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Senator Catherine Breen [Democrat]
Cumberland ~ District 25

Towns in District: Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part of Westbrook

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Senatorial Vote

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs (Chair)

✉ Cathy.Breen@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 15 Falmouth Ridges Drive
Falmouth, Maine 04105


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
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 105 An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 105
This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development.

It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.

LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-28, Enacted, Signed into law April 12, 2019
LD 278
This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee's prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. The bill broadens a provision in the current equal pay law to prohibit an employer from preventing employees from discussing or disclosing other employees' wages and makes the practice a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act as well.

Amendment S-28
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. It creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes, for example, when such information is related to economic development programs that specifically create employment opportunities for persons with low incomes. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected employee or applicant by the Department of Labor or the affected employee or applicant.

This amendment also amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of unlawful employment discrimination includes an employer's seeking information about a prospective employee's compensation history before an offer of employment, including all terms of compensation, to the applicant has been made. It also creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes.



LD 278 Chaptered Law
LD 278 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 441 An Act To Reduce Childhood Exposure to Harmful Ultraviolet Radiation by Allowing Students To Use Sunscreen in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-14, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 441
This bill allows public school students to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without prior authorization from a parent or legal guardian or a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional.

Amendment S-14
This amendment directs the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules authorizing students who attend public school to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional if the product is regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of limiting skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.

LD 441 Chaptered Law
LD 441 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 549 An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 549
This bill directs the State to fund the difference between the federal reimbursements for reduced-price and free lunches in order to provide all children from families with incomes under 185% of the federal poverty level free lunch at school.

Amendment S-57
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 549 Amendment S-57 fiscal note
LD 593 Resolve, To Stabilize the Behavioral Health Workforce and Avert More Expensive Treatments (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-143, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 593
This resolve provides funding to increase rates by 8% in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 65, Behavioral Health Services. The resolve also specifies that the increase in reimbursement rates must be applied to wages and benefits for employees who provide direct care services and not to administrators or managers and that to qualify for the rate increase an agency providing services must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Department of Health and Human Services, that an increase in wages and benefits has been granted to employees providing direct care services that equals the amount of the projected increase in reimbursement to be received.

Amendment S-143
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, updates the appropriations and allocations section to reflect a more recent estimate of the cost.

Amendment S-161
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and clause and changes the date by which the Department of Health and Human Services must amend its rule.

LD 593 fiscal note
LD 593 Amendment S-143 fiscal note
LD 593 Amendment S-161 fiscal note
LD 642 An Act Regarding Kindergarten Readiness for Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-243, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 642
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education, beginning July 31, 2020 and annually thereafter, to submit a report to the joint standing committee having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs of the data specific to language and literacy development of children who are deaf and hard of hearing from birth to 5 years of age, including children who are deaf or hard of hearing and have other disabilities, that demonstrate the children's language and literacy development relative to their peers who are not deaf or hard of hearing to include any language developmental milestones or parent resources used or disseminated by the department for use in tracking or assessing the expressive and receptive language acquisition of children who are deaf or hard of hearing and to make this report publicly available.

This bill also directs the Commissioner of Education, no later than October 1, 2019, to establish a departmental task force to recommend language developmental milestones from existing resources and current standards and to develop a parent resource portfolio to monitor and track the expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward literacy in American Sign Language and English of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and sets criteria for the task force membership. The bill also directs the Department of Education to select tools and assessments for educators that can be used to assess the language and literacy development of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, by December 15, 2020, on the parent resource portfolio developed by the task force and a procedure to disseminate the parent resource portfolio to parents, a procedure to disseminate the selected tools and assessments to educators and a procedure for educators to use when a child is not progressing in expressive and receptive language skills. The report must include suggested legislation to implement its findings and recommendations, and the joint standing committing of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs is authorized to report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature to implement those findings and recommendations.

Amendment S-243
This amendment removes any preferences in the bill for American Sign Language. The amendment also adjusts reporting dates throughout the bill.

The amendment also directs the Commissioner of Education no later than November 1, 2019 to establish a departmental task force to recommend language developmental milestones from existing resources and current standards and to develop a parent resource portfolio to monitor and track the expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward literacy in American Sign Language or English, or both, of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and sets criteria for the task force membership.

The bill directs the Department of Education to select tools and assessments for educators that can be used to assess the language and literacy development of children who are deaf and hard of hearing and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs. The amendment requires the department to submit an interim report no later than March 1, 2020 and a final report no later than January 1, 2021 on the parent resource portfolio developed by the task force and a procedure to disseminate the parent resource portfolio to parents, a procedure to disseminate the selected tools and assessments to educators and a procedure for educators to use when a child is not progressing in expressive and receptive language skills.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 642 Chaptered Law
LD 642 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 789 An Act To Appropriate General Fund Money for Basic Government Functions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 789
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to appropriate money from the General Fund to support basic government functions.

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 997 An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development for Young Children Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-191 and Senate amendment S-334, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 997
This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to implement, beginning September 1, 2020, a statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program to provide support, guidance and training to families, early care and education teachers and providers working in public elementary schools, child care facilities, family child care settings and Head Start programs serving infants and young children who are experiencing challenging behaviors that put them at risk of learning difficulties and removal from early learning settings. The bill requires the Department of Education to design and implement the program and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters on the implementation of the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program.

Amendment S-191
This amendment, which is the majority report, provides that any record about a child created as a result of an early childhood consultation program must be made available to the parents or guardians of that child and may not become part of the child's education record.

The amendment also stipulates that 50% of the costs of the early childhood consultation program established under the bill is to be funded using funds transferred to the Department of Education by the Department of Health and Human Services that are provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant that are available under Title IV-A of the United States Social Security Act or that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services from that block grant authorized under Title XX of the United States Social Security Act.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-334
This amendment changes the responsibility for the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services and makes other minor changes to reflect the change in responsibility.

LD 997 Chaptered Law
LD 997 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 998 Resolve, Requiring the Collection of Data on the Marriage of Minors Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 5, 2019
LD 998
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention through its division of data, research and vital statistics to report by December 4, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary on data on the incidence of marriage of minors in the State. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 998 Chaptered Law
LD 998 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1264 An Act Relating to Insurance Coverage for Screening Mammograms Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1264
This bill amends the definition of "screening mammogram" to include 3-dimensional tomosynthesis for purposes of required health insurance coverage and reimbursement by individual plans, group plans, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit hospital and medical service organizations.

LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1461
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.

Amendment S-244
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies that the department must establish a bundled rate for coordinated specialty care. It also provides that the department may review, develop or apply for any source of funds that may be available to implement reimbursement for the coordinated specialty care model. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-300
This amendment amends the committee amendment. This amendment retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause and, as in the committee amendment and the bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a reimbursement rate for a coordinated specialty care model to treat individuals showing early signs of psychotic disorder. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. Under this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and no later than July 1, 2020, to establish a bundled rate to reimburse for services provided under the coordinated specialty care model that are not otherwise covered under the MaineCare program. This amendment moves the statutory requirements for the reimbursement to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22. This amendment retains the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant but changes cross-references and requires that necessary applications be submitted no later than 90 days after the effective date of this legislation.

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1470
This bill allows a political subdivision to prohibit the carrying of dangerous weapons at public proceedings and at voting places. It provides an exception to allow the carrying of a handgun by an on-duty law enforcement officer. It defines "political subdivision" as any municipality, plantation, county, quasi-municipal corporation and special purpose district, including, but not limited to, any water district, sanitary district, hospital district, municipal transmission and distribution utility and school administrative unit.

LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1836 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure, Economic Development, Workforce Development and Energy and Environment Investment (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-354, Failed passage to be enacted in the House, tabled in the Senate pending passage to be enacted, June 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1836
This bill implements the cost items in the collective bargaining agreements reached between the State and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the Maine State Troopers Association, the Maine State Law Enforcement Association and Maine State Employees Association and provides for equitable treatment for confidential employees and certain other employees excluded from collective bargaining.

The bill specifies the costs from the General Fund and Highway Fund to fund salary increases and authorizes the transfer by financial order of available General Fund and Highway Fund balances as necessary.

The bill also specifies the costs from the General Fund and Highway Fund to fund the overtime payment settlements and authorizes the transfer by financial order of available General Fund and Highway Fund balances as necessary.

The bill provides for the adjustment of certain salary schedules in fiscal year 2019-20 and in fiscal year 2020-21 consistent with ratified contracts. The bill provides for similar and equitable treatment of confidential employees, probationary employees and other employees excluded from collective bargaining.

Amendment S-354
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. It amends Part B to allow biomedical research institutions to apply for bond proceeds and adds market development of life sciences products as an area within which a successful application must demonstrate potential for job creation and economic growth.

It amends Part D to reduce bond funds allocated to the Efficiency Maine Trust's Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program from $15,000,000 to $10,000,000 and allocates $5,000,000 to the trust's Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund to recapitalize that fund. It also changes the language regarding disbursement of bond proceeds to provide that payment from bond proceeds for acquisitions to community conservation projects may be made directly to cooperating entities and removes the requirement that the Land for Maine's Future Board give preference to acquisitions that achieve benefits for multiple towns and address regional conservation needs. It also includes community conservation projects in the expenditures for which bond funds must be matched with at least $30,000,000 in public and private contributions.

It amends Part E to allow the trust to award grant funding under the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program for a solar array that is not directly owned by a municipality or school administrative unit if, pursuant to an agreement between the owner of the solar array and a municipality or school administrative unit, the sole user of the energy produced by the solar array is the municipality or school administrative unit that entered into the agreement.

It adds Part F, which requires the ConnectME Authority to establish a process to ensure state funds made available pursuant to the bond issue under Part B are used to build broadband Internet service in areas of the State that do not meet the goals for broadband service described under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 9202-A.

It also adds Part G, which allows proceeds of the Land for Maine's Future Fund to be spent on property that is determined by the Land for Maine's Future Board to be for a community conservation project, defines "community conservation project," includes Maine Indian tribes under the definition of "cooperative entities" and sets helping the State's natural ecosystems, wildlife and natural resource-based economies adapt to a changing climate as a priority of the board in making land acquisitions.

LD 1836 Amendment S-354 fiscal note
LD 1847 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Protection and Enhancement of Water Quality, Support of Environmental Clean-up Efforts and Provision of Loans for the Residential Purchase of High-performance Air Source Heat Pumps (Governor's Bill) Status: Dead, Under suspension of the rules, Engrossed without committee reference in both chambers, Failed passage to be enacted in both chambers, August, 26, 2019
LD 1847
This bill authorizes a General Fund bond issue of $15,000,000 to be used as follows:
  • 1. To provide $5,000,000 for state match on federal superfund sites, uncontrolled hazardous substance site investigation and remediation and response actions at sites contaminated with emerging pollutants, such as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, at dry cleaner sites and at brownfield sites;
  • 2. To provide $5,000,000 for wastewater treatment facility planning, construction grants and hydrographic modeling, prioritizing areas with high-value shellfish resources; and
  • 3. To provide $5,000,000 to establish a revolving loan fund for the purchase and installation of high-performance air source heat pumps in Maine residences.


LD 1847 fiscal note
LD 1851 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation (Governor's Bill) Status: Dead, Under suspension of the rules, Engrossed without committee reference in both chambers, Failed passage to be enacted in both chambers, August, 26, 2019
LD 1851
Part A provides a bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, to be used for the acquisition of land and interest in land for conservation; water access; wildlife or fish habitat, including deer wintering areas; outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing; and working farmland preservation and working waterfront preservation.

Part B allows proceeds of the Land for Maine's Future Fund to be spent on property that is determined by the Land for Maine's Future Board to be for a community conservation project, defines "community conservation project," amends the definition of "cooperating entities" and sets helping the State's natural ecosystems, wildlife and natural resource-based economies adapt to a changing climate as a priority of the board in making land acquisitions.

LD 1851 fiscal note
LD 19 An Act To Require Newly Purchased Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-190, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 19
This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.

Amendment H-190
This amendment, rather than requiring all school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, requires school buses of model year 2021 or newer to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also clarifies the definition of "school bus crossing arm" and sets the minimum and maximum length of a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also makes the bill an emergency, to take effect when approved.

LD 19 Chaptered Law
LD 19 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 72 An Act To Provide an Income Tax Exemption for Military Pay without Regard to Where the Military Service Was Performed (By request) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-31, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 72
This bill provides an income tax exemption for military compensation for active duty service by members of the Armed Forces of the United States, including reserve components, when that service is performed within the State. Military compensation for service performed outside of the State is currently exempt from taxation.

Amendment S-31
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 72 fiscal note
LD 72 Amendment S-31 fiscal note
LD 84 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Allow Spouses To Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible MaineCare Members Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-135, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 84
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to amend the current federal 1915(c) waiver so that eligible members receiving home and community-based services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 19 will be able to receive services provided by spouses who are employed as personal support specialists to provide those services. It requires the department to amend its rules after the amended waiver approval has been received from the Federal Government. The resolve requires the department to provide an interim report regarding the progress in applying for, receiving and implementing the amended waiver and a final report with data on the number of individuals receiving services from spouses, any information about costs or savings and recommendations about the feasibility for similarly expanding other MaineCare programs or other potential waiver programs available under Medicaid.

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

LD 84 fiscal note
LD 84 Amendment H-135 fiscal note
LD 104 An Act To Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-297, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 104
This bill expands the earned income tax credit by increasing the credit from 5% to 15% of the federal earned income tax credit and extending the credit to persons from 18 to 24 years of age who have no qualifying child.

This bill also requires the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to provide a poster or notice to employers that states that employees may be eligible for the earned income tax credit. This bill requires employers to post the poster or notice in a place that is accessible to the employers' employees.

Amendment S-297
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the provisions of the bill amending the earned income tax credit with the Maine work credit. The Maine work credit is similar to the federal earned income tax credit but uses different factors for calculating the credit that are intended to produce a state credit for individuals with qualifying children that is approximately 23% of the federal credit and for individuals with no qualifying children that is approximately 70% of the federal credit. The bill also provides eligibility for individuals who are at least 18 years of age but less than 25 years of age who have no qualifying children and creates a minimum credit for students and eligible caregivers.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 104 Amendment S-297 fiscal note

LD 124 An Act To Exempt from Sales Tax Certain Watercraft Purchased by an Incorporated Nonprofit Transportation Company That Provides Transportation of Emergency Medical Services Patients from an Island to the Mainland (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to the Taxation Committee, both chambers unanimous Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-383, enacted as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 4, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 124
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for sales of watercraft that will be used to provide ambulance services and sales of ambulance supplies to an incorporated nonprofit transportation company that provides ambulance services from an island not served by a bridge to the mainland pursuant to a written agreement with a municipality to provide ambulance services without charge. An incorporated nonprofit transportation company providing ambulance services using watercraft certified and inspected by the United States Coast Guard is not required to be licensed as an ambulance service in order to be eligible for the exemption.

Amendment H-383
This amendment changes the title of the bill and provides that the sales tax exemption applies to sales of watercraft to an incorporated nonprofit transportation company that has a written understanding with a municipality that the watercraft will be available at all times to transport an emergency medical services patient from an island to a licensed ambulance service on the mainland.

LD 124 Amendment H-383 fiscal note
LD 153 An Act To Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-84, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 153
This bill requires all schools to test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead using water testing kits or by submitting samples of water to an approved laboratory for lead testing. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish by major substantive rule water lead levels, testing protocols, appropriate abatement and mitigation methods and public notification requirements. It directs the department to provisionally adopt major substantive rules and submit them to the Legislature no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020. It provides that the department has the authority to issue an order reducing exposure to lead until the elevated water lead levels are abated or mitigated. It provides that water lead abatement or mitigation efforts will receive Priority 1 status for receipt of funds from the School Revolving Renovation Fund in the custody of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

Amendment S-84
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to provide that the State is not establishing a mandate on school administrative units. It provides that a school must test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead to the extent the Department of Health and Human Services provides the necessary resources to the school so that the school is not required to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. It directs the department to adopt rules regarding testing and guidance to reduce exposure to lead but provides that the department may not require a school to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue in implementing the rules. It further provides that the department may provide resources to schools within its existing resources or identify alternative means to achieve the purposes of the legislation. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually beginning January 1, 2021 on lead testing in schools.

LD 153 Chaptered Law
LD 153 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 154 An Act To Amend the Law Governing MaineCare Coverage of Chiropractic Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-37, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 154
This bill requires all chiropractic services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors and performed by a licensed chiropractic doctor to be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. Under current law, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to reimburse for only chiropractic evaluation and management examinations.

The bill also corrects a numbering problem created by Public Law 2017, chapters 421 and 454, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same section number.

Amendment S-37
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a state plan amendment to allow for Medicaid reimbursement for all chiropractic services within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors no later than January 1, 2020. If the state plan amendment is not approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, chiropractic doctors will not be reimbursed by MaineCare for any additional chiropractic services not currently eligible for reimbursement. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 154 Amendment S-37 fiscal note

LD 183 An Act To Increase the Number of Teachers in Maine Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 183
Currently, under the Educators for Maine Program, an eligible undergraduate may receive a loan of up to $3,000 per academic year or $12,000 total. This bill increases those loan amounts to $9,000 per academic year and $36,000 total. It also increases from $20,000 to $44,000 the total loan amount under the program a student may receive in undergraduate and postbaccalaureate loans.

LD 206 An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-26, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 206
This bill increases the borrowing authority for the University of Maine System from $220,000,000 to $350,000,000.

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 247 An Act To Increase the Amount of Time School Counselors and Social Workers Spend Providing Students Direct and Indirect Counseling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-29, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 247
This bill requires each school counselor and school social worker to spend at least 80% of that counselor's or social worker's time providing direct or indirect services to students and requires the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement this provision.

Amendment S-29
This amendment clarifies that direct services and indirect services must be within the scope of the duties of school counselors or school social workers as established by major substantive rules adopted by the Department of Education. The rules must include guidelines regarding the duties of school counselors, including that a school counselor deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, and guidelines regarding the duties of school social workers. The amendment also clarifies that each school counselor and school social worker must spend at least 80% of the school counselor's or school social worker's time providing direct services to and indirect services on behalf of students.

LD 247 Chaptered Law
LD 247 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 267 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, March 21, 2019
LD 267
This bill specifies that the practice of pharmacy is the provision of health care services.

LD 284 An Act To Improve Care Provided to Forensic Patients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 284
This bill establishes a residential forensic step-down facility, which provides treatment of forensic patients who no longer require hospital level care but cannot be safely treated in a community setting, in Augusta in the Capitol Area. It authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to maintain and operate the 21-bed forensic step-down facility. It provides that the facility must be licensed and that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that apply specifically to the licensure of a forensic step-down facility and that include the admission and discharge standards of the facility, the staffing model, security, patients' access to treatment and patient rights protections. It requires that the department provisionally adopt rules to implement the licensure of the forensic step-down facility no later than January 11, 2020. It creates an advisory committee to participate in and guide the planning process for the facility and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services. It authorizes the committee to report out a bill based on the advisory committee's report. It requires the department to report to the committee on the progress of creating the facility and developing rules. It provides that the transfer of a forensic patient into the forensic step-down facility must be approved by a court of appropriate jurisdiction. It includes the forensic step-down facility in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, chapter 1 as a "state institution."

LD 288 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 21, 2019
LD 288
This resolve establishes the Commission To Create a Statewide Economic Development Plan to study economic development issues and create a strategic, regionally focused economic development plan.

LD 293 An Act Regarding Early Voting in Person Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 293
This bill allows for municipalities to conduct early voting in person during the same period as is permitted for absentee voting. Early voting takes place in the municipal offices with the same requirements and restrictions regarding voting places, voting booths, ballot boxes and ballot challenges as apply to regular voting. At the end of early voting, the municipal clerk delivers the sealed ballot boxes to the voting place as presently required by law.

LD 310 An Act Making Certain Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 310
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to adjust certain appropriations and allocations from the General Fund and other funds for the expenditures of State Government related to position changes and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

LD 311 An Act Making Certain Appropriations and Allocations and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government (Emergency) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 311
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This emergency bill proposes to make unified appropriations and allocations for the expenditures of State Government, General Fund and other funds and to change certain provisions of the law necessary to the proper operations of State Government for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

LD 318 An Act To Prepare All Students for Work and Life by Requiring That Students Receive Instruction in Vocational Preparation and Practical Life Skills Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 318
This bill changes the requirement in the system of learning results from "career and education development" to "vocational preparation and practical life skills." The bill defines "vocational preparation and practical life skills" to mean experiential instruction of students, regardless of career choice or pathway, that develops their understanding of interests, aptitudes and options related to work and study; develops core workplace skills in areas such as planning, communication, problem solving, teamwork and computer applications; and includes practical workplace and home economics experiences that maximize learning through hands-on application.

LD 319 An Act To Standardize the Laws Concerning Property Transfers and To Protect Water Quality Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 319
This bill extends to inland shoreland areas the requirement that subsurface waste water disposal systems on property located within a shoreland area be inspected prior to a sale of the property. Currently, that inspection requirement applies only to the sale of property located within a coastal shoreland area.

LD 321 An Act To Ensure the Continuation of the Landowner Relations Program Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 321
This bill provides funding to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to allow the department through the landowner relations program to improve relationships or maintain good relationships between landowners and outdoor recreationists.

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 349 An Act To Extend the Refundability of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit to Students in the Behavioral Health Field Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 349
This bill provides that students receiving bachelor's degrees or associate degrees in a behavioral health field are entitled to a refundable income tax credit for certain education loans in the same manner as students receiving degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

LD 363 An Act To Protect Residents of Assisted Living Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 363
This bill requires nursing facilities and assisted living and residential care facilities that provide services to a person who requires assistance with activities of daily living to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator in the event of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest unless the person has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate. It requires those facilities to store the necessary equipment to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator. It requires those facilities to provide training to their employees on how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use an automated external defibrillator. The bill also directs those facilities to establish a process for quickly determining in the event of a medical emergency whether an individual residing in the facility has made a health care decision that includes an order not to resuscitate.

LD 364 An Act To Establish the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-109, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 364
This bill establishes the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act. The bill provides that a person providing alternative or complementary health care services who is not licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 may provide health care services as long as the person does not perform surgery, prescribe medications, drugs or devices that require a prescription, perform chiropractic manipulation or falsely state that the person is a licensed health care professional. The person providing services must disclose certain information to the person receiving services and must collect and retain a signed statement granting permission to provide services.

Amendment S-109
This amendment clarifies that a person providing complementary or alternative health care services is not a licensed professional providing health care services within the scope of a license.

LD 364 Chaptered Law
LD 364 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 403 An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 403
This bill requires corporations that file unitary income tax returns in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the United States in net income when apportioning income among tax jurisdictions. The State Tax Assessor is required to adopt major substantive rules to determine the income or loss attributable to such corporations and to prevent double taxation or deduction of income. The assessor is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters regarding whether jurisdictions should be added to or deleted from the list of tax havens based on specified criteria.

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 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 443 An Act To Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding and Eye Damage in Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-153, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 443
This bill requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge at the birth of an infant to administer vitamin K to an infant intramuscularly to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants. This bill also removes the exemption for religious tenets and practices for the administration of a prophylactic solution instilled into an infant's eyes at birth.

Amendment S-153
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. Current law requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge to instill or cause to be instilled into the eyes of an infant within 24 hours after the infant's birth prophylactic eye drops, except for an infant whose parents object to this procedure on the grounds that it conflicts with their religious tenets and practices. This amendment updates the term "eye drops" to "ophthalmic ointment" to reflect current practice, removes the civil penalties for noncompliance and removes the exemption based on religious tenets and practices.

This amendment also requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge at the birth of an infant to administer vitamin K to an infant intramuscularly to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants within 6 hours after the infant's birth.

It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement this section, including, but not limited to, creating and making publicly available a brochure about the medical benefits and risks of administering the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection and providing a form on which a parent can refuse the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection for the infant of that parent. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its newborn blood spot screening refusal form to include a section permitting a parent to refuse the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection for the infant of that parent.

LD 443 Chaptered Law
LD 443 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 464 An Act To Change the Period To Request a Due Process Hearing for Costs Related to a Unilateral Private School Placement from a Public School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 464
This bill removes a requirement that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing due process hearings include a maximum period within which due process hearings and appeals may be requested. It provides that an action against a school administrative unit to recover the costs of a unilateral special education placement in a private school may be commenced only by requesting a due process hearing within 90 days of the placement. It also provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing the procedures for conducting due process hearings must include procedures for discovery, including rules for the production of documents.

LD 493 An Act To Provide Lung Cancer Counseling and Screening for MaineCare Recipients Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-223, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 493
This bill requires that shared decision-making counseling and annual screening for lung cancer for certain recipients be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. The Department of Health and Human Services may adopt routine technical rules to implement this requirement.

Amendment S-223
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment also reallocates the statutory language to avoid a numbering conflict with a prior enacted section.

LD 493 fiscal note
LD 493 Amendment S-223 fiscal note
LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-151, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 494
This bill updates language in the laws governing family planning.

Amendment S-151
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to remove conflicts with other provisions in statute relating to consent by minors. Current law provides that the treatment of a minor for a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. This amendment provides that the prevention or treatment of a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Current law also provides that family planning services may be provided to a minor who is a parent, who is married, with the consent of the minor's guardian or if the minor will suffer probable health hazards. This amendment provides that a health care provider may provide family planning services to a minor without requiring the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, just as with sexually transmitted infections. This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 406 regarding family planning services are not intended to change the scope of practice of a health care provider. It also makes other technical changes.

LD 494 Chaptered Law
LD 494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 498 Resolve, Regarding Reimbursement of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Codes under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-144, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 498
This resolve sets the reimbursement rates for occupational therapy and physical therapy services under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Sections 68 and 85 at 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate as long as the rate is no lower than the rate in effect on January 1, 2019.

Amendment S-144
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 498 fiscal note
LD 498 Amendment S-144 fiscal note
LD 502 An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-200, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 502
This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
  • 1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
  • 2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
    • A. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
    • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
    • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
  • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
  • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
  • 5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.


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


LD 502 Amendment H-200 fiscal note
LD 509 An Act To Increase the Minimum Grant Amount under the Maine State Grant Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-468, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 509
This bill provides that the minimum grant amount under the Maine State Grant Program may not be less than $2,500 if sufficient funds are appropriated for this purpose, subject to the current grant amount modifications under the program.

Amendment H-468
This amendment provides that, of the $9,450,000 appropriated in each fiscal year, $1,000,000 in each fiscal year must be dedicated to assistance of adult learners in returning to school and completing their credentials.

LD 509 fiscal note
LD 509 Amendment H-468 fiscal note
LD 548 An Act Regarding Charging a Person under 18 Years of Age with the Crime of Engaging in Prostitution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-48, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
LD 548
This bill prohibits minors from being charged with the crime of engaging in prostitution.

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

LD 548 Chaptered Law
LD 548 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 555 An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-46, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 555
This bill removes references to the age of the patient for purposes of requiring coverage for colorectal cancer screening for asymptomatic individuals who are at average risk for colorectal cancer and instead requires coverage in accordance with the most recently published guidelines of a national cancer society. In addition, this bill requires coverage of all colorectal examinations and laboratory tests recommended by a health care provider in accordance with those published guidelines.

Amendment S-46
This amendment makes the bill's requirements for coverage of colorectal cancer screening apply to health insurance plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020. The amendment also adds language exempting the Act from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752.

LD 555 Chaptered Law
LD 555 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 561 An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 561
This bill exempts from Maine income tax certain income from out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income. The exemption is only for the amount of the contribution made by the taxpayer divided by the life expectancy of the taxpayer and applies only if the income is included in federal adjusted gross income and not deducted under the general pension deduction.

In order to qualify for the exemption, the contribution must have been made using income on which income tax was paid and is available only if the state in which the taxpayer resided at the time of the contribution provides a similar exemption to a former resident of Maine.

LD 562 An Act To Improve Shoreland Zoning Rules and Enforcement To Support Municipalities Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 562
This bill amends the laws relating to the State's regulation of the shoreland zone as follows.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development to provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement. Current law only requires that the office provide basic training to code enforcement officers.
  • 2. It increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal land use law or ordinance from $2,500 to $5,000 and increases the maximum per day civil penalty for a specific violation of a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance occurring within an area zoned for resource protection from $5,000 to $10,000.
  • 3. It provides that a municipal shoreland zoning ordinance must require an applicant for a permit for development within the shoreland zone to provide to the municipal permitting authority preconstruction and postconstruction photographs of the shoreline vegetation and development site.


Amendment H-38
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill by removing the requirement that the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Community Development provide both basic and advanced training to code enforcement officers in the technical and legal aspects of code enforcement and instead removes from existing law the designation that the training program required by statute be basic.

LD 562 Chaptered Law
LD 562 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 563 An Act To Help Municipalities Prepare for Sea Level Rise Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-180, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019
LD 563
This bill amends the State's growth planning and land use laws to reflect that addressing the effects of sea level rise is a state planning and regulatory goal. The bill amends the laws regarding the State's coastal management policies to direct state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources to conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill provides that a coastal municipality or multimunicipal region that includes a coastal municipality, if the municipality or region adopts a growth management program under the State's growth planning and land use laws, may include in its comprehensive plan projections regarding sea level changes and the potential effects of the rise in sea level and may develop a coordinated plan for addressing the effects of the rise in sea level. The bill also provides that "coastal municipality" means a municipality or township in the coastal zone as identified by a coastal program administered by the Department of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-180
This amendment clarifies that a municipality or multimunicipal region that is in the "coastal area" as that term is defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 1802, subsection 1 is subject to the bill. The amendment also strikes from the bill a requirement that state, local and certain federal agencies responsible for regulating, planning, developing or managing coastal resources conduct their activities affecting the coastal area consistent with the policy of encouraging the assessment of and planning for the effects of the rise in sea level.

LD 563 Chaptered Law
LD 563 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 564 An Act To Encourage the Installation of Solar Panels on Residential Property Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 564
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar panels and associated equipment installed on residential property that qualifies for a homestead exemption.

LD 565 An Act To Establish the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 565
This bill establishes the Maine Coastal Risks and Hazards Commission, the purpose of which is to develop and submit legislative recommendations regarding the actions to be taken by the State to address and prepare for coastal and coastal watershed hazards identified by the commission, including, but not limited to, increased storm surges, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events, projected sea level rise and increased river flooding and storm water runoff. On or before November 1, 2022, and every 4 years thereafter, the commission must submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environmental and natural resources matters containing its recommendations, including any draft legislation, to address and prepare for identified coastal and coastal watershed hazards.

LD 594 An Act To Promote Individual Savings Accounts through a Public-Private Partnership Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 594
This bill establishes the Maine Retirement Savings Board and authorizes the board to develop a program to offer individual defined contribution retirement accounts for persons employed in the State who do not have access to a qualified retirement plan through their employers or who are self-employed.

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

LD 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 643 An Act To Provide Funding to Municipalities Severely Affected by Pest Infestations Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 643
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the State Entomologist, to identify pests, such as browntail moths and ticks, in this State that pose a risk of significant harm to human health, and to undertake measures to manage those pests.

The bill also establishes the Maine Harmful Pest Management Fund to provide funds to municipalities severely infested with harmful pests, to be used in mitigating the infestations. It also provides $500,000 to the fund.

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

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

LD 666 An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-639, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 666
This bill provides that it is unlawful employment discrimination for an employer to fail to provide a reasonable accommodation for an employee's pregnancy-related condition, unless provision of an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

Amendment H-639
This amendment clarifies the definition of "pregnancy-related condition" to provide that the limitation on the pregnant employee's ability to perform the functions of a job due to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, must be known.

The amendment revises the description of unlawful employment discrimination to apply to an employer's failure to provide a reasonable accommodation after it has been requested. An exception to the reasonable accommodation requirement is based on the employer's demonstration that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the business of the employer.

The amendment provides examples of reasonable accommodations.

LD 666 Chaptered Law
LD 666 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 701 An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-139 and Senate amendment S-329, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 701
Current law requires the Department of Education to make information available to public schools regarding Internet-based applications for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This bill requires the department to develop and make available to public schools a specific Internet-based application for the National School Lunch Program as well as for the School Breakfast Program. A public school that implements the Internet-based application process is required to continue to distribute paper applications for school meals to all students.

Amendment S-139
This amendment provides that the Department of Education is required to contract for the development and implementation of an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The amendment provides that a public school implementing the Internet-based application is solely responsible for processing that school's online applications. The amendment also provides that the department may contract with a 3rd-party vendor to develop and implement the Internet-based application for free or reduced-price school meals.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-329
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. This amendment also provides ongoing General Fund appropriations of $150,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for the cost to develop and maintain an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals and a one-time General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 to eligible school administrative units that start or expand alternative breakfast delivery services that provide breakfast after the start of the school day.

This amendment also requires the State Controller to transfer $650,000 to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund no later than June 30, 2020 and $150,000 no later than June 30, 2021 from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2430.

LD 701 Chaptered Law
LD 701 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 710 Resolve, To Require the Department of Environmental Protection To Study the Establishment of a Product Stewardship Program for Mattresses Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature May 26, 2019
LD 710
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to study the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for mattresses and report the results of its study to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 4, 2019. The department is required to include recommended legislation to implement its recommendations related to the report, and the joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 710 Chaptered Law
LD 710 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 738 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Study Group To Review the Crisis Response System in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 738
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a study group of interested parties to review the crisis response system in the State. The study group is required to submit its report, including any recommended legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 15, 2019. The joint standing committee may submit legislation related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 763 An Act To Ensure the Availability of Community Integration Services (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted Committee Majority report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-252, adopted Senate amendment S-162 and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 763
This bill provides funding to increase reimbursement rates in the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 17 for community integration services to $24.25 per quarter-hour.

Amendment H-252
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-162
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause, changes the date by which the reimbursement rate increase must start to October 1, 2019 and reduces the appropriation for fiscal year 2019-20 due to the delayed start.

LD 763 fiscal note
LD 763 Amendment H-252 fiscal note
LD 775 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules for Eligibility for Community Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-403, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 775
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services to include access to services to persons who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Amendment H-403
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services concerning eligibility criteria for services under that section. It requires the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 15, 2020 on the rulemaking process, proposed and provisionally adopted rules and justification for the adoption of the proposed rules. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation regarding the subject matter of the rules.

LD 775 Amendment H-403 fiscal note
LD 786 An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-81, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 786
This bill provides an appropriation to allow the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with a nonprofit organization that provides statewide hunger relief services to allow that organization to:
  • 1. Engage in statewide hunger relief services, including, but not limited to, the purchase of food from Maine food producers and processors;
  • 2. Provide grants to local hunger relief programs; and
  • 3. Pay its operational and distribution expenses.


Amendment S-81
This amendment decreases the ongoing annual General fund appropriation to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for statewide hunger relief services from $2,500,000 to $1,500,000.

LD 786 Amendment S-81 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 814 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Research and Innovation led by the University of Maine System Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 814
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

his bill would provide funding and enact measures based on recommendations of the President of the University of Maine at Machias in a strategic plan chartered by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and due to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System in March 2019. The bill would strengthen research and economic development efforts across the University of Maine System to support Maine industries and workforce development and to foster business formation and expansion, specifically in the 7 research and development sectors designated in statute: advanced technology for agriculture and forestry; aquaculture and marine technology; biotechnology; composite materials technology; environmental technology; information technology; and precision manufacturing technology.

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 840 An Act Regarding the Control of Browntail Moths Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 840
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to control the problems caused by browntail moths by:

  • 1. Requiring a state agency, on its own or by contracting with an outside entity, to determine the best practices for controlling or eliminating the browntail moth infestation in Maine; and
  • 2. Appropriating funds for payment to members of the public for the collection and disposal of browntail moth cocoons.


LD 898 An Act To Provide for Support for New Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-59 and Senate amendment S-332, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 898
This bill proposes to improve teacher quality in the State by amending the current statutes related to programs involving teacher preparation, support systems for conditionally certified teachers and educational specialists, teacher certification and teacher salaries and funding college loans for students enrolled in a program of study leading to certification as a teacher.

The bill expands the student teaching experience and academic achievement requirements for candidates for a professional teacher certificate. It specifies the number of hours of practicum an applicant must complete and clarifies the time frame during which the student teaching experience must occur. The bill enacts a grade point average requirement with respect to applicants recommended by educational institutions offering teacher preparation programs.

The bill strengthens the support and mentoring systems required to provide assistance for teachers, including teachers certified for less than 5 years, and requires the Commissioner of Education to pay salary supplements to teachers who are involved in the operation of such systems. The bill provides that a school administrative unit may not employ a conditionally certified teacher or educational specialist unless it has an approved, locally designed support and mentoring system or has received specific authorization from the commissioner.

The bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers to $40,000 beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and provides that a certified teacher's salary may not remain at the minimum level for longer than 2 years. The bill includes in the school funding formula state funding for the incremental costs of meeting this minimum in fiscal year 2020-21, state funding for 66% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2021-22 and state funding for 33% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2022-23.

The bill requires the State Board of Education to amend its rule Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel to articulate and outline clear standards for a memorandum of understanding between student teachers, teacher preparation programs and participating school administrative units.

The bill directs the Governor to appoint members to vacant positions on the Professional Standards Board by November 1, 2019 and directs the board to convene a meeting by December 1, 2019.

The bill provides additional appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program within the Finance Authority of Maine in order to double the annual investment of state loan funds awarded to eligible students.

Amendment S-59
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the requirement that a support and mentoring system must be approved by the Commissioner of Education, and it clarifies that the support and mentoring system is a peer support and mentoring system and that it must include opportunities for educators to share, learn and improve their practice in collaboration with peers, be formative in nature and be for the sole purpose of ongoing professional growth for educators.

This amendment also removes the provisions of the bill on teacher preparation programs and salary supplements for approved support and mentoring systems for teacher certification and the appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program under the Finance Authority of Maine.

Amendment S-332
This amendment removes the sections of the bill relating to establishing a minimum salary of $40,000 for certified teachers starting after June 30, 2020.

LD 898 Chaptered Law
LD 898 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 930 An Act To Give Maine Schools Additional Options To Make Up Missed School Days Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-127, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 930
This bill includes in the statutes Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. It also allows school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school and to develop ways to make up school days not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

Amendment H-127
This amendment strikes the provisions in the bill that propose to add to the statutes provisions in Department of Education rules governing how school administrative units may make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures, including rescheduling or shortening scheduled vacation periods, postponing the scheduled closing date of school and conducting classes during the weekend. The amendment also strikes the provision allowing school administrative units to make up school days by providing students with packets of homework the completion of which counts as completion of a regular day of school. The amendment leaves in place the provision allowing school administrative units to develop other ways to make up school days missed due to weather or emergency closures not included in law as long as they are incorporated into a plan approved by the Commissioner of Education.

LD 930 Chaptered Law
LD 930 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1000 An Act To Make Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government and To Change Certain Provisions of Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-6, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 14, 2019
LD 1000
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

Amendment H-6
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART B

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum coverage and reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs for the treatment of addiction.

PART C

This Part repeals the limited lifetime maximum reimbursement of 24 months under the MaineCare program for methadone for the treatment of addiction.

PART D

This Part repeals the laws governing the former Downeast Correctional Facility and establishes a Department of Corrections prerelease center in Washington County.

PART E

This Part transfers the remaining funds in the cost recovery fund of the Public Utilities Commission to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund in fiscal year 2018-19.

PART F

This Part requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining balance specifically related to federal supplemental nutrition assistance program overpayments in the Food Supplement Administration program, Federal Expenditures Fund to the Food Supplement Administration program, Other Special Revenue Funds.

PART G

This Part imposes an additional assessment on electric utility entities for fiscal year 2018-19 to provide funding to the Office of the Public Advocate in order to fund the costs of representing ratepayers in rate cases.

LD 1000 Chaptered Law
LD 1000 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1001 An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds, and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2019, June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-586, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1001
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

The documents submitted by the Governor may be found here: https://legislature.maine.gov/ros/9635.

Amendment H-586
Link to amendment H-586 (opens in new tab)


LD 1001 Chaptered Law
LD 1001 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1010 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop a Model School Disciplinary Policy Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-129, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
LD 1010
This resolve requires the Department of Education to develop a model school disciplinary policy that focuses on positive and restorative interventions designed to strengthen relationships, improve the connection to school, promote a strong sense of accountability and close economic and racial gaps. It also requires the department to provide support to school administrative units that choose to implement the model policy.

Amendment H-129
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, adds a requirement that the Department of Education's model school disciplinary policy promote interventions designed to close disability-related and gender gaps and requires the department, while developing the model school disciplinary policy, to review existing law regarding disciplinary policies and report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on any recommended legislation on disciplinary policies no later than January 15, 2020. The committee may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement the recommendations on school disciplinary policies.

LD 1010 Chaptered Law
LD 1010 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1011 An Act To Clarify Filing Requirements for Proposed Rules Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-73, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1011
This bill clarifies that when an agency provides notice to the Legislature of a proposed rule or the adoption of an emergency rule, it must identify whether the proposed rule or adopted emergency rule is a routine technical rule or a major substantive rule.

Amendment S-73
This amendment adds the requirement that the public notice required for proposed and adopted rules identify the type of rule being proposed or adopted.

LD 1011 Chaptered Law
LD 1011 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1012 An Act To Provide Stable Funding and Support for Child Care Providers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-211, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1012
This bill amends the child care services provisions in the following ways:
  • 1. It establishes graduated quality differential rates for steps 2 to 4 in the 4-step child care quality rating system currently required by law;
  • 2. It requires that contracts with providers of child care services prioritize infants, toddlers and preschool children up to 4 years of age in a variety of ways; and
  • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a shared services program for providers of child care services to realize efficiencies and achieve financial sustainability by sharing administrative and program services and costs.


Amendment S-211
This amendment, which is the majority report, lowers the increases to graduated quality differential rates for child care services for children other than infants from the bill. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may use state funds to pay a quality differential rate for high-quality child care services if it chooses to do so. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to use up to 25% of the State's federal child care and development block grant funding for contracts for high-quality child care to underserved children and areas of the State rather than requiring use of funding for contracts. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the number of contracts, the percentage of block grant funding used for the contracts and the number of children served. It allows, rather than requires as in the bill, the department to develop a shared services program.

LD 1012 Amendment S-211 fiscal note
LD 1019 An Act To Increase the Maximum Pension Deduction for State Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-230, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1019
This bill eliminates double taxation of certain employee contributions to retirement benefit plans made in other states by exempting from Maine income tax the portion of retirement benefits attributable to the taxpayer's contribution to an employee retirement plan or an individual retirement account that was taxed by another jurisdiction if those benefits are included in federal adjusted gross income.

Amendment S-230
This amendment increases the maximum annual income tax pension deduction amount for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over a 5-year period beginning with the 2019 tax year. The $35,000 pension deduction amount that applies after the 2023 tax year is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.

LD 1019 Amendment S-230 fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


Amendment H-213
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies the definition of "conversion therapy." The bill provides that evidence that a certified school psychologist or guidance counselor has advertised, offered or administered conversion therapy to a child within the last 5 years is grounds for discipline; the amendment retains this provision but removes the 5-year limitation. The amendment also removes a similar 5-year limitation added by the bill to the current law that provides that evidence that an applicant for such a certification has injured the health or welfare of a child through abuse or exploitation is grounds for a denial of the certification. The amendment also adds an additional finding and makes other clarifying changes to the legislative findings and intent section.

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1037 An Act To Address the Browntail Moth Infestation Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-449, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1037
This bill provides funding to the University of Maine System to support a 3-year study of the browntail moth infestation. This bill specifies that funds appropriated for this purpose do not lapse but must be carried forward into the next fiscal year to be used only to support the cost of the study.

Amendment H-449
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the University of Maine System to submit an annual report on the progress of the 3-year browntail moth infestation study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters and the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than March 1st for the duration of the 3-year study.

LD 1037 fiscal note
LD 1037 Amendment H-449 fiscal note
LD 1068 An Act To Increase the Number of Agency Liquor Stores Permitted in Municipalities with 10,000 to 20,000 Residents Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 1068
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 10,001 but less than 20,001; current law allows such a municipality a maximum of 5 agency liquor stores.

LD 1083 An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-313 in both chambers, Enacted in the both chambers, August 26, 2019, Governor's action pending
LD 1083
This bill provides that, whenever the state committee of a qualified political party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate of the party and that the committee has voted to conduct a presidential primary election, the State shall hold a presidential primary election on a date in March of the presidential election year chosen by the Secretary of State in consultation with the parties. Only voters who are enrolled in the party may vote in that party's presidential primary election. The votes cast in the presidential primary for each party must be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes. The selection of delegates to the national presidential nominating convention for each party and allocation of those delegates among primary candidates must be in accordance with any reasonable procedures established at the state party convention.

This bill also requires the ballots cast for presidential electors during the general election to be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes.

Amendment S-313
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill. Under the amendment, general elections for presidential electors must be determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further provides that, if a law establishing a presidential primary election is enacted in the State, primary elections for the office of President of the United States must be determined by ranked-choice voting.

LD 1083 Amendment S-313 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 1115 An Act To Create Fairness in the Redemption of Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1115
This bill amends the bottle redemption laws to require a dealer to accept from a consumer or other person and to pay the refund value on any beverage container that was sold by the dealer if no approved bottle redemption centers are located within 5 miles from the property line of the dealer. Subject to prior approval of the Department of Environmental Protection, a dealer shall affix to the beverage containers it sells a sticker or similar device indicating that the beverage container is sold by the dealer and may refuse to accept from a consumer or other person and to pay the refund value on any beverage container that does not have the sticker or similar device affixed to it. A dealer may also limit the hours or days on which it accepts beverage containers for redemption.

Under the bottle redemption laws, a dealer is a person who sells, offers to sell or engages in the sale of beverages in beverage containers to a consumer, and a dealer may, but is not currently required to, accept from a consumer or other person and pay the refund value on any beverage container.

LD 1128 An Act To Clarify Statutes Related to Establishing a Municipal Charter Commission Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1128
This bill clarifies that a petition to form a charter commission to establish a new municipal charter uses different language than a petition to form a charter commission to revise a charter.

LD 1128 Chaptered Law
LD 1128 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 1190 An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Distribution of Flavored Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-238, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1190
This bill prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars.

Amendment S-238
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides that it is a Class D crime for a person who is 21 years of age or older to procure, furnish, give, sell or deliver a tobacco product to a minor or allow a minor under that person's control or in a place under that person's control to possess or consume a tobacco product. This provision does not apply to a licensee under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 262-A or an agent of that licensee in the scope of employment. Current law provides that a person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child if the person knowingly sells, furnishes, gives away or offers to sell, furnish or give away cigarettes to a child under 16 years of age. This amendment instead makes the same conduct illegal with respect to a tobacco product.

LD 1190 Chaptered Law
LD 1190 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1192 An Act To Establish Municipal Access to Utility Poles Located in Municipal Rights-of-way Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-69, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1192
This bill amends the utilities laws to provide access by municipalities to facilities located in the municipal right-of-way in the interest of public health, safety and welfare. The bill also establishes the preservation of space for municipal attachments to shared-use poles by exempting municipalities from expenses assessed by joint use entities when the attachment is made for any purpose.

Amendment S-69
The amendment changes the provision in the bill that exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities to a shared-used pole for any purpose. The amendment instead exempts a municipality from expenses assessed for make-ready work to accommodate the municipality's attaching its facilities for a governmental purpose consistent with the police power of the municipality or for the purpose of providing broadband service to an unserved or underserved area.

LD 1192 Chaptered Law
LD 1192 Chaptered Law 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 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1261
This bill allows a physician assistant or an advanced practice registered nurse licensed as such in this State to perform abortions, in addition to a licensed allopathic or osteopathic physician.

LD 1261 Chaptered Law
LD 1261 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1281 Resolve, To Create a Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1281
This resolve establishes the Committee To Explore Regional Cooperation for Affordable Health Insurance, which is required to study providing a more affordable health insurance option to middle-income individuals and small businesses, including convening a multistate conference to draft a proposal for a nonprofit health insurance cooperative.

LD 1339 An Act To Recalculate Retirement Benefits for Certain State Employees Adversely Affected by Merit Pay Freezes Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1339
The law governing the calculation of retirement benefits for members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System was amended by Public Law 2015, chapter 267, Part CCCC, section 1 and Public Law 2015, chapter 385 to allow members who retired on or after June 30, 2015 to pay the necessary member contributions to include in their retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes and longevity pay freezes.

This bill authorizes a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System who retired on or after March 1, 2014 and prior to June 30, 2015 to include in the member's retirement benefit calculations wages lost due to merit pay freezes, retroactive to the date of the member's retirement. This provision does not include lost wages due to longevity pay freezes.

LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


LD 1453 An Act To Improve Dental Health for Maine Children and Adults with Low Incomes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-409, Enacted in both chambers June 5, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1453
This bill adds access to comprehensive medically necessary preventive, diagnostic and restorative dental services to the limited dental services currently available to MaineCare members 21 years of age and over. It also establishes a dental incentive payment program for dentists to increase access to dental care for MaineCare members, including children, and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations on the design of the program. It provides for the establishment of benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of the dental incentive payment program over time.

Amendment H-409
This amendment removes from the bill provisions establishing the dental incentive payment program and the working group that would have designed it. It retains the adult dental benefit under MaineCare and the rulemaking implementing it. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1453 Amendment H-409 fiscal note
LD 1494 An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-307, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1494
This bill increases the percentage of supply sources for retail electricity sales in the State that must be accounted for by new renewable capacity resources from 10% to 50% by 2030. It also makes several changes to resource eligibility to meet these requirements. The bill also creates a renewable portfolio standard for thermal energy resources.

The bill also directs the Public Utilities Commission to procure long-term contracts for an amount of renewable capacity resources that is equal to 1/2 the amount of the portfolio requirements for these resources. The bill requires the commission to conduct annual competitive solicitations for the long-term contracts.

Amendment S-307
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It adds state goals for consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It updates renewable portfolio requirement terminology to use the terms "Class I" and "Class II," which are the terms used in practice and in agency rules.
  • 3. It clarifies certain definitions in the bill.
  • 4. It creates a Class IA renewable resource portfolio requirement and removes the increased requirements for Class I resources that are in the bill; the new Class IA requirement combined with the existing Class I requirement preserves the overall increase in requirements to 50% by 2030 that is in the bill.
  • 5. It applies a 300% multiplier for the output of a generator fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling in Class II.
  • 6. It delays by one year the portfolio requirements for thermal renewable energy credits in the bill.
  • 7. It extends the alternative compliance payment policy to Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credit requirements, and establishes a maximum alternative compliance payment rate of $50 for Class I, Class IA and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 8. It creates options for electricity customers that receive service at the transmission or subtransmission voltage level to elect to opt out of Class IA resource portfolio requirements and thermal renewable energy credit requirements and the costs and benefits resulting from long-term contracts for Class IA resources.
  • 9. It requires the Public Utilities Commission to submit a report by March 31, 2024 and every 5 years thereafter regarding the status and impacts of implementing the portfolio requirements for Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 10. It amends the long-term contracting provisions in the bill to require 2 competitive solicitations for contracts with Class IA resources to procure, in total, an amount of energy or renewable energy credits equal to 14% of retail electricity sales in the State during calendar year 2018. It also adds language to allow energy storage systems to be awarded long-term contracts when paired as a complementary resource with a Class IA resource.
  • 11. It directs the Governor's Office of Policy and Management and the Governor's Energy Office to conduct a market assessment study and analysis of opportunities, potential and challenges in meeting the State's renewable energy goals. The report is due January 31, 2021.
  • 12. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1494 Chaptered Law
LD 1494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1496 An Act To Protect the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1496
Under Public Law 2017, chapter 284, Part EEEEEEE, the State Controller is required to transfer up to $65,000,000 from the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, to provide General Fund resources to cover any federal disallowance in federal financial participation for Medicaid services and disproportionate share hospital payments related to the Riverview Psychiatric Center. A payment of $10,524,817 was made in early 2019.

This bill requires instead that the transfer be made from the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and requires the State Controller to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund for the amount transferred for the federal disallowance related to Riverview Psychiatric Center earlier this year. In the event that sufficient funds do not exist in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents to cover future payments, the funds must come from the Rainy Day Fund, and the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents must be used to reimburse the Rainy Day Fund as soon as funds become available.

LD 1512 An Act Regarding Persons Who Are Found Not Criminally Responsible and Are Sent out of State for Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-469, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
LD 1512
This bill concerns persons charged with crimes who are judged not criminally responsible by reason of insanity who are placed in an institution outside the State. The bill:
  • 1. Requires the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, to conduct a hearing to find that the institution is the least restrictive placement, that there is not an equivalent placement within the State and that the institution outside the State will comply with state reporting requirements;
  • 2. Requires an institution outside the State in which a patient is placed to provide quarterly status reports on the patient to the Commissioner of Health and Human Services; and
  • 3. Directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene an oversight committee to review the status of forensic patients placed in institutions outside the State to determine if a patient is in the least restrictive environment and receiving adequate care and if the Department of Health and Human Services is actively working on a plan to return the patient to the State and to make recommendations to the commissioner, the head of the institution where the patient is placed, the court of record, a family member designated by the patient and the patient's attorney or, if the patient does not have an attorney, the patient's attorney of record.


Amendment H-469
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Removes the requirement in the bill that the court, before placing a person in an institution outside the State or upon request of the person after being placed outside the State, conduct a hearing;
  • 2. Reduces the frequency of required status reports on a forensic patient placed outside the State from quarterly to every 6 months and requires the report be filed in the Superior Court in the county in which the state institution monitoring the person's placement is located; and
  • 3. Replaces the proposed oversight committee of forensic patients in the bill with a committee for the oversight of patient human rights, for patients in state institutions or forensic patients placed outside the State, to review practices that affect, or potentially affect, the civil liberties or other rights of patients; review patient grievances; review reports regarding the placement of forensic patients outside the State and, among other duties, to report concerns and make recommendations to the superintendent of the state institution.


LD 1512 Chaptered Law
LD 1512 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1517 An Act To Facilitate the Deployment of Small Wireless Facilities in Maine Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-363, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1517
This bill provides that a small wireless facility must be a permitted use within the public right-of-way, subject to any duly adopted, nondiscriminatory conditions otherwise applicable to permitted uses within the municipality and consistent with state and federal law, including, without limitation, any permitting requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, chapter 25.

Amendment H-363
This amendment clarifies that small wireless facilities are subject to permits and permitting requirements and that this legislation does not alter a franchise agreement between a cable television company and a municipality.

LD 1517 Chaptered Law
LD 1517 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1519 An Act Concerning the Establishment of Benefit Corporations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1519
This bill creates a statutory framework that allows a corporation to elect to become a benefit corporation by explicitly stating in its articles of incorporation that it has a purpose of creating general public benefit and allows such a corporation to state in its articles of incorporation one or more specific public benefit purposes, which are other than maximizing shareholder value. "General public benefit" means a material positive impact on society and the environment, taken as a whole, assessed against a 3rd-party standard, from the business and operations of the benefit corporation. A specific public benefit can be providing goods and services to underserved individuals and communities, the promotion of economic opportunities, protecting the environment, improving human health or other particular benefits to society or the environment.

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

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

LD 1519 Chaptered Law
LD 1519 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1537 An Act To Increase the Portion of Retirement Benefits to Which the Cost-of-living Adjustment Applies Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-446, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1537
This bill increases the portion of retirement benefits of retired state employees, teachers and beneficiaries of either to which the cost-of-living adjustment applies from $20,000 to $30,000 effective July 1, 2020.

Amendment H-446
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

LD 1537 fiscal note
LD 1537 Amendment H-446 fiscal note
LD 1539 An Act To Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-578, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1539
This bill makes the following changes to the Cub Care program.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 200% of the federal poverty level to 325% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It removes the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It establishes that eligibility is not subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It provides coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to use state funds to fund the program but may apply for waivers or state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive federal matching funds.
  • 5. It repeals the provisions regarding premium payments for the Cub Care program.
  • 6. It requires the department to contract for outreach activities rather than providing them directly. The department must have a contract or contracts in place no later than January 1, 2020. The department is also required to seek federal grant funds for additional outreach activities under the federal Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act, Public Law 115-120 and the federal Advancing Chronic Care, Extenders and Social Services (ACCESS) Act, Public Law 115-123.
  • 7. It requires the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option no later than January 1, 2020 and to implement it no later than 6 months after receiving approval.


Amendment H-578
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 325% of the federal poverty level to 300% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any waivers or state plan amendments to accomplish the eligibility criteria established in this legislation, including but not limited to removing the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It removes the provision that eligibility is not subject to an asset test because current rules do not make eligibility subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It removes the requirement to provide coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age.
  • 5. It removes the requirement that the department contract for outreach activities and removes the reference to specific federal grant funds the department must seek for additional outreach activities.
  • 6. It removes the requirement for the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option.
  • 7. It makes the repeal of the waiting period and premium payment requirements under the Cub Care program contingent on the approval of a waiver of those requirements by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 8. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1539 Amendment H-578 fiscal note
LD 1575 An Act To Improve the Freedom of Access Laws of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1575
The purpose of this bill is to enhance access to public records without imposing undue burdens on the efficient and effective functioning of government. This bill makes the following changes to the Freedom of Access Act.
  • 1. Current law defines public records that are subject to the Freedom of Access Act as matter in the possession or custody of an agency or public official that has been received or prepared for use in connection with, or that contains information relating to, the transaction of public or governmental business. This bill defines "public or governmental business" as the administration of public policy and the exercise of governmental power through laws, rules, ordinances, regulations and the equivalent.
  • 2. The bill requires that, when requesting to inspect or to receive a copy of a public record, a person must provide to the agency or official with custody of the record sufficient information to identify the record sought. Under the bill, a request for a public record must include, at a minimum, the specific subject matter contained in the record and the date or dates upon which the record was created or a range of dates within which the record may have been created.
  • 3. Current law requires that, within "a reasonable time" of receiving a request for information, the agency or official must provide a good faith, nonbinding estimate of the time within which the agency or official will comply. This bill instead requires that the agency or official, within 30 days of receiving the request, provide to the requester an update on progress on the request and, within 30 days of providing the update, fulfill the request. If the agency or official is unable to fulfill the entirety of the request within the specified time period, the agency or official must provide to the requester an explanation of the reason or reasons it was unable to comply, fulfill those portions of the request that it can fulfill and provide a written estimate of the expected date of compliance with the remainder of the request.
  • 4. The bill directs the Right To Know Advisory Committee to examine the specific challenges of ensuring public access to public records in the face of new and emerging technologies and to develop recommendations that are designed to preserve communications that can be accessed by the public. The Right To Know Advisory Committee is directed to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary, which is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.


LD 1595 An Act To Enhance the Child Welfare Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1595
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the ombudsman program that provides ombudsman services to the children and families of the State regarding child welfare services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • 1. It provides that the program is an independent program operated as a nonprofit organization to provide investigative, oversight and advocacy services on a statewide basis.
  • 2. It requires the program to provide oversight of child welfare practice and policy to ensure the rights and safety of children and their families.
  • 3. It specifies staffing for the program.
  • 4. It provides that the Governor appoints the ombudsman, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and to confirmation by the Legislature.
  • 5. It provides that the ombudsman serves a 7-year term of office.
  • 6. It requires the ombudsman to submit the ombudsman's budget recommendations, using a format prescribed by the State Budget Officer, as part of the unified current services budget legislation.
  • 7. It provides full-time program employees access to health insurance benefits provided to state employees and retirement benefits provided to state employees.
  • 8. It requires the program to provide services directly to individuals and families and authorizes the program to provide systemwide comment to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
  • 9. It requires the department to inform the ombudsman of any statewide policy or practice changes in child welfare before they take effect.
  • 10. It allows the ombudsman to participate in trainings, studies or policy development activities conducted by the department.
  • 11. It requires the ombudsman to be available to provide information about child welfare issues on a statewide basis to individuals and entities outside the department.
  • 12. It authorizes the ombudsman to disclose confidential information, records or case-specific reports to a joint standing committee, joint select committee or oversight committee of the Legislature meeting in executive session.


LD 1630 Resolve, To Ensure Access to Opiate Addiction Treatment 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 1630
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to set the weekly MaineCare reimbursement rate paid to outpatient opioid treatment providers at $110 per week, or at a higher rate if the department determines a higher rate is justified.

LD 1645 An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-481, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1645
The purpose of this bill is to address Maine's shortage of safe, affordable housing by creating a state affordable housing tax credit. The tax credit is administered by the Maine State Housing Authority, which will allocate the state credit through a process similar to its current allocation of federal housing tax credits. Ten percent of the credit must be set aside for the preservation of affordable housing units that are constructed with financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, Rural Housing Service and at risk of losing their affordable status. In addition, 30% of the credit allocated to new housing units is targeted for seniors and 20% is targeted for rural areas. The credit is subject to reporting requirements and a process for tax expenditure review by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

Amendment H-481
This amendment makes several changes to the procedure for administration of the credit for affordable housing to appropriately reflect the most effective responsibilities of the Maine State Housing Authority and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services and requires the authority to adopt routine technical rules necessary for administration of the credit. The amendment also removes the date for a report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

LD 1645 Amendment H-481 fiscal note
LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1679
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
  • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
  • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
  • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


Amendment S-221
This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
  • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
  • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
  • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
    • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
    • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
    • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
    • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
    • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
    • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
    • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

      It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
  • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


LD 1679 Chaptered Law
LD 1679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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

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