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Senator Dana Dow [Republican]
Lincoln ~ District 13

Towns in District: Alna, Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Bremen, Bristol, Damariscotta, Edgecomb, Hibberts Gore, Jefferson, Louds Island, Monhegan Island Plantation, Newcastle, Nobleboro, Somerville, South Bristol, Southport, Waldoboro, Washington, Westport Island, Whitefield, Windsor and Wiscasset

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

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Conduct and Ethics
♦ Senate Rules Committee

Joint Committees:
♦ Joint Select Committee On Joint Rules
♦ Marine Resources

✉ Dana.Dow@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1505

✉ 30 Kalers Pond Road
Waldoboro, Maine 04572


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters9%
Maine People's Alliance, 201833%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20189 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201740%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201750%

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LD 246 An Act To Secure the Future of the Frances Perkins Homestead Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-15, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 246
This bill provides one-time funds to the Frances Perkins Center to be applied toward the acquisition of the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle.

Amendment S-15
This amendment, which is the majority report, directs the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to transfer $250,000 in state fiscal year 2019-20 to be used for the acquisition of the Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle if certain requirements are met.

LD 246 fiscal note
LD 246 Amendment S-15 fiscal note
LD 1199 An Act To Protect the Safety of Health Care Workers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1199
This bill provides that an assault on a health care practitioner while that health care practitioner is providing medical care or an assault on a hospital employee or person working for a hospital on a contractual basis while that employee or person is performing duties related to the provision of care for a patient or a prospective patient is a Class C crime.

LD 1323 An Act To Revise the Laws Regarding the Public Trust in Intertidal Lands Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1323
This bill addresses public uses of intertidal land by substantially amending the existing laws on intertidal land. It revises the headnote of the chapter to reflect the recognition of expanded uses of intertidal land.

The bill replaces most of the legislative findings and purpose language to recite historic uses and note that the evolving public uses of intertidal land confer both economic and general welfare benefits to the citizens of this State. It specifies that there is no difference in whether the State is acting to discharge its public trust duties with respect to intertidal land or exercising its police power to protect the public health, safety and general welfare.

The bill defines "intertidal land," which is consistent with the definition in statute, and "submerged land."

The bill delineates permitted uses of intertidal land, identifying historic, recreational and commercial uses. All are subject to state laws and rules, and commercial uses may be subject to licensing, as well.

The bill also limits some activities on intertidal land.

The bill recognizes the power of the State and municipal police powers that may be used to improve and facilitate uses of intertidal land.

LD 1388 Resolve, Directing the Attorney General To Pursue the State's Claim That It Holds Title to Maine's Intertidal Lands (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1388
Pending before the Law Court are cases addressing the State's title to intertidal lands. This resolve directs the Attorney General to seek review in the United States Supreme Court of any decision by the Law Court that does not fully vindicate the State's title to intertidal lands. If there is no Law Court decision to appeal within 2 years, the Attorney General shall bring a declaratory judgment action in federal court to declare the State's title to intertidal lands, pursuing the case through to an appeal to the Supreme Court if necessary.

LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-295, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1711
This bill regards amendments and enactments of provisions regarding energy billing and the Maine Solar Energy Act, including:
  • 1. Establishing parameters on the financial interest and limits of accounts for net energy billing;
  • 2. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to establish a pilot program implementing a tariff rate for nonresidential customers of new distributed generation resources if the commission determines a tariff rate is the most cost-effective manner possible to promote the development of distributed generation resources;
  • 3. Amending the Maine Solar Energy Act by:
    • A. Adding specific measures to support solar energy;
    • B. Establishing a standard buyer designation and detailing the standard buyer's obligations and cost allocation;
    • C. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 125 megawatts for the output of distributed generation resources associated with commercial or institutional customer accounts through a bid solicitation process;
    • D. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 250 megawatts for the output of large-scale shared distributed generation resources through a bid solicitation process; and
    • E. Detailing the process by which credits are applied to a customer's bill and how entities that own or operate a large-scale shared distributed generation resource on behalf of customers that own a proportional interest in the large-scale shared distributed generation resource may recover costs incurred on behalf of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility;
  • 4. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature the results of the implemented tariff rates for distributed generation resources and the status of metering and billing system capabilities for investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities;
  • 5. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to evaluate net energy billing when the total amount of generation capacity involved in net energy billing in the State reaches 8% of the total maximum load of transmission and distribution utilities in the State;
  • 6. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to solicit bids for long-term contracts to supply up to 400 megawatts of electricity from solar energy projects; and
  • 7. Directing the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding long-term contracts for installed capacity and associated renewable energy and renewable energy credits produced by solar energy projects.


Amendment S-295
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment:
  • 1. Changes the net energy billing law to:
    • a. Allow a customer to participate if the customer has a financial interest in a distributed generation resource, which is defined as a generator with a capacity of less than 5 megawatts that uses a renewable resource and is located in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility in this State;
    • b. Permit any number of customers of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to share the financial interest, except in the northern Maine grid, where the limit is 10, unless the Public Utilities Commission finds the utility system can accommodate a higher number; and
    • c. Add a new commercial and institutional net energy billing program that provides for a tariff rate for the energy exported by the distributed generation resource that is based on the applicable standard offer rate for the customer plus a percentage of the transmission and distribution utility rate for a specific class of customers;
  • 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to report on metering and billing issues to the joint standing committee on utilities and energy and to evaluate net energy billing when certain events occur; and
  • 3. Creates a requirement for the procurement of distributed generation resources by each investor-owned electric utility, or by a separate buyer, if one is designated by the commission. The amendment:
    • a. Directs procurements of 125 megawatts of output associated with commercial and institutional accounts and 250 megawatts of shared distributed generation resources to be achieved by July 1, 2024;
    • b. Directs that procurements must be through a competitive bidding process with solicitations for certain blocks of output and contract rates, after the first block, set in declining relation to the previous block;
    • c. Provides procedures to address cases of under-procurement for any block;
    • d. Requires subscriptions to certain portions of shared distributed generation resources to satisfy certain minimum requirements related to the types and sizes of subscribers or subscriptions; and
    • e. Provides for consumer protections and transparency requirements.
  • 4. Adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1711 Chaptered Law
LD 1711 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1688 An Act To Protect Original Birth Certificates Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1688
This bill repeals the law authorizing the creation of a new birth certificate for an adopted person and it removes the provision that requires the sealing of the original birth certificate. The bill allows a person born in this State to retain that person's original birth certificate, even if that person is adopted. This change does not affect a person born in a foreign country who is adopted in this State. A person adopted before October 1, 2019 will still need to follow the current statutory procedure to receive access to that person's original birth certificate upon attaining 18 years of age. This bill requires a certificate of birth for a child who is being adopted to be amended to include the adoptee's new name and the adoptive parent's name or parents' names and personal data.

LD 107 An Act To Lower the Maine Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 107
This bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.

LD 108 An Act To Protect Historic Places and Structures on the Federal Aid Highway System Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 108
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act when performing construction or maintenance on a federal aid highway that involves or affects a structure or place listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

LD 162 An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions 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 162
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal windfall elimination provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

LD 202 An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 202
This bill increases from 3,200 to 6,000 the number of qualifying contributions verified registered voters must make to a gubernatorial candidate for that candidate to be certified as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.

LD 252 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit New or Increased Fees or Taxes by Means of Direct Initiatives of Legislation Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 252
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the imposition of any new or increased taxes or fees through the direct initiative process.

LD 295 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 295
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, will be used for the provision of broadband Internet service in unserved and underserved areas through ConnectME Authority grants to partnerships between private, municipal and nongovernmental service providers.

LD 314 An Act To Simplify Apprenticeship Requirements for Student and Apprentice Lobster and Crab Fishing License Holders Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 21, 2019
LD 314
This bill requires the Commissioner of Marine Resources to allow a person with an apprentice lobster and crab fishing license or a student lobster and crab fishing license to demonstrate apprentice program completion through verified landings of at least 4,000 pounds of lobster over a period of not less than 2 years.

LD 376 An Act To Expand Health Insurance Options for Town Academies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-199, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 376
This bill makes an employee of an academy approved for tuition purposes in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, sections 2951 to 2955 eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons.

Amendment H-199
This amendment specifies that a town academy that elects to enroll in the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons may enroll in the group health plan on the first day of the month following the termination of the academy's prior group health plan, but no sooner than January 1, 2020. For an employee hired after January 1, 2020 or who becomes eligible for the group health plan based on a qualifying life event occurring after January 1, 2020, the employee may enroll in the group health plan on the first day of the month after the date on which the employee becomes eligible for enrollment.

LD 376 Chaptered Law
LD 376 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 438 An Act To Allow the Creation of New Innovative School Models by Removing the Cap on the Number of Authorized Charter Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 438
This bill removes the cap on the number of charter schools the Maine Charter School Commission may authorize.

LD 447 An Act Regarding the Substance Use Disorder Continuum of Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 447
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.This bill proposes to provide support for persons with substance use disorder along a continuum of care that includes prevention, law enforcement diversion, treatment, harm reduction and recovery. The bill proposes to provide:
  • 1. Funding for programs that reduce the use of marijuana and so-called "vaping" by youth in Maine in order to reduce the likelihood of neural pathway changes that can lead to addiction later in life;
  • 2. Ongoing support for detoxification as a path to recovery;
  • 3. Reimbursement under the MaineCare program for substance use disorder peer recovery coaches;
  • 4. Funding to the Bangor Area Recovery Network for addiction recovery support;
  • 5. Support for regional 2-1-1 hotlines to offer referrals to persons with substance use disorder for local services; and
  • 6. Access to evidence-based approaches to prevent substance use and treat substance use disorder in rural areas.


LD 465 An Act To Eliminate the Service Provider Tax on Services Covered by Medicaid Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 465
This bill repeals portions of the service provider tax that apply to services that are covered by the federal Medicaid program.

LD 483 An Act To Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 483
This bill increases the total annual aggregate amount of credits that may be issued under the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, decreases the total aggregate credits that may be authorized for any one business from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 and requires that eligible businesses that provide a product or service that is sold or rendered predominantly outside the State maintain more than 50% of their employees in positions within the State.

LD 625 An Act To Phase Out the Insurance Premium Tax on Annuities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-32, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 625
This bill phases out the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations over 4 years beginning in 2020. During the phase-out period, the prescribed rate applies only if the insurer credits the savings from the rate reductions to annuity holders. The bill also specifies that certain deductions related to annuities may be deducted from annuity considerations for tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-32
This amendment changes the phase-out of the insurance premium tax on annuity considerations from 4 years to 9 years and provides that during the phase-out period the retaliatory tax on non-Maine insurance companies does not apply. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 625 Amendment H-32 fiscal note
LD 629 An Act To Ensure a Seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council Is Held by a Person with a Background and Credentials in a Field of Marine Science Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 629
This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to ensure that a seat on the Shellfish Advisory Council is held by a member who has a demonstrated knowledge of a marine science and, at minimum, a bachelor's degree in a field of marine science.

LD 658 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-170, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
LD 658
This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.

Amendment H-170
This amendment replaces the resolve. The amendment directs the Governor's Energy Office, in coordination with the development of the state energy plan or other planning initiatives, to conduct an analysis for at least one scenario for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030 through the development and expansion of energy generating capacity, energy conservation and energy efficiency at levels sufficient to offset the total value of the State's domestic energy consumption across all sectors. The amendment requires the Governor's Energy Office to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 on progress regarding the state energy plan and the analysis for the State to become a net exporter of energy.

LD 658 Chaptered Law
LD 658 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 696 An Act To Protect Public Employees from Identity Theft Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-77, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 696
This bill requires a public employer, if the public employer determines or suspects there has been a breach of confidentiality or theft of an employee's personal information due to cyber activity or other means, to notify the employee within 24 hours of being notified of or discovering the breach or theft and to provide the employee financial counseling.

Amendment S-77
This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act to add municipalities and school administrative units to the definition of "person" to make the Act applicable to these entities. It also exempts these entities from the civil violations provision of the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act. The amendment specifies that notice to residents of the State of a security breach must be given no later than 30 days after the information broker or person maintaining computerized data that includes personal information becomes aware of a security breach.

LD 696 Amendment S-77 fiscal note
LD 718 An Act To Increase Funding for Adult Basic Literacy, Workplace Education and College Preparedness Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 718
This bill provides an increase in funding for the adult education subsidy to local school units that operate adult education programs. It also provides targeted funds to improve the capacity of local adult education programs to meet students' academic and work readiness and training needs.

LD 732 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Career and Technical Student Organizations Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-391, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 732
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to nonprofit career and technical education student organizations recognized by the Department of Education.

Amendment H-391
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 732 fiscal note
LD 732 Amendment H-391 fiscal note
LD 783 Resolve, To Require an Independent Analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 783
This resolve directs the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, to contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform an independent analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to fund the contract. The nongovernmental entity may not have a direct commercial interest in the I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and must provide a report of its analysis to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than April 19, 2019. This resolve also suspends the project until the independent analysis is complete and provides the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation with the authority to make a determination about whether the project may continue.

LD 784 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 784
This bill disqualifies an individual from eligibility for unemployment benefits when the individual has refused to accept or attend a job interview for suitable work for which the individual is reasonably fitted.

LD 808 An Act To Create a Youth Wage Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 808
This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for a person who is under 18 years of age and is enrolled as a student in a school. The wage is 75% of the regular minimum hourly wage.

LD 926 An Act To Protect Hospital Employees from Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 926
This bill provides that an assault on a hospital employee while the hospital employee is providing medical care is a Class C crime. It also provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing medical care is a Class C crime. Current law provides that an assault on an emergency medical care provider while the emergency medical care provider is providing emergency medical care is a Class C crime. The bill also corrects a cross-reference.

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

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

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

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

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


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1013 An Act To Clarify the Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits of a Person Who Is Terminated from Employment for Being Under the Influence of Marijuana Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1013
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.

Amendment S-71
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that includes being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work, which is the same provision as using illegal drugs, and instead includes marijuana in the current disqualification from unemployment benefits for an individual whose employment is terminated because of intoxication while on duty or when reporting to work or engaging in unauthorized use of alcohol while on duty.

LD 1013 Chaptered Law
LD 1013 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1027 An Act To Eliminate the 100-megawatt Limit on Hydroelectric Generators under the Renewable Resources Laws Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 8, 2019
LD 1027
This bill removes the 100-megawatt capacity limit for a hydroelectric generator that meets all state and federal fish passage requirements applicable to generators to qualify as a renewable capacity resource and for a hydroelectric generator to qualify as a renewable resource for the purpose of meeting the State's renewable resource portfolio requirement.

LD 1059 An Act To Authorize the Establishment of an Apprentice License for the Maine Scallop Fishery Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-114, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1059
This bill allows the Department of Marine Resources to establish by rule an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery that includes an apprentice license allowing an apprentice to engage in dragging for scallops under the supervision of a scallop dragging license holder. It sets the apprentice license fee at $250 and creates a $250 license surcharge for a scallop dragger to sponsor an apprentice. It limits participation to residents and makes 18 years of age the minimum age to participate as an apprentice. It also changes rules to implement the scallop license limited entry system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.

Amendment H-114
This amendment specifies that license fees collected for an apprentice scallop dragging license are to be deposited into the Scallop Research Fund and it clarifies that the fund may be used for the administrative costs associated with an apprentice program for entry into the scallop fishery.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1059 Chaptered Law
LD 1059 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1073 Resolve, To Implement an Intensive Drug Treatment Court Pilot Project in the Midcoast Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-475, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1073
This resolve establishes an intensive drug treatment court 2-year pilot project in the midcoast area of the State to be operational no later than November 1, 2019. The pilot project will serve 10 participants who meet the requirements for participation in drug court programs. The support services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services under the pilot project are more intensive than those provided to current participants in drug court programs. The department is required to provide an interim report on implementation and a final report that includes the results of an independent evaluation of the project.

Amendment H-475
This amendment revises the number of participants in the pilot project from 10 to 25. The amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1073 fiscal note
LD 1073 Amendment H-475 fiscal note
LD 1075 An Act To Allow a Wrecker To Transport the Number of Vehicles Authorized by Manufacturer Specifications for the Wrecker Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1075
Current law provides that "wrecker" does not include a vehicle designed to carry or tow more than 2 vehicles on its own body. This bill strikes that language and provides that a wrecker may not carry or tow more vehicles than allowed by the manufacturer specifications for that wrecker.

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

LD 1119 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipalities and School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1119
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to purchase solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units.

Part B directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds from the bond issue under Part A to fund the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Part C establishes the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust to support municipalities and municipally authorized citizen committees and school administrative units across the State in reducing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, facilitating the development of renewable energy resources and creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. It funds the program with the proceeds of bonds, including bonds issued pursuant to Part A, any other funds allocated by the trust and matching funds from participating municipalities.

Parts B and C take effect only if the bond issue under Part A is approved by the voters of the State.

LD 1142 Resolve, To Expand Transportation Services for Seniors Who Are MaineCare Members (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1142
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit an amendment request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the 1915(c) waiver that provides services to the elderly under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 19 to allow for coverage of transportation services required to access services specified in the individual's service plan that are nonmedical in nature. The waiver request must be submitted no later than October 1, 2019. Upon approval, the department shall amend its rules to cover the new service. The department shall submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services regarding the waiver request and rulemaking. The resolve also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group to develop a plan to provide nonmedical transportation services to travel to destinations to meet basic needs to persons who are 61 years of age or older with no other means of transportation and who are MaineCare members or receive state-funded services under the department's rule Chapter 5: Office of Elder Services Policy Manual, Section 63. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020.

LD 1156 An Act To Create the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1156
This bill establishes the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses in the Finance Authority of Maine to certify corporations eligible to claim a tax credit for contributions made to qualifying savings accounts. The bill creates the tax credit and establishes that withdrawals from the savings accounts are taxable income.

LD 1164 An Act To Improve the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-229, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1164
This bill makes the current income tax credit for educational opportunity inapplicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, and creates a new simplified tax credit for student loan repayment applicable to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.
  • 1. A qualified individual must be a full-year Maine resident who has obtained an associate, bachelor's or graduate degree from an accredited Maine or non-Maine community college, college or university after 2007 and who works at least part time in Maine or on a vessel at sea or is deployed for military service in the United States Armed Forces during the taxable year.
  • 2. Loans obtained from related persons, such as family members and certain businesses, trusts and exempt organizations, do not qualify for the credit.
  • 3. The credit may not reduce the tax due to less than zero.
  • 4. The credit for qualified individuals is the lesser of the amount paid on eligible education loans during the taxable year and 15% of the outstanding eligible education loan debt on the date the first education loan payment is made after a degree is earned.
  • 5. The credit for employers is the lesser of the amount paid by an employer on behalf of a qualified employee during the taxable year during the term of employment and 20% of the outstanding eligible education loan debt on the date the first education loan payment is made after December 31, 2019.
  • 6. The credit is available to the spouse of an individual eligible for a credit even if the spouse is not employed.
  • 7. Income tax deductions are provided for student loan payments made directly to a lender by an employer on behalf of a qualified employee and payments made directly to a lender on behalf of a taxpayer by a student loan repayment program funded by a nonprofit foundation and administered by the Finance Authority of Maine for residents of the State employed by a business located in the State.
  • 8. The annual credit may include loan amounts paid in excess of the amount due during a taxable year. The amendment also provides that credits in excess of those that may be used during a taxable year may be carried over for the next succeeding 5 years.


Amendment S-229
This amendment removes the requirement that a taxpayer's degree was received after 2007 to receive a credit for student loan repayment and provides that taxpayers who were eligible for a refundable credit under the credit for educational opportunity may continue to receive a refundable credit for tax years beginning before January 1, 2022. The amendment also increases from $50,000 per year to $75,000 per year the funds provided to market the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program.

LD 1164 Amendment S-229 fiscal note
LD 1170 An Act To Raise the Floor of State Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1170
This bill changes the formula for determining the minimum state allocation for a school administrative unit to be the unit's total cost of education, as adjusted, multiplied by 15% or the unit's special education costs, as adjusted, whichever is greater. This bill also guarantees a member municipality a minimum state contribution of 15% of the municipality's total cost of education, as adjusted, and requires the funds to be paid to the school administrative unit and deducted from the municipality's required contribution.

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 1172 An Act To Provide Direct Property Tax Relief to Homeowners by Increasing the Homestead Exemption Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1172
This bill increases the total exemption amount under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption program from the current $20,000 to $30,000 for the property tax year beginning April 1, 2020 and to $40,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2021. This bill also increases the reimbursement rate by the State for the revenue lost by a municipality due to the exemption from 62.5% to 75%, beginning with the 2020-2021 property tax year.

LD 1182 An Act To Improve School Safety by Requiring Law Enforcement Visits Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 21, 2019
LD 1182
This bill requires that a public school be visited at least 2 times per week by a law enforcement officer from the State Police, a county sheriff's office or a municipal law enforcement agency when that public school is in session. Visits by law enforcement officers must be unannounced and occur at varying times of the day and week at each public school. The county sheriff's office is responsible for coordinating these visits.

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 1235 An Act To Increase Safety in Health Care Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1235
Under current law, hospitals are required to annually adopt a safety and security plan to protect patients, visitors and employees of the hospital from aggressive and violent behavior. This bill extends that requirement to all health care facilities.

LD 1292 An Act To Lower Maine's Individual Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 3, 2019
LD 1292
This bill decreases over 3 years the rate of taxation imposed on individual income by:

  • 1. Decreasing the lowest rate from 5.8% to 5.2% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 5% beginning in 2022;
  • 2. Decreasing the middle rate from 6.75% to 6.3% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 6% beginning in 2022; and
  • 3. Decreasing the highest rate from 7.15% to 7.05% for tax years 2020 and 2021 and to 7% beginning in 2022.

This bill also changes cross-references in the Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and inflation adjustment statutes.

LD 1294 Resolve, Directing the Maine Human Rights Commission To Implement a Pilot Program To Investigate and Report on Incidents of Harassment Due to Housing Status, Lack of Employment and Other Issues Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1294
This resolve directs the Maine Human Rights Commission to create a 2-year pilot program to receive, review and investigate incidents and complaints of harassment due to a person's lack of employment or housing status and other reports of interference with a person's access to public accommodations. In carrying out the pilot program, the commission must investigate and respond to incidents and complaints of harassment as set out in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, sections 4611 and 4612. The commission is authorized to use any of its powers under Title 5, section 4566 to carry out the pilot program and may limit its scope. The commission is authorized to establish an advisory board to document and evaluate complaints and to advise the commission as to which incidents and complaints should be acted on and possible solutions. The commission is directed to produce an interim report for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by September 15, 2020 and a final report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by September 15, 2021. The reports are authorized to contain recommendations on changes to the program or for its continuation as well as proposed legislation to carry out any recommendations.

LD 1294 fiscal note
LD 1295 An Act To Determine the Need To Increase the Number of Forensic Emergency and Crisis Beds Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1295
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections to determine the current need for forensic emergency and crisis beds to ensure the prompt and humane treatment of arrested individuals who are suffering from mental illness and awaiting trial. In making this determination, the departments shall consider:

  • 1. The number of currently available forensic emergency and crisis beds;
  • 2. The number of individuals currently awaiting placement pretrial;
  • 3. The annual average number of individuals needing forensic services pretrial;
  • 4. Proposals to address unmet needs and associated costs; and
  • 5. Other factors that would lessen wait times for placements and provide needed mental health services to individuals pretrial.


LD 1296 An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy Status: Dead, Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 1296
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any aversive practice or treatment that seeks to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity except for talk therapy; counseling or treatment intended to assist an individual undergoing a gender transition; counseling intended to provide acceptance, support and understanding to the individual; and counseling intended to facilitate the individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation 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 defines "aversive practice or treatment" as any practice or treatment that is intended to induce changes in behavior through unpleasant stimuli or punishment and provides examples of aversive practices or treatments.
  • 3. It provides that advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age in the State is an unfair trade practice. Court actions involving conversion therapy brought against health care providers under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act are not governed by the specialized procedures set forth in the Maine Health Security Act for actions involving professional negligence.
  • 4. It prohibits 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 administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Administration of 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.
  • 5. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.


LD 1309 An Act To Index MaineCare Reimbursement to Nursing Homes and Other Adult Care Facilities to Increases in the Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1309
This bill increases the reimbursement rates under the MaineCare program to nursing facilities, adult family care homes and residential care facilities by the amount of the minimum wage increase that occurs on January 1st of each year as outlined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 664, subsection 1. The increases in reimbursement rates must be retroactive to the date of the increase in the minimum wage.

LD 1316 An Act To Make It Explicit That Maine Holds Title to Its Intertidal Lands (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1316
This bill states that the State owns title to intertidal land not already filled to facilitate marine commerce. The State's ownership is based on federal laws and United States Supreme Court cases that establish and substantiate each state's sovereignty over its intertidal and submerged land, as well as state law, which were not adhered to when the Supreme Judicial Court decided a pre-statehood colonial ordinance applicable to Massachusetts governs the State's ownership interest in intertidal land.

LD 1348 An Act To Authorize Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1348
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to conduct sports wagering, including online sports wagering, to persons or federally recognized Indian tribes licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities. The board may issue licenses to operate only online sports wagering to federally recognized Indian tribes that are not licensed to operate casinos, commercial tracks or off-track betting facilities.

Under the bill, "sports wagering" is defined as any device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering. Sports wagering operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events, other events in which a majority of the participants are minors and competitive video game events. Sports wagering operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports wagering operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of prohibited persons established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the conduct of sports wagering, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within casino, commercial track or off-track betting facilities and establishing record keeping, reporting and auditing requirements. The bill also requires the board to adopt rules further regulating the conduct of online sports wagering, including rules regulating the servers and other equipment used to conduct sports wagering online, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net sports wagering income be used for administrative expenses of the board and 24% of net sports wagering income be credited by the Treasurer of State to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

LD 1420 Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1420
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Study the Current Status and Future Sustainability of Aquaculture in the State. The task force membership consists of Legislators, representatives of entities knowledgeable about or involved in aquaculture and representatives of state agencies, associations and commercial fisheries. The task force's duties include a review of the report from the Governor's Task Force on the Planning and Development of Marine Aquaculture in Maine dated January 30, 2004 and an assessment of the current status of aquaculture in the State, current production levels and production capacity and environmental effects and the carrying capacity of the coastal marine environment, as well as an examination of aquaculture best practices, relationships with other fisheries, current economic and workforce effects, future opportunities and current and proposed community outreach and education. The task force is required to submit an interim report no later than September 1, 2019 and a final report no later than December 11, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, which may each submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1425 An Act To Maintain the Integrity of the Department of Education by Prohibiting Its Promotion of Policies and Practices That Are Not Based on Rigorous Peer Review and Analysis, Limiting Acceptance of Private Funding in Implementing and Influencing State Policy and Retaining the Home Rule Powers to School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1425
This bill prohibits the Commissioner of Education and Department of Education personnel from promoting policies, programs, procedures or experiments in schools that do not adhere to rigorous standards of peer review and established statistical procedures for determining the effectiveness in producing clearly identified outcomes and from contracting with and accepting funding from private entities to implement state policies. This bill also directs the commissioner to withdraw from the New England Secondary School Consortium and prohibits the commissioner from maintaining membership in regional or national groups that are funded by private entities. The bill also directs the Department of Education, in consultation with school administrative units and the Maine Municipal Association, to study how to return home rule powers to school administrative units.

LD 1452 An Act Regarding the Collection of the Sales and Use Tax by Marketplace Facilitators Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-508 and House amendment H-521, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1452
This bill ensures that persons making sales through physical or electronic marketplaces of tangible personal property and taxable services subject to the sales and use tax are subject to the same sales and use tax collection and remittance responsibilities as other sellers.

Amendment H-508
This amendment enacts definitions and other provisions to require a marketplace facilitator to collect and remit the sales tax on sales of tangible personal property and taxable services facilitated on the marketplace facilitator's marketplace that are delivered into the State. It consolidates the sales tax registration provisions by repealing the recently enacted Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 1951-B and reformatting the provision of law requiring certain persons to register with the State Tax Assessor and collect and remit taxes, including the remote seller registration requirements in the new provision, harmonizing the merged provisions and removing obsolete language. It also adjusts the use tax calculation used on the income tax return to report unpaid use tax, lowering the default amount from .08% to .04% of Maine adjusted gross income to account for the increased tax collected by remote sellers and marketplace facilitators.

Amendment H-521
This amendment amends the committee amendment. It changes the term "gross revenue" to "gross sales" in a provision designating persons who are required to register. It changes a subsection headnote to better reflect the substance of the subsection. It provides that a marketplace facilitator is considered a retailer for each sale of tangible personal property or taxable services for delivery in this State, instead of into this State, that the marketplace facilitator facilitates on or through its marketplace.

LD 1452 Chaptered Law
LD 1452 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1454 An Act Concerning Elections in Maine Congressional Districts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 16, 2019
LD 1454
This bill provides that the voters of a congressional district must determine by referendum vote the method used in that congressional district to elect their Representative to Congress. The voters of a congressional district may choose to elect their Representative to Congress by plurality voting or by ranked-choice voting. The bill requires that such a referendum be held in each congressional district on a date established by the Secretary of State, but not later than 180 days after the effective date of the legislation.

LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1459
Current law authorizes the membership of farmers in cooperative organizations and requires handlers of agricultural products to bargain in good faith with such organizations because agricultural products are produced by numerous individual farmers and the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers will be adversely affected unless they are able to join together.

This bill recognizes that market forces that affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers similarly affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual harvesters and haulers of forest products, and it expands application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

Specifically, this bill amends the laws governing agricultural marketing and bargaining to:

  • 1. Expand the definition of "independent agricultural contractor" to include a person who harvests or hauls forest products under contract;
  • 2. Expand the legislative findings provision to include findings concerning independent agricultural contractors, which include harvesters and haulers of forest products; and
  • 3. Include in the definition of "producer" a person engaged in the production of forest products.

In addition, the bill sets forth the Legislature's finding that, with respect to loggers and forest products haulers, the inequity of power in determining compensation and the lack of opportunity to join together in bargaining over compensation can result in unfair contract rates for their services and that it is in the public interest to expand application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

LD 1459 Chaptered Law
LD 1459 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
LD 1463 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1506 Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Facilitate the Creation of a Strategic Economic Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1506
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate the creation of a 10-year strategic economic plan that recommends breakthrough strategies for increased economic prosperity for all citizens of the State in all regions, ultimately measured by increased household income, a growing workforce and sustainable business development.

The resolve directs the department to provide a report on the strategic plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 31, 2019. The joint standing committees are authorized to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1520 An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs and Encourage Affordable Housing through Development of Cooperatives and Employee-owned Businesses Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-260, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1520
This bill supports employee-owned businesses and cooperatives in the following ways.
  • 1. It excludes from Maine income tax the amount of gain, up to a maximum of $750,000 recognized by a business owner in transferring the business to an employee stock ownership plan, eligible worker-owned cooperative, consumer cooperative or affordable housing cooperative.
  • 2. It excludes from Maine income tax interest from loans that finance transfers of ownership from a business to an employee stock ownership plan, eligible worker-owned cooperative, consumer cooperative or affordable housing cooperative.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Business Development to encourage and assist employee-owned businesses by requiring the office to: develop educational programs, including convening an annual conference on employee ownership issues; provide information about employee ownership and technical assistance to retiring business owners, employees of plants threatened with closure and entrepreneurs interested in creating businesses with broadly shared ownership; link Maine businesses interested in implementing employee ownership to available financial, technical and legal resources; and help businesses interested in implementing some form of employee ownership to obtain financing, as well as undertake other duties.
  • 4. It requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to give priority to employee-owned businesses, either established or in the process of becoming employee-owned, when providing loans or grants from funds or programs maintained by the department.
  • 5. It requires the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to conduct a study to determine how funds held by the system may be invested responsibly in employee-owned businesses in this State and to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, which is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the study and recommendations of the system.


Amendment S-260
This amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Business Development to contract with a nonprofit development organization with relevant expertise to develop and manage the Maine Employee Ownership Center to provide information and programs to assist businesses in the transition to employee or cooperative ownership, rather than requiring the office to provide those services. The amendment removes requirements that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services collect specified data and report annually to the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability and that the Maine Public Employees Retirement System study investment of funds in employee-owned businesses. The amendment also makes changes to facilitate the administration and evaluation of the deductions provided in the bill. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1520 Amendment S-260 fiscal note
LD 1568 An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of Magalloway Plantation Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-339, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1568
This bill provides for the deorganization of Magalloway Plantation in Oxford County, subject to approval at local referendum and execution of a withdrawal agreement from Regional School Unit No. 78.

Amendment H-339
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1568 Chaptered Law
LD 1568 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1586 An Act To Promote Major Food Processing and Manufacturing Facility Expansion and To Create Jobs in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1586
This bill, modeled on the tax credit for major business headquarters expansions, provides a tax credit to a food processing and manufacturing business that:
  • 1. Is, and has been for the 5 years prior to application, a corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of the State;
  • 2. Has been headquartered in this State for the 5 years prior to application;
  • 3. Pays at least 75% of its employees a salary that exceeds the income threshold for the county in which the facility that is the subject of the application is located;
  • 4. Agrees to make an investment of at least $35,000,000 in the construction or expansion in this State of a facility for that business; and
  • 5. Adds a total of 40 new full-time employees by the end of the first year of qualifying for the tax credit, maintains that number for the next 2 years and then adds 20 more full-time employees, maintaining a total of 60 full-time employees for each year after the 3rd year of qualifying for the tax credit. The employees added must be based in the State.

A business that qualifies is allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 2% of the amount of the qualified investment each tax year for 20 years. The total investment that may be approved for any one business may not exceed $85,000,000 and the total aggregate investment that may be approved is limited to $100,000,000. The maximum amount of tax credits that may be received by a business under one construction or expansion project is $34,000,000.

Amendment S-228
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause to the bill. It also adds provisions to facilitate administration of the credit and the review of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability under the tax expenditure review laws.

LD 1586 Chaptered Law
LD 1586 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1612 An Act Regarding the Presumption of Abandonment of Gift Obligations Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-613 and Senate amendment S-366, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1612
Under current law, a gift obligation card, which includes a gift certificate, gift card and online gift account, is considered abandoned 2 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which it was purchased or last used. This bill removes the presumption of abandonment for gift obligation cards.

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

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

LD 1612 Amendment H-613 fiscal note
LD 1612 Amendment S-366 fiscal note
LD 1653 Resolve, Establishing the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1653
This resolve establishes the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature to develop meaningful conversations among the members of the conference on communication and policy differences that led to the breakdown between the Legislature and the tribal representatives to the Legislature and how better to communicate and improve the relationship between the Legislature and Maine Indian tribes. Ex officio members of the conference are the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader and the House Minority Leader, who are directed to invite as members of the conference the Chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.

LD 1660 An Act To Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1660
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the licensing and scope of practice of physician assistants.
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine from 10 to 11 members by changing the number of members on each board who are physician assistants from 1 member to 2 members.
  • 2. It establishes provisions for the scope of practice, insurance coverage of services and immunity from liability for providing volunteer medical services during emergencies or disasters and clarifies that physician assistants are primary care providers when practicing in a medical specialty required for a physician to be a primary care provider.
  • 3. It removes registration and physician supervisory requirements.
  • 4. It establishes requirements for physician assistant collaboration and consultation with physicians and other health care professionals.
  • 5. It changes the initial licensing fee from $250 to $300.
  • 6. It provides a transition provision for physician assistant licenses that are current and not subject to disciplinary action.


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

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

LD 1664 Chaptered Law
LD 1664 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1669 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Help Ensure That Direct Initiatives of Legislation Are Compatible with the Constitution of Maine and Statutory Law Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
LD 1669
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a person who requests a petition form for a direct initiative of legislation must submit a written application for a petition form to the office of the Secretary of State, the office of the Governor, the office of the Attorney General and the Legislature. The Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General and the Legislature must review a direct initiative of legislation and determine whether it is compatible with the Constitution of Maine and statutory law. If the Secretary of State, the Governor, the Attorney General or the Legislature determines that the measure is not compatible with the Constitution of Maine or statutory law, the Secretary of State may not furnish or approve petition forms for the direct initiative of legislation.

LD 1705 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen the Marine Economy Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1705
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to facilitate the growth of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors of the State's marine economy through research and development and workforce development with capital investments awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development, to be matched by at least $50,000,000 in private and other funds.

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