Representative Richard Bradstreet [Republican]
Vassalboro ~ District 80
Towns in District: part of Augusta, Hibberts Gore, Somerville, Vassalboro and WindsorWould be term limited: 2024
♦ Labor and Housing (Ranking Republican)
✉ 44 Harmony Lane
Vassalboro, Maine 04989
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||0%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||4 of 8, 4 Unexcused absences|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||4 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||25%|
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|LD 208||An Act Regarding Small Claims Court Jurisdiction||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill increases the jurisdictional limits for small claims from $6,000 to $15,000.
|LD 612||An Act To Promote Youth Employment||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 16 or 17 years of age that is $1.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage, a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 15 years of age that is $2.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage and a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 14 years of age and under that is $3.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage.
|LD 1058||An Act Concerning Liability for Direct Reimbursement of Unemployment Benefits||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019|
This bill specifies that a governmental entity that elects to make payments in lieu of contributions into the unemployment compensation fund is not liable to make payments with respect to an individual who voluntarily separates from employment.
|LD 1209||An Act To Require Legislative Hearings on Citizen-initiated Legislation||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-204, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill requires a petition for the direct initiative of legislation, once it has been certified by the Secretary of State to be submitted to the Legislature for consideration by the Legislature to receive a public hearing before a joint standing committee of the Legislature or a special legislative committee established by the Legislative Council. The public hearing must be conducted in the same manner as other public hearings.
This amendment permits the Legislature to waive the public hearing requirement by a 2/3 vote of those present in each House of the Legislature.
LD 1209 Chaptered Law
LD 1209 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1454||An Act Concerning Elections in Maine Congressional Districts||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 16, 2019|
This bill provides that the voters of a congressional district must determine by referendum vote the method used in that congressional district to elect their Representative to Congress. The voters of a congressional district may choose to elect their Representative to Congress by plurality voting or by ranked-choice voting. The bill requires that such a referendum be held in each congressional district on a date established by the Secretary of State, but not later than 180 days after the effective date of the legislation.
|LD 107||An Act To Lower the Maine Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019|
This bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.
|LD 136||An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement Program||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill establishes the special education circuit breaker reimbursement program, in which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate. The bill requires the department to distribute reimbursements to eligible school administrative units on a quarterly basis, and the reimbursements must be deposited in a separate revolving account that may be spent only on approved special education services.
|LD 137||An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 26, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to make the Department of Education's Maine Learning Technology Initiative, or "MLTI," more cost-effective for schools and for the State, thus allowing participation by increased numbers of students. The cost-saving measures may include, but are not limited to, eliminating the ability of school administrative units to choose higher-cost technology options.
|LD 255||Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
|LD 262||An Act To Protect Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019|
This bill changes the crime of assault on an officer to include offensive physical contact and creates the crime of aggravated assault on an officer, which includes assaults against law enforcement officers and corrections officers and other corrections personnel and which is modeled on the crime of aggravated assault.
|LD 263||An Act To Prohibit Certain Sex Offenders from Establishing Residence in Certain Multiunit Residential Buildings in which Minors Reside||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019|
This bill prohibits certain convicted sex offenders who were convicted of an offense against a minor under 14 years of age from intentionally or knowingly establishing residence in a dwelling unit of a multiunit residential building in which another dwelling unit that shares the same entryway is occupied by a person under 18 years of age. The bill makes violation of this provision a Class E crime.
|LD 264||An Act Regarding the Taking of a Blood Sample from an Operator of a Motor Vehicle Involved in a Fatal Accident||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-118, Enacted, Signed into law June 3, 2019|
This bill allows an emergency medical services person or law enforcement officer whose training allows that person to draw blood samples to draw a specimen of blood from the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident for the purpose of determining the blood-alcohol level or the presence of a drug or drug metabolite. This bill extends to those same persons the current law shielding persons from liability for acts done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood.
This amendment changes the title of the bill and strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment makes grammatical changes to clarify the law providing immunity from liability for an act done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood at the request of a law enforcement officer and extends that immunity to an emergency medical services person, a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical service and a law enforcement agency.
LD 264 Chaptered Law
LD 264 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 294||An Act To Require the Fiscal Impact Estimate of a Direct Initiative of Legislation To Be Included on the Ballot||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill provides that a ballot for a statewide vote on a direct initiative must include a summary of the fiscal impact estimate prepared by the Office of Fiscal and Program Review for that direct initiative.
|LD 318||An Act To Prepare All Students for Work and Life by Requiring That Students Receive Instruction in Vocational Preparation and Practical Life Skills||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill changes the requirement in the system of learning results from "career and education development" to "vocational preparation and practical life skills." The bill defines "vocational preparation and practical life skills" to mean experiential instruction of students, regardless of career choice or pathway, that develops their understanding of interests, aptitudes and options related to work and study; develops core workplace skills in areas such as planning, communication, problem solving, teamwork and computer applications; and includes practical workplace and home economics experiences that maximize learning through hands-on application.
|LD 320||An Act To Amend the Scope of Practice of Podiatric Medicine||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019|
This bill amends the scope of practice of podiatric medicine to include the diagnosis and treatment of maladies of the soft tissue of the lower leg and the evaluation, diagnosis, management and prevention of conditions of the lower extremities.
|LD 321||An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019|
This bill provides funding to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow the department through the landowner relations program to improve relationships or maintain good relationships between landowners and outdoor recreationists.
|LD 325||An Act To Provide Emergency Funds for Clients of the Adult Protective Services System||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-140, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding for emergency funds for Adult Protective Services caseworkers to access for needy clients.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 325 fiscal note
LD 325 Amendment H-140 fiscal note
|LD 417||An Act To Allow an Attorney To Copy a Driver's License||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-231, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019|
This bill allows an attorney to photocopy a driver's license for legal purposes without the permission of the Secretary of State.
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Current law authorizes the photocopying of a driver's license solely for proof of identification for the consummation of a financial transaction. The amendment revises current law to provide that either the driver or the driver's attorney can consummate a financial transaction using the photocopied driver's license for identification.
LD 417 Chaptered Law
LD 417 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 473||An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019|
This bill repeals the limit on security deposits on residential rental units.
|LD 517||An Act To Facilitate Fair Ballot Representation for All Candidates||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
This bill permits a candidate to request that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State. The candidate's nickname, if any, must be set off by quotation marks and be placed on the ballot immediately after the candidate's legal first name or initial and before the candidate's legal middle name or middle initial, if any.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the candidate must include the nickname on the candidate's declaration of consent or written acceptance filed with the Secretary of State and must declare that the nickname is actually the name by which the candidate is known to others. The amendment also specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the Secretary of State must set off the candidate's nickname by quotation marks and it must be placed on the ballot following the candidate's legal last name, first initial and middle initial, if any.
LD 517 Amendment H-164 fiscal note
|LD 521||An Act To Amend the Archives and Records Management Law||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-52, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019|
This bill makes the following changes to the archives and records management laws:
This amendment maintains the exclusion of the judicial branch from the requirements of the Archives and Records Management Law, as in current law; the bill includes the judicial branch in those requirements.
LD 521 Chaptered Law
LD 521 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 531||An Act To Provide Counsel for a Person Who Is the Subject of an Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship or Other Protective Arrangement Proceeding||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill requires a probate court to appoint an attorney for a person who is not already represented by an attorney when the person is the subject of a petition for adult guardianship, conservatorship or other protective arrangement.
|LD 589||Resolve, Directing the State Board of Education To Adopt Rules Prohibiting Teachers in Public Schools from Engaging in Political, Ideological or Religious Advocacy in the Classroom||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This resolve directs the State Board of Education to adopt major substantive rules prohibiting teachers in public schools from engaging in political, religious or ideological advocacy in the classroom or from introducing any controversial subject matter that is not germane to the topic of the course being taught, with penalties for violations up to and including termination of the teacher. This resolve requires the State Board of Education to provide written notice of the rules to all affected teachers, parents and students and for teachers to receive annually at least 3 hours of continuing teacher education to instruct the teachers on the rules. Finally, this resolve requests professional teacher organizations and unions to voluntarily adopt an educator's code of ethics and professional responsibility that incorporates the rules and that specifically prohibits teachers in kindergarten to grade 12 instruction from using the classroom for political indoctrination.
|LD 637||An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill does the following:
|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|
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 655||An Act To Allow Municipalities To Send Separate Tax Bills for Municipal and County and School Taxes||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019|
This bill permits municipalities to issue separate bills for the portion of their tax commitments attributable to education funding and the portion attributable to county taxes and all other municipal costs.
|LD 657||An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:
|LD 667||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That the Governor Be Elected by a Majority Vote||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a candidate for Governor receive more than 50% of the votes cast to be elected. Currently, the candidate who receives the largest number of votes, regardless of that number's percentage of the total number of votes cast, becomes Governor. This resolution requires a run-off election between the 2 persons who received the largest number of votes when no candidate received more than 50% of the total number of votes cast. The person who receives the larger number of votes in the run-off election is declared Governor.
|LD 739||An Act To Help Small Businesses by Establishing an Alternate Minimum Wage||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill creates an alternate minimum wage applicable to employees of a small employer, to the first 90 consecutive days of employment for employees who are under 20 years of age and to employees who are under 18 years of age. The wage is $9.75 starting January 1, 2020 and will be increased by any increase in the cost of living starting January 1, 2021 and every subsequent January 1st.
|LD 809||An Act To Expand and Clarify the Disqualification from Workers' Compensation Benefits of an Employee Who Is Injured While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
Under current law, workers' compensation benefits are not allowed for the injury or death of an employee when the injury or death was caused by the employee's intoxication. This bill eliminates that provision and instead disallows benefits for an employee who was intoxicated at the time of the injury or death. This bill also clarifies that intoxication includes intoxication from an illegal drug, marijuana or alcohol.
|LD 886||An Act To Protect Search and Rescue Volunteers Certified by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue from Adverse Employment Actions||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-447, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill provides the same protections to volunteer search and rescuers for absences from work in responding to search and rescue operations requested by a law enforcement agency as volunteer firefighters receive for absences from work in responding to emergencies. Under this bill, a volunteer search and rescuer is a person who has been certified in search and rescue practices and procedures by a nonprofit search and rescue training organization recognized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Warden Service.
This amendment makes the bill consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 809, concerning absence for emergency response. It adds a definition for "recognized organization" and changes terminology from "volunteer search and rescue" to "search and rescue volunteer."
LD 886 Chaptered Law
LD 886 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 897||An Act To Restore Funding for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019|
This bill provides ongoing funds of $50,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for the Capital Riverfront Improvement District.
|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|
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.
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 1232||An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.
|LD 1255||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require Referenda To Receive 60 Percent of the Vote To Become Law||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a direct initiative of legislation or a competing measure receive at least 60% of the votes cast to become law.
|LD 1269||An Act To Update the Laws Governing Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-217, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019|
This bill amends the laws governing the use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. It defines several types of child restraint systems and establishes requirements for the use of child restraint systems based on a child's age, height and weight. It increases the fines for violations of the law. It repeals a provision in current law making the nonuse of seat belts or the failure to secure a child not admissible in evidence in a civil or criminal trial involving a motor vehicle accident.
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
LD 1269 Chaptered Law
LD 1269 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1296||An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy||Status: Dead, Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill does the following.
|LD 1413||An Act To Reduce Administrative Burdens of Forest Products Harvesters||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill provides that, when the Workers' Compensation Board issues a certificate of independent status certifying that a contractor that harvests forest products does so in a manner that would not make the contractor an employee of a landowner, that certificate of independent status remains valid unless the manner in which the contractor harvests changes.
|LD 1503||An Act To Establish the Maine False Claims Act||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill repeals the existing law governing the civil liability of persons making false claims, and enacts the Maine False Claims Act in order to protect the State against false and fraudulent claims upon or against the State and to protect the State and the Federal Government against false and fraudulent claims under the Medicaid program, known in the State as the MaineCare program. This bill provides authorization for qui tam actions, which are brought by a person for the benefit of the person and the State in the name of the State. This bill provides protection from discrimination for an employee who participates in a qui tam action. This bill provides possible recoveries for the person who brings the qui tam action in addition to recoveries for the State. This bill establishes the Maine False Claims Act Fund to receive the proceeds payable to the State as a result of false claims litigation to be used in part for investigatory, enforcement and litigation expenses.
|LD 1669||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Help Ensure That Direct Initiatives of Legislation Are Compatible with the Constitution of Maine and Statutory Law||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a person who requests a petition form for a direct initiative of legislation must submit a written application for a petition form to the office of the Secretary of State, the office of the Governor, the office of the Attorney General and the Legislature. The Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General and the Legislature must review a direct initiative of legislation and determine whether it is compatible with the Constitution of Maine and statutory law. If the Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General or the Legislature determines that the measure is not compatible with the Constitution of Maine or statutory law, the Secretary of State may not furnish or approve petition forms for the direct initiative of legislation.