Representative Peter Lyford [Republican]
Eddington ~ District 129
Towns in District: EddingtonWould be term limited: 2022
♦ Environment and Natural Resources
✉ 197 Jarvis Gore Drive
Eddington, Maine 04428
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||8%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||2 of 8|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||2 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%|
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|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|
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 26||An Act To Provide Complimentary Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Retired Game Wardens with 25 Years of Service||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019|
This bill allows a retired game warden with 25 years of service to receive a complimentary lifetime license to hunt, trap and fish.
|LD 27||An Act To Allow the Use of a Crossbow for a Limited Duration during the Archery Season on Deer and the Fall Season on Wild Turkey||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-147, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019|
This bill allows crossbows to be used during the regular archery-only deer hunting season.
This amendment replaces the bill and the title. For a period of 3 years, beginning in 2020, it allows a person, in accordance with rules adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, to hunt deer with a crossbow during the open archery season on deer and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey. It specifies that a person using a crossbow during the open archery season may not harvest an antlerless deer unless that person possesses an antlerless deer permit. It also clarifies that, outside of this limited time period, the use of a crossbow to hunt wild turkey is allowed only during the spring open season on hunting wild turkey. Lastly, it requires the commissioner to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters that includes a recommendation on whether to continue to permit the use of a crossbow during the regular archery season and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey and whether the commissioner allowed the use of a crossbow during a special archery season on deer and, if so, whether the use should continue to be permitted. The committee may report out a bill based on the report.
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|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|
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 79||An Act To Protect Shooting Ranges||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019|
This bill allows the discharge of a firearm on a sport shooting range that is within 100 yards of a building if the sport shooting range was established and in regular operation prior to the erection of the building.
LD 79 Chaptered Law
LD 79 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 83||An Act To Amend the Law Regarding Resale by a Motor Vehicle Dealer To Permit the Dealer To Use a Copy of a Certificate of Title||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, February 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill allows a dealer selling a motor vehicle to use a copy of the valid certificate of title instead of the original valid certificate of title.
|LD 85||An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption and an Income Tax Deduction for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-59, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for the purchase of firearm safety devices and an income tax deduction of up to $250 for the purchase of a safe or lockbox for securing firearms.
This amendment strikes the bill and instead establishes a sales tax exemption for a safe, lockbox, trigger lock or barrel lock that is specifically designed for securing firearms.
LD 85 Amendment H-59 fiscal note
|LD 221||An Act To Reduce the Cost of Automobile Repairs by Eliminating the Aftermarket Catalytic Converter Requirement||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill amends the Board of Environmental Protection's authority to adopt and enforce new motor vehicle emission standards by prohibiting the adoption of standards requiring that new aftermarket catalytic converters sold or installed in the State be certified to any standards adopted by the State of California or the California Air Resources Board. The bill also requires the Department of Environmental Protection, as soon as practicable, to amend its rule Chapter 127 relating to new motor vehicle emission standards in accordance with this statutory prohibition.
|LD 223||An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019|
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.
|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|
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 490||An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the Authority To Change the Opening Dates of Trapping Seasons Based on Weather Conditions||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-9, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change a trapping season opening date if weather conditions make that change necessary.
This amendment replaces the bill. It gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to extend any open trapping season on any game species for up to 21 days if the commissioner has concerns about weather conditions or other unforeseen factors that may prevent publicly derived management goals from being met as long as the decision is based on sound scientific wildlife management principles.
LD 490 Chaptered Law
LD 490 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 533||An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019|
This bill removes the requirements that a person retreat if it is safe to do so and if the person can comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform. The bill also permits the use of deadly force to prevent death or serious bodily injury in self-defense, in defense of a 3rd person, in defense of a dwelling or to prevent the forcible commission of a kidnapping, a robbery or a gross sexual assault.
|LD 570||An Act To Create an Airplane Mechanic Education Program||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to develop a program to train and educate individuals for a career in aircraft mechanics and maintenance.
|LD 575||An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit and the Amount Retained by Bottle Redemption Centers||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
|LD 586||An Act Regarding the Department of Transportation's Use of Sediment Erosion Control Systems||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to specify whether a biodegradable or nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control system will be used for a project by the department and requires that nonbiodegradable sediment erosion control systems be removed with 90 days of a project's completion.
|LD 617||An Act To Increase to 3 the Number of Youth Deer Hunting Days||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 2 additional youth deer hunting days, the Monday and Tuesday following the last Saturday of the regular firearms season on deer, to the current youth deer hunting day, which occurs on the Saturday preceding the residents-only Saturday of the regular deer hunting season.
|LD 623||An Act To Amend the Charter of the City of Brewer High School District||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-71, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019|
This bill amends the charter of the City of Brewer High School District to provide that each trustee of the district receives annual compensation as determined by the city council and to provide that the president, treasurer and clerk receive additional annual compensation as determined by the city council. Currently, the district charter provides that only the treasurer receives compensation.
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and clause to allow this legislation to become effective prior to the start of the City of Brewer's fiscal year 2019-20. The amendment clarifies that each City of Brewer High School District trustee receives the same amount of compensation and removes the provision in the bill regarding additional compensation for the president, treasurer and clerk.
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|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|
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.
LD 713 Chaptered Law
LD 713 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 844||An Act To Prohibit Driverless Commercial Vehicles||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle that does not have a driver in the vehicle.
|LD 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|
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 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|
This bill expands the restrictions on where marijuana may be smoked to include:
|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|
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.
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
LD 1147 Chaptered Law 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|
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 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|
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.
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.
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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|
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 1522||An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Orders of Abandonment for Residential Properties in Foreclosure||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill allows a condominium association to act as a party in interest in a judicial foreclosure action to present evidence of abandonment of mortgaged premises and file a motion to determine that the premises are abandoned. This bill also requires a plaintiff prevailing in a foreclosure action against premises that include dwelling units occupied by tenants to pay any rent received from those tenants, after deducting reasonable costs for acting as the landlord, to a condominium association that is a party in interest.