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Representative Sara Gideon [Democrat]
Freeport ~ District 48

Towns in District: Freeport and part of Pownal

Speaker of the House
Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

House Committees:
♦ Rules and Business of the House (Chair)

✉ Sara.Gideon@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1300

✉ 37 South Freeport Road
Freeport, Maine 04032


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 8, 1 Unexcused absences
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 382 An Act To Fund Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons at the Maine State Library Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-7, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019
LD 382
This bill establishes the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund as a dedicated fund within the Maine State Library to be used to provide access to the National Federation of the Blind's news network for blind and visually impaired persons. This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to transfer $40,000 per year from the state universal service fund to the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund to support the annual cost of providing access to the network.

Amendment H-7
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 382 Chaptered Law
LD 382 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 383 Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: ConnectME Authority, a Major Substantive Rule of the ConnectME Authority (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-74, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 383
This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 101: ConnectME Authority, a major substantive rule of the ConnectME Authority.

Amendment H-74
This amendment allows for the final adoption of portions of Chapter 101: ConnectME Authority, a major substantive rule of the ConnectME Authority, as long as the ConnectME Authority amends the rule to clarify the definition of advanced communications technology infrastructure.

LD 383 Chaptered Law
LD 383 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 923 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 923
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used for a competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings in order to enhance and restore rivers, streams and fish and wildlife habitats and to allow communities to better prepare for extreme storms and floods.

LD 1155 An Act To Protect Patients and the Prudent Layperson Standard Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-372, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1155
This bill establishes a definition of "emergency medical condition" in the law governing utilization review in the Maine Insurance Code and makes clear that the determination of an emergency medical condition relies on the prudent layperson standard regardless of the final diagnosis that is given. The bill also prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for emergency services and requires that utilization review of benefit determinations for emergency services be conducted by a clinical peer, who is a licensed provider in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment H-372
This amendment makes several changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the reference to inadequately controlled pain and uses the phrase "severe pain" to maintain consistency with the definition used in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • 2. It clarifies the definition of "emergency service" so that it applies to services provided in an emergency setting or facility and makes other changes to maintain consistent language within the definition.
  • 3. It removes the reference to prior authorization for emergency services in section 2 of the bill because it is redundant with changes made in section 3.
  • 4. It clarifies that before a carrier denies benefits or reduces payment for an emergency service based on a determination of the absence of an emergency medical condition or a determination that a lower level of care was needed, the carrier's utilization review must be done by a board-certified emergency physician who is licensed in this State and that the review must include a review of the enrollee's medical record related to the emergency medical condition subject to dispute.
  • 5. It provides that any rules adopted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend current rules to conform to changes made in this legislation are routine technical rules.


LD 1155 Chaptered Law
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LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1261
This bill allows a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed as such in this State to perform abortions, in addition to a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician.

LD 1261 Chaptered Law
LD 1261 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1410 An Act To Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Public hearing held, April 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1410
This bill establishes a paid family and medical leave benefits program administered by the Department of Labor. The program provides up to 12 weeks of family leave and up to 20 weeks of medical leave to eligible covered individuals. No more than 20 weeks of family leave and medical leave in the aggregate may be taken in a 12-month period. An individual is eligible for leave under the program after working 26 weeks or more for any employer in the 12 months prior to submitting an application or if the individual is self-employed and has elected to be part of the program.

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

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

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

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

LD 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
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LD 1630 Resolve, To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1630
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to set the weekly MaineCare reimbursement rate paid to outpatient opioid treatment providers at $110 per week, or at a higher rate if the department determines a higher rate is justified.

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
LD 1741 Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Examine Performance-based Rates for Electric Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1741
This resolve requires the Public Utilities Commission to open a proceeding to examine the rate plans of each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility in the State. The commission is directed to examine rate design, existing performance metrics and any incentives for efficient operation that are currently in place for each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility and to specifically consider performance measures including a utility's reliability, billing accuracy, level of renewable energy generation integration and customer satisfaction. Based on its review, the commission shall determine the appropriateness of any reasonable rate-adjustment mechanisms, including enhanced positive and negative financial incentives linked to performance.

LD 1774 An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments so Families Can Thrive Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-605, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1774
This bill makes the following changes, which are intended to reduce child poverty, increase food security and create stronger bridges to employment for families with children.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data to measure access to and the performance of certain programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and establish improvement targets on an annual basis to monitor year-to-year improvements related to program accessibility and participant well-being.
  • 2. It reallocates the provisions relating to transitional Medicaid from the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 1053-B, which pertains to temporary assistance for needy families, to Title 22, chapter 855, which pertains to aid to needy persons, to reflect that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, 110 Stat. 2105 no longer just applies to families losing eligibility for Medicaid as a result of losing eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program but instead applies to all parents who lose eligibility for Medicaid.
  • 3. It removes the requirement that a family must have received Medicaid assistance for at least 3 of the last 6 months in order for that family to receive transitional Medicaid.
  • 4. It requires that the Department of Health and Human Services provide transitional Medicaid for a 12-month extension period pursuant to the state option provided in 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-6, Subsection (a), Paragraph (5) when a person's eligibility was terminated because of an increase in earned income or hours of employment or a loss of a time-limited earnings disregard.
  • 5. It eliminates the TANF gross income test for applicants to conform the eligibility methodology for both applicants and recipients.
  • 6. It establishes a procedure by which the Department of Health and Human Services must consider referrals made in accordance with department rule from educational institutions and similar programs as applications for the Parents as Scholars Program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3790.
  • 7. It provides funds from the TANF block grant to provide personalized professional guidance, support and navigation services for participants in the Parents as Scholars Program in order to promote program completion and student success and requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations related to the most effective way to achieve this goal, along with other suggestions to improve the program.
  • 8. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to review and make recommendations to improve the operations of systems and programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services providing services to people in need.
  • 9. It provides that additional costs to the State resulting from implementation of this legislation must be paid from funds provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant or from resources representing the State's maintenance of effort to qualify for federal funds.


Amendment H-605
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish annual improvement targets to ensure access to public assistance programs.
  • 2. It clarifies that sources of information to compile data measures of child and family economic security are not limited to the data sources in the bill and specifies that data from other state agencies including the Department of Labor and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services must be compiled.
  • 3. It includes a data requirement that includes families earning below 50% of the federal poverty level at the time participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was terminated and during the 2nd and 4th quarters after participation was terminated.
  • 4. It clarifies the language regarding the ratio of persons receiving food supplement assistance to those eligible to specify that the ratio applies to the number of persons overall, the number of persons 60 years of age and older, nonelderly persons with a disability and children under 18 years of age.
  • 5. It specifies that data collected regarding waiting times for calls to Department of Health and Human Services call centers are to a person and not to an interactive voice response system.
  • 6. It changes the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services to measure and report on the effect of departmental initiatives to improve child and family economic security rather than establishing improvement targets with reporting requirements.
  • 7. It changes the amount of funding for navigators at educational institutions and programs from $500,000 to $250,000.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1774 Chaptered Law
LD 1774 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1775 An Act To Protect Sustenance Fishing (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-490, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1775
This bill creates a sustenance fishing designated use as a subcategory of the applicable fishing designated use for certain specified water body segments within Maine's water classification program where there is or may be sustenance fishing or increased fish consumption by members of the Indian tribes in Maine or other Maine citizens. This bill also requires that the Department of Environmental Protection adopt routine technical rules no later than March 1, 2020 that calculate and establish water quality criteria protective of human health for toxic pollutants and the sustenance fishing designated use as established by this bill. This bill limits the scope of the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill by providing that, for all purposes, the sustenance fishing designated use created by this bill is deemed protected through water quality criteria for human health calculated and established for the identified water body segments.

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

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

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

LD 1775 Chaptered Law
LD 1775 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1 An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine Families (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-3, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 1
The purpose of this bill is to ensure that consumer protections related to health insurance coverage included in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are codified in state law.

In Part A, the bill does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that individual and group health plans may not impose any preexisting condition exclusion on an enrollee. The bill does permit a carrier to restrict enrollment in individual health plans to open enrollment and special enrollment periods established in rule.
  • 2. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits. The bill specifies that the provision prohibiting annual limits on the dollar value of benefits applies to the dollar value of essential health benefits as determined by the Superintendent of Insurance.
  • 3. It allows children, until they attain 26 years of age, to remain on their parents' health insurance policy.
  • 4. It changes the maximum rate differential due to age that may be filed by the carrier to the rate differential that is permitted under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


In Part B, the bill requires that, at a minimum, health plans cover essential health benefits that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The bill directs the Superintendent of Insurance to define essential health benefits in rule and designates those rules as major substantive and subject to legislative review and approval.

Amendment S-3
This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that consumer protections related to health insurance coverage included in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are codified in state law.

In Part A, the amendment does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that carriers in the individual, small group and large group markets must meet guaranteed issue requirements similar to those required by federal law.
  • 2. It makes clear that individual and group health plans may not impose any preexisting condition exclusion on an enrollee. The amendment does permit a carrier to restrict enrollment in individual health plans to open enrollment and special enrollment periods established in rule.
  • 3. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits unless the plan is grandfathered under the federal Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019 and does not impose new limits or reduce existing limits. The amendment specifies that the provision prohibiting annual limits on the dollar value of benefits applies to the dollar value of essential health benefits.
  • 4. It allows children, until they attain 26 years of age, to remain on their parents' health insurance policy.
  • 5. It changes the maximum rate differential due to age that may be filed by the carrier to 3 to 1 and requires that rates that vary based on age do so according to a uniform age rating curve.
  • 6. It provides that if a carrier varies premium rates based on family membership, the premium rate must equal the sum of the premiums for each individual in the family.
  • 7. It prohibits a carrier from varying premium rates based on tobacco use for individuals who are enrolled in an evidence-based tobacco cessation program approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.
  • 8. It makes clear that the minimum medical loss ratio in the individual market is 80% without exception.
  • 9. It adds language to prohibit rescissions of coverage consistent with requirements under federal law.
  • 10. It makes changes to the timelines and requirements for determinations by a carrier of coverage for prescription drugs consistent with federal law.
  • 11. It requires carriers to provide information about the health plans offered by the carrier in a standardized manner that is substantially similar to the manner required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • 12. It removes a provision of the bill that would have repealed the authority for certain individuals to purchase coverage under an individual, nonrenewable short-term policy.
  • 13. It prohibits a health plan from reducing or terminating benefits for an ongoing course of treatment, including coverage of a prescription drug, during the course of an appeal of a determination of coverage.

Part B requires that, at a minimum, individual and small group health plans cover essential health benefits that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The amendment also requires that health plans meet annual limits on cost sharing that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The amendment removes provisions of the bill that authorized the Superintendent of Insurance to make changes to essential health benefits and cost sharing limits in rule. The amendment clarifies that pediatric dental benefits may not be required of all individual and small group plans if dental coverage is available in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act as in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Part C adopts nondiscrimination provisions consistent with similar requirements in federal law and rule.

Part D makes changes to current requirements in state law related to mental health parity consistent with similar requirements in federal law and regulations.

LD 1 Chaptered Law
LD 1 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 111 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development and Commercialization Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 111
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $250,000,000 issued in $50,000,000 increments over a 5-year period, will be used to provide funds for research and development and commercialization as prioritized by the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board's most recent innovation economy action plan and the Office of Innovation's most recent science and technology action plan. The funds must be allocated in support of technological innovation leading to commercialization in the targeted sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, environmental and renewable energy technology, information technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine technology, composites and advanced materials and precision manufacturing. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process and to Maine-based public and private institutions to leverage matching private and federal funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

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


LD 246 An Act To Secure the Future of the Frances Perkins Homestead Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-15, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 246
This bill provides one-time funds to the Frances Perkins Center to be applied toward the acquisition of the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle.

Amendment S-15
This amendment, which is the majority report, directs the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to transfer $250,000 in state fiscal year 2019-20 to be used for the acquisition of the Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle if certain requirements are met.

LD 246 fiscal note
LD 246 Amendment S-15 fiscal note
LD 295 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 295
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, will be used for the provision of broadband Internet service in unserved and underserved areas through ConnectME Authority grants to partnerships between private, municipal and nongovernmental service providers.

LD 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 400
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas of the State.

LD 431 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-188, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 431
This bill designates the day of the general election, which is the day of the regular election of state and county officials occurring biennially in November, as a state holiday.

Amendment H-188
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 431 fiscal note
LD 431 Amendment H-188 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 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 455
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

LD 477 An Act To Provide Relief to Federal Employees Affected by the Federal Shutdown Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-1, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 477
This bill establishes the Federal Shutdown Loan Guarantee Program. The program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, provides easier access to no-interest loans for certain federal employees in Maine affected by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, which began December 22, 2018, by guaranteeing up to 10% of the loans eligible credit unions and financial institutions make to affected employees.

Under the bill, affected employees are eligible for up to 3 loans, each equal to their monthly after-tax pay, up to $5,000, less unemployment benefits. The bill prohibits interest on the loans during the shutdown and for 270 days after the shutdown ends. Following the end of the 270 days, an eligible financial institution that made a loan under the program, after a good faith effort to collect the principal amount of the loan, may apply to the authority for repayment of the uncollected amount of the loan in default. The authority is required to make reasonable efforts to recoup the amount of any payments made to eligible financial institutions from the employee who defaulted on the loan.

The bill gives the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs authority to report out legislation to address any funding needs of the program.

Amendment S-1
This amendment:

  • 1. Amends the definition of shutdown to mean a full or partial shutdown of the Federal Government between February 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019 that lasts longer than 14 days;
  • 2. Adds language to require that any unexpended funds be returned to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund upon the termination of the program;
  • 3. Amends the definition of a credit union or financial institution in good standing to mean a credit union or financial institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the National Credit Union Administration;
  • 4. Simplifies the process for a credit union or financial institution to participate in the program;
  • 5. Extends the time period for an eligible financial institution to make a claim for a loan guarantee from between 180 and 210 days following the end of the grace period to between 180 and 300 days following the end of the grace period;
  • 6. Requires the Treasurer of State to make loan guarantee payments to the Finance Authority of Maine, or FAME, instead of the eligible financial institution;
  • 7. Clarifies that an eligible financial institution may not use an affected employee's creditworthiness as a factor to determine eligibility for the program;
  • 8. Clarifies that the terms of the loan agreement under the program apply notwithstanding any other state or federal law to the contrary;
  • 9. Requires that an eligible financial institution disclose that loan information may be shared with FAME;
  • 10. Clarifies that loans may not be made under the program after a shutdown ends;
  • 11. Requires that the transfer from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund happen no later than 14 days following the effective date of this legislation instead of no later than February 15, 2019;
  • 12. Requires that the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs consult with the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services before reporting out any legislation to address funding needs for the program; and
  • 13. Corrects an error in the allocations section of the bill.


LD 477 fiscal note
LD 477 Amendment S-1 fiscal note
LD 718 An Act To Increase Funding for Adult Basic Literacy, Workplace Education and College Preparedness Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 718
This bill provides an increase in funding for the adult education subsidy to local school units that operate adult education programs. It also provides targeted funds to improve the capacity of local adult education programs to meet students' academic and work readiness and training needs.

LD 797 An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use Maine's Natural Resources Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 797
This bill provides that by January 1, 2050 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels.

LD 815 An Act To Regulate the Issuance of Short-term, Limited-duration Health Insurance Policies in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 815
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period.

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

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

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
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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 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
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LD 1015 An Act To Support Maine Craft Distillers Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-93, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1015
This bill exempts the holder of a small distillery license from bailment or other distribution fees if the product sold by that license holder, either for on-premises or off-premises consumption, was not transported to a warehouse operated by the State or a wholesaler contracted by the State.

Amendment S-93
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment provides that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is required to set the price of spirits produced by a licensed Maine small distillery and retained by that small distillery for sale directly to customers at a discount of 22.75% off the list price. This discount rate is greater than the discount that an agency liquor store is given off of the list price when it purchases spirits produced by a small distillery because, unlike spirits purchased by an agency liquor store, the spirits retained by the small distillery are not transported to a warehouse operated by the bureau or by a wholesaler contracted by the bureau and then distributed by that wholesaler to another location.

LD 1015 Chaptered Law
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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 1051 An Act To Create the Maine Family First Employer Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1051
This bill creates the Maine Family First Employer Program under the Department of Labor to award employers that create family-friendly workplaces by providing, for all full-time employees, advancement and leadership opportunities; the same pay rates for similar work; stipends or assistance for child care; paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and medical care for employees or family members of employees; flexible work accommodations for other family obligations; and health insurance and retirement plan options. The awards are presented by the Governor and come with a logo that a designated employer may use for promotional purposes.

LD 1159 Resolve, To End Hunger in Maine by 2030 Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 1159
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in consultation and collaboration with interested parties and stakeholders, to collaborate with the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to eliminate hunger in the State by 2030. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit an initial design for the plan by February 10, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1159 Chaptered Law
LD 1159 Chaptered Law 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 1172 An Act To Provide Direct Property Tax Relief to Homeowners by Increasing the Homestead Exemption Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1172
This bill increases the total exemption amount under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption program from the current $20,000 to $30,000 for the property tax year beginning April 1, 2020 and to $40,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2021. This bill also increases the reimbursement rate by the State for the revenue lost by a municipality due to the exemption from 62.5% to 75%, beginning with the 2020-2021 property tax year.

LD 1200 An Act To Amend the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-169, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1200
This bill amends the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program by:
  • 1. Reducing from 50% to 40% the maximum credit available to individual investors and private venture capital funds for investments made after April 1, 2019;
  • 2. Requiring that eligible exporting businesses retain in Maine a majority of their employees;
  • 3. Reducing from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 the total aggregate investment eligible for tax credits for any one business;
  • 4. Limiting to $2,000,000 the total aggregate investment eligible for any one business in any calendar year; and
  • 5. Increasing from $5,000,000 to $15,000,000 the overall annual limit on total authorized credits.


Amendment S-169
This amendment restricts the increase in the overall annual limit on total authorized credits to calendar years 2019 to 2025, removes the requirement that a majority of an eligible business's employment associated with the creation and sale of a product or a provision of services be within the State and provides a structure for the required reporting of data to facilitate an evaluation of the effectiveness of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

LD 1200 Amendment S-169 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 1272 An Act To Increase Access to Low-cost Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-250, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1272
This bill establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the State in order to provide cost savings to consumers. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to design the program through rulemaking by January 1, 2020. The rules are designated as major substantive and must be submitted to the Legislature for final approval. The bill also specifies that the program may not be implemented until the State has received federal approval and certification. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal approval no later than May 1, 2020.

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

LD 1272 Chaptered Law
LD 1272 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1312
This bill creates an extreme risk protection order to authorize a court to order a person to surrender that person's firearms temporarily for 14 days or on an extended basis for 365 days when it has been proved that the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. The bill provides that:
  • 1. A law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a family or household member may file a petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order, which may be granted if the court finds probable cause exists to issue the order. The temporary extreme risk protection order expires in 14 days or when a hearing to determine whether to issue an extended extreme risk protection order is held, whichever occurs sooner. A temporary extreme risk protection order may be issued on an ex parte basis;
  • 2. Whether or not the court issues a temporary extreme risk protection order, the court is required to hold a hearing within 14 days to determine whether the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. If the court, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that an extended extreme risk protection order should be issued, the extended extreme risk protection order must be issued, and it expires 365 days after the issuance of the order unless extended after another hearing;
  • 3. Following the issuance of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order, the court is required to order law enforcement to serve the order and is required to issue a search warrant if the court finds probable cause that the person who is the subject of the order is in possession of a firearm;
  • 4. A person who is the subject of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order is required to surrender all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. The firearms must be returned to the person at the expiration of the extreme risk protection order unless an extended extreme risk protection order is issued;
  • 5. A person against whom an extended extreme risk protection order is issued may request that the order be dissolved and be granted a hearing once during the term of the extended extreme risk protection order; and
  • 6. A person who possesses firearms in violation of an extreme risk protection order commits a Class D crime.


LD 1364 An Act Regarding Net Neutrality and Internet Policy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-301 and House amendment H-342, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1364
This bill prohibits a state agency or instrumentality from committing state funds in a manner that the agency or instrumentality knows would result in a direct payment to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees in writing to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, adopted on February 26, 2015, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment H-301
The amendment narrows the scope and application of the prohibition in the bill regarding committing state funds for payment to an Internet service provider. The amendment prohibits an agency, department or instrumentality of the State from committing state funds to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees to provide net neutral service in the provision of Internet service directly to the state entity or the provision of service across advanced communications infrastructure constructed with the use of state funds. The amendment defines "net neutral service" as Internet service provided without engaging in any of the following: blocking of lawful content, applications, services or devices; throttling; or paid prioritization. The amendment removes the requirement in the bill that prohibits the commitment of state funds to an Internet service provider unless that provider agrees, in providing any service, to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment H-342
This amendment defines and uses the term "broadband Internet access service," which is the term the Federal Communications Commission uses in its net neutrality order, to refer to Internet services. The amendment modifies the definitions of the terms "paid prioritization" and "throttling" to be consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order. The amendment also clarifies that net neutrality continues to allow Internet service providers, consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order, to address copyright infringement or other illegal activity and to address the needs of public safety and law enforcement as permitted by law or the provider's ability to do so. This amendment incorporates the provisions of House Amendment H-342 to Committee Amendment H-301.

LD 1364 Chaptered Law
LD 1364 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1387
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

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

LD 1451 An Act Providing Labor Unions with Reasonable Access to Current and Newly Hired Public Sector Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-602, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1451
This bill makes changes to the laws governing collective bargaining for municipal employees, state employees, judicial employees and employees of the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System to provide a collective bargaining agent with greater access to employees and employee information for those employees represented by that collective bargaining agent. It also provides a collective bargaining agent with the right to use any government building or facility to conduct meetings with its members, as long as that use does not interfere with governmental operations. The government entity may charge the collective bargaining agent for any additional costs that use may incur.

Amendment H-602
This amendment does the following:
  • 1. It changes the minimum amount of time an employer must allow for a newly hired employee to meet with a bargaining agent from 30 minutes to either 30 minutes or an amount of time agreed upon by all parties;
  • 2. It changes from 10 days to 30 days the amount of time an employer has to provide a bargaining agent with information regarding newly hired employees;
  • 3. It allows an employee to opt out after initial communications with a bargaining agent from any further contact or sharing of that employee's information with a bargaining agent, except for instances when that employee is being provided direct representation by the bargaining agent; and
  • 4. It prohibits a bargaining agent from selling or sharing a nonmember's information except for the purposes of that bargaining agent fulfilling its collective bargaining obligations.


LD 1451 Chaptered Law
LD 1451 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1459
Current law authorizes the membership of farmers in cooperative organizations and requires handlers of agricultural products to bargain in good faith with such organizations because agricultural products are produced by numerous individual farmers and the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers will be adversely affected unless they are able to join together.

This bill recognizes that market forces that affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers similarly affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual harvesters and haulers of forest products, and it expands application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

Specifically, this bill amends the laws governing agricultural marketing and bargaining to:

  • 1. Expand the definition of "independent agricultural contractor" to include a person who harvests or hauls forest products under contract;
  • 2. Expand the legislative findings provision to include findings concerning independent agricultural contractors, which include harvesters and haulers of forest products; and
  • 3. Include in the definition of "producer" a person engaged in the production of forest products.

In addition, the bill sets forth the Legislature's finding that, with respect to loggers and forest products haulers, the inequity of power in determining compensation and the lack of opportunity to join together in bargaining over compensation can result in unfair contract rates for their services and that it is in the public interest to expand application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

LD 1459 Chaptered Law
LD 1459 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

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

Amendment S-251
This amendment replaces the bill.

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

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

LD 1499 Chaptered Law
LD 1499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1506 Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Facilitate the Creation of a Strategic Economic Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1506
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate the creation of a 10-year strategic economic plan that recommends breakthrough strategies for increased economic prosperity for all citizens of the State in all regions, ultimately measured by increased household income, a growing workforce and sustainable business development.

The resolve directs the department to provide a report on the strategic plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 31, 2019. The joint standing committees are authorized to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

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

LD 1584 fiscal note
LD 1584 Amendment H-464 fiscal note
LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1618 An Act To Authorize Career and Technical Education Regions To Enter into Energy Conservation Performance Contracts for School Facilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1618
This bill adds the authority to enter into an agreement for energy conservation improvements with an energy services company to the powers and duties of a cooperative board of a career and technical education region, similar to the authority of a school administrative unit.

LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1631
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LD 1645 Amendment H-481 fiscal note
LD 1663 An Act To Clarify Ranked-choice Voting Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-194, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1663
This bill clarifies that "elections determined by ranked-choice voting" only occur when there are 3 or more candidates for an office. This bill specifies additional layout requirements for ballots containing ranked-choice contests. This bill allows the Secretary of State to create a separate voter instruction poster for ranked-choice voting. This bill provides that municipalities count and report only the first choice votes cast for elections determined by ranked-choice voting. This bill substitutes the word "count" for the word "tabulate" in reference to ranked-choice voting. This bill removes an inconsistent provision regarding ties in ranked-choice contests and changes the permitted restriction on the number of rankings allowed on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting contest from 6 to 5. This bill limits who can request a recount of a ranked-choice voting contest to the candidates receiving the top 3 rankings in the penultimate round of ranked-choice counting.

Amendment S-194
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes several technical changes to the bill and clarifies that the Secretary of State has discretion to determine whether ranked-choice contests should appear on the same ballot page as or on a different ballot page from contests that are not subject to ranked-choice voting. The amendment also clarifies that a voter's decision to rank more than one candidate for a single office does not render the voter's vote invalid in an election determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further requires that an election official post a paper copy of the results of the first choice votes cast in elections determined by ranked-choice voting, if a secure place is available at the voting place or municipal office where the public may view the election results.

LD 1663 Chaptered Law
LD 1663 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1679
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
  • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
  • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
  • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


Amendment S-221
This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
  • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
  • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
  • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
    • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
    • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
    • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
    • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
    • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
    • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
    • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

      It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
  • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


LD 1679 Chaptered Law
LD 1679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-295, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1711
This bill regards amendments and enactments of provisions regarding energy billing and the Maine Solar Energy Act, including:
  • 1. Establishing parameters on the financial interest and limits of accounts for net energy billing;
  • 2. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to establish a pilot program implementing a tariff rate for nonresidential customers of new distributed generation resources if the commission determines a tariff rate is the most cost-effective manner possible to promote the development of distributed generation resources;
  • 3. Amending the Maine Solar Energy Act by:
    • A. Adding specific measures to support solar energy;
    • B. Establishing a standard buyer designation and detailing the standard buyer's obligations and cost allocation;
    • C. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 125 megawatts for the output of distributed generation resources associated with commercial or institutional customer accounts through a bid solicitation process;
    • D. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 250 megawatts for the output of large-scale shared distributed generation resources through a bid solicitation process; and
    • E. Detailing the process by which credits are applied to a customer's bill and how entities that own or operate a large-scale shared distributed generation resource on behalf of customers that own a proportional interest in the large-scale shared distributed generation resource may recover costs incurred on behalf of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility;
  • 4. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature the results of the implemented tariff rates for distributed generation resources and the status of metering and billing system capabilities for investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities;
  • 5. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to evaluate net energy billing when the total amount of generation capacity involved in net energy billing in the State reaches 8% of the total maximum load of transmission and distribution utilities in the State;
  • 6. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to solicit bids for long-term contracts to supply up to 400 megawatts of electricity from solar energy projects; and
  • 7. Directing the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding long-term contracts for installed capacity and associated renewable energy and renewable energy credits produced by solar energy projects.


Amendment S-295
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment:
  • 1. Changes the net energy billing law to:
    • a. Allow a customer to participate if the customer has a financial interest in a distributed generation resource, which is defined as a generator with a capacity of less than 5 megawatts that uses a renewable resource and is located in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility in this State;
    • b. Permit any number of customers of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to share the financial interest, except in the northern Maine grid, where the limit is 10, unless the Public Utilities Commission finds the utility system can accommodate a higher number; and
    • c. Add a new commercial and institutional net energy billing program that provides for a tariff rate for the energy exported by the distributed generation resource that is based on the applicable standard offer rate for the customer plus a percentage of the transmission and distribution utility rate for a specific class of customers;
  • 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to report on metering and billing issues to the joint standing committee on utilities and energy and to evaluate net energy billing when certain events occur; and
  • 3. Creates a requirement for the procurement of distributed generation resources by each investor-owned electric utility, or by a separate buyer, if one is designated by the commission. The amendment:
    • a. Directs procurements of 125 megawatts of output associated with commercial and institutional accounts and 250 megawatts of shared distributed generation resources to be achieved by July 1, 2024;
    • b. Directs that procurements must be through a competitive bidding process with solicitations for certain blocks of output and contract rates, after the first block, set in declining relation to the previous block;
    • c. Provides procedures to address cases of under-procurement for any block;
    • d. Requires subscriptions to certain portions of shared distributed generation resources to satisfy certain minimum requirements related to the types and sizes of subscribers or subscriptions; and
    • e. Provides for consumer protections and transparency requirements.
  • 4. Adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1711 Chaptered Law
LD 1711 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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