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 November 16, 2019, no petitions are approved for circulation and one petition has enough signatures to appear on a ballot. The "plain English" summaries 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 November 16, 2019, 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|
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 Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act|
This initiated bill enacts the Maine Death with Dignity Act authorizing a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person's attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined in the Act, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person's life. The initiated bill establishes the procedures for making these requests, including 2 waiting periods and one written and 2 oral requests and requires a 2nd opinion by a consulting physician. The initiated bill requires specified information to be documented in the person's medical record, including all oral and written requests for a medication to hasten death.
The initiated bill requires the attending and consulting physicians to assess the patient for depression or other mental health condition that impairs judgment. If the attending or consulting physician, in the physician's professional opinion, believes such a condition exists, the patient must be evaluated and treated by a state-licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker or clinical professional counselor. Medication to end a patient's life in a humane and dignified manner may not be prescribed until the person performing the counseling determines that the patient is not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment.
The initiated bill prohibits a provision in a contract, will or other agreement from being conditioned upon, or affected by, a person's making or rescinding a request for medication under the Act. The initiated bill prohibits the sale, procurement or issuance of any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy or the rate charged for any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy from being conditioned upon or affected by the making or rescinding of such a request.
The initiated bill authorizes a health care provider to prohibit its employees, independent contractors or other persons or entities, including other health care providers, from participating in activities under the Act while on premises owned by or under the management or direct control of that prohibiting health care provider or while acting within the course and scope of any employment by, or contract with, the prohibiting health care provider.
The initiated bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly alter or forge a request for medication to end a person's life without that person's authorization or to conceal or destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request for medication, if it is done with the intent or effect of causing the person's death. The initiated bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly coerce or exert undue influence on a person to request medication for the purpose of ending that person's life or to destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request. The initiated bill provides that the Act does not authorize ending a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia and provides that action taken in accordance with the Act does not constitute, among other things, suicide or homicide.The initiated bill requires health care providers to submit specified information to the Department of Health and Human Services upon their writing a prescription for or dispensing medication under the Act and after the death of the qualified patient. The initiated bill requires the department to generate and make available to the public an annual statistical report of information collected regarding compliance with the Act. The initiated bill requires a copy of the report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health matters annually by March 1st.
Death with Dignity 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)