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Representative Genevieve McDonald [Democrat]
Stonington ~ District 134

Towns in District: Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, North Haven, Southwest Habor, Stonington, Swan's Island, Tremont, Vinalhaven and Marshall Island Township

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Marine Resources

✉ Genevieve.McDonald@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 129 North Main Street
Stonington, Maine 04681


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Representative McDonald did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

LD 174 An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 174
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.

LD 344 An Act To Increase the Penalties for Illegally Passing a School Bus Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 344
This bill increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. The new penalties are:

  • 1. A $500 fine and a suspension of a driver's license for not more than 30 days for the first offense; and
  • 2. A fine of not less than $1,000 and a suspension of a driver's license for not less than 30 days for a 2nd or subsequent offense occurring within 5 years of the first offense.


LD 1059 An Act To Authorize the Establishment of an Apprentice License for the Maine Scallop Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-114, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1059
This bill allows the Department of Marine Resources to establish by rule an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery that includes an apprentice license allowing an apprentice to engage in dragging for scallops under the supervision of a scallop dragging license holder. It sets the apprentice license fee at $250 and creates a $250 license surcharge for a scallop dragger to sponsor an apprentice. It limits participation to residents and makes 18 years of age the minimum age to participate as an apprentice. It also changes rules to implement the scallop license limited entry system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.

Amendment H-114
This amendment specifies that license fees collected for an apprentice scallop dragging license are to be deposited into the Scallop Research Fund and it clarifies that the fund may be used for the administrative costs associated with an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1059 Chaptered Law
LD 1059 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 28 An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Work session held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 28
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.

LD 190 An Act To Provide Antlerless Deer Permits to Senior Resident Lifetime Hunting License Holders Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 190
This bill provides that a person 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid senior resident lifetime hunting license must receive a permit to lawfully take an antlerless deer in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer.

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

LD 314 An Act To Simplify Apprenticeship Requirements for Student and Apprentice Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 21, 2019
LD 314
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person with an apprentice lobster and crab fishing license or a student lobster and crab fishing license to demonstrate apprentice program completion through verified landings of at least 4,000 pounds of lobster over a period of not less than 2 years.

LD 345 An Act To Help New Teachers Succeed Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-153, Enacted, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 345
This bill requires a probationary teacher to be evaluated during each year of employment as a probationary teacher and provides that if a 3rd-year probationary teacher does not receive a summative effectiveness rating indicating ineffectiveness during the first or 2nd year of the probationary teacher's contract, the probationary teacher's contract must be extended automatically. This bill also requires special procedures for probationary teachers in a school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system.

Amendment H-153
This amendment requires that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years. This amendment removes the sections of the bill that enacted special procedures for probationary teachers.

The bill as amended includes a restructuring of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13201 to bring the section into conformity with current drafting standards. The only substantive changes to section 13201 are to require the superintendent to evaluate probationary teachers during, without limitation, each year of their employment as probationary teachers and that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years.

LD 345 Chaptered Law
LD 345 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 430 An Act To Establish and Promote a System of Safe Disposal of Expired Marine Flares Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-627, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 430
This bill establishes within the Department of Public Safety programs for the collection and disposal of expired marine flares and for education of the public and state agency personnel regarding expired marine flares.

Amendment H-627
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds to the bill a directive that the Commissioner of Public Safety use appropriated General Fund funding for the purposes of the bill and authorizes the commissioner to accept and use for those purposes gifts, donations and contributions. The amendment adds an appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 of $43,500 to enable the State Fire Marshal to purchase a new high temperature thermal destruction incinerator.

LD 430 Amendment H-627 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 488 An Act To Provide Campground Owners Immunity from Liability for the Inherent Risks of Camping Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 488
This bill provides private campground owners immunity if camping participants or their guests are injured, killed or sustain property damage from the inherent risks of camping. The campground owner or operator is required to post a warning sign explaining that the camping participant assumes the inherent risks of camping.

LD 517 An Act To Facilitate Fair Ballot Representation for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 517
This bill permits a candidate to request that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State. The candidate's nickname, if any, must be set off by quotation marks and be placed on the ballot immediately after the candidate's legal first name or initial and before the candidate's legal middle name or middle initial, if any.

Amendment H-164
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the candidate must include the nickname on the candidate's declaration of consent or written acceptance filed with the Secretary of State and must declare that the nickname is actually the name by which the candidate is known to others. The amendment also specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the Secretary of State must set off the candidate's nickname by quotation marks and it must be placed on the ballot following the candidate's legal last name, first initial and middle initial, if any.

LD 517 Amendment H-164 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 562 An Act To Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement To Support Municipalities Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 562
This bill amends the laws relating to the State's regulation of the shoreland zone as follows.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement. Current law only requires that the office provide basic training to code enforcement officers.
  • 2. It increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal land use law or ordinance from $2,500 to $5,000 and increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance occurring within an area zoned for resource protection from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • 3. It provides that a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance must require an applicant for a permit for development within the shoreland zone to provide to the municipal permitting authority preconstruction and postconstruction photographs of the shoreline vegetation and development site.


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

LD 562 Chaptered Law
LD 562 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 618 Resolve, To Temporarily Remove Nighttime Restrictions on Lobster Fishing in a Certain Area in the Bay of Fundy (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-115, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 618
This bill allows a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of day between Labor Day and Memorial Day in an area in the Bay of Fundy encompassing approximately 70 square miles around Machias Seal Island, as long as that person is authorized to fish in that area.

Amendment H-115
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of the day from September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 in an area in the Bay of Fundy referred to as the "gray zone" that encompasses approximately 210 square miles around Machias Seal Island where there are overlapping claims of sovereignty by the United States and Canada, if that person is authorized to fish in that area. It also directs the commissioner to define this area in rule to ensure the boundaries of this area are clearly delineated. Lastly, it requires that the commissioner submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources by February 1, 2020 and gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 618 Chaptered Law
LD 618 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 675 An Act To Provide Equity in the Lobster Promotion License Surcharge Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 675
This bill amends the provisions regarding surcharges on lobster and crab fishing licenses that fund the Lobster Promotion Fund by replacing the current 3-tiered structure for promotion surcharges on the 3 classes of lobster and crab fishing licenses with a single promotion surcharge of $310 for all 3 classes of license

LD 676 An Act To Allow a Class III Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holder To Engage More Crew Members Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-287, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 676
This bill eliminates the Class I, Class II and Class III lobster and crab fishing licenses and replaces them with single and crew lobster and crab fishing licenses. It also specifies that a crew lobster and crab fishing license authorizes a license holder to engage an unlimited number of unlicensed crew members to assist in the licensed activities allowed by the crew lobster and crab fishing license.

Amendment H-287
This amendment replaces the title and the bill. It increases from 2 to 4 the number of unlicensed crew members a Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder may engage to assist in licensed activities.

LD 676 Chaptered Law
LD 676 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 723 An Act To Enhance Resource Management of Submerged Lands beneath Impounded Waters Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 723
This bill provides that all lands beneath the mean low-water mark of waters impounded prior to January 1, 1997 are state-owned submerged lands held in trust for the benefit of the people of Maine.

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 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019. People's veto petition certified to appear on March 3, 2020 ballot: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
LD 798
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules and requires the Department of Education to adopt rules allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as an appropriate medical professional provides a statement that the medical professional has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

Amendment H-120
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This amendment, which is the majority report, removes those exemptions effective September 1, 2021.

Current law relating to enrollment in any public or private elementary or secondary school provides that the superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires the parent or child to provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

Current law relating to immunization of students enrolled in any public or private postsecondary school provides that a chief administrative officer may not permit a student to be enrolled in or to attend a school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires that the parent or the student provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.The amendment keeps the directive in the unallocated section of the bill to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules.

The amendment places in statute the directive in the unallocated section of the bill allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant provides a statement that the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

The amendment also requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report, by January 1st of each odd-numbered year, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters concerning any new developments in the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness. The joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters are each authorized to submit a bill during the legislative session in which the report was submitted.

LD 798 Chaptered Law
LD 798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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 863 An Act To Exempt Diapering Products from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-212, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 863
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for disposable and reusable diapers for children, including diaper covers, wraps and diaper pins that are used with reusable diapers.

Amendment H-212
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 863 fiscal note
LD 863 Amendment H-212 fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
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 914 An Act To Enhance the Recruitment and Retention of Marine Patrol Sergeants Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 914
This bill provides funding to increase the salaries of Marine Patrol Sergeants in the Department of Marine Resources by 5%.

LD 942 An Act To Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 942
Part A of this bill requires a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider. Carriers are required to directly reimburse a health plan enrollee for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

Part A also applies the same requirements to individual and group accidental injury and disability insurance.

Part B of the bill requires an employer to reimburse an employee eligible for workers' compensation benefits for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana.

LD 944 An Act To Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-122, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 944
This bill prohibits a public school from having or adopting a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual, custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school.

Amendment H-122
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds the University of Maine System and any college within the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and any college within the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy to the prohibition in the bill on a school having or adopting a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual, custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school.

LD 944 Chaptered Law
LD 944 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 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 1130 An Act To Promote Equity in the Elver Aquaculture Quota (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1130
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish an elver fishing lottery if the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission allocates an elver quota specifically for use in aquaculture. To be eligible to apply to the aquaculture lottery, a person must hold a valid elver fishing license. The bill requires the commissioner to allocate the quota in 5-pound increments to each successful lottery applicant and requires that elvers caught as a result of this lottery be sold to an aquaculture facility approved by the commissioner. Twenty-five dollars of the $35 application fee is required to be deposited in the Eel and Elver Management Fund for a life-cycle study of the elver fishery, and $10 of the fee may be used by the department to fund the costs of administering the lottery.

LD 1148 An Act Regarding the Costs Incurred by Municipalities in the Administration of Aquaculture Lease and License Applications Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-123, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1148
This bill allows a municipality to charge a reasonable fee to a person granted a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease on or under coastal waters to pay for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease.

Amendment H-123
This amendment changes the title and replaces the bill. The amendment specifies that a municipality may not charge a person applying for an aquaculture lease or license a fee of more than $50 for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease or license application.

LD 1148 Chaptered Law
LD 1148 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
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 1224 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Address Changes in Sea Level, Geospatial Data Acquisition by Communities and the Increase in Ocean Acidity 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 1224
This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds.
  • 1. Part A of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels.
  • 2. Part B of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $6,000,000, to be used to provide partnership funds and matching grants for geospatial data acquisition to communities that are creating or improving digital parcel maps to accurately identify existing boundaries and land use, identify potential community development areas and protect environmental resources.
  • 3. Part C of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $3,000,000, to be used to collect data, monitor waterways and perform tests related to the known increasing ocean acidity along the Maine coast and its impact on natural wildlife and commercially important species in Maine waters, such as lobsters and clams.


LD 1239 An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1239
This bill requires employers with one to 49 employees to provide 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and one week of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. Employers with more than 49 employees are required to provide 4 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and 2 weeks of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. The bill also includes provisions regarding the protection of existing benefits, position restoration, denial of rights and judicial enforcement similar to the provisions of the family medical leave laws.

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 1410 An Act To Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Public hearing held, April 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1410
This bill establishes a paid family and medical leave benefits program administered by the Department of Labor. The program provides up to 12 weeks of family leave and up to 20 weeks of medical leave to eligible covered individuals. No more than 20 weeks of family leave and medical leave in the aggregate may be taken in a 12-month period. An individual is eligible for leave under the program after working 26 weeks or more for any employer in the 12 months prior to submitting an application or if the individual is self-employed and has elected to be part of the program.

The maximum weekly benefit amount is capped at 100% of the state average weekly wage. The weekly benefit amount is 90% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is equal to or less than 50% of the state average weekly wage and 67% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is more than 50% of the state average weekly wage.

Covered individuals are required to file claims for benefits in accordance with rules adopted by the department and to provide certification that they qualify for family leave or medical leave.

This bill establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund to support the program. The funds for administrative costs and payment of benefits will come from payroll contributions by employees.

The bill requires payroll contributions to begin January 1, 2021, and benefits will be paid out beginning January 1, 2022

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


LD 1420 Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1420
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in aquaculture and representatives of state agencies, associations and commercial fisheries. The task force's duties include a review of the report from the Governor's Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine dated January 30, 2004 and an assessment of the current status of aquaculture in the State, current production levels and production capacity and environmental effects and the carrying capacity of the coastal marine environment, as well as an examination of aquaculture best practices, relationships with other fisheries, current economic and workforce effects, future opportunities and current and proposed community outreach and education. The task force is required to submit an interim report no later than September 1, 2019 and a final report no later than December 11, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may each submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

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

LD 1532 Chaptered Law
LD 1532 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

LD 1633 An Act To Legalize Keno and Historical Instant Racing Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1633
This bill establishes a framework for the regulation of historical instant racing and keno. The bill creates a single license for the operation of historical instant racing and keno. Casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities are each eligible to apply for the license, issued by the Gambling Control Board.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of historical instant racing and keno, including rules related to the prevention of fraud or deception, authorized wager amounts, the maximum percentage of all wagers that may be retained by the licensee and methods for verifying that a person who makes a historical instant racing wager or who plays keno is at least 21 years of age. The bill further requires that 1% of the net income from historical instant racing and keno be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of the net revenue be distributed to the Treasurer of the State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

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

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

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

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