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Representative Thomas Skolfield [Republican]
Weld ~ District 112

Towns in District: Anson, Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Kingfield, New Portland, Perkins Township, Phillips, Sandy River, Starks, Weld, Salem Township, Washington Township, East Central Franklin, Freeman Township and Madrid Township

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

House Committees:
♦ Bills in the Second Reading (Ranking Republican)

Joint Committees:
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
♦ Environment and Natural Resources

✉ Thomas.Skolfield@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 349 Phillips Road
Weld, Maine 04285


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 201825%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20186 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201710%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 233 An Act To Move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 233
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to move the Bureau of Parks and Lands from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 333 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Dangerous Dogs and Nuisance Dogs To Allow for Flexibility in Protection Dog Training Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 333
This bill repeals the law prohibiting a person from training or encouraging a dog that is not directly involved with a protection dog training program recognized by the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police to be aggressive toward or attack another person or domesticated animal.

LD 333 Chaptered Law
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LD 352 An Act To Exempt Veterans' Organizations from Licensing Fees for Certain Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-95, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 352
This bill waives the license fees for game of chance tournaments with fewer than 50 players conducted by veterans' organizations.

Amendment H-95
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, reduces the license fees for games of chance tournaments with fewer than 50 players.

LD 352 Chaptered Law
LD 352 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 527 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands To Establish a Law Enforcement Training Program for Park Managers and Certain Bureau Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-229, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 527
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands to implement a training program for bureau employees and agents who manage lands or waters and exercise law enforcement powers within the bureau's jurisdiction on various law enforcement practices, to be implemented no later than January 1, 2020.

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

LD 527 Chaptered Law
LD 527 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 751 An Act To Reinstate the State Property Tax Deferral Program for Maine's Senior Homeowners Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 751
This bill reinstates the State's elderly property tax deferral program, which until April 1, 1991 provided a mechanism allowing qualifying senior homeowners to defer property tax payments and required the State to pay the property taxes on behalf of the homeowners. This bill modifies the program's eligibility standards by increasing the household income threshold from less than $32,000 to less than $40,000 and adding a liquid asset limit. The bill makes the existing abatement and appeal processes available in cases in which the State Tax Assessor disagrees with the municipal assessment of a property eligible for enrollment in the program.

LD 1610 Resolve, To Modify the Deed for a Parcel of Property in the Town of Carrabassett Valley Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-434, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1610
This resolve amends the deed transferring land from the State to the Town of Carrabassett Valley to remove the prohibition on camping in motor vehicles.

LD 1610 Chaptered Law
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LD 26 An Act To Provide Complimentary Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Retired Game Wardens with 25 Years of Service Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 12, 2019
LD 26
This bill allows a retired game warden with 25 years of service to receive a complimentary lifetime license to hunt, trap and fish.

LD 27 An Act To Allow the Use of a Crossbow for a Limited Duration during the Archery Season on Deer and the Fall Season on Wild Turkey Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-147, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 27
This bill allows crossbows to be used during the regular archery-only deer hunting season.

Amendment H-147
This amendment replaces the bill and the title. For a period of 3 years, beginning in 2020, it allows a person, in accordance with rules adopted by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, to hunt deer with a crossbow during the open archery season on deer and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey. It specifies that a person using a crossbow during the open archery season may not harvest an antlerless deer unless that person possesses an antlerless deer permit. It also clarifies that, outside of this limited time period, the use of a crossbow to hunt wild turkey is allowed only during the spring open season on hunting wild turkey. Lastly, it requires the commissioner to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters that includes a recommendation on whether to continue to permit the use of a crossbow during the regular archery season and the fall open season on hunting wild turkey and whether the commissioner allowed the use of a crossbow during a special archery season on deer and, if so, whether the use should continue to be permitted. The committee may report out a bill based on the report.

LD 27 Chaptered Law
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LD 33 An Act To Establish a Thanksgiving Youth Turkey Hunting Season Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-68, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 33
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a special youth hunting season from the Monday prior to Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day during which youth hunters with a valid junior hunting license may harvest one wild turkey.

Amendment H-68
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to consider establishing a special youth turkey hunting day during the fall season, which the commissioner has statutory authority to do.

LD 33 Chaptered Law
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LD 34 An Act To Exempt Fraternal and Veterans' Organizations from Cribbage Tournament Licensing Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-92, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 34
This bill authorizes nonprofit fraternal and veterans' organizations to conduct cribbage tournaments in which no cash prizes are awarded without obtaining a license from or registering with the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit.

Amendment H-92
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Under current law, an organization must obtain a license to hold or conduct a game of chance, including a card game, if the players risk something of value for the opportunity to win something of value. The amendment modifies the definition of "something of value" to clarify that a license is not required merely because players are entitled to play the game of chance for free or to be entertained for free while playing the game.

LD 34 Chaptered Law
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LD 106 An Act To Amend the Maine Veterinary Practice Act Relating to Alternative Therapy or Collaborative Treatment Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 106
This bill authorizes a person to provide alternative therapy or collaborative treatment to an animal only if the person holds a license, registration or certification from the entity in the State responsible for issuing licenses, certifications or registrations for the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment or meets certain educational requirements, has a referral to provide the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment from a licensed veterinarian and is under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The bill also defines "alternative therapy or collaborative treatment" to include acupuncture, dentistry, homeopathic or chiropractic procedures and physical or massage therapy.

LD 128 An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 10, 2019
LD 128
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.

Funding is provided to restore all positions and for related All Other costs to reopen and operate the Downeast Correctional Facility beginning October 1, 2019.

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

LD 188 An Act To Provide for an Expanded Muzzle-loading-only Deer Hunting Season Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 188
This bill requires that muzzle-loading season on deer extends for 12 hunting days immediately following the regular deer hunting season instead of being determined by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 204 An Act To Provide Funding for a Ranger Pilot Position in the Maine Forest Service Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-66, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 204
This bill provides funding for a Ranger Pilot position and associated costs in the forest protection unit in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry.

Amendment H-66
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 204 Chaptered Law
LD 204 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 212 An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund and To Establish the ATV Enforcement Fund Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-86, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature May 1, 2019
LD 212
This bill increases ATV registration fees from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents, from $53 to $65 for 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $80 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The bill provides that the increased fee revenue be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-86
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble, an emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section. It creates the ATV Enforcement Fund, which is a nonlapsing fund that is funded with $10 from each nonresident ATV registration fee collected. Money from the fund is required to be used for the enforcement of ATV laws, ATV education and the purchase of necessary machinery or equipment related to ATV safety and enforcement activities.

Like the bill, this amendment increases the ATV registration fee from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents. It also increases from $53 to $75 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $90 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The amendment requires $12 of each registration fee to be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

LD 212 Chaptered Law
LD 212 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 218 An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act at a Polling Place Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 17, 2019
LD 218
This bill prohibits the solicitation, acceptance or collection by a participating candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act of seed money contributions or qualifying contributions within 250 feet of the entrance to a voting place as well as within the voting place itself.

LD 222 An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 222
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.

LD 224 An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 224
This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.

LD 225 An Act Regarding Transportation Management Software and School Bus Replacement Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 4, 2019
LD 225
This bill establishes in statute the criteria for the replacement of conventional and transit-style school buses through the Department of Education and prohibits the department from requiring a school administrative unit to use a specific brand of routing and transportation management software.

LD 229 An Act To Increase the Safety of Home Buyers Concerning Chimney Inspections Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-44, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 229
This bill requires that, in conveyances of residential real property, if the chimneys and vents of the property have not been inspected, the seller's disclosure to the buyer must state that the seller is making no representation as to the inspection or safety of the chimneys or vents and any inspector commissioned by the buyer must provide the buyer with a report stating that the inspection does not include the condition or safety of chimneys or vents on the property.

Amendment H-44
The bill amends the laws concerning disclosures about residential real property when it is transferred to include information about chimneys and vents on the property, if they have not been inspected. This amendment replaces the bill to require that the residential real property disclosure include the date of the most recent inspection of the chimneys and vents for the system or source that is used to supply heat to the property. The amendment does not impose any inspection requirements.

LD 229 Chaptered Law
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LD 248 An Act To Increase the Handling Fee for Beverage Containers Reimbursed to Redemption Centers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-20 and Senate amendment S-56, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature, May 21, 2019
LD 248
This bill increases by 2¢ per returned container the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

Amendment S-20
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one-half cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one-half cent beginning January 1, 2020. It also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-56
This amendment amends Committee Amendment S-20 to:
  • 1. Increase the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by 1/2¢ beginning January 1, 2020;
  • 2. Eliminates a provision reducing by 1/2¢ the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers subject to a qualified commingling agreement;
  • 3. Places a moratorium from May 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020 on the issuance by the Department of Environmental Protection of redemption center licenses to redemption centers not licensed prior to May 1, 2019 unless the department determines that a new redemption center is needed to serve an area in which an existing redemption center ceases to operate. This licensing prohibition does not apply to renewal of redemption center licenses issued prior to May 1, 2019; and
  • 4. Direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to require each initiator of deposit that has entered into a commingling agreement, and its contracted agent, if any, to no later than July 1, 2019 report to the department the number of beverage containers picked up from each redemption center on each pick-up date in calendar year 2018. Upon receipt of this data, the department shall assess the efficiency and convenience of the beverage container redemption system and develop recommendations to improve efficiencies in the handling and transportation of beverage containers and to ensure convenient collection of beverage containers for consumers. On or before January 15, 2020, the commissioner shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources detailing the department's findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.


LD 248 Chaptered Law
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LD 295 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 295
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, will be used for the provision of broadband Internet service in unserved and underserved areas through ConnectME Authority grants to partnerships between private, municipal and nongovernmental service providers.

LD 339 An Act To Prohibit Unattended Watercraft on Open Water Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 339
This bill makes a person's leaving a watercraft unattended in open water a civil violation.

LD 351 An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-423, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 351
This bill provides that:

  • 1. Poultry and poultry products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the poultry was raised solely in the State from no later than the 7th day after hatching; and
  • 2. Meat and meat products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the animal was born in the State and raised solely in the State.

The bill also requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 562-A relating to preparation of livestock and poultry products for human consumption, to enforce the prohibition on labeling or advertising poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products sold or offered for sale as "Maine-raised" unless the requirements in this bill are met.

Amendment H-423
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the bill. It provides that poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products labeled or advertised as Maine-raised or by a similar designation are considered misbranded if offered for sale, sold or distributed within the State unless the poultry or animals were raised in Maine, as defined in the amendment. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may grant a waiver of the determination that such poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products are misbranded upon consideration of economic factors, including, but not limited to, the proximity of processing facilities to the in-state poultry producer or meat producer and the availability of poultry processing facilities or meat processing facilities in the State.

LD 351 Chaptered Law
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LD 355 An Act To Exclude Domesticated Species Used for Agricultural Purposes from the Laws Governing Permits To Possess Wildlife in Captivity Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 355
This bill exempts wildlife that is domestically raised, hybridized or genetically altered and specifically used for farming or ranching or agritourism activity from the prohibition on keeping wildlife in captivity.

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

LD 497 An Act Regarding the Providing of Human Food Waste to Swine Producers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 497
This bill specifies that an individual, organization or institution, including a public school, that donates food waste to a swine producer for use in swine feed is not required to verify that the swine producer has a license to feed garbage to swine. The bill also specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage to swine.

Amendment S-17
This amendment strikes the provision in the bill that specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to treating or feeding of garbage to swine. Current law provides that the commissioner may enter any private or public property to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage.

LD 497 Chaptered Law
LD 497 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 568 An Act To Change the Composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 568
This bill amends the laws governing the composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to increase the number of members appointed by the Governor from one to 3 and to decrease the number of members appointed by the counties from 8 to 6.

LD 626 An Act To Provide Funding for the Naval Museum and Gardens in Brunswick Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-64, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 626
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens in Brunswick.

Amendment H-64
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment, which is the majority report, provides one-time funds to the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens to support and preserve Maine's maritime patrol aviation heritage.

LD 626 Amendment H-64 fiscal note

LD 661 An Act To Increase Gaming Opportunities for Charitable Veterans' Organizations Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, April 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 661
This bill permits the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board, beginning January 1, 2020, to issue a license to a charitable nonprofit organization that is a veterans' organization that is tax-exempt under the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to operate up to 3 slot machines on premises that have been owned, rented or leased by the organization for at least 2 consecutive years, that serve as its primary administrative operations headquarters and that are located in a municipality that has, by referendum of the voters, approved the operation of slot machines in that municipality. The charitable nonprofit veterans' organization must be able to demonstrate that it has a cash reserve of $1,000 for each machine the organization intends to operate.

A charitable nonprofit veterans' organization that wishes to apply prior to January 1, 2020 may file a declaration of intent to apply with the Gambling Control Board. An application must include a refundable $2,500 deposit. The initial application fee for a slot machine operator license is $500, and the annual renewal fee is $175.

A slot machine operated by a charitable nonprofit veterans' organization is subject to the same central site monitoring that applies to casinos and slot machine facilities at harness racing tracks. The total number of slot machines allowed to be operated by charitable nonprofit veterans' organizations statewide between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 is 80; beginning January 1, 2021 the number increases to 150.

The bill provides that 10% of the net slot machine income from a charitable nonprofit veterans' organization is required to be deposited directly with the Gambling Control Board for administrative expenses; 8% goes directly to the General Fund; 10% goes to the host municipality; and 2% is dedicated to gambling addiction prevention and treatment. A charitable nonprofit veterans' organization that is licensed to operate slot machines is required to establish a separate account, from which the board may withdraw funds to distribute the net revenue percentages. The remaining revenue generated from the slot machines must be used to support the charitable purposes of the veterans' organization.

LD 687 Resolve, To Create a Flag To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-72, Finally passed, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 687
This bill replaces the current State of Maine flag with the flag that was in use before 1909.

Amendment H-72
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve directing the Secretary of State to create a bicentennial flag for the State.

LD 687 Chaptered Law
LD 687 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 691 An Act Regarding County Jail Funding Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 691
This bill requires that instead of a specific dollar amount the State provide at least 20.22% of the cost of county jail operations to the County Jail Operations Fund for distribution to county jails.

LD 741 An Act To Return Surplus Money to Maine Taxpayers Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 741
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to distribute the funds in the State treasury by:

  • 1. Placing in the General Fund only the amount necessary to cover the outstanding obligations of the State required by law, such as for bond debt and payment of contracts and salaries;
  • 2. After the transfer of funds required to meet the legal obligations of the State, distributing 75% of the remaining funds to Maine taxpayers on a pro rata basis, based on tax data for the 2018 tax year; and
  • 3. After the transfer and the distributions, transferring the remaining 25% to the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Maine Rainy Day Fund.


LD 784 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 784
This bill disqualifies an individual from eligibility for unemployment benefits when the individual has refused to accept or attend a job interview for suitable work for which the individual is reasonably fitted.

LD 785 Resolve, Directing the Board of Pesticides Control To Educate the Public on the Proper Use of Pesticides and To Promote Integrated Pest Management Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone February 28, 2019
LD 785
This resolve requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to develop and disseminate to the public educational materials that promote the proper use of pesticides and promote integrated pest management.

LD 786 An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-81, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 786
This bill provides an appropriation to allow the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with a nonprofit organization that provides statewide hunger relief services to allow that organization to:
  • 1. Engage in statewide hunger relief services, including, but not limited to, the purchase of food from Maine food producers and processors;
  • 2. Provide grants to local hunger relief programs; and
  • 3. Pay its operational and distribution expenses.


Amendment S-81
This amendment decreases the ongoing annual General fund appropriation to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for statewide hunger relief services from $2,500,000 to $1,500,000.

LD 786 Amendment S-81 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 809 An Act To Expand and Clarify the Disqualification from Workers' Compensation Benefits of an Employee Who Is Injured While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 809
Under current law, workers' compensation benefits are not allowed for the injury or death of an employee when the injury or death was caused by the employee's intoxication. This bill eliminates that provision and instead disallows benefits for an employee who was intoxicated at the time of the injury or death. This bill also clarifies that intoxication includes intoxication from an illegal drug, marijuana or alcohol.

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

LD 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 854 An Act To Improve Tax Incentives for Broadband Service Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-385, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 854
This bill expands the allowable use of tax increment financing to include development, expansion or improvement of broadband services, including connecting to broadband service outside the tax increment financing district.

Amendment H-385
This amendment clarifies the circumstances under which tax increment financing project costs may include broadband and fiber optics expansion projects that serve residential or other nonbusiness or noncommercial areas within a municipality or plantation.

LD 854 Chaptered Law
LD 854 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 856 An Act To Give Probate Judges Latitude in Permitting Visitation by Grandparents Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 856
This bill authorizes a court to award a grandparent reasonable rights of visitation or access to a minor child regardless of objections the parents or legal guardians may have concerning the award of rights of visitation or access.

LD 881 An Act To Ensure Equitable Treatment of Super Pack License Holders in Antlerless Deer Permit Lotteries Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-186, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 881
This bill allows the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery.

Amendment H-186
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It specifies that a person who obtains a super pack license also receives an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions and the opportunity to enter a bonus antlerless-only deer permit lottery. It also allows a super pack licensee to enter an antlerless deer permit lottery if that person does not obtain an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions specified in law.

LD 881 Chaptered Law
LD 881 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 926 An Act To Protect Hospital Employees from Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 926
This bill provides that an assault on a hospital employee while the hospital employee is providing medical care is a Class C crime. It also provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing medical care is a Class C crime. Current law provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing emergency medical care is a Class C crime. The bill also corrects a cross-reference.

LD 940 An Act To Increase the Number of Franklin County Commissioners Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-488 and Senate amendment S-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 940
This bill increases the number of Franklin County commissioners from 3 to 5 and defines the 5 county commissioner districts beginning with the election to be held November 3, 2020.

Amendment H-488
This amendment requires that, upon approval by the voters of Franklin County at referendum held in November 2020, when the redistricting of the county commissioner districts is done in 2021 pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, Franklin County must be divided into 5 county commissioner districts. This amendment requires that the reapportionment for each of the new 5 districts reflect, as closely as practicable, the specified geographical composition of each district.

Amendment S-266
This amendment makes a technical correction to reflect that the current term of the commissioner for Commissioner District 3 does not expire until 2022.

LD 940 Chaptered Law
LD 940 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 946 An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by House amendment H-387, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 946
This bill prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill provides other exceptions under which a provider may use, disclose, sell or permit access to customer personal information. The bill prohibits a provider from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill requires providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer personal information from unauthorized use, disclosure, sale or access. The provisions of the bill apply to providers operating within the State when providing broadband Internet access service to customers that are billed for service received in the State and are physically located in the State.

Amendment H-387
This amendment includes other exceptions, as found in the current law, to the release of customer personal information, such as for the release of portable electronic device content information and location information to a government entity. This amendment also removes the authorization of a provider to provide geolocation information regarding a customer to the customer's legal guardian or immediate family member in an emergency situation.

This amendment also provides an effective date of July 1, 2020 for the legislation.

LD 946 Chaptered Law
LD 946 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 977
Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

Amendment H-621
This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

LD 1040 An Act To Waive the Variance Process for Harvesting Timber in a Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1040
This bill allows a landowner to conduct timber harvesting activities on property adjacent to a river, stream, pond, wetland or tidal water that exceed limits established by Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry rules if determined necessary by a professional forester in order to meet acceptable forestry standards upon a 5-day notice to the bureau by the landowner stating the area where the timber harvesting activity is to take place, the name of the professional forester, the professional forester's license number and the professional forester's determination of the need for the timber harvesting activity.

LD 1086 An Act To Promote the Goals of the Low-emission Vehicle Program by Requiring That New Vehicle Purchases for the State Fleet Be Composed of a Minimum Percentage of Zero-emission Vehicles Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1086
This bill promotes the goals of the State's low-emission vehicle program by requiring the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services, Central Fleet Management Division to ensure that not less than 15% of the vehicles purchased for the state fleet are zero-emission vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. This bill requires a 5% increase each fiscal year in the number of zero-emission vehicles purchased by the Central Fleet Management Division until 2027-28, when not less than 50% of all vehicle purchases must be zero-emission vehicles.

LD 1123 An Act Regarding Telecommunications Infrastructure Costs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1123
This bill amends the laws governing development districts designated by a municipality or plantation to provide that costs associated with broadband and fiber optics expansion projects, including preparation, planning, engineering and other related costs in addition to the construction costs of such projects, whether or not such expansion projects serve residential or business areas within the municipality or plantation are authorized project costs.

LD 1207 An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of Investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-497, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1207
This bill allows detectives in the employment of the office of investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit

Amendment H-497
his amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the deadline for the one-time election for detectives in the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles to participate in the 1998 Special Plan and establishes the effective date of their participation. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1207 fiscal note
LD 1207 Amendment H-497 fiscal note
LD 1208 An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of the Attorney General Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-498, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1208
This bill allows detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit.

Amendment H-498
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the deadline for the one-time election for detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to participate in the 1998 Special Plan and establishes the effective date of their participation. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1208 fiscal note
LD 1208 Amendment H-498 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 1230 An Act To Update the Civil Animal Welfare Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-380, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1230
This bill amends the civil animal welfare laws in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes the provision regarding registering a dog as a service dog and issuing a tag identifying the dog as a service dog;
  • 2. It clarifies that the dog licensing fee is waived for an owner who produces documentation that the dog is a service dog;
  • 3. It provides for euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured stray livestock authorized by a veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter;
  • 4. It provides for immunity for a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer and animal shelter in instances involving handling of stray livestock;
  • 5. It adds to the animal cruelty provisions the violation of intentionally giving an animal a scheduled drug;
  • 6. It increases the penalties for civil violations involving animal cruelty;
  • 7. It makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime;
  • 8. It establishes municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock; and
  • 9. It repeals provisions related to stray beasts.


Amendment H-380
This amendment retains the current law that provides that, if a service dog has not been previously registered or licensed by a municipal clerk, the clerk may not register the dog nor issue to its owner or keeper a license unless the applicant presents written evidence to the municipal clerk that the dog meets the definition of "service dog." The amendment removes the requirement that the municipal clerk issue to the dog's owner or keeper a tag that identifies the dog as a service dog.

The amendment clarifies that a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter is not civilly liable to any party for authorization of euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured livestock if certain conditions are met nor is any person performing euthanasia under that authorization.

The amendment adds the intent to harm or intoxicate the animal to the bill's addition to the animal cruelty provisions of the violation of giving a scheduled drug to an animal.

The amendment strikes from the bill the provision that makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime.

The amendment clarifies under the provision establishing municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock that "livestock" does not include feral swine or domesticated cervids.

The fiscal note on the bill identifies certain requirements in the bill, which are retained in the amendment, as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential state mandate do not require a local unit government to expand or modify its activities in a manner so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

Under current law, pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 3948, subsection 3, municipalities are required to control domesticated animals that are a cause of complaint in the community. Additionally, municipalities are required to control animals that pose a threat to public health or safety. This section of law also provides that a municipality may control undomesticated animals in matters no other department is charged by law to regulate.

The bill repeals and amends certain provisions under Title 33, chapter 21 relating to lost goods and stray beasts. The bill repeals the requirement that the finder of a stray beast, potentially a municipality, keep a stray beast for up to 6 months. The bill requires a municipality to follow certain procedures related to stray livestock, but a municipality is only required to retain custody for 10 days. The committee feels that this could potentially result in a savings for a municipality faced with this scenario.

LD 1230 Chaptered Law
LD 1230 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1246 An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of Maine State Park Visitors and Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1246
This bill requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to determine minimum levels of staffing for all state parks, except Baxter State Park, and historic sites and national parks that are controlled and managed by the State. The bill also requires the director to consider a list of factors, including, but not limited to, visitor capacity limits, availability of emergency response services and emergency planning issues specific to a park or historic site, when making a determination of staffing levels for each park or historic site.

LD 1246 Chaptered Law
LD 1246 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1273 An Act To Ensure Funding for Certain Essential Functions of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-149, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1273
This bill requires that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control award an annual grant of $65,000 on or about April 1st to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for pesticide applicator certification, licensing and recertification.

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

LD 1273 Chaptered Law
LD 1273 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1332 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require State and Congressional Elections To Be Decided by a Plurality of Votes Cast Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1332
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to provide that a primary election for State Representative, State Senator or Governor must be decided by a plurality of votes cast. It also provides that a primary, general or special election for United States Representative or United States Senator must be decided by a plurality of votes cast.

LD 1366 An Act To Require Information Regarding Implied Warranties When Offering an Extended Warranty at the Point of Sale Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1366
This bill requires a seller that offers an extended warranty on goods at the point of sale to inform the buyer of the implied warranty provisions under state law by stating: "Maine's implied warranty law covers most consumer goods for up to 4 years as long as the item is seriously defective and not simply worn out."

LD 1433 An Act To Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-362, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1433
This bill amends the laws regarding the reduction of toxics in packaging to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which phthalates have been intentionally introduced, effective January 1, 2022. It also authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to by rule prohibit the sale of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been intentionally introduced upon a determination by the department that a safer alternative to the intentionally introduced PFAS is available, except that such prohibition may not take effect until January 1, 2022 or 2 years following the department's determination that a safer alternative is available, whichever is later.

The bill provides an exemption from these prohibitions for a manufacturer of a food or beverage product that has annual national sales of all food and beverage products produced by the manufacturer of less than one billion dollars. It also authorizes the department to designate additional chemicals of concern in food packaging; to require manufacturers of food packaging that use such designated chemicals to report regarding its use of the chemical and the availability of safer alternatives; and to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which a designated chemical of concern has been intentionally introduced if safer alternatives are reasonably available, effective and affordable to the consumer.

Amendment H-362
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

  • 1. It clarifies that the sales prohibitions on food packaging containing intentionally introduced perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and phthalates in any amount greater than an incidental presence applies only to sales occurring in the State and clarifies the scope of the exemption to those prohibitions for certain manufacturers of food or beverage products.
  • 2. It provides that any rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection to prohibit the sale of food packaging containing intentionally introduced PFAS is major substantive rulemaking and requires the department to adopt by rule such a prohibition upon a determination that a safer alternative to the use of PFAS in a specific application of PFAS to a food package is available.
  • 3. It removes from the bill the provisions authorizing the department to designate by rule additional chemicals of concern in food packaging and instead enacts a new chapter to regulate the use of additional toxic chemicals in food packaging. That new chapter is modeled after the toxic chemicals in children's products law in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 16-D and incorporates the definitions and criteria from that law into the new chapter, as adapted for application to food packaging.
  • 4. It includes a number of technical changes to the bill as necessary to incorporate the other amendments to the bill described in this summary.


LD 1433 Chaptered Law
LD 1433 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1443 An Act To Enact the Senior Property Tax Reimbursement Act Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1443
This bill provides state reimbursement to eligible individuals for the portion of property taxes on their homesteads for a tax year that exceeds the property taxes for the year in which they reached retirement age as defined under the federal Social Security Act. For an individual to be eligible, the individual must be receiving a homestead exemption, have a household income of less than $40,000 and, if filing individually, have liquid assets of less than $50,000 or, if household members are filing jointly, have liquid assets of less than $75,000.

LD 1522 An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Orders of Abandonment for Residential Properties in Foreclosure Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1522
This bill allows a condominium association to act as a party in interest in a judicial foreclosure action to present evidence of abandonment of mortgaged premises and file a motion to determine that the premises are abandoned. This bill also requires a plaintiff prevailing in a foreclosure action against premises that include dwelling units occupied by tenants to pay any rent received from those tenants, after deducting reasonable costs for acting as the landlord, to a condominium association that is a party in interest.

LD 1750 An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1750
This bill enacts the Appliance Energy and Water Standards Act to be implemented, administered and enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Act generally provides that, beginning January 1, 2021, a person is prohibited from selling or offering for sale in the State certain appliances and products unless they meet or exceed applicable energy and water standards adopted by rule by the department. Beginning January 1, 2022, a person is prohibited from installing for compensation in the State any of those appliances or products.

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