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Representative Matthew Moonen [Democrat]
Portland ~ District 38

Towns in District: part of Portland

House Majority Leader
Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

House Committees:
♦ Rules and Business of the House

Joint Committees:
♦ Joint Select Committee on Joint Rules (Chair)

✉ Matt.Moonen@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1430

✉ 53 Thomas Street, #3
Portland, Maine 04102


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 384 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Review the Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 384
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to review uniform legislation governing notarial practice and to submit a report including a recommendation regarding adoption of the uniform law, along with any proposed implementing legislation, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters, which is authorized to report out a bill to the 130th Legislature.

LD 384 Chaptered Law
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LD 573 An Act To Extend Time Limits for Placing Land in Trust Status under the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 573
This bill extends all time limits for both the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to add to their respective trust lands under the Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement to January 31, 2030.

Because this bill amends the Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement, this bill does not take effect unless the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Tribal Chief and Council of the Penobscot Nation agree to these changes and certify their agreement to the Secretary of State within 60 days of the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 574 An Act To Clarify That Petitions for Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States Are Included within the Definition of Indigent Legal Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 574
This bill includes in the definition of "indigent legal services" the filing, on behalf of an indigent party or defendant or a juvenile, of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States from an adverse decision of the Law Court on a case for which indigent legal services were provided. This bill also requires the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services to develop a procedure for approving requests by counsel for authorization to file a petition for certiorari. Compensation for the preparation and filing of the petition may not exceed $1,500.

Amendment H-155
Amend the bill by relettering or renumbering any nonconsecutive Part letter or section number to read consecutively.

LD 574 Chaptered Law
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LD 673 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Circumstances of Death That Must Be Reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 673
This bill amends the law governing the Department of the Attorney General, Office of Chief Medical Examiner as follows.
  • 1. It clarifies that, absent certain other circumstances, the fact that a patient dies within 24 hours of admission to a hospital or other health care facility need not be reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
  • 2. It removes the requirement that deaths due to the consequences of long-term alcohol use be reported to the Office of Chief Medical Examiner.
  • 3. It allows a duly appointed medicolegal death investigator, in addition to a medical examiner, to certify that further examination or judicial inquiry concerning the cause and manner of death of a person is not necessary.


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LD 841 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Damages Awarded for Wrongful Death Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-314, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 841
This bill provides that a jury in a case of wrongful death may give damages as it determines a fair and just compensation for the probable duration of life of the deceased person but for the injury. It increases the limit on damages for the loss of comfort, society and companionship and emotional distress from $500,000 to $1,000,000 and removes the limit on punitive damages in a case of wrongful death.

Amendment H-314
This amendment deletes from the bill new language on compensatory damages based on the probable duration of the deceased person's life if the injury hadn't occurred. It also reduces the cap on noneconomic damages from $1,000,000 to $750,000 and retains the cap on punitive damages.

LD 841 Chaptered Law
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LD 1457 An Act To Make Certain References in the Maine Revised Statutes Gender-neutral Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-565, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1457
This bill changes language in the Maine Revised Statutes to make certain references to the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and associate justices gender neutral. The Revisor of Statutes is directed to review the Maine Revised Statutes to determine where further references to the Governor and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and associate justices need to be made gender neutral and to implement these revisions when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes.

Amendment H-565
This amendment strikes the title of the bill and directs that certain references in the Maine Revised Statutes be made gender-neutral, not just references to the Governor and the Supreme Judicial Court Justices as proposed in the bill. Specifically, this amendment makes all references in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3 gender-neutral and it adds a revision clause to direct the Revisor of Statutes to determine where references to individuals occurring throughout the statutes need to be made gender-neutral and to make these revisions when updating, publishing or republishing the statutes. The amendment further directs the Revisor of Statutes to develop a schedule to change all gender-specific terms to gender-neutral terms in all Titles of the Maine Revised Statutes as soon as reasonably practicable and to include in the annual revisor's report an update on progress in carrying out the schedule.

LD 1457 Chaptered Law
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LD 1516 An Act To Improve Efficiency in Communication in the Court System (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-270, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1516
This bill provides funding to the judicial branch to allow it to develop and implement a text message notification system to provide information regarding pending court cases, such as location, calendar, case category and case type, to involved parties.

Amendment H-270
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and reduces the appropriation to reflect the new effective date.

LD 1516 fiscal note
LD 1516 Amendment H-270 fiscal note
LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-631, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1580
This bill allows applicants and licensees of the State Board of Nursing, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine to review their own redacted licensing files before the respective board makes the file available for inspection or copying after the licensing file has been requested.

The board must notify the applicant or licensee of the request to view the file at the same time the board acknowledges the request under the Freedom of Access Act. The board must use the most recent address on file for that applicant or licensee. If the applicant or licensee would like to review the redacted file before it is made publicly available, the applicant or licensee must notify the board within 10 business days. If requested by the applicant or licensee, the board must send a copy of the redacted file to the applicant or licensee, and the applicant or licensee has 10 business days from when the file is sent to stop the release of all or a part of the redacted licensing file by petitioning the board to withhold release of all or a part of the file because making all or part of the redacted file available to the public creates a potential risk to the personal safety of the applicant or licensee or any 3rd party.

Amendment H-631
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It replaces the bill but retains the basic concept of protecting information in applicants' and licensees' records held by medical licensing boards when the records are requested to be inspected or copied.< p>This amendment revises terminology to refer to an applicant's or licensee's record rather than a licensing file as in the bill. It requires that the acknowledgement that the licensing board must send to a requester that a request for a record has been received include a description of the review process provided to the applicant or licensee, including the fact that all or part of the record may be withheld if the board finds that disclosure of all or part of the redacted record creates a risk to the applicant's or licensee's personal safety or the personal safety of any 3rd party.

The amendment extends the time for the licensing board to review the applicant's or licensee's petition to withhold all or part of the record from 30 days in the bill to 60 days.

It allows an applicant or licensee who does not agree with the licensing board's decision to seek an injunction in Superior Court.

It clarifies that the restriction on releasing an applicant's or licensee's record does not apply to requests for records from other governmental licensing or disciplinary authorities or from any health care providers located within or outside this State that are concerned with granting, limiting or denying an applicant's or licensee's employment or privileges.

LD 1580 Chaptered Law
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LD 1814 An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Legislature Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1814
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend certain laws affecting the operations of the Legislature.

LD 46 Resolve, To Establish the Cumberland County Jail Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Pilot Project Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-354, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 46
This bill provides funding to create a substance use disorder clinic at the Cumberland County jail.

Amendment H-354
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides funding to the Department of Corrections to establish a 24-month pilot project at the Cumberland County jail to assist in the rehabilitation of individuals incarcerated or detained at the jail who need substance use disorder treatment. The pilot project must focus on the health of the individual and provide services that include counseling, medication-assisted treatment, education and employment opportunities and community service. The contract must include outcome measures for those who are no longer in the jail.

LD 46 fiscal note
LD 46 Amendment H-354 fiscal note
LD 47 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Fire Stations 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 47
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used for the rehabilitation or new construction of fire stations by municipalities.

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

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

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
LD 67 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 149 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Student Debt Forgiveness To Support Workforce Attraction and Retention Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 149
This bill:
  • 1. Requires a General Fund bond obligation in the amount of $250,000,000 for a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to provide funds for payment of student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years and to reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years; and
  • 2. Establishes the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Program and the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Fund and requires the Finance Authority of Maine to adopt major substantive rules to implement the program and submit the rules to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.


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 180 An Act To Allow for the Regulation of Transportation Network Companies at Airports by Municipalities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-124, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 180
This bill allows a municipality to adopt an ordinance governing the operations of a transportation network company at an airport located within that municipality.

Amendment H-124
This amendment, instead of giving municipalities broad authority to adopt an ordinance governing the operations of a transportation network company at an airport, specifies that a municipality or other political subdivision operating a public airport that receives scheduled passenger aircraft service and that had more than 20,000 passenger boardings in the previous year may in a manner consistent with the airport's regulation of other prearranged for-hire transportation services charge a reasonable fee for each trip to pick up a rider at the airport made by a driver for a transportation network company and regulate the parking and traffic flow of transportation network company drivers at the airport.

LD 180 Chaptered Law
LD 180 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 206 An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-26, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 206
This bill increases the borrowing authority for the University of Maine System from $220,000,000 to $350,000,000.

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

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

LD 239 Chaptered Law
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LD 245 An Act To Reestablish a Presidential Primary System in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 245
This bill makes permanent the temporary provisions in law for presidential primaries that were repealed on December 1, 2018.

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

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

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



LD 278 Chaptered Law
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LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 293
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.

LD 304 An Act To Improve Stroke Care in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 304
This bill provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for evidence-based education efforts designed to inform residents of the State about the causes, signs and symptoms of stroke, focusing on populations and geographic areas most affected by stroke, and to improve stroke surveillance and epidemiology efforts of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill also provides funding for one Stroke Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

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

LD 353 An Act Regarding the Safety of Recovery Residences Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-577, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 353
This bill requires a recovery residence located in a house to be considered a one-family dwelling under rules concerning safety to life from fire if the recovery residence has no more than 6 occupants and contains a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in each room.

This bill also defines "recovery residence" as an alcohol-free and illegal substance-free shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that provides peer support and connects residents to support services and community resources.

Amendment H-577
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides an exception to the rules for life safety code requirements for recovery residences that are certified by a nationally recognized organization that supports persons recovering from substance use disorder and that meet other listed criteria. The amendment defines a recovery residence as a shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that is focused on peer support, provides to its residents an environment free of alcohol and illegal drugs and assists its residents by connecting the residents to support services or resources in the community that are available to persons recovering from substance use disorder.

LD 353 Chaptered Law
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LD 369 An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-79, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 369
This bill creates a right to earned paid sick leave for employees who are employed by an employer that employs more than 5 employees. The bill also creates a right to earned unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs 5 or fewer employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2021.

Amendment S-79
This amendment, which is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing, replaces the title and the bill. This amendment does the following:1. It requires an employer, except in a seasonal industry, that employs more than 10 employees for more than 120 days in any calendar year to permit each employee to earn paid leave based on the employee's base pay;
  • 2. It specifies that an employee is entitled to earn one hour of paid leave from a single employer for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours in one year of employment, with accrual of leave beginning at the start of employment;
  • 3. It requires an employee to work for 120 days before an employer is required to permit use of accrued earned paid leave;
  • 4. It requires an employer to pay an employee taking earned leave at least the same base rate of pay that employee received immediately prior to taking earned leave and provide the same benefits as those provided under established policies of the employer pertaining to other types of paid leave;
  • 5. It requires an employee, absent an emergency, illness or other sudden necessity for taking earned leave, to give reasonable notice to the employee's supervisor of the employee's intent to use leave;
  • 6. It specifies that an employee taking earned leave maintains any employee benefits accrued before the date on which the leave commenced and the leave may not affect the employee's right to health insurance benefits on the same terms and conditions as applicable to similarly situated employees;
  • 7. It provides the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards the exclusive authority to enforce the law and requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce the law;
  • 8. It allows for the imposition of penalties currently established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 53;
  • 9. It preempts the authority of a municipality or other political subdivision to enact any ordinance or other rule purporting to have the force of law under its home rule or other authority regulating earned paid leave;
  • 10. It requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce provisions regarding earned paid leave;
  • 11. It specifies that earned paid leave does not apply to an employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement during the period between January 1, 2021 and the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement; and
  • 12. It requires the Department of Labor, beginning January 1, 2022 and annually thereafter, to report progress to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters.


  • LD 369 Chaptered Law
    LD 369 Chaptered Law 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 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 400
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas of the State.

    LD 403 An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 403
    This bill requires corporations that file unitary income tax returns in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the United States in net income when apportioning income among tax jurisdictions. The State Tax Assessor is required to adopt major substantive rules to determine the income or loss attributable to such corporations and to prevent double taxation or deduction of income. The assessor is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters regarding whether jurisdictions should be added to or deleted from the list of tax havens based on specified criteria.

    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 431 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-188, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 431
    This bill designates the day of the general election, which is the day of the regular election of state and county officials occurring biennially in November, as a state holiday.

    Amendment H-188
    This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 431 fiscal note
    LD 431 Amendment H-188 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 507 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Employer Recovery of Overcompensation Paid to an Employee Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 507
    This bill amends the definition of "overcompensation" by an employer to include compensation in the form of paid leave. It changes the maximum amount an employer can withhold from an employee's pay to recover overcompensation from 10% to 5%. It prohibits an employer from recovering more than the amount of overcompensation paid to an employee in the 3 years preceding the discovery of the overcompensation. The bill also specifies that the section of law regarding overcompensation by employers that includes these provisions does not limit or affect an employee's general civil remedies against an employer.

    LD 531 An Act To Provide Counsel for a Person Who Is the Subject of an Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship or Other Protective Arrangement Proceeding Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 531
    This bill requires a probate court to appoint an attorney for a person who is not already represented by an attorney when the person is the subject of a petition for adult guardianship, conservatorship or other protective arrangement.

    LD 534 An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier To Read and Understand for Maine Voters (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-277, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 534
    This bill requires that ballot questions be written in a manner that is understandable to the greatest number of voters possible, determined to be for adult literacy at the 6th-grade reading level, which is the standard used for other important official state documents, including for the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, notices regarding child support, municipal property tax deferral programs for seniors and temporary assistance for needy families. This bill also requires ballot questions to unambiguously state what the effect of a "yes" or "no" vote may have.

    Amendment H-277
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill but retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment makes the following changes to the laws governing the printing of ballots for referendum questions.
    • 1. It requires that the Secretary of State draft the ballot question for a people's veto or a direct initiative in a clear, concise and direct manner that describes the subject matter of the people's veto or direct initiative as simply as is possible.
    • 2. It eliminates the requirement that questions for a people's veto referendum be phrased so that an affirmative vote is in favor of the people's veto.
    • 3. It requires that an explanation of the effect of a "yes" vote and the effect of a "no" vote be printed on the ballot immediately below each referendum question, including each people's veto, direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional amendment and other legislatively proposed referendum question.


    LD 534 Chaptered Law
    LD 534 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 657 An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 657
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:

    • 1. Bringing the probate judge function into the state judicial branch by eliminating the existing office of probate judge and creating a number of new full-time state court judges who specialize in adjudicating probate law matters;
    • 2. Ensuring that Maine residents in all counties have equal and improved access to the services of a judge in probate law matters by reasonably calculating the number of new judge positions needed to fully meet this need; providing that judicial hearings will be held in existing county probate courtrooms so long as these spaces are accessible to all parties; and supplying recording devices and any other equipment necessary for the administration of justice by a state court judge. The judicial branch will be responsible for providing any needed items and compensating the county for the use of the courtrooms. This bill proposes to provide the judicial branch the funding needed for these purposes;
    • 3. Ensuring that all probate law records in all counties are contained in a computerized system with a searchable database that is part of the judicial branch case management system. This bill proposes to provide a reasonable effective date for the accomplishment of that goal and a General Fund appropriation sufficient to cover the cost;
    • 4. Ensuring that Maine law provides that each county has an elected register of probate with an office, staff and authority to deliver informal probate services that do not require a judicial order to the public in a uniform manner. This bill proposes to transfer existing judicial oversight of the register to the state court judge having responsibility for probate law matters in that county; and
    • 5. Providing continuing education through the judicial branch to each register of probate to ensure a common understanding of the law and the responsibilities of a register. This bill proposes to ensure the participation of current registers in the planning, development and presentation of these programs.


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

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

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

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

    LD 710 Chaptered Law
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    LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
    LD 722
    This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

    LD 734 Resolve, To Expedite the Processing of Applications for Certification under the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-51, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 734
    This resolve directs the Department of Labor to establish a new permanent position in the Bureau of Employment Services to expedite the processing of employer applications for certification required for the federal work opportunity tax credit under Section 51 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The resolve also requires the Department of Labor to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with the most recent information available concerning applications submitted by employers, including information on the extent of any backlog in application processing, by February 1, 2020.

    Amendment H-51
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 734 fiscal note
    LD 734 Amendment H-51 fiscal note
    LD 735 An Act To Create a Seat for a Representative of the Wabanaki Tribal Governments on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-111, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
    LD 735
    This bill provides a permanent seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a representative of the 5 Wabanaki tribal governments. The tribal representative must be a law enforcement official and must be chosen for a 2-year term by a process determined by the tribal governments. The process must require that the position rotate among the 5 tribal governments.

    Amendment H-111
    This amendment changes the title and provides a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a person appointed by the Governor who is knowledgeable about public safety and who has been recommended to the Governor by the Wabanaki tribal governments of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik and the Penobscot Nation. The term of this member of the board of trustees is 2 years.

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

    LD 762 Amendment H-284 fiscal note
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    LD 764 Resolve, To Create the Criminal Records Review Committee Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-614, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 764
    This bill amends the Criminal History Record Information Act in the following ways:
    • 1. Makes confidential all juvenile adjudications and related records after 3 years from the date of disposition;
    • 2. Except for crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence, makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes after 3 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
    • 3. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence after 7 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
    • 4. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class C, Class B and Class A crimes that are based solely on the defendant's convictions for prior Class E and Class D crimes; and
    • 5. Limits the dissemination of confidential criminal history record information to criminal justice agencies for the purpose of the administration of criminal justice and criminal justice agency employment and pursuant to court order.


    Amendment H-614
    This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve that establishes the Criminal Records Review Committee, consisting of 15 members, including a member representing the judicial branch if one is designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

    The review committee is directed to look at all issues concerning limiting public availability of criminal records and to provide recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by December 4, 2019. The review committee's funding must come from outside sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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    LD 776 An Act Regarding Post-judgment Motion by a Person Seeking To Satisfy the Prerequisites for Obtaining Special Restrictions on the Dissemination and Use of Criminal History Record Information for Certain Criminal Convictions Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 776
    This bill amends the law concerning a post-judgment motion by a person seeking to satisfy the prerequisites for obtaining special restrictions on the dissemination and use of criminal history record information for certain criminal convictions in the following ways:
    • 1. Current law makes convictions of only certain Class E crimes eligible for special restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information. This bill expands eligibility to include convictions of both certain Class E crimes and certain Class D crimes;
    • 2. Current law allows eligibility for restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information only for persons who at the time of the commission of the crime were 18 to 20 years of age. This bill expands eligibility to a person who at the time of the commission of the crime was 18 to 25 years of age; and
    • 3. This bill removes the provision repealing the current law October 1, 2019.


    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 815 An Act To Regulate the Issuance of Short-term, Limited-duration Health Insurance Policies in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
    LD 815
    This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period.

    The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of the policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

    The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

    LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
    LD 816
    This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

    Amendment S-44
    This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

    LD 816 Amendment S-44 fiscal note
    LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 820
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

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

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

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

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    LD 858 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Make Recommendations Relating to School Safety and Security Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-128, Finally passed, Signed into law May 15, 2019
    LD 858
    This resolve directs the Department of Education to study and make recommendations for the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center based on a report created by Safe Havens International, the top recommendation of which was the establishment of such a center. The department is directed to issue a report, including its recommendations for the establishment of a center and any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by October 15, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    Amendment H-128
    This amendment clarifies that the Department of Education is required to study and make recommendations relating to school safety and security, including, but not limited to, planning to mitigate the potential risks associated with opening school facilities to the public when a school is used as a polling place and the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center. The amendment requires the department to submit a preliminary report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 and a final report by December 15, 2020. The amendment authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature instead of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature as proposed in the bill.

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

    LD 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 861 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Complete the Renovation of a Wharf and Bulkhead in Portland for Marine Research Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 861
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $3,000,000, will be used to complete the renovation of a wharf and bulkhead at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland to bring the wharf back into operation for a fishing vessel berthing resource to support marine research at sea and for continued long-term marine job development.

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

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

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


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

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    LD 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 946 An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by House amendment H-387, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
    LD 946
    This bill prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill provides other exceptions under which a provider may use, disclose, sell or permit access to customer personal information. The bill prohibits a provider from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill requires providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer personal information from unauthorized use, disclosure, sale or access. The provisions of the bill apply to providers operating within the State when providing broadband Internet access service to customers that are billed for service received in the State and are physically located in the State.

    Amendment H-387
    This amendment includes other exceptions, as found in the current law, to the release of customer personal information, such as for the release of portable electronic device content information and location information to a government entity. This amendment also removes the authorization of a provider to provide geolocation information regarding a customer to the customer's legal guardian or immediate family member in an emergency situation.

    This amendment also provides an effective date of July 1, 2020 for the legislation.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    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.

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    LD 1055 An Act To Reduce Fraud in the Redemption of Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1055
    This bill amends the State's bottle redemption laws to authorize initiators of deposit subject to a commingling agreement to include in the agreement authorization to conduct audits of beverage containers presented by a dealer or local redemption center for pickup or payment of refund value and to take certain actions against the dealer or local redemption center in the case of a failed audit. The bill also provides for a grievance process whereby a dealer or local redemption center may file a grievance with the Department of Environmental Protection to challenge an action taken by an initiator of deposit in the case of a failed audit.

    LD 1078 An Act Regarding the Number of Agency Liquor Store Licenses Permitted in a Municipality Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-96, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
    LD 1078
    This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10.

    Amendment H-96
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment restructures for clarity current law limiting the number of agency liquor stores. Substantively, the amendment allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to:
    • 1. License up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10; and
    • 2. License up to 7 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 15,000 but less than 20,001 and 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 15,001. Currently, 5 agency liquor stores are allowed in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 20,001.


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    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 1116 An Act To Strengthen the Lead Poisoning Control Act (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendemnt S-122 and Senate amendment S-337, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 27, 2019
    LD 1116
    This bill:
    • 1. Changes the year for the State's goal to eradicate childhood lead poisoning from 2010 to 2030 and requires that a report on progress toward meeting that goal be submitted to the Legislature by January 1, 2025;
    • 2. Requires that all Maine children be tested for unsafe exposure to lead at one year of age and 2 years of age;
    • 3. Increases the lead poisoning prevention fee from 25¢ to 50¢ per gallon of paint and allows up to 50% of the fee to be used for mandated dwelling inspections and mandated orders to remove lead hazards; and
    • 4. Makes permanent 5 Environmental Specialist III positions created in 2015 and necessary to the operation of the lead poisoning risk assessment and blood lead level testing program.


    Amendment S-122
    This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill increasing the lead poisoning prevention fee. It continues funding for 5 limited-period Environmental Specialist III positions instead of making the positions permanent. It also amends the section that repeals the lead poisoning prevention fee when a period of 24 months has elapsed since the Department of Health and Human Services identified a child with an elevated blood lead level from a level of blood lead of 10 micrograms per deciliter to 5 micrograms per deciliter. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    Amendment S-337
    This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

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    LD 1162 An Act To Further Expand Drug Price Transparency Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-252, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1162
    This bill requires that, if a prescription drug has a wholesale acquisition cost of more than $40 for a course of therapy and there is an increase in the wholesale acquisition cost of that prescription drug of more than 16%, including the proposed increase and the cumulative increases that occurred within the previous two calendar years prior to the current year, the manufacturer of the prescription drug must provide notice to certain registered purchasers.

    Under current law the Maine Health Data Organization, referred to as the "organization," is required to collect and report information with regard to the 25 prescription drugs that are the most frequently prescribed in the State, the 25 costliest as determined by the total amount spent on those drugs in the State and the 25 drugs that have the highest year-over-year cost increases in total spending in the State. This bill requires the organization to post online a list of the identified prescription drugs, along with the corresponding wholesale acquisition cost and the percentage of wholesale acquisition cost increase, if applicable, for each identified prescription drug.

    The bill directs the organization to develop a plan to collect data from manufacturers that will help explain how prescription drug prices are established. The organization is required to work with other state and national agencies and organizations to determine how to conduct the data collection. The organization is required to submit the plan as well as any recommendations for legislation to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by April 1, 2020. That committee may report out legislation to the First or Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

    Using the plan developed and reported to the Legislature, starting in 2021 the organization must require the manufacturer of each drug on the list to disclose drug production, research and development costs, marketing and advertising costs and actual costs paid by purchasers. The manufacturer must certify the accuracy of the information and provide it within 60 days after the information is requested by the organization. The organization is authorized to request additional information related to the required information.

    The information that the manufacturers are directed to provide to the organization, unless the information is already publicly accessible or available or previously released in the public domain, must be held confidential at the request of the manufacturer. The organization may release information that was previously accessible or available or released in the public domain. The organization may release additional information as long as the information released is not a trade secret. The organization must treat the information as "Level II" information as required by rules that have already been adopted by the organization.

    This amendment provides that the manufacturer may voluntarily provide any other information the manufacturer determines relevant to the increase in wholesale acquisition cost, including but not limited to information about all manufacturer-sponsored assistance programs for that drug in the previous year, including the terms of the programs, the total amount of financial assistance provided to residents of the State and the average amount of assistance per resident of the State for whom assistance was provided. This information is not considered confidential and the organization may release it, identifying both the manufacturer and the individual drug.

    The organization is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature based on the list of up to 75 drugs and the wholesale acquisition cost information. The organization may include in the report recommendations for increasing prescription drug pricing transparency. Once the organization starts collecting information from manufacturers in 2021, the report must also include at least a summary of the manufacturer information. The organization is required to post the report online.

    The bill provides that when a manufacturer violates the reporting requirements, the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization may impose a fine of not more than $10,000 per day after the deadline for reporting required information. If the manufacturer fails to pay a fine, or if an injunction is necessary, the board may refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Attorney General may bring an action in Superior Court for injunctive relief, enforcement of fines, costs, attorney's fees and any other appropriate remedy.

    The legislation does not restrict the legal ability of a prescription drug manufacturer to change prices to the extent permitted under federal law.

    Amendment S-252
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

    The amendment requires prescription drug manufacturers to report annually to the Maine Health Data Organization no later than January 30, 2020 and annually thereafter, on prescription drug prices when the manufacturer has during the prior calendar year increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a brand-name drug by more than 20% per pricing unit, increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a generic drug that costs at least $10 per pricing unit by more than 20% per pricing unit or introduced a new drug for distribution in this State when the wholesale acquisition cost is greater than the amount that would cause the drug to be considered a specialty drug under the Medicare Part D program.

    The amendment also requires prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers to provide pricing component data per pricing unit of a drug within 60 days of a request by the Maine Health Data Organization. The amendment defines "pricing component data" as data unique to each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager that evidences the cost to make a prescription drug available to consumers and the payments received by each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager to make a prescription drug available to consumers, taking into account any price concessions, and that is measured uniformly among the entities, as determined by rules adopted by the organization.

    The amendment provides that reported information is confidential, except that information may be shared in the aggregate and with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance for enforcement purposes.

    Beginning November 1, 2020 and annually thereafter, the amendment requires the Maine Health Data Organization to produce and post on its publicly accessible website an annual report, including information developed from the notifications and disclosures received from prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers on trends in the cost of prescription drugs, an analysis of manufacturer prices and price increases, the major components of prescription drug pricing along the supply chain and the impacts on insurance premiums and cost sharing and other information the organization determines is relevant to providing greater consumer awareness of the factors contributing to the cost of prescription drugs in the State.

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    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.

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    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.

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    LD 1254 An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging and Provide Funding To Treat Opioid Use Disorder Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1254
    This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, on prepared food, not including marijuana or marijuana products, and short-term lodging of no more than 1% if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed 85% to the municipality and 15% to all other municipalities. The 15% distributed to a municipality must be used by that municipality for the purposes of preventing and treating opioid use disorder in that municipality. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.

    LD 1294 Resolve, Directing the Maine Human Rights Commission To Implement a Pilot Program To Investigate and Report on Incidents of Harassment Due to Housing Status, Lack of Employment and Other Issues Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1294
    This resolve directs the Maine Human Rights Commission to create a 2-year pilot program to receive, review and investigate incidents and complaints of harassment due to a person's lack of employment or housing status and other reports of interference with a person's access to public accommodations. In carrying out the pilot program, the commission must investigate and respond to incidents and complaints of harassment as set out in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, sections 4611 and 4612. The commission is authorized to use any of its powers under Title 5, section 4566 to carry out the pilot program and may limit its scope. The commission is authorized to establish an advisory board to document and evaluate complaints and to advise the commission as to which incidents and complaints should be acted on and possible solutions. The commission is directed to produce an interim report for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by September 15, 2020 and a final report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by September 15, 2021. The reports are authorized to contain recommendations on changes to the program or for its continuation as well as proposed legislation to carry out any recommendations.

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    LD 1295 An Act To Determine the Need To Increase the Number of Forensic Emergency and Crisis Beds Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1295
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections to determine the current need for forensic emergency and crisis beds to ensure the prompt and humane treatment of arrested individuals who are suffering from mental illness and awaiting trial. In making this determination, the departments shall consider:

    • 1. The number of currently available forensic emergency and crisis beds;
    • 2. The number of individuals currently awaiting placement pretrial;
    • 3. The annual average number of individuals needing forensic services pretrial;
    • 4. Proposals to address unmet needs and associated costs; and
    • 5. Other factors that would lessen wait times for placements and provide needed mental health services to individuals pretrial.


    LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1387
    Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

    This bill, using the guidance developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, enacts the Maine Pharmaceutical Drug Safety Act to allow an individual in Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada as long as specific criteria are met, including that the drug is imported for personal use, that the individual importing the drug has a valid prescription, that the drug does not present an unreasonable risk to the individual and that no more than a 90-day supply of the drug is imported. The prescription drug to be imported must also meet specific requirements. The importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs for sale or resale is specifically prohibited.

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


    LD 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.

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    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.

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    LD 1499 An Act To Establish the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-251, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1499
    This bill creates the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine the reasonableness of the costs for certain prescription drug products. The bill requires prescription drug manufacturers to notify the board when the introductory price or proposed price increase for a brand-name or generic drug reaches a specified threshold. The board is directed to review the information submitted by manufacturers to justify the price or increase.

    The bill requires the board to have a public process for each prescription drug required to be reviewed based on certain criteria. The board is directed to determine if the cost to the health care system of appropriate utilization of a drug is commensurate with its benefit to the system and whether the drug is affordable to state residents. If the board finds that the cost in the State is not affordable to state health care systems and state residents, the board is authorized to establish a cost or payment rate for the drug to which all state programs, local governments, licensed commercial health plans, including state marketplace plans, licensed pharmacies, wholesalers and distributors must abide. These covered entities are prohibited from paying more for the drugs than the board-established rate.

    Amendment S-251
    This amendment replaces the bill.

    The amendment, as in the bill, establishes the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board but removes the provisions that allow rate setting by the board and require the board to determine excess prescription drug costs based upon certain thresholds for prescription drug prices and price increases.

    The amendment instead provides that the board determines prescription drug spending targets for public entities, including for specific prescription drugs, based upon a 10-year rolling average of the medical care services component of the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index medical care services index plus a reasonable percentage for inflation and minus a spending target determined by the board for pharmacy savings and in consideration of information received about the public entity's prescription drug spending and information collected by the Maine Health Data Organization. The board makes recommendations on prescription drug spending targets, including spending targets for specific prescription drugs, with input from representatives of those public entities. The recommendations may include establishing a common prescription drug formulary among public payors, purchasing prescription drugs in bulk or through a single purchasing agreement, collaborating with other states and state prescription drug purchasing consortia to purchase prescription drugs in bulk or to jointly negotiate rebates, allowing health insurance carriers providing coverage to small businesses in the State to participate in a public payor prescription drug benefit for a fee, procuring common pharmacy benefit management services and actuarial services, negotiating specific rebates and removing drugs for which a manufacturer does not negotiate a sufficient rebate from a formulary and other methods determined by the board. The board is required to report its prescription drug spending targets and the methods recommended to meet those targets to the Legislature annually.

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    LD 1600 An Act To Support E-9-1-1 Dispatchers and Corrections Officers Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 1600
    This bill adds corrections officers and E-9-1-1 dispatchers to the list of employees for whom there is a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when the employee is diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from work stress that was extraordinary and unusual, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.

    LD 1601 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Educators for Maine Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-417, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
    LD 1601
    This bill amends the laws governing the Educators for Maine Program by expanding certain definitions to include home-schooled students and educator service at publicly supported secondary schools and special education facilities; adding service in underserved geographic areas as an eligibility criterion; adding a loan repayment provision to the program; removing the provision whereby the Governor announces selected recipients annually; authorizing the Finance Authority of Maine to increase maximum loan amounts based on available funding; establishing limits on the duration a recipient may benefit under the program; removing the preference for loans to undergraduate students enrolled in a course of study related to underserved subject areas; and increasing from 5 to 10 years the amount of time a recipient has to complete the return service requirement.

    Amendment H-417
    This amendment removes the word "completes" as it references home instruction programs.

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    LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
    LD 1631
    This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

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

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

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

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

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    LD 1647 An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1647
    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    LD 1653 Resolve, Establishing the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1653
    This resolve establishes the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature to develop meaningful conversations among the members of the conference on communication and policy differences that led to the breakdown between the Legislature and the tribal representatives to the Legislature and how better to communicate and improve the relationship between the Legislature and Maine Indian tribes. Ex officio members of the conference are the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader and the House Minority Leader, who are directed to invite as members of the conference the Chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.

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

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

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

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

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    LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
    LD 1679
    This bill:
    • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
    • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
    • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
    • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


    Amendment S-221
    This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
    • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
    • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
    • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
    • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
    • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
      • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
      • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
      • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
      • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
      • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
      • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
      • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

        It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
    • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


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    LD 1684 An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Public hearing held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1684
    Currently, Maine has no minimum age at which a child may be prosecuted for a crime. The purpose of this bill is to prevent children under 12 years of age from being prosecuted for crimes, to prevent children under 14 years of age from being incarcerated, to eliminate the current requirement that, if committed, a juvenile must be committed for at least a year and to prevent courts from imposing dispositions against juveniles that involve commitment without exhausting all other less restrictive alternatives. The bill also mandates regular opportunities for judicial review of a juvenile's commitment in addition to providing an appellate avenue for relief from unfavorable reviews.

    The bill provides that if a court imposes a disposition that involves incarceration, the court must conduct a detailed analysis on the record explaining the rationale for the disposition. Such a disposition is authorized only if the court finds certain criteria by clear and convincing evidence. If the court commits a juvenile to a facility, the bill requires periodic judicial review of the incarceration to ensure that the rehabilitative purposes of incarceration are not being outweighed by the harm caused by incarceration.

    The overarching goal of this bill is to ensure that fewer children are in the juvenile justice system and that, if and when they do become involved in the system, there is a presumption against incarceration and a requirement for the regular review of any commitment imposed, in order to minimize the harm that incarceration can cause children.

    This bill amends the statute governing a juvenile's right to counsel to specify that the right to counsel attaches at the juvenile's initial appearance and continues until the court no longer has jurisdiction over the juvenile, including all post-dispositional hearings and during the time of commitment. This bill also requires counsel appointed by the court to continue to represent the juvenile throughout all proceedings concerning the juvenile, unless relieved by the court.

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