Representative Rena Newell 
Perry ~ District Passamaquoddy Tribe
Towns in District: Passamaquoddy TribeWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce
✉ P.O. Box 343
Perry, Maine 04667
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|LD 1392||An Act To Establish a Formal Tribal Consultation Process with the State||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires a state agency to develop and implement a policy that:
|LD 31||An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 7, 2019|
This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.
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|LD 179||An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019|
This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.
LD 179 Chaptered Law
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|LD 466||An Act To Create a Diesel Fuel Tax Differential||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019|
This bill imposes an additional 5¢ per gallon fuel tax on diesel fuel and requires that revenue from the tax be used only for construction, reconstruction, maintenance and repair of public highways and bridges. The additional tax is repealed on November 1, 2022. The Commissioner of Transportation is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by March 1, 2022 identifying the amount of revenue collected and the purposes for which the revenue was or will be used. The committee is authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to retain, repeal or amend provisions relating to the diesel fuel tax differential.
|LD 680||An Act To Clarify the Intent of the Federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 To Ensure the Federal Principle of Inherent Tribal Sovereignty||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to clarify the intent of the federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 to ensure the federal principle of inherent tribal sovereignty.
|LD 760||An Act To Prohibit the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from Considering the Criminal Records of Applicants||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill prohibits the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from inquiring about or considering the criminal record of an applicant for admission to any postsecondary educational program.
|LD 766||An Act Regarding the Penobscot Nation's and Passamaquoddy Tribe's Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-648 and House amendment H-655, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
This amendment provides authority for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to extend the jurisdiction of their respective tribal courts over certain criminal offenses committed by an individual, regardless of whether the individual is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. The criminal offenses are domestic violence offenses in the Maine Criminal Code and criminal violation of a protection from abuse order. The criminal offenses are Class D crimes, and the tribe's and nation's jurisdictions are concurrent with the State's jurisdiction for the crimes.
The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary has authority to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature concerning the extension of tribal court jurisdiction to felony domestic violence offenses consistent with the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.
The tribal courts are required to participate in uniform crime reporting by reporting certain information to the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification, and the bureau will share its annual reports with tribal law enforcement agencies.The changes to the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement included in the bill and this amendment do not take effect unless the tribes affected approve of the changes and certify their approval.
This amendment clarifies the application of the expanded jurisdiction.
LD 766 Amendment H-648 fiscal note
LD 766 Amendment H-655 fiscal note
|LD 768||Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019|
This resolve establishes the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations.
|LD 777||An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019|
This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.
This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 825||An Act To Change the Harassment Prevention Training Required for Legislators, Legislative Staff and Lobbyists||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-30, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019|
This bill expands the scope of harassment prevention training required for Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists to include racial harassment.
This amendment clarifies that sexual and racial harassment are some, but not all, of the types of harassment about which Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists must be trained.
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|LD 846||Resolve, To Provide for the Sealing of Records of Convictions for Marijuana-related Violations That Are No Longer Crimes||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to ensure that all criminal conviction records in the possession of the department that relate to the conviction for an offense involving marijuana that is no longer illegal are made confidential and prohibits the dissemination of such records. The department is required to submit a report to the 130th Legislature regarding the progress of the department in meeting the requirements of this legislation.
|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|
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.
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|LD 1005||Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Save Lives and Support People with Substance Use Disorder in Washington County (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-160, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve establishes a pilot project in Washington County to provide treatment and recovery services for people with substance use disorder. The pilot project is established under the Department of Health and Human Services. The department is required to work with Healthy Acadia to develop the pilot project. The department is required to assist Healthy Acadia with seeking federal funding for the pilot project. The pilot project requires the establishment of a central coordinating telephone system available to anyone in Washington County at any time to assist individuals with accessing services related to substance use disorder treatment and recovery. Individuals receiving the phone calls must be qualified to provide counseling services to all callers in addition to providing referrals. The pilot project establishes a coordinating council made up of representatives of the community and organizations in the area involved in the health and welfare of Washington County residents. The council is responsible for providing a coordinated system of services for substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery and for developing and implementing a recovery resource fund to provide additional individualized services as part of a wraparound continuum of support and services. It requires the department to report on the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than November 30, 2020.
This amendment changes the dates in the resolve for the central coordinating telephone system to be established and the evaluation report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
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LD 1005 Amendment H-160 fiscal note
|LD 1134||An Act To Set Aside Funds from Federal Block Grants for Certain Communities||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to annually set aside 20% of each federal block grant it receives for the most vulnerable communities in the State and 10% of each federal block grant it receives for federally recognized Indian nations, tribes and bands in the State.
|LD 1144||An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application for a casino operator license from a joint tribal entity authorizing the joint tribal entity to operate table games and slot machines at one casino owned by the joint tribal entity. It increases by 1,500 the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State. "Joint tribal entity" is defined as a legal entity formed for the purpose of operating slot machines and table games at one casino, the entire ownership of which is held equally, either jointly or in common, by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. The bill provides the following in regard to the casino.
|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|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1180||Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to identify areas of improvement in the coordination of information and processes of the entities that investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 4, 2019.
|LD 1181||An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019|
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.
The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.
The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.
The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.
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|LD 1225||An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.
|LD 1244||An Act To Authorize the Gambling Control Board To Accept an Application from the Passamaquoddy Tribe To Operate 50 Slot Machines in the Tribe's High-stakes Beano Facility||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application from the Passamaquoddy Tribe to operate 50 slot machines at a gambling facility in Washington County at which high-stakes beano is conducted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The bill raises the limit on the number of slot machines allowed in the State by 50 to accommodate the slot machines that may be operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The bill requires deposit of 25% of net slot machine income in the General Fund and sets the initial application fee to operate the 50 slot machines at $10,000 and the renewal fee at $5,000. The Passamaquoddy Tribe is exempted from paying a $250,000 nonrefundable privilege fee and a $5,000,000 license fee. Slot machines operated by the Passamaquoddy Tribe would be subject to the oversight of the Gambling Control Board and subject to the same laws and rules as other slot machines operated in this State.
|LD 1346||An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019|
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:
Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.
|LD 1490||An Act To Enhance Tribal-State Collaboration in the Enforcement of Child Support||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The purpose of this bill is to establish legal authority to allow federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to use the same legal tools that are currently available to the State to compel noncustodial parents to assist in the support of their children.
|LD 1571||An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.
Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.
The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.
The bill further requires that 1% of net online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to online sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing online sports pools.