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Representative Ryan Fecteau [Democrat]
Biddeford ~ District 11

Towns in District: part of Biddeford

Assistant House Majority Leader
Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

House Committees:
♦ Elections (Chair)
♦ Ethics (Chair)

✉ Ryan.Fecteau@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1430

✉ P.O. Box 2244
Biddeford, Maine 04005


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters73%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 60 An Act To Require the Disclosure of the Names of Members of a Limited Liability Company Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 12, 2019
LD 60
This bill requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a limited liability company formed in Maine to be included in the company's certificate of formation and the name of each member to be included in the company's annual report to the Secretary of State. The bill also requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a foreign limited liability company in the company's statement of foreign qualifications to conduct activities. The bill also requires that if any member of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company is an organization, the names of each person who forms that organization's governing body be listed.

LD 81 An Act To Clarify Maine Law Regarding the Tips of Service Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 81
This bill clarifies that an employer may take an employee's tips as part of a valid tip pooling arrangement if the arrangement is only among service employees. It specifies that such a tip pooling arrangement may not violate federal law rather than requiring that it be consistent with federal law. The intent of this bill is to clarify the distinction between Maine law and any change to, or judicial interpretation of, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and associated regulations that would allow an employer to take a service employee's tips for any reason other than for a valid tip pooling arrangement that is only among service employees.

LD 81 Chaptered Law
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LD 121 An Act To Require the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Promote Safety with Respect to the Handling or Use of Firearms, Watercraft, All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles and in Other Outdoor Activities Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-276, Enacted, Signed into law June 3, 2019
LD 121
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to develop and implement a program focused on increasing the awareness and education of the public on matters relating to firearm safety and the prevention of firearm violence. The program may include, but is not limited to, print, radio, television and Internet advertising, the distribution of written materials and the offering or facilitation of public events.

Amendment H-276
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Division of Public Information and Education to annually undertake campaigns to promote safety in the handling and use of firearms, watercraft, all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles. The division is also directed to promote safety with respect to other outdoor activities to the extent the division determines such campaigns would help improve safety. The campaigns must be designed to reach the target audiences effectively through television, radio, Internet or other communication mediums.

LD 121 Chaptered Law
LD 121 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 138 An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine Coworking Development Fund Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 138
This bill provides one-time funds for the expansion of existing collaborative workspace businesses and gives preference to applicants with projects in towns and counties in which the unemployment rate exceeds the State's unemployment rate.

Amendment H-146
This amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, when determining grants from the Maine Coworking Development Fund, to solicit applications through a competitive bid process, instead of a request for proposal process. The amendment allows for funds to be provided to entities to establish new collaborative workspaces and directs the department to prioritize development of new workspaces in the competitive application process. The amendment replaces the requirement for an annual report by the department to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives with a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over innovation, development, economic advancement and business matters. The amendment directs the department to engage in at least 2 rounds of competitive applications and also directs that the 2019-20 appropriation be carried over into 2020-21.

LD 138 fiscal note
LD 138 Amendment H-146 fiscal note
LD 139 An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-82, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 139
This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program administered by the Department of Labor, including the following.

  • 1. It requires that the Department of Labor's outreach efforts regarding the program be tailored to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, veterans, immigrants, recipients of benefits under the statewide food supplement program, low-skilled manufacturing workers and students enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Labor to collaborate with other entities to improve program outreach to target demographics, including, at a minimum, collaboration with the Maine Community College System.
  • 3. It makes changes to the criteria used to determine approved education and training under the program, including consideration of employer input, changing demographics and traditional industries in the State in which innovations and new technologies are creating a demand for skilled workers.
  • 4. It requires that a program participant be given information about the allowable uses of a family development account under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter 4-A.
  • 5. It adds a requirement that a participant be offered comprehensive career planning services prior to the program's development of an individual career plan with the participant and permits the Department of Labor to partner with other entities to provide this service. It directs the department to include in this partnership, at a minimum, the Maine Community College System with respect to participants enrolled or seeking enrollment in a training or education course provided by the Maine Community College System. It also directs the Maine Community College System to assist the Department of Labor in program management and oversight for such participants.
  • 6. It repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.

This bill also amends the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age, providing that such a minor may be employed in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education only if the minor has graduated from the program and has graduated from high school.

Amendment H-82
This amendment strikes a number of sections of the bill affecting the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program and does the following.

  • 1. It retains the changes in the bill that amend the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education to require that the minor must have graduated from high school. The amendment provides that a high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • 2. It retains the provision in the bill that repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.
  • 3. It amends the eligibility criteria of the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program to modify the requirement that an individual be at least 18 years old by also including an individual who has graduated from high school.


LD 139 Chaptered Law
LD 139 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 140 An Act To Facilitate the Employment of Persons with Substance Use Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 140
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a process to certify employers as having met the criteria established by the department for working with employees with substance use disorders. The bill also directs the department to create a publicly accessible database of certified employers.

LD 736 An Act To Protect Students during Elections Held at Their Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 736
This bill requires that when an election is held with a school as a voting place, the school must either be closed or secured according to a plan approved by the municipal law enforcement agency responsible for protecting that school.

LD 752 An Act To Reduce Food Insecurity and Promote Economic Growth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 752
This bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to seek a waiver beginning with federal fiscal year 2020, which begins October 1, 2019, and for each federal fiscal year thereafter to allow individuals otherwise subject to a 3-month limit on federal food supplement program benefits to continue to receive benefits if those individuals reside in counties, labor market areas or other areas that qualify for a waiver because of high unemployment or a lack of a sufficient number of jobs to provide employment for those individuals.
  • 2. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to calculate the amount of the food stamp standard utility allowance using reliable data reflecting actual utility costs in Maine.
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older or an individual with a disability or that does not include children.


LD 753 An Act To Allow Voters To Choose Ongoing Absentee Voter Status Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 753
This bill provides a process for a voter to request ongoing absentee voter status in a municipality that has approved the use of ongoing absentee voter status, which allows the voter to automatically receive an absentee ballot for each statewide and municipal election until the status is terminated.

LD 845 An Act To Secure the Integrity of Elections When the Secretary of State Is a Candidate Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 845
This bill prohibits the Secretary of State from overseeing an election in which the Secretary of State is a candidate and transfers all responsibilities of the Secretary of State for that election to the first deputy secretary of state.

LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1056 An Act To Update and Amend the Finance Authority of Maine Act Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-224, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1056
This bill amends the Finance Authority of Maine Act by removing various references to bond financing for major business expansion projects and eliminating that financing. It also reallocates the bonding authority for securing the Finance Authority of Maine's capital reserve funds supporting other programs. It also removes definitions pertaining to the Clean Fuel Vehicle Fund, which was repealed in 2013.

Amendment H-224
This amendment increases the maximum amount of insurance the Finance Authority of Maine may provide to related entities from $7,000,000 to $7,500,000.

LD 1056 Chaptered Law
LD 1056 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1357 An Act Regarding State Licensure for the Sale of Spirits for Off-premises Consumption Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 8, 2019
LD 1357
This bill amends the law regarding the number of agency liquor stores allowed in a municipality from the number being determined based upon the population of the municipality to being determined by the municipality, with existing agency liquor store licenses grandfathered if the municipality authorizes a number of agency liquor stores less than the number of operating liquor stores previously licensed by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations or the municipality does not make a determination. This bill also requires an applicant for an agency liquor store license to be a business licensed in the municipality in which the agency liquor store will be located that has been in existence for at least the 3 years immediately prior to application and that has been in good standing with every agency of the State for the 3 years immediately prior to application.

LD 1359 An Act Regarding Local Workforce Development Boards Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-218, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1359
This bill provides for each local workforce development board in the State to receive an annual appropriation equal to $25 multiplied by the number of unemployed persons in the local workforce development board's service area for the prior calendar year divided by 12 and requires that on or before September 1st of each even-numbered year, the Commissioner of Labor is required to prepare and submit the annual appropriation requirement for each year of the ensuing biennium to the State Budget Officer to be included in the Governor's biennial budget proposal.

This bill includes General Fund appropriations totaling $465,252 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $465,252 in fiscal year 2020-21 to provide funding for the local workforce development boards for the 2020-2021 biennium.

Amendment H-218
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1359 Amendment H-218 fiscal note

LD 1360 Resolve, To Expand Eligibility for Presumptive Eligibility Determinations by Hospitals Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1360
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the department's rule Chapter 332: MaineCare Eligibility Manual, Part 18: Presumptive Eligibility Determined by Hospitals regarding expanding hospital presumptive eligibility, hospital presumptive eligibility cards, assisting individuals with MaineCare application forms and performance standards for qualified hospitals to require that 85% of presumptive eligibility determinations made will be found eligible for full MaineCare coverage.

LD 1411 An Act Regarding the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-358, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1411
This bill amends provisions related to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It makes appointment of members to the State Workforce Board subject to confirmation by the Legislature. It requires the State Workforce Board to submit the state workforce development plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters prior to the plan being submitted to the Federal Government. It directs the Treasurer of State to disburse federal funds received pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and state funds made available to be used to implement that Act if the Governor does not authorize disbursement of the funds within 30 days after the funds are received or made available.

Amendment H-358
This amendment requires the state workforce development plan to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters at the same time the plan is posted for public comment pursuant to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. It requires that the appointments of certain members of the State Workforce Board are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters and to confirmation by the Legislature, but clarifies that members such as the Governor or commissioners of state agencies and county commissioners are not required to be confirmed by the Legislature. It specifies that when the term of a member expires, that member remains on the board until replaced. Lastly, it requires the Governor to make federal funds available to the local workforce boards to be used to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act within 30 days after the date funds are made available to the Governor and in accordance with state procurement rules and the federal Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990.

LD 1411 Chaptered Law
LD 1411 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1584 An Act To Attract, Build and Retain an Early Childhood Education Workforce through Increased Training, Education and Career Pathways Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-464, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1584
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor jointly to develop and implement an early childhood educators workforce support program to recruit and retain early childhood educators working with children up to 5 years of age. Components of the program include:
  • 1. Expansion of educational programs at career and technical education centers and financial support of those programs;
  • 2. Comprehensive scholarships for persons taking classes toward the attainment of an early childhood education credential or an associate or bachelor's degree that allow the persons to graduate without student debt as long as the persons agree to work for a year with an approved employer;
  • 3. An increased number of apprenticeships; and
  • 4. Salary supplements awarded to individuals who provide child care or who are early childhood educators. The amount of the supplement is based on the level of education and experience of the individual and other factors.
This bill also provides funding to carry out the program.

Amendment H-464
This amendment requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to collect and review early childhood educators workforce data and, on a biennial basis, conduct a review of the adequacy of the pathways to early childhood education careers. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor to collaborate with local adult education providers of school administrative units, apprenticeship sponsors, career and technical education programs, the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System to create articulation agreements between these entities for the transfer of credits for course work related to early childhood education and to facilitate enrollment in courses that lead to the issuance of a postsecondary degree by a degree-granting institution. It also requires the commissioners to collaborate with these same entities to provide support for individuals, including immigrants and other populations lacking experience in Maine's workforce, who require foundational skills development to enter and succeed in early childhood education courses, including but not limited to English as a second language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills.

LD 1584 fiscal note
LD 1584 Amendment H-464 fiscal note
LD 1645 An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-481, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1645
The purpose of this bill is to address Maine's shortage of safe, affordable housing by creating a state affordable housing tax credit. The tax credit is administered by the Maine State Housing Authority, which will allocate the state credit through a process similar to its current allocation of federal housing tax credits. Ten percent of the credit must be set aside for the preservation of affordable housing units that are constructed with financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, Rural Housing Service and at risk of losing their affordable status. In addition, 30% of the credit allocated to new housing units is targeted for seniors and 20% is targeted for rural areas. The credit is subject to reporting requirements and a process for tax expenditure review by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Amendment H-481
This amendment makes several changes to the procedure for administration of the credit for affordable housing to appropriately reflect the most effective responsibilities of the Maine State Housing Authority and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services and requires the authority to adopt routine technical rules necessary for administration of the credit. The amendment also removes the date for a report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

LD 1645 Amendment H-481 fiscal note
LD 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-552, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1698
This bill provides a tax credit for the production of renewable chemicals by the conversion of renewable biomass from the forest, farms, the sea or solid waste. The credit is equal to 7¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State, 9¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in production of the renewable chemicals are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program or successor program and at least 50% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States or 12¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in such production are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program and at least 75% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States. Renewable chemicals are defined to include chemicals, polymers, plastics and formulated products, and to exclude substances used for food, feed or fuel, with limited exceptions. The bill also reinstates the tax credit for commercial production and use of biofuels.

Amendment H-552
This amendment includes a provision permitting the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to provide to the Department of Economic and Community Development information necessary for administration of the renewable chemicals tax credit and strikes language that would create an overlap of the renewable chemicals tax credit and the credit for the commercial production and use of biofuels.

LD 1698 Amendment H-552 fiscal note
LD 1751 An Act To Amend and Clarify the Laws Concerning American Sign Language Interpreters Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-418, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1751
This bill amends the laws governing American Sign Language interpreters to update educational requirements, remove the transliterator license category, remove the limited license category, establish a new conditional license category, clarify continuing education requirements and create an inactive license status.

Amendment H-418
This amendment removes the provision describing the treatment of inactive licenses. This language is duplicative of existing statute.

LD 1751 Chaptered Law
LD 1751 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1812 An Act To Make Necessary Changes to State Law Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1812
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to make necessary changes to state law.

LD 16 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 16
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.

LD 58 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Extend the Terms of Legislators to 4 Years Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 58
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to increase the length of the terms of State Senators and members of the House of Representatives from 2 years to 4 years beginning in 2022.

LD 69 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 69
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.

LD 70 An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-10, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 70
This bill permits an employer who employs an apprentice participating in an approved apprenticeship program to receive a tax credit and provides for a partial credit if the employer employs a participating apprentice for fewer than 2,000 hours during a calendar year.

Amendment S-10
This amendment adds appropriations for one-time funding for computer programming and for 2 positions in the Department of Labor to implement the tax credit for apprenticeship programs provided in the bill.

LD 70 fiscal note
LD 70 Amendment S-10 fiscal note
LD 75 An Act To Protect Earned Pay Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-11, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 75
Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.

Amendment S-11
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 75 Chaptered Law
LD 75 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 89 An Act To Impose Requirements on the Rental of Residential Property That Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 89
This bill requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property ensure that property used in the manufacture of methamphetamine be decontaminated and tested in accordance with the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's March 2013 revised edition of the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup or other standards established in rule by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill also requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement disclose to the potential tenant or lessee that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bill makes violation of these provisions a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and also states that failure to decontaminate or disclose constitutes a breach of the implied warranty of fitness for human habitation. The bill gives the Department of Economic and Community Development authority to adopt rules to implement these provisions.

LD 96 An Act To Require Disclosure at the Sale or Transfer whether Real Estate Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-386, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 96
This bill amends the law requiring disclosures by the seller of residential real property to require the seller to disclose whether the property has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Amendment H-386
The bill requires a seller of residential real property to disclose that the property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Current law requires the disclosure of the presence or prior removal of any hazardous materials. This amendment strikes and replaces the text of the bill to include methamphetamine as a specific hazardous material, the presence or prior removal of which must be disclosed by the seller of the residential real property.

LD 96 Chaptered Law
LD 96 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 105 An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 105
This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development.

It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.

LD 120 An Act To Rebrand Maine's License Plate Slogan from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland" Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 120
This bill changes the slogan on motor vehicle license plates issued by the State from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland."

LD 149 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Student Debt Forgiveness To Support Workforce Attraction and Retention Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 149
This bill:
  • 1. Requires a General Fund bond obligation in the amount of $250,000,000 for a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to provide funds for payment of student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years and to reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years; and
  • 2. Establishes the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Program and the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Fund and requires the Finance Authority of Maine to adopt major substantive rules to implement the program and submit the rules to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.


LD 191 An Act To Protect Heating Fuel Customers Who Close Their Accounts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 191
This bill requires dealers of heating fuel to reimburse customers within 30 days for any fuel recovered following the closing of their accounts and makes failure to do so a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

LD 228 An Act To Expedite the Issuance of Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licenses Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-103, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 228
This bill requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license to practice as an alcohol and drug counseling aide, certified alcohol and drug counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor or certified clinical supervisor within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license. This bill also clarifies the authority of the State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to license certified clinical supervisors.

Amendment H-103
This amendment makes changes to the provision of the bill related to the minimum qualifications for certain licensed mental health professionals and licensed alcohol and drug counselors to also become licensed as certified clinical supervisors by:
  • 1. Removing the examination requirement;
  • 2. Reducing the number of minimum hours of training in clinical supervision;
  • 3. Clarifying that licensed pastoral counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists may be licensed as certified clinical supervisors; and
  • 4. Adding an eligibility requirement that recognizes licensed mental health professionals with experience in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and at least 3 years of experience supervising clinicians in treatment programs for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


The amendment also removes the section of the bill requiring that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license.

LD 228 Chaptered Law
LD 228 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 288 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 288
This resolve establishes the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan to study economic development issues and create a strategic, regionally focused economic development plan.

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
LD 294
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 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.

LD 301 Chaptered Law
LD 301 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 369 An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-79, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 369
This bill creates a right to earned paid sick leave for employees who are employed by an employer that employs more than 5 employees. The bill also creates a right to earned unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs 5 or fewer employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2021.

Amendment S-79
This amendment, which is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing, replaces the title and the bill. This amendment does the following:1. It requires an employer, except in a seasonal industry, that employs more than 10 employees for more than 120 days in any calendar year to permit each employee to earn paid leave based on the employee's base pay;
  • 2. It specifies that an employee is entitled to earn one hour of paid leave from a single employer for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours in one year of employment, with accrual of leave beginning at the start of employment;
  • 3. It requires an employee to work for 120 days before an employer is required to permit use of accrued earned paid leave;
  • 4. It requires an employer to pay an employee taking earned leave at least the same base rate of pay that employee received immediately prior to taking earned leave and provide the same benefits as those provided under established policies of the employer pertaining to other types of paid leave;
  • 5. It requires an employee, absent an emergency, illness or other sudden necessity for taking earned leave, to give reasonable notice to the employee's supervisor of the employee's intent to use leave;
  • 6. It specifies that an employee taking earned leave maintains any employee benefits accrued before the date on which the leave commenced and the leave may not affect the employee's right to health insurance benefits on the same terms and conditions as applicable to similarly situated employees;
  • 7. It provides the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards the exclusive authority to enforce the law and requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce the law;
  • 8. It allows for the imposition of penalties currently established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 53;
  • 9. It preempts the authority of a municipality or other political subdivision to enact any ordinance or other rule purporting to have the force of law under its home rule or other authority regulating earned paid leave;
  • 10. It requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce provisions regarding earned paid leave;
  • 11. It specifies that earned paid leave does not apply to an employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement during the period between January 1, 2021 and the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement; and
  • 12. It requires the Department of Labor, beginning January 1, 2022 and annually thereafter, to report progress to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters.


  • LD 369 Chaptered Law
    LD 369 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 371 An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 371
    This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.

    LD 391 Resolve, To Establish the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
    LD 391
    This resolve establishes the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County to study and plan the disposition of the 3 district courthouses in York County to be vacated when the courts are consolidated into one building and of associated surplus state property.

    LD 399 An Act To Align Wages for Direct Care Workers for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism with the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-412, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 399
    This bill specifies that the MaineCare reimbursement rate for direct care workers for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism must be at least 125% of the state minimum wage.

    Amendment H-412
    This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

    LD 399 fiscal note
    LD 399 Amendment H-412 fiscal note
    LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 433
    This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

    Amendment H-230
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
    LD 444 An Act To Fully Restore Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
    LD 444
    This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 3 months earlier than currently provided in law.

    LD 463 An Act To Reduce Obesity Rates in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 463
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to develop a comprehensive state plan relating to the reduction of unhealthy weight and obesity. The plan must include coordination of activities within the Department of Health and Human Services and among state departments, efforts to monitor rates of unhealthy weight and obesity, including a survey of food and drink consumption and physical exercise, and a media plan to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks. The department is required to submit the plan to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters no later than January 1, 2020 and every 2 years thereafter. The bill also includes a position within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or contracted for by the department, as a coordinator of the state plan. The bill also appropriates funds to develop and implement the plan, to improve surveillance and epidemiology related to obesity and to fund one Obesity Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    LD 513 An Act To Limit the Number of Students and Prevent the Addition of Grade Levels at Virtual Public Charter Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-239, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
    LD 513
    This bill limits total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the commission to the total enrollment at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. It also prohibits a virtual public charter school authorized by the commission from expanding to serve a grade level not included in the school's initial charter contract or, for a school whose charter was renewed prior to November 1, 2019, the renewed charter contract.

    Amendment H-239
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, limits the total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission to 1,000 students.

    LD 513 Chaptered Law
    LD 513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 576 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop and Implement an Online Learning Platform for Students and Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-125, Finally passed, Signed into law May 14, 2019
    LD 576
    This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop and implement an online platform to facilitate the provision of online, virtual instruction by state-certified teachers to students in every public school in the State and the provision of a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities to educators across the State. It directs the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020 on the progress toward and obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to address any obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform and any other concerns.

    Amendment H-125
    This amendment removes the requirement in the resolve that the Department of Education implement an online platform and instead requires the department to study and develop an online platform. The amendment also requires the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs required by the resolve to include the expected costs and a strategy for implementation of the online platform.

    LD 576 Chaptered Law
    LD 576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 577 An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-226, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 577
    This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.

    Amendment H-226
    This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill.

    LD 577 Chaptered Law
    LD 577 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 601 An Act To Create Fairness by Reinstituting the Cost-of-living Adjustment for Workers' Compensation Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 601
    This bill establishes cost-of-living adjustments for workers' compensation benefits. Prior to the 1992 revision of the laws governing workers' compensation, benefits for total incapacity were adjusted annually based on the percentage increase or decrease in the state average weekly wage.

    LD 662 An Act To Count Study Abroad toward Secondary School Credit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-54, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 662
    This bill requires school administrative units to award course credit to students who have studied abroad by awarding the student elective credit based on hours of instruction received abroad or by awarding credit hours in the relevant content area if the student receives 3rd-party certification or if the student passes a summative assessment.

    Amendment H-54
    This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by requiring school boards to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad. The school board may include in the policy that the school administrative unit award credit as elective credit, through 3rd-party certification or based on a summative assessment.

    This amendment also requires the Department of Education to issue an administrative letter to school boards and superintendents addressing the benefits of proactive communication between the school administrative unit and parents of a student and the student regarding the credit options available to the student prior to the student's participation in the study abroad program.

    This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad as a potential unfunded state mandate. The committee reviewed the fiscal note and determined that requiring a school board to adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad is not a mandate. Because school boards have a duty to adopt policies that govern school administrative units pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 1001, subsection 1-A, and because Title 20-A requires school administrative units to provide students with opportunities for learning in multiple pathways, the requirement that local school boards adopt a policy on awarding credit to students who have studied abroad does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.



    LD 662 Amendment H-54 fiscal note
    LD 663 An Act To Allow Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates To Be Issued Complimentary Licenses To Hunt, Trap and Fish and To Exempt Them from Vehicle Registration Fees Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone February 26, 2019
    LD 663
    This bill allows the holder of a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 524-B to be issued a complimentary license to hunt, trap and fish, including permits, stamps and other permissions needed to hunt. It also exempts a person with a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates from the annual motor vehicle registration fee.

    LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 692
    This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

    Amendment H-407
    This amendment specifies that the services provided by independent licensed clinical social workers are provided under Section 65 of rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. Rather than increasing rates to the lowest reimbursement rate for the same service paid by an insurance carrier licensed in Maine, the amendment increases rates to 70% of the Medicare rate for the closest equivalent service, since there is no exact equivalent rate under Medicare. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 692 fiscal note
    LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
    LD 696 An Act To Protect Public Employees from Identity Theft Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-77, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 696
    This bill requires a public employer, if the public employer determines or suspects there has been a breach of confidentiality or theft of an employee's personal information due to cyber activity or other means, to notify the employee within 24 hours of being notified of or discovering the breach or theft and to provide the employee financial counseling.

    Amendment S-77
    This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act to add municipalities and school administrative units to the definition of "person" to make the Act applicable to these entities. It also exempts these entities from the civil violations provision of the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act. The amendment specifies that notice to residents of the State of a security breach must be given no later than 30 days after the information broker or person maintaining computerized data that includes personal information becomes aware of a security breach.

    LD 696 Amendment S-77 fiscal note
    LD 711 Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 711
    This resolve establishes the Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 712 An Act To Increase the School Construction Debt Service Limit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-290, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 712
    This bill amends the school funding formula to fund after-school programs based on the state share percentage and to fund public preschool programs at 50% of the cost of the programs, or if a school administrative unit's state share percentage is greater than 50%, to fund the unit's public preschool program at the state share percentage. The bill also increases the additional weight for economically disadvantaged students from 0.15 to 1.5. The bill also raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

    Amendment H-290
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title and strikes all sections of the bill except the provision that raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

    LD 712 Amendment H-290 fiscal note
    LD 735 An Act To Create a Seat for a Representative of the Wabanaki Tribal Governments on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-111, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
    LD 735
    This bill provides a permanent seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a representative of the 5 Wabanaki tribal governments. The tribal representative must be a law enforcement official and must be chosen for a 2-year term by a process determined by the tribal governments. The process must require that the position rotate among the 5 tribal governments.

    Amendment H-111
    This amendment changes the title and provides a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a person appointed by the Governor who is knowledgeable about public safety and who has been recommended to the Governor by the Wabanaki tribal governments of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik and the Penobscot Nation. The term of this member of the board of trustees is 2 years.

    LD 735 Chaptered Law
    LD 735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 738 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Study Group To Review the Crisis Response System in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 738
    This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a study group of interested parties to review the crisis response system in the State. The study group is required to submit its report, including any recommended legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 15, 2019. The joint standing committee may submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 746 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Determine the Duration of Development Districts Funded by Assessments Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
    LD 746
    This bill provides local control to municipalities over the duration of municipal development districts that are funded by assessments and are not tax increment financing districts. Municipal development districts that are tax increment financing districts continue to be subject to the 30-year duration limitation under current law.

    LD 746 Chaptered Law
    LD 746 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 765 Resolve, To Revise Asset Limits for Social Service Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-247, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
    LD 765
    This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review asset limits for social service programs and revise the limits to increase the effectiveness of the programs.

    Amendment H-247
    The amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to examine the asset limits for eligibility applied to the elderly low-cost drug program, the Medicare savings program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the statewide food supplement program, otherwise known as SNAP. The department and stakeholder group are required to examine the asset limits to determine if they meet the missions of the programs or present barriers and to determine compliance with federal laws and guidelines. The department is required to submit a report, together with its findings, legislative recommendations and any rulemaking activities to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 1, 2019.

    LD 765 Chaptered Law
    LD 765 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 770 An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
    LD 770
    This bill requires that, by September 1, 2020, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

    LD 773 An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
    LD 773
    This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to review the content standards and performance indicators for the content area of health, physical education and wellness, including instruction on affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity and the effects of alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics on the ability to give affirmative consent, communicate and make appropriate decisions, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the commissioner's 5-year review cycle of the content standards and performance indicators required under the system of learning results.

    Amendment H-266
    This amendment adds a mandate preamble.

    LD 773 Chaptered Law
    LD 773 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 775 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules for Eligibility for Community Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-403, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 775
    This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services to include access to services to persons who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Amendment H-403
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services concerning eligibility criteria for services under that section. It requires the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 15, 2020 on the rulemaking process, proposed and provisionally adopted rules and justification for the adoption of the proposed rules. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation regarding the subject matter of the rules.

    LD 775 Amendment H-403 fiscal note
    LD 786 An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-81, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 786
    This bill provides an appropriation to allow the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with a nonprofit organization that provides statewide hunger relief services to allow that organization to:
    • 1. Engage in statewide hunger relief services, including, but not limited to, the purchase of food from Maine food producers and processors;
    • 2. Provide grants to local hunger relief programs; and
    • 3. Pay its operational and distribution expenses.


    Amendment S-81
    This amendment decreases the ongoing annual General fund appropriation to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for statewide hunger relief services from $2,500,000 to $1,500,000.

    LD 786 Amendment S-81 fiscal note
    LD 790 An Act To Eliminate the Cap on the Number of Accounts or Meters Designated for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 790
    This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from adopting or amending net energy billing rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to impose any limit on the number of accounts or meters that customers may designate for net energy billing or any limit on the number of customers that may share an interest in a generation facility for which the energy output is credited as part of any net energy billing.

    LD 792 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of Bonds Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 792
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the issuance of bonds:
    • 1. It requires the Governor to issue a general obligation bond that has been ratified by the legal voters of the State unless one of 5 specific conditions exists, and it requires the Governor to provide certain information upon delaying or forgoing issuance of a bond;
    • 2. It eliminates the requirement that registered bonds bear the facsimile signature of the Governor; and
    • 3. It provides that the bill applies to all general obligation bonds ratified by the voters but as yet unissued as well as all future general obligation bonds ratified by the voters.


    LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 795
    This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

    Amendment H-430
    This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

    Amendment H-541
    This amendment amends the bill by:
    • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
    • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
    • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


    LD 795 fiscal note
    LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
    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 812 An Act To Stabilize Property Taxes on Homesteads of Individuals Who Are 66 Years of Age or Older Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
    LD 812
    This bill permits a municipality to maintain the property tax on the homestead of a permanent resident who is at least 66 years of age or older at the amount billed in the year prior to an application for stabilization. The amount by which the tax assessed exceeds the stabilized amount must be paid to the municipality by the State. An applicant for stabilization must be a permanent resident of the State and must have received a property tax fairness credit for the income tax year preceding application for stabilization. An application for stabilization must be made each year to continue eligibility.

    LD 813 Resolve, To Encourage Relocation of Working Professionals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 813
    This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to design and implement a one-year pilot program to encourage remote workers to relocate to Maine. The pilot program, the New Remote Worker Grant Program, will award grants of up to $2,500 per qualifying individual and up to $125,000 in total funds for qualifying expenses. The resolve directs the department to report back to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over innovation, development, economic advancement and business matters and to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor and housing matters and gives these committees authority to report out legislation based on the department's report.

    LD 814 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Research and Innovation led by the University of Maine System Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 814
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    his bill would provide funding and enact measures based on recommendations of the President of the University of Maine at Machias in a strategic plan chartered by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and due to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System in March 2019. The bill would strengthen research and economic development efforts across the University of Maine System to support Maine industries and workforce development and to foster business formation and expansion, specifically in the 7 research and development sectors designated in statute: advanced technology for agriculture and forestry; aquaculture and marine technology; biotechnology; composite materials technology; environmental technology; information technology; and precision manufacturing technology.

    LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
    LD 816
    This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

    Amendment S-44
    This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

    LD 816 Amendment S-44 fiscal note
    LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 820
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

    The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

    Amendment H-210
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

    Amendment S-275
    The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

    LD 820 Chaptered Law
    LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

    LD 833 An Act To Provide the Same Retirement Benefits for State Employees Working as Emergency Communications Specialists as Are Provided to Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-496, Enacted in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 833
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to provide the same retirement benefits as are provided to law enforcement officers to state employees working in law enforcement, including these job classifications:

    • 1. Emergency dispatchers;
    • 2. Staff in the Maine State Police computer crimes unit;
    • 3. Staff in the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory;
    • 4. Law enforcement staff at the Attorney General's office; and
    • 5. Forest rangers.


    Amendment H-496
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment allows emergency communications specialists in the employment of the Department of Public Safety 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. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 833 Amendment H-496 fiscal note
    LD 835 An Act To Increase Funding for Case Managers for Veterans Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, April 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 835
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to provide funding for additional case managers in the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding the availability of benefits and services for veterans such as health care, home financing, property tax exemptions and income tax credits.

    LD 838 Resolve, To Ensure the Continuation of Services to Maine Children and Families (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 838
    Resolve 2017, chapter 56 requires the Department of Health and Human Services to continue certain contractual agreements entered into by the department with Community Partnerships for Protecting Children until January 31, 2019. This resolve amends that resolve to require the department to extend the contractual agreements until at least the termination date specified in the contractual agreement. This resolve applies retroactively to January 31, 2019.

    LD 849 An Act To Allow Chiropractic Internships Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-262, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
    LD 849
    This bill establishes a new temporary license for chiropractic interns. The bill describes the supervision and credentialing requirements for licensure and the process by which an applicant may gain licensure. The bill provides the Board of Chiropractic Licensure with rule-making authority.

    Amendment H-262
    This amendment does the following.
    • 1. It makes clear that the fee for a temporary license must be established in accordance with existing law.
    • 2. It clarifies that an applicant for a temporary license must provide documentation of professional liability insurance.
    • 3. It removes the requirement for an applicant to demonstrate good moral character as that requirement is not required for applicants for other licenses issued by the board.
    • 4. It removes the language authorizing the board to adopt rules related to exceptions to licensure.
    • 5. It clarifies that, if there is a change in the supervision of a chiropractic intern, the intern must immediately cease to practice and must notify the board within 10 days.
    • 6. It specifies that a chiropractic intern may not provide services without the written informed consent of the individual receiving chiropractic services.
    • 7. It removes the requirement that an intern display the intern's license to be consistent with the requirements for other license categories.


    LD 849 Chaptered Law
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    LD 855 An Act To Strengthen the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-619 and Senate amendment S-372, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 855
    This bill requires that the Commissioner of Public Safety appoint a technical codes coordinator, an office specialist and a building codes trainer. It also requires that municipalities impose a $3 surcharge on building permits and remit those funds to the Department of Public Safety to fund the Uniform Building Codes and Standards Fund.

    Amendment H-619
    This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
    • 1. It increases the municipal permit surcharge from $3 to $5 and specifies that the surcharge only applies to permits for new construction or renovations that are subject to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
    • 2. It transfers administration of code enforcement officer training from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal.
    The amendment also adds a mandate preamble and an appropriations and allocations section.

    Amendment S-372
    This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.

    LD 855 Chaptered Law
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    LD 861 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Complete the Renovation of a Wharf and Bulkhead in Portland for Marine Research Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 861
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $3,000,000, will be used to complete the renovation of a wharf and bulkhead at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland to bring the wharf back into operation for a fishing vessel berthing resource to support marine research at sea and for continued long-term marine job development.

    LD 862 An Act To Limit the Amount of Money That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 10, 2019
    LD 862
    This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price. The limit applies only to private contracts and not to contracts entered into by governmental entities and only to contracts entered into on or after the effective date of the legislation.

    LD 862 fiscal note
    LD 867 An Act To Require Public Health Impact Statements for Certain Legislation Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
    LD 867
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, when requested by the chairs of a joint standing committee of the Legislature, to prepare and provide a public health impact statement for legislation before the committee. The public health impact statement must include the potential positive and negative public health effects of the legislation and considerations necessary to the decision-making process regarding the legislation and provide practical recommendations to increase the positive health effects and minimize negative health effects of the legislation.

    LD 872 An Act To Forgive Education Debt for Certain Health Care Professionals Who Work in the State Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
    LD 872
    This bill creates the Health Care Professional Education Loan Repayment Program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to repay the education debt of certain health care professionals who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay 20% of the education debt or $25,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $125,000 for a health care professional who is not employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area and 20% of the education debt or $30,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $150,000 for a health care professional who is employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area. The program is contingent on funding from the proceeds from the renewal of the contract for the operations of the State's wholesale spirits business.

    LD 887 An Act To Improve the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 887
    This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit to $2,000 for resident individuals, regardless of age. Current law provides a maximum credit of $750 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and $1,200 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older. This bill also removes the inclusion of benefits received under the federal Social Security Act and railroad retirement benefits from being included as income for purposes of determining the credit.

    The credit is fully refundable after the application of nonrefundable credits.

    LD 893 An Act To Create an Updated Unified Maine Climate Action Plan Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 893
    This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection, working with the Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group, or MICA Work Group, and the University of Maine, to update the Maine Climate Action Plan developed in 2004 by the department. It requires the updated plan to address both mitigation and adaptation strategies. It requires the department and the MICA Work Group to convene a group of stakeholders to evaluate the mitigation and adaptation strategies in order to update the plan and it provides for internships for University of Maine students to work on the development and implementation of the updated plan. It authorizes the department to hire consultants. It requires the University of Maine System to develop and implement procedures for providing climate data to residents of the State. It also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 911
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

    LD 912 An Act To Establish the Wood Energy Investment Program Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-193, Enacted in both chambers June 7, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk, June, 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 912
    This bill establishes the wood energy investment fund and creates the Wood Energy Investment Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust. The bill specifies that, if the Public Utilities Commission finds that an entity awarded a contract for biomass resources pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 483 is not meeting contract requirements and therefore is not qualified to receive the full contract payment or any contract payment, those funds that would have been paid had contract requirements been met must be transferred to the wood energy investment fund. It also specifies that any funds remaining in the cost recovery fund established in Public Law 2015, chapter 483, section 1, subsection 5 that are not needed to pay above-market costs for biomass resources must also be transferred by the Public Utilities Commission to the wood energy investment fund. It requires the trust to use funds from the fund, if there are any, to provide incentives and low-interest or no-interest loans for new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects. It requires that the trust consult with the Finance Authority of Maine, when appropriate, in the development of any Wood Energy Investment Program incentives and the distribution of money from the wood energy investment fund. It prohibits the use of funds for incentives or loans for the refurbishment or maintenance of existing facilities.

    Amendment S-193
    This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment allocates funds to establish the Wood Energy Fund within the Efficiency Maine Trust.

    LD 912 Amendment S-193 fiscal note
    LD 921 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adopt Stricter Building and Energy Code Standards Than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
    LD 921
    This bill authorizes municipalities to adopt building and energy code requirements that are more strict than those contained in the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

    LD 949 An Act To Prevent Overdose Deaths Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
    LD 949
    This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to certify 2 facilities in the State to provide safe and secure locations for people to self-administer previously obtained drugs. The bill requires the facilities to have health care personnel and other trained staff, to provide information concerning drug overdoses and diseases associated with drug use, to administer first aid or other medications in case of an overdose and to provide referrals to other services that clients of the facilities may need. The bill provides immunity from arrest or prosecution to clients and staff members acting in accordance with the provisions of the bill and creates a tolerance zone within 1/2 mile of each facility. The facilities are directed to report certain demographic and other information to the department, which is directed to analyze the information and report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters. The department is also directed to review the effectiveness of the facilities to determine whether to open additional facilities.

    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
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    LD 1018 Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Protection from Abuse Orders (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 1018
    This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to convene a work group to review the laws governing enforcement of protection from abuse orders and how those orders are enforced by law enforcement officers.

    LD 1036 Resolve, Establishing a Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System and Increased Crosswalks for Academic Credit between Secondary Schools and Career and Technical Education Programs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-506 and Senate amendment S-311, June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1036
    This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Creation of a Comprehensive Career and Technical Education System to examine the feasibility of establishing a comprehensive 4-year high school career and technical education program to provide a technical high school setting for middle school students to attend at the completion of the 8th grade.

    Amendment H-506
    This amendment expands the membership of the task force to include a principal of a secondary school, a superintendent of a school administrative unit, an administrator at the University of Maine System and the Commissioner of Education or the commissioner's designee and requires that the member from a community college be an administrator.

    This amendment also expands the duties of the task force to require that the task force examine the advantages and disadvantages of a comprehensive 4-year career and technical education high school, obstacles to implementation and other models of comprehensive 4-year career and technical education high schools around the State and on a national level. The task force is also required to examine increasing crosswalks and intersections between technical and occupational knowledge and curricula and academic standards in order to promote multiple pathways for awarding content area credit to students enrolled in career and technical education programs.

    This amendment also requires the task force to seek funding contributions to fully fund the costs of the task force. If sufficient funding is not received within 30 days after the effective date of the resolve, no meetings are authorized and no expenses of any kind may be incurred or reimbursed.

    Amendment S-311
    This amendment increases the membership of the task force from 14 to 16 members by adding one additional member of the House of Representatives and one additional member of the Senate and specifies that the House and Senate appointments must include a member from each of the 2 parties holding the largest number of seats in the Legislature, which conforms with Joint Rule 353.

    LD 1036 fiscal note
    LD 1036 Amendment H-506 fiscal note
    LD 1036 Amendment S-311 fiscal note
    LD 1042 An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1042
    This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.

    LD 1045 An Act Regarding Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 1045
    Current law prohibits a person from making a bad faith assertion of patent infringement against another person. A person who does make a bad faith assertion may have to pay remedies awarded by the court, including equitable relief, damages, costs and fees and punitive damages; however, the law exempts persons seeking relief pursuant to 35 United States Code, Section 271(e)(2) or 42 United States Code, Section 262 from the law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement, which may include businesses such as pharmaceutical companies. This bill removes the exemption.

    LD 1068 An Act To Increase the Number of Agency Liquor Stores Permitted in Municipalities with 10,000 to 20,000 Residents Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
    LD 1068
    This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 10,001 but less than 20,001; current law allows such a municipality a maximum of 5 agency liquor stores.

    LD 1078 An Act Regarding the Number of Agency Liquor Store Licenses Permitted in a Municipality Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-96, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
    LD 1078
    This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10.

    Amendment H-96
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment restructures for clarity current law limiting the number of agency liquor stores. Substantively, the amendment allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to:
    • 1. License up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10; and
    • 2. License up to 7 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 15,000 but less than 20,001 and 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 15,001. Currently, 5 agency liquor stores are allowed in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 20,001.


    LD 1078 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1139 An Act To Eliminate Restrictions on Capacity and the Number of Accounts for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 1139
    This bill provides that the Public Utilities Commission may not limit the installed capacity of an eligible facility or the number of accounts or meters a customer or shared ownership customer may designate for net energy billing. Current commission rules limit the capacity to 660 kilowatts and the number of meters or accounts to 10.

    LD 1164 An Act To Improve the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-229, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1164
    This bill makes the current income tax credit for educational opportunity inapplicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and creates a new simplified tax credit for student loan repayment applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.
    • 1. A qualified individual must be a full-year Maine resident who has obtained an associate, bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited Maine or non-Maine community college, college or university after 2007 and who works at least part time in Maine or on a vessel at sea or is deployed for military service in the United States Armed Forces during the taxable year.
    • 2. Loans obtained from related persons, such as family members and certain businesses, trusts and exempt organizations, do not qualify for the credit.
    • 3. The credit may not reduce the tax due to less than zero.
    • 4. The credit for qualified individuals is the lesser of the amount paid on eligible education loans during the taxable year and 15% of the outstanding eligible education loan debt on the date the first education loan payment is made after a degree is earned.
    • 5. The credit for employers is the lesser of the amount paid by an employer on behalf of a qualified employee during the taxable year during the term of employment and 20% of the outstanding eligible education loan debt on the date the first education loan payment is made after December 31, 2019.
    • 6. The credit is available to the spouse of an individual eligible for a credit even if the spouse is not employed.
    • 7. Income tax deductions are provided for student loan payments made directly to a lender by an employer on behalf of a qualified employee and payments made directly to a lender on behalf of a taxpayer by a student loan repayment program funded by a nonprofit foundation and administered by the Finance Authority of Maine for residents of the State employed by a business located in the State.
    • 8. The annual credit may include loan amounts paid in excess of the amount due during a taxable year. The amendment also provides that credits in excess of those that may be used during a taxable year may be carried over for the next succeeding 5 years.


    Amendment S-229
    This amendment removes the requirement that a taxpayer's degree was received after 2007 to receive a credit for student loan repayment and provides that taxpayers who were eligible for a refundable credit under the credit for educational opportunity may continue to receive a refundable credit for tax years beginning before January 1, 2022. The amendment also increases from $50,000 per year to $75,000 per year the funds provided to market the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program.

    LD 1164 Amendment S-229 fiscal note
    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 1184 An Act Regarding Penalties for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1184
    Under changes made to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System in 1993, employees who were members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System as of July 1, 1993 but did not have 10 years of creditable service as of July 1, 1993 are required to have 25 years of creditable service and attain 62 years of age in order to avoid incurring a penalty of 6% of earned benefits for each year the person retires before attaining 62 years of age. Prior to that change, the penalty was 2.25% for each year below 60 years of age the person retired.

    This bill changes the rate of the penalty for those state employees who retired between July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 and for teachers who retired between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 who had at least 25 years of service on July 1, 2011 but had not attained 62 years of age to 2.25% for each year the person was below 62 years of age upon retirement from service.

    Amendment H-244
    This amendment is the minority report of the committee.

    This amendment makes clear that the change in the rate of the early retirement penalty for qualified members applies prospectively beginning October 1, 2019.

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund the one-time cost of the unfunded actuarial liability created as a result of the change in the rate of penalty for qualified members.

    LD 1184 fiscal note
    LD 1184 Amendment H-244 fiscal note
    LD 1185 An Act To Facilitate Intervention by and Provision of Services through the Department of Health and Human Services for Certain Families Affected by Substance Use Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1185
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide and pay for services relating to and treatment for substance use disorder in cases in which it does not file a child protection petition under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4032 but does open a case to provide services to the family to alleviate child abuse and neglect in the home, and also to provide and pay for those services as part of the rehabilitation and reunification plan required pursuant to Title 22, section 4041 when a child has been removed from the home. The bill provides that the department is not financially responsible if the person receiving services is insured by MaineCare or other insurance and that insurance covers the cost of those services. The bill establishes a program within the department for families affected by substance use disorder. The department is required to create a process to identify families engaged in a rehabilitation and reunification plan in which substance use disorder is a barrier to the return of a child to the child's home and ensure the family receives intervention and treatment for the disorder.

    LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
    LD 1196
    This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

    LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1214
    This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

    Amendment S-146
    This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 1214 fiscal note
    LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
    LD 1240 An Act To Provide Career and Technical Training Options for Electricians Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Amended by Committee amendment H-257 and House amendment H-336, Enacted, Signed into law, June 10, 2019
    LD 1240
    This bill allows the Electricians' Examining Board to accept satisfactory evidence of completion of a career and technical electrical education program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B as a secondary student when issuing a journeyman-in-training electrician license.

    Amendment H-257
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment amends the requirements for licensure as a journeyman electrician to credit graduates of a secondary school career and technical electrical education program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B with 1,000 hours of work experience in electrical installations and makes it clear that such graduates are eligible to sit for the journeyman examination.

    Amendment H-336
    This amendment clarifies the language in Committee Amendment H-257 regarding the requirements for licensure as a journeyman electrician. Under this amendment, graduates of a secondary school career and technical education electrical program approved pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 8306-B are credited with 1,000 hours of work experience in electrical installations and are eligible to sit for the journeyman examination. This amendment specifically provides that the 1,000 hours credited may not be applied to any other pathway to licensure.

    LD 1240 Chaptered Law
    LD 1240 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1260 An Act Regarding Short-term, Limited-duration Health Plans Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-476, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 1260
    This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period. The bill prohibits an insurer from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion on a short-term, limited-duration policy.

    The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

    The bill prohibits the issuance of a policy without prior approval from the Superintendent of Insurance.

    The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

    Amendment H-476
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

    • 1. It limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that ends on December 31st of the calendar year in which they are issued and allows an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker to issue a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy only if the combined term of the new policy and all prior policies does not exceed 24 months and as long as the individual has not been covered under any short-term, limited-duration policy for at least 12 months prior to the issuance of a policy.
    • 2. It requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies, a summary of plan benefits, limits and exclusions in a standardized format, information about the circumstances in which covered benefits may be subject to balance billing and examples of how charges may be applied toward any cost sharing under the policy and billed to the individual policyholder, and a comparison of the short-term, limited-duration policy to a qualified health plan in the terms, benefits and conditions of the policy, any exclusions, medical loss ratio requirements or the provisions of guaranteed renewal and continuity of coverage. It also requires an insurer to make the documents and information required to be disclosed to be made available on the insurer's publicly accessible website.
    • 3. It prohibits a short-term, limited-duration policy from being actively marketed or sold during any open enrollment period except for a policy that terminates coverage on December 31st.
    • 4. It restricts the sale of short-term, limited-duration policies to in-person encounters with an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker.
    • 5. It requires that an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker, upon offering an individual short-term, limited-duration policy for purchase, assess an individual making an application for eligibility for an advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction for coverage under a qualified health plan purchased on the exchange pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide an estimate of the cost for coverage under a qualified health plan after applying any advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction.
    • 6. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to issue, no later than 30 days following the effective date of this legislation, a bulletin related to short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies describing the statutory requirements for the policies, including the requirements enacted in this legislation and the required mandated benefits applicable to all short-term, limited-duration policies.
    • 7. It makes the requirements of this legislation apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.


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    LD 1272 An Act To Increase Access to Low-cost Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-250, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1272
    This bill establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the State in order to provide cost savings to consumers. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to design the program through rulemaking by January 1, 2020. The rules are designated as major substantive and must be submitted to the Legislature for final approval. The bill also specifies that the program may not be implemented until the State has received federal approval and certification. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal approval no later than May 1, 2020.

    Amendment S-250
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee. It adds language to the bill directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider whether the program may be developed on a multistate basis through collaboration with other states and to apply for and receive funds, grants or contracts from public and private sources.

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    LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1387
    Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

    This bill, using the guidance developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, enacts the Maine Pharmaceutical Drug Safety Act to allow an individual in Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada as long as specific criteria are met, including that the drug is imported for personal use, that the individual importing the drug has a valid prescription, that the drug does not present an unreasonable risk to the individual and that no more than a 90-day supply of the drug is imported. The prescription drug to be imported must also meet specific requirements. The importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs for sale or resale is specifically prohibited.

    LD 1410 An Act To Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Public hearing held, April 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1410
    This bill establishes a paid family and medical leave benefits program administered by the Department of Labor. The program provides up to 12 weeks of family leave and up to 20 weeks of medical leave to eligible covered individuals. No more than 20 weeks of family leave and medical leave in the aggregate may be taken in a 12-month period. An individual is eligible for leave under the program after working 26 weeks or more for any employer in the 12 months prior to submitting an application or if the individual is self-employed and has elected to be part of the program.

    The maximum weekly benefit amount is capped at 100% of the state average weekly wage. The weekly benefit amount is 90% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is equal to or less than 50% of the state average weekly wage and 67% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is more than 50% of the state average weekly wage.

    Covered individuals are required to file claims for benefits in accordance with rules adopted by the department and to provide certification that they qualify for family leave or medical leave.

    This bill establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund to support the program. The funds for administrative costs and payment of benefits will come from payroll contributions by employees.

    The bill requires payroll contributions to begin January 1, 2021, and benefits will be paid out beginning January 1, 2022

    LD 1417 An Act To Expand Access to Head Start To Assist Opioid-affected and Other At-risk Families Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-265, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1417
    This bill establishes eligibility standards for the Head Start program that allow participation for a child up to 5 years of age who is or whose family is affected by substance use disorder or whose family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This bill also provides appropriations to be distributed to nontribal Head Start program service providers proportionately in an amount based upon the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level in each provider's service area compared to the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level statewide, with preference given to children who are at risk or whose families are at risk.

    Amendment H-265
    This amendment clarifies that eligibility for the Head Start program is limited to children who have not met the minimum age requirement to enroll in a school administrative unit in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5201, subsection 2.

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    LD 1441 An Act To Align the Laws Governing Dental Therapy with Standards Established by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-503, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
    LD 1441
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws affecting dental therapists.
    • 1. It changes the name of the occupation licensed from "dental hygiene therapist" to "dental therapist" to conform to the name used by other state licensing boards and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
    • 2. It identifies the educational requirement as a master's degree in dental therapy. It also clarifies that a dental therapy program must either be accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education or approved by the Board of Dental Practice by rulemaking consistent with the curriculum standards of a dental therapy program as adopted by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education.
    • 3. It requires a provisional dental therapist and a dental therapist to maintain a current certification in advanced cardiac life support.
    • 4. It clarifies the level of supervision of a provisional dental therapist to require both direct and general supervision as identified in a written practice agreement with a supervising dentist. It authorizes a dental therapist to practice under the general supervision instead of direct supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement.
    • 5. It removes the practice setting requirements.


    Amendment H-503
    This amendment clarifies the educational requirements for dental therapists.

    The amendment removes language proposing to clarify statutory language related to supervision of dental therapists and replaces it with a provision requiring further study of the issues by the Board of Dental Practice. The Board of Dental Practice is directed to recommend changes to the statutory definitions of supervision and to recommend a definition of "teledentistry" for the purpose of aligning current supervision practices and reflecting advancements in technology. The Board of Dental Practice is required to submit its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than February 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the board's recommendations.

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    LD 1499 An Act To Establish the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-251, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1499
    This bill creates the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine the reasonableness of the costs for certain prescription drug products. The bill requires prescription drug manufacturers to notify the board when the introductory price or proposed price increase for a brand-name or generic drug reaches a specified threshold. The board is directed to review the information submitted by manufacturers to justify the price or increase.

    The bill requires the board to have a public process for each prescription drug required to be reviewed based on certain criteria. The board is directed to determine if the cost to the health care system of appropriate utilization of a drug is commensurate with its benefit to the system and whether the drug is affordable to state residents. If the board finds that the cost in the State is not affordable to state health care systems and state residents, the board is authorized to establish a cost or payment rate for the drug to which all state programs, local governments, licensed commercial health plans, including state marketplace plans, licensed pharmacies, wholesalers and distributors must abide. These covered entities are prohibited from paying more for the drugs than the board-established rate.

    Amendment S-251
    This amendment replaces the bill.

    The amendment, as in the bill, establishes the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board but removes the provisions that allow rate setting by the board and require the board to determine excess prescription drug costs based upon certain thresholds for prescription drug prices and price increases.

    The amendment instead provides that the board determines prescription drug spending targets for public entities, including for specific prescription drugs, based upon a 10-year rolling average of the medical care services component of the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index medical care services index plus a reasonable percentage for inflation and minus a spending target determined by the board for pharmacy savings and in consideration of information received about the public entity's prescription drug spending and information collected by the Maine Health Data Organization. The board makes recommendations on prescription drug spending targets, including spending targets for specific prescription drugs, with input from representatives of those public entities. The recommendations may include establishing a common prescription drug formulary among public payors, purchasing prescription drugs in bulk or through a single purchasing agreement, collaborating with other states and state prescription drug purchasing consortia to purchase prescription drugs in bulk or to jointly negotiate rebates, allowing health insurance carriers providing coverage to small businesses in the State to participate in a public payor prescription drug benefit for a fee, procuring common pharmacy benefit management services and actuarial services, negotiating specific rebates and removing drugs for which a manufacturer does not negotiate a sufficient rebate from a formulary and other methods determined by the board. The board is required to report its prescription drug spending targets and the methods recommended to meet those targets to the Legislature annually.

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    LD 1509 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code To Ensure It Is Consistent with Current Standards and Applies to Small Municipalities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-592, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
    LD 1509
    This bill adds the executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Technical Building Codes and Standards Board. The bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code so as to be consistent with the most recent edition of the International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council, as well as the most recent edition of the International Mechanical Code published by the International Code Council. Beginning July 1, 2020, the bill also prohibits a municipality from adopting or enforcing a building or energy code other than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and requires that any municipality that has adopted a building or energy code by July 1, 2020 adopt and enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

    Amendment H-592
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and makes the following changes:
    • 1. Lists as mandatory the specific codes that must comprise the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code;
    • 2. Requires that each new version of a code or standard that is part of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code must be reviewed as it is published and that the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board must adopt either the most recent edition or the edition previous of each code or standard;
    • 3. Makes the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code applicable statewide but does not require municipalities under 4,000 residents to enforce the code; and
    • 4. Provides that the Director of the Efficiency Maine Trust serves as a nonvoting member of the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board.


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    LD 1519 An Act Concerning the Establishment of Benefit Corporations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 1519
    This bill creates a statutory framework that allows a corporation to elect to become a benefit corporation by explicitly stating in its articles of incorporation that it has a purpose of creating general public benefit and allows such a corporation to state in its articles of incorporation one or more specific public benefit purposes, which are other than maximizing shareholder value. "General public benefit" means a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a 3rd-party standard, from the business and operations of the benefit corporation. A specific public benefit can be providing goods and services to underserved individuals and communities, the promotion of economic opportunities, protecting the environment, improving human health or other particular benefits to society or the environment.

    A benefit corporation may be subject to a benefit enforcement proceeding for failing to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit as set forth in its articles of incorporation, or for a violation of any obligation, duty or standard of conduct imposed.

    A benefit corporation must make its annual benefit report available publicly.

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    LD 1595 An Act To Enhance the Child Welfare Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1595
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the ombudsman program that provides ombudsman services to the children and families of the State regarding child welfare services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • 1. It provides that the program is an independent program operated as a nonprofit organization to provide investigative, oversight and advocacy services on a statewide basis.
    • 2. It requires the program to provide oversight of child welfare practice and policy to ensure the rights and safety of children and their families.
    • 3. It specifies staffing for the program.
    • 4. It provides that the Governor appoints the ombudsman, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and to confirmation by the Legislature.
    • 5. It provides that the ombudsman serves a 7-year term of office.
    • 6. It requires the ombudsman to submit the ombudsman's budget recommendations, using a format prescribed by the State Budget Officer, as part of the unified current services budget legislation.
    • 7. It provides full-time program employees access to health insurance benefits provided to state employees and retirement benefits provided to state employees.
    • 8. It requires the program to provide services directly to individuals and families and authorizes the program to provide systemwide comment to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
    • 9. It requires the department to inform the ombudsman of any statewide policy or practice changes in child welfare before they take effect.
    • 10. It allows the ombudsman to participate in trainings, studies or policy development activities conducted by the department.
    • 11. It requires the ombudsman to be available to provide information about child welfare issues on a statewide basis to individuals and entities outside the department.
    • 12. It authorizes the ombudsman to disclose confidential information, records or case-specific reports to a joint standing committee, joint select committee or oversight committee of the Legislature meeting in executive session.


    LD 1601 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Educators for Maine Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-417, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
    LD 1601
    This bill amends the laws governing the Educators for Maine Program by expanding certain definitions to include home-schooled students and educator service at publicly supported secondary schools and special education facilities; adding service in underserved geographic areas as an eligibility criterion; adding a loan repayment provision to the program; removing the provision whereby the Governor announces selected recipients annually; authorizing the Finance Authority of Maine to increase maximum loan amounts based on available funding; establishing limits on the duration a recipient may benefit under the program; removing the preference for loans to undergraduate students enrolled in a course of study related to underserved subject areas; and increasing from 5 to 10 years the amount of time a recipient has to complete the return service requirement.

    Amendment H-417
    This amendment removes the word "completes" as it references home instruction programs.

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    LD 1622 An Act To Promote the Use of Wood Pellet Central Heating Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
    LD 1622
    This bill directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide a rebate from the trust's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund in an amount equal to 50% of the purchase price up to $10,000 of a residential wood pellet central heating system and up to $20,000 of a nonresidential wood pellet central heating system.

    LD 1632 An Act Regarding Criminal Procedure with Respect to Allowable Defenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
    LD 1632
    This bill prohibits the use of what is referred to as the "gay and trans panic defense."

    The bill provides that when considering whether a defendant has an abnormal condition of the mind in determining whether a requisite culpable mental state exists in the defendant, a determination of abnormal condition of the mind may not be based on the defendant's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

    The bill excludes from the affirmative defense for murder that the defendant acted on the basis of extreme anger or extreme fear based on provocation by prohibiting the alleged cause of provocation from being solely from the discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship.

    The bill provides that a person's discovery of, knowledge about or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant or under circumstances in which the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic or sexual relationship, may not be used as the sole justification for the use of force against the victim.

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    LD 1639 An Act To Require Comprehensive Responsible Contracting Practices for Public Construction Projects Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1639
    Part A, for the purpose of ensuring that the work on public construction contracts is performed by responsible, qualified contractors that maintain the capacity, expertise, personnel and other qualifications and resources necessary to successfully perform public contracts in a timely, reliable and cost-effective manner, establishes responsible contractor requirements for publicly funded construction projects that receive state funds. The Part outlines a responsible contractor certification process to be administered by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services. Part A also clarifies that, for the purpose of the law requiring fair minimum rate of wages and benefits on public works contracts, "public works" includes any construction projects funded all or in part with state funds.

    Part A also amends the method of determining the prevailing wage and benefits rate paid in the construction industry to require the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to ascertain the applicable wage and benefits rates established in collective bargaining agreements in private construction and includes in benefits wages paid to apprentices in apprenticeship programs registered with the department.

    Part B requires the Executive Director of the Workers' Compensation Board or the executive director's designee to immediately issue a stop-work order to an employer who fails to procure workers' compensation insurance coverage. It requires the executive director or the executive director's designee to issue a stop-work order to an employer if the executive director or the executive director's designee finds after a hearing that the employer knowingly misrepresented employees as independent contractors or provided false, incomplete or misleading information to an insurance company on the numbers of employees the employer has for the purpose of paying a lower payment.

    Part C encourages the State to use project labor agreements for large-scale state-funded construction projects of $10,000,000 or more. A project labor agreement is a prehire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor unions that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

    Part D requires an employer with a public works contract with the State of $50,000 or more to provide to all employees who will be on the construction work site a safety training program that uses a curriculum approved by the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and that is at least 10 hours in duration. Flaggers, security workers and certain other employees not considered to be on the work site are exempt from this requirement. A contractor that violates this safety training program requirement may be assessed a fine of up to $2,500 and an additional fine of $100 per employee for each day of noncompliance.

    Part E provides that for public works construction contracts that involve funding from the Federal Government the prevailing wage requirements in state law apply unless the prevailing wage requirements that would otherwise apply under the federal Davis-Bacon Act would result in higher total wages under the contract. An exception is provided for funds received under the United States Housing Act of 1937 if the application of a state prevailing wage is expressly preempted by federal law.

    LD 1641 Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to the School Transportation Workforce Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-172, Finally passed, Signed into law June 7, 2019
    LD 1641
    This bill allows public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits over the summer. It also creates a nonlapsing fund to award grants to school administrative units for training for school bus drivers between academic years.

    Amendment S-172
    This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, to comprehensively examine issues associated with the school transportation workforce, including, but not limited to, determining the best strategies for hiring, training and retaining school transportation personnel. The department is required to submit a report with findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. Each committee is authorized to report out a bill on the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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    LD 1647 An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1647
    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    LD 1685 An Act To Facilitate Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-416, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1685
    This bill establishes and provides funding for the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, the authority may provide interest-free loans to foreign-educated or foreign-trained, experienced immigrants who need assistance while awaiting federal employment authorization to pay the costs of certain actions and activities that will improve their work-readiness once they receive their work permits.

    Amendment H-416
    The amendment clarifies language regarding applications for work permits and makes technical edits to the bill.

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    LD 1689 An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-177, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1689
    This bill expands the scope and capabilities of hypodermic apparatus exchange programs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill requires the center to adopt rules that:
    • 1. Allow the programs to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; and
    • 2. Expand the criteria a program must meet in order to be awarded funds, including distributing naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C testing; and maintaining referral agreements or having the capacity to provide counseling services, medication-assisted treatment services and infectious disease care.

    The center is also required to consider geographic distribution of services provided by a program when allocating funding.

    This bill also amends the Maine Criminal Code to remove the crimes of furnishing hypodermic apparatuses and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses and makes changes to other statutes to reflect that decriminalization.

    Amendment S-177
    This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill that decriminalize the crimes of furnishing or possessing hypodermic apparatuses. It removes the changes to the requirement to distribute educational materials. It removes the requirement to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies. Instead of requiring that a hypodermic apparatus exchange program have a board, the amendment requires a program to have a process or system to regularly seek input from persons with a history of drug use. The amendment also makes changes to the allocation of funds appropriated for hypodermic apparatus exchange programs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 1689 Amendment S-177 fiscal note

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