehensive medically necessary preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to MaineCare members 21 years of age and over. It also establishes a dental incentive payment program for dentists to increase access to dental care for MaineCare members, including children, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations on the design of the program. It provides for the establishment of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the dental incentive payment program over time.

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

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1496 An Act To Protect the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1496
Under Public Law 2017, chapter 284, Part EEEEEEE, the State Controller is required to transfer up to $65,000,000 from the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to provide General Fund resources to cover any federal disallowance in federal financial participation for Medicaid services and disproportionate share hospital payments related to the Riverview Psychiatric Center. A payment of $10,524,817 was made in early 2019.

This bill requires instead that the transfer be made from the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and requires the State Controller to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund for the amount transferred for the federal disallowance related to Riverview Psychiatric Center earlier this year. In the event that sufficient funds do not exist in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents to cover future payments, the funds must come from the Rainy Day Fund, and the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents must be used to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund as soon as funds become available.

LD 1512 An Act Regarding Persons Who Are Found Not Criminally Responsible and Are Sent out of State for Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-469, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 1512
This bill concerns persons charged with crimes who are judged not criminally responsible by reason of insanity who are placed in an institution outside the State. The bill:
  • 1. Requires the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, to conduct a hearing to find that the institution is the least restrictive placement, that there is not an equivalent placement within the State and that the institution outside the State will comply with state reporting requirements;
  • 2. Requires an institution outside the State in which a patient is placed to provide quarterly status reports on the patient to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services; and
  • 3. Directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene an oversight committee to review the status of forensic patients placed in institutions outside the State to determine if a patient is in the least restrictive environment and receiving adequate care and if the Department of Health and Human Services is actively working on a plan to return the patient to the State and to make recommendations to the commissioner, the head of the institution where the patient is placed, the court of record, a family member designated by the patient and the patient's attorney or, if the patient does not have an attorney, the patient's attorney of record.


Amendment H-469
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Removes the requirement in the bill that the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, conduct a hearing;
  • 2. Reduces the frequency of required status reports on a forensic patient placed outside the State from quarterly to every 6 months and requires the report be filed in the Superior Court in the county in which the state institution monitoring the person's placement is located; and
  • 3. Replaces the proposed oversight committee of forensic patients in the bill with a committee for the oversight of patient human rights, for patients in state institutions or forensic patients placed outside the State, to review practices that affect, or potentially affect, the civil liberties or other rights of patients; review patient grievances; review reports regarding the placement of forensic patients outside the State and, among other duties, to report concerns and make recommendations to the superintendent of the state institution.


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LD 1822 An Act To Protect Access to Services for Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1822
This bill establishes the right of an adult with serious and persistent mental illness who is denied access to certain services by a provider contrary to the terms of the provider's contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to seek informal department review of the provider's action and informal dispute resolution by the department to facilitate access to the service. If the adult continues to be denied access to the mental health service following department review, the adult may bring a private civil action in Superior Court for injunctive relief to enforce the terms of the provider's contract with the department. The bill requires the department to adopt routine technical rules governing the process for informal department review, which must include a definition of "adult with serious and persistent mental illness."

LD 1845 An Act To Fund Collective Bargaining Agreements with Executive Branch Employees (Emergency(Governor's Bill) Status: Under suspension of the rules, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 1845
This bill implements the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the State and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Maine State Troopers Association, the Maine State Law Enforcement Association and Maine State Employees Association and provides for equitable treatment for confidential employees and certain other employees excluded from collective bargaining.

The bill specifies the costs from the General Fund and Highway Fund to fund salary increases and authorizes the transfer by financial order of available General Fund and Highway Fund balances as necessary.

The bill also specifies the costs from the General Fund and Highway Fund to fund the overtime payment settlements and authorizes the transfer by financial order of available General Fund and Highway Fund balances as necessary.

The bill provides for the adjustment of certain salary schedules in fiscal year 2019-20 and in fiscal year 2020-21 consistent with ratified contracts. The bill provides for similar and equitable treatment of confidential employees, probationary employees and other employees excluded from collective bargaining.

LD 1845 Chaptered Law
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LD 46 Resolve, To Establish the Cumberland County Jail Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Pilot Project Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-354, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 46
This bill provides funding to create a substance use disorder clinic at the Cumberland County jail.

Amendment H-354
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides funding to the Department of Corrections to establish a 24-month pilot project at the Cumberland County jail to assist in the rehabilitation of individuals incarcerated or detained at the jail who need substance use disorder treatment. The pilot project must focus on the health of the individual and provide services that include counseling, medication-assisted treatment, education and employment opportunities and community service. The contract must include outcome measures for those who are no longer in the jail.

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LD 48 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Housing for Persons Who Are Homeless Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, January 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 48
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used for capital construction costs for housing for persons who are homeless.

LD 49 An Act Regarding the Designation of Traumatic Brain Injury on Driver's Licenses and Nondriver Identification Cards Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-519 and Senate amendment S-360, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 49
This bill requires the Secretary of State, upon request, to issue a sticker to be placed on a person's driver's license or nondriver identification card to indicate that the person has a traumatic brain injury.

Amendment H-519
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
  • 1. Directs the Secretary of State to issue wallet-sized acquired brain injury identification cards to persons who voluntarily request a card;
  • 2. Allows the Secretary of State to require documentation of an acquired brain injury;
  • 3. Provides requirements for the application for and issuance of an acquired brain injury identification card; and
  • 4. Allows the Secretary of State to determine by rule any additional information about acquired brain injury that must be placed on an acquired brain injury identification card.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-360
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 49 Chaptered Law
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LD 172 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Smart City Technology Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 172
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to provide funds through the Maine Technology Institute to allow municipalities to invest in smart and connected infrastructure, technology and capacity, including but not limited to information and communications technology such as broadband connectivity, connected sensors and data aggregation platforms; light-emitting diode lighting; adaptive traffic control signals; autonomous vehicle projects; electric vehicle infrastructure; and distributed power generation, storage and management.

LD 192 An Act To Require an Annual Report on the Activities of the Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 192
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

Amendment H-21
This amendment removes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

LD 192 Chaptered Law
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LD 227 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Public Health Infrastructure Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 227
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the State's public health infrastructure by:

  • 1. Identifying community-level geographic regions where essential public health services, including competent and qualified comprehensive community health coalitions, can be funded equitably;
  • 2. Ensuring that basic and essential public health services be delivered in each public health district and tribal health district;
  • 3. Identifying emerging nonclinical public health workers, including community health workers, community paramedics, recovery coaches and resiliency coaches, who can strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery;
  • 4. Facilitating, when possible, the integration and collaboration of public and private public health professionals with public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals; and
  • 5. Enabling the operation of public health professionals, public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals as a cohesive and coordinated public health team to improve the visibility and understanding of public health among Maine children and adults.


LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 293
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.

LD 302 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 302
This bill amends the statutory provisions regarding criminal post-conviction review to allow the filing of a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence at any time during the period of direct impediment, except that it may not be filed within one year of a judgment on a prior petition for post-conviction review on the same conviction. This bill requires that a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence receive at least one evidentiary hearing in which the petitioner may submit new evidence and evidence submitted in prior proceedings on the same matter.

LD 304 An Act To Improve Stroke Care in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 304
This bill provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for evidence-based education efforts designed to inform residents of the State about the causes, signs and symptoms of stroke, focusing on populations and geographic areas most affected by stroke, and to improve stroke surveillance and epidemiology efforts of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill also provides funding for one Stroke Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 328 An Act To Institute Safe Children Court Team Programs Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 328
This bill authorizes the Judicial Department to establish safe children court team programs, modeled on the "Safe Babies Court Team" approach supported by the Quality Improvement Center for Research-based Infant-Toddler Court Teams funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. The purpose is to develop a community-based system to provide local systems and services for children and families that interact with the State's child protection system. The core components of such programs are listed

LD 334 An Act To Change the Definition of "Renewable Capacity Resource" Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 13, 2019
LD 334
This bill aligns the definition of "renewable capacity resource" with that of "renewable resource" in the laws governing renewable energy by adding generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling to the definition of "renewable capacity resource."

LD 354 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage the Provision of Reliable High-speed Internet in Rural Underserved Areas of Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 354
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for encouraging the provision of reliable high-speed Internet in rural underserved areas of Maine.

LD 399 An Act To Align Wages for Direct Care Workers for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism with the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-412, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 399
This bill specifies that the MaineCare reimbursement rate for direct care workers for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism must be at least 125% of the state minimum wage.

Amendment H-412
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 399 fiscal note
LD 399 Amendment H-412 fiscal note
LD 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 400
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas of the State.

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

LD 408 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan for Neurobehavioral Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-471, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 408
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide by September 1, 2020 16 new neurobehavioral beds in one or more neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term evaluation and treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment in either the community or a long-term care facility.

Amendment H-471
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new neurobehavioral beds in the State to serve individuals with brain injury and accompanying significant behavioral challenges who need short-term treatment for no longer than one year before transitioning to a long-term care environment. These individuals must be unable to be served appropriately in the community or in a nursing facility lacking specialized neurobehavioral services but must not need hospitalization. The department shall submit a report with the plan, together with any necessary legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 408 Chaptered Law
LD 408 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 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 455
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

LD 462 An Act To Provide Paid Family Leave to Public School Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 462
This bill provides that a full-time employee of a school administrative unit is entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave and may not be required to use sick or other kinds of leave for the birth of the employee's child or the employee's domestic partner's child or for the placement of a child 16 years of age or less with the employee or the employee's domestic partner in connection with the adoption of the child by the employee or the employee's domestic partner. The bill also provides that the employer and employee may negotiate whether leave is taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule.

LD 483 An Act To Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 483
This bill increases the total annual aggregate amount of credits that may be issued under the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, decreases the total aggregate credits that may be authorized for any one business from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 and requires that eligible businesses that provide a product or service that is sold or rendered predominantly outside the State maintain more than 50% of their employees in positions within the State.

LD 493 An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Counseling and Screening for MaineCare Recipients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-223, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 493
This bill requires that shared decision-making counseling and annual screening for lung cancer for certain recipients be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. The Department of Health and Human Services may adopt routine technical rules to implement this requirement.

Amendment S-223
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment also reallocates the statutory language to avoid a numbering conflict with a prior enacted section.

LD 493 fiscal note
LD 493 Amendment S-223 fiscal note
LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-151, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 494
This bill updates language in the laws governing family planning.

Amendment S-151
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to remove conflicts with other provisions in statute relating to consent by minors. Current law provides that the treatment of a minor for a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. This amendment provides that the prevention or treatment of a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Current law also provides that family planning services may be provided to a minor who is a parent, who is married, with the consent of the minor's guardian or if the minor will suffer probable health hazards. This amendment provides that a health care provider may provide family planning services to a minor without requiring the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, just as with sexually transmitted infections. This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 406 regarding family planning services are not intended to change the scope of practice of a health care provider. It also makes other technical changes.

LD 494 Chaptered Law
LD 494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 502 An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-200, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 502
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
  • 2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
  • 5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.


Amendment H-200
This amendment strikes and replaces the title and the bill. The amendment establishes the Summer Success Pilot Program and corresponding fund to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success pilot programs in school administrative units throughout the State and does the following:
  • 1. It provides that the fund is established as a General Fund carrying account within the Department of Education to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State and that only General Fund appropriations may be paid into the fund;
  • 2. It requires the Commissioner of Education to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success pilot programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to those of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success pilot programs;
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding from the fund, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success pilot programs and that the department must prioritize distribution of funding to school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program;
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act; and
  • 5. It requires the Commissioner of Education to annually report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs on the number of school administrative units administering summer success pilot programs, the nature of the summer success pilot programs receiving money from the fund, the amount of money distributed and the number of children participating in a summer success pilot program. The report must also include a recommendation on whether the pilot program should continue as a pilot program, be modified or become a permanent program.


LD 502 Amendment H-200 fiscal note
LD 521 An Act To Amend the Archives and Records Management Law Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-52, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 521
This bill makes the following changes to the archives and records management laws:
  • 1. Adds language to specify that it is the policy of the State to ensure that nonpermanent records are preserved for the time required by an approved records retention schedule;
  • 2. Removes the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from the definition of "state agency" for purposes of the Archives and Records Management Law;
  • 3. Adds language to include the advice from the Archives Advisory Board in the State Archivist's consideration of what constitutes an archival record, to change the definition of "state agency" or "agency" to include all government agencies that transmit records to the Maine State Archives and to change the definition of "electronic records";
  • 4. Adds language to specify the 2nd organizational unit within the Maine State Archives is records management and adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 94 that was stricken from Title 5, section 95 regarding powers and duties of the State Archivist;
  • 5. Changes the laws governing the State Archivist to reflect the 2 organizational units of the Maine State Archives: archives services and records management. It adds language to strengthen the records management practices for all state and local government agencies by using 4 criteria in the development of a guiding records retention schedule: administrative use, legal requirements, fiscal and audit requirements and historical and research value;
  • 6. Specifies when local government records may be destroyed;
  • 7. Repeals and replaces the laws governing the Archives Advisory Board to change the expertise required of members, to provide that members are appointed by the Secretary of State and to provide 3-year terms for members; and
  • 8. Removes the requirement that the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs but retains the requirement that the board report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters, which is the committee of oversight for the Maine State Archives. It also removes a reference to funding a full-time position that was eliminated in Public Law 2015, chapter 480.


Amendment H-52
This amendment maintains the exclusion of the judicial branch from the requirements of the Archives and Records Management Law, as in current law; the bill includes the judicial branch in those requirements.

LD 521 Chaptered Law
LD 521 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 547 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Maine Aquaculture Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 547
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to study and promote Maine aquaculture.

LD 578 Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Assist the Transition to Recovery of Persons Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 578
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot program designed to assist the transition to recovery of persons suffering from opioid use disorder. The resolve directs the commissioner, by December 2, 2020, to submit a written report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters summarizing the results of the pilot program, together with any recommendations for continuation of the program, 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.

LD 606 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-120, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 606
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.

Amendment S-120
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 606 fiscal note
LD 606 Amendment S-120 fiscal note
LD 610 An Act To Provide Funding for Maine Public Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-401, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 610
This bill provides ongoing funds to Maine Public and increases the State's contribution to funding the cost of the emergency alert system.

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

LD 610 fiscal note
LD 610 Amendment H-401 fiscal note
LD 668 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Convene a Work Group To Study Improving Traffic Safety for Color-blind Drivers Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 668
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to convene a work group of interested parties and persons with expertise in traffic light systems and technology to study requiring new traffic lights to accommodate color-blind drivers. It requires the study to include an analysis of the effectiveness of the available technology and its costs. The department is directed to submit a report on its study, including any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by December 4, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 691 An Act Regarding County Jail Funding Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 691
This bill requires that instead of a specific dollar amount the State provide at least 20.22% of the cost of county jail operations to the County Jail Operations Fund for distribution to county jails.

LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 692
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-407
This amendment specifies that the services provided by independent licensed clinical social workers are provided under Section 65 of rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. Rather than increasing rates to the lowest reimbursement rate for the same service paid by an insurance carrier licensed in Maine, the amendment increases rates to 70% of the Medicare rate for the closest equivalent service, since there is no exact equivalent rate under Medicare. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 692 fiscal note
LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
LD 752 An Act To Reduce Food Insecurity and Promote Economic Growth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 752
This bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver beginning with federal fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019, and for each federal fiscal year thereafter to allow individuals otherwise subject to a 3-month limit on federal food supplement program benefits to continue to receive benefits if those individuals reside in counties, labor market areas or other areas that qualify for a waiver because of high unemployment or a lack of a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for those individuals.
  • 2. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to calculate the amount of the food stamp standard utility allowance using reliable data reflecting actual utility costs in Maine.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older or an individual with a disability or that does not include children.


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

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

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

LD 763 fiscal note
LD 763 Amendment H-252 fiscal note
LD 765 Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-247, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 765
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review asset limits for social service programs and revise the limits to increase the effectiveness of the programs.

Amendment H-247
The amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to examine the asset limits for eligibility applied to the elderly low-cost drug program, the Medicare savings program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the statewide food supplement program, otherwise known as SNAP. The department and stakeholder group are required to examine the asset limits to determine if they meet the missions of the programs or present barriers and to determine compliance with federal laws and guidelines. The department is required to submit a report, together with its findings, legislative recommendations and any rulemaking activities to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2019.

LD 765 Chaptered Law
LD 765 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 769 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Create a Working Group To Study Credentialing Skilled Individuals with Foreign Credentials Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 769
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to create a working group to study credentialing skilled individuals with foreign credentials in the State. The working group consists of 8 to 10 members representing licensing boards and professional organizations served by the licensing boards in professions for which there is a need for and an opportunity to credential skilled individuals with foreign credentials. The working group is required to submit its report along with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Governor and the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. The commissioner is required to submit the report with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. The committee is permitted to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

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

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

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 789 An Act To Appropriate General Fund Money for Basic Government Functions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 789
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to appropriate money from the General Fund to support basic government functions.

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 814 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Research and Innovation led by the University of Maine System Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 814
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

his bill would provide funding and enact measures based on recommendations of the President of the University of Maine at Machias in a strategic plan chartered by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and due to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System in March 2019. The bill would strengthen research and economic development efforts across the University of Maine System to support Maine industries and workforce development and to foster business formation and expansion, specifically in the 7 research and development sectors designated in statute: advanced technology for agriculture and forestry; aquaculture and marine technology; biotechnology; composite materials technology; environmental technology; information technology; and precision manufacturing technology.

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 838 Resolve, To Ensure the Continuation of Services to Maine Children and Families (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 838
Resolve 2017, chapter 56 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to continue certain contractual agreements entered into by the department with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children until January 31, 2019. This resolve amends that resolve to require the department to extend the contractual agreements until at least the termination date specified in the contractual agreement. This resolve applies retroactively to January 31, 2019.

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 867 An Act To Require Public Health Impact Statements for Certain Legislation Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 867
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, when requested by the chairs of a joint standing committee of the Legislature, to prepare and provide a public health impact statement for legislation before the committee. The public health impact statement must include the potential positive and negative public health effects of the legislation and considerations necessary to the decision-making process regarding the legislation and provide practical recommendations to increase the positive health effects and minimize negative health effects of the legislation.

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 959 An Act To Increase Funding for the Maine Lakes Society "LakeSmart" Program and the Lake Stewards of Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-102 and Senate amendment S-333, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 959
This bill provides increased funding to allow the Department of Environmental Protection to make grants to the Lake Stewards of Maine for the volunteer lake monitoring program and the Maine Lakes Society for the "LakeSmart" education program. This bill also provides funds to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission for pollution control training programs.

Amendment H-102
This amendment increases the annual funding increase proposed in the bill for New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission from $25,000 to $50,000.

Amendment S-333
This amendment reduces by $75,000 per fiscal year the appropriations in the bill, as amended by Committee Amendment H-102.

LD 959 Chaptered Law
LD 959 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 976 An Act To Require Additional Lead Screening for Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-296, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 976
This bill amends the Lead Poisoning Control Act to require blood lead level testing of all children not covered by the MaineCare program at one year of age, 2 years of age and 6 years of age

Amendment H-296
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It changes the definition of "lead poisoning" in the Lead Poisoning Control Act to mean a confirmed elevated level of blood lead that is equal to or exceeds 5 micrograms per deciliter. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters when the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes the reference level at which it recommends public health actions be taken with respect to blood lead levels in children.

LD 976 Chaptered Law
LD 976 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 997 An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development for Young Children Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-191 and Senate amendment S-334, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 997
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to implement, beginning September 1, 2020, a statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program to provide support, guidance and training to families, early care and education teachers and providers working in public elementary schools, child care facilities, family child care settings and Head Start programs serving infants and young children who are experiencing challenging behaviors that put them at risk of learning difficulties and removal from early learning settings. The bill requires the Department of Education to design and implement the program and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters on the implementation of the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program.

Amendment S-191
This amendment, which is the majority report, provides that any record about a child created as a result of an early childhood consultation program must be made available to the parents or guardians of that child and may not become part of the child's education record.

The amendment also stipulates that 50% of the costs of the early childhood consultation program established under the bill is to be funded using funds transferred to the Department of Education by the Department of Health and Human Services that are provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant that are available under Title IV-A of the United States Social Security Act or that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services from that block grant authorized under Title XX of the United States Social Security Act.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-334
This amendment changes the responsibility for the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services and makes other minor changes to reflect the change in responsibility.

LD 997 Chaptered Law
LD 997 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1012 An Act To Provide Stable Funding and Support for Child Care Providers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-211, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1012
This bill amends the child care services provisions in the following ways:
  • 1. It establishes graduated quality differential rates for steps 2 to 4 in the 4-step child care quality rating system currently required by law;
  • 2. It requires that contracts with providers of child care services prioritize infants, toddlers and preschool children up to 4 years of age in a variety of ways; and
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a shared services program for providers of child care services to realize efficiencies and achieve financial sustainability by sharing administrative and program services and costs.


Amendment S-211
This amendment, which is the majority report, lowers the increases to graduated quality differential rates for child care services for children other than infants from the bill. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may use state funds to pay a quality differential rate for high-quality child care services if it chooses to do so. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to use up to 25% of the State's federal child care and development block grant funding for contracts for high-quality child care to underserved children and areas of the State rather than requiring use of funding for contracts. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the number of contracts, the percentage of block grant funding used for the contracts and the number of children served. It allows, rather than requires as in the bill, the department to develop a shared services program.

LD 1012 Amendment S-211 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 1052 An Act To Require Regular and Transparent Review of MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1052
This bill establishes a regular review process for MaineCare reimbursement rates. The Department of Health and Human Services shall review all rates over a 3-year period except those that are already subject to regular review, based on cost, reimbursed at a capitated rate, or tied to Medicare or some other rates. The 3-year schedule and the reviews are required to be submitted to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The results of reviews are also submitted to the Governor for consideration for inclusion in the biennial budget. The bill also establishes the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Review Advisory Committee made up of stakeholders appointed by the Presiding Officers and the minority leaders in the Legislature to provide advice and input to the department on rate reviews. The advisory committee also submits an annual review of its activities to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The advisory committee is staffed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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

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

LD 1065 fiscal note
LD 1065 Amendment H-292 fiscal note
LD 1084 An Act Regarding the Operation of Pedal-powered Tour Vehicles (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1084
This bill defines "pedal-powered tour vehicle" and permits such vehicles to be used on public ways. The bill provides that a municipality may restrict the operation of a pedal-powered tour vehicle on a public way within the municipality only by requiring evidence of liability insurance and compliance with equipment standards and traffic restrictions established by the municipality.

LD 1094 An Act To Increase Funding for the Child Welfare Services Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-180 and Senate amendment S-336, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1094
This bill provides funding for additional staffing for the child welfare services ombudsman program in the Executive Department.

Amendment S-180
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment preserves the portion of the bill that provides additional staffing for the child welfare services ombudsman program in the Executive Department and adds funding for leasing office space and purchasing necessary office supplies for the program staff. It also changes the title.

Amendment S-336
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section and changes the title.

LD 1094 Chaptered Law
LD 1094 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1096 An Act To Require That Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Be Made Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1096
This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to establish and maintain a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities, which must provide for an assessment on intake, provide a variety of behavioral and medication-assisted treatment options and offer peer support and comprehensive treatment options after release. The bill also provides funding for the establishment of the substance use disorder treatment program.

LD 1101 An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Allow Pedestrian Walkways and Trails That Exclude Motorized Vehicles within the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1101
This bill amends the shoreland zoning laws to authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance that exempts pedestrian walkways or trails within the shoreland zone from otherwise applicable setback requirements so long as use of motorized vehicles, other than motorized assistive devices, is prohibited on the walkway or trail and the ordinance maintains certain other protective standards. Any allowed walkway or trail must meet all other state and local permit requirements and comply with all other applicable rules.

LD 1104 An Act To Clarify the State's Commitments Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-205, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1104
This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.

Amendment H-205
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1104 Amendment H-205 fiscal note
LD 1119 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipalities and School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1119
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to purchase solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units.

Part B directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds from the bond issue under Part A to fund the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Part C establishes the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust to support municipalities and municipally authorized citizen committees and school administrative units across the State in reducing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, facilitating the development of renewable energy resources and creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. It funds the program with the proceeds of bonds, including bonds issued pursuant to Part A, any other funds allocated by the trust and matching funds from participating municipalities.

Parts B and C take effect only if the bond issue under Part A is approved by the voters of the State.

LD 1146 An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1146
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
  • 1. Assists disabled and elderly persons in locating housing, transitioning between housing settings and accessing home repair and home modification services and materials;
  • 2. Maintains and makes publicly available housing assistance information and resources; and
  • 3. Identifies gaps in housing assistance needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and periodically submits a report on the gaps to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services' office of aging and disability services for inclusion in the state plan on aging.


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 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 1225 An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1225
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.

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

LD 1275 An Act To Support Access to Health Services for Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-127, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1275
Under current law, a minor who has been living separately from parents or legal guardians for at least 60 days and is independent of parental support may provide consent to all medical, mental, dental and other health counseling and services.

This bill allows a minor to provide consent to all medical, mental, dental and other health counseling and services by proving that the minor is living separately and is independent of parental support through various means such as a written, signed statement to that fact from the director of a governmental or nonprofit agency that provides services to homeless persons or an attorney representing the minor or proof of filing for emancipation.

This bill also provides immunity to a health care practitioner who provides services to a minor if the minor consented to those services and provided proof of living separately and independently. Finally, this bill prohibits a minor or other person from disaffirming the consent given by the minor solely because the minor is a minor.

Amendment S-127
This amendment clarifies that a health care practitioner who obtains documentation is immune from civil or criminal liability. It removes the language regarding consent not being subject to later disaffirmance solely by reason of the minor's age.

LD 1275 Chaptered Law
LD 1275 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 13, 2019
LD 1276
This bill requires background checks of purchasers of firearms for all private sales at gun shows or private sales resulting from advertising or marketing.

LD 1277 An Act To Require the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention To Be Credentialed Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-101 and Senate amendment S-339, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1277
This bill establishes qualifications for the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services, and requires that the director report annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on challenges and threats to public health and ways in which the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has responded to those challenges and threats.

Amendment S-101
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the qualifications for the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-339
This amendment strikes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1277 Chaptered Law
LD 1277 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1281 Resolve, To Create a Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1281
This resolve establishes the Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance, which is required to study providing a more affordable health insurance option to middle-income individuals and small businesses, including convening a multistate conference to draft a proposal for a nonprofit health insurance cooperative.

LD 1339 An Act To Recalculate Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees Adversely Affected by Merit Pay Freezes Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1339
The law governing the calculation of retirement benefits for members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System was amended by Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part CCCC, section 1 and Public Law 2015, chapter 385 to allow members who retired on or after June 30, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes.

This bill authorizes a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired on or after March 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015 to include in the member's retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes, retroactive to the date of the member's retirement. This provision does not include lost wages due to longevity pay freezes.

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 1418 An Act To Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1418
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "behavioral health needs" to mean a wide range of mental health disorders and illnesses, substance use disorder, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder;
  • 2. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to take measures to address the issue of extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs by:
    • A. Maintaining a daily updated online statewide list of available mental health facility or program and community service provider placements for referral purposes by hospital emergency departments;
    • B. Maintaining a quarterly updated online resource list of mental health programs or facilities and community service providers that treat behavioral health needs; and
    • C. Collecting monthly data on and study the issue of extended stays of minors with behavioral health needs in hospital emergency departments and annually submitting a report with a summary of the study along with any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters;
  • 3. Directs the department to study the data and analysis on extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs and submit an annual report to the Legislature that identifies:
    • A. Reasons for the extended stays;
    • B. Specific behavioral health needs treatment programs and the waiting list for admission to each program; and
    • C. Funding mechanisms to provide short-term transitional assistance to minors with behavioral health needs discharged from a hospital emergency department to residential placements, partial hospitalizations or home-based programs; and
  • 4. Directs the department to study the feasibility of adding a child behavioral needs advocate within the department to coordinate the department's activities with those of various agencies and programs that provide behavioral health needs services to minors and to submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.


LD 1482 An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Blueberry Tax Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-340, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1482
This bill amends the laws regarding the wild Maine blueberry tax in the following ways.
  • 1. It establishes a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State.
  • 2. It requires detailed reporting of the wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors so that each shipper and processor is inspected at least once in a 3-year period.
  • 4. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage, assets and other industry data.
  • 5. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.
  • 6. It requires shippers and processors to maintain permanent records of the origin of wild blueberries received by the shippers and processors.
  • 7. It prohibits the mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries harvested from another field and requires each field from which wild blueberries are harvested to have a unique identifying number and shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries shipped, received, transported or processed the unique identifying number of that lot.
  • 8. It changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.
  • 9. It allows the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to audit a shipper or processor at its own discretion.


Amendment H-340
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill to remove the establishment of a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State. The amendment requires all wild blueberries harvested in the State that are to be shipped outside the State for processing to be weighed on a state-certified scale in the State prior to being shipped outside the State.

The amendment strikes detailed reporting, for processors, of wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.

The bill requires the State Tax Assessor to forward an annual report containing information pertinent to the collection of the blueberry tax to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. The amendment specifies that the report must include the total number of pounds of: wild blueberries grown in the State, wild blueberries processed in the State, unprocessed wild blueberries imported into the State and unprocessed wild blueberries exported from the State.

The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors. The amendment strikes the requirement that each shipper and processor be inspected at least once in a 3-year period.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage and assets and other industry data.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.

The amendment removes the repeal of the current law that provides an exception for wild blueberries harvested outside the State to the prohibition on the transport of wild blueberries in quantities exceeding 25 pounds without first obtaining a transportation permit from the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.

The amendment removes the provision in the bill that changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.

The amendment removes from the bill the prohibition on mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries from another field and the requirement that each field from which blueberries are harvested have a unique identifying number and for shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries the unique identifying number of that lot. Instead, the amendment provides that wild blueberries must be uniquely identified by the field from which they were harvested during transportation to a receiving facility.

The amendment provides an effective date for this legislation of January 1, 2020.

LD 1482 Chaptered Law
LD 1482 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1492 An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1492
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code provisions regarding scheduled drugs by relaxing or eliminating provisions regarding trafficking and furnishing, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking, furnishing or possession of hypodermic apparatuses, use of drug paraphernalia and trafficking or furnishing of imitation drugs.

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 1519 An Act Concerning the Establishment of Benefit Corporations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1519
This bill creates a statutory framework that allows a corporation to elect to become a benefit corporation by explicitly stating in its articles of incorporation that it has a purpose of creating general public benefit and allows such a corporation to state in its articles of incorporation one or more specific public benefit purposes, which are other than maximizing shareholder value. "General public benefit" means a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a 3rd-party standard, from the business and operations of the benefit corporation. A specific public benefit can be providing goods and services to underserved individuals and communities, the promotion of economic opportunities, protecting the environment, improving human health or other particular benefits to society or the environment.

A benefit corporation may be subject to a benefit enforcement proceeding for failing to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit as set forth in its articles of incorporation, or for a violation of any obligation, duty or standard of conduct imposed.

A benefit corporation must make its annual benefit report available publicly.

LD 1519 Chaptered Law
LD 1519 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1537 An Act To Increase the Portion of Retirement Benefits to Which the Cost-of-living Adjustment Applies Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-446, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1537
This bill increases the portion of retirement benefits of retired state employees, teachers and beneficiaries of either to which the cost-of-living adjustment applies from $20,000 to $30,000 effective July 1, 2020.

Amendment H-446
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 1537 fiscal note
LD 1537 Amendment H-446 fiscal note
LD 1539 An Act To Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-578, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1539
This bill makes the following changes to the Cub Care program.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 200% of the federal poverty level to 325% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It removes the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It establishes that eligibility is not subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It provides coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to use state funds to fund the program but may apply for waivers or state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive federal matching funds.
  • 5. It repeals the provisions regarding premium payments for the Cub Care program.
  • 6. It requires the department to contract for outreach activities rather than providing them directly. The department must have a contract or contracts in place no later than January 1, 2020. The department is also required to seek federal grant funds for additional outreach activities under the federal Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act, Public Law 115-120 and the federal Advancing Chronic Care, Extenders and Social Services (ACCESS) Act, Public Law 115-123.
  • 7. It requires the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option no later than January 1, 2020 and to implement it no later than 6 months after receiving approval.


Amendment H-578
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 325% of the federal poverty level to 300% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any waivers or state plan amendments to accomplish the eligibility criteria established in this legislation, including but not limited to removing the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It removes the provision that eligibility is not subject to an asset test because current rules do not make eligibility subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It removes the requirement to provide coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age.
  • 5. It removes the requirement that the department contract for outreach activities and removes the reference to specific federal grant funds the department must seek for additional outreach activities.
  • 6. It removes the requirement for the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option.
  • 7. It makes the repeal of the waiting period and premium payment requirements under the Cub Care program contingent on the approval of a waiver of those requirements by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 8. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1539 Amendment H-578 fiscal note
LD 1584 An Act To Attract, Build and Retain an Early Childhood Education Workforce through Increased Training, Education and Career Pathways Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-464, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1584
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor jointly to develop and implement an early childhood educators workforce support program to recruit and retain early childhood educators working with children up to 5 years of age. Components of the program include:
  • 1. Expansion of educational programs at career and technical education centers and financial support of those programs;
  • 2. Comprehensive scholarships for persons taking classes toward the attainment of an early childhood education credential or an associate or bachelor's degree that allow the persons to graduate without student debt as long as the persons agree to work for a year with an approved employer;
  • 3. An increased number of apprenticeships; and
  • 4. Salary supplements awarded to individuals who provide child care or who are early childhood educators. The amount of the supplement is based on the level of education and experience of the individual and other factors.
This bill also provides funding to carry out the program.

Amendment H-464
This amendment requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to collect and review early childhood educators workforce data and, on a biennial basis, conduct a review of the adequacy of the pathways to early childhood education careers. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor to collaborate with local adult education providers of school administrative units, apprenticeship sponsors, career and technical education programs, the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System to create articulation agreements between these entities for the transfer of credits for course work related to early childhood education and to facilitate enrollment in courses that lead to the issuance of a postsecondary degree by a degree-granting institution. It also requires the commissioners to collaborate with these same entities to provide support for individuals, including immigrants and other populations lacking experience in Maine's workforce, who require foundational skills development to enter and succeed in early childhood education courses, including but not limited to English as a second language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills.

LD 1584 fiscal note
LD 1584 Amendment H-464 fiscal note
LD 1595 An Act To Enhance the Child Welfare Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1595
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the ombudsman program that provides ombudsman services to the children and families of the State regarding child welfare services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1. It provides that the program is an independent program operated as a nonprofit organization to provide investigative, oversight and advocacy services on a statewide basis.
  • 2. It requires the program to provide oversight of child welfare practice and policy to ensure the rights and safety of children and their families.
  • 3. It specifies staffing for the program.
  • 4. It provides that the Governor appoints the ombudsman, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and to confirmation by the Legislature.
  • 5. It provides that the ombudsman serves a 7-year term of office.
  • 6. It requires the ombudsman to submit the ombudsman's budget recommendations, using a format prescribed by the State Budget Officer, as part of the unified current services budget legislation.
  • 7. It provides full-time program employees access to health insurance benefits provided to state employees and retirement benefits provided to state employees.
  • 8. It requires the program to provide services directly to individuals and families and authorizes the program to provide systemwide comment to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
  • 9. It requires the department to inform the ombudsman of any statewide policy or practice changes in child welfare before they take effect.
  • 10. It allows the ombudsman to participate in trainings, studies or policy development activities conducted by the department.
  • 11. It requires the ombudsman to be available to provide information about child welfare issues on a statewide basis to individuals and entities outside the department.
  • 12. It authorizes the ombudsman to disclose confidential information, records or case-specific reports to a joint standing committee, joint select committee or oversight committee of the Legislature meeting in executive session.


LD 1600 An Act To Support E-9-1-1 Dispatchers and Corrections Officers Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1600
This bill adds corrections officers and E-9-1-1 dispatchers to the list of employees for whom there is a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when the employee is diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from work stress that was extraordinary and unusual, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.

LD 1630 Resolve, To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1630
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to set the weekly MaineCare reimbursement rate paid to outpatient opioid treatment providers at $110 per week, or at a higher rate if the department determines a higher rate is justified.

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

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

LD 1677 An Act To Allow Reentry Houses as Part of Supervised Community Confinement Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-562, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1677
This bill allows the Department of Corrections to contract with private employers for reentry houses for the purpose of providing housing and other assistance to prisoners transferred to supervised community confinement.

Amendment H-562
This amendment requires a reentry house to meet all state and local building and life safety codes for the type of building in which the reentry house is located.

LD 1677 Chaptered Law
LD 1677 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1678 An Act To Authorize the Commissioner of Corrections To Designate Additional Employees of the Department of Corrections To Collect Biological Samples Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-547, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1678
Current law allows for the collection of biological samples that are not blood samples, such as saliva samples, from convicted adults and adjudicated juveniles by various staff of the Department of Corrections, including corrections officers and probation officers and also including other staff if they work at a department facility and are designated by the Commissioner of Corrections and are trained to collect the samples. This bill allows for collection by any staff member of the Department of Corrections who is designated by the commissioner and is trained to collect biological samples, not just a staff member of a facility.

Amendment H-547
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1678 Chaptered Law
LD 1678 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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.

LD 1689 An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-177, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1689
This bill expands the scope and capabilities of hypodermic apparatus exchange programs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill requires the center to adopt rules that:
  • 1. Allow the programs to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; and
  • 2. Expand the criteria a program must meet in order to be awarded funds, including distributing naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C testing; and maintaining referral agreements or having the capacity to provide counseling services, medication-assisted treatment services and infectious disease care.

The center is also required to consider geographic distribution of services provided by a program when allocating funding.

This bill also amends the Maine Criminal Code to remove the crimes of furnishing hypodermic apparatuses and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses and makes changes to other statutes to reflect that decriminalization.

Amendment S-177
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill that decriminalize the crimes of furnishing or possessing hypodermic apparatuses. It removes the changes to the requirement to distribute educational materials. It removes the requirement to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies. Instead of requiring that a hypodermic apparatus exchange program have a board, the amendment requires a program to have a process or system to regularly seek input from persons with a history of drug use. The amendment also makes changes to the allocation of funds appropriated for hypodermic apparatus exchange programs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1689 Amendment S-177 fiscal note

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