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Representative Lois Reckitt [Democrat]
South Portland ~ District 31

Towns in District: part of South Portland

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety
♦ Judiciary

✉ Lois.Reckitt@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 38 Myrtle Avenue
South Portland, Maine 04106


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20186 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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

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

LD 18 Chaptered Law
LD 18 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 20 An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019
LD 20
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

LD 21 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain Populations Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 7, 2019
LD 21
This bill prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy on a child under 18 years of age or a person over 65 years of age or a person who is pregnant.

LD 324 An Act Regarding Forfeiture of Assets of Persons Convicted of Certain Criminal Restraint Offenses, Aggravated Sex Trafficking Offenses and Sex Trafficking Offenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-106, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 324
This bill provides for criminal forfeiture of property of a person convicted of certain criminal restraint offenses in violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 302, subsection 1; aggravated sex trafficking offenses in violation of Title 17-A, section 852; and sex trafficking offenses in violation of Title 17-A, section 853.

Amendment H-106
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and the title. The amendment adds aggravated sex trafficking and sex trafficking offenses and aggravated criminal forced labor and criminal forced labor offenses to the offenses subject to criminal forfeiture of assets pursuant to a court procedure specified in statute, after a criminal conviction, and with distribution of the forfeited property or proceeds of the forfeited property in accordance with statute and as ordered by the court. The amendment broadens one of the allowable uses of the property forfeited or the proceeds of the property. In current law, property or proceeds may be given to a law enforcement agency in this State that provides case management and other social services to persons with substance use disorders; in the amendment, property or proceeds may be given to a law enforcement agency that provides case management and other social services to persons affected by crimes that are subject to forfeiture of property.

LD 324 Chaptered Law
LD 324 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 325 An Act To Provide Emergency Funds for Clients of the Adult Protective Services System Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-140, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 325
This bill provides funding for emergency funds for Adult Protective Services caseworkers to access for needy clients.

Amendment H-140
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 325 fiscal note
LD 325 Amendment H-140 fiscal note
LD 326 An Act To Decriminalize Engaging in Prostitution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 326
Part A decriminalizes engaging in prostitution by making the following amendments to the laws.

  • 1. It changes the term "prostitute" to the term "prostituted person" in the law on funding for the Victims' Compensation Fund and in the definitions in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 851.
  • 2. It repeals the crime of engaging a prostitute in Title 17-A, section 853-B and places the provision in Title 17-A, chapter 11, which governs sexual assaults, in section 253-A using the term "engaging a prostituted person" instead of the term "engaging a prostitute." It provides definitions in chapter 11 for "engaging a prostituted person" and "prostitution."
  • 3. It repeals the crime of engaging in prostitution.
  • 4. It removes from the adoption assistance program reference to prostitution in the examples of family background factors that are used to define a special needs child.

Part B allows a person convicted of a crime of engaging in prostitution in this State to petition the court in which the conviction was recorded to expunge the record of the conviction. It authorizes the court to order all records of the conviction expunged if the convicted person has not been convicted of a violation of Title 17-A, section 253-A, 852 or 853 or former section 853-A and has no formal charging instrument pending in this State for a violation of Title 17-A, section 253-A, 852 or 853. Part B requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification, following receipt of a court order for expungement, to make the necessary arrangements with the identification division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to have all references to the expunged crime deleted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's identification record and any state materials returned to the contributing agency.

LD 428 An Act To Establish Wage and Employment Parity between Adult and Child Protective Services Caseworkers in the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services, both chambers accepted Minority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-139 and adopted House amendment H-549, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 428
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to new employees engaged in adult protective services. It requires the number of supervisory positions in adult protective services and child protective services to be identical. It provides funding for the recruitment and retention of employees in Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions and Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions with a $5 per wage-hour stipend payment.

Amendment H-139
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, amends the bill to require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to any employee engaged in adult protective services instead of to only new employees. It clarifies that it is the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers, instead of the number of supervisors, that must be identical in adult protective services and child protective services. The amendment also provides that Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions receive a $1 per wage-hour stipend for employees holding or obtaining a relevant master's degree. It provides that the $5 per wage-hour stipend payment and $1 per wage-hour stipend payment authorized for Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions must be considered part of those employees' base pay for purposes of transfers, promotions, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases and collectively bargained wage increases. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment H-549
This amendment removes language requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to new employees and removes language regarding the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers. It provides funding to support the recruitment and retention of certain employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Aging and Disability Services with a stipend payment of up to $5 per wage-hour and an additional $1 per wage-hour stipend payment for employees holding a relevant master's degree.

LD 428 Amendment H-139 fiscal note
LD 428 Amendment H-549 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 1381 An Act To Create a Post-judgment Mechanism To Provide Relief to Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking (By request) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1381
This bill provides for a comprehensive post-judgment method of relief for a person for whom one or more criminal convictions in which a final judgment has been entered were the result of the person's sexual exploitation or being subjected to sex trafficking. This method of relief is similar to that provided in law to a person whose identity has been stolen and falsely used by another person in a criminal, civil violation or traffic infraction proceeding. The relief offered is the court's vacating the conviction and the correction of the court records and related criminal justice agency records.

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

LD 1771 An Act To Amend the Law Governing Name Changes 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 1771
This bill amends the law governing name changes to allow a probate judge to limit the notice requirement for anyone who shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the person seeking the name change is in reasonable fear of the person's safety, not just for domestic abuse victims.

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

LD 17 Resolve, Designating a Portion of Route 1 in Downeast Maine the Hannah and Rebecca Weston Trail Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 17
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to designate Route 1 from its intersection with Route 1A in the Town of Jonesboro to the southern entrance to the Jeremiah O'Brien Memorial Bridges in the Town of Machias the Hannah and Rebecca Weston Trail.

LD 17 Chaptered Law
LD 17 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 28 An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Work session held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 28
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.

LD 67 An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-72, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 67
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. These changes apply only to those Class A, Class B and Class C crimes of unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

The bill also makes a number of technical corrections to the provisions of the Maine Criminal Code governing statutes of limitations to provide additional clarity within those provisions.

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
LD 67 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 101 An Act To Reestablish the Pesticide Notification Registry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 101
This bill reestablishes the law, which was repealed by Public Law 2011, chapter 332, governing the development and maintenance of a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that they receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides near their properties.

LD 128 An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 10, 2019
LD 128
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.

Funding is provided to restore all positions and for related All Other costs to reopen and operate the Downeast Correctional Facility beginning October 1, 2019.

LD 134 An Act Concerning the Composition of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 21, 2019
LD 134
This bill amends the membership of the Criminal Law Advisory Commission to require that at least one member be a law enforcement officer from a state law enforcement agency and at least one member be a law enforcement officer from a county or municipal law enforcement agency.

LD 141 An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 141
This bill makes it a traffic infraction to consume marijuana or a marijuana product, to possess an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or to place marijuana or a marijuana product in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a nonmarijuana substance. This bill is similar to the provisions of law making consuming alcohol or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle a traffic infraction.

LD 144 An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 144
This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone.

LD 172 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Smart City Technology Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 172
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to provide funds through the Maine Technology Institute to allow municipalities to invest in smart and connected infrastructure, technology and capacity, including but not limited to information and communications technology such as broadband connectivity, connected sensors and data aggregation platforms; light-emitting diode lighting; adaptive traffic control signals; autonomous vehicle projects; electric vehicle infrastructure; and distributed power generation, storage and management.

LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 179
This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.

LD 179 Chaptered Law
LD 179 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 193 An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-260, adopted Senate amendment S-174 and engrossed, enacted in the House, tabled to Special Appropiations in the Senate, June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 193
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.

Amendment H-260
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-174
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 193 Amendment H-260 fiscal note
LD 193 Amendment S-174 fiscal note
LD 208 An Act Regarding Small Claims Court Jurisdiction Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 208
This bill increases the jurisdictional limits for small claims from $6,000 to $15,000.

LD 232 An Act To Change the Process by Which Designated Nonstate Mental Health Institutions Petition the District Court To Admit Certain Patients to a Progressive Treatment Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 232
This bill changes the process by which a petition to the District Court is made to admit a patient at a designated nonstate mental health institution to a progressive treatment program. Current law provides that the superintendent or chief administrative officer of a psychiatric hospital, including a designated nonstate mental health institution, directly petition the District Court. This bill provides that the superintendent or chief administrative officer of a designated nonstate mental health institution request the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to petition the District Court on the superintendent's or chief administrative officer's behalf.

LD 239 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Explore the Development of a Behavioral Health Unit at the Cumberland County Jail Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law June 3, 2019
LD 239
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to jointly explore the development of a behavioral health unit at the Cumberland County Jail to determine the competency of inmates to stand trial. This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to submit the results of this directive along with recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 239 Chaptered Law
LD 239 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 298 An Act To Establish a Conditional Presumption of Compensability for Corrections Employees in Cases of Impairment from Hypertension or Heart Disease Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 298
This bill amends the workers' compensation laws by adding a presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a state or county corrections employee was caused in the course of that employment, as long as the employee had successfully passed a physical examination upon entry into or during the course of that employment that failed to reveal any evidence of that condition.

LD 307 An Act To Limit the Number of Charter Schools in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-365, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 15, 2019
LD 307
Under current law, the number of public charter schools approved by the Maine Charter School Commission that may operate at any time is capped at 10 until July 1, 2022. This bill makes that cap permanent.

Amendment H-365
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, caps the total number of public charter schools in the state to 10 public charter schools, regardless of whether the public charter school is authorized by the commission or by local school boards or collaboratives of local school boards.

This amendment also directs the Maine Charter School Commission to develop a process for the revocation or nonrenewal of a public charter school's charter for public charter schools that are not meeting required performance framework provisions and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, no later than January 1, 2020, on the recommended process and submit any suggested legislation to implement the process to revoke or not renew a public charter school's charter.

LD 307 Chaptered Law
LD 307 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 316 An Act To Protect Adults 66 Years of Age and Older from Financial and Other Types of Exploitation through Theft by Deception Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-297, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 316
This bill makes the crime of theft by deception when the victim is 66 years of age or older at the time of the offense a Class B crime.

Amendment H-297
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment defines "vulnerable person" by reference to the definitions of "dependent adult" in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3472, subsection 6 and "incapacitated adult" in Title 22, section 3472, subsection 10. The amendment designates the following types of theft or fraud as Class B crimes if the owner of the property is a vulnerable person: theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, theft by deception, theft by misapplication of property and misuse of entrusted property. The amendment includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 316 Amendment H-297 fiscal note
LD 332 An Act To Remove the Statute of Limitations for Certain Sex Crimes Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 332
This bill amends the portions of the Maine Criminal Code pertaining to statutes of limitations to remove statutes of limitations governing the prosecution of Class A, Class B or Class C crimes involving incest; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; or rape or gross sexual assault, formerly denominated as gross sexual misconduct.

These changes apply only to those sexual crimes committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

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

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

LD 430 Amendment H-627 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 496 An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 496
This bill expands the definition of "family or household member" in the laws governing protection from abuse in order to include, for purposes of a protection from abuse order, all related individuals regardless of whether the individuals are adult household members.

This bill also directs a court in which a protection from harassment or a protection from abuse complaint is filed to notify the plaintiff if appropriate or greater relief is available.

Amendment S-282
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment clarifies the bill's language regarding the court's discretion in a protection from harassment action to issue a protection from harassment order even if the notice to stop harassing the plaintiff was not issued to the defendant.

The amendment clarifies that an adult who has been abused, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1, can seek a protection from abuse order if the adult has been abused by, in addition to a family or household member or a dating partner as provided in current law, an individual related to the adult by consanguinity or affinity. The amendment provides the same protection for a minor child.

The amendment directs the offices of the court clerks to provide plaintiffs with written contact information for resources from which the plaintiff may receive legal or social service assistance when the contact information for those services has been provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts by the various providers, including the Maine State Bar Association or successor organization, any local or statewide organizations providing domestic violence services and sexual assault services and any other agency providing reliable and relevant resource contact information.

LD 496 Chaptered Law
LD 496 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 512 Resolve, To Create the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-561, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 512
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study and Plan for the Implementation of Maine's Early Childhood Special Education Services to examine the national trends and relevant models of governing and delivering early childhood special education systems and the short-term and long-term costs and benefits to the Department of Education's proposed plan to restructure the Child Development Services System and to make recommendations for an early childhood special education services program plan.

Amendment H-561
This amendment authorizes the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to contract with a qualified research and technical assistance entity to conduct an independent review of Maine's early childhood special education services. This amendment authorizes the Office of the Executive Director of the Legislative Council, at the direction of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, to develop and administer a request for proposals process to award a contract for the independent review. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 512 fiscal note
LD 512 Amendment H-561 fiscal note
LD 600 An Act To Achieve Mental Health Parity in Workers' Compensation Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 600
This bill changes the standard of proof required to demonstrate entitlement to compensation for a mental injury caused by stress so that it is the same standard as is required with respect to physical injuries. In addition, this bill specifies that a work-related injury that aggravates a preexisting mental condition may result in a compensable disability, just as aggravating a preexisting physical condition may.

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.

LD 613 Chaptered Law
LD 613 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 644 An Act To Improve Safety at State Courthouses Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 644
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding to update screening equipment at courthouses located throughout the State and to replace outdated screening equipment that may be causing exposure to radiation. It proposes to establish a protocol for testing and repairing existing screening equipment. It also proposes to develop a long-range plan for testing and replacing screening equipment in a timely manner.

LD 648 An Act To Improve Reporting of Operating Under the Influence Offenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-152, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 648
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to maintain separate categories in its uniform crime reporting for offenses that involve operating under the influence of alcohol, offenses that involve operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and offenses that involve operating under a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.

Amendment H-152
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters regarding the incidence of operating under the influence offenses pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2411. The report must include separate categories for offenses involving operating under the influence of alcohol, for offenses involving operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and for offenses involving operating under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The report is due by April 1st each year beginning in 2020.

LD 648 Chaptered Law
LD 648 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 651 Resolve, To Facilitate School Access to Federal Title I Funds and Improve the Delivery of Special Education Services Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-154, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 651
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing special education.
  • 1. It adds 4 provisions to the laws regarding nontraditional limited purpose schools that were part of Department of Education rule Chapter 250 which has been repealed.
  • 2. It adds response to intervention systems to the minimum requirements for basic school approval to ensure an all-encompassing, tiered system of support for general and special education students. It also clarifies that rules regarding those requirements are major substantive rules.
  • 3. It facilitates collaboration between general education and special education, including a clarification that the Department of Education is required to facilitate a process to help schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to federal Title I funds.
  • 4. It promotes dual certification programs by the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
  • 5. It requires recodification of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 4, subpart 1, concerning special education, by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
  • 6. It requires a review of the purpose of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula and whether it is accomplishing this purpose and how to increase equity among all school administrative units.
  • 7. It requires a review and improvement of MaineCare billing systems and procedures through a pilot program through the Department of Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.


Amendment H-154
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 1, 2020 on progress, including recommendations and suggested legislation, on the following:
  • 1. Enhancement of response to intervention to become an all-encompassing multitiered system of support in all school administrative units and removing the regulations on general education interventions from Department of Education rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty and amending rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to include regulations on general education interventions;
  • 2. Facilitation of the process by which schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
  • 3. Increased use of dual certification programs for general education and special education certifications;
  • 4. Review of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula; and
  • 5. Improvement of regional programs that facilitate MaineCare billing for medically necessary services for schools.
The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement any recommendations in the report.

LD 651 Chaptered Law
LD 651 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 666 An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-639, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 666
This bill provides that it is unlawful employment discrimination for an employer to fail to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee's pregnancy-related condition, unless provision of an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

Amendment H-639
This amendment clarifies the definition of "pregnancy-related condition" to provide that the limitation on the pregnant employee's ability to perform the functions of a job due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, must be known.

The amendment revises the description of unlawful employment discrimination to apply to an employer's failure to provide a reasonable accommodation after it has been requested. An exception to the reasonable accommodation requirement is based on the employer's demonstration that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of the employer.

The amendment provides examples of reasonable accommodations.

LD 666 Chaptered Law
LD 666 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 669 An Act To Provide Housing Relief for Maine Families and Seniors Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 669
This bill replaces the property tax fairness credit with a housing relief credit for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Resident individuals are eligible for the housing relief credit if their income is equal to or less than the area median income identified by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The credit is equal to the amount by which a resident individual's housing cost exceeds 25% of the individual's income. Housing cost includes payments made for the purpose of maintaining a homestead, including property tax payments, property insurance payments, mortgage payments, rent payments and payments for heat, electricity, water and sewer, including well and septic maintenance. The maximum credit is $3,000 for resident individuals under 70 years of age as of the last day of the taxable year or $4,000 for resident individuals 70 years of age and older as of the last day of the taxable year.

LD 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 711 Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 711
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 712 An Act To Increase the School Construction Debt Service Limit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-290, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 712
This bill amends the school funding formula to fund after-school programs based on the state share percentage and to fund public preschool programs at 50% of the cost of the programs, or if a school administrative unit's state share percentage is greater than 50%, to fund the unit's public preschool program at the state share percentage. The bill also increases the additional weight for economically disadvantaged students from 0.15 to 1.5. The bill also raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

Amendment H-290
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title and strikes all sections of the bill except the provision that raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

LD 712 Amendment H-290 fiscal note
LD 748 An Act To Provide Relief to Survivors of Economic Abuse Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-585, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 748
This bill defines economic abuse in the context of protection from abuse and provides for the court to order compensation for losses resulting from the economic abuse. The bill also provides for an economic abuse survivor to be protected from debt collection and for the economic abuse survivor's credit to be repaired.

Amendment H-585
The amendment adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4007, subsection 1 to ensure that it is clear that the abuse for which a plaintiff may seek the issuance of a protection from abuse order is what is defined as abuse in Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1. The bill does not add economic abuse as a type of conduct for which a protection from abuse order may be sought, although it does provide that if a protection from abuse order is issued, the court has expanded discretion to order appropriate monetary relief to help address the impact of any economic abuse that may be found by the court. The amendment makes clear that the court may make a finding of economic abuse.

The amendment strikes from the bill language specific to economic abuse relief that may be included in a protection from abuse order and instead amends the current law concerning monetary compensation. The amendment broadens the available relief by changing the monetary compensation in current law to monetary relief to the plaintiff that includes, but is not limited to, the existing types of relief and adds transitional living expenses, which are often necessary for plaintiffs who have suffered economic abuse. It also provides that the monetary relief component of a protection from abuse order does not limit the court's discretion to provide any other relief in a protection from abuse order, either as the statute specifically enumerates or as the court may find necessary and appropriate to issue as part of the proceeding under its discretion in section 4007, subsection 1, paragraph M, and does not preclude the plaintiff from seeking monetary relief through other actions as permissible by law.

LD 748 Chaptered Law
LD 748 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 755 An Act To Ensure Funding Sources for County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 755
This bill removes the 4% growth limitation factor on county tax assessments for correctional services and treats excessive tax assessments for county correctional services the same as for other county services.

LD 802 An Act To Recruit and Retain Corrections Support Staff Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, March 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 802
This bill requires staff in support, maintenance and other nonsupervisory positions, but not including guards, in correctional facilities maintained by the Department of Corrections to be given a $2 per hour increase in their wages. In 2016, guards in the department were given a $2 per hour wage increase but other employees in the correctional facilities were not.

LD 803 An Act To Create 4 Regional Mental Health Receiving Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 803
This bill establishes 4 crisis intervention centers regionally throughout the State that will be operated and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. It requires the crisis intervention centers to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to provide sufficient staffing. It provides that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that include the certification of the crisis intervention centers; the location of the crisis intervention centers to ensure regional accessibility throughout the State; admission and discharge standards; requirements for notice of a person's admission; availability of and patients' access to treatment; the staffing model, with specific descriptions of staffing levels, roles and responsibilities; and patient rights protections; and that, to the extent possible, the rules must be consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 511; Title 34-B, chapter 1, subchapter 8; and Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 4.

LD 804 An Act To Ensure Programming for Long-term Incarcerations at County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 9, 2019
LD 804
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure programming for long-term incarcerations at county jails.

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

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 838 Resolve, To Ensure the Continuation of Services to Maine Children and Families (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 838
Resolve 2017, chapter 56 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to continue certain contractual agreements entered into by the department with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children until January 31, 2019. This resolve amends that resolve to require the department to extend the contractual agreements until at least the termination date specified in the contractual agreement. This resolve applies retroactively to January 31, 2019.

LD 857 An Act To Increase Accountability for Wage Violations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-78, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 857
This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-78
This amendment changes the fine structure proposed in the bill from a $2,500 fine for each subsequent violation of the various wage and hour laws to a fine of at least $500 but not more than $2,500 for each subsequent violation. It also strikes new language added by the bill regarding a civil action remedy for violations of various wage and hour laws. It reduces the liquidated damages available in a civil action to collect unpaid minimum wages from 3 times the amount of unpaid wages, as proposed by the bill, to twice the amount of unpaid wages, and it reduces the Labor and Safety Inspector positions added to the bill from 10 to 4.

LD 857 Amendment H-78 fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 871 An Act To Establish the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Transferring Illegal Drugs through Breast Milk Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 871
This bill establishes the Class C crime of endangering the welfare of a child by knowingly transferring a scheduled drug or a metabolite of a scheduled drug to a child through breast milk.

LD 885 An Act To Adopt Eastern Daylight Time Year-round Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-307, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 885
This bill requires the State to observe so-called eastern daylight saving time year-round if the United States Congress authorizes states to do so.

Amendment H-307
This amendment changes Maine's standard time to what is commonly known as eastern daylight time year-round when federal law permits the District of Columbia and all states within the eastern time zone to observe eastern daylight time year-round and the District of Columbia and all the eastern time zone states do so. The amendment requires the Secretary of State to monitor legislative activity by the United States Congress, the District of Columbia and all the eastern time zone states regarding year-round eastern daylight time and provide public notice when each of the conditions is met. The amendment specifies the start date of year-round eastern daylight time and requires the Secretary of State to provide public notice of the effective date.

LD 885 Chaptered Law
LD 885 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 887 An Act To Improve the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 887
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit to $2,000 for resident individuals, regardless of age. Current law provides a maximum credit of $750 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and $1,200 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older. This bill also removes the inclusion of benefits received under the federal Social Security Act and railroad retirement benefits from being included as income for purposes of determining the credit.

The credit is fully refundable after the application of nonrefundable credits.

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

LD 913 An Act To Amend the Laws on Gross Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching To Include Counseling Professionals (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 913
This bill makes it unlawful for a member of the clergy who is in a position of trust or authority over another person to cause the other person to submit to or participate in a sexual act, sexual contact or sexual touching by exploiting the person's emotional dependency on the member of the clergy. It also places the current definition of "domestic partner" in the definition section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 11 and deletes repetitive definitions of "domestic partner" found throughout the chapter.

Amendment S-117
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the law on gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching to include all licensed counseling professionals as the actors in the gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.

LD 913 Amendment S-117 fiscal note
LD 944 An Act To Ban Native American Mascots in All Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-122, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 944
This bill prohibits a public school from having or adopting a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual, custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school.

Amendment H-122
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds the University of Maine System and any college within the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and any college within the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy to the prohibition in the bill on a school having or adopting a name, symbol or image that depicts or refers to a Native American tribe, individual, custom or tradition and that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead or team name of the school.

LD 944 Chaptered Law
LD 944 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 954 An Act To Rescind An Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 954
This bill repeals An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. The repeal does not take effect unless approved by the Houlton Band Council of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Tribal Chief and the Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 976 An Act To Require Additional Lead Screening for Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-296, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 976
This bill amends the Lead Poisoning Control Act to require blood lead level testing of all children not covered by the MaineCare program at one year of age, 2 years of age and 6 years of age

Amendment H-296
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It changes the definition of "lead poisoning" in the Lead Poisoning Control Act to mean a confirmed elevated level of blood lead that is equal to or exceeds 5 micrograms per deciliter. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters when the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes the reference level at which it recommends public health actions be taken with respect to blood lead levels in children.

LD 976 Chaptered Law
LD 976 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 978 An Act To Clarify Maine's Protection from Abuse Statutes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 978
This bill clarifies that when a court directs a defendant in a protection from abuse case to refrain from having any direct or indirect contact with the plaintiff, this includes direct or indirect contact via social media, consistent with the ruling of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in State v. Heffron, 2018 ME 102, 190 A.3d 232.

LD 978 Chaptered Law
LD 978 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1070 An Act To Reduce the Number of Domestic Assaults and Suicides By Increasing the Tax on Alcohol Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1070
This bill, for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, increases the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard cider and the sales tax imposed on the sale of liquor sold in establishments for consumption on or off premises.

LD 1088 An Act Regarding the Maine Law Enforcement Memorial Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019
LD 1088
This bill requires the Commissioner of Public Safety to add to the list of names on the law enforcement memorial located at the State Capitol complex the name of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty, who at the time of death was a resident of the State or employed in the State as a law enforcement officer and whose name is approved for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial or whose death meets the criteria for line-of-duty death benefits.

LD 1108 Resolve, Establishing the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1108
This resolve establishes the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth to:
  • 1. Review and evaluate current state and national reports regarding the efficacy of the use of incarceration of youth in the State and nationally;
  • 2. Seek input from juvenile justice system stakeholders, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, agency staff, residential and community-based service providers, youth advocates and youth and families affected by the juvenile justice system;
  • 3. Develop a plan to close the Long Creek Youth Development Center by 2022 and make recommendations on subsequent use of the land or facility, including identifying options for alternate use of the land or facility that do not include the incarceration of other populations, and a transition plan for the center's staff; and
  • 4. Develop recommendations for reinvestment of corrections funds currently designated for youth incarceration into a continuum of community-based alternatives.


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 1201 An Act To Create a Low-barrier, Permanent Housing Rental Subsidy for Individuals in the State Experiencing Long-term Homelessness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1201
This bill establishes a rental subsidy program within the Maine State Housing Authority for persons experiencing long-term homelessness. The rental subsidy program provides a rental subsidy and housing retention services to a person eligible for the program.

LD 1202 Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Improve Service Delivery to Individuals Receiving Medicaid Home and Community-based Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1202
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to review the Medicaid home and community-based settings rules, review past efforts by the State to come into compliance with those rules and make recommendations about how to bring the State into compliance and recommendations on necessary statutory and regulatory changes. The department is required to submit a report by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1210 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Corrections To Study Changes in Corrections Practices and Reinvestment in Corrections Resources To Reduce Recidivism and Control Correctional Facility Costs Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1210
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Corrections to establish a working group to study changes in corrections practices and reinvestment of corrections resources in various ways to reduce recidivism and control correctional facility costs, including upstream interventions, diversion and alternative sentencing, prevention and harm reduction and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

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

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

LD 1217 Chaptered Law
LD 1217 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1219 An Act To Establish an Independent Panel To Review the Use of Deadly Force by Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-644, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1219
This bill establishes the Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths to review investigations by law enforcement agencies concerning deaths involving law enforcement officers and to issue recommendations to the prosecuting attorneys or Attorney General. The board consists of 7 members appointed to 3-year terms, and members of the board are conferred immunity in performing their duties on the board, except when the plaintiff is the State. The bill requires the board to issue a public report of its findings and conclusions for every officer-involved death in the State.

Amendment H-644
This amendment replaces the bill and revises the title to reflect that the panel will review use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, not just officer-related deaths.

The amendment establishes a panel of 15 members. The following are ex officio members, although each may appoint a designee to attend meetings and participate as a panel member: the Commissioner of Public Safety; the Director of Investigations for the Office of the Attorney General; the Director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy; and the Chief Medical Examiner. The remaining members are appointed by the Attorney General: an attorney who represents plaintiffs in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a municipal police chief; a county sheriff; a mental health professional; a representative of a statewide collective bargaining law enforcement organization; a representative of a statewide civil rights organization; an attorney who represents defendants in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a criminal prosecutor; and 3 citizens, each of whom is not and has never been a sworn law enforcement officer.

The panel is directed to select a chair and a vice-chair and must meet at least quarterly. The Attorney General must call the first meeting before January 1, 2020.

The panel examines deaths and serious injuries that result from a law enforcement officer's use of deadly force. The panel will wait to conduct its examination until the Attorney General conducts the investigation of the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer as required in current law. The purpose of the examinations is to identify whether there was compliance with accepted and best practices under the particular circumstances and whether the practices were sufficient for the particular circumstances or whether the practices require adjustment or improvement. The panel must recommend methods of improving standards, including changes to statutes, rules, training, policies and procedures designed to ensure incorporation of best practices that demonstrate increased public safety or officer safety.

The panel may request information and records that are necessary and relevant to the review. Persons providing information or records are not criminally or civilly liable for disclosing or providing information or records as directed by the panel. The panel may consult with content experts and other professionals and discuss necessary information or records within the scope of the consultations.

The proceedings of the panel are not public proceedings and records of the panel are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil or criminal action. To ensure oversight, the Legislature may inspect and review the records, but it must be under conditions that ensure the information is not further disclosed. The Office of the Attorney General shall disclose conclusions of the review panel but may not disclose information, records or data that are otherwise classified as confidential.

The panel is directed to submit a report on each incident it reviews, as well as annual reports summarizing its activities, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters beginning January 30, 2021.

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LD 1219 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1221 An Act To Allow Deductions from Prison Sentences for Rehabilitative Activities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1221
This bill allows, in addition to existing deductions in time from a prison or jail sentence, a deduction in time of up to 7.5 days per calendar month for a person's satisfactory performance, while in custody or on probation, in the completion of an educational program leading to a high school equivalency diploma, completion of another educational or vocational training program or a work release program or work for a county or state facility industry that leads directly to the rehabilitation of that person.

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

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

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


LD 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.

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

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

LD 1417 fiscal note
LD 1417 Amendment H-265 fiscal note
LD 1418 An Act To Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1418
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "behavioral health needs" to mean a wide range of mental health disorders and illnesses, substance use disorder, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder;
  • 2. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to take measures to address the issue of extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs by:
    • A. Maintaining a daily updated online statewide list of available mental health facility or program and community service provider placements for referral purposes by hospital emergency departments;
    • B. Maintaining a quarterly updated online resource list of mental health programs or facilities and community service providers that treat behavioral health needs; and
    • C. Collecting monthly data on and study the issue of extended stays of minors with behavioral health needs in hospital emergency departments and annually submitting a report with a summary of the study along with any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters;
  • 3. Directs the department to study the data and analysis on extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs and submit an annual report to the Legislature that identifies:
    • A. Reasons for the extended stays;
    • B. Specific behavioral health needs treatment programs and the waiting list for admission to each program; and
    • C. Funding mechanisms to provide short-term transitional assistance to minors with behavioral health needs discharged from a hospital emergency department to residential placements, partial hospitalizations or home-based programs; and
  • 4. Directs the department to study the feasibility of adding a child behavioral needs advocate within the department to coordinate the department's activities with those of various agencies and programs that provide behavioral health needs services to minors and to submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.


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

LD 1431 Resolve, To Support Municipal Recycling Programs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-237, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1431
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to develop proposed legislation to establish a new product stewardship program requiring producers of packaging to assist Maine municipalities in managing and financing packaging waste disposal and recycling programs in the State. The proposed legislation is required also to incentivize producers of packaging to design packaging to be recycled or made of recycled content to strengthen the recycling markets. The resolve requires the department to submit the proposed legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources no later than December 16, 2019.

Amendment H-237
This amendment removes from the resolve the emergency preamble and emergency clause and clarifies the scope of the new packaging stewardship program to be developed by the Department of Environmental Protection under the resolve.

LD 1431 Chaptered Law
LD 1431 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1436 Resolve, Directing Coordinated State Agencies To Negotiate with the Governing Leaderships of Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited for Sustainability-centered Repurposing of Stranded and At-risk Infrastructure Assets in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-414, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019
LD 1436
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Governor's Energy Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Land Resources within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission in coordination to negotiate directly with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited a proposal for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State. It directs the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period, which may be extended as needed.

It also prohibits any state agency from issuing any further permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project before the proposal is complete, as determined by the Department of Economic and Community Development

Amendment H-414
This amendment amends the resolve in the following ways.

  • 1. It changes the title of the resolve.
  • 2. It removes the emergency preamble and clause.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Governor's Energy Office to lead an effort to engage, rather than negotiate, with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited to examine opportunities for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State.
  • 4. It removes references to creating an alternative to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
  • 5. It removes the provision that required the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period.
  • 6. It removes the moratorium on state agency approval of permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
  • 7. It adds a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by February 15, 2020.


LD 1436 Chaptered Law
LD 1436 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1492 An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1492
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code provisions regarding scheduled drugs by relaxing or eliminating provisions regarding trafficking and furnishing, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking, furnishing or possession of hypodermic apparatuses, use of drug paraphernalia and trafficking or furnishing of imitation drugs.

LD 1529 An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment Status: Enacted, recalled from the Governor's desk, committed to Labor and Housing Committee, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1529
This bill prohibits employers from requiring agreements that prevent an employee or prospective employee from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring between employees or between an employer and an employee.

The bill prohibits settlement agreements, unless requested by the employee, prospective employee or former employee, from including a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence, file claims or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

An employee, prospective employee or former employee is not liable for damages for breaching a prohibited nondisclosure agreement or a settlement agreement.

Amendment H-448
This amendment replaces the bill. It prohibits an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a contract with the employer that contains a nondisclosure agreement, nondisparagement agreement, waiver or other provision that prevents the employee, intern or applicant from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring in the workplace or at work-related events coordinated by or through the employer.

It also prevents an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a settlement, separation or severance agreement that includes a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, unless the employee, intern or applicant requests such a provision. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor, and any agreement must make it clear that an individual retains the right to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

It specifies that an individual must be given 21 days to consider any agreement containing nondisclosure provisions and be provided at least 7 days following the execution of the agreement to revoke the agreement. The bill states that an agreement is not effective or enforceable until the revocation period has expired.

It requires that an employer retain a copy of any settlement, separation or severance agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, in the individual's personnel file for 6 years.

It prohibits an employer from retaliating against an individual who opposes any act or practice that is unlawful under these provisions or interfering with an individual in the exercise or enjoyment of the rights granted or protected by these provisions. It provides the Department of Labor with the duty to enforce these provisions.

LD 1529 Amendment H-448 fiscal note
LD 1576 An Act To Improve the Department of Corrections' Response to Emergency Situations by Including Vehicles Operated by Certain Department Employees in the Definition of Authorized Emergency Vehicles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-455, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1576
This bill amends the definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" in the motor vehicle laws to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by an investigative officer or other employee of the department who is certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-455
This amendment expands the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer and allows a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer who is operating a Department of Corrections vehicle to exceed the maximum speed limits as long as life or property is not endangered.

LD 1576 Chaptered Law
LD 1576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1589 An Act To Protect the Liberty of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Maine Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 1589
This bill establishes the Maine Liberty Act, which governs the relationship of state and local law enforcement agencies, including correctional facilities, with federal immigration authorities, including:
  • 1. Prohibiting a law enforcement agency from stopping, investigating, interrogating, arresting or detaining a person solely for immigration enforcement purposes, including in response to a hold request, immigration detainer or administrative warrant issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or allowing the United States Department of Homeland Security access to inmates, inmate information or law enforcement agency facilities or providing law enforcement agency resources or personnel to assist immigration enforcement activities;
  • 2. Clarifying that a law enforcement agency upon a request from the United States Department of Homeland Security may arrest and detain a person and perform other law enforcement duties due to suspected criminal activity or other reasons not solely based on the person's immigration status;
  • 3. Establishing the permissible scope of collaboration of a law enforcement agency with a joint law enforcement task force and requiring reporting to the Attorney General on all arrests made by the task force, including all arrests made for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 4. Requiring a law enforcement agency to release as soon as possible and detain no longer than 48 hours a person determined to be held solely for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 5. Establishing duties and prohibitions for law enforcement agencies regarding immigration issues of inmates, including requiring the agency to inform an inmate of the inmate's rights prior to interview by an immigration authority and whether the agency intends to comply with a hold request and prohibiting an agency from restricting access to educational programming and good conduct credits or determining an inmate's custodial status based upon the inmate's immigration status;
  • 6. Requiring the Attorney General to publish a model policy regarding limiting assistance to immigration authorities in public facilities and publish guidance, audit criteria and training recommendations to ensure that a database operated by a state or local law enforcement agency limits the availability of database information to immigration authorities; and
  • 7. Requiring a law enforcement agency to record certain information regarding hold requests and certain other information from immigration authorities received by the agency and to report quarterly to the Attorney General on this information.


LD 1632 An Act Regarding Criminal Procedure with Respect to Allowable Defenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1632
This bill prohibits the use of what is referred to as the "gay and trans panic defense."

The bill provides that when considering whether a defendant has an abnormal condition of the mind in determining whether a requisite culpable mental state exists in the defendant, a determination of abnormal condition of the mind may not be based on the defendant's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

The bill excludes from the affirmative defense for murder that the defendant acted on the basis of extreme anger or extreme fear based on provocation by prohibiting the alleged cause of provocation from being solely from the discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

The bill provides that a person's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship, may not be used as the sole justification for the use of force against the victim.

LD 1632 Chaptered Law
LD 1632 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1667 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the State Compensation Commission Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-422, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1667
This bill increases the annual salary of the Governor to $141,000 beginning in January 2023. The bill provides that beginning in January 2027, whenever a new Governor takes office, that Governor's annual salary must be adjusted by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during the term of office of that Governor's predecessor subject to a limit of 3% per year.

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

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

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

LD 1667 Chaptered Law
LD 1667 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1704 An Act To Establish the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund for Victims of Securities Violations Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-569, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1704
This bill establishes in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Securities the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund. The fund will be used to provide financial assistance to victims of securities violations that have been awarded restitution in a final order issued by the Securities Administrator or were awarded restitution in a final order in a legal action initiated by the administrator and that have not received the full amount of restitution ordered before the application for restitution assistance is due. The fund will be funded initially by a one-time transfer of $350,000 from the dedicated revenue of the Office of Securities. Thereafter, the fund will be funded by the civil fines ordered or agreed to by the administrator, a portion of broker-dealer agent and investment adviser representative renewal fees and any grants, donations or other money received by the administrator for victim restitution assistance.

Amendment H-569
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section in the bill.

LD 1704 Amendment H-569 fiscal note
LD 1706 An Act To Ensure Public Notification of Air Quality Violations Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-189, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1706
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to notify an affected municipality when the department issues a notice of violation or initiates an enforcement action relating to an air quality violation.

Amendment S-189
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It removes language from the bill requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's initiation of an air quality-related enforcement action.
  • 2. It adds language requiring the department to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's receipt of an air quality-related notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 3. It provides that the department may provide the required information to affected municipalities electronically.


LD 1706 Chaptered Law
LD 1706 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1707 An Act To Ensure Accuracy and Reliability of Environmental Testing by Requiring Compliance Testing by 3rd-parties Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1707
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to include in each license issued by the department a requirement that an independent entity perform testing to determine compliance with the license.

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