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Representative Joseph Perry [Democrat]
Bangor ~ District 124

Towns in District: Bangor (part), Orono (part)

Elected to replace Aaron Frey March 12, 2019
Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

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

✉ Joseph.Perry@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 349 Fern Street
Bangor, Maine 04401


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LD 1738 An Act Regarding Medical Marijuana Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-545, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1738
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the current law regarding medical marijuana.

Amendment H-545
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment:
  • 1. Adds an emergency preamble and clause to the legislation;
  • 2. Establishes a certification program within the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for marijuana testing facilities under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act and testing facilities under the adult use laws;
  • 3. Establishes the Marijuana Testing Facility Certification Fund as an Other Special Revenue Funds account within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention;
  • 4. Requires marijuana testing facilities under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, like testing facilities under the adult use laws, to be certified by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and
  • 5. Adds an appropriations and allocations section.


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LD 1334 An Act To Rename the Maine International Trade Center the Maine Trade Center and To Establish within the Center International and Domestic Export Branches Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1334
This bill changes the name of the Maine International Trade Center to the Maine Trade Center and directs the center to establish international and domestic export branches within the center.

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.

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

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

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LD 1592 An Act To Allow the Dissolution of Regional School Units Composed of a Single Municipality Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-474, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1592
This bill provides the steps necessary for a regional school unit composed of only one municipality to dissolve, including petitioning to dissolve the regional school unit, holding elections in the municipality, the provision of educational services for students and the disposition of outstanding indebtedness if the vote is to dissolve the regional school unit.

Amendment H-474
This amendment clarifies the process for a municipality to withdraw from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality and provides that upon withdrawal of a municipality from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality, the regional school unit is dissolved.

LD 1592 Chaptered Law
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LD 1633 An Act To Legalize Keno and Historical Instant Racing Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1633
This bill establishes a framework for the regulation of historical instant racing and keno. The bill creates a single license for the operation of historical instant racing and keno. Casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities are each eligible to apply for the license, issued by the Gambling Control Board.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of historical instant racing and keno, including rules related to the prevention of fraud or deception, authorized wager amounts, the maximum percentage of all wagers that may be retained by the licensee and methods for verifying that a person who makes a historical instant racing wager or who plays keno is at least 21 years of age. The bill further requires that 1% of the net income from historical instant racing and keno be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of the net revenue be distributed to the Treasurer of the State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

LD 1640 An Act To Exempt Auctioneers from Certain Record-keeping Requirements Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1640
This bill exempts auctioneers from the requirement to record the date of purchase, the seller's name and address and a brief description of the property, including any identification numbers, before completing the purchase of any used personal property.

LD 1640 Chaptered Law
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LD 1641 Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to the School Transportation Workforce Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-172, Finally passed, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1641
This bill allows public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits over the summer. It also creates a nonlapsing fund to award grants to school administrative units for training for school bus drivers between academic years.

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

LD 1641 Chaptered Law
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LD 1685 An Act To Facilitate Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-416, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1685
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, the authority may provide interest-free loans to foreign-educated or foreign-trained, experienced immigrants who need assistance while awaiting federal employment authorization to pay the costs of certain actions and activities that will improve their work-readiness once they receive their work permits.

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

LD 1685 Chaptered Law
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