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Representative William Pluecker [Independent for Maine]
Warren ~ District 95

Towns in District: Appleton, Hope, Warren and part of Union

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

House Committees:
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Joint Committees:
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✉ William.Pluecker@legislature.maine.gov
☎ 1-800-423-2900

✉ 1133 Finntown Road
Warren, Maine 04864


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Representative Pluecker did not serve in the 128th Maine legislature - no scorecards available.

LD 36 An Act To Change the Composition of the Board of Pesticides Control Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-304, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 36
This bill restores the requirement that the 2 public members of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection. The change does not require the termination of the terms of current members of the board.

Amendment H-304
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes from the bill the requirement that the 2 public members of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection and strikes from the law the requirement that these members represent different areas of the State. Instead, the amendment requires that one of the 2 public members have practical experience and knowledge of methods of sustainable management of indoor and outdoor pests.

LD 36 Chaptered Law
LD 36 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 101 An Act To Reestablish the Pesticide Notification Registry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 101
This bill reestablishes the law, which was repealed by Public Law 2011, chapter 332, governing the development and maintenance of a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that they receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides near their properties.

LD 215 An Act To Increase the Reimbursement Rate for Ambulance Service Paid by the Department of Corrections Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-283, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 215
This bill requires the Department of Corrections, or its contracted medical provider, to pay to a provider of ambulance services 225% of the allowable reimbursement under the MaineCare program for ambulance services provided for a person residing in a correctional or detention facility.

Amendment H-283
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 215 fiscal note
LD 215 Amendment H-283 fiscal note
LD 351 An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-423, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 351
This bill provides that:

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

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

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

LD 351 Chaptered Law
LD 351 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 515 An Act To Require Ingredient Lists at Certain Retail Food Locations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 515
This bill requires a commercial food producer with a retail location to provide upon request a list of ingredients of each food and beverage item offered for sale at the retail location.

LD 920 An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-192, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 920
This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.

Amendment H-192
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 920 Amendment H-192 fiscal note
LD 1451 An Act Providing Labor Unions with Reasonable Access to Current and Newly Hired Public Sector Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-602, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1451
This bill makes changes to the laws governing collective bargaining for municipal employees, state employees, judicial employees and employees of the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System to provide a collective bargaining agent with greater access to employees and employee information for those employees represented by that collective bargaining agent. It also provides a collective bargaining agent with the right to use any government building or facility to conduct meetings with its members, as long as that use does not interfere with governmental operations. The government entity may charge the collective bargaining agent for any additional costs that use may incur.

Amendment H-602
This amendment does the following:
  • 1. It changes the minimum amount of time an employer must allow for a newly hired employee to meet with a bargaining agent from 30 minutes to either 30 minutes or an amount of time agreed upon by all parties;
  • 2. It changes from 10 days to 30 days the amount of time an employer has to provide a bargaining agent with information regarding newly hired employees;
  • 3. It allows an employee to opt out after initial communications with a bargaining agent from any further contact or sharing of that employee's information with a bargaining agent, except for instances when that employee is being provided direct representation by the bargaining agent; and
  • 4. It prohibits a bargaining agent from selling or sharing a nonmember's information except for the purposes of that bargaining agent fulfilling its collective bargaining obligations.


LD 1451 Chaptered Law
LD 1451 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1750 An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1750
This bill enacts the Appliance Energy and Water Standards Act to be implemented, administered and enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Act generally provides that, beginning January 1, 2021, a person is prohibited from selling or offering for sale in the State certain appliances and products unless they meet or exceed applicable energy and water standards adopted by rule by the department. Beginning January 1, 2022, a person is prohibited from installing for compensation in the State any of those appliances or products.

LD 31 An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 31
This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.

LD 31 Chaptered Law
LD 31 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 79 An Act To Protect Shooting Ranges Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019
LD 79
This bill allows the discharge of a firearm on a sport shooting range that is within 100 yards of a building if the sport shooting range was established and in regular operation prior to the erection of the building.

LD 79 Chaptered Law
LD 79 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 85 An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Exemption and an Income Tax Deduction for the Purchase of Firearm Safety Devices Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-59, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 85
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for the purchase of firearm safety devices and an income tax deduction of up to $250 for the purchase of a safe or lockbox for securing firearms.

Amendment H-59
This amendment strikes the bill and instead establishes a sales tax exemption for a safe, lockbox, trigger lock or barrel lock that is specifically designed for securing firearms.

LD 85 Amendment H-59 fiscal note
LD 103 An Act To Ensure the Integrity of For-profit Colleges and Universities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-83, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 103
This bill requires annual review of for-profit colleges by the State Board of Education to ensure that they are meeting adequate educational standards. If the board finds that a for-profit college is not meeting the standards, the board may terminate the degree-granting authority of the for-profit college.

Amendment S-83
This amendment, which is the majority report, clarifies that the bill applies to for-profit universities as well as colleges and expands the definition of "for-profit college or university" to include a postsecondary institution that is regulated by the Department of Education or the State Board of Education, is eligible to participate in federal student aid programs and is operated by a private, for-profit business. The amendment requires the Commissioner of Education, instead of the State Board of Education, to review a for-profit college or university and adds a requirement that student support services, including the process by which student complaints are handled, be reviewed by the Commissioner of Education to determine whether adequate educational standards are being met by a for-profit college or university.

LD 103 Chaptered Law
LD 103 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 104 An Act To Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-297, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 104
This bill expands the earned income tax credit by increasing the credit from 5% to 15% of the federal earned income tax credit and extending the credit to persons from 18 to 24 years of age who have no qualifying child.

This bill also requires the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to provide a poster or notice to employers that states that employees may be eligible for the earned income tax credit. This bill requires employers to post the poster or notice in a place that is accessible to the employers' employees.

Amendment S-297
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the provisions of the bill amending the earned income tax credit with the Maine work credit. The Maine work credit is similar to the federal earned income tax credit but uses different factors for calculating the credit that are intended to produce a state credit for individuals with qualifying children that is approximately 23% of the federal credit and for individuals with no qualifying children that is approximately 70% of the federal credit. The bill also provides eligibility for individuals who are at least 18 years of age but less than 25 years of age who have no qualifying children and creates a minimum credit for students and eligible caregivers.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 104 Amendment S-297 fiscal note

LD 133 An Act To Fully Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 133
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% for the entire fiscal year 2018-19. The law currently requires revenue sharing to revert to 5% beginning July 1, 2019.

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 193 An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-260, adopted Senate amendment S-174 and engrossed, enacted in the House, tabled to Special Appropiations in the Senate, June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 193
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.

Amendment H-260
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-174
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 193 Amendment H-260 fiscal note
LD 193 Amendment S-174 fiscal note
LD 204 An Act To Provide Funding for a Ranger Pilot Position in the Maine Forest Service Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-66, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 204
This bill provides funding for a Ranger Pilot position and associated costs in the forest protection unit in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry.

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

LD 204 Chaptered Law
LD 204 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 205 An Act To Add Work Assignments to the Law Regarding Notification of a Defendant's Release or Escape Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 205
This bill adds work assignments for a defendant to the circumstances for which notification to the victim of a crime is required for a victim who has requested to be notified.

LD 211 An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 211
This bill allows an unenrolled voter to vote in a primary election without having to enroll in a political party. An unenrolled voter may vote in only one party's primary election.

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

LD 226 An Act To Require the Use of Preapproved Subcontractors for Publicly Funded Construction Projects Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 226
This bill requires the use of preapproved subcontractors for certain components of work included in bids awarded to general contractors for public improvement construction projects subject to competitive bidding.

LD 235 An Act To Increase Funding To Contain and Manage the Spread of Invasive Aquatic Species Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-309, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 235
This bill increases the fees for the lake and river protection stickers that are required for all resident and nonresident motorboats, personal watercraft and seaplanes operating on inland waters of the State as follows.
  • 1. Beginning January 1, 2020, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by $8 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by $10.
  • 2. Beginning January 1, 2022, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by an additional $2 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $5.
  • 3. Beginning January 1, 2024, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by an additional $2 and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $5.
  • The fee revenues from the sale of lake and river protection stickers are used to support the efforts of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Protection in preventing, eradicating and managing invasive aquatic plants and nuisance species in the State.


Amendment H-309
This amendment changes the fee increases proposed in the bill as follows:
  • 1. Beginning January 1, 2020, the fee for resident motorboats and personal watercraft is increased by $5 instead of $8, and the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by $15 instead of $10; and
  • 2. Beginning January 1, 2021, instead of January 1, 2022, the fee for nonresident motorboats, nonresident personal watercraft and seaplanes is increased by an additional $10, but the resident fee remains the same.
This amendment also changes the allocation of the fee between the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund and the Lake and River Protection Fund.

LD 235 Chaptered Law
LD 235 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Planning and Preparation Periods Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-518, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 19, 2019
LD 240
This bill allows, but does not require, public employers of teachers to negotiate with respect to educational policies.

Amendment H-518
This amendment specifies that planning and preparation periods are mandatory items of collective bargaining and may not be considered matters of educational policy exempted from mandatory collective bargaining.

LD 240 Amendment H-518 fiscal note
LD 257 An Act To Ensure That the Legislature Has the Information Necessary To Do the Work of the People of Maine Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-76, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 257
This bill amends the chapter of the Maine Revised Statutes concerning interbranch communication and coordination to prohibit the Governor from limiting access to department commissioners and other executive branch personnel when the Legislature is seeking information necessary for the Legislature to do the work of the people of Maine.

Amendment S-76
This amendment is the majority report. It replaces the bill with several new legislative findings regarding the participation of the executive branch in the legislative process.

LD 257 Chaptered Law
LD 257 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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
LD 269
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
LD 270
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 272 An Act To Allow Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 272
This bill requires that, beginning November 1, 2020, all primary and general elections for President of the United States, United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative as well as all elections on people's veto questions, initiated measures, bond issues, constitutional amendments and other legislatively proposed referenda be conducted by mail. The bill also establishes the Commission to Implement Voting by Mail to make recommendations, including proposed legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs, which may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature for implementing voting by mail.

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 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
LD 274
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.

LD 274 Chaptered Law
LD 274 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 275 An Act To Change the Bag Limits on Wild Turkey Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 275
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to double the bag limits on wild turkey in effect on January 1, 2018. It also requires the commissioner to submit a report by January 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, that includes recommendations regarding bag limits on wild turkey. It gives the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters authority to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 276 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 28, 2019
LD 276
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

LD 302 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 302
This bill amends the statutory provisions regarding criminal post-conviction review to allow the filing of a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence at any time during the period of direct impediment, except that it may not be filed within one year of a judgment on a prior petition for post-conviction review on the same conviction. This bill requires that a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence receive at least one evidentiary hearing in which the petitioner may submit new evidence and evidence submitted in prior proceedings on the same matter.

LD 411 Resolve, Directing the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices To Allow Maine Clean Election Act Funds To Be Used for Election Recounts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 14, 2019
LD 411
This bill directs the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to amend its rules no later than October 1, 2020 to allow a certified candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act to use money disbursed from the Maine Clean Election Fund for expenses related to an election recount.

LD 413 An Act To Ensure the Rights of Citizens to Groundwater in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 413
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to change the laws governing groundwater to recognize that the citizens of the State collectively own the State's groundwater. The bill establishes the State as the trustee and steward of the State's groundwater on behalf of the citizens of the State and requires the State to endeavor to ensure that the groundwater will always be available to the benefit of all the citizens of the State. It also directs the State to take all reasonable measures to ensure an adequate supply of usable groundwater for the citizens of the State and to monitor the level of sustainability of the groundwater and protect against uses of groundwater that are detrimental to aquifers, bodies of surface water or wetlands or to public health and welfare.

LD 418 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 418
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

LD 424 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Baling Twine, Net and Wrapping for Hay Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment 57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 424
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for baling twine, net and wrapping for hay.

Amendment H-57
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 424 fiscal note
LD 424 Amendment H-57 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, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

Amendment H-230
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 454 An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-108, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 454
This bill provides funds to the Department of Education to administer the Local Produce Fund and to provide a $1 match for every $3 expended by a school administrative unit for produce or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers' cooperative or local food hub in this State.

Amendment S-108
This amendment, which is the majority report, establishes one Education Specialist II position rather than one Education Specialist III position as in the bill. The amendment also provides that the state match is up to a maximum of $1,000 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2019-20 and up to $1,500 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2020-21 and subsequent years.

LD 454 fiscal note
LD 454 Amendment S-108 fiscal note
LD 497 An Act Regarding the Providing of Human Food Waste to Swine Producers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 497
This bill specifies that an individual, organization or institution, including a public school, that donates food waste to a swine producer for use in swine feed is not required to verify that the swine producer has a license to feed garbage to swine. The bill also specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage to swine.

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

LD 497 Chaptered Law
LD 497 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 581 An Act To Direct Electric Utilities To Provide Comparative Usage Data on Customer Billing Statements Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-108, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 581
This bill requires a transmission and distribution utility to provide on the utility's billing statement to a customer information concerning the previous 24 months of the customer's energy usage comparing same-month usage data between the first year of usage and the 2nd year of usage.

Amendment H-108
This amendment limits the applicability of the requirements of the bill to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than all transmission and distribution utilities, and to customer bills for residential, small commercial and medium commercial customers, rather than all customers. The amendment also allows the Public Utilities Commission to waive the requirements if it finds these requirements to be unduly burdensome or cost-prohibitive for an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility for the portion of the utility's service territory located in an area of this State in which the retail market is administered by the independent system administrator for northern Maine.

LD 581 Chaptered Law
LD 581 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 614 An Act To Increase Electric Vehicles in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-300, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 614
This bill establishes an electric vehicle rebate program to be administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust that, beginning July 1, 2020, allows a person who purchases or leases an eligible battery electric vehicle to apply for and, as resources allow, receive a direct rebate of $2,500 if the person meets certain eligibility criteria. The bill also provides a General Fund appropriation of $500,000 to support the direct rebates to be made available under the program.

Amendment H-300
This amendment makes the following changes to the electric vehicle rebate program and the associated fund established in the bill:
  • 1. Adds plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to the definition of eligible electric vehicle;
  • 2. Removes the requirement that an eligible vehicle be a "new" vehicle;
  • 3. Limits the $50,000 cap on the manufacturer's suggested retail price to vehicles that have a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less;
  • 4. Removes the program start date of July 1, 2020;
  • 5. Removes the fixed rebate amount of $2,500 and instead requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to determine the rebate amount, which may vary by the size of the vehicle battery. It also permits the trust to establish different rebate amounts to provide opportunities for participation in the program across different customer groups and geographic areas;
  • 6. Revises the eligibility criteria regarding registration of a vehicle in the State;
  • 7. Adds language to specify that the trust may set limits on the number of rebates per person or per vehicle;
  • 8. Removes the provision of the bill that provides a $500,000 General Fund appropriation to the Electric Vehicle Rebate Fund; and
  • 9. Establishes the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Fund, administered by Efficiency Maine Trust, to increase the availability and effectiveness of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the State.


LD 614 Chaptered Law
LD 614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 762 An Act Regarding Consent by a Motor Vehicle Operator to a Blood Test Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 762
This bill brings the implied consent provisions concerning operating under the influence into compliance with recent case law from the United States Supreme Court that requires a search warrant before taking a sample of blood or urine from a person suspected of operating under the influence.

Amendment H-284
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the criminal operating under the influence statutes for motor vehicle operators to:
  • 1. Provide that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration, does not constitute an operating under the influence offense for the purpose of requiring the imposition or enhancement of a mandatory minimum sentence of incarceration and is not admissible in evidence at a hearing or trial; and
  • 2. Add to the warning given to a person being asked to submit to a test a statement that refusal to submit to a blood test at the request of a law enforcement officer in the absence of a warrant is not a ground for imposition of a mandatory period of incarceration.


Amendment S-198
This amendment removes from the committee amendment wording regarding the admissibility of evidence at trial, correcting a drafting error in the committee amendment.

LD 762 Amendment H-284 fiscal note
LD 762 Amendment S-198 fiscal note
LD 764 Resolve, To Create the Criminal Records Review Committee Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-614, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 764
This bill amends the Criminal History Record Information Act in the following ways:
  • 1. Makes confidential all juvenile adjudications and related records after 3 years from the date of disposition;
  • 2. Except for crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence, makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes after 3 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
  • 3. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class E and Class D crimes involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation of minors and domestic violence after 7 years from the date of imposition of sentence;
  • 4. Makes confidential all convictions and related records for Class C, Class B and Class A crimes that are based solely on the defendant's convictions for prior Class E and Class D crimes; and
  • 5. Limits the dissemination of confidential criminal history record information to criminal justice agencies for the purpose of the administration of criminal justice and criminal justice agency employment and pursuant to court order.


Amendment H-614
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve that establishes the Criminal Records Review Committee, consisting of 15 members, including a member representing the judicial branch if one is designated by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

The review committee is directed to look at all issues concerning limiting public availability of criminal records and to provide recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by December 4, 2019. The review committee's funding must come from outside sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 764 Chaptered Law
LD 764 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 785 Resolve, Directing the Board of Pesticides Control To Educate the Public on the Proper Use of Pesticides and To Promote Integrated Pest Management Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone February 28, 2019
LD 785
This resolve requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to develop and disseminate to the public educational materials that promote the proper use of pesticides and promote integrated pest management.

LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

Amendment H-430
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-541
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
  • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 825 An Act To Change the Harassment Prevention Training Required for Legislators, Legislative Staff and Lobbyists Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-30, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 825
This bill expands the scope of harassment prevention training required for Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists to include racial harassment.

Amendment H-30
This amendment clarifies that sexual and racial harassment are some, but not all, of the types of harassment about which Legislators, legislative staff and lobbyists must be trained.

LD 825 Chaptered Law
LD 825 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 846 Resolve, To Provide for the Sealing of Records of Convictions for Marijuana-related Violations That Are No Longer Crimes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 846
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to ensure that all criminal conviction records in the possession of the department that relate to the conviction for an offense involving marijuana that is no longer illegal are made confidential and prohibits the dissemination of such records. The department is required to submit a report to the 130th Legislature regarding the progress of the department in meeting the requirements of this legislation.

LD 878 An Act To Make Clean Election Filing Deadlines Consistent for All Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 11, 2019
LD 878
This bill changes the date on which a candidate who is not enrolled in a party must file to participate in the Maine Clean Election Act from April 20th to June 1st for a candidate for the Legislature and from April 1st to June 1st for a candidate for Governor. Current law provides that a nomination petition must be filed in the office of the Secretary of State by June 1st.

LD 889 An Act To Require the Labeling of Foods Made with Nanotechnology (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 889
This bill requires that a label be placed on any food or food product offered for sale in the State made with the use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the branch of technology concerned with the control of matter with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.

LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
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 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
LD 955
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.

Amendment H-425
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to clarify the prohibition on oil or natural gas exploration, development or production activities as follows.

  • 1. It amends certain definitions to more clearly delineate the activities regulated and to specify that the transfer of oil or natural gas resources to or from the waters of the State, including both on-loading and offloading of oil or natural gas resources between an oil terminal facility and a vessel or between vessels, is not prohibited under the bill.
  • 2. It removes language specifically prohibiting exploration, development or production activities that may adversely affect the waters of the State.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 957 An Act To Increase the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 957
This bill increases the maximum credit available under the property tax fairness credit from $750 to $1,000 for resident individuals under 65 years of age and from $1,200 to $1,500 for resident individuals 65 years of age and older and decreases the threshold from 6% to 5% of the resident individual's income for purposes of calculating the credit.

LD 971 Resolve, To Establish a Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Pilot Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-203, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 971
This bill establishes the Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to reimburse farmers for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The bill also provides that reimbursement to farmers for certification may not be more than $500 per farmer per year.

Amendment H-203
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a specialty crops certification cost-share pilot program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and authorizes the department to reimburse qualified farms for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The amendment provides that reimbursement of funds under the program is for initial one-time payment and may not be more than $500 per qualified farm. The amendment also directs the commissioner to monitor the 4-year pilot program and to report back to the joint standing committee having jurisdiction over agricultural matters no later than December 15, 2023 with findings and recommendations.

LD 971 Chaptered Law
LD 971 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1061 An Act To Establish a Fund To Compensate Unjustly Incarcerated Persons Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1061
This bill creates the Unjustly Incarcerated Persons Compensation Fund and establishes compensation amounts and a process for the application for and determination of compensation. The bill establishes compensation of $25,000 per year of unjust incarceration and $10,000 for each year that the person eligible for compensation was required to register as a sex offender.

The bill provides for compensation payments to be made in a lump sum, and only in a lump sum in the case of a deceased person, or as an annuity.

A person is eligible to seek compensation if the person has served in whole or in part a sentence of imprisonment under the laws of this State and the person has:

  • 1. Received a full and free pardon on the basis of innocence for the crime for which the person was sentenced;
  • 2. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus that is based on a court finding or determination that the person is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced; or
  • 3. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus and the court in which the person was convicted has entered an order dismissing the charge. The court's dismissal order must be based on a motion to dismiss in which the district attorney or the Attorney General states that no credible evidence exists that inculpates the defendant and, either in the motion or in an affidavit, the district attorney or the Attorney General states that the district attorney or Attorney General believes that the defendant is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced.

The bill repeals the existing law providing a maximum payment of $300,000 for wrongful imprisonment that is based on a pardon granted on the basis of innocence.

LD 1073 Resolve, To Implement an Intensive Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in the Midcoast Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-475, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1073
This resolve establishes an intensive drug treatment court 2-year pilot project in the midcoast area of the State to be operational no later than November 1, 2019. The pilot project will serve 10 participants who meet the requirements for participation in drug court programs. The support services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services under the pilot project are more intensive than those provided to current participants in drug court programs. The department is required to provide an interim report on implementation and a final report that includes the results of an independent evaluation of the project.

Amendment H-475
This amendment revises the number of participants in the pilot project from 10 to 25. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1073 fiscal note
LD 1073 Amendment H-475 fiscal note
LD 1074 An Act To Establish a Tax on Water Extracted for Bottling in Order To Secure the Economic Future of Rural Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 19, 2019
LD 1074
This bill creates an excise tax of 12¢ per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water for commercial bottling for sale. Revenue from the tax must be used to improve the economy of the State by supporting the expansion and improvement of high-speed broadband access and by providing tuition grants for up to 2 years for postsecondary education.

LD 1103 An Act To Increase the Number of Members of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1103
This bill expands the membership of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine by adding 2 additional members who are grower representatives and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to formally call for nominations for grower representative members. The bill clarifies the requirements governing grower representative members and processor representative members. The bill prohibits former employees of the commission from serving as paid lobbyists for wild blueberry businesses for a period of one year following employment by the commission. The bill also allows members of the University of Maine System Wild Blueberry Advisory Committee to be reappointed for additional terms.

LD 1159 Resolve, To End Hunger in Maine by 2030 Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 1159
This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in consultation and collaboration with interested parties and stakeholders, to collaborate with the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to eliminate hunger in the State by 2030. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit an initial design for the plan by February 10, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1159 Chaptered Law
LD 1159 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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 1211 An Act To Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them To Organize for the Purpose of Collective Bargaining Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1211
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to allow persons working in agriculture to organize for the purposes of collectively bargaining for wages, hours, other working conditions and benefits, without fear of reprisal. The bill would exempt farms under a certain size and with a limited number of employees.

LD 1219 An Act To Establish an Independent Panel To Review the Use of Deadly Force by Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-644, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1219
This bill establishes the Independent Board To Review Law Enforcement Officer-involved Deaths to review investigations by law enforcement agencies concerning deaths involving law enforcement officers and to issue recommendations to the prosecuting attorneys or Attorney General. The board consists of 7 members appointed to 3-year terms, and members of the board are conferred immunity in performing their duties on the board, except when the plaintiff is the State. The bill requires the board to issue a public report of its findings and conclusions for every officer-involved death in the State.

Amendment H-644
This amendment replaces the bill and revises the title to reflect that the panel will review use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, not just officer-related deaths.

The amendment establishes a panel of 15 members. The following are ex officio members, although each may appoint a designee to attend meetings and participate as a panel member: the Commissioner of Public Safety; the Director of Investigations for the Office of the Attorney General; the Director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy; and the Chief Medical Examiner. The remaining members are appointed by the Attorney General: an attorney who represents plaintiffs in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a municipal police chief; a county sheriff; a mental health professional; a representative of a statewide collective bargaining law enforcement organization; a representative of a statewide civil rights organization; an attorney who represents defendants in actions under 42 United States Code, Section 1983; a criminal prosecutor; and 3 citizens, each of whom is not and has never been a sworn law enforcement officer.

The panel is directed to select a chair and a vice-chair and must meet at least quarterly. The Attorney General must call the first meeting before January 1, 2020.

The panel examines deaths and serious injuries that result from a law enforcement officer's use of deadly force. The panel will wait to conduct its examination until the Attorney General conducts the investigation of the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer as required in current law. The purpose of the examinations is to identify whether there was compliance with accepted and best practices under the particular circumstances and whether the practices were sufficient for the particular circumstances or whether the practices require adjustment or improvement. The panel must recommend methods of improving standards, including changes to statutes, rules, training, policies and procedures designed to ensure incorporation of best practices that demonstrate increased public safety or officer safety.

The panel may request information and records that are necessary and relevant to the review. Persons providing information or records are not criminally or civilly liable for disclosing or providing information or records as directed by the panel. The panel may consult with content experts and other professionals and discuss necessary information or records within the scope of the consultations.

The proceedings of the panel are not public proceedings and records of the panel are confidential and are not subject to subpoena, discovery or introduction into evidence in a civil or criminal action. To ensure oversight, the Legislature may inspect and review the records, but it must be under conditions that ensure the information is not further disclosed. The Office of the Attorney General shall disclose conclusions of the review panel but may not disclose information, records or data that are otherwise classified as confidential.

The panel is directed to submit a report on each incident it reviews, as well as annual reports summarizing its activities, to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters beginning January 30, 2021.

LD 1219 Chaptered Law
LD 1219 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1241 An Act To Improve Survival Rates of Salmon and Other Migratory Fish Transitioning from Freshwater to Saltwater Environments Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1241
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to establish a smoltification success research program to investigate the external influences on smoltification success and metamorphosis success of nonsalmonid anadromous species and smolt migration success. Specific attention must be given to evaluating the effects of industrial and sewage treatment plant effluents and other pollutants on the timing of smoltification. The program must include the capacity to systematically analyze the effect of a variety of chemicals found in effluents on the timing of the development of and physical health of smolts and recommendations for conservation and management options. The analysis must include the effluence of biological substances such as pheromones from land-based aquaculture. Analysis of these effects must be conducted cooperatively with the industries and communities that discharge into rivers that are significant for Atlantic salmon and other diadromous fish species.

LD 1251 An Act To Make Agricultural Workers and Other Workers Employees under the Wage and Hour Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1251
This bill provides that agricultural employees and seasonal employees are subject to the laws that place limits on mandatory overtime. It also provides that agricultural employees are subject to the laws that set a minimum wage and overtime rate. It provides that the laws that set an overtime rate apply to certain activities related to agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods.

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 1316 An Act To Make It Explicit That Maine Holds Title to Its Intertidal Lands (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1316
This bill states that the State owns title to intertidal land not already filled to facilitate marine commerce. The State's ownership is based on federal laws and United States Supreme Court cases that establish and substantiate each state's sovereignty over its intertidal and submerged land, as well as state law, which were not adhered to when the Supreme Judicial Court decided a pre-statehood colonial ordinance applicable to Massachusetts governs the State's ownership interest in intertidal land.

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 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.

LD 1392 An Act To Establish a Formal Tribal Consultation Process with the State Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1392
This bill requires a state agency to develop and implement a policy that:
  • 1. Promotes effective communication between the state agency and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State;
  • 2. Promotes positive government-to-government relations between the State and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State; and
  • 3. Enables federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to consult with the state agency in a meaningful and timely manner regarding the development of legislation, rules and policies proposed by the state agency on matters that significantly or uniquely affect the tribes.


LD 1440 An Act To Create Transparency in Tax Increment Financing and Credit Enhancement Agreement Proposals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1440
This bill requires that, for applicants to the Department of Economic and Community Development or municipalities for assistance for the improvement and development of housing, community and economic development opportunities, the name of the applicants and the amount of assistance being requested not be withheld as confidential but be subject to disclosure.

LD 1494 An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-307, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1494
This bill increases the percentage of supply sources for retail electricity sales in the State that must be accounted for by new renewable capacity resources from 10% to 50% by 2030. It also makes several changes to resource eligibility to meet these requirements. The bill also creates a renewable portfolio standard for thermal energy resources.

The bill also directs the Public Utilities Commission to procure long-term contracts for an amount of renewable capacity resources that is equal to 1/2 the amount of the portfolio requirements for these resources. The bill requires the commission to conduct annual competitive solicitations for the long-term contracts.

Amendment S-307
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It adds state goals for consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It updates renewable portfolio requirement terminology to use the terms "Class I" and "Class II," which are the terms used in practice and in agency rules.
  • 3. It clarifies certain definitions in the bill.
  • 4. It creates a Class IA renewable resource portfolio requirement and removes the increased requirements for Class I resources that are in the bill; the new Class IA requirement combined with the existing Class I requirement preserves the overall increase in requirements to 50% by 2030 that is in the bill.
  • 5. It applies a 300% multiplier for the output of a generator fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling in Class II.
  • 6. It delays by one year the portfolio requirements for thermal renewable energy credits in the bill.
  • 7. It extends the alternative compliance payment policy to Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credit requirements, and establishes a maximum alternative compliance payment rate of $50 for Class I, Class IA and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 8. It creates options for electricity customers that receive service at the transmission or subtransmission voltage level to elect to opt out of Class IA resource portfolio requirements and thermal renewable energy credit requirements and the costs and benefits resulting from long-term contracts for Class IA resources.
  • 9. It requires the Public Utilities Commission to submit a report by March 31, 2024 and every 5 years thereafter regarding the status and impacts of implementing the portfolio requirements for Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 10. It amends the long-term contracting provisions in the bill to require 2 competitive solicitations for contracts with Class IA resources to procure, in total, an amount of energy or renewable energy credits equal to 14% of retail electricity sales in the State during calendar year 2018. It also adds language to allow energy storage systems to be awarded long-term contracts when paired as a complementary resource with a Class IA resource.
  • 11. It directs the Governor's Office of Policy and Management and the Governor's Energy Office to conduct a market assessment study and analysis of opportunities, potential and challenges in meeting the State's renewable energy goals. The report is due January 31, 2021.
  • 12. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1494 Chaptered Law
LD 1494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1531 An Act To Establish the Maine Food System Investment Program To Create Quality Jobs and Support Farms, Fisheries and Food-related Businesses Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1531
This bill creates the Maine Food System Investment Program under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to strengthen the food system, including the agriculture, seafood and fisheries and other food sectors and the supply chain, to increase access to new markets and opportunities for producers, processors, small businesses and consumers in the State in the producing, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food products. The duties of the program are to develop and maintain a 10-year strategic framework to carry out the goals of the program by fostering communication, collaboration and coordination among the various sectors of the supply chain, identify gaps in the supply chain and barriers to food infrastructure and distribution needs and work with community development corporations, financial institutions and other investors and lenders in the food system to direct financial investment to the areas of greatest need in the food system. The program is also authorized to make recommendations regarding rules or legislation to the department and the Legislature that will direct investment or establish policies or priorities in carrying out the goals of the program. The program is required to submit a 6-month and a one-year report to the Legislature subsequent to the implementation of the program and an annual report on the progress of and developments regarding the 10-year strategic framework.

LD 1540 An Act Concerning Timber Harvesting on Public Lands and in State Parks, Historic Sites and the Restricted Zone of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1540
This bill amends and enacts provisions regarding the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands' management of timber harvesting on state property under its jurisdiction, including:
  • 1. Requiring the bureau to report on the State's actual and potential forest inventory status and needs, including the need for a sawmill or other forest products processing facility to be located in the State;
  • 2. Requiring contractors harvesting timber at state parks, historic sites and the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to be established businesses in the State and to meet other requirements;
  • 3. Requiring forest products harvested or collected from state parks, historic sites, public lands or the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, unless used by the state parks, historic sites or Allagash Wilderness Waterway, to be sold to a sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to be processed or manufactured at the facility;
  • 4. Declaring that it is in the public interest and for the general benefit of the people of the State that title, possession and the responsibility for the management of nonreserved public lands be vested and established in the bureau acting on behalf of the people of the State and that the lands be managed to demonstrate exemplary land management practices, including silvicultural, wildlife and recreational practices, that reflect state policies governing management of forested and related types of lands; and
  • 5. Requiring that the annual report dealing with public reserved lands identify persons who conduct timber harvesting on the lands and the sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to which the forest products derived from the harvesting were delivered.


LD 1545 An Act Regarding the Testing of Adult Use Marijuana and Marijuana Products Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1545
This bill amends the provisions regarding the testing of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by:
  • 1. Requiring that any testing conform to any applicable state or federal process, protocol or standard for the testing of tobacco; and
  • 2. Providing that if a testing facility does not test adult use marijuana or an adult use marijuana product within 5 days of receiving the marijuana or marijuana product from a licensee, the licensee may sell or distribute the marijuana or marijuana product if the marijuana or marijuana product is labeled "Untested." If upon testing a testing facility determines that the marijuana or marijuana product exceeds the maximum level of allowable contamination for any contaminant that is injurious to health and for which testing is required, the testing facility is required to immediately notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the licensee. The licensee is required to recover, document, quarantine and hold the marijuana or marijuana product for either remediation and retesting or destruction by the department.


LD 1561 An Act To Amend the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Laws and Enhance the Economic Vitality of Neighboring Communities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1561
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by requiring the commission to coordinate with neighboring municipalities by engaging in regional land use planning and directing future development into the communities where possible and consistent with municipal comprehensive land use plans. In order to ensure that the commission has current, critical data necessary for regional planning, the bill directs the commission to conduct a land use structure inventory by July 1, 2020. The bill also changes the appointment process for members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to ensure that a statewide perspective and relevant areas of expertise are represented on the commission.

LD 1684 An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Public hearing held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1684
Currently, Maine has no minimum age at which a child may be prosecuted for a crime. The purpose of this bill is to prevent children under 12 years of age from being prosecuted for crimes, to prevent children under 14 years of age from being incarcerated, to eliminate the current requirement that, if committed, a juvenile must be committed for at least a year and to prevent courts from imposing dispositions against juveniles that involve commitment without exhausting all other less restrictive alternatives. The bill also mandates regular opportunities for judicial review of a juvenile's commitment in addition to providing an appellate avenue for relief from unfavorable reviews.

The bill provides that if a court imposes a disposition that involves incarceration, the court must conduct a detailed analysis on the record explaining the rationale for the disposition. Such a disposition is authorized only if the court finds certain criteria by clear and convincing evidence. If the court commits a juvenile to a facility, the bill requires periodic judicial review of the incarceration to ensure that the rehabilitative purposes of incarceration are not being outweighed by the harm caused by incarceration.

The overarching goal of this bill is to ensure that fewer children are in the juvenile justice system and that, if and when they do become involved in the system, there is a presumption against incarceration and a requirement for the regular review of any commitment imposed, in order to minimize the harm that incarceration can cause children.

This bill amends the statute governing a juvenile's right to counsel to specify that the right to counsel attaches at the juvenile's initial appearance and continues until the court no longer has jurisdiction over the juvenile, including all post-dispositional hearings and during the time of commitment. This bill also requires counsel appointed by the court to continue to represent the juvenile throughout all proceedings concerning the juvenile, unless relieved by the court.

LD 1749 An Act To Amend the State's Hemp Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-299 and House amendment H-630, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1749
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and defines "indoor square footage";
  • 2. Allows a person to plant and grow up to 3 hemp plants on no more than one acre of land area or indoor square footage and to harvest, possess and process that hemp for personal use without a license;
  • 3. Clarifies that a person licensed to grow hemp may grow hemp from a clone that is produced from seeds acquired from a certified seed source or hemp propagated from tissue cultures that are removed from live plants grown from seeds acquired from a certified seed source;
  • 4. This bill allows a person who holds a license to save seeds from hemp plants that the person has grown and harvested and, after having ensured through testing by an independent 3rd-party tester that the plants that will grow from the seeds will meet the definition of hemp, to use those seeds for breeding and planting hemp. It also requires a person who holds a license, within 14 days after planting hemp seeds or clones, to provide to the commissioner a listing of the varieties of seeds or clones planted and a statement that the seeds or clones meet the definition of hemp.
  • 5. Directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to adopt rules to establish a certified hemp seed program based on international standards that includes a registry of seed varieties to allow a person desiring to grow hemp for commercial purposes to import hemp seeds through the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry;
  • 6. Allows for the indoor production of hemp;
  • 7. Increases the period a hemp license is valid from one year to 2 years;
  • 8. Requires a person who is licensed to plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy hemp to provide the commissioner with a final legal description of the land area or indoor square footage to be used for the production of hemp and a map, an aerial photograph or global positioning coordinates sufficient for locating each field, site, building, enclosed structure, greenhouse, high tunnel structure or row cover where hemp is growing within 14 days of planting hemp; and
  • 9. Provides that the legal description of the land area or indoor square footage to be used for the production of hemp is confidential and may be shared with state, county and local government agencies only for purposes of administration and enforcement of the law. However, the bill specifies that summary reports of information designated as confidential may be released to the public using aggregate data that does not reveal the location of a field, site, building, enclosed structure, greenhouse, high tunnel structure or row cover where hemp is grown, handled or stored;
  • 10. Provides that hemp and hemp products may not be tracked as part of the medical use of marijuana program or the regulation of adult use marijuana. It state that the rules applicable to hemp, medical use of marijuana and adult use of marijuana may not prohibit or limit the sale of hemp or hemp products in medical marijuana dispensaries, by medical marijuana caregivers or in adult use marijuana establishments.
  • 11. Requires the rules adopted by the commissioner to include rules regarding seed importation and a certified hemp seed program, testing and tracking hemp during cultivation, tracking hemp from harvest through processing to the point of sale, tracking hemp from processing to the manufacturing of hemp products and tracking and labeling for sale harvested hemp and hemp products;
  • 12. Requires all state agencies to review the laws and rules applicable to their areas of jurisdiction that pertain to hemp seeds and crops, agricultural commodities and products derived from hemp, and topical or ingestible consumer products, including food, food additives and food products derived from hemp, and to identify laws and rules that require amendment to bring them into agreement with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, chapter 406-A and Title 22, section 2158-A. The bill requires those state agencies, by January 1, 2020, to submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports, including proposals for legislation to bring their laws and rules into agreement with Title 7, chapter 406-A and Title 22, section 2158-A; and
  • 13. Fixes cross-references.


Amendment S-299
This amendment amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions relating to the indoor growing of hemp, including instead and incorporating those provisions of existing law regarding the indoor growing of hemp as enacted through Public Law 2019, chapter 115, section 1.
  • 2. It requires a person who manufactures, sells, offers for sale or serves ingestible consumer products containing hemp or cannabidiol derived hemp to be licensed under other applicable laws, such as licenses for eating establishments or liquor licenses.
  • 3. It excludes hemp from the application of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act and the Marijuana Legalization Act and clarifies the scope of the definitions of "hashish" and "hemp" within the Maine Criminal Code.
  • 4. It amends the Maine Food Law to provide that the sale, offering for sale or serving of a food, food additive or food product containing cannabidiol derived from hemp by a retail store, hotel, restaurant or other public eating place is not considered misbranded food if certain information regarding the product is provided on the packaging or to consumers.
  • 5. It provides that the nonpharmaceutical or nonmedical manufacturing of food, food additives or food products within the State that contain hemp may not be prohibited within the State based solely on the inclusion of hemp.
  • 6. It authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to report out legislation upon the receipt of any report regarding hemp as provided for in the bill.
  • 7. It directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a preliminary program for the indoor cultivation of hemp.
  • 8. It removes from the bill the requirement that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry establish a certified hemp seed program.
  • 9. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment H-630
This amendment amends the definition of "hemp."

LD 1749 Chaptered Law
LD 1749 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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