Senator James Hamper [Republican]
Oxford ~ District 19
Towns in District: Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Harrison, Hiram, Naples, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Porter and Sebago.
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♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs
☎ (207) 287-1505
✉ 1023 King Street
Oxford, Maine 04270
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||0%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||4 of 9|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||4 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||0%|
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|LD 704||An Act To Clarify the Laws Regarding Driver's License Suspensions||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill applies to motor vehicle offenses the definition of "criminal negligence" and the use of causation as an element of an offense as used in the Maine Criminal Code. This bill also changes the standard for minimum suspension for negligent operation of a motor vehicle causing the death of another person from "negligently" to "with criminal negligence" and removes the provision requiring the Secretary of State to notify any family of the victim or to consider written or oral statements from the family prior to the determination and issuance of the suspension.
|LD 811||An Act To Provide Additional Flexibility in the Municipal Property Tax Assistance Programs for Seniors||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019|
This bill amends the law regarding municipal property tax assistance programs to provide more flexibility to municipalities that choose to implement a program by allowing the municipality to establish:
|LD 1087||An Act To Keep Maine Businesses Competitive||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to keep Maine businesses competitive.
|LD 116||An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-5, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019|
This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.
LD 116 Chaptered Law
LD 116 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 279||An Act To Raise Juror Pay to $50 per Day||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-24, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $50.
This amendment adds an appropriation and allocations section and incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 279 Amendment S-24 fiscal note
|LD 442||An Act To Set Speed Limits for All-terrain Vehicles on Trails within 50 Yards of a Stream or Pond To Prevent Runoff||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill prohibits the operation of an all-terrain vehicle at a speed of more than 15 miles per hour within 50 yards of a stream or pond, unless the ground is frozen and sufficiently covered with snow. It specifies that a person who violates this prohibition commits a civil violation, except that a person who violates this prohibition after having been adjudicated as having committed 3 or more violations of this prohibition within the previous 5-year period commits a Class E crime.
|LD 606||Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes||Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-120, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 606 fiscal note
LD 606 Amendment S-120 fiscal note
|LD 667||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That the Governor Be Elected by a Majority Vote||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that a candidate for Governor receive more than 50% of the votes cast to be elected. Currently, the candidate who receives the largest number of votes, regardless of that number's percentage of the total number of votes cast, becomes Governor. This resolution requires a run-off election between the 2 persons who received the largest number of votes when no candidate received more than 50% of the total number of votes cast. The person who receives the larger number of votes in the run-off election is declared Governor.
|LD 784||An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019|
This bill disqualifies an individual from eligibility for unemployment benefits when the individual has refused to accept or attend a job interview for suitable work for which the individual is reasonably fitted.
|LD 809||An Act To Expand and Clarify the Disqualification from Workers' Compensation Benefits of an Employee Who Is Injured While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
Under current law, workers' compensation benefits are not allowed for the injury or death of an employee when the injury or death was caused by the employee's intoxication. This bill eliminates that provision and instead disallows benefits for an employee who was intoxicated at the time of the injury or death. This bill also clarifies that intoxication includes intoxication from an illegal drug, marijuana or alcohol.
|LD 822||An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Motor Fuel Containing More than 10% Ethanol||Status: Dead, Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the House, May 9, 2019|
This bill prohibits a distributor, blender or retail dealer from selling, consigning or distributing motor fuel containing more than 10% ethanol by volume unless the motor fuel is sold, consigned or distributed in a sealed container that contains one quart or less of the motor fuel. It also repeals a contingent prohibition on the sale of motor fuel containing more than 10% ethanol by volume.
|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|
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 1013||An Act To Clarify the Disqualification from Unemployment Benefits of a Person Who Is Terminated from Employment for Being Under the Influence of Marijuana||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Signed into law May 16, 2019|
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.
This amendment removes the provision of the bill that includes being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work, which is the same provision as using illegal drugs, and instead includes marijuana in the current disqualification from unemployment benefits for an individual whose employment is terminated because of intoxication while on duty or when reporting to work or engaging in unauthorized use of alcohol while on duty.
LD 1013 Chaptered Law
LD 1013 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1020||An Act to Modify the Number of Retail Liquor Licenses Allowed in Certain Municipalities||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019|
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 8 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population of at least 16,001 but less than 30,001; current law requires a population of at least 20,001 before a municipality qualifies for 8 agency liquor stores. The population threshold to qualify for 5 agency liquor stores remains at 10,001.
|LD 1021||An Act To Require the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services To Pay Court-appointed Attorneys for Certain Probate Court Cases||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides that when a probate court appoints an attorney for a party in a guardianship or protective proceeding, if the party is indigent or a minor, the attorney's fees must be paid by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.
|LD 1143||An Act To Exclude Tractor Pulling from Certain Rules Governing Motor Vehicle Racing||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019|
This bill excludes tractor pulling events from motor vehicle racing rules requiring the erection, construction or maintenance of fences or safety barriers.
|LD 1197||An Act To Amend the Law Prohibiting the Denial by Health Insurers of Referrals by Out-of-network Providers||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-90, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019|
This bill provides that the law that prohibits carriers from denying payment for covered health care services solely on the basis that the referral for services was made by an out-of-network provider applies only to referrals made by out-of-network direct primary care providers. It also allows a carrier to require a direct primary care provider who is not a member of the carrier's provider network and who makes a referral to meet appropriate credentialing standards consistent with other primary care providers participating in the carrier's provider network.
This amendment replaces the bill.. The amendment provides that the law that prohibits carriers from denying payment for covered health care services solely on the basis that the referral for services was made by an out-of-network provider applies only to referrals made by out-of-network direct primary care providers. It prohibits a carrier from requiring an enrollee to pay a greater cost-sharing amount than the cost-sharing that would apply to the same service if the service was referred by a participating primary care provider. It also allows a carrier to require a direct primary care provider who is not a member of the carrier's provider network to attest that the provider is a direct primary care provider through a written attestation or copy of the direct primary care agreement with the enrollee.
LD 1197 Chaptered Law
LD 1197 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1252||An Act Regarding Snowmobile Registration Fees||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill requires an annual additional $30 snowmobile registration fee, unless the registrant can show proof of membership in a snowmobile club in the State. It specifies that for a resident family residing in the same household the additional fee is $30 for up to 4 snowmobiles. Lastly, it requires the transfer of $20 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Trail Fund and the transfer of $10 collected from this additional fee to the Snowmobile Enforcement Fund.
|LD 1406||An Act To Require Certification of Radiologic Technologists Who Are Licensed Chiropractic Assistants||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019|
This bill requires the certification of radiologic technologists who produce x-rays while employed as licensed chiropractic assistants. Certification requirements include satisfactory completion of a radiologic technology course of instruction of at least 50 hours and passing an examination approved by the Board of Chiropractic Licensure. This bill also contains certificate renewal, continuing radiologic technology education and violation provisions for radiologic technologists.
|LD 1599||An Act To Allow Certain State Regulators To Lower Fees by Order||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 30, 2019|
This bill authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance, the Superintendent of Consumer Credit Protection, the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to lower or suspend certain fees specified in law by order.
|LD 1600||An Act To Support E-9-1-1 Dispatchers and Corrections Officers Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
This bill adds corrections officers and E-9-1-1 dispatchers to the list of employees for whom there is a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when the employee is diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from work stress that was extraordinary and unusual, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.