The legislation listed below was enacted in the 129th legislature. For each bill listed, the Secretary of State approved the circulation of a petition that, if successful in gathering sufficient signatures, will place the bill on the ballot. The ballot that follows a successful People's Veto petition for a bill would allow voters to veto the enacted bill.
As of February 25, 2020, no People's Veto petitions are approved for circulation and one People's Veto petition, for LD 798, has enough signatures to appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot. The "plain English" summary of what was enacted, written by the Revisor of Statutes, are listed below along with links to the full PDF versions of the bills (i.e., Chaptered law). For additional information including filing deadlines and proponents, visit the Secretary of State's website.
|LD 798||An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements||Sponsor ⚊ Representative Ryan Tipping|
|Topic ⚊ Public Health: Environment and Safety
Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019. People's veto petition certified to appear on March 3, 2020 ballot: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
For each Citizen Initiative, the Revisor's "plain English" summary of the intent of the proposed legislation along with a link to a PDF text version of the bill taken from the Secretary of State's website are given below.
As of February 25, 2020, none of these petitions has received enough signatures to appear on a ballot; changes in that status will be noted below. For additional information, visit the Secretary of State's website.
|Resolve, To Reject the New England Clean Energy Connect Transmission Project
Status: Secretary of State Dunlap will issue a decision on whether the number of signatures submitted is sufficient to place this on the November ballot by March 4, 2020
This initiated bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to amend "Order Granting Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and Approving Stipulation," entered by the Public Utilities Commission on May 3, 2019 for the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project. The amended order must find that the construction and operation of the NECEC transmission project are not in the public interest and that there is not a public need for the NECEC transmission project. There not being a public need, the amended order must deny the request for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the NECEC transmission project.
No Corridor Initiative (full text)
|An Act To Prevent Female Genital Mutilation|
This initiated bill defines "female genital mutilation" as the circumcision, excision, mutilation or infibulation, in whole or in part, of the labia majora, labia minora or clitoris of a female individual but excludes from the definition medical procedures that are necessary to the health of the female individual or performed for medical purposes on a female individual in labor or who has just given birth, as long as the medical procedure was performed by a person licensed in the State by the Board of Licensure in Medicine or the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or by a licensed midwife or a person in an approved training program under the direct supervision and control of a physician or midwife licensed in this State.
Because certified midwives and certified professional midwives are not required to be licensed in the State until January 1, 2020, the initiated bill clarifies that necessary medical procedures performed by a certified midwife or certified professional midwife, or by an individual in an approved training program under the direct supervision and control of a certified midwife or certified professional midwife, are also excluded from the definition of "female genital mutilation."
The initiated bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly perform female genital mutilation on a female individual under 18 years of age, to knowingly remove a female individual under 18 years of age from this State for purposes of female genital mutilation or to knowingly consent to or permit female genital mutilation of a female individual under 18 years of age. Under the provisions of the initiated bill, it is not a defense that the victim or the parent, guardian or person who has immediate custody of the victim consented to the procedure or believed that it was desirable or required as part of custom, religion or ritual.
The initiated bill extends the statute of limitations for female genital mutilation offenses to the 25th birthday of a victim of female genital mutilation of a minor.
The initiated bill makes it a Class E crime for mandated reporters to knowingly fail to report to the Department of Health and Human Services instances of female genital mutilation of a minor and for mandated reporters to knowingly fail to report circumstances in which a female individual under 18 years of age is in high likelihood of imminent harm through female genital mutilation.The initiated bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services, to the extent existing resources are available, to develop and institute a community outreach program regarding female genital mutilation that provides support services, training and educational materials.
Female Genital Mutilation Initiative (full text)
|An Act To Require Employers To Provide Earned Paid Sick Leave to Eligible Employees|
This initiated bill requires all private and public employers to provide eligible employees earned paid sick leave at a rate of no less than one hour for every 30 hours worked by an employee. Eligible employees may use earned paid sick leave for illness or medical care of the employee or the employee’s family. The initiated bill allows employees to take up to 40 hours of earned paid sick leave each year and requires employers to allow employees to carry forward at least 40 hours of unused earned paid sick leave to the following year.
Earned Paid Sick Leave Initiative (full text)
|An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and Temporary Registration Plates|
This initiated bill changes the excise tax on motor vehicles and camper trailers to $200 per year. It also increases the period of time for which a temporary registration plate is valid from 14 to 30 days.
Automobile Excise Tax Initiative (full text)
|An Act To Create Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Persons Convicted of Certain Sex Offenses Against Victims under 12 Years of Age|
This initiated bill creates a 25-year minimum mandatory sentence of imprisonment followed by probation for life for persons convicted of gross sexual assault against victims who have not attained 12 years of age and requires that these persons, when released from prison, be subject to supervision by the Department of Corrections that includes the best available monitoring technology for the duration of the probation. The initiated bill also creates a mandatory life sentence of imprisonment for a person convicted of gross sexual assault against a victim who has not attained 12 years of age if that person has a prior conviction for gross sexual assault, rape or gross sexual misconduct against a victim who had not attained 12 years of age.
Mandatory Minimum Sentence for Persons Convicted of Certain Sex Offenses Against Victims under 12 Years of Age Initiative (full text)
|An Act To Clarify Voter Eligibility|
This initiated bill amends the voter qualification statute to emphasize that only those persons who meet the requirements listed in that section of law may vote in an election in a municipality. The requirements listed in the existing statute include that the person must be a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years of age by the time of the general election, have established and maintain a voting residence in the municipality and be registered to vote in that municipality.
An Act to Clarify Voter Eligibility (full text)
|Title: Ch. 539, Public Laws of 2019, An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine|
Ballot Question: Do you want to reject a new law that would require presidential elections in Maine to be decided using ranked-choice voting?
The law being rejected by the petition is LD 1083 as amended by Committee amendment S-313.