Senator Lisa Keim [Republican]
Oxford ~ District 18
Towns in District: Albany Township andover, Bethel, Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Dixfield, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Hartford, Hebron, Lincoln Plantation, Livermore, Livermore Falls, Lovell, Magalloway Plantation, Mexico, Milton Twp., Newry, North Oxford Unorganized Territory, Peru, Roxbury, Rumford, South Oxford Unorganized Territory, Stoneham, Stow, Sumner, Sweden, Upton, Waterford, West Paris and WoodstockWould be term limited: 2024
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|Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters||0%|
|Maine People's Alliance, 2018||17%|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2018||7 of 9|
|Maine Conservation Voters, 2017||6 of 7|
|Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017||0%|
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|LD 365||An Act To Allow Flexible Business Hours for Certain Agency Liquor Stores||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-22, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019|
This bill allows an agency liquor store flexibility in setting seasonal hours if the agency liquor store is subject to a substantial seasonal variation in business or retail customers based upon tourism or other factors.
This amendment requires an agency liquor store that establishes seasonal hours as allowed by the bill to send a written notice to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of those seasonal hours.
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|LD 449||An Act To Impose a Mandatory Sentence for the Crime of Aggravated Unlawful Operation of a Methamphetamine Laboratory||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill adds the crime of aggravated unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory to the list of drug offenses that carry a mandatory 4-year minimum sentence.
|LD 453||An Act To Ensure the Integrity and Accountability of Persons Who Are Elected to Public Office||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure the integrity and accountability of persons who are elected to public office.
|LD 788||An Act To Authorize the Use of Handheld Narcotics Analyzers||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019|
This bill provides that a law enforcement agency that has in its possession a drug or substance for analysis as a scheduled drug may, in addition to or instead of analysis of the drug or substance in a laboratory, submit the drug or substance for analysis by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer that has been evaluated and certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory as reliable for field testing of scheduled drugs. The bill requires that a law enforcement officer who analyzes a drug or substance by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer in accordance with procedures adopted by the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory must upon completion of the analysis issue a signed certificate stating the results of the analysis. The bill provides that such a certificate, when duly signed and sworn to by a person certified as qualified for this purpose by the Department of Health and Human Services under certification standards set by that department, is admissible in evidence in a court of the State, and gives rise to a permissible inference under the Maine Rules of Evidence, Rule 303 that the composition, quality and quantity of the drug or substance are as stated in the certificate, unless, with 10 days' written notice to the prosecution, the defendant requests that a qualified witness testify as to the composition, quality and quantity.
|LD 890||An Act To Expand Workforce Access by Creating Apprenticeship Programs To Increase Access to Licensure in Certain Occupations||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to enact the Expanded Workforce Access Act of 2019, which will authorize the use of apprenticeships as an alternative means of obtaining licenses to perform certain occupations. Occupations included under this Act may include, but are not limited to, barbering or limited barbering and nail technology.
This bill will expand access to the workforce by allowing individuals to fulfill licensing requirements through participation in apprenticeship programs, thus allowing participants to earn a paycheck at the same time as they acquire hands-on training and experience. Under this bill:
|LD 891||Senator Lisa Keim||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill allows the Commissioner of Inland and Fisheries and Wildlife to establish 3 consecutive days as youth hunting days for hunting bear and deer.
|LD 918||An Act Regarding Utility Line Extensions||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019|
This bill proposes to require transmission and distribution utilities to share the cost of utility line extensions to subdivision developments. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission, by rule, to require transmission and distribution utilities to cover the cost of a portion of a line extension either by providing a portion of the line extension free of charge, in the case of utility construction of the line extension, or providing a credit or reimbursement upon transfer of ownership of the line extension to the utility, in the case of a privately constructed line extension.
|LD 1019||An Act To Increase the Maximum Pension Deduction for State Income Tax||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-230, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill eliminates double taxation of certain employee contributions to retirement benefit plans made in other states by exempting from Maine income tax the portion of retirement benefits attributable to the taxpayer's contribution to an employee retirement plan or an individual retirement account that was taxed by another jurisdiction if those benefits are included in federal adjusted gross income.
This amendment increases the maximum annual income tax pension deduction amount for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over a 5-year period beginning with the 2019 tax year. The $35,000 pension deduction amount that applies after the 2023 tax year is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.
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|LD 1098||An Act To Help Small Employers by Making the Minimum Wage Increase More Gradual in Nonurban Areas||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 18, 2019|
This bill creates an alternative minimum hourly wage that applies to certain designated nonurban areas starting on January 1, 2020. Under this bill the minimum hourly wage rate for those areas is $11 per hour and increases by 50¢ each January 1st until it reaches $12 per hour on January 1, 2022. The minimum hourly wage stays the same as in current law for Cumberland County, except for the towns of Baldwin, Bridgton, Harrison and Naples.
The bill also freezes any scheduled increase in the current minimum wage or the new alternative minimum wage if there is in effect an extended benefit period for unemployment compensation benefits, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor. The scheduled increase or increases will resume once there is no longer an extended benefit period in effect as of January 1st of a given year. It also delays the cost-of-living adjustment for the current minimum wage to January 1, 2024, changes the calculation to be the average cost-of-living increase over the prior 3 years and changes the timing of the cost-of-living adjustment to be every 3 years instead of every year.
It also requires the Department of Labor to submit an annual report analyzing job creation and job loss trends in urban and nonurban areas since the initiation of minimum wage increases established by Initiated Bill 2015, chapter 2, section 1.
|LD 1325||An Act To Allow Workplace Substance Use Testing for Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone Use at the Employer's Discretion||Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019|
This bill allows an employer to test an employee or an applicant for employment for fentanyl, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxycodone and oxymorphone use during any substance use test administered by the employer.
|LD 1326||An Act To Expand Eligibility for the Veterans' Property Tax Exemption||Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill allows persons who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during the period from February 1, 1955 to February 27, 1961 to qualify for the veterans' property tax exemption based on dates of service.
|LD 1469||An Act To Amend the Charter of the Rumford-Mexico Sewerage District||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-124, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019|
This bill updates and clarifies provisions of the charter of the Rumford-Mexico Sewerage District regarding the determination of actual apportionable costs, the apportionment of annual costs and rate charges.
This amendment strikes the bill, but retains the provision from the bill that increases the amount of funds that the district may transfer to a surplus or capital account if a surplus exists at the end of a calendar year.
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|LD 1521||An Act To Expand Skill Development Opportunities for Maine Youth||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill directs the Department of Education, in consultation with the Department of Labor, to develop an internship program for students who are 23 years of age or younger. The internship program developed by the department would authorize participants to receive compensation options, in combination with a variable hourly wage that is equal to or greater than the federal minimum wage, that may include academic credits, credentials of value and stackable credentials. The Department of Education is directed to submit a report outlining the internship program developed, together with any necessary implementing legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 4, 2019.
In addition, to facilitate participation in the Maine Apprenticeship Program established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 3202, this bill directs the Department of Labor to calculate the amount of funding and the number of positions it would require in order to establish an apprenticeship coordinator at each career and technical education center in the State and report this information to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 4, 2019.
|LD 1526||An Act To Increase the Availability of Foster Homes||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-178, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill eliminates the requirement that the State Fire Marshal inspect a family foster home and certify that it meets all elements of the fire safety code before the Department of Health and Human Services may issue a license to operate as a family foster home. The bill moves the inspection responsibility to the Department of Health and Human Services, which is directed to adopt rules governing the method of inspection.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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|LD 1544||An Act To Enact the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-351, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending|
This bill repeals Maine's Uniform Unclaimed Property Act and enacts the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act. The bill also corrects cross-references.
This amendment provides that the administrator may not commence an action or proceeding to enforce the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act with respect to the reporting, payment or delivery of property more than 5 years after the holder filed a non-fraudulent report with the administrator. The parties may agree in a record to extend the limitation. In addition, the administrator may not commence an action, proceeding or examination with respect to a duty of a holder under the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act more than 10 years after the duty arose.
This amendment strikes out subchapter 13 in the bill and replaces it with the language of the current Maine Revised Statutes, Title 33, section 1976 with regard to agreements to locate property. This amendment provides that if a person with a claim held by the administrator enters into an agreement with a professional investigator licensed in the State, when the administrator has determined that a payment or property should be delivered to the claimant, the administrator is required to deliver the payment or property directly to the professional investigator. When such an agreement is in effect, the administrator is required to provide the claimant or the professional investigator with notice about the approval or denial of a claim.The bill includes transitional provisions from the Uniform Act that require that when an initial report is filed under the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act, it must include all property reportable under the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act for the prior 10 years. It also requires that a duty that arose under the existing law to report, pay or deliver property is not relieved by the enactment of the Maine Revised Unclaimed Property Act. This amendment strikes the transition provision from the bill relating to reportable property for the prior 10 years.
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|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||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-357, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
Current law authorizes law enforcement to take a person into protective custody for evaluation by a medical practitioner as protection from imminent threats of substantial self-inflicted harm or substantial harm to others. Part A of this bill requires that a medical practitioner evaluate the history, recent actions and behaviors of a person taken into protective custody and determine whether there is a reasonable likelihood that the person's mental health will deteriorate; whether the person will in the foreseeable future pose a likelihood of serious harm; and whether any such likelihood of harm is exacerbated by the person's immediate access to a firearm or other dangerous weapon. A medical practitioner must certify this evaluation and, if the evaluation is certified in the affirmative, the person is required to surrender any dangerous weapons possessed or controlled by that person to a law enforcement officer pending a judicial review hearing to be held within 14 days. A court then determines whether to dissolve or continue those restrictions for one year. When the person is determined by a court to no longer present a substantial threat, the restrictions end and the weapons are returned. Part B of this bill requires that a court make similar determinations for a person enrolled in the progressive treatment program. When a person in that program is no longer determined by a court to present a substantial threat, the restrictions end and the weapons are returned. Part C makes related changes to the laws governing the Extradition and Prosecution Expenses Account; possession of firearms by prohibited persons; law enforcement agency written policy requirements; and law enforcement agency training requirements.
This amendment replaces the bill but retains the purpose of providing an alternative to law enforcement to take into protective custody and have assessed a person who presents a likelihood of foreseeable harm to the person or to others.
"Likelihood of foreseeable harm" is defined as a substantial risk in the foreseeable future of serious physical harm to the person as manifested by recent behaviors or threats of, or attempts at, suicide or serious self-inflicted harm; or a substantial risk in the foreseeable future of serious physical harm to other persons as manifested by recent homicidal or violent behavior or by recent conduct or statements placing others in reasonable fear of serious physical harm.
The law enforcement officer is directed to have the person in protective custody assessed by a medical practitioner. If the assessment finds that the person presents a likelihood of foreseeable harm, the law enforcement officer must seek an endorsement from a judicial officer that the person presents a likelihood of foreseeable harm, which authorizes law enforcement to notify the person that the person is a restricted person and is prohibited from possessing, controlling, acquiring or attempting to possess, control or acquire a dangerous weapon pending the outcome of a judicial hearing. The restricted person must immediately and temporarily surrender any weapon possessed, controlled or acquired by the restricted person to a law enforcement officer.
A restricted person who makes all practical and immediate efforts to comply with a surrender notice is not subject to arrest or prosecution as a prohibited person under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 15, section 393, subsection 1, paragraph E-1 or E-2. If a law enforcement agency has probable cause to believe the restricted person possesses or controls but has not surrendered a weapon, law enforcement may, prior to or as part of a judicial hearing, search for and seize such a weapon when authorized by a judicially issued warrant or other circumstances approved by law.
The district attorney is required to file a petition for judicial review of the initial restrictions by the District Court. Within 14 days of the notice of restricted status given to the restricted person, the court is required to hold a hearing to determine whether to dissolve or extend the initial restrictions. The restricted person has the right to be represented by counsel. The district attorney has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that the restricted person presents a likelihood of foreseeable harm. The court may dissolve the initial restrictions or extend them for up to one year.
This amendment directs the executive branch to work with medical practitioners and law enforcement to develop and release, by January 1, 2020, a request for proposals for the development and acquisition of the technology necessary to enable assessments under Title 34-B, section 3862-A at locations other than health care facilities.
By February 1, 2020, the Department of Public Safety must develop a plan, including any cost estimates, to implement a database system to support this legislation.The provisions for assessments for likelihood of foreseeable harm and restricted person status take effect July 1, 2020.
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|LD 79||An Act To Protect Shooting Ranges||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 29, 2019|
This bill allows the discharge of a firearm on a sport shooting range that is within 100 yards of a building if the sport shooting range was established and in regular operation prior to the erection of the building.
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|LD 144||An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone.
|LD 332||An Act To Remove the Statute of Limitations for Certain Sex Crimes||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019|
This bill amends the portions of the Maine Criminal Code pertaining to statutes of limitations to remove statutes of limitations governing the prosecution of Class A, Class B or Class C crimes involving incest; unlawful sexual contact; sexual abuse of a minor; or rape or gross sexual assault, formerly denominated as gross sexual misconduct.
These changes apply only to those sexual crimes committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.
|LD 354||An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Encourage the Provision of Reliable High-speed Internet in Rural Underserved Areas of Maine||Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for encouraging the provision of reliable high-speed Internet in rural underserved areas of Maine.
|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|
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 360||An Act To Increase the Reimbursement to Bottle Redemption Centers (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one cent beginning January 1, 2020.
|LD 370||An Act To Facilitate State Employee Service in the Legislature||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019|
This bill allows an officer or employee in classified and unclassified service of the State to campaign for and serve in partisan elective office in the Legislature if the officer or employee first resigns or requests and takes a leave of absence from the classified or unclassified service. The officer or employee may be granted unpaid leave while serving in the Legislature under the same provision of law that allows employees in general to be granted a leave of absence from their employment during their service in the Legislature.
|LD 371||An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.
|LD 417||An Act To Allow an Attorney To Copy a Driver's License||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-231, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019|
This bill allows an attorney to photocopy a driver's license for legal purposes without the permission of the Secretary of State.
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Current law authorizes the photocopying of a driver's license solely for proof of identification for the consummation of a financial transaction. The amendment revises current law to provide that either the driver or the driver's attorney can consummate a financial transaction using the photocopied driver's license for identification.
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|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|
This bill provides a sales tax exemption for baling twine, net and wrapping for hay.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
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|LD 488||An Act To Provide Campground Owners Immunity from Liability for the Inherent Risks of Camping||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019|
This bill provides private campground owners immunity if camping participants or their guests are injured, killed or sustain property damage from the inherent risks of camping. The campground owner or operator is required to post a warning sign explaining that the camping participant assumes the inherent risks of camping.
|LD 496||An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019|
This bill expands the definition of "family or household member" in the laws governing protection from abuse in order to include, for purposes of a protection from abuse order, all related individuals regardless of whether the individuals are adult household members.
This bill also directs a court in which a protection from harassment or a protection from abuse complaint is filed to notify the plaintiff if appropriate or greater relief is available.
The amendment clarifies the bill's language regarding the court's discretion in a protection from harassment action to issue a protection from harassment order even if the notice to stop harassing the plaintiff was not issued to the defendant.
The amendment clarifies that an adult who has been abused, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1, can seek a protection from abuse order if the adult has been abused by, in addition to a family or household member or a dating partner as provided in current law, an individual related to the adult by consanguinity or affinity. The amendment provides the same protection for a minor child.The amendment directs the offices of the court clerks to provide plaintiffs with written contact information for resources from which the plaintiff may receive legal or social service assistance when the contact information for those services has been provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts by the various providers, including the Maine State Bar Association or successor organization, any local or statewide organizations providing domestic violence services and sexual assault services and any other agency providing reliable and relevant resource contact information.
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|LD 523||An Act To Permit the Indoor Production of Industrial Hemp (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-193, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 16, 2019|
This bill allows for the indoor production of industrial hemp.
This amendment clarifies that an indoor facility includes a building, greenhouse, cold frame, hoop house, high tunnel, floating row cover or other agricultural or horticultural methods of extending the growing season by enclosing the growing area.
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|LD 531||An Act To Provide Counsel for a Person Who Is the Subject of an Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship or Other Protective Arrangement Proceeding||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 requires a probate court to appoint an attorney for a person who is not already represented by an attorney when the person is the subject of a petition for adult guardianship, conservatorship or other protective arrangement.
|LD 534||An Act To Make Ballot Questions Easier To Read and Understand for Maine Voters (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-277, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill requires that ballot questions be written in a manner that is understandable to the greatest number of voters possible, determined to be for adult literacy at the 6th-grade reading level, which is the standard used for other important official state documents, including for the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, notices regarding child support, municipal property tax deferral programs for seniors and temporary assistance for needy families. This bill also requires ballot questions to unambiguously state what the effect of a "yes" or "no" vote may have.
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill but retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment makes the following changes to the laws governing the printing of ballots for referendum questions.
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|LD 536||An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019|
Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.
|LD 554||An Act To Clarify the Authority To Recall Municipal Officials||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019|
This bill repeals the provision that limits the use of the recall process for elected municipal officials in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 2505 to cases in which the official is convicted of a crime, the conduct of which occurred during the official's term of office and the victim of which is the municipality.
|LD 657||An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts||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 is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:
|LD 826||An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Registration Plate Numbers||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This bill provides that the $15 fee imposed to retain a motor vehicle registration number in a year in which new registration plates are issued does not apply for the retention of the registration number of a special veterans registration plate or a special disability registration plate for veterans.
|LD 853||An Act To Facilitate Weekend Malt Liquor Purchases by Licensed Establishments||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-161, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019|
This bill permits retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed on the premises to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off of the premises during weekend hours, when wholesalers and distributors are typically closed.
This amendment permits retailers licensed for on-premises consumption of malt liquor to purchase malt liquor from retailers licensed for the sale of malt liquor to be consumed off the licensed premises only during weekend hours and only 2 times annually. If an on-premises retailer purchases malt liquor from an off-premises retailer, the on-premises retailer must immediately notify both the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the retailer's malt liquor wholesaler of the purchase. The on-premises retailer may not purchase more than 10 gallons of malt liquor in a single weekend and must purchase the malt liquor from an off-premises retailer located within the same malt liquor wholesaler's sales territory.
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|LD 915||An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-104, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill specifies that beginning September 1, 2019 the reimbursement rate for ambulance services under the MaineCare program may not be less than the average allowable reimbursement rate under Medicare and reimbursement for neonatal transport services under MaineCare must be at the average rate for critical care transport services under Medicare.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to provide funding to increase the reimbursement rate for ambulance services.
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|LD 916||An Act To Improve the Child Protective Court System||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019|
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill would establish a process within the court system to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that child protective cases involving the same child are assigned to and heard by the same judge throughout the entire process while the child is a minor.
|LD 946||An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by House amendment H-387, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019|
This bill prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill provides other exceptions under which a provider may use, disclose, sell or permit access to customer personal information. The bill prohibits a provider from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill requires providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer personal information from unauthorized use, disclosure, sale or access. The provisions of the bill apply to providers operating within the State when providing broadband Internet access service to customers that are billed for service received in the State and are physically located in the State.
This amendment includes other exceptions, as found in the current law, to the release of customer personal information, such as for the release of portable electronic device content information and location information to a government entity. This amendment also removes the authorization of a provider to provide geolocation information regarding a customer to the customer's legal guardian or immediate family member in an emergency situation.
This amendment also provides an effective date of July 1, 2020 for the legislation.
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|LD 948||An Act To Restrict Ordinances That Affect the Posting of Property for Municipal and Private Land||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 26, 2019|
This bill provides that a municipality or political subdivision of the State may not enact an ordinance, law or rule regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint that is different from the provisions in state law regulating the posting of property by marking with signs or paint.
|LD 987||An Act To Provide Autonomy for Health Care Providers To Practice Patient-centered Care by Amending the Laws Governing Medical Exemptions to Immunization Requirements||Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019|
This bill provides that a medical exemption from immunization for the purposes of attendance at a nursery school, a child care facility, a family child care provider or an elementary, secondary or postsecondary school, or for employees at certain health care facilities, is at the sole discretion of the student's or employee's health care provider. It prohibits the adoption of rules or policies related to medical exemptions, including, but not limited to, rules or policies that establish requirements for medical exemptions and rules or policies requiring the review, acceptance or rejection of medical exemptions. The bill also removes the authority of school boards, the governing boards of private schools and municipalities to have more stringent immunization requirements than state law.
|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|
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.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1014 Amendment S-242 fiscal note
|LD 1018||Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Protection from Abuse Orders (By request)||Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019|
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to convene a work group to review the laws governing enforcement of protection from abuse orders and how those orders are enforced by law enforcement officers.
|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 1051||An Act To Create the Maine Family First Employer Program||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill creates the Maine Family First Employer Program under the Department of Labor to award employers that create family-friendly workplaces by providing, for all full-time employees, advancement and leadership opportunities; the same pay rates for similar work; stipends or assistance for child care; paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and medical care for employees or family members of employees; flexible work accommodations for other family obligations; and health insurance and retirement plan options. The awards are presented by the Governor and come with a logo that a designated employer may use for promotional purposes.
|LD 1125||Resolve, To Require Reimbursement for Bed-hold Days in Adult Family Care Homes||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-103, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse up to 50% of the MaineCare rate for patient care for a maximum of 6 months to nursing homes for bad debt incurred when a patient is provided care but is determined ineligible for MaineCare and the nursing home has made all reasonable efforts to collect on the debt. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse adult family care homes for up to 30 bed-hold days per calendar year in the same manner as residential care facilities are reimbursed.
This amendment removes the section of the bill that reimburses nursing homes for bad debt incurred and changes the bill to a resolve. It changes the title to reflect the remaining provision to provide for reimbursement for bed-hold days in adult family care homes. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1125 Chaptered Law
LD 1125 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1126||Resolve, To Classify Employee Health Insurance as a Fixed Cost for MaineCare Reimbursement in Nursing Homes||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-87, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 67, Principles of Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities no later than January 1, 2020 to move health insurance costs for personnel from direct care and routine cost components to fixed costs components. This was a majority recommendation of the Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities, which reported in December 2013.
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.
LD 1126 fiscal note
LD 1126 Amendment S-87 fiscal note
|LD 1147||Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Study Registration Fees for All-terrain Vehicles and Snowmobiles||Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-184, Finally passed, Signed into law May 23, 2019|
This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent. It also increases all-terrain vehicle registration fees by $12, which must be transferred to the ATV Recreational Management Fund.
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to review, in consultation with interested parties, the current registration fees for all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles to consider alternatives to the current fee structure and the potential effects on revenue that these alternatives may have. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife detailing the alternatives considered and any recommendations. It gives the committee the authority to report out a bill based on the commissioner's report.
LD 1147 Chaptered Law
LD 1147 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1162||An Act To Further Expand Drug Price Transparency||Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-252, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019|
This bill requires that, if a prescription drug has a wholesale acquisition cost of more than $40 for a course of therapy and there is an increase in the wholesale acquisition cost of that prescription drug of more than 16%, including the proposed increase and the cumulative increases that occurred within the previous two calendar years prior to the current year, the manufacturer of the prescription drug must provide notice to certain registered purchasers.
Under current law the Maine Health Data Organization, referred to as the "organization," is required to collect and report information with regard to the 25 prescription drugs that are the most frequently prescribed in the State, the 25 costliest as determined by the total amount spent on those drugs in the State and the 25 drugs that have the highest year-over-year cost increases in total spending in the State. This bill requires the organization to post online a list of the identified prescription drugs, along with the corresponding wholesale acquisition cost and the percentage of wholesale acquisition cost increase, if applicable, for each identified prescription drug.
The bill directs the organization to develop a plan to collect data from manufacturers that will help explain how prescription drug prices are established. The organization is required to work with other state and national agencies and organizations to determine how to conduct the data collection. The organization is required to submit the plan as well as any recommendations for legislation to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by April 1, 2020. That committee may report out legislation to the First or Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.
Using the plan developed and reported to the Legislature, starting in 2021 the organization must require the manufacturer of each drug on the list to disclose drug production, research and development costs, marketing and advertising costs and actual costs paid by purchasers. The manufacturer must certify the accuracy of the information and provide it within 60 days after the information is requested by the organization. The organization is authorized to request additional information related to the required information.
The information that the manufacturers are directed to provide to the organization, unless the information is already publicly accessible or available or previously released in the public domain, must be held confidential at the request of the manufacturer. The organization may release information that was previously accessible or available or released in the public domain. The organization may release additional information as long as the information released is not a trade secret. The organization must treat the information as "Level II" information as required by rules that have already been adopted by the organization.
This amendment provides that the manufacturer may voluntarily provide any other information the manufacturer determines relevant to the increase in wholesale acquisition cost, including but not limited to information about all manufacturer-sponsored assistance programs for that drug in the previous year, including the terms of the programs, the total amount of financial assistance provided to residents of the State and the average amount of assistance per resident of the State for whom assistance was provided. This information is not considered confidential and the organization may release it, identifying both the manufacturer and the individual drug.
The organization is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature based on the list of up to 75 drugs and the wholesale acquisition cost information. The organization may include in the report recommendations for increasing prescription drug pricing transparency. Once the organization starts collecting information from manufacturers in 2021, the report must also include at least a summary of the manufacturer information. The organization is required to post the report online.
The bill provides that when a manufacturer violates the reporting requirements, the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization may impose a fine of not more than $10,000 per day after the deadline for reporting required information. If the manufacturer fails to pay a fine, or if an injunction is necessary, the board may refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Attorney General may bring an action in Superior Court for injunctive relief, enforcement of fines, costs, attorney's fees and any other appropriate remedy.
The legislation does not restrict the legal ability of a prescription drug manufacturer to change prices to the extent permitted under federal law.
The amendment requires prescription drug manufacturers to report annually to the Maine Health Data Organization no later than January 30, 2020 and annually thereafter, on prescription drug prices when the manufacturer has during the prior calendar year increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a brand-name drug by more than 20% per pricing unit, increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a generic drug that costs at least $10 per pricing unit by more than 20% per pricing unit or introduced a new drug for distribution in this State when the wholesale acquisition cost is greater than the amount that would cause the drug to be considered a specialty drug under the Medicare Part D program.
The amendment also requires prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers to provide pricing component data per pricing unit of a drug within 60 days of a request by the Maine Health Data Organization. The amendment defines "pricing component data" as data unique to each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager that evidences the cost to make a prescription drug available to consumers and the payments received by each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager to make a prescription drug available to consumers, taking into account any price concessions, and that is measured uniformly among the entities, as determined by rules adopted by the organization.
The amendment provides that reported information is confidential, except that information may be shared in the aggregate and with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance for enforcement purposes.Beginning November 1, 2020 and annually thereafter, the amendment requires the Maine Health Data Organization to produce and post on its publicly accessible website an annual report, including information developed from the notifications and disclosures received from prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers on trends in the cost of prescription drugs, an analysis of manufacturer prices and price increases, the major components of prescription drug pricing along the supply chain and the impacts on insurance premiums and cost sharing and other information the organization determines is relevant to providing greater consumer awareness of the factors contributing to the cost of prescription drugs in the State.
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LD 1162 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|LD 1171||An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.
LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
|LD 1198||An Act To Ensure Transparency and Participation in Maine Water Districts||Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019|
This bill removes from the laws governing water districts and standard water districts language referencing the appointment of standard district trustees pursuant to standard district charters. It amends the law regarding appointments of trustees to provide that, if sufficient and appropriate nominations for the election of trustees have not occurred, trustees may be appointed.
|LD 1309||An Act To Index MaineCare Reimbursement to Nursing Homes and Other Adult Care Facilities to Increases in the Minimum Wage||Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019|
This bill increases the reimbursement rates under the MaineCare program to nursing facilities, adult family care homes and residential care facilities by the amount of the minimum wage increase that occurs on January 1st of each year as outlined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 664, subsection 1. The increases in reimbursement rates must be retroactive to the date of the increase in the minimum wage.
|LD 1462||RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide 4-year Terms for Senators and To Set Term Limits for Legislators||Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019|
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to change the term of office for State Senators from 2 years to 4 years and change the number of consecutive years members of the State Senate and House of Representatives may serve from 8 years to 12 years.
|LD 1502||An Act To Expand Access to the Workforce through Apprenticeships||Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019|
This bill establishes an alternative path to licensure through apprenticeship for certain professions. The bill requires that, beginning January 1, 2020, the appropriate licensing authority grant to a person that has successfully completed 8th grade, passed any required examinations and completed an approved apprenticeship a license to practice as:
|LD 1516||An Act To Improve Efficiency in Communication in the Court System (Emergency)||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-270, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This bill provides funding to the judicial branch to allow it to develop and implement a text message notification system to provide information regarding pending court cases, such as location, calendar, case category and case type, to involved parties.
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and reduces the appropriation to reflect the new effective date.
LD 1516 fiscal note
LD 1516 Amendment H-270 fiscal note
|LD 1612||An Act Regarding the Presumption of Abandonment of Gift Obligations||Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-613 and Senate amendment S-366, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019|
Under current law, a gift obligation card, which includes a gift certificate, gift card and online gift account, is considered abandoned 2 years after the expiration of the calendar year in which it was purchased or last used. This bill removes the presumption of abandonment for gift obligation cards.
This amendment provides that this legislation, which exempts gift obligation cards from the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act by establishing that a gift obligation card is never presumed abandoned, is effective January 1, 2021 and applies to gift obligation cards sold on or after January 1, 2021.
This amendment provides that the amount of a gift obligation's face value that is unclaimed for purposes of the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act is 60% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2018 or earlier; 40% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2019; 20% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2020; and 0% for gift obligations issued or whose most recent transaction, whichever is later, occurred during calendar year 2021 or thereafter.
LD 1612 Amendment H-613 fiscal note
LD 1612 Amendment S-366 fiscal note
|LD 1626||An Act To Implement a Presidential Primary System in Maine||Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-186, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019|
This bill implements a presidential primary election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of the presidential election year, and provides a process for the parties to participate if they certify to the Secretary of State by November 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year that they have a contest among candidates for nomination.
This amendment, which is a minority report of the committee, strikes the provision of the bill mandating that each party's presidential primary elections are closed to any voter not enrolled in that party. Under the amendment, an unenrolled voter may choose to vote in one party's presidential primary election. The amendment also corrects cross-references in the bill.
LD 1626 Chaptered Law
LD 1626 Chaptered Law fiscal note
|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|
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.
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 1714||Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Enter into a Reciprocal Agreement between the State and Taiwan Regarding Driver's Licenses||Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322|
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to begin negotiations toward the development of a reciprocal agreement between the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Taiwan for reciprocity, beginning January 1, 2021, in issuing driver's licenses to residents of this State who reside in Taiwan and to Taiwanese citizens who reside in this State.