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Representative Joyce McCreight [Democrat]
Harpswell ~ District 51

Towns in District: Harpswell,  West Bath and part of Brunswick

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Marine Resources (Chair)
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs

✉ Jay.McCreight@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 155 Gun Point Road
Harpswell, Maine 04079


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

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LD 19 An Act To Require Newly Purchased Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-190, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 19
This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.

Amendment H-190
This amendment, rather than requiring all school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, requires school buses of model year 2021 or newer to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also clarifies the definition of "school bus crossing arm" and sets the minimum and maximum length of a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also makes the bill an emergency, to take effect when approved.

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LD 28 An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Work session held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 28
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.

LD 29 Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State by Establishing a Work Group To Develop Educational Programming for Prevention of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among Youth and Adolescents (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 14, 2019
LD 29
This resolve is based on recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, which submitted its report to the Legislature in December 2017. The resolve requires the Department of Education to establish a work group to evaluate existing substance use prevention programs targeting school-age children, investigate prevention programs that have proven effective in other areas of the United States or in other countries, identify funding resources and determine how prevention programs should be incorporated into education curricula. The work group must include representatives of educational, law enforcement and public health organizations. The department is required to submit a report of the findings of the work group no later than January 1, 2020 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters.

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.

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LD 340 An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 340
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-70
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.

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

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

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

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

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LD 430 An Act To Establish and Promote a System of Safe Disposal of Expired Marine Flares Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-627, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 430
This bill establishes within the Department of Public Safety programs for the collection and disposal of expired marine flares and for education of the public and state agency personnel regarding expired marine flares.

Amendment H-627
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds to the bill a directive that the Commissioner of Public Safety use appropriated General Fund funding for the purposes of the bill and authorizes the commissioner to accept and use for those purposes gifts, donations and contributions. The amendment adds an appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 of $43,500 to enable the State Fire Marshal to purchase a new high temperature thermal destruction incinerator.

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

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

LD 559 Amendment H-48 fiscal note
LD 629 An Act To Ensure a Seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council Is Held by a Person with a Background and Credentials in a Field of Marine Science Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 629
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to ensure that a seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council is held by a member who has a demonstrated knowledge of a marine science and, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a field of marine science.

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.

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LD 960 An Act To Allow Municipalities with Municipal Shellfish Conservation Ordinances To Establish Minimum and Maximum Size Limits for Shellfish That Are at Least as Strict as Those Limits Established by the State Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-177, Enacted, Signed into law April 23, 2019
LD 960
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing size requirements for soft-shell clams and to create a spat collection permit for soft-shell clams.

Amendment H-177
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and the title. It specifies that a municipality with a municipal shellfish conservation ordinance may establish minimum or maximum size limits on shellfish regulated by the ordinance as long as those limits established are no less stringent than any minimum or maximum size limit set in law or rule, except it requires that an ordinance must establish minimum size limits for soft-shell clams that are at least as strict as those limits established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 6681. Lastly, it also clarifies that enforcement of any provision adopted in any ordinance is enforceable only in the municipality in which the harvesting of the shellfish occurs.

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LD 961 An Act To Create the Shellfish Research Fund Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-376, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 961
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a research fund for the clam fishing industry in the State.

Amendment H-376
This amendment replaces the bill which was a concept draft. It creates the Shellfish Research Fund as a nonlapsing fund administered by the Commissioner of Marine Resources for the purpose of funding shellfish research projects in the State. It provides ongoing funding of $50,000 per fiscal year from the General Fund. It also allows the commissioner to accept and deposit into the fund any monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources. It requires that the commissioner consult with the Shellfish Advisory Council before deciding upon research projects and awarding grants from the fund.

It also increases the membership of the Shellfish Advisory Council from 13 to 14 members. It directs the commissioner to appoint as a member of the Shellfish Advisory Council a person who has a demonstrated knowledge of a marine science and, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a field of marine science.

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LD 962 An Act To Protect Shellfish in the Intertidal Zone by Including within the Definition of "Fish" the Taking of Spat and Seed Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 962
This bill adds to the definition of the verb "fish" the taking of spat and seed.

LD 1028 An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use with Adequate Funding and by Equalizing the Taxes on Tobacco Products and To Improve Public Health Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-622 and House amendment H-656, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1028
This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 to $3.50 per pack of 20 cigarettes and increases the tax on all other tobacco products including electronic cigarettes to 81% of the wholesale sales price, beginning November 1, 2019. The bill provides that, if the tax on cigarettes is increased on or after November 1, 2019, the tax on all other tobacco products will be adjusted by a rate that is equivalent to the percentage change in the tax rate for one cigarette. The bill provides ongoing funding, $11,100,000 per year, to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco use prevention and cessation in order to align with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The bill also provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $750,000 thereafter for MaineCare members for tobacco use cessation medications and counseling. Finally, the bill provides $250,000 per year in ongoing funding to the Attorney General's office for increased tobacco enforcement activities.

Amendment H-622
This amendment strikes the bill and instead increases the tax on tobacco products, other than cigarettes, to 43% of the wholesale sales price, beginning January 2, 2020, and includes electronic smoking devices and liquids used in electronic smoking devices in the definition of "tobacco products." The amendment provides that, if the tax on cigarettes is increased after January 2, 2020, the tax on smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products will be adjusted by a rate that is equivalent to the percentage change in the tax rate for one cigarette.

The amendment provides ongoing funding of $5,100,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco use prevention and cessation in order to align with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The bill also provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $750,000 in fiscal year 2020-21 for tobacco use cessation medications and counseling for MaineCare members.

Amendment H-656
This amendment reduces appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation and adds provisions increasing reimbursement for certain services under the MaineCare program, providing an income tax deduction for student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee and transferring Other Special Revenue Funds in the Department of Health and Human Services to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

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LD 1063 An Act To Support the Role of Municipalities in Expanding Broadband Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-110, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1063
This bill recognizes broadband Internet as a public necessity. It designates a community broadband system or part of that system as a revenue-producing municipal facility. It allows a municipality to construct, maintain and operate a municipal or multimunicipal system composed of infrastructure capable of being utilized by communications service providers for the provision of communications services. The bill prohibits a municipality from providing retail communications services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities. The bill exempts community broadband systems from taxation.

Amendment H-110
This amendment removes the provision in the bill that prohibits a municipality from providing retail communication services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities.

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LD 1146 An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1146
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
  • 1. Assists disabled and elderly persons in locating housing, transitioning between housing settings and accessing home repair and home modification services and materials;
  • 2. Maintains and makes publicly available housing assistance information and resources; and
  • 3. Identifies gaps in housing assistance needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and periodically submits a report on the gaps to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services' office of aging and disability services for inclusion in the state plan on aging.


LD 1148 An Act Regarding the Costs Incurred by Municipalities in the Administration of Aquaculture Lease and License Applications Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-123, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1148
This bill allows a municipality to charge a reasonable fee to a person granted a Department of Marine Resources aquaculture lease on or under coastal waters to pay for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease.

Amendment H-123
This amendment changes the title and replaces the bill. The amendment specifies that a municipality may not charge a person applying for an aquaculture lease or license a fee of more than $50 for the municipality's administrative costs associated with the lease or license application.

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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.

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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.

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LD 1417 An Act To Expand Access to Head Start To Assist Opioid-affected and Other At-risk Families Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-265, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1417
This bill establishes eligibility standards for the Head Start program that allow participation for a child up to 5 years of age who is or whose family is affected by substance use disorder or whose family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This bill also provides appropriations to be distributed to nontribal Head Start program service providers proportionately in an amount based upon the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level in each provider's service area compared to the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level statewide, with preference given to children who are at risk or whose families are at risk.

Amendment H-265
This amendment clarifies that eligibility for the Head Start program is limited to children who have not met the minimum age requirement to enroll in a school administrative unit in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5201, subsection 2.

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LD 1418 An Act To Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1418
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "behavioral health needs" to mean a wide range of mental health disorders and illnesses, substance use disorder, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder;
  • 2. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to take measures to address the issue of extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs by:
    • A. Maintaining a daily updated online statewide list of available mental health facility or program and community service provider placements for referral purposes by hospital emergency departments;
    • B. Maintaining a quarterly updated online resource list of mental health programs or facilities and community service providers that treat behavioral health needs; and
    • C. Collecting monthly data on and study the issue of extended stays of minors with behavioral health needs in hospital emergency departments and annually submitting a report with a summary of the study along with any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters;
  • 3. Directs the department to study the data and analysis on extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs and submit an annual report to the Legislature that identifies:
    • A. Reasons for the extended stays;
    • B. Specific behavioral health needs treatment programs and the waiting list for admission to each program; and
    • C. Funding mechanisms to provide short-term transitional assistance to minors with behavioral health needs discharged from a hospital emergency department to residential placements, partial hospitalizations or home-based programs; and
  • 4. Directs the department to study the feasibility of adding a child behavioral needs advocate within the department to coordinate the department's activities with those of various agencies and programs that provide behavioral health needs services to minors and to submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.


LD 1419 An Act To Improve Commercial Production of Shellfish by Allowing Municipalities To Establish Active Municipal Shellfish Management Areas Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1419
This bill allows a municipality in its municipal shellfish conservation ordinance to establish active municipal shellfish management areas where a person licensed under the ordinance may employ and develop methods that enhance commercial production of shellfish, which include but are not limited to protective netting, traps, cages and boxes.

This bill requires that:
  • 1. Active municipal shellfish management areas do not encompass more than 10% of the intertidal zone;
  • 2. Only a person authorized by the municipality to engage in permitted activities in an active municipal shellfish management area may harvest any marine organisms;
  • 3. Each person authorized to engage in permitted activities in an active municipal shellfish management area is limited to engage in those activities on no more than 2 acres of the intertidal zone;
  • 4. An active municipal shellfish management area may not be established in areas closed by the Commissioner of Marine Resources;
  • 5. Any shellfish harvested in an active municipal shellfish management area must comply with minimum size requirements;
  • 6. An active municipal shellfish management area is clearly marked with signs that identify that it has been designated as an active municipal shellfish management area and that harvesting of marine organisms is restricted to only those persons that have been authorized by the municipality;
  • 7. Any gear used in an active municipal shellfish management area is no more than 18 inches above the sediment; and
  • 8. A person engaged in permitted activities in an active municipal shellfish management area report any findings and landing data to the Department of Marine Resources.

This bill specifies that a person that harvests any marine organisms from an active municipal shellfish management area in a manner that is not in accordance with law or a municipal shellfish conservation ordinance commits a Class D crime and the fines that are to be applied are the same as those imposed on a person that harvested shellfish from an area closed for conservation purposes that is in current law.

LD 1420 Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1420
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in aquaculture and representatives of state agencies, associations and commercial fisheries. The task force's duties include a review of the report from the Governor's Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine dated January 30, 2004 and an assessment of the current status of aquaculture in the State, current production levels and production capacity and environmental effects and the carrying capacity of the coastal marine environment, as well as an examination of aquaculture best practices, relationships with other fisheries, current economic and workforce effects, future opportunities and current and proposed community outreach and education. The task force is required to submit an interim report no later than September 1, 2019 and a final report no later than December 11, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may each submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1514 An Act To Improve Enforcement in the Elver Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-221, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1514
This bill clarifies the laws governing the use of the elver transaction card system and the seizure of illegal elvers. It makes it explicit that any currency used in violation of a marine resources law may be taken through the libel process. It requires license revocation for an individual who sells or purchases elvers without using the transaction card system. Finally, it establishes that if the Department of Marine Resources requires inspection of elver shipments prior to export, the department may charge a fee of up to $500 per inspection.

Amendment H-221
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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

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

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

LD 1745 An Act Regarding the Tagging and Sale of Shellfish Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-456, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1745
This bill makes changes to the laws governing shellfish sales and handling to ensure compliance with the National Shellfish Sanitation Program in the protection of public health and to create additional flexibility in shellfish sales. The bill:
  • 1. Requires a person who holds an aquaculture license to tag that person's shellfish in accordance with Department of Marine Resources rules;
  • 2. Expands the buying station permit to include other species of shellfish besides soft-shelled clams, including mussels, quahogs and oysters;
  • 3. Allows aquaculture license holders to sell shellfish to an enhanced retail certificate holder in addition to a wholesale seafood license holder;
  • 4. Requires a person who holds a land-based aquaculture license to acquire an aquaculture license to sell shellfish from the person's land-based aquaculture facility; and
  • 5. Clarifies that a shellfish sanitation certificate issued by a jurisdiction recognized by the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference allows a person to process, buy, sell, ship, transport or shuck shellfish or whole scallops.


Amendment H-456
This amendment specifies that a shellfish sanitation certificate includes one issued by the relevant regulatory authority recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration and posted on the administration's interstate certified shellfish shippers list.

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LD 1790 An Act To Amend the Law To Protect the Confidentiality of State and Local Government Employees' Private Information Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-638, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1790
This bill amends the law governing the confidentiality of personal information of municipal employees to parallel the same protections provided for state employees and establishes as confidential any genetic information and information about the sexual orientation of employees contained in the records of the municipality. This bill also amends the state employee personnel records provisions to include confidentiality of genetic information and sexual orientation and amends the laws governing county and municipal employee personnel records to match.

Amendment H-638
The purpose of the bill is to provide consistency among state, county and municipal employees regarding the protection of private information.

The amendment replaces the paragraph amended in the bill on private information of state employees to adopt the same format as for the private information of county and municipal employees. It includes ethnicity in the private information of state employees to provide consistency and includes gender identity in all 3 lists of private information.

The amendment adds language to each statute to ensure that aggregated private information about state, county and municipal employees is publicly accessible.

LD 1790 Chaptered Law
LD 1790 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1816 An Act To Ensure the Safety and Well-being of Infants Affected by Substance Exposure Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1816
This bill modifies reporting requirements and the Department of Health and Human Services' responsibility for establishment of a plan of safe care to include infants affected by substance use regardless of whether the mother's substance use was legal or illegal. In addition, this bill clarifies provisions regarding withdrawal symptoms so that the infant is no longer required to demonstrate withdrawal symptoms and instead is required to be affected by withdrawal symptoms. This bill also changes the requirement for the safe plan of care to require that service referrals be made not just for a mother but for any caregivers of the infant. These changes reflect changes in the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.

LD 1816 Chaptered Law
LD 1816 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 3 An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 3
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 6 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 6
This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual's Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.

LD 18 An Act To Ensure Proper Prosecution of Crimes Involving Domestic Violence and Enhance Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-175, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 18
This bill creates the crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person. The bill also makes violation of a protection from abuse order a Class C crime if the person has 2 or more prior convictions for violating a protection from abuse order.

Amendment H-175
This amendment amends the bill by changing the crime of domestic violence aggravated assault to create the Class A variant of aggravated assault that is consistent with the existing crime of Class A aggravated assault under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A section 208, subsection 1, paragraph A-1, when the defendant causes bodily injury to another that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or loss or substantial impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the predicates that may be used to elevate existing domestic violence crimes. The amendment also adds reference to the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the definition of "family or household members" under Title 19-A, chapter 101, which concerns protection from abuse. The amendment makes one nonsubstantive, grammatical correction to the provision of the bill on repeat violations under the protection from abuse law. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the mandatory arrest provisions of Title 19-A, section 4012, subsection 5 and repeals reference to a violation of Title 17-A, section 208 that has occurred between members of the same family or household as unnecessary following inclusion in the subsection of the newly created crimes.

LD 18 Chaptered Law
LD 18 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 20 An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019
LD 20
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal 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.

LD 30 An Act To Improve Health Care Data Analysis Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 30
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the State's capacity to use data regarding health care costs and health care systems. The State's ability to better analyze and use data regarding health care utilization and health care quality will serve to inform the State's health care policy.

LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-466, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 37
This bill creates a limited exception to the prohibition against the sale of drugs by vending machines to allow for the sale of nonprescription drugs by vending machines.

Amendment H-466
This amendment adds a "vending machine outlet" pharmacy licensing classification and requires that the Maine Board of Pharmacy adopt rules in accordance with certain specified requirements.

LD 37 Chaptered Law
LD 37 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 45 An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Maine's Background Check Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 45
This bill grants the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to request state and national criminal history records, including fingerprint-based criminal history records, for direct access workers undergoing a background check under the Maine Background Check Center Act.

LD 52 An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 52
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a health care system in the State that will be simple and efficient for all consumers and providers. The bill proposes to provide all Maine residents with access to an affordable health benefit plan covering essential health benefits. The bill proposes to create the Health Care Trust, which will have authority to determine essential health care benefits, to negotiate with providers, to reimburse providers for the costs of providing care at negotiated rates and to manage the financing mechanisms for the trust. All Maine residents will be eligible to enroll in the trust on a voluntary basis. Those residents currently eligible for MaineCare or other public coverage will be automatically enrolled; MaineCare and other public coverage programs will be replaced by the trust's health care coverage.

The bill proposes to use several funding sources to pay for the costs of the trust and for coverage of all Maine residents enrolled in the trust for coverage, including payroll taxes, transaction taxes and available federal funding.

The Health Care Trust will be administered by a health care administrator and overseen by a board of trustees. In addition, a stakeholder advisory board will provide input and guidance for the trust.

LD 76 An Act To Strengthen the Integrity of the Legislature by Extending the Waiting Period before Legislators May Engage in Any Amount of Compensated Lobbying Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-43, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 76
This bill prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in any compensated lobbying activities for 4 years after that person's term as a Legislator ends rather than for one year as in current law. This extended prohibition begins with the convening of the 130th Legislature. The bill also removes the safe harbor in current law that allows a former Legislator to engage in up to 8 hours of compensated lobbying per calendar month without violating the prohibition.

Amendment S-43
Like the bill, this amendment removes the safe harbor in current law that allows a former Legislator to engage in up to 8 hours of lobbying per calendar month without violating the prohibition against a former Legislator engaging in compensated lobbying. Unlike the bill, which prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in compensated lobbying activities for 4 years after that Legislator's term ends, the amendment prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in compensated lobbying activities for one year after that Legislator's term ends.

The amendment also makes a technical change to the bill to ensure that the prohibition against a former Legislator engaging in compensated lobbying does not prohibit the former Legislator from engaging in lobbying as an employee of the State or of an agency of the State.

LD 76 Chaptered Law
LD 76 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 140 An Act To Facilitate the Employment of Persons with Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 140
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a process to certify employers as having met the criteria established by the department for working with employees with substance use disorders. The bill also directs the department to create a publicly accessible database of certified employers.

LD 168 Resolve, To Create a Universal Job Application System for Maine's Career Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 168
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to create a universal job application system for use in the State's career centers and make universal job applications available at each of the centers. It also requires the department to work with public and private employers in the creation and maintenance of the system.

LD 170 An Act To Prohibit Questions Regarding Criminal History on Certain State Employment Applications Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 170
This bill prohibits the State from including questions about criminal history on its employment application forms. The bill provides an exception to that prohibition when, due to the nature and requirements of the position, a person who has a criminal history may be disqualified from eligibility, such as for a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, child protective or adult protective services caseworker or child development services worker position. The bill applies to state employment positions in the legislative, executive or judicial branch of State Government and positions with quasi-independent state entities or public instrumentalities of the State; it does not apply to positions in school administrative units, municipalities, counties or other political subdivisions of the State.

LD 170 Chaptered Law
LD 170 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 174 An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 174
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.

LD 182 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Regarding the Financial Capacity of a Defendant To Post Bond Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 182
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code to provide that a defendant who is not dangerous, is not a flight risk in the absence of bond and is otherwise eligible for bail may not be detained solely due to financial inability to post a money or property bond and may file a motion with the court requesting relief from the requirement to post a money or property bond. This bill requires the court to determine the financial capacity of the defendant and rule on the motion in an expedited manner.

LD 187 An Act To Restore the Laws Governing the Reunification of Parents and Children Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 12, 2019
LD 187
Recently enacted law eliminated language that established as a priority under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act family rehabilitation and reunification. This bill restores family rehabilitation and reunification as a priority under the laws governing child protective services.

LD 192 An Act To Require an Annual Report on the Activities of the Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 192
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

Amendment H-21
This amendment removes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

LD 192 Chaptered Law
LD 192 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 199 An Act To Create the Water Resources Planning Committee Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 199
This bill estsablishes the Water Resources Planning Committee within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The bill describes requirements related to committee membership, meetings and reporting. It details 3 phases on which the committee is required to focus effort. It also requires the committee to conduct an annual review of state policy in regard to water resources, provide guidance to municipalities and develop and disseminate educational materials on water resources and the regulatory regime.

LD 199 Chaptered Law
LD 199 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 228 An Act To Expedite the Issuance of Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licenses Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-103, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 228
This bill requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license to practice as an alcohol and drug counseling aide, certified alcohol and drug counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor or certified clinical supervisor within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license. This bill also clarifies the authority of the State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to license certified clinical supervisors.

Amendment H-103
This amendment makes changes to the provision of the bill related to the minimum qualifications for certain licensed mental health professionals and licensed alcohol and drug counselors to also become licensed as certified clinical supervisors by:
  • 1. Removing the examination requirement;
  • 2. Reducing the number of minimum hours of training in clinical supervision;
  • 3. Clarifying that licensed pastoral counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists may be licensed as certified clinical supervisors; and
  • 4. Adding an eligibility requirement that recognizes licensed mental health professionals with experience in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and at least 3 years of experience supervising clinicians in treatment programs for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


The amendment also removes the section of the bill requiring that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license.

LD 228 Chaptered Law
LD 228 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 247 An Act To Increase the Amount of Time School Counselors and Social Workers Spend Providing Students Direct and Indirect Counseling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-29, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 247
This bill requires each school counselor and school social worker to spend at least 80% of that counselor's or social worker's time providing direct or indirect services to students and requires the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement this provision.

Amendment S-29
This amendment clarifies that direct services and indirect services must be within the scope of the duties of school counselors or school social workers as established by major substantive rules adopted by the Department of Education. The rules must include guidelines regarding the duties of school counselors, including that a school counselor deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, and guidelines regarding the duties of school social workers. The amendment also clarifies that each school counselor and school social worker must spend at least 80% of the school counselor's or school social worker's time providing direct services to and indirect services on behalf of students.

LD 247 Chaptered Law
LD 247 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 249 An Act To Ensure Protection of Patients in Medical Reviews by Health Insurance Carriers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-107, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 249
This bill requires that a health insurance carrier's medical reviews, including utilization reviews and case management, be conducted by a health care practitioner who is board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment S-107
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that appeals of a health insurance carrier's adverse health care treatment decision be conducted by a licensed health care practitioner who is board certified in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review and whose compensation does not directly or indirectly depend upon the quantity, type or cost of the medical condition, procedure or treatment the practitioner approves or denies on behalf of a carrier. The bill would have required that all medical reviews be conducted by a clinical peer who was board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty.

The amendment also provides that any rules adopted by the Bureau of Insurance to conform to changes made in the bill are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.

LD 249 Chaptered Law
LD 249 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 269 An Act To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 269
This bill changes the term in Maine law "industrial hemp" to "hemp" and defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

LD 272 An Act To Allow Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 272
This bill requires that, beginning November 1, 2020, all primary and general elections for President of the United States, United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative as well as all elections on people's veto questions, initiated measures, bond issues, constitutional amendments and other legislatively proposed referenda be conducted by mail. The bill also establishes the Commission to Implement Voting by Mail to make recommendations, including proposed legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature for implementing voting by mail.

LD 276 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 28, 2019
LD 276
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-28, Enacted, Signed into law April 12, 2019
LD 278
This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee's prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. The bill broadens a provision in the current equal pay law to prohibit an employer from preventing employees from discussing or disclosing other employees' wages and makes the practice a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act as well.

Amendment S-28
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. It creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes, for example, when such information is related to economic development programs that specifically create employment opportunities for persons with low incomes. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected employee or applicant by the Department of Labor or the affected employee or applicant.

This amendment also amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of unlawful employment discrimination includes an employer's seeking information about a prospective employee's compensation history before an offer of employment, including all terms of compensation, to the applicant has been made. It also creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes.



LD 278 Chaptered Law
LD 278 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 287 An Act To Impose on Mental Health Professionals a Duty To Warn and Protect Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-450, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 287
This bill imposes on certain mental health professionals a duty to warn and protect if a patient or client is likely to engage in physical violence that poses a serious risk of harm to self or others or that constitutes a serious threat of substantial damage to real property. The duty to warn and protect applies to osteopathic physicians, physicians, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, social workers and counseling professionals.

Amendment H-450
This amendment clarifies the duty that the bill imposes on certain professionals to warn and protect if a patient or client is likely to engage in physical violence by limiting the duty to cases in which there is a belief that the patient is likely to pose a serious risk of harm to self or others. The bill includes a duty with regard to a serious threat of substantial damage to real property, which this amendment deletes.

This amendment also replaces the immunity language provided in the bill to make clear that there is no monetary liability and that the specific mental health professionals are not subject to a cause of action based on the disclosure of information to a 3rd party in an effort to discharge the duty to warn or protect.

LD 287 Chaptered Law
LD 287 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 303 An Act To Require Recovery Residences for Persons with Substance Use Disorder Be Equipped with Naloxone and To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Administering Naloxone Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-406, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 303
This bill requires organizations that provide housing to persons with substance use disorder to store one unit of naloxone hydrochloride for every 3 residents. It also requires these organizations to provide training to full-time employees so that an employee may possess and administer naloxone hydrochloride to an individual who appears to be experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement these requirements.

Amendment H-406
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.
  • 1. It makes the requirements of the bill apply only to recovery residences and not to other housing-based programs and expands the definition of "recovery residence."
  • 2. It changes the requirement for on-site storage of naloxone hydrochloride from at least one unit for every 3 residents of a housing-based program to at least 2 units for each floor of a recovery residence.
  • 3. It exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith administers naloxone hydrochloride to another person experiencing a drug-related overdose. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses or the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's administering naloxone hydrochloride.
  • 4. It removes the requirement that full-time employees of a housing-based program receive training and provides instead that residents of a recovery residence, employees of a recovery residence and all other persons involved in the administration of a recovery residence are required to successfully complete training in the administration of naloxone hydrochloride that meets the protocols and criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services.


LD 303 Chaptered Law
LD 303 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 329 An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-178, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 329
This bill exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is experiencing a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose.

Amendment H-178
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 329 Chaptered Law
LD 329 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 339 An Act To Prohibit Unattended Watercraft on Open Water Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 339
This bill makes a person's leaving a watercraft unattended in open water a civil violation.

LD 346 An Act To Amend the Brunswick Sewer District Charter Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 346
This bill amends the Brunswick Sewer District Charter to allow the district to charge readiness to serve rates consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1048. The bill also amends the charter to allow the treasurer of the district, when authorized by the trustees, to waive the district's right to foreclose on a lien mortgage established by the district on an individual's property, consistent with Title 38, section 1049. The bill provides the form that must be followed for filing the waiver.

LD 346 Chaptered Law
LD 346 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 362 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a State Plan Amendment To Exempt Retirement and Educational Assets from Calculations for Medicaid Eligibility Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, February 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 362
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to make a change in Medicaid eligibility requirements for individuals with disabilities under 65 years of age who have dependent children living in the home by disregarding assets held in qualifying retirement and education accounts.

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

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

LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
LD 394 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide for Student Loan Debt Relief Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 394
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Finance Authority of Maine for zero-interest student loans and loan consolidation or refinancing interest rate reductions for certain Maine residents who agree to live and work in Maine for at least 5 years. The bill creates the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Program. Under the program, zero-interest loans up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of 5 years are available to certain Maine residents who study at qualified in-state institutions of higher education and agree to live and work in Maine for at least 5 years following graduation. Loans bearing an annual interest rate of the prime rate of interest plus 2% are available to those who do not live and work in the State upon graduation. The Finance Authority of Maine may provide interest rate reduction payments to residents who use the authority's existing loan consolidation and refinancing program. This option is available to individuals who studied in Maine or outside of Maine and agree to live and work in Maine for at least 5 years. The bill exempts from Maine income tax any benefits received under the program to the extent included in federal adjusted gross income and prohibits individuals who have received benefits under the program from receiving the Maine educational opportunity tax credit.

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

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

LD 414 Amendment H-196 fiscal note
LD 427 An Act To Require the State To Fund Teacher Retirement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-20, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 427
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay a portion of the costs for teacher retirement.

Amendment H-20
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 427 fiscal note
LD 427 Amendment H-20 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 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-151, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 494
This bill updates language in the laws governing family planning.

Amendment S-151
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to remove conflicts with other provisions in statute relating to consent by minors. Current law provides that the treatment of a minor for a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. This amendment provides that the prevention or treatment of a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Current law also provides that family planning services may be provided to a minor who is a parent, who is married, with the consent of the minor's guardian or if the minor will suffer probable health hazards. This amendment provides that a health care provider may provide family planning services to a minor without requiring the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, just as with sexually transmitted infections. This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 406 regarding family planning services are not intended to change the scope of practice of a health care provider. It also makes other technical changes.

LD 494 Chaptered Law
LD 494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 508 Resolve, To Study the Protection of Youth and Young Adults from Addiction and Premature Death by Restricting Marketing of Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 508
This resolve requires the Office of the Attorney General to research marketing practices by the tobacco industry and regulatory options for the State to employ to curb youth and young adult use of and addiction to tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems. The Office of the Attorney General is required to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by February 1, 2020, and the committee is required to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

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

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

LD 513 Chaptered Law
LD 513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 538 An Act To Ensure Access to Medical Cannabis for Visiting Qualifying Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-347, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 538
This bill repeals the provision of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act that requires visiting qualifying patients to designate a registered caregiver or dispensary in order to obtain harvested marijuana.

Amendment H-347
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill. It removes the requirement that a visiting qualifying patient obtain valid written certification pursuant to Maine law from the visiting patient's medical provider. It also directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to maintain a list of other jurisdictions that authorize the medical use of marijuana and the images of the valid medical marijuana certifications from those jurisdictions and make that information available to registered caregivers and registered dispensaries.

LD 538 Chaptered Law
LD 538 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 543 Resolve, To Facilitate the Protection of Public Health through Increased Subsurface Wastewater Inspections Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-37, Finally passed, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 543
Current law requires the inspection of a subsurface wastewater disposal system on a property located within the shoreland area of the State that is to be transferred. This bill expands these requirements to apply to the transfer of any property in the State on which a subsurface wastewater disposal system is located. The bill also amends other provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes as necessary to incorporate these changes.

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

LD 543 Chaptered Law
LD 543 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 544 An Act To Create Extended Producer Responsibility for Post-consumer Waste Generated from the Use of Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 544
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a system under which producers of tobacco products develop, finance and implement stewardship programs to collect, transport, process and safely dispose of post-consumer tobacco waste to reduce, prevent and mitigate the environmental effects of the disposal of that waste in the State.

The bill proposes to:

  • 1. Prohibit tobacco producers or retailers from selling or offering for sale tobacco products in the State unless they are participating in an approved tobacco waste stewardship program;
  • 2. Require a tobacco producer to provide retailers that sell tobacco products information about the producer's tobacco waste stewardship program and information regarding available collection opportunities for post-consumer tobacco product waste. Under the bill, a retailer that sells tobacco products would be required to provide that information to its consumers at the time of sale;
  • 3. Require each tobacco producer to submit a plan for its tobacco waste stewardship program to the State for approval. The plan must:
    • A. Specify educational and outreach activities and materials that promote and increase awareness of the tobacco waste stewardship program, including but not limited to a website and written materials. The outreach materials must identify options for establishing an effective collection system, promote a reduction in the generation of post-consumer tobacco product waste, identify each tobacco producer participating in the program, identify participating brands of tobacco products sold and identify the processors that manage the post-consumer tobacco product waste that is collected;
    • B. Establish and provide for the implementation of goals to reduce the generation of post-consumer tobacco product waste;
    • C. Outline the responsibility for negotiating and executing contracts to collect, transport and process post-consumer tobacco product waste for end-of-product management;
    • D. Describe how the end-of-product management of post-consumer tobacco product waste that is collected under the tobacco waste stewardship program will use environmentally sound management practices that are consistent with state laws and other relevant environmental rules and practices for ultimate disposal;
    • E. Establish a timeline for carrying out an annual assessment of the effectiveness of actions taken under the tobacco waste stewardship program;
    • F. Include an anticipated annual operating budget for the tobacco waste stewardship program; and
    • G. Identify an effective, convenient system for the collection of post-consumer tobacco product waste that ensures sufficient permanent collection sites and provides for collection events in geographically underserved areas;
  • 4. Establish a process for tobacco producers to amend their tobacco waste stewardship programs;
  • 5. Require tobacco producers to submit annual reports, which must include the volume of post-consumer tobacco product waste collected, an independent financial audit, an evaluation of the tobacco waste stewardship program's funding mechanism, an updated budget, samples of educational and outreach materials, documentation of compliance with collection requirements, a description of activities undertaken to achieve the program's goals as provided for in the program plan and identification of proposed changes to the program;
  • 6. Allow the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to develop a pilot project for a tobacco waste stewardship program;
  • 7. Require the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to establish a schedule of fees;
  • 8. Make financial cost, production or sales data and records confidential and establish a process for disclosure of aggregate information;
  • 9. Require the state agency charged with overseeing tobacco waste stewardship programs to publish by municipality, city or county the total weight of post-consumer tobacco product waste collected; and
  • 10. Establish civil penalties for violations.


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

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

LD 562 An Act To Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement To Support Municipalities Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 562
This bill amends the laws relating to the State's regulation of the shoreland zone as follows.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement. Current law only requires that the office provide basic training to code enforcement officers.
  • 2. It increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal land use law or ordinance from $2,500 to $5,000 and increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance occurring within an area zoned for resource protection from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • 3. It provides that a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance must require an applicant for a permit for development within the shoreland zone to provide to the municipal permitting authority preconstruction and postconstruction photographs of the shoreline vegetation and development site.


Amendment H-38
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill by removing the requirement that the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement and instead removes from existing law the designation that the training program required by statute be basic.

LD 562 Chaptered Law
LD 562 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-180
This amendment clarifies that a municipality or multimunicipal region that is in the "coastal area" as that term is defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1802, subsection 1 is subject to the bill. The amendment also strikes from the bill a requirement that state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.

LD 563 Chaptered Law
LD 563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 564 An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 564
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.

LD 609 An Act To Provide Municipalities Additional Sales Tax Revenue from Lodging Sales Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 609
This bill provides an incremental sales tax of 1% for those sales currently subject to the 9% sales tax on lodging. The incremental revenue, after reduction for administrative costs, is returned to the municipality or unorganized territory to which the revenue is attributable. The amount received may not be used to reduce any other state aid or revenue sharing to municipalities or the unorganized territory.

LD 617 An Act To Increase to 3 the Number of Youth Deer Hunting Days Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 617
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 2 additional youth deer hunting days, the Monday and Tuesday following the last Saturday of the regular firearms season on deer, to the current youth deer hunting day, which occurs on the Saturday preceding the residents-only Saturday of the regular deer hunting season.

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

LD 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 643 An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 643
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the State Entomologist, to identify pests, such as browntail moths and ticks, in this State that pose a risk of significant harm to human health, and to undertake measures to manage those pests.

The bill also establishes the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to provide funds to municipalities severely infested with harmful pests, to be used in mitigating the infestations. It also provides $500,000 to the fund.

LD 677 An Act Regarding the Use of Seizure and Forfeitures by Law Enforcement Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 677
This bill requires the establishment of a record and case tracking system and detailed reporting to the Commissioner of Public Safety when a law enforcement agency seizes, holds or disposes of property as a result of civil forfeiture provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15, section 5821 and the criminal forfeiture provisions of Title 15, section 5826. The bill provides that reported information is public information and for public access to that information through a website and mandates reports to the Legislature, Attorney General and Governor. The bill provides rulemaking for the Commissioner of Public Safety and auditing by the State Auditor, with a report from the State Auditor to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The provisions apply to law enforcement agencies, which are defined to include fire departments, that seize, hold or dispose of property as a result of an investigation and arrest carried out in cooperation with a federal law enforcement agency.

LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 692
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-407
This amendment specifies that the services provided by independent licensed clinical social workers are provided under Section 65 of rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. Rather than increasing rates to the lowest reimbursement rate for the same service paid by an insurance carrier licensed in Maine, the amendment increases rates to 70% of the Medicare rate for the closest equivalent service, since there is no exact equivalent rate under Medicare. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 692 fiscal note
LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
LD 699 Resolve, To Provide for Outreach Programs To Assist Women at Risk of Giving Birth to Substance-exposed Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-121, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 699
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a community-based nonprofit organization to develop outreach and educational programs regarding reproductive and sexual health care for women and adolescents at highest risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy. The programming must emphasize the right to individual self-determination regarding family planning and childbearing and be targeted to women and adolescents experiencing substance use disorder, homelessness or other circumstances that indicate a need for family planning services or who are involved in the correctional system.

Amendment S-121
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 699 fiscal note
LD 699 Amendment S-121 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 730 An Act To Create the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 730
This bill establishes the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet. The cabinet consists of the Commissioner of Corrections, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor and the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and, at the discretion of the Governor, one member of the public. The initial chair of the cabinet is the Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner's designee. The cabinet is established to promote interdepartmental collaboration on substance use disorders policy development and program implementation and support service delivery in an integrated manner. The duties of the cabinet include coordinating funding, conducting long-term planning and policy development, coordinating service delivery, assessing resource capacity, reviewing programs and policies and communicating the work of the cabinet. The cabinet is authorized to solicit, receive and pool funds from the Federal Government, subdivisions of the State and individuals, foundations or corporations. The cabinet is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, criminal justice and public safety matters, education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters, judiciary matters, labor matters and state and local government matters and to make the report available to the public. The cabinet is required to carry out its duties within existing resources.

LD 752 An Act To Reduce Food Insecurity and Promote Economic Growth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 752
This bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver beginning with federal fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019, and for each federal fiscal year thereafter to allow individuals otherwise subject to a 3-month limit on federal food supplement program benefits to continue to receive benefits if those individuals reside in counties, labor market areas or other areas that qualify for a waiver because of high unemployment or a lack of a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for those individuals.
  • 2. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to calculate the amount of the food stamp standard utility allowance using reliable data reflecting actual utility costs in Maine.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older or an individual with a disability or that does not include children.


LD 761 An Act To Ensure That Incarcerated Individuals Are Eligible for Medicaid during Incarceration and Receive Food Supplement Program Benefits upon Release Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-404, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 761
This bill clarifies current law regarding Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals to ensure that individuals who are eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to renew their coverage while they are incarcerated and also establishes a mechanism to ensure that individuals who are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to apply for coverage while they are incarcerated. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid coverage for treatment received by an incarcerated person outside a correctional facility as long as, at the time treatment is provided, the person is eligible for Medicaid.

Amendment H-404
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies the provisions in the bill regarding presumptive eligibility. It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a waiver in order to provide food supplement program benefits to a person being released from incarceration. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Corrections to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to assist an incarcerated person with applying for Medicaid benefits and food supplement program benefits. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 761 fiscal note
LD 761 Amendment H-404 fiscal note
LD 763 An Act To Ensure the Availability of Community Integration Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted Committee Majority report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-252, adopted Senate amendment S-162 and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 763
This bill provides funding to increase reimbursement rates in the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 17 for community integration services to $24.25 per quarter-hour.

Amendment H-252
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-162
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause, changes the date by which the reimbursement rate increase must start to October 1, 2019 and reduces the appropriation for fiscal year 2019-20 due to the delayed start.

LD 763 fiscal note
LD 763 Amendment H-252 fiscal note
LD 773 An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 773
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to review the content standards and performance indicators for the content area of health, physical education and wellness, including instruction on affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity and the effects of alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics on the ability to give affirmative consent, communicate and make appropriate decisions, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the commissioner's 5-year review cycle of the content standards and performance indicators required under the system of learning results.

Amendment H-266
This amendment adds a mandate preamble.

LD 773 Chaptered Law
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LD 774 An Act To Protect Maine's Beaches and Shoreline Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 774
This bill amends the State's coastal management policies laws to ensure that those policies address the effects of coastal erosion on the State's beaches and shoreline and ensure the health of the State's beaches and shoreline for habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for protection against storms.

The bill also creates an advisory group on beach management, to be convened by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the purpose of developing and recommending objectives, strategies, legislation and other actions to mitigate coastal erosion in the State and to keep beaches healthy for storm protection, habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for recreational use. The group is directed to review the report titled "Integrated Beach Management Program Working Group Report," dated January 2017 and submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature, update the data and findings contained in that report, if necessary, and review and update the specific recommendations for legislative, regulatory or other actions contained in that report, if necessary. No later than February 15, 2020, the commissioner is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources containing the findings and recommendations of the group following its review of the 2017 report, including any proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement those recommendations.

LD 775 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules for Eligibility for Community Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-403, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 775
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services to include access to services to persons who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Amendment H-403
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services concerning eligibility criteria for services under that section. It requires the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 15, 2020 on the rulemaking process, proposed and provisionally adopted rules and justification for the adoption of the proposed rules. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation regarding the subject matter of the rules.

LD 775 Amendment H-403 fiscal note
LD 780 An Act To Change Municipal Campaign Contribution Limits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 780
This bill reduces from $750 to $350 the maximum allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

Amendment S-21
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, reduces from $750 to $500 the maximum statutory allowable contribution for candidates for municipal office.

LD 780 Chaptered Law
LD 780 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 835 An Act To Increase Funding for Case Managers for Veterans Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, April 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 835
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for additional case managers in the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding the availability of benefits and services for veterans such as health care, home financing, property tax exemptions and income tax credits.

LD 853 An Act To Facilitate Weekend Malt Liquor Purchases by Licensed Establishments Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-161, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 853
This bill permits retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed on the premises to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off of the premises during weekend hours, when wholesalers and distributors are typically closed.

Amendment H-161
This amendment permits retailers licensed for on-premises consumption of malt liquor to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off the licensed premises only during weekend hours and only 2 times annually. If an on-premises retailer purchases malt liquor from an off-premises retailer, the on-premises retailer must immediately notify both the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the retailer's malt liquor wholesaler of the purchase. The on-premises retailer may not purchase more than 10 gallons of malt liquor in a single weekend and must purchase the malt liquor from an off-premises retailer located within the same malt liquor wholesaler's sales territory.

LD 853 Chaptered Law
LD 853 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 863 An Act To Exempt Diapering Products from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-212, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 863
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for disposable and reusable diapers for children, including diaper covers, wraps and diaper pins that are used with reusable diapers.

Amendment H-212
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 863 fiscal note
LD 863 Amendment H-212 fiscal note
LD 892 Resolve, To Require the Examination of Alternatives to the Service Provider Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-289, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 892
This bill repeals the service provider tax for so-called MaineCare Appendix C private nonmedical institutions, which are residential care facilities maintained wholly or partly for the purpose of providing residents with medical and remedial treatment services. The service provider tax continues to apply to private nonmedical institution services that are provided by MaineCare Appendix B, D, E or F private nonmedical institutions.

Amendment S-289
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and other state agencies that the departments determine should be included to examine the service provider tax and alternatives to the tax and submit a report on their findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by March 1, 2020. The committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 892 Chaptered Law
LD 892 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 907 An Act To Ensure That Defendants in Foreclosure Proceedings Receive Proper Notification Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-543, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 907
This bill requires a mortgagee to send a mortgagor in a foreclosure action the right to cure notice by both certified mail, return receipt requested, and ordinary mail.

The time the notice is given to the mortgagor or cosigner is the sooner of:

  • 1. The date the mortgagor or cosigner signs the receipt or, if the notice is undeliverable, the date the post office last attempts to deliver it, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph A; and
  • 2. The date the mortgagor or cosigner receives the notice under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B. A post office department certificate of mailing to the mortgagor or cosigner is conclusive proof of receipt on the 7th calendar day after mailing when notice is provided under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B.


Amendment H-543
This amendment restructures the subsection governing notice by a mortgagee to clarify that the date of notice is the date of the delivery or attempted delivery of the notice by certified mail or the date of receipt by ordinary first-class mail, whichever is sooner.

LD 907 Chaptered Law
LD 907 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 908 An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs and Inspection Results to the Board of Pesticides Control for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-307, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 908
This bill establishes in law certain requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control related to pest management on school property. It requires a school to maintain a pest management activity log related to the application of pesticides. It requires this information to be provided annually to the board and requires the board to post the information on its publicly accessible website. It also requires that the board post on its publicly accessible website a list of all board inspections of a school's use of pesticides and the results of those inspections.

Amendment H-302
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

The fiscal note on the amendment, which is a fiscal note only amendment, identifies certain requirements in the bill as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential mandate do not require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

The requirement in the bill that a local school administrative unit submit a pest management activity log to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control by January 15th of each year for the previous calendar year does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. Local school administrative units currently prepare pest management activity logs with the required data pursuant to rules established by the Board of Pesticides Control. The committee finds that the act of submitting a pest management activity log that is already required to be maintained does not necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

LD 908 fiscal note
LD 908 Amendment H-302 fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 914 An Act To Enhance the Recruitment and Retention of Marine Patrol Sergeants Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 914
This bill provides funding to increase the salaries of Marine Patrol Sergeants in the Department of Marine Resources by 5%.

LD 934 Resolve, To Review the Implementation of the Maine Background Check Center Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-348, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 934
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a study group to assess the effects of the implementation of the system of background checks established by the Maine Background Check Center Act. The commissioner is required to submit a report, including any recommended legislation, by December 15, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-348
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds a directive to the study group to consider any barriers to implementing all required background checks under one background check system.

LD 934 Chaptered Law
LD 934 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 949 An Act To Prevent Overdose Deaths Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 949
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to certify 2 facilities in the State to provide safe and secure locations for people to self-administer previously obtained drugs. The bill requires the facilities to have health care personnel and other trained staff, to provide information concerning drug overdoses and diseases associated with drug use, to administer first aid or other medications in case of an overdose and to provide referrals to other services that clients of the facilities may need. The bill provides immunity from arrest or prosecution to clients and staff members acting in accordance with the provisions of the bill and creates a tolerance zone within 1/2 mile of each facility. The facilities are directed to report certain demographic and other information to the department, which is directed to analyze the information and report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters. The department is also directed to review the effectiveness of the facilities to determine whether to open additional facilities.

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

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 982 Resolve, To Expand the Use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at Farmers' Markets Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-427, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 982
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to amend the rules regarding the use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at farmers' markets by expanding the program from seasonal to include all 12 months of the calendar year and by expanding the scope of food products that may be purchased through the program at a farmers' market from only fresh fruits and vegetables to all food products allowed to be purchased through the program in general.

Amendment H-427
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 982 Chaptered Law
LD 982 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 984 Resolve, To Develop Plans To Return to the State Children Housed in Residential Treatment Systems outside of the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-352, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 984
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with families of children who are receiving certain services out of state to develop plans to bring the children back to the State to receive the required services and care. The resolve also suspends current contracts regarding any psychiatric residential treatment facility licensed by the department and prohibits the department from issuing new contracts for such facilities. The suspension and moratorium are lifted 30 days after the department submits a report, as required by this resolve, to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the adequacy of beds and staffing levels in those facilities and the need to increase the MaineCare reimbursement rate to allow for additional facilities or staffing.

Additionally, the resolve provides funding to increase rates in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefi\ts Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, Children's Home and Community Based Treatment and Section 97, Appendix D, Principles of Reimbursement for Child Care Facilities by 30% no later than October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-352
This amendment removes from the resolve the sections relating to psychiatric residential treatment facilities and increasing MaineCare reimbursement rates under rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65 and Section 97, Appendix D. The amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate reimbursement rates with providers to provide services to children returning to the State, including deviating from reimbursement rates established by department rules in order to access additional services.

LD 984 Chaptered Law
LD 984 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 998 Resolve, Requiring the Collection of Data on the Marriage of Minors Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 5, 2019
LD 998
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention through its division of data, research and vital statistics to report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on data on the incidence of marriage of minors in the State. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 998 Chaptered Law
LD 998 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1018 Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Protection from Abuse Orders (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1018
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to convene a work group to review the laws governing enforcement of protection from abuse orders and how those orders are enforced by law enforcement officers.

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 1037 An Act To Address the Browntail Moth Infestation Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-449, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1037
This bill provides funding to the University of Maine System to support a 3-year study of the browntail moth infestation. This bill specifies that funds appropriated for this purpose do not lapse but must be carried forward into the next fiscal year to be used only to support the cost of the study.

Amendment H-449
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the University of Maine System to submit an annual report on the progress of the 3-year browntail moth infestation study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than March 1st for the duration of the 3-year study.

LD 1037 fiscal note
LD 1037 Amendment H-449 fiscal note
LD 1043 An Act To Establish Universal Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-256, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1043
This bill specifies that it is the goal of the State to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2020-2021 school year. In order to achieve that goal, this bill requires the Department of Education to develop recommendations and report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020. Recommendations must include:
  • 1. Standards for public preschool programs;
  • 2. A process for approval and certification of programs not operated by a school administrative unit, including, but not limited to, a Head Start program or other program affiliated with the school administrative unit; and
  • 3. Funding for public preschool programs.
  • The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement the recommendations in the report.


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

LD 1043 Amendment H-256 fiscal note
LD 1045 An Act Regarding Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1045
Current law prohibits a person from making a bad faith assertion of patent infringement against another person. A person who does make a bad faith assertion may have to pay remedies awarded by the court, including equitable relief, damages, costs and fees and punitive damages; however, the law exempts persons seeking relief pursuant to 35 United States Code, Section 271(e)(2) or 42 United States Code, Section 262 from the law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement, which may include businesses such as pharmaceutical companies. This bill removes the exemption.

LD 1064 An Act To Address Maine's Firefighter Shortage by Offering Firefighter Training for Credit in High School Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1064
This bill allows career and technical education centers and regions to offer firefighter training as an approved program and requires the program to use National Fire Protection Association standards for fire fighter professional qualifications as the industry standard for the firefighter training.

LD 1092 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Critical Incident Stress Management Teams Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-54, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1092
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

Amendment S-54
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

LD 1092 Chaptered Law
LD 1092 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1137 An Act To Clarify the Background Check Process for Certain Child Care Workers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1137
This bill removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services, Background Check Center be used to screen prospective employees of child care facilities and family child care providers. Instead, this bill allows the criminal background check used for new and continuing school employees to fulfill the state and federal requirements for a mandatory criminal background check for a person who provides child care in a child care facility, a family child care provider and a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds.

LD 1168 Resolve, To Improve Maine's Response to Childhood Trauma Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-323, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1168
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a task force, inviting the participation of experts and interested parties, to develop guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma and to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 4, 2019. The committee is authorized to submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-323
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and directs the task force convened by the Commissioner of Education, in developing guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma, to consult with any other task force or work group convened by the Department of Education whose work may inform the work of this task force. The amendment also removes the requirement that the training and social and emotional learning curriculum developed by the task force be mandated.

LD 1168 Chaptered Law
LD 1168 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1174 An Act To Facilitate Remote Learning during School Cancellations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1174
This bill allows a school to receive credit for a school day that is cancelled due to weather or another emergency reason if the students of the school receive adequate online instruction or alternative method for students without the technical capability to participate in online instruction pursuant to a plan agreed upon and adopted by the school board and the superintendent of the school administrative unit of the school. The school administrative unit is directed to forward the plan to the Department of Education, which may make recommendations on the plan. The school administrative unit is not required to implement a recommendation concerning the plan made by the department.

LD 1176 An Act Regarding Caretakers of Ancient Burying Grounds and Access to Ancient Burying Grounds Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1176
This bill allows a descendant of an individual or a veteran buried in an ancient or public burying ground to appoint a caretaker to maintain the burying ground when the municipality is unable to care for the burying ground or to appoint a caretaker.

LD 1182 An Act To Improve School Safety by Requiring Law Enforcement Visits Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1182
This bill requires that a public school be visited at least 2 times per week by a law enforcement officer from the State Police, a county sheriff's office or a municipal law enforcement agency when that public school is in session. Visits by law enforcement officers must be unannounced and occur at varying times of the day and week at each public school. The county sheriff's office is responsible for coordinating these visits.

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 1217 An Act To Clarify the Oversight of the Family Development Account Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-167, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1217
This bill amends the family development account program by transferring administration from the Finance Authority of Maine to the University of Maine System. The bill also allows the University of Maine System to consult key stakeholders such as program participants, community development organizations and financial institutions, as well as organizations representing the interests of low-income persons in the State, as part of administering the program and assessing its effectiveness.

Amendment S-167
This amendment adds a definition of "eligible person"; modifies the definition of "account holder"; adds language allowing the University of Maine System to solicit proposals from community development organizations on a schedule established by the system; allows, instead of requires, the system to adopt rules; allows, instead of requires, enforcement of the penalty for unauthorized withdrawals; changes the makeup of the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts from 12 members to 10 members and changes the descriptions of members; and adds a section describing the transition of the program from the Finance Authority of Maine to the system.

LD 1217 Chaptered Law
LD 1217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1224 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Address Changes in Sea Level, Geospatial Data Acquisition by Communities and the Increase in Ocean Acidity Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1224
This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds.
  • 1. Part A of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels.
  • 2. Part B of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $6,000,000, to be used to provide partnership funds and matching grants for geospatial data acquisition to communities that are creating or improving digital parcel maps to accurately identify existing boundaries and land use, identify potential community development areas and protect environmental resources.
  • 3. Part C of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $3,000,000, to be used to collect data, monitor waterways and perform tests related to the known increasing ocean acidity along the Maine coast and its impact on natural wildlife and commercially important species in Maine waters, such as lobsters and clams.


LD 1225 An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1225
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.

LD 1245 An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1245
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

LD 1247 Resolve, To Clarify the Good Cause and Sanction Process in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-408, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1247
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to include a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program participant's attendance at the medical and mental health appointments of the participant's children as a life management skill and job readiness activity.

Amendment H-408
This amendment replaces the resolve and changes the title. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to establish a process for a participant in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who fails to comply with a program requirement with an opportunity to claim good cause and receive a determination from the department in response to that claim.

LD 1247 Chaptered Law
LD 1247 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1256 An Act To Provide a Health Care Preceptor Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-331, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1256
This bill establishes a refundable tax credit in the amount of $500 per student, up to a maximum of $1,500 per year, for a health care preceptor who provides, without compensation, instruction to and supervision of advanced practice registered nursing students in an approved course of study. A health care preceptor may be a licensed physician, physician's assistant or advanced practice registered nurse.

Amendment H-331
This amendment requires a health care preceptor to submit documentation of the activities necessary for the preceptor to qualify for an income tax credit and removes the provision making the credit refundable.

LD 1256 Amendment H-331 fiscal note
LD 1259 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Adopt Rules To Streamline and Remove Barriers for Reimbursement for Providers of Dental Care Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1259
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 25, Dental Services to add certain procedures as covered services and to remove the requirement that independent practice dental hygienists must have 2 written agreements with dentists, one regarding temporary fillings and another regarding dental radiographs.

LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1261
This bill allows a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed as such in this State to perform abortions, in addition to a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician.

LD 1261 Chaptered Law
LD 1261 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1284 An Act To Create the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1284
This bill establishes the Science and Policy Advisory Council on the Impact of Climate Change on Maine's Marine Species to examine the effects of climate change on Maine's marine ecosystems as habitat for the State's valuable commercial marine species and the direct and indirect effects of climate change on those commercial marine species. The council will identify, study and make recommendations to remediate and mitigate the direct and indirect effects of climate change on marine species that are commercially harvested and grown in the State's coastal and ocean environments.

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

LD 1297 An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-293, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1297
This bill:
  • 1. Prohibits a tanning facility from allowing an individual who has not attained 18 years of age to use a tanning device;
  • 2. Requires that the owner of a tanning facility or the lessee of a tanning device post a conspicuous notice regarding the laws governing tanning and the health risks associated with tanning;
  • 3. Requires that each customer, prior to that customers first use in that calendar year of that tanning device, sign an acknowledgment that the customer understands the posted notice and agrees to use protective eyewear; and
  • 4. Authorizes municipalities to adopt more restrictive regulations than required in this bill.


Amendment H-293
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, specifies that a violation of the section on tanning facilities is subject only to civil penalties. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules to implement the law and otherwise regulate tanning facilities and directs the department to amend its rules in 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 223 to be consistent with the law.

LD 1297 Chaptered Law
LD 1297 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1312
This bill creates an extreme risk protection order to authorize a court to order a person to surrender that person's firearms temporarily for 14 days or on an extended basis for 365 days when it has been proved that the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. The bill provides that:
  • 1. A law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a family or household member may file a petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order, which may be granted if the court finds probable cause exists to issue the order. The temporary extreme risk protection order expires in 14 days or when a hearing to determine whether to issue an extended extreme risk protection order is held, whichever occurs sooner. A temporary extreme risk protection order may be issued on an ex parte basis;
  • 2. Whether or not the court issues a temporary extreme risk protection order, the court is required to hold a hearing within 14 days to determine whether the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. If the court, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that an extended extreme risk protection order should be issued, the extended extreme risk protection order must be issued, and it expires 365 days after the issuance of the order unless extended after another hearing;
  • 3. Following the issuance of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order, the court is required to order law enforcement to serve the order and is required to issue a search warrant if the court finds probable cause that the person who is the subject of the order is in possession of a firearm;
  • 4. A person who is the subject of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order is required to surrender all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. The firearms must be returned to the person at the expiration of the extreme risk protection order unless an extended extreme risk protection order is issued;
  • 5. A person against whom an extended extreme risk protection order is issued may request that the order be dissolved and be granted a hearing once during the term of the extended extreme risk protection order; and
  • 6. A person who possesses firearms in violation of an extreme risk protection order commits a Class D crime.


LD 1324 Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-157, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1324
This resolve establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security to examine options to better provide basic economic security to Maine people, including through the development of a direct cash payment system.

Amendment S-157
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the resolve, which establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security, as follows.
  • 1. It changes the membership of the committee.
  • 2. It requires that the committee in fulfilling its duties invite input as necessary from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services and from the Governor's Office of Policy and Management.
  • 3. It changes the date of the committee's report to the Legislature.


LD 1324 Chaptered Law
LD 1324 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1361 An Act Regarding Health Care Providers and Patient Trust Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1361
This bill prevents the State from requiring persons licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or the Board of Licensure in Medicine, including physician assistants, or the State Board of Nursing to give patients information that is medically inaccurate or perform medical services that are inconsistent with evidence-based standards. It also provides that the State may not prohibit a person licensed under these professional boards from providing patients with medically accurate information or evidence-based medical services.

LD 1362 An Act To Fund Opioid Treatment by Establishing an Excise Tax on Manufacturers of Opioids Status: Referred to Taxation, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-608 and adopted House amendment H-650, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1362
This bill establishes the Opioid Stewardship Fund within the Fund for a Healthy Maine for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery funded by an excise tax of 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against opioid drug manufacturers for opioid drugs purchased by consumers in the State.

Amendment H-608
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It provides that the excise tax is a tax on manufacturers of opioids if more than 100,000 morphine milligram equivalents of the manufacturer's prescription opioid products are dispensed in the State in the tax year.
  • 2. It changes the rate of the tax from 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent to $0.01 per morphine milligram equivalent for a brand-name opioid distributed in the State or $0.0025 per morphine milligram equivalent for a generic substitute.
  • 3. It removes the prohibition on passing the tax on to consumers.
  • 4. It provides that revenue collected from the tax also may be used to fund the costs of administering the tax and provides necessary administrative details.
  • 5. It provides that the tax is in effect until December 31, 2023 and requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters to review the tax. It authorizes the committee to submit a bill to extend, amend or repeal the tax to the 131st Legislature based on the review.
  • 6. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-650
This amendment is the same as House AmendmentH-629 to Committee Amendment H-608 except that this amendment retains the appropriations and allocations section in Committee Amendment H-608, which was removed in error by House Amendment H-629 to Committee Amendment H-608.

House amendment H-629
This amendment to the committee amendment strikes the list of information that must be reported annually by a manufacturer of opioids to the Department of Health and Human Services and substitutes a requirement that the department adopt major substantive rules establishing the information that must be reported. The amendment also provides a different method of determining the products subject to the 2 levels of tax specified in the committee amendment and changes elements of the calculation of the rates.

LD 1362 Amendment H-608 fiscal note
LD 1362 Amendment H-650 fiscal note
LD 1376 An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-617, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1376
This bill directs the Department of Education to amend its rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to include concepts from and references to the department's rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

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

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

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

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

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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

LD 1376 Amendment H-617 fiscal note
LD 1422 An Act Regarding Conditions in Correctional Facilities for Female Prisoners Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1422
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure the fair treatment of women who are incarcerated.

LD 1429 An Act To Fund Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Public hearing held, April 26, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1429
This bill establishes the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder analysis, prevention and treatment. The fund is funded by a 2¢ fee per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against prescription opioid drug manufacturers for prescription opioid drugs distributed in the State as well as appropriations, allocations and contributions from private and public sources.

LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1461
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.

Amendment S-244
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies that the department must establish a bundled rate for coordinated specialty care. It also provides that the department may review, develop or apply for any source of funds that may be available to implement reimbursement for the coordinated specialty care model. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-300
This amendment amends the committee amendment. This amendment retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause and, as in the committee amendment and the bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a reimbursement rate for a coordinated specialty care model to treat individuals showing early signs of psychotic disorder. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. Under this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and no later than July 1, 2020, to establish a bundled rate to reimburse for services provided under the coordinated specialty care model that are not otherwise covered under the MaineCare program. This amendment moves the statutory requirements for the reimbursement to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22. This amendment retains the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant but changes cross-references and requires that necessary applications be submitted no later than 90 days after the effective date of this legislation.

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1512 An Act Regarding Persons Who Are Found Not Criminally Responsible and Are Sent out of State for Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-469, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 1512
This bill concerns persons charged with crimes who are judged not criminally responsible by reason of insanity who are placed in an institution outside the State. The bill:
  • 1. Requires the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, to conduct a hearing to find that the institution is the least restrictive placement, that there is not an equivalent placement within the State and that the institution outside the State will comply with state reporting requirements;
  • 2. Requires an institution outside the State in which a patient is placed to provide quarterly status reports on the patient to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services; and
  • 3. Directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene an oversight committee to review the status of forensic patients placed in institutions outside the State to determine if a patient is in the least restrictive environment and receiving adequate care and if the Department of Health and Human Services is actively working on a plan to return the patient to the State and to make recommendations to the commissioner, the head of the institution where the patient is placed, the court of record, a family member designated by the patient and the patient's attorney or, if the patient does not have an attorney, the patient's attorney of record.


Amendment H-469
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Removes the requirement in the bill that the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, conduct a hearing;
  • 2. Reduces the frequency of required status reports on a forensic patient placed outside the State from quarterly to every 6 months and requires the report be filed in the Superior Court in the county in which the state institution monitoring the person's placement is located; and
  • 3. Replaces the proposed oversight committee of forensic patients in the bill with a committee for the oversight of patient human rights, for patients in state institutions or forensic patients placed outside the State, to review practices that affect, or potentially affect, the civil liberties or other rights of patients; review patient grievances; review reports regarding the placement of forensic patients outside the State and, among other duties, to report concerns and make recommendations to the superintendent of the state institution.


LD 1512 Chaptered Law
LD 1512 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1545 An Act Regarding the Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Marijuana Products Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1545
This bill amends the provisions regarding the testing of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by:
  • 1. Requiring that any testing conform to any applicable state or federal process, protocol or standard for the testing of tobacco; and
  • 2. Providing that if a testing facility does not test adult use marijuana or an adult use marijuana product within 5 days of receiving the marijuana or marijuana product from a licensee, the licensee may sell or distribute the marijuana or marijuana product if the marijuana or marijuana product is labeled "Untested." If upon testing a testing facility determines that the marijuana or marijuana product exceeds the maximum level of allowable contamination for any contaminant that is injurious to health and for which testing is required, the testing facility is required to immediately notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the licensee. The licensee is required to recover, document, quarantine and hold the marijuana or marijuana product for either remediation and retesting or destruction by the department.


LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to online sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing online sports pools.

LD 1667 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the State Compensation Commission Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-422, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1667
This bill increases the annual salary of the Governor to $141,000 beginning in January 2023. The bill provides that beginning in January 2027, whenever a new Governor takes office, that Governor's annual salary must be adjusted by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during the term of office of that Governor's predecessor subject to a limit of 3% per year.

The bill increases the annual salary of members of the Legislature to $23,500 beginning in December 2022.

The bill provides that the Governor appoints 2 members of the State Compensation Commission and removes language that provides that one member is appointed by a majority of the members of the commission. The bill increases the term of members to 4 years and provides for staggered terms.

Amendment H-422
This amendment changes the title and strikes the bill, adding an emergency preamble and clause. It amends the statutory reporting requirements of the State Compensation Commission, eliminating alternate year interim reports and changing the final report submission to require the State Compensation Commission to submit a report to the Legislature and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters by January 15th of every even-numbered year. The amendment authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters to introduce legislation based on the commission's report.

LD 1667 Chaptered Law
LD 1667 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1689 An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-177, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1689
This bill expands the scope and capabilities of hypodermic apparatus exchange programs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill requires the center to adopt rules that:
  • 1. Allow the programs to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; and
  • 2. Expand the criteria a program must meet in order to be awarded funds, including distributing naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C testing; and maintaining referral agreements or having the capacity to provide counseling services, medication-assisted treatment services and infectious disease care.

The center is also required to consider geographic distribution of services provided by a program when allocating funding.

This bill also amends the Maine Criminal Code to remove the crimes of furnishing hypodermic apparatuses and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses and makes changes to other statutes to reflect that decriminalization.

Amendment S-177
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill that decriminalize the crimes of furnishing or possessing hypodermic apparatuses. It removes the changes to the requirement to distribute educational materials. It removes the requirement to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies. Instead of requiring that a hypodermic apparatus exchange program have a board, the amendment requires a program to have a process or system to regularly seek input from persons with a history of drug use. The amendment also makes changes to the allocation of funds appropriated for hypodermic apparatus exchange programs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1689 Amendment S-177 fiscal note
LD 1705 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen the Marine Economy Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1705
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to facilitate the growth of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors of the State's marine economy through research and development and workforce development with capital investments awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development, to be matched by at least $50,000,000 in private and other funds.

LD 1735 An Act To Clarify the Pathway for a Registered Dispensary under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Become a For-profit Entity (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-214, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1735
Public Law 2017, chapter 452 authorized registered dispensaries under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act operating as nonprofit entities to become for-profit entities, but did not outline a pathway to follow for such a transaction. This bill:
  • 1. Specifies the possible pathways of merger, purchase and conversion for such a dispensary to become a for-profit entity;
  • 2. Provides that a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity that reorganizes as a for-profit entity retains its registration certificate;
  • 3. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund a percentage of the value of the sale or transfer of interest; and
  • 4. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund 2% of gross sales for discounts to certain qualified patients.


Amendment S-214
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Provides that the reorganization of a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to a for-profit entity may be accomplished only by any of the 8 registered dispensaries that were issued registration certificates as of April 1, 2018 and that operate as any type of nonprofit entity;
  • 2. Specifies that any exemptions from fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest otherwise required by the law do not apply for the limited purposes required in order for a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to reorganize as a for-profit entity;
  • 3. Clarifies that the triggering event for a registered dispensary to pay a fine to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund is only upon the sale or transfer of interest within 4 years after the reorganization to a for-profit entity and provides that the cost of an appraisal required to determine the value of the sale or transfer of interest must be paid from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund;
  • 4. Requires a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity or the dispensary's successor in interest to provide discounts in an amount that is not less than 2% of gross sales of the dispensary in the previous year to certain qualifying patients as a condition of registration. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by January 15, 2023 regarding the discounts provided. The requirement to provide discounts is repealed July 1, 2023; and
  • 5. Directs the Secretary of State to develop a form for use by registered dispensaries to accomplish the reorganization from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity.


LD 1735 Chaptered Law
LD 1735 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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