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Representative Patricia Hymanson [Democrat]
York ~ District 4

Towns in District: Ogunquit, part of Sanford , part of Wells and part of York

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Health and Human Services (Chair)

✉ Patricia.Hymanson@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 34 High Pine Road
York, Maine 03909


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20186 of 8, 2 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201780%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 45 An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Maine's Background Check Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 45
This bill grants the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to request state and national criminal history records, including fingerprint-based criminal history records, for direct access workers undergoing a background check under the Maine Background Check Center Act.

LD 191 An Act To Protect Heating Fuel Customers Who Close Their Accounts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 191
This bill requires dealers of heating fuel to reimburse customers within 30 days for any fuel recovered following the closing of their accounts and makes failure to do so a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

LD 192 An Act To Require an Annual Report on the Activities of the Maine Child Welfare Advisory Panel Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-21, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 192
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

Amendment H-21
This amendment removes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the activities of and reports produced by the child welfare advisory panel formed pursuant to the federal Children's Justice Act.

LD 192 Chaptered Law
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LD 195 An Act To Continue MaineCare Coverage for Parents During the Rehabilitation and Reunification Process Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-133, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
LD 195
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver request no later than January 1, 2020 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this bill that require the department to continue to provide MaineCare coverage to a parent who is a MaineCare member and who is participating in rehabilitation and reunification efforts in accordance with a rehabilitation and reunification plan. The department is required to take all reasonable and necessary steps to seek approval of the waiver. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules no later than 180 days after receiving approval. The department is required to report its progress in seeking a waiver and implementing rules on a quarterly basis beginning October 1, 2019 until the process is complete.

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

LD 195 Chaptered Law
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LD 471 An Act To Amend the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Make Best Efforts To Prevent Removal of a Child from a Home Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 471
This bill amends the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act to require that best efforts, rather than reasonable efforts, be made by the Department of Health and Human Services to rehabilitate and reunify families as a means of protecting the welfare of children.

LD 558 An Act To Amend the Continuing Education Requirements for Prescribers of Opioid Medication Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 558
This bill will reduce the amount of opioid prescribing education required of prescribers from 3 hours per license cycle of 2 years to one hour per license cycle of 2 years after the licensee has completed an initial 3-hour requirement. It will also require the licensing boards to adopt rules consistent with the reduction in the amount of required prescribing education.

LD 578 Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Assist the Transition to Recovery of Persons Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 578
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot program designed to assist the transition to recovery of persons suffering from opioid use disorder. The resolve directs the commissioner, by December 2, 2020, to submit a written report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters summarizing the results of the pilot program, together with any recommendations for continuation of the program, 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.

LD 615 An Act To Protect the Integrity of the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-306, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 615
This bill provides that, without authorization from the Legislature by proper enactment of a law, the Department of Health and Human Services may not implement changes in the Medicaid program or the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program that significantly change enrollment in the program, the category or scope of covered services or the funding mechanisms for the program, unless required by federal law.

Amendment H-306
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds language describing the situations in which the Department of Health and Human Services may not implement changes in the Medicaid program or the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program without proper authorization from the Legislature.

LD 615 Chaptered Law
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LD 730 An Act To Create the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 730
This bill establishes the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet. The cabinet consists of the Commissioner of Corrections, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor and the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and, at the discretion of the Governor, one member of the public. The initial chair of the cabinet is the Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner's designee. The cabinet is established to promote interdepartmental collaboration on substance use disorders policy development and program implementation and support service delivery in an integrated manner. The duties of the cabinet include coordinating funding, conducting long-term planning and policy development, coordinating service delivery, assessing resource capacity, reviewing programs and policies and communicating the work of the cabinet. The cabinet is authorized to solicit, receive and pool funds from the Federal Government, subdivisions of the State and individuals, foundations or corporations. The cabinet is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, criminal justice and public safety matters, education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters, judiciary matters, labor matters and state and local government matters and to make the report available to the public. The cabinet is required to carry out its duties within existing resources.

LD 880 Resolve, Regarding the Impact of Minimum Wage Increases and Paid Time Off Requirements on MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-470, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 880
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide methods of allowing the State to respond more quickly to changes in federal law affecting social programs used by citizens of Maine.

Amendment H-470
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to study the impact of increases in the minimum wage and any statutory requirements for earned paid leave on the reimbursement rates for all services reimbursed under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. The department is required to develop an assessment of future shortfalls and develop a plan to ensure that reimbursement rates remain sufficient to cover any future increases. The department may consult or contract with any experts or stakeholders that the department determines appropriate. The department shall report its findings, recommendations and suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than March 1, 2020.

LD 880 Amendment H-470 fiscal note

LD 931 An Act Concerning the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-138, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 931
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amendment H-138
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes the bill, which is a concept draft, to provide for reimbursement under the MaineCare program for prescription drug therapy services to treat obesity. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 931 Amendment H-138 fiscal note

LD 1313 An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-305, Enacted, Signed into law June 12, 2019
LD 1313
This bill enacts the Maine Death with Dignity Act authorizing a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person's attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined in the Act, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person's life. The bill establishes the procedures for making these requests, including 2 waiting periods and one written and 2 oral requests and requires a 2nd opinion by a consulting physician. The bill requires specified information to be documented in the person's medical record, including all oral and written requests for a medication to hasten death.

The bill requires the attending and consulting physicians to assess the patient for depression or other mental health condition that impairs judgment. If the attending or consulting physician, in the physician's professional opinion, believes such a condition exists, the patient must be evaluated and treated by a state-licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker or clinical professional counselor. Medication to end a patient's life in a humane and dignified manner may not be prescribed until the person performing the counseling determines that the patient is not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment.

The bill prohibits a provision in a contract, will or other agreement from being conditioned upon, or affected by, a person's making or rescinding a request for medication under the Act. The bill prohibits the sale, procurement or issuance of any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy or the rate charged for any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy from being conditioned upon or affected by the making or rescinding of such a request.

The bill authorizes a health care provider to prohibit its employees, independent contractors or other persons or entities, including other health care providers, from participating in activities under the Act while on premises owned by or under the management or direct control of that prohibiting health care provider or while acting within the course and scope of any employment by, or contract with, the prohibiting health care provider.

The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly alter or forge a request for medication to end a person's life without that person's authorization or to conceal or destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request for medication, if it is done with the intent or effect of causing the person's death. The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly coerce or exert undue influence on a person to request medication for the purpose of ending that person's life or to destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request. The bill provides that the Act does not authorize ending a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia and provides that action taken in accordance with the Act does not constitute, among other things, suicide or homicide.

The bill requires health care providers to submit specified information to the Department of Health and Human Services upon their writing a prescription for or dispensing medication under the Act and after the death of the qualified patient. The bill requires the department to generate and make available to the public an annual statistical report of information collected regarding compliance with the Act. The bill requires a copy of the report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health matters annually by March 1st.

Amendment H-305
This amendment is the majority report and makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates in the Maine Criminal Code affirmative defenses to prosecution for aggravated attempted murder, for murder and for aiding or soliciting suicide. A person may raise an affirmative defense to prosecution for these crimes if that person's conduct was expressly authorized by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 418. The amendment also strikes from the bill language that creates new Class A crimes and other penalty language, as the prohibited conduct described is sufficiently covered by existing statute.
  • 2. It changes the rule-making authority of the Department of Health and Human Services for rules for the collection of information from routine technical to major substantive.
  • 3. It makes technical changes to the provisions regarding insurance in order to conform to current Maine law.
  • 4. It allows the physician completing the patient's death certificate to determine the cause of the death recorded on the certificate.
  • 5. It clarifies that an individual health care provider may choose not to participate in providing medication to end a qualified patient's life but, if the patient requests the medical records be provided to another health care provider, the records must be transferred.
  • 6. It includes the Board of Osteopathic Licensure in the list of appropriate licensing boards.


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LD 1374 An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1374
This bill prohibits delivery of medical marijuana except from a registered caregiver with an approved retail store or from a registered dispensary. This bill does not prohibit a caregiver from delivery to patients from the caregiver's 30-plant limit.

LD 1505 An Act To Amend the Marijuana Laws To Correct Inconsistencies in Recently Enacted Laws (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-513, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1505
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill, as emergency legislation, proposes to make technical changes to and correct errors in the adult use marijuana and medical marijuana laws.

Amendment H-513
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. It corrects technical conflicts and other errors or inconsistencies that resulted when both Public Law 2017, chapter 447 and Public Law 2017, chapter 452 were enacted in the 128th Legislature. It also provides that a registered caregiver, registered dispensary, marijuana testing facility and manufacturing facility are required to pay all costs and fees associated with the use of the statewide electronic portal for record keeping.

LD 1505 Chaptered Law
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LD 1803 An Act To Update the Laws Regarding Death and Marriage Records Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1803
This bill makes changes to the laws governing marriage records and the filing, correction and amendment of death records, including removing language from the statutes that describes marriage as the union of a man and a woman to conform with the laws in the State. This bill also authorizes people to record their intentions to marry with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.

LD 1803 Chaptered Law
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LD 1801 An Act To Ensure Compliance with Federal Requirements for Background Checks of Certain Department of Health and Human Services Employees Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-612, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1801
This bill amends the child support enforcement laws to implement background investigative checks for employees, prospective employees and contractors with access to federal tax information in compliance with the United States Internal Revenue Services' Publication 1075, which requires fingerprinting of all affected individuals. This bill amends provisions relating to the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification that set forth the procedures for taking and processing fingerprints. This bill authorizes the department to adopt rules to conduct background checks. This bill also corrects a conflict created by Public Law 2017, chapters 452 and 457, which affected the same provision of law, by incorporating the changes made by both laws.

Amendment H-612
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill to be consistent with criminal history record check practices. It incorporates provisions that address existing technical conflicts in the criminal history record check statutes.

LD 1801 Chaptered Law
LD 1801 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 29 Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State by Establishing a Work Group To Develop Educational Programming for Prevention of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among Youth and Adolescents (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 14, 2019
LD 29
This resolve is based on recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, which submitted its report to the Legislature in December 2017. The resolve requires the Department of Education to establish a work group to evaluate existing substance use prevention programs targeting school-age children, investigate prevention programs that have proven effective in other areas of the United States or in other countries, identify funding resources and determine how prevention programs should be incorporated into education curricula. The work group must include representatives of educational, law enforcement and public health organizations. The department is required to submit a report of the findings of the work group no later than January 1, 2020 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters.

LD 30 An Act To Improve Health Care Data Analysis Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 30
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the State's capacity to use data regarding health care costs and health care systems. The State's ability to better analyze and use data regarding health care utilization and health care quality will serve to inform the State's health care policy.

LD 40 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-246, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 40
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.

Amendment H-246
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 40 Chaptered Law
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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 52 An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 52
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a health care system in the State that will be simple and efficient for all consumers and providers. The bill proposes to provide all Maine residents with access to an affordable health benefit plan covering essential health benefits. The bill proposes to create the Health Care Trust, which will have authority to determine essential health care benefits, to negotiate with providers, to reimburse providers for the costs of providing care at negotiated rates and to manage the financing mechanisms for the trust. All Maine residents will be eligible to enroll in the trust on a voluntary basis. Those residents currently eligible for MaineCare or other public coverage will be automatically enrolled; MaineCare and other public coverage programs will be replaced by the trust's health care coverage.

The bill proposes to use several funding sources to pay for the costs of the trust and for coverage of all Maine residents enrolled in the trust for coverage, including payroll taxes, transaction taxes and available federal funding.

The Health Care Trust will be administered by a health care administrator and overseen by a board of trustees. In addition, a stakeholder advisory board will provide input and guidance for the trust.

LD 69 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 69
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.

LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-132, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 78
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3173-G and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for presumptive eligibility. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if, upon application, the individual is found ineligible under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A, C, D, E, F, G or H and to enroll the individual if found eligible for the family planning benefit. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit after an individual loses eligibility for the MaineCare pregnancy benefit under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A due to the birth of a child or an increase in income and to enroll the individual, if found eligible, for the family planning benefit. It also requires the department to use a single application form for individuals applying for eligibility for the family planning benefit under Title 22, section 3173-G and under the adult expansion provisions under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph H. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to carry out these requirements.

Amendment H-132
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if the individual is found ineligible under another MaineCare section. It also removes the requirement that the department use a single application form. This amendment clarifies that presumptive eligibility must be implemented in accordance with 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-1, which outlines the timing and other requirements of presumptive eligibility for states.

LD 78 Chaptered Law
LD 78 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 90 An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Membership of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-36, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 90
This bill removes the requirement that at least one member of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board be a resident of the York Beach geographical area.

Amendment H-36
This bill removes the requirement that at least one member of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board be a resident of the York Beach geographical area.

LD 90 Chaptered Law
LD 90 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 109 An Act To Create a Public Health Insurance Option Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 109
This bill makes any legally domiciled resident of the State eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons. The bill permits any resident enrolling in coverage under this provision to do so during an open enrollment period.

The bill also adds a reporting requirement to track the experience of those persons enrolling in coverage under the group health plan and the relative effect of that experience on the overall costs of the group health plan.

LD 113 An Act To Exclude Antique Tractors from the Laws Governing Motor Vehicle Racing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 12, 2019
LD 113
This bill excludes antique tractors from regulation under the motor vehicle racing laws.

LD 140 An Act To Facilitate the Employment of Persons with Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 140
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a process to certify employers as having met the criteria established by the department for working with employees with substance use disorders. The bill also directs the department to create a publicly accessible database of certified employers.

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

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

LD 153 Chaptered Law
LD 153 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 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 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 266 An Act To Eliminate the 2-year Limit on MaineCare Coverage for Approved Drugs for Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 266
This bill repeals the 24-month limit on MaineCare coverage or reimbursement for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs, also known as Suboxone, for the treatment of addiction to opioids.

LD 284 An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 284
This bill establishes a residential forensic step-down facility, which provides treatment of forensic patients who no longer require hospital level care but cannot be safely treated in a community setting, in Augusta in the Capitol Area. It authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to maintain and operate the 21-bed forensic step-down facility. It provides that the facility must be licensed and that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that apply specifically to the licensure of a forensic step-down facility and that include the admission and discharge standards of the facility, the staffing model, security, patients' access to treatment and patient rights protections. It requires that the department provisionally adopt rules to implement the licensure of the forensic step-down facility no later than January 11, 2020. It creates an advisory committee to participate in and guide the planning process for the facility and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. It authorizes the committee to report out a bill based on the advisory committee's report. It requires the department to report to the committee on the progress of creating the facility and developing rules. It provides that the transfer of a forensic patient into the forensic step-down facility must be approved by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. It includes the forensic step-down facility in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 1 as a "state institution."

LD 297 An Act To Strengthen Brain Injury Resources for Underserved Populations, Including Opioid Overdose Brain Injury Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-134, Enacted, Signed into law, June 27, 2019
LD 297
This bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to enter into contracts with organizations representing individuals with a brain injury and their families, bringing together state and national expertise to provide core brain injury support for underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury.

Amendment H-134
This amendment adds victims of domestic violence to the list of underserved populations of individuals with an acquired brain injury. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may adopt rules rather than being required to adopt rules.

LD 297 Chaptered Law
LD 297 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 391 Resolve, To Establish the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 391
This resolve establishes the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County to study and plan the disposition of the 3 district courthouses in York County to be vacated when the courts are consolidated into one building and of associated surplus state property.

LD 392 An Act To Fund Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 392
This bill provides ongoing funding for school-based health centers from the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amendment H-156
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 392 Chaptered Law
LD 392 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 408 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan for Neurobehavioral Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-471, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 408
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide by September 1, 2020 16 new neurobehavioral beds in one or more neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term evaluation and treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment in either the community or a long-term care facility.

Amendment H-471
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new neurobehavioral beds in the State to serve individuals with brain injury and accompanying significant behavioral challenges who need short-term treatment for no longer than one year before transitioning to a long-term care environment. These individuals must be unable to be served appropriately in the community or in a nursing facility lacking specialized neurobehavioral services but must not need hospitalization. The department shall submit a report with the plan, together with any necessary legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 408 Chaptered Law
LD 408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

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

LD 448 An Act Repealing Tax Lien Foreclosure Requirements Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 448
This bill removes the provisions enacted in Public Law 2017, chapter 478 that established a preforeclosure process that municipalities must use in order to foreclose on homestead property for nonpayment of property tax if the owner is 65 years of age or older and has income and liquid assets below specified limits.

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

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

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

LD 459 Chaptered Law
LD 459 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 463 An Act To Reduce Obesity Rates in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 463
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a comprehensive state plan relating to the reduction of unhealthy weight and obesity. The plan must include coordination of activities within the Department of Health and Human Services and among state departments, efforts to monitor rates of unhealthy weight and obesity, including a survey of food and drink consumption and physical exercise, and a media plan to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. The department is required to submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 1, 2020 and every 2 years thereafter. The bill also includes a position within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or contracted for by the department, as a coordinator of the state plan. The bill also appropriates funds to develop and implement the plan, to improve surveillance and epidemiology related to obesity and to fund one Obesity Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 532 Resolve, Directing Professional Licensing and Certification Boards To Study the Barriers To Obtaining Professional Licensure and Certification Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 532
This resolve directs each professional licensing and certification board under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, in consultation with the Department of the Attorney General, to undertake a thorough review of its rules and procedures and survey its licensees and certificate holders and applicants for licensure or certification to research barriers to obtaining licensure and certification, including existing deficiencies in reciprocity provisions. Each board is directed to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by January 15, 2020 with its findings and any proposed changes to its rules and procedures. The joint standing committee is directed to review and suggest alterations to the licensing and certification boards, which may submit rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit legislation related to any report under this section to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-180
This amendment clarifies that a municipality or multimunicipal region that is in the "coastal area" as that term is defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1802, subsection 1 is subject to the bill. The amendment also strikes from the bill a requirement that state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.

LD 563 Chaptered Law
LD 563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 564 An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 564
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.

LD 565 An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 565
This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

LD 613 Resolve, Concerning the Adoption of Rules To Carry Out the Purpose of the Bridging Rental Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 613
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules for the Bridging Rental Assistance Program in order to ensure fairness, equity and access to the program for those persons with mental illness who qualify for the program. The department is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services if the department anticipates a delay in the adoption of the rules.

LD 613 Chaptered Law
LD 613 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 684 Resolve, Relating to the Prevention and Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 684
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations for measures related to the prevention and management of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

LD 698 An Act To Authorize Maine Courts To Award Attorney's Fees and Costs to Citizens Who Prevail in Civil Litigation against the Executive Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-312, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 698
This bill clarifies that when one or more citizens sue the Governor or any executive branch agency to enforce federal or state law and the citizen or citizens prevail or substantially prevail, the citizen or citizens may petition the court for the State to pay all costs. If the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the agency or Governor knowingly violated the law, the court is required to also award reasonable attorney's fees.

Amendment S-312
The bill requires the court to award reasonable attorney 's fees to a citizen or citizens that prevail in litigation against the Governor or any agency of the executive branch if the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the defendant knowingly violated the law. This amendment gives the court in that situation the discretion to award reasonable attorney's fees to be paid to the prevailing citizen or citizens. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 698 Amendment S-312 fiscal note
LD 705 An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-175, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 705
This bill amends the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request and it exempts medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder from prior authorization requirements.

The bill also requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020 and for medical services by July 1, 2020.

Amendment S-175
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following to amend the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers.

  • 1. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request from 2 business days to 72 hours or 2 business days, whichever is less, and clarifies that the same time frame for a response applies in instances when a carrier requests additional information or requires outside consultation. It also provides that a request for prior authorization is granted if a carrier fails to respond within the required time frames.
  • 2. It clarifies a provision in existing law to reflect the change in time frame.
  • 3. It prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for the prescription of at least one drug for each type of medication used in medication-assisted treatment, except that a carrier may not require prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for a pregnant woman.
  • 4. It requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020.
  • 5. It requires health insurance carriers to report, no later than January 1, 2020, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services on efforts to develop standards for secure electronic transmission of prior authorization requests. It also authorizes the committee to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the electronic transmission of prior authorization requests for medical services.
  • 6. It directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend its rules regarding health plan accountability to conform to the statutory changes and designates those rules as routine technical.


LD 705 Chaptered Law
LD 705 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 706 An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-33, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 706
This bill provides for reimbursement under the MaineCare program for medical nutritional therapy and prescription drug therapy.

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

LD 706 Amendment S-33 fiscal note
LD 743 An Act To Create Local Options in E-9-1-1 Protocol Mandates Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 743
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact certain measures designed to allow for increased flexibility in emergency dispatch protocols. Currently, structured, standardized call-taking processes are implemented to assess a caller's condition, scene information and the appropriate response to dispatch to the emergency. This bill would examine:

  • 1. Whether protocol-based call-taking processes result, in certain instances, in delays in emergency response and the need for additional staffing;
  • 2. The extent to which the use of protocols improves or impedes the delivery of emergency services;
  • 3. Any outstanding issues associated with appropriate and effective training in the use of emergency dispatch protocols; and
  • 4. The costs associated with the implementation of standardized police dispatch protocols that are borne by municipalities.


LD 745 An Act To Support the Northern New England Poison Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-67, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 745
This bill appropriates funds to the Northern New England Poison Center to ensure continued access to 24-hour expert medical treatment advice and information on potentially harmful substances.

Amendment H-67
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 745 fiscal note
LD 745 Amendment H-67 fiscal note
LD 765 Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-247, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 765
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review asset limits for social service programs and revise the limits to increase the effectiveness of the programs.

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

LD 765 Chaptered Law
LD 765 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 770 An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
LD 770
This bill requires that, by September 1, 2020, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

LD 793 An Act To Improve Accountability of Opioid Manufacturers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-320 and Senate amendment S-321, June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 793
This bill prohibits opioid medication manufacturers and distributors from falsely advertising that an opioid medication does not have abuse liability or has a lower abuse liability than another opioid medication; distributing a quantity of opioid medications that is not medically reasonable; or failing to report orders that are not medically reasonable. It establishes a civil violation and authorizes the Attorney General to investigate violations. It creates a fund into which the penalties and fees must be paid. This legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 1985.

Amendment S-320
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment raises the annual fee for a manufacturer of opioid medication to $55,000. The amendment establishes a registration fee due from manufacturers of opioid medications of $250,000 if the manufacturer sells, delivers or distributes 2,000,000 or more units of an opioid medication within this State, not including units that are prescribed for the purpose of medication-assisted treatment of substance use disorder. The fees are deposited into the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund, which is established to provide opioid use disorder prevention and treatment services and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The amendment also requires manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioid medications to provide to the State the same information as provided to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration under its Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System regarding controlled substances transactions in this State on the same schedule that information is provided to the Federal Government.

The amendment requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to evaluate and report whether the fees have affected the prescribing practices for opioid medications by reducing the number of opioid medication prescriptions issued during calendar years 2020, 2021 and 2022 or whether the fees have created any unintended consequences in the availability of opioid medications for the treatment of chronic or intractable pain, to the extent the board has the ability to identify a correlation. The board shall provide the report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters, which may report out legislation based upon the report. The reports must be submitted annually by March 1st.

Amendment S-321
This amendment exempts from the opioid medication fee a manufacturer of opioid medications exclusively for use in veterinary medicine.

LD 793 Amendment S-320 fiscal note
LD 793 Amendment S-321 fiscal note
LD 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019. People's veto petition certified to appear on March 3, 2020 ballot: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
LD 798
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules and requires the Department of Education to adopt rules allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as an appropriate medical professional provides a statement that the medical professional has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

Amendment H-120
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This amendment, which is the majority report, removes those exemptions effective September 1, 2021.

Current law relating to enrollment in any public or private elementary or secondary school provides that the superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires the parent or child to provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

Current law relating to immunization of students enrolled in any public or private postsecondary school provides that a chief administrative officer may not permit a student to be enrolled in or to attend a school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires that the parent or the student provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.The amendment keeps the directive in the unallocated section of the bill to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules.

The amendment places in statute the directive in the unallocated section of the bill allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant provides a statement that the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

The amendment also requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report, by January 1st of each odd-numbered year, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters concerning any new developments in the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness. The joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters are each authorized to submit a bill during the legislative session in which the report was submitted.

LD 798 Chaptered Law
LD 798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 799 An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-558, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 799
This bill amends the nursing education loan repayment program as follows:
  • 1. It extends eligibility to apply to individuals who are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs;
  • 2. It specifies that applicants must indicate an intention to work as full-time nursing faculty in a nursing education program in the State, and increases the required commitment from 3 to 5 years after acceptance into the nursing education loan repayment program;
  • 3. It increases the maximum amount of loans eligible for repayment under the program from $4,500 to $30,000 for a master's degree, and from $6,000 to $60,000 for a doctoral degree.


Amendment H-558
This amendment replaces the bill and creates a new loan repayment program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the lesser of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient's outstanding loan balance. The amendment establishes a fund for the program, sets parameters for the administration of the program and establishes an advisory committee to guide the work of the Finance Authority of Maine in administering the program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 799 Amendment H-558 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.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 837 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 837
This bill provides an additional $30,000 homestead property tax exemption, for a total exemption of $50,000, for persons who are 75 years of age or older and claimed the homestead as a permanent residence for 10 or more years. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities 100% of the revenue lost as a result of the increased exemption for persons 75 years of age or older.

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

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

LD 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 964 Resolve, To Study Housing Options for Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 964
This resolve establishes the Study Commission to Assess Housing Needs of Persons with Mental Health Challenges and Substance Use Disorder and requires the study commission to assess the housing needs of persons who are living with mental health challenges and who have substance use disorder, with a focus on the needs of such individuals located in rural Maine. The study commission is required to explore methods of expanding the options and availability of housing for such individuals, including options that support the unique housing needs of such individuals, and report its findings and recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 982 Resolve, To Expand the Use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at Farmers' Markets Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-427, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 982
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to amend the rules regarding the use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at farmers' markets by expanding the program from seasonal to include all 12 months of the calendar year and by expanding the scope of food products that may be purchased through the program at a farmers' market from only fresh fruits and vegetables to all food products allowed to be purchased through the program in general.

Amendment H-427
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 982 Chaptered Law
LD 982 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1007 An Act To Expand and Enhance Maine's Behavioral Health Direct Care Workforce Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-499, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1007
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to expand and enhance the State's behavioral health direct care workforce, including, but not limited to, community-based mental health rehabilitation technicians, direct support professionals and behavioral health professionals.

Amendment H-499
This amendment replaces the concept draft. It changes the educational requirements for behavioral health professionals providing children's home and community-based treatment to replace the requirement for a bachelor's degree to a minimum of 60 credit hours in a related field, 90 credit hours in an unrelated field combined with a plan for supervision and training or a high school diploma or equivalent with 3 years of experience working in the field combined with a plan for supervision and training. The educational requirements do not change the required behavioral health professional training or the prescribed time frames for that training. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend or establish contracts for training behavioral health professionals to train any additional individuals within existing resources, and authorizes the department to opt to charge individuals or their employers fees for training.

LD 1007 Amendment H-499 fiscal note

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


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

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LD 1032 An Act To Ensure Sufficient Representation of Adults Receiving Mental Health Services on Local Councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1032
This bill amends the laws governing the membership of local councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine. It requires that at least 33% of the membership of a local council that consists of 6 or fewer members and at least 40% of the membership of a local council that consists of 7 or more members must consist of adults receiving mental health services.

LD 1044 An Act To Advance Children's Cancer Research in Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-441, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1044
This bill creates the option for an individual to make a donation upon vehicle registration or renewal in support of children's cancer research and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund for collection of the donations. All donations are transferred quarterly to an entity determined by the Secretary of State and must be used exclusively for children's cancer research.

Amendment H-441
This amendment replaces the bill and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services to support children's cancer research. Amounts available in the fund must be used to provide grants and other funding to support children's cancer research provided by research facilities in Maine that operate children's cancer programs. The amendment also requires the inclusion of a check-off provision on Maine income tax forms for taxpayers who wish to contribute to the fund. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1129 An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-346, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1129
This bill clarifies the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act by:
  • 1. Standardizing the term "caregiver retail store" by creating a definition of the term and replacing other variations of "retail store" in the Act with "caregiver retail store"; and
  • 2. Defining "municipal approval" in the provisions regarding marijuana for medical use caregiver retail stores, dispensaries and facilities operating before the effective date of the Act as a specific examination and approval of the underlying use of the store, dispensary or facility, including a conditional use approval, site plan approval or issuance of a marijuana-specific business license and not including the issuance of a building, electrical or other similar permit that does not address the use of the structure or facility for which the permit was issued.


Amendment H-346
This bill, which is the unanimous report of the committee, provides a different definition of "caregiver retail store" and clarifies the provisions regarding municipal approval of caregiver retail stores, registered dispensaries, marijuana testing facilities and manufacturing facilities.

LD 1129 Chaptered Law
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LD 1137 An Act To Clarify the Background Check Process for Certain Child Care Workers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1137
This bill removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services, Background Check Center be used to screen prospective employees of child care facilities and family child care providers. Instead, this bill allows the criminal background check used for new and continuing school employees to fulfill the state and federal requirements for a mandatory criminal background check for a person who provides child care in a child care facility, a family child care provider and 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.

LD 1170 An Act To Raise the Floor of State Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1170
This bill changes the formula for determining the minimum state allocation for a school administrative unit to be the unit's total cost of education, as adjusted, multiplied by 15% or the unit's special education costs, as adjusted, whichever is greater. This bill also guarantees a member municipality a minimum state contribution of 15% of the municipality's total cost of education, as adjusted, and requires the funds to be paid to the school administrative unit and deducted from the municipality's required contribution.

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1228 Resolve, Requiring the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop More Comprehensible MaineCare Benefit Letters Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-367, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1228
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to create a new limited benefit MaineCare card for individuals who qualify for the Medicare Savings Program, also known as the Medicare Buy-in Program. The department must issue the card to qualified individuals for use at pharmacies and providers of medical, behavioral health and other services. The department must assess the ease of use of the card to cardholders and providers of services and submit a report regarding the limited benefit MaineCare card to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

Amendment H-367
This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to examine the letters the department sends notifying individuals of their eligibility for MaineCare and the Medicare savings program, also known as the Medicare buy-in program, and make changes to the letters to ensure the format and language of the letters are as user-friendly and comprehensible as possible. The department shall investigate the possibility of a letter that includes a tear-off or cut-out section for use as proof of eligibility for persons eligible for the Medicare savings program to carry if they do not otherwise receive a card from the department for this purpose. Any changes must be made within existing resources. The department shall report any changes to the letters and cards to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by February 1, 2021.

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LD 1247 Resolve, To Clarify the Good Cause and Sanction Process in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-408, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1247
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to include a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program participant's attendance at the medical and mental health appointments of the participant's children as a life management skill and job readiness activity.

Amendment H-408
This amendment replaces the resolve and changes the title. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to establish a process for a participant in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who fails to comply with a program requirement with an opportunity to claim good cause and receive a determination from the department in response to that claim.

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LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1261
This bill allows a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed as such in this State to perform abortions, in addition to a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician.

LD 1261 Chaptered Law
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LD 1263 An Act Regarding Telehealth Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-176, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1263
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It provides immunity from liability to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services through telehealth in the same manner as immunity is provided to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services in person.
  • 2. It requires carriers that offer health plans in this State to provide coverage for health care services provided through telehealth services in the same manner as coverage is provided for services provided in person and sets forth certain standards for coverage of telehealth services.
  • 3. It clarifies that carriers may apply prior approval and credentialing requirements for providers for services provided through telehealth services only if the requirements are the same as are applied for services provided in person.
  • 4. It makes the bill's provisions apply to health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.


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


LD 1263 Chaptered Law
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LD 1288 An Act To Establish a MaineCare Reimbursement Rate Review Process and the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1288
This bill establishes a process by which the Department of Health and Human Services maintains a schedule of MaineCare program reimbursement rate reviews in which each rate is reviewed at least every 5 years. Under this process, the department reviews a rate for access, service, quality and use of service and compares the rate reimbursed with available benchmarks, including Medicare rates and usual and customary rates paid by private parties, and uses qualitative tools to assess whether reimbursements are sufficient to allow for provider retention and recipient access and to support appropriate reimbursement of high-value services. The department is required to provide a report of its review to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, the MaineCare Independent Rate Commission, a 24-member group of interested parties providing oversight of the rate review process, and stakeholders. After holding public meetings and consulting stakeholders and stakeholder groups and consultation with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of the Budget, the department makes recommendations on the MaineCare reimbursement rates to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs to assist in developing the department's budget.

LD 1297 An Act To Reduce Youth Cancer Risk Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-293, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1297
This bill:
  • 1. Prohibits a tanning facility from allowing an individual who has not attained 18 years of age to use a tanning device;
  • 2. Requires that the owner of a tanning facility or the lessee of a tanning device post a conspicuous notice regarding the laws governing tanning and the health risks associated with tanning;
  • 3. Requires that each customer, prior to that customers first use in that calendar year of that tanning device, sign an acknowledgment that the customer understands the posted notice and agrees to use protective eyewear; and
  • 4. Authorizes municipalities to adopt more restrictive regulations than required in this bill.


Amendment H-293
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, specifies that a violation of the section on tanning facilities is subject only to civil penalties. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules to implement the law and otherwise regulate tanning facilities and directs the department to amend its rules in 10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 223 to be consistent with the law.

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


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

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

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

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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

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LD 1450 Resolve, To Mitigate the Increasing Waiting List for Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1450
This resolve establishes a 2-year pilot project to provide housing to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder who are on the waiting list for home and community-based benefits provided under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 21. The pilot project must be modeled on a program operated in the Town of Kittery by A House for ME and must provide housing to 2 to 3 residents in each home and, with the assistance of community volunteers, assist those residents in becoming active, contributing members of the community.

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

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

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1460 An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1460
This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.

LD 1497 An Act To Recognize High-performing, Efficient School Districts with Regard to the System Administration Allocation (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1497
Under current law, for the 2019-20 fiscal year, a system administration allocation of $141 per pupil is established, with $47 being allocated to each school administrative unit and an additional $94 being allocated as a targeted amount to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

This bill maintains the $141 allocation for fiscal year 2019-20, but provides $94 to each school administrative unit and an additional $47 to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services and to those school administrative units that have been identified as high-performing, efficient school administrative units.

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

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

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

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


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

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LD 1562 An Act To Encourage the Use of Renewable Energy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1562
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Renewable Energy Program to promote the achievement of the following goal: that, by January 1, 2050, 100% of the energy consumed in this State will be supplied by renewable resources;
  • 2. Directs that, no later than January 1, 2030, all electricity purchased by state agencies must be supplied by renewable resources and that, no later than January 1, 2050, all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in state-owned or state-leased buildings must be electrical and the electricity must be supplied by renewable resources; and
  • 3. Directs that, no later than January 1, 2050, all vehicles acquired for the state vehicle fleet must be electric vehicles.


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.

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LD 1582 An Act Relating to Surgical Technologists and the Practice of Surgical Technology Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1582
Surgical technologists are individuals with specialized education who function as members of a surgical team by providing support during every phase of a surgical case. This bill requires health care facilities to employ or contract with only certified surgical technologists for this function. A surgical technologist who is not certified, but who is practicing surgical technology on the effective date of this legislation, may continue in that employment after the effective date. After the effective date, a health care facility may hire a noncertified surgical technologist who is a recent graduate, but the individual is required to obtain certification within 6 months of graduation in order to remain employed. Further, a critical access hospital may employ a noncertified surgical technologist if that facility is unable to recruit certified personnel and maintains a record detailing its recruitment efforts. All employed surgical technologists, regardless of certification status, must meet stated continuing education requirements. Nothing in the bill prohibits a licensed practitioner from performing surgical technology duties that fall within the scope of that person's license.

LD 1595 An Act To Enhance the Child Welfare Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1595
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the ombudsman program that provides ombudsman services to the children and families of the State regarding child welfare services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1. It provides that the program is an independent program operated as a nonprofit organization to provide investigative, oversight and advocacy services on a statewide basis.
  • 2. It requires the program to provide oversight of child welfare practice and policy to ensure the rights and safety of children and their families.
  • 3. It specifies staffing for the program.
  • 4. It provides that the Governor appoints the ombudsman, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and to confirmation by the Legislature.
  • 5. It provides that the ombudsman serves a 7-year term of office.
  • 6. It requires the ombudsman to submit the ombudsman's budget recommendations, using a format prescribed by the State Budget Officer, as part of the unified current services budget legislation.
  • 7. It provides full-time program employees access to health insurance benefits provided to state employees and retirement benefits provided to state employees.
  • 8. It requires the program to provide services directly to individuals and families and authorizes the program to provide systemwide comment to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
  • 9. It requires the department to inform the ombudsman of any statewide policy or practice changes in child welfare before they take effect.
  • 10. It allows the ombudsman to participate in trainings, studies or policy development activities conducted by the department.
  • 11. It requires the ombudsman to be available to provide information about child welfare issues on a statewide basis to individuals and entities outside the department.
  • 12. It authorizes the ombudsman to disclose confidential information, records or case-specific reports to a joint standing committee, joint select committee or oversight committee of the Legislature meeting in executive session.


LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1630 Resolve, To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1630
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to set the weekly MaineCare reimbursement rate paid to outpatient opioid treatment providers at $110 per week, or at a higher rate if the department determines a higher rate is justified.

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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