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Representative James Handy [Democrat]
Lewiston ~ District 58

Towns in District: part of Lewiston

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce

✉ Jim.Handy@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 9 Maplewood Road
Lewiston, Maine 04240


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

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LD 3 An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 3
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 38 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-241, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 38
This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.

Amendment H-241
This amendment adds language to clarify the requirement that the purchase of a hearing aid in accordance with the bill's coverage must be done in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules for the dispensing of hearing aids. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section and provides for the calculation and transfer of amounts for premium costs by financial order.

LD 38 Chaptered Law
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LD 298 An Act To Establish a Conditional Presumption of Compensability for Corrections Employees in Cases of Impairment from Hypertension or Heart Disease Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 298
This bill amends the workers' compensation laws by adding a presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a state or county corrections employee was caused in the course of that employment, as long as the employee had successfully passed a physical examination upon entry into or during the course of that employment that failed to reveal any evidence of that condition.

LD 299 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist Schools, Municipalities and Counties in Using Emerging Technologies and Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Heating, Electrical and Other Utility Systems Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 299
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to assist schools, municipalities and counties in using emerging technologies and energy alternatives to fossil fuels in heating, electrical and other utility systems. The Finance Authority of Maine is directed to establish an application process and requirements for distribution of the funds.

LD 300 An Act To Provide School Personnel Paid Hourly a Wage Pay Option Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-220 and Senate amendment S-131, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 300
This bill requires a school administrative unit to provide school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis with the option of receiving pay over a period of 12 months or shorter. The bill also provides that if a school day is cancelled or shortened due to circumstances beyond the control of school officials, a school administrative unit is required to pay school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis for the hours not worked because of the cancellation or shortened school day, up to 40 hours per school year.

Amendment H-220
This amendment strikes the portion of the bill that requires a school administrative unit to pay school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis for the hours not worked when a school day is canceled or shortened due to circumstances beyond the control of school officials. The amendment also adds a mandate preamble.

Amendment S-131
This amendment removes the mandate preamble.

LD 300 Chaptered Law
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LD 312 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Workers' Compensation Insurance for Small Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 312
This bill prohibits a workers' compensation insurer from charging a minimum premium in connection with its issuance of a workers' compensation policy.

LD 317 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Appointees to the Maine Labor Relations Board Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-219, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 317
This bill amends the qualifications for certain members and alternates appointed to the Maine Labor Relations Board by the Governor. It requires the member and alternates representing employees to not have worked in a management capacity or represented management interests in any proceedings at any time during the prior 10 years. It also requires the member and alternates representing the public to not have worked in a management capacity or represented management interests in any proceedings or have worked for a labor organization or served in a leadership role in a labor organization at any time during the prior 10 years. These new qualifications apply to new appointments or reappointments to the board.

Amendment H-219
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the term "management interests" with the term "employer interests" and changes the disqualification window from 10 years to 6 years.

LD 317 Chaptered Law
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LD 392 An Act To Fund Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 392
This bill provides ongoing funding for school-based health centers from the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amendment H-156
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 392 Chaptered Law
LD 392 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 714 An Act To Prohibit Public Charter Schools from Expending Funds for Advertising Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 714
This bill prohibits a public charter school from paying for advertising in print media or on television, radio, yard signs or digital or electronic media.

LD 715 An Act To Change the Allocation Formula for Revenue from Slot Machines Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 715
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to change the allocation of the revenue from slot machines operated by casinos, as established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, section 1036, subsections 2 and 2-A. This bill would not change the percentage of the net slot machine income being distributed, but would:

  • 1. Return to the allocation formula established in the legislation allowing casinos that was approved at referendum, which would require reducing the funding of certain items, such as the fund to supplement harness racing purses and the Sire Stakes Fund, and eliminating the funding of other items, such as the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks and the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities. Under this proposal, the 14% of the net slot machine income attributable to the reduction or elimination of those allocations would be distributed elsewhere;
  • 2. Reallocate the net slot machine income among the current receivers of the income, increasing the share of some, such as the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the University of Maine System Scholarship Fund, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System, while decreasing the share of others, such as the fund to supplement harness racing purses, and eliminating the share of others, such as the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks, the Sire Stakes Fund and the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; or
  • 3. Enact a combination of the 2 methods and include different recipients.


LD 836 An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-158, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 836
This bill provides ongoing funding to the school-based health centers within the Fund for a Healthy Maine program within the Department of Health and Human Services to add an additional 15 school-based health center sites.

Amendment H-158
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the reference to 15 new school-based health centers from the bill but retains the funding amount. The Department of Health and Human Services distributes the funding through a request for proposals process for the number of sites the funding will support.

LD 836 fiscal note
LD 836 Amendment H-158 fiscal note
LD 986 An Act To Expand Lead Inspections to Other Properties of the Owner of a Property Determined to Contain Lead Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 986
This bill requires an owner of a dwelling unit determined by the Department of Health and Human Services to have a case of lead poisoning to provide the name, principal address and contact information for the owner of the dwelling unit. If the owner is a business entity, this bill requires the name, principal address and contact information for each partner, officer, director, member, principal or shareholder of that business entity. If an owner or a partner, officer, director, member, principal or shareholder owns or co-owns another residential property built prior to 1978 and located in a high-density lead poisoning area, the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to inspect every dwelling unit of that other residential property unless the owner can produce a certified lead inspection report conducted within the past 3 years showing that the other property is lead-safe. This bill splits any fine for violating the provisions of the law between the Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund and the Lead Abatement Fund administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.

LD 1152 An Act To Make the Maine Educational Assessment Optional for Kindergarten to Grade 8 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1152
This bill makes the currently mandatory state assessment program for schools optional for kindergarten to grade 8.

LD 1153 An Act To Provide Flexibility in the Treatment of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1153
This bill requires a review team determining whether to approve a behavior modification or behavior management program for a person with an intellectual disability or autism to consider the successful use of the program for the person in another state. It requires that one member of the review team must be qualified by training and experience in the use of behavior change procedures and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. It specifies criteria that a behavior modification or behavior management program submitted for review must meet. It provides for a process for appealing a review team's determination. It allows for temporary restrictions on the possession or use of personal property through the use of reinforcement procedures under a behavior modification or behavior management program.

LD 1154 An Act To Increase the Betting Limit on Games of Chance at Fairs and Festivals and To Expand Allowed Operation Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-162, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1154
This bill raises the betting limit for games of chance from $1 to $5. It also allows a bona fide nonprofit organization to operate a licensed card game or registered game of chance to which the general public has access for 4 consecutive days instead of 3 days and removes the current 3-month waiting period between game operations.

Amendment H-162
This amendment provides that the maximum bet for a licensed card game in which bets are placed per hand or per deal is $5, inclusive of any raises made during the hand or deal. The bill increases the maximum bet for a licensed card game from $1 to $5. The amendment also provides that a bona fide nonprofit organization may operate a licensed card game or registered game of chance to which the general public has access for 4 consecutive days no more than 4 times in a calendar year. Current law includes a 3-month waiting period between such game operations, which the bill removes. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 1154 Chaptered Law
LD 1154 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1236 An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing the Licensing of Paramedics Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1236
This bill defines paramedic and paramedic emergency medical treatment in the laws governing the provision of emergency medical treatment. It also authorizes the Emergency Medical Services' Board to establish by rule appropriate licensure levels for paramedics and the qualifications for persons to hold those licenses.

LD 1237 An Act To Simplify Municipal Collective Bargaining by Removing the 120-Day Notice Required Prior to Certain Negotiations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1237
This bill repeals the requirement that a bargaining agent for municipal public employees submit a written request for collective bargaining to the public employer of those municipal public employees at least 120 days before the conclusion of the current fiscal operating budget.

LD 1237 Chaptered Law
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LD 1240 An Act To Provide Career and Technical Training Options for Electricians Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Amended by Committee amendment H-257 and House amendment H-336, Enacted, Signed into law, June 10, 2019
LD 1240
This bill allows the Electricians' Examining Board to accept satisfactory evidence of completion of a career and technical electrical education program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B as a secondary student when issuing a journeyman-in-training electrician license.

Amendment H-257
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment amends the requirements for licensure as a journeyman electrician to credit graduates of a secondary school career and technical electrical education program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B with 1,000 hours of work experience in electrical installations and makes it clear that such graduates are eligible to sit for the journeyman examination.

Amendment H-336
This amendment clarifies the language in Committee Amendment H-257 regarding the requirements for licensure as a journeyman electrician. Under this amendment, graduates of a secondary school career and technical education electrical program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B are credited with 1,000 hours of work experience in electrical installations and are eligible to sit for the journeyman examination. This amendment specifically provides that the 1,000 hours credited may not be applied to any other pathway to licensure.

LD 1240 Chaptered Law
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LD 1349 An Act To Create a Licensing Board and Licensure Requirements for Intentional Peer Support Specialists Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1349
This bill creates the State Board of Intentional Peer Support Specialists and licensing requirements for the practice of intentional peer support in the State, modeled on the laws governing alcohol and drug counselors.

LD 1412 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Collective Bargaining Rights of Employees of School Management and Leadership Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-494, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1412
This bill provides that employees of school management and leadership centers established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 123 are eligible to participate in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It also establishes collective bargaining obligations, duties, liabilities and rights for a school management and leadership center pursuant to the laws governing municipal public employers and includes provisions for the merging of bargaining units of employees of a school administrative unit that also are employed by a school management and leadership center.

Amendment H-494
This amendment specifies that the retirement costs and administrative operating expenses related to the retirement programs for teachers employed by a school management and leadership center are to be paid by that school management and leadership center.

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LD 1476 An Act To Clarify Recounts in Municipal Elections Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-421, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1476
This bill repeals the law governing a candidate's inspection of ballots and incoming voting lists and amends the law governing the referendum recount procedure to provide for establishing official representatives of both sides of a referendum issue, determining the date of the recount, the hand recount of votes, the availability of election materials for inspection, the resolution of disputed ballots, the resealing of recounted ballots and certification of the election results.

Amendment H-421
This amendment strikes the bill. It repeals and replaces the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 2531-B to add an optional process for the recount of municipal elections. Current section 2531-B requires municipalities to follow the recount procedures established for statewide elections in Title 21-A. The amendment amends the referendum recount procedures in Title 30-A, section 2532 by establishing a process to identify the official representative of the voters seeking a referendum recount and an official representative of those opposed to the referendum recount.

LD 1476 Chaptered Law
LD 1476 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 22 An Act To Exempt from Taxation Sales to Small Nonprofit Organizations Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 22
This bill provides a sales tax exemption and a service provider tax exemption for incorporated nonprofit organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $40,000.

LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-132, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 78
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3173-G and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for presumptive eligibility. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if, upon application, the individual is found ineligible under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A, C, D, E, F, G or H and to enroll the individual if found eligible for the family planning benefit. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit after an individual loses eligibility for the MaineCare pregnancy benefit under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A due to the birth of a child or an increase in income and to enroll the individual, if found eligible, for the family planning benefit. It also requires the department to use a single application form for individuals applying for eligibility for the family planning benefit under Title 22, section 3173-G and under the adult expansion provisions under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph H. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to carry out these requirements.

Amendment H-132
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if the individual is found ineligible under another MaineCare section. It also removes the requirement that the department use a single application form. This amendment clarifies that presumptive eligibility must be implemented in accordance with 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-1, which outlines the timing and other requirements of presumptive eligibility for states.

LD 78 Chaptered Law
LD 78 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 80 An Act To Create the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 80
This bill establishes the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services as a separate cabinet-level department. It removes from the Department of Health and Human Services, and transfers to the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services, functions and services for individuals with substance use disorders, prevention programs and administrative assistance for the Substance Use Disorder Services Commission.

LD 92 An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-18, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 92
This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.

Amendment H-18
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and clarifies that a school administrative unit is not required to use student growth measures in educator evaluation requirements and provides that the effective date of the provisions in the legislation that remove the requirement regarding student growth and learning systems is September 1, 2021. This amendment also requires that a school administrative unit's steering committee on the elements of the school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system must include a majority of teachers chosen by the school administrative unit's local union and that any revisions to the performance evaluation and professional growth system made by the steering committee must be reached by consensus.

LD 92 Chaptered Law
LD 92 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 93 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption To Counterbalance for Redemption Centers the Increase in Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 93
This bill increases by 1¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 115 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Home Visiting Services To Provide Child Development Education and Skills Development for New Parents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-137, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 115
This bill appropriates funds for home visiting services to provide child development education and skills development for new parents.

Amendment H-137
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, directs the Board of the Maine Children's Trust Incorporated to use state funds it receives to maximize its receipt of federal funds. This amendment also adds an appropriation of funds to stabilize the workforce by bringing salaries of home visitors in line with comparable positions. It reduces the additional funding provided in the bill for home visiting services from $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2019-20 and $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2020-21 to $500,000 for each year and provides that the funding must be used to reduce any waiting lists for home visiting services. It directs these funds to go to the Maine Children's Trust.

LD 115 fiscal note
LD 115 Amendment H-137 fiscal note
LD 132 An Act To Eliminate Insurance Rating Based on Age, Geographic Location or Smoking History and To Reduce Rate Variability Due to Group Size Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 132
This bill prohibits insurance carriers providing individual health plans or small group health plans from varying premium rates based on age, geographic location or tobacco use on or after January 1, 2020. The bill also reduces the variation based on group size to 1.5 to 1 for small group plans over time.

LD 139 An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-82, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 139
This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program administered by the Department of Labor, including the following.

  • 1. It requires that the Department of Labor's outreach efforts regarding the program be tailored to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, veterans, immigrants, recipients of benefits under the statewide food supplement program, low-skilled manufacturing workers and students enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Labor to collaborate with other entities to improve program outreach to target demographics, including, at a minimum, collaboration with the Maine Community College System.
  • 3. It makes changes to the criteria used to determine approved education and training under the program, including consideration of employer input, changing demographics and traditional industries in the State in which innovations and new technologies are creating a demand for skilled workers.
  • 4. It requires that a program participant be given information about the allowable uses of a family development account under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter 4-A.
  • 5. It adds a requirement that a participant be offered comprehensive career planning services prior to the program's development of an individual career plan with the participant and permits the Department of Labor to partner with other entities to provide this service. It directs the department to include in this partnership, at a minimum, the Maine Community College System with respect to participants enrolled or seeking enrollment in a training or education course provided by the Maine Community College System. It also directs the Maine Community College System to assist the Department of Labor in program management and oversight for such participants.
  • 6. It repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.

This bill also amends the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age, providing that such a minor may be employed in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education only if the minor has graduated from the program and has graduated from high school.

Amendment H-82
This amendment strikes a number of sections of the bill affecting the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program and does the following.

  • 1. It retains the changes in the bill that amend the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education to require that the minor must have graduated from high school. The amendment provides that a high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • 2. It retains the provision in the bill that repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.
  • 3. It amends the eligibility criteria of the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program to modify the requirement that an individual be at least 18 years old by also including an individual who has graduated from high school.


LD 139 Chaptered Law
LD 139 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 150 An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-35, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 150
This bill provides that unless a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

Amendment S-35
This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the bill relating to persons attending schools outside of the unorganized territory also apply to a person who resides in the unorganized territory. The amendment provides that unless a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students in the unorganized territory who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 3271, subsection 2.

LD 150 Chaptered Law
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LD 173 An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 173
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority's baseline update of 2013.

LD 181 An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Health and Human Services To Support Free Health Clinics in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-11, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 181
This bill provides funding to support free health clinics in the State.

Amendment H-11
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that the health clinics being funded provide all services to the public at no charge. It also clarifies that the additional funding in the bill is only in the 2020-21 biennium and the funding is distributed through a request for proposals.

LD 181 fiscal note
LD 181 Amendment H-11 fiscal note
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 201 An Act To Protect Jobs in the State by Requiring Advance Notice of Closure of Call Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-149, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 201
This bill requires a person that operates a call center in the State to provide the Commissioner of Labor 120 days' notice before relocating the call center or a part of the call center. If the employer fails to notify the Commissioner of Labor of the relocation of the call center at least 120 days before the relocation, a daily fine of $10,000 may be assessed.

The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to create a list of employers who have relocated a call center, or a facility or operating unit handling at least 30% of call volume within a call center, from the State to a foreign country. An employer appearing on the list is ineligible for a state grant, loan or tax benefit for 5 years and is required to pay back the unamortized value of a state grant, loan or tax benefit previously issued to the employer. The bill requires that call center work for executive branch agencies of the State be performed in the State.

Amendment H-149
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with changes to the law governing the notification requirements for an employer that proposes to close or relocate an industrial or commercial facility that employs 100 or more people. It changes the notification period from 60 days prior to the closure or relocation to 90 days prior, changes the civil penalty from a maximum $500 fine to a $500 per day fine and it applies this civil penalty to both failure to notify the Department of Labor and failure to notify the employees and the municipal officers of the municipality where the facility is located.

LD 201 Chaptered Law
LD 201 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 217 An Act To Aid Certain Veterans' Organizations Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-39 and House amendment H-61, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 217
This bill allows a licensed veterans' organization, at the discretion of and by agreement with the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, to sell liquor to the general public, subject to time-of-day and seasonal limitations defined at the time of license approval, if the organization has a valid license and is located in a municipality with fewer than 5,000 residents or is located on an island off the coast of the State that is provided with ferry service pursuant to state law.

Amendment H-61
The bill allows certain licensed veterans' organizations to sell liquor to the general public. This amendment permits only a licensed veterans' organization that is located on an island off the coast of the State that is provided with ferry service pursuant to state law to sell liquor to the general public at the discretion of and by agreement with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, instead of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services as in the bill, subject to time-of-day and seasonal limitations defined by the bureau at the time of license approval.

Amendment H-61
This amendment prohibits smoking on the premises at which a licensed veterans' organization sells liquor to the general public during the time the general public is invited or allowed to be present.

LD 217 Chaptered Law
LD 217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 219 An Act To Improve Working Conditions for Maine's Veterans and Immigrants Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 219
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve working conditions for Maine's veterans and immigrants.

LD 226 An Act To Require the Use of Preapproved Subcontractors for Publicly Funded Construction Projects Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 226
This bill requires the use of preapproved subcontractors for certain components of work included in bids awarded to general contractors for public improvement construction projects subject to competitive bidding.

LD 237 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Coaching Services for Existing and New Prekindergarten Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 237
This bill provides ongoing funds for coaching services to provide teaching support for new and existing prekindergarten programs throughout the State.

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

LD 308 An Act To Authorize Municipalities To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-357, Enacted as an emergency measure, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019
LD 308
This bill increases from 30 to 60 days the notice that a party must provide to terminate a tenancy at will. It also increases from 45 to 75 days the notice that a landlord must provide to increase the rent of a residential tenant.

Amendment H-357
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the title and the bill and authorizes a municipality to increase from 30 days up to 60 days the notice that a party must provide to terminate a tenancy at will. It also authorizes a municipality to increase from 45 days up to 75 days the notice that a landlord must provide to increase the rent of a residential tenant.

LD 308 fiscal note
LD 308 Amendment H-357 fiscal note
LD 329 An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-178, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 329
This bill exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is experiencing a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose.

Amendment H-178
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 329 Chaptered Law
LD 329 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 334 An Act To Change the Definition of "Renewable Capacity Resource" Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 13, 2019
LD 334
This bill aligns the definition of "renewable capacity resource" with that of "renewable resource" in the laws governing renewable energy by adding generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling to the definition of "renewable capacity resource."

LD 336 An Act To Require That Notice of Lead Abatement Orders Be Filed with the Registry of Deeds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-136, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 336
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to file a notice of the existence of an environmental lead hazard in the registry of deeds in the county in which the relevant property is located. It also requires the department to file a notice in the registry of deeds when the department determines that the environmental lead hazard no longer exists.

Amendment H-136
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Amends the bill to refer to an order directing that lead-based substances be removed, replaced or securely and permanently covered;
  • 2. Requires that the book and page in the registry of the owner's deed be identified on the notice filed with the registry of deeds that the owner complied with the order issued by the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • 3. Requires that a notice filed with the registry of deeds include a notarized signature of the person issuing the notice; and
  • 4. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules, including for the form of the notice to be filed in the registry of deeds.


LD 336 Chaptered Law
LD 336 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 371 An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 371
This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.

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

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

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

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

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 373 An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Injuries and Other Related Conditions Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-353, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 373
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Dental services provided to such a person must be the same as those provided under the MaineCare program to an eligible person under 21 years of age.

Amendment H-353
This amendment expands the adult dental benefit proposed in the bill to include individuals receiving home-based or community-based services under the brain injury and other related conditions waivers under Medicaid. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to seek any necessary amendments to the waivers from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also reallocates the provisions of the bill to the existing section in the Maine Revised Statutes governing adult dental services under the MaineCare program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
LD 387 An Act To Require Cursive Handwriting Instruction in Grade 3 to Grade 5 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 387
This bill requires the Department of Education to provide for continual, regular instruction of and opportunities to use cursive handwriting beginning in grade 3. The instruction must be designed to enable students to demonstrate competence in cursive handwriting by the end of grade 5.

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

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

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

LD 435 An Act To Provide for the 2019 and 2020 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-8, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 435
This bill establishes the allocations of the state ceiling on issuance of tax-exempt private activity bonds for calendar years 2019 and 2020 among the state-level issuers of tax-exempt bonds.

Amendment S-8
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 435 Chaptered Law
LD 435 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 502 An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-200, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 502
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
  • 2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
  • 5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.


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


LD 502 Amendment H-200 fiscal note
LD 503 An Act To Provide Additional Funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 503
This bill provides funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission, which was enacted in Resolve 2017, chapter 25. The bill provides one-time funds to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council in fiscal year 2019-20 for the expenses associated with the planning of the State of Maine bicentennial celebration.

LD 504 An Act To Enhance the Development of Innovative Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 504
This bill streamlines the procedure for authorizing career and technical education satellite programs. Current law requires any affiliated unit that wishes to operate a career and technical education satellite program to submit a written request to operate a satellite program to the governing body of the center or region with which the unit is affiliated. The governing body of the center or region considers the request and then forwards its recommendation to the Commissioner of Education. Instead, the bill provides that the written request be submitted directly to the Commissioner of Education for approval.

LD 512 Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-561, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 512
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services to examine the national trends and relevant models of governing and delivering early childhood special education systems and the short-term and long-term costs and benefits to the Department of Education's proposed plan to restructure the Child Development Services System and to make recommendations for an early childhood special education services program plan.

Amendment H-561
This amendment authorizes the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to contract with a qualified research and technical assistance entity to conduct an independent review of Maine's early childhood special education services. This amendment authorizes the Office of the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, at the direction of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to develop and administer a request for proposals process to award a contract for the independent review. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 512 fiscal note
LD 512 Amendment H-561 fiscal note
LD 515 An Act To Require Ingredient Lists at Certain Retail Food Locations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 515
This bill requires a commercial food producer with a retail location to provide upon request a list of ingredients of each food and beverage item offered for sale at the retail location.

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


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

LD 521 Chaptered Law
LD 521 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 535 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 535
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.

LD 571 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Initiate a Service Development Plan for Commuter and Passenger Train Service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn Area Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 571
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to initiate a service development plan for commuter and passenger train service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn area. The plan must indicate the locations of railway stations in towns along the corridor route and include an environmental impact statement for each station site. It directs the department to submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 15, 2020.

LD 587 An Act To Require Career Options Education for High School Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 587
This bill makes career and education development a required one-semester course to receive a high school diploma.

LD 601 An Act To Create Fairness by Reinstituting the Cost-of-living Adjustment for Workers' Compensation Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 601
This bill establishes cost-of-living adjustments for workers' compensation benefits. Prior to the 1992 revision of the laws governing workers' compensation, benefits for total incapacity were adjusted annually based on the percentage increase or decrease in the state average weekly wage.

LD 632 An Act To Promote Free, Appropriate Public Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 632
This bill eliminates the provision that requires the Child Development Services System to provide free, appropriate public education to a preschool child with disabilities who reaches 5 years of age between July 1st and October 15th if the child's individualized education program team determines that it is in the best interest of the child to delay enrollment in kindergarten for one year.

LD 645 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Tax on the Primary Residence of Certain Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 645
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to authorize the Legislature to require municipalities to cap property taxes on property owned and occupied as a person's primary residence if that person is at least 65 years of age and the household income for the residents of the property does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level. The tax would be stabilized at the amount assessed on the property on the later of the date by which the person attained 65 years of age or purchased the property. Upon transfer of the property to someone other than a family member of the owner, the property would assume the just value at the time of transfer. The State would be required to reimburse a municipality for any revenue lost due to the cap on property taxes.

LD 651 Resolve, To Facilitate School Access to Federal Title I Funds and Improve the Delivery of Special Education Services Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-154, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 651
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing special education.
  • 1. It adds 4 provisions to the laws regarding nontraditional limited purpose schools that were part of Department of Education rule Chapter 250 which has been repealed.
  • 2. It adds response to intervention systems to the minimum requirements for basic school approval to ensure an all-encompassing, tiered system of support for general and special education students. It also clarifies that rules regarding those requirements are major substantive rules.
  • 3. It facilitates collaboration between general education and special education, including a clarification that the Department of Education is required to facilitate a process to help schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to federal Title I funds.
  • 4. It promotes dual certification programs by the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
  • 5. It requires recodification of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 4, subpart 1, concerning special education, by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
  • 6. It requires a review of the purpose of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula and whether it is accomplishing this purpose and how to increase equity among all school administrative units.
  • 7. It requires a review and improvement of MaineCare billing systems and procedures through a pilot program through the Department of Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.


Amendment H-154
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 1, 2020 on progress, including recommendations and suggested legislation, on the following:
  • 1. Enhancement of response to intervention to become an all-encompassing multitiered system of support in all school administrative units and removing the regulations on general education interventions from Department of Education rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty and amending rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to include regulations on general education interventions;
  • 2. Facilitation of the process by which schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
  • 3. Increased use of dual certification programs for general education and special education certifications;
  • 4. Review of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula; and
  • 5. Improvement of regional programs that facilitate MaineCare billing for medically necessary services for schools.
The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement any recommendations in the report.

LD 651 Chaptered Law
LD 651 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 670 An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage for Large Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 670
This bill increases the minimum wage of the employees of employers employing 50 or more full-time employees to $13.00 on January 1, 2021, to $14.00 on January 1, 2022 and to $15.00 on January 1, 2023.

LD 683 An Act To Provide Social Workers to Persons with Mental Illness to Help Them Avoid Incarceration Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 683
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide social workers to persons with mental illness who are in crisis or pose a threat to themselves or others in order for them to avoid incarceration and protect their safety and the safety of others.

LD 700 An Act To Prevent Internet Theft Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 700
This bill creates the crime of organized electronic theft, of which a person is guilty if the person commits 2 or more thefts under the Maine Criminal Code pursuant to a scheme or course of conduct involving thefts committed by electronic means. "Thefts committed by electronic means" includes, but is not limited to, thefts committed using Internet-based sales platforms and Internet-based fundraising, including so-called crowdfunding platforms. The severity of punishment for the crime of organized electronic theft is dependent upon the total value of the property stolen. The bill also includes an appropriation to establish a computer forensic analyst position within the Department of Public Safety dedicated to the investigation of organized electronic theft.

LD 702 An Act Regarding the Pricing of Spirits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 702
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure a thorough appeals process relating to the pricing of spirits by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the State Liquor and Lottery Commission.

LD 770 An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
LD 770
This bill requires that, by September 1, 2020, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

LD 773 An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 773
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to review the content standards and performance indicators for the content area of health, physical education and wellness, including instruction on affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity and the effects of alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics on the ability to give affirmative consent, communicate and make appropriate decisions, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the commissioner's 5-year review cycle of the content standards and performance indicators required under the system of learning results.

Amendment H-266
This amendment adds a mandate preamble.

LD 773 Chaptered Law
LD 773 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 839 An Act To Increase Funding for Multimodal Transportation Status: Dead, Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-329, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019
LD 839
This bill increases the sales tax on short-term rentals of automobiles, small trucks and vans from 10% to 15% to provide funding for multimodal transportation. The increase takes effect October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-329
This amendment reduces from 15% to 12% the increased rate of the sales tax on short-term rental of automobiles, small trucks and vans and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 839 Amendment H-329 fiscal note
LD 849 An Act To Allow Chiropractic Internships Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-262, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 849
This bill establishes a new temporary license for chiropractic interns. The bill describes the supervision and credentialing requirements for licensure and the process by which an applicant may gain licensure. The bill provides the Board of Chiropractic Licensure with rule-making authority.

Amendment H-262
This amendment does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that the fee for a temporary license must be established in accordance with existing law.
  • 2. It clarifies that an applicant for a temporary license must provide documentation of professional liability insurance.
  • 3. It removes the requirement for an applicant to demonstrate good moral character as that requirement is not required for applicants for other licenses issued by the board.
  • 4. It removes the language authorizing the board to adopt rules related to exceptions to licensure.
  • 5. It clarifies that, if there is a change in the supervision of a chiropractic intern, the intern must immediately cease to practice and must notify the board within 10 days.
  • 6. It specifies that a chiropractic intern may not provide services without the written informed consent of the individual receiving chiropractic services.
  • 7. It removes the requirement that an intern display the intern's license to be consistent with the requirements for other license categories.


LD 849 Chaptered Law
LD 849 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 857 An Act To Increase Accountability for Wage Violations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-78, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 857
This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-78
This amendment changes the fine structure proposed in the bill from a $2,500 fine for each subsequent violation of the various wage and hour laws to a fine of at least $500 but not more than $2,500 for each subsequent violation. It also strikes new language added by the bill regarding a civil action remedy for violations of various wage and hour laws. It reduces the liquidated damages available in a civil action to collect unpaid minimum wages from 3 times the amount of unpaid wages, as proposed by the bill, to twice the amount of unpaid wages, and it reduces the Labor and Safety Inspector positions added to the bill from 10 to 4.

LD 857 Amendment H-78 fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 878 An Act To Make Clean Election Filing Deadlines Consistent for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 11, 2019
LD 878
This bill changes the date on which a candidate who is not enrolled in a party must file to participate in the Maine Clean Election Act from April 20th to June 1st for a candidate for the Legislature and from April 1st to June 1st for a candidate for Governor. Current law provides that a nomination petition must be filed in the office of the Secretary of State by June 1st.

LD 882 Resolve, To Require the Examination of the System of Learning Results Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 882
This resolve directs the Department of Education to convene a working group to study the system of learning results and to submit a report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

LD 922 An Act To Provide a Property Tax Exemption for Renewable Energy Fixtures Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 922
This bill provides a property tax exemption for renewable energy fixtures installed on or after September 1, 2019.

LD 947 An Act To Extend the Notice of Injury Period in the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 947
Under current law governing workers' compensation, an employee must provide notice of injury to an employer within 30 days after the date of injury. This bill provides that, for claims for which the date of injury is on or after January 1, 2020, an employee must provide to the employer notice of the injury within 180 days after the date of injury.

LD 949 An Act To Prevent Overdose Deaths Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 949
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to certify 2 facilities in the State to provide safe and secure locations for people to self-administer previously obtained drugs. The bill requires the facilities to have health care personnel and other trained staff, to provide information concerning drug overdoses and diseases associated with drug use, to administer first aid or other medications in case of an overdose and to provide referrals to other services that clients of the facilities may need. The bill provides immunity from arrest or prosecution to clients and staff members acting in accordance with the provisions of the bill and creates a tolerance zone within 1/2 mile of each facility. The facilities are directed to report certain demographic and other information to the department, which is directed to analyze the information and report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters. The department is also directed to review the effectiveness of the facilities to determine whether to open additional facilities.

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 1093 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Railroad Infrastructure Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1093
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investments in railroad infrastructure to expand passenger rail service, with a priority for railroad track corridors that could support passenger and freight intermodal operations and enhance the movement of agricultural products.

LD 1116 An Act To Strengthen the Lead Poisoning Control Act (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendemnt S-122 and Senate amendment S-337, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1116
This bill:
  • 1. Changes the year for the State's goal to eradicate childhood lead poisoning from 2010 to 2030 and requires that a report on progress toward meeting that goal be submitted to the Legislature by January 1, 2025;
  • 2. Requires that all Maine children be tested for unsafe exposure to lead at one year of age and 2 years of age;
  • 3. Increases the lead poisoning prevention fee from 25¢ to 50¢ per gallon of paint and allows up to 50% of the fee to be used for mandated dwelling inspections and mandated orders to remove lead hazards; and
  • 4. Makes permanent 5 Environmental Specialist III positions created in 2015 and necessary to the operation of the lead poisoning risk assessment and blood lead level testing program.


Amendment S-122
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill increasing the lead poisoning prevention fee. It continues funding for 5 limited-period Environmental Specialist III positions instead of making the positions permanent. It also amends the section that repeals the lead poisoning prevention fee when a period of 24 months has elapsed since the Department of Health and Human Services identified a child with an elevated blood lead level from a level of blood lead of 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-337
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1116 Chaptered Law
LD 1116 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1201 An Act To Create a Low-barrier, Permanent Housing Rental Subsidy for Individuals in the State Experiencing Long-term Homelessness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1201
This bill establishes a rental subsidy program within the Maine State Housing Authority for persons experiencing long-term homelessness. The rental subsidy program provides a rental subsidy and housing retention services to a person eligible for the program.

LD 1202 Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Improve Service Delivery to Individuals Receiving Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1202
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to review the Medicaid home and community-based settings rules, review past efforts by the State to come into compliance with those rules and make recommendations about how to bring the State into compliance and recommendations on necessary statutory and regulatory changes. The department is required to submit a report by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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 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
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 1242 An Act To Reinstitute the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1242
This bill reinstitutes the property tax deferral program for seniors which, until April 1, 1991, provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program and makes other technical changes to the program to bring it into conformity with current law.

LD 1288 An Act To Establish a MaineCare Reimbursement Rate Review Process and the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1288
This bill establishes a process by which the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a schedule of MaineCare program reimbursement rate reviews in which each rate is reviewed at least every 5 years. Under this process, the department reviews a rate for access, service, quality and use of service and compares the rate reimbursed with available benchmarks, including Medicare rates and usual and customary rates paid by private parties, and uses qualitative tools to assess whether reimbursements are sufficient to allow for provider retention and recipient access and to support appropriate reimbursement of high-value services. The department is required to provide a report of its review to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission, a 24-member group of interested parties providing oversight of the rate review process, and stakeholders. After holding public meetings and consulting stakeholders and stakeholder groups and consultation with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of the Budget, the department makes recommendations on the MaineCare reimbursement rates to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs to assist in developing the department's budget.

LD 1368 An Act To Require Postsecondary Institutions To Meet the Expected Family Contribution without Additional Loan Burdens for Students Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1368
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to require postsecondary institutions to meet the expected family contribution without additional loan burdens on students. The expected family contribution is an index number that postsecondary institutions use to determine how much financial aid a student would receive annually if the student were to attend that postsecondary institution. Included in financial aid packages are federal Stafford loans, which are fixed-rate student loans originated by the Federal Government. This bill is designed to limit exposure of a student's loan burden to federal Stafford loans only.

LD 1376 An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-617, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1376
This bill directs the Department of Education to amend its rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to include concepts from and references to the department's rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

It directs schools to make annual reports to the department regarding incidents of physical restraint and seclusion and directs the Commissioner of Education to report biennially to the Governor and the Legislature on data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.

Amendment H-617
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment directs schools to submit annual reports to the Department of Education regarding incidents of physical restraint and seclusion including the number of uses and number of students, broken down by grade level or age group, gender, race and type of education plan, and the number of injuries to students and to staff and directs the Commissioner of Education to report biennially to the Governor and the Legislature on data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also directs the Department of Education to, by rule, develop and implement a performance review system to define and monitor all schools' use of physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also requires the Department of Education to submit major substantive rules by December 5, 2019, provide guidance to schools regarding these rules and submit a plan by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on professional development opportunities to promote preventive practice models that will reduce dependence on physical restraint and seclusion.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that school administrative units break down the aggregate data by grade level or age group, gender, race and type of plan as a potential unfunded state mandate. Because schools are already required to collect this data pursuant to department rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion, the committee finds this additional requirement does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.

LD 1376 Amendment H-617 fiscal note
LD 1425 An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Department of Education by Prohibiting Its Promotion of Policies and Practices That Are Not Based on Rigorous Peer Review and Analysis, Limiting Acceptance of Private Funding in Implementing and Influencing State Policy and Retaining the Home Rule Powers to School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1425
This bill prohibits the Commissioner of Education and Department of Education personnel from promoting policies, programs, procedures or experiments in schools that do not adhere to rigorous standards of peer review and established statistical procedures for determining the effectiveness in producing clearly identified outcomes and from contracting with and accepting funding from private entities to implement state policies. This bill also directs the commissioner to withdraw from the New England Secondary School Consortium and prohibits the commissioner from maintaining membership in regional or national groups that are funded by private entities. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with school administrative units and the Maine Municipal Association, to study how to return home rule powers to school administrative units.

LD 1439 An Act To Ensure Quality, Safety and Accountability on Public Construction Projects Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1439
This bill encourages the State to use project labor agreements for large-scale state-funded construction projects of $10,000,000 or more. A project labor agreement is a prehire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor unions that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

LD 1440 An Act To Create Transparency in Tax Increment Financing and Credit Enhancement Agreement Proposals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1440
This bill requires that, for applicants to the Department of Economic and Community Development or municipalities for assistance for the improvement and development of housing, community and economic development opportunities, the name of the applicants and the amount of assistance being requested not be withheld as confidential but be subject to disclosure.

LD 1445 An Act To Provide Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1445
This bill establishes the Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents program. The bill requires, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20, the Finance Authority of Maine to provide eligible Maine residents a grant in the amount of the cost of tuition and other expenses related to the cost of attendance at an eligible school, including the cost of room and board, books, supplies and fees, charged to a student enrolled in courses leading to completion of an eligible program of study on at least a part-time basis at a public institution of higher education in the State in which the student is enrolled, less all other gift aid. An eligible program of study means a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree or certificate. An eligible full-time or part-time student may receive a grant for one academic year and may receive grants for the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate program at the eligible school the student is attending.

LD 1458 An Act To Protect Taxpayers in the Privatization of State Services Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1458
This bill creates a process by which a state agency can enter a privatization contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform basic agency services for up to 5 years if a number of criteria are met, including:
  • 1. Wages and benefits for employees of the contractor are comparable to state employees performing the same services;
  • 2. The contractor endeavors to hire agency employees terminated due to the privatization;
  • 3. The agency provides an estimate of its costs in providing the subject services in the most efficient manner;
  • 4. The agency provides support and resources to allow agency employees to submit a competing bid to provide the privatized services;
  • 5. The agency considers as a contract cost any income tax revenue lost to the State as a result of services to be performed out of state under the contract; and
  • 6. The Attorney General performs a review to determine that all of the requirements of the bidding process and privatization contract have been met.


LD 1484 An Act To Create a System Using the Permit for Disposition of Human Remains To Track the Burial of Cremated Remains in a Public Cemetery Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 1484
This bill changes the requirements for persons responsible for public burying grounds by changing the documentation of cremated remains buried in a burying ground from a permissive function to a mandated duty to be performed by the responsible person within 7 days of the cremated remains being buried.

LD 1484 Chaptered Law
LD 1484 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1486 An Act To Strengthen Supports for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism in Crisis Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-411, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1486
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide a system of crisis and respite services specific to persons with intellectual disabilities or autism and their families. It requires the department to adopt rules by January 1, 2020. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-411
This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the current law regarding crisis and respite services for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to provisionally adopt major substantive rules on crisis and respite services no later than April 1, 2020. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to study the existing services for persons with intellectual disabilities or autism and determine the adequacy of the MaineCare reimbursement methodology and rates paid to providers for meeting the needs of persons at risk for out-of-home placement due to challenging behavior that affects health and safety. The department is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020.

LD 1486 Chaptered Law
LD 1486 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1530 An Act To Expand Incentives To Live and Work in Maine through a Tax Credit for Certain Student Loans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1530
This bill provides an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for individuals for certain student loan payments made during the tax year if the individuals were first employed in Maine on or after January 1, 2020. The credit is equal to the lesser of 50% of the loan payments actually made and 50% of income tax liability in the first year in which the credit is claimed declining to 10% of income tax liability in the 5th and final year in which the credit is claimed. The credit may not exceed 50% of the individual's outstanding student loan debt and may not be claimed if the individual claims the credit for educational opportunity.

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

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

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

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

LD 1621 An Act To Allow Delivery of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products by an Approved Marijuana Store (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1621
This bill amends the Marijuana Legalization Act to allow delivery of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by a marijuana store if the municipality or town, plantation or township in which the marijuana store is located authorizes the operation of delivery services and the marijuana store receives approval to operate the delivery service from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. A marijuana store is allowed to maintain a separate storage facility approved by the department in which to store product or from which to conduct delivery service operations and which may be located in the same municipality as the retail facility of the marijuana store or another municipality subject to the approval of the other municipality. Delivery services are subject to the same testing, tracking, labelling and packaging requirements as retail sales of adult use marijuana and marijuana products, delivery service drivers are subject to the same requirements as the employees of a marijuana store, delivery recipients are subject to the same customer restrictions regarding age and state of intoxication as marijuana store customers and delivery service vehicles are subject to the same inspection requirements as the marijuana store's licensed premises and may not have an occupant under 21 years of age during the course of a delivery.

LD 1685 An Act To Facilitate Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-416, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1685
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, the authority may provide interest-free loans to foreign-educated or foreign-trained, experienced immigrants who need assistance while awaiting federal employment authorization to pay the costs of certain actions and activities that will improve their work-readiness once they receive their work permits.

Amendment H-416
The amendment clarifies language regarding applications for work permits and makes technical edits to the bill.

LD 1685 Chaptered Law
LD 1685 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1715 An Act To Reorganize the Provision of Services for Children with Disabilities from Birth to 5 Years of Age (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1715
Beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for early adopters and over a 5-year implementation phase-in beginning in fiscal year 2020-21 for other school administrative units, this bill moves responsibility for providing special education and related services for children who are at least 3 years of age and under 6 years of age from the Department of Education, Child Development Services System, the state intermediate educational unit, to the school administrative units of residence of the children.

This bill eliminates the Child Development Services System and moves the entire responsibility for providing services to children from birth to under 3 years of age to the Department of Education's office of special services. The funding plan continues the present arrangement of full responsibility for costs being shared among state funds, federal funds, the MaineCare program and private insurers.

The changes provide fewer transition points, create efficiencies, eliminate duplicate state functions and maximize existing services and facilities at the local level. The State continues its current practice of funding all services for preschool children with disabilities that are not paid for with federal funds, MaineCare funds or private funds.

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