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Representative Michael Devin [Democrat]
Newcastle ~ District 90

Towns in District: Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Monhegan, Newcastle, part of Nobleboro, part of South Bristol and Louds Island

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Environment and Natural Resources
♦ Marine Resources

✉ Michael.Devin@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 1 Hillcrest Road
Newcastle, Maine 04553


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters60%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20182 of 8, 6 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20171 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201775%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 12 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Design and Construction of a New Fish Hatchery and To Improve Hatchery Infrastructure Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 12
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used for the design and construction of a new fish hatchery and to improve hatchery infrastructure in the State.

LD 13 An Act To Allow Microgrids That Are in the Public Interest Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 13
This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to approve a petition to construct and operate a new microgrid if the commission finds the proposal to be in the public interest and the new microgrid meets other specified requirements. It provides the commission with the ability to impose such terms, conditions or requirements as, in its judgment, it considers necessary in approving a new microgrid and also gives the commission oversight to ensure reliability and security of the electrical system and consumer protections for new microgrid consumers. It specifies that a new microgrid does not become a public utility as a result of its furnishing electrical service to participating consumers. It provides that a new microgrid that has been approved by the commission may construct, maintain or operate its lines in, upon, along, over, across or under the roads and streets. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy and utility matters by January 15, 2021.

LD 14 An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 14
This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State's system of learning results and assessment and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2019 in order to include the science standards as part of the State's system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

LD 59 An Act To Establish a Recall Process for Elected Officials in Plantations (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-8, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 59
This bill establishes a procedure to recall an elected official of a plantation based on the elected official's neglect of duty or misconduct.

Amendment H-8
This amendment strikes the bill except for the emergency preamble and clause, and, instead of establishing a recall process, it gives plantations the authority to fill a vacancy in the office of a town official.

LD 59 Chaptered Law
LD 59 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 376 An Act To Expand Health Insurance Options for Town Academies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-199, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 376
This bill makes an employee of an academy approved for tuition purposes in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, sections 2951 to 2955 eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons.

Amendment H-199
This amendment specifies that a town academy that elects to enroll in the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons may enroll in the group health plan on the first day of the month following the termination of the academy's prior group health plan, but no sooner than January 1, 2020. For an employee hired after January 1, 2020 or who becomes eligible for the group health plan based on a qualifying life event occurring after January 1, 2020, the employee may enroll in the group health plan on the first day of the month after the date on which the employee becomes eligible for enrollment.

LD 376 Chaptered Law
LD 376 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 377 An Act To Protect Small Redemption Centers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 377
This bill:
  • 1. Increases, beginning June 1, 2019, by one cent per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers;
  • 2. Repeals the provision that authorizes the reduced handling fee for small brewers and water bottlers; and
  • 3. Requires the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, beginning in September 2021, and every 2 years thereafter, to convene a panel to review the adequacy of the reimbursement amount for beverage container handling costs and make any necessary recommendations regarding the reimbursement.


LD 378 An Act To Amend Maine's Bottle Deposit Law Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 378
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to make changes designed to improve the State's laws governing deposits on beverage containers.

LD 936 Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Study the Existing and Potential Effects of Freshwater and Marine Debris on Maine's Freshwater and Coastal Habitats and Species (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Work session held, April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 936
This bill establishes the Commission To Study the Effects of Freshwater and Marine Debris, which is a 13-member commission tasked with studying freshwater and marine debris and how it has affected or potentially will affect Maine's freshwater and ocean and coastal ecosystems, habitats and species. The commission must submit a report, including suggested legislation, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over marine resources matters no later than December 4, 2019.

LD 937 An Act Regarding the Sale and Release or Abandonment of Balloons Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, May 8, 2019
LD 937
This bill amends the State's litter law to provide that a person who releases or abandons a balloon outdoors is subject to penalties under that law regarding the waste materials resulting from that release or abandonment. It also requires a seller of balloons to register with the Department of Environmental Protection and to display in a conspicuous place at each purchase counter warning information developed by the department concerning the risks to the environment and to wildlife posed by waste materials resulting from the outdoor release of balloons; the choking and suffocation risks to children posed by the unsupervised use of balloons; the risks to individuals with latex allergies posed by exposure to balloons made wholly or partly from latex; and the penalties for littering resulting from the outdoor release of balloons that may be imposed by the State's litter laws.

The intent of this legislation is to prevent the release into the environment of balloons that pose a danger and a nuisance to the environment, particularly to wildlife and marine animals, and that cause hardship for the municipalities that must clean up the debris from balloons.

Amendment H-167
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title and replaces the bill. It amends the State's litter law to clarify that waste materials resulting from the outdoor release or abandonment of a balloon constitute litter under that law. The amendment also provides that it is a violation of the litter law for a person to intentionally release outdoors a balloon that is inflated or filled with a gas that is lighter than air, except for a balloon carrying scientific instrumentation, a balloon used for meteorological observation by a governmental or scientific organization or a hot air balloon that is recovered after launching. It applies a civil penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $500 for the illegal intentional release of up to 10 balloons and a civil penalty of not less than $500 for the illegal intentional release of more than 10 balloons.

LD 941 An Act To Further Define the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 941
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to redefine the status of the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area.

LD 950 An Act To Develop a State Energy Plan To Provide a Pathway to an Energy Portfolio Free of Fossil Fuels Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 950
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to develop a State energy plan to provide a pathway to an energy portfolio free of fossil fuels.

LD 951 An Act To Improve the Research Capabilities of State Agencies Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 951
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the research capabilities of state agencies.

LD 952 An Act To Coordinate and Standardize Data Collection Protocols Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 952
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws to coordinate and standardize data collection protocols.

LD 953 An Act To Enact a Vehicle Use Ordinance for Monhegan Plantation Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 953
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact an ordinance for Monhegan Plantation related to vehicle use in Monhegan Plantation; due to its status as a plantation, Monhegan Plantation is restricted under current law in its ability to enact such ordinances.

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.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 956 An Act To Allow Student License Holders in the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area To Fish for or Take Lobsters during a Closed Season (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-359, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 956
This bill allows a person with a student lobster and crab fishing license to fish for or take lobsters during a closed season on fishing for or taking lobsters if that closed season occurs during an interim between school years.

Amendment H-359
This amendment strikes and replaces the title and bill.

Like the bill, this amendment allows a person with a student lobster and crab fishing license to fish for or take lobster during a closed season on fishing for or taking lobsters if that closed season occurs during an interim between school years, except this amendment limits the permission to a student license holder issued trap tags to fish only in the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area and that student may fish only during the closed season in the Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area. This amendment changes the number of Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area trap tags that may be issued by the commissioner to a student license holder from 15 to 10 for a student license holder if that person is 8 years of age or older and under 11 years of age; 25 for a student license holder if that person is 11 years of age or older and under 14 years of age; and 50 for a student license holder if that person is 14 years of age or older and under 23 years of age.

This amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause so that this legislation will take effect in time for a Monhegan Lobster Conservation Area student license holder to fish for lobster during the summer months.

LD 956 Chaptered Law
LD 956 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1073 Resolve, To Implement an Intensive Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in the Midcoast Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-475, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1073
This resolve establishes an intensive drug treatment court 2-year pilot project in the midcoast area of the State to be operational no later than November 1, 2019. The pilot project will serve 10 participants who meet the requirements for participation in drug court programs. The support services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services under the pilot project are more intensive than those provided to current participants in drug court programs. The department is required to provide an interim report on implementation and a final report that includes the results of an independent evaluation of the project.

Amendment H-475
This amendment revises the number of participants in the pilot project from 10 to 25. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1073 fiscal note
LD 1073 Amendment H-475 fiscal note
LD 1224 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Address Changes in Sea Level, Geospatial Data Acquisition by Communities and the Increase in Ocean Acidity Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1224
This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds.
  • 1. Part A of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels.
  • 2. Part B of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $6,000,000, to be used to provide partnership funds and matching grants for geospatial data acquisition to communities that are creating or improving digital parcel maps to accurately identify existing boundaries and land use, identify potential community development areas and protect environmental resources.
  • 3. Part C of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $3,000,000, to be used to collect data, monitor waterways and perform tests related to the known increasing ocean acidity along the Maine coast and its impact on natural wildlife and commercially important species in Maine waters, such as lobsters and clams.


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

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

LD 1431 Chaptered Law
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LD 4 An Act To Encourage Applied Shellfish Research Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 4
This bill amends the law governing municipal shellfish conservation programs. It provides that a municipal shellfish conservation ordinance may allow a research entity to conduct applied research in conjunction with Department of Marine Resources staff or an approved professional entity to support a municipal shellfish conservation program. It also requires a municipality to require a research entity conducting approved research projects in the intertidal zone to issue an annual report on research findings to the Commissioner of Marine Resources by January 1st.

LD 16 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 16
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.

LD 124 An Act To Exempt from Sales Tax Certain Watercraft Purchased by an Incorporated Nonprofit Transportation Company That Provides Transportation of Emergency Medical Services Patients from an Island to the Mainland (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to the Taxation Committee, both chambers unanimous Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-383, enacted as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 4, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 124
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for sales of watercraft that will be used to provide ambulance services and sales of ambulance supplies to an incorporated nonprofit transportation company that provides ambulance services from an island not served by a bridge to the mainland pursuant to a written agreement with a municipality to provide ambulance services without charge. An incorporated nonprofit transportation company providing ambulance services using watercraft certified and inspected by the United States Coast Guard is not required to be licensed as an ambulance service in order to be eligible for the exemption.

Amendment H-383
This amendment changes the title of the bill and provides that the sales tax exemption applies to sales of watercraft to an incorporated nonprofit transportation company that has a written understanding with a municipality that the watercraft will be available at all times to transport an emergency medical services patient from an island to a licensed ambulance service on the mainland.

LD 124 Amendment H-383 fiscal note
LD 133 An Act To Fully Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (Emergency) 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 133
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% for the entire fiscal year 2018-19. The law currently requires revenue sharing to revert to 5% beginning July 1, 2019.

LD 158 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Beano Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-42, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 158
This bill removes the requirement that beano conducted by organizations such as volunteer fire departments, agricultural fair associations and nonprofit, charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans organizations be conducted by members of those organizations and instead requires that beano conducted by these organizations be conducted in the presence of at least one member of the organization.

Amendment S-42
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Like the bill, the amendment removes the requirement in current law that beano or bingo games conducted by an organization such as a volunteer fire department, agricultural fair association or nonprofit association must be conducted entirely by members of the organization. Under the amendment, the beano or bingo games must be conducted under the exclusive control of an adult member of the organization, who may be assisted by other individuals. The amendment defines "member" to mean an individual duly admitted as a member according to the laws, rules, regulations, ordinances or bylaws governing the organization.<>br>
The amendment also makes a technical change to the laws governing beano and bingo to clarify that a charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans' organization that seeks to obtain a registration to conduct beano or bingo must be a bona fide nonprofit organization.

LD 158 Chaptered Law
LD 158 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 169 An Act To Provide Occupants of Motor Vehicles with Gold Star Family Registration Plates Free Entry to State Parks, Camping Areas and Beaches Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-13, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 169
This bill provides for free entry to state parks, camping areas and beaches for those persons who have gold star family registration plates on their motor vehicles and for passengers in those vehicles.

Amendment H-13
This amendment clarifies that free entry to state parks and historic sites for a person displaying gold star family registration plates is for day use only.

LD 169 fiscal note
LD 169 Amendment H-13 fiscal note
LD 202 An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 202
This bill increases from 3,200 to 6,000 the number of qualifying contributions verified registered voters must make to a gubernatorial candidate for that candidate to be certified as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.

LD 205 An Act To Add Work Assignments to the Law Regarding Notification of a Defendant's Release or Escape Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 205
This bill adds work assignments for a defendant to the circumstances for which notification to the victim of a crime is required for a victim who has requested to be notified.

LD 246 An Act To Secure the Future of the Frances Perkins Homestead Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-15, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 246
This bill provides one-time funds to the Frances Perkins Center to be applied toward the acquisition of the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle.

Amendment S-15
This amendment, which is the majority report, directs the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to transfer $250,000 in state fiscal year 2019-20 to be used for the acquisition of the Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle if certain requirements are met.

LD 246 fiscal note
LD 246 Amendment S-15 fiscal note
LD 248 An Act To Increase the Handling Fee for Beverage Containers Reimbursed to Redemption Centers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-20 and Senate amendment S-56, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature, May 21, 2019
LD 248
This bill increases by 2¢ per returned container the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

Amendment S-20
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one-half cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one-half cent beginning January 1, 2020. It also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-56
This amendment amends Committee Amendment S-20 to:
  • 1. Increase the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by 1/2¢ beginning January 1, 2020;
  • 2. Eliminates a provision reducing by 1/2¢ the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers subject to a qualified commingling agreement;
  • 3. Places a moratorium from May 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020 on the issuance by the Department of Environmental Protection of redemption center licenses to redemption centers not licensed prior to May 1, 2019 unless the department determines that a new redemption center is needed to serve an area in which an existing redemption center ceases to operate. This licensing prohibition does not apply to renewal of redemption center licenses issued prior to May 1, 2019; and
  • 4. Direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to require each initiator of deposit that has entered into a commingling agreement, and its contracted agent, if any, to no later than July 1, 2019 report to the department the number of beverage containers picked up from each redemption center on each pick-up date in calendar year 2018. Upon receipt of this data, the department shall assess the efficiency and convenience of the beverage container redemption system and develop recommendations to improve efficiencies in the handling and transportation of beverage containers and to ensure convenient collection of beverage containers for consumers. On or before January 15, 2020, the commissioner shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources detailing the department's findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.


LD 248 Chaptered Law
LD 248 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 289 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-49 and House amendment H-55, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 289
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.

Amendment H-49
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill, repeals the existing law regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers and enacts a new provision of law regarding disposable food service containers. Under the amendment, beginning January 1, 2021, a food establishment is prohibited, subject to certain exemptions, from processing, preparing, selling or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The amendment also:
  • 1. Excludes from the definition of disposable food service container polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests that are used for the processing or shipping of seafood;
  • 2. Adds sleeves and stirrers to the definition of service ware;
  • 3. Excludes from the definition of food establishment hospitals licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 405 and so-called meals on wheels establishments funded in whole or in part directly or indirectly by the Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • 4. Incorporates from the existing law, which was repealed in the amendment, regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers certain definitions, a penalty provision and a prohibition on the use of plastic beverage stirrers by food establishments providing or serving beverages at a facility or function of the State or of a political subdivision.


Amendment H-55
This amendment replaces the term food establishment with the term covered establishment.

LD 289 Chaptered Law
LD 289 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 347 An Act To Provide Sustainable Funding for Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide ongoing funding for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure statewide, including, but not limited to, funding to support the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-H.

Amendment H-206
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment does the following:

  • 1. It amends the law governing the use of the Liquor Operation Revenue Fund after all liquor operation revenue bonds and any ancillary obligations secured by the fund have been retired to provide additional funding for water and wastewater infrastructure. Specifically, while current law provides a maximum of 15% of funds available after retirement of the bonds be used for matching funds for federal programs for drinking water and wastewater systems, the amendment provides 30% of funds after bond retirement be designated for drinking water and wastewater purposes. The amendment divides the 30% between drinking water and wastewater at 45% and 55% respectively. For both drinking water and wastewater the amendment provides the funds first be used for the state match for federal funds for revolving loans.
  • 2. It amends the law governing the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund and the Maine Clean Water Fund to allow the funds to be used to provide assistance for capital investment in private and commercial wastewater systems.


LD 347 Chaptered Law
LD 347 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 360 An Act To Increase the Reimbursement to Bottle Redemption Centers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 360
This bill increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one cent beginning January 1, 2020.

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


LD 618 Resolve, To Temporarily Remove Nighttime Restrictions on Lobster Fishing in a Certain Area in the Bay of Fundy (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-115, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 618
This bill allows a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of day between Labor Day and Memorial Day in an area in the Bay of Fundy encompassing approximately 70 square miles around Machias Seal Island, as long as that person is authorized to fish in that area.

Amendment H-115
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of the day from September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 in an area in the Bay of Fundy referred to as the "gray zone" that encompasses approximately 210 square miles around Machias Seal Island where there are overlapping claims of sovereignty by the United States and Canada, if that person is authorized to fish in that area. It also directs the commissioner to define this area in rule to ensure the boundaries of this area are clearly delineated. Lastly, it requires that the commissioner submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources by February 1, 2020 and gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 618 Chaptered Law
LD 618 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 906 An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-166 and House amendment H-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 906
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar sealant products beginning October 1, 2020 and prohibits the application of coal tar sealant products on driveways or parking areas beginning October 1, 2021. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may grant an exemption from the prohibitions for research or development purposes.

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


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

LD 906 Chaptered Law
LD 906 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note

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