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Representative Rena Newell []
Perry ~ District Passamaquoddy Tribe

Towns in District: Passamaquoddy Tribe

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✉ Rena.Newell@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 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, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1392
This bill requires a state agency to develop and implement a policy that:
  • 1. Promotes effective communication between the state agency and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State;
  • 2. Promotes positive government-to-government relations between the State and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State; and
  • 3. Enables federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to consult with the state agency in a meaningful and timely manner regarding the development of legislation, rules and policies proposed by the state agency on matters that significantly or uniquely affect the tribes.


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
LD 31
This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.

LD 31 Chaptered Law
LD 31 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 179
This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.

LD 179 Chaptered Law
LD 179 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 466 An Act To Create a Diesel Fuel Tax Differential Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 466
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 The additional tax is repealed on November 1, 2022.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, Work session held May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 680
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
LD 760
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 placed on hold, July 2, 2019, Recalled from the Governor's desk January 8, 2020 via Joint Order HP 1421, Committed to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-763, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 766
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
  • 1. Transferring jurisdiction over violations of a tribal ordinance from the State to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation over a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accord with and to the extent authorized by federal law;
  • 2. Increasing the level of certain criminal offenses from a maximum period of imprisonment of one year and a maximum amount of $5,000 to a maximum period of imprisonment of 3 years and a maximum amount of $15,000 over which the Penobscot Nation has the right to exercise exclusive jurisdiction as authorized by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010; and
  • 3. Clarifying that the Penobscot Nation has concurrent jurisdiction with the State over criminal offenses as authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.


Amendment H-763
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It replaces the bill but carries out the bill's intent of extending tribal court jurisdiction, originally authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, to any person who commits certain Class D domestic violence offenses against a member of a federally recognized tribe, nation, band or other group on the lands of the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the Penobscot Nation. This concurrent jurisdiction includes offenses committed by a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group on tribal lands against a person who is not a member of any federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group.

Parts A and C apply to the Penobscot Nation. Parts B and D apply to the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

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 a person, regardless of whether the person 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, but do not include offenses between nontribal members. 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 amendment references the tribal courts' guarantees of all other rights whose protection is necessary under the United States Constitution in order for the State to authorize concurrent jurisdiction to ensure that this enactment, if ratified by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, or both, is not later determined or deemed to be unconstitutional based on subsequent judicial decisions. This extended jurisdiction applies to the domestic violence crimes committed on the respective reservations and lands taken into trust by the Secretary of the Interior for the benefit of the Passamaquoddy Tribe or the Penobscot Nation, now or in the future. This extended jurisdiction covers lands held in trust on or before the effective date of this Act, as well as lands taken into trust after the effective date of this Act.

This amendment also extends the exclusive jurisdiction of the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court to criminal offenses committed on the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation between members of any federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group.

The tribal courts, law enforcement agencies and law enforcement officers 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 is required to share its annual reports with tribal law enforcement agencies.

Other changes include revisions to the definition of "another jurisdiction" in the Maine Criminal Code to include criminal convictions by courts of federally recognized Indian tribes. This change is consistent with federal law and the recognition of orders of protection from abuse from the courts of federally recognized Indian tribes by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4011.

The changes to the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement included in this amendment do not take effect unless the tribes affected approve of the changes and certify their approval.

LD 766 Chaptered Law
LD 766 Chaptered Law 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
LD 768
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
LD 777
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.

Amendment H-493
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.

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 825
This bill expands the scope of harassment prevention training required for Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists to include racial harassment.

Amendment H-30
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.

LD 825 Chaptered Law
LD 825 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 846
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
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.

It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.

Amendment H-425
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to clarify the prohibition on oil or natural gas exploration, development or production activities as follows.

  • 1. It amends certain definitions to more clearly delineate the activities regulated and to specify that the transfer of oil or natural gas resources to or from the waters of the State, including both on-loading and offloading of oil or natural gas resources between an oil terminal facility and a vessel or between vessels, is not prohibited under the bill.
  • 2. It removes language specifically prohibiting exploration, development or production activities that may adversely affect the waters of the State.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 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
LD 1005
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.

Amendment H-160
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.

LD 1005 fiscal note
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, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1134
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 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1144
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.
  • 1. It specifies that, as a condition of a joint tribal entity's receiving a license, a casino must be located:
    • A. On land that on January 1, 2019 was owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or land held in trust by the United States or by any other person or entity for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians;
    • B. On land located in the unorganized territory; or
    • C. On land in a municipality and that municipality approves of the operation of the casino in that municipality, either by vote of its legislative body or in a referendum of the voters of the municipality.
  • 2. It exempts a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity from the provision in current law that prohibits a new casino or slot machine facility from being located within 100 miles of an existing casino or slot machine facility. It provides that a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity may not be located within 50 miles of an existing facility.
  • 3. It provides that a change in the composition of a joint tribal entity does not invalidate a casino license issued to the entity as long as the change occurs no sooner than 6 months after the license is issued and the entity still consists of at least 2 federally recognized Indian tribes in the State who own equal shares of the entity in its entirety.
  • 4. It changes the provision in current law that states that distributions of net slot machine revenue from the casino located in Oxford County to the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe revert to the operator if one or both tribes operate or receive distributions from a newly licensed casino. It provides that the distribution of that slot machine revenue would instead be deposited into the General Fund if either the Penobscot Nation or the Passamaquoddy Tribe operated or received distributions from a newly licensed casino.
  • 5. It establishes a distribution rate of 25% of net slot machine income and 16% of net table game income for a casino operator that is a joint tribal entity. The slot machine income is used to fund education for kindergarten to grade 12 and the table game income is deposited to the General Fund.


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 1180 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 17, 2020
LD 1180
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
LD 1181
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.

Amendment H-431
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.

  • 1. It requires the Public Advocate to contract with a person or entity to serve as the nonwires alternative coordinator.
  • 2. It provides that funding of the contracted services of the nonwires alternative coordinator is provided through a special assessment on investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities.
  • 3. It adjusts the salary range of the Special Assistant to the Public Advocate from range 20 to range 25.
  • 4. It amends the definition of "transmission project" to cover projects expected to cost in excess of $5,000,000, rather than those in excess of $20,000,000 as in current law.
  • 5. It amends the provisions relating to transmission lines and transmission projects subject to investigation of nonwires alternatives in several ways. It limits the requirement for a nonwires alternative investigation to apply to transmission lines and projects proposed by investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than transmission and distribution utilities in general. It also adds a category of small transmission and distribution projects subject to nonwires alternatives investigation.
  • 6. It establishes cost-effectiveness as the analytical framework and standard for the investigation of nonwires alternatives for all types of projects and requires a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate cost-effectiveness. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to develop and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of nonwires alternatives and a proposed plan for procurement of nonwires alternatives.
  • 7. It requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to submit annually to the Office of the Public Advocate a planning study for small transmission and distribution projects.
  • 8. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to provide recommendations to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities for nonwires alternatives to small transmission projects and distribution projects and requires the coordinator and the utility to attempt to reach a good faith agreement on the adoption of nonwires alternatives. If no agreement is reached, the utility is required to petition the Public Utilities Commission to resolve the dispute.
  • 9. It includes provisions regarding procurement of nonwires alternatives. These provisions require a transmission and distribution utility to contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the customer side of the meter and require the commission to determine the entity, which may be the utility or a 3rd party, to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the grid side of the meter.
  • 10. It provides that a transmission and distribution utility's prudently incurred costs to deliver nonwires alternatives are recoverable in rates.
  • 11. It adds a provision to reference the activities of the nonwires alternative coordinator in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act regarding coordination with activities and programs of state agencies and authorities.
  • 12. It makes changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy and establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State.


LD 1181 Chaptered Law
LD 1181 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 1225
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 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1244
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
LD 1346
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:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

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, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1490
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
LD 1571
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.

LD 1775 An Act To Protect Sustenance Fishing (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-490, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1775
This bill creates a sustenance fishing designated use as a subcategory of the applicable fishing designated use for certain specified water body segments within Maine's water classification program where there is or may be sustenance fishing or increased fish consumption by members of the Indian tribes in Maine or other Maine citizens. This bill also requires that the Department of Environmental Protection adopt routine technical rules no later than March 1, 2020 that calculate and establish water quality criteria protective of human health for toxic pollutants and the sustenance fishing designated use as established by this bill. This bill limits the scope of the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill by providing that, for all purposes, the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill is deemed protected through water quality criteria for human health calculated and established for the identified water body segments.

Amendment H-490
To ensure proper application of the sustenance fishing designated use proposed in the bill, this amendment amends the bill by updating the classifications for certain waters based on water quality data and by clarifying the description of certain water body segments.

This bill as amended creates a sustenance fishing designated use as a subcategory of the applicable fishing designated use for certain specified water body segments within Maine's water classification program where there is or may be sustenance fishing or increased fish consumption by members of the Indian tribes in Maine or other Maine citizens. This bill as amended also requires that the Department of Environmental Protection adopt routine technical rules no later than March 1, 2020 that calculate and establish water quality criteria protective of human health for toxic pollutants and the sustenance fishing designated use as established by this bill. This bill as amended limits the scope of the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill by providing that, for all purposes, including for the purposes of the State's water classification program, the federal Clean Water Act and related rules, regulations and guidance, the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill as amended is deemed protected through water quality criteria for human health calculated and established for the identified water body segments using, in addition to the other assumptions used in developing human health criteria generally under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 420, subsection 2 and rules adopted by the department, a fish consumption rate of 200 grams per day and a cancer risk level of one in 1,000,000, except for inorganic arsenic, the risk level for which is governed by Title 38, section 420, subsection 2, paragraph J. The designation in this bill as amended of specific waters subject to a sustenance fishing designated use is not intended to preclude a future designation of other such waters through a similar legislative process or as otherwise provided by law.

All aspects of this bill as amended, including the sustenance fishing designated use and the identification of specific water body segments subject to that use, are intended to have meaning and effect within the State's water classification program only and for purposes of calculating and establishing water quality criteria for human health sufficient to protect the sustenance fishing designated use only. Nothing in this bill as amended or the sustenance fishing designated use it establishes is intended to apply to or affect discharges of mercury, which are governed exclusively by separate provisions of law, including Title 38, section 420, subsection 1-B and section 413, subsection 11. This bill as amended changes the human health ambient criterion specified in Title 38, section 420, subsection 1-B, paragraph A, subparagraph (2) to reflect the 200 grams per day fish consumption rate that the Department of Environmental Protection is directed to use when deriving human health criteria for toxic pollutants to protect the sustenance fishing designated use; however, this change is not intended to affect the mercury discharge limits set forth in Title 38, section 420, subsection 1-B and section 413, subsection 11. Nothing in this bill as amended is intended to alter or affect in any way any provision of any of the State's state and federal Indian settlement acts, including the state Indian settlement acts in Title 30, chapters 601 and 603. No part of this bill as amended is intended to relate to or affect in any way any claims or disputes regarding any definition of Indian country, territory, lands, waters, reservations or rights of any kind under any other provision of state or federal law. No part of this bill as amended is intended to create or limit any right or protection under any other state or federal law, including the federal Clean Water Act, except as described in this summary, or any state or federal Indian settlement law or act, or create in any way a right to any particular quantity or quality of fish. The sole intent of this bill as amended is to establish a sustenance fishing designated use that is deemed protected for all purposes through water quality criteria for human health calculated and established through routine technical rulemaking using a specific minimum fish consumption rate and specified cancer risk levels for the waters expressly identified in the State's water classification program, which criteria are applicable for the purposes of the State's water classification program and the federal Clean Water Act.

LD 1775 Chaptered Law
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LD 1907 An Act To Restore to the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe the Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee December 20, 2019, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1907
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
  • 1. Extending the criminal jurisdiction of the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe to persons who are not members of any federally recognized Indian tribe, nation, band or other group when such persons commit certain crimes on the Penobscot Indian Reservation or the Passamaquoddy Indian Reservation;
  • 2. Expanding the jurisdiction of the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe from criminal offenses with a maximum period of imprisonment of one year and a maximum fine of $5,000 for any one offense to criminal offenses with a maximum period of imprisonment of 3 years and a maximum fine of $15,000 for any one offense but not to exceed a total penalty or punishment greater than imprisonment for 9 years, as authorized by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, Public Law 111-211; and
  • 3. Ensuring that defendants prosecuted in the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court and Passamaquoddy Tribal Court have the rights afforded defendants by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010, Public Law 111-211; 25 United States Code, Section 1302 (2019); and the United States Constitution.


LD 2044 An Act To Increase the Death Benefit for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-762, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2044
This bill increases the death benefit for a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services person who has died while in the line of duty from $50,000 to $75,000 through June 30, 2021. For deaths occurring after June 30, 2021, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to adopt rules to annually calculate an increase in the death benefit based on the previous year's increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Amendment H-762


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LD 2096 An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-772 and House amendment H-778, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2096
This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

Amendment H-772
This amendment replaces the bill. Part A provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on an enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $35 per prescription for a 30-day supply of insulin. The requirements apply to all health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

Part B authorizes a pharmacist to dispense emergency refills of insulin and associated insulin-related supplies. The amendment requires that the insulin dispensed be in a quantity that is the lesser of a 30-day supply and the smallest available package. The amendment also requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules to establish adequate training requirements and protocols for dispensing insulin.

Amendment H-778
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 2096 Chaptered Law
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