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Representative Paul Stearns [Republican]
Guilford ~ District 119

Towns in District: Abbot, Barnard Township, Beaver Cove, Blanchard Township, Bowerbank, Elliottsville Township, Greenville, Guilford, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec, Shirley, Willimantic, Greenville Junction, Northeast Piscataquis and Northwest Piscataquis

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Ranking Republican)

✉ Paul.Stearns@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 33 Applebee Hill Road
Guilford, Maine 04443


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters18%
Maine People's Alliance, 201833%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201730%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 55 An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 55
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.

LD 56 An Act To Ban the Use of Personal Watercraft on Lower Wilson Pond and Upper Wilson Pond Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 56
This bill prohibits the use of personal watercraft on Lower Wilson Pond in the Town of Greenville and Upper Wilson Pond in the Town of Greenville and Bowdoin College Grant West Township.

LD 229 An Act To Increase the Safety of Home Buyers Concerning Chimney Inspections Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-44, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 229
This bill requires that, in conveyances of residential real property, if the chimneys and vents of the property have not been inspected, the seller's disclosure to the buyer must state that the seller is making no representation as to the inspection or safety of the chimneys or vents and any inspector commissioned by the buyer must provide the buyer with a report stating that the inspection does not include the condition or safety of chimneys or vents on the property.

Amendment H-44
The bill amends the laws concerning disclosures about residential real property when it is transferred to include information about chimneys and vents on the property, if they have not been inspected. This amendment replaces the bill to require that the residential real property disclosure include the date of the most recent inspection of the chimneys and vents for the system or source that is used to supply heat to the property. The amendment does not impose any inspection requirements.

LD 229 Chaptered Law
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LD 236 An Act Regarding the Use of Unanticipated State Aid for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 236
This bill requires the warrant presented to the legislative body of the regional school unit to include an article describing how unanticipated school aid will be used. In cases where the adjustment prevents the regional school unit board from raising 100% of the required local share, the Commissioner of Education must waive the required proration of the state share.

LD 672 An Act To Allow Local Flexibility in Teacher Assignment To Enhance Student Achievement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 672
This bill allows a holder of a professional teacher certificate to teach no more than 20% of the teacher's teaching assignment outside the teacher's area of endorsement. It also requires a superintendent to notify and provide certain details to the Commissioner of Education when a teacher is assigned to teach outside the teacher's area of endorsement.

LD 979 An Act To Provide Consistent Data Regarding Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 979
This bill directs the Commissioner of Education to annually post on the Department of Education's publicly accessible website statewide historical financial data on education funding for a period of no less than 10 years.

LD 1147 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Registration Fees for All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-184, Finally passed, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1147
This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent. It also increases all-terrain vehicle registration fees by $12, which must be transferred to the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-184
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to review, in consultation with interested parties, the current registration fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to consider alternatives to the current fee structure and the potential effects on revenue that these alternatives may have. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife detailing the alternatives considered and any recommendations. It gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the commissioner's report.

LD 1147 Chaptered Law
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LD 1220 An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-566, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1220
This bill amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees and retired teachers who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways.
  • 1. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator beyond the current 5-year limit.
  • 2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the retired state employee or retired teacher is filling.
  • 3. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator to receive full retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as offered for the position to be filled and suspends the provisions of retiree health, dental and life insurance benefits for retired state employees or retired teachers during the period of reemployment.
  • 4. It retains the current provisions that a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service or change the retired state employee's or retired teacher's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes.
  • 5. It requires full employee and employer contributions to the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for retiree health care based upon the retired state employee's or retired teacher's compensation.


Amendment H-566
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. It amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees, retired teachers and retired school administrators who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways.
  • 1. It removes the 5-year limit on a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service.
  • 2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the retired state employee or retired teacher is filling.
  • 3. It allows a retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator who returns to service to receive retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as negotiated by the retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator or as required under collective bargaining agreements.
  • 4. It requires that the portions of the employer and employee contributions that go to pay the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for health care must be continued at the same contribution rate of the employer and employee as is required for the position as if the position were filled by an employee who is not a retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator. A retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service during the reemployment period or change the retired state employee's, retired teacher's or retired school administrator's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes.


LD 1220 Amendment H-566 fiscal note
LD 1481 An Act To Establish the Big Moose Mountain Regional Development Authority (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1481
This bill establishes the Big Moose Mountain Regional Development Authority to carry out the State's public-interest objectives related to the ski area and resort and other related recreational facilities on Big Moose Mountain and to create economic development benefits in the area of Big Moose Mountain.

LD 1799 Resolve, Authorizing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Convey Certain Land in the Little Moose Unit of Moosehead Junction Township Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1799
This resolve authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to convey 0.23 acre of land in Little Moose Unit, Moosehead Junction Township to an abutter, Charles Benevento, to resolve a boundary issue.

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

LD 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 33 An Act To Establish a Thanksgiving Youth Turkey Hunting Season Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-68, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 33
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a special youth hunting season from the Monday prior to Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day during which youth hunters with a valid junior hunting license may harvest one wild turkey.

Amendment H-68
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to consider establishing a special youth turkey hunting day during the fall season, which the commissioner has statutory authority to do.

LD 33 Chaptered Law
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LD 95 An Act To Clarify Residency Requirements for Legislative Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 2, 2019
LD 95
This bill clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent on the date of the candidate's nomination for placement on a primary, general or special election ballot. The bill also clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent for the 3 months immediately preceding the general election and, if the candidate is elected, throughout the candidate's term of office.

LD 108 An Act To Protect Historic Places and Structures on the Federal Aid Highway System Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 108
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act when performing construction or maintenance on a federal aid highway that involves or affects a structure or place listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

LD 160 An Act To Add Instruction in Personal Finance to the Statewide System of Learning Results Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 160
This bill requires the Department of Education to add instruction in personal finance to the statewide system of learning results and to adopt rules accordingly.

LD 225 An Act Regarding Transportation Management Software and School Bus Replacement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 4, 2019
LD 225
This bill establishes in statute the criteria for the replacement of conventional and transit-style school buses through the Department of Education and prohibits the department from requiring a school administrative unit to use a specific brand of routing and transportation management software.

LD 237 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Coaching Services for Existing and New Prekindergarten Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 237
This bill provides ongoing funds for coaching services to provide teaching support for new and existing prekindergarten programs throughout the State.

LD 337 An Act To Start a Spring Bear Hunting Season Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 337
This bill amends the law on open and closed seasons on bear to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a spring bear hunting season.

LD 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 375
This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

Amendment H-60
This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

LD 375 Chaptered Law
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LD 386 An Act To Establish a Comprehensive Wildlife Biology Internship Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 386
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a paid internship program in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order to provide beginning wildlife biologists with a diversity of opportunities to increase their experience and make them more versatile and more likely to pursue careers in the State.

The program must:

  • 1. Employ a competitive process to choose interns;
  • 2. Offer a paid internship to each chosen participant for a period of no less than 2 years;
  • 3. Include various fields of study in incremental blocks over the course of the internship; and
  • 4. Be offered to no fewer than 3 interns per year.

It is intended that funding for this program would come, in part, from the consolidation of seasonal and other part-time positions in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the duties of which can be performed by interns participating in the program.

LD 629 An Act To Ensure a Seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council Is Held by a Person with a Background and Credentials in a Field of Marine Science Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 629
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to ensure that a seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council is held by a member who has a demonstrated knowledge of a marine science and, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a field of marine science.

LD 649 An Act To Enhance Collaboration among State Agencies To Improve Landowner Relations Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 649
This bill directs all state agencies and in particular the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to implement the landowner relations program. This bill directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to organize the collaboration to distribute as evenly as practicable the burden experienced by the various agencies arising from the public use of private lands.

LD 650 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Landowner Relations Program Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 650
This bill provides ongoing funding for 5 additional Deputy Game Warden positions and associated costs in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 651 Resolve, To Facilitate School Access to Federal Title I Funds and Improve the Delivery of Special Education Services Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-154, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 651
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing special education.
  • 1. It adds 4 provisions to the laws regarding nontraditional limited purpose schools that were part of Department of Education rule Chapter 250 which has been repealed.
  • 2. It adds response to intervention systems to the minimum requirements for basic school approval to ensure an all-encompassing, tiered system of support for general and special education students. It also clarifies that rules regarding those requirements are major substantive rules.
  • 3. It facilitates collaboration between general education and special education, including a clarification that the Department of Education is required to facilitate a process to help schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to federal Title I funds.
  • 4. It promotes dual certification programs by the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
  • 5. It requires recodification of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 4, subpart 1, concerning special education, by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
  • 6. It requires a review of the purpose of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula and whether it is accomplishing this purpose and how to increase equity among all school administrative units.
  • 7. It requires a review and improvement of MaineCare billing systems and procedures through a pilot program through the Department of Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.


Amendment H-154
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 1, 2020 on progress, including recommendations and suggested legislation, on the following:
  • 1. Enhancement of response to intervention to become an all-encompassing multitiered system of support in all school administrative units and removing the regulations on general education interventions from Department of Education rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty and amending rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to include regulations on general education interventions;
  • 2. Facilitation of the process by which schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
  • 3. Increased use of dual certification programs for general education and special education certifications;
  • 4. Review of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula; and
  • 5. Improvement of regional programs that facilitate MaineCare billing for medically necessary services for schools.
The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement any recommendations in the report.

LD 651 Chaptered Law
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LD 654 An Act Regarding Instruction in Civics in Secondary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 654
This bill clarifies that instruction in civics is part of the comprehensive program of instruction in secondary schools and also adds civics to the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements in the system of learning results.

LD 695 An Act To Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 695
Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill prohibits fishing in inland waters using nonbiodegradable hooks or certain nonbiodegradable artificial lures. A person who violates this prohibition commits a Class E crime.

LD 713 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Endangered Species Laws Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-275, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 713
This bill gives a law enforcement officer discretion in issuing a warning to a first-time violator of the State's laws prohibiting negligently feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species or feeding, baiting or harassing a delisted species. It removes the requirement that a law enforcement officer must issue a warning to a first-time violator of the law prohibiting intentionally feeding, baiting or harassing an endangered or threatened species.

It increases from Class E crimes to Class D crimes negligently importing, exporting, hunting, taking, trapping, possessing, processing, selling, offering for sale, delivering, carrying, transporting, shipping, feeding, baiting or harassing endangered or threatened species. It also increases from Class D crimes to Class C crimes intentionally engaging in any of those acts with endangered, threatened and delisted species.

Amendment H-275
This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

  • 1. Provides that for conviction of certain Class E crimes of negligence related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $1,000 must be adjudged;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of negligently feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 3. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional acts related to endangered or threatened species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 4. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally feeding, setting bait for or harassing any endangered or threatened species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning;
  • 5. Provides that for conviction of certain Class D crimes involving intentional conduct related to a delisted species, the maximum allowable fine of $2,000 must be adjudged;
  • 6. Removes the requirement that, for a first-time offense of intentionally harassing a delisted species, a law enforcement officer must issue a warning; and
  • 7. Removes the prohibition on intentionally feeding or setting bait for a delisted species.


LD 713 Chaptered Law
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LD 727 An Act Concerning Funding of Alternative Organizational Structures Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 727
This bill requires alternative organizational structures, a type of school administrative unit, to be funded at the same level as school management and leadership centers.

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

LD 865 An Act To Provide Funding for Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-273, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 865
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the funding sources of the controlled moose hunt season in the State.

Amendment H-273
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and changes the title. It allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to accept monetary donations to support hunting opportunities for disabled veterans. It requires the commissioner to transfer those donations to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to be deposited into the Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Fund, a nonlapsing fund to be used for the purpose of making funds available to organizations that provide disabled veterans with hunting opportunities. The fund may also receive any other monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 865 Chaptered Law
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LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 932 An Act Regarding the Transfer of a Deceased Person's Moose Permit to a Family Member (By request) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-185, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 932
This bill specifies that if a person who is issued a moose permit dies prior to the start of the moose hunting season, that person's subpermittee-designate or subpermittee, if an immediate family member, must be issued that person's moose permit. The new moose permit holder under this provision has the ability to name a subpermittee-designate and alternate subpermittee-designate.

Amendment H-185
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to transfer a moose permit to a family member who meets eligibility and permit requirements and who is not otherwise prohibited from holding the moose permit if the permit holder dies at any time prior to or during the moose hunting season if a moose has not yet been harvested under that permit.

LD 932 Chaptered Law
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LD 939 An Act Regarding the Regulation of Rabbit Production for Local Consumption Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-88, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 939
This bill permits a rabbit producer to sell whole rabbit carcasses without inspection at the farm on which the rabbits were raised, at farmers' markets, by delivery to consumers' homes, to members of community supported agriculture farms with which the rabbit producer has a direct marketing relationship, to locally owned grocery stores and to locally owned restaurants as long as the rabbit producer slaughters fewer than 1,000 rabbits annually and the rabbit producer is registered.

Amendment H-88
This amendment provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish requirements for the physical facilities and sanitary processes used by rabbit producers whose rabbit products are exempt from inspection are routine technical rules rather than major substantive rules as in the bill.

LD 939 Chaptered Law
LD 939 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 965 An Act To Restrict Cell Phone Use by Students While in School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 965
This bill requires the Department of Education to adopt major substantive rules restricting the use of cellular telephones by students.

LD 1013 An Act To Clarify the Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits of a Person Who Is Terminated from Employment for Being Under the Influence of Marijuana Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1013
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.

Amendment S-71
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that includes being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work, which is the same provision as using illegal drugs, and instead includes marijuana in the current disqualification from unemployment benefits for an individual whose employment is terminated because of intoxication while on duty or when reporting to work or engaging in unauthorized use of alcohol while on duty.

LD 1013 Chaptered Law
LD 1013 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1081 An Act To Impose Further Restrictions on where Marijuana May Be Smoked Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1081
This bill expands the restrictions on where marijuana may be smoked to include:
  • 1. Areas in which tobacco smoking is prohibited;
  • 2. In a private residence or on private property when a person under 18 years of age is present; and
  • 3. In a vehicle in which a person under 18 years of age is present.


LD 1118 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Rule-making Authority To Establish a Bear Season Framework and Bag Limits Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1118
This bill allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish bear hunting and trapping season dates by rule. It reduces the cost of a resident bear hunting permit and a resident bear trapping permit from $27 to $10, and it also repeals the 2-bear limit in statute and instead refers to the bag limit set in rule.

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 1182 An Act To Improve School Safety by Requiring Law Enforcement Visits Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1182
This bill requires that a public school be visited at least 2 times per week by a law enforcement officer from the State Police, a county sheriff's office or a municipal law enforcement agency when that public school is in session. Visits by law enforcement officers must be unannounced and occur at varying times of the day and week at each public school. The county sheriff's office is responsible for coordinating these visits.

LD 1267 An Act To Allow the Awarding of Graduation Credits by Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1267
This bill allows career and technical education centers and regions to award credit toward graduation requirements for courses and programs that are approved by the Commissioner of Education. The commissioner is required to establish the credit to be awarded and the content area toward which the school administrative unit must apply the credit. Finally, the commissioner must adopt routine technical rules that develop a procedure for career and technical education centers and regions to submit courses and programs for approval and criteria in each content area that the course or program must meet to be approved.

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 1350 An Act To Improve Rural Health Care Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-259, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1350
This bill provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee are not included in federal adjusted gross income for Maine income tax purposes. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II and Chapter III regarding reimbursement to rural and nonrural hospitals, acute care critical access hospitals and rural health clinics.

Amendment S-259
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the reimbursement for acute care critical access hospitals to 100% for all hospital-based physician costs rather than facility and physician costs.
  • 2. It clarifies that rural health clinics are paid under an alternative payment methodology option that is the same as the current system except for rebasing costs to 2016 and 2017 costs as long as the rural health clinics are not paid less than the current reimbursement rate.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than January 1, 2020. Rulemaking must be completed by the department within 180 days of receiving federal approval.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify that taxpayers cannot claim a double benefit for educational opportunity tax credits.
  • 5. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


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LD 1382 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Develop a State Plan for Computer Science Instruction and Professional Development Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-522, Finally passed, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1382
This bill provides the necessary resources and support for kindergarten to grade 12 schools to adopt computer science into their courses and curriculums. The bill establishes a grant program for computer science professional development, including costs of transportation, mentoring and coaching. The bill also requires the Department of Education to develop a statewide plan as well as computer science standards for kindergarten to grade 12 schools. The bill creates a full-time Regional Education Representative position in the Department of Education to support the creation and implementation of the plan and the standards. The bill establishes a grant program for computer devices and instructional materials to provide the tools necessary for schools to implement computer science courses and content. The bill also establishes a computer science teacher certification program for students who are majoring in education in the University of Maine System. Finally, the bill authorizes the Department of Education to adopt rules as necessary to implement the provisions of the bill.

Amendment H-522
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to study and develop a plan for implementing computer science instruction in schools and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs that includes an overview of how computer science courses and curricula are being implemented in schools in the State; a state plan for instruction in computer science in public preschool to grade 12, including the development of standards and clarification on how instruction in computer science may be applied toward graduation requirements, that provides equitable access to computer science instruction across the State and provides for instruction in computer science in all high schools by 2022 and in all grades by 2025; a professional development plan for educators that includes training in computer science and a component that includes peer-to-peer training in computer science; and an estimate of the funding levels necessary to implement the plans set out in the report.

The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1382 Chaptered Law
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LD 1425 An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Department of Education by Prohibiting Its Promotion of Policies and Practices That Are Not Based on Rigorous Peer Review and Analysis, Limiting Acceptance of Private Funding in Implementing and Influencing State Policy and Retaining the Home Rule Powers to School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1425
This bill prohibits the Commissioner of Education and Department of Education personnel from promoting policies, programs, procedures or experiments in schools that do not adhere to rigorous standards of peer review and established statistical procedures for determining the effectiveness in producing clearly identified outcomes and from contracting with and accepting funding from private entities to implement state policies. This bill also directs the commissioner to withdraw from the New England Secondary School Consortium and prohibits the commissioner from maintaining membership in regional or national groups that are funded by private entities. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with school administrative units and the Maine Municipal Association, to study how to return home rule powers to school administrative units.

LD 1433 An Act To Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-362, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1433
This bill amends the laws regarding the reduction of toxics in packaging to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which phthalates have been intentionally introduced, effective January 1, 2022. It also authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to by rule prohibit the sale of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been intentionally introduced upon a determination by the department that a safer alternative to the intentionally introduced PFAS is available, except that such prohibition may not take effect until January 1, 2022 or 2 years following the department's determination that a safer alternative is available, whichever is later.

The bill provides an exemption from these prohibitions for a manufacturer of a food or beverage product that has annual national sales of all food and beverage products produced by the manufacturer of less than one billion dollars. It also authorizes the department to designate additional chemicals of concern in food packaging; to require manufacturers of food packaging that use such designated chemicals to report regarding its use of the chemical and the availability of safer alternatives; and to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which a designated chemical of concern has been intentionally introduced if safer alternatives are reasonably available, effective and affordable to the consumer.

Amendment H-362
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

  • 1. It clarifies that the sales prohibitions on food packaging containing intentionally introduced perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and phthalates in any amount greater than an incidental presence applies only to sales occurring in the State and clarifies the scope of the exemption to those prohibitions for certain manufacturers of food or beverage products.
  • 2. It provides that any rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection to prohibit the sale of food packaging containing intentionally introduced PFAS is major substantive rulemaking and requires the department to adopt by rule such a prohibition upon a determination that a safer alternative to the use of PFAS in a specific application of PFAS to a food package is available.
  • 3. It removes from the bill the provisions authorizing the department to designate by rule additional chemicals of concern in food packaging and instead enacts a new chapter to regulate the use of additional toxic chemicals in food packaging. That new chapter is modeled after the toxic chemicals in children's products law in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 16-D and incorporates the definitions and criteria from that law into the new chapter, as adapted for application to food packaging.
  • 4. It includes a number of technical changes to the bill as necessary to incorporate the other amendments to the bill described in this summary.


LD 1433 Chaptered Law
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LD 1489 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding the Election of Senators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1489
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to reduce the size of the Senate from no more than 35 members to 32 members as a result of reapportioning to 2 Senators per county. The resolution also requires the redrawing of district lines in 2022. The resolution increases the Senate term from 2 to 4 years.

LD 1551 An Act To Clarify Fishing Laws between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources as They Relate to Striped Bass in Inland Waters Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-308, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1551
This bill eliminates duplicative rulemaking by prohibiting the fishing or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-308
This amendment clarifies the language of the bill but preserves the bill's intent, which is to provide that fishing for or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of striped bass rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources is prohibited and is subject to the applicable penalties for violating the fishing rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 1551 Chaptered Law
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LD 1553 An Act Directing That the Towns Constituting Hospital Administrative District No. 4 Hold a Vote on the Proposed Merger with Northern Light Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-63, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 25, 2019
LD 1553
This bill requires that, notwithstanding any applicable notice requirements, each of the towns of Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic hold an advisory vote no later than April 30, 2019 on the proposed merger of Hospital Administrative District No. 4 with Northern Light Health. Unless a town's charter otherwise provides, the vote must be taken at a town meeting. The results of the vote in each town must be declared by the municipal officers of the town and transmitted to the board of directors of Hospital Administrative District No. 4.

Amendment S-63
This amendment adds a mandate preamble to the bill. This amendment changes the date for the advisory vote from April 30, 2019 to May 7, 2019. This amendment also corrects the date of the merger agreement.

LD 1553 Chaptered Law
LD 1553 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1579 An Act To Create a Limited Fish Stocking Permit Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-375, Enacted, Signed into law May 10, 2019
LD 1579
This bill allows a municipality to stock with fish an inland water of the municipality, subject to a determination by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Resource Management that the species of fish is appropriate to be stocked in that inland water and to the public notification requirements that apply when the bureau proposes to stock an inland water with fish.

Amendment H-375
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to issue a limited permit to a local government. A limited permit allows a local government to introduce fish only into a great pond within the jurisdiction of the local government that was previously stocked by the department and in which stocking was suspended prior to January 1, 2019 and has not been resumed by the department due to inadequate public access. The permit allows the introduction of only the same species of fish that was stocked at the time the department suspended stocking. The permit allows only the introduction of fish obtained by the local government at its own expense from an in-state commercial facility that meets testing and health guidelines approved by the department. The permit may be issued only if the local government identifies public access to the great pond that is at least suitable for the hand carrying of boats to the water, includes a parking area and has been marked with signage adequate to ensure public awareness of the public access. "Local government" is defined as a municipality or, in the unorganized territory, a county.

LD 1579 Chaptered Law
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LD 1708 An Act To Provide for the Merger of Hospital Administrative District No. 4 into MRH Corp., a Maine Nonprofit, Nonstock Private Corporation (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendemnt H-537 and Senate amendment S-367, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1708
Private and Special Law 1973, chapter 76 created the charter for Hospital Administrative District No. 4, which is served by Mayo Regional Hospital. While the charter allows for the dissolution of the district, it does not provide for the merger.

The effect of this bill is to authorize Mayo Regional Hospital to merge into a new entity known as MRH Corp., a Maine nonprofit, nonstock private corporation that has as its sole member Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and, upon the effective date of the merger, dissolve the district. MRH Corp. is required to continue to serve the health care needs of the communities served by the district.

Amendment H-537
This amendment clarifies that Hospital Administrative District No. 4 is the party to the merger and that the district's quasi-municipal rights, privileges and immunities do not transfer to the new nonprofit corporation created by the merger. It clarifies that upon the merger, Mayo Regional Hospital is no longer a municipally funded hospital under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 2891. It adds reference to the advisory vote of the district inhabitants required by Private and Special Law 2019, chapter 5. It conditions the merger on the assumption by the new corporation of all the obligations and liabilities of the district. It removes the exemption from antitrust laws and stipulates that the merger is subject to the certificate of need process outlined in Title 22, chapter 103-A. It requires the Secretary of State to notify the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government when the articles of merger have been filed with and accepted by the Secretary of State. It requires the joint standing committee, once notified that the articles of merger have been accepted, to introduce legislation to repeal the district charter and remove reference to Mayo Regional Hospital from Maine's tax code.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-367
This amendment strikes and replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1708 Chaptered Law
LD 1708 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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