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Representative Victoria Doudera [Democrat]
Camden ~ District 94

Towns in District: Camden, Islesboro and Rockport

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

Joint Committees:
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology

✉ Victoria.Doudera@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 18 Trim Street
Camden, Maine 04843


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20199 of 10Maine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20195 of 7, 2 unexcused absencesMaine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 20198 of 10, 1 unexcused absenceAFL-CIO, 2019
Maine Women's Lobby, 20197 of 7Maine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20196 of 6Planned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Firearms Control, 20196 of 7, 1 unexcused absenceThis website, see below for roll calls included.

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Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Representative's vote
16 LD 179 An Act to Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
250 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require that Signatures on a Direct Initiative Come from Each Congressional District Final Passage as a Constitutional Amendment (requires 2/3 of membership) Nay Nay
272 LD 308 An Act to Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Reconsider passage after Governor's veto Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act to Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
278 LD 420 An Act to Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Yea
70 LD 820 An Act to Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
237 LD 949 An Act to Prevent Overdose Deaths Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act to Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act to Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act to Restore Services to Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 9 votes, 90 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Representative's vote
37 LD 289 An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
293 LD 1494 An Act to Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
157 LD 1532 An Act to Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-392 Yea Yea
209 LD 1679 An Act to Promote Clean Energy Jobs and to Establish the Maine Climate Council Enact as an Emergency measure (2/3 of members required) Yea Absent
282 LD 1711 An Act to Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Yea
208 LD 1775 An Act to Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact Yea Absent
329 LD 1851 An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact as a bond issue (requires 2/3 present) Yea Yea
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 5 votes, agreed on 5 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Representative's vote
227 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Nay
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Committee Report A, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
306 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
111 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Yea
182 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
120 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
206 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Enact LD 1524 as amended by Commitee amendment S-203 Yea Absent
195 LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations Enact LD 1560 as amended by Committee amendment S-192 as an emergency measure Yea Yea
156 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Yea
190 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 9 votes, agreed on 8 votes, 89 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
28 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Yea
75 LD 369 An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-79 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
80 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
307 LD 1317 An Act To Restore Services To Help Certain Noncitizens Meet Their Basic Needs Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-248 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 7 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
199 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
153 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Yea
246 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Yea
114 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Enact LD 1580 as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 4 votes, agreed on 4 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Representative's vote
204 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Nay
211 LD 533 An Act To Eliminate the Statutory Duty To Retreat and Affirm the Right of Self-defense Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Absent
252 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Nay
253 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Yea
296 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report A, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-285 Yea Yea
235 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Nay
315 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Doudera: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 6 votes, 100 percent agreement
LD 102 An Act To Improve the Manufacturing of Plastic Bottles and Bottle Caps Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held February 27, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 102
This bill prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container unless the container is composed of at least 15% postconsumer recycled plastic. Beginning January 1, 2022, this threshold for the percentage of postconsumer recycled plastic in single-use plastic beverage containers increases to 20% and, beginning January 1, 2024, the threshold increases to 25%.

The bill also prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a manufacturer from selling, offering for sale or distributing for sale in the State a single-use plastic beverage container with a plastic beverage cap unless the cap is composed of the same plastic as the beverage container and the cap is tethered to the container in a manner that prevents the separation of the cap from the container when the cap is removed or the cap includes an opening from which the beverage can be consumed while the cap remains screwed onto or otherwise affixed to the container.

LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 11, 2019
LD 379
This bill creates the Class E crime of unlawful storage of a firearm, which a person is guilty of if the person stores or leaves on premises under the person's control a loaded firearm; the person knows or reasonably should know that a child is likely to gain access to the loaded firearm without the permission of the child's parent or guardian; and a child in fact gains access to the loaded firearm and uses the loaded firearm in a reckless or threatening manner, uses the loaded firearm during the commission of a crime or recklessly or negligently discharges the loaded firearm.

The bill also requires a firearm dealer to post a warning at each purchase counter regarding the need to secure firearms from unauthorized use.

LD 380 An Act To Revise the Calculation of Tolls Established for the Maine State Ferry Service Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 4, 2020
LD 380
This bill requires the Department of Transportation, by rule, to establish ferry tolls for each route of travel that are based upon the cost of service for vehicles, freight and passengers, and allows the department to provide discounted tolls for frequent usage of the Maine State Ferry Service. This bill also requires that the Marine Highway account must fund 100% of the capital costs and no more than 75% of the operating costs of the Maine State Ferry Service.

LD 646 An Act To Improve Trust with Regard to Home Visitation by the Department of Health and Human Services by Requiring That Certain Visits Be Videotaped Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 646
This bill requires Department of Health and Human Services staff who visit the home of a child to investigate or assess an allegation of abuse or neglect to videotape all interviews conducted during the visit.

LD 1101 An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Allow Pedestrian Walkways and Trails That Exclude Motorized Vehicles within the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1101
This bill amends the shoreland zoning laws to authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance that exempts pedestrian walkways or trails within the shoreland zone from otherwise applicable setback requirements so long as use of motorized vehicles, other than motorized assistive devices, is prohibited on the walkway or trail and the ordinance maintains certain other protective standards. Any allowed walkway or trail must meet all other state and local permit requirements and comply with all other applicable rules.

LD 1948 An Act To Prohibit, Except in Emergency Situations, the Performance without Consent of Pelvic Examinations on Unconscious or Anesthetized Patients Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Amended by Committee amendment H-688, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 1948
This bill provides that, prior to administering or supervising a pelvic examination on an anesthetized or unconscious patient, a physician must obtain the patient's informed consent to the pelvic examination unless the examination is within the scope of the procedure or examination for which the patient has already consented, the pelvic examination of an unconscious patient is required for diagnostic purposes and is medically necessary or the pelvic examination is authorized pursuant to the implied consent provision in the Maine Health Security Act relating to forensic examinations of unconscious alleged victims of sexual assault.

Amendment H-688
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that, prior to performing or supervising a pelvic, rectal or prostate examination, a health care practitioner must obtain the patient's informed consent to that examination unless the examination of an unconscious patient is required for diagnostic purposes and is medically necessary or the examination is authorized pursuant to the implied consent provision in the Maine Health Security Act relating to forensic examinations of unconscious alleged victims of sexual assault.

The amendment clarifies that the provisions apply more broadly to licensed health care practitioners, not just physicians as in the bill, and reallocates the provision to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24, chapter 21, subchapter 5. The amendment expands the scope of the bill to include rectal and prostate examinations and also requires a health care practitioner to obtain the patient's informed consent orally and in writing.

LD 1948 Chaptered Law
LD 1948 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 16 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 16
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.

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
LD 91
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.

Amendment S-4
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 91 Chaptered Law
LD 91 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 142 An Act To Increase Funding for the Fund for a Healthy Maine To Reduce Smoking Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 142
This bill adjusts funding between the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention program and the Medical Care - Payments to Providers program in the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services to fund tobacco cessation services.

LD 155 An Act To Ensure Transparency in College Costs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 155
This bill prohibits a postsecondary institution from assessing a student fees unless the institution uses the standardized financial aid offer form developed by the Commissioner of Education. The bill directs the Commissioner of Education to develop a standard format for written and electronic financial aid offers to students enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a postsecondary institution. The bill specifies that the standardized financial aid offer form must clearly identify each student fee to be paid to the postsecondary institution.

LD 159 An Act To Require Cameras in Ambulances When a Patient Is Being Transported Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 159
This bill requires that, whenever an ambulance transports a patient from the scene of an emergency or from a hospital or other health care facility to another place, the ambulance must be equipped with video recording equipment that is in operation for the duration of the transport and that is producing a clear video record of the care provided to the patient. In accordance with applicable federal and state law, the video records are to be maintained as confidential by the ambulance service operator and, if applicable, by the Emergency Medical Services' Board and the Department of Public Safety.

LD 187 An Act To Restore the Laws Governing the Reunification of Parents and Children Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 12, 2019
LD 187
Recently enacted law eliminated language that established as a priority under the Child and Family Services and Child Protection Act family rehabilitation and reunification. This bill restores family rehabilitation and reunification as a priority under the laws governing child protective services.

LD 258 An Act To Establish and Coordinate a Volunteer Corps of Search and Rescue Specialists within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 258
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish and coordinate a volunteer corps of search and rescue specialists whose initial and ongoing training is delivered by the department and who are deputized to engage in search and rescue operations.

LD 259 An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-130 and Engrossed as amended, tabled in the House, in the House when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 259
This bill increases the target for the state share percentage of the statewide adjusted total cost of the components of essential programs and services to 55%, as required by law, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 and continuing at that rate annually.

Amendment S-130
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, repeals the provision of law containing the annual targets for the state share percentage of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 that include the cost of components of essential programs and services plus the state contributions to the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that are attributable to teachers, retired teachers' health insurance and retired teachers' life insurance. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 259 fiscal note
LD 259 Amendment S-130 fiscal note
LD 273 An Act To Require Transmission and Distribution Utilities To Purchase Electricity from Renewable Resources at Certain Prices Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 273
This bill requires a transmission and distribution utility, at the request of the owner of a renewable resource, to purchase the electricity generated by that renewable resource at a price per kilowatt-hour that is 50% of the average cost per kilowatt-hour to generate electricity using a fossil fuel in this State.

LD 289 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-49 and House amendment H-55, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 289
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.

Amendment H-49
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill, repeals the existing law regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers and enacts a new provision of law regarding disposable food service containers. Under the amendment, beginning January 1, 2021, a food establishment is prohibited, subject to certain exemptions, from processing, preparing, selling or providing food or beverages in or on a disposable food service container that is composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The amendment also:
  • 1. Excludes from the definition of disposable food service container polystyrene foam coolers and ice chests that are used for the processing or shipping of seafood;
  • 2. Adds sleeves and stirrers to the definition of service ware;
  • 3. Excludes from the definition of food establishment hospitals licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 405 and so-called meals on wheels establishments funded in whole or in part directly or indirectly by the Department of Health and Human Services; and
  • 4. Incorporates from the existing law, which was repealed in the amendment, regarding nondegradable food and beverage containers certain definitions, a penalty provision and a prohibition on the use of plastic beverage stirrers by food establishments providing or serving beverages at a facility or function of the State or of a political subdivision.


Amendment H-55
This amendment replaces the term food establishment with the term covered establishment.

LD 289 Chaptered Law
LD 289 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 349 An Act To Extend the Refundability of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit to Students in the Behavioral Health Field Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 349
This bill provides that students receiving bachelor's degrees or associate degrees in a behavioral health field are entitled to a refundable income tax credit for certain education loans in the same manner as students receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

LD 363 An Act To Protect Residents of Assisted Living Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 363
This bill requires nursing facilities and assisted living and residential care facilities that provide services to a person who requires assistance with activities of daily living to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator in the event of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest unless the person has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate. It requires those facilities to store the necessary equipment to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator. It requires those facilities to provide training to their employees on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator. The bill also directs those facilities to establish a process for quickly determining in the event of a medical emergency whether an individual residing in the facility has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate.

LD 414 An Act To Provide Intensive Case Managers to Counties That Do Not Have County Jails or Regional Jails Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-196, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 414
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to create additional intensive case manager positions so that counties that do not have a county jail or regional jail will have an intensive case manager. An intensive case manager oversees persons who are detained by a law enforcement officer and who have intellectual disabilities or mental health conditions or have misused substances and connects them to the services for which they qualify, works with the court system to ensure that they receive due process and speedy trials and assists persons who qualify for the MaineCare program to apply for and receive MaineCare benefits and services while being detained or incarcerated, including during the implementation of diversion and reentry plans.

Amendment H-196
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It provides funding for 4 additional Intensive Case Manager positions in the Department of Health and Human Services.

LD 414 Amendment H-196 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, Tabled in the House pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 441 An Act To Reduce Childhood Exposure to Harmful Ultraviolet Radiation by Allowing Students To Use Sunscreen in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-14, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 441
This bill allows public school students to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without prior authorization from a parent or legal guardian or a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional.

Amendment S-14
This amendment directs the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules authorizing students who attend public school to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional if the product is regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of limiting skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.

LD 441 Chaptered Law
LD 441 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 473 An Act To Allow Flexibility in Residential Rental Agreements Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019
LD 473
This bill repeals the limit on security deposits on residential rental units.

LD 510 An Act To Authorize Funding for Transitional Housing for Women Veterans and Their Families Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-118, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 510
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management for the Betsy Ann Ross House of Hope to provide suitable housing for women veterans in transition and their families.

Amendment H-118
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and moves the appropriation to the current fiscal year.

LD 510 Amendment H-118 fiscal note
LD 599 An Act To Ensure Fair Access and Pricing for Residents Who Use the Maine State Ferry Service Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 4, 2020
LD 599
This bill requires that state support to the Marine Highway account must fund 100% of the capital and operating costs of the Maine State Ferry Service. It also requires the Department of Transportation to establish, by rule, ferry tolls separately for each route of travel and to adopt no later than November 1, 2019 the toll rates that were in effect on May 20, 2018.

LD 620 An Act Regarding Licensing of Land-based Aquaculture Facilities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 620
This bill amends the law allowing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to refuse to issue a land-based aquaculture license, or revoke an existing license, when the aquaculture activity presents an unreasonable risk to indigenous marine or freshwater life or its environment and specifies that the activity is either alone in the use of a body of water in combination with the aquaculture activity of any other land-based aquaculture operations using the same body of water.

LD 671 Resolve, To Require Professional Licensure for Home Inspectors Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-223, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 671
This bill requires that all property inspectors be licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The bill also directs the department to adopt rules to establish standards and procedures for licensure.

Amendment H-223
This amendment replaces the bill, which requires licensure of home inspectors, with a resolve that requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct a sunrise review assessment. The amendment requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business and allows the committee to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 671 Chaptered Law
LD 671 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 723 An Act To Enhance Resource Management of Submerged Lands beneath Impounded Waters Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 723
This bill provides that all lands beneath the mean low-water mark of waters impounded prior to January 1, 1997 are state-owned submerged lands held in trust for the benefit of the people of Maine.

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, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-430, adopted House amendment H-541, and engrossed LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-541. Under suspension of the rules, the House reconsidered adoption of amendment H-541, indefinitely postponed amendment H-541, adopted House amendment H-675, and engrossed LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-675. The Senate receded and concurred in engrossing LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-675, tabled in the House pending final passage, March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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-675
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the words "acquire," "process," "prepare" and "preserve" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food;
  • 2. Removing language limiting the methods of acquisition of food to hunting, gathering, foraging, farming, fishing and gardening and obtaining seeds by barter, trade or purchase;
  • 3. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, malnutrition, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 4. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to commit trespassing, theft, poaching or other abuses of private property rights, public lands or natural resources in the harvesting, production or acquisition of food; and
  • 5. Changing the question to reflect the changes made by this amendment.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-675 fiscal note
LD 797 An Act To Limit Greenhouse Gas Pollution and Effectively Use Maine's Natural Resources Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 797
This bill provides that by January 1, 2050 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels.

LD 810 An Act To Require Background Checks for All Private Firearm Sales or Transfers Except between Family Members Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 810
This bill allows the transfer or sale of a firearm between 2 individuals who are not licensed as firearm dealers if the person to whom the firearm is being transferred submits to a background check conducted by a licensed firearm dealer; the dealer must conduct a background check and complete the sale or transfer as though selling or transferring the dealer's own inventory. This bill does not restrict transfers to a family member, which is broadly defined to include a spouse, domestic partner, intimate partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, stepchild, stepparent, niece, nephew, first cousin, aunt, uncle and in-law; temporary transfers between persons who are hunting or sport shooting together; transfers done for emergency self-defense; the transfer of an antique weapon or curio; a transfer involving a law enforcement officer or agency, member of the military or licensed security guard; or a transfer that occurs by operation of law upon a person's death.

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
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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, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 879 An Act To Decrease the Risk of the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Plants Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 879
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to develop a risk assessment tool to evaluate the economic and environmental risks associated with public access, including the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments, on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants. It requires the commissioner to utilize the risk assessment tool before the issuance of permits for fishing derbies and tournaments and when making decisions regarding public access on public waters with documented invasive aquatic plants.

LD 892 Resolve, To Require the Examination of Alternatives to the Service Provider Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-289, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 892
This bill repeals the service provider tax for so-called MaineCare Appendix C private nonmedical institutions, which are residential care facilities maintained wholly or partly for the purpose of providing residents with medical and remedial treatment services. The service provider tax continues to apply to private nonmedical institution services that are provided by MaineCare Appendix B, D, E or F private nonmedical institutions.

Amendment S-289
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and other state agencies that the departments determine should be included to examine the service provider tax and alternatives to the tax and submit a report on their findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by March 1, 2020. The committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 892 Chaptered Law
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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, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 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
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LD 1033 An Act To Protect Children from Accidental Injury Due to Unsafe Storage of Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1033
This bill requires that firearms kept in a place where children reside or receive child care services or where persons prohibited from possessing firearms reside be secured in a locked container or with tamper-resistant devices that prevent them from being discharged. It excludes antique firearms from this requirement. A fine is provided for violation of the requirement, and a violation is evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any criminal or civil case if injury or death was the result of the violation.

LD 1063 An Act To Support the Role of Municipalities in Expanding Broadband Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-110, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1063
This bill recognizes broadband Internet as a public necessity. It designates a community broadband system or part of that system as a revenue-producing municipal facility. It allows a municipality to construct, maintain and operate a municipal or multimunicipal system composed of infrastructure capable of being utilized by communications service providers for the provision of communications services. The bill prohibits a municipality from providing retail communications services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities. The bill exempts community broadband systems from taxation.

Amendment H-110
This amendment removes the provision in the bill that prohibits a municipality from providing retail communication services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities.

LD 1063 Chaptered Law
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LD 1080 Resolve, Regarding Biofuel in Number 2 Heating Oil (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-148, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1080
This resolve directs the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to oversee a study of and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources on the feasibility of setting a requirement for the percentage of biofuel to be used in #2 heating oil.

Amendment H-148
This amendment changes the title of the resolve and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It broadens the scope of the study to include #6 heating oil and kerosene in addition to #2 heating oil.
  • 2. It requires consultation with additional state agencies in the development of the study report.
  • 3. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.
  • 4. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1080 Amendment H-148 fiscal note
LD 1115 An Act To Create Fairness in the Redemption of Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1115
This bill amends the bottle redemption laws to require a dealer to accept from a consumer or other person and to pay the refund value on any beverage container that was sold by the dealer if no approved bottle redemption centers are located within 5 miles from the property line of the dealer. Subject to prior approval of the Department of Environmental Protection, a dealer shall affix to the beverage containers it sells a sticker or similar device indicating that the beverage container is sold by the dealer and may refuse to accept from a consumer or other person and to pay the refund value on any beverage container that does not have the sticker or similar device affixed to it. A dealer may also limit the hours or days on which it accepts beverage containers for redemption.

Under the bottle redemption laws, a dealer is a person who sells, offers to sell or engages in the sale of beverages in beverage containers to a consumer, and a dealer may, but is not currently required to, accept from a consumer or other person and pay the refund value on any beverage container.

LD 1170 An Act To Raise the Floor of State Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1170
This bill changes the formula for determining the minimum state allocation for a school administrative unit to be the unit's total cost of education, as adjusted, multiplied by 15% or the unit's special education costs, as adjusted, whichever is greater. This bill also guarantees a member municipality a minimum state contribution of 15% of the municipality's total cost of education, as adjusted, and requires the funds to be paid to the school administrative unit and deducted from the municipality's required contribution.

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 1174 An Act To Facilitate Remote Learning during School Cancellations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1174
This bill allows a school to receive credit for a school day that is cancelled due to weather or another emergency reason if the students of the school receive adequate online instruction or alternative method for students without the technical capability to participate in online instruction pursuant to a plan agreed upon and adopted by the school board and the superintendent of the school administrative unit of the school. The school administrative unit is directed to forward the plan to the Department of Education, which may make recommendations on the plan. The school administrative unit is not required to implement a recommendation concerning the plan made by the department.

LD 1176 An Act Regarding Caretakers of Ancient Burying Grounds and Access to Ancient Burying Grounds Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1176
This bill allows a descendant of an individual or a veteran buried in an ancient or public burying ground to appoint a caretaker to maintain the burying ground when the municipality is unable to care for the burying ground or to appoint a caretaker.

LD 1181 An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1181
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.

The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.

The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.

The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.

Amendment H-431
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.

  • 1. It requires the Public Advocate to contract with a person or entity to serve as the nonwires alternative coordinator.
  • 2. It provides that funding of the contracted services of the nonwires alternative coordinator is provided through a special assessment on investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities.
  • 3. It adjusts the salary range of the Special Assistant to the Public Advocate from range 20 to range 25.
  • 4. It amends the definition of "transmission project" to cover projects expected to cost in excess of $5,000,000, rather than those in excess of $20,000,000 as in current law.
  • 5. It amends the provisions relating to transmission lines and transmission projects subject to investigation of nonwires alternatives in several ways. It limits the requirement for a nonwires alternative investigation to apply to transmission lines and projects proposed by investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than transmission and distribution utilities in general. It also adds a category of small transmission and distribution projects subject to nonwires alternatives investigation.
  • 6. It establishes cost-effectiveness as the analytical framework and standard for the investigation of nonwires alternatives for all types of projects and requires a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate cost-effectiveness. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to develop and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of nonwires alternatives and a proposed plan for procurement of nonwires alternatives.
  • 7. It requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to submit annually to the Office of the Public Advocate a planning study for small transmission and distribution projects.
  • 8. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to provide recommendations to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities for nonwires alternatives to small transmission projects and distribution projects and requires the coordinator and the utility to attempt to reach a good faith agreement on the adoption of nonwires alternatives. If no agreement is reached, the utility is required to petition the Public Utilities Commission to resolve the dispute.
  • 9. It includes provisions regarding procurement of nonwires alternatives. These provisions require a transmission and distribution utility to contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the customer side of the meter and require the commission to determine the entity, which may be the utility or a 3rd party, to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the grid side of the meter.
  • 10. It provides that a transmission and distribution utility's prudently incurred costs to deliver nonwires alternatives are recoverable in rates.
  • 11. It adds a provision to reference the activities of the nonwires alternative coordinator in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act regarding coordination with activities and programs of state agencies and authorities.
  • 12. It makes changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy and establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State.


LD 1181 Chaptered Law
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LD 1187 An Act To Apply the Same Auditing Standards to All Legislative Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-313, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1187
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to conduct random audits of political action committees that are required to file campaign finance reports with the commission and candidates for state office, including candidates for Governor, State Senator, State Representative and presidential elector. The bill directs the commission to adopt rules to implement this requirement. The rules must direct the commission to audit an equal percentage of candidates for state office who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates, candidates for state office who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates and political action committees. The rules must also establish standard auditing requirements to be applied to each candidate and political action committee.

Amendment H-313
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and title. Under current practice, the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices uses funding from the Maine Clean Election Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 1124 to contract with independent auditors to conduct random post-election audits of 20% of the legislative candidates who are certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates. The amendment provides an ongoing General Fund appropriation to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to contract with independent auditors to conduct random post-election audits of 20% of legislative candidates who are not certified as Maine Clean Election Act candidates.

LD 1187 Amendment H-313 fiscal note
LD 1206 An Act To Improve Aboveground Utilities' Responsiveness to Public Interests Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1206
This bill provides specific authority to a municipality or other applicable licensing authority to manage public rights-of-way, to issue licenses or permits for the use of those rights-of-way by utilities such as wireless telecommunications service providers and cable television systems and to charge a fee for the license or permit. A municipality or applicable licensing authority may order a utility to alter, remove or relocate its facilities. A utility that fails to comply with a written order of a municipality to alter, remove or relocate the utility's facilities is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per day for each day the utility remains in violation of the order of the municipality.

LD 1206 Chaptered Law
LD 1206 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 1235 An Act To Increase Safety in Health Care Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1235
Under current law, hospitals are required to annually adopt a safety and security plan to protect patients, visitors and employees of the hospital from aggressive and violent behavior. This bill extends that requirement to all health care facilities.

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
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LD 1260 An Act Regarding Short-term, Limited-duration Health Plans Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-476, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1260
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period. The bill prohibits an insurer from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion on a short-term, limited-duration policy.

The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

The bill prohibits the issuance of a policy without prior approval from the Superintendent of Insurance.

The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-476
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

  • 1. It limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that ends on December 31st of the calendar year in which they are issued and allows an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker to issue a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy only if the combined term of the new policy and all prior policies does not exceed 24 months and as long as the individual has not been covered under any short-term, limited-duration policy for at least 12 months prior to the issuance of a policy.
  • 2. It requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies, a summary of plan benefits, limits and exclusions in a standardized format, information about the circumstances in which covered benefits may be subject to balance billing and examples of how charges may be applied toward any cost sharing under the policy and billed to the individual policyholder, and a comparison of the short-term, limited-duration policy to a qualified health plan in the terms, benefits and conditions of the policy, any exclusions, medical loss ratio requirements or the provisions of guaranteed renewal and continuity of coverage. It also requires an insurer to make the documents and information required to be disclosed to be made available on the insurer's publicly accessible website.
  • 3. It prohibits a short-term, limited-duration policy from being actively marketed or sold during any open enrollment period except for a policy that terminates coverage on December 31st.
  • 4. It restricts the sale of short-term, limited-duration policies to in-person encounters with an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker.
  • 5. It requires that an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker, upon offering an individual short-term, limited-duration policy for purchase, assess an individual making an application for eligibility for an advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction for coverage under a qualified health plan purchased on the exchange pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide an estimate of the cost for coverage under a qualified health plan after applying any advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction.
  • 6. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to issue, no later than 30 days following the effective date of this legislation, a bulletin related to short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies describing the statutory requirements for the policies, including the requirements enacted in this legislation and the required mandated benefits applicable to all short-term, limited-duration policies.
  • 7. It makes the requirements of this legislation apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.


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LD 1287 An Act To Protect the Penobscot River and Penobscot Bay from Mercury Contamination Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1287
This bill requires dredging in the Penobscot River south of the former HoltraChem Manufacturing Company site in the Town of Orrington and in Penobscot Bay north of the southern tip of Islesboro Island to comply with certain sampling requirements prior to being permitted under the Natural Resources Protection Act.

LD 1299 An Act To Incentivize Municipalities, State Agencies, Colleges and Universities To Use Electric Vehicles Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1299
This bill requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to develop a program to provide grants to municipalities, state agencies, colleges and universities to support the purchase of charging stations for electric vehicles and the purchase of electric vehicles.

LD 1336 Resolve, Directing the Governor To Renominate Penobscot Bay for Inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1336
This resolve directs the Governor to renominate Penobscot Bay for inclusion in the United States Environmental Protection Agency National Estuary Program.

LD 1347 An Act To Promote High-quality After-school Programs in Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the provisions in law regarding high-quality after-school programs under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 318. Currently, funds to provide high-quality after-school programs are provided by the After-school Program Fund, which receives a substantial amount of funding from the Federal Government that may be terminated or no longer available in the coming years. This bill proposes to seek new funding for the After-school Program Fund and to increase the quality of the after-school programs, including requiring matching funds from the schools that receive the funds and to make grants from the fund competitive. An after-school program that is a recipient of funding from the fund must have as measurable outcomes for the students academic improvement, social emotional learning and family engagement. Criteria for competitive grants would seek to improve or raise the quality of after-school programs by giving preference to schools that would collaborate with and leverage existing community resources that have demonstrated effectiveness, engage in outreach to children and youth and involve local governments, including parks and recreation departments and other schools.

LD 1364 An Act Regarding Net Neutrality and Internet Policy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-301 and Senate amendment S-257, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1364
This bill prohibits a state agency or instrumentality from committing state funds in a manner that the agency or instrumentality knows would result in a direct payment to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees in writing to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, adopted on February 26, 2015, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment H-301
The amendment narrows the scope and application of the prohibition in the bill regarding committing state funds for payment to an Internet service provider. The amendment prohibits an agency, department or instrumentality of the State from committing state funds to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees to provide net neutral service in the provision of Internet service directly to the state entity or the provision of service across advanced communications infrastructure constructed with the use of state funds. The amendment defines "net neutral service" as Internet service provided without engaging in any of the following: blocking of lawful content, applications, services or devices; throttling; or paid prioritization. The amendment removes the requirement in the bill that prohibits the commitment of state funds to an Internet service provider unless that provider agrees, in providing any service, to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment S-257
This amendment defines and uses the term "broadband Internet access service," which is the term the Federal Communications Commission uses in its net neutrality order, to refer to Internet services. The amendment modifies the definitions of the terms "paid prioritization" and "throttling" to be consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order. The amendment also clarifies that net neutrality continues to allow Internet service providers, consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order, to address copyright infringement or other illegal activity and to address the needs of public safety and law enforcement as permitted by law or the provider's ability to do so. This amendment incorporates the provisions of House Amendment H-342 to Committee Amendment H-301. (Site editor's note: the provision from amendment H-342 that is incorporated is the definition of "reasonable network management practices". In addition to prohibitions on throttling and paid prioritization, the bill prohibits "blocking of lawful content, applications, services or devices subject to reasonable network management practices;" a "reasonable network management practice" is defined as a practice that has a primarily technical network management justification and is primarily used for and tailored to achieving a legitimate network management purpose, taking into account the particular network architecture and technology of the Internet service. "Reasonable network management practice" does not include other business practices.)

LD 1364 Chaptered Law
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LD 1365 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Election of the Governor by Majority Vote Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1365
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the Governor be elected by majority vote.

LD 1398 An Act To Allow the Efficiency Maine Trust To Provide Support for New Home Construction Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1398
This bill provides that the Efficiency Maine Trust must ensure that conservation programs for residential consumers provide support for energy efficiency or conservation measures in new homes not just in retrofits or improvements of existing homes.

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 placed on hold, July 2, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk January 8, 2020 via the Joint Order HP 1414, Tabled in the House, January 14, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 1464 An Act To Support Electrification of Certain Technologies for the Benefit of Maine Consumers and Utility Systems and the Environment Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-477, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1464
This bill:
  • 1. Amends provisions in the law regarding the conservation programs of the Efficiency Maine Trust by clarifying that conservation programs seek to increase the efficiency with which electricity is used and defining "beneficial electrification" as the electrification of a technology that would otherwise require energy from a fossil fuel that provides a benefit to a utility, a ratepayer or the environment by improving the efficiency of the electricity grid or reducing consumer costs or emissions, including carbon emissions;
  • 2. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to conduct a study regarding the barriers to beneficial electrification of the transportation and heating sectors in the State; and
  • 3. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to issue a request for proposals from utilities and entities that are not utilities to conduct a pilot program to support beneficial electrification of the transportation sector of the State.


Amendment H-477
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the definition of "beneficial electrification."
  • 2. It clarifies that the Efficiency Maine Trust must conduct the study of barriers to beneficial electrification in consultation with stakeholders, rather than in coordination with the Public Utilities Commission, and specifies that the commission is required to facilitate the trust's access to information the trust requests from electric and gas utilities.
  • 3. It changes certain dates in the bill regarding the timeline for the study of beneficial electrification by the Efficiency Maine Trust and for pilot program proposals to implement beneficial electrification in the transportation sector administered by the Public Utilities Commission.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify the review and selection of proposals for a pilot program for beneficial electrification in the transportation sector.


LD 1464 Chaptered Law
LD 1464 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1563 An Act To Encourage the Development of Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Amended by Committee amendment S-405 and Senate amendment S-443, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1563
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish the Maine Broadband Initiative to encourage, promote, stimulate, invest in and support universal high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the State. The bill would also establish the Maine Broadband Initiative Fund to provide ongoing funding for high-speed broadband through funding sources that would be identified in the bill.

Amendment S-405
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment does the following:

  • 1. Renames the ConnectME Authority the ConnectMaine Authority in the Maine Revised Statutes;
  • 2. Amends the law governing collection of data by the ConnectMaine Authority to require, rather than permit, certain data collection and to specify the purposes for which data may be required. It also specifies that the authority may initiate a proceeding to determine whether to remove confidential designation of specific information;
  • 3. Repeals the broadband sustainability fee;
  • 4. Amends the law regarding broadband plans funded by broadband planning grants to remove the requirement that the plans include certain elements, instead allowing these elements to be included; and
  • 5. Requires the authority to initiate rulemaking within 90 days of the effective date of the Act to implement the provisions of the Act.


Amendment S-443
Under current law, data that communication service providers and certain wireless providers are required to provide to the ConnectME Authority may be designated as confidential information by an order of the authority and not subject to the Freedom of Access Act. This amendment instead designates all data provided to the authority as confidential and, like the committee amendment, allows the authority to remove that confidential designation following a proceeding to determine whether to remove the confidential designation of specific information.

LD 1563 Chaptered Law
LD 1563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1588 An Act To Create a Registration Process and Permits for Vacation Rentals (By request) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1588
Current law exempts private homes, when not more than 5 rooms are let in that home, and cottages and rooms, when not more than 3 rooms or cottages are let, from licensing as a lodging place. This bill retains that exemption from licensing for such places, but considers them vacation rentals and requires the owner of a vacation rental to register the vacation rental with the Department of Health and Human Services and obtain a permit. The permit is issued on an annual basis for a fee of no more than $50. The department is required to establish and maintain a vacation rental registry. A vacation rental is defined in current law as a residential property that is rented for vacation, leisure or recreation purposes for a day, a week or a month, and typically under 30 days but not for more than an entire summer or winter season, to a person who has a place of permanent residence to which the person intends to return.

This bill also makes nonsubstantive grammatical changes to reflect current drafting standards.

LD 1614 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-433, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1614
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry.

Amendment H-433
This amendment makes the following changes to the resolve:
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry from 13 to 14, adding the Public Advocate or the Public Advocate's designee as a member, and requires one of the public members appointed by the President of the Senate to be from the northern part of the State;
  • 2. It removes the limitation that the members representing energy storage owners specifically represent battery storage owners;
  • 3. It amends the duties of the commission to include a review of economically efficient and effective implementation approaches to energy storage targets and consideration of bring-your-own-device programs and storm outage and response management programs for behind-the-meter energy storage to reduce peak reduction and increase resiliency;
  • 4. It removes certain language regarding invited staff support from state agencies; and
  • 5. It directs the commission to submit its report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.


LD 1614 Chaptered Law
LD 1614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1634 An Act To Create the Maine Clean Energy Fund and To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Capitalize the Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, House tabled pending acceptance of Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-730 March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1634
This bill creates the Maine Clean Energy Fund within and with oversight from the Efficiency Maine Trust to support the development of renewable and clean energy technologies and infrastructure through providing financing support including loans, loan guarantees and other financial and risk mitigation products. The fund is administered by a 9-member board of directors consisting of certain government officials and members of the public appointed by the Governor.

This bill also provides for a bond issue in the amount of $100,000,000 to be used to capitalize the Maine Clean Energy Fund.

Amendment 730
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Maine Climate Council, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 577-A, directly or through one of its working groups to:
  • 1. Research, evaluate and identify the level and types of investment in clean energy technology and infrastructure necessary to achieve the State's goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and for the increased consumption of electricity from renewable resources;
  • 2. Examine and make policy recommendations regarding funding options, capital requirements and effective financing tools and strategies to support the level and types of investment identified; and
  • 3. Report on its activities, findings and recommendations in the update of the state climate action plan due December 1, 2020 pursuant to Title 38, section 577, subsection 1.


LD 1634 Amendment 730 fiscal note
LD 1646 An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1646
This bill creates the Maine Power Delivery Authority as a consumer-owned utility to acquire and operate all transmission and distribution systems in the State currently operated by the investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities known as Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.

LD 1683 An Act To Clarify the Definitions of Consumer-owned Utilities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-478, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1683
This bill amends the definition of consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility to clarify that the utility must be wholly owned by consumers who reside in the service territory of the utility and that any municipal or quasi-municipal ownership must be of a municipality or quasi-municipal entity located in the State.

Amendment H-478
This amendment amends the definition of "consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility" in the bill. The amendment specifies that a consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility is wholly owned by its consumers, including its consumers served by the utility in this State. The amendment also adds a provision to amend the definition of "consumer-owned water utility" in the same way and makes other clarifying changes to the language in the bill.

LD 1683 Chaptered Law
LD 1683 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1750 An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, House accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-741, March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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.

Amendment H-741
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill and provides that, beginning January 1, 2022, a person may not sell or offer for sale in the State any of the following new products that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2022 and that were prohibited from sale in the State of California under its appliance efficiency regulations, as those regulations were in effect on January 1, 2020: computers and computer monitors; general service lamps; commercial hot food holding cabinets; plumbing fittings that are showerheads, lavatory faucets, kitchen faucets, public lavatory faucets, metering faucets, kitchen replacement aerators and lavatory replacement aerators; plumbing fixtures that are water closets and urinals; portable electric spas; spray sprinkler bodies; and water dispensers.

The Governor's Energy Office is required to enforce this prohibition, and fines for a violation of the prohibition are specified. The office is authorized to enter into a memorandum of understanding or other formalized agreement with the Efficiency Maine Trust for the provision of technical assistance by the trust to consumers and businesses regarding this prohibition. The office is also required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy, utilities and technology matters describing any recent or anticipated changes to the California appliance efficiency regulations and including recommendations as to whether, based on such changes or for other specified reasons, the state provision requires amendment.

The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1750 Amendment H-741 fiscal note
LD 1855 An Act To Include Student Absences for Mental Health or Behavioral Health Needs as Excusable Absences Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-671, Enacted, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1855
Current law provides that a person's absence from school is excused when the absence is due to personal illness. This bill specifies that a person's absence is excused when the absence is due to reasons of personal health, including the person's mental and behavioral health

Amendment H-671
This amendment specifies that a person's absence from school is excused when the absence is due to reasons of physical health, as well as the person's mental and behavioral health.

LD 1855 Chaptered Law
LD 1855 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1870 An Act To Create the Maine Lighthouse Trust Registration Plate Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-394, and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Highway March 10, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1870
This bill creates the Maine Lighthouse Trust special registration plate to support lighthouse restoration and preservation efforts.

Amendment S-394
This amendment provides funding for the design and manufacture of the new Maine Lighthouse Trust license plate.

LD 1870 fiscal note
LD 1870 Amendment S-394 fiscal note
LD 1881 An Act Regarding Utility-related Fees Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, House accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-713, and engrossed March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1881
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to report annually to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over public utilities matters on any utility-related fees and penalties that have not been adjusted in the previous 5 years and to submit legislation to adjust each utility-related fee or penalty based on the Consumer Price Index. The commission is also required to submit legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to adjust all fees and penalties paid by public utilities based on the actuarially compounded Consumer Price Index for each fee or penalty since enactment.

The bill also requires the commission and the Public Advocate, beginning in 2021, to annually review their expenses relating to all consumer-owned public utilities and expenses relating to all investor-owned public utilities over the past year, determine the average regulatory cost per customer per year for all consumer-owned public utilities and all investor-owned public utilities in each utility industry and amend their rules or introduce legislation to address a significant discrepancy in the average regulatory costs.

Amendment H-713
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following:
  • 1. It requires the Public Utilities Commission and the Public Advocate, respectively, in calculating assessments charged to public utilities to apportion the assessment within each category of public utility, that is, transmission and distribution, gas, telephone and water, between investor-owned utilities and consumer-owned utilities based on an accounting of the portion of the commission's resources and the Public Advocate's resources, respectively, devoted to matters related to investor-owned utilities and the portion devoted to matters related to consumer-owned utilities.
  • 2. It requires the commission, in its annual report, to report on any filing fees or penalties collected from public utilities in the previous year that have not been adjusted in the previous 5 years and to provide draft legislation to adjust the dollar value of filing fees and penalties based on the actuarially compounded Consumer Price Index for each fee and penalty since the last adjustment.
  • 3. It requires the commission and the Public Advocate to report annually, beginning in 2021, on the portion of resources devoted to matters related to investor-owned utilities and the portion of resources devoted to matters related to consumer-owned utilities and on commission and Public Advocate expenses, respectively, per dollar of intrastate gross operating revenue for investor-owned utilities and consumer-owned utilities.
  • 4. It amends the law governing filing fees for reorganizations of utilities to authorize the commission to order a filing fee of up to .05% of the estimated total value of the reorganization and to require the commission to order payment of a filing fee equal to .05% of the estimated total value of the reorganization if a reorganization would result in the transfer of ownership and control of a public utility or the parent company of a public utility. Under current law the commission may charge a filing fee of up to $50,000 to an applicant seeking approval for a reorganization.
  • 5. It requires the commission to submit legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to adjust all fees and penalties paid by public utilities based on the actuarially compounded Consumer Price Index for each fee or penalty since enactment.


LD 1881 Amendment H-713 fiscal note
LD 1887 Resolve, To Reduce the Operational Costs of Ferries in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 18, 2020
LD 1887
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation, Maine State Ferry Service to seek alternative fuel sources for its ferry vessels, including electricity from renewable sources, in order to help reduce or control ongoing operational costs as well as to help the State meet its climate goals. It directs the Maine State Ferry Service to develop an evaluation process to compare the cost of fuel over the anticipated service life of a vessel powered by electricity and a vessel powered by fossil fuel to use as part of the new vessel procurement process.

The department is directed to perform a feasibility assessment to determine the costs and barriers associated with the use by the Maine State Ferry Service of ferry vessels powered by electricity instead of fossil fuel and to submit a report on its findings and the vessel evaluation process developed by the Maine State Ferry Service to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by July 31, 2020.

LD 1889 An Act To Protect the Products of Maine Farmers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-726, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1889
This bill allows the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish procedures for the return of inspected meat, meat products, poultry and poultry products that have been found to be not adulterated but misbranded to the livestock producer or poultry producer that delivered the meat, meat products, poultry or poultry products.

Amendment H-726
This amendment strikes the requirement in the bill that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry establish procedures for the return to the producer of inspected meat, meat products, poultry or poultry products that have been found to be misbranded but not found to be adulterated and instead requires the department to establish procedures for the disposition of these items.

LD 1889 Chaptered Law
LD 1889 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1898 An Act Regarding Property Taxes on Certain Energy Generation Projects Status: Referred to Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 17, 2020
LD 1898
This bill provides that, for property tax purposes, the State Tax Assessor determines the valuation of the property of an energy generation project that is located partially in the unorganized territory and partially in organized areas and apportions to the organized areas the portion of the project valuation located in each organized area. The valuation of an energy generation asset determined by the State Tax Assessor may not be considered captured assessed value for tax increment financing purposes, and an appeal of a valuation may be made to the State Board of Property Tax Review.

LD 1901 An Act To Amend the Laws Prohibiting the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-386, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 6, 2020
LD 1901
This bill simplifies the definition of "handheld electronic device" in recently enacted law prohibiting the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. It adds parking areas to the places where the use of mobile telephones and handheld electronic devices while driving is prohibited. It changes the penalty provisions to provide a fine of $50 for the first offense and $250 for a 2nd or subsequent offense.

Amendment S-386
This amendment removes parking areas from the places where using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited and restores the exemption for devices utilizing "push to talk" features from the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices.

LD 1901 Chaptered Law
LD 1901 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1934 An Act Regarding Prior Authorization for Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-751, Enacted, March 18, 2020
LD 1934
This bill prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from requiring under the MaineCare program prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for the prescription of at least one drug for each type of medication used in medication-assisted treatment, except that the department may not require prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for a pregnant woman.

Amendment H-751
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies that the prior authorization limitations in the bill apply to medication-assisted treatment and intensive outpatient therapy services for a diagnosis of opioid use disorder.
  • 2. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to require prior authorization under the MaineCare program when a dosage increase exceeds the department's dosing criteria as identified on the department's MaineCare preferred drug list.
  • 3. It authorizes the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the prior authorization limitations.
  • 4. It states that the prior authorization limitations must be applied in a manner that is not inconsistent with the requirements of the Medicaid drug rebate program.


LD 1934 Chaptered Law
LD 1934 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1938 An Act Concerning MaineCare Coverage for Donor Breast Milk Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-706, and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1938
This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for pasteurized donor breast milk provided to an infant if a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse signs an order stating that such milk is medically necessary and the infant is medically or physically unable to receive maternal breast milk or participate in breastfeeding or the infant's mother is medically or physically unable to produce maternal breast milk in quantities sufficient for the infant.

Amendment H-706
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill to change the criteria by which an infant receiving MaineCare benefits may receive pasteurized donor breast milk to be consistent with the current coverage of donor breast milk under the federal TRICARE program providing health insurance to uniformed service members and veterans and their families.

LD 1938 fiscal note
LD 1938 Amendment H-706 fiscal note
LD 1950 An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2020
LD 1950
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for palliative care. It also requires the department to adopt rules that support and standardize the delivery of palliative care in the State, including but not limited to strategies for the distribution of public educational documents and the distribution by health care providers of information regarding the availability of palliative care to patients. It also requires the department to consult with the Maine Hospice Council, the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council and other stakeholders when developing educational documents and rules related to palliative care.

LD 1952 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Provide Support Services for Military Members Transitioning to Civilian Life in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-687, and engrossed, House finally passed, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations March 10, 2020
LD 1952
This bill provides ongoing funding for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management to provide personalized and proactive support for active duty military members who are transitioning to civilian life in Maine and their families.

Amendment H-687
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve. The resolve directs the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services within the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, to establish a 2-year pilot project to conduct outreach and to provide support services for active duty military members who are transitioning to civilian life in the State and their families.

LD 1952 Amendment H-687 fiscal note
LD 1956 Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions (Emergency) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held February 26, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1956
This resolve establishes the Commission To Increase Housing Opportunities in Maine by Studying Zoning and Land Use Restrictions, which is a 10-member commission directed to review data on housing shortages in the State for low-income and middle-income households, state laws that affect the local regulation of housing and efforts in other states and municipalities to address housing shortages and to consider measures that would encourage increased housing options in the State. The commission must, no later than November 4, 2020, submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 1957 An Act To Provide Women Access to Affordable Postpartum Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-704, and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations March 12, 2020
LD 1957
This bill extends from 60 days to 12 months the period of time following delivery of a baby that a woman may be eligible for services under MaineCare.

Amendment H-704
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill to provide that the period of time following delivery of a baby for which a woman may be eligible for services under MaineCare is 6 months. The amendment directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver or state plan amendment request no later than January 1, 2021 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this legislation that extend MaineCare coverage to a woman following delivery of a baby from 60 days to 6 months. The department is required to take all reasonable and necessary steps to seek approval of the waiver or state plan amendment. In the event the waiver or state plan amendment is not granted, the department is directed to implement the coverage provisions using federal funds, if allowable, and then using the General Fund. Upon approval or denial of the waiver or state plan amendment, the department is directed to adopt rules no later than 180 days after the decision of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The department is required to report on a quarterly basis beginning April 1, 2021 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters its progress in seeking a waiver or state plan amendment until the decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been made. The committee is authorized to report out legislation related to each report.

LD 1957 Amendment H-704 fiscal note
LD 1958 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing To Include Adult Care Facilities and Services and Certain Child Care Facilities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-695, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 1958
This bill expands the permitted use of tax increment financing to include costs associated with certain adult care facilities and child care facilities; current law permits such use only for quality child care costs.

Amendment H-695
This amendment clarifies the definitions of "adult care facilities" and "child care facilities" as they pertain to project costs for purposes of tax increment financing.

LD 1958 Chaptered Law
LD 1958 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1973 An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Municipal Conservation Commissions Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 25, 2020
LD 1973
This bill makes several changes to the law that permits municipal officers to establish a conservation commission. It adds the requirement that the commissioners appoint a chair and a secretary. It allows municipal officers to appoint alternate commissioners when necessary to ensure a quorum for voting purposes. It allows the commission to establish ad hoc committees and to appoint members to those committees that are not members of the commission.

It changes the duties and powers of the commission to include developing an open area plan; assisting in drafting the municipality's comprehensive plan; advising any municipal reviewing authority in its deliberation related to effects on the municipality's environment and natural resources; educating community members; and developing and recommending to bodies politic a program for the better use of open areas.

It repeals the provision that addressed park commissions established under previous law.

LD 1973 fiscal note
LD 1980 An Act To Create Incentives for Employers To Allow Employees To Work Remotely in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held March 10, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1980
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create a tax credit for businesses that create positions that allow their employees to work remotely from their homes or somewhere else outside of their office or place of employment. The credit is directly connected to the number of remote positions created and filled. If a business eliminates a remote position, it would lose the tax credit corresponding to that position.

LD 2021 An Act To Provide Funding for Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-414, and engrossed, Tabled in the House pending acceptance of Majority report, March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2021
This bill appropriates $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the ConnectME Authority for the provision of broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.

Amendment S-414
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the program under the ConnectME Authority that receives the General Fund appropriation in the bill from the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund program to the Office of Broadband Development program.

LD 2021 fiscal note
LD 2021 Amendment S-414 fiscal note
LD 2044 An Act To Increase the Death Benefit for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and Emergency Medical Services Personnel Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-762, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2044
This bill increases the death benefit for a law enforcement officer, firefighter or emergency medical services person who has died while in the line of duty from $50,000 to $75,000 through June 30, 2021. For deaths occurring after June 30, 2021, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to adopt rules to annually calculate an increase in the death benefit based on the previous year's increase in the Consumer Price Index.

Amendment H-762


LD 2044 Chaptered Law
LD 2044 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2083 An Act To Require the Board of Pesticides Control To Annually Publish Certain Information Regarding Pesticides and To Prohibit Certain Uses of Neonicotinoids Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held February 20, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2083
This bill requires:
  • 1. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to annually publish a summary of the reports received during the previous calendar year from commercial applicators of pesticides. For each pesticide reported to the board, the board's annual summary must include information on the total quantity of pesticide applied and the total area treated in each county in the State; and
  • 2. The Board of Pesticides Control to prohibit the use of any product containing neonicotinoids for landscape gardening by certified applicators or limit the use of any product containing neonicotinoids if the board determines that use is necessary to protect the State. The bill also requires the board to adopt rules establishing restrictions for the use of products containing neonicotinoids.


LD 2096 An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-772 and House amendment H-778, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2096
This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

Amendment H-772
This amendment replaces the bill. Part A provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on an enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $35 per prescription for a 30-day supply of insulin. The requirements apply to all health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

Part B authorizes a pharmacist to dispense emergency refills of insulin and associated insulin-related supplies. The amendment requires that the insulin dispensed be in a quantity that is the lesser of a 30-day supply and the smallest available package. The amendment also requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules to establish adequate training requirements and protocols for dispensing insulin.

Amendment H-778
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 2096 Chaptered Law
LD 2096 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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