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Representative Scott Strom [Republican]
Pittsfield ~ District 106

Towns in District: Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Joint Committees:
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs (Ranking Republican)

✉ Scott.Strom@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 176 Summer Ct.
Pittsfield, Maine 04967


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 20188%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20182 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20172 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201710%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 209 An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Prohibiting Short-term Rentals Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 209
This bill prohibits municipalities from prohibiting or restricting the use of short-term rentals except for narrowly tailored regulations to protect the public health and safety.

LD 522 An Act To Prohibit the Imposition by Municipalities of General Restrictions on Rents and Rental Properties Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019
LD 522
This bill prohibits towns, cities, plantations, village corporations and counties providing municipal services in the unorganized territory of their county from adopting ordinances regulating the rent that may be charged for a rental property, requiring registration of rental properties or imposing fees specific to rental properties.

LD 35 An Act To Exempt All Disabled Veterans in Maine from All Income Tax and To Increase Their Homestead Exemption to $50,000 Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 35
This bill increases the homestead exemption to $50,000 for veterans of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard who are receiving disability compensation from the United States Government due to a service-connected disability and provides an income tax deduction for all income of those individuals.

LD 116 An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-5, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 116
This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.

Amendment H-5
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.

LD 116 Chaptered Law
LD 116 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 144 An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 144
This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone.

LD 184 An Act To Amend the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Coordination Program Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 184
This bill repeals the current provisions regarding veterans' homelessness prevention coordination and instead enacts a provision that allows for multiple partnerships rather than a single partnership. It removes the requirement that the organizations chosen for the partnerships be national organizations in existence for at least 30 years. It requires that the organizations chosen be active in the State for at least 2 years, with priority given to organizations founded, chartered or organized in Maine. It changes the order of priorities for the partnerships, prioritizing identifying and securing temporary or permanent living space for veterans within the veterans' communities over conducting annual outreach events. It establishes a nonlapsing fund to support services for homeless veterans and directs the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development to distribute any funds.

Amendment H-117
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It:
  • 1. Directs the Director of the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to establish a program of partnerships, through one or more collaborative agreements, with human services-based volunteer organizations to provide transitional housing to homeless veterans and coordinate efforts to remedy and prevent homelessness among veterans in this State;
  • 2. Provides that one of the priorities of the partnerships is to provide reimbursement to human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans pursuant to collaborative agreements;
  • 3. Authorizes the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to adopt rules necessary to implement this partnership program, including to define "veterans" for purposes of the program, to govern collaborative agreements with human services-based volunteer organizations and to govern the reimbursement of organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans through disbursements from the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Partnership Fund;
  • 4. Establishes the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Partnership Fund and provides that it is to be used to reimburse human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans and to otherwise carry out the purposes of the partnership program;
  • 5. Provides ongoing funding for reimbursement to human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans;
  • 6. Creates 2 new positions in the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to help administer this partnership program; and
  • 7. Includes an emergency preamble and clause.


LD 184 fiscal note
LD 184 Amendment H-117 fiscal note
LD 186 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Specify the Qualifications of Electors Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 12, 2019
LD 186
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to specify that only a person who is a citizen of the United States may vote in a state, county or municipal or other local election.

LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019
LD 255
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.

LD 353 An Act Regarding the Safety of Recovery Residences Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-577, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 353
This bill requires a recovery residence located in a house to be considered a one-family dwelling under rules concerning safety to life from fire if the recovery residence has no more than 6 occupants and contains a fire extinguisher and smoke detector in each room.

This bill also defines "recovery residence" as an alcohol-free and illegal substance-free shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that provides peer support and connects residents to support services and community resources.

Amendment H-577
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides an exception to the rules for life safety code requirements for recovery residences that are certified by a nationally recognized organization that supports persons recovering from substance use disorder and that meet other listed criteria. The amendment defines a recovery residence as a shared living residence for persons recovering from substance use disorder that is focused on peer support, provides to its residents an environment free of alcohol and illegal drugs and assists its residents by connecting the residents to support services or resources in the community that are available to persons recovering from substance use disorder.

LD 353 Chaptered Law
LD 353 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 416 An Act To Allow Eating Establishments To Permit Smoking Tobacco in Designated Outdoor Eating Areas Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 416
This bill allows an eating establishment to permit smoking tobacco in a designated outdoor eating area if no one under 21 years of age is allowed in the designated outdoor eating area.

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 499 An Act To Prohibit Payment per Signature on Petitions for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referendums Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-232, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 499
This bill prohibits the circulator or person who causes the circulation of an initiative or referendum petition or a petition organization from receiving payment for the collection of signatures based on the number of signatures collected. The bill clarifies that a salary or fee for the collection of signatures is not prohibited if it is not based on the number of signatures collected.

Amendment S-232
This amendment is the majority report. The amendment replaces the title and the bill and strengthens the integrity of the direct initiative and people's veto referendum process by requiring a petition circulator to submit an affidavit that includes the circulator's name, the address at which the circulator resides and the date the circulator signed the affidavit; that the circulator read the information provided by the Secretary of State and understands the laws governing the circulation of petitions in Maine; that the circulator was a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine at the time of circulating the petition; and that the circulator understands that the circulator can be prosecuted for violating the laws governing the circulation of petitions, including the requirement that a circulator truthfully executed the affidavit. The amendment also requires petition organizations and others to indicate the method by which they are compensating any individuals hired to assist in circulating petitions.

LD 499 Chaptered Law
LD 499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 517 An Act To Facilitate Fair Ballot Representation for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 517
This bill permits a candidate to request that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State. The candidate's nickname, if any, must be set off by quotation marks and be placed on the ballot immediately after the candidate's legal first name or initial and before the candidate's legal middle name or middle initial, if any.

Amendment H-164
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the candidate must include the nickname on the candidate's declaration of consent or written acceptance filed with the Secretary of State and must declare that the nickname is actually the name by which the candidate is known to others. The amendment also specifies that if a candidate requests that the candidate's nickname appear on the ballot for an election in the State, the Secretary of State must set off the candidate's nickname by quotation marks and it must be placed on the ballot following the candidate's legal last name, first initial and middle initial, if any.

LD 517 Amendment H-164 fiscal note
LD 534 An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier To Read and Understand for Maine Voters (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-277, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 534
This bill requires that ballot questions be written in a manner that is understandable to the greatest number of voters possible, determined to be for adult literacy at the 6th-grade reading level, which is the standard used for other important official state documents, including for the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, notices regarding child support, municipal property tax deferral programs for seniors and temporary assistance for needy families. This bill also requires ballot questions to unambiguously state what the effect of a "yes" or "no" vote may have.

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


LD 534 Chaptered Law
LD 534 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 553 An Act To Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-318, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 553
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure proper oversight of sports betting.

Amendment S-318
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit to regulate sports wagering in the State.

Licensed commercial tracks, licensed off-track betting facilities, licensed casinos and federally recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply for facility sports wagering licenses to conduct in-person sports wagering in the State. These entities are also eligible to apply for mobile sports wagering licenses to conduct sports wagering through mobile applications or digital platforms, as are qualified gaming entities that offer sports wagering through mobile applications or digital platforms in any jurisdiction in the United States pursuant to a state regulatory structure. Facility sports wagering licensees and mobile sports wagering licensees, referred to in the amendment as operators, may purchase or lease equipment, systems or services for sports wagering from entities with a supplier license, whose equipment, systems or services must meet standards established by rule.

Operators may also enter into written contracts, approved by the director of the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety, with management services licensees that have sufficient knowledge and experience in the business of operating sports wagering to effectively conduct sports wagering on behalf of operators. A person employed by a facility sports wagering licensee to be engaged directly in sports wagering-related activities must be licensed by the Gambling Control Unit.

Operators may accept wagers on professional, collegiate and amateur sports events, including international events, as well as on the individual performances of athletes, on motor vehicle races and on electronic sports. Sports wagers are prohibited on high school events, other events where a majority of participants are less than 18 years of age and events involving Maine-based colleges and universities. Operators may not accept sports wagers from individuals under 21 years of age; participants in the sports event, including athletes and officials; persons with an interest in the outcome of the sports event identified by the director by rule; the operator's own directors or employees or persons living in their households; persons voluntarily or involuntarily placed on a list maintained by the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety of persons not authorized to make sports wagers; 3rd persons making wagers on behalf of another person; and Gambling Control Unit employees. Mobile sports wagering licensees are also prohibited from accepting sports wagers from persons who are not physically located within the State.

A facility sports wagering licensee must remit 10% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts to the State and a mobile sports wagering licensee must remit 16% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts to the State. One percent of adjusted gross sports wagering receipts must be deposited in the General Fund for the administrative expenses of the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety and 1% of the adjusted gross sports wagering receipts must be deposited in the Gambling Addiction Prevention and Treatment Fund established by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 20006-B. The remaining adjusted gross sports wagering receipts remitted to the State must be deposited in the General Fund.

The amendment also allows a licensed fantasy contest operator to offer a fantasy contest based on the performances of participants in collegiate athletic events.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 553 Amendment S-318 fiscal note
LD 637 An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


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

LD 677 An Act Regarding the Use of Seizure and Forfeitures by Law Enforcement Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 677
This bill requires the establishment of a record and case tracking system and detailed reporting to the Commissioner of Public Safety when a law enforcement agency seizes, holds or disposes of property as a result of civil forfeiture provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15, section 5821 and the criminal forfeiture provisions of Title 15, section 5826. The bill provides that reported information is public information and for public access to that information through a website and mandates reports to the Legislature, Attorney General and Governor. The bill provides rulemaking for the Commissioner of Public Safety and auditing by the State Auditor, with a report from the State Auditor to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The provisions apply to law enforcement agencies, which are defined to include fire departments, that seize, hold or dispose of property as a result of an investigation and arrest carried out in cooperation with a federal law enforcement agency.

LD 808 An Act To Create a Youth Wage Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 808
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for a person who is under 18 years of age and is enrolled as a student in a school. The wage is 75% of the regular minimum hourly wage.

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

LD 853 An Act To Facilitate Weekend Malt Liquor Purchases by Licensed Establishments Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-161, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 853
This bill permits retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed on the premises to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off of the premises during weekend hours, when wholesalers and distributors are typically closed.

Amendment H-161
This amendment permits retailers licensed for on-premises consumption of malt liquor to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off the licensed premises only during weekend hours and only 2 times annually. If an on-premises retailer purchases malt liquor from an off-premises retailer, the on-premises retailer must immediately notify both the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the retailer's malt liquor wholesaler of the purchase. The on-premises retailer may not purchase more than 10 gallons of malt liquor in a single weekend and must purchase the malt liquor from an off-premises retailer located within the same malt liquor wholesaler's sales territory.

LD 853 Chaptered Law
LD 853 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1020 An Act to Modify the Number of Retail Liquor Licenses Allowed in Certain Municipalities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 1020
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 8 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 16,001 but less than 30,001; current law requires a population of at least 20,001 before a municipality qualifies for 8 agency liquor stores. The population threshold to qualify for 5 agency liquor stores remains at 10,001.

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

LD 1081 An Act To Impose Further Restrictions on where Marijuana May Be Smoked Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1081
This bill expands the restrictions on where marijuana may be smoked to include:
  • 1. Areas in which tobacco smoking is prohibited;
  • 2. In a private residence or on private property when a person under 18 years of age is present; and
  • 3. In a vehicle in which a person under 18 years of age is present.


LD 1113 An Act To Change Procedures of the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency and To Seal Marijuana Convictions Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1113
This bill requires a board, commission or panel established to provide the Governor a recommendation on a pardon, clemency or commutation of a sentence to grant a hearing to a petitioner who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime and to consider certain personal criteria of the petitioner and allows an appeal of a recommendation of denial to the Secretary of State.

This bill also seals criminal history record information regarding convictions for crimes and civil violations relating to personal adult use of marijuana by making the information confidential.

LD 1127 An Act To Expand Community-based Solar Energy in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1127
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts with community-based solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities. The total amount of resources procured through these long-term contracts may not exceed 100 megawatts, and 20% of resources procured must come from generators with a capacity of less than 2 megawatts. The bill requires the commission to establish provisions to protect the interests of utility customers over the term of the contracts.

The bill sets forth eligibility requirements for community-based solar resources to enter into long-term contracts. To be eligible, a resource must have a capacity of no more than 10 megawatts, have an in-service date between June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021 and meet local ownership requirements. In addition, to be eligible, the owners of the resource must:

  • 1. Demonstrate to the Public Utilities Commission completion of an interconnection agreement application with the local transmission and distribution utility;
  • 2. Include a plan to obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals;
  • 3. Demonstrate financial capability to operate the resource over the term of the contract;
  • 4. Include a letter or resolution of support from the local community in which the resource is located; and
  • 5. Outline expected economic benefits from the long-term contract to the local community in which the resource is located. The bill establishes a minimum contract length of 20 years and requires the contract rate to be less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour and fixed for a period of at least 20 years. Contracts may be for energy or capacity. The contracts may also include renewable energy credits, or the owners of the resource may retain the renewable energy credits associated with the resource, as determined by the owners. Finally, the bill specifies that available energy contracted for under the provisions of this bill must be sold into the wholesale electricity market in conjunction with solicitations for standard-offer supply bids.


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 1437 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-163 and House amendment H-344, Constitutional amendment does not require Governor action, Finally passed June 18, 2019
LD 1437
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative as authorized by proper enactment by the Legislature.

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-344
This amendment revises the language in the resolution that allows alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative to clarify that the alternative signatures are authorized for use by persons with physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names.

LD 1437 Chaptered Law
LD 1437 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1438 An Act To Clarify the Intent of Referendum Questions for Voters Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1438
This bill requires the Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Attorney General and the Revisor of Statutes, to prepare a summary of each referendum question that explains the referendum question to the voter and to place this summary on the ballot after the corresponding referendum question. This summary may not exceed 250 words, except that additional words may be used if the Secretary of State considers it necessary and space on the ballot permits.

LD 1446 An Act To Remove Sales and Use Taxation on Gold and Silver Coins Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 1446
This bill exempts from the sales and use tax sales of specie, which is defined as coins with gold or silver content or refined gold or silver bullion.

LD 1447 An Act To Simplify Voting in Maine by Placing a Moratorium on Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1447
This bill suspends the use of ranked-choice voting until elections held after December 1, 2023. The bill provides that the laws governing ranked-choice voting are repealed December 1, 2023 unless the Constitution of Maine is amended to authorize the Legislature to determine the method by which the Governor and members of the Legislature are elected.

LD 1471 Resolve, To Name the Route 7 Bridge in Corinna in Honor of PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1471
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Corinna Bridge in the Town of Corinna the PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Bridge.

LD 1471 Chaptered Law
LD 1471 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1487 An Act To Exempt Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates from Vehicle Registration Fees Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-444, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1487
This bill exempts a person possessing or applying for a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates from the annual motor vehicle registration fee.

Amendment H-444
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1487 Chaptered Law
LD 1487 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1515 An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1515
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.

Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.

The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing sports pools.

LD 1621 An Act To Allow Delivery of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products by an Approved Marijuana Store (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1621
This bill amends the Marijuana Legalization Act to allow delivery of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by a marijuana store if the municipality or town, plantation or township in which the marijuana store is located authorizes the operation of delivery services and the marijuana store receives approval to operate the delivery service from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. A marijuana store is allowed to maintain a separate storage facility approved by the department in which to store product or from which to conduct delivery service operations and which may be located in the same municipality as the retail facility of the marijuana store or another municipality subject to the approval of the other municipality. Delivery services are subject to the same testing, tracking, labelling and packaging requirements as retail sales of adult use marijuana and marijuana products, delivery service drivers are subject to the same requirements as the employees of a marijuana store, delivery recipients are subject to the same customer restrictions regarding age and state of intoxication as marijuana store customers and delivery service vehicles are subject to the same inspection requirements as the marijuana store's licensed premises and may not have an occupant under 21 years of age during the course of a delivery.

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 1748 An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1748
This bill allows the Efficiency Maine Trust or a municipality to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program to finance energy savings improvements on qualifying property.

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