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Representative Richard Pickett [Republican]
Dixfield ~ District 116

Towns in District: Canton, Dixfield, Hartford, Mexico and Peru

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Ranking Republican)

✉ Richard.Pickett@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 21 Church Street
East Dixfield, Maine 04227


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 20180%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20184 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20174 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201720%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 826 An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration Plate Numbers Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 826
This bill provides that the $15 fee imposed to retain a motor vehicle registration number in a year in which new registration plates are issued does not apply for the retention of the registration number of a special veterans registration plate or a special disability registration plate for veterans.

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

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

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LD 1111 An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-576, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1111
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the suspension of a driver's license of a person who negligently operates a motor vehicle in a manner so as to cause the death of another person.
  • 1. It removes the requirement that prior to the suspension, the Secretary of State notify any family of the victim and consider written or oral statements received from the family in response to the notice.
  • 2. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended operated a motor vehicle with criminal negligence as described in the Maine Criminal Code.
  • 3. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended caused the death of another person and to base that finding on the definition of "causation" in the Maine Criminal Code.


Amendment H-576
This amendment changes the mandatory minimum period of suspension of a driver's license after a finding of negligence in causing a fatal accident from 3 years to one year. The amendment deletes from the bill provisions that change the requirement of civil negligence to a requirement of criminal negligence and that require causation to be found as defined in the Maine Criminal Code in Title 17-A, section 33.

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LD 1339 An Act To Recalculate Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees Adversely Affected by Merit Pay Freezes Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1339
The law governing the calculation of retirement benefits for members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System was amended by Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part CCCC, section 1 and Public Law 2015, chapter 385 to allow members who retired on or after June 30, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes.

This bill authorizes a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired on or after March 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015 to include in the member's retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes, retroactive to the date of the member's retirement. This provision does not include lost wages due to longevity pay freezes.

LD 1443 An Act To Enact the Senior Property Tax Reimbursement Act Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1443
This bill provides state reimbursement to eligible individuals for the portion of property taxes on their homesteads for a tax year that exceeds the property taxes for the year in which they reached retirement age as defined under the federal Social Security Act. For an individual to be eligible, the individual must be receiving a homestead exemption, have a household income of less than $40,000 and, if filing individually, have liquid assets of less than $50,000 or, if household members are filing jointly, have liquid assets of less than $75,000.

LD 1576 An Act To Improve the Department of Corrections' Response to Emergency Situations by Including Vehicles Operated by Certain Department Employees in the Definition of Authorized Emergency Vehicles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-455, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1576
This bill amends the definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" in the motor vehicle laws to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by an investigative officer or other employee of the department who is certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-455
This amendment expands the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer and allows a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer who is operating a Department of Corrections vehicle to exceed the maximum speed limits as long as life or property is not endangered.

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LD 1666 An Act To Require Certain Health Care Providers To Provide Patients Detailed Information on the Risks Associated with the Use of Opioid Medications and Schedule II Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1666
This bill requires a health care provider who is a prescriber of any opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, before issuing an initial prescription and before issuing a 3rd prescription of an opioid medication or a medication that is a schedule II drug, to inform a patient of the risks of using the medication, the reason the medication is necessary and alternative treatments that may be available. It also requires the health care provider to include a note in the patient's medical record that the health care provider discussed the information with the patient.

LD 7 Resolve, To Name a Bridge in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 7
This resolve designates Bridge 3790, which crosses the Penobscot River between the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester, the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge.

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LD 113 An Act To Exclude Antique Tractors from the Laws Governing Motor Vehicle Racing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 12, 2019
LD 113
This bill excludes antique tractors from regulation under the motor vehicle racing laws.

LD 222 An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 222
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.

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

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

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LD 301 An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-31, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 301
This bill encourages municipalities to develop policies that assist older adults with aging in place and that create age-friendly communities. It amends the law governing comprehensive plans by encouraging municipalities to plan for the needs of older adults in their communities.

Amendment H-31
This amendment amends the definition of age-friendly community in the bill to clarify that it refers to older adults.

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LD 335 An Act To Require the State To Distribute 25 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-484 and Senate amendment S-287, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 335
This bill allocates 25% of the gross sales and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments in the State to the municipalities where the revenue was generated and makes a reduction to the amount deposited in the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund.

Amendment H-484
This amendment changes from 25% to 12% the amount of sales tax and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments required to be transferred to the municipalities where the revenue was generated after the transfer to the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund and the deduction of state administrative costs.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-287
This amendment makes technical changes to the bill, as amended by Committee Amendment H-484 that are necessitated by recent changes to the laws governing adult use marijuana that were enacted in Public Law 2019, chapter 231.

LD 335 Amendment H-484 fiscal note
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LD 337 An Act To Start a Spring Bear Hunting Season Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 337
This bill amends the law on open and closed seasons on bear to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a spring bear hunting season.

LD 342 An Act To Require a Person To Notify Law Enforcement Officers of the Possession of a Hypodermic Needle Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 342
This bill establishes the failure to inform a law enforcement officer of a person's possession of a hypodermic apparatus as a Class D crime. Under the bill, if a person discloses the possession of a hypodermic apparatus as required, the hypodermic apparatus and any contents of the apparatus are inadmissible as evidence in a prosecution for a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 45.

LD 390 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Dangerous Buildings Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 390
This bill allows a municipality or county seeking an order of demolition of a dangerous building to seek a writ of attachment of the property on which the building is located.

LD 426 An Act To Increase the Beverage Container Redemption Reimbursement To Offset Minimum Wage Increases Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 426
This bill increases by 1/2¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 442 An Act To Set Speed Limits for All-terrain Vehicles on Trails within 50 Yards of a Stream or Pond To Prevent Runoff Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 442
This bill prohibits the operation of an all-terrain vehicle at a speed of more than 15 miles per hour within 50 yards of a stream or pond, unless the ground is frozen and sufficiently covered with snow. It specifies that a person who violates this prohibition commits a civil violation, except that a person who violates this prohibition after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more violations of this prohibition within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.

LD 456 An Act To Strengthen the Qualifications for County Sheriffs Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-13, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 456
This bill requires candidates for the office of county sheriff to have 5 years of law enforcement supervisory experience. Currently, the law requires 5 years of supervisory experience generally.

Amendment S-13
This amendment reduces the required number of years of supervisory experience from 5 years to 2 years and specifies that the supervisory experience must be in law enforcement or corrections or a combination of both.

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LD 527 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Establish a Law Enforcement Training Program for Park Managers and Certain Bureau Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-229, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 527
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to implement a training program for bureau employees and agents who manage lands or waters and exercise law enforcement powers within the bureau's jurisdiction on various law enforcement practices, to be implemented no later than January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-229
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the resolve.

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LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019
LD 533
This bill removes the requirements that a person retreat if it is safe to do so and if the person can comply with a demand that the person abstain from performing an act that the person is not obliged to perform. The bill also permits the use of deadly force to prevent death or serious bodily injury in self-defense, in defense of a 3rd person, in defense of a dwelling or to prevent the forcible commission of a kidnapping, a robbery or a gross sexual assault.

LD 534 An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier To Read and Understand for Maine Voters (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-277, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 534
This bill requires that ballot questions be written in a manner that is understandable to the greatest number of voters possible, determined to be for adult literacy at the 6th-grade reading level, which is the standard used for other important official state documents, including for the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, notices regarding child support, municipal property tax deferral programs for seniors and temporary assistance for needy families. This bill also requires ballot questions to unambiguously state what the effect of a "yes" or "no" vote may have.

Amendment H-277
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill but retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment makes the following changes to the laws governing the printing of ballots for referendum questions.
  • 1. It requires that the Secretary of State draft the ballot question for a people's veto or a direct initiative in a clear, concise and direct manner that describes the subject matter of the people's veto or direct initiative as simply as is possible.
  • 2. It eliminates the requirement that questions for a people's veto referendum be phrased so that an affirmative vote is in favor of the people's veto.
  • 3. It requires that an explanation of the effect of a "yes" vote and the effect of a "no" vote be printed on the ballot immediately below each referendum question, including each people's veto, direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional amendment and other legislatively proposed referendum question.


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LD 540 An Act Regarding Qualifications for District Attorneys Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-98, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 540
Current law requires that only attorneys who are admitted to the practice of law in the State may be elected or appointed district attorney. This bill adds the requirement that an attorney may not have been suspended from the practice of law in the State or any other jurisdiction during the previous 10 years in order to be elected or appointed district attorney and specifies that disbarment or suspension from the practice of law vacates the office.

Amendment H-98
The bill provides for the disqualification of a person to be elected or appointed district attorney if the person has been suspended from the practice of law within the previous 10 years. It also provides that disbarment or suspension during the term of office results in the person vacating the office. This amendment retains these provisions.

This amendment requires a district attorney to be a "member in good standing of the bar of the State," which is consistent with the generally accepted standard of qualification of attorneys for positions. Language from the law governing qualifications for the Attorney General is added to the law governing qualifications for a district attorney to make these provisions consistent. Any suspension must have ended at least 10 years prior to the attorney's election or appointment as district attorney.

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LD 636 Resolve, To Establish the Work Group To Study the Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-236 in both chambers, Enacted in the House, Senate tabled to Special Study, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 636
This bill requires that, beginning January 1, 2021, a law enforcement agency shall ensure that each law enforcement officer in its employ is equipped with a body-worn camera and that such body-worn camera is in operation and creating a recording at all times the officer is in uniform and engaged in law enforcement-related encounters or activities. Use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers and the maintenance and retention of data and recordings must be consistent with model policies and procedures developed by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Amendment S-236
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve establishing the Work Group To Study the Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers, consisting of 9 members appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and the Attorney General. The Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee serves as chair. The Attorney General is required to give notice of meetings of the work group to the general public and a broad array of organizations. The work group is required to study the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers, to review current practices in Maine and outside of Maine, to review research on the use of body cameras and to report by March 1, 2020 with any recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

LD 636 Amendment S-236 fiscal note
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
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


LD 652 An Act To Modify Maine's Ice Fishing Laws with Respect to Cusk Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 652
This bill changes how often a person is required to check cusk lines while ice fishing from at least once every hour in the nighttime to at least once every 24 hours.

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
LD 809
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 827 An Act Regarding the Placement of Campaign Signs Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 827
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to allow a business to move a campaign sign that is placed directly in front of a storefront.

LD 828 An Act Concerning the Release of the Name of a Deceased Individual Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 828
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to ensure that the name of a deceased individual is not released publicly before the family of the deceased individual has been notified.

LD 830 An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 830
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.

LD 871 An Act To Establish the Crime of Endangering the Welfare of a Child by Transferring Illegal Drugs through Breast Milk Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 871
This bill establishes the Class C crime of endangering the welfare of a child by knowingly transferring a scheduled drug or a metabolite of a scheduled drug to a child through breast milk.

LD 894 An Act To Expressly Allow Nonprofit Corporations To Conduct Electronic Voting Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 894
This bill specifically permits a nonprofit corporation to authorize in its bylaws the conduct of elections or voting, or both, through electronic transmission.

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LD 1021 An Act To Require the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services To Pay Court-appointed Attorneys for Certain Probate Court Cases Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1021
This bill provides that when a probate court appoints an attorney for a party in a guardianship or protective proceeding, if the party is indigent or a minor, the attorney's fees must be paid by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.

LD 1031 An Act To Base the Vehicle and Mobile Home Excise Tax on Actual Value Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1031
This bill changes the method of computing the excise tax that is levied on motor vehicles, including commercial motor vehicles, buses and camper trailers, and mobile homes registered in the State.

With the exception of certain commercial motor vehicles and buses and special mobile equipment, current law requires that the excise tax be based upon the maker's list price for the motor vehicle or mobile home; the excise tax on certain commercial motor vehicles and buses and special mobile equipment is based on the purchase price. This bill requires that the excise tax for all motor vehicles, mobile homes and camper trailers be based upon the actual value of the vehicle or mobile home at the time of delivery to the owner, as determined by sources approved by the State Tax Assessor.

Current law requires the State to reimburse a municipality for the difference in the amount of excise tax that would have been collected by the municipality on each commercial motor vehicle or bus using the manufacturer's suggested retail price instead of the actual purchase price. This bill applies that requirement to all vehicles registered and taxed by the municipality using the actual value.

LD 1035 Resolve, To Streamline the Process by Which Schools Receive Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 1035
This resolve requires the Department of Education to assist elementary schools with the application process for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to ensure more fresh fruits and vegetables are available in eligible schools.

LD 1064 An Act To Address Maine's Firefighter Shortage by Offering Firefighter Training for Credit in High School Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1064
This bill allows career and technical education centers and regions to offer firefighter training as an approved program and requires the program to use National Fire Protection Association standards for fire fighter professional qualifications as the industry standard for the firefighter training.

LD 1066 An Act To Address Municipal Conflicts of Interest Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019
LD 1066
This bill minimizes conflicts of interest in municipal government operations. The bill precludes the municipal treasurer and tax collector, or town officer performing the duties of either, from simultaneously acting as the municipality's code enforcement officer. The bill requires the town manager to implement a training program for municipal officers and employees on the ethical standards applicable to and the performance risks associated with hiring professional consultants. The bill prohibits a person contracted to provide professional services to a municipality from having a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in the business of the municipality.

LD 1088 An Act Regarding the Maine Law Enforcement Memorial Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019
LD 1088
This bill requires the Commissioner of Public Safety to add to the list of names on the law enforcement memorial located at the State Capitol complex the name of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty, who at the time of death was a resident of the State or employed in the State as a law enforcement officer and whose name is approved for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial or whose death meets the criteria for line-of-duty death benefits.

LD 1102 An Act To Remove a Reference to Constables in the Law Governing Execution of Process Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1102
This bill amends the law governing execution of process to remove a reference to constables.

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LD 1114 An Act To Humanely Treat Animals Trapped in Buildings Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1114
This bill requires an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who responds to a report of an animal trapped in a building to attempt to capture and release the animal unharmed unless doing so would pose a threat to public health or safety.

LD 1168 Resolve, To Improve Maine's Response to Childhood Trauma Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-323, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1168
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Education to convene a task force, inviting the participation of experts and interested parties, to develop guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma and to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 4, 2019. The committee is authorized to submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-323
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and directs the task force convened by the Commissioner of Education, in developing guidance for kindergarten to grade 12 administrators on appropriate training and responses to childhood trauma, to consult with any other task force or work group convened by the Department of Education whose work may inform the work of this task force. The amendment also removes the requirement that the training and social and emotional learning curriculum developed by the task force be mandated.

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LD 1207 An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of Investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-497, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1207
This bill allows detectives in the employment of the office of investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit

Amendment H-497
his amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the deadline for the one-time election for detectives in the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles to participate in the 1998 Special Plan and establishes the effective date of their participation. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1208 An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of the Attorney General Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-498, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1208
This bill allows detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit.

Amendment H-498
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the deadline for the one-time election for detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to participate in the 1998 Special Plan and establishes the effective date of their participation. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1218 An Act To Allow Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers To Measure Cultivation Limits by Plant Canopy Size Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 1218
This bill amends the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act provision governing how much medical marijuana caregivers may cultivate. It defines the term "plant canopy" and adds language allowing caregivers to cultivate up to 30 mature marijuana plants or 500 square feet of plant canopy, 60 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings.

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LD 1243 An Act To Assist Small Businesses in Providing Health Care for Their Employees Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1243
This bill requires the Bureau of Insurance, Consumer Health Care Division to provide education and resources to employers with 50 or fewer employees to assist with making decisions related to health care coverage for their employees.

LD 1268 An Act To Update and Clarify the Laws Governing Raffles Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-67, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1268
This bill amends the law governing raffles for certain nonprofit organizations in the following ways:
  • 1. Increasing the amount of total value of all prizes for which the nonprofit organization is not required to register the raffle with the Gambling Control Unit from $2,500 to $10,000;
  • 2. Allowing noncash raffle prizes to be in the alternate form of cash or to be exchanged for cash;
  • 3. Removing the limitation allowing only one raffle with a noncash prize up to $75,000 and a cash prize up to $20,000 in a 12-month period; and
  • 4. Clarifying that the nonprofit organization may conduct more than one raffle at a time.


Amendment S-67
This amendment clarifies that certain nonprofit organizations, which may register with the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit to conduct raffles with noncash prizes that do not exceed $75,000 in value or raffles with cash prizes that do not exceed $20,000 in value, may conduct only one of these registered noncash prize raffles and one of these registered cash prize raffles at the same time. The amendment eliminates the portion of the bill that allows nonprofit organizations to exchange the prizes awarded in a noncash prize raffle for cash prizes.

The amendment also makes technical changes to the laws governing games of chance that clarify the authority of the Gambling Control Unit to issue registrations to organizations that conduct raffles, including raffles with noncash prizes of a value greater than $2500, and that clarify the weekly, monthly and annual registration fees for all games of chance, including raffles.

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LD 1290 An Act To Increase Transparency with Regard to Pawnshops Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-415, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1290
Current law requires pawnbrokers to provide before the 15th day of every month to the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction a summary of the pawn transactions entered into during the preceding month. This bill requires pawnbrokers within 10 days of a pawn transaction to submit a report of the transaction to the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction and to a regional property and recovery tracking system administered by a regional law enforcement agency, currently the Regional Information Sharing Systems Program administered by the New England State Police Information Network, listing information concerning the consumer or seller in the transaction and of every item pawned or sold in the transaction. This bill makes a violation of the reporting requirements a Class E crime.

Amendment H-415
This amendment removes the criminal provision included in the bill, removes the requirement for reporting to a law enforcement agency of jurisdiction and provides an effective date of July 1, 2020.

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LD 1292 An Act To Lower Maine's Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 3, 2019
LD 1292
This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:

  • 1. Decreasing the lowest rate from 5.8% to 5.2% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 5% beginning in 2022;
  • 2. Decreasing the middle rate from 6.75% to 6.3% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 6% beginning in 2022; and
  • 3. Decreasing the highest rate from 7.15% to 7.05% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 7% beginning in 2022.

This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.

LD 1332 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require State and Congressional Elections To Be Decided by a Plurality of Votes Cast Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1332
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that a primary election for State Representative, State Senator or Governor must be decided by a plurality of votes cast. It also provides that a primary, general or special election for United States Representative or United States Senator must be decided by a plurality of votes cast.

LD 1385 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Corrections Officers Who Suffer Certain Injuries, Impairments or Medical Conditions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1385
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing corrections officers.
  • 1. It provides a supplemental benefit paid to a corrections officer who is injured by the acts of a patient or prisoner of the jail, prison or state correctional facility where the corrections officer works if the injury qualifies the corrections officer for workers' compensation benefits.
  • 2. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that a condition of impairment of health caused by an infectious disease resulting in total or partial disability or death of a corrections officer is presumed to have been suffered in the line of duty, unless it is shown otherwise.
  • 3. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer was caused in the course of employment as a corrections officer, like the provisions of current law that establish a rebuttable presumption that cancer contracted by a firefighter was caused by exposure to carcinogens in the course of the firefighter's firefighting duties.


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

LD 1485 An Act To Create a Contact Person Program in the Department of Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-373, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1485
This bill creates the at-risk persons program to provide law enforcement officers with the contact information for a person designated by an at-risk person or that person's legal guardian. The program also provides access to information that may aid in maximizing the safety of the at-risk person during an encounter with a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-373
This amendment replaces the bill and title. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement a contact person program, a voluntary program to assist a law enforcement officer with communications with a participating person during an encounter between the participating person and the law enforcement officer. A participating person is a person who voluntarily applies or whose legal guardian applies to the program. The program must provide the law enforcement officer with access to contact information and must interface with the State's telecommunications and radio message switching system. The program must include standards of procedure for law enforcement agencies consistent with policies adopted by the department. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1664 An Act To Place Funds for the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program into a Trust Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-188, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1664
This bill provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program are held in a trust fund. It renames the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

Amendment S-188
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program that are not necessary to support the normal costs and administrative costs of the program are held in a trust fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the trust fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

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