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Representative Holly Stover [Democrat]
Boothbay ~ District 89

Towns in District: Boothbay, Boothbay Habor, Edgecomb, part of South Bristol, Southport and Westport Island

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Health and Human Services

✉ Holly.Stover@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 71 Dover Road
Boothbay, Maine 04537


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20198 of 10, 2 unexcused absencesMaine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20194 of 7, 3 unexcused absencesMaine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 20198 of 10, 1 unexcused absenceAFL-CIO, 2019
Maine Women's Lobby, 20196 of 7, 1 unexcused absenceMaine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20195 of 6, 1 unexcused absencePlanned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Firearms Control, 20192 of 7, 2 unexcused absencesThis website, see below for roll calls included.

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Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Representative's vote
16 LD 179 An Act to Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
250 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require that Signatures on a Direct Initiative Come from Each Congressional District Final Passage as a Constitutional Amendment (requires 2/3 of membership) Nay Nay
272 LD 308 An Act to Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Reconsider passage after Governor's veto Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act to Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
278 LD 420 An Act to Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Yea
70 LD 820 An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Absent
237 LD 949 An Act to Prevent Overdose Deaths Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Absent
306 LD 1177 An Act to Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act to Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act to Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 8 votes, agreed on 8 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Representative's vote
37 LD 289 An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
293 LD 1494 An Act to Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Absent
157 LD 1532 An Act to Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-392 Yea Yea
209 LD 1679 An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council Enact as an Emergency measure (2/3 of members required) Yea Absent
282 LD 1711 An Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Yea
208 LD 1775 An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact Yea Absent
329 LD 1851 An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact as a bond issue (requires 2/3 present) Yea Yea
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 4 votes, agreed on 4 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Representative's vote
227 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Nay
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
111 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
120 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
206 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Enact LD 1524 as amended by Commitee amendment S-203 Yea Absent
195 LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations Enact LD 1560 as amended by Committee amendment S-192 as an emergency measure Yea Yea
156 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Yea
190 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 9 votes, agreed on 8 votes, 89 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Absent
28 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
80 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 6 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Absent
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
153 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Enact LD 1580 as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 3 votes, agreed on 3 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
204 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Absent
211 LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Absent
252 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
253 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Yea
296 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-285 Yea Nay
235 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
315 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Stover: Present for 5 votes, agreed on 2 votes, 40 percent agreement
LD 202 An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 202
This bill increases from 3,200 to 6,000 the number of qualifying contributions verified registered voters must make to a gubernatorial candidate for that candidate to be certified as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.

LD 205 An Act To Add Work Assignments to the Law Regarding Notification of a Defendant's Release or Escape Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 205
This bill adds work assignments for a defendant to the circumstances for which notification to the victim of a crime is required for a victim who has requested to be notified.

LD 870 An Act To Change the Membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse To Include More Tribal Members Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 2, 2019
LD 870
This bill changes the membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse by:
  • 1. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of domestic violence projects from 2 members to one member;
  • 2. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of sexual assault centers from 2 members to one member;
  • 3. Allowing the member who is a chief of a municipal police department to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 4. Allowing the member who is a county sheriff to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 5. Correcting the description of a member from the statewide coordinator of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence to the executive director of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence;
  • 6. Reducing the number of at-large members from 6 to 4; and
  • 7. Adding 4 new members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor, one of whom is an executive director of a tribal coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, one of whom is chief of a tribal police department or the chief's designee, one of whom is a representative of a tribal court and one of whom is a representative of tribal government.


LD 870 Chaptered Law
LD 870 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1178 An Act To Address the Needs of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-410, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1178
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a home and community-based waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services to children up to 21 years of age with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Services must be provided according to a care plan process that requires participation by the child's family. The care plan must address safety as the highest priority. The care plan must address the child's developmental, mental health, emotional, social, educational and physical needs in the least restrictive environment. Services must be clinically appropriate, be provided in a location as close to the child's home as possible, be provided in a timely manner and promote early identification and intervention. The department is directed to apply for the waiver no later than January 1, 2020. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules within 6 months. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-410
This amendment removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to request a waiver pursuant to Section 1915(c) of the United States Social Security Act for services to children with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and allows the department to apply for any waiver or state plan amendment that would accomplish this purpose. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1178 fiscal note
LD 1178 Amendment H-410 fiscal note
LD 1245 An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1245
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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 1752 An Act To Amend the Charter of the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-528, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1752
This bill updates Private and Special Law 1961, chapter 161, the Charter of the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District, to include language from the Standard Sewer District Enabling Act. It also provides for representation of the Town of Boothbay on the board of trustees of the district.

Amendment H-528
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that required one trustee on the board of trustees of the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District to be elected from the Town of Boothbay and 2 from the Town of Boothbay Harbor. The amendment also makes a number of technical changes and adds cross-references to bring the charter into conformance with the Standard Sewer District Enabling Act.

LD 1752 Chaptered Law
LD 1752 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1753 An Act Amending the Charter of the Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Community School District Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-486, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1753
This bill amends the charter of the Boothbay-Boothbay Harbor Community School District to require that bond issues in the principal amount of $250,000 or greater go to a referendum vote, to add a competitive bidding requirement for district procurements of $20,000 or greater and to remove the cap on contributions to the capital reserve fund.

Amendment H-486
The amendment clarifies that the annual allocation to the capital reserve fund after fiscal year 2020 must be the greater of the previous year's allocation or that year's allocation adjusted by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for the most recently concluded calendar year.

LD 1753 Chaptered Law
LD 1753 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1934 An Act Regarding Prior Authorization for Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-751, Enacted, March 18, 2020
LD 1934
This bill prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from requiring under the MaineCare program 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 the department may not require prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for a pregnant woman.

Amendment H-751
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies that the prior authorization limitations in the bill apply to medication-assisted treatment and intensive outpatient therapy services for a diagnosis of opioid use disorder.
  • 2. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to require prior authorization under the MaineCare program when a dosage increase exceeds the department's dosing criteria as identified on the department's MaineCare preferred drug list.
  • 3. It authorizes the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the prior authorization limitations.
  • 4. It states that the prior authorization limitations must be applied in a manner that is not inconsistent with the requirements of the Medicaid drug rebate program.


LD 1934 Chaptered Law
LD 1934 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 21 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain Populations Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019
LD 21
This bill prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy on a child under 18 years of age or a person over 65 years of age or a person who is pregnant.

LD 29 Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State by Establishing a Work Group To Develop Educational Programming for Prevention of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among Youth and Adolescents (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 14, 2019
LD 29
This resolve is based on recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, which submitted its report to the Legislature in December 2017. The resolve requires the Department of Education to establish a work group to evaluate existing substance use prevention programs targeting school-age children, investigate prevention programs that have proven effective in other areas of the United States or in other countries, identify funding resources and determine how prevention programs should be incorporated into education curricula. The work group must include representatives of educational, law enforcement and public health organizations. The department is required to submit a report of the findings of the work group no later than January 1, 2020 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters.

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 87 An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit (By request) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 87
This bill increases to 25¢ the deposit and refund value on refillable and nonrefillable beverage containers whose deposit and refund value is currently 5¢. This increase does not apply to wine and spirits containers.

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 102 An Act To Improve the Manufacturing of Plastic Bottles and Bottle Caps Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held February 27, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 102
This bill prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container unless the container is composed of at least 15% postconsumer recycled plastic. Beginning January 1, 2022, this threshold for the percentage of postconsumer recycled plastic in single-use plastic beverage containers increases to 20% and, beginning January 1, 2024, the threshold increases to 25%.

The bill also prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container with a plastic beverage cap unless the cap is composed of the same plastic as the beverage container and the cap is tethered to the container in a manner that prevents the separation of the cap from the container when the cap is removed or the cap includes an opening from which the beverage can be consumed while the cap remains screwed onto or otherwise affixed to the container.

LD 140 An Act To Facilitate the Employment of Persons with Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 140
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a process to certify employers as having met the criteria established by the department for working with employees with substance use disorders. The bill also directs the department to create a publicly accessible database of certified employers.

LD 193 An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-260, adopted Senate amendment S-174 and engrossed, enacted in the House, tabled to Special Appropiations in the Senate, June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 193
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.

Amendment H-260
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-174
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 193 Amendment H-260 fiscal note
LD 193 Amendment S-174 fiscal note
LD 246 An Act To Secure the Future of the Frances Perkins Homestead Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-15, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 246
This bill provides one-time funds to the Frances Perkins Center to be applied toward the acquisition of the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle.

Amendment S-15
This amendment, which is the majority report, directs the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to transfer $250,000 in state fiscal year 2019-20 to be used for the acquisition of the Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle if certain requirements are met.

LD 246 fiscal note
LD 246 Amendment S-15 fiscal note
LD 287 An Act To Impose on Mental Health Professionals a Duty To Warn and Protect Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-450, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 287
This bill imposes on certain mental health professionals a duty to warn and protect if a patient or client is likely to engage in physical violence that poses a serious risk of harm to self or others or that constitutes a serious threat of substantial damage to real property. The duty to warn and protect applies to osteopathic physicians, physicians, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, social workers and counseling professionals.

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

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

LD 287 Chaptered Law
LD 287 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 297 An Act To Strengthen Brain Injury Resources for Underserved Populations, Including Opioid Overdose Brain Injury Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-134, Enacted, Signed into law, June 27, 2019
LD 297
This bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with organizations representing individuals with a brain injury and their families, bringing together state and national expertise to provide core brain injury support for underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Amendment H-134
This amendment adds victims of domestic violence to the list of underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt rules rather than being required to adopt rules.

LD 297 Chaptered Law
LD 297 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 325 An Act To Provide Emergency Funds for Clients of the Adult Protective Services System Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-140, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 325
This bill provides funding for emergency funds for Adult Protective Services caseworkers to access for needy clients.

Amendment H-140
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 325 fiscal note
LD 325 Amendment H-140 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, Tabled in the House pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 578 Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Assist the Transition to Recovery of Persons Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 578
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot program designed to assist the transition to recovery of persons suffering from opioid use disorder. The resolve directs the commissioner, by December 2, 2020, to submit a written report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters summarizing the results of the pilot program, together with any recommendations for continuation of the program, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 615 An Act To Protect the Integrity of the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-306, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 615
This bill provides that, without authorization from the Legislature by proper enactment of a law, the Department of Health and Human Services may not implement changes in the Medicaid program or the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program that significantly change enrollment in the program, the category or scope of covered services or the funding mechanisms for the program, unless required by federal law.

Amendment H-306
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds language describing the situations in which the Department of Health and Human Services may not implement changes in the Medicaid program or the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program without proper authorization from the Legislature.

LD 615 Chaptered Law
LD 615 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 633 An Act To Create a Permanent Navigator 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-195, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 633
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to appoint one person to administer all issues related to the placement of a child with a relative.

Amendment H-195
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services the kinship care navigator program to provide resources and information to persons providing kinship care to children in the State. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to designate one person to administer the program. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 633 fiscal note
LD 633 Amendment H-195 fiscal note
LD 761 An Act To Ensure That Incarcerated Individuals Are Eligible for Medicaid during Incarceration and Receive Food Supplement Program Benefits upon Release Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-404, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 761
This bill clarifies current law regarding Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals to ensure that individuals who are eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to renew their coverage while they are incarcerated and also establishes a mechanism to ensure that individuals who are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to apply for coverage while they are incarcerated. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid coverage for treatment received by an incarcerated person outside a correctional facility as long as, at the time treatment is provided, the person is eligible for Medicaid.

Amendment H-404
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies the provisions in the bill regarding presumptive eligibility. It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a waiver in order to provide food supplement program benefits to a person being released from incarceration. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Corrections to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to assist an incarcerated person with applying for Medicaid benefits and food supplement program benefits. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 761 fiscal note
LD 761 Amendment H-404 fiscal note
LD 762 An Act Regarding Consent by a Motor Vehicle Operator to a Blood Test Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 762
This bill brings the implied consent provisions concerning operating under the influence into compliance with recent case law from the United States Supreme Court that requires a search warrant before taking a sample of blood or urine from a person suspected of operating under the influence.

Amendment H-284
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the criminal operating under the influence statutes for motor vehicle operators to:
  • 1. Provide that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration, does not constitute an operating under the influence offense for the purpose of requiring the imposition or enhancement of a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration and is not admissible in evidence at a hearing or trial; and
  • 2. Add to the warning given to a person being asked to submit to a test a statement that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration.


Amendment S-198
This amendment removes from the committee amendment wording regarding the admissibility of evidence at trial, correcting a drafting error in the committee amendment.

LD 762 Amendment H-284 fiscal note
LD 762 Amendment S-198 fiscal note
LD 763 An Act To Ensure the Availability of Community Integration Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted Committee Majority report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-252, adopted Senate amendment S-162 and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 763
This bill provides funding to increase reimbursement rates in the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 17 for community integration services to $24.25 per quarter-hour.

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

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

LD 763 fiscal note
LD 763 Amendment H-252 fiscal note
LD 852 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-126, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 852
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a task force to study the benefits, assessments and expansion of continuing education programs for young adults with disabilities after high school. The members of the task force would include a variety of experts, providers and parents, and the task force would be charged with developing recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs and recommend targeted reforms to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of services. This bill would also implement targeted reforms that have been recommended by existing or previous task forces.

Amendment H-126
This amendment establishes the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities. The membership of the task force consists of Legislators who serve on the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Labor and members of organizations or associations knowledgeable about services for young adults with disabilities after high school. The Commissioner of Education convenes the task force, which must hold a minimum of 4 meetings and submit a report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters on recommendations and targeted reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by different agencies and continuing educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities after high school.

LD 852 Amendment H-126 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, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 864 An Act To Make Whole Family Support Available Statewide Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 18, 2019
LD 864
This bill requires community action agencies to establish support programs to serve families to assist parents with children as they pursue stable employment, pursue education intended to lead to employment or otherwise pursue self-sufficiency. The bill also provides funding for community action agencies to establish the support programs.

LD 876 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services To Build Peer Respite Program Capacity in Maine by Implementing at Least One Peer Respite Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 876
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, office of substance abuse and mental health services to implement by means of a request-for-proposals process at least one peer respite program in the State to provide a voluntary, short-term residential program designed to support individuals experiencing, or at risk of, a psychiatric crisis.

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, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

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

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 964 Resolve, To Study Housing Options for Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 964
This resolve establishes the Study Commission to Assess Housing Needs of Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder and requires the study commission to assess the housing needs of persons who are living with mental health challenges and who have substance use disorder, with a focus on the needs of such individuals located in rural Maine. The study commission is required to explore methods of expanding the options and availability of housing for such individuals, including options that support the unique housing needs of such individuals, and report its findings and recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 972 Resolve, To Increase Access to Brain Injury Waiver Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-245, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 972
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the rates for services provided to MaineCare members receiving Home Support (Residential Habilitation) Level I under the brain injury waiver, rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 18, to no less than $8.63 per quarter hour. It also allows up to 400 units of care coordination each year rather than only in the first year of receiving services under the waiver. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to explore opportunities to provide additional telehealth services, including care coordination services, provided by both licensed medical personnel and nonlicensed personnel.

Amendment H-245
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services must seek approval from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the brain injury waiver to increase rates for Home Support (Residential Habilitation) Level I to no less than $8.63 per quarter hour. It also requires the department to include any findings from exploring telehealth opportunities for brain injury services to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters as part of the annual telehealth report. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 972 Amendment H-245 fiscal note
LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 977
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

Amendment H-621
This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

LD 1005 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-160, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1005
This resolve establishes a pilot project in Washington County to provide treatment and recovery services for people with substance use disorder. The pilot project is established under the Department of Health and Human Services. The department is required to work with Healthy Acadia to develop the pilot project. The department is required to assist Healthy Acadia with seeking federal funding for the pilot project. The pilot project requires the establishment of a central coordinating telephone system available to anyone in Washington County at any time to assist individuals with accessing services related to substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Individuals receiving the phone calls must be qualified to provide counseling services to all callers in addition to providing referrals. The pilot project establishes a coordinating council made up of representatives of the community and organizations in the area involved in the health and welfare of Washington County residents. The council is responsible for providing a coordinated system of services for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery and for developing and implementing a recovery resource fund to provide additional individualized services as part of a wraparound continuum of support and services. It requires the department to report on the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than November 30, 2020.

Amendment H-160
This amendment changes the dates in the resolve for the central coordinating telephone system to be established and the evaluation report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.

LD 1005 fiscal note
LD 1005 Amendment H-160 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 1062 An Act To Support Maine Families by Providing for Transportation of Parents and Guardians of MaineCare Recipients under 18 Years of Age to Their Appointments Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 1062
This bill allows nonemergency medical transportation services that are currently available to MaineCare members for transportation to and from providers of medical services to be used by parents or guardians of MaineCare members under 18 years of age to and from providers of medical services when no other means of transportation is available to the parents or guardians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt or amend rules to implement this provision. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to apply for any Medicaid waivers or submit any state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive matching funds. In the event that no matching federal funds are available, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to cover the cost using General Fund money.

LD 1072 An Act To Promote Workforce Education on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 1072
This bill requires health care practitioners to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia to an authorized representative or a family or household member except for a person that is expressly prohibited by the individual diagnosed. The health care practitioner making the diagnosis must also provide information regarding care planning services, including assistance understanding the diagnosis, and medical and nonmedical options for treatment, services and supports and information on how to access those options.

The bill requires that by January 1, 2023 every hospital must have a policy regarding the recognition and management of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia within that hospital and have the policy on file. The hospital must consult with the Department of Health and Human Services and statewide organizations with expertise in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and include relevant portions of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Healthy Brain Initiative" publication and any succeeding plans and the state plan regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Maine developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill also requires continuing education requirements to be adopted by the Board of Licensure in Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the State Board of Nursing that relate to diagnosis, behavioral symptoms, respectful and effective communication, safety, signs of abuse and neglect and identifying signs of self-neglect by persons living alone with Alzheimer's or dementia. It also requires physician assistants to receive the same continuing education.

The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 4 hours of education and training to all employees of adult protective services at the beginning of employment.

LD 1073 Resolve, To Implement an Intensive Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in the Midcoast Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-475, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1073
This resolve establishes an intensive drug treatment court 2-year pilot project in the midcoast area of the State to be operational no later than November 1, 2019. The pilot project will serve 10 participants who meet the requirements for participation in drug court programs. The support services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services under the pilot project are more intensive than those provided to current participants in drug court programs. The department is required to provide an interim report on implementation and a final report that includes the results of an independent evaluation of the project.

Amendment H-475
This amendment revises the number of participants in the pilot project from 10 to 25. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1073 fiscal note
LD 1073 Amendment H-475 fiscal note
LD 1105 An Act To Allow Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists To Administer an Auricular Acupuncture Treatment for Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-337, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 1105
This bill directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists and establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification. The bill directs the board to adopt rules to implement the requirements.

Amendment H-337
This amendment replaces the bill and directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists. The amendment also establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification.

LD 1105 Chaptered Law
LD 1105 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1146 An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 6, 2020
LD 1146
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
  • 1. Assists disabled and elderly persons in locating housing, transitioning between housing settings and accessing home repair and home modification services and materials;
  • 2. Maintains and makes publicly available housing assistance information and resources; and
  • 3. Identifies gaps in housing assistance needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and periodically submits a report on the gaps to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services' office of aging and disability services for inclusion in the state plan on aging.


LD 1161 An Act To Restrict the Use of Mercury in Dental Fillings in State-funded Dental Procedures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 1161
This bill prohibits the use of mercury amalgam fillings as part of a procedure covered by any dental care program funded or partially funded by 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 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, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 1225 An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1225
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.

LD 1228 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop More Comprehensible MaineCare Benefit Letters Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-367, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1228
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new limited benefit MaineCare card for individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program, also known as the Medicare Buy-in Program. The department must issue the card to qualified individuals for use at pharmacies and providers of medical, behavioral health and other services. The department must assess the ease of use of the card to cardholders and providers of services and submit a report regarding the limited benefit MaineCare card to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

Amendment H-367
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to examine the letters the department sends notifying individuals of their eligibility for MaineCare and the Medicare savings program, also known as the Medicare buy-in program, and make changes to the letters to ensure the format and language of the letters are as user-friendly and comprehensible as possible. The department shall investigate the possibility of a letter that includes a tear-off or cut-out section for use as proof of eligibility for persons eligible for the Medicare savings program to carry if they do not otherwise receive a card from the department for this purpose. Any changes must be made within existing resources. The department shall report any changes to the letters and cards to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

LD 1228 Chaptered Law
LD 1228 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1229 Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study and Develop Recommendations To Address Guardianship Challenges That Delay Patient Discharges from Hospitals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment H-452 in both chambers, Enacted in the House, Senate tabled to Special Study, June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1229
This resolve establishes the Committee To Study and Develop Recommendations To Address Guardianship Challenges That Delay Patient Discharges from Hospitals. The committee is required to study and develop recommendations to address guardianship, conservatorship and authorization of transaction challenges that result in extended hospitalization of patients clinically qualified for discharge from a hospital.

Amendment H-452
This amendment revises the membership of the committee, requires the report to be submitted to both the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, authorizes both committees to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature and adds an emergency preamble and clause. It also allows the committee to accept outside contributions, approved by the Legislative Council, to help fund the committee.

LD 1229 Amendment H-452 fiscal note
LD 1251 An Act To Make Agricultural Workers and Other Workers Employees under the Wage and Hour Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1251
This bill provides that agricultural employees and seasonal employees are subject to the laws that place limits on mandatory overtime. It also provides that agricultural employees are subject to the laws that set a minimum wage and overtime rate. It provides that the laws that set an overtime rate apply to certain activities related to agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods.

LD 1274 An Act To Enact the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-110 and Senate amendment S-338, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1274
This bill establishes the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to provide support for consumers, including prospective consumers, of health insurance and to health insurance customer assistance programs and health insurance ombudsman programs. Some of the services the new program may provide include assisting with filing complaints and appeals regarding decisions made by a group health plan, health insurance carrier or independent review organization and obtaining health insurance premium tax credits on behalf of consumers. The Superintendent of Insurance is required to contract with a nonprofit, independent health insurance consumer assistance entity that is not an insurer to operate the consumer assistance program, and funding is provided for that requirement.

Amendment S-110
This amendment transfers the responsibility for contracting for the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program from the Bureau of Insurance to the Attorney General. The amendment also makes other clarifying changes to the bill.

Amendment S-338
This amendment requires, in fiscal year 2019-20 and fiscal year 2020-21, the State Controller to transfer $200,000 from available balances in the Bureau of Insurance Other Special Revenue Funds account within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to the Department of the Attorney General. The amendment also provides an Other Special Revenue Funds allocation to the Department of the Attorney General and makes other technical changes.

LD 1274 Chaptered Law
LD 1274 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1275 An Act To Support Access to Health Services for Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-127, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1275
Under current law, a minor who has been living separately from parents or legal guardians for at least 60 days and is independent of parental support may provide consent to all medical, mental, dental and other health counseling and services.

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

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

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

LD 1275 Chaptered Law
LD 1275 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1417 An Act To Expand Access to Head Start To Assist Opioid-affected and Other At-risk Families Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-265, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1417
This bill establishes eligibility standards for the Head Start program that allow participation for a child up to 5 years of age who is or whose family is affected by substance use disorder or whose family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This bill also provides appropriations to be distributed to nontribal Head Start program service providers proportionately in an amount based upon the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level in each provider's service area compared to the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level statewide, with preference given to children who are at risk or whose families are at risk.

Amendment H-265
This amendment clarifies that eligibility for the Head Start program is limited to children who have not met the minimum age requirement to enroll in a school administrative unit in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5201, subsection 2.

LD 1417 fiscal note
LD 1417 Amendment H-265 fiscal note
LD 1630 Resolve, To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 6, 2020
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 1655 An Act To Improve and Modernize Home-based Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-524, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1655
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Social Determinants of Health Stakeholder Advisory Group to collaborate with providers of home health care services and other services relating to the social determinants of health and make recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • 2. Provides for reimbursement for telehealth or telemonitoring private duty nursing, home health services and personal care services for an adult MaineCare member with a physical disability or an adult who is elderly who is receiving MaineCare services under a waiver granted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for home-based and community-based services or state-funded home-based and community-based support services. The services must include:
    • A. Services that support a member's ability to remain in the member's home, including, but not limited to, telehealth and telemonitoring services that support a member's safety, mobility or medication compliance, or that support virtual home visits and clinical consultation; and
    • B. Services of a pharmacist to provide medication evaluation or consultation to a member;
  • 3. Expands the duties of the Maine Telehealth and Telemonitoring Advisory Group to include making recommendations about home technology to the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • 4. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services, beginning in 2020 and at least every 2 years thereafter and whenever legislation is enacted that affects the costs of providing private duty nursing, home health services and personal care services, to review the rates for providers of services under a waiver granted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for home-based and community-based services or state-funded home-based and community-based support services;
  • 5. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules for services provided under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Sections 19, 40 and 96 and rule Chapter 5, Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63 so that:
    • A. A certified nurse practitioner licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, chapter 31 and a physician assistant licensed under Title 32, chapter 36 or 48 may authorize or amend a plan of care; and
    • B. Reimbursement is provided for activities performed outside of the home by a registered nurse licensed under Title 32, chapter 31 that are directly related to a member's care and are part of the member's plan of care;
  • 6. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a work group to review options for adjusting rates in order to provide health care coverage and paid sick leave to home-based and community-based care providers and to report the recommendations of the work group to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services; and
  • 7. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review its in-person supervisory requirement for home-based and community-based care providers to determine whether the use of technology that provides interactive, real-time communication is feasible and practical and to report its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.


Amendment H-524
This amendment removes the sections of the bill that establish the Social Determinants of Health Stakeholder Advisory Group within the Department of Health and Human Services, requires review of certain home-based and community-based MaineCare reimbursement rates every 2 years and convenes a work group to review options for adjusting reimbursement rates for home-based and community-based services. It requires the department to amend its rules for reimbursement for pharmacists conducting a medication evaluation or consultation in the home. It clarifies that certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants may only authorize or amend a plan of care under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 40 after the Federal Government allows for it. It adds making recommendations to the department on best practices to the additional duties of the Maine Telehealth and Telemonitoring Advisory Group included in the bill. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1655 Amendment H-524 fiscal note
LD 1772 An Act To Secure Transitions to Economic Prosperity for Maine Families and Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-606, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1772
This bill:
  • 1. Increases the income amounts that are disregarded when calculating benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF program, for recipients who have earnings from employment. It also replaces for a limited period food assistance lost as a result of increased earnings from employment and the increased income amounts that are disregarded;
  • 2. Increases the transitional food benefits available under the TANF program from $50 per month per family to $100 per month per family;
  • 3. Establishes a whole family economic security initiative as part of the TANF program to increase the economic security of the entire family; and
  • 4. Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to count the participation of a participant in the ASPIRE-TANF program in basic skills education, which includes programs to assist individuals in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, toward the first 20 hours of the participant's weekly work participation requirements.


Amendment H-606
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies that employment earnings in the months when earnings are subject to disregards do not affect special housing allowances.
  • 2. It reduces the number of months that the Department of Health and Human Services disregards the earnings of a recipient of temporary assistance for needy families, or TANF, benefits and removes the requirement that the earnings be continuous for more than 2 months to be counted.
  • 3. It stipulates that a month in which earnings are insufficient to change a benefit amount is not counted as a month in which earnings are disregarded.
  • 4. It changes the requirement for food supplement assistance for a TANF recipient to be the same amount as prior to employment to a minimum of $50 in food supplement assistance.
  • 5. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to approve an extension from the 60-month limit for TANF recipients who have employment earnings that are subject to disregards rather than not counting those months in the 60-month limit.
  • 6. It changes the amount of TANF block grant funds that can be used for initiatives in the bill from $3,000,000 to $2,000,000.
  • 7. It corrects the language for basic skills education to refer to a high school diploma or equivalent or comparable credential. It also states that basic skills education counting as work participation requirements may be suspended if the State no longer meets the work participation rates required by the Federal Government.


The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1772 Chaptered Law
LD 1772 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1774 An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments so Families Can Thrive Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-605, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1774
This bill makes the following changes, which are intended to reduce child poverty, increase food security and create stronger bridges to employment for families with children.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data to measure access to and the performance of certain programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and establish improvement targets on an annual basis to monitor year-to-year improvements related to program accessibility and participant well-being.
  • 2. It reallocates the provisions relating to transitional Medicaid from the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 1053-B, which pertains to temporary assistance for needy families, to Title 22, chapter 855, which pertains to aid to needy persons, to reflect that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, 110 Stat. 2105 no longer just applies to families losing eligibility for Medicaid as a result of losing eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program but instead applies to all parents who lose eligibility for Medicaid.
  • 3. It removes the requirement that a family must have received Medicaid assistance for at least 3 of the last 6 months in order for that family to receive transitional Medicaid.
  • 4. It requires that the Department of Health and Human Services provide transitional Medicaid for a 12-month extension period pursuant to the state option provided in 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-6, Subsection (a), Paragraph (5) when a person's eligibility was terminated because of an increase in earned income or hours of employment or a loss of a time-limited earnings disregard.
  • 5. It eliminates the TANF gross income test for applicants to conform the eligibility methodology for both applicants and recipients.
  • 6. It establishes a procedure by which the Department of Health and Human Services must consider referrals made in accordance with department rule from educational institutions and similar programs as applications for the Parents as Scholars Program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3790.
  • 7. It provides funds from the TANF block grant to provide personalized professional guidance, support and navigation services for participants in the Parents as Scholars Program in order to promote program completion and student success and requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations related to the most effective way to achieve this goal, along with other suggestions to improve the program.
  • 8. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to review and make recommendations to improve the operations of systems and programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services providing services to people in need.
  • 9. It provides that additional costs to the State resulting from implementation of this legislation must be paid from funds provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant or from resources representing the State's maintenance of effort to qualify for federal funds.


Amendment H-605
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish annual improvement targets to ensure access to public assistance programs.
  • 2. It clarifies that sources of information to compile data measures of child and family economic security are not limited to the data sources in the bill and specifies that data from other state agencies including the Department of Labor and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services must be compiled.
  • 3. It includes a data requirement that includes families earning below 50% of the federal poverty level at the time participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was terminated and during the 2nd and 4th quarters after participation was terminated.
  • 4. It clarifies the language regarding the ratio of persons receiving food supplement assistance to those eligible to specify that the ratio applies to the number of persons overall, the number of persons 60 years of age and older, nonelderly persons with a disability and children under 18 years of age.
  • 5. It specifies that data collected regarding waiting times for calls to Department of Health and Human Services call centers are to a person and not to an interactive voice response system.
  • 6. It changes the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services to measure and report on the effect of departmental initiatives to improve child and family economic security rather than establishing improvement targets with reporting requirements.
  • 7. It changes the amount of funding for navigators at educational institutions and programs from $500,000 to $250,000.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1774 Chaptered Law
LD 1774 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1874 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Subminimum Wage Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-724, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1874
This bill eliminates current exemptions from the minimum wage law that allow the payment of wages at less than the minimum wage rate to certain individuals with disabilities.

Amendment H-724
This amendment removes the section of the bill that specifies that a special certificate issued pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 666 is not valid; that provision is unnecessary because no employer in the State holds a special certificate to pay an employee with a disability a subminimum wage.

LD 1874 Chaptered Law
LD 1874 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1882 An Act To Provide Noncommercial Lobster and Crab Fishing Licenses and Scallop Licenses to Disabled Veterans at No Cost Status: eferred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-672, Enacted, Signed into law February 27, 2020
LD 1882
This bill allows a resident disabled veteran to obtain upon application, at no cost, a noncommercial lobster and crab fishing license or a noncommercial scallop license.

Amendment H-672
This amendment replaces the bill. It clarifies that a qualified resident disabled veteran may obtain a noncommercial lobster and crab fishing license or a noncommercial scallop license at no cost, and it adds reservists to the definition of "qualified resident disabled veteran." It also exempts a qualified resident disabled veteran from paying the scallop license surcharge that is assessed on a noncommercial scallop license.

LD 1882 Chaptered Law
LD 1882 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1883 An Act Regarding the Recommendations of the Federal Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Program Concerning the Membership of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1883
This bill expands the membership of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Council who are persons with acquired brain injury or family caregivers to 50% of the voting membership of the council and adds representatives from the long-term care ombudsman program, an aging and disability resource center and a center for independent living.

LD 1883 Chaptered Law
LD 1883 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1914 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Textbooks Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held January 30, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1914
This bill exempts from the state sales and use tax textbooks purchased for use by a student.

LD 1936 An Act To Allow Parents of Minors Who Qualify for In-home Personal Care under the MaineCare Program To Be Employed as Caregivers for Those Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held February 25, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1936
This bill allows for the reimbursement of a parent providing in-home personal care services to the parent's child by allowing the parent to register as a personal care agency. The child must be eligible for the MaineCare program. An individual who is not a parent of the child must be designated as the employer and must be approved as the employer by both the parent and the Department of Health and Human Services. The department is required to request the necessary state plan amendments or waivers from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and adopt routine technical rules upon federal approval.

LD 1937 An Act To Provide Timely Access to Behavioral Health Services for Maine Children and To Address Trauma and the Impacts of the Opioid Crisis Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-708, and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1937
This bill provides funding to increase rates for adolescent rehabilitation facilities under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 97, Appendix B, Principles of Reimbursement for Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities and all rates under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services and Chapter III, Section 97, Appendix D, Principles of Reimbursement for Child Care Facilities by 30% no later than July 1, 2020.

Amendment H-708
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the appropriations and allocations section. Instead of providing a rate increase to all rates under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, the amendment provides that the rate increase applies only to children's home and community-based treatment services under that section.

LD 1937 Amendment H-708 fiscal note
LD 1940 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Increase MaineCare Reimbursement Rates for Targeted Case Management Services To Reflect Inflation (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Tabled in the House pending acceptance of Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-750, March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1940
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement for targeted case management services to provide an increase reflecting cost increases from 2010 to 2019.

Amendment H-750
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1940 fiscal note
LD 1940 Amendment H-750 fiscal note
LD 1944 An Act To Expand Eligibility for Home Accessibility Adaptation Benefits under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2020
LD 1944
This bill extends the current home accessibility adaptations available to MaineCare members receiving services under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapters II and III, Sections 21 and 29 to persons providing shared living housing to a member receiving these services. The bill also requires that the Department of Health and Human Services evaluate the effectiveness of contracts for services for adults with diagnoses of intellectual disabilities or other developmental disabilities.

LD 1946 An Act To Improve Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Care by Providing Care in Clinical Reproductive and Sexual Health Care Settings Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held March 5, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1946
This bill establishes a program within the Department of Health and Human Services to deliver mental health and behavioral health services in clinical reproductive and sexual health care settings through the deployment of licensed mental health professionals in those settings and by enhancing patient screening and care coordination. It includes an appropriations and allocations section with a $150,000 annual appropriation beginning in fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 1947 An Act To Fund Capital Improvements to Career and Technical Education Centers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held March 4, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1947
This bill authorizes the issuance and use of up to $20,000,000 in Maine Governmental Facilities Authority securities for capital improvements to career and technical education centers and regions.

LD 1956 Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (Emergency) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held February 26, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1956
This resolve establishes the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions, which is a 10-member commission directed to review data on housing shortages in the State for low-income and middle-income households, state laws that affect the local regulation of housing and efforts in other states and municipalities to address housing shortages and to consider measures that would encourage increased housing options in the State. The commission must, no later than November 4, 2020, submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 1958 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing To Include Adult Care Facilities and Services and Certain Child Care Facilities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-695, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 1958
This bill expands the permitted use of tax increment financing to include costs associated with certain adult care facilities and child care facilities; current law permits such use only for quality child care costs.

Amendment H-695
This amendment clarifies the definitions of "adult care facilities" and "child care facilities" as they pertain to project costs for purposes of tax increment financing.

LD 1958 Chaptered Law
LD 1958 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1969 An Act To Protect State Workers from Exposure to Carcinogens Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held February 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1969
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to require the collection and cataloging of data on the history of public buildings regarding abatement and contaminant testing, create new standards regarding the level of contaminants allowed in public buildings, improve testing requirements and better reinforce oversight of those buildings identified as having contaminant issues. This bill also seeks to improve the ability of state workers in public buildings to raise and resolve safety concerns.

LD 1974 An Act To Promote Telehealth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-433, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1974
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter I, Section 4, Telehealth and Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 13, Targeted Case Management Services to provide for reimbursement of case management services delivered through telehealth to targeted populations. The bill makes other changes necessary for the delivery of telehealth services to be expanded to include case management services.

The bill clarifies that telehealth services reimbursable under a health plan or the MaineCare program include consultation between health professionals regarding a patient, whether the consultation occurs in real time or asynchronously.

Amendment S-433
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill. It removes the 4-meeting limit on the Maine Telehealth and Telemonitoring Advisory Group. It also provides that private insurance carriers may provide coverage for health care services delivered through telehealth that is consistent with the Medicare coverage policy for interprofessional Internet consultations and provides that if a carrier provides such coverage the carrier may also provide coverage for interprofessional Internet consultations that are provided by a federally qualified health center or rural health clinic.

LD 1974 Chaptered Law
LD 1974 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1988 An Act To Prohibit the Distribution of Deceptive Images or Audio or Video Recordings with the Intent To Influence the Outcome of an Election Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held February 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1988
This bill prohibits a person from publishing or distributing, with actual malice and within 60 days of the date of an election, materially deceptive audio or visual media of a candidate who will appear on the ballot with the intent to injure the candidate's reputation or to deceive a voter into voting for or against the candidate. The bill defines "materially deceptive audio or visual media" as an image or an audio or video recording of a candidate that has been intentionally manipulated in a way that would cause a reasonable person to mistakenly believe that the image or recording is authentic and that would cause the person to have a fundamentally different understanding or impression of the content of the image or recording than the person would have if the image or recording was unaltered. An image or audio or video recording that constitutes satire or parody is not considered materially deceptive audio or visual media. The bill authorizes a candidate whose voice or image appears in materially deceptive audio or visual media to bring a civil action seeking injunctive relief or monetary damages. In such an action, the candidate bears the burden of proving the violation by clear and convincing evidence.

The bill's prohibition against the distribution of materially deceptive audio or visual media does not apply if the materially deceptive audio or visual media is accompanied by a disclosure indicating that the image or audio or video recording has been manipulated; distributed as part of a news broadcast that includes a clear statement that there are questions about the authenticity of the image or audio or video recording; broadcast by a radio or television broadcasting station that has been paid to broadcast the materially deceptive audio or visual media; or published by an Internet website or regularly published newspaper, magazine or other periodical, as long as the materially deceptive audio or visual media is accompanied by a statement that it does not accurately represent the speech or conduct of the candidate.

This bill is based on a recently enacted California law.

LD 2096 An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-772 and House amendment H-778, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2096
This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

Amendment H-772
This amendment replaces the bill. Part A provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on an enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $35 per prescription for a 30-day supply of insulin. The requirements apply to all health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

Part B authorizes a pharmacist to dispense emergency refills of insulin and associated insulin-related supplies. The amendment requires that the insulin dispensed be in a quantity that is the lesser of a 30-day supply and the smallest available package. The amendment also requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules to establish adequate training requirements and protocols for dispensing insulin.

Amendment H-778
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 2096 Chaptered Law
LD 2096 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2116 An Act To Improve Prescription Information Access Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Servcies Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2020
LD 2116
This bill requires a 2-dimensional machine-scannable barcode that allows a patient to digitally access prescription information to appear on the prescription label. It also makes a clarifying technical correction.

LD 2141 Resolve, To Ensure Continued Services for Children with Disabilities by Imposing a Delay on MaineCare Rulemaking until an Impact Study Is Completed Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2141
This resolve imposes a delay on the adoption by the Department of Health and Human Services of any rule that proposes to change provisions of 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual governing school-based services.

It requires the department, before initiating rulemaking, to complete an impact study setting forth the rationale for the proposed changes, the financial impacts on affected families and providers of school-based services, potential service delays and other issues relating to state and federal law. The department is required to seek and consider input from affected provider groups, schools, children and family advocacy groups, the Department of Education, the Child Development Services System and other stakeholders and is also required to incorporate into the study the recommendations and implementation plan for early intervention services in public schools that will be forthcoming from the review of the State's early childhood special education services being carried out pursuant to Public Law 2019, chapter 343, Part VVVV. This report, produced by an independent entity, is due to be completed on December 1, 2020.

It requires the department to submit the completed study and a further report regarding any proposed rules or modifications to current rule pertaining to medically necessary school-based services to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than April 1, 2021. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out legislation relating to the subject matter of the study and the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

It authorizes the department, following completion of its study and report but no earlier than July 1, 2021, to initiate rulemaking to change rules governing school-based services provided under 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual and specifies that any rules adopted are major substantive rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

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