Representative Tiffany Roberts-Lovell [Democrat]
South Berwick ~ District 6
Towns in District: part of North Berwick and part of South BerwickWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
✉ 35 Buttonwood Road
South Berwick, Maine 03908
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|LD 835||An Act To Increase Funding for Case Managers for Veterans||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, April 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to provide funding for additional case managers in the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding the availability of benefits and services for veterans such as health care, home financing, property tax exemptions and income tax credits.
|LD 1042||An Act To Exempt Disabled Veterans from Property Taxes in Accordance with Their Disability Ratings||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at 30% or greater to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to 50% of the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's percentage disability rating instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 75% of the revenue loss attributable to the new exemption.
|LD 1497||An Act To Recognize High-performing, Efficient School Districts with Regard to the System Administration Allocation (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
Under current law, for the 2019-20 fiscal year, a system administration allocation of $141 per pupil is established, with $47 being allocated to each school administrative unit and an additional $94 being allocated as a targeted amount to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.
This bill maintains the $141 allocation for fiscal year 2019-20, but provides $94 to each school administrative unit and an additional $47 to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services and to those school administrative units that have been identified as high-performing, efficient school administrative units.
|LD 91||An Act To Eliminate Gross Metering (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Senate amendment S-4, Enacted, Signed into law April 2, 2019|
This bill clarifies the definition of "net energy billing." It requires the Public Utilities Commission, within 60 days of this legislation becoming effective, to amend its net energy billing rules adopted pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to be substantively equivalent to the rules in effect on January 1, 2017. It provides that all customers that entered into a net energy billing arrangement on or after March 29, 2017 are governed by the rules that are to be adopted pursuant to this legislation.
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.
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|LD 92||An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation Requirements||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-18, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019|
This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and clarifies that a school administrative unit is not required to use student growth measures in educator evaluation requirements and provides that the effective date of the provisions in the legislation that remove the requirement regarding student growth and learning systems is September 1, 2021. This amendment also requires that a school administrative unit's steering committee on the elements of the school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system must include a majority of teachers chosen by the school administrative unit's local union and that any revisions to the performance evaluation and professional growth system made by the steering committee must be reached by consensus.
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|LD 167||An Act To Prevent Food Shaming in Maine's Public Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-91, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019|
This bill does the following.
This amendment does the following.
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|LD 173||An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority's baseline update of 2013.
|LD 348||An Act To Prohibit the Providing of Misleading or Inaccurate Information via Caller Identification Services during Telemarketing Calls||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill makes it a civil violation for a seller or telemarketer engaging in a telemarketing call to knowingly cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. It establishes a fine of not less than $500 for the first offense and of not less than $1,000 for any subsequent offense to be imposed in addition to any other penalties imposed under the law regarding telemarketing and caller identification and requires restitution to be paid.
|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|
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 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|
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.
|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|
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 889||An Act To Require the Labeling of Foods Made with Nanotechnology (By request)||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019|
This bill requires that a label be placed on any food or food product offered for sale in the State made with the use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the branch of technology concerned with the control of matter with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.
|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|
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 920||An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-192, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.
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|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|
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.
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|LD 976||An Act To Require Additional Lead Screening for Children||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-296, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill amends the Lead Poisoning Control Act to require blood lead level testing of all children not covered by the MaineCare program at one year of age, 2 years of age and 6 years of age
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It changes the definition of "lead poisoning" in the Lead Poisoning Control Act to mean a confirmed elevated level of blood lead that is equal to or exceeds 5 micrograms per deciliter. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters when the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changes the reference level at which it recommends public health actions be taken with respect to blood lead levels in children.
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|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|
This bill does the following.
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.
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|LD 1159||Resolve, To End Hunger in Maine by 2030||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 20, 2019|
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in consultation and collaboration with interested parties and stakeholders, to collaborate with the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to eliminate hunger in the State by 2030. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit an initial design for the plan by February 10, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
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|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|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1239||An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
This bill requires employers with one to 49 employees to provide 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and one week of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. Employers with more than 49 employees are required to provide 4 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and 2 weeks of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. The bill also includes provisions regarding the protection of existing benefits, position restoration, denial of rights and judicial enforcement similar to the provisions of the family medical leave laws.
|LD 1531||An Act To Establish the Maine Food System Investment Program To Create Quality Jobs and Support Farms, Fisheries and Food-related Businesses||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill creates the Maine Food System Investment Program under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to strengthen the food system, including the agriculture, seafood and fisheries and other food sectors and the supply chain, to increase access to new markets and opportunities for producers, processors, small businesses and consumers in the State in the producing, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food products. The duties of the program are to develop and maintain a 10-year strategic framework to carry out the goals of the program by fostering communication, collaboration and coordination among the various sectors of the supply chain, identify gaps in the supply chain and barriers to food infrastructure and distribution needs and work with community development corporations, financial institutions and other investors and lenders in the food system to direct financial investment to the areas of greatest need in the food system. The program is also authorized to make recommendations regarding rules or legislation to the department and the Legislature that will direct investment or establish policies or priorities in carrying out the goals of the program. The program is required to submit a 6-month and a one-year report to the Legislature subsequent to the implementation of the program and an annual report on the progress of and developments regarding the 10-year strategic framework.
|LD 1574||An Act To Continue Authorization of Seaplane Landings on Katahdin Lake||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill allows a seaplane to land on and take off from Katahdin Lake in Baxter State Park.