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Representative John Schneck [Democrat]
Bangor ~ District 126

Towns in District: part of Bangor

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs (Chair)

✉ John.Schneck@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 2078 Ohio Street
Bangor, Maine 04401


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20186 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201780%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 514 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Political Party Representation of Election Clerks Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-93, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 514
This bill requires election clerks in a municipality to be selected so that 33% of clerks are from one major party and 33% from another, with 34% of clerks being selected without regard to party enrollment.

Amendment H-93
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, which requires election clerks in a municipality to be selected so that 33% of clerks are from one major party, 33% are from another major party and 34% are selected without regard to party enrollment. This amendment amends the process for selection of election clerks and clarifies other provisions regarding election clerks.

Specifically, the amendment retains the provision in current law allowing parties to nominate election clerks but also allows the municipal clerk or any registered voter to make nominations. Like current law, the amendment directs timely consideration of nominations but does not require municipal officers to appoint the election clerks from among nominees and instead allows them to appoint any qualified voter. Under the amendment, the minimum requirement is 2 election clerks at each voting place, one each from the 2 major parties. The amendment requires that at least 1/2 of the election clerks working at any election are affiliated with the major parties, and the rest of the election clerks may be affiliated with a minor party or be unenrolled.

The amendment also provides that if the municipal officers do not appoint a sufficient number of election clerks representing the major parties or an insufficient number of appointees are available to serve from the list provided by municipal officers, the municipal clerk may appoint additional election clerks without regard to party enrollment status.

LD 514 Chaptered Law
LD 514 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 619 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-42 and engrossed, failed Final passage as an Constitutional amendment in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 619
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process by which municipalities may conduct early voting by allowing voters to vote in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election and to allow absentee voting for any sufficient reason.

Amendment H-42
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 619 Amendment H-42 fiscal note
LD 733 An Act To Promote Keeping Workers in Maine Status: Referred to Labor and Housing, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-280 and adopted Senate amendment S-208, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 733
This bill prohibits an employer from requiring or entering into a so-called noncompete agreement with an employee earning wages that are at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. A noncompete agreement is defined as a contract or contract provision that prohibits an employee or prospective employee from working in the same or a similar profession or in a specified geographic area for a certain period of time following termination of employment. If an employer requires a noncompete agreement for a position of employment, the employer must disclose that requirement in any advertisement for that position, and an employer must provide an employee or prospective employee with a copy of a noncompete agreement at least 3 business days before requiring that employee or prospective employee to sign the agreement. An employer that violates this law commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $5,000 may be adjudged. The Department of Labor is responsible for enforcement of the law. The terms of a noncompete agreement, except for a noncompete agreement with a physician, are not in effect until after an employee has been employed with the employer for at least one year or a period of 6 months from the date the agreement was signed, whichever is later.

The bill also prohibits a restrictive employment agreement between 2 or more employers that prohibits or restricts one employer from soliciting or hiring another employer's employees or former employees.

Amendment H-280
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It moves the language in the bill to another location in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26 and restricts the enforceability of noncompete agreements to the extent that they are reasonable and are no broader than necessary to protect a legitimate business interest of the employer, such as trade secrets, confidential information or goodwill. It also adds a presumption that a noncompete agreement is necessary if the legitimate business interest cannot be adequately protected through an alternative restrictive covenant. As in the bill, it also provides for ongoing appropriations to provide for enforcement of the provisions.

Amendment S-208
This amendment prohibits an employer from requiring or permitting an employee earning wages at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, instead of at or below 300% of the federal poverty level as in the committee amendment, to enter into a noncompete agreement with the employer.

LD 733 Amendment H-280 fiscal note
LD 733 Amendment S-208 fiscal note

LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1631
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

LD 1730 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-459 and House amendments H-525, H-555 and H-526, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Signed into law, June 18, 2019
LD 1730
This bill makes the following changes to the election laws.
  • 1. It clarifies that ballots are not public records, regardless of whether they are in a paper format or in an electronic or image format.
  • 2. It reduces the retention period for the receipt for certified copies of the incoming voting list from one year to 6 months.
  • 3. It adds a retention period of 6 months for test ballots and documentation of preelection testing of tabulating or accessible voting devices.
  • 4. It adds a deadline for an aggrieved person to appeal a decision of the registrar of voters regarding the person's voter registration.
  • 5. It specifies that voters may enroll in a party by completing the approved state or national voter registration form.
  • 6. It removes a requirement regarding the nomination of county commissioners that primary and nomination petitions must specify the term of office sought.
  • 7. It clarifies that county committee members residing within county commissioner districts make choices for county commissioner nominations for vacancies.
  • 8. It provides that when 2 United States Senators are to be elected, the term of office sought by each candidate must be specified on the ballot.
  • 9. It provides that write-in spaces on a ballot are required to be provided only for offices in which candidates have declared their write-in candidacy according to the law.
  • 10. It specifies acceptable formats for names of candidates for nomination to appear on a ballot.
  • 11. It changes the description of an official ballot box to be more generic in terms of the security features and the opening for insertion of ballots.
  • 12. It changes the description of ballot security containers to be more generic in terms of the methods used to secure them.
  • 13. It allows the warden at the voting place to open the packages of ballots up to 2 hours before the polls open.
  • 14. It shortens the time that municipalities have to submit their official return of votes to the Secretary of State from 3 business days to 2 business days after the election.
  • 15. It clarifies that a candidate or referendum election tabulation is considered final on the date the Secretary of State submits the tabulation to the Governor.
  • 16. It clarifies the circumstances in which the Governor must issue an election certificate.
  • 17. It authorizes the use of a courier to retrieve ballots in the event of a recount and to deliver them to the recount facility.
  • 18. It clarifies provisions pertaining to recounts of elections to the United States Congress.
  • 19. It adds a new method for returning a voted absentee ballot to the municipal clerk.
  • 20. It provides that municipalities may opt to process absentee ballots beginning on the 4th day before election day, including on a Sunday.
  • 21. It changes the manner by which the municipal clerk must give notice of the municipality's intent to process absentee ballots prior to election day.
  • 22. It removes an incorrect reference to a census block in Augusta that was included in State Representative District 80 that already was correctly included in State Representative District 85.
  • 23. It repeals a provision of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A that addresses the nomination petitions for county commissioners.
  • 24. It clarifies that the municipal treasurer's statement that must accompany a question for ratification of a municipal bond issue may either be printed on the ballot or printed as a separate document that is made available to voters.
  • 25. It clarifies the election laws restricting certain activities at and around the polls on election day in order to comply with recent court decisions. It provides for an 8-foot-wide access corridor through which voters may pass without interference to the area behind the guardrail where voting takes place. It allows the warden to designate spaces inside the building, but outside the access corridor, where organizations may collect signatures on citizen initiative and people's veto petitions. It reduces the current protected zone from 250 feet to 100 feet outside the building and amends the list of campaign activities that are prohibited within that zone. Campaign activities related to a party or to a question or candidate for an office on the ballot for that election day are prohibited within that zone. It retains the current prohibitions on influencing or attempting to influence any voter but removes the criminal provisions and directs the Secretary of State to issue guidelines to assist local officials in interpreting and applying the law consistently and to inform candidates, campaigns and the public.


Amendment H-459
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the provisions of the bill that authorize the Secretary of State to omit the write-in space on a ballot for any office in which there is no declared write-in candidate.
  • 2. It removes the provisions of the bill that change the laws restricting certain activities at and around the polls on election day.
  • 3. It adds a provision to the bill clarifying the procedures used to collect signatures on petitions for local initiatives.
  • 4. It makes several clarifying technical changes to the bill.


Amendment H-525
This amendment strikes a provision amending the procedures used to collect signatures on petitions for local initiatives.

Amendment H-555
This amendment clarifies that a person may not engage in improper influence or advertising on public property within 250 feet of a voting place regarding a candidate for an office that is on the ballot for the election being held that day.

Amendment H-526
This amendment provides that an unenrolled candidate must remain unenrolled from March 1st until the general election in order to remain qualified as an unenrolled candidate for the office sought.

LD 1730 Chaptered Law
LD 1730 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-132, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 78
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3173-G and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for presumptive eligibility. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if, upon application, the individual is found ineligible under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A, C, D, E, F, G or H and to enroll the individual if found eligible for the family planning benefit. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit after an individual loses eligibility for the MaineCare pregnancy benefit under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A due to the birth of a child or an increase in income and to enroll the individual, if found eligible, for the family planning benefit. It also requires the department to use a single application form for individuals applying for eligibility for the family planning benefit under Title 22, section 3173-G and under the adult expansion provisions under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph H. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to carry out these requirements.

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

LD 78 Chaptered Law
LD 78 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 89 An Act To Impose Requirements on the Rental of Residential Property That Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 89
This bill requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property ensure that property used in the manufacture of methamphetamine be decontaminated and tested in accordance with the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's March 2013 revised edition of the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup or other standards established in rule by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill also requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement disclose to the potential tenant or lessee that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bill makes violation of these provisions a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and also states that failure to decontaminate or disclose constitutes a breach of the implied warranty of fitness for human habitation. The bill gives the Department of Economic and Community Development authority to adopt rules to implement these provisions.

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

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

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

LD 96 An Act To Require Disclosure at the Sale or Transfer whether Real Estate Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-386, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 96
This bill amends the law requiring disclosures by the seller of residential real property to require the seller to disclose whether the property has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Amendment H-386
The bill requires a seller of residential real property to disclose that the property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Current law requires the disclosure of the presence or prior removal of any hazardous materials. This amendment strikes and replaces the text of the bill to include methamphetamine as a specific hazardous material, the presence or prior removal of which must be disclosed by the seller of the residential real property.

LD 96 Chaptered Law
LD 96 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 169 An Act To Provide Occupants of Motor Vehicles with Gold Star Family Registration Plates Free Entry to State Parks, Camping Areas and Beaches Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-13, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 169
This bill provides for free entry to state parks, camping areas and beaches for those persons who have gold star family registration plates on their motor vehicles and for passengers in those vehicles.

Amendment H-13
This amendment clarifies that free entry to state parks and historic sites for a person displaying gold star family registration plates is for day use only.

LD 169 fiscal note
LD 169 Amendment H-13 fiscal note
LD 171 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Evaluate and Address the Transportation Needs of Maine's Veterans Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-116, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 171
This resolve establishes a 30-month pilot project in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties to provide transportation to veterans and their caregivers or dependents to and from employment or employment-related services, medical appointments, mental health services, social services and community activities.

Amendment H-116
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 171 fiscal note
LD 171 Amendment H-116 fiscal note
LD 173 An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 173
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 180 An Act To Allow for the Regulation of Transportation Network Companies at Airports by Municipalities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-124, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 180
This bill allows a municipality to adopt an ordinance governing the operations of a transportation network company at an airport located within that municipality.

Amendment H-124
This amendment, instead of giving municipalities broad authority to adopt an ordinance governing the operations of a transportation network company at an airport, specifies that a municipality or other political subdivision operating a public airport that receives scheduled passenger aircraft service and that had more than 20,000 passenger boardings in the previous year may in a manner consistent with the airport's regulation of other prearranged for-hire transportation services charge a reasonable fee for each trip to pick up a rider at the airport made by a driver for a transportation network company and regulate the parking and traffic flow of transportation network company drivers at the airport.

LD 180 Chaptered Law
LD 180 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 223 An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 223
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.

LD 253 An Act To Remove the Bet Limit for Winner-take-all Hands in Games of Chance Tournament Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 253
This bill removes the $5 bet limit for a winner-take-all hand conducted during a game of chance tournament game.

LD 253 Chaptered Law
LD 253 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 254 An Act To Clarify Liquor Label Approval and Registration Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-27, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 254
This bill requires that all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are manufactured in Maine and are not shipped, distributed or sold in interstate commerce.

The bill also requires manufacturers to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products sold in the State with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are sold by a Maine manufacturer directly to consumers for on-premises consumption or in a keg to a Maine retailer licensed to sell liquor for on-premises consumption. The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is required to adopt rules establishing requirements for label registration that are consistent with the regulations promulgated by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau pursuant to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, 27 United States Code, Section 205(e).

Amendment S-27
This amendment clarifies that the liquor label approval and registration requirements in the bill apply to hard cider as well as malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products.

The amendment further exempts Maine manufacturers from the requirement to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine, hard cider and low-alcohol spirits products with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations if those products are given as complimentary samples to consumers or sold to customers as samples.



LD 254 Chaptered Law
LD 254 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 256 An Act To Ensure Responsible Operation of Political Action Committees Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-6, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 256
Current law prohibits a political action committee from compensating a Legislator or a business owned or operated by the Legislator if the Legislator is a principal officer or treasurer of the committee or one of the individuals primarily responsible for raising contributions or making decisions for the committee. This bill further prohibits such a political action committee from making loans or gifts to a business owned or operated by the Legislator and prohibits commingling the funds of such a political action committee with the personal funds of the Legislator or the funds of a business owned or operated by the Legislator.

Amendment S-6
This amendment changes the title of the bill.

LD 256 Chaptered Law
LD 256 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 296 An Act Regarding Student Privacy with Respect to Video Recordings Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 296
This bill requires an elementary or secondary school to keep confidential a video recording in which a student is present, including a video recording taken in a bus or other means of student transportation used by the school, and prohibits the school from disseminating or publishing the video recording without the written permission of a parent of the student.

LD 338 An Act To Allow Flexibility in the Deposit Labeling of Metal Returnable Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 338
Current law requires that returnable metal beverage containers be labeled with the refund value and the word "Maine" or "ME" embossed or stamped on the tops of the containers. This bill allows that information to appear anywhere except on the bottom of the container.

LD 338 Chaptered Law
LD 338 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 365 An Act To Allow Flexible Business Hours for Certain Agency Liquor Stores Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-22, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 365
This bill allows an agency liquor store flexibility in setting seasonal hours if the agency liquor store is subject to a substantial seasonal variation in business or retail customers based upon tourism or other factors.

Amendment S-22
This amendment requires an agency liquor store that establishes seasonal hours as allowed by the bill to send a written notice to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of those seasonal hours.

LD 365 Chaptered Law
LD 365 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 406 An Act To Establish Regional School Leadership Academies Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-84, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 406
This bill allows school administrative units to enter into collaborative agreements to establish regional school leadership academies that combine state and local programs and resources, including the preparation, licensure, certification, professional development and training for educational leadership, into a coherent system that can significantly improve the recruitment and preparation of prospective candidates for school principalship and other school leadership positions, as well as the induction, mentoring and retention of principals and school leaders during the first 2 years of employment in their school leadership positions. The bill repeals provisions in current law regarding regional school leadership academies.

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

LD 406 Chaptered Law
LD 406 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

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

LD 447 An Act Regarding the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 447
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.This bill proposes to provide support for persons with substance use disorder along a continuum of care that includes prevention, law enforcement diversion, treatment, harm reduction and recovery. The bill proposes to provide:
  • 1. Funding for programs that reduce the use of marijuana and so-called "vaping" by youth in Maine in order to reduce the likelihood of neural pathway changes that can lead to addiction later in life;
  • 2. Ongoing support for detoxification as a path to recovery;
  • 3. Reimbursement under the MaineCare program for substance use disorder peer recovery coaches;
  • 4. Funding to the Bangor Area Recovery Network for addiction recovery support;
  • 5. Support for regional 2-1-1 hotlines to offer referrals to persons with substance use disorder for local services; and
  • 6. Access to evidence-based approaches to prevent substance use and treat substance use disorder in rural areas.


LD 448 An Act Repealing Tax Lien Foreclosure Requirements Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 448
This bill removes the provisions enacted in Public Law 2017, chapter 478 that established a preforeclosure process that municipalities must use in order to foreclose on homestead property for nonpayment of property tax if the owner is 65 years of age or older and has income and liquid assets below specified limits.

LD 499 An Act To Prohibit Payment per Signature on Petitions for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referendums Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-232, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 499
This bill prohibits the circulator or person who causes the circulation of an initiative or referendum petition or a petition organization from receiving payment for the collection of signatures based on the number of signatures collected. The bill clarifies that a salary or fee for the collection of signatures is not prohibited if it is not based on the number of signatures collected.

Amendment S-232
This amendment is the majority report. The amendment replaces the title and the bill and strengthens the integrity of the direct initiative and people's veto referendum process by requiring a petition circulator to submit an affidavit that includes the circulator's name, the address at which the circulator resides and the date the circulator signed the affidavit; that the circulator read the information provided by the Secretary of State and understands the laws governing the circulation of petitions in Maine; that the circulator was a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine at the time of circulating the petition; and that the circulator understands that the circulator can be prosecuted for violating the laws governing the circulation of petitions, including the requirement that a circulator truthfully executed the affidavit. The amendment also requires petition organizations and others to indicate the method by which they are compensating any individuals hired to assist in circulating petitions.

LD 499 Chaptered Law
LD 499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 510 An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-118, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 510
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management for the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope to provide suitable housing for women veterans in transition and their families.

Amendment H-118
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and moves the appropriation to the current fiscal year.

LD 536 An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 536
Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.

LD 570 An Act To Create an Airplane Mechanic Education Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 570
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to develop a program to train and educate individuals for a career in aircraft mechanics and maintenance.

LD 592 Resolve, To Establish a Background Check Consolidation Commission (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, engrossed with Committee amendment H-35 in both chambers, Finally passed in the House, placed on the Special Study table in the Senate, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 592
This resolve establishes the Background Check Consolidation Commission to study consolidating and centralizing as many state-required background checks required for employment as possible, including background checks for teachers, state workers and persons seeking Maine Guide licenses. It prohibits the commission from studying background checks to obtain firearms.

Amendment H-35
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. It reduces the number of Senate members from 4 to 2 and increases the number of House members from 3 to 5. It adds the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, or the commissioner's designee, to the Background Check Consolidation Commission. It moves the report deadline from December 4, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

LD 592 fiscal note
LD 592 Amendment H-35 fiscal note
LD 597 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project Authorizing the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras on Castine Road in Orland (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 597
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to establish a pilot project allowing the use of traffic surveillance cameras to prove or enforce a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A on Castine Road in Orland and requires the department to submit a report evaluating the results of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by January 15, 2021.

LD 606 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-120, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 606
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.

Amendment S-120
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 606 fiscal note
LD 606 Amendment S-120 fiscal note
LD 626 An Act To Provide Funding for the Naval Museum and Gardens in Brunswick Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-64, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 626
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens in Brunswick.

Amendment H-64
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment, which is the majority report, provides one-time funds to the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens to support and preserve Maine's maritime patrol aviation heritage.

LD 626 Amendment H-64 fiscal note

LD 660 An Act To Exempt Sales to Parent-Teacher Organizations from the Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-183, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 660
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to a parent-teacher organization organized as a public benefit corporation.

Amendment H-183
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 660 fiscal note
LD 660 Amendment H-183 fiscal note
LD 688 An Act To Set Maine Dental Provider Licensing Fees Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-112, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 688
This bill provides that the total fee for a dental hygienist license, together with any additional authorities, may not exceed $150.

Amendment H-112
This amendment replaces the bill and clarifies the maximum licensing fees for dental providers. The amendment provides that the maximum fee for an initial license or a license renewal for a dentist and for a sedation permit is $1,000 and that the maximum fee for an initial license or a license renewal for a dental hygienist is $200; otherwise the maximum fee of $550 for any one purpose under current law continues to apply.

LD 688 Chaptered Law
LD 688 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
LD 722
This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

LD 746 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Determine the Duration of Development Districts Funded by Assessments Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 746
This bill provides local control to municipalities over the duration of municipal development districts that are funded by assessments and are not tax increment financing districts. Municipal development districts that are tax increment financing districts continue to be subject to the 30-year duration limitation under current law.

LD 746 Chaptered Law
LD 746 Chaptered Law 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 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 837 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 837
This bill provides an additional $30,000 homestead property tax exemption, for a total exemption of $50,000, for persons who are 75 years of age or older and claimed the homestead as a permanent residence for 10 or more years. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities 100% of the revenue lost as a result of the increased exemption for persons 75 years of age or older.

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 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 1020 An Act to Modify the Number of Retail Liquor Licenses Allowed in Certain Municipalities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 1020
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 8 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 16,001 but less than 30,001; current law requires a population of at least 20,001 before a municipality qualifies for 8 agency liquor stores. The population threshold to qualify for 5 agency liquor stores remains at 10,001.

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


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1032 An Act To Ensure Sufficient Representation of Adults Receiving Mental Health Services on Local Councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1032
This bill amends the laws governing the membership of local councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine. It requires that at least 33% of the membership of a local council that consists of 6 or fewer members and at least 40% of the membership of a local council that consists of 7 or more members must consist of adults receiving mental health services.

LD 1042 An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1042
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.

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


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

LD 1043 Amendment H-256 fiscal note
LD 1068 An Act To Increase the Number of Agency Liquor Stores Permitted in Municipalities with 10,000 to 20,000 Residents Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 1068
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 10,001 but less than 20,001; current law allows such a municipality a maximum of 5 agency liquor stores.

LD 1097 An Act To Protect Tenants from Sexual Harassment Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-165, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 18, 2019
LD 1097
This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant if the tenant had made a complaint of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or landlord's agent. The bill defines "sexual harassment."

Amendment S-165
The bill addresses sexual harassment with regard to tenants in residential property. This amendment clearly states a landlord or a landlord's agent may not subject a tenant to sexual harassment. It retains the provision that nothing in the subchapter limits the application of the Maine Human Rights Act, which addresses discrimination in housing.

The amendment revises the definition of "sexual harassment" to include retaliation for communicating about or filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

The amendment replaces the rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant with additional options for the tenant: the tenant raises the rebuttable presumption of retaliation by having communicated to the landlord or the landlord's agent about an act of sexual harassment or filed a complaint with a law enforcement agency, the Maine Human Rights Commission or a court of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent against the tenant or a family or household member of the tenant. The tenant must have made the communication, which does not have to be in writing, or complaint prior to receiving the eviction notice. This is consistent with current law that creates a rebuttable presumption based on the tenant's filing a fair housing complaint prior to receiving an eviction notice.

In addition, the amendment provides that the defense of retaliation cannot be used in an eviction if the action is brought because the tenant violated a lease provision or for any reason that is listed in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6002, subsection 1 as grounds for an eviction with 7 days' written notice. Thus, if the landlord commences an eviction based on nonpayment of rent, for example, the fact that the tenant had communicated about sexual harassment or filed a complaint of sexual harassment does not create a presumption that the eviction is in retaliation for the assertion of that right.

The amendment also provides a tenant who is the victim of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent with the opportunity to terminate the lease early, using the same process currently in law for a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, by providing specified written documentation with appropriate notice.

LD 1097 Chaptered Law
LD 1097 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1142 Resolve, To Expand Transportation Services for Seniors Who Are MaineCare Members (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1142
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an amendment request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the 1915(c) waiver that provides services to the elderly under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 19 to allow for coverage of transportation services required to access services specified in the individual's service plan that are nonmedical in nature. The waiver request must be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. Upon approval, the department shall amend its rules to cover the new service. The department shall submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the waiver request and rulemaking. The resolve also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to develop a plan to provide nonmedical transportation services to travel to destinations to meet basic needs to persons who are 61 years of age or older with no other means of transportation and who are MaineCare members or receive state-funded services under the department's rule Chapter 5: Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020.

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1228 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop More Comprehensible MaineCare Benefit Letters Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-367, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1228
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new limited benefit MaineCare card for individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program, also known as the Medicare Buy-in Program. The department must issue the card to qualified individuals for use at pharmacies and providers of medical, behavioral health and other services. The department must assess the ease of use of the card to cardholders and providers of services and submit a report regarding the limited benefit MaineCare card to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

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

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

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

LD 1229 Amendment H-452 fiscal note
LD 1254 An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging and Provide Funding To Treat Opioid Use Disorder Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1254
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, on prepared food, not including marijuana or marijuana products, and short-term lodging of no more than 1% if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed 85% to the municipality and 15% to all other municipalities. The 15% distributed to a municipality must be used by that municipality for the purposes of preventing and treating opioid use disorder in that municipality. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.

LD 1319 An Act To Prohibit Employer Disciplinary Action against Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Persons Responding to an Emergency Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1319
Current law protects a firefighter from disciplinary action by an employer when the firefighter is absent from work at the beginning of the work day because the firefighter is responding to an emergency. This bill extends the protection to a firefighter who leaves work during regular working hours to respond to an emergency and provides the same protections to an emergency medical services person. The bill revises provisions regarding employer notification regarding absences and employee status as a firefighter or emergency medical services person and removes an employer's ability to designate an employee as essential.

Amendment H-282
This amendment restores the ability of an employer to designate an employee as essential, as removed by the bill, but requires the disruption to the business by the employee's absence to be significant and requires the designation to be in writing and signed by both the employee and employer.

LD 1319 Chaptered Law
LD 1319 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1341 An Act To Provide Flexibility for Efficient and Effective Management of School Management and Leadership Centers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-325, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1341
This bill amends the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 123, regarding school management and leadership centers, and related laws to change the term "school management and leadership center" to the term "regional service center." It amends the law governing the geographic boundaries of centers to remove the requirement that the Commissioner of Education must determine 9 to 12 geographic areas for the establishment of centers with the requirement that the commissioner must determine the geographic areas for the establishment of centers. It also amends the law governing school management and leadership centers to allow a center to contract for leadership services and hire a fiscal agent. It changes the law allowing a center to borrow funds by removing language requiring debts to be repaid within one year and limiting amounts borrowed to 3/4 of a center's annual approved budget. It amends the law governing the withdrawal of a member school administrative unit from a center to replace the requirement that the member school administrative unit must demonstrate there will be no increases in costs or decrease in student programs or services with the requirement that the member school administrative unit must demonstrate that the withdrawal is in the best interests of the withdrawing school administrative unit and of any of the remaining member school administrative units. It amends the law governing dissolution of centers to replace the requirement that member school administrative units must demonstrate to the Commissioner of Education that there will be no increase in costs or decrease in student programs and services for any of the member school administrative units of a center with the requirement that the school administrative units must demonstrate that it is in the best interests of the member school administrative units to dissolve the center. It amends the law governing application for and approval of a center to replace voter approval with school board approval. It amends the law governing state funding of a center that provides at least 2 different services to its members to include 55% funding support for contracted leadership services and financial software.

Amendment H-325
This amendment retains the substance of the bill but changes the name of regional service centers to education service centers, defines "benefits," includes public charter schools as eligible to be members of education service centers rather than associate members and caps the direct state funding for the provider of leadership services or the executive director to 55% of the statewide average superintendent's salary and benefits using the most recent data available.

LD 1341 Chaptered Law
LD 1341 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
LD 1463 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1569 An Act To Prohibit Untraceable and Undetectable Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1569
This bill regulates the manufacture, distribution and possession of so-called ghost guns and so-called 3-D printed guns or 3-D guns, which are fully functioning firearms that can be made at home by unlicensed firearm manufacturers, sellers and distributors either by purchasing the necessary parts separately, or as part of mail order gun kits, and then assembling them at home or by downloading a computer code from the Internet that allows the user to manufacture the gun using a 3-D printer. This bill provides definitions of "undetectable firearm" and "untraceable firearm" and prohibits the manufacture, import, sale, transfer and possession of such firearms with certain exceptions. This bill also prohibits, with certain exceptions, the dissemination of downloadable gun code from which untraceable firearms can be manufactured.

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 1694 Resolve, To Determine Compliance with Federal and State Mental Health Parity Laws Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-226, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1694
This bill requires insurers, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit hospital or medical service organizations to submit mental health and substance use disorder parity compliance reports to the Superintendent of Insurance. It specifies how the superintendent of Insurance may enforce parity requirements and provides parity reporting requirements for the superintendent. The bill also prohibits certain types of medical management protocols from being used in conjunction with prescription medications used to treat substance use disorder.

LD 1694 Chaptered Law
LD 1694 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1722 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Develop a Plan for Implementation of Automatic Registration of Nonregistered Persons Qualified To Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1722
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to study the implementation of automatic voter registration. The Secretary of State is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs by February 1, 2020.

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