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Representative Ryan Tipping [Democrat]
Orono ~ District 123

Towns in District: part of Orono

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Taxation (Chair)

✉ Ryan.Tipping@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 279 Main Street
Orono, Maine 04473


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 200 Resolve, To Name the Bridge on Main Street in the Town of Orono the Brandon M. Silk Memorial Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 200
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Ferry Hill Bridge in the Town of Orono the Brandon M. Silk Memorial Bridge.

LD 200 Chaptered Law
LD 200 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 332 An Act To Remove the Statute of Limitations for Certain Sex Crimes Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 332
This bill amends the portions of the Maine Criminal Code pertaining to statutes of limitations to remove statutes of limitations governing the prosecution of Class A, Class B or Class C crimes involving incest; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; or rape or gross sexual assault, formerly denominated as gross sexual misconduct.

These changes apply only to those sexual crimes committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

LD 348 An Act To Prohibit the Providing of Misleading or Inaccurate Information via Caller Identification Services during Telemarketing Calls Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 348
This bill makes it a civil violation for a seller or telemarketer engaging in a telemarketing call to knowingly cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. It establishes a fine of not less than $500 for the first offense and of not less than $1,000 for any subsequent offense to be imposed in addition to any other penalties imposed under the law regarding telemarketing and caller identification and requires restitution to be paid.

LD 401 An Act To Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 401
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to ensure accurate tracking of the origin and type of waste materials disposed of in Maine, to discourage landfilling of recyclable materials, to preserve landfill capacity at state-owned facilities for Maine-generated materials, and to ensure the rights of host communities and abutters of waste disposal facilities. In order to achieve these goals, the bill proposes to:
  • 1. Ensure there is accurate tracking and record keeping identifying the origin, amounts and types of materials disposed in waste facilities in the State;
  • 2. Ensure waste is effectively tracked from generation point through processing to final disposal point, including the following types of facilities and disposal sites where tracking is required: landfills; landfill leachate discharge sites; incinerator ash and slag disposal sites; and biosolids disposal sites;
  • 3. Ensure that waste materials imported from outside the State that are processed at facilities in the State are not classified as Maine-generated waste;
  • 4. Ensure that waste materials that end up in a landfill, such as construction and demolition debris, which are used for daily cover in a landfill, are not counted toward the State's recycling goals;
  • 5. Ensure adequate legal standing and strengthen protections for the health and well-being of people living in close proximity to waste disposal facilities;
  • 6. Strengthen conflict-of-interest protections in awarding and management and oversight of state waste contracts to prevent price fixing and market manipulation; and
  • 7. Direct the Department of Environmental Protection to amend rule Chapter 400, Maine Solid Waste Management Rules to:
    • A. Amend the definition of "bypass" to limit the waste that is considered bypass to solid waste that cannot be disposed of, processed or beneficially used at that facility because of malfunction, insufficient capacity, downtime or inability of the facility to process or burn;
    • B. Amend the definition of "recycle" and "recycling" to add a provision that any material left at a landfill is not considered recycled; and
    • C. Define "Maine-generated waste" as solid waste that is discarded for the first time within the physical confines of the State.


LD 402 An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 402
This bill annually raises the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative or professional capacity must earn in order for that employee to be exempt from the laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay until it is $55,224 on January 1, 2022. The bill provides for an annual adjustment, beginning January 1, 2023, based on the percentage annual increase in certain earnings as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

LD 403 An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 403
This bill requires corporations that file unitary income tax returns in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the United States in net income when apportioning income among tax jurisdictions. The State Tax Assessor is required to adopt major substantive rules to determine the income or loss attributable to such corporations and to prevent double taxation or deduction of income. The assessor is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters regarding whether jurisdictions should be added to or deleted from the list of tax havens based on specified criteria.

LD 731 An Act To Amend the Maine Tax Laws Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 731
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the Maine tax laws.

LD 732 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Career and Technical Student Organizations Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-391, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 732
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to nonprofit career and technical education student organizations recognized by the Department of Education.

Amendment H-391
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 732 fiscal note
LD 732 Amendment H-391 fiscal note
LD 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 798
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules and requires the Department of Education to adopt rules allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as an appropriate medical professional provides a statement that the medical professional has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

Amendment H-120
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This amendment, which is the majority report, removes those exemptions effective September 1, 2021.

Current law relating to enrollment in any public or private elementary or secondary school provides that the superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires the parent or child to provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

Current law relating to immunization of students enrolled in any public or private postsecondary school provides that a chief administrative officer may not permit a student to be enrolled in or to attend a school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires that the parent or the student provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.The amendment keeps the directive in the unallocated section of the bill to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules.

The amendment places in statute the directive in the unallocated section of the bill allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant provides a statement that the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

The amendment also requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report, by January 1st of each odd-numbered year, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters concerning any new developments in the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness. The joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters are each authorized to submit a bill during the legislative session in which the report was submitted.

LD 798 Chaptered Law
LD 798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 958 An Act To Amend the Maine Income Tax Laws Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 958
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the Maine income tax laws.

LD 1069 An Act To Amend the Tax Expenditure Review Process Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1069
This bill changes dates for the submission to the Legislature of tax expenditure reports by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters and the date for submission to the committee of certain materials by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. These changes are made to accommodate previous reporting changes made with regard to full evaluations of tax expenditures and to facilitate a more efficient review of all tax expenditure provisions.

LD 1069 Chaptered Law
LD 1069 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1250 An Act To Prohibit Sexual Harassment as a Subject Matter of Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Contracts Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1250
This bill prohibits an employment contract entered into after the effective date of this legislation from including a clause that requires arbitration of a sexual harassment allegation or claim and makes any such clause void. The bill does not affect the ability of an employer to include any other arbitration clause in a contract or to enforce the provisions of a contract other than the prohibited clause.

LD 1430 An Act To Create Tax Equity among Renewable Energy Investments Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-507, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1430
This bill provides clarification related to the eligibility of business investments in renewable energy facilities for purposes of the business equipment tax exemption and provides personal property tax and real estate tax exemptions for renewable energy facilities installed for noncommercial use. Additionally, the bill directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to provide guidance documents to assist municipalities with the assessment of renewable energy facilities included in these provisions.

Amendment H-507
This amendment provides property tax exemptions for certain renewable energy facilities in the form of personal property and real property. Additionally, the amendment directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to provide guidance on its publicly accessible website to assist municipalities with the assessment of renewable energy facilities included in these provisions. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1430 Chaptered Law
LD 1430 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1452 An Act Regarding the Collection of the Sales and Use Tax by Marketplace Facilitators Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-508 and House amendment H-521, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1452
This bill ensures that persons making sales through physical or electronic marketplaces of tangible personal property and taxable services subject to the sales and use tax are subject to the same sales and use tax collection and remittance responsibilities as other sellers.

Amendment H-508
This amendment enacts definitions and other provisions to require a marketplace facilitator to collect and remit the sales tax on sales of tangible personal property and taxable services facilitated on the marketplace facilitator's marketplace that are delivered into the State. It consolidates the sales tax registration provisions by repealing the recently enacted Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1951-B and reformatting the provision of law requiring certain persons to register with the State Tax Assessor and collect and remit taxes, including the remote seller registration requirements in the new provision, harmonizing the merged provisions and removing obsolete language. It also adjusts the use tax calculation used on the income tax return to report unpaid use tax, lowering the default amount from .08% to .04% of Maine adjusted gross income to account for the increased tax collected by remote sellers and marketplace facilitators.

Amendment H-521
This amendment amends the committee amendment. It changes the term "gross revenue" to "gross sales" in a provision designating persons who are required to register. It changes a subsection headnote to better reflect the substance of the subsection. It provides that a marketplace facilitator is considered a retailer for each sale of tangible personal property or taxable services for delivery in this State, instead of into this State, that the marketplace facilitator facilitates on or through its marketplace.

LD 1452 Chaptered Law
LD 1452 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1671 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Capital Investment Credit To Ensure Fairness for Maine Businesses and To Reduce Taxes on Lower-income Working Families Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-623, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1671
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the Maine capital investment credit to ensure that Maine businesses benefit to the same extent as out-of-state businesses.

Amendment H-623
This amendment replaces the concept draft with the following changes to the income tax laws for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Part A makes changes to the Maine capital investment credit and related subtraction modification provisions to provide greater fairness in the treatment of Maine businesses compared to out-of-state businesses.

Part B expands the earned income tax credit to individuals who are 18 to 24 years of age and have no qualifying children, increases the credit from 5% to 25% of the federal earned income tax credit for individuals with no qualifying children and 12% of the federal earned income tax credit for all other eligible individuals and requires employers to post a notice provided by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards regarding the availability of the earned income credit.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1671 Chaptered Law
LD 1671 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1652 An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Taxation of Marijuana (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1652

Part A:
  • 1. Authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to deny, suspend or revoke an adult use marijuana establishment license for failure to cooperate with Maine Revenue Services in the payment of a final tax liability;
  • 2. Aligns the record-keeping requirements imposed by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-B with those of Title 36 by extending the record-keeping period in Title 28-B from 3 tax years to 6 tax years;
  • 3. Excludes foods containing marijuana and marijuana products from the category of tax-exempt grocery staples; and
  • 4. Imposes the 10% tax rate on adult use marijuana and marijuana products sold by marijuana establishments on all marijuana and marijuana products sold by any person to an individual who is not a qualifying patient.


Part B moves the adult use marijuana excise tax from Title 28-B to Title 36. In addition, Part B:
  • 1. Requires that applicants for an adult use marijuana license, except a testing facility license, register with the State Tax Assessor to collect and remit sales tax, as is currently required by Title 36, as a condition for obtaining the license;
  • 2. Requires cultivation facilities to register with the State Tax Assessor to collect and remit the adult use marijuana excise tax as a condition for receiving a cultivation facility license; imposes penalties on cultivation facilities that sell marijuana without registering with the State Tax Assessor; and allows for the suspension and revocation of the registration for failure to comply with the adult use marijuana excise tax laws;
  • 3. Clarifies that the adult use marijuana excise tax is imposed when a person holding both a cultivation facility license and either a marijuana store license or products manufacturing facility license transfers marijuana from the cultivation facility to either the marijuana store or products manufacturing facility or otherwise undertakes an activity with the marijuana pursuant to the marijuana store license or products manufacturing facility license; and
  • 4. Moves the adult use excise tax due date from the last day of the month to the 15th day of the month to coincide with the sales tax due date.


LD 1652 Chaptered Law
LD 1652 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1650 An Act To Strengthen Consumer Protections in Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1650
This bill makes changes to the rating provisions for individual and small group health insurance plans to reduce the rating band for age and to require that the ratio on the basis of geographic area is 1.5 to 1 and that the ratio for age and geographic area may not exceed 2.5. The changes in the bill reinstate the rating provisions in place before the enactment of Public Law 2011, chapter 90.

LD 1739 Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-440, Finally passed, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1739
This resolve authorizes the State Tax Assessor to convey the interest of the State in several parcels of real estate in the Unorganized Territory.

Amendment H-440
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1739 Chaptered Law
LD 1739 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1744 An Act To Update References to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 Contained in the Maine Revised Statutes (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1744
This bill updates references to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 contained in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36 to refer to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 2018, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2018 and for any prior tax years as specifically provided by the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. This bill primarily affects the State's income tax laws.

LD 1744 Chaptered Law
LD 1744 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1798 An Act To Amend the Maine Tax Laws Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-596 and House amendment H-598, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1798
This bill makes the following changes to the tax laws.

Part A expands the allowed use of a facsimile signature of the State Tax Assessor to any use by the assessor or at the assessor's direction. In addition, in order to make changes to the property tax law of Maine, Part A:
  • 1. Aligns the delinquent property tax interest rate in the unorganized territory with that of municipalities;
  • 2. Simplifies the notice and appeals processes for municipal valuations;
  • 3. Allows the adjustment of prior years' state valuations for purposes of calculating current and ongoing state education payments to a municipality. Municipalities may appeal adverse decisions to the State Board of Property Tax Review;
  • 4. Requires that the municipal assessor be notified prior to the commitment of taxes for an owner of a partial interest in property to be assessed on the partial interest only;
  • 5. Removes the requirement for benevolent and charitable institutions to be incorporated in Maine in order to qualify for property tax exemption;
  • 6. Clarifies when the alternative municipal tax lien foreclosure sales process is required;
  • 7. Removes the provision allowing the $4,000 exemption for the legally blind to be apportioned among multiple jurisdictions. Instead, the exemption may be claimed only in the taxpayer's place of residence;
  • 8. Eliminates photocopiers and postage machines from property eligible for tax exemption under the business equipment tax exemption;
  • 9. Removes the provision limiting the aggregate total acres that may be classified in the farm and open space tax program to 15,000 for a single person;
  • 10. Aligns the definition of delinquent taxes in the unorganized territory with that of municipalities where taxes are delinquent if not paid by the due date;
  • 11. Clarifies the definitions of "mobile home" and "camper trailer" to align the definitions with those used in property tax and sales tax law;
  • 12. Clarifies that the credit for excise tax previously paid and the model year adjustment for certain vehicles is limited to instances when the previously paid excise tax is the Maine excise tax; and
  • 13. Defines nominal value as less than 20% of the assessed value for determining when the market value for a property should be used for the purposes of calculating the real estate transfer tax.
Part B, in order to make changes to the sales tax law in the Maine Revised Statutes:
  • 1. Specifies that camper trailers and motor homes must be rented as tangible personal property and not as living quarters for the purposes of the exclusion from the definition of retail sale;
  • 2. Aligns the tax treatment of box trucks purchased for short-term rental with that of automobiles, pickup trucks and vans when the trucks are under 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight by taxing box trucks rental at the same 10% rate and excluding their purchase from sales tax when they are purchased for rental;
  • 3. Provides equity among sales through vending machines by repealing the inclusion of sales by a person primarily engaged in the resale of products through vending machines and also repealing the exemption for sales made through a vending machine;
  • 4. It adds oxygen delivery equipment to the sales tax exemption for positive airway pressure equipment;
  • 5. Reorganizes Title 36, section 1811, which imposes the Maine sales tax, for clarity, moves the provisions regarding the valuation of automobile rentals to the definition of sale price and moves the provision regarding the sourcing of products transferred electronically to a new sourcing provision;
  • 6. Repeals the registration requirement for a person who rents or leases space to more than 4 persons at one location for less than a 12-month period for the purpose of making retail sales;
  • 7. Consolidates the sales tax registration provisions by repealing Title 36, section 1951-B and including the remote seller registration requirements in section 1754-B, except for the expedited route to challenge the remote seller registration requirements due to the United States Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.;
  • 8. Removes the "provisional" resale certificate status for initial resale certificates and makes all resale certificates valid for a more similar time period;
  • 9. Clarifies that beer and liquor prepared by a manufacturer and sold for on-premises consumption is taxed at the same 8% rate as beer and liquor sold for on-premises consumption by other establishments;
  • 10. Adds retailers registered voluntarily under Title 36, section 1756 to the list of registered retailers able to claim a credit of tax paid on purchases for resale;
  • 11. Enacts a new provision for the sourcing of the sale of tangible personal property, products transferred electronically and services. The new provision aligns Maine's practice with that of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement and codifies Maine's existing delivery rule;
  • 12. Consolidates and aligns 2 similar use tax exemptions for the donation of merchandise to tax-exempt organizations; and
  • 13. Terminates and repeals the rental vehicle excise tax reimbursement for excise tax paid after June 30, 2019.
In order to make changes to the income tax laws of Maine, Part C:
  • 1. Repeals the underutilized Maine fishery infrastructure investment tax credit program;
  • 2. Limits calculation of the prior year's sales factor, for purposes of apportioning to the State the gain or loss on the sale of a partnership interest, to those items that represent the partnership's business activity in the State and corrects a reference;
  • 3. Allows nonresident taxpayers to elect to recognize the entire gain or loss from an installment sale of real or tangible property in the taxable year of the transfer or in a subsequent year to simplify the filing process for nonresident individuals;
  • 4. Clarifies the corporate income tax calculation for apportionment to the State with respect to the sale of a partnership interest by replacing references to "gains or losses" with references to "gross receipts." This change creates internal consistency with the calculation of the corporate apportionment factor that is based on the gross receipts of the taxpayer;
  • 5. Removes the apportionment calculation for mutual fund service providers due to lack of use;
  • 6. Clarifies that active duty service members who are domiciled in Maine remain eligible for the educational opportunity tax credit if assigned to active military duty outside Maine, as long as they otherwise qualify;
  • 7. Prohibits the payment of interest on refunds issued relative to the new markets capital investment tax credit when they are delayed due to the fiscal year spending cap on the credit;
  • 8. Allows, at the discretion of the State Tax Assessor, fiduciaries, agents and other persons who act as fiscal agents for federal income tax purposes on behalf of employers to act in similar fashion for Maine income tax withholding purposes. Those fiduciaries, agents and persons are subject to the same requirements and liabilities as imposed on client employers;
  • 9. Replaces provisions subjecting the lowest individual income tax brackets and the highest individual income tax brackets to different annual cost-of-living adjustments with a provision that uses the same cost-of-living adjustment calculation for both brackets;
  • 10. Repeals a Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services reporting requirement enacted by "An Act To Enhance Access to Affordable Health Care" and a transfer to the MaineCare Stabilization Fund based on the report.

Part D merges the changes made to the income tax credit for major business headquarters expansions made by 2 different laws enacted in the 128th Legislature, Second Regular Session, Public Law 2017, chapter 405, "An Act To Improve the Effectiveness of the Major Business Headquarters Expansion Tax Credit" and Public Law 2017, chapter 375, "An Act To Amend the Maine Tax Laws."

Part E allows the disclosure of confidential tax information to an authorized representative of the Public Utilities Commission for use in the administration and oversight of the E-9-1-1 funding, the state universal service fund and the telecommunications education access fund.

Amendment H-596
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It requires an owner of a partial interest in property requesting a separate assessment to notify the assessor by April 1st of the year in which the separate assessment is requested.
  • 2. It strikes from the bill a provision removing the 15,000-acre limitation on the amount of land that a single taxpayer may have classified under the farm and open space tax program.
  • 3. It strikes from the bill a provision that would remove the requirement that benevolent and charitable organizations be incorporated in Maine to qualify for a property tax exemption.
  • 4. It removes from the bill provisions that would change the sales tax treatment of box trucks purchased for short-term rental.
  • 5. It strikes from the bill a provision terminating and repealing the rental vehicle excise tax reimbursement.
  • 6. It makes technical changes to clarify several provisions in the bill.


Amendment H-598
This amendment removes from the bill the provisions that:
  • 1. Eliminate photocopiers and postage machines from property eligible for tax exemption under the business equipment tax exemption;
  • 2. Remove from the definition of "retail sale" the sale of products for internal human consumption to certain persons for resale through vending machines;
  • 3. Repeal the exemption from sales and use tax of products sold through vending machines by certain persons; and
  • 4. Replace provisions subjecting the lowest individual income tax brackets and the highest individual income tax brackets to different annual cost-of-living adjustments with a provision that uses the same cost-of-living adjustment calculation for both brackets.


This amendment also changes the application sections for Parts A and B of the bill to reflect the removal of sections pursuant to this amendment.

LD 1798 Chaptered Law
LD 1798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1819 An Act To Harmonize State Income Tax Law and the Centralized Partnership Audit Rules of the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986 Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-570, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1819
This bill harmonizes Maine law with recent changes in federal law with respect to partnership income tax audits wherein a partnership may be liable for federal income tax, penalties and interest that result from an audit of the partnership. This bill imposes a corresponding partnership state tax liability for increases in tax, penalties and interest that result from a federal audit of the partnership. This bill applies to partnership-level audits of partnerships with respect to taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018.

Amendment H-570
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1819 Chaptered Law
LD 1819 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1817 An Act To Make Technical Changes to the Maine Tax Laws Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1817
This bill makes a number of technical changes to the Maine tax laws.

Part A:
  • 1. Makes clerical corrections to outdated language and gender references;
  • 2. Adds a cross-reference to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, chapter 105 and corrects a headnote;
  • 3. Corrects a mathematical error in which 4% was used instead of 4 percentage points;
  • 4. Clarifies the use of the related terms "eligible business equipment" and "qualified property" and amends the definition of "eligible business equipment";
  • 5. Corrects a reference to the preceding tax year;
  • 6. Eliminates the penalty for transfer of land from farmland to timberland to match current practice and all other transfers between current use programs; and
  • 7. Corrects the time period used for determining when cogeneration facility property is eligible for reimbursement to include the most current available cogeneration data.

Part B:

  • 1. Removes the definitions of "storage" and "storage or use" and expands the definition of "use" to improve the clarity and logic of these terms;
  • 2. Clarifies the sales and use tax exemption for libraries and organizations that support libraries;
  • 3. Removes obsolete language related to the previously repealed indexing of the gasoline excise tax and the special fuel excise tax rates and clarifies the current applicable rates; and
  • 4. Repeals the annual licensing requirements for distributors of cigarettes and tobacco products.

Part C:
  • 1. Repeals a redundant confidentiality exemption for the taxpayer advocate;
  • 2. Clarifies the definition of Maine taxable income;
  • 3. Clarifies that the subtraction modification for Maine Public Employees Retirement System pick-up contributions is allowed for the amount of pick-up contributions that were previously taxed by Maine, not just the amount of pick-up contributions taxed during the previous 3 years;
  • 4. Clarifies that the increased credit rate applicable to certified qualified rehabilitation expenditures for a certified affordable housing project is increased by one percentage point each year the State Tax Assessor is notified by the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and the Maine State Housing Authority that the percentage of certified affordable housing projects is below 30% of the total aggregate square feet of projects eligible for the historic preservation credit. The increased credit rate may not exceed 35%. It further clarifies that the increased credit rate for certified affordable housing projects applies to tax years beginning in the year of notification and to any subsequent tax year;
  • 5. Makes a typographical correction; and
  • 6. Makes clarifying changes to an application clause.


LD 1817 Chaptered Law
LD 1817 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 6 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 6
This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual's Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.

LD 49 An Act Regarding the Designation of Traumatic Brain Injury on Driver's Licenses and Nondriver Identification Cards Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-519 and Senate amendment S-360, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 49
This bill requires the Secretary of State, upon request, to issue a sticker to be placed on a person's driver's license or nondriver identification card to indicate that the person has a traumatic brain injury.

Amendment H-519
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
  • 1. Directs the Secretary of State to issue wallet-sized acquired brain injury identification cards to persons who voluntarily request a card;
  • 2. Allows the Secretary of State to require documentation of an acquired brain injury;
  • 3. Provides requirements for the application for and issuance of an acquired brain injury identification card; and
  • 4. Allows the Secretary of State to determine by rule any additional information about acquired brain injury that must be placed on an acquired brain injury identification card.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-360
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 49 Chaptered Law
LD 49 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 67 An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-72, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 67
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. These changes apply only to those Class A, Class B and Class C crimes of unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

The bill also makes a number of technical corrections to the provisions of the Maine Criminal Code governing statutes of limitations to provide additional clarity within those provisions.

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
LD 67 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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 72 An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay without Regard to Where the Military Service Was Performed (By request) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-31, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 72
This bill provides an income tax exemption for military compensation for active duty service by members of the Armed Forces of the United States, including reserve components, when that service is performed within the State. Military compensation for service performed outside of the State is currently exempt from taxation.

Amendment S-31
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 72 fiscal note
LD 72 Amendment S-31 fiscal note
LD 73 An Act To Provide an Income Tax Deduction for Certain Student Loan Payments Made Directly to a Lender on Behalf of a Taxpayer Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-219, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 73
This bill provides an income tax credit for certain student loan repayments made by the Finance Authority of Maine or an entity managed or administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. The credit is equal to the amount an individual is required to include in federal adjusted gross income as the result of student loan payments made directly to the individual's student loan lender by the Finance Authority of Maine, or an entity managed or administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for residents of the State employed by a business located in the State multiplied by the individual's highest federal marginal income tax rate.

Amendment S-219
This amendment strikes the provisions of the bill and provides an income tax deduction for student loan 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. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 73 Amendment S-219 fiscal note
LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-132, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 78
This bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3173-G and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for presumptive eligibility. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if, upon application, the individual is found ineligible under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A, C, D, E, F, G or H and to enroll the individual if found eligible for the family planning benefit. It requires the department to automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit after an individual loses eligibility for the MaineCare pregnancy benefit under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph A due to the birth of a child or an increase in income and to enroll the individual, if found eligible, for the family planning benefit. It also requires the department to use a single application form for individuals applying for eligibility for the family planning benefit under Title 22, section 3173-G and under the adult expansion provisions under Title 22, section 3174-G, subsection 1, paragraph H. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to carry out these requirements.

Amendment H-132
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services automatically review an individual's eligibility for the family planning benefit if the individual is found ineligible under another MaineCare section. It also removes the requirement that the department use a single application form. This amendment clarifies that presumptive eligibility must be implemented in accordance with 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-1, which outlines the timing and other requirements of presumptive eligibility for states.

LD 78 Chaptered Law
LD 78 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 147 An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-43, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 23, 2019
LD 147
This bill provides one-time funding for 2 years for a program that provides mobile wireless hot spot devices to libraries in Washington County.

Amendment H-43
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment adds language to the law governing the telecommunications education access fund to:
  • 1. Specify that the use of the fund for Internet access includes mobile Internet access through a portable wireless access point, or hotspot, that provides Internet access over a cellular network; and
  • 2. Add a guideline for allocation of money from the fund to provide, within existing resources, support for qualified libraries in rural areas of the State with greatest need, as determined in consultation with the State Librarian, the Commissioner of Education and the ConnectME Authority, to offer portable wireless access points, or hotspots, for mobile Internet access.


LD 147 Chaptered Law
LD 147 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 268 An Act To Create a Credit under the Commercial Forestry Excise Tax for Landowners Using Businesses Based in the United States Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-218 and Senate amendment S-277, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 268
This bill provides a credit against the commercial forestry excise tax for landowners who are based in the United States and who employ and retain businesses or contractors that are based in the United States, that employ at least 75% United States residents and that are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. The bill also requires recapture of the credit if a recipient is found to have been ineligible.

Amendment S-218
This amendment requires a landowner seeking the credit against the commercial forestry excise tax to obtain affidavits indicating that businesses or contractors retained by the landowner are based in the United States, that at least 75% of their employees are United States residents and that they are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. It makes other technical changes to the bill.

Amendment S-277
This amendment changes the starting date for the credit to tax years based on the status of property on or after April 1, 2022 and changes the percentage of employees who must be residents of the United States from 75% to 90% for the first 2 years of the credit.

LD 268 Amendment S-218 fiscal note
LD 268 Amendment S-277 fiscal note
LD 404 An Act To Fund the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-9, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 404
This bill provides one-time funds to be deposited in the School Revolving Renovation Fund to be used for the purposes specified in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-F, subsection 3.

Amendment H-9
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 404 fiscal note
LD 404 Amendment H-9 fiscal note
LD 405 An Act To Increase the Statewide Minimum Salary for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 405
This bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. This bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to increase the state share of the total allocation to a qualifying school administrative unit to achieve the minimum salary for certified teachers.

LD 424 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Baling Twine, Net and Wrapping for Hay Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment 57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 424
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for baling twine, net and wrapping for hay.

Amendment H-57
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 424 fiscal note
LD 424 Amendment H-57 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 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 447 An Act Regarding the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 447
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.This bill proposes to provide support for persons with substance use disorder along a continuum of care that includes prevention, law enforcement diversion, treatment, harm reduction and recovery. The bill proposes to provide:
  • 1. Funding for programs that reduce the use of marijuana and so-called "vaping" by youth in Maine in order to reduce the likelihood of neural pathway changes that can lead to addiction later in life;
  • 2. Ongoing support for detoxification as a path to recovery;
  • 3. Reimbursement under the MaineCare program for substance use disorder peer recovery coaches;
  • 4. Funding to the Bangor Area Recovery Network for addiction recovery support;
  • 5. Support for regional 2-1-1 hotlines to offer referrals to persons with substance use disorder for local services; and
  • 6. Access to evidence-based approaches to prevent substance use and treat substance use disorder in rural areas.


LD 461 An Act To Improve the Affordability of Higher Education Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 461
This bill provides additional funding to the Maine State Grant Program in the 2020-2021 biennium. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to expand the Maine State Grant Program to enable more low-income residents of the State to attend an institution of higher education within the State. It also requires the Finance Authority of Maine and the Department of Health and Human Services to jointly examine ways to maximize the delivery of federally funded support services to postsecondary students, including, but not limited to, the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program.

LD 603 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding for Landfill Closure Costs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-55, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 603
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Amendment S-55
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

LD 603 Chaptered Law
LD 603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 609 An Act To Provide Municipalities Additional Sales Tax Revenue from Lodging Sales Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 609
This bill provides an incremental sales tax of 1% for those sales currently subject to the 9% sales tax on lodging. The incremental revenue, after reduction for administrative costs, is returned to the municipality or unorganized territory to which the revenue is attributable. The amount received may not be used to reduce any other state aid or revenue sharing to municipalities or the unorganized territory.

LD 709 An Act To Exempt Certain Meals Provided to Food Service Employees from the Sales and Use Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-328, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 709
This bill exempts from sales and use tax meals, up to a maximum cost to the employer of $6 per day, provided to an employee of an eating establishment while that employee is working. It provides that, beginning in 2020, the amount of the exemption must be adjusted for inflation.

Amendment H-328
This amendment provides that the tax exemption applies to meals that are provided at no cost to an employee who is actually working as a food service employee and that the exempted meals do not include alcoholic beverages. The amendment also removes the maximum meal cost limitation and inflation indexing provisions and allocates the exemption to a more appropriate subsection.

LD 709 Amendment H-328 fiscal note
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 762 An Act Regarding Consent by a Motor Vehicle Operator to a Blood Test Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 762
This bill brings the implied consent provisions concerning operating under the influence into compliance with recent case law from the United States Supreme Court that requires a search warrant before taking a sample of blood or urine from a person suspected of operating under the influence.

Amendment H-284
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the criminal operating under the influence statutes for motor vehicle operators to:
  • 1. Provide that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration, does not constitute an operating under the influence offense for the purpose of requiring the imposition or enhancement of a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration and is not admissible in evidence at a hearing or trial; and
  • 2. Add to the warning given to a person being asked to submit to a test a statement that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration.


Amendment S-198
This amendment removes from the committee amendment wording regarding the admissibility of evidence at trial, correcting a drafting error in the committee amendment.

LD 762 Amendment H-284 fiscal note
LD 762 Amendment S-198 fiscal note
LD 764 Resolve, To Create the Criminal Records Review Committee Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-614, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 764
This bill amends the Criminal History Record Information Act in the following ways:
  • 1. Makes confidential all juvenile adjudications and related records after 3 years from the date of disposition;
  • 2. Except for crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence, makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes after 3 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
  • 3. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence after 7 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
  • 4. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class C, Class B and Class A crimes that are based solely on the defendant's convictions for prior Class E and Class D crimes; and
  • 5. Limits the dissemination of confidential criminal history record information to criminal justice agencies for the purpose of the administration of criminal justice and criminal justice agency employment and pursuant to court order.


Amendment H-614
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve that establishes the Criminal Records Review Committee, consisting of 15 members, including a member representing the judicial branch if one is designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

The review committee is directed to look at all issues concerning limiting public availability of criminal records and to provide recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by December 4, 2019. The review committee's funding must come from outside sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 764 Chaptered Law
LD 764 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 776 An Act Regarding Post-judgment Motion by a Person Seeking To Satisfy the Prerequisites for Obtaining Special Restrictions on the Dissemination and Use of Criminal History Record Information for Certain Criminal Convictions Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 776
This bill amends the law concerning a post-judgment motion by a person seeking to satisfy the prerequisites for obtaining special restrictions on the dissemination and use of criminal history record information for certain criminal convictions in the following ways:
  • 1. Current law makes convictions of only certain Class E crimes eligible for special restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information. This bill expands eligibility to include convictions of both certain Class E crimes and certain Class D crimes;
  • 2. Current law allows eligibility for restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information only for persons who at the time of the commission of the crime were 18 to 20 years of age. This bill expands eligibility to a person who at the time of the commission of the crime was 18 to 25 years of age; and
  • 3. This bill removes the provision repealing the current law October 1, 2019.


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 807 An Act Regarding the Duties of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 807
This bill removes an exception to the Public Advocate's ability to petition to initiate, or intervene and appear in, any proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission, appeals from orders of the commission or proceedings before state and federal agencies and courts in which the subject matter of the action affects the customers of any utility or competitive service provider doing business in the State. The exception the bill removes is the prohibition against the Public Advocate's intervening in any proceedings in which commission staff is representing a position substantially similar to that of the Public Advocate.

Amendment S-38
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill. It provides an allocation to fund additional staff activities related to the expansion of the Office of the Public Advocate's duties in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal agencies and courts.

LD 807 Chaptered Law
LD 807 Chaptered Law 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 832 An Act To Expand Options for Consumers of Cable Television in Purchasing Individual Channels and Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 15, 2019
LD 832
This bill requires that cable television system operators offer subscribers the option of purchasing access to cable channels or programs on cable channels individually.

LD 832 Chaptered Law
LD 832 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 837 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 837
This bill provides an additional $30,000 homestead property tax exemption, for a total exemption of $50,000, for persons who are 75 years of age or older and claimed the homestead as a permanent residence for 10 or more years. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities 100% of the revenue lost as a result of the increased exemption for persons 75 years of age or older.

LD 839 An Act To Increase Funding for Multimodal Transportation Status: Dead, Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-329, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019
LD 839
This bill increases the sales tax on short-term rentals of automobiles, small trucks and vans from 10% to 15% to provide funding for multimodal transportation. The increase takes effect October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-329
This amendment reduces from 15% to 12% the increased rate of the sales tax on short-term rental of automobiles, small trucks and vans and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 839 Amendment H-329 fiscal note
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 863 An Act To Exempt Diapering Products from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-212, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 863
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for disposable and reusable diapers for children, including diaper covers, wraps and diaper pins that are used with reusable diapers.

Amendment H-212
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 863 fiscal note
LD 863 Amendment H-212 fiscal note
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 895 An Act To Promote Economic Development through Research and Development Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 895
This bill provides ongoing funds to the Maine Economic Improvement Fund within the University of Maine System to support research and development.

LD 903 An Act To Improve Corporate Tax Fairness by Amending the Rates Imposed on Corporate Income Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, March 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 903
This bill establishes 2 new tax brackets and 3 new rates for corporate income tax purposes for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Under the bill, corporate income between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000 is taxed at the rate of 8.5% and corporate income between $3,000,000 and $3,500,000 is taxed at the rate of 8.75%; such income is taxed under current law at the rate of 8.33%. The top tax rate, which is imposed on corporate income over $3,500,000, is increased from 8.93% to 9%.

LD 906 An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-166 and House amendment H-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 906
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar sealant products beginning October 1, 2020 and prohibits the application of coal tar sealant products on driveways or parking areas beginning October 1, 2021. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may grant an exemption from the prohibitions for research or development purposes.

Amendment H-166
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It amends the definition of "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" to include a reference to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.
  • 2. It clarifies the scope of the bill's sales and application prohibitions or coal tar sealant products.
  • 3. It removes an unnecessary cross-reference.


Amendment H-225
This amendment delays for 3 years the prohibitions regarding coal tar sealant products.

LD 906 Chaptered Law
LD 906 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 907 An Act To Ensure That Defendants in Foreclosure Proceedings Receive Proper Notification Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-543, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 907
This bill requires a mortgagee to send a mortgagor in a foreclosure action the right to cure notice by both certified mail, return receipt requested, and ordinary mail.

The time the notice is given to the mortgagor or cosigner is the sooner of:

  • 1. The date the mortgagor or cosigner signs the receipt or, if the notice is undeliverable, the date the post office last attempts to deliver it, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph A; and
  • 2. The date the mortgagor or cosigner receives the notice under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B. A post office department certificate of mailing to the mortgagor or cosigner is conclusive proof of receipt on the 7th calendar day after mailing when notice is provided under Title 14, section 6111, subsection 3, paragraph B.


Amendment H-543
This amendment restructures the subsection governing notice by a mortgagee to clarify that the date of notice is the date of the delivery or attempted delivery of the notice by certified mail or the date of receipt by ordinary first-class mail, whichever is sooner.

LD 907 Chaptered Law
LD 907 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 908 An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs and Inspection Results to the Board of Pesticides Control for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-307, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 908
This bill establishes in law certain requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control related to pest management on school property. It requires a school to maintain a pest management activity log related to the application of pesticides. It requires this information to be provided annually to the board and requires the board to post the information on its publicly accessible website. It also requires that the board post on its publicly accessible website a list of all board inspections of a school's use of pesticides and the results of those inspections.

Amendment H-302
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

The fiscal note on the amendment, which is a fiscal note only amendment, identifies certain requirements in the bill as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential mandate do not require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

The requirement in the bill that a local school administrative unit submit a pest management activity log to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control by January 15th of each year for the previous calendar year does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. Local school administrative units currently prepare pest management activity logs with the required data pursuant to rules established by the Board of Pesticides Control. The committee finds that the act of submitting a pest management activity log that is already required to be maintained does not necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

LD 908 fiscal note
LD 908 Amendment H-302 fiscal note
LD 954 An Act To Rescind An Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 954
This bill repeals An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. The repeal does not take effect unless approved by the Houlton Band Council of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Tribal Chief and the Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 957 An Act To Increase the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 957
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit from $750 to $1,000 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and from $1,200 to $1,500 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older and decreases the threshold from 6% to 5% of the resident individual's income for purposes of calculating the credit.

LD 982 Resolve, To Expand the Use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at Farmers' Markets Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-427, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 982
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to amend the rules regarding the use of the Women, Infants and Children Special Supplemental Food Program at farmers' markets by expanding the program from seasonal to include all 12 months of the calendar year and by expanding the scope of food products that may be purchased through the program at a farmers' market from only fresh fruits and vegetables to all food products allowed to be purchased through the program in general.

Amendment H-427
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 982 Chaptered Law
LD 982 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 999 An Act To Allow Medical and Adult Use Marijuana Stores To Share a Common Space Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 999
This bill allows the use of a shared facility for retail sale of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products and sale of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use, as long as the adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products are sold using a different cash register than that used for sales of marijuana and marijuana products for medical use.

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 1028 An Act To Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use with Adequate Funding and by Equalizing the Taxes on Tobacco Products and To Improve Public Health Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-622 and House amendment H-656, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1028
This bill increases the cigarette tax from $2.00 to $3.50 per pack of 20 cigarettes and increases the tax on all other tobacco products including electronic cigarettes to 81% of the wholesale sales price, beginning November 1, 2019. The bill provides that, if the tax on cigarettes is increased on or after November 1, 2019, the tax on all other tobacco products will be adjusted by a rate that is equivalent to the percentage change in the tax rate for one cigarette. The bill provides ongoing funding, $11,100,000 per year, to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco use prevention and cessation in order to align with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The bill also provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $750,000 thereafter for MaineCare members for tobacco use cessation medications and counseling. Finally, the bill provides $250,000 per year in ongoing funding to the Attorney General's office for increased tobacco enforcement activities.

Amendment H-622
This amendment strikes the bill and instead increases the tax on tobacco products, other than cigarettes, to 43% of the wholesale sales price, beginning January 2, 2020, and includes electronic smoking devices and liquids used in electronic smoking devices in the definition of "tobacco products." The amendment provides that, if the tax on cigarettes is increased after January 2, 2020, the tax on smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products will be adjusted by a rate that is equivalent to the percentage change in the tax rate for one cigarette.

The amendment provides ongoing funding of $5,100,000 in each year of the biennium to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for tobacco use prevention and cessation in order to align with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The bill also provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $750,000 in fiscal year 2020-21 for tobacco use cessation medications and counseling for MaineCare members.

Amendment H-656
This amendment reduces appropriations for tobacco use prevention and cessation and adds provisions increasing reimbursement for certain services under the MaineCare program, providing an income tax deduction for student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee and transferring Other Special Revenue Funds in the Department of Health and Human Services to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

LD 1028 Chaptered Law
LD 1028 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1038 Resolve, To Convene a Stakeholder Group on Funding and Training for the State's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Teams and the Acquisition of Equipment Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-319, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1038
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve the training and retention of oil and hazardous materials emergency response workers and their ability to respond to oil and hazardous materials emergencies by requiring the State to:

  • 1. Pay or waive the fee for workers for the cost of necessary training courses and any materials required for those courses;
  • 2. Compensate workers fairly for the time spent in training courses, while on call and when responding to hazardous materials emergencies; and
  • 3. Purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment for use by municipalities or reimburse municipalities that purchase hazardous materials emergency response equipment.


Amendment H-319
This amendment replaces the concept draft bill with a resolve. The resolve directs the Director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to convene a stakeholder group to review and make recommendations regarding the funding currently provided to the State's hazardous materials emergency response teams, including the 8 regional response teams and the 7 decontamination strike teams, funding options, the training of the teams and equipment acquisition. The recommendations of the stakeholder group must be compatible with the strategic plan of the State Emergency Response Commission. The director is required to invite to the stakeholder group representatives of the Maine Fire Chiefs' Association, fire chiefs from municipalities with regional response teams and decontamination strike teams and other persons who express interest in the work of the stakeholder group. The amendment directs the director to present the findings and recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety by November 6, 2019. Following receipt of the report, the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety may report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1038 Chaptered Law
LD 1038 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1055 An Act To Reduce Fraud in the Redemption of Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1055
This bill amends the State's bottle redemption laws to authorize initiators of deposit subject to a commingling agreement to include in the agreement authorization to conduct audits of beverage containers presented by a dealer or local redemption center for pickup or payment of refund value and to take certain actions against the dealer or local redemption center in the case of a failed audit. The bill also provides for a grievance process whereby a dealer or local redemption center may file a grievance with the Department of Environmental Protection to challenge an action taken by an initiator of deposit in the case of a failed audit.

LD 1122 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-75, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1122
This bill expands the types of projects eligible for tax increment financing for municipalities and plantations by including public safety facilities instead of just fire stations, as in the current law.

Amendment S-75
This amendment expands the types of projects eligible for tax increment financing by including public safety facilities instead of only fire stations as allowed under current law. The amendment defines "public safety facility" and caps the percentage of tax increment financing funds per development district that may be used for public safety facilities located outside the district.

LD 1122 Chaptered Law
LD 1122 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1158 An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-382, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1158
This bill amends the property tax fairness credit under the income tax laws for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 by changing the formula for calculation of benefits to reflect the calculation that applied under the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, referred to as "the circuitbreaker program," which was in effect prior to enactment of the property tax fairness credit.

Amendment H-382
This amendment changes "calendar year" to "tax year" in the definition of "household income" and clarifies that the income factor for the calculation proposed in the bill of the property tax fairness credit is household income.

This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1158 Amendment H-382 fiscal note
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 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 1247 Resolve, To Clarify the Good Cause and Sanction Process in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-408, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1247
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to include a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program participant's attendance at the medical and mental health appointments of the participant's children as a life management skill and job readiness activity.

Amendment H-408
This amendment replaces the resolve and changes the title. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to establish a process for a participant in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Additional Support for People in Retraining and Employment - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who fails to comply with a program requirement with an opportunity to claim good cause and receive a determination from the department in response to that claim.

LD 1247 Chaptered Law
LD 1247 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1300 Resolve, To Transfer the Guilford Butler School Property to the Town of South Thomaston (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-264, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1300
This resolve authorizes the State to transfer ownership of the Guilford Butler School property in South Thomaston to the Town of South Thomaston.

Amendment H-264
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1300 Chaptered Law
LD 1300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1310 An Act To Address the Shortage of Department of Transportation Snowplow Drivers and Other Transportation Workers Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1310
This bill addresses the shortage of snowplow drivers and other transportation workers in the Department of Transportation by:
  • 1. Establishing 5 new Transportation Crew Supervisor positions; and
  • 2. Increasing the rate of pay for certain positions in the Department of Transportation by $2 per hour.


LD 1358 An Act To Further the Public Interest in All Maine Waters Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1358
This bill explicitly states the State's authority and responsibility over all waters in the State, whether above or below ground, and directs the State to protect, conserve and manage the water in the interest of present and future generations.

LD 1362 An Act To Fund Opioid Treatment by Establishing an Excise Tax on Manufacturers of Opioids Status: Referred to Taxation, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-608 and adopted House amendment H-650, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1362
This bill establishes the Opioid Stewardship Fund within the Fund for a Healthy Maine for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery funded by an excise tax of 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against opioid drug manufacturers for opioid drugs purchased by consumers in the State.

Amendment H-608
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It provides that the excise tax is a tax on manufacturers of opioids if more than 100,000 morphine milligram equivalents of the manufacturer's prescription opioid products are dispensed in the State in the tax year.
  • 2. It changes the rate of the tax from 0.1¢ per morphine milligram equivalent to $0.01 per morphine milligram equivalent for a brand-name opioid distributed in the State or $0.0025 per morphine milligram equivalent for a generic substitute.
  • 3. It removes the prohibition on passing the tax on to consumers.
  • 4. It provides that revenue collected from the tax also may be used to fund the costs of administering the tax and provides necessary administrative details.
  • 5. It provides that the tax is in effect until December 31, 2023 and requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters to review the tax. It authorizes the committee to submit a bill to extend, amend or repeal the tax to the 131st Legislature based on the review.
  • 6. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-650
This amendment is the same as House AmendmentH-629 to Committee Amendment H-608 except that this amendment retains the appropriations and allocations section in Committee Amendment H-608, which was removed in error by House Amendment H-629 to Committee Amendment H-608.

House amendment H-629
This amendment to the committee amendment strikes the list of information that must be reported annually by a manufacturer of opioids to the Department of Health and Human Services and substitutes a requirement that the department adopt major substantive rules establishing the information that must be reported. The amendment also provides a different method of determining the products subject to the 2 levels of tax specified in the committee amendment and changes elements of the calculation of the rates.

LD 1362 Amendment H-608 fiscal note
LD 1362 Amendment H-650 fiscal note
LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


LD 1491 Resolve, To Study Consolidation of Payment of Cost-of-living Tax Credits Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-509, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1491
This bill replaces the Maine earned income credit under the income tax with the Maine work credit. The Maine work credit is similar to the federal earned income tax credit but uses different factors for calculating the credit that are intended to produce a state credit for individuals with qualifying children that is approximately equal to 30% of the federal credit and for individuals with no qualifying children that is approximately equal to 100% of the federal credit. The bill also provides eligibility for individuals who are at least 18 years of age but less than 25 years of age who have no qualifying children and creates a minimum credit for students and eligible caregivers.

The bill also establishes a working group to study ways to streamline applications for tax credits intended to assist low to middle income taxpayers with the cost of basic necessities and to permit administration of those credits as advance consolidated payments.

Amendment H-509
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve that retains the provision of the bill that establishes a working group to study and report on ways to streamline applications for tax credits intended to assist low to middle income taxpayers with the cost of basic necessities and to permit administration of those credits as advance consolidated payments.

LD 1491 Chaptered Law
LD 1491 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1570 An Act To Allow Residents To Register Online To Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1570
This bill allows online application for voter registration by an eligible resident of the State through the Secretary of State's publicly accessible website.

LD 1585 An Act To Allow the City of Augusta To Adjust the Definition of "Original Assessed Value" for the City of Augusta's Performance Food Group Municipal Tax Increment Financing District and To Validate the Assessment, Commitment and Collection of Property Taxes Dedicated for the District for the Fiscal Years 2018-19 and 2019-20 (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1585
This bill authorizes the City of Augusta to adjust the definition of "original assessed value" for the City of Augusta's Performance Food Group municipal tax increment financing district and to validate the assessment, commitment and collection of property taxes dedicated for the Performance Food Group municipal tax increment financing district for the fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

LD 1585 Chaptered Law
LD 1585 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1611 An Act To Support Universal Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1611
This bill establishes the Maine Health Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all residents of this State. The bill is modeled on proposed legislation considered in Minnesota.

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 1713 An Act To Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-620, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1713
The Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents, which is funded by the transfer of 20% of the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund after all required deductions of appropriations, budgeted financial commitments and adjustments considered necessary by the State Controller have been made, was established to provide income tax relief by reducing income tax rates once a certain level of funds in the fund is reached; to date, the required level of funding to provide income tax relief has not been reached.

This bill renames the fund the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and requires it to be used to provide property tax relief payments directly to residents of this State whose residence qualifies for an exemption under the Maine homestead property tax exemption. The amount of the tax relief payment is determined annually by dividing the total amount of funds available in the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents by the total number of homesteads that qualify for the Maine homestead property tax exemption. If that amount is at least $100, the Treasurer of State is required, by December 1st, to mail checks for the tax relief payment to each owner of a qualifying homestead.

Amendment H-620
This amendment changes the responsibility for calculating property tax relief payments from the State Tax Assessor to the Treasurer of State and changes dates for steps in the process of calculating and making relief payments. The amendment also provides that the Treasurer of State's costs in administering relief payments and in making state payments to municipalities for mandate costs are also paid from the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and it adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1713 Chaptered Law
LD 1713 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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