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Senator David Woodsome [Republican]
York ~ District 33

Towns in District: Cornish, Limerick, Newfield, Parsonsfield, Sanford, Shapleigh and Waterboro

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

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Engrossed Bills

Joint Committees:
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology

✉ David.Woodsome@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1505

✉ 1156 Sokokis Trail
North Waterboro, Maine 04061


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters9%
Maine People's Alliance, 201833%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20187 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201750%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 201750%

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LD 161 An Act To Increase Access to Career and Technical Education Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 161
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to increase access to career and technical education.

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

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

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

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

LD 166 Chaptered Law
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LD 244 Resolve, To Rename the Stinson Bridge the Woodsome-Carroll Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-2, Finally passed, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 244
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Stinson Bridge in the Town of Waterboro and the Town of Limerick the Woodsome-Carroll Bridge.

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

LD 244 Chaptered Law
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LD 357 An Act Regarding Court Facilities in York County Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019
LD 357
This bill resolves logistical issues created by the construction of a consolidated courthouse for York County in Biddeford. Earlier legislation that authorized construction of the courthouse did not factor in adequate space for the office of the district attorney, a required component of the judicial process. This bill provides for the construction of a building of sufficient size to accommodate the office of the district attorney to be connected to the new courthouse. This bill authorizes the issuance of up to $6,000,000 in Maine Government Facilities Authority securities to construct the building, but the planning and design, a joint project by the judicial branch and York County, will be covered by the existing funding of the courthouse.

The goal of this bill is to make the new building as cost-neutral to the parties as possible. York County will pay the debt service on the bonds and pay annual rent for the land of $1 until the debt service is fully paid, at which time the State will transfer the land and building to York County for $1. In addition, the 3 district court buildings vacated when the new consolidated courthouse opens must be transferred at no cost to York County for its exclusive use.

LD 358 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-190, failed enactment as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 7, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 358
This bill provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program within the Department of Education in order to fully fund the cost of career and technical education pursuant to current law. This bill also amends Public Law 2017, chapter 446 to reflect the additional funding.

Amendment S-190
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and raises the cap on the career and technical education funding formula provision regarding the allocation for career and technical education centers or regions for which the sum of the program components is greater than the most recent expenditure data, as adjusted for inflation to the year prior to the allocation year, from 5% to 15%. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 358 Amendment S-190 fiscal note
LD 476 Resolve, To Review the Delivery of Services to the Citizens of the State by the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 476
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, working with health and human services providers in York County and Cumberland County as well as with other stakeholders, to review the programs, services and operations of the Department of Health and Human Services and determine if any of those programs, services and operations can be delivered more efficiently at the county level. The commissioner is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services detailing the findings of the review. The committee is authorized to submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 994 Resolve, To Require the Approval by the Public Utilities Commission of a Proposal for a Long-term Contract for Deep-water Offshore Wind Energy (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-245, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 994
This resolve directs the Public Utilities Commission to approve the long-term contract for capacity and associated energy between Maine Aqua Ventus I, GP, LLC and Central Maine Power Company submitted to the commission in December 2017.

Amendment S-245
This amendment adds additional specifications to the directive in the resolve to the Public Utilities Commission to approve a long-term contract for energy and capacity between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company. The amendment additionally specifies and requires that:
  • 1. Maine Aqua Ventus file a draft contract with the commission within 15 days of the effective date of the resolve;
  • 2. The commission initiate and complete negotiations among commission staff, Maine Aqua Ventus, Central Maine Power Company and the Office of the Public Advocate and approve a contract between Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company within 60 days of the filing of the draft contract;
  • 3. The final draft contract be the same as the contract filed with the commission on December 13, 2017, in Docket No. 2010-00235, except for revisions necessary for the purposes of updating the contract in light of the passage of time and the maturation of the industry and facilitating the financing, construction and operation of the demonstration project in current circumstances, within the cost limitations established in Public Law 2009, chapter 615, while not increasing or decreasing the annual energy production cap or, except as needed to reasonably accommodate for construction inflation costs since 2014, the cost per kilowatt-hour previously set in the base energy price; and
  • 4. The commission order the final draft contract to be executed by Maine Aqua Ventus and Central Maine Power Company within 90 days of the effective date of the resolve.
The amendment also provides for the Public Utilities Commission to monitor the deep-water offshore wind energy pilot project developed by Maine Aqua Ventus and respond to requested future amendments to the contract in the context of accomplishing the objectives of Public Law 2009, chapter 615 and authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill related to deep-water offshore wind energy to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 994 Chaptered Law
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LD 1046 An Act To Authorize the Department of Education To Provide Flexibility in the Required Credentials for Teachers in Career and Technical Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1046
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Education to exempt a teacher from certain qualifications adopted by the State Board of Education to teach career and technical education. An exemption must be in accordance with rules adopted by the commissioner.

LD 1173 An Act To Allow the Direct Sale of Electricity Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-123, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1173
This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to approve a petition to sell electricity directly to commercial or industrial customers if the commission finds the electric service meets specified requirements. The bill specifies that the petitioner does not become a public utility as a result of its furnishing electric service to participating customers. The bill also provides that a person that has been approved to sell electricity directly to customers may construct and maintain its lines in, upon, along, over, across or under the roads and streets.

Amendment S-123
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment allows an entity that generates electricity to construct a transmission line for the purpose of interconnecting and distributing electricity to serve a commercial or industrial consumer without becoming subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission as a transmission and distribution utility or a competitive electricity provider when the commercial or industrial consumer is located on the property where the generator is located; on abutting property; or on a commercial or industrial site served by the generator or its predecessor without using the transmission and distribution plant of a public utility prior to December 31, 2018. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission to report every 3 years, beginning in 2022, on the incidence of direct sales of electricity by an entity that generates electricity to commercial or industrial consumers in the instances allowed under this amendment. Finally, the amendment clarifies that this legislation does not modify or nullify the framework and precedent for analyzing when an entity is a transmission and distribution utility or a competitive electricity provider established by the Public Utilities Commission in related cases.

LD 1173 Chaptered Law
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LD 1195 An Act To Encourage the Removal of Campaign Signs from the Public Right-of-way Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1195
This bill requires that a temporary sign, which includes a campaign sign, placed within the public right-of-way that advertises or announces an event must be removed from the right-of-way within 4 weeks after the event and, if the sign is not removed within that 4-week period, the municipality in which the sign is located may remove the sign and assess the individual, entity or organization that placed the sign a fee of $10.

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

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

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

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

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

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

LD 1371 Chaptered Law
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LD 1527 An Act To Require That Certain Motor Vehicles Be Clear of Snow and Ice When Operated on Public Ways (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1527
This bill prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle at a speed of 40 miles per hour or more on a public way with a load of solid precipitation on the motor vehicle. Failure to clear a motor vehicle is a traffic infraction subject to a $250 fine for a first offense and $500 for a 2nd or subsequent offense. It exempts commercial trucks from the provision.

LD 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.


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LD 31 An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 31
This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.

LD 31 Chaptered Law
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LD 68 An Act To Improve the Record Keeping of the Public Utilities Commission Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-12, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 68
This bill amends the law governing the record-keeping requirements of the Public Utilities Commission. Current law requires that the commission maintain a complete record of proceedings, investigations and formal public hearings. The bill adds the requirement to maintain a record of complaints. It also specifies that the required records be permanently maintained and include results and conclusions, including orders, findings, decisions and settlement agreements. Finally, the bill requires the commission, upon request of a public utility customer, to reconstruct, to the extent possible, the record of a proceeding, investigation, formal public hearing or complaint that was disposed of prior to the requirement that a permanent record be maintained.

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

LD 68 Chaptered Law
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LD 89 An Act To Impose Requirements on the Rental of Residential Property That Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 89
This bill requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement for residential property ensure that property used in the manufacture of methamphetamine be decontaminated and tested in accordance with the standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's March 2013 revised edition of the Voluntary Guidelines for Methamphetamine Laboratory Cleanup or other standards established in rule by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill also requires that landlords and other persons entering into a lease or tenancy at will agreement disclose to the potential tenant or lessee that a property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The bill makes violation of these provisions a civil violation, punishable by a fine of up to $500, and also states that failure to decontaminate or disclose constitutes a breach of the implied warranty of fitness for human habitation. The bill gives the Department of Economic and Community Development authority to adopt rules to implement these provisions.

LD 91 An Act To Eliminate Gross Metering (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Senate amendment S-4, Enacted, Signed into law April 2, 2019
LD 91
This bill clarifies the definition of "net energy billing." It requires the Public Utilities Commission, within 60 days of this legislation becoming effective, to amend its net energy billing rules adopted pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to be substantively equivalent to the rules in effect on January 1, 2017. It provides that all customers that entered into a net energy billing arrangement on or after March 29, 2017 are governed by the rules that are to be adopted pursuant to this legislation.

Amendment S-4
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 91 Chaptered Law
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LD 96 An Act To Require Disclosure at the Sale or Transfer whether Real Estate Has Been Used in the Manufacture of Methamphetamine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-386, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 96
This bill amends the law requiring disclosures by the seller of residential real property to require the seller to disclose whether the property has been used for the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Amendment H-386
The bill requires a seller of residential real property to disclose that the property has been used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Current law requires the disclosure of the presence or prior removal of any hazardous materials. This amendment strikes and replaces the text of the bill to include methamphetamine as a specific hazardous material, the presence or prior removal of which must be disclosed by the seller of the residential real property.

LD 96 Chaptered Law
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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 185 An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized Testing Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 185
This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to the State's assessment program at the written request of the student's parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

LD 218 An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act at a Polling Place Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 17, 2019
LD 218
This bill prohibits the solicitation, acceptance or collection by a participating candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act of seed money contributions or qualifying contributions within 250 feet of the entrance to a voting place as well as within the voting place itself.

LD 224 An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 224
This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.

LD 234 Resolve, To Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-22, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 234
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, by January 1, 2020, to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 15 to increase reimbursement rates for chiropractic services for manipulative treatments under procedure codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 to no less than 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for these services as long as the rate is no lower than the rate reimbursed as of January 1, 2019. If the department conducts a rate study of chiropractic services for manipulative treatments, the department may adopt new rates. The rules adopted are routine technical rules.

Amendment H-22
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the appropriations and allocations section of the bill to reflect a more accurate estimate of the cost of the bill.

LD 234 fiscal note
LD 234 Amendment H-22 fiscal note
LD 241 An Act To Adjust the Personal Property Tax Exemption for Farm Machinery Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-335, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 241
This bill increases the amount of the exemption from personal property taxation for farm machinery from $10,000 to $45,000.

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

This amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 241 Amendment H-335 fiscal note
LD 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
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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 343 An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 343
This bill allows a tobacco specialty store to be licensed as a cigar lounge, which may serve nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. A cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or prepare food on premises for sale. A tobacco specialty store that is a cigar lounge must provide notice about the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke to applicants for employment and employees. The cigar lounge license fee is $100 per year.

LD 347 An Act To Provide Sustainable Funding for Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-206, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide ongoing funding for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure statewide, including, but not limited to, funding to support the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 6006-H.

Amendment H-206
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment does the following:

  • 1. It amends the law governing the use of the Liquor Operation Revenue Fund after all liquor operation revenue bonds and any ancillary obligations secured by the fund have been retired to provide additional funding for water and wastewater infrastructure. Specifically, while current law provides a maximum of 15% of funds available after retirement of the bonds be used for matching funds for federal programs for drinking water and wastewater systems, the amendment provides 30% of funds after bond retirement be designated for drinking water and wastewater purposes. The amendment divides the 30% between drinking water and wastewater at 45% and 55% respectively. For both drinking water and wastewater the amendment provides the funds first be used for the state match for federal funds for revolving loans.
  • 2. It amends the law governing the State Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Fund and the Maine Clean Water Fund to allow the funds to be used to provide assistance for capital investment in private and commercial wastewater systems.


LD 347 Chaptered Law
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LD 387 An Act To Require Cursive Handwriting Instruction in Grade 3 to Grade 5 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 387
This bill requires the Department of Education to provide for continual, regular instruction of and opportunities to use cursive handwriting beginning in grade 3. The instruction must be designed to enable students to demonstrate competence in cursive handwriting by the end of grade 5.

LD 391 Resolve, To Establish the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 391
This resolve establishes the Study Committee To Develop a Disposition Plan for Future Surplus State Property in York County to study and plan the disposition of the 3 district courthouses in York County to be vacated when the courts are consolidated into one building and of associated surplus state property.

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

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

LD 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 504 An Act To Enhance the Development of Innovative Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 504
This bill streamlines the procedure for authorizing career and technical education satellite programs. Current law requires any affiliated unit that wishes to operate a career and technical education satellite program to submit a written request to operate a satellite program to the governing body of the center or region with which the unit is affiliated. The governing body of the center or region considers the request and then forwards its recommendation to the Commissioner of Education. Instead, the bill provides that the written request be submitted directly to the Commissioner of Education for approval.

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 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 664 An Act To Organize Biannual County Meetings for Local School Boards Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 664
This bill requires the State Board of Education to organize a biannual meeting in each county for the school boards in each county to engage in peer-to-peer discussions, develop new ideas and review proposed rule changes by the Department of Education and other policies and issues impacting school administrative units. Each school board may send up to 3 representatives, and the state board shall send at least one representative to the biannual county meeting. Costs for a biannual county meeting must be split between the state board and the school administrative units in that county.

LD 674 An Act To Improve the E-9-1-1 System Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-100, Finally passed, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 674
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to upgrade the State's E-9-1-1 system in accordance with certain recommendations contained in the report related to standardized dispatch protocols for police 9-1-1 calls that was presented to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology on January 15, 2019 by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Amendment H-100
This amendment replaces the bill, which was a concept draft. The amendment directs the Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Services Communications Bureau to convene a stakeholder group to develop recommendations regarding emergency dispatch protocols and use of the E-9-1-1 fund to support standardized dispatch protocol implementation. The amendment requires the stakeholder group to examine and make recommendations regarding: the use of the E-9-1-1 fund to cover costs associated with the implementation of standardized dispatch protocols and related requirements; issues related to the adoption and implementation of protocols for fire 9-1-1 calls and medical 9-1-1 calls; and potential future implementation of dispatch protocols for police 9-1-1 protocols on a mandatory or voluntary basis. The amendment requires the bureau to submit a report detailing the recommendations of the stakeholder group to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by November 1, 2019 and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

LD 674 Chaptered Law
LD 674 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 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 741 An Act To Return Surplus Money to Maine Taxpayers Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 741
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to distribute the funds in the State treasury by:

  • 1. Placing in the General Fund only the amount necessary to cover the outstanding obligations of the State required by law, such as for bond debt and payment of contracts and salaries;
  • 2. After the transfer of funds required to meet the legal obligations of the State, distributing 75% of the remaining funds to Maine taxpayers on a pro rata basis, based on tax data for the 2018 tax year; and
  • 3. After the transfer and the distributions, transferring the remaining 25% to the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as the Maine Rainy Day Fund.


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

LD 798 An Act To Protect Maine Children and Students from Preventable Diseases by Repealing Certain Exemptions from the Laws Governing Immunization Requirements Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-120, Enacted, Signed into law May 24, 2019. People's veto petition certified to appear on March 3, 2020 ballot: Do you want to reject the new law that removes religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring immunization against certain communicable diseases for students to attend schools and colleges and for employees of nursery schools and health care facilities?
LD 798
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This bill removes those exemptions. The bill also directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules and requires the Department of Education to adopt rules allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as an appropriate medical professional provides a statement that the medical professional has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

Amendment H-120
Current law allows exemptions from immunization requirements based on religious or philosophical beliefs for students in elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary schools and employees of nursery schools and health care facilities. This amendment, which is the majority report, removes those exemptions effective September 1, 2021.

Current law relating to enrollment in any public or private elementary or secondary school provides that the superintendent may not permit any child to be enrolled in or to attend school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or child provides a physician's written statement that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires the parent or child to provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.

Current law relating to immunization of students enrolled in any public or private postsecondary school provides that a chief administrative officer may not permit a student to be enrolled in or to attend a school without a certificate of immunization for each disease or other acceptable evidence of required immunization or immunity against the disease except when the parent or the student provides a physician's written statement or a written statement from a school health provider that immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable. Instead, the amendment requires that the parent or the student provide a written statement from a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant that, in that physician's, nurse practitioner's or physician assistant's professional judgment, immunization against one or more of the diseases may be medically inadvisable.The amendment keeps the directive in the unallocated section of the bill to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to remove any immunization exemptions based on religious or philosophical beliefs from their rules.

The amendment places in statute the directive in the unallocated section of the bill allowing a student who is covered by an individualized education plan and has elected a philosophical or religious exemption from immunization requirements to continue to attend school under the existing exemption as long as a licensed physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant provides a statement that the physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant has provided information on the risks and benefits associated with the choice to immunize.

The amendment also requires the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a report, by January 1st of each odd-numbered year, to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters concerning any new developments in the evaluation of vaccine safety and effectiveness. The joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and education matters are each authorized to submit a bill during the legislative session in which the report was submitted.

LD 798 Chaptered Law
LD 798 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 837 An Act To Increase the Homestead Property Tax Exemption for Certain Persons Who Are at Least 75 Years of Age Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 837
This bill provides an additional $30,000 homestead property tax exemption, for a total exemption of $50,000, for persons who are 75 years of age or older and claimed the homestead as a permanent residence for 10 or more years. The bill requires the State to reimburse municipalities 100% of the revenue lost as a result of the increased exemption for persons 75 years of age or older.

LD 856 An Act To Give Probate Judges Latitude in Permitting Visitation by Grandparents Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 856
This bill authorizes a court to award a grandparent reasonable rights of visitation or access to a minor child regardless of objections the parents or legal guardians may have concerning the award of rights of visitation or access.

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

LD 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 1048 An Act To Encourage Conservation in Determining Natural Gas Rates (By request) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 1048
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission, in determining rates and rate structures for natural gas utilities, to consider energy conservation and financial incentives for customers to reduce natural gas consumption.

LD 1060 An Act To Authorize Consumers Located Adjacent to Electric Power Generators To Obtain Power Directly Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 23, 2019
LD 1060
This bill allows an electricity generator to build an interconnection from the generator's facility to a consumer of the electricity located adjacent to the generator without becoming subject to regulation by the Public Utilities Commission as a transmission and distribution utility. The Public Utilities Commission is directed to adopt rules to determine when a consumer is located adjacent to a generator.

LD 1063 An Act To Support the Role of Municipalities in Expanding Broadband Infrastructure Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-110, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1063
This bill recognizes broadband Internet as a public necessity. It designates a community broadband system or part of that system as a revenue-producing municipal facility. It allows a municipality to construct, maintain and operate a municipal or multimunicipal system composed of infrastructure capable of being utilized by communications service providers for the provision of communications services. The bill prohibits a municipality from providing retail communications services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities. The bill exempts community broadband systems from taxation.

Amendment H-110
This amendment removes the provision in the bill that prohibits a municipality from providing retail communication services through community broadband systems to nonmunicipal entities.

LD 1063 Chaptered Law
LD 1063 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1076 An Act To Account for Market Change in the Adult Use Marijuana Excise Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1076
This bill changes the excise tax on adult use marijuana cultivation facilities from a tax based on quantity to a tax based on a percentage of the average market price for the category of marijuana sold. The bill requires the average market price to be determined quarterly by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. The tax would not apply to sales by a cultivation facility to a licensee with which it is vertically integrated.

LD 1088 An Act Regarding the Maine Law Enforcement Memorial Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019
LD 1088
This bill requires the Commissioner of Public Safety to add to the list of names on the law enforcement memorial located at the State Capitol complex the name of a law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty, who at the time of death was a resident of the State or employed in the State as a law enforcement officer and whose name is approved for inclusion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial or whose death meets the criteria for line-of-duty death benefits.

LD 1101 An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Allow Pedestrian Walkways and Trails That Exclude Motorized Vehicles within the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1101
This bill amends the shoreland zoning laws to authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance that exempts pedestrian walkways or trails within the shoreland zone from otherwise applicable setback requirements so long as use of motorized vehicles, other than motorized assistive devices, is prohibited on the walkway or trail and the ordinance maintains certain other protective standards. Any allowed walkway or trail must meet all other state and local permit requirements and comply with all other applicable rules.

LD 1104 An Act To Clarify the State's Commitments Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-205, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1104
This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.

Amendment H-205
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1104 Amendment H-205 fiscal note
LD 1127 An Act To Expand Community-based Solar Energy in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1127
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts with community-based solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities. The total amount of resources procured through these long-term contracts may not exceed 100 megawatts, and 20% of resources procured must come from generators with a capacity of less than 2 megawatts. The bill requires the commission to establish provisions to protect the interests of utility customers over the term of the contracts.

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

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


LD 1136 An Act To Provide Snow Sports Safety Information to Consumers Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1136
This bill requires a ski area operator to annually create a safety plan for the ski area and make that plan accessible to the public. It also requires ski area operators to report on skiing accidents from the previous year and make those reports accessible to the public.

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 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 1186 An Act To Address Electricity Costs of Agricultural Fairs (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1186
This bill provides that a transmission and distribution utility may not assess a person or entity licensed to hold an agricultural fair a demand charge in connection with electric power or service provided for an agricultural fair.

Amendment H-228
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes a program administered by the Efficiency Maine Trust to help agricultural fairs reduce electricity costs through efficiency and conservation. The program includes outreach and technical assistance to agricultural fairs to identify opportunities to lower electricity costs and enroll agricultural fairs in existing programs offered by the trust as appropriate. The program also provides custom financial incentives to agricultural fairs to implement electric efficiency and conservation measures, including but not limited to measures to reduce peak electricity demand. Funds for the program are set at the total amount paid in demand charges by agricultural fairs in the State during the prior year and are collected from electricity customers by transmission and distribution utilities. The trust is required to report to the Legislature on the program in January 2022 and January 2024, and the program has a sunset date of June 30, 2024.

The amendment also directs the Public Utilities Commission to examine rate design and related issues for electricity customers that, like agricultural fairs, have seasonal, limited-duration, concentrated load profiles. It requires the commission to submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.

LD 1186 Chaptered Law
LD 1186 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1206 An Act To Improve Aboveground Utilities' Responsiveness to Public Interests Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1206
This bill provides specific authority to a municipality or other applicable licensing authority to manage public rights-of-way, to issue licenses or permits for the use of those rights-of-way by utilities such as wireless telecommunications service providers and cable television systems and to charge a fee for the license or permit. A municipality or applicable licensing authority may order a utility to alter, remove or relocate its facilities. A utility that fails to comply with a written order of a municipality to alter, remove or relocate the utility's facilities is subject to a fine of up to $1,000 per day for each day the utility remains in violation of the order of the municipality.

LD 1206 Chaptered Law
LD 1206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1268 An Act To Update and Clarify the Laws Governing Raffles Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-67, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1268
This bill amends the law governing raffles for certain nonprofit organizations in the following ways:
  • 1. Increasing the amount of total value of all prizes for which the nonprofit organization is not required to register the raffle with the Gambling Control Unit from $2,500 to $10,000;
  • 2. Allowing noncash raffle prizes to be in the alternate form of cash or to be exchanged for cash;
  • 3. Removing the limitation allowing only one raffle with a noncash prize up to $75,000 and a cash prize up to $20,000 in a 12-month period; and
  • 4. Clarifying that the nonprofit organization may conduct more than one raffle at a time.


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

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

LD 1268 Chaptered Law
LD 1268 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1313 An Act To Enact the Maine Death with Dignity Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-305, Enacted, Signed into law June 12, 2019
LD 1313
This bill enacts the Maine Death with Dignity Act authorizing a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person's attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined in the Act, to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person's life. The bill establishes the procedures for making these requests, including 2 waiting periods and one written and 2 oral requests and requires a 2nd opinion by a consulting physician. The bill requires specified information to be documented in the person's medical record, including all oral and written requests for a medication to hasten death.

The bill requires the attending and consulting physicians to assess the patient for depression or other mental health condition that impairs judgment. If the attending or consulting physician, in the physician's professional opinion, believes such a condition exists, the patient must be evaluated and treated by a state-licensed psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker or clinical professional counselor. Medication to end a patient's life in a humane and dignified manner may not be prescribed until the person performing the counseling determines that the patient is not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment.

The bill prohibits a provision in a contract, will or other agreement from being conditioned upon, or affected by, a person's making or rescinding a request for medication under the Act. The bill prohibits the sale, procurement or issuance of any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy or the rate charged for any life, health or accident insurance or annuity policy from being conditioned upon or affected by the making or rescinding of such a request.

The bill authorizes a health care provider to prohibit its employees, independent contractors or other persons or entities, including other health care providers, from participating in activities under the Act while on premises owned by or under the management or direct control of that prohibiting health care provider or while acting within the course and scope of any employment by, or contract with, the prohibiting health care provider.

The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly alter or forge a request for medication to end a person's life without that person's authorization or to conceal or destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request for medication, if it is done with the intent or effect of causing the person's death. The bill makes it a Class A crime to knowingly coerce or exert undue influence on a person to request medication for the purpose of ending that person's life or to destroy a withdrawal or rescission of a request. The bill provides that the Act does not authorize ending a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia and provides that action taken in accordance with the Act does not constitute, among other things, suicide or homicide.

The bill requires health care providers to submit specified information to the Department of Health and Human Services upon their writing a prescription for or dispensing medication under the Act and after the death of the qualified patient. The bill requires the department to generate and make available to the public an annual statistical report of information collected regarding compliance with the Act. The bill requires a copy of the report to be submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health matters annually by March 1st.

Amendment H-305
This amendment is the majority report and makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It creates in the Maine Criminal Code affirmative defenses to prosecution for aggravated attempted murder, for murder and for aiding or soliciting suicide. A person may raise an affirmative defense to prosecution for these crimes if that person's conduct was expressly authorized by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 418. The amendment also strikes from the bill language that creates new Class A crimes and other penalty language, as the prohibited conduct described is sufficiently covered by existing statute.
  • 2. It changes the rule-making authority of the Department of Health and Human Services for rules for the collection of information from routine technical to major substantive.
  • 3. It makes technical changes to the provisions regarding insurance in order to conform to current Maine law.
  • 4. It allows the physician completing the patient's death certificate to determine the cause of the death recorded on the certificate.
  • 5. It clarifies that an individual health care provider may choose not to participate in providing medication to end a qualified patient's life but, if the patient requests the medical records be provided to another health care provider, the records must be transferred.
  • 6. It includes the Board of Osteopathic Licensure in the list of appropriate licensing boards.


LD 1313 Chaptered Law
LD 1313 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1363 An Act To Amend Certain Laws Relating to High-impact Electric Transmission Lines (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-437 and House amendment H-504, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, June 13, 2019
LD 1363
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from issuing a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a high-impact electric transmission line unless the commission finds significant tangible public benefits will result from the construction and use of the line, and all municipalities through which the high-impact electric transmission line will pass have held a local referendum and certified to the commission that a majority of the voters voting at the election voted in favor of the construction of the line through that municipality.

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

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

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


LD 1364 An Act Regarding Net Neutrality and Internet Policy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-301 and House amendment H-342, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1364
This bill prohibits a state agency or instrumentality from committing state funds in a manner that the agency or instrumentality knows would result in a direct payment to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees in writing to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, adopted on February 26, 2015, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment H-301
The amendment narrows the scope and application of the prohibition in the bill regarding committing state funds for payment to an Internet service provider. The amendment prohibits an agency, department or instrumentality of the State from committing state funds to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees to provide net neutral service in the provision of Internet service directly to the state entity or the provision of service across advanced communications infrastructure constructed with the use of state funds. The amendment defines "net neutral service" as Internet service provided without engaging in any of the following: blocking of lawful content, applications, services or devices; throttling; or paid prioritization. The amendment removes the requirement in the bill that prohibits the commitment of state funds to an Internet service provider unless that provider agrees, in providing any service, to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, known as the Open Internet Order.

Amendment H-342
This amendment defines and uses the term "broadband Internet access service," which is the term the Federal Communications Commission uses in its net neutrality order, to refer to Internet services. The amendment modifies the definitions of the terms "paid prioritization" and "throttling" to be consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order. The amendment also clarifies that net neutrality continues to allow Internet service providers, consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order, to address copyright infringement or other illegal activity and to address the needs of public safety and law enforcement as permitted by law or the provider's ability to do so. This amendment incorporates the provisions of House Amendment H-342 to Committee Amendment H-301.

LD 1364 Chaptered Law
LD 1364 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1464 An Act To Support Electrification of Certain Technologies for the Benefit of Maine Consumers and Utility Systems and the Environment Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-477, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1464
This bill:
  • 1. Amends provisions in the law regarding the conservation programs of the Efficiency Maine Trust by clarifying that conservation programs seek to increase the efficiency with which electricity is used and defining "beneficial electrification" as the electrification of a technology that would otherwise require energy from a fossil fuel that provides a benefit to a utility, a ratepayer or the environment by improving the efficiency of the electricity grid or reducing consumer costs or emissions, including carbon emissions;
  • 2. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to conduct a study regarding the barriers to beneficial electrification of the transportation and heating sectors in the State; and
  • 3. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to issue a request for proposals from utilities and entities that are not utilities to conduct a pilot program to support beneficial electrification of the transportation sector of the State.


Amendment H-477
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the definition of "beneficial electrification."
  • 2. It clarifies that the Efficiency Maine Trust must conduct the study of barriers to beneficial electrification in consultation with stakeholders, rather than in coordination with the Public Utilities Commission, and specifies that the commission is required to facilitate the trust's access to information the trust requests from electric and gas utilities.
  • 3. It changes certain dates in the bill regarding the timeline for the study of beneficial electrification by the Efficiency Maine Trust and for pilot program proposals to implement beneficial electrification in the transportation sector administered by the Public Utilities Commission.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify the review and selection of proposals for a pilot program for beneficial electrification in the transportation sector.


LD 1464 Chaptered Law
LD 1464 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1475 An Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-581, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1475
This bill creates the Act To Eliminate Profiling in Maine, which establishes policies and procedures for law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies to prohibit and eliminate profiling. The bill defines profiling as the discriminatory practice of a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency relying, to any degree, on actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin in targeting an individual for routine or spontaneous investigatory activities or in deciding upon the scope and substance of law enforcement activity following the initial investigatory procedure, except when there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality and time frame, that links a person with a particular characteristic to an identified criminal incident or scheme.

Specifically, the bill directs the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to establish policies and procedures to eliminate profiling and require mandatory training and anti-profiling education by all law enforcement agencies in the State. All law enforcement agencies must adopt written policies on profiling. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to implement procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints of profiling. The bill also directs the Attorney General to adopt rules and guidelines for collecting and reporting data regarding profiling. Rules must define what data must be collected, how it must be collected and how the data may be reported and used to eliminate profiling and inform law enforcement, the public and the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters and criminal justice and public safety matters.

Amendment H-581
The bill prohibits profiling on the basis of actual or perceived race, gender, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ancestry or national origin by law enforcement and requires data collection to provide information about whether profiling is occurring and, if so, the extent to which it is occurring. This amendment retains the prohibition on profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status, age, national origin or ancestry by requiring the establishment of anti-profiling policies but removes the data collection requirement and instead directs the Attorney General to explore data collection techniques and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary findings and recommendations by March 15, 2020. The committee may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The amendment requires that training of law enforcement officers include anti-profiling education and instruction.

The amendment directs the Attorney General to establish procedures for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints alleging profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies. The Attorney General may adopt rules to address the operation of administrative complaint procedures and independent audit programs to ensure that programs and procedures provide an appropriate response to allegations of profiling by law enforcement officers or law enforcement agencies.

LD 1475 Chaptered Law
LD 1475 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1480 An Act To Modify Retirement Plans for Fire Investigators and Sergeants Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-568, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1480
This bill changes the eligibility requirements for the retirement of a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from 55 years of age and 25 years of creditable service to just 20 years of creditable service.

Amendment H-568
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment changes the eligibility requirements for the retirement of a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from 55 years of age and 25 years of creditable service to 20 years of creditable service. The amendment establishes a special retirement plan for a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant based on 20 years of creditable service.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to provide the funding.

LD 1480 Amendment H-568 fiscal note
LD 1492 An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1492
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code provisions regarding scheduled drugs by relaxing or eliminating provisions regarding trafficking and furnishing, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking, furnishing or possession of hypodermic apparatuses, use of drug paraphernalia and trafficking or furnishing of imitation drugs.

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 1556 An Act Regarding Filing Fees in Transmission Line Proceedings Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-96, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1556
Current law requires that, when a person files with the Public Utilities Commission a petition of approval for the construction, rebuilding or relocation of a transmission line, that person must pay, in addition to the filing fee paid to the commission, an additional filing fee to the Office of the Public Advocate equal to 1/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. This bill increases the amount of the additional filing fee to 2/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. It also allows the Office of the Public Advocate to recover expenses in the transmission line proceeding that exceed the amount of the original filing fee from the person.

Amendment S-96
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1556 Chaptered Law
LD 1556 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1557 An Act To Adjust the Staffing and Resources of the Office of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-125, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1557
This bill allows the Public Advocate to hire an additional employee.

Amendment S-125
This amendment adds a provision to the bill to replace, in the Office of the Public Advocate, one Research Assistant position, salary range 30, with one Economic Analyst position, salary range 36, to align compensation with the assigned duties and qualifications of staff.

LD 1557 Chaptered Law
LD 1557 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1558 An Act To Change the Definition of "Gas Utility" in the Laws Governing Public Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1558
This bill includes propane dealers in the definition of "gas utility" in the laws governing public utilities.

LD 1559 An Act To Require the Public Utilities Commission To Permit the Public Advocate To Access Certain Information Related to a Management Audit Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-154, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1559
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission, whenever it initiates a management audit of a public utility, to also open an investigation into the same issues that are the subject of the audit. This investigation is an adjudicatory proceeding with full rights of intervention and participation as allowed under the commission's procedural rules.

Amendment S-154
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission, upon request of the Public Advocate, to permit the Public Advocate to access certain information in connection with a management audit of a public utility and to provide the Public Advocate the opportunity to comment on information received.

LD 1559 Chaptered Law
LD 1559 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-192, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1560
This bill provides that a reorganization of a utility may not be approved by the Public Utilities Commission unless it is established by the applicant for approval that the reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers and is consistent with the interests of the utility's investors. In determining whether a utility reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers, the commission at a minimum must examine whether the reorganization will result in a rate increase for the utility's ratepayers and whether the reorganization will result in a loss of local control of the utility's management and operations in a manner that limits the ability of local management to protect the interests of the utility's ratepayers in this State.

Amendment S-192
This amendment limits the application of the requirement in the bill that there be net benefits to ratepayers under a reorganization to only those reorganizations that involve transfer of ownership and control of a public utility or the parent company of a public utility, rather than all reorganizations.

LD 1560 Chaptered Law
LD 1560 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1567 An Act To Change the Deadline for Submission of the Annual Report of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1567
This bill changes the deadline for submission of the annual report of the Public Advocate from August 1st to September 1st.

LD 1567 Chaptered Law
LD 1567 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool 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 online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons 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 voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, 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 online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited 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 online sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing online sports pools.

LD 1614 Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-433, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1614
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry.

Amendment H-433
This amendment makes the following changes to the resolve:
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Commission To Study the Economic, Environmental and Energy Benefits of Energy Storage to the Maine Electricity Industry from 13 to 14, adding the Public Advocate or the Public Advocate's designee as a member, and requires one of the public members appointed by the President of the Senate to be from the northern part of the State;
  • 2. It removes the limitation that the members representing energy storage owners specifically represent battery storage owners;
  • 3. It amends the duties of the commission to include a review of economically efficient and effective implementation approaches to energy storage targets and consideration of bring-your-own-device programs and storm outage and response management programs for behind-the-meter energy storage to reduce peak reduction and increase resiliency;
  • 4. It removes certain language regarding invited staff support from state agencies; and
  • 5. It directs the commission to submit its report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology.


LD 1614 Chaptered Law
LD 1614 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1622 An Act To Promote the Use of Wood Pellet Central Heating Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1622
This bill directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide a rebate from the trust's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund in an amount equal to 50% of the purchase price up to $10,000 of a residential wood pellet central heating system and up to $20,000 of a nonresidential wood pellet central heating system.

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 1646 An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1646
This bill creates the Maine Power Delivery Authority as a consumer-owned utility to acquire and operate all transmission and distribution systems in the State currently operated by the investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities known as Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.

LD 1651 An Act To Promote Equitable and Responsible Broadband Investment Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1651
This bill creates requirements that a municipality must meet in order to provide broadband service to its residents. It requires the completion of a feasibility study and requires the municipality to hold a referendum to decide whether the municipality may offer broadband service. It includes general operation limitations, including those related to the establishment of rates, the use of subsidization and the use of eminent domain. It requires the adoption of ordinances relating to service quality and enforcement by a municipality that elects to provide broadband service. It also removes antitrust liability protections from a municipality as those protections relate to the municipality's offering broadband service.

The bill also requires that in order to receive any grants from the ConnectME Authority, the municipality must show evidence of compliance with the requirements of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, chapter 94.

Amendment H-418
This amendment removes the provision describing the treatment of inactive licenses. This language is duplicative of existing statute.

LD 1651 fiscal note
LD 1651 Amendment H-418 fiscal note
LD 1718 An Act To Exempt Purchases by Pet Food Pantries from Sales Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-241, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1718
This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax for purchases made by nonprofit organizations that provide pet food and supplies for little or no charge to low-income owners of pets.

Amendment S-241
This amendment provides that, in order to be eligible for a sales tax exemption, an incorporated nonprofit organization must be organized for the purpose of providing food or other supplies intended for pets at no charge to owners of those pets. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1718 Amendment S-241 fiscal note
LD 1748 An Act To Allow for the Establishment of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1748
This bill allows the Efficiency Maine Trust or a municipality to establish a commercial property assessed clean energy program to finance energy savings improvements on qualifying property.

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