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Senator Louis Luchini [Democrat]
Hancock ~ District 7

Towns in District: Amherst, Aurora, Bar Harbor, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Central Hancock Unorganized Territory, Cranberry Isles, Deer Isle, Eastbrook, Ellsworth, Franklin, Frenchboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Mariaville, Marshall Island Township, Mount Desert, Osborn, Otis, Sedgwick, Sorrento, Southwest Harbor, Stonington, Surry, Swan's Island, Tremont, Trenton, Waltham and part of East Hancock Unorganized Territory

Would be term limited: 2026
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Veterans and Legal Affairs (Chair)
♦ Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

✉ Louis.Luchini@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ P.O. Box 1311
Ellsworth, Maine 04605


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In the 128th legislative session, Senator Luchini served in the House of Representatives; scorecard scores are for bills scored for the House and histograms are relative to other House members during the 128th session.

OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters64%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20188 of 8
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 245 An Act To Reestablish a Presidential Primary System in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 245
This bill makes permanent the temporary provisions in law for presidential primaries that were repealed on December 1, 2018.

LD 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 455
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

LD 553 An Act To Ensure Proper Oversight of Sports Betting in the State Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-318, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 553
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure proper oversight of sports betting.

Amendment S-318
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit to regulate sports wagering in the State.

Licensed commercial tracks, licensed off-track betting facilities, licensed casinos and federally recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply for facility sports wagering licenses to conduct in-person sports wagering in the State. These entities are also eligible to apply for mobile sports wagering licenses to conduct sports wagering through mobile applications or digital platforms, as are qualified gaming entities that offer sports wagering through mobile applications or digital platforms in any jurisdiction in the United States pursuant to a state regulatory structure. Facility sports wagering licensees and mobile sports wagering licensees, referred to in the amendment as operators, may purchase or lease equipment, systems or services for sports wagering from entities with a supplier license, whose equipment, systems or services must meet standards established by rule.

Operators may also enter into written contracts, approved by the director of the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety, with management services licensees that have sufficient knowledge and experience in the business of operating sports wagering to effectively conduct sports wagering on behalf of operators. A person employed by a facility sports wagering licensee to be engaged directly in sports wagering-related activities must be licensed by the Gambling Control Unit.

Operators may accept wagers on professional, collegiate and amateur sports events, including international events, as well as on the individual performances of athletes, on motor vehicle races and on electronic sports. Sports wagers are prohibited on high school events, other events where a majority of participants are less than 18 years of age and events involving Maine-based colleges and universities. Operators may not accept sports wagers from individuals under 21 years of age; participants in the sports event, including athletes and officials; persons with an interest in the outcome of the sports event identified by the director by rule; the operator's own directors or employees or persons living in their households; persons voluntarily or involuntarily placed on a list maintained by the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety of persons not authorized to make sports wagers; 3rd persons making wagers on behalf of another person; and Gambling Control Unit employees. Mobile sports wagering licensees are also prohibited from accepting sports wagers from persons who are not physically located within the State.

A facility sports wagering licensee must remit 10% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts to the State and a mobile sports wagering licensee must remit 16% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts to the State. One percent of adjusted gross sports wagering receipts must be deposited in the General Fund for the administrative expenses of the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety and 1% of the adjusted gross sports wagering receipts must be deposited in the Gambling Addiction Prevention and Treatment Fund established by the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 20006-B. The remaining adjusted gross sports wagering receipts remitted to the State must be deposited in the General Fund.

The amendment also allows a licensed fantasy contest operator to offer a fantasy contest based on the performances of participants in collegiate athletic events.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 553 Amendment S-318 fiscal note
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 702 An Act Regarding the Pricing of Spirits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 702
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure a thorough appeals process relating to the pricing of spirits by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the State Liquor and Lottery Commission.

LD 1015 An Act To Support Maine Craft Distillers Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-93, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1015
This bill exempts the holder of a small distillery license from bailment or other distribution fees if the product sold by that license holder, either for on-premises or off-premises consumption, was not transported to a warehouse operated by the State or a wholesaler contracted by the State.

Amendment S-93
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. The amendment provides that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is required to set the price of spirits produced by a licensed Maine small distillery and retained by that small distillery for sale directly to customers at a discount of 22.75% off the list price. This discount rate is greater than the discount that an agency liquor store is given off of the list price when it purchases spirits produced by a small distillery because, unlike spirits purchased by an agency liquor store, the spirits retained by the small distillery are not transported to a warehouse operated by the bureau or by a wholesaler contracted by the bureau and then distributed by that wholesaler to another location.

LD 1015 Chaptered Law
LD 1015 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1049 An Act Regarding the Sale of Cats and Dogs with Health Problems Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-52, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1049
This bill provides alternative remedies for a purchaser of a dog that has a health problem causing diminished life expectancy. For a dog with a life expectancy of less than one year as determined by a veterinarian, the purchaser may choose to receive a refund of the full purchase price of the dog. For a dog with a life expectancy of one to 5 years as determined by a veterinarian, the purchaser may choose to receive a refund of 1/2 of the purchase price of the dog. Return of the dog to the seller and reimbursement of veterinary fees by the seller are not required.

Amendment S-52
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment allows, for a dog or cat with a life expectancy of less than one year as determined by a veterinarian, the purchaser to choose to retain the dog or cat and receive a full refund for the original purchase price of the dog or cat. The amendment also provides that reimbursement of veterinarian fees by the seller is not required when a purchaser chooses to retain the dog or cat and receive a full refund for the original purchase price of the dog or cat.

The amendment provides that sellers may not, contractually or otherwise, exempt themselves from the remedies provided for deaths or health problems in dogs and cats caused by hereditary or congenital defects.

LD 1049 Chaptered Law
LD 1049 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1050 An Act To Require Education about African-American History and the History of Genocide Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-147, adopted House amendment H-520 and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1050
This bill requires instruction in the Holocaust developed by the Commissioner of Education to be provided in and required for graduation from all elementary and secondary schools, both public and private.

Amendment S-147
This amendment replaces the bill. It requires that the history of genocide, including the Holocaust, to be taught in schools, aligned with the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements and included in the review of content standards and performance indicators of the system of learning results. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.

The fiscal note on this amendment identifies certain requirements in the amendment as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds that the provision in the bill requiring the history of genocide to be taught in schools, the provision the fiscal note identifies as potentially a mandate, does not create a mandate since the history of genocide relates to topics already required to be taught in schools and so should not cause any school to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

Amendment H-520
This amendment requires that African-American history and culture be taught in schools, aligned with the parameters for essential instruction and graduation requirements and included in the review of content standards and performance indicators of the system of learning results. This amendment directs the Department of Education to convene 2 volunteer advisory groups to collect information and prepare and make available materials for teaching African-American history and culture and the history of genocide in accordance with this legislation.

This amendment also provides that the addition of African-American history and the history of genocide to the school curriculum takes effect July 1, 2020 so as to be in effect for the 2020-2021 school year.

LD 1050 Amendment S-147 fiscal note
LD 1050 Amendment H-520 fiscal note
LD 1097 An Act To Protect Tenants from Sexual Harassment Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-165, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 18, 2019
LD 1097
This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant if the tenant had made a complaint of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or landlord's agent. The bill defines "sexual harassment."

Amendment S-165
The bill addresses sexual harassment with regard to tenants in residential property. This amendment clearly states a landlord or a landlord's agent may not subject a tenant to sexual harassment. It retains the provision that nothing in the subchapter limits the application of the Maine Human Rights Act, which addresses discrimination in housing.

The amendment revises the definition of "sexual harassment" to include retaliation for communicating about or filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

The amendment replaces the rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant with additional options for the tenant: the tenant raises the rebuttable presumption of retaliation by having communicated to the landlord or the landlord's agent about an act of sexual harassment or filed a complaint with a law enforcement agency, the Maine Human Rights Commission or a court of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent against the tenant or a family or household member of the tenant. The tenant must have made the communication, which does not have to be in writing, or complaint prior to receiving the eviction notice. This is consistent with current law that creates a rebuttable presumption based on the tenant's filing a fair housing complaint prior to receiving an eviction notice.

In addition, the amendment provides that the defense of retaliation cannot be used in an eviction if the action is brought because the tenant violated a lease provision or for any reason that is listed in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6002, subsection 1 as grounds for an eviction with 7 days' written notice. Thus, if the landlord commences an eviction based on nonpayment of rent, for example, the fact that the tenant had communicated about sexual harassment or filed a complaint of sexual harassment does not create a presumption that the eviction is in retaliation for the assertion of that right.

The amendment also provides a tenant who is the victim of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent with the opportunity to terminate the lease early, using the same process currently in law for a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, by providing specified written documentation with appropriate notice.

LD 1097 Chaptered Law
LD 1097 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1119 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipalities and School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1119
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to purchase solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units.

Part B directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds from the bond issue under Part A to fund the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Part C establishes the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust to support municipalities and municipally authorized citizen committees and school administrative units across the State in reducing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, facilitating the development of renewable energy resources and creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. It funds the program with the proceeds of bonds, including bonds issued pursuant to Part A, any other funds allocated by the trust and matching funds from participating municipalities.

Parts B and C take effect only if the bond issue under Part A is approved by the voters of the State.

LD 1619 An Act Regarding Licenses for the Sale of Liquor for On-premises Consumption (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-92, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1619
This bill gives a municipality the option of conditioning its approval of a particular Class X liquor license on the exclusion of a type of liquor from sale by the licensee.

Amendment S-92
This amendment clarifies that a municipality may impose a condition limiting the types of liquor that may be sold for consumption on the premises of a particular Class X licensee when the municipality considers an application for a new or a renewed Class X license under the process established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A, section 653.

LD 1619 Chaptered Law
LD 1619 Chaptered Law 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
LD 1626
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.

Amendment S-186
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 1687 An Act Regarding the Water Quality Certification of Graham Lake on the Union River (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1687
This bill provides that for the purposes of water quality certification under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act:
  • 1. Graham Lake located in the Union River in the City of Ellsworth may be subject to drawdowns of lake levels of up to 4 feet and still be deemed to meet state water classification standards;
  • 2. The Department of Environmental Protection may not waive water quality certification under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license for the Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project and failure of the department to file timely a water quality certification is deemed to be a denial of water quality certification; and
  • 3. The Ellsworth Hydroelectric Project is subject to an involuntary water quality decertification if the project does not provide for a volitional upstream fish passage over both the Graham Lake Dam and Ellsworth Lake Dam within 10 years of the project's relicensure.


LD 1663 An Act To Clarify Ranked-choice Voting Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-194, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1663
This bill clarifies that "elections determined by ranked-choice voting" only occur when there are 3 or more candidates for an office. This bill specifies additional layout requirements for ballots containing ranked-choice contests. This bill allows the Secretary of State to create a separate voter instruction poster for ranked-choice voting. This bill provides that municipalities count and report only the first choice votes cast for elections determined by ranked-choice voting. This bill substitutes the word "count" for the word "tabulate" in reference to ranked-choice voting. This bill removes an inconsistent provision regarding ties in ranked-choice contests and changes the permitted restriction on the number of rankings allowed on the ballot in a ranked-choice voting contest from 6 to 5. This bill limits who can request a recount of a ranked-choice voting contest to the candidates receiving the top 3 rankings in the penultimate round of ranked-choice counting.

Amendment S-194
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes several technical changes to the bill and clarifies that the Secretary of State has discretion to determine whether ranked-choice contests should appear on the same ballot page as or on a different ballot page from contests that are not subject to ranked-choice voting. The amendment also clarifies that a voter's decision to rank more than one candidate for a single office does not render the voter's vote invalid in an election determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further requires that an election official post a paper copy of the results of the first choice votes cast in elections determined by ranked-choice voting, if a secure place is available at the voting place or municipal office where the public may view the election results.

LD 1663 Chaptered Law
LD 1663 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1722 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Develop a Plan for Implementation of Automatic Registration of Nonregistered Persons Qualified To Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1722
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to study the implementation of automatic voter registration. The Secretary of State is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs by February 1, 2020.

LD 1734 An Act To Create a Postsecondary Educational Institution Program License for the Purchase of Liquor for Certain Curricula Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-185, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1734
This bill creates a new license type for state-supported postsecondary educational institutions that offer a course or courses for a degree program for hospitality industry, culinary arts or food sciences. The license authorizes a state-supported postsecondary educational institution to purchase and permit sampling of liquor in conjunction with the educational institution's curriculum.

Amendment S-185
This amendment specifies that any accredited postsecondary educational institution in the State that offers a course or courses involving the hospitality industry, culinary arts or food sciences is eligible for a license to permit sampling of liquor by faculty and students who are at least 21 years of age and enrolled in the course or courses. All sampling of liquor must be conducted in accordance with the educational institution's alcohol safety procedures or guidelines.

LD 1734 Chaptered Law
LD 1734 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1761 An Act To Assist Small Beer Manufacturers and Small Hard Cider Manufacturers Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-281, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1761
This bill changes the definition of "small brewery" by increasing the amount of malt liquor a small brewery may brew from 50,000 gallons to 30,000 barrels per year. It defines a "small beer manufacturer" as a small brewery or out-of-state brewer that is brewing, lagering and kegging, bottling or packaging its own malt liquor, not to exceed 30,000 barrels per year. If a small beer manufacturer terminates its distribution relationship with a wholesale licensee, unless for good cause, causes a wholesale licensee to resign from an agreement, unless for good cause, or unreasonably withholds its consent to any assignment, transfer or sale of a wholesale licensee's business and that small beer manufacturer's brands make up no more than 3% of the wholesale licensee's business, the bill sets the maximum amount of the termination fee that the wholesale licensee is entitled to receive from that small beer manufacturer in connection with the termination. The bill amends the laws governing certain notice requirements that the small beer manufacturer must satisfy in connection with the termination, provides expedited arbitration proceedings for a small beer manufacturer and a wholesale licensee in connection with a dispute regarding the amount of the termination fee and provides that, regardless of whether the terminated wholesale licensee has received payment of the termination fee from the small beer manufacturer, upon written notice of the termination to the wholesale licensee, the small beer manufacturer may appoint a new wholesale licensee to distribute the relevant products in the terminated wholesale licensee's territory or, if the small beer manufacturer is a small brewery, sell the terminated brand or brands of the small beer manufacturer directly to retail licensees in the terminated wholesale licensee's territory without selling the brand or brands to a wholesale licensee. Lastly, this bill allows a wholesale licensee and a small beer manufacturer to agree upon or limit the amount of a termination fee pursuant to a distribution agreement as long as that termination fee does not exceed the maximum amount of the termination fee, as set forth in the bill.

Amendment S-281
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill:
  • 1. It clarifies that only in-state entities are eligible for manufacturing licenses issued by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A, section 1355-A;
  • 2. Similar to the bill's provision regarding small breweries, it changes the definition of "small winery" by increasing the amount of wine that a small winery may produce. Under current law, a small winery may produce up to 50,000 gallons per year of wine, including hard cider. Under the amendment, a small winery may produce up to 50,000 gallons per year of wine that is not hard cider and may produce up to 3,000 barrels per year of wine that is hard cider;
  • 3. Similar to the definition of "small beer manufacturer" in the bill, it defines "small hard cider manufacturer" as a licensed Maine small winery or out-of-state winery that ferments, ages or bottles any amount of wine, as long as it ferments, ages or bottles no more than 3,000 barrels per year of wine that is hard cider;
  • 4. It applies the provisions of the bill that affect the relationship between a wholesale licensee and a small beer manufacturer to the relationship between a wholesale licensee and a small hard cider manufacturer, including by establishing the amount of reasonable compensation that a small hard cider manufacturer must pay to a wholesale licensee when it terminates the authority of the wholesale licensee to distribute its hard cider products and by authorizing the small hard cider manufacturer to continue selling its products during the arbitration of any dispute between the parties regarding the amount of reasonable compensation;
  • 5. Under current law, when any manufacturer and wholesale licensee disagree over the amount of reasonable compensation due after the manufacturer amends or terminates the contract between the parties in a way that removes the wholesaler's authority to distribute one or more of the manufacturer's brands of liquor, the parties must submit the reasonable compensation question to arbitration. Under the amendment, the arbitrator is directed to issue a written decision on the matter no later than 45 days after the date of the commencement of the arbitration proceeding; and
  • 6. The amendment also makes several technical changes and reorganizes the structure of the bill.


LD 1761 Chaptered Law
LD 1761 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1826 An Act To Update the Laws Relating to Liquor Licensing and Enforcement Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-293, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1826
This bill amends the laws governing alcoholic beverages to change references to "distilled spirits" to "spirits" and "alcoholic beverages" to "liquor" to be consistent with defined terms. The bill also changes references to "list price" to "retail price" to reflect the fact that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations is authorized to discount list prices set by the State Liquor and Lottery Commission, changes references to "list price" to "wholesale price" in the provisions regarding the sale price of spirits sold by a reselling agent to an establishment licensed for on-premises consumption and clarifies the use of "retail price" and "discount retail price." The bill removes outdated language regarding the control of the spirits business by the bureau and the sale of fortified wines, corrects a reference to "agent" to read "sales representative" and corrects a reference regarding the issuance of licenses to manufacturers, bottlers and rectifiers to clarify that the bureau and not the commission issues those licenses.

The bill clarifies that the bureau does not consider a violation of the laws governing liquor to have occurred unless the violation has been adjudicated by the District Court and requires that the bureau consider a violation of the bureau's rules as a disqualification for receiving a license.

The bill authorizes the bureau to offer instant redeemable coupons to consumers in addition to suppliers and manufacturers of spirits through the bureau's publicly accessible website and other digital media platforms. It removes the authorization of the availability of instant redeemable coupons to reselling agents for the benefit of on-premises licensees. The bill increases the number of allowable signs used by retail licensees from 2 to 5 and requires that agency liquor store licensees designate 2 of the 5 signs to advertise that the retail location is an agency liquor store.

The bill repeals the laws governing the purchasing of spirits samples and the payment of taxes on those samples. It enacts new language regarding access by sales representatives to samples of spirits products of the supplier represented by the sales representative. The product must be taken from the supplier's bailment inventory housed at the warehouse managed by the State's wholesale liquor provider. The bill also authorizes spirits manufacturers and suppliers to donate spirits to on-premises events in a similar manner as certificate of approval holders and wholesalers.

Amendment S-293
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It makes technical changes to reflect the emergency enactment of Public Law 2019, chapter 79 and Public Law 2019, chapter 168.
  • 2. It moves provisions of current law that authorize the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to, in special circumstances, set prices on spirits at different levels than those established by the State Liquor and Lottery Commission from a section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A related to the state tax on spirits to a section of Title 28-A related to the administration of the spirits business by the bureau.
  • 3. It clarifies that an on-premises retail licensee must purchase spirits from an agency liquor store that is licensed as a reselling agent.
  • 4. It authorizes the bureau or a manufacturer or supplier of spirits to offer instant redeemable coupons to customers through a publicly accessible website, digital media platform or print media.
  • 5. It expands the list of entities that may benefit from a donation of liquor to be auctioned or offered as a prize for fund-raising purposes or sold by a licensed on-premises retailer during a fund-raising event to include a county, city, town or municipal agency or department.
  • 6. It allows a licensed on-premises retailer to deliver a serving or drinks containing up to 4 1/2 ounces of spirits to a person at one time.
  • 7. It clarifies the section of the bill that prohibits placing more than 5 signs advertising the sale of liquor on the outside of any licensed retail premises. Under the amendment, neither a sign in which the only reference to liquor is the name of the licensed premises or an image accompanying the name of the licensed premises nor a patio umbrella that bears the brand name or image of a liquor product and that is located in the outside seating area of a licensed premises counts as one of the 5 permitted signs.
  • 8. The bill authorizes a broker of spirits, which is defined as a person who represents suppliers and manufacturers of spirits, to conduct up to 10 spirits taste-testing events per year. The amendment further authorizes a supplier of spirits or a foreign manufacturer of spirits, which is defined as a person who produces spirits outside of the State, to obtain a license to conduct up to 10 taste-testing events per year.
  • 9. It clarifies that revenue from the state tax on spirits must be transferred to the Liquor Operation Revenue Fund established in Title 30-A, section 6054 and to the General Fund.


LD 1826 Chaptered Law
LD 1826 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 69 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 69
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.

LD 70 An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-10, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 70
This bill permits an employer who employs an apprentice participating in an approved apprenticeship program to receive a tax credit and provides for a partial credit if the employer employs a participating apprentice for fewer than 2,000 hours during a calendar year.

Amendment S-10
This amendment adds appropriations for one-time funding for computer programming and for 2 positions in the Department of Labor to implement the tax credit for apprenticeship programs provided in the bill.

LD 70 fiscal note
LD 70 Amendment S-10 fiscal note
LD 111 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development and Commercialization Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 111
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $250,000,000 issued in $50,000,000 increments over a 5-year period, will be used to provide funds for research and development and commercialization as prioritized by the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board's most recent innovation economy action plan and the Office of Innovation's most recent science and technology action plan. The funds must be allocated in support of technological innovation leading to commercialization in the targeted sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, environmental and renewable energy technology, information technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine technology, composites and advanced materials and precision manufacturing. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process and to Maine-based public and private institutions to leverage matching private and federal funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

LD 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 158 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Beano Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-42, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 158
This bill removes the requirement that beano conducted by organizations such as volunteer fire departments, agricultural fair associations and nonprofit, charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans organizations be conducted by members of those organizations and instead requires that beano conducted by these organizations be conducted in the presence of at least one member of the organization.

Amendment S-42
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Like the bill, the amendment removes the requirement in current law that beano or bingo games conducted by an organization such as a volunteer fire department, agricultural fair association or nonprofit association must be conducted entirely by members of the organization. Under the amendment, the beano or bingo games must be conducted under the exclusive control of an adult member of the organization, who may be assisted by other individuals. The amendment defines "member" to mean an individual duly admitted as a member according to the laws, rules, regulations, ordinances or bylaws governing the organization.<>br>
The amendment also makes a technical change to the laws governing beano and bingo to clarify that a charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans' organization that seeks to obtain a registration to conduct beano or bingo must be a bona fide nonprofit organization.

LD 158 Chaptered Law
LD 158 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 253 An Act To Remove the Bet Limit for Winner-take-all Hands in Games of Chance Tournament Games Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 253
This bill removes the $5 bet limit for a winner-take-all hand conducted during a game of chance tournament game.

LD 253 Chaptered Law
LD 253 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019
LD 255
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2020 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.

LD 256 An Act To Ensure Responsible Operation of Political Action Committees Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-6, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 256
Current law prohibits a political action committee from compensating a Legislator or a business owned or operated by the Legislator if the Legislator is a principal officer or treasurer of the committee or one of the individuals primarily responsible for raising contributions or making decisions for the committee. This bill further prohibits such a political action committee from making loans or gifts to a business owned or operated by the Legislator and prohibits commingling the funds of such a political action committee with the personal funds of the Legislator or the funds of a business owned or operated by the Legislator.

Amendment S-6
This amendment changes the title of the bill.

LD 256 Chaptered Law
LD 256 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 265 An Act To Increase Opportunities for Hunters, Anglers and Sporting Camps by Extending the Seasons on Upland Game Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-26, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 265
This bill amends the general hunting season provisions to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to extend the open seasons on upland game by one additional day, the last Saturday of September, annually. It defines the term "upland game" as snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse and bobwhite quail.

Amendment S-26
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It establishes that the open season on upland game must begin on the last Saturday in September and authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish the length of the season. It also removes ring-necked pheasant from the definition of upland game.

LD 265 Chaptered Law
LD 265 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 339 An Act To Prohibit Unattended Watercraft on Open Water Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 339
This bill makes a person's leaving a watercraft unattended in open water a civil violation.

LD 344 An Act To Increase the Penalties for Illegally Passing a School Bus Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 344
This bill increases the penalties for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. The new penalties are:

  • 1. A $500 fine and a suspension of a driver's license for not more than 30 days for the first offense; and
  • 2. A fine of not less than $1,000 and a suspension of a driver's license for not less than 30 days for a 2nd or subsequent offense occurring within 5 years of the first offense.


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
LD 354
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
LD 356
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 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
LD 365
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.

Amendment S-22
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.

LD 365 Chaptered Law
LD 365 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 371
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 395 An Act To Protect Access to Outside-of-school Enrichment Opportunities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 395
This bill establishes that a school administrative unit may not prohibit a student from accessing outside-of-school enrichment opportunities unless the student is failing to meet academic standards and that a school administrative unit may not prohibit or otherwise restrict an authorized school employee or volunteer from involvement unless the student is failing to meet academic standards or the enrichment opportunity is part of a corporate sponsorship and the employee's or volunteer's involvement is inconsistent with the educational policy of the school administrative unit.

LD 419 An Act To Require a Minimum Salary of $50,000 for Public School Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 419
This bill requires that the minimum salary of certified teachers in public schools be established at $50,000 for the school year starting after June 30, 2020.

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

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

LD 431 fiscal note
LD 431 Amendment H-188 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

Amendment H-230
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 445 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain All-terrain Vehicle Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 445
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the ATV Recreational Management Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, all-terrain vehicle groups and others for the maintenance of all-terrain vehicle trails.

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

Amendment S-53
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 446 fiscal note
LD 446 Amendment S-53 fiscal note
LD 457 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 457
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to fund a grant program to invest in projects along the State's rivers that contribute to economic, environmental and community development and revitalization, promote economic activity, protect the environment and enhance quality of life for Maine people.

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

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

LD 490 Chaptered Law
LD 490 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 499 An Act To Prohibit Payment per Signature on Petitions for Direct Initiatives and People's Veto Referendums Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-232, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 499
This bill prohibits the circulator or person who causes the circulation of an initiative or referendum petition or a petition organization from receiving payment for the collection of signatures based on the number of signatures collected. The bill clarifies that a salary or fee for the collection of signatures is not prohibited if it is not based on the number of signatures collected.

Amendment S-232
This amendment is the majority report. The amendment replaces the title and the bill and strengthens the integrity of the direct initiative and people's veto referendum process by requiring a petition circulator to submit an affidavit that includes the circulator's name, the address at which the circulator resides and the date the circulator signed the affidavit; that the circulator read the information provided by the Secretary of State and understands the laws governing the circulation of petitions in Maine; that the circulator was a resident of Maine and a registered voter in Maine at the time of circulating the petition; and that the circulator understands that the circulator can be prosecuted for violating the laws governing the circulation of petitions, including the requirement that a circulator truthfully executed the affidavit. The amendment also requires petition organizations and others to indicate the method by which they are compensating any individuals hired to assist in circulating petitions.

LD 499 Chaptered Law
LD 499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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
LD 534
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.

Amendment H-277
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.
  • 1. It requires that the Secretary of State draft the ballot question for a people's veto or a direct initiative in a clear, concise and direct manner that describes the subject matter of the people's veto or direct initiative as simply as is possible.
  • 2. It eliminates the requirement that questions for a people's veto referendum be phrased so that an affirmative vote is in favor of the people's veto.
  • 3. It requires that an explanation of the effect of a "yes" vote and the effect of a "no" vote be printed on the ballot immediately below each referendum question, including each people's veto, direct initiative, bond issue, constitutional amendment and other legislatively proposed referendum question.


LD 534 Chaptered Law
LD 534 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 607 An Act To Provide Equitable Taxation for the Food and Beverage Industry Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-280, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 607
This bill allows a deduction from Maine individual and corporate taxable income for the federal tax credit allowed to an employer for the employer's share of federal social security taxes paid on the portion of an employee's tips that cause the employee's wages to exceed $5.15 per hour. Under federal tax law, the credit amount must be subtracted from the taxpayer's otherwise deductible expenses, which increases federal taxable income. Under current Maine law, when an employer takes the credit available under the federal Internal Revenue Code, the employer receives neither a Maine credit nor a return of the federal disallowed deduction for Maine taxable income purposes; such a deduction is allowed from Maine taxable income for the work opportunity credit and empowerment zone employment credit. This bill makes Maine's treatment consistent across the 3 federal credits.

Amendment S-280
This amendment provides the correct references to the federal credit that causes the need for the deductions authorized by the bill and specifies that the deductions apply beginning with the 2019 tax year.

LD 607 Amendment S-280 fiscal note
LD 619 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Regarding Early Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-42 and engrossed, failed Final passage as an Constitutional amendment in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 619
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process by which municipalities may conduct early voting by allowing voters to vote in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election and to allow absentee voting for any sufficient reason.

Amendment H-42
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 619 Amendment H-42 fiscal note
LD 715 An Act To Change the Allocation Formula for Revenue from Slot Machines Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 715
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to change the allocation of the revenue from slot machines operated by casinos, as established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 8, section 1036, subsections 2 and 2-A. This bill would not change the percentage of the net slot machine income being distributed, but would:

  • 1. Return to the allocation formula established in the legislation allowing casinos that was approved at referendum, which would require reducing the funding of certain items, such as the fund to supplement harness racing purses and the Sire Stakes Fund, and eliminating the funding of other items, such as the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks and the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities. Under this proposal, the 14% of the net slot machine income attributable to the reduction or elimination of those allocations would be distributed elsewhere;
  • 2. Reallocate the net slot machine income among the current receivers of the income, increasing the share of some, such as the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the University of Maine System Scholarship Fund, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System, while decreasing the share of others, such as the fund to supplement harness racing purses, and eliminating the share of others, such as the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks, the Sire Stakes Fund and the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; or
  • 3. Enact a combination of the 2 methods and include different recipients.


LD 732 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Nonprofit Career and Technical Student Organizations Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-391, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 732
This bill provides a sales tax exemption to nonprofit career and technical education student organizations recognized by the Department of Education.

Amendment H-391
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 732 fiscal note
LD 732 Amendment H-391 fiscal note
LD 734 Resolve, To Expedite the Processing of Applications for Certification under the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-51, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 734
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to establish a new permanent position in the Bureau of Employment Services to expedite the processing of employer applications for certification required for the federal work opportunity tax credit under Section 51 of the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The resolve also requires the Department of Labor to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing with the most recent information available concerning applications submitted by employers, including information on the extent of any backlog in application processing, by February 1, 2020.

Amendment H-51
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 734 fiscal note
LD 734 Amendment H-51 fiscal note
LD 737 An Act To Update Alcohol Taste-testing Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-119, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 737
This bill allows agency liquor stores and off-premises retail licensees to conduct up to 3 tastings per month of distilled spirits, wine and malt liquor each, for a potential total of 9 tastings per month at some retailers.

Amendment H-119
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and authorizes agency liquor stores and off-premises retail licensees to conduct up to 15 taste-testing events per month of spirits, wine and malt liquor. The amendment allows, but does not require, agency liquor stores and off-premises retail licensees to submit a single request to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations listing all of the taste-testing events the agency liquor store or off-premises retail licensee plans to conduct in a single calendar month. The amendment also allows agency liquor stores and off-premises retail licensees to conduct taste testing of spirits, wine and malt liquor at the same taste-testing event, as long as the agency liquor store or off-premises retail licensee is licensed to sell the types of liquor being offered at the event.

LD 737 Chaptered Law
LD 737 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
LD 816
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

Amendment S-44
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

LD 816 Amendment S-44 fiscal note
LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 820
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

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

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

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

LD 820 Chaptered Law
LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 852 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-126, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 852
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a task force to study the benefits, assessments and expansion of continuing education programs for young adults with disabilities after high school. The members of the task force would include a variety of experts, providers and parents, and the task force would be charged with developing recommendations to enhance the coordination of programs and recommend targeted reforms to ensure the most efficient and effective provision of services. This bill would also implement targeted reforms that have been recommended by existing or previous task forces.

Amendment H-126
This amendment establishes the Task Force To Study the Coordination of Services and Expansion of Educational Programs for Young Adults with Disabilities. The membership of the task force consists of Legislators who serve on the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Labor and members of organizations or associations knowledgeable about services for young adults with disabilities after high school. The Commissioner of Education convenes the task force, which must hold a minimum of 4 meetings and submit a report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters and labor and housing matters on recommendations and targeted reforms to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services provided by different agencies and continuing educational opportunities for young adults with disabilities after high school.

LD 852 Amendment H-126 fiscal note

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
LD 853
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.

Amendment H-161
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.

LD 853 Chaptered Law
LD 853 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

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

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

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

LD 865 Chaptered Law
LD 865 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 911
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

LD 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
LD 1019
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.

Amendment S-230
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.

LD 1019 Amendment S-230 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 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-213, Enacted, Signed into law May 29, 2019
LD 1025
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It defines "conversion therapy" as any practice or course of treatment that seeks or purports to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity, except for any practice or treatment that assists an individual undergoing a gender transition; any practice or treatment that provides acceptance, support and understanding to an individual; and any practice or treatment that facilitates an individual's coping, social support or identity exploration and development, including any therapeutic intervention that is neutral with regard to sexual orientation or gender identity, and that seeks to prevent or address unlawful conduct or unsafe sexual practices, as long as the counseling does not seek to change the individual's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • 2. It prohibits certified school psychologists and guidance counselors, nurses, doctors, physician assistants, psychologists, psychological examiners, alcohol and drug counselors and aides, social workers, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, speech-language pathologists and assistants and audiologists from advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to individuals under 18 years of age. Advertising, offering or administering conversion therapy to an individual under 18 years of age in violation of this prohibition is grounds for discipline of the professional by the department or board that issued the professional's license, certification or registration, including but not limited to suspension or revocation of the license, certification or registration.
  • 3. It prohibits MaineCare reimbursement for conversion therapy administered to an individual who is under 18 years of age.
  • 4. It includes a statement of legislative findings and intent.


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1078 An Act Regarding the Number of Agency Liquor Store Licenses Permitted in a Municipality Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-96, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 1078
This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to license up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10.

Amendment H-96
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment restructures for clarity current law limiting the number of agency liquor stores. Substantively, the amendment allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to:
  • 1. License up to 11 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 60,000. Under current law, the maximum number of agency liquor stores that may be licensed in a municipality with a population over 45,000 is 10; and
  • 2. License up to 7 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 15,000 but less than 20,001 and 6 agency liquor stores in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 15,001. Currently, 5 agency liquor stores are allowed in a municipality with a population over 10,000 but less than 20,001.


LD 1078 Chaptered Law
LD 1078 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1096 An Act To Require That Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Be Made Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1096
This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to establish and maintain a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities, which must provide for an assessment on intake, provide a variety of behavioral and medication-assisted treatment options and offer peer support and comprehensive treatment options after release. The bill also provides funding for the establishment of the substance use disorder treatment program.

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

Amendment S-86
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
LD 1194 An Act To Increase Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-136, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1194
This bill increases the property tax exemption beginning on or after April 1, 2020 from $6,000 to $10,000 of the just value of a home of a veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during specified periods or who is receiving compensation from the United States Government for total, service-connected disability.

Amendment S-136
This amendment increases to $10,000 the property tax exemption for all categories of eligible veterans other than those receiving a $50,000 exemption for specially adapted housing units and who are paraplegic veterans. It also expands the dates of federally recognized war periods to include February 1, 1955 to February 27, 1961. State reimbursement is provided for 100% of the property tax revenue loss to municipalities as a result of the increase and expansion of exemptions.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1194 Amendment S-136 fiscal note
LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1196
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

LD 1226 An Act To Make Criteria for State Veterans' Benefits Consistent within the Maine Revised Statutes Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1226
This bill revises language in the Maine Revised Statutes regarding eligibility for veterans' benefits to make that language consistent throughout the statutes.

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


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

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

LD 1268 Chaptered Law
LD 1268 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1271 An Act To Exempt Permanently Disabled Veterans from Payment of Property Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1271
This bill provides a complete property tax exemption in the municipality of residence for a veteran receiving benefits based on a rating of 100% for a service-connected disability.

LD 1273 An Act To Ensure Funding for Certain Essential Functions of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-149, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1273
This bill requires that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control award an annual grant of $65,000 on or about April 1st to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for pesticide applicator certification, licensing and recertification.

Amendment S-149
This amendment clarifies that the grant awarded by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the development and revision of training manuals for applicator certification, licensing and recertification may also be used to perform other aspects of pesticide education programs. The amendment clarifies that the amount of the annual grant is not less than $65,000. The amendment also provides that the University of Maine Cooperative Extension may seek the advice of the Board of Pesticides Control in establishing pesticide education programs. The amendment requires the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to submit an annual report on the use of the funds, no later than January 15th, to the Board of Pesticides Control and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over pesticide education and certification matters.

LD 1273 Chaptered Law
LD 1273 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1280 An Act To Establish the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1280
This bill establishes the Maine Buy American and Build Maine Act and requires that all contracts for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, improvement or maintenance of a public building or public work made by a state agency, board, commission or institution contain a provision that the manufactured goods, including iron, cement and steel, used or supplied in the performance of the contract or any subcontract to the contract must be manufactured in the United States. This requirement does not apply to counties, municipalities or school administrative units.

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

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

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

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

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

LD 1319 An Act To Prohibit Employer Disciplinary Action against Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Persons Responding to an Emergency Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1319
Current law protects a firefighter from disciplinary action by an employer when the firefighter is absent from work at the beginning of the work day because the firefighter is responding to an emergency. This bill extends the protection to a firefighter who leaves work during regular working hours to respond to an emergency and provides the same protections to an emergency medical services person. The bill revises provisions regarding employer notification regarding absences and employee status as a firefighter or emergency medical services person and removes an employer's ability to designate an employee as essential.

Amendment H-282
This amendment restores the ability of an employer to designate an employee as essential, as removed by the bill, but requires the disruption to the business by the employee's absence to be significant and requires the designation to be in writing and signed by both the employee and employer.

LD 1319 Chaptered Law
LD 1319 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1350 An Act To Improve Rural Health Care Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-259, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1350
This bill provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee are not included in federal adjusted gross income for Maine income tax purposes. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II and Chapter III regarding reimbursement to rural and nonrural hospitals, acute care critical access hospitals and rural health clinics.

Amendment S-259
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the reimbursement for acute care critical access hospitals to 100% for all hospital-based physician costs rather than facility and physician costs.
  • 2. It clarifies that rural health clinics are paid under an alternative payment methodology option that is the same as the current system except for rebasing costs to 2016 and 2017 costs as long as the rural health clinics are not paid less than the current reimbursement rate.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than January 1, 2020. Rulemaking must be completed by the department within 180 days of receiving federal approval.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify that taxpayers cannot claim a double benefit for educational opportunity tax credits.
  • 5. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1350 Amendment S-259 fiscal note
LD 1437 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Finally passed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-163 and House amendment H-344, Constitutional amendment does not require Governor action, Finally passed June 18, 2019
LD 1437
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative as authorized by proper enactment by the Legislature.

Amendment H-163
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-344
This amendment revises the language in the resolution that allows alternative signatures for persons with disabilities signing a petition for a people's veto and for a direct initiative to clarify that the alternative signatures are authorized for use by persons with physical disabilities that prevent them from signing their own names.

LD 1437 Chaptered Law
LD 1437 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1463 An Act To Create an Automatic Voter Registration System Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-458, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1463
This bill establishes, beginning January 1, 2022, a method of automatically registering eligible individuals to vote. The Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, when receiving any documentation from an individual doing business with the bureau, including applying for or renewing a driver's license or nondriver identification card, is required to scan and electronically store the documentation provided by the individual. If the documentation provides proof of eligibility to vote, including citizenship, age and residency, that individual is added to the central voter registration system and relevant information is transmitted to election officials unless the individual, at the time of the collection of the documentation, chooses not to be registered to vote, which the Secretary of State is required to ensure that an individual is given the opportunity to do. An application or document used to collect information that may be used to register an individual must contain a notice that the individual's information may be used to register that individual to vote, meaning that the information would be available by persons other than the State or election officials. An election official must provide the same notice to an individual upon receipt of the registration record from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and also must inform the individual of the ability to choose not to be registered to vote and to pick a party affiliation. If the individual fails to respond within 21 days, the individual is considered a registered voter if that individual meets the qualifications to be registered as a voter.

The Secretary of State and the Governor are allowed to designate other state agencies and departments and public and private entities, such as colleges and municipal clerk offices, as so-called source agencies that are allowed to submit registration information to the bureau for inclusion in the central voter registration system, but only if those agencies, as part of their normal course of business, collect information that provides proof of eligibility to vote, including an entity that, as of January 1, 2022, is designated under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 as a voter registration agency that collects information that provides proof of voter eligibility. A source agency is required to comply with the same restrictions regarding sharing and use of documentation as the bureau.

Information from a source agency may also be used to update an individual's voter registration.

This bill exempts from liability an individual who is not qualified to be a registered voter but who becomes a registered voter by operation of the automatic registration, as long as that individual has not knowingly or willfully provided false information.

This bill also requires the Secretary of State to adopt major substantive rules to implement the new automatic voter registration system and submit those rules, along with any proposed legislation necessary for the proper implementation of the new system, to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Finally, this bill lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enrollment in a political party from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

Amendment H-458
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the automatic voter registration system established in the bill.

  • 1. It clarifies the process for automatic voter registration. When an individual doing business with a source agency provides information demonstrating the individual's eligibility to vote, the individual must be notified that the individual's information will be used to register that individual to vote unless the individual declines to be registered. If the individual does not opt out, the source agency must create a pending voter registration record and transmit that record to the applicable registrar of voters, who shall determine whether the individual is eligible to vote. If the individual is eligible to vote, the registrar must enter the individual's information in the central voter registration system or, if the individual is already registered to vote, the registrar must update the central voter registration system with the individual's change of name or address, if any.
  • 2. As in the bill, the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is automatically designated a "source agency" through which automatic voter registration takes place. Unlike the bill, the amendment grants authority to designate other source agencies only to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State may designate as a source agency a state entity or department or another entity designated by Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, as long as the Secretary of State verifies that the department, agency or entity collects documents that provide proof of voter eligibility as part of its normal course of business.
  • 3. It eliminates the provisions of the bill establishing specific privacy and security measures and specific restrictions against the misuse of voter registration information, allowing the Secretary of State to adopt rules related to these topics.
  • 4. It changes the rules that the Secretary of State may adopt to implement the automatic voter registration system from major substantive rules to routine technical rules.
  • 5. It changes to January 1, 2020 the effective date of the provision of the bill that lowers the age at which a person may submit a conditional registration to vote and enroll in a political party.
  • 6. As in the bill, automatic voter registration is effective January 1, 2022. Unlike the bill, the amendment directs the Secretary of State to submit, by January 1, 2020, a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs on the progress made toward implementing automatic voter registration and the estimated time required to complete all activities necessary for implementation. The Joint Standing Committee on Veterans and Legal Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the report.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1463 Chaptered Law
LD 1463 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1506 Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Facilitate the Creation of a Strategic Economic Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1506
This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate the creation of a 10-year strategic economic plan that recommends breakthrough strategies for increased economic prosperity for all citizens of the State in all regions, ultimately measured by increased household income, a growing workforce and sustainable business development.

The resolve directs the department to provide a report on the strategic plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 31, 2019. The joint standing committees are authorized to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1515 An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1515
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.

Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.

The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports pool operators that comply with the laws governing sports pools.

LD 1656 An Act To Provide for the Regulation of Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1656
This bill authorizes sports wagering regulated by the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit. The bill requires a person or entity involved in sports wagering to hold a facility license, supplier license, management services license, mobile sports wagering license or occupational license. To be eligible to receive a facility license, a person or entity must also hold a license, or in the case of a beano operator, hold a license or be registered, as a commercial track, off-track betting facility, slot machine facility, casino or beano operator. A mobile sports wagering license authorizes the operation of sports wagering through a mobile application or digital platform approved by the Gambling Control Unit. For the privilege of holding a mobile sports wagering license or a facility license to operate sports wagering, the bill levies a tax of 10% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts from the operation of sports wagering. The bill allows a fantasy contest operator to offer a fantasy contest based on the performances of participants in collegiate athletic events.

LD 1657 An Act To Regulate Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1657
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to regulate, supervise and exercise general control over sports wagering in the State. The bill authorizes the board to issue licenses to casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities to conduct sports wagering. A licensee may either directly operate a sports wagering business or enter a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed management services provider to conduct sports wagering on its behalf.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of sports wagering, including rules defining permitted systems and methods of wagering on sports events, the adoption and posting of comprehensive house rules in every facility where sports wagers are accepted and on every electronic platform through which sports wagers are made, minimum design and security requirements for sports wagering facilities and electronic platforms and minimum internal control standards for the financial aspects of sports wagering operations.

The bill prohibits sports wagering operators, including management services providers, from accepting wagers on high school and minor league sports events as well as collegiate sports events in which any Maine college team participates. The bill also prohibits sports wagering operators from accepting wagers on a sports event from a person under 21 years of age, an athlete or official who participates in the sports event, an employee or owner of a team that is participating in the sports event, an employee of the sports wagering operator, the board or the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety and a person who is on a list established by the board of persons prohibited from placing wagers on sports events.

The bill requires distribution of 5% of net sports wagering revenue to the General Fund. An additional 5% of net sports wagering revenue must be collected and distributed to support licensed commercial tracks, licensed off-track betting facilities, the Sire Stakes Fund, the Agricultural Fair Support Fund and the fund to supplement harness racing purses.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports wagering operations that comply with the laws governing sports wagering.

LD 1665 An Act To Automatically Change a Voter Registration Address upon Change of Address for a Driver's License Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1665
This bill requires the Secretary of State to review on a weekly basis changes of addresses of driver's licenses and, if a person who has changed an address is registered to vote in the State, to update the central voter registration system accordingly.

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

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


LD 1680 Chaptered Law
LD 1680 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1705 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen the Marine Economy Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1705
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to facilitate the growth of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors of the State's marine economy through research and development and workforce development with capital investments awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development, to be matched by at least $50,000,000 in private and other funds.

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

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

LD 1718 Amendment S-241 fiscal note
LD 1730 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-459 and House amendments H-525, H-555 and H-526, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Signed into law, June 18, 2019
LD 1730
This bill makes the following changes to the election laws.
  • 1. It clarifies that ballots are not public records, regardless of whether they are in a paper format or in an electronic or image format.
  • 2. It reduces the retention period for the receipt for certified copies of the incoming voting list from one year to 6 months.
  • 3. It adds a retention period of 6 months for test ballots and documentation of preelection testing of tabulating or accessible voting devices.
  • 4. It adds a deadline for an aggrieved person to appeal a decision of the registrar of voters regarding the person's voter registration.
  • 5. It specifies that voters may enroll in a party by completing the approved state or national voter registration form.
  • 6. It removes a requirement regarding the nomination of county commissioners that primary and nomination petitions must specify the term of office sought.
  • 7. It clarifies that county committee members residing within county commissioner districts make choices for county commissioner nominations for vacancies.
  • 8. It provides that when 2 United States Senators are to be elected, the term of office sought by each candidate must be specified on the ballot.
  • 9. It provides that write-in spaces on a ballot are required to be provided only for offices in which candidates have declared their write-in candidacy according to the law.
  • 10. It specifies acceptable formats for names of candidates for nomination to appear on a ballot.
  • 11. It changes the description of an official ballot box to be more generic in terms of the security features and the opening for insertion of ballots.
  • 12. It changes the description of ballot security containers to be more generic in terms of the methods used to secure them.
  • 13. It allows the warden at the voting place to open the packages of ballots up to 2 hours before the polls open.
  • 14. It shortens the time that municipalities have to submit their official return of votes to the Secretary of State from 3 business days to 2 business days after the election.
  • 15. It clarifies that a candidate or referendum election tabulation is considered final on the date the Secretary of State submits the tabulation to the Governor.
  • 16. It clarifies the circumstances in which the Governor must issue an election certificate.
  • 17. It authorizes the use of a courier to retrieve ballots in the event of a recount and to deliver them to the recount facility.
  • 18. It clarifies provisions pertaining to recounts of elections to the United States Congress.
  • 19. It adds a new method for returning a voted absentee ballot to the municipal clerk.
  • 20. It provides that municipalities may opt to process absentee ballots beginning on the 4th day before election day, including on a Sunday.
  • 21. It changes the manner by which the municipal clerk must give notice of the municipality's intent to process absentee ballots prior to election day.
  • 22. It removes an incorrect reference to a census block in Augusta that was included in State Representative District 80 that already was correctly included in State Representative District 85.
  • 23. It repeals a provision of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A that addresses the nomination petitions for county commissioners.
  • 24. It clarifies that the municipal treasurer's statement that must accompany a question for ratification of a municipal bond issue may either be printed on the ballot or printed as a separate document that is made available to voters.
  • 25. It clarifies the election laws restricting certain activities at and around the polls on election day in order to comply with recent court decisions. It provides for an 8-foot-wide access corridor through which voters may pass without interference to the area behind the guardrail where voting takes place. It allows the warden to designate spaces inside the building, but outside the access corridor, where organizations may collect signatures on citizen initiative and people's veto petitions. It reduces the current protected zone from 250 feet to 100 feet outside the building and amends the list of campaign activities that are prohibited within that zone. Campaign activities related to a party or to a question or candidate for an office on the ballot for that election day are prohibited within that zone. It retains the current prohibitions on influencing or attempting to influence any voter but removes the criminal provisions and directs the Secretary of State to issue guidelines to assist local officials in interpreting and applying the law consistently and to inform candidates, campaigns and the public.


Amendment H-459
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the provisions of the bill that authorize the Secretary of State to omit the write-in space on a ballot for any office in which there is no declared write-in candidate.
  • 2. It removes the provisions of the bill that change the laws restricting certain activities at and around the polls on election day.
  • 3. It adds a provision to the bill clarifying the procedures used to collect signatures on petitions for local initiatives.
  • 4. It makes several clarifying technical changes to the bill.


Amendment H-525
This amendment strikes a provision amending the procedures used to collect signatures on petitions for local initiatives.

Amendment H-555
This amendment clarifies that a person may not engage in improper influence or advertising on public property within 250 feet of a voting place regarding a candidate for an office that is on the ballot for the election being held that day.

Amendment H-526
This amendment provides that an unenrolled candidate must remain unenrolled from March 1st until the general election in order to remain qualified as an unenrolled candidate for the office sought.

LD 1730 Chaptered Law
LD 1730 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1742 An Act To Encourage Broadband Deployment in Unserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1742
This bill facilitates the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of this State by establishing the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program under the ConnectME Authority to award grants to applicants for the purpose of extending deployment of facilities used to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the State and thus to encourage new investment in broadband service infrastructure. The bill eliminates the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. The bill removes the authority of the ConnectME Authority to require communications service providers to contribute to the ConnectME Fund. It allows the authority to issue bonds for the construction of advanced communications technology infrastructure.

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

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