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Representative John Martin [Democrat]
Eagle Lake ~ District 151

Towns in District: Allagash, Ashland, Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Garfield, Masardis, Nashville, New Canada, Oxbow, Portage Lake, St. Francis, St. John, Wallagrass, Winterville and Northwest Aroostook

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

♦ Joint Select Committee On Joint Rules

✉ John.Martin@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ P. O. Box 250
Eagle Lake, Maine 04739


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
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, 201775%

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LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

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

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

LD 234 fiscal note
LD 234 Amendment H-22 fiscal note
LD 1150 An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law To Encourage Public Access Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1150
This bill excludes from benefits under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law a parcel of land to which public access for recreational use is limited or prohibited.

LD 1151 An Act To Ensure Consistency in Commercial Real Estate Law by Restoring Due Diligence Responsibility to the Buyer Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1151
This bill repeals the requirement that a seller of nonresidential real estate provide the purchaser a property disclosure statement that includes information about any abandoned or discontinued roads, public easements or private roads on or abutting the property, if known by the seller, and who is responsible for maintenance of such roads or easements, including any responsible road association, if known by the seller.

LD 1379 An Act To Increase the Annual Salary of the Governor and To Increase the Expense Allowance Paid to Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1379
This bill increases the Governor's salary from $70,000 per year to $150,000 per year beginning January 2023. The bill also increases the legislative meal and housing allowances from $32 and $38 to $50 and $75, respectively. It also increases the mileage allowance from $38 to $75. The increases in the expense allowances for Legislators take effect December 2, 2020.

LD 1380 An Act To Transfer the Violations Bureau from the Courts to the Office of the Secretary of State Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1380
This bill transfers the responsibilities of the violations bureau, which processes traffic infractions, from the judicial branch to the Office of the Secretary of State.

LD 1537 An Act To Increase the Portion of Retirement Benefits to Which the Cost-of-living Adjustment Applies Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-446, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1537
This bill increases the portion of retirement benefits of retired state employees, teachers and beneficiaries of either to which the cost-of-living adjustment applies from $20,000 to $30,000 effective July 1, 2020.

Amendment H-446
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 1537 fiscal note
LD 1537 Amendment H-446 fiscal note
LD 1717 An Act To Clarify and Correct Maine's Fish and Wildlife Laws Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-492, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1717
This bill changes the inland fisheries and wildlife laws to:
  • 1. Define the terms "airbow," "crossbow" and "hand-held bow" or "bow" and establish an open season for hunting deer with an airbow during the open firearm season on deer;
  • 2. Specify that lifetime license holders must meet eligibility requirements for hunting with bows and crossbows;
  • 3. Make technical and grammatical corrections to the law regarding having a loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle or hunting or shooting from a motor vehicle or motorboat;
  • 4. Repeal outdated language regarding carrying a handgun during the regular archery-only season on deer;
  • 5. Clarify that it is only beaver, and no other species, that may be trapped by the holder of a nonresident trapping license who is not a citizen of the United States;
  • 6. Require the court to impose a fine of $20 for each quart of smelts rather than for each fish unlawfully possessed over the limit adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by rule; and
  • 7. Require any shack or temporary structure used for ice fishing to be removed by March 31st and, in the laws regarding litter control, amend the definition of the term "abandoned ice-fishing shack."


Amendment H-492
This amendment:
  • 1. Removes the provisions of the bill relating to airbows;
  • 2. Clarifies the penalties for violating the smelt fishing limits; and
  • 3. Modifies the provision relating to the removal of ice fishing shacks to provide that:
    • A. In those portions of the State where the ice fishing season has a closed season, the current law applies, which requires removal before ice out or 3 days after the close of the season, whichever is earlier; and
    • B. In those portions of the State where there is no closed season, removal must be by ice out or March 31st, whichever is earlier.


LD 1717 Chaptered Law
LD 1717 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 47 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Fire Stations Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, January 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 47
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used for the rehabilitation or new construction of fire stations by municipalities.

LD 79 An Act To Protect Shooting Ranges Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019
LD 79
This bill allows the discharge of a firearm on a sport shooting range that is within 100 yards of a building if the sport shooting range was established and in regular operation prior to the erection of the building.

LD 79 Chaptered Law
LD 79 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 85 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption and an Income Tax Deduction for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-59, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 85
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for the purchase of firearm safety devices and an income tax deduction of up to $250 for the purchase of a safe or lockbox for securing firearms.

Amendment H-59
This amendment strikes the bill and instead establishes a sales tax exemption for a safe, lockbox, trigger lock or barrel lock that is specifically designed for securing firearms.

LD 85 Amendment H-59 fiscal note
LD 94 An Act To Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public Schools Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 94
This bill removes public schools from the institutional exceptions to the law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene material to minors.

LD 127 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Maine Potato Board Districts Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 127
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Potato Board to reduce the number of the board's districts from 5 to 3 and the number of assemblies to match the reduction in districts, to reduce the number of members on assemblies' executive councils so that all executive councils have 5 members and to reduce the number of officers an executive council must elect to one, a chair. It also removes the requirements that the board carry out duties under the laws governing the so-called Maine Bag Program.

LD 127 Chaptered Law
LD 127 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 130 An Act To Provide Funding To Continue the Strategic Economic and Sustainable Development of Northern Aroostook County Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 130
This bill provides funds in only the 2020-2021 biennium to support the work of the Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

LD 154 An Act To Amend the Law Governing MaineCare Coverage of Chiropractic Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-37, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 154
This bill requires all chiropractic services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors and performed by a licensed chiropractic doctor to be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. Under current law, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to reimburse for only chiropractic evaluation and management examinations.

The bill also corrects a numbering problem created by Public Law 2017, chapters 421 and 454, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same section number.

Amendment S-37
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a state plan amendment to allow for Medicaid reimbursement for all chiropractic services within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors no later than January 1, 2020. If the state plan amendment is not approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, chiropractic doctors will not be reimbursed by MaineCare for any additional chiropractic services not currently eligible for reimbursement. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 154 Amendment S-37 fiscal note

LD 165 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-317, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 165
This bill repeals the provision of law that prohibits a person who has been issued a learner's permit from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone. It repeals the section of law that prohibits minors from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone and also repeals the section of law that prohibits any person from operating a motor vehicle while engaging in text messaging.

The bill incorporates the definition of "mobile telephone" into the definition of "handheld electronic device." It excludes text messaging from the definition of "using" to reflect the different penalties for using a handheld electronic device and for text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.

The bill expands the prohibition on minors and a person who has been issued a learner's permit operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device to prohibit all persons operating a motor vehicle from using a handheld electronic device.

The bill includes exceptions to the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle that allow for hands-free operation of the device and for using a handheld electronic device to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances. The exceptions do not apply to text messaging.

The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75 and the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.

Amendment S-317
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates a fund within the Department of Transportation for fine revenue collected in the enforcement of the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on a public way.
  • 2. It makes definitions uniform across the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A for restrictions on the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones and on texting by drivers, drivers operating with an intermediate license and drivers operating with a learner's permit.
  • 3. It clarifies that there is no exception for using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone while a motor vehicle is stopped in traffic, but does permit use when a car is pulled over in a safe location.
  • 4. It incorporates exceptions for radios, hands-free features, medical devices, ignition interlock devices, which are part of the operating equipment of the motor vehicle, and electronic logging devices and other equipment permitted under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
  • 5. It creates an exception for contacting emergency services personnel in emergency situations.
  • 6. It defines and makes an exception for the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones in hands-free mode for certain drivers.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 165 Chaptered Law
LD 165 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 175 An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by 2 Saturdays Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 175
This bill extends the end of the regular firearm deer hunting season by 2 Saturdays.

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

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 212 An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund and To Establish the ATV Enforcement Fund Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-86, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature May 1, 2019
LD 212
This bill increases ATV registration fees from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents, from $53 to $65 for 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $80 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The bill provides that the increased fee revenue be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-86
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble, an emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section. It creates the ATV Enforcement Fund, which is a nonlapsing fund that is funded with $10 from each nonresident ATV registration fee collected. Money from the fund is required to be used for the enforcement of ATV laws, ATV education and the purchase of necessary machinery or equipment related to ATV safety and enforcement activities.

Like the bill, this amendment increases the ATV registration fee from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents. It also increases from $53 to $75 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $90 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The amendment requires $12 of each registration fee to be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

LD 212 Chaptered Law
LD 212 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 214 An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-316 and Senate amendment S-370, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 214
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.

Amendment H-316
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment improves funding for civil legal services by providing an appropriation from the General Fund to be distributed through the existing procedures of the Civil Legal Services Fund Commission. The amendment clarifies the qualifications for providers to be eligible for funding.

Amendment S-370
This amendment amends Committee Amendment H-316 by replacing the $5,000,000 General Fund appropriation in the committee amendment with Other Special Revenue Funds allocations of $715,010 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $953,346 in fiscal year 2020-21 as a result of increasing the percentage of judicial fees allocated to the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund and from revenues collected from a filing fee surcharge to be deposited in the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund.

LD 214 Chaptered Law
LD 214 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 221 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Automobile Repairs by Eliminating the Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Requirement Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 221
This bill amends the Board of Environmental Protection's authority to adopt and enforce new motor vehicle emission standards by prohibiting the adoption of standards requiring that new aftermarket catalytic converters sold or installed in the State be certified to any standards adopted by the State of California or the California Air Resources Board. The bill also requires the Department of Environmental Protection, as soon as practicable, to amend its rule Chapter 127 relating to new motor vehicle emission standards in accordance with this statutory prohibition.

LD 243 An Act To Create an Hourly Rate Compensation System for Loggers and Truckers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 243
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create an hourly rate compensation system for loggers and truckers.

LD 265 An Act To Increase Opportunities for Hunters, Anglers and Sporting Camps by Extending the Seasons on Upland Game Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-26, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 265
This bill amends the general hunting season provisions to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to extend the open seasons on upland game by one additional day, the last Saturday of September, annually. It defines the term "upland game" as snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse and bobwhite quail.

Amendment S-26
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It establishes that the open season on upland game must begin on the last Saturday in September and authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish the length of the season. It also removes ring-necked pheasant from the definition of upland game.

LD 265 Chaptered Law
LD 265 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 268 An Act To Create a Credit under the Commercial Forestry Excise Tax for Landowners Using Businesses Based in the United States Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-218 and Senate amendment S-277, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 268
This bill provides a credit against the commercial forestry excise tax for landowners who are based in the United States and who employ and retain businesses or contractors that are based in the United States, that employ at least 75% United States residents and that are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. The bill also requires recapture of the credit if a recipient is found to have been ineligible.

Amendment S-218
This amendment requires a landowner seeking the credit against the commercial forestry excise tax to obtain affidavits indicating that businesses or contractors retained by the landowner are based in the United States, that at least 75% of their employees are United States residents and that they are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. It makes other technical changes to the bill.

Amendment S-277
This amendment changes the starting date for the credit to tax years based on the status of property on or after April 1, 2022 and changes the percentage of employees who must be residents of the United States from 75% to 90% for the first 2 years of the credit.

LD 268 Amendment S-218 fiscal note
LD 268 Amendment S-277 fiscal note
LD 288 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 288
This resolve establishes the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan to study economic development issues and create a strategic, regionally focused economic development plan.

LD 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 350 An Act To Exempt Head Start School Buses from Snow Tire Restrictions Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-24, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 350
This bill exempts school buses operated by Head Start programs from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires.

Amendment H-24
This amendment exempts all school buses from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires, instead of creating a specific exemption for school buses operated by Head Start programs as in the bill. This amendment also changes the title to reflect the contents of the bill.

LD 350 Chaptered Law
LD 350 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 354 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage the Provision of Reliable High-speed Internet in Rural Underserved Areas of Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 354
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for encouraging the provision of reliable high-speed Internet in rural underserved areas of Maine.

LD 399 An Act To Align Wages for Direct Care Workers for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism with the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-412, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 399
This bill specifies that the MaineCare reimbursement rate for direct care workers for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism must be at least 125% of the state minimum wage.

Amendment H-412
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 399 fiscal note
LD 399 Amendment H-412 fiscal note
LD 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 400
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas of the State.

LD 412 An Act To Restore System Administration Allocations in Maine School Administrative Units to the Level Prescribed for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-310, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 412
Current law requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, a portion of the system administration allocation must be allocated to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services. This bill instead establishes the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil, the same as it was for fiscal year 2017-18, and repeals provisions that increase for future fiscal years the per-pupil amount and restrict allocation of portions of the funds to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

Amendment H-310
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, delays establishing the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil until fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 412 Chaptered Law
LD 412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 415 An Act To Enhance the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 415
This bill makes changes to the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
  • 1. It makes enrollment in the program mandatory for a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter with a date of hire on or after January 1, 2020 and offers one-time open enrollment until July 1, 2020 to those officers and firefighters with a date of hire after November 1, 2006 who elected not to enroll.
  • 2. It increases the employee contribution for participation in the program from 1.5% of gross wages to 2.5% and makes corresponding changes to the contribution requirements for retirees with less than 5 years of contributions upon retirement.
  • 3. It allows a retiree to be eligible if the retiree is less than 50 years of age as long as the retiree has at least 25 years of service in a position as a county or municipal law enforcement officer or a municipal firefighter and has participated in the special consolidation retirement plan from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
  • 4. It increases the state subsidy for the retiree's share of the costs of health insurance coverage from 45% to 100%.
  • 5. It requires that all retirees be provided health insurance coverage through the group health plan provided to state employees beginning January 1, 2020.


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 445 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain All-terrain Vehicle Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 445
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the ATV Recreational Management Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, all-terrain vehicle groups and others for the maintenance of all-terrain vehicle trails.

LD 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 455
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

LD 486 An Act To Improve Efficiencies in Cosmetology Licensing Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 486
This bill provides that a person is eligible to obtain a cosmetology license in this State if that person has met the hour and timing requirements in state law by completing a course of instruction or having experience as a trainee out of state that is approved by the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.

LD 493 An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Counseling and Screening for MaineCare Recipients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-223, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 493
This bill requires that shared decision-making counseling and annual screening for lung cancer for certain recipients be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. The Department of Health and Human Services may adopt routine technical rules to implement this requirement.

Amendment S-223
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment also reallocates the statutory language to avoid a numbering conflict with a prior enacted section.

LD 493 fiscal note
LD 493 Amendment S-223 fiscal note
LD 495 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Conduct a Feasibility Study on Locating a Grain Processing Facility in Aroostook County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 495
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating a grain processing facility in Aroostook County. The resolve directs the commissioner to present the study findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than December 4, 2019, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 509 An Act To Increase the Minimum Grant Amount under the Maine State Grant Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-468, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 509
This bill provides that the minimum grant amount under the Maine State Grant Program may not be less than $2,500 if sufficient funds are appropriated for this purpose, subject to the current grant amount modifications under the program.

Amendment H-468
This amendment provides that, of the $9,450,000 appropriated in each fiscal year, $1,000,000 in each fiscal year must be dedicated to assistance of adult learners in returning to school and completing their credentials.

LD 509 fiscal note
LD 509 Amendment H-468 fiscal note
LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019
LD 533
This bill removes the requirements that a person retreat if it is safe to do so and if the person can comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform. The bill also permits the use of deadly force to prevent death or serious bodily injury in self-defense, in defense of a 3rd person, in defense of a dwelling or to prevent the forcible commission of a kidnapping, a robbery or a gross sexual assault.

LD 543 Resolve, To Facilitate the Protection of Public Health through Increased Subsurface Wastewater Inspections Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-37, Finally passed, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 543
Current law requires the inspection of a subsurface wastewater disposal system on a property located within the shoreland area of the State that is to be transferred. This bill expands these requirements to apply to the transfer of any property in the State on which a subsurface wastewater disposal system is located. The bill also amends other provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes as necessary to incorporate these changes.

Amendment H-37
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title of the bill and changes the bill into a resolve directing the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on or before January 15, 2020 a report containing a variety of information regarding septic system inspections and the certification of septic system inspectors. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out a bill related to the information contained in the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 543 Chaptered Law
LD 543 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 561 An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 561
This bill exempts from Maine income tax certain income from out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income. The exemption is only for the amount of the contribution made by the taxpayer divided by the life expectancy of the taxpayer and applies only if the income is included in federal adjusted gross income and not deducted under the general pension deduction.

In order to qualify for the exemption, the contribution must have been made using income on which income tax was paid and is available only if the state in which the taxpayer resided at the time of the contribution provides a similar exemption to a former resident of Maine.

LD 652 An Act To Modify Maine's Ice Fishing Laws with Respect to Cusk Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 652
This bill changes how often a person is required to check cusk lines while ice fishing from at least once every hour in the nighttime to at least once every 24 hours.

LD 707 An Act To Require the Clearing of Vegetation along Roads Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 707
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill would require the Department of Transportation to clear from the sides of roads vegetation that poses a risk to drivers.

LD 708 An Act To Allow the Transfer of a Moose Hunting Permit to a Disabled Veteran Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-112, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 708
This bill allows a person eligible to participate in the public chance drawing for a moose hunting permit to indicate on the application for a permit the person's intention that the permit be issued to a wounded service member or veteran. The person may indicate the identity of the wounded service member or veteran or request that the commissioner randomly draw the name of a wounded service member or veteran from a list maintained by the commissioner of wounded service members and veterans who have submitted their names for consideration to receive a moose hunting permit under this process.

This bill defines a wounded service member or veteran as a person who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and who is otherwise eligible to receive a moose hunting permit.

Amendment S-112
This amendment replaces the title and the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. It allows a person who holds a valid moose permit to transfer that permit to an eligible disabled veteran. If a person does not identify a specific disabled veteran to receive the transferred permit, the permit may be returned to the department, which provides for the transfer of the permit to a disabled veteran.

LD 708 Chaptered Law
LD 708 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 709 An Act To Exempt Certain Meals Provided to Food Service Employees from the Sales and Use Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-328, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 709
This bill exempts from sales and use tax meals, up to a maximum cost to the employer of $6 per day, provided to an employee of an eating establishment while that employee is working. It provides that, beginning in 2020, the amount of the exemption must be adjusted for inflation.

Amendment H-328
This amendment provides that the tax exemption applies to meals that are provided at no cost to an employee who is actually working as a food service employee and that the exempted meals do not include alcoholic beverages. The amendment also removes the maximum meal cost limitation and inflation indexing provisions and allocates the exemption to a more appropriate subsection.

LD 709 Amendment H-328 fiscal note
LD 710 Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Study the Establishment of a Product Stewardship Program for Mattresses Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature May 26, 2019
LD 710
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to study the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for mattresses and report the results of its study to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 4, 2019. The department is required to include recommended legislation to implement its recommendations related to the report, and the joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 710 Chaptered Law
LD 710 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 713 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Endangered Species Laws Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-275, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 713
This bill gives a law enforcement officer discretion in issuing a warning to a first-time violator of the State's laws prohibiting negligently feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species or feeding, baiting or harassing a delisted species. It removes the requirement that a law enforcement officer must issue a warning to a first-time violator of the law prohibiting intentionally feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species.

It increases from Class E crimes to Class D crimes negligently importing, exporting, hunting, taking, trapping, possessing, processing, selling, offering for sale, delivering, carrying, transporting, shipping, feeding, baiting or harassing endangered or threatened species. It also increases from Class D crimes to Class C crimes intentionally engaging in any of those acts with endangered, threatened and delisted species.

Amendment H-275
This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

  • 1. Provides that for conviction of certain Class E crimes of negligence related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $1,000 must be adjudged;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of negligently feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 3. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional acts related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 4. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 5. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional conduct related to a delisted species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 6. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally harassing a delisted species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning; and
  • 7. Removes the prohibition on intentionally feeding or setting bait for a delisted species.


LD 713 Chaptered Law
LD 713 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 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
LD 816
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

Amendment S-44
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

LD 816 Amendment S-44 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 865 An Act To Provide Funding for Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-273, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 865
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the funding sources of the controlled moose hunt season in the State.

Amendment H-273
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and changes the title. It allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to accept monetary donations to support hunting opportunities for disabled veterans. It requires the commissioner to transfer those donations to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to be deposited into the Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Fund, a nonlapsing fund to be used for the purpose of making funds available to organizations that provide disabled veterans with hunting opportunities. The fund may also receive any other monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 865 Chaptered Law
LD 865 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 886 An Act To Protect Search and Rescue Volunteers Certified by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue from Adverse Employment Actions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-447, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 886
This bill provides the same protections to volunteer search and rescuers for absences from work in responding to search and rescue operations requested by a law enforcement agency as volunteer firefighters receive for absences from work in responding to emergencies. Under this bill, a volunteer search and rescuer is a person who has been certified in search and rescue practices and procedures by a nonprofit search and rescue training organization recognized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Warden Service.

Amendment H-447
This amendment makes the bill consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 809, concerning absence for emergency response. It adds a definition for "recognized organization" and changes terminology from "volunteer search and rescue" to "search and rescue volunteer."

LD 886 Chaptered Law
LD 886 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 915 An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-104, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 915
This bill specifies that beginning September 1, 2019 the reimbursement rate for ambulance services under the MaineCare program may not be less than the average allowable reimbursement rate under Medicare and reimbursement for neonatal transport services under MaineCare must be at the average rate for critical care transport services under Medicare.

Amendment S-104
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to provide funding to increase the reimbursement rate for ambulance services.

LD 915 fiscal note
LD 915 Amendment S-104 fiscal note
LD 924 An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime Hunting or Fishing License Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 924
This bill exempts a registered Maine guide who holds a senior lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping or archery license from the requirement to undergo a background check when renewing the guide license if the guide has undergone a background check when the guide was 68 years of age or older.

LD 932 An Act Regarding the Transfer of a Deceased Person's Moose Permit to a Family Member (By request) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-185, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 932
This bill specifies that if a person who is issued a moose permit dies prior to the start of the moose hunting season, that person's subpermittee-designate or subpermittee, if an immediate family member, must be issued that person's moose permit. The new moose permit holder under this provision has the ability to name a subpermittee-designate and alternate subpermittee-designate.

Amendment H-185
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to transfer a moose permit to a family member who meets eligibility and permit requirements and who is not otherwise prohibited from holding the moose permit if the permit holder dies at any time prior to or during the moose hunting season if a moose has not yet been harvested under that permit.

LD 932 Chaptered Law
LD 932 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 959 An Act To Increase Funding for the Maine Lakes Society "LakeSmart" Program and the Lake Stewards of Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-102 and Senate amendment S-333, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 959
This bill provides increased funding to allow the Department of Environmental Protection to make grants to the Lake Stewards of Maine for the volunteer lake monitoring program and the Maine Lakes Society for the "LakeSmart" education program. This bill also provides funds to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission for pollution control training programs.

Amendment H-102
This amendment increases the annual funding increase proposed in the bill for New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission from $25,000 to $50,000.

Amendment S-333
This amendment reduces by $75,000 per fiscal year the appropriations in the bill, as amended by Committee Amendment H-102.

LD 959 Chaptered Law
LD 959 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1001 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-586, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1001
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.

The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9635.

Amendment H-586
Link to amendment H-586 (opens in new tab)


LD 1001 Chaptered Law
LD 1001 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1016 Resolve, To Require the Construction of a New District Headquarters Building for the Bureau of Forestry in Fort Kent Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-94 and Senate amendment S-335, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1016
This resolve requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to solicit bids for the construction of a new facility in Fort Kent to house the district headquarters for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry. Construction must be started within 60 days following the award of the contract.

Amendment S-94
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the requirement in the resolve that bids must be solicited no later than 90 days following the effective date of this resolve and that construction must be started within 60 days following award of the contract. The amendment provides one-time funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry for the construction of a new facility in the Town of Fort Kent to house the district headquarters of the department's Bureau of Forestry.

Amendment S-335
This amendment requires the State Controller to transfer to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund $350,000 from the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund, Other Special Revenue Funds in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than January 1, 2020.

LD 1016 Amendment S-94 fiscal note
LD 1016 Amendment S-335 fiscal note
LD 1036 Resolve, Establishing a Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System and Increased Crosswalks for Academic Credit between Secondary Schools and Career and Technical Education Programs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-506 and Senate amendment S-311, June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1036
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System to examine the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive 4-year high school career and technical education program to provide a technical high school setting for middle school students to attend at the completion of the 8th grade.

Amendment H-506
This amendment expands the membership of the task force to include a principal of a secondary school, a superintendent of a school administrative unit, an administrator at the University of Maine System and the Commissioner of Education or the commissioner's designee and requires that the member from a community college be an administrator.

This amendment also expands the duties of the task force to require that the task force examine the advantages and disadvantages of a comprehensive 4-year career and technical education high school, obstacles to implementation and other models of comprehensive 4-year career and technical education high schools around the State and on a national level. The task force is also required to examine increasing crosswalks and intersections between technical and occupational knowledge and curricula and academic standards in order to promote multiple pathways for awarding content area credit to students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

This amendment also requires the task force to seek funding contributions to fully fund the costs of the task force. If sufficient funding is not received within 30 days after the effective date of the resolve, no meetings are authorized and no expenses of any kind may be incurred or reimbursed.

Amendment S-311
This amendment increases the membership of the task force from 14 to 16 members by adding one additional member of the House of Representatives and one additional member of the Senate and specifies that the House and Senate appointments must include a member from each of the 2 parties holding the largest number of seats in the Legislature, which conforms with Joint Rule 353.

LD 1036 fiscal note
LD 1036 Amendment H-506 fiscal note
LD 1036 Amendment S-311 fiscal note
LD 1038 Resolve, To Convene a Stakeholder Group on Funding and Training for the State's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams and the Acquisition of Equipment Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-319, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1038
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve the training and retention of oil and hazardous materials emergency response workers and their ability to respond to oil and hazardous materials emergencies by requiring the State to:

  • 1. Pay or waive the fee for workers for the cost of necessary training courses and any materials required for those courses;
  • 2. Compensate workers fairly for the time spent in training courses, while on call and when responding to hazardous materials emergencies; and
  • 3. Purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment for use by municipalities or reimburse municipalities that purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment.


Amendment H-319
This amendment replaces the concept draft bill with a resolve. The resolve directs the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding the funding currently provided to the State's hazardous materials emergency response teams, including the 8 regional response teams and the 7 decontamination strike teams, funding options, the training of the teams and equipment acquisition. The recommendations of the stakeholder group must be compatible with the strategic plan of the State Emergency Response Commission. The director is required to invite to the stakeholder group representatives of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, fire chiefs from municipalities with regional response teams and decontamination strike teams and other persons who express interest in the work of the stakeholder group. The amendment directs the director to present the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by November 6, 2019. Following receipt of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1038 Chaptered Law
LD 1038 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1041 An Act Regarding Collective Bargaining for Public Employees under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1041
This bill amends provisions relating to collective bargaining by public employees covered by municipal public employees labor relations laws, including:
  • 1. Repealing the provision that prohibits public employees from stopping or slowing work, striking or blacklisting public employers to prevent the employers from filling vacancies; and
  • 2. Requiring both parties to collective bargaining to have an individual present who is authorized to reach a tentative agreement.


LD 1104 An Act To Clarify the State's Commitments Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-205, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1104
This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.

Amendment H-205
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1104 Amendment H-205 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 1199 An Act To Protect the Safety of Health Care Workers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1199
This bill provides that an assault on a health care practitioner while that health care practitioner is providing medical care or an assault on a hospital employee or person working for a hospital on a contractual basis while that employee or person is performing duties related to the provision of care for a patient or a prospective patient is a Class C crime.

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

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

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

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

LD 1275 Chaptered Law
LD 1275 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1280 An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1280
This bill establishes the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act and requires that all contracts for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of a public building or public work made by a state agency, board, commission or institution contain a provision that the manufactured goods, including iron, cement and steel, used or supplied in the performance of the contract or any subcontract to the contract must be manufactured in the United States. This requirement does not apply to counties, municipalities or school administrative units.

The bill requires that, in the case of a manufactured good other than an iron, cement or steel product, all of the manufacturing processes take place in the United States and the origin of the manufactured good's components or subcomponents meet a minimum level of domestic content as established by rule.

Under the Act, a public agency may apply to the Governor or the Governor's designee for a waiver of the requirement if the executive head of the public agency finds that the application of the requirement would be inconsistent with the public interest, that the necessary manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality or that inclusion of manufactured goods made in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project contract by an unreasonable amount. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is directed to develop rules to implement the Act.

The bill requires that, if the department has reason to believe that any person, business or other entity has intentionally made fraudulent representations about the domestic content of a manufactured good or has intentionally violated any provision of the Act, the department must, after a hearing, debar that person, business or other entity from contracts or subcontracts with the State for 2 years.

The bill provides that the provisions of this legislation must be applied in a manner consistent with the State's obligations under any applicable international agreements pertaining to government procurement.

The bill also requires that, in the award of a bid for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of a public building or public work or for services to be provided to or on behalf of the State, if 2 or more bids are submitted that are substantially similar, preference must be given to the bid submitted by an in-state contractor, which includes a business at which at least 60% of the employees are residents of Maine. If the bid submitted by an in-state contractor is higher than the lowest bid submitted by a contractor that is not an in-state contractor, the in-state contractor must be given the opportunity to match the lowest bid submitted.

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

LD 1283 Chaptered Law
LD 1283 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1298 An Act To Enhance Fish and Wildlife Laws (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 1298
This bill provides the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to change the closing date of the recreational ice-fishing season by rule. It also amends the rule-making provision of the law governing open seasons for fishing to explicitly provide for adoption of emergency rules.

LD 1298 Chaptered Law
LD 1298 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1415 An Act To Improve the Laws Regarding Discontinued and Abandoned Roads 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 1415
Under current law, a presumption of abandonment exists if a municipality fails for a period of 30 or more years to keep a way passable for the use of motor vehicles at the expense of the municipality. This bill eliminates that presumption for ways that have not met that statutory requirement by January 1, 2020 and instead specifies that the only process that a municipality may use to terminate its interests in a public way is through the discontinuance process established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 3026-A. This bill also amends the filing required by the clerk of a municipality following the determination of discontinuance by abandonment of a town way to require that the record filed with the registry of deeds include the evidence used by the municipality to make the determination of abandonment and the effective date of that determination of abandonment.

LD 1437 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-163 and House amendment H-344, Constitutional amendment does not require Governor action, Finally passed June 18, 2019
LD 1437
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative as authorized by proper enactment by the Legislature.

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-344
This amendment revises the language in the resolution that allows alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative to clarify that the alternative signatures are authorized for use by persons with physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names.

LD 1437 Chaptered Law
LD 1437 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1453 An Act To Improve Dental Health for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-409, Enacted in both chambers June 5, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1453
This bill adds access to comprehensive medically necessary preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to MaineCare members 21 years of age and over. It also establishes a dental incentive payment program for dentists to increase access to dental care for MaineCare members, including children, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations on the design of the program. It provides for the establishment of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the dental incentive payment program over time.

Amendment H-409
This amendment removes from the bill provisions establishing the dental incentive payment program and the working group that would have designed it. It retains the adult dental benefit under MaineCare and the rulemaking implementing it. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1459
Current law authorizes the membership of farmers in cooperative organizations and requires handlers of agricultural products to bargain in good faith with such organizations because agricultural products are produced by numerous individual farmers and the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers will be adversely affected unless they are able to join together.

This bill recognizes that market forces that affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers similarly affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual harvesters and haulers of forest products, and it expands application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

Specifically, this bill amends the laws governing agricultural marketing and bargaining to:

  • 1. Expand the definition of "independent agricultural contractor" to include a person who harvests or hauls forest products under contract;
  • 2. Expand the legislative findings provision to include findings concerning independent agricultural contractors, which include harvesters and haulers of forest products; and
  • 3. Include in the definition of "producer" a person engaged in the production of forest products.

In addition, the bill sets forth the Legislature's finding that, with respect to loggers and forest products haulers, the inequity of power in determining compensation and the lack of opportunity to join together in bargaining over compensation can result in unfair contract rates for their services and that it is in the public interest to expand application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

LD 1459 Chaptered Law
LD 1459 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1482 An Act To Clarify Provisions of the Blueberry Tax Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-340, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1482
This bill amends the laws regarding the wild Maine blueberry tax in the following ways.
  • 1. It establishes a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State.
  • 2. It requires detailed reporting of the wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors so that each shipper and processor is inspected at least once in a 3-year period.
  • 4. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage, assets and other industry data.
  • 5. It requires the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine to submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.
  • 6. It requires shippers and processors to maintain permanent records of the origin of wild blueberries received by the shippers and processors.
  • 7. It prohibits the mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries harvested from another field and requires each field from which wild blueberries are harvested to have a unique identifying number and shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries shipped, received, transported or processed the unique identifying number of that lot.
  • 8. It changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.
  • 9. It allows the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to audit a shipper or processor at its own discretion.


Amendment H-340
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill to remove the establishment of a tax of 3/4¢ per pound for wild blueberries shipped from outside the State for processing in the State. The amendment requires all wild blueberries harvested in the State that are to be shipped outside the State for processing to be weighed on a state-certified scale in the State prior to being shipped outside the State.

The amendment strikes detailed reporting, for processors, of wild blueberry transactions subject to the tax.

The bill requires the State Tax Assessor to forward an annual report containing information pertinent to the collection of the blueberry tax to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. The amendment specifies that the report must include the total number of pounds of: wild blueberries grown in the State, wild blueberries processed in the State, unprocessed wild blueberries imported into the State and unprocessed wild blueberries exported from the State.

The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct periodic random inspections of wild blueberry shippers and processors. The amendment strikes the requirement that each shipper and processor be inspected at least once in a 3-year period.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine maintain and periodically update a detailed survey of the wild blueberry industry acreage and assets and other industry data.

The amendment strikes the requirement that the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine submit an itemized report of its yearly revenue and expenditures to the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agriculture matters.

The amendment removes the repeal of the current law that provides an exception for wild blueberries harvested outside the State to the prohibition on the transport of wild blueberries in quantities exceeding 25 pounds without first obtaining a transportation permit from the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine.

The amendment removes the provision in the bill that changes the penalty for a 2nd violation of the record-keeping requirements within a 5-year period from up to $10,000 to $10,000.

The amendment removes from the bill the prohibition on mixing or commingling of wild blueberries harvested from a field with wild blueberries from another field and the requirement that each field from which blueberries are harvested have a unique identifying number and for shippers and processors to record for each lot of wild blueberries the unique identifying number of that lot. Instead, the amendment provides that wild blueberries must be uniquely identified by the field from which they were harvested during transportation to a receiving facility.

The amendment provides an effective date for this legislation of January 1, 2020.

LD 1482 Chaptered Law
LD 1482 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1561 An Act To Amend the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Laws and Enhance the Economic Vitality of Neighboring Communities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1561
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by requiring the commission to coordinate with neighboring municipalities by engaging in regional land use planning and directing future development into the communities where possible and consistent with municipal comprehensive land use plans. In order to ensure that the commission has current, critical data necessary for regional planning, the bill directs the commission to conduct a land use structure inventory by July 1, 2020. The bill also changes the appointment process for members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to ensure that a statewide perspective and relevant areas of expertise are represented on the commission.

LD 1574 An Act To Continue Authorization of Seaplane Landings on Katahdin Lake Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1574
This bill allows a seaplane to land on and take off from Katahdin Lake in Baxter State Park.

LD 1586 An Act To Promote Major Food Processing and Manufacturing Facility Expansion and To Create Jobs in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1586
This bill, modeled on the tax credit for major business headquarters expansions, provides a tax credit to a food processing and manufacturing business that:
  • 1. Is, and has been for the 5 years prior to application, a corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of the State;
  • 2. Has been headquartered in this State for the 5 years prior to application;
  • 3. Pays at least 75% of its employees a salary that exceeds the income threshold for the county in which the facility that is the subject of the application is located;
  • 4. Agrees to make an investment of at least $35,000,000 in the construction or expansion in this State of a facility for that business; and
  • 5. Adds a total of 40 new full-time employees by the end of the first year of qualifying for the tax credit, maintains that number for the next 2 years and then adds 20 more full-time employees, maintaining a total of 60 full-time employees for each year after the 3rd year of qualifying for the tax credit. The employees added must be based in the State.

A business that qualifies is allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 2% of the amount of the qualified investment each tax year for 20 years. The total investment that may be approved for any one business may not exceed $85,000,000 and the total aggregate investment that may be approved is limited to $100,000,000. The maximum amount of tax credits that may be received by a business under one construction or expansion project is $34,000,000.

Amendment S-228
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause to the bill. It also adds provisions to facilitate administration of the credit and the review of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability under the tax expenditure review laws.

LD 1586 Chaptered Law
LD 1586 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1599 An Act To Allow Certain State Regulators To Lower Fees by Order Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 30, 2019
LD 1599
This bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance, the Superintendent of Consumer Credit Protection, the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to lower or suspend certain fees specified in law by order.

LD 1603 Resolve, To Coordinate a Plan To Expand Cellular Telephone Service Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1603
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan in consultation with the ConnectME Authority to install wireless base stations at state-owned facilities to improve cellular telephone service in underserved areas of the State. It requires the department to direct the relevant state agencies to install and maintain wireless base stations as identified in the plan.

Amendment S-155
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, in coordination with the ConnectME Authority, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the University of Maine System, Networkmaine, to develop a plan to leverage state assets to expand cellular telephone service to underserved areas of the State. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to submit a report on the plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

LD 1603 Chaptered Law
LD 1603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1650 An Act To Strengthen Consumer Protections in Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1650
This bill makes changes to the rating provisions for individual and small group health insurance plans to reduce the rating band for age and to require that the ratio on the basis of geographic area is 1.5 to 1 and that the ratio for age and geographic area may not exceed 2.5. The changes in the bill reinstate the rating provisions in place before the enactment of Public Law 2011, chapter 90.

LD 1663 An Act To Clarify Ranked-choice Voting Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-194, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1663
This bill clarifies that "elections determined by ranked-choice voting" only occur when there are 3 or more candidates for an office. This bill specifies additional layout requirements for ballots containing ranked-choice contests. This bill allows the Secretary of State to create a separate voter instruction poster for ranked-choice voting. This bill provides that municipalities count and report only the first choice votes cast for elections determined by ranked-choice voting. This bill substitutes the word "count" for the word "tabulate" in reference to ranked-choice voting. This bill removes an inconsistent provision regarding ties in ranked-choice contests and changes the permitted restriction on the number of rankings allowed on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting contest from 6 to 5. This bill limits who can request a recount of a ranked-choice voting contest to the candidates receiving the top 3 rankings in the penultimate round of ranked-choice counting.

Amendment S-194
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes several technical changes to the bill and clarifies that the Secretary of State has discretion to determine whether ranked-choice contests should appear on the same ballot page as or on a different ballot page from contests that are not subject to ranked-choice voting. The amendment also clarifies that a voter's decision to rank more than one candidate for a single office does not render the voter's vote invalid in an election determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further requires that an election official post a paper copy of the results of the first choice votes cast in elections determined by ranked-choice voting, if a secure place is available at the voting place or municipal office where the public may view the election results.

LD 1663 Chaptered Law
LD 1663 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1664 An Act To Place Funds for the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program into a Trust Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-188, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1664
This bill provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program are held in a trust fund. It renames the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

Amendment S-188
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program that are not necessary to support the normal costs and administrative costs of the program are held in a trust fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the trust fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

LD 1664 Chaptered Law
LD 1664 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-290, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1674
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
  • 1. It requires a county or municipality that employs a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter to notify such an employee of the program in writing no later than 60 days following the effective date of hire of that employee. Such an employee must choose in writing whether to enroll in the program. A copy of the form on which an employee chooses to enroll in the program or to not enroll in the program must be retained by the county or municipality.
  • 2. It provides that, when the effective date of hire of the eligible person is on or after October 1, 2019, the eligible person must enroll in the program no later than 5 years following the effective date of hire.
  • 3. It increases the amount of the premium subsidy from 45% to 55%.
  • 4. It provides that enrollees retiring from counties or municipalities that do not participate in the majority multiple-employer welfare arrangement and do not provide health insurance coverage for retirees may enroll in the group health plan available to state employees.
  • 5. It provides that an enrollee may participate in the group health insurance plan in which the enrollee's spouse participates if that plan is offered in this State or in another group health insurance plan that is offered in this State.
  • 6. It provides that an enrollee who is not receiving wages from a county or municipal employer on account of an absence from work due to an injury compensable under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992, a disability for which the enrollee is receiving a disability retirement benefit from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System or a leave of absence must contribute to the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund for the period of time of the absence from work based on the enrollee's gross wages immediately before the absence from work in order for the enrollee to be eligible for coverage under the program.


Amendment S-290
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment delays until July 1, 2021 the provision to increase the state share of the premium subsidy for enrollees in the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program from 45% to 55%.

LD 1674 Chaptered Law
LD 1674 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1679
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
  • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
  • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
  • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


Amendment S-221
This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
  • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
  • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
  • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
    • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
    • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
    • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
    • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
    • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
    • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
    • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

      It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
  • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


LD 1679 Chaptered Law
LD 1679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1742 An Act To Encourage Broadband Deployment in Unserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1742
This bill facilitates the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of this State by establishing the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program under the ConnectME Authority to award grants to applicants for the purpose of extending deployment of facilities used to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the State and thus to encourage new investment in broadband service infrastructure. The bill eliminates the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. The bill removes the authority of the ConnectME Authority to require communications service providers to contribute to the ConnectME Fund. It allows the authority to issue bonds for the construction of advanced communications technology infrastructure.

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