Representative Steven Foster [Republican]
Dexter ~ District 104
Towns in District: Charleston, Dexter, Exeter, Garland and StetsonWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology
✉ 56 Silvers Mills Road
Dexter, Maine 04930
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|LD 55||An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.
|LD 95||An Act To Clarify Residency Requirements for Legislative Candidates||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 2, 2019|
This bill clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent on the date of the candidate's nomination for placement on a primary, general or special election ballot. The bill also clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent for the 3 months immediately preceding the general election and, if the candidate is elected, throughout the candidate's term of office.
|LD 318||An Act To Prepare All Students for Work and Life by Requiring That Students Receive Instruction in Vocational Preparation and Practical Life Skills||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill changes the requirement in the system of learning results from "career and education development" to "vocational preparation and practical life skills." The bill defines "vocational preparation and practical life skills" to mean experiential instruction of students, regardless of career choice or pathway, that develops their understanding of interests, aptitudes and options related to work and study; develops core workplace skills in areas such as planning, communication, problem solving, teamwork and computer applications; and includes practical workplace and home economics experiences that maximize learning through hands-on application.
|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|
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 575||An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit and the Amount Retained by Bottle Redemption Centers||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
|LD 672||An Act To Allow Local Flexibility in Teacher Assignment To Enhance Student Achievement||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019|
This bill allows a holder of a professional teacher certificate to teach no more than 20% of the teacher's teaching assignment outside the teacher's area of endorsement. It also requires a superintendent to notify and provide certain details to the Commissioner of Education when a teacher is assigned to teach outside the teacher's area of endorsement.
|LD 1080||Resolve, Regarding Biofuel in Number 2 Heating Oil (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-148, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to oversee a study of and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the feasibility of setting a requirement for the percentage of biofuel to be used in #2 heating oil.
This amendment changes the title of the resolve and makes the following additional changes.
LD 1080 Amendment H-148 fiscal note
|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|
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 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|
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.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1487 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1488||An Act To Allow Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates To Be Issued Complimentary Licenses To Hunt, Trap and Fish||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-426, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
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.
This amendment provides that the complimentary license to hunt, trap and fish made available under the bill to a person who holds a registration certificate and gold star family registration plates is:
LD 1488 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1553||An Act Directing That the Towns Constituting Hospital Administrative District No. 4 Hold a Vote on the Proposed Merger with Northern Light Health (Emergency)||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-63, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 25, 2019|
This bill requires that, notwithstanding any applicable notice requirements, each of the towns of Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic hold an advisory vote no later than April 30, 2019 on the proposed merger of Hospital Administrative District No. 4 with Northern Light Health. Unless a town's charter otherwise provides, the vote must be taken at a town meeting. The results of the vote in each town must be declared by the municipal officers of the town and transmitted to the board of directors of Hospital Administrative District No. 4.
This amendment adds a mandate preamble to the bill. This amendment changes the date for the advisory vote from April 30, 2019 to May 7, 2019. This amendment also corrects the date of the merger agreement.
LD 1553 Chaptered Law
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|LD 1597||An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Purchases Made by Nonprofit Seasonal Camps||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-381, Enacted in both chambers June 4, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for purchases made by nonprofit organizations that operate seasonal campgrounds in Maine.
This amendment clarifies that the sales tax exemption applies to licensed nonprofit youth camps that are entitled to a property tax exemption. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1597 Amendment H-381 fiscal note
|LD 1651||An Act To Promote Equitable and Responsible Broadband Investment||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill creates requirements that a municipality must meet in order to provide broadband service to its residents. It requires the completion of a feasibility study and requires the municipality to hold a referendum to decide whether the municipality may offer broadband service. It includes general operation limitations, including those related to the establishment of rates, the use of subsidization and the use of eminent domain. It requires the adoption of ordinances relating to service quality and enforcement by a municipality that elects to provide broadband service. It also removes antitrust liability protections from a municipality as those protections relate to the municipality's offering broadband service.
The bill also requires that in order to receive any grants from the ConnectME Authority, the municipality must show evidence of compliance with the requirements of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, chapter 94.
This amendment removes the provision describing the treatment of inactive licenses. This language is duplicative of existing statute.
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LD 1651 Amendment H-418 fiscal note
|LD 1708||An Act To Provide for the Merger of Hospital Administrative District No. 4 into MRH Corp., a Maine Nonprofit, Nonstock Private Corporation (Emergency)||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendemnt H-537 and Senate amendment S-367, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019|
Private and Special Law 1973, chapter 76 created the charter for Hospital Administrative District No. 4, which is served by Mayo Regional Hospital. While the charter allows for the dissolution of the district, it does not provide for the merger.
The effect of this bill is to authorize Mayo Regional Hospital to merge into a new entity known as MRH Corp., a Maine nonprofit, nonstock private corporation that has as its sole member Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems and, upon the effective date of the merger, dissolve the district. MRH Corp. is required to continue to serve the health care needs of the communities served by the district.
This amendment clarifies that Hospital Administrative District No. 4 is the party to the merger and that the district's quasi-municipal rights, privileges and immunities do not transfer to the new nonprofit corporation created by the merger. It clarifies that upon the merger, Mayo Regional Hospital is no longer a municipally funded hospital under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 2891. It adds reference to the advisory vote of the district inhabitants required by Private and Special Law 2019, chapter 5. It conditions the merger on the assumption by the new corporation of all the obligations and liabilities of the district. It removes the exemption from antitrust laws and stipulates that the merger is subject to the certificate of need process outlined in Title 22, chapter 103-A. It requires the Secretary of State to notify the Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government when the articles of merger have been filed with and accepted by the Secretary of State. It requires the joint standing committee, once notified that the articles of merger have been accepted, to introduce legislation to repeal the district charter and remove reference to Mayo Regional Hospital from Maine's tax code.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
This amendment strikes and replaces the appropriations and allocations section.
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