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Senator Brownie Carson [Democrat]
Cumberland ~ District 24

Towns in District: Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth and Pownal

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Environment and Natural Resources (Chair)
♦ Education and Cultural Affairs

✉ Brownie.Carson@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ P.O. Box 68
Harpswell, Maine 04079


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters90%
Maine People's Alliance, 201891%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20189 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 68 An Act To Improve the Record Keeping of the Public Utilities Commission Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-12, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 68
This bill amends the law governing the record-keeping requirements of the Public Utilities Commission. Current law requires that the commission maintain a complete record of proceedings, investigations and formal public hearings. The bill adds the requirement to maintain a record of complaints. It also specifies that the required records be permanently maintained and include results and conclusions, including orders, findings, decisions and settlement agreements. Finally, the bill requires the commission, upon request of a public utility customer, to reconstruct, to the extent possible, the record of a proceeding, investigation, formal public hearing or complaint that was disposed of prior to the requirement that a permanent record be maintained.

Amendment S-12
This amendment makes 2 changes to the bill. First, it adds a provision to the bill to require public utilities to preserve records of customer complaints for a period of 10 years and to make records of customer complaints readily available to the Public Utilities Commission for examination. Second, the amendment removes the provision of the bill that requires the Public Utilities Commission to reconstruct past records of proceedings, investigations, public hearings and complaints.

LD 68 Chaptered Law
LD 68 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 698 An Act To Authorize Maine Courts To Award Attorney's Fees and Costs to Citizens Who Prevail in Civil Litigation against the Executive Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-312, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 698
This bill clarifies that when one or more citizens sue the Governor or any executive branch agency to enforce federal or state law and the citizen or citizens prevail or substantially prevail, the citizen or citizens may petition the court for the State to pay all costs. If the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the agency or Governor knowingly violated the law, the court is required to also award reasonable attorney's fees.

Amendment S-312
The bill requires the court to award reasonable attorney 's fees to a citizen or citizens that prevail in litigation against the Governor or any agency of the executive branch if the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the defendant knowingly violated the law. This amendment gives the court in that situation the discretion to award reasonable attorney's fees to be paid to the prevailing citizen or citizens. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 698 Amendment S-312 fiscal note
LD 699 Resolve, To Provide for Outreach Programs To Assist Women at Risk of Giving Birth to Substance-exposed Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-121, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 699
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a community-based nonprofit organization to develop outreach and educational programs regarding reproductive and sexual health care for women and adolescents at highest risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy. The programming must emphasize the right to individual self-determination regarding family planning and childbearing and be targeted to women and adolescents experiencing substance use disorder, homelessness or other circumstances that indicate a need for family planning services or who are involved in the correctional system.

Amendment S-121
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 699 fiscal note
LD 699 Amendment S-121 fiscal note
LD 1017 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Labor To Develop a Framework for Encouraging Employers To Identify Safer Alternatives to Hazardous Chemicals Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-114, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1017
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create statutory and regulatory requirements that are designed to prevent harm to employees by substituting for or eliminating highly toxic and hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The bill would:

  • 1. Apply to industries, including, but not limited to, manufacturing, retail and service; automotive; auto body repair; shipbuilding; paper manufacturing; manufacturing of apparel or apparel components; medical equipment; construction; personal care product or feminine product manufacturing; coatings; textiles; lumber; plastics; technology services; and cleaning and janitorial services. The bill would not apply to agricultural employers in the State;
  • 2. Define "highly toxic and hazardous chemical" as a chemical that, based on credible scientific evidence, has a significant potential for harm to human health;
  • 3. Define "priority highly toxic and hazardous chemical" to include a chemical for which there is credible scientific evidence that the chemical is a carcinogen, a mutagen, a reproductive toxin, a developmental toxin, an endocrine disruptor or a neurotoxin;
  • 4. Define "safer alternative" as an alternative that, when compared to a highly toxic and hazardous chemical that it could replace, would reduce the potential for harm to human health or that has not been shown to pose the same or greater potential harm to human health as the highly toxic and hazardous chemical;
  • 5. Require employers in the State to identify and evaluate highly toxic and hazardous chemicals and, if feasible, eliminate those highly toxic and hazardous chemicals or substitute safer alternatives. Specifically, it would require employers to:
    • A. Identify and evaluate highly toxic and hazardous chemicals and eliminate the highly toxic and hazardous chemicals or substitute safer alternatives if feasible;
    • B. Implement a plan for the elimination and substitution of highly toxic and hazardous chemicals in the workplace;
    • C. Consult publicly accessible website lists and online databases that identify highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • D. Consult safety data sheets required by the federal Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration to identify highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • E. Consult chemical suppliers and manufacturers to identify highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • F. Consult publicly accessible websites and databases that identify safer alternatives that may be substituted for highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • G. Contact chemical suppliers and manufacturers for possible safer alternatives;
    • H. Identify steps necessary to be followed for the elimination or substitution of a highly toxic and hazardous chemical;
    • I. Decide, with justification, whether substituting a highly toxic and hazardous chemical is feasible for business operations;
    • J. In transitioning from a highly toxic and hazardous chemical to a safer alternative, use a transition team composed of employees and management;
    • K. Together with the transition team, develop a priority ranking for all highly toxic and hazardous chemicals identified for transition to safer alternatives; and
    • L. Conduct an alternatives analysis of the anticipated difficulty of transitioning to a safer alternative and a financial analysis of costs;
  • 6. Require the Commissioner of Labor to adopt rules and provide guidelines to assist employers in how to identify and evaluate highly toxic and hazardous chemicals and how to determine if safer alternatives exist. Specifically, it would require the commissioner to adopt rules:
    • A. To define terms, including "affected employee," "alternative chemical," "alternative chemical work plan" and "chemical";
    • B. To develop procedures to assist employers in implementing a program for the substitution of highly toxic and hazardous chemicals in the workplace; and
    • C. Governing the implementation of safer alternatives; discontinuation of safer alternatives, justification and reporting; self-audits by employers; reporting requirements; records retention requirements; access to information, including employee access and access by the State; and provision of annual employee training and informational materials; and
  • 7. Require the Commissioner of Labor to:
    • A. Identify publicly accessible website lists of online databases that identify highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • B. Make employers aware that safety data sheets required by the federal Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration are a source for identifying highly toxic and hazardous chemicals;
    • C. Identify publicly accessible websites that identify safer alternatives that may be substituted for highly toxic and hazardous chemicals currently employed in industry and business operations;
    • D. Identify steps required for the elimination or substitution of a highly toxic and hazardous chemical, including the criteria for justification of whether eliminating or substituting for a highly toxic and hazardous chemical is feasible for employers' business operations; and
    • E. Enforce the provisions of the law.


Amendment S-114
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve and replaces the title. It requires the Department of Labor to develop a framework for identifying hazardous chemicals used in the workplace and identifying safer alternatives to those chemicals in collaboration with interested parties and employers and employees in industries that are likely to utilize hazardous chemicals. The amendment requires the department to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing by December 20, 2019 that includes a proposed framework, summarizes the process used to develop the framework and includes a list of the participants who participated in the process. It authorizes the committee to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 1017 Chaptered Law
LD 1017 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1024 An Act To Include Mental Health Education in Maine Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-58, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1024
This bill requires health education instruction in elementary, middle, junior high and high school to include instruction in mental health and the relationship between physical and mental health.

Amendment S-58
The bill requires health education instruction in elementary, middle, junior high and high school to include instruction in mental health and the relationship between physical and mental health. This amendment clarifies that health education must include instruction that addresses the relationship between physical and mental health in order to enhance student understanding of attitudes toward and behavior relating to mental illness and to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness.

LD 1024 Chaptered Law
LD 1024 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 13, 2019
LD 1099
This bill requires a 72-hour waiting period between an agreement for the purchase and sale of a firearm and its delivery to the purchaser and makes violation of the waiting period a civil violation with a $200 to $500 fine for the first violation and a $500 to $1,000 fine for a subsequent violation.

LD 1100 An Act To Allow Discovery in the Event of a Lawsuit against a State Agency Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-50, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1100
This bill permits a petitioner under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act to conduct discovery if any agency fails or refuses to act or there are alleged irregularities that are not adequately revealed in the record of a proceeding.

Amendment S-50
This amendment replaces the bill to clarify what must be included in the complete agency record when the failure or refusal of the agency to act is alleged in a petition filed in Superior Court for the review of final agency action under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. The amendment explicitly requires the agency to include in the record filed in response to the petition all communications, whether written, electronic or memorialized in any other way, of all decisions by the agency to act, to refuse to act or to delay action. The record must also include all directives, orders and other documentation of those agency decisions.

LD 1100 Chaptered Law
LD 1100 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1561 An Act To Amend the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Laws and Enhance the Economic Vitality of Neighboring Communities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1561
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by requiring the commission to coordinate with neighboring municipalities by engaging in regional land use planning and directing future development into the communities where possible and consistent with municipal comprehensive land use plans. In order to ensure that the commission has current, critical data necessary for regional planning, the bill directs the commission to conduct a land use structure inventory by July 1, 2020. The bill also changes the appointment process for members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to ensure that a statewide perspective and relevant areas of expertise are represented on the commission.

LD 1618 An Act To Authorize Career and Technical Education Regions To Enter into Energy Conservation Performance Contracts for School Facilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1618
This bill adds the authority to enter into an agreement for energy conservation improvements with an energy services company to the powers and duties of a cooperative board of a career and technical education region, similar to the authority of a school administrative unit.

LD 1635 Resolve, To Improve Access to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services for Children from Birth to 8 Years of Age (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-182, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1635
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Education, to convene the participants of the federally funded Developmental Systems Integration initiative to determine the capacity of the State to provide child find and early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment services to children from birth to 8 years of age, the gaps in services and the costs of addressing those gaps. The report must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 30, 2019.

Amendment S-182
This amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group rather than convene the participants of the federally funded Developmental Systems Integration initiative. It also adds additional requirements to the report submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

LD 1635 Chaptered Law
LD 1635 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 38 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-241, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 38
This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.

Amendment H-241
This amendment adds language to clarify the requirement that the purchase of a hearing aid in accordance with the bill's coverage must be done in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules for the dispensing of hearing aids. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section and provides for the calculation and transfer of amounts for premium costs by financial order.

LD 38 Chaptered Law
LD 38 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 138 An Act To Provide Funding for the Maine Coworking Development Fund Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 138
This bill provides one-time funds for the expansion of existing collaborative workspace businesses and gives preference to applicants with projects in towns and counties in which the unemployment rate exceeds the State's unemployment rate.

Amendment H-146
This amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, when determining grants from the Maine Coworking Development Fund, to solicit applications through a competitive bid process, instead of a request for proposal process. The amendment allows for funds to be provided to entities to establish new collaborative workspaces and directs the department to prioritize development of new workspaces in the competitive application process. The amendment replaces the requirement for an annual report by the department to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives with a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over innovation, development, economic advancement and business matters. The amendment directs the department to engage in at least 2 rounds of competitive applications and also directs that the 2019-20 appropriation be carried over into 2020-21.

LD 138 fiscal note
LD 138 Amendment H-146 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 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 173 An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed Internet Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 173
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet. This bill proposes to make expanding high-speed Internet into unserved rural areas a key emphasis in the economic development of and to multiply the return to the State by directing the ConnectME Authority to use the increased funding to increase the rate of strategic broadband investment and leverage additional federal funding to provide middle-mile and last-mile infrastructure in the unserved areas and to correct broadband deficiencies identified in the ConnectME Authority's baseline update of 2013.

LD 227 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Public Health Infrastructure Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 227
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the State's public health infrastructure by:

  • 1. Identifying community-level geographic regions where essential public health services, including competent and qualified comprehensive community health coalitions, can be funded equitably;
  • 2. Ensuring that basic and essential public health services be delivered in each public health district and tribal health district;
  • 3. Identifying emerging nonclinical public health workers, including community health workers, community paramedics, recovery coaches and resiliency coaches, who can strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of public health service delivery;
  • 4. Facilitating, when possible, the integration and collaboration of public and private public health professionals with public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals; and
  • 5. Enabling the operation of public health professionals, public safety professionals and emergency preparedness professionals as a cohesive and coordinated public health team to improve the visibility and understanding of public health among Maine children and adults.


LD 231 An Act To Improve Public Health by Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 231
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase federal funding to improve the State's public health outcomes and workforce by designating the Maine Public Health Institute within the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service as an agent of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of applying for federal funds to support public health research and programming. To provide guidance to the Maine Public Health Institute in carrying out this duty, this bill would establish an advisory board composed of officials from the department, including the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and representatives of statewide public health organizations and care providers. The bill would require that the Maine Public Health Institute report every 2 years to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.

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


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

LD 235 Chaptered Law
LD 235 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 248 An Act To Increase the Handling Fee for Beverage Containers Reimbursed to Redemption Centers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-20 and Senate amendment S-56, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature, May 21, 2019
LD 248
This bill increases by 2¢ per returned container the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

Amendment S-20
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one-half cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one-half cent beginning January 1, 2020. It also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-56
This amendment amends Committee Amendment S-20 to:
  • 1. Increase the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by 1/2¢ beginning January 1, 2020;
  • 2. Eliminates a provision reducing by 1/2¢ the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers subject to a qualified commingling agreement;
  • 3. Places a moratorium from May 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020 on the issuance by the Department of Environmental Protection of redemption center licenses to redemption centers not licensed prior to May 1, 2019 unless the department determines that a new redemption center is needed to serve an area in which an existing redemption center ceases to operate. This licensing prohibition does not apply to renewal of redemption center licenses issued prior to May 1, 2019; and
  • 4. Direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to require each initiator of deposit that has entered into a commingling agreement, and its contracted agent, if any, to no later than July 1, 2019 report to the department the number of beverage containers picked up from each redemption center on each pick-up date in calendar year 2018. Upon receipt of this data, the department shall assess the efficiency and convenience of the beverage container redemption system and develop recommendations to improve efficiencies in the handling and transportation of beverage containers and to ensure convenient collection of beverage containers for consumers. On or before January 15, 2020, the commissioner shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources detailing the department's findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.


LD 248 Chaptered Law
LD 248 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 299 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Assist Schools, Municipalities and Counties in Using Emerging Technologies and Energy Alternatives to Fossil Fuels in Heating, Electrical and Other Utility Systems Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 299
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to assist schools, municipalities and counties in using emerging technologies and energy alternatives to fossil fuels in heating, electrical and other utility systems. The Finance Authority of Maine is directed to establish an application process and requirements for distribution of the funds.

LD 331 An Act To Prohibit the Operation of Large Commercial Vessels in the Waters of Southern Mount Desert Island (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 331
This bill prohibits the operation, mooring or anchoring of commercial vessels over 200 feet in length or with the capacity to carry more than 100 passengers in the waters of southern Mount Desert Island.

LD 340 An Act To Establish a Temporary Terminal Condition Medical Allowance for Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-70, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 340
This bill creates a temporary terminal condition medical allowance that allows an individual to fish under the authority of the license of a Class I, Class II or Class III lobster and crab fishing license holder when the individual is the child, spouse or domestic partner of the license holder and has completed the lobster apprentice program and the license holder has been diagnosed with a terminal condition and harvested a minimum of 1,000 pounds of lobsters within one year prior to the request for the temporary terminal condition medical allowance. The bill allows the license holder to continue to fish pursuant to the license despite having been issued an allowance but permits only one person, the license holder or the designated individual, to fish under the license at any one time. The temporary terminal condition medical allowance may not exceed one year in duration and may be renewed at the discretion of the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-70
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. It clarifies that a lobster and crab fishing license holder who has a substantial illness or medical condition and has been granted a temporary medical allowance may continue to fish under the license as long as the license holder does not fish concurrently with the individual authorized to fish under the authority of that license holder through the temporary medical allowance. It adds domestic partners to the list of individuals authorized to fish under this provision. It also clarifies that the license holder is liable for the activities of the individual fishing under the temporary medical allowance whether or not the license holder is present on the vessel.

LD 340 Chaptered Law
LD 340 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 368 An Act To Redefine Geographic Association for Multiple-employer Welfare Arrangements Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-49, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 368
This bill replaces the requirement that a multiple-employer welfare arrangement based on geographic association must be established by an association with a principal office in a location within a 40-mile radius of the principal place of business of eligible employers with a requirement that the arrangement must be established by an association with a principal office located in the State.

Amendment S-49
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment repeals the provision authorizing a multiple-employer welfare arrangement based on geographic association and removes cross-references to that provision. The amendment authorizes a multiple-employer welfare arrangement by an association with employer members representing multiple trades, industries or professions. The amendment also restores the ability of the Superintendent of Insurance to authorize a separate community rate for fully insured association health plans for multiple employers.

LD 368 Chaptered Law
LD 368 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 372 An Act To Increase the Safety of Municipal Residents by Allowing Municipalities To Address Downed Wires in Extended Power Outages Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-171, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 372
This bill allows a municipality, in the event of a power outage of 5 or more days, to hire appropriately licensed professionals to address power, telephone and similar lines that have been felled by weather events and that are preventing access to roadways within the municipality. It allows a municipality to apply to receive compensation from the local electric utility, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency or another funding source.

Amendment H-171
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes requirements for an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to establish emergency response plans for recovery and restoration in response to an event where widespread outages have occurred due to weather events or other causes beyond the utility's control. It requires that the prioritization process under the plan follow the statewide comprehensive emergency management plan and include consideration of steps to ensure safety of electric facilities, road opening and service restoration. The amendment requires the plan to detail a coordinated approach that includes: priorities for emergency response and service restoration, staffing, communication and coordination with emergency management agencies, customer communications, resource deployment and safety.
br>The amendment requires each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to file the plan with the Public Utilities Commission on a biannual basis and to provide a copy of the plan to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Maine Emergency Management Agency. The amendment allows the commission to designate portions of the emergency response plan as confidential through the issuance of a protective order.

The amendment also authorizes the commission to open an investigation to review the emergency response performance of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility after an emergency event. If the commission, through investigation, finds that the utility failed to implement its emergency response plan in a prudent manner, the commission is required to take action to remedy the failure, which may include denying the recovery through rates of the costs of emergency response and service restoration.

Finally, the amendment requires the commission to include in its annual report to the Legislature information regarding its activities and the performance of investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities in relation to emergency response plans.

LD 372 Chaptered Law
LD 372 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 382 An Act To Fund Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons at the Maine State Library Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-7, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019
LD 382
This bill establishes the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund as a dedicated fund within the Maine State Library to be used to provide access to the National Federation of the Blind's news network for blind and visually impaired persons. This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to transfer $40,000 per year from the state universal service fund to the Blind and Visually Impaired News Access Fund to support the annual cost of providing access to the network.

Amendment H-7
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 382 Chaptered Law
LD 382 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 404 An Act To Fund the School Revolving Renovation Fund Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-9, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 28, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 404
This bill provides one-time funds to be deposited in the School Revolving Renovation Fund to be used for the purposes specified in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-F, subsection 3.

Amendment H-9
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 404 fiscal note
LD 404 Amendment H-9 fiscal note
LD 405 An Act To Increase the Statewide Minimum Salary for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 405
This bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers, beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. This bill also requires the Commissioner of Education to increase the state share of the total allocation to a qualifying school administrative unit to achieve the minimum salary for certified teachers.

LD 429 An Act To Improve the Ability of Mental Health Professionals To Assess the Risk of Suicide Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 429
This bill adds a new requirement for the renewal of professional licenses for psychologists, social workers and licensed clinical professional counselors that each must show proof upon renewal that the licensee has completed a minimum of 6 hours of course work every 10 years in suicide prevention, evidence-based suicide risk assessment or the treatment and management of suicidal persons, including knowledge of community resources and cultural factors. These courses may be used to satisfy the licensee's other continuing education requirements. The bill also changes, from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2022, the date that licensed clinical professional counselors must begin demonstrating successful completion of a minimum of 12 hours of course work in family or intimate partner violence.

Amendment H-139
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, amends the bill to require the Department of Health and Human Services to provide at least one week of training to any employee engaged in adult protective services instead of to only new employees. It clarifies that it is the ratio of supervisors to caseworkers, instead of the number of supervisors, that must be identical in adult protective services and child protective services. The amendment also provides that Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions receive a $1 per wage-hour stipend for employees holding or obtaining a relevant master's degree. It provides that the $5 per wage-hour stipend payment and $1 per wage-hour stipend payment authorized for Adult Protective Services Caseworker positions, Adult Protective Services Caseworker Supervisor positions, Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager I positions and Adult Protective Services Public Service Manager II positions must be considered part of those employees' base pay for purposes of transfers, promotions, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases and collectively bargained wage increases. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 429 Amendment H-139 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 444 An Act To Fully Restore Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 444
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 3 months earlier than currently provided in law.

LD 470 An Act To Provide Traffic Safety Education in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-83, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 470
The purpose of this bill is to provide students in Maine with traffic safety education from an early age with the goal of teaching students safe practices and respect for all users of the road in order to reduce the unacceptable number of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and make Maine's roadways safer and more enjoyable for all users.

This bill requires all school administrative units to provide at least one hour annually of age-appropriate traffic safety education to students in grades 2 to 12. The traffic safety education program must provide, at a minimum, instruction on the use of public and private ways by pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators and on the laws and rules regarding that use. A school administrative unit may contract with a 3rd party to provide the traffic safety education.

Amendment H-83
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, modifies the requirements in the bill for age-appropriate traffic safety education in school administrative units. The amendment provides that the traffic safety education must be provided annually to at least 4 different grade levels from kindergarten to grade 8 instead of annually in grades 2 to 12. The amendment also strikes the requirement that the education be at least one hour in length.

This amendment also provides funding for 90% of the cost to school administrative units to implement the traffic safety education curriculum. The amendment also specifies that outside funding may be accepted by the Department of Education and expended for the purpose of traffic safety education annually.

LD 470 fiscal note
LD 470 Amendment H-83 fiscal note

LD 524 Resolve, Regarding the Promotion of Composting Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 524
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to study the feasibility of establishing incentives or mandates to promote composting in the State. The departments are required to submit a joint report of their findings and recommendations, together with any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may submit legislation relating to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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 559 An Act To Restore Regular Mapping of Eelgrass Beds in the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-48, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 559
This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources, to establish and administer a program to regularly produce and update maps regarding the distribution of eelgrass beds in the State. Data collected and maps produced under this program must be made available on the Department of Environmental Protection's publicly accessible website. The Department of Environmental Protection is directed to submit to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters on or before January 1, 2021, and biennially thereafter, a report on the data collected and maps produced under this program.

Amendment H-48
This amendment creates the Eelgrass Mapping Fund to support the establishment and administration of the eelgrass mapping program required under the bill and authorizes the fund to accept grants, bequests, gifts or contributions from any source, public or private. The amendment also revises the mapping schedule for the mapping of eelgrass beds as proposed in the bill and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 559 Amendment H-48 fiscal note
LD 613 Resolve, Concerning the Adoption of Rules To Carry Out the Purpose of the Bridging Rental Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 613
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules for the Bridging Rental Assistance Program in order to ensure fairness, equity and access to the program for those persons with mental illness who qualify for the program. The department is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services if the department anticipates a delay in the adoption of the rules.

LD 613 Chaptered Law
LD 613 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 621 An Act To Prohibit Extruded Polystyrene Food Service Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 621
This bill prohibits food establishments from processing, preparing, selling or providing food in or on an extruded polystyrene foam food service container with certain exceptions.

LD 626 An Act To Provide Funding for the Naval Museum and Gardens in Brunswick Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-64, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 626
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding for the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens in Brunswick.

Amendment H-64
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment, which is the majority report, provides one-time funds to the Brunswick Naval Museum and Memorial Gardens to support and preserve Maine's maritime patrol aviation heritage.

LD 626 Amendment H-64 fiscal note

LD 712 An Act To Increase the School Construction Debt Service Limit Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-290, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 712
This bill amends the school funding formula to fund after-school programs based on the state share percentage and to fund public preschool programs at 50% of the cost of the programs, or if a school administrative unit's state share percentage is greater than 50%, to fund the unit's public preschool program at the state share percentage. The bill also increases the additional weight for economically disadvantaged students from 0.15 to 1.5. The bill also raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

Amendment H-290
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, changes the title and strikes all sections of the bill except the provision that raises the maximum debt service limit for school construction projects from $126,000,000 to $150,000,000 beginning in 2020.

LD 712 Amendment H-290 fiscal note
LD 750 An Act To Allow Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps Instructors To Instruct without State Certification Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 30, 2019
LD 750
This bill exempts from teacher certification requirements a federal Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instructor certified by the United States Department of Defense providing Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps instruction to students in grade 9 to grade 12.

LD 759 An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-573, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 759
This bill provides funding for 2 Paralegal positions and one Consumer Outreach position within the Maine Human Rights Commission and requires that the commission purchase a computer system. It also includes a $10,000 appropriation for the initial step in evaluating the commission's computer system needs.

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 774 An Act To Protect Maine's Beaches and Shoreline Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 774
This bill amends the State's coastal management policies laws to ensure that those policies address the effects of coastal erosion on the State's beaches and shoreline and ensure the health of the State's beaches and shoreline for habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for protection against storms.

The bill also creates an advisory group on beach management, to be convened by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for the purpose of developing and recommending objectives, strategies, legislation and other actions to mitigate coastal erosion in the State and to keep beaches healthy for storm protection, habitat protection for coastal wildlife species and for recreational use. The group is directed to review the report titled "Integrated Beach Management Program Working Group Report," dated January 2017 and submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources in the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature, update the data and findings contained in that report, if necessary, and review and update the specific recommendations for legislative, regulatory or other actions contained in that report, if necessary. No later than February 15, 2020, the commissioner is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources containing the findings and recommendations of the group following its review of the 2017 report, including any proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement those recommendations.

LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 777
This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.

Amendment H-493
This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 777 Chaptered Law
LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

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

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


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 799 An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-558, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 799
This bill amends the nursing education loan repayment program as follows:
  • 1. It extends eligibility to apply to individuals who are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs;
  • 2. It specifies that applicants must indicate an intention to work as full-time nursing faculty in a nursing education program in the State, and increases the required commitment from 3 to 5 years after acceptance into the nursing education loan repayment program;
  • 3. It increases the maximum amount of loans eligible for repayment under the program from $4,500 to $30,000 for a master's degree, and from $6,000 to $60,000 for a doctoral degree.


Amendment H-558
This amendment replaces the bill and creates a new loan repayment program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the lesser of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient's outstanding loan balance. The amendment establishes a fund for the program, sets parameters for the administration of the program and establishes an advisory committee to guide the work of the Finance Authority of Maine in administering the program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 799 Amendment H-558 fiscal note
LD 810 An Act To Require Background Checks for All Private Firearm Sales or Transfers Except between Family Members Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 810
This bill allows the transfer or sale of a firearm between 2 individuals who are not licensed as firearm dealers if the person to whom the firearm is being transferred submits to a background check conducted by a licensed firearm dealer; the dealer must conduct a background check and complete the sale or transfer as though selling or transferring the dealer's own inventory. This bill does not restrict transfers to a family member, which is broadly defined to include a spouse, domestic partner, intimate partner, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, stepchild, stepparent, niece, nephew, first cousin, aunt, uncle and in-law; temporary transfers between persons who are hunting or sport shooting together; transfers done for emergency self-defense; the transfer of an antique weapon or curio; a transfer involving a law enforcement officer or agency, member of the military or licensed security guard; or a transfer that occurs by operation of law upon a person's death.

LD 818 An Act To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 818
This bill provides that by January 1, 2030 the State must reduce net annual greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 net annual greenhouse gas emissions level. It directs the Department of Environmental Protection to establish interim net annual emissions levels and to monitor and report on gross and net annual greenhouse gas emissions. It directs the department to update the State's climate action plan and evaluate the State's progress toward meeting the reduction levels. It requires the Board of Environmental Protection to establish greenhouse gas emission standards for individual sources or categories of sources.

LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

The bill also requires that health insurance carriers that provide coverage for maternity services also provide coverage for abortion services. The bill applies this requirement to all health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020, except for those religious employers granted an exclusion of coverage. The bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance to grant an exemption from the requirements if enforcement of the requirements would adversely affect the allocation of federal funds to the State.

Amendment H-210
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds language exempting the provisions of the bill from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752. The amendment reallocates the section of the bill requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to pay for abortion services for MaineCare members and adds language to authorize the department to adopt rules using the emergency rule-making provisions of the Maine Administrative Procedure Act.

Amendment S-275
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. This amendment also makes technical corrections.

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 836 An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-158, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 836
This bill provides ongoing funding to the school-based health centers within the Fund for a Healthy Maine program within the Department of Health and Human Services to add an additional 15 school-based health center sites.

Amendment H-158
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the reference to 15 new school-based health centers from the bill but retains the funding amount. The Department of Health and Human Services distributes the funding through a request for proposals process for the number of sites the funding will support.

LD 836 fiscal note
LD 836 Amendment H-158 fiscal note
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 864 An Act To Make Whole Family Support Available Statewide Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 18, 2019
LD 864
This bill requires community action agencies to establish support programs to serve families to assist parents with children as they pursue stable employment, pursue education intended to lead to employment or otherwise pursue self-sufficiency. The bill also provides funding for community action agencies to establish the support programs.

LD 866 An Act To Support College Completion by Homeless Youth in Maine Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-321, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 866
This bill requires institutions of higher education in the State to designate an existing staff member to serve as a liaison for homeless youth who are enrolled in that institution of higher education. The bill also requires institutions of higher education to give homeless youth priority for on-campus housing, develop a plan to provide homeless youth housing during school breaks and allow homeless youth who are enrolled part-time to access on-campus housing during the homeless youth's first year of school. The bill also expands the tuition waiver for state postsecondary educational institutions to include tuition waivers for homeless youth.

Amendment H-321
This amendment, which strikes and replaces the bill, does the following.
  • 1. It defines as a homeless student a student under 25 years of age who has been verified, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the student's admission to or while enrolled in a state postsecondary educational institution, as a homeless child or youth as defined in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.
  • 2. It requires each state postsecondary educational institution to designate a staff member as the homeless student liaison.
  • 3. It authorizes each state postsecondary educational institution to award a homeless student a financial assistance grant, which is limited to the amount of the cost of tuition less all other financial aid received that a student is not required to repay. The availability of the grant and the amount of the grant is also subject to the amounts appropriated by the Legislature.


LD 866 Amendment H-321 fiscal note
LD 906 An Act Concerning Pavement Sealing Products Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-166 and House amendment H-225, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 906
This bill prohibits the sale of coal tar sealant products beginning October 1, 2020 and prohibits the application of coal tar sealant products on driveways or parking areas beginning October 1, 2021. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may grant an exemption from the prohibitions for research or development purposes.

Amendment H-166
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It amends the definition of "polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons" to include a reference to the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980.
  • 2. It clarifies the scope of the bill's sales and application prohibitions or coal tar sealant products.
  • 3. It removes an unnecessary cross-reference.


Amendment H-225
This amendment delays for 3 years the prohibitions regarding coal tar sealant products.

LD 906 Chaptered Law
LD 906 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.

It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1086 An Act To Promote the Goals of the Low-emission Vehicle Program by Requiring That New Vehicle Purchases for the State Fleet Be Composed of a Minimum Percentage of Zero-emission Vehicles Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1086
This bill promotes the goals of the State's low-emission vehicle program by requiring the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services, Central Fleet Management Division to ensure that not less than 15% of the vehicles purchased for the state fleet are zero-emission vehicles. Zero-emission vehicles include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles. This bill requires a 5% increase each fiscal year in the number of zero-emission vehicles purchased by the Central Fleet Management Division until 2027-28, when not less than 50% of all vehicle purchases must be zero-emission vehicles.

LD 1106 An Act To Improve the Health and Economic Security of Older Residents Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-355, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1106
This bill removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also increases the income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program to the levels in effect prior to Public Law 2011, chapter 657. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to submit any necessary state plan amendments for approval for the increases in income eligibility.

Amendment H-355
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the provisions in the bill relating to income eligibility levels for the Medicare savings program and the elderly low-cost drug program. It also removes the asset test for the Medicare savings program and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary Medicaid state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1106 Amendment H-355 fiscal note
LD 1107 An Act To Promote Workforce Development and Community Integration Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1107
This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish an immigrant workforce development council and, after consultation with the council, to distribute funds through a competitive process to entities that promote integration of immigrants into the workforce and community. The bill also provides funds to support integration of immigrants into the workforce and community.

LD 1108 Resolve, Establishing the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1108
This resolve establishes the Task Force on Alternatives to Incarceration for Maine Youth to:
  • 1. Review and evaluate current state and national reports regarding the efficacy of the use of incarceration of youth in the State and nationally;
  • 2. Seek input from juvenile justice system stakeholders, including judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, agency staff, residential and community-based service providers, youth advocates and youth and families affected by the juvenile justice system;
  • 3. Develop a plan to close the Long Creek Youth Development Center by 2022 and make recommendations on subsequent use of the land or facility, including identifying options for alternate use of the land or facility that do not include the incarceration of other populations, and a transition plan for the center's staff; and
  • 4. Develop recommendations for reinvestment of corrections funds currently designated for youth incarceration into a continuum of community-based alternatives.


LD 1121 An Act To Acknowledge Potable Water as a Necessity Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1121
This bill adds potable water to lists of necessities in the Maine Revised Statutes in laws governing profiteering in necessities, municipal general assistance and supplies for jails.

LD 1121 Chaptered Law
LD 1121 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1160 An Act To Transfer the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund to the Office of the Treasurer of State Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-258, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1160
This bill transfers the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund from the Finance Authority of Maine to the Treasurer of State and allows the Treasurer of State to make disbursements from the fund only upon written direction of the Kim Wallace Adaptive Equipment Loan Program Fund Board. This bill also provides funds to establish the fund in the Office of the Treasurer of State.

Amendment H-258
This amendment retains language in the current statute allowing for funds to be deposited with and maintained by other state agencies. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.

LD 1160 Chaptered Law
LD 1160 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1171
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 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 1216 An Act To Support Community Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-128, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1216
This bill makes the Department of Education's community school pilot project permanent. The department is authorized to designate 5 community schools in the 2020-2021 school year and 10 additional schools biannually beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. The Commissioner of Education is required to apply for available federal funds in support of community school implementation and expansion.

Amendment S-128
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1216 Chaptered Law
LD 1216 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1224 An Act To Authorize General Fund Bond Issues To Address Changes in Sea Level, Geospatial Data Acquisition by Communities and the Increase in Ocean Acidity Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1224
This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds.
  • 1. Part A of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $5,000,000, to be used to support improvements to sea level prediction models by providing more detailed mapping of coastal zones and monitoring sea level changes in order to mitigate the impact of and help prepare for rising sea levels.
  • 2. Part B of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $6,000,000, to be used to provide partnership funds and matching grants for geospatial data acquisition to communities that are creating or improving digital parcel maps to accurately identify existing boundaries and land use, identify potential community development areas and protect environmental resources.
  • 3. Part C of this bill authorizes the issuance of bonds, in the amount of $3,000,000, to be used to collect data, monitor waterways and perform tests related to the known increasing ocean acidity along the Maine coast and its impact on natural wildlife and commercially important species in Maine waters, such as lobsters and clams.


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

LD 1310 An Act To Address the Shortage of Department of Transportation Snowplow Drivers and Other Transportation Workers 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 1310
This bill addresses the shortage of snowplow drivers and other transportation workers in the Department of Transportation by:
  • 1. Establishing 5 new Transportation Crew Supervisor positions; and
  • 2. Increasing the rate of pay for certain positions in the Department of Transportation by $2 per hour.


LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1312
This bill creates an extreme risk protection order to authorize a court to order a person to surrender that person's firearms temporarily for 14 days or on an extended basis for 365 days when it has been proved that the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. The bill provides that:
  • 1. A law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a family or household member may file a petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order, which may be granted if the court finds probable cause exists to issue the order. The temporary extreme risk protection order expires in 14 days or when a hearing to determine whether to issue an extended extreme risk protection order is held, whichever occurs sooner. A temporary extreme risk protection order may be issued on an ex parte basis;
  • 2. Whether or not the court issues a temporary extreme risk protection order, the court is required to hold a hearing within 14 days to determine whether the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. If the court, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that an extended extreme risk protection order should be issued, the extended extreme risk protection order must be issued, and it expires 365 days after the issuance of the order unless extended after another hearing;
  • 3. Following the issuance of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order, the court is required to order law enforcement to serve the order and is required to issue a search warrant if the court finds probable cause that the person who is the subject of the order is in possession of a firearm;
  • 4. A person who is the subject of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order is required to surrender all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. The firearms must be returned to the person at the expiration of the extreme risk protection order unless an extended extreme risk protection order is issued;
  • 5. A person against whom an extended extreme risk protection order is issued may request that the order be dissolved and be granted a hearing once during the term of the extended extreme risk protection order; and
  • 6. A person who possesses firearms in violation of an extreme risk protection order commits a Class D crime.


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.


LD 1370 Chaptered Law
LD 1370 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1410 An Act To Create Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Public hearing held, April 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1410
This bill establishes a paid family and medical leave benefits program administered by the Department of Labor. The program provides up to 12 weeks of family leave and up to 20 weeks of medical leave to eligible covered individuals. No more than 20 weeks of family leave and medical leave in the aggregate may be taken in a 12-month period. An individual is eligible for leave under the program after working 26 weeks or more for any employer in the 12 months prior to submitting an application or if the individual is self-employed and has elected to be part of the program.

The maximum weekly benefit amount is capped at 100% of the state average weekly wage. The weekly benefit amount is 90% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is equal to or less than 50% of the state average weekly wage and 67% of the portion of the covered individual's average weekly wage that is more than 50% of the state average weekly wage.

Covered individuals are required to file claims for benefits in accordance with rules adopted by the department and to provide certification that they qualify for family leave or medical leave.

This bill establishes the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund to support the program. The funds for administrative costs and payment of benefits will come from payroll contributions by employees.

The bill requires payroll contributions to begin January 1, 2021, and benefits will be paid out beginning January 1, 2022

LD 1428 An Act To Require the State To Fund 50 Percent of Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1428
This bill requires the State to fund a minimum of 50% of the costs of an approved public preschool program for each year a school administrative unit operates the program, other than the year in which the school administrative unit receives start-up funds for the program. If funds for essential programs and services do not provide the funding necessary to fund a minimum of 50% of approved public preschool programs, the State is directed to use other funding sources and the Commissioner of Education is directed to include the funding levels necessary in the Department of Education's request to the Legislature for appropriations from the General Fund.

LD 1431 Resolve, To Support Municipal Recycling Programs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-237, Finally passed, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1431
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to develop proposed legislation to establish a new product stewardship program requiring producers of packaging to assist Maine municipalities in managing and financing packaging waste disposal and recycling programs in the State. The proposed legislation is required also to incentivize producers of packaging to design packaging to be recycled or made of recycled content to strengthen the recycling markets. The resolve requires the department to submit the proposed legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources no later than December 16, 2019.

Amendment H-237
This amendment removes from the resolve the emergency preamble and emergency clause and clarifies the scope of the new packaging stewardship program to be developed by the Department of Environmental Protection under the resolve.

LD 1431 Chaptered Law
LD 1431 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1448 An Act To Expand the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1448
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's disability rating percentage instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons.

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
LD 1471 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1612 An Act Regarding the Presumption of Abandonment of Gift Obligations Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-613 and Senate amendment S-366, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1612
Under current law, a gift obligation card, which includes a gift certificate, gift card and online gift account, is considered abandoned 2 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which it was purchased or last used. This bill removes the presumption of abandonment for gift obligation cards.

Amendment H-613
This amendment provides that this legislation, which exempts gift obligation cards from the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act by establishing that a gift obligation card is never presumed abandoned, is effective January 1, 2021 and applies to gift obligation cards sold on or after January 1, 2021.

Amendment S-366
This amendment provides that the amount of a gift obligation's face value that is unclaimed for purposes of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act is 60% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2018 or earlier; 40% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2019; 20% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2020; and 0% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2021 or thereafter.

LD 1612 Amendment H-613 fiscal note
LD 1612 Amendment S-366 fiscal note
LD 1638 An Act To Provide for Gubernatorial Appointments to the Maine Charter School Commission Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-171, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 1638
This bill changes the appointing authority for 4 members of the Maine Charter School Commission from the State Board of Education to the Governor and increases the terms of those members from 3 years to 4 years.

Amendment S-171
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, clarifies that the Governor's appointments to the Maine Charter School Commission are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and to confirmation by the Senate. This amendment also removes the provision of the bill that ends the terms on the effective date of this legislation of members of the commission who are not members of the State Board of Education and instead provides that a member of the commission serving on the effective date of this legislation may continue to serve until that member's term has expired.

LD 1638 Chaptered Law
LD 1638 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1687 An Act Regarding the Water Quality Certification of Graham Lake on the Union River (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1687
This bill provides that for the purposes of water quality certification under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act:
  • 1. Graham Lake located in the Union River in the City of Ellsworth may be subject to drawdowns of lake levels of up to 4 feet and still be deemed to meet state water classification standards;
  • 2. The Department of Environmental Protection may not waive water quality certification under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project and failure of the department to file timely a water quality certification is deemed to be a denial of water quality certification; and
  • 3. The Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project is subject to an involuntary water quality decertification if the project does not provide for a volitional upstream fish passage over both the Graham Lake Dam and Ellsworth Lake Dam within 10 years of the project's relicensure.


LD 1706 An Act To Ensure Public Notification of Air Quality Violations Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-189, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1706
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to notify an affected municipality when the department issues a notice of violation or initiates an enforcement action relating to an air quality violation.

Amendment S-189
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
  • 1. It removes language from the bill requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's initiation of an air quality-related enforcement action.
  • 2. It adds language requiring the department to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's receipt of an air quality-related notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 3. It provides that the department may provide the required information to affected municipalities electronically.


LD 1706 Chaptered Law
LD 1706 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1707 An Act To Ensure Accuracy and Reliability of Environmental Testing by Requiring Compliance Testing by 3rd-parties Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1707
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to include in each license issued by the department a requirement that an independent entity perform testing to determine compliance with the license.

LD 1715 An Act To Reorganize the Provision of Services for Children with Disabilities from Birth to 5 Years of Age (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1715
Beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for early adopters and over a 5-year implementation phase-in beginning in fiscal year 2020-21 for other school administrative units, this bill moves responsibility for providing special education and related services for children who are at least 3 years of age and under 6 years of age from the Department of Education, Child Development Services System, the state intermediate educational unit, to the school administrative units of residence of the children.

This bill eliminates the Child Development Services System and moves the entire responsibility for providing services to children from birth to under 3 years of age to the Department of Education's office of special services. The funding plan continues the present arrangement of full responsibility for costs being shared among state funds, federal funds, the MaineCare program and private insurers.

The changes provide fewer transition points, create efficiencies, eliminate duplicate state functions and maximize existing services and facilities at the local level. The State continues its current practice of funding all services for preschool children with disabilities that are not paid for with federal funds, MaineCare funds or private funds.

LD 1719 An Act To Improve Geographic Information System Data Acquisition and Maintenance Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-261, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1719
This bill moves the Maine Library of Geographic Information, the Geolibrary, from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and establishes the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to administer the Geolibrary. This bill adds a Geolibrarian and a GIS information officer, appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, to the staff of the Maine Library of Geographic Information, to collect, perserve and disseminate data, manage funds and direct the Geolibrary's activities. The bill repeals language allowing the administrator of the Office of Geographic Information Systems to enter into agreements with other agencies and to accept funds from public and private organizations, repeals language describing licensing agreement and fee requirements for geographic information system data and repeals language allowing the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board to hear and resolve disputes related to geographic information system data.

Amendment S-261
This amendment makes changes to the composition of the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1719 Amendment S-261 fiscal note
LD 1750 An Act To Establish Appliance Energy and Water Standards Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1750
This bill enacts the Appliance Energy and Water Standards Act to be implemented, administered and enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Act generally provides that, beginning January 1, 2021, a person is prohibited from selling or offering for sale in the State certain appliances and products unless they meet or exceed applicable energy and water standards adopted by rule by the department. Beginning January 1, 2022, a person is prohibited from installing for compensation in the State any of those appliances or products.

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