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Representative Thom Harnett [Democrat]
Gardiner ~ District 83

Towns in District: Farmingdale and Gardiner

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

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✉ Thom.Harnett@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 52 Marston Road
Gardiner, Maine 04345


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Representative Harnett did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

LD 193 An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-260, adopted Senate amendment S-174 and engrossed, enacted in the House, tabled to Special Appropiations in the Senate, June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 193
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.

Amendment H-260
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-174
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 193 Amendment H-260 fiscal note
LD 193 Amendment S-174 fiscal note
LD 1211 An Act To Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them To Organize for the Purpose of Collective Bargaining Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1211
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to allow persons working in agriculture to organize for the purposes of collectively bargaining for wages, hours, other working conditions and benefits, without fear of reprisal. The bill would exempt farms under a certain size and with a limited number of employees.

LD 1251 An Act To Make Agricultural Workers and Other Workers Employees under the Wage and Hour Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1251
This bill provides that agricultural employees and seasonal employees are subject to the laws that place limits on mandatory overtime. It also provides that agricultural employees are subject to the laws that set a minimum wage and overtime rate. It provides that the laws that set an overtime rate apply to certain activities related to agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods.

LD 1426 An Act To Increase Protections for Land Installment Contracts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-582, Enacted in both chambers June 17, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1426
This bill expands the definition of "land installment contracts," creates foreclosure procedures for residential land installment contracts that include a 90-day redemption period and removes the right to cure of the purchaser and imposes mortgagee requirements on the foreclosing party. This bill also requires the vendor of a land installment contract to certify that the property meets the warranty of habitability under state law, makes the vendor of a land installment contract a creditor under the Maine Consumer Credit Code and, along with other remedies, makes a violation of the provisions regarding land installment contracts a violation under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Amendment H-582
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It amends the bill to make clear that the parties to a rent-to-own or option-to-buy contract may agree to treat the agreement as a residential lease subject to the rental statutes in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, chapters 709, 710 and 710-A; otherwise the residential properties foreclosure procedures apply. If the contract is treated as a residential lease agreement, the down payment is treated as a security deposit and must be returned when the rental ends.

The bill requires vendors who engage in land installment contracts to be treated as creditors under the Maine Consumer Credit Code. The amendment exempts vendors who engage in no more than one land installment contract per year.

LD 1426 Amendment H-582 fiscal note
LD 1529 An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment Status: Enacted, recalled from the Governor's desk, committed to Labor and Housing Committee, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1529
This bill prohibits employers from requiring agreements that prevent an employee or prospective employee from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring between employees or between an employer and an employee.

The bill prohibits settlement agreements, unless requested by the employee, prospective employee or former employee, from including a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence, file claims or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

An employee, prospective employee or former employee is not liable for damages for breaching a prohibited nondisclosure agreement or a settlement agreement.

Amendment H-448
This amendment replaces the bill. It prohibits an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a contract with the employer that contains a nondisclosure agreement, nondisparagement agreement, waiver or other provision that prevents the employee, intern or applicant from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring in the workplace or at work-related events coordinated by or through the employer.

It also prevents an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a settlement, separation or severance agreement that includes a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, unless the employee, intern or applicant requests such a provision. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor, and any agreement must make it clear that an individual retains the right to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

It specifies that an individual must be given 21 days to consider any agreement containing nondisclosure provisions and be provided at least 7 days following the execution of the agreement to revoke the agreement. The bill states that an agreement is not effective or enforceable until the revocation period has expired.

It requires that an employer retain a copy of any settlement, separation or severance agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, in the individual's personnel file for 6 years.

It prohibits an employer from retaliating against an individual who opposes any act or practice that is unlawful under these provisions or interfering with an individual in the exercise or enjoyment of the rights granted or protected by these provisions. It provides the Department of Labor with the duty to enforce these provisions.

LD 1529 Amendment H-448 fiscal note
LD 1575 An Act To Improve the Freedom of Access Laws of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1575
The purpose of this bill is to enhance access to public records without imposing undue burdens on the efficient and effective functioning of government. This bill makes the following changes to the Freedom of Access Act.
  • 1. Current law defines public records that are subject to the Freedom of Access Act as matter in the possession or custody of an agency or public official that has been received or prepared for use in connection with, or that contains information relating to, the transaction of public or governmental business. This bill defines "public or governmental business" as the administration of public policy and the exercise of governmental power through laws, rules, ordinances, regulations and the equivalent.
  • 2. The bill requires that, when requesting to inspect or to receive a copy of a public record, a person must provide to the agency or official with custody of the record sufficient information to identify the record sought. Under the bill, a request for a public record must include, at a minimum, the specific subject matter contained in the record and the date or dates upon which the record was created or a range of dates within which the record may have been created.
  • 3. Current law requires that, within "a reasonable time" of receiving a request for information, the agency or official must provide a good faith, nonbinding estimate of the time within which the agency or official will comply. This bill instead requires that the agency or official, within 30 days of receiving the request, provide to the requester an update on progress on the request and, within 30 days of providing the update, fulfill the request. If the agency or official is unable to fulfill the entirety of the request within the specified time period, the agency or official must provide to the requester an explanation of the reason or reasons it was unable to comply, fulfill those portions of the request that it can fulfill and provide a written estimate of the expected date of compliance with the remainder of the request.
  • 4. The bill directs the Right To Know Advisory Committee to examine the specific challenges of ensuring public access to public records in the face of new and emerging technologies and to develop recommendations that are designed to preserve communications that can be accessed by the public. The Right To Know Advisory Committee is directed to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, which is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.


LD 1704 An Act To Establish the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund for Victims of Securities Violations Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-569, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1704
This bill establishes in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Securities the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund. The fund will be used to provide financial assistance to victims of securities violations that have been awarded restitution in a final order issued by the Securities Administrator or were awarded restitution in a final order in a legal action initiated by the administrator and that have not received the full amount of restitution ordered before the application for restitution assistance is due. The fund will be funded initially by a one-time transfer of $350,000 from the dedicated revenue of the Office of Securities. Thereafter, the fund will be funded by the civil fines ordered or agreed to by the administrator, a portion of broker-dealer agent and investment adviser representative renewal fees and any grants, donations or other money received by the administrator for victim restitution assistance.

Amendment H-569
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section in the bill.

LD 1704 Amendment H-569 fiscal note
LD 162 An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions 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 162
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal windfall elimination provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

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 194 An Act To Allow the Reduction of a MaineCare Lien Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 194
Under current law, when MaineCare benefits are provided to an individual for the costs of injury, disability or other occurrence for which a 3rd party is held liable, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services is entitled to recover the costs of MaineCare benefits, and the statutory lien may not be reduced to reflect an assessment of a pro rata share of the recipient's attorney's fees or litigation costs. This bill amends that provision of law to allow the statutory lien to be reduced.

LD 205 An Act To Add Work Assignments to the Law Regarding Notification of a Defendant's Release or Escape Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 205
This bill adds work assignments for a defendant to the circumstances for which notification to the victim of a crime is required for a victim who has requested to be notified.

LD 214 An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-316 and Senate amendment S-370, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 214
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.

Amendment H-316
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment improves funding for civil legal services by providing an appropriation from the General Fund to be distributed through the existing procedures of the Civil Legal Services Fund Commission. The amendment clarifies the qualifications for providers to be eligible for funding.

Amendment S-370
This amendment amends Committee Amendment H-316 by replacing the $5,000,000 General Fund appropriation in the committee amendment with Other Special Revenue Funds allocations of $715,010 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $953,346 in fiscal year 2020-21 as a result of increasing the percentage of judicial fees allocated to the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund and from revenues collected from a filing fee surcharge to be deposited in the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund.

LD 214 Chaptered Law
LD 214 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 302 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 302
This bill amends the statutory provisions regarding criminal post-conviction review to allow the filing of a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence at any time during the period of direct impediment, except that it may not be filed within one year of a judgment on a prior petition for post-conviction review on the same conviction. This bill requires that a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence receive at least one evidentiary hearing in which the petitioner may submit new evidence and evidence submitted in prior proceedings on the same matter.

LD 325 An Act To Provide Emergency Funds for Clients of the Adult Protective Services System Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-140, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 325
This bill provides funding for emergency funds for Adult Protective Services caseworkers to access for needy clients.

Amendment H-140
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 325 fiscal note
LD 325 Amendment H-140 fiscal note
LD 362 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a State Plan Amendment To Exempt Retirement and Educational Assets from Calculations for Medicaid Eligibility 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 362
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to make a change in Medicaid eligibility requirements for individuals with disabilities under 65 years of age who have dependent children living in the home by disregarding assets held in qualifying retirement and education accounts.

LD 409 An Act To Allow Fair Access to Child Advocacy Center Records Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 409
This bill allows confidential information related to services provided by a child advocacy center established pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4019 to be disclosed to an attorney representing a person charged with committing a crime related to an allegation of child sexual abuse or other child abuse and neglect against a child who is the subject of confidential records and an attorney in a child protection proceeding representing a parent of a child who is the subject of confidential records.

LD 417 An Act To Allow an Attorney To Copy a Driver's License Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-231, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 417
This bill allows an attorney to photocopy a driver's license for legal purposes without the permission of the Secretary of State.

Amendment H-231
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Current law authorizes the photocopying of a driver's license solely for proof of identification for the consummation of a financial transaction. The amendment revises current law to provide that either the driver or the driver's attorney can consummate a financial transaction using the photocopied driver's license for identification.

LD 417 Chaptered Law
LD 417 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

Amendment H-230
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 469 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for Upgrades of Learning Spaces and Other Projects Funded by the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 469
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2020-21, will be used to provide funds to the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools to upgrade learning spaces in school buildings and make other necessary repairs.

LD 485 An Act To Require an Owner of a Dangerous Dog To Remain at the Scene of an Assault by the Dog Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-65, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 21, 2019
LD 485
This bill requires the owner or keeper of a dangerous dog that assaults a person and causes serious bodily injury to remain at the scene of the assault until after providing the owner's or keeper's name and current address to the injured person, a person acting for the injured person or a law enforcement officer. A person who fails to comply commits a Class C crime.

Amendment S-65
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment requires the owner or keeper of a dog that assaults a person and causes an injury that requires medical attention to secure aid for the injured person, contain the dog, if necessary, and provide the owner's or keeper's name, current address and contact information to the injured person, a person acting for the injured person or a law enforcement officer before the owner or keeper may leave the scene of the assault. A violation of the section is a Class D crime.

LD 485 Chaptered Law
LD 485 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 506 An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 506
This bill provides civil immunity for architects, contractors, environmental professionals, land surveyors, landscape architects, planners and professional engineers who provide voluntary professional services during or within 90 days of a natural disaster or catastrophe when the services are provided under the applicable license or certification, are related to the natural disaster or catastrophe and are provided at the request of a federal, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official. No immunity is provided for reckless or intentional misconduct.

The bill is based on a similar Massachusetts law.

Amendment H-34
This amendment clarifies that the immunity applies only when an emergency is declared by the President or the Governor. It also removes from the bill the provision of immunity for the 90 days after the emergency and it makes the language consistent with the Maine Tort Claims Act.

LD 506 Chaptered Law
LD 506 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 584 An Act To Convert Stipends to Base Pay for Child Protective Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 584
This bill requires that the $5 per wage-hour stipends provided to child protective services employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services for the purpose of recruitment and retention of such employees and the $1 per wage-hour stipend paid to such child protective services employees who hold or obtain a relevant master's degree must be considered part of the base pay of employees who receive a stipend for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

LD 639 An Act To Protect Student Privacy Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 639
This bill provides that video and audio recordings made by security or surveillance cameras on school grounds or in school vehicles are not public records for purposes of the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 641 An Act To Save Lives through Epinephrine Autoinjector Accessibility Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 641
This bill authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense epinephrine autoinjectors at no cost to a person of any age who the pharmacist reasonably believes is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, or to a person who is in a position to assist the other person if the other person is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It creates a fund within the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a pharmacist who has prescribed and dispensed an epinephrine autoinjector and directs the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the fund.

LD 644 An Act To Improve Safety at State Courthouses Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 644
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding to update screening equipment at courthouses located throughout the State and to replace outdated screening equipment that may be causing exposure to radiation. It proposes to establish a protocol for testing and repairing existing screening equipment. It also proposes to develop a long-range plan for testing and replacing screening equipment in a timely manner.

LD 657 An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 657
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:

  • 1. Bringing the probate judge function into the state judicial branch by eliminating the existing office of probate judge and creating a number of new full-time state court judges who specialize in adjudicating probate law matters;
  • 2. Ensuring that Maine residents in all counties have equal and improved access to the services of a judge in probate law matters by reasonably calculating the number of new judge positions needed to fully meet this need; providing that judicial hearings will be held in existing county probate courtrooms so long as these spaces are accessible to all parties; and supplying recording devices and any other equipment necessary for the administration of justice by a state court judge. The judicial branch will be responsible for providing any needed items and compensating the county for the use of the courtrooms. This bill proposes to provide the judicial branch the funding needed for these purposes;
  • 3. Ensuring that all probate law records in all counties are contained in a computerized system with a searchable database that is part of the judicial branch case management system. This bill proposes to provide a reasonable effective date for the accomplishment of that goal and a General Fund appropriation sufficient to cover the cost;
  • 4. Ensuring that Maine law provides that each county has an elected register of probate with an office, staff and authority to deliver informal probate services that do not require a judicial order to the public in a uniform manner. This bill proposes to transfer existing judicial oversight of the register to the state court judge having responsibility for probate law matters in that county; and
  • 5. Providing continuing education through the judicial branch to each register of probate to ensure a common understanding of the law and the responsibilities of a register. This bill proposes to ensure the participation of current registers in the planning, development and presentation of these programs.


LD 726 An Act To Make Sales to Area Agencies on Aging Tax-exempt Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-56, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 726
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax to area agencies on aging, as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and public and private nonprofit agencies that are operating under grants provided by the department, that provide social services in order to secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older people capable of self-care with appropriate supportive services.

Amendment H-56
This amendment adds an exemption from the service provider tax for sales of taxable services to agencies that the bill makes eligible for a sales tax exemption.

LD 726 Amendment H-56 fiscal note
LD 729 An Act Regarding the Probationary Period for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 729
This bill provides that if a teacher completed a 3-year probationary period in a school administrative unit and later teaches in another school administrative unit, that teacher will only have a one-year probationary period in the new school administrative unit.

LD 734 Resolve, To Expedite the Processing of Applications for Certification under the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-51, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 734
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to establish a new permanent position in the Bureau of Employment Services to expedite the processing of employer applications for certification required for the federal work opportunity tax credit under Section 51 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The resolve also requires the Department of Labor to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with the most recent information available concerning applications submitted by employers, including information on the extent of any backlog in application processing, by February 1, 2020.

Amendment H-51
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 734 fiscal note
LD 734 Amendment H-51 fiscal note
LD 735 An Act To Create a Seat for a Representative of the Wabanaki Tribal Governments on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-111, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 735
This bill provides a permanent seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a representative of the 5 Wabanaki tribal governments. The tribal representative must be a law enforcement official and must be chosen for a 2-year term by a process determined by the tribal governments. The process must require that the position rotate among the 5 tribal governments.

Amendment H-111
This amendment changes the title and provides a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a person appointed by the Governor who is knowledgeable about public safety and who has been recommended to the Governor by the Wabanaki tribal governments of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik and the Penobscot Nation. The term of this member of the board of trustees is 2 years.

LD 735 Chaptered Law
LD 735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 759 An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-573, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 759
This bill provides funding for 2 Paralegal positions and one Consumer Outreach position within the Maine Human Rights Commission and requires that the commission purchase a computer system. It also includes a $10,000 appropriation for the initial step in evaluating the commission's computer system needs.

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 777
This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.

Amendment H-493
This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 803 An Act To Create 4 Regional Mental Health Receiving Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 803
This bill establishes 4 crisis intervention centers regionally throughout the State that will be operated and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. It requires the crisis intervention centers to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to provide sufficient staffing. It provides that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that include the certification of the crisis intervention centers; the location of the crisis intervention centers to ensure regional accessibility throughout the State; admission and discharge standards; requirements for notice of a person's admission; availability of and patients' access to treatment; the staffing model, with specific descriptions of staffing levels, roles and responsibilities; and patient rights protections; and that, to the extent possible, the rules must be consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 511; Title 34-B, chapter 1, subchapter 8; and Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 4.

LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

LD 832 Chaptered Law
LD 832 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 839 An Act To Increase Funding for Multimodal Transportation Status: Dead, Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-329, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 17, 2019
LD 839
This bill increases the sales tax on short-term rentals of automobiles, small trucks and vans from 10% to 15% to provide funding for multimodal transportation. The increase takes effect October 1, 2019.

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

LD 839 Amendment H-329 fiscal note
LD 852 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-126, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 852
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a task force to study the benefits, assessments and expansion of continuing education programs for young adults with disabilities after high school. The members of the task force would include a variety of experts, providers and parents, and the task force would be charged with developing recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs and recommend targeted reforms to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of services. This bill would also implement targeted reforms that have been recommended by existing or previous task forces.

Amendment H-126
This amendment establishes the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities. The membership of the task force consists of Legislators who serve on the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Labor and members of organizations or associations knowledgeable about services for young adults with disabilities after high school. The Commissioner of Education convenes the task force, which must hold a minimum of 4 meetings and submit a report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters on recommendations and targeted reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by different agencies and continuing educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities after high school.

LD 852 Amendment H-126 fiscal note

LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 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 916 An Act To Improve the Child Protective Court System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 916
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill would establish a process within the court system to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that child protective cases involving the same child are assigned to and heard by the same judge throughout the entire process while the child is a minor.

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 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 978 An Act To Clarify Maine's Protection from Abuse Statutes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 978
This bill clarifies that when a court directs a defendant in a protection from abuse case to refrain from having any direct or indirect contact with the plaintiff, this includes direct or indirect contact via social media, consistent with the ruling of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in State v. Heffron, 2018 ME 102, 190 A.3d 232.

LD 978 Chaptered Law
LD 978 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1117 An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1117
This bill eliminates the turkey hunting permit and fee and the requirement to tag wild turkeys at registration stations. A hunter is directed to inform the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the conclusion of each turkey hunting season of how many wild turkeys the hunter harvested. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend the department's rules to increase the spring season bag limit to 4 male wild turkeys and the fall season bag limit to 8 wild turkeys of either sex.

LD 1133 An Act To Require That Hospital Liens Be Satisfied on a Just and Equitable Basis Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 12, 2019
LD 1133
This bill requires that a hospital's statutory lien be reduced by the patient's proportionate share of a patient's litigation or other recovery costs, including, but not limited to, reasonable attorney's fees. It also provides that a hospital lien must be satisfied on a just and equitable basis considering factors that diminish the patient's claim such as questions of liability or comparative negligence or other legal defenses, exigencies of trial and limits of insurance coverage.

LD 1133 Chaptered Law
LD 1133 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1141 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Construct the Merrymeeting Trail from Topsham to Gardiner Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1141
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to construct a recreational trail, to be known as the Merrymeeting Trail, along the existing railroad corridor owned by the department from the Town of Topsham to the City of Gardiner.

LD 1161 An Act To Restrict the Use of Mercury in Dental Fillings in State-funded Dental Procedures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 1161
This bill prohibits the use of mercury amalgam fillings as part of a procedure covered by any dental care program funded or partially funded by the State.

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 1212 An Act To Adopt the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1212
This bill enacts in Maine law the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act.

LD 1212 Chaptered Law
LD 1212 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1231 An Act To Fund Energy Efficiency Programs through a Fee on the Sale of Unregulated Heating Fuels Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1231
Starting July 1, 2020, this bill imposes a fee of 1% on the wholesale sale price of heating oil, propane, coal, kerosene and dyed diesel fuel that is intended for residential or commercial heating purposes. The bill requires the revenue raised through the imposition of this fee to be used to provide additional funding for the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund, which is administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust for the purpose of reducing heating fuel consumption and providing energy efficiency and weatherization products and services to consumers.

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 1241 An Act To Improve Survival Rates of Salmon and Other Migratory Fish Transitioning from Freshwater to Saltwater Environments Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1241
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a smoltification success research program to investigate the external influences on smoltification success and metamorphosis success of nonsalmonid anadromous species and smolt migration success. Specific attention must be given to evaluating the effects of industrial and sewage treatment plant effluents and other pollutants on the timing of smoltification. The program must include the capacity to systematically analyze the effect of a variety of chemicals found in effluents on the timing of the development of and physical health of smolts and recommendations for conservation and management options. The analysis must include the effluence of biological substances such as pheromones from land-based aquaculture. Analysis of these effects must be conducted cooperatively with the industries and communities that discharge into rivers that are significant for Atlantic salmon and other diadromous fish species.

LD 1242 An Act To Reinstitute the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1242
This bill reinstitutes the property tax deferral program for seniors 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. 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 and makes other technical changes to the program to bring it into conformity with current law.

LD 1245 An Act To Protect Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence in Certain Provisions under the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1245
This bill amends certain portions of the Maine Human Rights Act to provide protections to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

LD 1254 An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging and Provide Funding To Treat Opioid Use Disorder Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1254
This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, on prepared food, not including marijuana or marijuana products, and short-term lodging of no more than 1% if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed 85% to the municipality and 15% to all other municipalities. The 15% distributed to a municipality must be used by that municipality for the purposes of preventing and treating opioid use disorder in that municipality. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.

LD 1269 An Act To Update the Laws Governing Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-217, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1269
This bill amends the laws governing the use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. It defines several types of child restraint systems and establishes requirements for the use of child restraint systems based on a child's age, height and weight. It increases the fines for violations of the law. It repeals a provision in current law making the nonuse of seat belts or the failure to secure a child not admissible in evidence in a civil or criminal trial involving a motor vehicle accident.

Amendment S-217
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It defines "convertible child restraint system" and allows a child under 2 years of age properly secured in a convertible child restraint system to ride in a forward-facing position if the child exceeds the manufacturer recommended weight limit for a rear-facing position.
  • 2. It retains fines for the violation of seat belt laws at current statutory levels.
  • 3. It removes the changes in the bill regarding the inadmissibility of evidence for failure to properly secure a child.


LD 1269 Chaptered Law
LD 1269 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1278 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Requiring the State To Share Not Less Than 5 Percent of State Sales and Income Tax Revenue with Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1278
For the purpose of reducing the burden placed on the property tax to finance municipal services, this resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that not less than 5% of state sales and income tax revenue be distributed to municipalities.

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


LD 1348 An Act To Authorize Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1348
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to conduct sports wagering, including online sports wagering, to persons or federally recognized Indian tribes licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities. The board may issue licenses to operate only online sports wagering to federally recognized Indian tribes that are not licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities.

Under the bill, "sports wagering" is defined as any device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering. Sports wagering operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events, other events in which a majority of the participants are minors and competitive video game events. Sports wagering operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports wagering operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of prohibited persons established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the conduct of sports wagering, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within casino, commercial track or off-track betting facilities and establishing record keeping, reporting and auditing requirements. The bill also requires the board to adopt rules further regulating the conduct of online sports wagering, including rules regulating the servers and other equipment used to conduct sports wagering online, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net sports wagering income be used for administrative expenses of the board and 24% of net sports wagering income be credited by the Treasurer of State to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

LD 1397 An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Statements of Juveniles Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-299, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1397
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or substance use disorder or mental health treatment program attended by the juvenile in connection with an informal adjustment are not admissible in evidence at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile if a petition based on the same facts is later filed. The bill also removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

Amendment H-299
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or made to a clinical provider during substance use disorder, sexual behavior or mental health assessment or treatment attended by the juvenile are not admissible in evidence during the State's case in chief at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile on a petition based on the same facts that caused the referral for informal adjustment, restorative justice, assessment or treatment. The amendment provides for similar protections in school disciplinary proceedings. The amendment adds a definition of "restorative justice program." The amendment also retains the provision of the bill that removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

LD 1397 Chaptered Law
LD 1397 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


LD 1442 An Act To Provide for Court-appointed Advocates for Justice in Animal Cruelty Cases Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-574, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1442
This bill allows courts to appoint law students or volunteer lawyers to advocate for the interests of justice in animal cruelty proceedings.

Amendment H-574
The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to keep a list of attorneys with knowledge of animal issues and the legal system and a list of law schools that have students with an interest in animal issues and the legal system, and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide that list to the courts. The courts use the list to appoint a separate advocate to represent the interests of justice in cases involving animal cruelty. This amendment moves the responsibilities concerning the list from the department and the commissioner to the Maine State Bar Association.

LD 1442 Amendment H-574 fiscal note
LD 1445 An Act To Provide Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1445
This bill establishes the Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents program. The bill requires, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20, the Finance Authority of Maine to provide eligible Maine residents a grant in the amount of the cost of tuition and other expenses related to the cost of attendance at an eligible school, including the cost of room and board, books, supplies and fees, charged to a student enrolled in courses leading to completion of an eligible program of study on at least a part-time basis at a public institution of higher education in the State in which the student is enrolled, less all other gift aid. An eligible program of study means a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree or certificate. An eligible full-time or part-time student may receive a grant for one academic year and may receive grants for the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate program at the eligible school the student is attending.

LD 1462 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide 4-year Terms for Senators and To Set Term Limits for Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1462
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to change the term of office for State Senators from 2 years to 4 years and change the number of consecutive years members of the State Senate and House of Representatives may serve from 8 years to 12 years.

LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1470
This bill allows a political subdivision to prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons at public proceedings and at voting places. It provides an exception to allow the carrying of a handgun by an on-duty law enforcement officer. It defines "political subdivision" as any municipality, plantation, county, quasi-municipal corporation and special purpose district, including, but not limited to, any water district, sanitary district, hospital district, municipal transmission and distribution utility and school administrative unit.

LD 1483 An Act To Clarify the Disposition of Funds Presumed Abandoned in a Lawyer's Trust Account Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-575, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1483
This bill clarifies that funds presumed abandoned under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act in a lawyer's trust account for which identifying client information can be found must be delivered to the Treasurer of State. It provides that funds presumed abandoned in a lawyer's trust account for which no identifying client information can be found must be transferred to the lawyer's trust account program manager to be used to provide funding to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide civil legal aid to low-income residents of the State.

Amendment H-575
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

The bill directs lawyers, law firms and financial institutions to report to the Treasurer of State when there are funds in a lawyer's trust account for which the owner cannot be identified and deliver those funds to the lawyer's trust account program manager designated by the Supreme Judicial Court for use for civil legal services. The amendment addresses such funds currently held as unclaimed property by requiring the Treasurer of State to transfer to the lawyer's trust account program manager all such funds held on the effective date of this legislation by the Treasurer of State that were delivered to the Treasurer of State before the effective date of this legislation.

LD 1483 Chaptered Law
LD 1483 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1509 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code To Ensure It Is Consistent with Current Standards and Applies to Small Municipalities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-592, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1509
This bill adds the executive director of the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Technical Building Codes and Standards Board. The bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code so as to be consistent with the most recent edition of the International Energy Conservation Code published by the International Code Council, as well as the most recent edition of the International Mechanical Code published by the International Code Council. Beginning July 1, 2020, the bill also prohibits a municipality from adopting or enforcing a building or energy code other than the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code and requires that any municipality that has adopted a building or energy code by July 1, 2020 adopt and enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

Amendment H-592
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and makes the following changes:
  • 1. Lists as mandatory the specific codes that must comprise the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code;
  • 2. Requires that each new version of a code or standard that is part of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code must be reviewed as it is published and that the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board must adopt either the most recent edition or the edition previous of each code or standard;
  • 3. Makes the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code applicable statewide but does not require municipalities under 4,000 residents to enforce the code; and
  • 4. Provides that the Director of the Efficiency Maine Trust serves as a nonvoting member of the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board.


LD 1509 Chaptered Law
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LD 1589 An Act To Protect the Liberty of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Maine Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 1589
This bill establishes the Maine Liberty Act, which governs the relationship of state and local law enforcement agencies, including correctional facilities, with federal immigration authorities, including:
  • 1. Prohibiting a law enforcement agency from stopping, investigating, interrogating, arresting or detaining a person solely for immigration enforcement purposes, including in response to a hold request, immigration detainer or administrative warrant issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or allowing the United States Department of Homeland Security access to inmates, inmate information or law enforcement agency facilities or providing law enforcement agency resources or personnel to assist immigration enforcement activities;
  • 2. Clarifying that a law enforcement agency upon a request from the United States Department of Homeland Security may arrest and detain a person and perform other law enforcement duties due to suspected criminal activity or other reasons not solely based on the person's immigration status;
  • 3. Establishing the permissible scope of collaboration of a law enforcement agency with a joint law enforcement task force and requiring reporting to the Attorney General on all arrests made by the task force, including all arrests made for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 4. Requiring a law enforcement agency to release as soon as possible and detain no longer than 48 hours a person determined to be held solely for immigration enforcement purposes;
  • 5. Establishing duties and prohibitions for law enforcement agencies regarding immigration issues of inmates, including requiring the agency to inform an inmate of the inmate's rights prior to interview by an immigration authority and whether the agency intends to comply with a hold request and prohibiting an agency from restricting access to educational programming and good conduct credits or determining an inmate's custodial status based upon the inmate's immigration status;
  • 6. Requiring the Attorney General to publish a model policy regarding limiting assistance to immigration authorities in public facilities and publish guidance, audit criteria and training recommendations to ensure that a database operated by a state or local law enforcement agency limits the availability of database information to immigration authorities; and
  • 7. Requiring a law enforcement agency to record certain information regarding hold requests and certain other information from immigration authorities received by the agency and to report quarterly to the Attorney General on this information.


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

LD 1684 An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Public hearing held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1684
Currently, Maine has no minimum age at which a child may be prosecuted for a crime. The purpose of this bill is to prevent children under 12 years of age from being prosecuted for crimes, to prevent children under 14 years of age from being incarcerated, to eliminate the current requirement that, if committed, a juvenile must be committed for at least a year and to prevent courts from imposing dispositions against juveniles that involve commitment without exhausting all other less restrictive alternatives. The bill also mandates regular opportunities for judicial review of a juvenile's commitment in addition to providing an appellate avenue for relief from unfavorable reviews.

The bill provides that if a court imposes a disposition that involves incarceration, the court must conduct a detailed analysis on the record explaining the rationale for the disposition. Such a disposition is authorized only if the court finds certain criteria by clear and convincing evidence. If the court commits a juvenile to a facility, the bill requires periodic judicial review of the incarceration to ensure that the rehabilitative purposes of incarceration are not being outweighed by the harm caused by incarceration.

The overarching goal of this bill is to ensure that fewer children are in the juvenile justice system and that, if and when they do become involved in the system, there is a presumption against incarceration and a requirement for the regular review of any commitment imposed, in order to minimize the harm that incarceration can cause children.

This bill amends the statute governing a juvenile's right to counsel to specify that the right to counsel attaches at the juvenile's initial appearance and continues until the court no longer has jurisdiction over the juvenile, including all post-dispositional hearings and during the time of commitment. This bill also requires counsel appointed by the court to continue to represent the juvenile throughout all proceedings concerning the juvenile, unless relieved by the court.

LD 1685 An Act To Facilitate Entry of Immigrants into the Workforce Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-416, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1685
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Foreign Credentialing and Skills Recognition Revolving Loan Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, the authority may provide interest-free loans to foreign-educated or foreign-trained, experienced immigrants who need assistance while awaiting federal employment authorization to pay the costs of certain actions and activities that will improve their work-readiness once they receive their work permits.

Amendment H-416
The amendment clarifies language regarding applications for work permits and makes technical edits to the bill.

LD 1685 Chaptered Law
LD 1685 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1735 An Act To Clarify the Pathway for a Registered Dispensary under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Become a For-profit Entity (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-214, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1735
Public Law 2017, chapter 452 authorized registered dispensaries under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act operating as nonprofit entities to become for-profit entities, but did not outline a pathway to follow for such a transaction. This bill:
  • 1. Specifies the possible pathways of merger, purchase and conversion for such a dispensary to become a for-profit entity;
  • 2. Provides that a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity that reorganizes as a for-profit entity retains its registration certificate;
  • 3. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund a percentage of the value of the sale or transfer of interest; and
  • 4. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund 2% of gross sales for discounts to certain qualified patients.


Amendment S-214
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Provides that the reorganization of a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to a for-profit entity may be accomplished only by any of the 8 registered dispensaries that were issued registration certificates as of April 1, 2018 and that operate as any type of nonprofit entity;
  • 2. Specifies that any exemptions from fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest otherwise required by the law do not apply for the limited purposes required in order for a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to reorganize as a for-profit entity;
  • 3. Clarifies that the triggering event for a registered dispensary to pay a fine to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund is only upon the sale or transfer of interest within 4 years after the reorganization to a for-profit entity and provides that the cost of an appraisal required to determine the value of the sale or transfer of interest must be paid from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund;
  • 4. Requires a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity or the dispensary's successor in interest to provide discounts in an amount that is not less than 2% of gross sales of the dispensary in the previous year to certain qualifying patients as a condition of registration. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by January 15, 2023 regarding the discounts provided. The requirement to provide discounts is repealed July 1, 2023; and
  • 5. Directs the Secretary of State to develop a form for use by registered dispensaries to accomplish the reorganization from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity.


LD 1735 Chaptered Law
LD 1735 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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