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Representative Margaret Craven [Democrat]
Lewiston ~ District 59

Towns in District: part of Lewiston

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

House Committees:
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Joint Committees:
♦ Health and Human Services

✉ Margaret.Craven@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 41 Russell Street
Lewiston, Maine 04240


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Representative Craven did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

LD 22 An Act To Exempt from Taxation Sales to Small Nonprofit Organizations Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 22
This bill provides a sales tax exemption and a service provider tax exemption for incorporated nonprofit organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $40,000.

LD 115 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Home Visiting Services To Provide Child Development Education and Skills Development for New Parents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-137, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 115
This bill appropriates funds for home visiting services to provide child development education and skills development for new parents.

Amendment H-137
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, directs the Board of the Maine Children's Trust Incorporated to use state funds it receives to maximize its receipt of federal funds. This amendment also adds an appropriation of funds to stabilize the workforce by bringing salaries of home visitors in line with comparable positions. It reduces the additional funding provided in the bill for home visiting services from $4,000,000 for fiscal year 2019-20 and $3,000,000 for fiscal year 2020-21 to $500,000 for each year and provides that the funding must be used to reduce any waiting lists for home visiting services. It directs these funds to go to the Maine Children's Trust.

LD 115 fiscal note
LD 115 Amendment H-137 fiscal note
LD 399 An Act To Align Wages for Direct Care Workers for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism with the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-412, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 399
This bill specifies that the MaineCare reimbursement rate for direct care workers for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism must be at least 125% of the state minimum wage.

Amendment H-412
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 399 fiscal note
LD 399 Amendment H-412 fiscal note
LD 511 An Act To Create an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Coordinator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-159, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 511
This bill establishes a position within the Department of Health and Human Services, office of aging and disability services for coordinating programs and services to Maine's population with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across departments and branches of State Government. The coordinator is required to implement recommendations developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and national organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and plans developed by the Department of Health and Human Services relating to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters outlining the activities and progress of the coordinator and the department. The bill includes funding for the coordinator position.

Amendment H-159
This amendment replaces references to "Alzheimer's disease and other dementias" from the bill and uses the term "dementia" instead. It also clarifies that the coordinator oversees the implementation of any state or federal plans related to dementia and that programs and services are for both individuals with dementia and their families.

LD 511 fiscal note
LD 511 Amendment H-159 fiscal note
LD 645 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Cap the Property Tax on the Primary Residence of Certain Residents Who Are 65 Years of Age or Older Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 645
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to authorize the Legislature to require municipalities to cap property taxes on property owned and occupied as a person's primary residence if that person is at least 65 years of age and the household income for the residents of the property does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level. The tax would be stabilized at the amount assessed on the property on the later of the date by which the person attained 65 years of age or purchased the property. Upon transfer of the property to someone other than a family member of the owner, the property would assume the just value at the time of transfer. The State would be required to reimburse a municipality for any revenue lost due to the cap on property taxes.

LD 683 An Act To Provide Social Workers to Persons with Mental Illness to Help Them Avoid Incarceration Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 683
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide social workers to persons with mental illness who are in crisis or pose a threat to themselves or others in order for them to avoid incarceration and protect their safety and the safety of others.

LD 717 An Act To Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Treatment Reform Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 717
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a seamless crisis services system that allows high-risk patients timely access to inpatient care and to increase communication within the crisis services system to better manage patients after discharge. The purpose of this bill is to save lives and improve the overall quality and integrity of the crisis services system by:

  • 1. Creating a single point of entry for a high-risk patient by designating an independent entity of a hospital to provide clinical assessment of the patient and determine whether the patient meets inpatient criteria of care;
  • 2. Adopting universal criteria under which priority admission for a patient is based on acuteness of crisis and length of stay in an emergency room;
  • 3. Requiring hospitals to communicate with and make referrals to community providers for aftercare within 24 hours following discharge from the emergency room or inpatient treatment when patients are most at risk of suicide; and
  • 4. Exploring further significant upgrades, access and training in developing prevention and post-intervention services with the goal of avoiding hospitalization of patients with mental illness who are not in need of psychiatric hospitalization and can be stabilized in the community.


LD 1072 An Act To Promote Workforce Education on Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 1072
This bill requires health care practitioners to disclose a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or dementia to an authorized representative or a family or household member except for a person that is expressly prohibited by the individual diagnosed. The health care practitioner making the diagnosis must also provide information regarding care planning services, including assistance understanding the diagnosis, and medical and nonmedical options for treatment, services and supports and information on how to access those options.

The bill requires that by January 1, 2023 every hospital must have a policy regarding the recognition and management of patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia within that hospital and have the policy on file. The hospital must consult with the Department of Health and Human Services and statewide organizations with expertise in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia and include relevant portions of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Healthy Brain Initiative" publication and any succeeding plans and the state plan regarding Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in Maine developed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The bill also requires continuing education requirements to be adopted by the Board of Licensure in Medicine, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the State Board of Nursing that relate to diagnosis, behavioral symptoms, respectful and effective communication, safety, signs of abuse and neglect and identifying signs of self-neglect by persons living alone with Alzheimer's or dementia. It also requires physician assistants to receive the same continuing education.

The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 4 hours of education and training to all employees of adult protective services at the beginning of employment.

LD 1289 Resolve, To Reduce the Incidence of Infants Exposed to Illegal Substances Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1289
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract for community-based outreach and education regarding family planning options and availability that is targeted toward women and adolescents who are experiencing substance use disorder, housed in correctional facilities, experiencing homelessness or living in other circumstances that indicate a need for family planning services.

LD 48 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Housing for Persons Who Are Homeless Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, January 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 48
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used for capital construction costs for housing for persons who are homeless.

LD 80 An Act To Create the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 80
This bill establishes the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services as a separate cabinet-level department. It removes from the Department of Health and Human Services, and transfers to the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services, functions and services for individuals with substance use disorders, prevention programs and administrative assistance for the Substance Use Disorder Services Commission.

LD 142 An Act To Increase Funding for the Fund for a Healthy Maine To Reduce Smoking Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 142
This bill adjusts funding between the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention program and the Medical Care - Payments to Providers program in the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund tobacco cessation services.

LD 150 An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-35, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 150
This bill provides that unless a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

Amendment S-35
This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the bill relating to persons attending schools outside of the unorganized territory also apply to a person who resides in the unorganized territory. The amendment provides that unless a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students in the unorganized territory who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 3271, subsection 2.

LD 150 Chaptered Law
LD 150 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 152 An Act To Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-32, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 152
This bill includes in the prohibition against tobacco use in elementary or secondary schools the possession of an electronic smoking device, which is defined as a device used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that may be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including, without limitation, a device manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pen.

Amendment S-32
Current law prohibits in elementary or secondary schools and on school grounds the use of smokeless tobacco and the possession of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other object giving off or containing any substance giving off smoke. This committee amendment repeals and replaces existing law so that the following is included in the prohibition against tobacco use in elementary or secondary schools and on school grounds:
  • 1. The possession of a lighted or heated cigarette, cigar or pipe or a lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for human consumption through inhalation whether natural or synthetic in any manner or in any form;
  • 2. The use or possession of an electronic smoking device;
  • 3. The possession of any product that is made from or derived from tobacco, or that contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, a cigarette, a cigar, a hookah, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or snus; and
  • 4. The possession of components or accessories used in the consumption of a tobacco product, such as filters, rolling papers, pipes and liquids.

The amendment also prohibits tobacco use on a school bus and at any school-sponsored event.

The amendment removes the exception that permitted tobacco use in classrooms as part of a bona fide demonstration during a class lesson.

LD 152 Chaptered Law
LD 152 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 153 An Act To Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-84, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 153
This bill requires all schools to test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead using water testing kits or by submitting samples of water to an approved laboratory for lead testing. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish by major substantive rule water lead levels, testing protocols, appropriate abatement and mitigation methods and public notification requirements. It directs the department to provisionally adopt major substantive rules and submit them to the Legislature no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020. It provides that the department has the authority to issue an order reducing exposure to lead until the elevated water lead levels are abated or mitigated. It provides that water lead abatement or mitigation efforts will receive Priority 1 status for receipt of funds from the School Revolving Renovation Fund in the custody of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

Amendment S-84
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to provide that the State is not establishing a mandate on school administrative units. It provides that a school must test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead to the extent the Department of Health and Human Services provides the necessary resources to the school so that the school is not required to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. It directs the department to adopt rules regarding testing and guidance to reduce exposure to lead but provides that the department may not require a school to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue in implementing the rules. It further provides that the department may provide resources to schools within its existing resources or identify alternative means to achieve the purposes of the legislation. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually beginning January 1, 2021 on lead testing in schools.

LD 153 Chaptered Law
LD 153 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 177 Resolve, To Improve Access to Bariatric Care (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-439, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 177
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide 16 new specialized bariatric care beds in one or more nursing facilities to serve individuals with a body mass index greater than 40.

Amendment H-472
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new specialized bariatric care nursing facility beds by September 1, 2020. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 177 fiscal note
LD 177 Amendment H-472 fiscal note
LD 187 An Act To Restore the Laws Governing the Reunification of Parents and Children Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 12, 2019
LD 187
Recently enacted law eliminated language that established as a priority under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act family rehabilitation and reunification. This bill restores family rehabilitation and reunification as a priority under the laws governing child protective services.

LD 195 An Act To Continue MaineCare Coverage for Parents During the Rehabilitation and Reunification Process Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-133, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
LD 195
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver request no later than January 1, 2020 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this bill that require the department to continue to provide MaineCare coverage to a parent who is a MaineCare member and who is participating in rehabilitation and reunification efforts in accordance with a rehabilitation and reunification plan. The department is required to take all reasonable and necessary steps to seek approval of the waiver. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules no later than 180 days after receiving approval. The department is required to report its progress in seeking a waiver and implementing rules on a quarterly basis beginning October 1, 2019 until the process is complete.

Amendment H-133
This amendment clarifies that parents who are eligible for the MaineCare program prior to having their minor children removed from the home remain eligible for the MaineCare program if they are engaged in rehabilitation and reunification efforts regardless of any other provision of law. The reference in the bill did not account for new eligibility under Initiated Bill 2017, chapter 1. The amendment also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an annual report, beginning in 2021, on the number of individuals and families who benefit from this provision.

LD 195 Chaptered Law
LD 195 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 227 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Public Health Infrastructure Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 227
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the State's public health infrastructure by:

  • 1. Identifying community-level geographic regions where essential public health services, including competent and qualified comprehensive community health coalitions, can be funded equitably;
  • 2. Ensuring that basic and essential public health services be delivered in each public health district and tribal health district;
  • 3. Identifying emerging nonclinical public health workers, including community health workers, community paramedics, recovery coaches and resiliency coaches, who can strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery;
  • 4. Facilitating, when possible, the integration and collaboration of public and private public health professionals with public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals; and
  • 5. Enabling the operation of public health professionals, public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals as a cohesive and coordinated public health team to improve the visibility and understanding of public health among Maine children and adults.


LD 231 An Act To Improve Public Health by Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 231
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase federal funding to improve the State's public health outcomes and workforce by designating the Maine Public Health Institute within the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service as an agent of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of applying for federal funds to support public health research and programming. To provide guidance to the Maine Public Health Institute in carrying out this duty, this bill would establish an advisory board composed of officials from the department, including the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and representatives of statewide public health organizations and care providers. The bill would require that the Maine Public Health Institute report every 2 years to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.

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 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 315 Resolve, To Promote Healthy Living in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-66, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 315
This bill appropriates funds for evidence-based programs to promote healthy living of the State's older adults.

Amendment H-197
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a 2-year program designed to support and improve the health and well-being of the State's older adults and reduce health care treatment costs by preventing disease, injury and falls. It directs the department to contract for the implementation of this program with one or more community-based organizations that have a demonstrated ability to deliver evidence-based programs to serve older adults statewide, especially in rural, underserved and unserved areas of the State. The amendment describes the criteria that a community-based organization must meet in order to be awarded a contract. It also changes the appropriations and allocations section to indicate that it is one-time funding.

LD 315 fiscal note
LD 315 Amendment H-197 fiscal note
LD 373 An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Injuries and Other Related Conditions Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-353, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 373
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Dental services provided to such a person must be the same as those provided under the MaineCare program to an eligible person under 21 years of age.

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

LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
LD 427 An Act To Require the State To Fund Teacher Retirement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-20, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 427
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay a portion of the costs for teacher retirement.

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

LD 427 fiscal note
LD 427 Amendment H-20 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 451 An Act To Repeal the Recently Enacted Changes to the Law Governing Tax Lien Foreclosure Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 451
This bill repeals or removes the changes to the foreclosure law that were made by Public Law 2017, chapter 478. Under that law, a municipality is restricted in how it may sell a foreclosed property that was owned by a person who is at least 65 years of age, occupied the property as a homestead and meets specified income and asset requirements.

The law also places specific notice requirements regarding the foreclosure process on the State Tax Assessor and municipalities and provides for continuous eligibility under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption for a person who loses ownership of a homestead to tax lien foreclosure and subsequently regains ownership of the homestead; these provisions are also removed by this bill.

LD 459 An Act Regarding Presumptive Eligibility and Homelessness under the General Assistance Laws Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-215 and Senate amendment S-363, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 459
This bill defines "homelessness" for the purposes of the laws governing general assistance and specifies that a person experiencing or facing homelessness who meets the conditions for receiving emergency assistance in current law is eligible for emergency general assistance.

Amendment S-215
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the definition of "homelessness" in the bill to remove references to a need for permanent or safe housing. It adds a requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a municipality 100% of direct general assistance costs after a person has spent 90 consecutive nights homeless or in an emergency shelter for the homeless. It also establishes presumptive eligibility for general assistance for 30 days for persons who are provided shelter at emergency shelters for the homeless and specifies that no other municipality may be determined to be the municipality of responsibility during that 30-day period. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a work group of stakeholders to examine the municipal general assistance program and report findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 2, 2020.

Amendment S-363
This amendment removes the language requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a municipality 100% of direct general assistance costs after a person has spent 90 consecutive nights homeless or living in an emergency shelter for the homeless.

LD 459 Chaptered Law
LD 459 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 535 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 535
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.

LD 577 An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-226, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 577
This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.

Amendment H-226
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill.

LD 577 Chaptered Law
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LD 583 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the State's Long-term Services and Supports System for Older Adults Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 583
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to perform a study to determine how to most efficiently manage and fund the various long-term care support programs for older adults operated by the department. It allows the department to accept outside funding to fund the costs of the study and directs the department to report by January 15, 2020 the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which is authorized to report out a bill regarding the results of the study to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 647 An Act To Attract, Educate and Retain New State Residents To Strengthen the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-556, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 647
This bill creates various programs to provide education, services and training for the State's workforce immigrant populations in the following ways:
  • 1. It establishes the Welcome Center Initiative to operate welcome centers in adult education programs to provide education, services and training for foreign-trained workers in municipalities or regions of the State that have immigrant populations or that have industries that are experiencing a shortage of trained workers, patterned after the New Mainers Resource Center operated by the City of Portland adult education program through a pilot program created by the 126th Legislature. The bill provides funds for grants for proposed welcome centers;
  • 2. It directs the Department of Education's office of adult education and family literacy to:
    • A. Administer a vocation-specific English language acquisition and workforce training program for immigrants in the State and establish a statewide competitive grant process to carry out the purposes of the program;
    • B. Establish and implement a local community planning support program to provide a planning process for communities to provide English language acquisition and training in vocational skills, identify employers or areas that would benefit from immigrant residency or employment and cultivate community support to integrate immigrants into the communities and local workforce. The office must establish a grant process to carry out the purposes of the program; and
    • C. Develop and implement a grant process to award grants to adult education programs to increase English language acquisition instruction.The bill provides funding for the vocation-specific English language acquisition and workforce training program, the local community planning support program and grants to increase English language acquisition instruction; and
  • 3. It directs the Department of Education to establish a welcome center under the Welcome Center Initiative within the City of Lewiston's adult education program to attract, educate and retain in employment foreign-trained workers, patterned after the New Mainers Resource Center in Portland, and provides funding for that purpose. It also provides ongoing funding for the New Mainers Resource Center in Portland.


Amendment H-556
This amendment provides additional details and clarifying language regarding the welcome centers, English language classes, training grants and local community planning support program. The amendment also changes the appropriation for proposed welcome centers from $50,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and in fiscal year 2020-21 to $25,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $75,000 in fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 647 fiscal note
LD 647 Amendment H-556 fiscal note
LD 659 An Act Regarding the Use of Interchangeable Biological Products Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 659
This bill provides for pharmacist substitution of interchangeable biological products for prescribed biological products in a manner similar to the current regulation of generic drug substitution. The bill defines "biological product" and "interchangeable biological product."

LD 659 Chaptered Law
LD 659 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 692
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

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

LD 692 fiscal note
LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
LD 706 An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-33, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 706
This bill provides for reimbursement under the MaineCare program for medical nutritional therapy and prescription drug therapy.

Amendment S-33
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by changing the term "medical nutritional therapy" to "medical nutrition therapy" to accurately reflect common usage of the term. It adds physician assistants to the group of medical providers authorized to provide medical nutrition therapy that is reimbursable under MaineCare. It clarifies that medical nutrition therapy is reimbursable by MaineCare in any setting in which the authorized medical provider practices. It also removes the provisions of the bill that provide for the reimbursement under the MaineCare program for certain prescription drugs to treat obesity.

LD 706 Amendment S-33 fiscal note
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 718 An Act To Increase Funding for Adult Basic Literacy, Workplace Education and College Preparedness Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 718
This bill provides an increase in funding for the adult education subsidy to local school units that operate adult education programs. It also provides targeted funds to improve the capacity of local adult education programs to meet students' academic and work readiness and training needs.

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

LD 746 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Determine the Duration of Development Districts Funded by Assessments Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 746
This bill provides local control to municipalities over the duration of municipal development districts that are funded by assessments and are not tax increment financing districts. Municipal development districts that are tax increment financing districts continue to be subject to the 30-year duration limitation under current law.

LD 746 Chaptered Law
LD 746 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 765 Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-247, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 765
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review asset limits for social service programs and revise the limits to increase the effectiveness of the programs.

Amendment H-247
The amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to examine the asset limits for eligibility applied to the elderly low-cost drug program, the Medicare savings program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the statewide food supplement program, otherwise known as SNAP. The department and stakeholder group are required to examine the asset limits to determine if they meet the missions of the programs or present barriers and to determine compliance with federal laws and guidelines. The department is required to submit a report, together with its findings, legislative recommendations and any rulemaking activities to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2019.

LD 765 Chaptered Law
LD 765 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 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 860 An Act To Establish the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 860
This bill establishes the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program. Under the program, Maine residents who are determined to be eligible students and who are enrolled in an eligible course of study at a college within the Maine Community College System are eligible for a grant to cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees, less any federal financial aid or other financial assistance that the student receives that is not required to be repaid. The Maine Community College System must include in its biennial budget for presentation to the Governor and the Legislature the estimated full funding for the Maine Community College System No-cost Tuition Program.

LD 866 An Act To Support College Completion by Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-321, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 866
This bill requires institutions of higher education in the State to designate an existing staff member to serve as a liaison for homeless youth who are enrolled in that institution of higher education. The bill also requires institutions of higher education to give homeless youth priority for on-campus housing, develop a plan to provide homeless youth housing during school breaks and allow homeless youth who are enrolled part-time to access on-campus housing during the homeless youth's first year of school. The bill also expands the tuition waiver for state postsecondary educational institutions to include tuition waivers for homeless youth.

Amendment H-321
This amendment, which strikes and replaces the bill, does the following.
  • 1. It defines as a homeless student a student under 25 years of age who has been verified, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student's admission to or while enrolled in a state postsecondary educational institution, as a homeless child or youth as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
  • 2. It requires each state postsecondary educational institution to designate a staff member as the homeless student liaison.
  • 3. It authorizes each state postsecondary educational institution to award a homeless student a financial assistance grant, which is limited to the amount of the cost of tuition less all other financial aid received that a student is not required to repay. The availability of the grant and the amount of the grant is also subject to the amounts appropriated by the Legislature.


LD 866 Amendment H-321 fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

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

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

LD 934 Chaptered Law
LD 934 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 986 An Act To Expand Lead Inspections to Other Properties of the Owner of a Property Determined to Contain Lead Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 986
This bill requires an owner of a dwelling unit determined by the Department of Health and Human Services to have a case of lead poisoning to provide the name, principal address and contact information for the owner of the dwelling unit. If the owner is a business entity, this bill requires the name, principal address and contact information for each partner, officer, director, member, principal or shareholder of that business entity. If an owner or a partner, officer, director, member, principal or shareholder owns or co-owns another residential property built prior to 1978 and located in a high-density lead poisoning area, the Department of Health and Human Services is authorized to inspect every dwelling unit of that other residential property unless the owner can produce a certified lead inspection report conducted within the past 3 years showing that the other property is lead-safe. This bill splits any fine for violating the provisions of the law between the Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund and the Lead Abatement Fund administered by the Maine State Housing Authority.

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 1033 An Act To Protect Children from Accidental Injury Due to Unsafe Storage of Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1033
This bill requires that firearms kept in a place where children reside or receive child care services or where persons prohibited from possessing firearms reside be secured in a locked container or with tamper-resistant devices that prevent them from being discharged. It excludes antique firearms from this requirement. A fine is provided for violation of the requirement, and a violation is evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any criminal or civil case if injury or death was the result of the violation.

LD 1039 Resolve, To Establish and Fund Interventions for At-risk Families and Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-250, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1039
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to behavioral health providers to fund costs to attract, retain and train new professional employees to provide treatment services known as "functional family therapy - child welfare" and "multisystemic therapy for child abuse and neglect" to children and families involved in the child protective services. The department is required to develop a rate of reimbursement for these services under MaineCare and amend its rules in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Sections 28 and 65 accordingly. The department is required to seek federal funding including under the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2017 for the grants. If federal funding is not available, the department is required to provide grants using general funds.

Amendment H-250
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1039 Amendment H-250 fiscal note
LD 1052 An Act To Require Regular and Transparent Review of MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1052
This bill establishes a regular review process for MaineCare reimbursement rates. The Department of Health and Human Services shall review all rates over a 3-year period except those that are already subject to regular review, based on cost, reimbursed at a capitated rate, or tied to Medicare or some other rates. The 3-year schedule and the reviews are required to be submitted to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The results of reviews are also submitted to the Governor for consideration for inclusion in the biennial budget. The bill also establishes the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Review Advisory Committee made up of stakeholders appointed by the Presiding Officers and the minority leaders in the Legislature to provide advice and input to the department on rate reviews. The advisory committee also submits an annual review of its activities to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The advisory committee is staffed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

LD 1062 An Act To Support Maine Families by Providing for Transportation of Parents and Guardians of MaineCare Recipients under 18 Years of Age to Their Appointments Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 1062
This bill allows nonemergency medical transportation services that are currently available to MaineCare members for transportation to and from providers of medical services to be used by parents or guardians of MaineCare members under 18 years of age to and from providers of medical services when no other means of transportation is available to the parents or guardians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt or amend rules to implement this provision. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to apply for any Medicaid waivers or submit any state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive matching funds. In the event that no matching federal funds are available, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to cover the cost using General Fund money.

LD 1105 An Act To Allow Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists To Administer an Auricular Acupuncture Treatment for Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-337, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 1105
This bill directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists and establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification. The bill directs the board to adopt rules to implement the requirements.

Amendment H-337
This amendment replaces the bill and directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists. The amendment also establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification.

LD 1105 Chaptered Law
LD 1105 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1106 An Act To Improve the Health and Economic Security of Older Residents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-355, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1106
This bill removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also increases the income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program to the levels in effect prior to Public Law 2011, chapter 657. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit any necessary state plan amendments for approval for the increases in income eligibility.

Amendment H-355
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the provisions in the bill relating to income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary Medicaid state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1106 Amendment H-355 fiscal note
LD 1107 An Act To Promote Workforce Development and Community Integration Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1107
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish an immigrant workforce development council and, after consultation with the council, to distribute funds through a competitive process to entities that promote integration of immigrants into the workforce and community. The bill also provides funds to support integration of immigrants into the workforce and community.

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 1153 An Act To Provide Flexibility in the Treatment of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1153
This bill requires a review team determining whether to approve a behavior modification or behavior management program for a person with an intellectual disability or autism to consider the successful use of the program for the person in another state. It requires that one member of the review team must be qualified by training and experience in the use of behavior change procedures and the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. It specifies criteria that a behavior modification or behavior management program submitted for review must meet. It provides for a process for appealing a review team's determination. It allows for temporary restrictions on the possession or use of personal property through the use of reinforcement procedures under a behavior modification or behavior management program.

LD 1154 An Act To Increase the Betting Limit on Games of Chance at Fairs and Festivals and To Expand Allowed Operation Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-162, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1154
This bill raises the betting limit for games of chance from $1 to $5. It also allows a bona fide nonprofit organization to operate a licensed card game or registered game of chance to which the general public has access for 4 consecutive days instead of 3 days and removes the current 3-month waiting period between game operations.

Amendment H-162
This amendment provides that the maximum bet for a licensed card game in which bets are placed per hand or per deal is $5, inclusive of any raises made during the hand or deal. The bill increases the maximum bet for a licensed card game from $1 to $5. The amendment also provides that a bona fide nonprofit organization may operate a licensed card game or registered game of chance to which the general public has access for 4 consecutive days no more than 4 times in a calendar year. Current law includes a 3-month waiting period between such game operations, which the bill removes. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 1154 Chaptered Law
LD 1154 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1178 An Act To Address the Needs of Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-410, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1178
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a home and community-based waiver from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide services to children up to 21 years of age with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Services must be provided according to a care plan process that requires participation by the child's family. The care plan must address safety as the highest priority. The care plan must address the child's developmental, mental health, emotional, social, educational and physical needs in the least restrictive environment. Services must be clinically appropriate, be provided in a location as close to the child's home as possible, be provided in a timely manner and promote early identification and intervention. The department is directed to apply for the waiver no later than January 1, 2020. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules within 6 months. The rules are major substantive rules.

Amendment H-410
This amendment removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to request a waiver pursuant to Section 1915(c) of the United States Social Security Act for services to children with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder and allows the department to apply for any waiver or state plan amendment that would accomplish this purpose. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1178 fiscal note
LD 1178 Amendment H-410 fiscal note
LD 1180 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1180
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to identify areas of improvement in the coordination of information and processes of the entities that investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 4, 2019.

LD 1185 An Act To Facilitate Intervention by and Provision of Services through the Department of Health and Human Services for Certain Families Affected by Substance Use Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1185
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide and pay for services relating to and treatment for substance use disorder in cases in which it does not file a child protection petition under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4032 but does open a case to provide services to the family to alleviate child abuse and neglect in the home, and also to provide and pay for those services as part of the rehabilitation and reunification plan required pursuant to Title 22, section 4041 when a child has been removed from the home. The bill provides that the department is not financially responsible if the person receiving services is insured by MaineCare or other insurance and that insurance covers the cost of those services. The bill establishes a program within the department for families affected by substance use disorder. The department is required to create a process to identify families engaged in a rehabilitation and reunification plan in which substance use disorder is a barrier to the return of a child to the child's home and ensure the family receives intervention and treatment for the disorder.

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 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1225 An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1225
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.

LD 1242 An Act To Reinstitute the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1242
This bill reinstitutes the property tax deferral program for seniors which, until April 1, 1991, provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program and makes other technical changes to the program to bring it into conformity with current law.

LD 1263 An Act Regarding Telehealth Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-176, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1263
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It provides immunity from liability to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services through telehealth in the same manner as immunity is provided to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services in person.
  • 2. It requires carriers that offer health plans in this State to provide coverage for health care services provided through telehealth services in the same manner as coverage is provided for services provided in person and sets forth certain standards for coverage of telehealth services.
  • 3. It clarifies that carriers may apply prior approval and credentialing requirements for providers for services provided through telehealth services only if the requirements are the same as are applied for services provided in person.
  • 4. It makes the bill's provisions apply to health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.


Amendment S-176
This amendment does the following.
  • 1. It strikes the references in the bill to "enrollee originating site" and "provider distant site" and removes those definitions.
  • 2. It requires that a clinical evaluation be required before a provider may write a covered prescription through telehealth. The bill requires a physical exam.
  • 3. It removes the prohibition for coverage of prescribed schedule I, II or III controlled substances.
  • 4. It clarifies the telemonitoring requirements and provides that telephonic services are covered when scheduled telehealth services are technologically unavailable at the time of the scheduled telehealth service for an existing enrollee.
  • 5. It removes the exclusions section of the bill.
  • 6. It adds language exempting the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752.


LD 1263 Chaptered Law
LD 1263 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1318 Resolve, To Increase Access to Housing-related Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-349, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1318
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for waivers to provide housing-related services, including housing transition and tenancy sustaining services, to individuals with disabilities, older adults needing long-term services and supports and persons experiencing chronic homelessness under the 1915(b) and 1915(c) Medicaid waiver provisions. It also directs the department to amend MaineCare rules to implement the waivers once approved. These allowable benefits are set forth in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Informational Bulletin dated June 26, 2015 on Coverage of Housing-Related Activities and Services for Individuals with Disabilities.

The resolve also directs the department to review any waivers or state plan amendments available under Title XIX of the United States Social Security Act to stabilize access to safe and affordable housing for individuals with disabilities, older adults, individuals needing long-term services and supports and persons experiencing chronic homelessness through the provision of housing transition, tenancy sustainment and case management services and to collaborate with the Maine State Housing Authority to determine how resources may be leveraged more effectively to address housing needs. As part of its review, the department is required to convene a stakeholder group to solicit input regarding methods to improve health outcomes through greater housing stability.

Amendment H-349
This amendment replaces the bill. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to examine opportunities available pursuant to a home and community-based services waiver available from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including, but not limited to, a Medicaid 1915(i) state plan amendment to provide housing-related services to persons experiencing chronic homelessness who have mental health or substance use disorders and other vulnerable populations.

It also directs the department to collaborate with Maine State Housing Authority to determine how resources may be leveraged more effectively to address the housing needs of persons experiencing chronic homelessness who have mental health or substance use disorders and other vulnerable populations and to consult with interested stakeholders as it conducts this review. The department must report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services with any recommendations related to this review by no later than February 1, 2020, and the committee is authorized to report out a bill to implement the recommendations.

LD 1318 Chaptered Law
LD 1318 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1337 Resolve, To Save Lives by Establishing a Homeless Opioid Users Service Engagement Pilot Project within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-429 and Senate amendment S-340, Finally passed, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1337
This bill establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services a program to provide rapid access to low-barrier treatment for substance use disorders and stable housing to support recovery and create stability for 50 opioid users who are among the most vulnerable and unstable in the State. The bill details the program objectives, eligibility criteria for program participants and services that must be provided to those participants, including medication-assisted treatment, intensive case management services and financial and case management assistance to ensure immediate and continued access to stable housing. The bill requires an independent evaluation of the program and directs the department to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters regarding the program by March 15, 2020 and annually thereafter. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit legislation regarding the program.

Amendment H-429
This amendment changes the bill into a resolve.

The bill established a homeless opioid users service engagement program. The amendment changes it to a pilot project that operates for 24 months.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-340
This amendment provides that the Maine State Housing Authority, within its existing programs and resources, is required to provide funding for costs associated with housing provided under the pilot project. This amendment also allocates funds from the Fund for a Healthy Maine rather than appropriating funds from the General Fund.

LD 1337 Chaptered Law
LD 1337 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1376 An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-617, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1376
This bill directs the Department of Education to amend its rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to include concepts from and references to the department's rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion.

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

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

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

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

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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

LD 1376 Amendment H-617 fiscal note
LD 1403 An Act To Amend the General Assistance Laws Governing Reimbursement Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-514, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1403
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for general assistance for persons who are provided shelter at emergency shelters for the homeless. It also reestablishes the 90% reimbursement rate for municipalities that incur net general assistance costs in any fiscal year in excess of .0003 of that municipality's most recent state valuation, which was amended in Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part SSSS. It retains the 70% reimbursement rate for other municipalities and Indian tribes for costs below the .0003% of all state valuation amount.

Amendment H-514
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the section of the bill relating to presumptive eligibility. It also grants 100% reimbursement for general assistance costs to Indian tribes. It clarifies that the municipality's most recent state valuation rather than the all state valuation is used for calculating when a municipality begins to be reimbursed 90% for general assistance costs and that the reimbursement is for gross costs rather than net costs. It establishes that the new departmental reimbursement to municipalities begins July 1, 2020.

LD 1403 fiscal note
LD 1403 Amendment H-514 fiscal note
LD 1404 Resolve, To Provide Support Services and Funds To Prevent Homelessness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-368, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1404
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver from the requirements of federal law and regulations to allow Maine to provide Medicaid-funded direct support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition, the bill provides ongoing funds to the Housing First Assistance Program established within the Maine State Housing Authority to be distributed to community action agencies to assist individuals on the verge of becoming homeless.

Amendment H-368
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services is required to examine opportunities to provide home and community-based services to individuals experiencing homelessness using a state plan amendment option under Section 1915(i) of the federal Social Security Act or any other Medicaid-funded mechanism that may be appropriate. It requires the department to report its progress in examining options and submitting a waiver to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. The amendment also corrects the appropriations and allocations section to reflect funding from the Temporary Housing Assistance Fund and changes the initiative language to be more consistent with the statute governing the fund.

LD 1404 Amendment H-368 fiscal note
LD 1412 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Collective Bargaining Rights of Employees of School Management and Leadership Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-494, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1412
This bill provides that employees of school management and leadership centers established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 123 are eligible to participate in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It also establishes collective bargaining obligations, duties, liabilities and rights for a school management and leadership center pursuant to the laws governing municipal public employers and includes provisions for the merging of bargaining units of employees of a school administrative unit that also are employed by a school management and leadership center.

Amendment H-494
This amendment specifies that the retirement costs and administrative operating expenses related to the retirement programs for teachers employed by a school management and leadership center are to be paid by that school management and leadership center.

LD 1412 Chaptered Law
LD 1412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1422 An Act Regarding Conditions in Correctional Facilities for Female Prisoners Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1422
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 1441 An Act To Align the Laws Governing Dental Therapy with Standards Established by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-503, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1441
This bill makes the following changes to the laws affecting dental therapists.
  • 1. It changes the name of the occupation licensed from "dental hygiene therapist" to "dental therapist" to conform to the name used by other state licensing boards and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
  • 2. It identifies the educational requirement as a master's degree in dental therapy. It also clarifies that a dental therapy program must either be accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education or approved by the Board of Dental Practice by rulemaking consistent with the curriculum standards of a dental therapy program as adopted by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education.
  • 3. It requires a provisional dental therapist and a dental therapist to maintain a current certification in advanced cardiac life support.
  • 4. It clarifies the level of supervision of a provisional dental therapist to require both direct and general supervision as identified in a written practice agreement with a supervising dentist. It authorizes a dental therapist to practice under the general supervision instead of direct supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement.
  • 5. It removes the practice setting requirements.


Amendment H-503
This amendment clarifies the educational requirements for dental therapists.

The amendment removes language proposing to clarify statutory language related to supervision of dental therapists and replaces it with a provision requiring further study of the issues by the Board of Dental Practice. The Board of Dental Practice is directed to recommend changes to the statutory definitions of supervision and to recommend a definition of "teledentistry" for the purpose of aligning current supervision practices and reflecting advancements in technology. The Board of Dental Practice is required to submit its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than February 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the board's recommendations.

LD 1441 Chaptered Law
LD 1441 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1453 An Act To Improve Dental Health for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-409, Enacted in both chambers June 5, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1453
This bill adds access to comprehensive medically necessary preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to MaineCare members 21 years of age and over. It also establishes a dental incentive payment program for dentists to increase access to dental care for MaineCare members, including children, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations on the design of the program. It provides for the establishment of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the dental incentive payment program over time.

Amendment H-409
This amendment removes from the bill provisions establishing the dental incentive payment program and the working group that would have designed it. It retains the adult dental benefit under MaineCare and the rulemaking implementing it. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1523 An Act To Ensure the Quality of and Increase Access to Recovery Residences Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-240 and Senate amendment S-345, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1523
This bill adds definitions of "person recovering from substance use disorder" and "recovery residence" to the laws governing the substance use disorder programs of the Department of Health and Human Services and directs the department to establish a voluntary certification process for recovery residences. It also directs the Maine State Housing Authority to create a pilot project to provide a short-term rental subsidy to a person recovering from substance use disorder to reside in a certified recovery residence that provides medication-assisted treatment.

This bill also adds "recovery" to "substance use disorder prevention and treatment" in the context of activities and services under the laws addressing alcohol and drug use. The bill also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-240
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

  • 1. It makes the definition of "recovery" consistent with the definition of "recovery support services."
  • 2. It allows for a short-term rental subsidy to be provided for a person in recovery so that the rental subsidy may be provided to an administrator of the recovery residence not only the person in recovery directly.
  • 3. It removes the requirement that recovery residences provide medication-assisted treatment as a condition of receiving a short-term rental subsidy and instead requires that the recovery residences must permit medication-assisted treatment.
  • 4. It makes the Maine State Housing Authority's rule-making authority permissive with respect to providing a short-term rental subsidy for a person in recovery.
  • 5. It removes the appropriations and allocations section so that the short-term rental subsidy can be provided within existing budgeted resources.
  • 6. It removes certain provisions that add "recovery" to "substance use disorder prevention and treatment" that have substantive implications beyond the scope of this legislation.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment S-345
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1523 Chaptered Law
LD 1523 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1593 An Act To Support Infrastructure Improvements in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-399, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019
LD 1593
This bill makes changes to the laws governing energy conservation improvements at school administrative unit facilities, including amending the definition of "energy services company" and removing the requirement that an agreement with an energy services company must have a total contract cost of less than $2,500,000 in order for the agreement to be deemed a professional service and not subject to competitive bidding requirements.

Amendment H-399
This amendment amends the definition of "energy services company" to mean a company or 3rd-party financing company that provides design, installation, operation, maintenance and financing of locally funded energy conservation improvements, air quality improvements or combined energy conservation and related air quality improvements at existing school administrative unit facilities. This amendment also increases the cap on the total contract cost, excluding private or federal grant funds, interest and operating and maintenance costs, for which an agreement is deemed to be a professional service, which is not subject to competitive bidding requirements, to $10,000,000.

LD 1593 Chaptered Law
LD 1593 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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