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Representative Stephen Stanley [Democrat]
Medway ~ District 143

Towns in District: East Millinocket, Medway, Millinocket, Patten, Herseytown Township, Long A and Long A Township

Term limited in 2020

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✉ 614 Pattagumpus Road
Medway, Maine 04460


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters64%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201775%

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LD 460 An Act Requiring the State To Reimburse Counties for All Costs Exceeding the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 460
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the annual costs of correctional services that exceed the county's tax assessment for those services.

LD 525 An Act To Increase the Registration Fee for Snowmobiles for Residents Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 525
This bill increases the annual snowmobile registration fee for residents from $45 to $55.

LD 526 An Act To Require Horse-drawn Carriages and Wagons To Be Equipped with Reflectors Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 526
This bill requires vehicles propelled or drawn by a horse and operated at night to have a rear reflector of a specific size and color.

LD 542 An Act To Allow a Person To Enter a Place of Public Accommodation Accompanied by a Medically Necessary Assistance Animal That Is a Dog Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 542
This bill requires a place of public accommodation to allow the use of a dog that is an assistance animal by an individual with a physical or mental disability.

LD 625 An Act To Phase Out the Insurance Premium Tax on Annuities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-32, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 625
This bill phases out the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations over 4 years beginning in 2020. During the phase-out period, the prescribed rate applies only if the insurer credits the savings from the rate reductions to annuity holders. The bill also specifies that certain deductions related to annuities may be deducted from annuity considerations for tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-32
This amendment changes the phase-out of the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations from 4 years to 9 years and provides that during the phase-out period the retaliatory tax on non-Maine insurance companies does not apply. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 625 Amendment H-32 fiscal note
LD 678 An Act Requiring the State To Fund 20.25 Percent of the Cost of County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 678
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for 20.25% of the cost of the county's correctional services.

LD 679 An Act Regarding the Licensing of Funeral Practitioners Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-144, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 679
This bill allows the State Board of Funeral Service to issue a permanent license to engage in the funeral service profession and operate a funeral establishment to an applicant who holds an active license to practice funeral service in another state the license requirements of which are substantially similar to the license requirements in Maine.

Amendment H-144
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill.

This amendment repeals the temporary licensure process for an individual with an out-of-state license to practice funeral service. The amendment removes the term "permanent" from the language describing the issuance of a license to an applicant with an out-of-state license and also removes a clause exempting such a license from annual renewal. The amendment adds language stating that the license of the out-of-state licensee must be active, unrestricted and without disciplinary action. The amendment requires the State Board of Funeral Service to adopt rules to implement the section describing the issuance of a license to an out-of-state licensee, and specifically requires that rules define what constitutes substantially similar license requirements. The amendment also changes the continuing education requirements to allow for 6, rather than 8 hours to be conducted remotely, and removes the requirement that all continuing education programs be approved by the board.

LD 679 Chaptered Law
LD 679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 744 Resolve, Authorizing the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services To Convey the Interests in Certain Real Property Located in East Millinocket Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-489, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 744
This resolve authorizes the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to lease or sell the state property known as "the Dolby Landfill" located in the Town of East Millinocket.

Amendment H-489
This amendment adds a right of first refusal to purchase the state property to the Town of East Millinocket. It clarifies that the State does not own the timber rights to the property described in the resolve. It removes the lease option and changes the form of several references.

LD 744 Chaptered Law
LD 744 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 850 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 in Island Falls Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 850
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Island Falls on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.

LD 925 An Act Requiring the Department of Corrections To Fully Fund County Jails for Individuals Sentenced to County Jails for More Than 6 Months and Individuals Held for Probation or Parole Violations Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 925
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the costs of confining a person who is serving a sentence of more than 6 months or for a probation or parole violation.

LD 943 An Act To Allow Laser Spine Surgery in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 943
This bill allows the use of lasers during spine surgery.

LD 1321 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Funding Limitation on County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1321
This bill eliminates the 4% growth limitation cap on county assessments to municipalities to fund county correctional services.

LD 1333 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Establish a Maine County Correctional Facilities Revolving Construction and Improvement Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1333
This bill provides for a bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, to fund the construction, repair and upgrading of county correctional facilities. The bill establishes the Maine County Correctional Facilities Revolving Construction and Improvement Fund to receive the bond money and the Maine County Correctional Facilities Construction and Improvement Board to administer the fund. The bill allows money in the fund to be loaned to a county for a project to construct, repair or upgrade a county correctional facility and requires a loan from the fund to be approved at a referendum of the voters of the county where the project is located.

LD 1518 An Act To Establish a Fund for Portions of the Operations and Outreach Activities of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-554, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1518
This bill establishes the Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund administered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to fund the tick laboratory and other pest management research and projects and directs the extension's pest management unit to study browntail moths as the first of a series of pest research projects to be determined every 3 years by a committee designated by the University of Maine. The fund is funded by a pesticide container fee of 20¢ per container administered by the State Tax Assessor. This bill also creates a duty of the Board of Pesticides Control to investigate complaints of violations of local, state and federal pesticide laws and requires the Board of Pesticides Control to review any request by a political subdivision to eliminate the use of a certain pesticide within that political subdivision.

Amendment H-554
The bill establishes the Tick Laboratory and Pest Management Fund. This amendment provides that the fund is administered by the University of Maine at Orono to fund the tick laboratory and other pest management research and projects. The amendment provides that a portion of the funds must be provided for ongoing reimbursement, up to $60,000 annually, to the Board of Pesticides Control to generate and maintain a list of pesticides registered with the board and make available to the public through the board's publicly accessible website the list and answer inquiries relating to the list.

The amendment provides that a portion of the fund may be used by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension pest management unit for nonadministrative costs related to a tick laboratory, including, but not limited to, development of educational materials; equipment, materials and supplies; and facility expansion.

The amendment makes changes to the composition of the pest research committee as described in the bill.

The amendment removes from the bill the requirement that the Board of Pesticides Control investigate any complaint alleging a violation of a local, state or federal law or rule regarding pesticide use.

The amendment removes from the bill the requirement that a political subdivision of the State that wants to eliminate use in the political subdivision of a pesticide registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency submit a request to eliminate use of that pesticide to the Board of Pesticides Control.

The amendment provides that the fund is funded by a pesticide container fee administered by the State Tax Assessor of 15¢ per container, rather than 20¢ as in the bill.

The amendment removes the provision of the bill that allows the State Tax Assessor to inspect the books or records of a retailer or to inspect the premises of a retailer where general use pesticides are stored, handled, transported or merchandised for the purpose of determining what pesticide products are taxable. The State Tax Assessor has the authority to inspect under current law pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 112.

The amendment also provides a one-time allocation to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services for administrative costs associated with revision of the sales tax return to accommodate the pesticide container fee.

The amendment provides that the effective date of the legislation is January 1, 2020.

LD 1518 Amendment H-554 fiscal note
LD 1615 An Act To Enact the Peer-to-peer Car Sharing Insurance Act Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-540, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1615
This bill modernizes state law to regulate private vehicle rentals.

Part A requires private vehicle rentals to comply with the same laws that apply to rental vehicles, rental vehicle transactions and rental vehicle companies. Part A also allows rental vehicle companies to comply with certain notice and record-keeping requirements electronically or through a master agreement.

Part B of the bill establishes insurance requirements for private vehicle rentals.

Amendment H-540
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment removes the provisions of Part A of the bill, which require private vehicle rentals to comply with the same laws that apply to rental vehicles, rental vehicle transactions and rental vehicle companies.

The amendment replaces the provision relating to insurance requirements for private vehicle rentals, using different terminology to describe the practice as peer-to-peer car sharing and establishing insurance requirements for peer-to-peer car sharing programs. The amendment also sets forth parameters for liability when a loss or injury occurs during a car sharing period or while a motor vehicle is under the control of a peer-to-peer car sharing program.

LD 1615 Chaptered Law
LD 1615 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 6 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 6
This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual's Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.

LD 79 An Act To Protect Shooting Ranges Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019
LD 79
This bill allows the discharge of a firearm on a sport shooting range that is within 100 yards of a building if the sport shooting range was established and in regular operation prior to the erection of the building.

LD 79 Chaptered Law
LD 79 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 85 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption and an Income Tax Deduction for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-59, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 85
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for the purchase of firearm safety devices and an income tax deduction of up to $250 for the purchase of a safe or lockbox for securing firearms.

Amendment H-59
This amendment strikes the bill and instead establishes a sales tax exemption for a safe, lockbox, trigger lock or barrel lock that is specifically designed for securing firearms.

LD 85 Amendment H-59 fiscal note
LD 92 An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-18, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 92
This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.

Amendment H-18
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and clarifies that a school administrative unit is not required to use student growth measures in educator evaluation requirements and provides that the effective date of the provisions in the legislation that remove the requirement regarding student growth and learning systems is September 1, 2021. This amendment also requires that a school administrative unit's steering committee on the elements of the school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system must include a majority of teachers chosen by the school administrative unit's local union and that any revisions to the performance evaluation and professional growth system made by the steering committee must be reached by consensus.

LD 92 Chaptered Law
LD 92 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 93 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption To Counterbalance for Redemption Centers the Increase in Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 93
This bill increases by 1¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 133 An Act To Fully Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 133
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% for the entire fiscal year 2018-19. The law currently requires revenue sharing to revert to 5% beginning July 1, 2019.

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

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

LD 138 fiscal note
LD 138 Amendment H-146 fiscal note
LD 172 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Smart City Technology 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 172
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to provide funds through the Maine Technology Institute to allow municipalities to invest in smart and connected infrastructure, technology and capacity, including but not limited to information and communications technology such as broadband connectivity, connected sensors and data aggregation platforms; light-emitting diode lighting; adaptive traffic control signals; autonomous vehicle projects; electric vehicle infrastructure; and distributed power generation, storage and management.

LD 173 An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 173
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority's baseline update of 2013.

LD 175 An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by 2 Saturdays Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 175
This bill extends the end of the regular firearm deer hunting season by 2 Saturdays.

LD 190 An Act To Provide Antlerless Deer Permits to Senior Resident Lifetime Hunting License Holders Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 190
This bill provides that a person 65 years of age or older who possesses a valid senior resident lifetime hunting license must receive a permit to lawfully take an antlerless deer in any part of the State open to the taking of antlerless deer.

LD 213 An Act To Require Snow Tires or All-weather Tires on Automobiles from October through April Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 213
This bill requires automobiles to be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from the 2nd day of October to the last day of April and requires the Chief of the State Police within the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules to define "snow tires" and "all-weather tires."

LD 218 An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act at a Polling Place Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 17, 2019
LD 218
This bill prohibits the solicitation, acceptance or collection by a participating candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act of seed money contributions or qualifying contributions within 250 feet of the entrance to a voting place as well as within the voting place itself.

LD 223 An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 223
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.

LD 261 An Act To Restrict the Authority for Posting of Roads Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 261
This bill requires publicly available written justification for imposing restrictions on a public way for more than 6 weeks, prohibits the imposition of size and weight restrictions for vehicles on a public way when the ambient air temperature is below 31 degrees Fahrenheit and protects the ability of a commercial entity to operate its vehicles on the public way where it is headquartered or where it is conducting its business activities.

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

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

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

LD 268 Amendment S-218 fiscal note
LD 268 Amendment S-277 fiscal note
LD 390 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Dangerous Buildings Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 390
This bill allows a municipality or county seeking an order of demolition of a dangerous building to seek a writ of attachment of the property on which the building is located.

LD 412 An Act To Restore System Administration Allocations in Maine School Administrative Units to the Level Prescribed for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-310, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 412
Current law requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, a portion of the system administration allocation must be allocated to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services. This bill instead establishes the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil, the same as it was for fiscal year 2017-18, and repeals provisions that increase for future fiscal years the per-pupil amount and restrict allocation of portions of the funds to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

Amendment H-310
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, delays establishing the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil until fiscal year 2020-21.

LD 412 Chaptered Law
LD 412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 422 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Increase the Number of Signs on the Mt. Katahdin Trail Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 422
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to develop a plan to increase the number of directional and identification signs on the Mt. Katahdin Trail and to submit the plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 1, 2020.

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 490 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the Authority To Change the Opening Dates of Trapping Seasons Based on Weather Conditions Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-9, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 490
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change a trapping season opening date if weather conditions make that change necessary.

Amendment S-9
This amendment replaces the bill. It gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to extend any open trapping season on any game species for up to 21 days if the commissioner has concerns about weather conditions or other unforeseen factors that may prevent publicly derived management goals from being met as long as the decision is based on sound scientific wildlife management principles.

LD 490 Chaptered Law
LD 490 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 518 An Act To Change the Exclusion Amount under the Estate Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 518
This bill reduces the exclusion amount, below which the Maine estate tax does not apply, to $1,000,000 from $5,600,000 for estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2020 and removes the annual adjustment for inflation of that exclusion amount.

LD 519 An Act To Expand Adult Dental Health Insurance Coverage Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, March 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 519
This bill expands the availability of coverage for comprehensive dental services.

Part A of the bill broadens the scope of required coverage under the MaineCare program for adults. Under current law, coverage for adults over age 21 is limited to certain services.

Part B of the bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for comprehensive dental services. Part B applies to policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

Part C of the bill requires dentists as a condition of license renewal to adopt and implement policies to provide comprehensive dental services through charity care or financial assistance to persons without MaineCare coverage or private health insurance. Part C also authorizes the Board of Dental Practice to adopt rules relating to this requirement.

LD 523 An Act To Permit the Indoor Production of Industrial Hemp (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-193, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 523
This bill allows for the indoor production of industrial hemp.

Amendment H-193
This amendment clarifies that an indoor facility includes a building, greenhouse, cold frame, hoop house, high tunnel, floating row cover or other agricultural or horticultural methods of extending the growing season by enclosing the growing area.

LD 523 Chaptered Law
LD 523 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 527 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Establish a Law Enforcement Training Program for Park Managers and Certain Bureau Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-229, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 527
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to implement a training program for bureau employees and agents who manage lands or waters and exercise law enforcement powers within the bureau's jurisdiction on various law enforcement practices, to be implemented no later than January 1, 2020.

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

LD 527 Chaptered Law
LD 527 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 568 An Act To Change the Composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 568
This bill amends the laws governing the composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to increase the number of members appointed by the Governor from one to 3 and to decrease the number of members appointed by the counties from 8 to 6.

LD 569 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Submit to the United States Secretary of Agriculture a Plan for Continued Implementation of the Maine Industrial Hemp Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 569
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture to continue Maine's industrial hemp program and to regulate hemp in accordance with federal requirements.

LD 570 An Act To Create an Airplane Mechanic Education Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 570
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to develop a program to train and educate individuals for a career in aircraft mechanics and maintenance.

LD 585 An Act To Allow the Adoption of Ordinances Prohibiting the Accumulation of Trash on Private Property in Plantations and Unorganized Territories Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-187, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 585
This bill grants to plantations the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards. The bill also grants to county commissioners the power to control junkyards and automobile graveyards in unorganized territories in the same manner as municipalities may control junkyards and automobile graveyards.

Amendment H-187
This amendment limits the applicability of the bill to plantations. It removes reference to junkyards and automobile graveyards. It grants plantations the authority to enact ordinances with respect to the accumulation of garbage, refuse, rubbish or trash or unwanted or discarded material of any kind on private property.

LD 585 Chaptered Law
LD 585 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 592 Resolve, To Establish a Background Check Consolidation Commission (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, engrossed with Committee amendment H-35 in both chambers, Finally passed in the House, placed on the Special Study table in the Senate, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 592
This resolve establishes the Background Check Consolidation Commission to study consolidating and centralizing as many state-required background checks required for employment as possible, including background checks for teachers, state workers and persons seeking Maine Guide licenses. It prohibits the commission from studying background checks to obtain firearms.

Amendment H-35
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. It reduces the number of Senate members from 4 to 2 and increases the number of House members from 3 to 5. It adds the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, or the commissioner's designee, to the Background Check Consolidation Commission. It moves the report deadline from December 4, 2019 to December 20, 2019.

LD 592 fiscal note
LD 592 Amendment H-35 fiscal note
LD 594 An Act To Promote Individual Savings Accounts through a Public-Private Partnership Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 594
This bill establishes the Maine Retirement Savings Board and authorizes the board to develop a program to offer individual defined contribution retirement accounts for persons employed in the State who do not have access to a qualified retirement plan through their employers or who are self-employed.

LD 607 An Act To Provide Equitable Taxation for the Food and Beverage Industry Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-280, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 607
This bill allows a deduction from Maine individual and corporate taxable income for the federal tax credit allowed to an employer for the employer's share of federal social security taxes paid on the portion of an employee's tips that cause the employee's wages to exceed $5.15 per hour. Under federal tax law, the credit amount must be subtracted from the taxpayer's otherwise deductible expenses, which increases federal taxable income. Under current Maine law, when an employer takes the credit available under the federal Internal Revenue Code, the employer receives neither a Maine credit nor a return of the federal disallowed deduction for Maine taxable income purposes; such a deduction is allowed from Maine taxable income for the work opportunity credit and empowerment zone employment credit. This bill makes Maine's treatment consistent across the 3 federal credits.

Amendment S-280
This amendment provides the correct references to the federal credit that causes the need for the deductions authorized by the bill and specifies that the deductions apply beginning with the 2019 tax year.

LD 607 Amendment S-280 fiscal note
LD 623 An Act To Amend the Charter of the City of Brewer High School District Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-71, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 623
This bill amends the charter of the City of Brewer High School District to provide that each trustee of the district receives annual compensation as determined by the city council and to provide that the president, treasurer and clerk receive additional annual compensation as determined by the city council. Currently, the district charter provides that only the treasurer receives compensation.

Amendment H-71
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and clause to allow this legislation to become effective prior to the start of the City of Brewer's fiscal year 2019-20. The amendment clarifies that each City of Brewer High School District trustee receives the same amount of compensation and removes the provision in the bill regarding additional compensation for the president, treasurer and clerk.

LD 623 Chaptered Law
LD 623 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 653 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study Opportunities for Improving Home and Community-based Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, February 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 653
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study Opportunities for Improving Home and Community-based Services. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in home and community-based services, one provider of such services, one recipient of such services, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor and one member of the public. The task force's duties include examination and review of the unmet need for home and community-based services, adequacy of the workforce providing home and community-based services, current systems for delivering home and community-based services and reimbursement arrangements in the home and community-based services sector. The task force is required to publish an interim report by October 15, 2019 and then seek input from stakeholders around the State. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 15, 2019.

LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
LD 722
This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

LD 751 An Act To Reinstate the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Maine's Senior Homeowners Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 751
This bill reinstates the State's elderly property tax deferral program, which until April 1, 1991 provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. This bill modifies the program's eligibility standards by increasing the household income threshold from less than $32,000 to less than $40,000 and adding a liquid asset limit. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program.

LD 754 An Act To Ensure the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund Continues To Promote Energy Efficiency and Benefit Maine Ratepayers Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 754
This bill reestablishes a ceiling that was repealed in 2013 on energy efficiency spending from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund; provides for transfers from the trust fund to Maine-based energy-intensive businesses, in addition to transfers to affected customers; requires that funds over a certain amount be distributed to ratepayers; and authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to adopt implementing rules.

LD 761 An Act To Ensure That Incarcerated Individuals Are Eligible for Medicaid during Incarceration and Receive Food Supplement Program Benefits upon Release Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-404, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 761
This bill clarifies current law regarding Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals to ensure that individuals who are eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to renew their coverage while they are incarcerated and also establishes a mechanism to ensure that individuals who are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to apply for coverage while they are incarcerated. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid coverage for treatment received by an incarcerated person outside a correctional facility as long as, at the time treatment is provided, the person is eligible for Medicaid.

Amendment H-404
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies the provisions in the bill regarding presumptive eligibility. It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a waiver in order to provide food supplement program benefits to a person being released from incarceration. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Corrections to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to assist an incarcerated person with applying for Medicaid benefits and food supplement program benefits. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 761 fiscal note
LD 761 Amendment H-404 fiscal note
LD 783 Resolve, To Require an Independent Analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 783
This resolve directs the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, to contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform an independent analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to fund the contract. The nongovernmental entity may not have a direct commercial interest in the I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and must provide a report of its analysis to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than April 19, 2019. This resolve also suspends the project until the independent analysis is complete and provides the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation with the authority to make a determination about whether the project may continue.

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

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 868 An Act To Require That the Terms of a Settlement to Which a Governmental Entity is a Party Be Made Available to the Public Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-269, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 868
This bill provides that the terms of a settlement of a claim against a county or municipality, including a payment by an insurer of the county or municipality, are a public record.

Amendment H-269
This amendment replaces the bill to make clear that a settlement agreement entered into by any governmental entity is a public record, except for any information in the agreement that is confidential by statute or is described by one of the exceptions to the definition of public record in the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 868 Chaptered Law
LD 868 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 893 An Act To Create an Updated Unified Maine Climate Action Plan Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 893
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection, working with the Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group, or MICA Work Group, and the University of Maine, to update the Maine Climate Action Plan developed in 2004 by the department. It requires the updated plan to address both mitigation and adaptation strategies. It requires the department and the MICA Work Group to convene a group of stakeholders to evaluate the mitigation and adaptation strategies in order to update the plan and it provides for internships for University of Maine students to work on the development and implementation of the updated plan. It authorizes the department to hire consultants. It requires the University of Maine System to develop and implement procedures for providing climate data to residents of the State. It also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

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

LD 919 An Act To Establish a Minimum Mileage Reimbursement Rate for Traveling Sales Representatives (By request) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 919
This bill requires an employer to provide mileage reimbursement for an employee who travels as a sales representative who is required to use the employee's private automobile to perform the employee's duties. This reimbursement is included as wages for purposes of the laws requiring timely and full payment of wages and for wages due at cessation of employment.

LD 942 An Act To Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 942
Part A of this bill requires a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider. Carriers are required to directly reimburse a health plan enrollee for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

Part A also applies the same requirements to individual and group accidental injury and disability insurance.

Part B of the bill requires an employer to reimburse an employee eligible for workers' compensation benefits for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana.

LD 948 An Act To Restrict Ordinances That Affect the Posting of Property for Municipal and Private Land Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 948
This bill provides that a municipality or political subdivision of the State may not enact an ordinance, law or rule regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint that is different from the provisions in state law regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint.

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
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 970 An Act To Encourage Policies Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units under Local Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Requirements Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-179, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 970
This bill directs municipalities to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, which are dwelling units located within a detached single-family dwelling unit.

Amendment H-179
This amendment expands the definition of "accessory dwelling unit" to include a dwelling unit attached to and detached from another single-dwelling unit. It clarifies that municipalities are encouraged to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, but it does not require municipalities to permit accessory dwelling units. It reorganizes the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4236, subsection 3-A, paragraph G for ease of understanding.

LD 970 Chaptered Law
LD 970 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 991 Resolve, To Expunge Criminal and Civil Records Related to Marijuana Activities Legalized by the Voters of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 991
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to expunge, by July 1, 2020, all records relating to criminal convictions and civil violations for conduct now authorized by the adult use of marijuana provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 1013 An Act To Clarify the Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits of a Person Who Is Terminated from Employment for Being Under the Influence of Marijuana Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1013
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.

Amendment S-71
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that includes being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work, which is the same provision as using illegal drugs, and instead includes marijuana in the current disqualification from unemployment benefits for an individual whose employment is terminated because of intoxication while on duty or when reporting to work or engaging in unauthorized use of alcohol while on duty.

LD 1013 Chaptered Law
LD 1013 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1014 An Act To Attract and Retain Firefighters Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-242, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1014
This bill provides funding to the Maine Length of Service Award Program to provide length of service awards to eligible volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Amendment S-242
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1014 Amendment S-242 fiscal note
LD 1029 An Act To Expand Educational Opportunities for Students Attending Public Secondary Schools with Enrollments of 300 or Fewer Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1029
This bill requires private and public secondary schools with more than 300 students to enter into contracts with secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to establish academic opportunity programs that make available to resident students of the smaller schools the courses and academic programs of the larger schools, including, but not limited to, advanced placement courses, international baccalaureate programs and early college programs. The bill also requires the secondary schools with 300 or fewer students to inform their resident students of the academic opportunity program and provides that the schools participating in an academic opportunity program are not responsible for providing transportation to participating students.

LD 1060 An Act To Authorize Consumers Located Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 1060
This bill allows an electricity generator to build an interconnection from the generator's facility to a consumer of the electricity located adjacent to the generator without becoming subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission as a transmission and distribution utility. The Public Utilities Commission is directed to adopt rules to determine when a consumer is located adjacent to a generator.

LD 1082 An Act To Provide for Alternative Pain Treatment before Treatment with Opioids Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1082
This bill prohibits an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication from prescribing opioid medication to a patient who does not have an active prescription for opioid medication unless the patient has completed 24 sessions of alternative pain treatment. This bill exempts from this requirement patients who have pain associated with cancer treatment, palliative care in conjunction with a serious illness, end-of-life and hospice care, medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder and other circumstances determined in rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. This bill requires an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication to discuss alternative pain treatment with a patient who has an active prescription for opioid medication. This bill also provides that a referral from an individual licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 whose scope of practice includes prescribing opioid medication is not required for coverage for alternative pain treatment and that the cost of covered alternative pain treatment may not exceed the cost of a visit to a primary care provider

LD 1098 An Act To Help Small Employers by Making the Minimum Wage Increase More Gradual in Nonurban Areas Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 18, 2019
LD 1098
This bill creates an alternative minimum hourly wage that applies to certain designated nonurban areas starting on January 1, 2020. Under this bill the minimum hourly wage rate for those areas is $11 per hour and increases by 50¢ each January 1st until it reaches $12 per hour on January 1, 2022. The minimum hourly wage stays the same as in current law for Cumberland County, except for the towns of Baldwin, Bridgton, Harrison and Naples.

The bill also freezes any scheduled increase in the current minimum wage or the new alternative minimum wage if there is in effect an extended benefit period for unemployment compensation benefits, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor. The scheduled increase or increases will resume once there is no longer an extended benefit period in effect as of January 1st of a given year. It also delays the cost-of-living adjustment for the current minimum wage to January 1, 2024, changes the calculation to be the average cost-of-living increase over the prior 3 years and changes the timing of the cost-of-living adjustment to be every 3 years instead of every year.

It also requires the Department of Labor to submit an annual report analyzing job creation and job loss trends in urban and nonurban areas since the initiation of minimum wage increases established by Initiated Bill 2015, chapter 2, section 1.

LD 1147 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Registration Fees for All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-184, Finally passed, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1147
This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent. It also increases all-terrain vehicle registration fees by $12, which must be transferred to the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-184
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to review, in consultation with interested parties, the current registration fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to consider alternatives to the current fee structure and the potential effects on revenue that these alternatives may have. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife detailing the alternatives considered and any recommendations. It gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the commissioner's report.

LD 1147 Chaptered Law
LD 1147 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1156 An Act To Create the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1156
This bill establishes the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses in the Finance Authority of Maine to certify corporations eligible to claim a tax credit for contributions made to qualifying savings accounts. The bill creates the tax credit and establishes that withdrawals from the savings accounts are taxable income.

LD 1167 An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in State Institutions Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1167
Current law requires state and school purchasers to buy meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fruits and fresh vegetables directly from Maine food producers or food brokers. This bill establishes a minimum percentage of Maine foodstuffs, including milk or milk products, eggs, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products and fruits and vegetables, that must be purchased, requiring at least 20% by December 31, 2025, at least 30% by December 31, 2030, at least 40% by December 31, 2040 and at least 50% by December 31, 2050. The bill exempts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also clarifies that "Maine food producer" includes food processors, revises provisions regulating quality standards and requires competitive bidding when more than one producer or broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff.

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 1179 An Act To Expand Coyote Hunting to Every Day of the Coyote Hunting Season and To Eliminate Fees Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1179
This bill abolishes the coyote night hunting permit fee, allows hunters to hunt coyotes on Sundays during the regular hunting season, which under current Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rules is from January 1st to December 31st, and eliminates any license fee that may be charged in connection with coyote hunting for the 2019 regular season.

LD 1234 An Act To Expand the Value of the Homestead Exemption to $25,000 and State Reimbursement to 100 Percent of Lost Property Tax Revenue Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-482, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1234
This bill increases for property tax years beginning April 1, 2020 the value of the homestead exemption benefit under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $20,000 to $25,000 and increases the state reimbursement for the lost property tax revenue from 62.5% to 100%. The bill also provides that the property tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

Amendment H-482
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes to 70% the percentage of state reimbursement of lost property tax revenue due to the increase in the homestead exemption in the bill. It also removes from the bill the provision that the tax assessed on a homestead eligible for the homestead exemption may not be less than $100.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1234 Amendment H-482 fiscal note
LD 1249 An Act To Prohibit Infringing on the Rights of Association of Dependent Adults Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-546, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1249
This bill prohibits abuse and isolation of elder persons and dependent adults. Abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult is a Class C crime. A person commits the crime if the person has or has assumed responsibility for the care, custody or control of an elder person or a dependent adult and subjects the elder person or dependent adult to isolation, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse, including threats of abuse. The new crime is allocated to the chapter of the Maine Criminal Code that establishes crimes against the person.

The bill defines "elder person" to mean a person who is at least 60 years of age. The bill also defines "isolate" to mean to restrict personal rights of association retained by the elder person or dependent adult, including, but not limited to, the right to receive visitors, telephone calls and personal mail, unless the restriction of personal rights is authorized by court order.

When a person is convicted of the crime of abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult, the court may require that the person convicted of the crime participate in appropriate counseling at the convicted person's expense.

The bill is based on similar law in Rhode Island.

Amendment H-546
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment adds new variants to the crime of endangering the welfare of a dependent person. The new variants are the Class D crime of recklessly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association, including but not limited to the right to receive visitors, mail or telephone or electronic communication, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person and the Class C crime of intentionally and knowingly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person. The amendment also provides a definition for "undue influence."

LD 1249 Amendment H-546 fiscal note

LD 1273 An Act To Ensure Funding for Certain Essential Functions of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-149, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1273
This bill requires that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control award an annual grant of $65,000 on or about April 1st to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for pesticide applicator certification, licensing and recertification.

Amendment S-149
This amendment clarifies that the grant awarded by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for applicator certification, licensing and recertification may also be used to perform other aspects of pesticide education programs. The amendment clarifies that the amount of the annual grant is not less than $65,000. The amendment also provides that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension may seek the advice of the Board of Pesticides Control in establishing pesticide education programs. The amendment requires the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to submit an annual report on the use of the funds, no later than January 15th, to the Board of Pesticides Control and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over pesticide education and certification matters.

LD 1273 Chaptered Law
LD 1273 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1314 An Act To Extend Protections for Genetic Information Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-271, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1314
Under current law, when considering the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity, an insurer may consider an applicant's genetic information or the results of an applicant's genetic test as long as the consideration of genetic information or test results does not constitute "unfair discrimination." This bill strikes language that authorizes the consideration of genetic information or test results and instead prohibits an insurer from discriminating against an individual on the basis of genetic information or the results of a genetic test in the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

Amendment H-271
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that an insurer obtain the informed written consent of an individual before requesting, requiring, purchasing or using any information from an entity providing direct-to-consumer genetic testing in connection with the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

LD 1314 Chaptered Law
LD 1314 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1372 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Ensure That Voting Rights Belong Only to Citizens in Municipal or Other Local Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 12, 2019
LD 1372
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 municipal or other local election.

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

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

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

LD 1452 Chaptered Law
LD 1452 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1566 Resolve, To Determine Ways To Increase the Number of Recipients under the Tuition Waiver Program for Participants in Foster Care Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-138, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1566
This bill increases from 30 to 60 the number of tuition waivers for postsecondary education allowed to be granted each academic year to persons who, at the time of their graduation from high school or their successful completion of a general educational development examination, were in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and resided in foster care or subsidized adoptive care or were minor wards of a subsidized permanency guardian. This bill also removes the requirements that the tuition waivers be apportioned to postsecondary institutions based upon the order in which the waivers are made available.

Amendment S-138
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Public Higher Education Systems Coordinating Committee to review the tuition waiver program for participants in foster care and to identify barriers to the program for dependent students who have been adopted and independent students who have not been adopted. The committee must report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 15, 2020 with recommendations and any suggested legislation. The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1566 Chaptered Law
LD 1566 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1574 An Act To Continue Authorization of Seaplane Landings on Katahdin Lake Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1574
This bill allows a seaplane to land on and take off from Katahdin Lake in Baxter State Park.

LD 1593 An Act To Support Infrastructure Improvements in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-399, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019
LD 1593
This bill makes changes to the laws governing energy conservation improvements at school administrative unit facilities, including amending the definition of "energy services company" and removing the requirement that an agreement with an energy services company must have a total contract cost of less than $2,500,000 in order for the agreement to be deemed a professional service and not subject to competitive bidding requirements.

Amendment H-399
This amendment amends the definition of "energy services company" to mean a company or 3rd-party financing company that provides design, installation, operation, maintenance and financing of locally funded energy conservation improvements, air quality improvements or combined energy conservation and related air quality improvements at existing school administrative unit facilities. This amendment also increases the cap on the total contract cost, excluding private or federal grant funds, interest and operating and maintenance costs, for which an agreement is deemed to be a professional service, which is not subject to competitive bidding requirements, to $10,000,000.

LD 1593 Chaptered Law
LD 1593 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1606 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1606
This bill provides an additional $1,500,000 per year for the cost of career and technical education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688-A, subsection 1.

This bill also removes the so-called hold harmless provision that limits the amount of any decrease or increase in the total allocation for a career and technical education center or career and technical education region, effective January 1, 2020.

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

LD 1667 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the State Compensation Commission Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-422, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1667
This bill increases the annual salary of the Governor to $141,000 beginning in January 2023. The bill provides that beginning in January 2027, whenever a new Governor takes office, that Governor's annual salary must be adjusted by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index during the term of office of that Governor's predecessor subject to a limit of 3% per year.

The bill increases the annual salary of members of the Legislature to $23,500 beginning in December 2022.

The bill provides that the Governor appoints 2 members of the State Compensation Commission and removes language that provides that one member is appointed by a majority of the members of the commission. The bill increases the term of members to 4 years and provides for staggered terms.

Amendment H-422
This amendment changes the title and strikes the bill, adding an emergency preamble and clause. It amends the statutory reporting requirements of the State Compensation Commission, eliminating alternate year interim reports and changing the final report submission to require the State Compensation Commission to submit a report to the Legislature and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters by January 15th of every even-numbered year. The amendment authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters to introduce legislation based on the commission's report.

LD 1667 Chaptered Law
LD 1667 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-552, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1698
This bill provides a tax credit for the production of renewable chemicals by the conversion of renewable biomass from the forest, farms, the sea or solid waste. The credit is equal to 7¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State, 9¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in production of the renewable chemicals are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program or successor program and at least 50% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States or 12¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in such production are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program and at least 75% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States. Renewable chemicals are defined to include chemicals, polymers, plastics and formulated products, and to exclude substances used for food, feed or fuel, with limited exceptions. The bill also reinstates the tax credit for commercial production and use of biofuels.

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

LD 1698 Amendment H-552 fiscal note
LD 1718 An Act To Exempt Purchases by Pet Food Pantries from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-241, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1718
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for purchases made by nonprofit organizations that provide pet food and supplies for little or no charge to low-income owners of pets.

Amendment S-241
This amendment provides that, in order to be eligible for a sales tax exemption, an incorporated nonprofit organization must be organized for the purpose of providing food or other supplies intended for pets at no charge to owners of those pets. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1718 Amendment S-241 fiscal note

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