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Representative Lester Ordway [Republican]
Standish ~ District 23

Towns in District: part of Standish

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

House Committees:
♦ Leaves of Absence

Joint Committees:
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

✉ Lester.Ordway@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ P. O. Box 212
Standish, Maine 04084


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 20188%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20183 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20173 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201710%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 49 An Act Regarding the Designation of Traumatic Brain Injury on Driver's Licenses and Nondriver Identification Cards Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-519 and Senate amendment S-360, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 49
This bill requires the Secretary of State, upon request, to issue a sticker to be placed on a person's driver's license or nondriver identification card to indicate that the person has a traumatic brain injury.

Amendment H-519
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
  • 1. Directs the Secretary of State to issue wallet-sized acquired brain injury identification cards to persons who voluntarily request a card;
  • 2. Allows the Secretary of State to require documentation of an acquired brain injury;
  • 3. Provides requirements for the application for and issuance of an acquired brain injury identification card; and
  • 4. Allows the Secretary of State to determine by rule any additional information about acquired brain injury that must be placed on an acquired brain injury identification card.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-360
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 49 Chaptered Law
LD 49 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 210 An Act To Increase Technology and Engineering Education for Grades 7 to 12 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 210
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to enhance technology and engineering education for students in grades 7 to 12. The measures include, but are not limited to:

  • 1. Changing the industrial arts/technology teacher endorsement to a technology and engineering endorsement and amending the endorsement requirements. The amended endorsement requirements would grandfather all current teachers who hold an industrial arts/technology endorsement and make them technology and engineering teachers. The amended endorsement requirements would also allow a college graduate with an engineering degree to obtain a technology and engineering endorsement; and
  • 2. Creating 3 categories of science endorsements: life science, physical science and technology and engineering.


LD 654 An Act Regarding Instruction in Civics in Secondary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 654
This bill clarifies that instruction in civics is part of the comprehensive program of instruction in secondary schools and also adds civics to the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in the system of learning results.

LD 655 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Send Separate Tax Bills for Municipal and County and School Taxes Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019
LD 655
This bill permits municipalities to issue separate bills for the portion of their tax commitments attributable to education funding and the portion attributable to county taxes and all other municipal costs.

LD 1031 An Act To Base the Vehicle and Mobile Home Excise Tax on Actual Value Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1031
This bill changes the method of computing the excise tax that is levied on motor vehicles, including commercial motor vehicles, buses and camper trailers, and mobile homes registered in the State.

With the exception of certain commercial motor vehicles and buses and special mobile equipment, current law requires that the excise tax be based upon the maker's list price for the motor vehicle or mobile home; the excise tax on certain commercial motor vehicles and buses and special mobile equipment is based on the purchase price. This bill requires that the excise tax for all motor vehicles, mobile homes and camper trailers be based upon the actual value of the vehicle or mobile home at the time of delivery to the owner, as determined by sources approved by the State Tax Assessor.

Current law requires the State to reimburse a municipality for the difference in the amount of excise tax that would have been collected by the municipality on each commercial motor vehicle or bus using the manufacturer's suggested retail price instead of the actual purchase price. This bill applies that requirement to all vehicles registered and taxed by the municipality using the actual value.

LD 77 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption to $50,000 for Persons 75 Years of Age and Older Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 77
This bill increases the property tax exemption for individuals who are 75 years of age or older from $20,000 to $50,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2020.

LD 110 An Act Regarding Credit Ratings Related to Overdue Medical Expenses Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-89, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 8, 2019
LD 110
This bill prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting debt from overdue medical expenses on a consumer report in a manner that adversely affects the consumer's credit history or credit rating as long as that consumer is making regular, scheduled periodic payments toward the debt.

Amendment H-89
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment does the following.

It prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting debt from medical expenses on a consumer's consumer report when the date of the first delinquency on the debt is less than 180 days prior to the date that the debt is reported.

It requires that a consumer reporting agency remove medical debt on a consumer's consumer report once the credit reporting agency receives information that the debt has been settled in full or paid in full.

If a medical debt is reported to a consumer reporting agency, it requires the consumer reporting agency to report that debt in the same manner as debt related to a consumer credit transaction is reported as long as the consumer is making regular, scheduled periodic payments toward the debt as agreed upon by the consumer and medical provider.

LD 110 Chaptered Law
LD 110 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 175 An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by 2 Saturdays Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 175
This bill extends the end of the regular firearm deer hunting season by 2 Saturdays.

LD 185 An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized Testing Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 185
This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to the State's assessment program at the written request of the student's parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

LD 216 An Act To Protect Water Quality by Standardizing the Law Concerning Septic Inspection in the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 216
This bill extends to inland shoreland areas the requirement that subsurface wastewater disposal systems on property located within a shoreland area be inspected prior to a sale of the property. Currently, that inspection requirement applies only to the sale of property located within a coastal shoreland area.

LD 216 Chaptered Law
LD 216 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 322 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Election Laws by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 18, 2019
LD 322
This bill requires that a voter provide proof of identity with photographic identification approved by the Secretary of State by rule for the purpose of voting.

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

LD 338 Chaptered Law
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LD 358 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-190, failed enactment as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 7, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 358
This bill provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program within the Department of Education in order to fully fund the cost of career and technical education pursuant to current law. This bill also amends Public Law 2017, chapter 446 to reflect the additional funding.

Amendment S-190
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and raises the cap on the career and technical education funding formula provision regarding the allocation for career and technical education centers or regions for which the sum of the program components is greater than the most recent expenditure data, as adjusted for inflation to the year prior to the allocation year, from 5% to 15%. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 358 Amendment S-190 fiscal note
LD 552 An Act Relating to Penalties for an Employer for the Retail Sale of Tobacco Products to a Minor when the Employer Possesses a Driver's License Reader Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 552
This bill provides that an employer who sells tobacco products and who has an electronic age verification device is not subject to a civil violation if a person employed by the employer does not use the electronic age verification device to verify a person's age for the sale of tobacco products and sells a tobacco product to a person who has not attained 21 years of age.

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

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

LD 664 An Act To Organize Biannual County Meetings for Local School Boards Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 664
This bill requires the State Board of Education to organize a biannual meeting in each county for the school boards in each county to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, develop new ideas and review proposed rule changes by the Department of Education and other policies and issues impacting school administrative units. Each school board may send up to 3 representatives, and the state board shall send at least one representative to the biannual county meeting. Costs for a biannual county meeting must be split between the state board and the school administrative units in that county.

LD 665 Resolve, Directing the Office of the Attorney General To Review Free Speech on Public College and University Campuses Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-395, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 665
This bill authorizes a person who wishes to engage in an expressive activity, as defined in the bill, in an outdoor area of campus of a public institution of higher education to do so freely as long as the person's conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the public institution of higher education. It prohibits a public institution of higher education from designating an area of campus as a free speech zone or otherwise creating policies restricting expressive activities to a particular outdoor area of campus, except that it allows public institutions of higher education to create and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression that are reasonable and content-neutral. The Attorney General has the authority to enforce compliance, and a person whose rights are violated may bring an action to enjoin violations and to recover compensatory damages, reasonable court costs and attorney's fees.

Amendment H-395
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, directs the Office of the Attorney General to review whether there have been any instances in the State in which the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System or Maine Maritime Academy has violated or otherwise restricted a student's free speech rights protected under the United States Constitution, Amendment I and the Constitution of Maine, Article I, review whether additional protections are necessary under state law and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary no later than January 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 665 fiscal note
LD 665 Amendment H-395 fiscal note
LD 728 An Act To Fairly Compensate Registration Stations for Bear, Deer, Moose and Turkey Registrations Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 728
This bill amends the law governing registration of harvested animals to have registration agents retain $4 of each registration seal for a bear, deer or moose. It also increases the amount collected for each wild turkey registered to $3, leaving the amount retained at $2.

LD 745 An Act To Support the Northern New England Poison Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-67, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 745
This bill appropriates funds to the Northern New England Poison Center to ensure continued access to 24-hour expert medical treatment advice and information on potentially harmful substances.

Amendment H-67
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 745 fiscal note
LD 745 Amendment H-67 fiscal note
LD 749 An Act To Increase the Transparency of the "Maine Open Checkbook" Website Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 749
This bill requires the State Controller to maintain a publicly accessible website with up-to-date information concerning the State's payroll and vendor information, which is currently in existence and called the "Maine Open Checkbook." The bill requires the website to include the names of all recipients of state grants and track and record all payments made by quasi-public entities of the State and the dollar value of credits awarded through all state economic development programs.

LD 750 An Act To Allow Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Instructors To Instruct without State Certification Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
LD 750
This bill exempts from teacher certification requirements a federal Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instructor certified by the United States Department of Defense providing Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instruction to students in grade 9 to grade 12.

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

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 824 An Act To Allow a Municipality To Opt Out of Collecting Personal Property and Business Equipment Taxes (By request) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 824
This bill allows a municipality, by referendum, to exempt all personal property, including business equipment, located in that municipality from assessment and collection of tax by that municipality.

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

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

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

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

LD 865 Chaptered Law
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LD 873 An Act To Clarify the Application of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax to Water Well Drilling Equipment Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-442, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 873
This bill sets the annual personal property tax on equipment for water well drilling owned by a licensed well driller at $2,500 for tax years beginning January 1, 2020 and thereafter.

Amendment H-442
This amendment provides that water well drilling equipment attached to a self-propelled vehicle is not considered part of the motor vehicle for purposes of the motor vehicle excise tax.

LD 873 Chaptered Law
LD 873 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 882 Resolve, To Require the Examination of the System of Learning Results Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 882
This resolve directs the Department of Education to convene a working group to study the system of learning results and to submit a report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, which may submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 884 An Act To Repeal the Board of Licensing of Dietetic Practice Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 884
This bill repeals the law regulating dieticians and the practice of dietetics.

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

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

LD 932 Chaptered Law
LD 932 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 963 An Act To Exempt Overtime Pay from Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 963
This bill excludes from income tax overtime compensation if the employer is required by law to pay the overtime compensation to the employee.

Amendment H-259
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund costs of activities necessary to administer the tax change provided in the bill.

LD 963 Amendment H-259 fiscal note
LD 981 An Act To Implement the State's Recently Approved Request for a Section 1115 Demonstration for MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 9, 2019
LD 981
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to implement the State's request for approval of a so-called Section 1115 demonstration for MaineCare that was recently granted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Under the bill, an individual who receives MaineCare benefits will be required to:
  • 1. Work 20 hours a week;
  • 2. Pay monthly premiums of up to $40; and
  • 3. Contribute $10 if the individual goes to an emergency department for a nonemergency issue.


LD 1044 An Act To Advance Children's Cancer Research in Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-441, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1044
This bill creates the option for an individual to make a donation upon vehicle registration or renewal in support of children's cancer research and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund for collection of the donations. All donations are transferred quarterly to an entity determined by the Secretary of State and must be used exclusively for children's cancer research.

Amendment H-441
This amendment replaces the bill and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services to support children's cancer research. Amounts available in the fund must be used to provide grants and other funding to support children's cancer research provided by research facilities in Maine that operate children's cancer programs. The amendment also requires the inclusion of a check-off provision on Maine income tax forms for taxpayers who wish to contribute to the fund. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1044 Chaptered Law
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LD 1077 An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of the Federal Immigration Verification System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 1077
This bill requires an employer to register with and use the federal immigration verification system, currently known as the E-Verify program, to determine the work eligibility status of new employees physically performing services within the State.

LD 1292 An Act To Lower Maine's Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 3, 2019
LD 1292
This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:

  • 1. Decreasing the lowest rate from 5.8% to 5.2% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 5% beginning in 2022;
  • 2. Decreasing the middle rate from 6.75% to 6.3% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 6% beginning in 2022; and
  • 3. Decreasing the highest rate from 7.15% to 7.05% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 7% beginning in 2022.

This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.

LD 1302 An Act To Remove Vacancy Provisions for Certain Positions in County Government Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019
LD 1302
Current law provides that vacancies in county offices that had originally been filled by nomination by primary election before the general election must be filled by the Governor with a successor from the same political party. This bill repeals those provisions.

LD 1307 An Act To Promote Snowmobiling in Maine Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-113, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1307
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish an online notification process by which a nonresident who plans to operate in this State during the 3-consecutive-day period under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13104, subsection 7, paragraph E a snowmobile that is not registered in this State may provide information, including the nonresident snowmobile operator's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address and the location or locations where the nonresident plans to operate the snowmobile, to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order to promote seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration opportunities to nonresident snowmobile operators and to promote general snowmobile recreational activities in the State through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling. It provides that failure to comply with the provision setting out the online notification process is not a violation of any law or rule of the department but that nothing in the provision relieves a person of the person's responsibilities under any law or rule regulating the ownership or operation of a snowmobile in the State.

It requires, as a condition of the 3-consecutive-day period during which a nonresident may operate an unregistered snowmobile in the State, use of the online notification process by the operator.

It also directs the Director of the Office of Tourism within the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate, within existing budgeted resources, with the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the production and distribution through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling of promotional materials relating to seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration and general snowmobile recreational opportunities using the information collected by the notification process.

The legislation takes effect on December 1, 2019.

Amendment S-113
This amendment delays the effective date of the legislation to January 1, 2020.

LD 1307 Chaptered Law
LD 1307 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1369 An Act To Create an Additional Pathway To Certify Industrial Arts Teachers To Foster Career and Technical Subjects in Maine Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 13, 2019
LD 1369
This bill directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules to amend the credentialing of education personnel to create a pathway for a teacher to obtain an endorsement on a teaching certificate for a component of industrial arts with an experiential lab that includes, but is not limited to: automotive body repair, diagnostics and mechanics; welding; electrical; carpentry; and computer-aided design. Rules must include at least the following qualifications for a teacher to be eligible for an endorsement: a completed apprenticeship registered with a statewide or national apprenticeship and training organization; a completed 2-year degree or certificate from a technical institution accredited by a national association of career and technical schools or similar organization; completion of a minimum number of hours of paid applied employment or teaching in the endorsement area being sought; and completion of a minimum number of hours of experience learning the trade or craft for which the endorsement is sought. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

LD 1371 An Act To Ensure Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels by Cable System Operators Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1371
This bill extends cable television service to rural areas by requiring all cable television franchises to provide line extensions with a minimum homes-per-mile requirement not to exceed 15 homes per mile.

The bill prohibits automatic franchise renewals beyond the initial term of the franchise renewal period, except for automatic franchise renewals in effect on the effective date of this legislation, which require advance notification of expiration from the cable system operator to the municipality. A cable system operator may not refuse to provide the municipality with required information to complete the renewal process.

The bill prohibits a cable system operator from modifying or amending the State's model franchise agreement without the consent of the municipality as arrived at during negotiations.

The bill includes provisions for the use and support of public, educational and governmental access channels and requires that these channels be placed in the same numerical sequence location as the local commercial network broadcast channels. The bill also requires all cable system operators in the State to carry public, educational and governmental access channels on the basic cable or video service offerings or tiers and specifies that the channels may not be separated or moved numerically from other channels carried on the basic cable or video service offerings or tiers without the agreement of the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels, unless the change is required by federal law. In the event of transfer of the franchise license, the same channel numbers used by the incumbent cable system operator must be retained. The bill provides that any public, educational or governmental access channel that has been moved within the 24 months preceding the effective date of this legislation and without the consent of the originator must be restored within 60 days to its original location and number.

The bill requires all cable system operators in the State to work with the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels to ensure that the signal sent from the point of origination to the cable system operator and delivered to the cable subscriber is of the same quality and format as originally created. A cable system operator is required to set up a toll-free telephone number for requests to resolve a signal quality problem.

The bill requires all cable system operators in the State to provide the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels access to the entity that controls the electronic program guides in the same manner as the local broadcast channels if requested by the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels. In addition, if channels are selected through a menu system, public, educational and governmental access channel designations must be displayed in a similar manner as local broadcast channel designations on the electronic program guide are displayed.

LD 1371 Chaptered Law
LD 1371 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1425 An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Department of Education by Prohibiting Its Promotion of Policies and Practices That Are Not Based on Rigorous Peer Review and Analysis, Limiting Acceptance of Private Funding in Implementing and Influencing State Policy and Retaining the Home Rule Powers to School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1425
This bill prohibits the Commissioner of Education and Department of Education personnel from promoting policies, programs, procedures or experiments in schools that do not adhere to rigorous standards of peer review and established statistical procedures for determining the effectiveness in producing clearly identified outcomes and from contracting with and accepting funding from private entities to implement state policies. This bill also directs the commissioner to withdraw from the New England Secondary School Consortium and prohibits the commissioner from maintaining membership in regional or national groups that are funded by private entities. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with school administrative units and the Maine Municipal Association, to study how to return home rule powers to school administrative units.

LD 1515 An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1515
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.

Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.

The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.

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

LD 1551 An Act To Clarify Fishing Laws between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources as They Relate to Striped Bass in Inland Waters Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-308, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1551
This bill eliminates duplicative rulemaking by prohibiting the fishing or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-308
This amendment clarifies the language of the bill but preserves the bill's intent, which is to provide that fishing for or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of striped bass rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources is prohibited and is subject to the applicable penalties for violating the fishing rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 1551 Chaptered Law
LD 1551 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1579 An Act To Create a Limited Fish Stocking Permit Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-375, Enacted, Signed into law May 10, 2019
LD 1579
This bill allows a municipality to stock with fish an inland water of the municipality, subject to a determination by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Resource Management that the species of fish is appropriate to be stocked in that inland water and to the public notification requirements that apply when the bureau proposes to stock an inland water with fish.

Amendment H-375
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to issue a limited permit to a local government. A limited permit allows a local government to introduce fish only into a great pond within the jurisdiction of the local government that was previously stocked by the department and in which stocking was suspended prior to January 1, 2019 and has not been resumed by the department due to inadequate public access. The permit allows the introduction of only the same species of fish that was stocked at the time the department suspended stocking. The permit allows only the introduction of fish obtained by the local government at its own expense from an in-state commercial facility that meets testing and health guidelines approved by the department. The permit may be issued only if the local government identifies public access to the great pond that is at least suitable for the hand carrying of boats to the water, includes a parking area and has been marked with signage adequate to ensure public awareness of the public access. "Local government" is defined as a municipality or, in the unorganized territory, a county.

LD 1579 Chaptered Law
LD 1579 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1616 An Act To Establish the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1616
This bill establishes the Vaccine Consumer Protection Program within the Department of Health and Human Services and describes the activities under the program.

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