Representative W. Edward Crockett [Democrat]
Portland ~ District 43
Towns in District: part of Falmouth and part of PortlandWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce
✉ 128 Bramblewood Drive
Portland, Maine 04103
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|LD 587||An Act To Require Career Options Education for High School Students||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill makes career and education development a required one-semester course to receive a high school diploma.
|LD 1368||An Act To Require Postsecondary Institutions To Meet the Expected Family Contribution without Additional Loan Burdens for Students||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to require postsecondary institutions to meet the expected family contribution without additional loan burdens on students. The expected family contribution is an index number that postsecondary institutions use to determine how much financial aid a student would receive annually if the student were to attend that postsecondary institution. Included in financial aid packages are federal Stafford loans, which are fixed-rate student loans originated by the Federal Government. This bill is designed to limit exposure of a student's loan burden to federal Stafford loans only.
|LD 46||Resolve, To Establish the Cumberland County Jail Substance Use Disorder Rehabilitation Pilot Project||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-354, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding to create a substance use disorder clinic at the Cumberland County jail.
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides funding to the Department of Corrections to establish a 24-month pilot project at the Cumberland County jail to assist in the rehabilitation of individuals incarcerated or detained at the jail who need substance use disorder treatment. The pilot project must focus on the health of the individual and provide services that include counseling, medication-assisted treatment, education and employment opportunities and community service. The contract must include outcome measures for those who are no longer in the jail.
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LD 46 Amendment H-354 fiscal note
|LD 53||An Act To Clarify Local Referendum Ballots||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-41, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019|
This bill requires that municipal initiative and referendum questions be listed on election ballots using sequential capital letters of the alphabet rather than sequential numbers.
This amendment allows municipal officers to use sequential capital letters for municipal initiative and referendum questions, rather than requiring the use of sequential capital letters as in the bill. This amendment also clarifies that only the portion of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 906, subsection 7 regarding the required use of sequential numbers is not applicable to the provisions of this legislation.
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|LD 334||An Act To Change the Definition of "Renewable Capacity Resource"||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 13, 2019|
This bill aligns the definition of "renewable capacity resource" with that of "renewable resource" in the laws governing renewable energy by adding generators fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling to the definition of "renewable capacity resource."
|LD 397||Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Proposal To License Building Contractors, Insulation Installers and Energy Auditors (By request)||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019|
This bill requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct an assessment pursuant to the sunrise review requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, chapter 1-A, subchapter 2 of the licensing of building contractors, insulation installers and energy auditors. The bill requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce and allows the committee to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 419||An Act To Require a Minimum Salary of $50,000 for Public School Teachers||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill requires that the minimum salary of certified teachers in public schools be established at $50,000 for the school year starting after June 30, 2020.
|LD 433||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
|LD 461||An Act To Improve the Affordability of Higher Education||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019|
This bill provides additional funding to the Maine State Grant Program in the 2020-2021 biennium. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to expand the Maine State Grant Program to enable more low-income residents of the State to attend an institution of higher education within the State. It also requires the Finance Authority of Maine and the Department of Health and Human Services to jointly examine ways to maximize the delivery of federally funded support services to postsecondary students, including, but not limited to, the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program.
|LD 468||An Act To Require That the State Fund on an Ongoing Basis a Minimum of 50 Percent of the Costs Associated with Public Preschool Programs||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill requires the State to fund a minimum of 50% of the costs of eligible public preschool programs for each year the school administrative unit operates the eligible public preschool program, other than the year in which the school administrative unit receives start-up funds.
|LD 469||An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Funding for Upgrades of Learning Spaces and Other Projects Funded by the School Revolving Renovation Fund||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $50,000,000 in fiscal year 2020-21, will be used to provide funds to the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools to upgrade learning spaces in school buildings and make other necessary repairs.
|LD 470||An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-83, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The purpose of this bill is to provide students in Maine with traffic safety education from an early age with the goal of teaching students safe practices and respect for all users of the road in order to reduce the unacceptable number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and make Maine's roadways safer and more enjoyable for all users.
This bill requires all school administrative units to provide at least one hour annually of age-appropriate traffic safety education to students in grades 2 to 12. The traffic safety education program must provide, at a minimum, instruction on the use of public and private ways by pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators and on the laws and rules regarding that use. A school administrative unit may contract with a 3rd party to provide the traffic safety education.
|LD 666||An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-639, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019|
This bill provides that it is unlawful employment discrimination for an employer to fail to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee's pregnancy-related condition, unless provision of an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
This amendment clarifies the definition of "pregnancy-related condition" to provide that the limitation on the pregnant employee's ability to perform the functions of a job due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, must be known.
The amendment revises the description of unlawful employment discrimination to apply to an employer's failure to provide a reasonable accommodation after it has been requested. An exception to the reasonable accommodation requirement is based on the employer's demonstration that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of the employer.The amendment provides examples of reasonable accommodations.
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|LD 670||An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage for Large Employers||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill increases the minimum wage of the employees of employers employing 50 or more full-time employees to $13.00 on January 1, 2021, to $14.00 on January 1, 2022 and to $15.00 on January 1, 2023.
|LD 770||An Act To Provide for a Later Starting Time for High Schools||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019|
This bill requires that, by September 1, 2020, each school administrative unit ensure that its secondary schools' school days start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
|LD 773||An Act Regarding Secondary School Education Concerning Sexual Activity and Sexual Assault||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-266, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019|
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to review the content standards and performance indicators for the content area of health, physical education and wellness, including instruction on affirmative consent, communication and decision making regarding sexual activity and the effects of alcoholic drinks, stimulants and narcotics on the ability to give affirmative consent, communicate and make appropriate decisions, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year as part of the commissioner's 5-year review cycle of the content standards and performance indicators required under the system of learning results.
This amendment adds a mandate preamble.
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|LD 795||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
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.
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.
This amendment amends the bill by:
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LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
|LD 847||An Act To Ensure Persons with Disabilities Have Access to Public Rest Rooms||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-640, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019|
This bill provides that single-occupancy bathrooms in existing buildings for use by the general public may not be designated as gender specific. It also requires that new construction of buildings for use by the general public include the construction of single-occupancy bathrooms that meet the standards of construction for new buildings and the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The bathrooms may not be designated as gender specific; the purpose of this provision is to ensure that a person with a disability using the bathroom may be assisted by an attendant of a different gender.
This amendment strikes the bill and instead provides that after January 1, 2020, new construction of public buildings must include single-occupancy toilet facilities that meet the accessibility requirements established in the Maine Human Rights Act, if the new construction has a maximum occupant capacity exceeding 100 individuals. For example, after January 1, 2020, a restaurant that seats at least 101 individuals is subject to the single-occupancy toilet facilities requirement.
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|LD 856||An Act To Give Probate Judges Latitude in Permitting Visitation by Grandparents||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill authorizes a court to award a grandparent reasonable rights of visitation or access to a minor child regardless of objections the parents or legal guardians may have concerning the award of rights of visitation or access.
|LD 859||An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.
|LD 872||An Act To Forgive Education Debt for Certain Health Care Professionals Who Work in the State||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill creates the Health Care Professional Education Loan Repayment Program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to repay the education debt of certain health care professionals who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay 20% of the education debt or $25,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $125,000 for a health care professional who is not employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area and 20% of the education debt or $30,000, whichever is lower, for each year of participation in the program up to a total of $150,000 for a health care professional who is employed in a federally designated health professional shortage area. The program is contingent on funding from the proceeds from the renewal of the contract for the operations of the State's wholesale spirits business.
|LD 910||An Act To Establish as a Priority the Interests of Maine Farmers, Growers and Food Producers||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to require that when the State makes decisions regarding its purchasing of food, the State must consider as a priority in its decision making the interests of Maine farmers, growers and food producers.
|LD 1003||An Act To Ensure Accurate Explanations of Electric Bills||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-101, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019|
This bill requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to obtain the approval of the Public Utilities Commission before providing information explaining electricity rate components to a customer. The bill requires the commission to ensure that the information provided to a customer accurately reflects the overall rate structure and cost components for the supply and delivery of electricity. The bill also requires the commission to receive input from the Public Advocate and other interested parties before approving or disapproving any written information provided by an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to a customer.
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules to do the following:
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|LD 1025||An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019|
This bill does the following.
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.
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|LD 1107||An Act To Promote Workforce Development and Community Integration||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish an immigrant workforce development council and, after consultation with the council, to distribute funds through a competitive process to entities that promote integration of immigrants into the workforce and community. The bill also provides funds to support integration of immigrants into the workforce and community.
|LD 1171||An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1201||An Act To Create a Low-barrier, Permanent Housing Rental Subsidy for Individuals in the State Experiencing Long-term Homelessness||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill establishes a rental subsidy program within the Maine State Housing Authority for persons experiencing long-term homelessness. The rental subsidy program provides a rental subsidy and housing retention services to a person eligible for the program.
|LD 1202||Resolve, To Develop a Plan To Improve Service Delivery to Individuals Receiving Medicaid Home and Community-based Services||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to review the Medicaid home and community-based settings rules, review past efforts by the State to come into compliance with those rules and make recommendations about how to bring the State into compliance and recommendations on necessary statutory and regulatory changes. The department is required to submit a report by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.
|LD 1334||An Act To Rename the Maine International Trade Center the Maine Trade Center and To Establish within the Center International and Domestic Export Branches||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill changes the name of the Maine International Trade Center to the Maine Trade Center and directs the center to establish international and domestic export branches within the center.
|LD 1366||An Act To Require Information Regarding Implied Warranties When Offering an Extended Warranty at the Point of Sale||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill requires a seller that offers an extended warranty on goods at the point of sale to inform the buyer of the implied warranty provisions under state law by stating: "Maine's implied warranty law covers most consumer goods for up to 4 years as long as the item is seriously defective and not simply worn out."
|LD 1376||An Act To Direct the Department of Education To Amend Its Rules To Ensure That Physical Restraint and Seclusion Policies Are Followed and Make Biennial Reports on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-617, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Department of Education to amend its rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty to include concepts from and references to the department's rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion.
It directs schools to make annual reports to the department regarding incidents of physical restraint and seclusion and directs the Commissioner of Education to report biennially to the Governor and the Legislature on data regarding the use of physical restraint and seclusion.
The amendment also directs the Department of Education to, by rule, develop and implement a performance review system to define and monitor all schools' use of physical restraint and seclusion.
The amendment also requires the Department of Education to submit major substantive rules by December 5, 2019, provide guidance to schools regarding these rules and submit a plan by January 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on professional development opportunities to promote preventive practice models that will reduce dependence on physical restraint and seclusion.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.This amendment also incorporates a fiscal note. The fiscal note identifies the requirement that school administrative units break down the aggregate data by grade level or age group, gender, race and type of plan as a potential unfunded state mandate. Because schools are already required to collect this data pursuant to department rule Chapter 33: Rule Governing Physical Restraint and Seclusion, the committee finds this additional requirement does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures.
LD 1376 Amendment H-617 fiscal note
|LD 1445||An Act To Provide Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill establishes the Debt-free Educational Opportunities for Maine Residents program. The bill requires, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20, the Finance Authority of Maine to provide eligible Maine residents a grant in the amount of the cost of tuition and other expenses related to the cost of attendance at an eligible school, including the cost of room and board, books, supplies and fees, charged to a student enrolled in courses leading to completion of an eligible program of study on at least a part-time basis at a public institution of higher education in the State in which the student is enrolled, less all other gift aid. An eligible program of study means a curriculum leading to a baccalaureate degree, associate degree or certificate. An eligible full-time or part-time student may receive a grant for one academic year and may receive grants for the equivalent of a 4-year baccalaureate program at the eligible school the student is attending.
|LD 1530||An Act To Expand Incentives To Live and Work in Maine through a Tax Credit for Certain Student Loans||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019|
This bill provides an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for individuals for certain student loan payments made during the tax year if the individuals were first employed in Maine on or after January 1, 2020. The credit is equal to the lesser of 50% of the loan payments actually made and 50% of income tax liability in the first year in which the credit is claimed declining to 10% of income tax liability in the 5th and final year in which the credit is claimed. The credit may not exceed 50% of the individual's outstanding student loan debt and may not be claimed if the individual claims the credit for educational opportunity.