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Representative Janice Dodge [Democrat]
Belfast ~ District 97

Towns in District: Belfast, Northport and Waldo

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Education and Cultural Affairs

✉ Jan.Dodge@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 17 Vine Street
Belfast, Maine 04915


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

LD 167 An Act To Prevent Food Shaming in Maine's Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-91, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 167
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It requires a public school that provides free and reduced-price meals or other meals to students pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 223, subchapter 7 or otherwise provides to students meals eligible for reimbursement under a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide such a meal to a student who requests the meal and is otherwise eligible for the meal regardless of the student's inability to pay for the school meal or failure in the past to pay for school meals. It also requires the school to take certain actions to assist the parent or guardian of a student who requests such a meal.
  • 2. It prohibits a public school from punishing a student in certain ways solely because of the student's inability to pay for a meal or because of any payments due for previous meals. It also prohibits a public school from refusing a meal to a student as a form of or as part of a disciplinary action.
  • 3. It prohibits a public school from openly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or who has payments due for previous meals by requiring the student to wear a wristband, hand stamp or other identifying mark or sign noticeable by others.
  • 4. It requires a public school to communicate about a student's meal debts directly to the parent or guardian of the student rather than to the student. A public school may ask a student to carry to the student's parent or guardian a letter regarding a student's meal debt.


Amendment H-91
This amendment does the following.
  • 1. It strikes the requirement that a school take certain actions to assist the parent or guardian of a student who requests a meal.
  • 2. It retains the prohibition that a public school may not openly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or who has payments due for previous meals but strikes specific examples of ways students could be stigmatized.
  • 3. It provides that a public school's communication about a student's meal must be made to the parent or guardian of the student rather than to the student directly except that, if the student inquires about the student's meal debt, the school may answer the student's inquiry.
  • 4. It requires the Department of Education to develop guidance for school administrative units relating to the collection of student meal debt, including, but not limited to, best practices and information on how to create an online system for the payment of student meal debt. The amendment requires the department to post this information on its publicly accessible website.
  • 5. It adds a mandate preamble.


LD 167 Chaptered Law
LD 167 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 176 An Act To Enhance Participation on the State Board of Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-29, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 176
This bill eliminates the provision in current law prohibiting teachers and school administrators from serving on the State Board of Education. It also provides that a teacher or school administrator serving on the state board must be granted release time for attendance at state board meetings. Any cost related to the release time is the responsibility of the state board.

Amendment H-29
This amendment clarifies that the State Board of Education is responsible for the costs of a substitute teacher when a teacher is granted release time to serve on the State Board of Education. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 176 Chaptered Law
LD 176 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 414 An Act To Provide Intensive Case Managers to Counties That Do Not Have County Jails or Regional Jails Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-196, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 414
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to create additional intensive case manager positions so that counties that do not have a county jail or regional jail will have an intensive case manager. An intensive case manager oversees persons who are detained by a law enforcement officer and who have intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions or have misused substances and connects them to the services for which they qualify, works with the court system to ensure that they receive due process and speedy trials and assists persons who qualify for the MaineCare program to apply for and receive MaineCare benefits and services while being detained or incarcerated, including during the implementation of diversion and reentry plans.

Amendment H-196
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It provides funding for 4 additional Intensive Case Manager positions in the Department of Health and Human Services.

LD 414 Amendment H-196 fiscal note
LD 620 An Act Regarding Licensing of Land-based Aquaculture Facilities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 620
This bill amends the law allowing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to refuse to issue a land-based aquaculture license, or revoke an existing license, when the aquaculture activity presents an unreasonable risk to indigenous marine or freshwater life or its environment and specifies that the activity is either alone in the use of a body of water in combination with the aquaculture activity of any other land-based aquaculture operations using the same body of water.

LD 729 An Act Regarding the Probationary Period for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 729
This bill provides that if a teacher completed a 3-year probationary period in a school administrative unit and later teaches in another school administrative unit, that teacher will only have a one-year probationary period in the new school administrative unit.

LD 1241 An Act To Improve Survival Rates of Salmon and Other Migratory Fish Transitioning from Freshwater to Saltwater Environments Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1241
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a smoltification success research program to investigate the external influences on smoltification success and metamorphosis success of nonsalmonid anadromous species and smolt migration success. Specific attention must be given to evaluating the effects of industrial and sewage treatment plant effluents and other pollutants on the timing of smoltification. The program must include the capacity to systematically analyze the effect of a variety of chemicals found in effluents on the timing of the development of and physical health of smolts and recommendations for conservation and management options. The analysis must include the effluence of biological substances such as pheromones from land-based aquaculture. Analysis of these effects must be conducted cooperatively with the industries and communities that discharge into rivers that are significant for Atlantic salmon and other diadromous fish species.

LD 1287 An Act To Protect the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay from Mercury Contamination Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1287
This bill requires dredging in the Penobscot River south of the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Company site in the Town of Orrington and in Penobscot Bay north of the southern tip of Islesboro Island to comply with certain sampling requirements prior to being permitted under the Natural Resources Protection Act.

LD 1336 Resolve, Directing the Governor To Renominate Penobscot Bay for Inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1336
This resolve directs the Governor to renominate Penobscot Bay for inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program.

LD 1773 An Act To Clarify Bonding Authority for School Management and Leadership Centers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-505, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1773
This bill amends the law governing bonding authority of school management and leadership centers. The bill provides the provisions necessary to implement existing statutory authority of school management and leadership centers to issue bonds for school construction. These provisions are comparable to existing law for school construction bonds issued by school administrative units or by career and technical education regions. The bonding provisions include a debt limit of 4% of state-adjusted valuation; a debt limit exclusion for state-subsidized debt; a 25-year maximum bond term; a method for debt allocation, assessment and collection; and the rights of bondholders to enforce the payment of bonds to facilitate their sale.

Amendment H-505
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1773 Chaptered Law
LD 1773 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 126 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Acquire Significant Historic Properties for Resale and Rehabilitation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 126
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to capitalize the Historic Preservation Revolving Fund for the purpose of acquiring significant historic properties for resale and rehabilitation.

LD 128 An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 10, 2019
LD 128
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.

Funding is provided to restore all positions and for related All Other costs to reopen and operate the Downeast Correctional Facility beginning October 1, 2019.

LD 135 An Act To Appropriate Funds To Provide Sea Protection and Public Access to the Historic Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, March 19, 2019
LD 135
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation of $150,000 to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery to construct a breakwater, dock and gangway.

LD 160 An Act To Add Instruction in Personal Finance to the Statewide System of Learning Results Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 160
This bill requires the Department of Education to add instruction in personal finance to the statewide system of learning results and to adopt rules accordingly.

LD 178 An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 178
Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020; 55% from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; 60% from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; 65% from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023; 70% from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024; 75% from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025; 80% from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026; 85% from July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2027; and 90% after June 30, 2027. It also removes some outdated language and the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.

LD 197 An Act To Convene a Working Group To Authorize a Public Trust for Maine's Groundwater and To Impose a 2-year Moratorium on Large-scale Groundwater Extraction Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 197
This bill imposes a 2-year moratorium, beginning November 1, 2019, on new contracts or agreements by a consumer-owned water utility, municipality, state agency or other governmental entity involving the extraction of more than 75,000 gallons of groundwater during any week or more than 50,000 gallons of groundwater on any day. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to convene a working group to develop the statutory and regulatory framework for the establishment of the Maine Water Trust, which must be designed to ensure a safe and plentiful drinking water supply for all residents of the State by regulating the use of groundwater for commercial purposes under laws that establish the absolute control and dominion of the State over all groundwater supplies in the State. The commissioner must, on or before January 15, 2021, report the recommendations of the working group to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters, which may report out a bill to implement those recommendations to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 224 An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 224
This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.

LD 257 An Act To Ensure That the Legislature Has the Information Necessary To Do the Work of the People of Maine Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-76, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 257
This bill amends the chapter of the Maine Revised Statutes concerning interbranch communication and coordination to prohibit the Governor from limiting access to department commissioners and other executive branch personnel when the Legislature is seeking information necessary for the Legislature to do the work of the people of Maine.

Amendment S-76
This amendment is the majority report. It replaces the bill with several new legislative findings regarding the participation of the executive branch in the legislative process.

LD 257 Chaptered Law
LD 257 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 258 An Act To Establish and Coordinate a Volunteer Corps of Search and Rescue Specialists within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 258
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish and coordinate a volunteer corps of search and rescue specialists whose initial and ongoing training is delivered by the department and who are deputized to engage in search and rescue operations.

LD 259 An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-130 and Engrossed as amended, tabled in the House, in the House when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 259
This bill increases the target for the state share percentage of the statewide adjusted total cost of the components of essential programs and services to 55%, as required by law, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 and continuing at that rate annually.

Amendment S-130
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, repeals the provision of law containing the annual targets for the state share percentage of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 that include the cost of components of essential programs and services plus the state contributions to the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that are attributable to teachers, retired teachers' health insurance and retired teachers' life insurance. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 259 fiscal note
LD 259 Amendment S-130 fiscal note
LD 306 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Public Safety To Study and Determine What Constitutes a Violation of Air Space by a Drone (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 306
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to study and determine what constitutes a violation of air space by a drone and to report the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by December 4, 2019.

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

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

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

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

LD 345 Chaptered Law
LD 345 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 404 An Act To Fund the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-9, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 404
This bill provides one-time funds to be deposited in the School Revolving Renovation Fund to be used for the purposes specified in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-F, subsection 3.

Amendment H-9
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 404 fiscal note
LD 404 Amendment H-9 fiscal note
LD 405 An Act To Increase the Statewide Minimum Salary for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 405
This bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. This bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to increase the state share of the total allocation to a qualifying school administrative unit to achieve the minimum salary for certified teachers.

LD 406 An Act To Establish Regional School Leadership Academies Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-84, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 406
This bill allows school administrative units to enter into collaborative agreements to establish regional school leadership academies that combine state and local programs and resources, including the preparation, licensure, certification, professional development and training for educational leadership, into a coherent system that can significantly improve the recruitment and preparation of prospective candidates for school principalship and other school leadership positions, as well as the induction, mentoring and retention of principals and school leaders during the first 2 years of employment in their school leadership positions. The bill repeals provisions in current law regarding regional school leadership academies.

Amendment H-84
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, clarifies that regional school leadership academy programs are for teachers, principals and other school leaders.

LD 406 Chaptered Law
LD 406 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 423 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Preserve Historic Properties for Maine's Bicentennial Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 423
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to undertake a program as part of the commemoration of the State's bicentennial to preserve historic properties listed or eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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

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

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

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

LD 513 An Act To Limit the Number of Students and Prevent the Addition of Grade Levels at Virtual Public Charter Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-239, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 513
This bill limits total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the commission to the total enrollment at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. It also prohibits a virtual public charter school authorized by the commission from expanding to serve a grade level not included in the school's initial charter contract or, for a school whose charter was renewed prior to November 1, 2019, the renewed charter contract.

Amendment H-239
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, limits the total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission to 1,000 students.

LD 513 Chaptered Law
LD 513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 559 An Act To Restore Regular Mapping of Eelgrass Beds in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-48, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 559
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources, to establish and administer a program to regularly produce and update maps regarding the distribution of eelgrass beds in the State. Data collected and maps produced under this program must be made available on the Department of Environmental Protection's publicly accessible website. The Department of Environmental Protection is directed to submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters on or before January 1, 2021, and biennially thereafter, a report on the data collected and maps produced under this program.

Amendment H-48
This amendment creates the Eelgrass Mapping Fund to support the establishment and administration of the eelgrass mapping program required under the bill and authorizes the fund to accept grants, bequests, gifts or contributions from any source, public or private. The amendment also revises the mapping schedule for the mapping of eelgrass beds as proposed in the bill and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 559 Amendment H-48 fiscal note
LD 565 An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 565
This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

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

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

LD 576 Chaptered Law
LD 576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 590 An Act To Promote Climate Resiliency Measures To Protect Beaches and Near-shore Infrastructure Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 590
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to provide flexibility in the regulation of development near the shore. The purpose of the bill is to encourage the development of creative approaches to protect beaches and critical near-shore infrastructure threatened by sea level rise and storm damage.

LD 599 An Act To Ensure Fair Access and Pricing for Residents Who Use the Maine State Ferry Service Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 599
This bill requires that state support to the Marine Highway account must fund 100% of the capital and operating costs of the Maine State Ferry Service. It also requires the Department of Transportation to establish, by rule, ferry tolls separately for each route of travel and to adopt no later than November 1, 2019 the toll rates that were in effect on May 20, 2018.

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

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


LD 614 Chaptered Law
LD 614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 640 Resolve, To Require a Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 640
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review all relevant, verifiable evidence on the total net effect on greenhouse gas emissions from Central Maine Power Company's New England Clean Energy Connect project and submit a report to the Legislature, make the report available to the public and provide a copy of the report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by June 1, 2019. The resolve prohibits the department from issuing a permit for the project without taking into account the results of the department's review.

Amendment S-82
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the resolve and directs the Department of Environmental Protection to commission a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, project, as proposed by Central Maine Power Company, on total greenhouse gas emissions across all jurisdictions interconnected with electricity generation and distribution systems operated by the Hydro-Quebec company. The findings of the study regarding greenhouse gas emissions effects, with and without construction of the NECEC project, must be presented in relation to a benchmark of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New England by 3.6 million metric tons per year. The study, which is to be prepared by a consultant that is an independent, nongovernmental organization with expertise in energy and environmental policy and analysis, must be based on a modeling analysis that incorporates appropriate assumptions regarding load growth, fuel costs, variation in dispatch of electricity among electricity markets, rainfall, electricity transmission constraints, addition and retirement of electric generation facilities and technology development.

On or before August 15, 2019, the department is required to submit the final report prepared by the consultant to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The department may not issue a permit, license or other approval relating to the NECEC project until at least 45 days after it submits to the committee the final report prepared by the consultant, except that this 45-day prohibition does not apply if the department fails to submit the final report to the committee on or before August 15, 2019.

Amendment H-345
This amendment removes a requirement in the bill that the Department of Environmental Protection obtain outside funding to complete a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect project and instead transfers $150,000 from the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fund within the Public Utilities Commission to the Maine Environmental Protection Fund within the department to fund the cost of the study. The amendment includes a one-time $150,000 allocation in fiscal year 2019-20 to allow for the expenditure of the transferred funds.

LD 640 Amendment S-82 fiscal note
LD 640 Amendment H-345 fiscal note
LD 647 An Act To Attract, Educate and Retain New State Residents To Strengthen the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-556, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 647
This bill creates various programs to provide education, services and training for the State's workforce immigrant populations in the following ways:
  • 1. It establishes the Welcome Center Initiative to operate welcome centers in adult education programs to provide education, services and training for foreign-trained workers in municipalities or regions of the State that have immigrant populations or that have industries that are experiencing a shortage of trained workers, patterned after the New Mainers Resource Center operated by the City of Portland adult education program through a pilot program created by the 126th Legislature. The bill provides funds for grants for proposed welcome centers;
  • 2. It directs the Department of Education's office of adult education and family literacy to:
    • A. Administer a vocation-specific English language acquisition and workforce training program for immigrants in the State and establish a statewide competitive grant process to carry out the purposes of the program;
    • B. Establish and implement a local community planning support program to provide a planning process for communities to provide English language acquisition and training in vocational skills, identify employers or areas that would benefit from immigrant residency or employment and cultivate community support to integrate immigrants into the communities and local workforce. The office must establish a grant process to carry out the purposes of the program; and
    • C. Develop and implement a grant process to award grants to adult education programs to increase English language acquisition instruction.The bill provides funding for the vocation-specific English language acquisition and workforce training program, the local community planning support program and grants to increase English language acquisition instruction; and
  • 3. It directs the Department of Education to establish a welcome center under the Welcome Center Initiative within the City of Lewiston's adult education program to attract, educate and retain in employment foreign-trained workers, patterned after the New Mainers Resource Center in Portland, and provides funding for that purpose. It also provides ongoing funding for the New Mainers Resource Center in Portland.


Amendment H-556
This amendment provides additional details and clarifying language regarding the welcome centers, English language classes, training grants and local community planning support program. The amendment also changes the appropriation for proposed welcome centers from $50,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and in fiscal year 2020-21 to $25,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $75,000 in fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 647 fiscal note
LD 647 Amendment H-556 fiscal note
LD 662 An Act To Count Study Abroad toward Secondary School Credit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-54, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 662
This bill requires school administrative units to award course credit to students who have studied abroad by awarding the student elective credit based on hours of instruction received abroad or by awarding credit hours in the relevant content area if the student receives 3rd-party certification or if the student passes a summative assessment.

Amendment H-54
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by requiring school boards to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad. The school board may include in the policy that the school administrative unit award credit as elective credit, through 3rd-party certification or based on a summative assessment.

This amendment also requires the Department of Education to issue an administrative letter to school boards and superintendents addressing the benefits of proactive communication between the school administrative unit and parents of a student and the student regarding the credit options available to the student prior to the student's participation in the study abroad program.

This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad as a potential unfunded state mandate. The committee reviewed the fiscal note and determined that requiring a school board to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad is not a mandate. Because school boards have a duty to adopt policies that govern school administrative units pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1001, subsection 1-A, and because Title 20-A requires school administrative units to provide students with opportunities for learning in multiple pathways, the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.



LD 662 Amendment H-54 fiscal note
LD 701 An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-139 and Senate amendment S-329, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 701
Current law requires the Department of Education to make information available to public schools regarding Internet-based applications for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This bill requires the department to develop and make available to public schools a specific Internet-based application for the National School Lunch Program as well as for the School Breakfast Program. A public school that implements the Internet-based application process is required to continue to distribute paper applications for school meals to all students.

Amendment S-139
This amendment provides that the Department of Education is required to contract for the development and implementation of an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The amendment provides that a public school implementing the Internet-based application is solely responsible for processing that school's online applications. The amendment also provides that the department may contract with a 3rd-party vendor to develop and implement the Internet-based application for free or reduced-price school meals.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-329
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. This amendment also provides ongoing General Fund appropriations of $150,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for the cost to develop and maintain an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals and a one-time General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 to eligible school administrative units that start or expand alternative breakfast delivery services that provide breakfast after the start of the school day.

This amendment also requires the State Controller to transfer $650,000 to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund no later than June 30, 2020 and $150,000 no later than June 30, 2021 from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2430.

LD 701 Chaptered Law
LD 701 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 718 An Act To Increase Funding for Adult Basic Literacy, Workplace Education and College Preparedness Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 718
This bill provides an increase in funding for the adult education subsidy to local school units that operate adult education programs. It also provides targeted funds to improve the capacity of local adult education programs to meet students' academic and work readiness and training needs.

LD 726 An Act To Make Sales to Area Agencies on Aging Tax-exempt Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-56, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 726
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax to area agencies on aging, as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and public and private nonprofit agencies that are operating under grants provided by the department, that provide social services in order to secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older people capable of self-care with appropriate supportive services.

Amendment H-56
This amendment adds an exemption from the service provider tax for sales of taxable services to agencies that the bill makes eligible for a sales tax exemption.

LD 726 Amendment H-56 fiscal note
LD 791 An Act To Provide School Districts with Full State Funding for Students with High-cost Special Education Needs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 791
This bill requires the State, beginning July 1, 2020, to provide a school administrative unit 100% of the funding needed for high-cost special education students.

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 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 821 Resolve, To Review Case Loads for Child Welfare Caseworkers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-209, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 21, 2019
LD 821
This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services ensure that a caseworker in the Office of Child and Family Services is not assigned a number of cases that exceeds a number established by the department by rule. The number established by the department must be a number recommended by a national organization with expertise in maximum case loads that ensures caseworkers can adequately focus on each case. The bill also provides that the number of caseworkers assigned to any individual support staff may not exceed 8.

Amendment H-209
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to review case load standards for child welfare caseworkers and develop standard case load recommendations with input from child welfare caseworkers and the Public Consulting Group. The Public Consulting Group is currently contracted with the department to evaluate the child welfare program. The department is required to submit a report by October 1, 2019 with its findings and recommendations and then submit annual reports on staffing in the child welfare program in relation to the standard case load recommendations. The reports are submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint legislative committee established to oversee program evaluation and government accountability matters. The amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 821 Chaptered Law
LD 821 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 834 An Act To Establish Minimum Service Standards for Electric Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-109, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 834
This bill proposes to establish service interruption standards and require transmission and distribution utilities that do not meet these standards to take corrective action. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to require, by rule, transmission and distribution utilities to keep records and report service interruptions to the commission. It also requires a utility that experiences service interruptions at a rate that exceeds the statewide average service interruption rate by 50% or more to submit a plan for, implement and track corrective actions to address the service interruptions.

Amendment H-109
The amendment changes the provision in the bill regarding the metrics for evaluating service interruptions for transmission and distribution utilities and the threshold for requiring corrective action. Rather than calculating a statewide average service interruption rate and establishing the threshold for corrective action at 50% above that statewide average, as in the bill, the amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission by rule to set standards regarding the frequency and duration of service interruptions, establish performance targets and specify guidelines for requiring corrective action by a utility. The amendment authorizes the commission to exempt transmission and distribution utilities serving 50,000 or fewer customers from rules regarding service interruption reporting and standards.

LD 834 Chaptered Law
LD 834 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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 879 An Act To Decrease the Risk of the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 879
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to develop a risk assessment tool to evaluate the economic and environmental risks associated with public access, including the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments, on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants. It requires the commissioner to utilize the risk assessment tool before the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments and when making decisions regarding public access on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants.

LD 898 An Act To Provide for Support for New Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-59 and Senate amendment S-332, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 898
This bill proposes to improve teacher quality in the State by amending the current statutes related to programs involving teacher preparation, support systems for conditionally certified teachers and educational specialists, teacher certification and teacher salaries and funding college loans for students enrolled in a program of study leading to certification as a teacher.

The bill expands the student teaching experience and academic achievement requirements for candidates for a professional teacher certificate. It specifies the number of hours of practicum an applicant must complete and clarifies the time frame during which the student teaching experience must occur. The bill enacts a grade point average requirement with respect to applicants recommended by educational institutions offering teacher preparation programs.

The bill strengthens the support and mentoring systems required to provide assistance for teachers, including teachers certified for less than 5 years, and requires the Commissioner of Education to pay salary supplements to teachers who are involved in the operation of such systems. The bill provides that a school administrative unit may not employ a conditionally certified teacher or educational specialist unless it has an approved, locally designed support and mentoring system or has received specific authorization from the commissioner.

The bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers to $40,000 beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and provides that a certified teacher's salary may not remain at the minimum level for longer than 2 years. The bill includes in the school funding formula state funding for the incremental costs of meeting this minimum in fiscal year 2020-21, state funding for 66% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2021-22 and state funding for 33% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2022-23.

The bill requires the State Board of Education to amend its rule Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel to articulate and outline clear standards for a memorandum of understanding between student teachers, teacher preparation programs and participating school administrative units.

The bill directs the Governor to appoint members to vacant positions on the Professional Standards Board by November 1, 2019 and directs the board to convene a meeting by December 1, 2019.

The bill provides additional appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program within the Finance Authority of Maine in order to double the annual investment of state loan funds awarded to eligible students.

Amendment S-59
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the requirement that a support and mentoring system must be approved by the Commissioner of Education, and it clarifies that the support and mentoring system is a peer support and mentoring system and that it must include opportunities for educators to share, learn and improve their practice in collaboration with peers, be formative in nature and be for the sole purpose of ongoing professional growth for educators.

This amendment also removes the provisions of the bill on teacher preparation programs and salary supplements for approved support and mentoring systems for teacher certification and the appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program under the Finance Authority of Maine.

Amendment S-332
This amendment removes the sections of the bill relating to establishing a minimum salary of $40,000 for certified teachers starting after June 30, 2020.

LD 898 Chaptered Law
LD 898 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

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

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1043 An Act To Establish Universal Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-256, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1043
This bill specifies that it is the goal of the State to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2020-2021 school year. In order to achieve that goal, this bill requires the Department of Education to develop recommendations and report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020. Recommendations must include:
  • 1. Standards for public preschool programs;
  • 2. A process for approval and certification of programs not operated by a school administrative unit, including, but not limited to, a Head Start program or other program affiliated with the school administrative unit; and
  • 3. Funding for public preschool programs.
  • The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement the recommendations in the report.


Amendment H-256
This amendment provides that it is the goal of the State to provide adequate start-up funding to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2023-2024 school year and requires the Department of Education to include in its funding recommendations funding options to encourage more public preschool programs.

LD 1043 Amendment H-256 fiscal note
LD 1075 An Act To Allow a Wrecker To Transport the Number of Vehicles Authorized by Manufacturer Specifications for the Wrecker Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1075
Current law provides that "wrecker" does not include a vehicle designed to carry or tow more than 2 vehicles on its own body. This bill strikes that language and provides that a wrecker may not carry or tow more vehicles than allowed by the manufacturer specifications for that wrecker.

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

LD 1106 An Act To Improve the Health and Economic Security of Older Residents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-355, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1106
This bill removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also increases the income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program to the levels in effect prior to Public Law 2011, chapter 657. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit any necessary state plan amendments for approval for the increases in income eligibility.

Amendment H-355
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the provisions in the bill relating to income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary Medicaid state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1106 Amendment H-355 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 1179 An Act To Expand Coyote Hunting to Every Day of the Coyote Hunting Season and To Eliminate Fees Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1179
This bill abolishes the coyote night hunting permit fee, allows hunters to hunt coyotes on Sundays during the regular hunting season, which under current Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rules is from January 1st to December 31st, and eliminates any license fee that may be charged in connection with coyote hunting for the 2019 regular season.

LD 1187 An Act To Apply the Same Auditing Standards to All Legislative Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-313, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1187
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to conduct random audits of political action committees that are required to file campaign finance reports with the commission and candidates for state office, including candidates for Governor, State Senator, State Representative and presidential elector. The bill directs the commission to adopt rules to implement this requirement. The rules must direct the commission to audit an equal percentage of candidates for state office who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates, candidates for state office who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates and political action committees. The rules must also establish standard auditing requirements to be applied to each candidate and political action committee.

Amendment H-313
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and title. Under current practice, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices uses funding from the Maine Clean Election Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 1124 to contract with independent auditors to conduct random post-election audits of 20% of the legislative candidates who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates. The amendment provides an ongoing General Fund appropriation to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to contract with independent auditors to conduct random post-election audits of 20% of legislative candidates who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates.

LD 1187 Amendment H-313 fiscal note
LD 1193 Resolve, Directing the Maine Community College System To Evaluate the Need To Expand Workforce Training Options in Waldo County Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1193
This resolve directs the Maine Community College System to evaluate the unmet need and capacity for expanding workforce training options in Waldo County with the goal of providing additional capacity for training in industries with identified employee shortages. The Maine Community College System is required to submit a report with suggested legislation by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, which may submit legislation 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 1216 An Act To Support Community Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-128, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1216
This bill makes the Department of Education's community school pilot project permanent. The department is authorized to designate 5 community schools in the 2020-2021 school year and 10 additional schools biannually beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. The Commissioner of Education is required to apply for available federal funds in support of community school implementation and expansion.

Amendment S-128
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1216 Chaptered Law
LD 1216 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1222 An Act Regarding Electric Bicycles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-511, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1222
This bill defines and regulates the use of electric bicycles, which are bicycles with a motor and which fall into one of 3 classes, depending on the top speed attainable and whether the operator needs to pedal while the motor is propelling the electric bicycle. The bill provides that an operator of an electric bicycle has generally the same rights and obligations as the operator of a bicycle, except that the use of an electric bicycle on bicycle paths and bikeways may be restricted by the entity having jurisdiction over the bicycle path or bikeway. An electric bicycle is considered a vehicle for purposes of the State's so-called open container law and, as with bicycles, any person under 16 years of age who is operating or riding as a passenger on an electric bicycle must wear a helmet.

Amendment H-511
This amendment makes minor technical edits to the bill, including to the definitions of Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 electric bicycles, and clarifies the label requirement to apply only to a manufacturer, distributor or seller in the State. The amendment also makes changes to the age restrictions in the bill.

LD 1222 Chaptered Law
LD 1222 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1231 An Act To Fund Energy Efficiency Programs through a Fee on the Sale of Unregulated Heating Fuels Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1231
Starting July 1, 2020, this bill imposes a fee of 1% on the wholesale sale price of heating oil, propane, coal, kerosene and dyed diesel fuel that is intended for residential or commercial heating purposes. The bill requires the revenue raised through the imposition of this fee to be used to provide additional funding for the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund, which is administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust for the purpose of reducing heating fuel consumption and providing energy efficiency and weatherization products and services to consumers.

LD 1234 An Act To Expand the Value of the Homestead Exemption to $25,000 and State Reimbursement to 100 Percent of Lost Property Tax Revenue Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-482, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1234
This bill increases for property tax years beginning April 1, 2020 the value of the homestead exemption benefit under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $20,000 to $25,000 and increases the state reimbursement for the lost property tax revenue from 62.5% to 100%. The bill also provides that the property tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

Amendment H-482
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes to 70% the percentage of state reimbursement of lost property tax revenue due to the increase in the homestead exemption in the bill. It also removes from the bill the provision that the tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1234 Amendment H-482 fiscal note
LD 1235 An Act To Increase Safety in Health Care Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1235
Under current law, hospitals are required to annually adopt a safety and security plan to protect patients, visitors and employees of the hospital from aggressive and violent behavior. This bill extends that requirement to all health care facilities.

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

LD 1316 An Act To Make It Explicit That Maine Holds Title to Its Intertidal Lands (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1316
This bill states that the State owns title to intertidal land not already filled to facilitate marine commerce. The State's ownership is based on federal laws and United States Supreme Court cases that establish and substantiate each state's sovereignty over its intertidal and submerged land, as well as state law, which were not adhered to when the Supreme Judicial Court decided a pre-statehood colonial ordinance applicable to Massachusetts governs the State's ownership interest in intertidal land.

LD 1338 An Act To Protect Teachers from Unfair Evaluations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-400, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1338
This bill removes the requirement in current law that the criteria to establish the order of layoff and recall of teachers must include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor. It also amends the provisions in current law governing the use of teacher effectiveness ratings.

Amendment H-400
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and provides that, in any negotiated agreement, the criteria negotiated by the school board and the bargaining agent to establish the order of layoff and recall may include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor.

This amendment also provides that, subject to appeal or grievance under the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, receipt of summative effectiveness ratings indicating that a teacher is ineffective for 2 consecutive years constitutes just cause for nonrenewal of a teacher's contract as long as there is a reasonable basis in fact for the effectiveness ratings, the evaluation process leading to the effectiveness ratings has been performed in a manner reasonably consistent with the approved system and department rules and the effectiveness ratings are not the result of bad faith.

This amendment also provides that there is no right to an appeal or grievance of a summative effectiveness rating unless the summative effectiveness rating is used by the employer as a basis for a disciplinary action and provides that a teacher has the opportunity to provide a written response to any summative effectiveness rating issued to the teacher.

LD 1338 Chaptered Law
LD 1338 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1375 An Act To Prohibit Certain Sexual Acts and Sexual Contact by Law Enforcement Officers in Performance of Official Duties and To Amend the Law on Obstructing Criminal Prosecution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-285, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1375
This bill makes sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person who is not the law enforcement officer's spouse while the person is under arrest, in custody, being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, by the law enforcement officer a Class D crime. If the sexual contact involves penetration, the sexual contact is a Class C crime.

Amendment H-285
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides that a law enforcement officer commits Class B gross sexual assault if the officer, in the performance of the officer's official duties, engages in a sexual act with another person, not the officer's spouse, while the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime. The amendment subjects to disciplinary sanctions by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy an applicant or certificate holder who engages in sexual contact, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D, with another person, not the person's spouse, if at the time of the sexual contact the applicant or certificate holder is acting in performance of official duties and the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, except that it is not grounds for discipline that a certificate holder properly performs a search of a person for legitimate law enforcement purposes consistent with training standards approved by the board. The amendment also prohibits, as obstructing criminal prosecution, giving anything of benefit to another person with the intent to induce the other person to refrain from initiating or continuing with a criminal prosecution or juvenile proceeding or soliciting, accepting or agreeing to accept anything of benefit for those purposes.

LD 1375 Chaptered Law
LD 1375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1427 An Act To Amend the Legislative Expense Reimbursement Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1427
This bill changes, beginning with the 130th Legislature, the per diem housing allowance from a set amount of $38 per day to an amount that is established annually by the Legislative Council based on the average rate of lodging in the Augusta area.

LD 1474 An Act To Ensure Water Equity and Accountability for the People of the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1474
This bill requires certain governmental entities when issuing permits or licenses and setting rates to evaluate the negative externalities resulting from unique uses of water, such as the bulk exportation of water out of a region.

LD 1588 An Act To Create a Registration Process and Permits for Vacation Rentals (By request) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1588
Current law exempts private homes, when not more than 5 rooms are let in that home, and cottages and rooms, when not more than 3 rooms or cottages are let, from licensing as a lodging place. This bill retains that exemption from licensing for such places, but considers them vacation rentals and requires the owner of a vacation rental to register the vacation rental with the Department of Health and Human Services and obtain a permit. The permit is issued on an annual basis for a fee of no more than $50. The department is required to establish and maintain a vacation rental registry. A vacation rental is defined in current law as a residential property that is rented for vacation, leisure or recreation purposes for a day, a week or a month, and typically under 30 days but not for more than an entire summer or winter season, to a person who has a place of permanent residence to which the person intends to return.

This bill also makes nonsubstantive grammatical changes to reflect current drafting standards.

LD 1641 Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to the School Transportation Workforce Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-172, Finally passed, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1641
This bill allows public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits over the summer. It also creates a nonlapsing fund to award grants to school administrative units for training for school bus drivers between academic years.

Amendment S-172
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, to comprehensively examine issues associated with the school transportation workforce, including, but not limited to, determining the best strategies for hiring, training and retaining school transportation personnel. The department is required to submit a report with findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. Each committee is authorized to report out a bill on the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1641 Chaptered Law
LD 1641 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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