Representative Billy Bob Faulkingham [Republican]
Winter Harbor ~ District 136
Towns in District: Gouldsboro, Hancock, Mariaville, Osborn, Sorrento, Steuben, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor, Fletchers Landing Township and part of East HancockWould be term limited: 2026
♦ Marine Resources (Ranking Republican)
✉ P.O. Box 121
Winter Harbor, Maine 04693
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|LD 675||An Act To Provide Equity in the Lobster Promotion License Surcharge||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill amends the provisions regarding surcharges on lobster and crab fishing licenses that fund the Lobster Promotion Fund by replacing the current 3-tiered structure for promotion surcharges on the 3 classes of lobster and crab fishing licenses with a single promotion surcharge of $310 for all 3 classes of license
|LD 676||An Act To Allow a Class III Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holder To Engage More Crew Members||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-287, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019|
This bill eliminates the Class I, Class II and Class III lobster and crab fishing licenses and replaces them with single and crew lobster and crab fishing licenses. It also specifies that a crew lobster and crab fishing license authorizes a license holder to engage an unlimited number of unlicensed crew members to assist in the licensed activities allowed by the crew lobster and crab fishing license.
This amendment replaces the title and the bill. It increases from 2 to 4 the number of unlicensed crew members a Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder may engage to assist in licensed activities.
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|LD 677||An Act Regarding the Use of Seizure and Forfeitures by Law Enforcement||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill requires the establishment of a record and case tracking system and detailed reporting to the Commissioner of Public Safety when a law enforcement agency seizes, holds or disposes of property as a result of civil forfeiture provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15, section 5821 and the criminal forfeiture provisions of Title 15, section 5826. The bill provides that reported information is public information and for public access to that information through a website and mandates reports to the Legislature, Attorney General and Governor. The bill provides rulemaking for the Commissioner of Public Safety and auditing by the State Auditor, with a report from the State Auditor to the Commissioner of Public Safety. The provisions apply to law enforcement agencies, which are defined to include fire departments, that seize, hold or dispose of property as a result of an investigation and arrest carried out in cooperation with a federal law enforcement agency.
|LD 1130||An Act To Promote Equity in the Elver Aquaculture Quota (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish an elver fishing lottery if the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission allocates an elver quota specifically for use in aquaculture. To be eligible to apply to the aquaculture lottery, a person must hold a valid elver fishing license. The bill requires the commissioner to allocate the quota in 5-pound increments to each successful lottery applicant and requires that elvers caught as a result of this lottery be sold to an aquaculture facility approved by the commissioner. Twenty-five dollars of the $35 application fee is required to be deposited in the Eel and Elver Management Fund for a life-cycle study of the elver fishery, and $10 of the fee may be used by the department to fund the costs of administering the lottery.
|LD 1729||An Act To Create a Carrier License for Pelagic and Anadromous Fish||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-457, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019|
This bill creates a new license to allow individuals to possess or transport pelagic or anadromous fish that they did not take.
This amendment specifies that fees collected for a carrier license are a source of revenue for the Pelagic and Anadromous Fisheries Fund. It specifies that Atlantic herring and Atlantic menhaden are the only species that a person may possess or transport under a carrier license without having taken the fish. Lastly, it makes the legislation effective January 1, 2020.
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|LD 28||An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Work session held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.
|LD 107||An Act To Lower the Maine Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019|
This bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.
|LD 174||An Act To Promote Youth Participation in the Maine Lobster Fishery||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill allows an unlicensed person 12 years of age or younger to assist a Class I, II or III lobster and crab fishing license holder with licensed activities.
|LD 184||An Act To Amend the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Coordination Program||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill repeals the current provisions regarding veterans' homelessness prevention coordination and instead enacts a provision that allows for multiple partnerships rather than a single partnership. It removes the requirement that the organizations chosen for the partnerships be national organizations in existence for at least 30 years. It requires that the organizations chosen be active in the State for at least 2 years, with priority given to organizations founded, chartered or organized in Maine. It changes the order of priorities for the partnerships, prioritizing identifying and securing temporary or permanent living space for veterans within the veterans' communities over conducting annual outreach events. It establishes a nonlapsing fund to support services for homeless veterans and directs the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development to distribute any funds.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It:
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|LD 188||An Act To Provide for an Expanded Muzzle-loading-only Deer Hunting Season||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019|
This bill requires that muzzle-loading season on deer extends for 12 hunting days immediately following the regular deer hunting season instead of being determined by the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
|LD 189||An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Long-term Care Insurance||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits an insurer from delaying or withholding payment of a claim for long-term care insurance benefits by requiring that an insured or the insured's representative request payment of the claim by telephone as a prerequisite for releasing funds to pay the claim for benefits if the insurer has received all necessary written documentation and information to support payment of the claim.
|LD 209||An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Prohibiting Short-term Rentals||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019|
This bill prohibits municipalities from prohibiting or restricting the use of short-term rentals except for narrowly tailored regulations to protect the public health and safety.
|LD 222||An Act To Prohibit Child Care Providers from Requiring Payment during Vacation Closures||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019|
This bill prohibits a nursery school, a certified family child care provider, a licensed child care facility or a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds from charging any fee for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation. It prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from reimbursing providers of child care services or recipients for child care services for any period of time the provider is closed because the provider is on vacation.
|LD 269||An Act To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill changes the term in Maine law "industrial hemp" to "hemp" and defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.
|LD 270||An Act To Eliminate Certain Motor Vehicle Inspections in the State||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019|
This bill repeals statutory provisions requiring inspections for motor vehicles registered in the State, except that the provisions regarding inspection of commercial vehicles, trailers and semitrailers under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 1753; inspection of fire trucks under Title 29-A, section 1755; and inspection by dealers and transporters under Title 29-A, section 1754 are not repealed.
|LD 274||An Act To Allow the Sale of Ethanol-free Gasoline Statewide||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019|
Since June 1, 2015, retailers who sell gasoline in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox or Lincoln County have been required to sell only reformulated gasoline in those counties. This bill repeals that sales requirement effective November 1, 2020.
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|LD 340||An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019|
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.
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|LD 344||An Act To Increase the Penalties for Illegally Passing a School Bus||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019|
This bill increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. The new penalties are:
|LD 416||An Act To Allow Eating Establishments To Permit Smoking Tobacco in Designated Outdoor Eating Areas||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill allows an eating establishment to permit smoking tobacco in a designated outdoor eating area if no one under 21 years of age is allowed in the designated outdoor eating area.
|LD 612||An Act To Promote Youth Employment||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 16 or 17 years of age that is $1.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage, a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 15 years of age that is $2.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage and a minimum hourly wage for persons who are 14 years of age and under that is $3.00 per hour less than the regular minimum hourly wage.
|LD 618||Resolve, To Temporarily Remove Nighttime Restrictions on Lobster Fishing in a Certain Area in the Bay of Fundy (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-115, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019|
This bill allows a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of day between Labor Day and Memorial Day in an area in the Bay of Fundy encompassing approximately 70 square miles around Machias Seal Island, as long as that person is authorized to fish in that area.
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person who holds a lobster and crab fishing license to raise and haul lobster traps during any time of the day from September 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 in an area in the Bay of Fundy referred to as the "gray zone" that encompasses approximately 210 square miles around Machias Seal Island where there are overlapping claims of sovereignty by the United States and Canada, if that person is authorized to fish in that area. It also directs the commissioner to define this area in rule to ensure the boundaries of this area are clearly delineated. Lastly, it requires that the commissioner submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources by February 1, 2020 and gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the report.
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|LD 663||An Act To Allow Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates To Be Issued Complimentary Licenses To Hunt, Trap and Fish and To Exempt Them from Vehicle Registration Fees||Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone February 26, 2019|
This bill allows the holder of a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 524-B to be issued a complimentary license to hunt, trap and fish, including permits, stamps and other permissions needed to hunt. It also exempts a person with a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates from the annual motor vehicle registration fee.
|LD 665||Resolve, Directing the Office of the Attorney General To Review Free Speech on Public College and University Campuses||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-395, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill authorizes a person who wishes to engage in an expressive activity, as defined in the bill, in an outdoor area of campus of a public institution of higher education to do so freely as long as the person's conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the public institution of higher education. It prohibits a public institution of higher education from designating an area of campus as a free speech zone or otherwise creating policies restricting expressive activities to a particular outdoor area of campus, except that it allows public institutions of higher education to create and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression that are reasonable and content-neutral. The Attorney General has the authority to enforce compliance, and a person whose rights are violated may bring an action to enjoin violations and to recover compensatory damages, reasonable court costs and attorney's fees.
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, directs the Office of the Attorney General to review whether there have been any instances in the State in which the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System or Maine Maritime Academy has violated or otherwise restricted a student's free speech rights protected under the United States Constitution, Amendment I and the Constitution of Maine, Article I, review whether additional protections are necessary under state law and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary no later than January 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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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 830||An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.
|LD 955||An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.
The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.
It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.
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|LD 1059||An Act To Authorize the Establishment of an Apprentice License for the Maine Scallop Fishery||Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-114, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019|
This bill allows the Department of Marine Resources to establish by rule an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery that includes an apprentice license allowing an apprentice to engage in dragging for scallops under the supervision of a scallop dragging license holder. It sets the apprentice license fee at $250 and creates a $250 license surcharge for a scallop dragger to sponsor an apprentice. It limits participation to residents and makes 18 years of age the minimum age to participate as an apprentice. It also changes rules to implement the scallop license limited entry system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
This amendment specifies that license fees collected for an apprentice scallop dragging license are to be deposited into the Scallop Research Fund and it clarifies that the fund may be used for the administrative costs associated with an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 1077||An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of the Federal Immigration Verification System||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019|
This bill requires an employer to register with and use the federal immigration verification system, currently known as the E-Verify program, to determine the work eligibility status of new employees physically performing services within the State.
|LD 1113||An Act To Change Procedures of the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency and To Seal Marijuana Convictions||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill requires a board, commission or panel established to provide the Governor a recommendation on a pardon, clemency or commutation of a sentence to grant a hearing to a petitioner who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime and to consider certain personal criteria of the petitioner and allows an appeal of a recommendation of denial to the Secretary of State.
This bill also seals criminal history record information regarding convictions for crimes and civil violations relating to personal adult use of marijuana by making the information confidential.
|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||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.
|LD 1446||An Act To Remove Sales and Use Taxation on Gold and Silver Coins||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019|
This bill exempts from the sales and use tax sales of specie, which is defined as coins with gold or silver content or refined gold or silver bullion.
|LD 1447||An Act To Simplify Voting in Maine by Placing a Moratorium on Ranked-choice Voting||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019|
This bill suspends the use of ranked-choice voting until elections held after December 1, 2023. The bill provides that the laws governing ranked-choice voting are repealed December 1, 2023 unless the Constitution of Maine is amended to authorize the Legislature to determine the method by which the Governor and members of the Legislature are elected.
|LD 1448||An Act To Expand the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's disability rating percentage instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons.
|LD 1449||An Act To Facilitate Compliance with Federal Immigration Law by State and Local Government Entities||Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This bill establishes prohibitions concerning restricting the sharing and use of immigration and citizenship information. It prohibits restricting the enforcement of federal immigration law. It establishes a complaint process and a duty to report.
This bill also provides that if the Attorney General, upon investigation, determines that a government entity is violating these prohibitions, the Attorney General must issue an opinion stating that finding. The government entity has 30 days to appeal the finding to the Superior Court. If the Superior Court agrees with the Attorney General, the court must immediately enjoin the policy or practice. The government entity that continues the policy or practice is subject to a $500 fine for each day the policy or practice remains in effect. If the Superior Court disagrees with the Attorney General, the Attorney General must immediately certify that the government entity is in compliance with the law.
|LD 1487||An Act To Exempt Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates from Vehicle Registration Fees||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-444, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019|
This bill exempts a person possessing or applying for a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates from the annual motor vehicle registration fee.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 1488||An Act To Allow Holders of Gold Star Family Registration Plates To Be Issued Complimentary Licenses To Hunt, Trap and Fish||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-426, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill allows the holder of a registration certificate and a set of gold star family registration plates pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 524-B to be issued a complimentary license to hunt, trap and fish, including permits, stamps and other permissions needed to hunt.
This amendment provides that the complimentary license to hunt, trap and fish made available under the bill to a person who holds a registration certificate and gold star family registration plates is:
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