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Representative Kent Ackley [Candid Common Sense]
Monmouth ~ District 82

Towns in District: Litchfield, Wales and part of Monmouth

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs

✉ Kent.Ackley@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 705 Route 135
Monmouth, Maine 04259


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters100%
Maine People's Alliance, 2018100%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 57 An Act To Require the Maine Turnpike Authority To Accept E-Z Pass Payments of Any Amount by Telephone (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 57
This bill directs the Maine Turnpike Authority to allow payment in any amount of electronically assessed or recorded tolls to be made by telephone.

LD 120 An Act To Rebrand Maine's License Plate Slogan from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland" Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 120
This bill changes the slogan on motor vehicle license plates issued by the State from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland."

LD 211 An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 211
This bill allows an unenrolled voter to vote in a primary election without having to enroll in a political party. An unenrolled voter may vote in only one party's primary election.

LD 385 An Act To Base School Funding on the Number of Students Sent by a Town to a Regional School Unit (By request) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 385
This bill amends the method by which the share of the total cost of education from kindergarten to grade 12 is calculated for a municipality that is within a regional school unit. Current law establishes that share as the lesser of the municipality's total cost of education as determined under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688, subsection 1 and an amount equal to the product of the education mill rate for the municipality multiplied by the total valuation of property in the municipality. This bill instead determines the share of the total cost of education from kindergarten to grade 12 of a municipality within a regional school unit based upon the product of the statewide per-pupil rate calculated under Title 20-A, section 15671-A, subsection 2-A and the number of pupils in the municipality who reside in the municipality and who are educated at public expense. The bill phases in this method of determining a municipality's share of the total cost of education from kindergarten to grade 12 over 3 years: in fiscal year 2020-21, the total cost is 2/3 of the amount determined based on property values and 1/3 of the amount determined based on number of pupils; in fiscal year 2021-22, the total cost is 1/3 of the amount determined based on property values and 2/3 of the amount determined based on number of pupils; and, in fiscal year 2022-23 and subsequent years, the total cost is determined based entirely on number of pupils.

LD 388 An Act To Recognize Employee Background Checks Conducted for Out-of-state Schools Eligible for Maine Tuition Assistance (Emergency) (By request) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by House amendment H-189, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 388
This bill provides that the tuition payment to an out-of-state high school that serves a student who resides in a school administrative unit that does not maintain a high school may not be withheld solely because persons regularly employed in that school do not meet the background check requirements in Maine law. The provisions apply as long as those persons are required to meet background check standards in that state determined by the Commissioner of Education to be equivalent to the requirements of Maine law.

Amendment H-189
This amendment provides that an out-of-state secondary school that was included on the list of approved out-of-state secondary schools maintained by the Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year continues to receive tuition payments for any student who resides in Maine in a school administrative unit that does not maintain a secondary school and who was enrolled at that out-of-state secondary school for the 2018-2019 school year. Tuition payments must continue for such a student until that student graduates or terminates enrollment.

LD 388 Chaptered Law
LD 388 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 854 An Act To Improve Tax Incentives for Broadband Service Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-385, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 854
This bill expands the allowable use of tax increment financing to include development, expansion or improvement of broadband services, including connecting to broadband service outside the tax increment financing district.

Amendment H-385
This amendment clarifies the circumstances under which tax increment financing project costs may include broadband and fiber optics expansion projects that serve residential or other nonbusiness or noncommercial areas within a municipality or plantation.

LD 854 Chaptered Law
LD 854 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 874 An Act To Conform the Clean Election Financing Laws to the Judicially Determined Procedures Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 874
This bill codifies the decision of the Superior Court in Maine Citizens for Clean Elections v. LePage, No. CV-18-112, 2018 (Me. Super. Ct., Ken. Cty., August 2, 2018). The bill authorizes the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to expend existing revenues from the Maine Clean Election Fund in excess of the current year allocations without first obtaining a financial order approved by the Governor, solely for the purpose of making distributions required by the Maine Clean Election Act to certified candidates.

LD 875 An Act To Require Warranty Coverage for Damage to Manufactured Homes during Transportation and Handling (By request) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 875
This bill requires that warranties for manufactured homes include covering damage to a manufactured home during transportation or handling, for which the dealer is required to take corrective action. This bill also requires a dealer of manufactured housing to place an amount equal to 10% of the purchase price in escrow that may not be released to the dealer until both the dealer and consumer execute a release subsequent to the installation and final inspection of the manufactured housing.

LD 877 An Act To Equalize the Distribution of Gasoline Tax Revenues between Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone February 26, 2019
LD 877
Current law distributes 0.9045% of total gasoline tax revenues to programs related to snowmobiles and 0.1525% to programs related to all-terrain vehicles. This bill amends the law to provide that 0.5285% of gasoline tax revenues funds programs related to snowmobiles and 0.5285% funds programs related to all-terrain vehicles.

LD 927 An Act To Minimize the Propagation of Invasive Aquatic Plants (Emergency) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 927
This bill requires a person when removing a vessel from an inland water body to drain the vessel and other equipment and to remove or open drain plugs, bailers, valves and other devices to drain the water before that vessel is transported. It exempts emergency response vessels from these requirements.

LD 928 An Act To Create a Process To Preempt the Implementation of Powers Delegated by the Legislature Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 928
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a process to allow the Legislature to preempt the implementation of powers delegated by the Legislature.

LD 967 An Act To Reduce the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants by Prohibiting Seine Fishing in Great Ponds Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 967
This bill prohibits fishing using a seine in a great pond in which the Department of Environmental Protection has documented the occurrence of invasive aquatic plants.

LD 1570 An Act To Allow Residents To Register Online To Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1570
This bill allows online application for voter registration by an eligible resident of the State through the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website.

LD 1686 An Act To Allow Maine Clean Election Act Funds To Be Used for Election Recounts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1686
This bill allows a candidate to spend revenues received under the Maine Clean Election Act for election recount expenditures.

LD 69 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 69
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.

LD 70 An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-10, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 70
This bill permits an employer who employs an apprentice participating in an approved apprenticeship program to receive a tax credit and provides for a partial credit if the employer employs a participating apprentice for fewer than 2,000 hours during a calendar year.

Amendment S-10
This amendment adds appropriations for one-time funding for computer programming and for 2 positions in the Department of Labor to implement the tax credit for apprenticeship programs provided in the bill.

LD 70 fiscal note
LD 70 Amendment S-10 fiscal note
LD 114 An Act To Establish Open Primaries for Certain Federal and State Offices Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 114
This bill provides for open primary elections for the elections for United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative. All of the candidates for those offices, including candidates enrolled in a party and unenrolled candidates, must appear on the same open primary ballot. All qualified voters, regardless of enrollment status, are eligible to vote in open primary elections.

The votes in an open primary election must be tabulated using ranked-choice voting, except that the 2 candidates who receive the most votes are declared the winners of the open primary and their names must appear on the ballot for the general election. If one of the 2 candidates who received the most votes at the open primary withdraws from the race at least 70 days before the general election, that candidate must be replaced with the candidate who received the 3rd most votes in the open primary election, if any. Voters may not vote for a write-in candidate in a general election that was preceded by an open primary election. As a result, ranked-choice voting will no longer be used in general elections for United States Senator and United States Representative to Congress. Instead, the candidate who receives a plurality of votes at the general election will be elected to those offices.

LD 116 An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-5, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 116
This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.

Amendment H-5
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.

LD 116 Chaptered Law
LD 116 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 162 An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 162
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 198 An Act To Require That Nonmotorized Carriages Be Equipped with Reflectors and Lights Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-243, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 198
This bill requires a horse-drawn carriage operated during nighttime to be equipped with reflective tape on all sides, a reflective triangle on the rear and a light that is visible outside of the carriage to the front and the rear.

Amendment H-243
This amendment expands the scope of the bill to apply to animal-drawn vehicles instead of just horse-drawn carriages. The amendment requires a light to be attached to the left side of the vehicle that displays a red light to the rear and white light to the front; specifies the placement and type of reflective tape required on all sides of the vehicle; and removes the requirement for a reflective triangle to be placed on the rear of the vehicle. The amendment also exempts animal-drawn vehicles from the standard red rear reflector requirement.

LD 198 Chaptered Law
LD 198 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 213 An Act To Require Snow Tires or All-weather Tires on Automobiles from October through April Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 213
This bill requires automobiles to be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from the 2nd day of October to the last day of April and requires the Chief of the State Police within the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules to define "snow tires" and "all-weather tires."

LD 235 An Act To Increase Funding To Contain and Manage the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-309, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 235
This bill increases the fees for the lake and river protection stickers that are required for all resident and nonresident motorboats, personal watercraft and seaplanes operating on inland waters of the State as follows.
  • 1. Beginning January 1, 2020, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by $8 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by $10.
  • 2. Beginning January 1, 2022, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by an additional $2 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $5.
  • 3. Beginning January 1, 2024, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by an additional $2 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $5.
  • The fee revenues from the sale of lake and river protection stickers are used to support the efforts of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Protection in preventing, eradicating and managing invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the State.


Amendment H-309
This amendment changes the fee increases proposed in the bill as follows:
  • 1. Beginning January 1, 2020, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by $5 instead of $8, and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by $15 instead of $10; and
  • 2. Beginning January 1, 2021, instead of January 1, 2022, the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $10, but the resident fee remains the same.
This amendment also changes the allocation of the fee between the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund and the Lake and River Protection Fund.

LD 235 Chaptered Law
LD 235 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 285 An Act To Provide for Legislative Review of Federally Mandated Major Substantive Rules under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 285
This bill repeals the provision of law that exempts from legislative review major substantive rules that must be adopted to comply with federal law or to qualify for federal funds.

LD 285 Chaptered Law
LD 285 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 286 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Feminine Hygiene Products Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-58, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 286
This bill provides a sales tax exemption on the purchase of feminine hygiene products.

Amendment H-58
This amendment changes the term used to describe the products subject to exemption and changes the definition to that in the federal Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Act to simplify multistate administration.

LD 286 Amendment H-58 fiscal note
LD 290 An Act To Prohibit Motor Vehicle Use in the Intertidal Zone Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 290
This bill prohibits a person from operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone except to launch or retrieve a watercraft, to engage in an activity that requires the use of a motor vehicle and for which any necessary state or local permits have been obtained or if the vehicle is an authorized emergency vehicle. It specifies that a person who violates the prohibition on the operation of a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone commits a civil violation, except that a person who is adjudicated as having committed 3 or more civil violations for operating a motor vehicle in the intertidal zone within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.

LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 293
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.

LD 297 An Act To Strengthen Brain Injury Resources for Underserved Populations, Including Opioid Overdose Brain Injury Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-134, Enacted, Signed into law, June 27, 2019
LD 297
This bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with organizations representing individuals with a brain injury and their families, bringing together state and national expertise to provide core brain injury support for underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Amendment H-134
This amendment adds victims of domestic violence to the list of underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt rules rather than being required to adopt rules.

LD 297 Chaptered Law
LD 297 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 306 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Public Safety To Study and Determine What Constitutes a Violation of Air Space by a Drone (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 306
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to study and determine what constitutes a violation of air space by a drone and to report the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by December 4, 2019.

LD 336 An Act To Require That Notice of Lead Abatement Orders Be Filed with the Registry of Deeds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-136, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 336
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to file a notice of the existence of an environmental lead hazard in the registry of deeds in the county in which the relevant property is located. It also requires the department to file a notice in the registry of deeds when the department determines that the environmental lead hazard no longer exists.

Amendment H-136
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Amends the bill to refer to an order directing that lead-based substances be removed, replaced or securely and permanently covered;
  • 2. Requires that the book and page in the registry of the owner's deed be identified on the notice filed with the registry of deeds that the owner complied with the order issued by the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • 3. Requires that a notice filed with the registry of deeds include a notarized signature of the person issuing the notice; and
  • 4. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules, including for the form of the notice to be filed in the registry of deeds.


LD 336 Chaptered Law
LD 336 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 361 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Political Action Committees Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 5, 2019
LD 361
This bill prohibits a legislative candidate from establishing a political action committee for which the candidate is a treasurer or principal officer or for which the candidate is primarily responsible for fund-raising or decision making. The bill also makes a change to a provision under the Maine Clean Election Act, which includes the same prohibition, to specify that the prohibition in that Act applies only to participating gubernatorial candidates and certified gubernatorial candidates.

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.

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 375
This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

Amendment H-60
This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

LD 375 Chaptered Law
LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 398 An Act To Allow for Greater Flexibility in Addressing Energy Efficiency Needs in the State Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-73, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 398
This bill removes the provision that requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to allocate 50% of the funds in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund for residential programs and 50% for commercial and industrial programs.

Amendment H-73
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 398 Chaptered Law
LD 398 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 411 Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Allow Maine Clean Election Act Funds To Be Used for Election Recounts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 14, 2019
LD 411
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to amend its rules no later than October 1, 2020 to allow a certified candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act to use money disbursed from the Maine Clean Election Fund for expenses related to an election recount.

LD 413 An Act To Ensure the Rights of Citizens to Groundwater in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 413
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to change the laws governing groundwater to recognize that the citizens of the State collectively own the State's groundwater. The bill establishes the State as the trustee and steward of the State's groundwater on behalf of the citizens of the State and requires the State to endeavor to ensure that the groundwater will always be available to the benefit of all the citizens of the State. It also directs the State to take all reasonable measures to ensure an adequate supply of usable groundwater for the citizens of the State and to monitor the level of sustainability of the groundwater and protect against uses of groundwater that are detrimental to aquifers, bodies of surface water or wetlands or to public health and welfare.

LD 418 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 418
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

LD 420 An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 420
This bill returns the exclusion amount, below which the Maine estate tax does not apply, to $2,000,000 from $5,600,000 for estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2020 and removes the annual adjustment for inflation of that exclusion amount.

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 444 An Act To Fully Restore Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 444
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 3 months earlier than currently provided in law.

LD 454 An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-108, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 454
This bill provides funds to the Department of Education to administer the Local Produce Fund and to provide a $1 match for every $3 expended by a school administrative unit for produce or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers' cooperative or local food hub in this State.

Amendment S-108
This amendment, which is the majority report, establishes one Education Specialist II position rather than one Education Specialist III position as in the bill. The amendment also provides that the state match is up to a maximum of $1,000 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2019-20 and up to $1,500 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2020-21 and subsequent years.

LD 454 fiscal note
LD 454 Amendment S-108 fiscal note
LD 461 An Act To Improve the Affordability of Higher Education Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 461
This bill provides additional funding to the Maine State Grant Program in the 2020-2021 biennium. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to expand the Maine State Grant Program to enable more low-income residents of the State to attend an institution of higher education within the State. It also requires the Finance Authority of Maine and the Department of Health and Human Services to jointly examine ways to maximize the delivery of federally funded support services to postsecondary students, including, but not limited to, the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program.

LD 473 An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019
LD 473
This bill repeals the limit on security deposits on residential rental units.

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 515 An Act To Require Ingredient Lists at Certain Retail Food Locations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 515
This bill requires a commercial food producer with a retail location to provide upon request a list of ingredients of each food and beverage item offered for sale at the retail location.

LD 527 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Establish a Law Enforcement Training Program for Park Managers and Certain Bureau Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-229, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 527
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to implement a training program for bureau employees and agents who manage lands or waters and exercise law enforcement powers within the bureau's jurisdiction on various law enforcement practices, to be implemented no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-229
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the resolve.

LD 527 Chaptered Law
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LD 532 Resolve, Directing Professional Licensing and Certification Boards To Study the Barriers To Obtaining Professional Licensure and Certification Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 532
This resolve directs each professional licensing and certification board under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, in consultation with the Department of the Attorney General, to undertake a thorough review of its rules and procedures and survey its licensees and certificate holders and applicants for licensure or certification to research barriers to obtaining licensure and certification, including existing deficiencies in reciprocity provisions. Each board is directed to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by January 15, 2020 with its findings and any proposed changes to its rules and procedures. The joint standing committee is directed to review and suggest alterations to the licensing and certification boards, which may submit rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit legislation related to any report under this section to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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 579 An Act To Update Beverage Container Deposits and Redemption Values Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 579
This bill:
  • 1. Increases to 15¢ the deposit and refund value on refillable and nonrefillable beverage containers whose deposit and refund value is currently 5¢. The bill also increases from 5¢ to 15¢ the deposit and refund value of wine and spirits containers of 50 milliliters or less, and from 15¢ to 45¢ the deposit and refund value of wine and spirits containers of greater than 50 milliliters; and
  • 2. Triples the amount per returned container of reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning January 1, 2020.


LD 581 An Act To Direct Electric Utilities To Provide Comparative Usage Data on Customer Billing Statements Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-108, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 581
This bill requires a transmission and distribution utility to provide on the utility's billing statement to a customer information concerning the previous 24 months of the customer's energy usage comparing same-month usage data between the first year of usage and the 2nd year of usage.

Amendment H-108
This amendment limits the applicability of the requirements of the bill to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than all transmission and distribution utilities, and to customer bills for residential, small commercial and medium commercial customers, rather than all customers. The amendment also allows the Public Utilities Commission to waive the requirements if it finds these requirements to be unduly burdensome or cost-prohibitive for an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility for the portion of the utility's service territory located in an area of this State in which the retail market is administered by the independent system administrator for northern Maine.

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

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

LD 592 fiscal note
LD 592 Amendment H-35 fiscal note
LD 613 Resolve, Concerning the Adoption of Rules To Carry Out the Purpose of the Bridging Rental Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 613
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules for the Bridging Rental Assistance Program in order to ensure fairness, equity and access to the program for those persons with mental illness who qualify for the program. The department is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services if the department anticipates a delay in the adoption of the rules.

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LD 641 An Act To Save Lives through Epinephrine Autoinjector Accessibility Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 641
This bill authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense epinephrine autoinjectors at no cost to a person of any age who the pharmacist reasonably believes is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, or to a person who is in a position to assist the other person if the other person is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It creates a fund within the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a pharmacist who has prescribed and dispensed an epinephrine autoinjector and directs the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the fund.

LD 672 An Act To Allow Local Flexibility in Teacher Assignment To Enhance Student Achievement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 672
This bill allows a holder of a professional teacher certificate to teach no more than 20% of the teacher's teaching assignment outside the teacher's area of endorsement. It also requires a superintendent to notify and provide certain details to the Commissioner of Education when a teacher is assigned to teach outside the teacher's area of endorsement.

LD 676 An Act To Allow a Class III Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holder To Engage More Crew Members Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-287, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 676
This bill eliminates the Class I, Class II and Class III lobster and crab fishing licenses and replaces them with single and crew lobster and crab fishing licenses. It also specifies that a crew lobster and crab fishing license authorizes a license holder to engage an unlimited number of unlicensed crew members to assist in the licensed activities allowed by the crew lobster and crab fishing license.

Amendment H-287
This amendment replaces the title and the bill. It increases from 2 to 4 the number of unlicensed crew members a Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder may engage to assist in licensed activities.

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LD 687 Resolve, To Create a Flag To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-72, Finally passed, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 687
This bill replaces the current State of Maine flag with the flag that was in use before 1909.

Amendment H-72
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve directing the Secretary of State to create a bicentennial flag for the State.

LD 687 Chaptered Law
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LD 709 An Act To Exempt Certain Meals Provided to Food Service Employees from the Sales and Use Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-328, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 709
This bill exempts from sales and use tax meals, up to a maximum cost to the employer of $6 per day, provided to an employee of an eating establishment while that employee is working. It provides that, beginning in 2020, the amount of the exemption must be adjusted for inflation.

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

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

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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 762 An Act Regarding Consent by a Motor Vehicle Operator to a Blood Test Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 762
This bill brings the implied consent provisions concerning operating under the influence into compliance with recent case law from the United States Supreme Court that requires a search warrant before taking a sample of blood or urine from a person suspected of operating under the influence.

Amendment H-284
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the criminal operating under the influence statutes for motor vehicle operators to:
  • 1. Provide that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration, does not constitute an operating under the influence offense for the purpose of requiring the imposition or enhancement of a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration and is not admissible in evidence at a hearing or trial; and
  • 2. Add to the warning given to a person being asked to submit to a test a statement that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration.


Amendment S-198
This amendment removes from the committee amendment wording regarding the admissibility of evidence at trial, correcting a drafting error in the committee amendment.

LD 762 Amendment H-284 fiscal note
LD 762 Amendment S-198 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.

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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.

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

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

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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 878 An Act To Make Clean Election Filing Deadlines Consistent for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 11, 2019
LD 878
This bill changes the date on which a candidate who is not enrolled in a party must file to participate in the Maine Clean Election Act from April 20th to June 1st for a candidate for the Legislature and from April 1st to June 1st for a candidate for Governor. Current law provides that a nomination petition must be filed in the office of the Secretary of State by June 1st.

LD 881 An Act To Ensure Equitable Treatment of Super Pack License Holders in Antlerless Deer Permit Lotteries Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-186, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 881
This bill allows the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery.

Amendment H-186
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It specifies that a person who obtains a super pack license also receives an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions and the opportunity to enter a bonus antlerless-only deer permit lottery. It also allows a super pack licensee to enter an antlerless deer permit lottery if that person does not obtain an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions specified in law.

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LD 906 An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-166 and House amendment H-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 906
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar sealant products beginning October 1, 2020 and prohibits the application of coal tar sealant products on driveways or parking areas beginning October 1, 2021. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may grant an exemption from the prohibitions for research or development purposes.

Amendment H-166
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It amends the definition of "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" to include a reference to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.
  • 2. It clarifies the scope of the bill's sales and application prohibitions or coal tar sealant products.
  • 3. It removes an unnecessary cross-reference.


Amendment H-225
This amendment delays for 3 years the prohibitions regarding coal tar sealant products.

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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.

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LD 930 An Act To Give Maine Schools Additional Options To Make Up Missed School Days Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-127, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 930
This bill includes in the statutes Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. It also allows school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school and to develop ways to make up school days not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Amendment H-127
This amendment strikes the provisions in the bill that propose to add to the statutes provisions in Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. The amendment also strikes the provision allowing school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school. The amendment leaves in place the provision allowing school administrative units to develop other ways to make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

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LD 939 An Act Regarding the Regulation of Rabbit Production for Local Consumption Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-88, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 939
This bill permits a rabbit producer to sell whole rabbit carcasses without inspection at the farm on which the rabbits were raised, at farmers' markets, by delivery to consumers' homes, to members of community supported agriculture farms with which the rabbit producer has a direct marketing relationship, to locally owned grocery stores and to locally owned restaurants as long as the rabbit producer slaughters fewer than 1,000 rabbits annually and the rabbit producer is registered.

Amendment H-88
This amendment provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish requirements for the physical facilities and sanitary processes used by rabbit producers whose rabbit products are exempt from inspection are routine technical rules rather than major substantive rules as in the bill.

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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.


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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.

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LD 999 An Act To Allow Medical and Adult Use Marijuana Stores To Share a Common Space 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 999
This bill allows the use of a shared facility for retail sale of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use, as long as the adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products are sold using a different cash register than that used for sales of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use.

LD 1003 An Act To Ensure Accurate Explanations of Electric Bills Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-101, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1003
This bill requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to obtain the approval of the Public Utilities Commission before providing information explaining electricity rate components to a customer. The bill requires the commission to ensure that the information provided to a customer accurately reflects the overall rate structure and cost components for the supply and delivery of electricity. The bill also requires the commission to receive input from the Public Advocate and other interested parties before approving or disapproving any written information provided by an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to a customer.

Amendment H-101
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules to do the following:
  • 1. Require investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to provide customers annually, as an insert or attachment to customer bills, an informational chart showing a 10-year history of transmission, distribution and standard-offer service rates available to the customer's rate class, along with a statement of the total percentage change in those rates over the 10-year period;
  • 2. Require a customer bill issued by an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to display clearly and prominently the toll-free telephone number for the commission's consumer assistance and safety division and a statement of the consumer assistance services available by calling the division; and
  • 3. Establish a process for the commission, upon finding that an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility has distributed information to customers that is misleading, deceptive or inaccurate, to require the transmission and distribution utility to provide customers a statement that corrects the misleading, deceptive or inaccurate information.

    The amendment also requires the commission to post informational charts showing a 10-year history of electricity rate components on the commission's website.


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LD 1029 An Act To Expand Educational Opportunities for Students Attending Public Secondary Schools with Enrollments of 300 or Fewer Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1029
This bill requires private and public secondary schools with more than 300 students to enter into contracts with secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to establish academic opportunity programs that make available to resident students of the smaller schools the courses and academic programs of the larger schools, including, but not limited to, advanced placement courses, international baccalaureate programs and early college programs. The bill also requires the secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to inform their resident students of the academic opportunity program and provides that the schools participating in an academic opportunity program are not responsible for providing transportation to participating students.

LD 1035 Resolve, To Streamline the Process by Which Schools Receive Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 1035
This resolve requires the Department of Education to assist elementary schools with the application process for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to ensure more fresh fruits and vegetables are available in eligible schools.

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

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

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

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

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

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LD 1117 An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1117
This bill eliminates the turkey hunting permit and fee and the requirement to tag wild turkeys at registration stations. A hunter is directed to inform the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the conclusion of each turkey hunting season of how many wild turkeys the hunter harvested. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend the department's rules to increase the spring season bag limit to 4 male wild turkeys and the fall season bag limit to 8 wild turkeys of either sex.

LD 1120 An Act To Protect Consumers from Price Gouging by Utility Companies Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 16, 2019
LD 1120
This bill changes the positions of the members of the Public Utilities Commission, currently 6-year terms, and the Public Advocate, currently a 4-year term, to positions serving at the pleasure of the Governor. It also changes the compensation of the members of the Public Utilities Commission to be set at the average annual wage in the State; current law sets compensation of the chair of the commission at the salary of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court and the other commissioners at the salary of an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

The bill requires the commission, in the determination of utility rates, to limit rate increases to less than 10% in any 12-month period. The bill also prohibits costs associated with errors or mistakes that are the responsibility of a utility from being included or incorporated in operating expenses in the commission's determination of rates or rate-adjustment mechanisms.

LD 1139 An Act To Eliminate Restrictions on Capacity and the Number of Accounts for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1139
This bill provides that the Public Utilities Commission may not limit the installed capacity of an eligible facility or the number of accounts or meters a customer or shared ownership customer may designate for net energy billing. Current commission rules limit the capacity to 660 kilowatts and the number of meters or accounts to 10.

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

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1186 An Act To Address Electricity Costs of Agricultural Fairs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1186
This bill provides that a transmission and distribution utility may not assess a person or entity licensed to hold an agricultural fair a demand charge in connection with electric power or service provided for an agricultural fair.

Amendment H-228
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes a program administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust to help agricultural fairs reduce electricity costs through efficiency and conservation. The program includes outreach and technical assistance to agricultural fairs to identify opportunities to lower electricity costs and enroll agricultural fairs in existing programs offered by the trust as appropriate. The program also provides custom financial incentives to agricultural fairs to implement electric efficiency and conservation measures, including but not limited to measures to reduce peak electricity demand. Funds for the program are set at the total amount paid in demand charges by agricultural fairs in the State during the prior year and are collected from electricity customers by transmission and distribution utilities. The trust is required to report to the Legislature on the program in January 2022 and January 2024, and the program has a sunset date of June 30, 2024.

The amendment also directs the Public Utilities Commission to examine rate design and related issues for electricity customers that, like agricultural fairs, have seasonal, limited-duration, concentrated load profiles. It requires the commission to submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.

LD 1186 Chaptered Law
LD 1186 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1187 An Act To Apply the Same Auditing Standards to All Legislative Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-313, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1187
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to conduct random audits of political action committees that are required to file campaign finance reports with the commission and candidates for state office, including candidates for Governor, State Senator, State Representative and presidential elector. The bill directs the commission to adopt rules to implement this requirement. The rules must direct the commission to audit an equal percentage of candidates for state office who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates, candidates for state office who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates and political action committees. The rules must also establish standard auditing requirements to be applied to each candidate and political action committee.

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

LD 1187 Amendment H-313 fiscal note
LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1196
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

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 1226 An Act To Make Criteria for State Veterans' Benefits Consistent within the Maine Revised Statutes Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1226
This bill revises language in the Maine Revised Statutes regarding eligibility for veterans' benefits to make that language consistent throughout the statutes.

LD 1248 Resolve, To Direct the ConnectME Authority To Report on the Progress of the Detailed 2019-2021 Strategic Plan for Broadband Service in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-168, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature May 21, 2019
LD 1248
This resolve directs the ConnectME Authority to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy, utilities and technology matters by January 19th in 2020, 2021 and 2022 outlining the progress of the authority in meeting the goals of its Detailed 2019-2021 Strategic Plan for Broadband Service in Maine.

Amendment H-168
This amendment incorporates and aligns the reporting requirement in the resolve with the ConnectME Authority annual report, instead of requiring a separate report to the Legislature on the progress on the strategic plan.

LD 1248 Chaptered Law
LD 1248 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1287 An Act To Protect the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay from Mercury Contamination Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1287
This bill requires dredging in the Penobscot River south of the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Company site in the Town of Orrington and in Penobscot Bay north of the southern tip of Islesboro Island to comply with certain sampling requirements prior to being permitted under the Natural Resources Protection Act.

LD 1392 An Act To Establish a Formal Tribal Consultation Process with the State Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1392
This bill requires a state agency to develop and implement a policy that:
  • 1. Promotes effective communication between the state agency and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State;
  • 2. Promotes positive government-to-government relations between the State and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State; and
  • 3. Enables federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to consult with the state agency in a meaningful and timely manner regarding the development of legislation, rules and policies proposed by the state agency on matters that significantly or uniquely affect the tribes.


LD 1439 An Act To Ensure Quality, Safety and Accountability on Public Construction Projects Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1439
This bill encourages the State to use project labor agreements for large-scale state-funded construction projects of $10,000,000 or more. A project labor agreement is a prehire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor unions that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

LD 1440 An Act To Create Transparency in Tax Increment Financing and Credit Enhancement Agreement Proposals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1440
This bill requires that, for applicants to the Department of Economic and Community Development or municipalities for assistance for the improvement and development of housing, community and economic development opportunities, the name of the applicants and the amount of assistance being requested not be withheld as confidential but be subject to disclosure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
LD 1463 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1472 An Act To Create a Commission To Establish a State Bank Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1472
This bill establishes the State Bank and Tax Reduction Commission, which is charged with making recommendations and suggesting legislation for a legal and organizational framework for the establishment and oversight of a state-owned bank and tax rate reduction policy.

LD 1572 An Act To Enact the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1572
This bill establishes the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act, the purpose of which is to ensure that a person is not denied housing based solely on the existence of a history of criminal convictions. This bill prohibits a housing provider from considering an applicant's criminal history until after the housing provider determines that the applicant meets all other qualifications for tenancy.

A person who is aggrieved by a violation of the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act by a housing provider may file a grievance with the Maine Human Rights Commission and, if it is a violation by a private housing provider, may bring a civil action in court.

LD 1583 An Act To Enact the Maine Citizens' Initiatives Clean Election Act Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 1583
This bill establishes the Maine Citizens' Initiatives Clean Election Act. It provides a public financing mechanism for committees that are Maine-chartered nonprofits or groups whose principal officers are Maine citizens and are formed to support or oppose a direct initiative of legislation or a people's veto or to support a competing measure to a direct initiative of legislation. The funding process is similar to that provided for clean election candidates under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, chapter 14. It provides for limits on the amount of funds that committees seeking public funding may raise and spend prior to qualifying for public funding and the amount of qualifying contributions that a committee must raise to be certified to receive public funding, and it establishes the amounts that certified committees may receive. It also establishes procedures governing financial reporting and accounting, appeals of decisions, penalties for violations and other procedural matters to ensure the integrity of the process. In addition to other available funds, including qualifying contributions raised by committees and voluntary contributions through a tax checkoff program, funding for certified committees is provided by an annual appropriation of $3,000,000.

LD 1611 An Act To Support Universal Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1611
This bill establishes the Maine Health Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all residents of this State. The bill is modeled on proposed legislation considered in Minnesota.

LD 1634 An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1634
This bill creates the Maine Clean Energy Fund within and with oversight from the Efficiency Maine Trust to support the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and infrastructure through providing financing support including loans, loan guarantees and other financial and risk mitigation products. The fund is administered by a 9-member board of directors consisting of certain government officials and members of the public appointed by the Governor.

This bill also provides for a bond issue in the amount of $100,000,000 to be used to capitalize the Maine Clean Energy Fund.

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

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

LD 1663 Chaptered Law
LD 1663 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1665 An Act To Automatically Change a Voter Registration Address upon Change of Address for a Driver's License Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1665
This bill requires the Secretary of State to review on a weekly basis changes of addresses of driver's licenses and, if a person who has changed an address is registered to vote in the State, to update the central voter registration system accordingly.

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