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Senator James Hamper [Republican]
Oxford ~ 19

Towns in District: Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Harrison, Hiram, Naples, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Porter and Sebago.

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Senatorial Vote

Joint Committees:
♦ Appropriations and Financial Affairs

✉ James.Hamper@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1505

✉ 1023 King Street
Oxford, Maine 04270


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20190 of 9, 1 excused absenceMaine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters, 20180%Maine People's Alliance Will of the Voters, 2018
Maine People's Alliance, 20180%Maine People's Alliance, 2018
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20193 of 6Maine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters, 20184 of 9 Maine Conservation Voters, 2018
Maine Conservation Voters, 20174 of 7Maine Conservation Voters, 2017
Maine AFL-CIO, 20191 of 10AFL-CIO, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 201710%No longer available online
Maine Women's Lobby, 20191 of 7Maine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20191 of 6Planned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20170%Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017
Firearms Control, 20192 of 7This website, see below for roll calls included.

Scorecards are an organization's means of holding legislators accountable to the organization's interests and values. Each organization chooses a subset of bills that are a priority for them, and then scores each legislator by the legislator's vote relative to what would be the organization's preferred vote on the bill. For a listing of the votes included on scorecards prior to 2019, see the hyperlinked sources given in the table above or the "Explanations, Legislative Scorecards" tab on this site. For 2019 scorecards, see the hyperlinked site given in the table above or the vote detail below, "Roll Call Vote Detail for 2019 Scorecards."

The graphs below are frequency histograms that show this legislator's score relative to the scores of all legislators in the same chamber by placing an "X" over the legislator's score. In the legend for the graphs, D is Democrat (blue), R is Republican (red).
Maine Peoples Alliance 2019 graph Maine Peoples Alliance Will of the Voters graph Maine Peoples Alliance 2018 graph Maine Conservation Voters 2019 graph Maine Conservation Voters 2018 graph Maine Conservation Voters 2017 graph AFL-CIO 2019 graph AFL-CIO 2017 graph Womens Lobby 2019 graph Planned Parenthood of Maine Action Fund 2019 graph Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund 2017 graph Firearms 2019 graph
Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Senator's vote
48 LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Enact LD 179 Yea Nay
281 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Nay
261 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-247 Nay Yea
149 LD 308 An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-357 Yea Nay
346 LD 420 An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Excused
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Nay
95 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Nay
358 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Reconsider after Governor's veto Yea Nay
246 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Nay
347 LD 1844 Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Evaluate the Ownership of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Adopt Senate amendment S-362 to LD 1844 Yea Nay
Total for Senator Hamper: Present for 9 votes, agreed on 0 votes, 0 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Senator's vote
57 LD 289 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Enact LD 289 as amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Nay
317 LD 1494 An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-307 Yea Yea
217 LD 1532 An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Enact LD 1532 as amended by Committee amendment H-378 Yea Nay
312 LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Yea
252 LD 1775 An Act To Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact LD 1775 as amended by Committee amendment H-490 Yea Yea
370 LD 1851 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact bond issue Yea Nay
Total for Senator Hamper: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 3 votes, 50 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Senator's vote
281 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Nay
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Nay
335 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Nay
122 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Nay
246 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Nay
142 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Enact LD 1459 Yea Nay
195 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-203 Yea Nay
153 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Nay
198 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Nay
304 LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-290 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Hamper: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 10 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Maine Women's Lobby vote Senator's vote
222 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Nay
34 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Nay
336 LD 666 An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-639 Yea Yea
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Nay
294 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 as amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Nay
112 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Enact LD 1025 as amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Nay
119 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Nay
Total for Senator Hamper: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 1 votes, 14 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Senator's vote
222 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Nay
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
151 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Nay
294 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Nay
119 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Nay
337 LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Nay
Total for Representative Hamper: Present for 5 votes, agreed on 0 votes, 0 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Firearms Control vote Senator's vote
154 LD 121 An Act To Require the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Implement a Firearm Safety and Firearm Violence Prevention Program Enact LD 121 as amended by Committee amendment H-276 Yea Yea
267 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
279 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
280 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Nay
318 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report B, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
260 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
345 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Senator Hamper: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 2 votes, 29 percent agreement
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
LD 704
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
LD 811
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:
  • 1. A minimum age for eligibility, as long as that age is at least 62 years; and
  • 2. A minimum length of time that the claimant has maintained a homestead in the municipality.

A municipality may impose other eligibility standards and procedures, as long as they are established by ordinance.

LD 811 Chaptered Law
LD 811 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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
LD 1087
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
LD 116
This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.

Amendment H-5
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
LD 279
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $50.

Amendment S-24
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
LD 442
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
LD 606
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.

Amendment S-120
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
LD 667
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
LD 784
This bill disqualifies an individual from eligibility for unemployment benefits when the individual has refused to accept or attend a job interview for suitable work for which the individual is reasonably fitted.

LD 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
LD 809
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
LD 822
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
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 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, Amended by Committee amendment S-39 and Senate amendment S-71, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 1013
This bill clarifies that an individual whose employment is terminated because of the individual's being under the influence of marijuana while on duty or when reporting to work is disqualified from unemployment benefits, as is currently the case for alcohol and illegal drugs.

Amendment S-39
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.

Amendment S-71
This amendment excepts from the disqualification from unemployment benefits for marijuana use the use of marijuana permitted under the laws governing the medical use of marijuana.

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
LD 1020
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, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Reported out with unanimous Committee report, Ought Not to Pass, March 13, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1021
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
LD 1143
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
LD 1197
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.

Amendment S-90
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
LD 1252
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
LD 1406
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
LD 1599
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
LD 1600
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.

LD 1880 An Act To Repeal and Replace the Canton Water District Charter Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-670, Enacted, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1880
This bill repeals and replaces the charter of the Canton Water District to update and modernize the district's charter and to clarify that, going forward, the district is to be considered a standard district as that term is defined in the Standard Water District Enabling Act.

Amendment H-670
This amendment changes from $30,000 to $300,000 the point at which public notification of proposed debt and its purposes becomes necessary.

LD 1880 Chaptered Law
LD 1880 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1901 An Act To Amend the Laws Prohibiting the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-386, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 6, 2020
LD 1901
This bill simplifies the definition of "handheld electronic device" in recently enacted law prohibiting the use of handheld electronic devices while driving. It adds parking areas to the places where the use of mobile telephones and handheld electronic devices while driving is prohibited. It changes the penalty provisions to provide a fine of $50 for the first offense and $250 for a 2nd or subsequent offense.

Amendment S-386
This amendment removes parking areas from the places where using a handheld electronic device while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited and restores the exemption for devices utilizing "push to talk" features from the prohibition on the use of handheld electronic devices.

LD 1901 Chaptered Law
LD 1901 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2126 An Act Making Supplemental Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2021 (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-775, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2126
PDF document of Appropriations in LD 2126 (opens in new tab)


Amendment H-775
PART A

This Part makes appropriations and allocations.

PART C

This Part does the following.
  • 1. It establishes the total cost of education from kindergarten to grade 12, the state contribution, the annual target state share percentage and the mill expectation for the local contribution for fiscal year 2020-21.
  • 2. It establishes, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the per-pupil rate for education service center administration.
  • 3. With respect to fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23, it caps the total allocation for a career and technical education center or career and technical education region.
  • 4. It provides that funding for incremental salary increases in fiscal year 2020-21 must be based on data submitted to the Department of Education and certified by school administrative units as of October 1, 2019.
  • 5. It amends the laws governing the payment of targeted education funds to remove authorization for the annual education research contract and to authorize the payment of costs to provide musical instruments and professional development in rural schools.
  • 6. It establishes for fiscal years 2023-24 through 2026-27 the debt service ceiling for capital projects, including major projects and integrated, consolidated secondary and postsecondary projects.
PART H

This Part directs the Maine Municipal Bond Bank to transfer $20,000,000 during fiscal year 2019-20 from the Liquor Operation Revenue Fund to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund.

PART J

This Part directs the State Controller to transfer $17,431,338 during fiscal year 2019-20 from the General Fund unappropriated surplus to the Maine Budget Stabilization Fund established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 1532.

PART K

This Part authorizes the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry to pay operating expenses from the Aerial Fire Suppression Fund.

PART S

This Part implements criminal history record checks for certain individuals with access to federal tax information and other federally protected data at the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Office of Information Technology. The criminal history record checks apply to all new applicants and current employees and contractors or subcontractors of the office to ensure compliance with federal laws and regulations governing access to federally protected data, including, but not limited to, the Internal Revenue Service's criminal history record check requirements for all employees and contractors with access to federal tax information and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

PART W

This Part authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer available balances of Personal Services appropriations and allocations in the Disproportionate Share - Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center program, the Disproportionate Share - Riverview Psychiatric Center program, the Riverview Psychiatric Center program and the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center program after all salary, benefit and other obligations are met to the All Other line category.

PART X

This Part updates references to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986 contained in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36 to refer to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended through December 31, 2019, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019 and for any prior tax years as specifically provided by the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. It also provides that, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, the Maine standard deduction under the Maine income tax is equal to the federal standard deduction and is not limited by the federal Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Section 63.

PART Y

This Part clarifies that, with regard to each hospital in the State, the hospitalís fiscal year that ended during calendar year 2016 is intended to be the hospitalís taxable year for all state fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2019 for the purpose of taxes imposed by Title 36, section 2892.

PART BB

This Part requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the Office of Elderly Services Policy Manual, 10-149 C.M.R. Chapter 5, Section 63 to increase the number of reimbursable medication passes per consumer per day from 3 to 6.

PART CC

This Part transfers $2,036,206 to the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services; this transfer is in addition to a transfer of $16,526,403 made in July 2019.

PART DD

This Part transfers funds from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Carrying Balances - General Fund account to the Enforcement Operations - Inland Fisheries and Wildlife program, General Fund account to fund a Personal Services shortfall in fiscal year 2019-20.

PART EE

This Part reduces unemployment insurance trust fund contributions for employers by a percentage used to calculate the Unemployment Program Administrative Fund assessment except as described in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 1221, subsection 4-A, paragraphs A and B pertaining to new employer rates and contribution rate category 20.

PART FF

This Part establishes the Unemployment Program Administrative Fund for the purpose of operating the Maine unemployment insurance program, including both personnel and nonpersonnel costs, and for the costs of administering the fund.

PART GG

This Part authorizes the use of unemployment insurance modernization funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Section 903(f) of the federal Social Security Act for the purposes of operating the State's unemployment compensation and public employment systems.

PART LL

This Part amends the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program by:
  • 1. For investments made on or after April 1, 2020:
    • A. Reducing from 50% to 40% of investment the maximum credit available to individual investors and private venture capital funds;
    • B. Reducing from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 the total aggregate investment eligible for tax credits for any one business; and
    • C. Limiting to $2,000,000 the eligible total aggregate investment for any one business in any calendar year;
  • 2. Increasing from $5,000,000 to $15,000,000 the overall annual limit on total authorized credits for calendar years 2020 through 2026;
  • 3. Expanding the definition of "eligible business" to include businesses that provide a product that is sold predominantly outside the State; and
  • 4. Providing a structure for the required reporting of data to facilitate an evaluation of the effectiveness of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.
PART MM

This Part authorizes the carry-forward of any remaining balance of the amount appropriated in Public Law 2019, chapter 343 in the Office for Family Independence - District program, General Fund account within the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of upgrades to the public assistance web portal to be used for the same purposes in the next fiscal year.

PART NN

This Part authorizes a transfer of a portion of the accumulated balance in the operating account of the Maine Governmental Facilities Authority to the State in fiscal year 2019-20. This balance has built up over the last 20 years from loan initiation fees, maintenance fees and related interest that exceed amounts needed to fund the actual costs of administering these loans and has been identified as a resource that could be transferred to the State.



LD 2126 Chaptered Law
LD 2126 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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