Representative Michael Perkins [Republican]
Oakland ~ District 77
Towns in District: part of Oakland (part) and SidneyWould be term limited: 2024
♦ Transportation (Ranking Republican)
✉ 93 Willey Point
Oakland, Maine 04963
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||0%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||1 of 8, 1 Unexcused absences|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||1 of 7, 1 Unexcused absences|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%|
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|LD 222||An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.
|LD 225||An Act Regarding Transportation Management Software and School Bus Replacement||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 4, 2019|
This bill establishes in statute the criteria for the replacement of conventional and transit-style school buses through the Department of Education and prohibits the department from requiring a school administrative unit to use a specific brand of routing and transportation management software.
|LD 39||Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in Waterville as the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 14, 2019|
This resolve designates Bridge 1457 on Interstate 95, which crosses Main Street in the City of Waterville, the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge.
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|LD 165||An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-317, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019|
This bill repeals the provision of law that prohibits a person who has been issued a learner's permit from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone. It repeals the section of law that prohibits minors from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone and also repeals the section of law that prohibits any person from operating a motor vehicle while engaging in text messaging.
The bill incorporates the definition of "mobile telephone" into the definition of "handheld electronic device." It excludes text messaging from the definition of "using" to reflect the different penalties for using a handheld electronic device and for text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.
The bill expands the prohibition on minors and a person who has been issued a learner's permit operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device to prohibit all persons operating a motor vehicle from using a handheld electronic device.
The bill includes exceptions to the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle that allow for hands-free operation of the device and for using a handheld electronic device to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances. The exceptions do not apply to text messaging.
The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75 and the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.
LD 165 Chaptered Law
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|LD 261||An Act To Restrict the Authority for Posting of Roads||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This bill requires publicly available written justification for imposing restrictions on a public way for more than 6 weeks, prohibits the imposition of size and weight restrictions for vehicles on a public way when the ambient air temperature is below 31 degrees Fahrenheit and protects the ability of a commercial entity to operate its vehicles on the public way where it is headquartered or where it is conducting its business activities.
|LD 319||An Act To Standardize the Laws Concerning Property Transfers and To Protect Water Quality||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill extends to inland shoreland areas the requirement that subsurface waste water disposal systems on property located within a shoreland area be inspected prior to a sale of the property. Currently, that inspection requirement applies only to the sale of property located within a coastal shoreland area.
|LD 342||An Act To Require a Person To Notify Law Enforcement Officers of the Possession of a Hypodermic Needle||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019|
This bill establishes the failure to inform a law enforcement officer of a person's possession of a hypodermic apparatus as a Class D crime. Under the bill, if a person discloses the possession of a hypodermic apparatus as required, the hypodermic apparatus and any contents of the apparatus are inadmissible as evidence in a prosecution for a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 45.
|LD 368||An Act To Redefine Geographic Association for Multiple-employer Welfare Arrangements||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-49, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019|
This bill replaces the requirement that a multiple-employer welfare arrangement based on geographic association must be established by an association with a principal office in a location within a 40-mile radius of the principal place of business of eligible employers with a requirement that the arrangement must be established by an association with a principal office located in the State.
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment repeals the provision authorizing a multiple-employer welfare arrangement based on geographic association and removes cross-references to that provision. The amendment authorizes a multiple-employer welfare arrangement by an association with employer members representing multiple trades, industries or professions. The amendment also restores the ability of the Superintendent of Insurance to authorize a separate community rate for fully insured association health plans for multiple employers.
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|LD 380||An Act To Revise the Calculation of Tolls Established for the Maine State Ferry Service||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires the Department of Transportation, by rule, to establish ferry tolls for each route of travel that are based upon the cost of service for vehicles, freight and passengers, and allows the department to provide discounted tolls for frequent usage of the Maine State Ferry Service. This bill also requires that the Marine Highway account must fund 100% of the capital costs and no more than 75% of the operating costs of the Maine State Ferry Service.
|LD 458||An Act To Require Motorists To Yield to Transit Buses||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-129, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill requires an operator of a vehicle to yield the right-of-way to a transit bus traveling in the same direction if the transit bus has signaled and is reentering the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder of the roadway.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment requires that the operator of a vehicle on a public way that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less must yield the right-of-way to a transit bus that has an illuminated yield sign on the left side of the rear of the bus and the bus driver has activated a turn signal to reenter the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder on the roadway. The amendment also clarifies the definition of "transit bus."
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|LD 572||An Act Regarding the State Bird||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to specify the black-capped chickadee or the boreal chickadee as the state bird.
|LD 586||An Act Regarding the Department of Transportation's Use of Sediment Erosion Control Systems||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to specify whether a biodegradable or nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control system will be used for a project by the department and requires that nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control systems be removed with 90 days of a project's completion.
|LD 589||Resolve, Directing the State Board of Education To Adopt Rules Prohibiting Teachers in Public Schools from Engaging in Political, Ideological or Religious Advocacy in the Classroom||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This resolve directs the State Board of Education to adopt major substantive rules prohibiting teachers in public schools from engaging in political, religious or ideological advocacy in the classroom or from introducing any controversial subject matter that is not germane to the topic of the course being taught, with penalties for violations up to and including termination of the teacher. This resolve requires the State Board of Education to provide written notice of the rules to all affected teachers, parents and students and for teachers to receive annually at least 3 hours of continuing teacher education to instruct the teachers on the rules. Finally, this resolve requests professional teacher organizations and unions to voluntarily adopt an educator's code of ethics and professional responsibility that incorporates the rules and that specifically prohibits teachers in kindergarten to grade 12 instruction from using the classroom for political indoctrination.
|LD 597||Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project Authorizing the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras on Castine Road in Orland (By request)||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to establish a pilot project allowing the use of traffic surveillance cameras to prove or enforce a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A on Castine Road in Orland and requires the department to submit a report evaluating the results of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by January 15, 2021.
|LD 648||An Act To Improve Reporting of Operating Under the Influence Offenses||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-152, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to maintain separate categories in its uniform crime reporting for offenses that involve operating under the influence of alcohol, offenses that involve operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and offenses that involve operating under a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters regarding the incidence of operating under the influence offenses pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2411. The report must include separate categories for offenses involving operating under the influence of alcohol, for offenses involving operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and for offenses involving operating under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The report is due by April 1st each year beginning in 2020.
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|LD 664||An Act To Organize Biannual County Meetings for Local School Boards||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill requires the State Board of Education to organize a biannual meeting in each county for the school boards in each county to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, develop new ideas and review proposed rule changes by the Department of Education and other policies and issues impacting school administrative units. Each school board may send up to 3 representatives, and the state board shall send at least one representative to the biannual county meeting. Costs for a biannual county meeting must be split between the state board and the school administrative units in that county.
|LD 844||An Act To Prohibit Driverless Commercial Vehicles||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle that does not have a driver in the vehicle.
|LD 851||Resolve, To Effect Economies of Scale in Maine's Transportation Funding||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation and the Maine Turnpike Authority to study their holdings and operations and propose reorganizations effecting efficiencies in both the department and the authority leading to economies of scale within the State's transportation funding regime. The department and the authority are directed to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation the results of their study and any suggested legislation by January 15, 2020. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill regarding the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 924||An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime Hunting or Fishing License||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill exempts a registered Maine guide who holds a senior lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping or archery license from the requirement to undergo a background check when renewing the guide license if the guide has undergone a background check when the guide was 68 years of age or older.
|LD 970||An Act To Encourage Policies Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units under Local Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Requirements||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-179, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill directs municipalities to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, which are dwelling units located within a detached single-family dwelling unit.
This amendment expands the definition of "accessory dwelling unit" to include a dwelling unit attached to and detached from another single-dwelling unit. It clarifies that municipalities are encouraged to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, but it does not require municipalities to permit accessory dwelling units. It reorganizes the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4236, subsection 3-A, paragraph G for ease of understanding.
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|LD 984||Resolve, To Develop Plans To Return to the State Children Housed in Residential Treatment Systems outside of the State||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-352, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to coordinate with families of children who are receiving certain services out of state to develop plans to bring the children back to the State to receive the required services and care. The resolve also suspends current contracts regarding any psychiatric residential treatment facility licensed by the department and prohibits the department from issuing new contracts for such facilities. The suspension and moratorium are lifted 30 days after the department submits a report, as required by this resolve, to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the adequacy of beds and staffing levels in those facilities and the need to increase the MaineCare reimbursement rate to allow for additional facilities or staffing.
Additionally, the resolve provides funding to increase rates in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefi\ts Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services, Children's Home and Community Based Treatment and Section 97, Appendix D, Principles of Reimbursement for Child Care Facilities by 30% no later than October 1, 2019.
|LD 1002||An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill)||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-624, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.<\p>
This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.
The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9634.
|LD 1252||An Act Regarding Snowmobile Registration Fees||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill requires an annual additional $30 snowmobile registration fee, unless the registrant can show proof of membership in a snowmobile club in the State. It specifies that for a resident family residing in the same household the additional fee is $30 for up to 4 snowmobiles. Lastly, it requires the transfer of $20 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Trail Fund and the transfer of $10 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Enforcement Fund.
|LD 1367||An Act To Preserve and Protect the State's Rail Corridors||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to preserve and protect the rail corridors of the State for future railroad use and maintain all rail corridors in a condition that allows for their resuming railroad service.
The bill prohibits a rail corridor from being converted into or operated as a trail, used as a pathway or space for walking or biking, used for any other form of nonmotorized travel or recreation or used as a bus line without first being evaluated for passenger railroad service.
|LD 1400||An Act To Improve Recruitment and Retention in State Law Enforcement by Offering Retirement Service Credit||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-495, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019|
This bill allows a member of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program or the Participating Local District Retirement Program to purchase up to 4 years of service credit for time served as a full-time law enforcement officer prior to membership.
It also allows a member of either program who served as a full-time active duty member of the United States Armed Forces during the Cold War, measured from January 1, 1947 to December 27, 1991, before becoming a member and who separated from the armed forces under conditions other than dishonorable to purchase service credit. This service credit is capped at 4 years for members of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program and 5 years for members of the Participating Local District Retirement Program.
|LD 1555||An Act To Improve Highway Maintenance Safety||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill amends current law to allow vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or in emergency rescue operations by emergency management and public safety agencies and public service vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary lights that emit a combination of amber and white lights or any shade between amber and white. It also allows the use of green lighting for any highway maintenance vehicle that is operating under the direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority.
This bill also amends current law to allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to remove a vehicle from the Maine Turnpike if it is improperly parked, abandoned or interfering with snow removal in the same manner that the Department of Transportation may remove such a vehicle on a road under its jurisdiction. It also clarifies that a 3rd-party agent such as an independent contractor working for the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority is entitled to the same immunity from liability for these removals as employees of the department or authority.
|LD 1604||An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities (Governor's Bill)||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000 in both 2019 and 2020, will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, matching an estimated $137,000,000 per year in federal and other funds.
|LD 1627||An Act To Authorize the Use of Autocycles||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-487, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill defines an autocycle as a 3-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel or handlebars, floor pedals for automotive-style controls and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride a seat and establishes provisions for registration and operator licensing.
This amendment clarifies that an autocycle is subject to the general motorcycle inspection standards, except those that do not apply to the design of the vehicle, and any other inspection standards set by the Chief of the State Police. This amendment also clarifies that an autocycle may not be operated abreast with any motor vehicle within the same lane.
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|LD 1714||Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Enter into a Reciprocal Agreement between the State and Taiwan Regarding Driver's Licenses||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to begin negotiations toward the development of a reciprocal agreement between the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Taiwan for reciprocity, beginning January 1, 2021, in issuing driver's licenses to residents of this State who reside in Taiwan and to Taiwanese citizens who reside in this State.