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Senator James Dill [Democrat]
Penobscot ~ District 5

Towns in District: Argyle Twp., Chester, East Millinocket, Edinburg, Enfield, Greenbush, Howland, Mattawamkeag, Maxfield, Medway, Milford, Millinocket, Old Town, Orono, Passadumkeag, Penobscot Nation Indian Island, Seboeis Plantation, Veazie, Woodville and part of North Penobscot Unorganized Territory

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

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Engrossed Bills

Joint Committees:
♦ Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (Chair)
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (Chair)

✉ James.Dill@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 72 Sunset Drive
Old Town, Maine 04468


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters73%
Maine People's Alliance, 201873%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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

Amendment S-31
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 72 fiscal note
LD 72 Amendment S-31 fiscal note
LD 254 An Act To Clarify Liquor Label Approval and Registration Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-27, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 254
This bill requires that all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products imported to, exported from or sold in Maine bear a label approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are manufactured in Maine and are not shipped, distributed or sold in interstate commerce.

The bill also requires manufacturers to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products sold in the State with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations unless the malt liquor, wine or low-alcohol spirits products are sold by a Maine manufacturer directly to consumers for on-premises consumption or in a keg to a Maine retailer licensed to sell liquor for on-premises consumption. The Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is required to adopt rules establishing requirements for label registration that are consistent with the regulations promulgated by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau pursuant to the Federal Alcohol Administration Act, 27 United States Code, Section 205(e).

Amendment S-27
This amendment clarifies that the liquor label approval and registration requirements in the bill apply to hard cider as well as malt liquor, wine and low-alcohol spirits products.

The amendment further exempts Maine manufacturers from the requirement to register the labels of all malt liquor, wine, hard cider and low-alcohol spirits products with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations if those products are given as complimentary samples to consumers or sold to customers as samples.



LD 254 Chaptered Law
LD 254 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 356 An Act To Sustain Maine's Forest Products Industry by Implementing Certain Existing Solid Waste Management Policies Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 16, 2019
LD 356
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure that the State continues to implement certain solid waste management policies that were adopted to benefit all or part of the State's forest products industry.

LD 602 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Research and Development in Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 602
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State's 7 targeted technology sectors to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs, including in the biotechnical and biomedical sectors by attracting more research capacity and in the forest products sector by using Maine fiber to reduce carbon emissions. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio.

LD 603 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding for Landfill Closure Costs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-55, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 603
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Amendment S-55
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

LD 603 Chaptered Law
LD 603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 817 An Act To Advance the Restoration of the Penobscot River Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 817
This bill extends north to Milford Dam between Milford and Old Town on the Penobscot River, with the exception of the Stillwater Branch, the protections under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, section 418-A currently provided to the lower Penobscot River. It requires the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Penobscot Indian Nation and interested federal agencies, to conduct a comprehensive assessment of fish passage barriers, water quality and habitat conditions affecting the full restoration of fisheries within the Penobscot River watershed and the feasibility and costs of mitigating problems and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. It authorizes the joint standing committees to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment S-34
This amendment removes from the bill the directed comprehensive assessment of the Penobscot River Watershed by the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Environmental Protection. It also makes a technical correction to a section headnote.

LD 817 Chaptered Law
LD 817 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 893 An Act To Create an Updated Unified Maine Climate Action Plan Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 893
This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection, working with the Maine Interagency Climate Adaptation Work Group, or MICA Work Group, and the University of Maine, to update the Maine Climate Action Plan developed in 2004 by the department. It requires the updated plan to address both mitigation and adaptation strategies. It requires the department and the MICA Work Group to convene a group of stakeholders to evaluate the mitigation and adaptation strategies in order to update the plan and it provides for internships for University of Maine students to work on the development and implementation of the updated plan. It authorizes the department to hire consultants. It requires the University of Maine System to develop and implement procedures for providing climate data to residents of the State. It also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 919 An Act To Establish a Minimum Mileage Reimbursement Rate for Traveling Sales Representatives (By request) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 28, 2019
LD 919
This bill requires an employer to provide mileage reimbursement for an employee who travels as a sales representative who is required to use the employee's private automobile to perform the employee's duties. This reimbursement is included as wages for purposes of the laws requiring timely and full payment of wages and for wages due at cessation of employment.

LD 991 Resolve, To Expunge Criminal and Civil Records Related to Marijuana Activities Legalized by the Voters of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 991
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to expunge, by July 1, 2020, all records relating to criminal convictions and civil violations for conduct now authorized by the adult use of marijuana provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 1606 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1606
This bill provides an additional $1,500,000 per year for the cost of career and technical education pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688-A, subsection 1.

This bill also removes the so-called hold harmless provision that limits the amount of any decrease or increase in the total allocation for a career and technical education center or career and technical education region, effective January 1, 2020.

LD 1787 An Act To Clarify and Enhance Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Laws Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-315, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1787
This bill makes several changes to the State's fish and wildlife enforcement laws. The bill:
  • 1. Makes it illegal for nonviolent juvenile offenders and persons convicted of domestic violence to possess a firearm hunting license. It also prohibits a person convicted of a domestic violence offense from owning or possessing a crossbow, a muzzleloader or archery or airbow equipment;
  • 2. Provides that a person is guilty of aggravated trafficking in a scheduled drug if the person is convicted of trafficking while in an area open to fishing for only persons under 16 years of age or complimentary fishing license holders;
  • 3. Requires all edible meat from bear, deer and moose to be presented for registration with evidence of sex;
  • 4. Clarifies that a person's hunting license will be revoked if the person is convicted of night hunting while in possession of a thermal imaging device;
  • 5. Amends the definition of "owner" for the purpose of registration of a snowmobile, watercraft and all-terrain vehicle;
  • 6. Provides for penalties for bag limit and possession limit violations for individual upland game species as established by the commissioner;
  • 7. Clarifies the time limit to register a bear, deer, moose or wild turkey;
  • 8. Clarifies that bear fat not attached to the meat can legally be used for personal or commercial use without a hide dealer's license;
  • 9. Provides for restitution of expenses incurred as a result of scientific testing to enhance investigation procedures;
  • 10. Clarifies that a person may not take or possess reptiles or amphibians from the wild for export, sale or commercial purposes;
  • 11. Strengthens the prohibition of abuse of another person's property by removing reference to certain stated activities such as hunting, fishing or trapping to allow the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to enforce the law against persons who abuse another person's property but who may not be involved in an activity such as hunting, fishing or trapping; and
  • 12. Replaces the prohibition on operating a motorboat that exceeds noise limits with a prohibition on operating a marine engine that exceeds noise limits.


Amendment S-315
This amendment does the following.
  • 1. It removes language in the bill regarding restitution to a landowner whose property is damaged because that remedy is already available under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 69.
  • 2. It reallocates the section of the bill regarding penalties for bag limit and possession limit violations for upland game to the chapter that is specific to hunting.
  • 3. It removes the section of the bill that prohibits a person convicted of domestic violence from owning or possessing a crossbow, a muzzleloader or archery or airbow equipment.
  • 4. It reallocates the bill's provision in the law governing aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and specifies that the property on which the offense occurs is designated by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in rules as open to fishing for only persons under 16 years of age or persons holding a complimentary fishing license.


LD 1787 Amendment S-315 fiscal note
LD 1788 An Act To Eliminate Online Burn Permit Fees for All Areas of the State Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1788
This bill eliminates online burn permit fees for all areas of the State.

LD 1827 Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in Indian Purchase Township the Detective Benjamin Campbell Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1827
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename Bridge 3666 on Route 11 in T3 Indian Purchase Township, currently known as the West Branch Bridge, the Detective Benjamin Campbell Bridge.

LD 1827 Chaptered Law
LD 1827 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 7 Resolve, To Name a Bridge in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 7
This resolve designates Bridge 3790, which crosses the Penobscot River between the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester, the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge.

LD 7 Chaptered Law
LD 7 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 86 An Act To Provide That Persons Who Produce Maple Syrup and Honey Commercially Are Eligible for the Sales Tax Refund and Exemption for Commercial Agricultural Production (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 86
This bill expands the sales tax refund and exemption for commercial agricultural production to include the commercial production of maple syrup and honey.

LD 86 Chaptered Law
LD 86 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 106 An Act To Amend the Maine Veterinary Practice Act Relating to Alternative Therapy or Collaborative Treatment Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 106
This bill authorizes a person to provide alternative therapy or collaborative treatment to an animal only if the person holds a license, registration or certification from the entity in the State responsible for issuing licenses, certifications or registrations for the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment or meets certain educational requirements, has a referral to provide the alternative therapy or collaborative treatment from a licensed veterinarian and is under the direct or indirect supervision of a licensed veterinarian. The bill also defines "alternative therapy or collaborative treatment" to include acupuncture, dentistry, homeopathic or chiropractic procedures and physical or massage therapy.

LD 111 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development and Commercialization Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 111
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $250,000,000 issued in $50,000,000 increments over a 5-year period, will be used to provide funds for research and development and commercialization as prioritized by the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board's most recent innovation economy action plan and the Office of Innovation's most recent science and technology action plan. The funds must be allocated in support of technological innovation leading to commercialization in the targeted sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, environmental and renewable energy technology, information technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine technology, composites and advanced materials and precision manufacturing. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process and to Maine-based public and private institutions to leverage matching private and federal funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

LD 159 An Act To Require Cameras in Ambulances When a Patient Is Being Transported Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 159
This bill requires that, whenever an ambulance transports a patient from the scene of an emergency or from a hospital or other health care facility to another place, the ambulance must be equipped with video recording equipment that is in operation for the duration of the transport and that is producing a clear video record of the care provided to the patient. In accordance with applicable federal and state law, the video records are to be maintained as confidential by the ambulance service operator and, if applicable, by the Emergency Medical Services' Board and the Department of Public Safety.

LD 200 Resolve, To Name the Bridge on Main Street in the Town of Orono the Brandon M. Silk Memorial Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 200
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Ferry Hill Bridge in the Town of Orono the Brandon M. Silk Memorial Bridge.

LD 200 Chaptered Law
LD 200 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 204 An Act To Provide Funding for a Ranger Pilot Position in the Maine Forest Service Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-66, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 204
This bill provides funding for a Ranger Pilot position and associated costs in the forest protection unit in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry.

Amendment H-66
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 204 Chaptered Law
LD 204 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 206 An Act To Raise the University of Maine System Debt Ceiling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-26, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 206
This bill increases the borrowing authority for the University of Maine System from $220,000,000 to $350,000,000.

Amendment H-26
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 206 Chaptered Law
LD 206 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 207 Resolve, To Rename the Stillwater Bridges in Old Town the Llewellyn Estes Bridge Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 207
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename Stillwater Bridge #1 and Stillwater Bridge #2 in the City of Old Town the Llewellyn Estes Bridge.

LD 207 Chaptered Law
LD 207 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 228 An Act To Expedite the Issuance of Alcohol and Drug Counseling Licenses Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-103, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 228
This bill requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license to practice as an alcohol and drug counseling aide, certified alcohol and drug counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor or certified clinical supervisor within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license. This bill also clarifies the authority of the State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to license certified clinical supervisors.

Amendment H-103
This amendment makes changes to the provision of the bill related to the minimum qualifications for certain licensed mental health professionals and licensed alcohol and drug counselors to also become licensed as certified clinical supervisors by:
  • 1. Removing the examination requirement;
  • 2. Reducing the number of minimum hours of training in clinical supervision;
  • 3. Clarifying that licensed pastoral counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists may be licensed as certified clinical supervisors; and
  • 4. Adding an eligibility requirement that recognizes licensed mental health professionals with experience in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and at least 3 years of experience supervising clinicians in treatment programs for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.


The amendment also removes the section of the bill requiring that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license.

LD 228 Chaptered Law
LD 228 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 243 An Act To Create an Hourly Rate Compensation System for Loggers and Truckers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 243
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to create an hourly rate compensation system for loggers and truckers.

LD 259 An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-130 and Engrossed as amended, tabled in the House, in the House when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 259
This bill increases the target for the state share percentage of the statewide adjusted total cost of the components of essential programs and services to 55%, as required by law, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 and continuing at that rate annually.

Amendment S-130
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, repeals the provision of law containing the annual targets for the state share percentage of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 that include the cost of components of essential programs and services plus the state contributions to the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that are attributable to teachers, retired teachers' health insurance and retired teachers' life insurance. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 259 fiscal note
LD 259 Amendment S-130 fiscal note
LD 261 An Act To Restrict the Authority for Posting of Roads Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 261
This bill requires publicly available written justification for imposing restrictions on a public way for more than 6 weeks, prohibits the imposition of size and weight restrictions for vehicles on a public way when the ambient air temperature is below 31 degrees Fahrenheit and protects the ability of a commercial entity to operate its vehicles on the public way where it is headquartered or where it is conducting its business activities.

LD 296 An Act Regarding Student Privacy with Respect to Video Recordings Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 296
This bill requires an elementary or secondary school to keep confidential a video recording in which a student is present, including a video recording taken in a bus or other means of student transportation used by the school, and prohibits the school from disseminating or publishing the video recording without the written permission of a parent of the student.

LD 303 An Act To Require Recovery Residences for Persons with Substance Use Disorder Be Equipped with Naloxone and To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Administering Naloxone Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-406, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 303
This bill requires organizations that provide housing to persons with substance use disorder to store one unit of naloxone hydrochloride for every 3 residents. It also requires these organizations to provide training to full-time employees so that an employee may possess and administer naloxone hydrochloride to an individual who appears to be experiencing an opioid-related drug overdose. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement these requirements.

Amendment H-406
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.
  • 1. It makes the requirements of the bill apply only to recovery residences and not to other housing-based programs and expands the definition of "recovery residence."
  • 2. It changes the requirement for on-site storage of naloxone hydrochloride from at least one unit for every 3 residents of a housing-based program to at least 2 units for each floor of a recovery residence.
  • 3. It exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith administers naloxone hydrochloride to another person experiencing a drug-related overdose. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses or the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's administering naloxone hydrochloride.
  • 4. It removes the requirement that full-time employees of a housing-based program receive training and provides instead that residents of a recovery residence, employees of a recovery residence and all other persons involved in the administration of a recovery residence are required to successfully complete training in the administration of naloxone hydrochloride that meets the protocols and criteria established by the Department of Health and Human Services.


LD 303 Chaptered Law
LD 303 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 351 An Act To Ensure Accuracy in the Labeling of Maine Meat and Poultry Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-423, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 351
This bill provides that:

  • 1. Poultry and poultry products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the poultry was raised solely in the State from no later than the 7th day after hatching; and
  • 2. Meat and meat products sold or offered for sale may not be labeled with a certified "Maine" trademark or labeled or advertised as "Maine-raised" or by a similar designation unless the animal was born in the State and raised solely in the State.

The bill also requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 562-A relating to preparation of livestock and poultry products for human consumption, to enforce the prohibition on labeling or advertising poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products sold or offered for sale as "Maine-raised" unless the requirements in this bill are met.

Amendment H-423
This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the bill. It provides that poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products labeled or advertised as Maine-raised or by a similar designation are considered misbranded if offered for sale, sold or distributed within the State unless the poultry or animals were raised in Maine, as defined in the amendment. The Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may grant a waiver of the determination that such poultry, poultry products, meat and meat products are misbranded upon consideration of economic factors, including, but not limited to, the proximity of processing facilities to the in-state poultry producer or meat producer and the availability of poultry processing facilities or meat processing facilities in the State.

LD 351 Chaptered Law
LD 351 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 355 An Act To Exclude Domesticated Species Used for Agricultural Purposes from the Laws Governing Permits To Possess Wildlife in Captivity Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 355
This bill exempts wildlife that is domestically raised, hybridized or genetically altered and specifically used for farming or ranching or agritourism activity from the prohibition on keeping wildlife in captivity.

LD 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 375
This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

Amendment H-60
This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

LD 375 Chaptered Law
LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 424 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Baling Twine, Net and Wrapping for Hay Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment 57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 424
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for baling twine, net and wrapping for hay.

Amendment H-57
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 424 fiscal note
LD 424 Amendment H-57 fiscal note
LD 431 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-188, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 431
This bill designates the day of the general election, which is the day of the regular election of state and county officials occurring biennially in November, as a state holiday.

Amendment H-188
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 431 fiscal note
LD 431 Amendment H-188 fiscal note
LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 434
This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 445 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain All-terrain Vehicle Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 445
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the ATV Recreational Management Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, all-terrain vehicle groups and others for the maintenance of all-terrain vehicle trails.

LD 446 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain Snowmobile Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-53, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 446
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the Snowmobile Trail Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, snowmobile groups and others for the maintenance of snowmobile trails.

Amendment S-53
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 446 fiscal note
LD 446 Amendment S-53 fiscal note
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 480 An Act To Ensure Pay Transparency and To Reduce Gender and Racial Wage Inequities Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 480
This bill requires certain employers, including, but not limited to, state agencies, to annually submit wage data reports regarding employee gender, race and ethnicity to the Maine Human Rights Commission.

LD 490 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the Authority To Change the Opening Dates of Trapping Seasons Based on Weather Conditions Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-9, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 490
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to change a trapping season opening date if weather conditions make that change necessary.

Amendment S-9
This amendment replaces the bill. It gives the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to extend any open trapping season on any game species for up to 21 days if the commissioner has concerns about weather conditions or other unforeseen factors that may prevent publicly derived management goals from being met as long as the decision is based on sound scientific wildlife management principles.

LD 490 Chaptered Law
LD 490 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 495 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Conduct a Feasibility Study on Locating a Grain Processing Facility in Aroostook County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 495
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating a grain processing facility in Aroostook County. The resolve directs the commissioner to present the study findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than December 4, 2019, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 497 An Act Regarding the Providing of Human Food Waste to Swine Producers Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-17, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 497
This bill specifies that an individual, organization or institution, including a public school, that donates food waste to a swine producer for use in swine feed is not required to verify that the swine producer has a license to feed garbage to swine. The bill also specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage to swine.

Amendment S-17
This amendment strikes the provision in the bill that specifies that it is private or public property owned or operated by a swine producer that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may enter to investigate conditions relating to treating or feeding of garbage to swine. Current law provides that the commissioner may enter any private or public property to investigate conditions relating to the treating or feeding of garbage.

LD 497 Chaptered Law
LD 497 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 528 An Act To Increase the Number of Clubs in Penobscot County That May Be Issued a Special Dog Training Area License Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-69, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 528
This bill increases the number of clubs in Penobscot County that may be issued a special dog training area license for training hunting dogs from 5 to 8.

Amendment H-69
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. It increases from 5 to 8 the number of clubs per county for which the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may issue a special dog training area license.

LD 528 Chaptered Law
LD 528 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 542 An Act To Allow a Person To Enter a Place of Public Accommodation Accompanied by a Medically Necessary Assistance Animal That Is a Dog Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 542
This bill requires a place of public accommodation to allow the use of a dog that is an assistance animal by an individual with a physical or mental disability.

LD 556 An Act To Protect Animals in Unattended Vehicles Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 556
This bill allows a person who is not a law enforcement officer, humane agent, animal control officer, firefighter, first responder or security guard to enter a vehicle and remove an animal if the animal's safety, health or well-being appears to be in immediate danger. The bill provides that a person who removes an animal from a vehicle under these conditions is immune from criminal or civil liability.

LD 568 An Act To Change the Composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
LD 568
This bill amends the laws governing the composition of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to increase the number of members appointed by the Governor from one to 3 and to decrease the number of members appointed by the counties from 8 to 6.

LD 569 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Submit to the United States Secretary of Agriculture a Plan for Continued Implementation of the Maine Industrial Hemp Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 569
This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture to continue Maine's industrial hemp program and to regulate hemp in accordance with federal requirements.

LD 570 An Act To Create an Airplane Mechanic Education Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 570
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to develop a program to train and educate individuals for a career in aircraft mechanics and maintenance.

LD 639 An Act To Protect Student Privacy Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 639
This bill provides that video and audio recordings made by security or surveillance cameras on school grounds or in school vehicles are not public records for purposes of the Freedom of Access Act.

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

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

LD 695 An Act To Require Biodegradable Hooks and Lures for Freshwater Fishing Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 695
Beginning January 1, 2024, this bill prohibits fishing in inland waters using nonbiodegradable hooks or certain nonbiodegradable artificial lures. A person who violates this prohibition commits a Class E crime.

LD 740 An Act To Include Bucksport and the Penobscot River Basin in the Department of Transportation's Cargo Port Strategy Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 740
This bill directs the Department of Transportation to develop and implement a strategy for cargo port development that includes Bucksport and the Penobscot River Basin.

LD 782 An Act Relating to Animals in Pulling Events Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 782
This bill prohibits a person handling or responsible for an animal in a pulling event from using on the animal any technique, force or method of preparing the animal for pulling that subjects the animal to pain, fear or undue stress, including but not limited to electric shock, physical punishment or artificial sweating to achieve weight. A person who engages in that activity is banned from participating in pulling events for one year for the first offense and permanently for a 2nd offense.

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


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

LD 786 Amendment S-81 fiscal note
LD 790 An Act To Eliminate the Cap on the Number of Accounts or Meters Designated for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 790
This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from adopting or amending net energy billing rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to impose any limit on the number of accounts or meters that customers may designate for net energy billing or any limit on the number of customers that may share an interest in a generation facility for which the energy output is credited as part of any net energy billing.

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

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 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 865 An Act To Provide Funding for Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-273, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 865
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the funding sources of the controlled moose hunt season in the State.

Amendment H-273
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and changes the title. It allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to accept monetary donations to support hunting opportunities for disabled veterans. It requires the commissioner to transfer those donations to the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services to be deposited into the Hunting Opportunities for Disabled Veterans Fund, a nonlapsing fund to be used for the purpose of making funds available to organizations that provide disabled veterans with hunting opportunities. The fund may also receive any other monetary gifts, donations or other contributions from public or private sources. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 865 Chaptered Law
LD 865 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 895 An Act To Promote Economic Development through Research and Development Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 895
This bill provides ongoing funds to the Maine Economic Improvement Fund within the University of Maine System to support research and development.

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 912 An Act To Establish the Wood Energy Investment Program Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-193, Enacted in both chambers June 7, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk, June, 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 912
This bill establishes the wood energy investment fund and creates the Wood Energy Investment Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust. The bill specifies that, if the Public Utilities Commission finds that an entity awarded a contract for biomass resources pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 483 is not meeting contract requirements and therefore is not qualified to receive the full contract payment or any contract payment, those funds that would have been paid had contract requirements been met must be transferred to the wood energy investment fund. It also specifies that any funds remaining in the cost recovery fund established in Public Law 2015, chapter 483, section 1, subsection 5 that are not needed to pay above-market costs for biomass resources must also be transferred by the Public Utilities Commission to the wood energy investment fund. It requires the trust to use funds from the fund, if there are any, to provide incentives and low-interest or no-interest loans for new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects. It requires that the trust consult with the Finance Authority of Maine, when appropriate, in the development of any Wood Energy Investment Program incentives and the distribution of money from the wood energy investment fund. It prohibits the use of funds for incentives or loans for the refurbishment or maintenance of existing facilities.

Amendment S-193
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment allocates funds to establish the Wood Energy Fund within the Efficiency Maine Trust.

LD 912 Amendment S-193 fiscal note
LD 913 An Act To Amend the Laws on Gross Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching To Include Counseling Professionals (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 913
This bill makes it unlawful for a member of the clergy who is in a position of trust or authority over another person to cause the other person to submit to or participate in a sexual act, sexual contact or sexual touching by exploiting the person's emotional dependency on the member of the clergy. It also places the current definition of "domestic partner" in the definition section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 11 and deletes repetitive definitions of "domestic partner" found throughout the chapter.

Amendment S-117
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the law on gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching to include all licensed counseling professionals as the actors in the gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.

LD 913 Amendment S-117 fiscal note
LD 920 An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-192, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 920
This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.

Amendment H-192
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 920 Amendment H-192 fiscal note
LD 924 An Act To Remove the Background Check Requirement for Maine Guides Who Are at Least 70 Years of Age and Hold a Lifetime Hunting or Fishing License Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 924
This bill exempts a registered Maine guide who holds a senior lifetime hunting, fishing, trapping or archery license from the requirement to undergo a background check when renewing the guide license if the guide has undergone a background check when the guide was 68 years of age or older.

LD 942 An Act To Require Reimbursement for Medical Marijuana Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019
LD 942
Part A of this bill requires a health insurance carrier to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider. Carriers are required to directly reimburse a health plan enrollee for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

Part A also applies the same requirements to individual and group accidental injury and disability insurance.

Part B of the bill requires an employer to reimburse an employee eligible for workers' compensation benefits for the costs of obtaining a medical marijuana certificate and the costs of medical marijuana.

LD 971 Resolve, To Establish a Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Pilot Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-203, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 971
This bill establishes the Specialty Crops Certification Cost-share Program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to reimburse farmers for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The bill also provides that reimbursement to farmers for certification may not be more than $500 per farmer per year.

Amendment H-203
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish a specialty crops certification cost-share pilot program in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and authorizes the department to reimburse qualified farms for up to 50% of the cost of certification of specialty crops under the "Good Agricultural Practices" and "Good Handling Practices" voluntary audit programs under the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. The amendment provides that reimbursement of funds under the program is for initial one-time payment and may not be more than $500 per qualified farm. The amendment also directs the commissioner to monitor the 4-year pilot program and to report back to the joint standing committee having jurisdiction over agricultural matters no later than December 15, 2023 with findings and recommendations.

LD 971 Chaptered Law
LD 971 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 993 An Act To Expand Recovery Support Services Offered in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties and the Greater Bangor Region To Improve Access, Treatment and Recovery for Those Affected by Substance Use Disorder by Designating a Regional Peer-supported Recovery Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 993
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a regional peer-supported recovery center to expand recovery support services to all areas in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties and the greater Bangor region and provides funding for the contract.

LD 1014 An Act To Attract and Retain Firefighters Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-242, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1014
This bill provides funding to the Maine Length of Service Award Program to provide length of service awards to eligible volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel.

Amendment S-242
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1014 Amendment S-242 fiscal note
LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 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 1103 An Act To Increase the Number of Members of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1103
This bill expands the membership of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine by adding 2 additional members who are grower representatives and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to formally call for nominations for grower representative members. The bill clarifies the requirements governing grower representative members and processor representative members. The bill prohibits former employees of the commission from serving as paid lobbyists for wild blueberry businesses for a period of one year following employment by the commission. The bill also allows members of the University of Maine System Wild Blueberry Advisory Committee to be reappointed for additional terms.

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 1118 An Act To Give the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Rule-making Authority To Establish a Bear Season Framework and Bag Limits Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1118
This bill allows the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish bear hunting and trapping season dates by rule. It reduces the cost of a resident bear hunting permit and a resident bear trapping permit from $27 to $10, and it also repeals the 2-bear limit in statute and instead refers to the bag limit set in rule.

LD 1123 An Act Regarding Telecommunications Infrastructure Costs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1123
This bill amends the laws governing development districts designated by a municipality or plantation to provide that costs associated with broadband and fiber optics expansion projects, including preparation, planning, engineering and other related costs in addition to the construction costs of such projects, whether or not such expansion projects serve residential or business areas within the municipality or plantation are authorized project costs.

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

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

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

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1230 An Act To Update the Civil Animal Welfare Laws Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-380, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1230
This bill amends the civil animal welfare laws in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes the provision regarding registering a dog as a service dog and issuing a tag identifying the dog as a service dog;
  • 2. It clarifies that the dog licensing fee is waived for an owner who produces documentation that the dog is a service dog;
  • 3. It provides for euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured stray livestock authorized by a veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter;
  • 4. It provides for immunity for a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer and animal shelter in instances involving handling of stray livestock;
  • 5. It adds to the animal cruelty provisions the violation of intentionally giving an animal a scheduled drug;
  • 6. It increases the penalties for civil violations involving animal cruelty;
  • 7. It makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime;
  • 8. It establishes municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock; and
  • 9. It repeals provisions related to stray beasts.


Amendment H-380
This amendment retains the current law that provides that, if a service dog has not been previously registered or licensed by a municipal clerk, the clerk may not register the dog nor issue to its owner or keeper a license unless the applicant presents written evidence to the municipal clerk that the dog meets the definition of "service dog." The amendment removes the requirement that the municipal clerk issue to the dog's owner or keeper a tag that identifies the dog as a service dog.

The amendment clarifies that a municipality, veterinarian, humane agent, animal control officer or animal shelter is not civilly liable to any party for authorization of euthanasia of severely sick or severely injured livestock if certain conditions are met nor is any person performing euthanasia under that authorization.

The amendment adds the intent to harm or intoxicate the animal to the bill's addition to the animal cruelty provisions of the violation of giving a scheduled drug to an animal.

The amendment strikes from the bill the provision that makes the violation of a court order involving a civil animal welfare matter a Class D crime.

The amendment clarifies under the provision establishing municipal procedures for the handling of stray livestock that "livestock" does not include feral swine or domesticated cervids.

The fiscal note on the bill identifies certain requirements in the bill, which are retained in the amendment, as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential state mandate do not require a local unit government to expand or modify its activities in a manner so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

Under current law, pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, section 3948, subsection 3, municipalities are required to control domesticated animals that are a cause of complaint in the community. Additionally, municipalities are required to control animals that pose a threat to public health or safety. This section of law also provides that a municipality may control undomesticated animals in matters no other department is charged by law to regulate.

The bill repeals and amends certain provisions under Title 33, chapter 21 relating to lost goods and stray beasts. The bill repeals the requirement that the finder of a stray beast, potentially a municipality, keep a stray beast for up to 6 months. The bill requires a municipality to follow certain procedures related to stray livestock, but a municipality is only required to retain custody for 10 days. The committee feels that this could potentially result in a savings for a municipality faced with this scenario.

LD 1230 Chaptered Law
LD 1230 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.

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LD 1280 An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1280
This bill establishes the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act and requires that all contracts for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of a public building or public work made by a state agency, board, commission or institution contain a provision that the manufactured goods, including iron, cement and steel, used or supplied in the performance of the contract or any subcontract to the contract must be manufactured in the United States. This requirement does not apply to counties, municipalities or school administrative units.

The bill requires that, in the case of a manufactured good other than an iron, cement or steel product, all of the manufacturing processes take place in the United States and the origin of the manufactured good's components or subcomponents meet a minimum level of domestic content as established by rule.

Under the Act, a public agency may apply to the Governor or the Governor's designee for a waiver of the requirement if the executive head of the public agency finds that the application of the requirement would be inconsistent with the public interest, that the necessary manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality or that inclusion of manufactured goods made in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project contract by an unreasonable amount. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is directed to develop rules to implement the Act.

The bill requires that, if the department has reason to believe that any person, business or other entity has intentionally made fraudulent representations about the domestic content of a manufactured good or has intentionally violated any provision of the Act, the department must, after a hearing, debar that person, business or other entity from contracts or subcontracts with the State for 2 years.

The bill provides that the provisions of this legislation must be applied in a manner consistent with the State's obligations under any applicable international agreements pertaining to government procurement.

The bill also requires that, in the award of a bid for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of a public building or public work or for services to be provided to or on behalf of the State, if 2 or more bids are submitted that are substantially similar, preference must be given to the bid submitted by an in-state contractor, which includes a business at which at least 60% of the employees are residents of Maine. If the bid submitted by an in-state contractor is higher than the lowest bid submitted by a contractor that is not an in-state contractor, the in-state contractor must be given the opportunity to match the lowest bid submitted.

LD 1301 An Act Regarding the Confidentiality of Investigations by the Bureau of Forestry Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 1301
This bill makes all complaints and investigative records of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry related to violations of the forestry laws confidential during the pendency of an investigation. The bill provides exceptions to allow disclosures to department employees and other agencies and otherwise as determined warranted by the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The provision or disclosure of investigative records of the Department of the Attorney General to a Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry employee designated by the commissioner does not constitute a waiver of the confidentiality of those records. A person who knowingly or intentionally makes a disclosure in violation of this provision commits a civil violation for which a fine not to exceed $1,000 may be adjudged.

LD 1307 An Act To Promote Snowmobiling in Maine Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-113, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1307
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish an online notification process by which a nonresident who plans to operate in this State during the 3-consecutive-day period under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, section 13104, subsection 7, paragraph E a snowmobile that is not registered in this State may provide information, including the nonresident snowmobile operator's name, address, telephone number and e-mail address and the location or locations where the nonresident plans to operate the snowmobile, to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in order to promote seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration opportunities to nonresident snowmobile operators and to promote general snowmobile recreational activities in the State through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling. It provides that failure to comply with the provision setting out the online notification process is not a violation of any law or rule of the department but that nothing in the provision relieves a person of the person's responsibilities under any law or rule regulating the ownership or operation of a snowmobile in the State.

It requires, as a condition of the 3-consecutive-day period during which a nonresident may operate an unregistered snowmobile in the State, use of the online notification process by the operator.

It also directs the Director of the Office of Tourism within the Department of Economic and Community Development to collaborate, within existing budgeted resources, with the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife in the production and distribution through regional state tourism organizations and a statewide organization with an interest in snowmobiling of promotional materials relating to seasonal nonresident snowmobile registration and general snowmobile recreational opportunities using the information collected by the notification process.

The legislation takes effect on December 1, 2019.

Amendment S-113
This amendment delays the effective date of the legislation to January 1, 2020.

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LD 1334 An Act To Rename the Maine International Trade Center the Maine Trade Center and To Establish within the Center International and Domestic Export Branches Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1334
This bill changes the name of the Maine International Trade Center to the Maine Trade Center and directs the center to establish international and domestic export branches within the center.

LD 1352 An Act To Provide for Consistency Regarding Persons Authorized To Conduct Examinations for Involuntary Hospitalization and Guardianship Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1352
This bill changes the Maine Uniform Probate Code, taking effect July 1, 2019, in the provision governing professional evaluation in an adult guardianship matter to replace the term "licensed physician or psychologist" with the term "medical practitioner," the definition of which is added to the provision by the bill and is the same as under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 3801, which provides definitions for provisions governing hospitalization by psychiatric hospitals.

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LD 1370 An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-237, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1370
Current law requires the Commissioner of Education to provide technical assistance to school administrative units if they request assistance in the provision of violence prevention training. This bill requires a school administrative unit to immediately investigate allegations of violent behavior by a student against a public school employee and, if an allegation is substantiated, to institute an action plan to avoid future violent behavior. The action plan must be instituted prior to the student's return to school and must emphasize minimizing suspensions and expulsions of a student who demonstrated violent behavior, prioritizing counseling and guidance services for the student, restorative justice and training for public school employees who interact with the student. The bill also prohibits a school administrative unit from counting time away from work due to an injury resulting from violent behavior against a public school employee's accrued sick leave.

Amendment S-237
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, changes the title and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It changes the focus of the bill from violent behavior to dangerous behavior and defines "dangerous behavior" to mean behavior of a student that presents a risk of injury or harm to a student or others.
  • 2. It amends the process in the bill regarding investigations. It requires review of a report of an incident of dangerous behavior and the development of an individualized response plan. It stipulates that these provisions do not limit any federally protected right of a student, including, but not limited to, federally protected rights of students with disabilities, and provides that, in the case of a student eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any discussions or actions related to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the student or provision of a free, appropriate public education to the student must take place through the processes established under federal law rather than under the process described in the bill, as amended.
  • 3. It moves the provisions in the bill regarding the counting of sick leave of a public school employee injured from dangerous behavior to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13601, which contains other provisions regulating sick leave.
  • 4. It adds a mandate preamble.


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LD 1374 An Act To Amend the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1374
This bill prohibits delivery of medical marijuana except from a registered caregiver with an approved retail store or from a registered dispensary. This bill does not prohibit a caregiver from delivery to patients from the caregiver's 30-plant limit.

LD 1399 An Act To Improve Oral Health and Access to Dental Care for Maine Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-249 and Senate amendment S-343, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1399
This bill establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services one Oral Health Coordinator position in the oral health program within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rural health and primary care division to lead the State's work on oral health; one Planning and Research Associate II position in the rural health and primary care division within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention tasked with data analysis, performance management reporting and program planning and evaluation; and one Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Dental Coordinator position in the Office of MaineCare Services. The bill also provides funding to expand preventive oral health services provided in schools through the oral health program within the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rural health and primary care division to all schools in the State and a half-time Office Assistant II position to provide logistical and administrative support for that expansion.

Amendment H-249
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It replaces the appropriations and allocations section to remove the funding to expand preventive oral health services provided in schools.
  • 2. It removes the descriptions of the responsibilities of 2 positions created in the bill to provide the Department of Health and Human Services flexibility.
  • 3. It removes the interim report on the oral health program.
  • 4. It requires a report on the status of the oral health program rather than on the expansion of the program since the funding to expand the program has been removed.


Amendment S-343
This amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services, when completing the report on oral health care services provided in schools, to include methods for utilization and maximization of Medicaid funding for oral health staff positions and school-based services. This amendment also changes the date for submission of the report to February 15, 2020 and removes the funding for new positions in the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 1399 Amendment H-249 fiscal note
LD 1399 Amendment S-343 fiscal note
LD 1428 An Act To Require the State To Fund 50 Percent of Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1428
This bill requires the State to fund a minimum of 50% of the costs of an approved public preschool program for each year a school administrative unit operates the program, other than the year in which the school administrative unit receives start-up funds for the program. If funds for essential programs and services do not provide the funding necessary to fund a minimum of 50% of approved public preschool programs, the State is directed to use other funding sources and the Commissioner of Education is directed to include the funding levels necessary in the Department of Education's request to the Legislature for appropriations from the General Fund.

LD 1429 An Act To Fund Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Public hearing held, April 26, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1429
This bill establishes the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder analysis, prevention and treatment. The fund is funded by a 2¢ fee per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against prescription opioid drug manufacturers for prescription opioid drugs distributed in the State as well as appropriations, allocations and contributions from private and public sources.

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

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

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

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

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

LD 1459 Chaptered Law
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LD 1460 An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1460
This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.

LD 1531 An Act To Establish the Maine Food System Investment Program To Create Quality Jobs and Support Farms, Fisheries and Food-related Businesses Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1531
This bill creates the Maine Food System Investment Program under the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to strengthen the food system, including the agriculture, seafood and fisheries and other food sectors and the supply chain, to increase access to new markets and opportunities for producers, processors, small businesses and consumers in the State in the producing, processing, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food products. The duties of the program are to develop and maintain a 10-year strategic framework to carry out the goals of the program by fostering communication, collaboration and coordination among the various sectors of the supply chain, identify gaps in the supply chain and barriers to food infrastructure and distribution needs and work with community development corporations, financial institutions and other investors and lenders in the food system to direct financial investment to the areas of greatest need in the food system. The program is also authorized to make recommendations regarding rules or legislation to the department and the Legislature that will direct investment or establish policies or priorities in carrying out the goals of the program. The program is required to submit a 6-month and a one-year report to the Legislature subsequent to the implementation of the program and an annual report on the progress of and developments regarding the 10-year strategic framework.

LD 1540 An Act Concerning Timber Harvesting on Public Lands and in State Parks, Historic Sites and the Restricted Zone of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1540
This bill amends and enacts provisions regarding the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands' management of timber harvesting on state property under its jurisdiction, including:
  • 1. Requiring the bureau to report on the State's actual and potential forest inventory status and needs, including the need for a sawmill or other forest products processing facility to be located in the State;
  • 2. Requiring contractors harvesting timber at state parks, historic sites and the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to be established businesses in the State and to meet other requirements;
  • 3. Requiring forest products harvested or collected from state parks, historic sites, public lands or the restricted zone in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, unless used by the state parks, historic sites or Allagash Wilderness Waterway, to be sold to a sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to be processed or manufactured at the facility;
  • 4. Declaring that it is in the public interest and for the general benefit of the people of the State that title, possession and the responsibility for the management of nonreserved public lands be vested and established in the bureau acting on behalf of the people of the State and that the lands be managed to demonstrate exemplary land management practices, including silvicultural, wildlife and recreational practices, that reflect state policies governing management of forested and related types of lands; and
  • 5. Requiring that the annual report dealing with public reserved lands identify persons who conduct timber harvesting on the lands and the sawmill or other forest products processing or manufacturing facility located in the State to which the forest products derived from the harvesting were delivered.


LD 1551 An Act To Clarify Fishing Laws between the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Department of Marine Resources as They Relate to Striped Bass in Inland Waters Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-308, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1551
This bill eliminates duplicative rulemaking by prohibiting the fishing or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources.

Amendment H-308
This amendment clarifies the language of the bill but preserves the bill's intent, which is to provide that fishing for or possession of striped bass taken from the inland waters of the State in violation of striped bass rules adopted by the Commissioner of Marine Resources is prohibited and is subject to the applicable penalties for violating the fishing rules of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

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LD 1574 An Act To Continue Authorization of Seaplane Landings on Katahdin Lake Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1574
This bill allows a seaplane to land on and take off from Katahdin Lake in Baxter State Park.

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

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

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LD 1592 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 1680 An Act To Authorize Common Consumption Area Licenses for the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages within Designated Entertainment Districts Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-184, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1680
This bill authorizes the issuance of auxiliary liquor licenses for the consumption of spirits, wine and malt liquor within entertainment districts authorized by and located within municipalities or unincorporated places.

Amendment S-184
This amendment makes the following changes to the process established in the bill for the issuance of licenses for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in entertainment districts.
  • 1. It provides that an entertainment district ordinance established by a municipal legislative body must describe the boundaries of the entertainment district as well as permissible hours of operation and maximum size of any common consumption area located within the entertainment district. The ordinance must also specify the maximum number of licensees that may operate a single common consumption area and whether a common consumption area located within the entertainment district may include public or private ways.
  • 2. It clarifies that an auditorium, hotel, restaurant, Class A restaurant, Class A restaurant/lounge or Maine manufacturer licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A to serve alcoholic beverages is eligible for a common consumption area license. An applicant's premises must be located both within the entertainment district and adjacent to the common consumption area.
  • 3. It specifies that a common consumption area license does not permit the licensee to serve alcoholic beverages that the licensee is not authorized to serve pursuant to the licensee's underlying liquor license.
  • 4. It clarifies that the customers of a common consumption area licensee may consume alcoholic beverages served by the licensee either on the licensee's premises or within the premises of the common consumption area, which must be controlled by barriers and by signs prohibiting consumption beyond the barriers.


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LD 1694 Resolve, To Determine Compliance with Federal and State Mental Health Parity Laws Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-226, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1694
This bill requires insurers, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit hospital or medical service organizations to submit mental health and substance use disorder parity compliance reports to the Superintendent of Insurance. It specifies how the superintendent of Insurance may enforce parity requirements and provides parity reporting requirements for the superintendent. The bill also prohibits certain types of medical management protocols from being used in conjunction with prescription medications used to treat substance use disorder.

LD 1694 Chaptered Law
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LD 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-552, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1698
This bill provides a tax credit for the production of renewable chemicals by the conversion of renewable biomass from the forest, farms, the sea or solid waste. The credit is equal to 7¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State, 9¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in production of the renewable chemicals are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program or successor program and at least 50% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States or 12¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in such production are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program and at least 75% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States. Renewable chemicals are defined to include chemicals, polymers, plastics and formulated products, and to exclude substances used for food, feed or fuel, with limited exceptions. The bill also reinstates the tax credit for commercial production and use of biofuels.

Amendment H-552
This amendment includes a provision permitting the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to provide to the Department of Economic and Community Development information necessary for administration of the renewable chemicals tax credit and strikes language that would create an overlap of the renewable chemicals tax credit and the credit for the commercial production and use of biofuels.

LD 1698 Amendment H-552 fiscal note
LD 1699 An Act To Make a Technical Correction to the Law Governing Certification of Seed Potatoes Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1699
This bill amends the laws regarding the certification of seed potatoes to require that a seed potato be post-harvest tested instead of winter tested.

LD 1699 Chaptered Law
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LD 1728 An Act To Align the Harness Racing Laws with Current Policies (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1728
This bill allows for the disqualification of horses participating in harness racing that are found in violation of the laws and rules governing prohibited substances and allowable levels of permitted medication and allows for the forfeiture of any purses won by horses in violation of those laws and rules. It also removes language that requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide a booklet containing harness racing laws and rules to harness racing licensees and instead requires the department to provide public access to those laws and rules.

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