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Representative Erik Jorgensen [Democrat]
Portland ~ District 41

Towns in District: part of Portland

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

House Committees:
♦ Bills in the Second Reading

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs

✉ Erik.Jorgensen@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 83 Highland Street
Portland, Maine 04103


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20186 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201760%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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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 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 611 An Act To Provide Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Operations of State Government Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 611
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to provide supplemental appropriations and allocations necessary for the operation of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

LD 745 An Act To Support the Northern New England Poison Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-67, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 745
This bill appropriates funds to the Northern New England Poison Center to ensure continued access to 24-hour expert medical treatment advice and information on potentially harmful substances.

Amendment H-67
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 745 fiscal note
LD 745 Amendment H-67 fiscal note
LD 746 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Determine the Duration of Development Districts Funded by Assessments Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 746
This bill provides local control to municipalities over the duration of municipal development districts that are funded by assessments and are not tax increment financing districts. Municipal development districts that are tax increment financing districts continue to be subject to the 30-year duration limitation under current law.

LD 746 Chaptered Law
LD 746 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 799 An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-558, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 799
This bill amends the nursing education loan repayment program as follows:
  • 1. It extends eligibility to apply to individuals who are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs;
  • 2. It specifies that applicants must indicate an intention to work as full-time nursing faculty in a nursing education program in the State, and increases the required commitment from 3 to 5 years after acceptance into the nursing education loan repayment program;
  • 3. It increases the maximum amount of loans eligible for repayment under the program from $4,500 to $30,000 for a master's degree, and from $6,000 to $60,000 for a doctoral degree.


Amendment H-558
This amendment replaces the bill and creates a new loan repayment program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the lesser of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient's outstanding loan balance. The amendment establishes a fund for the program, sets parameters for the administration of the program and establishes an advisory committee to guide the work of the Finance Authority of Maine in administering the program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 799 Amendment H-558 fiscal note
LD 1129 An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-346, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1129
This bill clarifies the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act by:
  • 1. Standardizing the term "caregiver retail store" by creating a definition of the term and replacing other variations of "retail store" in the Act with "caregiver retail store"; and
  • 2. Defining "municipal approval" in the provisions regarding marijuana for medical use caregiver retail stores, dispensaries and facilities operating before the effective date of the Act as a specific examination and approval of the underlying use of the store, dispensary or facility, including a conditional use approval, site plan approval or issuance of a marijuana-specific business license and not including the issuance of a building, electrical or other similar permit that does not address the use of the structure or facility for which the permit was issued.


Amendment H-346
This bill, which is the unanimous report of the committee, provides a different definition of "caregiver retail store" and clarifies the provisions regarding municipal approval of caregiver retail stores, registered dispensaries, marijuana testing facilities and manufacturing facilities.

LD 1129 Chaptered Law
LD 1129 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1283 Resolve, To Advance College Affordability by Convening a Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature June 12, 2019
LD 1283
This resolve directs the Chancellor of the University of Maine System to convene a task force, to be named the Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure, to study how to provide adequate supplemental funding to sustain the State's public higher education infrastructure without burdening students who are residents of the State with unreasonable tuition and fee increases. The task force is directed to consider, but is not limited to considering, infrastructure improvements, health and safety repairs, technology improvements, energy efficiency and equipment upgrades and, when necessary, new construction. The task force is directed to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 2, 2020. The joint standing committees are authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1283 Chaptered Law
LD 1283 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1322 An Act To Provide Equitable Tax Treatment to State-licensed Marijuana Businesses Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-334, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1322
This bill expands the list of marijuana businesses that are licensed by the State and are eligible to take deductions otherwise allowed under the state income tax laws to include adult use marijuana establishments and testing facilities and medical marijuana manufacturing facilities. This bill also corrects 2 lettering conflicts created when 2 separate public laws enacted new paragraphs with the same letter designations by reallocating the later enacted versions.

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

LD 1322 Amendment H-334 fiscal note
LD 16 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise 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 16
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.

LD 47 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Fire Stations 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 47
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used for the rehabilitation or new construction of fire stations by municipalities.

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 53 An Act To Clarify Local Referendum Ballots Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-41, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 53
This bill requires that municipal initiative and referendum questions be listed on election ballots using sequential capital letters of the alphabet rather than sequential numbers.

Amendment S-41
This amendment allows municipal officers to use sequential capital letters for municipal initiative and referendum questions, rather than requiring the use of sequential capital letters as in the bill. This amendment also clarifies that only the portion of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 906, subsection 7 regarding the required use of sequential numbers is not applicable to the provisions of this legislation.

LD 53 Chaptered Law
LD 53 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 65 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Impose a Seasonal or Year-round Local Option Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 65
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, specify the months during which it will be imposed if not year-round and identify the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.

LD 88 An Act To Require the Truthful Display of Gasoline Prices Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 88
This bill requires posted gasoline prices on pumps or on roadside signs of a retail seller to be the full price of the fuel and prohibits posting a price reduced due to factors such as method of payment, participation in a rewards program or a discount for the purchase of other goods or services from the retail seller.

LD 148 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund and To Give Priority Status to Certain School Facility Upgrades Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 148
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A of this bill, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools for renovation and capital repairs.

Part B of this bill gives upgrades of facilities required to meet prekindergarten facility standards and for prekindergarten capacity building Priority 4 status for loans from the fund to school administrative units for school repair and renovation.

LD 206 An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-26, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 206
This bill increases the borrowing authority for the University of Maine System from $220,000,000 to $350,000,000.

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 234 Resolve, To Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-22, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 234
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, by January 1, 2020, to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 15 to increase reimbursement rates for chiropractic services for manipulative treatments under procedure codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 to no less than 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for these services as long as the rate is no lower than the rate reimbursed as of January 1, 2019. If the department conducts a rate study of chiropractic services for manipulative treatments, the department may adopt new rates. The rules adopted are routine technical rules.

Amendment H-22
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the appropriations and allocations section of the bill to reflect a more accurate estimate of the cost of the bill.

LD 234 fiscal note
LD 234 Amendment H-22 fiscal note
LD 288 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 288
This resolve establishes the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan to study economic development issues and create a strategic, regionally focused economic development plan.

LD 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 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 423 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Preserve Historic Properties for Maine's Bicentennial Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 423
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to undertake a program as part of the commemoration of the State's bicentennial to preserve historic properties listed or eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

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

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

LD 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 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 503 An Act To Provide Additional Funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 503
This bill provides funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission, which was enacted in Resolve 2017, chapter 25. The bill provides one-time funds to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council in fiscal year 2019-20 for the expenses associated with the planning of the State of Maine bicentennial celebration.

LD 506 An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 506
This bill provides civil immunity for architects, contractors, environmental professionals, land surveyors, landscape architects, planners and professional engineers who provide voluntary professional services during or within 90 days of a natural disaster or catastrophe when the services are provided under the applicable license or certification, are related to the natural disaster or catastrophe and are provided at the request of a federal, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official. No immunity is provided for reckless or intentional misconduct.

The bill is based on a similar Massachusetts law.

Amendment H-34
This amendment clarifies that the immunity applies only when an emergency is declared by the President or the Governor. It also removes from the bill the provision of immunity for the 90 days after the emergency and it makes the language consistent with the Maine Tort Claims Act.

LD 506 Chaptered Law
LD 506 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 511 An Act To Create an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Coordinator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-159, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 511
This bill establishes a position within the Department of Health and Human Services, office of aging and disability services for coordinating programs and services to Maine's population with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across departments and branches of State Government. The coordinator is required to implement recommendations developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and plans developed by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. 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 outlining the activities and progress of the coordinator and the department. The bill includes funding for the coordinator position.

Amendment H-159
This amendment replaces references to "Alzheimer's disease and other dementias" from the bill and uses the term "dementia" instead. It also clarifies that the coordinator oversees the implementation of any state or federal plans related to dementia and that programs and services are for both individuals with dementia and their families.

LD 511 fiscal note
LD 511 Amendment H-159 fiscal note
LD 537 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's Establishment of a Near-shore Coastal Sensor Network Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 537
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to support the Gulf of Maine Research Institute's establishment of a near-shore coastal sensor network to gather oceanographic data, track changes in state waters, predict changes and support persons who engage in commercial fishing and aquaculture as they adapt to a changing ocean.

LD 550 An Act To Amend the Definition of "Subdivision" in the Laws Governing Planning and Land Use Regulation for Subdivisions and a Provision Excepting the Division of a New or Existing Structure from Those Laws Beginning July 1, 2018 Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-97, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 550
This bill changes the date by which definitions of "subdivision" that are in municipal ordinances and that conflict with state law must comply with the definition of "subdivision" in state law. It also extends the time municipalities have to register an ordinance with a conflicting definition with the registry of deeds. The bill also removes cross-references to the site location of development laws in an exemption to municipal subdivision review and adds a cross-reference to the law governing municipal site plan review ordinances.

Amendment S-97
This amendment includes a definition for the term "municipal site plan review" as used in an exemption to municipal subdivision review requirements. It also makes the changes to the subdivision law that are included in the bill retroactive to June 30, 2018.

LD 550 Chaptered Law
LD 550 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

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

LD 563 Chaptered Law
LD 563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 565 An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 565
This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

LD 576 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop and Implement an Online Learning Platform for Students and Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-125, Finally passed, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 576
This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop and implement an online platform to facilitate the provision of online, virtual instruction by state-certified teachers to students in every public school in the State and the provision of a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities to educators across the State. It directs the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020 on the progress toward and obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to address any obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform and any other concerns.

Amendment H-125
This amendment removes the requirement in the resolve that the Department of Education implement an online platform and instead requires the department to study and develop an online platform. The amendment also requires the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs required by the resolve to include the expected costs and a strategy for implementation of the online platform.

LD 576 Chaptered Law
LD 576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 577 An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-226, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 577
This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.

Amendment H-226
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill.

LD 577 Chaptered Law
LD 577 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 583 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the State's Long-term Services and Supports System for Older Adults Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 583
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to perform a study to determine how to most efficiently manage and fund the various long-term care support programs for older adults operated by the department. It allows the department to accept outside funding to fund the costs of the study and directs the department to report by January 15, 2020 the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which is authorized to report out a bill regarding the results of the study to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 614 An Act To Increase Electric Vehicles in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-300, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 614
This bill establishes an electric vehicle rebate program to be administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust that, beginning July 1, 2020, allows a person who purchases or leases an eligible battery electric vehicle to apply for and, as resources allow, receive a direct rebate of $2,500 if the person meets certain eligibility criteria. The bill also provides a General Fund appropriation of $500,000 to support the direct rebates to be made available under the program.

Amendment H-300
This amendment makes the following changes to the electric vehicle rebate program and the associated fund established in the bill:
  • 1. Adds plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the definition of eligible electric vehicle;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that an eligible vehicle be a "new" vehicle;
  • 3. Limits the $50,000 cap on the manufacturer's suggested retail price to vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less;
  • 4. Removes the program start date of July 1, 2020;
  • 5. Removes the fixed rebate amount of $2,500 and instead requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to determine the rebate amount, which may vary by the size of the vehicle battery. It also permits the trust to establish different rebate amounts to provide opportunities for participation in the program across different customer groups and geographic areas;
  • 6. Revises the eligibility criteria regarding registration of a vehicle in the State;
  • 7. Adds language to specify that the trust may set limits on the number of rebates per person or per vehicle;
  • 8. Removes the provision of the bill that provides a $500,000 General Fund appropriation to the Electric Vehicle Rebate Fund; and
  • 9. Establishes the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Fund, administered by Efficiency Maine Trust, to increase the availability and effectiveness of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State.


LD 614 Chaptered Law
LD 614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 705 An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-175, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 705
This bill amends the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request and it exempts medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder from prior authorization requirements.

The bill also requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020 and for medical services by July 1, 2020.

Amendment S-175
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following to amend the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers.

  • 1. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request from 2 business days to 72 hours or 2 business days, whichever is less, and clarifies that the same time frame for a response applies in instances when a carrier requests additional information or requires outside consultation. It also provides that a request for prior authorization is granted if a carrier fails to respond within the required time frames.
  • 2. It clarifies a provision in existing law to reflect the change in time frame.
  • 3. It prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for the prescription of at least one drug for each type of medication used in medication-assisted treatment, except that a carrier may not require prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for a pregnant woman.
  • 4. It requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020.
  • 5. It requires health insurance carriers to report, no later than January 1, 2020, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services on efforts to develop standards for secure electronic transmission of prior authorization requests. It also authorizes the committee to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the electronic transmission of prior authorization requests for medical services.
  • 6. It directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend its rules regarding health plan accountability to conform to the statutory changes and designates those rules as routine technical.


LD 705 Chaptered Law
LD 705 Chaptered Law 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 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 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 832 An Act To Expand Options for Consumers of Cable Television in Purchasing Individual Channels and Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 15, 2019
LD 832
This bill requires that cable television system operators offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels or programs on cable channels individually.

LD 832 Chaptered Law
LD 832 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 866 An Act To Support College Completion by Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-321, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 866
This bill requires institutions of higher education in the State to designate an existing staff member to serve as a liaison for homeless youth who are enrolled in that institution of higher education. The bill also requires institutions of higher education to give homeless youth priority for on-campus housing, develop a plan to provide homeless youth housing during school breaks and allow homeless youth who are enrolled part-time to access on-campus housing during the homeless youth's first year of school. The bill also expands the tuition waiver for state postsecondary educational institutions to include tuition waivers for homeless youth.

Amendment H-321
This amendment, which strikes and replaces the bill, does the following.
  • 1. It defines as a homeless student a student under 25 years of age who has been verified, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student's admission to or while enrolled in a state postsecondary educational institution, as a homeless child or youth as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
  • 2. It requires each state postsecondary educational institution to designate a staff member as the homeless student liaison.
  • 3. It authorizes each state postsecondary educational institution to award a homeless student a financial assistance grant, which is limited to the amount of the cost of tuition less all other financial aid received that a student is not required to repay. The availability of the grant and the amount of the grant is also subject to the amounts appropriated by the Legislature.


LD 866 Amendment H-321 fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 930 An Act To Give Maine Schools Additional Options To Make Up Missed School Days Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-127, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 930
This bill includes in the statutes Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. It also allows school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school and to develop ways to make up school days not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Amendment H-127
This amendment strikes the provisions in the bill that propose to add to the statutes provisions in Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. The amendment also strikes the provision allowing school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school. The amendment leaves in place the provision allowing school administrative units to develop other ways to make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

LD 930 Chaptered Law
LD 930 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 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 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.

LD 1000 Chaptered Law
LD 1000 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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)


LD 1001 Chaptered Law
LD 1001 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1078 An Act Regarding the Number of Agency Liquor Store Licenses Permitted in a Municipality Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-96, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 1078
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10.

Amendment H-96
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment restructures for clarity current law limiting the number of agency liquor stores. Substantively, the amendment allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to:
  • 1. License up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10; and
  • 2. License up to 7 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 15,000 but less than 20,001 and 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 15,001. Currently, 5 agency liquor stores are allowed in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 20,001.


LD 1078 Chaptered Law
LD 1078 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 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 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 1217 An Act To Clarify the Oversight of the Family Development Account Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-167, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1217
This bill amends the family development account program by transferring administration from the Finance Authority of Maine to the University of Maine System. The bill also allows the University of Maine System to consult key stakeholders such as program participants, community development organizations and financial institutions, as well as organizations representing the interests of low-income persons in the State, as part of administering the program and assessing its effectiveness.

Amendment S-167
This amendment adds a definition of "eligible person"; modifies the definition of "account holder"; adds language allowing the University of Maine System to solicit proposals from community development organizations on a schedule established by the system; allows, instead of requires, the system to adopt rules; allows, instead of requires, enforcement of the penalty for unauthorized withdrawals; changes the makeup of the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts from 12 members to 10 members and changes the descriptions of members; and adds a section describing the transition of the program from the Finance Authority of Maine to the system.

LD 1217 Chaptered Law
LD 1217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1284 An Act To Create the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1284
This bill establishes the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species to examine the effects of climate change on Maine's marine ecosystems as habitat for the State's valuable commercial marine species and the direct and indirect effects of climate change on those commercial marine species. The council will identify, study and make recommendations to remediate and mitigate the direct and indirect effects of climate change on marine species that are commercially harvested and grown in the State's coastal and ocean environments.

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.

LD 1318 Chaptered Law
LD 1318 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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
LD 1337 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1353 An Act To Establish Transparency in Primary Health Care Spending Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1353
This bill requires insurers to report primary care expenditures to the Maine Health Data Organization and for the Maine Quality Forum to use this data to report annually to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Legislature the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust respectively, the average of the percentage of total medical expenses paid for primary care across all organizations and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. This bill also requires the Maine Quality Forum to conduct a study on best practices in health care spending reporting and submit its findings to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

Amendment S-156
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Maine Quality Forum to submit an annual report, beginning January 15, 2020, to the Department of Health and Human Services and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and health insurance matters, based on claims data reported to the Maine Health Data Organization and information on methods of reimbursement for primary care reported by insurers. The annual report is required to include the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust, the average percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care across all payors and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. The amendment also requires the Maine Quality Forum to consult with other state and national agencies and organizations on best practices in health care spending reporting.

LD 1353 Chaptered Law
LD 1353 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1361 An Act Regarding Health Care Providers and Patient Trust Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1361
This bill prevents the State from requiring persons licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or the Board of Licensure in Medicine, including physician assistants, or the State Board of Nursing to give patients information that is medically inaccurate or perform medical services that are inconsistent with evidence-based standards. It also provides that the State may not prohibit a person licensed under these professional boards from providing patients with medically accurate information or evidence-based medical services.

LD 1382 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Develop a State Plan for Computer Science Instruction and Professional Development Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-522, Finally passed, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1382
This bill provides the necessary resources and support for kindergarten to grade 12 schools to adopt computer science into their courses and curriculums. The bill establishes a grant program for computer science professional development, including costs of transportation, mentoring and coaching. The bill also requires the Department of Education to develop a statewide plan as well as computer science standards for kindergarten to grade 12 schools. The bill creates a full-time Regional Education Representative position in the Department of Education to support the creation and implementation of the plan and the standards. The bill establishes a grant program for computer devices and instructional materials to provide the tools necessary for schools to implement computer science courses and content. The bill also establishes a computer science teacher certification program for students who are majoring in education in the University of Maine System. Finally, the bill authorizes the Department of Education to adopt rules as necessary to implement the provisions of the bill.

Amendment H-522
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to study and develop a plan for implementing computer science instruction in schools and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs that includes an overview of how computer science courses and curricula are being implemented in schools in the State; a state plan for instruction in computer science in public preschool to grade 12, including the development of standards and clarification on how instruction in computer science may be applied toward graduation requirements, that provides equitable access to computer science instruction across the State and provides for instruction in computer science in all high schools by 2022 and in all grades by 2025; a professional development plan for educators that includes training in computer science and a component that includes peer-to-peer training in computer science; and an estimate of the funding levels necessary to implement the plans set out in the report.

The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1382 Chaptered Law
LD 1382 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1404 Resolve, To Provide Support Services and Funds To Prevent Homelessness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-368, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1404
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver from the requirements of federal law and regulations to allow Maine to provide Medicaid-funded direct support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, the bill provides ongoing funds to the Housing First Assistance Program established within the Maine State Housing Authority to be distributed to community action agencies to assist individuals on the verge of becoming homeless.

Amendment H-368
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services is required to examine opportunities to provide home and community-based services to individuals experiencing homelessness using a state plan amendment option under Section 1915(i) of the federal Social Security Act or any other Medicaid-funded mechanism that may be appropriate. It requires the department to report its progress in examining options and submitting a waiver to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. The amendment also corrects the appropriations and allocations section to reflect funding from the Temporary Housing Assistance Fund and changes the initiative language to be more consistent with the statute governing the fund.

LD 1404 Amendment H-368 fiscal note
LD 1441 An Act To Align the Laws Governing Dental Therapy with Standards Established by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-503, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1441
This bill makes the following changes to the laws affecting dental therapists.
  • 1. It changes the name of the occupation licensed from "dental hygiene therapist" to "dental therapist" to conform to the name used by other state licensing boards and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • 2. It identifies the educational requirement as a master's degree in dental therapy. It also clarifies that a dental therapy program must either be accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education or approved by the Board of Dental Practice by rulemaking consistent with the curriculum standards of a dental therapy program as adopted by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education.
  • 3. It requires a provisional dental therapist and a dental therapist to maintain a current certification in advanced cardiac life support.
  • 4. It clarifies the level of supervision of a provisional dental therapist to require both direct and general supervision as identified in a written practice agreement with a supervising dentist. It authorizes a dental therapist to practice under the general supervision instead of direct supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement.
  • 5. It removes the practice setting requirements.


Amendment H-503
This amendment clarifies the educational requirements for dental therapists.

The amendment removes language proposing to clarify statutory language related to supervision of dental therapists and replaces it with a provision requiring further study of the issues by the Board of Dental Practice. The Board of Dental Practice is directed to recommend changes to the statutory definitions of supervision and to recommend a definition of "teledentistry" for the purpose of aligning current supervision practices and reflecting advancements in technology. The Board of Dental Practice is required to submit its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than February 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the board's recommendations.

LD 1441 Chaptered Law
LD 1441 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
LD 1463 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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 1517 An Act To Facilitate the Deployment of Small Wireless Facilities in Maine Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-363, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1517
This bill provides that a small wireless facility must be a permitted use within the public right-of-way, subject to any duly adopted, nondiscriminatory conditions otherwise applicable to permitted uses within the municipality and consistent with state and federal law, including, without limitation, any permitting requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, chapter 25.

Amendment H-363
This amendment clarifies that small wireless facilities are subject to permits and permitting requirements and that this legislation does not alter a franchise agreement between a cable television company and a municipality.

LD 1517 Chaptered Law
LD 1517 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1569 An Act To Prohibit Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1569
This bill regulates the manufacture, distribution and possession of so-called ghost guns and so-called 3-D printed guns or 3-D guns, which are fully functioning firearms that can be made at home by unlicensed firearm manufacturers, sellers and distributors either by purchasing the necessary parts separately, or as part of mail order gun kits, and then assembling them at home or by downloading a computer code from the Internet that allows the user to manufacture the gun using a 3-D printer. This bill provides definitions of "undetectable firearm" and "untraceable firearm" and prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, transfer and possession of such firearms with certain exceptions. This bill also prohibits, with certain exceptions, the dissemination of downloadable gun code from which untraceable firearms can be manufactured.

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 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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