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Senator Bill Diamond [Democrat]
Cumberland ~ District 26

Towns in District: Baldwin, Casco, Frye Island, Raymond, Standish and Windham

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Senatorial Vote (Chair)

Joint Committees:
♦ Transportation (Chair)
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

✉ William.Diamond@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 10 Crown Point
Windham, Maine 04062


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters45%
Maine People's Alliance, 201867%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20189 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201780%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 165 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-317, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 165
This bill repeals the provision of law that prohibits a person who has been issued a learner's permit from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone. It repeals the section of law that prohibits minors from operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone and also repeals the section of law that prohibits any person from operating a motor vehicle while engaging in text messaging.

The bill incorporates the definition of "mobile telephone" into the definition of "handheld electronic device." It excludes text messaging from the definition of "using" to reflect the different penalties for using a handheld electronic device and for text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.

The bill expands the prohibition on minors and a person who has been issued a learner's permit operating a motor vehicle while using a handheld electronic device to prohibit all persons operating a motor vehicle from using a handheld electronic device.

The bill includes exceptions to the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle that allow for hands-free operation of the device and for using a handheld electronic device to communicate with law enforcement or emergency services personnel under emergency circumstances. The exceptions do not apply to text messaging.

The bill provides that the penalty for a first offense of the prohibition against using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is $75 and the penalty for a 2nd or subsequent offense within a 3-year period is $150.

Amendment S-317
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates a fund within the Department of Transportation for fine revenue collected in the enforcement of the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle on a public way.
  • 2. It makes definitions uniform across the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A for restrictions on the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones and on texting by drivers, drivers operating with an intermediate license and drivers operating with a learner's permit.
  • 3. It clarifies that there is no exception for using a handheld electronic device or mobile telephone while a motor vehicle is stopped in traffic, but does permit use when a car is pulled over in a safe location.
  • 4. It incorporates exceptions for radios, hands-free features, medical devices, ignition interlock devices, which are part of the operating equipment of the motor vehicle, and electronic logging devices and other equipment permitted under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations.
  • 5. It creates an exception for contacting emergency services personnel in emergency situations.
  • 6. It defines and makes an exception for the use of handheld electronic devices and mobile telephones in hands-free mode for certain drivers.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 165 Chaptered Law
LD 165 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 546 An Act To Enhance Highway Safety by Strengthening the So-called Move Over Law Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-98, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 546
This bill increases from $250 to $350 the minimum fine for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

Amendment S-98
This amendment increases the minimum fine from $250 to $275 for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

LD 546 Chaptered Law
LD 546 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 548 An Act Regarding Charging a Person under 18 Years of Age with the Crime of Engaging in Prostitution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-48, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
LD 548
This bill prohibits minors from being charged with the crime of engaging in prostitution.

Amendment S-48
This amendment changes the title of the bill and conforms the reference to a person's age to the drafting standards of the Maine Criminal Code.

LD 548 Chaptered Law
LD 548 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 552 An Act Relating to Penalties for an Employer for the Retail Sale of Tobacco Products to a Minor when the Employer Possesses a Driver's License Reader Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 552
This bill provides that an employer who sells tobacco products and who has an electronic age verification device is not subject to a civil violation if a person employed by the employer does not use the electronic age verification device to verify a person's age for the sale of tobacco products and sells a tobacco product to a person who has not attained 21 years of age.

LD 787 An Act To Support Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 787
This bill provides for the admissibility in a criminal trial of a recording of a statement of a child under 16 years of age who is a victim of sexual abuse if certain requirements are met, including that the court is satisfied that the statement possesses particularized guarantees of trustworthiness. The child must be available at the trial and be available for cross-examination, unless the court finds certain grounds exist to determine that the child is unavailable to testify. The person who interviewed the child for the recording must be available at trial.

LD 1355 An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Civilian Employees Who Work for the Department of Public Safety Crime Lab and Computer Crimes Unit Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-201, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1355
This bill allows civilian employees in the employment of the Department of Public Safety, Maine State Police Crime Laboratory or computer crimes unit to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit.

Amendment S-201
This amendment clarifies the type of civilian employees in the employment of the Department of Public Safety, Maine State Police Crime Laboratory or computer crimes unit that can elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It also clarifies the date by which an employee must elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan and specifies when that employee's participation in the 1998 Special Plan becomes effective. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1355 fiscal note
LD 1355 Amendment S-201 fiscal note
LD 1409 An Act To Improve Price Transparency of Prescription Drugs Sold in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1409
Under current law, pharmacy benefits managers are required to register with the State. This bill imposes additional requirements on pharmacy benefits managers. The bill requires pharmacy benefits managers to file certain information with the State when registering and imposes an annual reporting requirement on pharmacy benefits managers related to rebates beginning June 1, 2020. The bill also requires that a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager certify on an annual basis that each health plan offered in this State by the carrier will pass on at least 50% of any prescription drug savings and rebates negotiated by the carrier's pharmacy benefits manager for the benefit of enrollees in the health plan.

In addition, the bill directs the Maine Health Data Organization to annually report to the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance information related to prescription drug costs and prescription drug price increases. The bill also directs the Superintendent of Insurance to require certain information related to price increases from drug manufacturers.

LD 1528 An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Motor Vehicle Fees Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-164, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 18, 2019
LD 1528
This bill:
  • 1. Increases the one-time fee for an out-of-rotation registration plate and for a reserved registration number from $15 to $25, the same as for a vanity registration plate fee;
  • 2. Increases the registration transfer fee for a trailer under 2,000 pounds from $5 to $8, making the fee the same as for other registration transfers;
  • 3. Increases the motorcycle rider education school and instructor license fees to match fees for other business licenses issued by the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, such as certain dealer licenses;
  • 4. Increases driver education school and instructor license fees to match other business license fees;
  • 5. Increases the fee for a duplicate registration certificate from $2 to $5; and
  • 6. Reduces the driver's license fees for persons 65 years of age and over by $1 to provide equity in the fees assessed on driver's licenses issued to this demographic.


Amendment S-164
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1528 Chaptered Law
LD 1528 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1554 Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Reform Child Protective Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1554
This resolve establishes the Commission To Reform Child Protective Services. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1555 An Act To Improve Highway Maintenance Safety Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1555
This bill amends current law to allow vehicles engaged in highway maintenance or in emergency rescue operations by emergency management and public safety agencies and public service vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary lights that emit a combination of amber and white lights or any shade between amber and white. It also allows the use of green lighting for any highway maintenance vehicle that is operating under the direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority.

This bill also amends current law to allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to remove a vehicle from the Maine Turnpike if it is improperly parked, abandoned or interfering with snow removal in the same manner that the Department of Transportation may remove such a vehicle on a road under its jurisdiction. It also clarifies that a 3rd-party agent such as an independent contractor working for the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority is entitled to the same immunity from liability for these removals as employees of the department or authority.

Amendment S-206
This amendment clarifies that a municipal public works vehicle or vehicle operating under direction of the Department of Transportation or the Maine Turnpike Authority may be equipped with green, white or amber auxiliary lights, which may be located on the front, rear or sides of the vehicle and may flash, oscillate, strobe or blink.

This amendment also makes minor technical changes to section 2 of the bill.

LD 1555 Chaptered Law
LD 1555 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1604 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1604
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000 in both 2019 and 2020, will be used for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, matching an estimated $137,000,000 per year in federal and other funds.

LD 1850 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities (Governor's Bill) Status: Under suspension of the rules, Engrossed without committee reference in both chambers, Enacted in both chambers, August, 26, 2019, Governor's action pending
LD 1850
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $105,000,000, will be used to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds.

LD 1850 fiscal note
LD 49 An Act Regarding the Designation of Traumatic Brain Injury on Driver's Licenses and Nondriver Identification Cards Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-519 and Senate amendment S-360, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 49
This bill requires the Secretary of State, upon request, to issue a sticker to be placed on a person's driver's license or nondriver identification card to indicate that the person has a traumatic brain injury.

Amendment H-519
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and:
  • 1. Directs the Secretary of State to issue wallet-sized acquired brain injury identification cards to persons who voluntarily request a card;
  • 2. Allows the Secretary of State to require documentation of an acquired brain injury;
  • 3. Provides requirements for the application for and issuance of an acquired brain injury identification card; and
  • 4. Allows the Secretary of State to determine by rule any additional information about acquired brain injury that must be placed on an acquired brain injury identification card.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-360
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 49 Chaptered Law
LD 49 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 84 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Allow Spouses To Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-135, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 84
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the current federal 1915(c) waiver so that eligible members receiving home and community-based services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 19 will be able to receive services provided by spouses who are employed as personal support specialists to provide those services. It requires the department to amend its rules after the amended waiver approval has been received from the Federal Government. The resolve requires the department to provide an interim report regarding the progress in applying for, receiving and implementing the amended waiver and a final report with data on the number of individuals receiving services from spouses, any information about costs or savings and recommendations about the feasibility for similarly expanding other MaineCare programs or other potential waiver programs available under Medicaid.

Amendment H-135
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the resolve.

LD 84 fiscal note
LD 84 Amendment H-135 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 122 An Act To Prohibit an Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 122
This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring that a prospective employee's compensation history meet certain criteria. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected prospective employee by the Department of Labor or the affected employee.

LD 129 An Act To Protect a Child from Misuse of Identity Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 129
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to protect a child from the misuse of the identity of the child for household, business or commercial purposes. The rules must provide for releases to make an inquiry, to review information and to refer a matter to the Attorney General if the department finds that a child's identity has been misused. The bill requires the department to report by April 1st each year to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the results of child identity inquiries, reviews of information and referrals.

LD 141 An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 141
This bill makes it a traffic infraction to consume marijuana or a marijuana product, to possess an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or to place marijuana or a marijuana product in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a nonmarijuana substance. This bill is similar to the provisions of law making consuming alcohol or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle a traffic infraction.

LD 166 An Act To Protect Schoolchildren by Providing Additional Enforcement and Prevention Options for Unlawful Passing of a School Bus Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-207, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 166
This bill increases the penalty for overtaking a school bus when the bus has stopped with its red lights flashing from a $250 minimum fine to a $500 minimum fine for the first offense and increases the driver's license suspension from 30 days to 60 days for a 2nd offense.

Amendment S-207
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Instead of increasing the penalty for the illegal passing of a school bus as in the bill, the amendment allows the State or a municipality to use a traffic surveillance camera mounted on a school bus to prove, enforce or open an investigation into a violation of illegally passing a school bus.

The amendment provides that information recorded by a traffic surveillance camera mounted on a school bus is confidential and may be used only to prove, enforce or open an investigation into a violation and may not be retained for more than 30 days unless it is used to open an investigation. It also clarifies that the penalty provision in statute regarding overtaking and passing school buses applies only to the passing or overtaking of a school bus.

The amendment also allows school buses to be equipped with extended stop arms that when activated extend 3 to 6 feet outward from the left side of a school bus.

LD 166 Chaptered Law
LD 166 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 210 An Act To Increase Technology and Engineering Education for Grades 7 to 12 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 210
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures to enhance technology and engineering education for students in grades 7 to 12. The measures include, but are not limited to:

  • 1. Changing the industrial arts/technology teacher endorsement to a technology and engineering endorsement and amending the endorsement requirements. The amended endorsement requirements would grandfather all current teachers who hold an industrial arts/technology endorsement and make them technology and engineering teachers. The amended endorsement requirements would also allow a college graduate with an engineering degree to obtain a technology and engineering endorsement; and
  • 2. Creating 3 categories of science endorsements: life science, physical science and technology and engineering.


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 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

LD 241 An Act To Adjust the Personal Property Tax Exemption for Farm Machinery Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-335, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 241
This bill increases the amount of the exemption from personal property taxation for farm machinery from $10,000 to $45,000.

Amendment H-335
This amendment provides a time frame for implementation of the increase in the property tax exemption for farm machinery, provides administrative provisions for the Bureau of Revenue Services to enforce the exemption and verify required state reimbursement amounts and requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 100% of property taxes lost as a result of the increase in the exemption.

This amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 241 Amendment H-335 fiscal note
LD 243 An Act To Create an Hourly Rate Compensation System for Loggers and Truckers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 243
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create an hourly rate compensation system for loggers and truckers.

LD 244 Resolve, To Rename the Stinson Bridge the Woodsome-Carroll Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-2, Finally passed, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 244
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Stinson Bridge in the Town of Waterboro and the Town of Limerick the Woodsome-Carroll Bridge.

Amendment S-2
This amendment requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Stinson Bridge in the Town of Waterboro and the Town of Limerick the Woodsome Bridge.

LD 244 Chaptered Law
LD 244 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 254 An Act To Clarify Liquor Label Approval and Registration Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-27, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 254
This bill requires that all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are manufactured in Maine and are not shipped, distributed or sold in interstate commerce.

The bill also requires manufacturers to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products sold in the State with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are sold by a Maine manufacturer directly to consumers for on-premises consumption or in a keg to a Maine retailer licensed to sell liquor for on-premises consumption. The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is required to adopt rules establishing requirements for label registration that are consistent with the regulations promulgated by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau pursuant to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, 27 United States Code, Section 205(e).

Amendment S-27
This amendment clarifies that the liquor label approval and registration requirements in the bill apply to hard cider as well as malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products.

The amendment further exempts Maine manufacturers from the requirement to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine, hard cider and low-alcohol spirits products with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations if those products are given as complimentary samples to consumers or sold to customers as samples.



LD 254 Chaptered Law
LD 254 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 279 An Act To Raise Juror Pay to $50 per Day Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-24, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 279
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $50.

Amendment S-24
This amendment adds an appropriation and allocations section and incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 279 Amendment S-24 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 458 An Act To Require Motorists To Yield to Transit Buses Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-129, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 458
This bill requires an operator of a vehicle to yield the right-of-way to a transit bus traveling in the same direction if the transit bus has signaled and is reentering the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder of the roadway.

Amendment S-129
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment requires that the operator of a vehicle on a public way that has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less must yield the right-of-way to a transit bus that has an illuminated yield sign on the left side of the rear of the bus and the bus driver has activated a turn signal to reenter the traffic flow from a bus stop or shoulder on the roadway. The amendment also clarifies the definition of "transit bus."

LD 458 Chaptered Law
LD 458 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 481 An Act To Allow the Expansion of the Types of Newspapers That Qualify as Legal Notice Publishers by Removing the 2nd Class Postal Matter Requirement Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 481
This bill removes from the law governing publication of legal notices the requirement that, in order for a newspaper to publish notices, it must be entered as 2nd class postal matter in the United States mails.

LD 490 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the Authority To Change the Opening Dates of Trapping Seasons Based on Weather Conditions Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-9, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 490
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change a trapping season opening date if weather conditions make that change necessary.

Amendment S-9
This amendment replaces the bill. It gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to extend any open trapping season on any game species for up to 21 days if the commissioner has concerns about weather conditions or other unforeseen factors that may prevent publicly derived management goals from being met as long as the decision is based on sound scientific wildlife management principles.

LD 490 Chaptered Law
LD 490 Chaptered Law 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 500 An Act To Extend the Limitation on Prescribing Opioids for Certain Individuals with Chronic Pain (By request) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 500
Current law prohibits an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication from prescribing more than a 30-day supply of an opioid medication to a patient under treatment for chronic pain. This bill allows an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication to prescribe no more than a 6-month supply of an opioid medication to a patient under treatment for chronic pain who has been prescribed medication for chronic pain continually for at least 5 years or is 63 years of age or older.

LD 502 An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-200, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 502
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
  • 2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
  • 5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.


Amendment H-200
This amendment strikes and replaces the title and the bill. The amendment establishes the Summer Success Pilot Program and corresponding fund to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success pilot programs in school administrative units throughout the State and does the following:
  • 1. It provides that the fund is established as a General Fund carrying account within the Department of Education to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State and that only General Fund appropriations may be paid into the fund;
  • 2. It requires the Commissioner of Education to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success pilot programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to those of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success pilot programs;
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding from the fund, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success pilot programs and that the department must prioritize distribution of funding to school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program;
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act; and
  • 5. It requires the Commissioner of Education to annually report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs on the number of school administrative units administering summer success pilot programs, the nature of the summer success pilot programs receiving money from the fund, the amount of money distributed and the number of children participating in a summer success pilot program. The report must also include a recommendation on whether the pilot program should continue as a pilot program, be modified or become a permanent program.


LD 502 Amendment H-200 fiscal note
LD 503 An Act To Provide Additional Funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 503
This bill provides funding for the Maine Bicentennial Commission, which was enacted in Resolve 2017, chapter 25. The bill provides one-time funds to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council in fiscal year 2019-20 for the expenses associated with the planning of the State of Maine bicentennial celebration.

LD 535 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 535
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.

LD 536 An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 536
Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.

LD 551 An Act To Ban Nicotine Liquid Containers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 551
This bill prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a person from selling, furnishing or giving away a nicotine liquid container.

LD 572 An Act Regarding the State Bird Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 572
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to specify the black-capped chickadee or the boreal chickadee as the state bird.

LD 597 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project Authorizing the Use of Traffic Surveillance Cameras on Castine Road in Orland (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 597
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to establish a pilot project allowing the use of traffic surveillance cameras to prove or enforce a violation of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A on Castine Road in Orland and requires the department to submit a report evaluating the results of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by January 15, 2021.

LD 599 An Act To Ensure Fair Access and Pricing for Residents Who Use the Maine State Ferry Service Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 599
This bill requires that state support to the Marine Highway account must fund 100% of the capital and operating costs of the Maine State Ferry Service. It also requires the Department of Transportation to establish, by rule, ferry tolls separately for each route of travel and to adopt no later than November 1, 2019 the toll rates that were in effect on May 20, 2018.

LD 648 An Act To Improve Reporting of Operating Under the Influence Offenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-152, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 648
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to maintain separate categories in its uniform crime reporting for offenses that involve operating under the influence of alcohol, offenses that involve operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and offenses that involve operating under a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.

Amendment H-152
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters regarding the incidence of operating under the influence offenses pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2411. The report must include separate categories for offenses involving operating under the influence of alcohol, for offenses involving operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and for offenses involving operating under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The report is due by April 1st each year beginning in 2020.

LD 648 Chaptered Law
LD 648 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 649 An Act To Enhance Collaboration among State Agencies To Improve Landowner Relations Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 649
This bill directs all state agencies and in particular the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to implement the landowner relations program. This bill directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to organize the collaboration to distribute as evenly as practicable the burden experienced by the various agencies arising from the public use of private lands.

LD 650 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Landowner Relations Program Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 650
This bill provides ongoing funding for 5 additional Deputy Game Warden positions and associated costs in the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

LD 689 An Act Regarding Temporary Signs Related to an Event That Are Placed in the Public Right-of-way Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 689
This bill limits the placement of temporary signs related to an event in the public right-of-way by prohibiting their placement more than 6 weeks before the event.

LD 733 An Act To Promote Keeping Workers in Maine Status: Referred to Labor and Housing, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-280 and adopted Senate amendment S-208, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 733
This bill prohibits an employer from requiring or entering into a so-called noncompete agreement with an employee earning wages that are at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. A noncompete agreement is defined as a contract or contract provision that prohibits an employee or prospective employee from working in the same or a similar profession or in a specified geographic area for a certain period of time following termination of employment. If an employer requires a noncompete agreement for a position of employment, the employer must disclose that requirement in any advertisement for that position, and an employer must provide an employee or prospective employee with a copy of a noncompete agreement at least 3 business days before requiring that employee or prospective employee to sign the agreement. An employer that violates this law commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $5,000 may be adjudged. The Department of Labor is responsible for enforcement of the law. The terms of a noncompete agreement, except for a noncompete agreement with a physician, are not in effect until after an employee has been employed with the employer for at least one year or a period of 6 months from the date the agreement was signed, whichever is later.

The bill also prohibits a restrictive employment agreement between 2 or more employers that prohibits or restricts one employer from soliciting or hiring another employer's employees or former employees.

Amendment H-280
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It moves the language in the bill to another location in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26 and restricts the enforceability of noncompete agreements to the extent that they are reasonable and are no broader than necessary to protect a legitimate business interest of the employer, such as trade secrets, confidential information or goodwill. It also adds a presumption that a noncompete agreement is necessary if the legitimate business interest cannot be adequately protected through an alternative restrictive covenant. As in the bill, it also provides for ongoing appropriations to provide for enforcement of the provisions.

Amendment S-208
This amendment prohibits an employer from requiring or permitting an employee earning wages at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, instead of at or below 300% of the federal poverty level as in the committee amendment, to enter into a noncompete agreement with the employer.

LD 733 Amendment H-280 fiscal note
LD 733 Amendment S-208 fiscal note

LD 778 An Act To Create the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 778
This bill establishes the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety as a program account in the Highway Fund within the Department of Transportation. The bill provides that the fund must be used for pedestrian safety improvements, such as lights, paint, signs, speed bumps and reconstruction of intersections. The bill also provides that a municipality or a group of municipalities may apply for funding from the fund. Up to 80% of project costs for pedestrian safety improvements may be financed from the fund with the remainder of the costs provided by the municipality or group of municipalities, except that up to 100% of proposed project costs for pedestrian safety improvements may be financed from the fund if the project is located within an area identified by the Department of Transportation as a dangerous intersection based on pedestrian crash data. The bill also requires the department to notify municipalities of the required biennial report and pedestrian crash data. Finally, the bill provides that the Fund for Municipalities To Improve Pedestrian Safety receives revenue from uncommitted balances in the Multimodal Transportation Fund and other funds from any public or private source.

LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 881 An Act To Ensure Equitable Treatment of Super Pack License Holders in Antlerless Deer Permit Lotteries Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-186, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 881
This bill allows the holder of a super pack license who obtains an antlerless deer permit to also participate in an antlerless deer permit lottery.

Amendment H-186
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It specifies that a person who obtains a super pack license also receives an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions and the opportunity to enter a bonus antlerless-only deer permit lottery. It also allows a super pack licensee to enter an antlerless deer permit lottery if that person does not obtain an antlerless deer permit under certain conditions specified in law.

LD 881 Chaptered Law
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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 916 An Act To Improve the Child Protective Court System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 916
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill would establish a process within the court system to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that child protective cases involving the same child are assigned to and heard by the same judge throughout the entire process while the child is a minor.

LD 923 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade Municipal Culverts at Stream Crossings Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 923
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used for a competitive grant program that matches local funding for the upgrade of municipal culverts at stream crossings in order to enhance and restore rivers, streams and fish and wildlife habitats and to allow communities to better prepare for extreme storms and floods.

LD 945 Resolve, To Establish the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-557 and Senate amendment S-353, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 945
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a blue ribbon commission to study and recommend additional funding options to adequately fund the State's transportation infrastructure maintenance program.

Amendment H-557
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that establishes the Blue Ribbon Commission To Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for the State's Transportation Systems. The commission has 15 members. It is required to report on its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 3, 2020.

Amendment S-353
This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.

LD 945 Chaptered Law
LD 945 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 965 An Act To Restrict Cell Phone Use by Students While in School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 965
This bill requires the Department of Education to adopt major substantive rules restricting the use of cellular telephones by students.

LD 970 An Act To Encourage Policies Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units under Local Comprehensive Plans and Zoning Requirements Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-179, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 970
This bill directs municipalities to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, which are dwelling units located within a detached single-family dwelling unit.

Amendment H-179
This amendment expands the definition of "accessory dwelling unit" to include a dwelling unit attached to and detached from another single-dwelling unit. It clarifies that municipalities are encouraged to develop policies in the comprehensive planning process that provide for accessory dwelling units, but it does not require municipalities to permit accessory dwelling units. It reorganizes the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 4236, subsection 3-A, paragraph G for ease of understanding.

LD 970 Chaptered Law
LD 970 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 991 Resolve, To Expunge Criminal and Civil Records Related to Marijuana Activities Legalized by the Voters of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 991
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to expunge, by July 1, 2020, all records relating to criminal convictions and civil violations for conduct now authorized by the adult use of marijuana provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 998 Resolve, Requiring the Collection of Data on the Marriage of Minors Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 5, 2019
LD 998
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention through its division of data, research and vital statistics to report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on data on the incidence of marriage of minors in the State. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 998 Chaptered Law
LD 998 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1002 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-624, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1002
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.<\p>

This bill as emergency legislation proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, Highway Fund and other funds and change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as submitted by the Governor pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5.

The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9634.

Amendment H-624
PART A
This Part makes allocations of funds for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

PART B
This Part recognizes an increase in the attrition rate for the 2020-2021 biennium from 1.6% to 5% for judicial branch and executive branch departments and agencies.

PART C
This Part requires the State Controller to carry forward any unexpended balances in the Personal Services and All Other line categories in the Department of Secretary of State, Administration - Motor Vehicles program, after all financial commitments for salary, benefits and other obligations and budgetary adjustments have been made, at the end of fiscal year 2018-19 to fiscal year 2019-20 and at the end of fiscal year 2019-20 to fiscal year 2020-21, to the All Other line category in the Department of Secretary of State, Administration - Motor Vehicles program to be used for the procurement and implementation of an automated driver's license testing system.

PART D
This Part allows the Commissioner of Transportation to use funds in the Multimodal Transportation Fund to make loans to counties, municipalities, state agencies and quasi-state government agencies for multimodal forms of transportation.

PART E
This Part allows the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to issue up to $75,000,000 of GARVEE bonds for highway and bridge needs.

PART F
This Part requires the State Controller to transfer amounts exceeding $100,000 from the unallocated balance in the Highway Fund, after all commitments have been met, to the Highway and Bridge Capital, Highway Light Capital and Maintenance and Operations programs within the Department of Transportation for capital needs.

PART G
This Part authorizes the Commissioner of Transportation to transfer Highway Fund Personal Services balances available at the end fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21 to the Department of Transportation, Highway and Bridge Capital, Highway Light Capital and Maintenance and Operations programs for capital or all other needs. The funds may be allocated by financial order upon the recommendation of the State Budget Officer and the approval of the Governor.

PART H
This Part requires the State Controller to transfer $6,345,967 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $6,404,253 in fiscal year 2020-21 from the unallocated surplus of the Highway Fund to the TransCap Trust Fund.

PART I
This Part allows TransCap Trust Fund nonbond funds to be used for capital projects with an anticipated useful life of 5 years or more.

PART J
This Part repeals the section of law that excludes the Marine Highway account within the Highway Fund from the Local Road Assistance Program calculation.

PART K
This Part provides allocations to increase by 5% the base salary of one Public Service Executive I position and one Public Service Manager II position within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This Part also requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Human Resources to make a corresponding change to the bureau's rules governing compensation.

LD 1002 Chaptered Law
LD 1002 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1014 An Act To Attract and Retain Firefighters Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-242, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1014
This bill provides funding to the Maine Length of Service Award Program to provide length of service awards to eligible volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Amendment S-242
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1014 Amendment S-242 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 1266 An Act To Create Transportation Corridor Districts for the Purpose of Funding Transportation and Transit Services Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1266
This bill provides for the formation of transportation corridor districts within the current law relating to transit districts and regional transportation corporations. The bill provides that a municipality may, by itself or in cooperation with one or more other municipalities, form a transportation corridor district for the purposes of providing an environment to fund public transportation and serve accessibility needs, including passenger rail, ferry, bus, bicycle and pedestrian facilities and routes, and promoting economic development at transportation station areas and in downtown areas.

The bill requires a municipality or group of municipalities to select the borders of the transportation corridor district. The bill requires that the formation of a transportation corridor district be approved by voter referendum in each participating municipality. The bill authorizes a district's board of directors, with approval from all municipalities in the district, to change the borders of the district. The bill also provides that a transportation corridor district, if approved by voter referendum in each municipality participating in the district, may borrow money temporarily and issue its negotiable notes for that money and issue securities of the district.

LD 1266 Chaptered Law
LD 1266 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1268 An Act To Update and Clarify the Laws Governing Raffles Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-67, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1268
This bill amends the law governing raffles for certain nonprofit organizations in the following ways:
  • 1. Increasing the amount of total value of all prizes for which the nonprofit organization is not required to register the raffle with the Gambling Control Unit from $2,500 to $10,000;
  • 2. Allowing noncash raffle prizes to be in the alternate form of cash or to be exchanged for cash;
  • 3. Removing the limitation allowing only one raffle with a noncash prize up to $75,000 and a cash prize up to $20,000 in a 12-month period; and
  • 4. Clarifying that the nonprofit organization may conduct more than one raffle at a time.


Amendment S-67
This amendment clarifies that certain nonprofit organizations, which may register with the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit to conduct raffles with noncash prizes that do not exceed $75,000 in value or raffles with cash prizes that do not exceed $20,000 in value, may conduct only one of these registered noncash prize raffles and one of these registered cash prize raffles at the same time. The amendment eliminates the portion of the bill that allows nonprofit organizations to exchange the prizes awarded in a noncash prize raffle for cash prizes.

The amendment also makes technical changes to the laws governing games of chance that clarify the authority of the Gambling Control Unit to issue registrations to organizations that conduct raffles, including raffles with noncash prizes of a value greater than $2500, and that clarify the weekly, monthly and annual registration fees for all games of chance, including raffles.

LD 1268 Chaptered Law
LD 1268 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1273 An Act To Ensure Funding for Certain Essential Functions of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-149, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1273
This bill requires that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control award an annual grant of $65,000 on or about April 1st to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for pesticide applicator certification, licensing and recertification.

Amendment S-149
This amendment clarifies that the grant awarded by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for applicator certification, licensing and recertification may also be used to perform other aspects of pesticide education programs. The amendment clarifies that the amount of the annual grant is not less than $65,000. The amendment also provides that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension may seek the advice of the Board of Pesticides Control in establishing pesticide education programs. The amendment requires the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to submit an annual report on the use of the funds, no later than January 15th, to the Board of Pesticides Control and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over pesticide education and certification matters.

LD 1273 Chaptered Law
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LD 1314 An Act To Extend Protections for Genetic Information Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-271, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1314
Under current law, when considering the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity, an insurer may consider an applicant's genetic information or the results of an applicant's genetic test as long as the consideration of genetic information or test results does not constitute "unfair discrimination." This bill strikes language that authorizes the consideration of genetic information or test results and instead prohibits an insurer from discriminating against an individual on the basis of genetic information or the results of a genetic test in the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

Amendment H-271
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that an insurer obtain the informed written consent of an individual before requesting, requiring, purchasing or using any information from an entity providing direct-to-consumer genetic testing in connection with the issuance, withholding, extension or renewal of an insurance policy for life, credit life, disability, long-term care, accidental injury, specified disease, hospital indemnity or credit accident insurance or an annuity.

LD 1314 Chaptered Law
LD 1314 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1367 An Act To Preserve and Protect the State's Rail Corridors Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1367
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to preserve and protect the rail corridors of the State for future railroad use and maintain all rail corridors in a condition that allows for their resuming railroad service.

The bill prohibits a rail corridor from being converted into or operated as a trail, used as a pathway or space for walking or biking, used for any other form of nonmotorized travel or recreation or used as a bus line without first being evaluated for passenger railroad service.

LD 1369 An Act To Create an Additional Pathway To Certify Industrial Arts Teachers To Foster Career and Technical Subjects in Maine Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 13, 2019
LD 1369
This bill directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules to amend the credentialing of education personnel to create a pathway for a teacher to obtain an endorsement on a teaching certificate for a component of industrial arts with an experiential lab that includes, but is not limited to: automotive body repair, diagnostics and mechanics; welding; electrical; carpentry; and computer-aided design. Rules must include at least the following qualifications for a teacher to be eligible for an endorsement: a completed apprenticeship registered with a statewide or national apprenticeship and training organization; a completed 2-year degree or certificate from a technical institution accredited by a national association of career and technical schools or similar organization; completion of a minimum number of hours of paid applied employment or teaching in the endorsement area being sought; and completion of a minimum number of hours of experience learning the trade or craft for which the endorsement is sought. Rules adopted pursuant to this subsection are major substantive rules as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

LD 1370 An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-237, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1370
Current law requires the Commissioner of Education to provide technical assistance to school administrative units if they request assistance in the provision of violence prevention training. This bill requires a school administrative unit to immediately investigate allegations of violent behavior by a student against a public school employee and, if an allegation is substantiated, to institute an action plan to avoid future violent behavior. The action plan must be instituted prior to the student's return to school and must emphasize minimizing suspensions and expulsions of a student who demonstrated violent behavior, prioritizing counseling and guidance services for the student, restorative justice and training for public school employees who interact with the student. The bill also prohibits a school administrative unit from counting time away from work due to an injury resulting from violent behavior against a public school employee's accrued sick leave.

Amendment S-237
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, changes the title and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It changes the focus of the bill from violent behavior to dangerous behavior and defines "dangerous behavior" to mean behavior of a student that presents a risk of injury or harm to a student or others.
  • 2. It amends the process in the bill regarding investigations. It requires review of a report of an incident of dangerous behavior and the development of an individualized response plan. It stipulates that these provisions do not limit any federally protected right of a student, including, but not limited to, federally protected rights of students with disabilities, and provides that, in the case of a student eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any discussions or actions related to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the student or provision of a free, appropriate public education to the student must take place through the processes established under federal law rather than under the process described in the bill, as amended.
  • 3. It moves the provisions in the bill regarding the counting of sick leave of a public school employee injured from dangerous behavior to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13601, which contains other provisions regulating sick leave.
  • 4. It adds a mandate preamble.


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LD 1371 An Act To Ensure Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Public, Educational and Governmental Access Channels by Cable System Operators Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1371
This bill extends cable television service to rural areas by requiring all cable television franchises to provide line extensions with a minimum homes-per-mile requirement not to exceed 15 homes per mile.

The bill prohibits automatic franchise renewals beyond the initial term of the franchise renewal period, except for automatic franchise renewals in effect on the effective date of this legislation, which require advance notification of expiration from the cable system operator to the municipality. A cable system operator may not refuse to provide the municipality with required information to complete the renewal process.

The bill prohibits a cable system operator from modifying or amending the State's model franchise agreement without the consent of the municipality as arrived at during negotiations.

The bill includes provisions for the use and support of public, educational and governmental access channels and requires that these channels be placed in the same numerical sequence location as the local commercial network broadcast channels. The bill also requires all cable system operators in the State to carry public, educational and governmental access channels on the basic cable or video service offerings or tiers and specifies that the channels may not be separated or moved numerically from other channels carried on the basic cable or video service offerings or tiers without the agreement of the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels, unless the change is required by federal law. In the event of transfer of the franchise license, the same channel numbers used by the incumbent cable system operator must be retained. The bill provides that any public, educational or governmental access channel that has been moved within the 24 months preceding the effective date of this legislation and without the consent of the originator must be restored within 60 days to its original location and number.

The bill requires all cable system operators in the State to work with the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels to ensure that the signal sent from the point of origination to the cable system operator and delivered to the cable subscriber is of the same quality and format as originally created. A cable system operator is required to set up a toll-free telephone number for requests to resolve a signal quality problem.

The bill requires all cable system operators in the State to provide the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels access to the entity that controls the electronic program guides in the same manner as the local broadcast channels if requested by the local unit of government or the entity to which the local unit of government has assigned responsibility for managing public, educational and governmental access channels. In addition, if channels are selected through a menu system, public, educational and governmental access channel designations must be displayed in a similar manner as local broadcast channel designations on the electronic program guide are displayed.

LD 1371 Chaptered Law
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LD 1385 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Corrections Officers Who Suffer Certain Injuries, Impairments or Medical Conditions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1385
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing corrections officers.
  • 1. It provides a supplemental benefit paid to a corrections officer who is injured by the acts of a patient or prisoner of the jail, prison or state correctional facility where the corrections officer works if the injury qualifies the corrections officer for workers' compensation benefits.
  • 2. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that a condition of impairment of health caused by an infectious disease resulting in total or partial disability or death of a corrections officer is presumed to have been suffered in the line of duty, unless it is shown otherwise.
  • 3. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer was caused in the course of employment as a corrections officer, like the provisions of current law that establish a rebuttable presumption that cancer contracted by a firefighter was caused by exposure to carcinogens in the course of the firefighter's firefighting duties.


LD 1415 An Act To Improve the Laws Regarding Discontinued and Abandoned Roads Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1415
Under current law, a presumption of abandonment exists if a municipality fails for a period of 30 or more years to keep a way passable for the use of motor vehicles at the expense of the municipality. This bill eliminates that presumption for ways that have not met that statutory requirement by January 1, 2020 and instead specifies that the only process that a municipality may use to terminate its interests in a public way is through the discontinuance process established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 3026-A. This bill also amends the filing required by the clerk of a municipality following the determination of discontinuance by abandonment of a town way to require that the record filed with the registry of deeds include the evidence used by the municipality to make the determination of abandonment and the effective date of that determination of abandonment.

LD 1437 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-163 and House amendment H-344, Constitutional amendment does not require Governor action, Finally passed June 18, 2019
LD 1437
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative as authorized by proper enactment by the Legislature.

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-344
This amendment revises the language in the resolution that allows alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative to clarify that the alternative signatures are authorized for use by persons with physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names.

LD 1437 Chaptered Law
LD 1437 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1513 An Act To Amend the Date by Which an Applicant for Funds under the Local Road Assistance Program Must Provide Certification to the Department of Transportation Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1513
This bill changes from August 1st to November 1st the annual date by which an applicant for funds under the Local Road Assistance Program must provide certification to the Department of Transportation.

LD 1513 Chaptered Law
LD 1513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1578 An Act To Improve Administration of the Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board and the Public Transit Advisory Council (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1578
This bill changes the membership of the Maine Aeronautical Advisory Board and provides for staggered terms. It provides that the Commissioner of Transportation serves as a nonvoting secretary and clerk of the board and authorizes the board to adopt bylaws.

The bill authorizes the Commissioner of Transportation to designate as voting members of the Public Transit Advisory Council those persons the commissioner is required to invite to participate in council meetings. It provides for staggered terms, requires the council to meet at least once per year and authorizes the council to adopt bylaws. It also changes the reporting requirements for the council.

LD 1578 Chaptered Law
LD 1578 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1606 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1606
This bill provides an additional $1,500,000 per year for the cost of career and technical education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688-A, subsection 1.

This bill also removes the so-called hold harmless provision that limits the amount of any decrease or increase in the total allocation for a career and technical education center or career and technical education region, effective January 1, 2020.

LD 1633 An Act To Legalize Keno and Historical Instant Racing Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1633
This bill establishes a framework for the regulation of historical instant racing and keno. The bill creates a single license for the operation of historical instant racing and keno. Casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities are each eligible to apply for the license, issued by the Gambling Control Board.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of historical instant racing and keno, including rules related to the prevention of fraud or deception, authorized wager amounts, the maximum percentage of all wagers that may be retained by the licensee and methods for verifying that a person who makes a historical instant racing wager or who plays keno is at least 21 years of age. The bill further requires that 1% of the net income from historical instant racing and keno be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of the net revenue be distributed to the Treasurer of the State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

LD 1664 An Act To Place Funds for the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program into a Trust Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-188, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1664
This bill provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program are held in a trust fund. It renames the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

Amendment S-188
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program that are not necessary to support the normal costs and administrative costs of the program are held in a trust fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the trust fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

LD 1664 Chaptered Law
LD 1664 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-290, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1674
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
  • 1. It requires a county or municipality that employs a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter to notify such an employee of the program in writing no later than 60 days following the effective date of hire of that employee. Such an employee must choose in writing whether to enroll in the program. A copy of the form on which an employee chooses to enroll in the program or to not enroll in the program must be retained by the county or municipality.
  • 2. It provides that, when the effective date of hire of the eligible person is on or after October 1, 2019, the eligible person must enroll in the program no later than 5 years following the effective date of hire.
  • 3. It increases the amount of the premium subsidy from 45% to 55%.
  • 4. It provides that enrollees retiring from counties or municipalities that do not participate in the majority multiple-employer welfare arrangement and do not provide health insurance coverage for retirees may enroll in the group health plan available to state employees.
  • 5. It provides that an enrollee may participate in the group health insurance plan in which the enrollee's spouse participates if that plan is offered in this State or in another group health insurance plan that is offered in this State.
  • 6. It provides that an enrollee who is not receiving wages from a county or municipal employer on account of an absence from work due to an injury compensable under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992, a disability for which the enrollee is receiving a disability retirement benefit from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System or a leave of absence must contribute to the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund for the period of time of the absence from work based on the enrollee's gross wages immediately before the absence from work in order for the enrollee to be eligible for coverage under the program.


Amendment S-290
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment delays until July 1, 2021 the provision to increase the state share of the premium subsidy for enrollees in the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program from 45% to 55%.

LD 1674 Chaptered Law
LD 1674 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1682 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Removal of Unlawful Signs Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1682
This bill further restricts the placement of categorical signs by prohibiting their erection on trees, in control-of-access areas, within medians less than 6 feet in width and on islands within a rotary. The bill reduces the number of days the owner of a sign erected in violation of the law has to remove the sign from 30 days to 14 days after notice and clarifies that the notice may be sent by the agency having control of the public way in which the sign has been erected.

The bill requires the Department of Transportation to remove any sign that has been placed in violation of the law if the public right-of-way is a state or state aid highway that is not within an urban compact municipality; the department may remove any sign on a public right-of-way for public safety purposes. A municipality may remove any sign that has been placed in violation of the law on a town way or state or state aid highway that is in an urban compact municipality within that municipality's jurisdiction.

LD 1682 Chaptered Law
LD 1682 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1714 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Enter into a Reciprocal Agreement between the State and Taiwan Regarding Driver's Licenses Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1714
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to begin negotiations toward the development of a reciprocal agreement between the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Taiwan for reciprocity, beginning January 1, 2021, in issuing driver's licenses to residents of this State who reside in Taiwan and to Taiwanese citizens who reside in this State.

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