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Senator Bradlee Farrin [Republican]
Somerset ~ District 3

Towns in District: Anson, Bingham, Canaan, Caratunk, Central Somerset Unorganized Territory, Cornville, Dennistown Plantation, Embden, Highland Plantation, Jackman, Madison, Mercer, Moose River, Moscow, New Portland, Norridgewock, Northeast Somerset Unorganized Territory (includes Rockwood Strip), Northwest Somerset Unorganized Territory, Pittsfield, Pleasant Ridge Plantation, Rome, Seboomook Lake Unorganized Territory, Skowhegan, Smithfield, Solon, Starks, The Forks Plantation and West Forks Plantation

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Traditional

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Engrossed Bills

Joint Committees:
♦ Transportation

✉ Brad.Farrin@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1505

✉ 262 Skowhegan Road
Norridgewock, Maine 04957


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In the 128th legislative session, Senator Farrin served in the House of Representatives; scorecard scores are for bills scored for the House and histograms are relative to other House members during the 128th session.

OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters0%
Maine People's Alliance, 20188%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20185 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201711%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201725%

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LD 158 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Beano Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-42, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 158
This bill removes the requirement that beano conducted by organizations such as volunteer fire departments, agricultural fair associations and nonprofit, charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans organizations be conducted by members of those organizations and instead requires that beano conducted by these organizations be conducted in the presence of at least one member of the organization.

Amendment S-42
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Like the bill, the amendment removes the requirement in current law that beano or bingo games conducted by an organization such as a volunteer fire department, agricultural fair association or nonprofit association must be conducted entirely by members of the organization. Under the amendment, the beano or bingo games must be conducted under the exclusive control of an adult member of the organization, who may be assisted by other individuals. The amendment defines "member" to mean an individual duly admitted as a member according to the laws, rules, regulations, ordinances or bylaws governing the organization.<>br>
The amendment also makes a technical change to the laws governing beano and bingo to clarify that a charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans' organization that seeks to obtain a registration to conduct beano or bingo must be a bona fide nonprofit organization.

LD 158 Chaptered Law
LD 158 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 163 An Act Regarding Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 163
This bill provides enhanced property tax exemptions for certain veterans. A veteran regardless of age becomes eligible for a $25,000 exemption if the veteran has served at least 90 days of active service and has served in a combat zone. A veteran with a service-connected disability becomes eligible for a $50,000 exemption if the disability is rated 50% to 90% and a $100,000 exemption if the disability is rated 100%. A surviving unremarried spouse, minor child or parent who is receiving a pension based on the service of a deceased veteran qualifies for the same exemption the veteran would have been eligible for. A municipality is reimbursed for the constitutionally mandated 50% of the property tax revenue loss as a result of the enhanced exemption.

LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019
LD 255
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.

LD 694 An Act To Amend the Charter of the Town of Madison's Department of Electric Works Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 694
This bill replaces language regarding the bonding authority of the Madison Department of Electric Works to provide that it is the electric works that issues bonds for its purposes and not the Town of Madison. The bill also removes the $1,200,000 cap on the issuance of bonds or notes for current operating expenses.

LD 694 Chaptered Law
LD 694 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1502 An Act To Expand Access to the Workforce through Apprenticeships Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1502
This bill establishes an alternative path to licensure through apprenticeship for certain professions. The bill requires that, beginning January 1, 2020, the appropriate licensing authority grant to a person that has successfully completed 8th grade, passed any required examinations and completed an approved apprenticeship a license to practice as:
  • 1. An auctioneer;
  • 2. A dietetic technician;
  • 3. A veterinary technician;
  • 4. A pharmacy technician;
  • 5. A basic emergency medical technician;
  • 6. A well driller, geothermal heat exchange well driller, geothermal heat exchange well pump installer or pump installer;
  • 7. An athletic trainer;
  • 8. A cosmetologist, barber, limited barber, nail technician or aesthetician;
  • 9. A massage therapist or massage practitioner; and
  • 10. A limited interpreter, limited transliterator, limited deaf interpreter, certified interpreter, certified deaf interpreter or certified transliterator.


LD 7 Resolve, To Name a Bridge in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 7
This resolve designates Bridge 3790, which crosses the Penobscot River between the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester, the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge.

LD 7 Chaptered Law
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LD 58 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Extend the Terms of Legislators to 4 Years Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 58
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to increase the length of the terms of State Senators and members of the House of Representatives from 2 years to 4 years beginning in 2022.

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 169 An Act To Provide Occupants of Motor Vehicles with Gold Star Family Registration Plates Free Entry to State Parks, Camping Areas and Beaches Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-13, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 169
This bill provides for free entry to state parks, camping areas and beaches for those persons who have gold star family registration plates on their motor vehicles and for passengers in those vehicles.

Amendment H-13
This amendment clarifies that free entry to state parks and historic sites for a person displaying gold star family registration plates is for day use only.

LD 169 fiscal note
LD 169 Amendment H-13 fiscal note
LD 171 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Evaluate and Address the Transportation Needs of Maine's Veterans Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-116, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 171
This resolve establishes a 30-month pilot project in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties to provide transportation to veterans and their caregivers or dependents to and from employment or employment-related services, medical appointments, mental health services, social services and community activities.

Amendment H-116
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 171 fiscal note
LD 171 Amendment H-116 fiscal note
LD 184 An Act To Amend the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Coordination Program Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 184
This bill repeals the current provisions regarding veterans' homelessness prevention coordination and instead enacts a provision that allows for multiple partnerships rather than a single partnership. It removes the requirement that the organizations chosen for the partnerships be national organizations in existence for at least 30 years. It requires that the organizations chosen be active in the State for at least 2 years, with priority given to organizations founded, chartered or organized in Maine. It changes the order of priorities for the partnerships, prioritizing identifying and securing temporary or permanent living space for veterans within the veterans' communities over conducting annual outreach events. It establishes a nonlapsing fund to support services for homeless veterans and directs the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to collaborate with the Department of Economic and Community Development to distribute any funds.

Amendment H-117
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It:
  • 1. Directs the Director of the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to establish a program of partnerships, through one or more collaborative agreements, with human services-based volunteer organizations to provide transitional housing to homeless veterans and coordinate efforts to remedy and prevent homelessness among veterans in this State;
  • 2. Provides that one of the priorities of the partnerships is to provide reimbursement to human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans pursuant to collaborative agreements;
  • 3. Authorizes the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to adopt rules necessary to implement this partnership program, including to define "veterans" for purposes of the program, to govern collaborative agreements with human services-based volunteer organizations and to govern the reimbursement of organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans through disbursements from the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Partnership Fund;
  • 4. Establishes the Veterans' Homelessness Prevention Partnership Fund and provides that it is to be used to reimburse human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans and to otherwise carry out the purposes of the partnership program;
  • 5. Provides ongoing funding for reimbursement to human services-based volunteer organizations that provide transitional housing to homeless veterans;
  • 6. Creates 2 new positions in the Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to help administer this partnership program; and
  • 7. Includes an emergency preamble and clause.


LD 184 fiscal note
LD 184 Amendment H-117 fiscal note
LD 251 An Act To Amend the Maine Condominium Act by Extending the Lien Period for Nonpayment of Assessments Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 251
This bill extends the lien period for nonpayment of assessments under the Maine Condominium Act from 5 years to 6 years.

LD 251 Chaptered Law
LD 251 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 253 An Act To Remove the Bet Limit for Winner-take-all Hands in Games of Chance Tournament Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 253
This bill removes the $5 bet limit for a winner-take-all hand conducted during a game of chance tournament game.

LD 253 Chaptered Law
LD 253 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 261 An Act To Restrict the Authority for Posting of Roads Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 261
This bill requires publicly available written justification for imposing restrictions on a public way for more than 6 weeks, prohibits the imposition of size and weight restrictions for vehicles on a public way when the ambient air temperature is below 31 degrees Fahrenheit and protects the ability of a commercial entity to operate its vehicles on the public way where it is headquartered or where it is conducting its business activities.

LD 360 An Act To Increase the Reimbursement to Bottle Redemption Centers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 360
This bill increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one cent beginning January 1, 2020.

LD 425 An Act To Strengthen Small Businesses in Rural Maine by Changing the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 425
This bill sets the minimum wage at $10.00 per hour and removes the provision that requires the minimum wage to be increased annually by the increase, if any, in the cost of living.

LD 437 An Act To Improve Access to and Affordability of Health Care in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 437
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to improve access to and affordability of health care in Maine.

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 460 An Act Requiring the State To Reimburse Counties for All Costs Exceeding the Tax Assessment for Correctional Services Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 460
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reimburse a county for the annual costs of correctional services that exceed the county's tax assessment for those services.

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 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 637 An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


LD 640 Resolve, To Require a Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 640
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review all relevant, verifiable evidence on the total net effect on greenhouse gas emissions from Central Maine Power Company's New England Clean Energy Connect project and submit a report to the Legislature, make the report available to the public and provide a copy of the report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by June 1, 2019. The resolve prohibits the department from issuing a permit for the project without taking into account the results of the department's review.

Amendment S-82
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the resolve and directs the Department of Environmental Protection to commission a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, project, as proposed by Central Maine Power Company, on total greenhouse gas emissions across all jurisdictions interconnected with electricity generation and distribution systems operated by the Hydro-Quebec company. The findings of the study regarding greenhouse gas emissions effects, with and without construction of the NECEC project, must be presented in relation to a benchmark of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New England by 3.6 million metric tons per year. The study, which is to be prepared by a consultant that is an independent, nongovernmental organization with expertise in energy and environmental policy and analysis, must be based on a modeling analysis that incorporates appropriate assumptions regarding load growth, fuel costs, variation in dispatch of electricity among electricity markets, rainfall, electricity transmission constraints, addition and retirement of electric generation facilities and technology development.

On or before August 15, 2019, the department is required to submit the final report prepared by the consultant to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The department may not issue a permit, license or other approval relating to the NECEC project until at least 45 days after it submits to the committee the final report prepared by the consultant, except that this 45-day prohibition does not apply if the department fails to submit the final report to the committee on or before August 15, 2019.

Amendment H-345
This amendment removes a requirement in the bill that the Department of Environmental Protection obtain outside funding to complete a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect project and instead transfers $150,000 from the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fund within the Public Utilities Commission to the Maine Environmental Protection Fund within the department to fund the cost of the study. The amendment includes a one-time $150,000 allocation in fiscal year 2019-20 to allow for the expenditure of the transferred funds.

LD 640 Amendment S-82 fiscal note
LD 640 Amendment H-345 fiscal note
LD 652 An Act To Modify Maine's Ice Fishing Laws with Respect to Cusk Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 652
This bill changes how often a person is required to check cusk lines while ice fishing from at least once every hour in the nighttime to at least once every 24 hours.

LD 655 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Send Separate Tax Bills for Municipal and County and School Taxes Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 7, 2019
LD 655
This bill permits municipalities to issue separate bills for the portion of their tax commitments attributable to education funding and the portion attributable to county taxes and all other municipal costs.

LD 665 Resolve, Directing the Office of the Attorney General To Review Free Speech on Public College and University Campuses Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-395, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 665
This bill authorizes a person who wishes to engage in an expressive activity, as defined in the bill, in an outdoor area of campus of a public institution of higher education to do so freely as long as the person's conduct is lawful and does not materially and substantially disrupt the functioning of the public institution of higher education. It prohibits a public institution of higher education from designating an area of campus as a free speech zone or otherwise creating policies restricting expressive activities to a particular outdoor area of campus, except that it allows public institutions of higher education to create and enforce restrictions on time, place and manner of expression that are reasonable and content-neutral. The Attorney General has the authority to enforce compliance, and a person whose rights are violated may bring an action to enjoin violations and to recover compensatory damages, reasonable court costs and attorney's fees.

Amendment H-395
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, directs the Office of the Attorney General to review whether there have been any instances in the State in which the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System or Maine Maritime Academy has violated or otherwise restricted a student's free speech rights protected under the United States Constitution, Amendment I and the Constitution of Maine, Article I, review whether additional protections are necessary under state law and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary no later than January 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 665 fiscal note
LD 665 Amendment H-395 fiscal note
LD 684 Resolve, Relating to the Prevention and Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 684
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommendations for measures related to the prevention and management of neonatal abstinence syndrome.

LD 687 Resolve, To Create a Flag To Recognize the Bicentennial of the State Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-72, Finally passed, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 687
This bill replaces the current State of Maine flag with the flag that was in use before 1909.

Amendment H-72
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve directing the Secretary of State to create a bicentennial flag for the State.

LD 687 Chaptered Law
LD 687 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 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 783 Resolve, To Require an Independent Analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 783
This resolve directs the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, to contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform an independent analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to fund the contract. The nongovernmental entity may not have a direct commercial interest in the I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and must provide a report of its analysis to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than April 19, 2019. This resolve also suspends the project until the independent analysis is complete and provides the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation with the authority to make a determination about whether the project may continue.

LD 830 An Act To Balance Maine's Minimum Wage for Small and Large Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 830
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for small employers that is less than the minimum hourly wage for large employers. Beginning October 1, 2019, for an employer with fewer than 50 full-time employees in Maine, the minimum hourly wage is established at $10; the minimum hourly wage for an employer of at least 50 full-time employees in Maine remains at $11 until January 1, 2021, when it increases to $12. This bill also delays the indexing of the minimum hourly wage for cost-of-living adjustments by one year until 2022.

LD 855 An Act To Strengthen the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-619 and Senate amendment S-372, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 855
This bill requires that the Commissioner of Public Safety appoint a technical codes coordinator, an office specialist and a building codes trainer. It also requires that municipalities impose a $3 surcharge on building permits and remit those funds to the Department of Public Safety to fund the Uniform Building Codes and Standards Fund.

Amendment H-619
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
  • 1. It increases the municipal permit surcharge from $3 to $5 and specifies that the surcharge only applies to permits for new construction or renovations that are subject to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
  • 2. It transfers administration of code enforcement officer training from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to the Department of Public Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal.
The amendment also adds a mandate preamble and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-372
This amendment changes the report date in order to conform with Joint Rule 353.

LD 855 Chaptered Law
LD 855 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 873 An Act To Clarify the Application of the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax to Water Well Drilling Equipment Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-442, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 873
This bill sets the annual personal property tax on equipment for water well drilling owned by a licensed well driller at $2,500 for tax years beginning January 1, 2020 and thereafter.

Amendment H-442
This amendment provides that water well drilling equipment attached to a self-propelled vehicle is not considered part of the motor vehicle for purposes of the motor vehicle excise tax.

LD 873 Chaptered Law
LD 873 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 890 An Act To Expand Workforce Access by Creating Apprenticeship Programs To Increase Access to Licensure in Certain Occupations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 890
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact the Expanded Workforce Access Act of 2019, which will authorize the use of apprenticeships as an alternative means of obtaining licenses to perform certain occupations. Occupations included under this Act may include, but are not limited to, barbering or limited barbering and nail technology.

This bill will expand access to the workforce by allowing individuals to fulfill licensing requirements through participation in apprenticeship programs, thus allowing participants to earn a paycheck at the same time as they acquire hands-on training and experience. Under this bill:

  • 1. The licensing boards for the occupations that are included in this expanded apprenticeship program will grant licenses to applicants who meet criteria established by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation;
  • 2. The criteria established may include, without limitation:
    • A. Successful completion of the 8th grade;
    • B. Completion of an apprenticeship that is approved by the Department of Labor or the United States Department of Labor or in accordance with any applicable state or federal law. For purposes of this bill, "apprenticeship" is defined as a program that meets the federal guidelines set out in 29 United States Code, Section 50 and 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 29; and
    • C. Successful completion of any necessary examination, as determined by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The passing score on an examination for a participant in the expanded apprenticeship model may not exceed the passing score that is otherwise required under the rules adopted by the applicable licensing board. If the rules adopted by the applicable licensing board do not otherwise require successful completion of an examination, an examination may not be required for participation in the expanded apprenticeship program.
  • 3. The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation will be required to adopt rules necessary to implement the expanded apprenticeship program, including limitations on the length of and the numbers of hours required by each authorized apprenticeship.


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 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.

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LD 963 An Act To Exempt Overtime Pay from Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 17, 2019
LD 963
This bill excludes from income tax overtime compensation if the employer is required by law to pay the overtime compensation to the employee.

Amendment H-259
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund costs of activities necessary to administer the tax change provided in the bill.

LD 963 Amendment H-259 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.

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LD 1122 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-75, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1122
This bill expands the types of projects eligible for tax increment financing for municipalities and plantations by including public safety facilities instead of just fire stations, as in the current law.

Amendment S-75
This amendment expands the types of projects eligible for tax increment financing by including public safety facilities instead of only fire stations as allowed under current law. The amendment defines "public safety facility" and caps the percentage of tax increment financing funds per development district that may be used for public safety facilities located outside the district.

LD 1122 Chaptered Law
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LD 1127 An Act To Expand Community-based Solar Energy in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1127
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts with community-based solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities. The total amount of resources procured through these long-term contracts may not exceed 100 megawatts, and 20% of resources procured must come from generators with a capacity of less than 2 megawatts. The bill requires the commission to establish provisions to protect the interests of utility customers over the term of the contracts.

The bill sets forth eligibility requirements for community-based solar resources to enter into long-term contracts. To be eligible, a resource must have a capacity of no more than 10 megawatts, have an in-service date between June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021 and meet local ownership requirements. In addition, to be eligible, the owners of the resource must:

  • 1. Demonstrate to the Public Utilities Commission completion of an interconnection agreement application with the local transmission and distribution utility;
  • 2. Include a plan to obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals;
  • 3. Demonstrate financial capability to operate the resource over the term of the contract;
  • 4. Include a letter or resolution of support from the local community in which the resource is located; and
  • 5. Outline expected economic benefits from the long-term contract to the local community in which the resource is located. The bill establishes a minimum contract length of 20 years and requires the contract rate to be less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour and fixed for a period of at least 20 years. Contracts may be for energy or capacity. The contracts may also include renewable energy credits, or the owners of the resource may retain the renewable energy credits associated with the resource, as determined by the owners. Finally, the bill specifies that available energy contracted for under the provisions of this bill must be sold into the wholesale electricity market in conjunction with solicitations for standard-offer supply bids.


LD 1151 An Act To Ensure Consistency in Commercial Real Estate Law by Restoring Due Diligence Responsibility to the Buyer Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1151
This bill repeals the requirement that a seller of nonresidential real estate provide the purchaser a property disclosure statement that includes information about any abandoned or discontinued roads, public easements or private roads on or abutting the property, if known by the seller, and who is responsible for maintenance of such roads or easements, including any responsible road association, if known by the seller.

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 1174 An Act To Facilitate Remote Learning during School Cancellations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1174
This bill allows a school to receive credit for a school day that is cancelled due to weather or another emergency reason if the students of the school receive adequate online instruction or alternative method for students without the technical capability to participate in online instruction pursuant to a plan agreed upon and adopted by the school board and the superintendent of the school administrative unit of the school. The school administrative unit is directed to forward the plan to the Department of Education, which may make recommendations on the plan. The school administrative unit is not required to implement a recommendation concerning the plan made by the department.

LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

Amendment S-146
This amendment changes the committee to which the report is submitted in the bill to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing and authorizes that committee to report out a bill. This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1227 An Act To Allow Parents To Apply to the Commissioner of Education To Enroll Their Children in a Receiving School Administrative Unit and To Remove Limitations on Which Students May Be So Enrolled Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1227
Current law allows the superintendent of a school administrative unit that neither maintains a school nor contracts for school privileges to request the Commissioner of Education to designate a school administrative unit as the receiving school administrative unit for a student who is unable to find a school administrative unit willing to enroll the student in one of its schools.

This bill allows any student's parent or guardian to make a request for any reason to the Commissioner of Education for the student to be transferred. Upon the commissioner's approval, the student must be enrolled in the receiving school administrative unit.

LD 1246 An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of Maine State Park Visitors and Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1246
This bill requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to determine minimum levels of staffing for all state parks, except Baxter State Park, and historic sites and national parks that are controlled and managed by the State. The bill also requires the director to consider a list of factors, including, but not limited to, visitor capacity limits, availability of emergency response services and emergency planning issues specific to a park or historic site, when making a determination of staffing levels for each park or historic site.

LD 1246 Chaptered Law
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LD 1278 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Requiring the State To Share Not Less Than 5 Percent of State Sales and Income Tax Revenue with Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1278
For the purpose of reducing the burden placed on the property tax to finance municipal services, this resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that not less than 5% of state sales and income tax revenue be distributed to municipalities.

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
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LD 1363 An Act To Amend Certain Laws Relating to High-impact Electric Transmission Lines (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-437 and House amendment H-504, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 13, 2019
LD 1363
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a high-impact electric transmission line unless the commission finds significant tangible public benefits will result from the construction and use of the line, and all municipalities through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass have held a local referendum and certified to the commission that a majority of the voters voting at the election voted in favor of the construction of the line through that municipality.

This bill also establishes a moratorium on the issuance of any permit, certificate or other approval by the Public Utilities Commission or the Department of Environmental Protection for a high-impact electric transmission line until 90 days after the adjournment of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to allow time for the commission, in consultation with the Department of Environmental Protection, to adopt rules necessary to implement the requirements of the legislation.

Amendment H-437
This amendment changes the bill as follows:

  • 1. It modifies the definition of "high-impact electric transmission line" to include a transmission line that is:
    • A. Greater than 50 miles in length;
    • B. Capable of operating at 200 kilovolts or more;
    • C. Not a generator interconnection transmission facility; and
    • D. Not constructed primarily to provide electric reliability within the State;
  • 2. It replaces the requirement that a high-impact electric transmission line provide significant tangible benefits with requirements that:
    • A. The petitioner for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the line pay an amount of tax benefits projected by the petitioner; and
    • B. The petitioner for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the line provide a community benefits package with a total value of no less than $20,000 per year per megawatt of capacity of the line;
  • 3. It requires that at least 2/3 of the local governments through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass approve the line and clarifies that if a referendum vote is held, that vote supersedes any vote by local government officers; and
  • 4. It makes other clarifying changes.


LD 1408 An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Wear Insignia on Their Uniforms To Indicate That They Are Veterans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-115, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1408
This bill allows a law enforcement officer employed by the State, a county or a municipality to wear insignia on the law enforcement officer's uniform to indicate that the law enforcement officer is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt routine technical rules to implement the change in law.

Amendment S-115
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment authorizes a law enforcement agency to allow a law enforcement officer who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and who is employed by the agency to wear insignia on the officer's uniform to indicate that the officer is a veteran.

LD 1408 Chaptered Law
LD 1408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1447 An Act To Simplify Voting in Maine by Placing a Moratorium on Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1447
This bill suspends the use of ranked-choice voting until elections held after December 1, 2023. The bill provides that the laws governing ranked-choice voting are repealed December 1, 2023 unless the Constitution of Maine is amended to authorize the Legislature to determine the method by which the Governor and members of the Legislature are elected.

LD 1471 Resolve, To Name the Route 7 Bridge in Corinna in Honor of PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1471
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Corinna Bridge in the Town of Corinna the PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Bridge.

LD 1471 Chaptered Law
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LD 1498 An Act To Provide Equity for Commercial Vehicles on Roads and Bridges in Maine 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 1498
Current law allows certain commercial vehicles at Canadian weight limits that are higher than those in this State to travel from the United States-Canada border to certain points in this State.

This bill repeals that law and allows certain commercial vehicles to be operated in this State at those higher weight limits. A combination vehicle consisting of a 3-axle truck tractor with a tri-axle semitrailer may be operated with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 108,900 pounds. A combination vehicle consisting of a 3-axle truck tractor with a semitrailer-semitrailer combination configured as a B-train double with 8 axles total may be operated with a gross vehicle weight of 137,700 pounds.

LD 1515 An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1515
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.

Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.

The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing sports pools.

LD 1519 An Act Concerning the Establishment of Benefit Corporations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1519
This bill creates a statutory framework that allows a corporation to elect to become a benefit corporation by explicitly stating in its articles of incorporation that it has a purpose of creating general public benefit and allows such a corporation to state in its articles of incorporation one or more specific public benefit purposes, which are other than maximizing shareholder value. "General public benefit" means a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a 3rd-party standard, from the business and operations of the benefit corporation. A specific public benefit can be providing goods and services to underserved individuals and communities, the promotion of economic opportunities, protecting the environment, improving human health or other particular benefits to society or the environment.

A benefit corporation may be subject to a benefit enforcement proceeding for failing to pursue or create general public benefit or a specific public benefit as set forth in its articles of incorporation, or for a violation of any obligation, duty or standard of conduct imposed.

A benefit corporation must make its annual benefit report available publicly.

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LD 1522 An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Orders of Abandonment for Residential Properties in Foreclosure Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1522
This bill allows a condominium association to act as a party in interest in a judicial foreclosure action to present evidence of abandonment of mortgaged premises and file a motion to determine that the premises are abandoned. This bill also requires a plaintiff prevailing in a foreclosure action against premises that include dwelling units occupied by tenants to pay any rent received from those tenants, after deducting reasonable costs for acting as the landlord, to a condominium association that is a party in interest.

LD 1527 An Act To Require That Certain Motor Vehicles Be Clear of Snow and Ice When Operated on Public Ways (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1527
This bill prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle at a speed of 40 miles per hour or more on a public way with a load of solid precipitation on the motor vehicle. Failure to clear a motor vehicle is a traffic infraction subject to a $250 fine for a first offense and $500 for a 2nd or subsequent offense. It exempts commercial trucks from the provision.

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.

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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 1592 An Act To Allow the Dissolution of Regional School Units Composed of a Single Municipality Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-474, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1592
This bill provides the steps necessary for a regional school unit composed of only one municipality to dissolve, including petitioning to dissolve the regional school unit, holding elections in the municipality, the provision of educational services for students and the disposition of outstanding indebtedness if the vote is to dissolve the regional school unit.

Amendment H-474
This amendment clarifies the process for a municipality to withdraw from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality and provides that upon withdrawal of a municipality from a regional school unit that is composed of a single municipality, the regional school unit is dissolved.

LD 1592 Chaptered Law
LD 1592 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 1663 An Act To Clarify Ranked-choice Voting Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-194, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1663
This bill clarifies that "elections determined by ranked-choice voting" only occur when there are 3 or more candidates for an office. This bill specifies additional layout requirements for ballots containing ranked-choice contests. This bill allows the Secretary of State to create a separate voter instruction poster for ranked-choice voting. This bill provides that municipalities count and report only the first choice votes cast for elections determined by ranked-choice voting. This bill substitutes the word "count" for the word "tabulate" in reference to ranked-choice voting. This bill removes an inconsistent provision regarding ties in ranked-choice contests and changes the permitted restriction on the number of rankings allowed on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting contest from 6 to 5. This bill limits who can request a recount of a ranked-choice voting contest to the candidates receiving the top 3 rankings in the penultimate round of ranked-choice counting.

Amendment S-194
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes several technical changes to the bill and clarifies that the Secretary of State has discretion to determine whether ranked-choice contests should appear on the same ballot page as or on a different ballot page from contests that are not subject to ranked-choice voting. The amendment also clarifies that a voter's decision to rank more than one candidate for a single office does not render the voter's vote invalid in an election determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further requires that an election official post a paper copy of the results of the first choice votes cast in elections determined by ranked-choice voting, if a secure place is available at the voting place or municipal office where the public may view the election results.

LD 1663 Chaptered Law
LD 1663 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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