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Senator Mark Lawrence [Democrat]
York ~ District 35

Towns in District: Eliot, Kittery, Ogunquit, South Berwick, York and part of Berwick.

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

Senate Committees:
♦ Senate Rules Committee

Joint Committees:
♦ Energy, Utilities and Technology (Chair)
♦ Labor and Housing

✉ Mark.Lawrence@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 52 Wildbrook Lane
Eliot, Maine 03903


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In the 128th legislative session, Senator Lawrence 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 Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201883%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20175 of 7, 2 Unexcused absences
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 66 An Act To Prohibit Hospitals from Discussing Alternative Payment Options with Hospitalized Patients Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 66
This bill prohibits a hospital from communicating with a patient regarding alternative payment options at any time during a patient's hospitalization unless that communication is requested by the patient. The bill permits communication with a patient prior to or upon the patient's admission to the hospital or at the time of discharge.

LD 598 An Act Regulating Employee Benefit Excess Insurance Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 598
This bill provides that an insurer or a subsidiary of an insurer may not provide employee benefit excess insurance to an employer that is eligible for a small group health plan.

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

LD 1091 An Act Regarding the Personal Liability of Government Employees Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1091
Current law provides that the personal liability of an employee of a governmental entity for negligent acts or omissions within the course and scope of employment is subject to a limit of $10,000. This bill provides an exception to this limit for an employee who is covered by liability insurance covering the negligent acts or omissions, in which case the limit is equal to the limits of the policy.

LD 1163 An Act Regarding Energy, Utilities and Technology Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1163
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws regarding energy, utilities and technology.

LD 1170 An Act To Raise the Floor of State Education Funding Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1170
This bill changes the formula for determining the minimum state allocation for a school administrative unit to be the unit's total cost of education, as adjusted, multiplied by 15% or the unit's special education costs, as adjusted, whichever is greater. This bill also guarantees a member municipality a minimum state contribution of 15% of the municipality's total cost of education, as adjusted, and requires the funds to be paid to the school administrative unit and deducted from the municipality's required contribution.

LD 1191 An Act To Exempt Solar Energy Equipment from Property Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1191
This bill provides a property tax exemption for solar energy equipment installed on residential property on or after September 1, 2019 to generate electricity or provide hot water to be used in a structure.

LD 1279 An Act To Modernize Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1279
This bill changes the requirements for a hydroelectric generator that meets all state and federal fish passage requirements to qualify as a renewable capacity resource for the purpose of meeting the State's new renewable capacity resource portfolio requirements as follows: it removes the 100-megawatt maximum capacity limit; it adds a 25-megawatt minimum capacity requirement; and it requires the hydroelectric generator to be located in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility in this State. The bill also limits competitive electricity providers in the use of output from qualifying hydroelectric generators to meet the new renewable capacity resource portfolio requirements over a 15-year period, beginning with a limit of 25% of output from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 and increasing by 5% each year to reach 100% as of January 1, 2035. The legislation has an effective date of January 1, 2020.

LD 1525 An Act To Require Insurance on Motorized Watercraft Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1525
This bill prohibits the owner of a motorboat of more than 75 horsepower from operating or allowing operation of the motorboat in the inland or tidal waters of the State without insurance on the motorboat similar to the financial responsibility provisions regarding motor vehicles. The bill requires the operator of the motorboat to provide proof of insurance, which may be in an acceptable electronic format, to a law enforcement officer upon request or, if the motorboat is in an accident, to all persons involved in the accident. An operator of a motorboat who fails to provide proof of insurance commits a civil penalty unless proof of insurance is produced before adjudication of the violation, and an owner who fails to insure a motorboat that is then involved in an accident commits a Class D crime.

LD 1546 An Act To Protect State Employees When Their Contracts Have Expired Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-202, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1546
This bill provides that, during an interim between the expiration of a state employee collective bargaining agreement and before the effective date of any subsequent collective bargaining agreement, state employees covered by the expired collective bargaining agreement remain eligible for and must receive merit increases in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the expired collective bargaining agreement and the public employer is required to pay any increase in employee health insurance premiums occurring during the interim.

Amendment S-202
This amendment removes the requirement that a public employer is required to pay any increase in employee health insurance premiums occurring during the interim between the expiration of a state employee collective bargaining agreement and before the effective date of any subsequent bargaining agreement.

LD 1546 Chaptered Law
LD 1546 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1556 An Act Regarding Filing Fees in Transmission Line Proceedings Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-96, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1556
Current law requires that, when a person files with the Public Utilities Commission a petition of approval for the construction, rebuilding or relocation of a transmission line, that person must pay, in addition to the filing fee paid to the commission, an additional filing fee to the Office of the Public Advocate equal to 1/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. This bill increases the amount of the additional filing fee to 2/100 of 1% of the estimated cost to erect, rebuild or relocate the transmission line. It also allows the Office of the Public Advocate to recover expenses in the transmission line proceeding that exceed the amount of the original filing fee from the person.

Amendment S-96
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1556 Chaptered Law
LD 1556 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1557 An Act To Adjust the Staffing and Resources of the Office of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-125, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1557
This bill allows the Public Advocate to hire an additional employee.

Amendment S-125
This amendment adds a provision to the bill to replace, in the Office of the Public Advocate, one Research Assistant position, salary range 30, with one Economic Analyst position, salary range 36, to align compensation with the assigned duties and qualifications of staff.

LD 1557 Chaptered Law
LD 1557 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1558 An Act To Change the Definition of "Gas Utility" in the Laws Governing Public Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1558
This bill includes propane dealers in the definition of "gas utility" in the laws governing public utilities.

LD 1559 An Act To Require the Public Utilities Commission To Permit the Public Advocate To Access Certain Information Related to a Management Audit Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-154, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1559
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission, whenever it initiates a management audit of a public utility, to also open an investigation into the same issues that are the subject of the audit. This investigation is an adjudicatory proceeding with full rights of intervention and participation as allowed under the commission's procedural rules.

Amendment S-154
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment requires the Public Utilities Commission, upon request of the Public Advocate, to permit the Public Advocate to access certain information in connection with a management audit of a public utility and to provide the Public Advocate the opportunity to comment on information received.

LD 1559 Chaptered Law
LD 1559 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1560 An Act Regarding Utility Reorganizations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-192, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1560
This bill provides that a reorganization of a utility may not be approved by the Public Utilities Commission unless it is established by the applicant for approval that the reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers and is consistent with the interests of the utility's investors. In determining whether a utility reorganization provides net benefits to the utility's ratepayers, the commission at a minimum must examine whether the reorganization will result in a rate increase for the utility's ratepayers and whether the reorganization will result in a loss of local control of the utility's management and operations in a manner that limits the ability of local management to protect the interests of the utility's ratepayers in this State.

Amendment S-192
This amendment limits the application of the requirement in the bill that there be net benefits to ratepayers under a reorganization to only those reorganizations that involve transfer of ownership and control of a public utility or the parent company of a public utility, rather than all reorganizations.

LD 1560 Chaptered Law
LD 1560 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1562 An Act To Encourage the Use of Renewable Energy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1562
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Renewable Energy Program to promote the achievement of the following goal: that, by January 1, 2050, 100% of the energy consumed in this State will be supplied by renewable resources;
  • 2. Directs that, no later than January 1, 2030, all electricity purchased by state agencies must be supplied by renewable resources and that, no later than January 1, 2050, all heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in state-owned or state-leased buildings must be electrical and the electricity must be supplied by renewable resources; and
  • 3. Directs that, no later than January 1, 2050, all vehicles acquired for the state vehicle fleet must be electric vehicles.


LD 1567 An Act To Change the Deadline for Submission of the Annual Report of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1567
This bill changes the deadline for submission of the annual report of the Public Advocate from August 1st to September 1st.

LD 1567 Chaptered Law
LD 1567 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1720 An Act To Amend the So-called Dig Safe Law Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1720
This bill requires excavators to call 9-1-1 if contact with or damage to an underground pipe or another underground facility results in the escape of any natural gas or other hazardous substance or material regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

LD 1720 Chaptered Law
LD 1720 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1766 An Act To Transform Maine's Heat Pump Market To Advance Economic Security and Climate Objectives (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-220, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1766
This bill establishes a goal to install 100,000 new high-performance air source heat pumps in the State to provide heating in residential and nonresidential spaces. It defines "high-performance air source heat pump" as an air source heat pump that satisfies minimum heating performance standards as determined by the Efficiency Maine Trust.

The bill directs forward capacity market payments received by the Efficiency Maine Trust to the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund to promote high-performance air source heat pumps. It directs the Maine State Housing Authority to share information with the Efficiency Maine Trust Board about the extent to which federally funded weatherization programming is available to meet the heat pump goal. It clarifies that in the construction, remodeling or renovation of a multifamily residential structure funded in whole or in part by public funds, guarantees or bond proceeds, high-performance air source heat pumps may be used as the primary heating system without requiring a waiver from the Public Utilities Commission.

Amendment S-220
This amendment clarifies the provision in the bill regarding the installation of high-performance air source heat pumps as a primary heating system in the construction, remodeling or renovation of publicly funded multifamily residential structures. The amendment makes technical changes to bring consistency to language in the bill relating to the types of measures funded by the Heating Fuels Efficiency and Weatherization Fund.

LD 1766 Chaptered Law
LD 1766 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 4 An Act To Encourage Applied Shellfish Research Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 4
This bill amends the law governing municipal shellfish conservation programs. It provides that a municipal shellfish conservation ordinance may allow a research entity to conduct applied research in conjunction with Department of Marine Resources staff or an approved professional entity to support a municipal shellfish conservation program. It also requires a municipality to require a research entity conducting approved research projects in the intertidal zone to issue an annual report on research findings to the Commissioner of Marine Resources by January 1st.

LD 9 An Act To Increase Juror Compensation Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 9
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $40.

LD 64 An Act To Make Post-conviction Possession of Animals by Certain Persons a Criminal Offense Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-105, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 64
This bill sets the minimum amount of time a person convicted of animal cruelty may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal as 5 years for a Class D crime and 15 years for a Class C crime and makes a violation of these time periods a Class D crime. This bill also provides that a person may petition the court to reduce the amount of time that the person may not own, possess or have on the person's premises an animal upon a showing that the person does not present a danger to animals and meets other criteria.

Amendment H-105
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. The amendment authorizes the court in a proceeding for a violation of cruelty to animals to impose conditions, including but not limited to prohibiting ownership or possession of an animal or having an animal on the defendant's premises and prohibiting employment that involves the care of or other contact with animals. The amendment provides that an intentional or knowing violation of a court order issued pursuant to the provisions of the amendment is a Class D crime. The amendment provides a procedure for a defendant to obtain a court order modifying the conditions or restrictions set in a court order.

LD 64 Chaptered Law
LD 64 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 75 An Act To Protect Earned Pay Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-11, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 75
Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.

Amendment S-11
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 75 Chaptered Law
LD 75 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 90 An Act To Amend the Law Governing the Membership of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-36, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 90
This bill removes the requirement that at least one member of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board be a resident of the York Beach geographical area.

Amendment H-36
This bill removes the requirement that at least one member of the Town of York Planning Board and the Town of York Appeals Board be a resident of the York Beach geographical area.

LD 90 Chaptered Law
LD 90 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 135 An Act To Appropriate Funds To Provide Sea Protection and Public Access to the Historic Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, March 19, 2019
LD 135
This bill provides a one-time General Fund appropriation of $150,000 to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services for the Whaleback Lighthouse in Kittery to construct a breakwater, dock and gangway.

LD 191 An Act To Protect Heating Fuel Customers Who Close Their Accounts Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 191
This bill requires dealers of heating fuel to reimburse customers within 30 days for any fuel recovered following the closing of their accounts and makes failure to do so a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

LD 234 Resolve, To Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-22, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 234
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, by January 1, 2020, to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 15 to increase reimbursement rates for chiropractic services for manipulative treatments under procedure codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 to no less than 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for these services as long as the rate is no lower than the rate reimbursed as of January 1, 2019. If the department conducts a rate study of chiropractic services for manipulative treatments, the department may adopt new rates. The rules adopted are routine technical rules.

Amendment H-22
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the appropriations and allocations section of the bill to reflect a more accurate estimate of the cost of the bill.

LD 234 fiscal note
LD 234 Amendment H-22 fiscal note
LD 243 An Act To Create an Hourly Rate Compensation System for Loggers and Truckers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 243
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 295 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service 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 295
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, will be used for the provision of broadband Internet service in unserved and underserved areas through ConnectME Authority grants to partnerships between private, municipal and nongovernmental service providers.

LD 304 An Act To Improve Stroke Care in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 304
This bill provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention for evidence-based education efforts designed to inform residents of the State about the causes, signs and symptoms of stroke, focusing on populations and geographic areas most affected by stroke, and to improve stroke surveillance and epidemiology efforts of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The bill also provides funding for one Stroke Care Coordinator position in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

LD 316 An Act To Protect Adults 66 Years of Age and Older from Financial and Other Types of Exploitation through Theft by Deception Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-297, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 316
This bill makes the crime of theft by deception when the victim is 66 years of age or older at the time of the offense a Class B crime.

Amendment H-297
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment defines "vulnerable person" by reference to the definitions of "dependent adult" in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3472, subsection 6 and "incapacitated adult" in Title 22, section 3472, subsection 10. The amendment designates the following types of theft or fraud as Class B crimes if the owner of the property is a vulnerable person: theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, theft by deception, theft by misapplication of property and misuse of entrusted property. The amendment includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 316 Amendment H-297 fiscal note
LD 431 An Act To Make Election Day a State Holiday Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-188, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 431
This bill designates the day of the general election, which is the day of the regular election of state and county officials occurring biennially in November, as a state holiday.

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

LD 431 fiscal note
LD 431 Amendment H-188 fiscal note
LD 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 530 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Subrogation Rights for Medical Payments Coverage Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-242, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 530
This bill amends the subrogation law related to medical payments coverage to require a health care provider to notify the insured and any other person reasonably likely to be able to submit a claim prior to submitting any claim for payment of any hospital, nursing, medical or surgical services or of any expenses paid or reimbursed under the medical payments coverage in a policy. The bill also prohibits an insurer from paying a claim for payment of any hospital, nursing, medical or surgical services or of any expenses paid or reimbursed under the medical payments coverage in a policy if an insured is entitled to coverage under any other health insurance policy or contract and requires an insurer to provide at least 14 days' notice to an insured before paying such a claim.

The bill also makes it clear that an insurer that violates any of the policy requirement provisions is subject to enforcement and penalties under the unfair claims settlement practices laws.

Amendment H-242
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment is based on a New Hampshire law. The amendment does the following.

  • 1. It prohibits a health insurance carrier from coordinating benefits against medical payments coverage in a casualty insurance policy.
  • 2. It provides that medical payments coverage is assignable only by agreement between the insured and the casualty insurer.
  • 3. It provides that the insured has the right to submit a claim for medical expenses under medical payments coverage in a casualty insurance policy. It also provides that an insured may submit a claim under a health insurance policy, except that an insured is not entitled to duplicate payment from medical payments coverage and a health insurance policy for the same medical expense.


LD 530 Chaptered Law
LD 530 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 584 An Act To Convert Stipends to Base Pay for Child Protective Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 584
This bill requires that the $5 per wage-hour stipends provided to child protective services employees in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family Services for the purpose of recruitment and retention of such employees and the $1 per wage-hour stipend paid to such child protective services employees who hold or obtain a relevant master's degree must be considered part of the base pay of employees who receive a stipend for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

LD 601 An Act To Create Fairness by Reinstituting the Cost-of-living Adjustment for Workers' Compensation Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 601
This bill establishes cost-of-living adjustments for workers' compensation benefits. Prior to the 1992 revision of the laws governing workers' compensation, benefits for total incapacity were adjusted annually based on the percentage increase or decrease in the state average weekly wage.

LD 658 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-170, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
LD 658
This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.

Amendment H-170
This amendment replaces the resolve. The amendment directs the Governor's Energy Office, in coordination with the development of the state energy plan or other planning initiatives, to conduct an analysis for at least one scenario for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030 through the development and expansion of energy generating capacity, energy conservation and energy efficiency at levels sufficient to offset the total value of the State's domestic energy consumption across all sectors. The amendment requires the Governor's Energy Office to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 on progress regarding the state energy plan and the analysis for the State to become a net exporter of energy.

LD 658 Chaptered Law
LD 658 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 670 An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage for Large Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 670
This bill increases the minimum wage of the employees of employers employing 50 or more full-time employees to $13.00 on January 1, 2021, to $14.00 on January 1, 2022 and to $15.00 on January 1, 2023.

LD 814 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Economy through Research and Innovation led by the University of Maine System Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 814
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

his bill would provide funding and enact measures based on recommendations of the President of the University of Maine at Machias in a strategic plan chartered by the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and due to the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System in March 2019. The bill would strengthen research and economic development efforts across the University of Maine System to support Maine industries and workforce development and to foster business formation and expansion, specifically in the 7 research and development sectors designated in statute: advanced technology for agriculture and forestry; aquaculture and marine technology; biotechnology; composite materials technology; environmental technology; information technology; and precision manufacturing technology.

LD 841 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Damages Awarded for Wrongful Death Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-314, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 841
This bill provides that a jury in a case of wrongful death may give damages as it determines a fair and just compensation for the probable duration of life of the deceased person but for the injury. It increases the limit on damages for the loss of comfort, society and companionship and emotional distress from $500,000 to $1,000,000 and removes the limit on punitive damages in a case of wrongful death.

Amendment H-314
This amendment deletes from the bill new language on compensatory damages based on the probable duration of the deceased person's life if the injury hadn't occurred. It also reduces the cap on noneconomic damages from $1,000,000 to $750,000 and retains the cap on punitive damages.

LD 841 Chaptered Law
LD 841 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 842 An Act Relating to Insurance Companies and Totaled Motor Vehicles Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 842
This bill requires motor vehicle insurance policies to allow an insured to maintain possession of an insured motor vehicle determined a total loss by the insurer if the insured provides a credible estimate from a motor vehicle mechanic or repair facility detailing repairs that, if performed, would conform the motor vehicle to state motor vehicle inspection standards. This bill allows an insurer to deduct from a settlement paid for damage to a totaled vehicle an amount equal to the motor vehicle's salvage value if the insured elects to maintain possession of the motor vehicle.

LD 849 An Act To Allow Chiropractic Internships Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-262, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 849
This bill establishes a new temporary license for chiropractic interns. The bill describes the supervision and credentialing requirements for licensure and the process by which an applicant may gain licensure. The bill provides the Board of Chiropractic Licensure with rule-making authority.

Amendment H-262
This amendment does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that the fee for a temporary license must be established in accordance with existing law.
  • 2. It clarifies that an applicant for a temporary license must provide documentation of professional liability insurance.
  • 3. It removes the requirement for an applicant to demonstrate good moral character as that requirement is not required for applicants for other licenses issued by the board.
  • 4. It removes the language authorizing the board to adopt rules related to exceptions to licensure.
  • 5. It clarifies that, if there is a change in the supervision of a chiropractic intern, the intern must immediately cease to practice and must notify the board within 10 days.
  • 6. It specifies that a chiropractic intern may not provide services without the written informed consent of the individual receiving chiropractic services.
  • 7. It removes the requirement that an intern display the intern's license to be consistent with the requirements for other license categories.


LD 849 Chaptered Law
LD 849 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 857 An Act To Increase Accountability for Wage Violations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-78, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 857
This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.

Amendment H-78
This amendment changes the fine structure proposed in the bill from a $2,500 fine for each subsequent violation of the various wage and hour laws to a fine of at least $500 but not more than $2,500 for each subsequent violation. It also strikes new language added by the bill regarding a civil action remedy for violations of various wage and hour laws. It reduces the liquidated damages available in a civil action to collect unpaid minimum wages from 3 times the amount of unpaid wages, as proposed by the bill, to twice the amount of unpaid wages, and it reduces the Labor and Safety Inspector positions added to the bill from 10 to 4.

LD 857 Amendment H-78 fiscal note
LD 886 An Act To Protect Search and Rescue Volunteers Certified by the Maine Association for Search and Rescue from Adverse Employment Actions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-447, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 886
This bill provides the same protections to volunteer search and rescuers for absences from work in responding to search and rescue operations requested by a law enforcement agency as volunteer firefighters receive for absences from work in responding to emergencies. Under this bill, a volunteer search and rescuer is a person who has been certified in search and rescue practices and procedures by a nonprofit search and rescue training organization recognized by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Bureau of Warden Service.

Amendment H-447
This amendment makes the bill consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 809, concerning absence for emergency response. It adds a definition for "recognized organization" and changes terminology from "volunteer search and rescue" to "search and rescue volunteer."

LD 886 Chaptered Law
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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 933 Resolve, Authorizing Certain Persons To Sue the Town of Kittery Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 933
This resolve authorizes persons who claim to have suffered damages arising from the Kittery Community Center transport van accident on Interstate 95 in Greenland, New Hampshire on August 10, 2018 to sue the Town of Kittery for damages resulting from the accident and waives the statutory limitations on damage recovery.

LD 946 An Act To Protect the Privacy of Online Customer Information Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by House amendment H-387, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 946
This bill prohibits a provider of broadband Internet access service from using, disclosing, selling or permitting access to customer personal information unless the customer expressly consents to that use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill provides other exceptions under which a provider may use, disclose, sell or permit access to customer personal information. The bill prohibits a provider from refusing to serve a customer, charging a customer a penalty or offering a customer a discount if the customer does or does not consent to the use, disclosure, sale or access. The bill requires providers to take reasonable measures to protect customer personal information from unauthorized use, disclosure, sale or access. The provisions of the bill apply to providers operating within the State when providing broadband Internet access service to customers that are billed for service received in the State and are physically located in the State.

Amendment H-387
This amendment includes other exceptions, as found in the current law, to the release of customer personal information, such as for the release of portable electronic device content information and location information to a government entity. This amendment also removes the authorization of a provider to provide geolocation information regarding a customer to the customer's legal guardian or immediate family member in an emergency situation.

This amendment also provides an effective date of July 1, 2020 for the legislation.

LD 946 Chaptered Law
LD 946 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 955
This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

The bill also prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection and the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry from permitting, approving or otherwise authorizing any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the submerged and intertidal land owned by the State.

It is the intent of this legislation to generally prohibit activities relating to offshore oil and natural gas exploration, development and production within the boundaries and jurisdiction of the State, which place the State's coastal communities at economic and ecological risk from oil spills, and from the pollution caused by routine drilling operations and onshore industrialization, and threaten the quality of life and livelihoods of Maine citizens and economically significant industries, including tourism, recreation and commercial and recreational fishing, and small businesses that rely on a clean and healthy ocean and clean and healthy beaches.

Amendment H-425
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to clarify the prohibition on oil or natural gas exploration, development or production activities as follows.

  • 1. It amends certain definitions to more clearly delineate the activities regulated and to specify that the transfer of oil or natural gas resources to or from the waters of the State, including both on-loading and offloading of oil or natural gas resources between an oil terminal facility and a vessel or between vessels, is not prohibited under the bill.
  • 2. It removes language specifically prohibiting exploration, development or production activities that may adversely affect the waters of the State.


LD 955 Chaptered Law
LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 980 An Act To Amend Provisions of the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act Regarding Assessments on Ratepayers Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 980
This bill amends the Maine Energy Cost Reduction Act to permit the Public Utilities Commission to consider the effect on electricity market clearing prices in Maine of programs, contracts and other enforceable obligations in other states in determining whether assessments on Maine electricity ratepayers for natural gas pipelines and gas storage are just and reasonable.

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 1048 An Act To Encourage Conservation in Determining Natural Gas Rates (By request) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 16, 2019
LD 1048
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission, in determining rates and rate structures for natural gas utilities, to consider energy conservation and financial incentives for customers to reduce natural gas consumption.

LD 1094 An Act To Increase Funding for the Child Welfare Services Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-180 and Senate amendment S-336, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1094
This bill provides funding for additional staffing for the child welfare services ombudsman program in the Executive Department.

Amendment S-180
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment preserves the portion of the bill that provides additional staffing for the child welfare services ombudsman program in the Executive Department and adds funding for leasing office space and purchasing necessary office supplies for the program staff. It also changes the title.

Amendment S-336
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section and changes the title.

LD 1094 Chaptered Law
LD 1094 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1100 An Act To Allow Discovery in the Event of a Lawsuit against a State Agency Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-50, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 15, 2019
LD 1100
This bill permits a petitioner under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act to conduct discovery if any agency fails or refuses to act or there are alleged irregularities that are not adequately revealed in the record of a proceeding.

Amendment S-50
This amendment replaces the bill to clarify what must be included in the complete agency record when the failure or refusal of the agency to act is alleged in a petition filed in Superior Court for the review of final agency action under the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. The amendment explicitly requires the agency to include in the record filed in response to the petition all communications, whether written, electronic or memorialized in any other way, of all decisions by the agency to act, to refuse to act or to delay action. The record must also include all directives, orders and other documentation of those agency decisions.

LD 1100 Chaptered Law
LD 1100 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1101 An Act To Amend the Shoreland Zoning Laws To Allow Pedestrian Walkways and Trails That Exclude Motorized Vehicles within the Shoreland Zone Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1101
This bill amends the shoreland zoning laws to authorize a municipality to adopt an ordinance that exempts pedestrian walkways or trails within the shoreland zone from otherwise applicable setback requirements so long as use of motorized vehicles, other than motorized assistive devices, is prohibited on the walkway or trail and the ordinance maintains certain other protective standards. Any allowed walkway or trail must meet all other state and local permit requirements and comply with all other applicable rules.

LD 1127 An Act To Expand Community-based Solar Energy in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1127
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities to enter into long-term contracts with community-based solar photovoltaic energy generating facilities. The total amount of resources procured through these long-term contracts may not exceed 100 megawatts, and 20% of resources procured must come from generators with a capacity of less than 2 megawatts. The bill requires the commission to establish provisions to protect the interests of utility customers over the term of the contracts.

The bill sets forth eligibility requirements for community-based solar resources to enter into long-term contracts. To be eligible, a resource must have a capacity of no more than 10 megawatts, have an in-service date between June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2021 and meet local ownership requirements. In addition, to be eligible, the owners of the resource must:

  • 1. Demonstrate to the Public Utilities Commission completion of an interconnection agreement application with the local transmission and distribution utility;
  • 2. Include a plan to obtain all required federal, state and local permits and approvals;
  • 3. Demonstrate financial capability to operate the resource over the term of the contract;
  • 4. Include a letter or resolution of support from the local community in which the resource is located; and
  • 5. Outline expected economic benefits from the long-term contract to the local community in which the resource is located. The bill establishes a minimum contract length of 20 years and requires the contract rate to be less than 9 cents per kilowatt-hour and fixed for a period of at least 20 years. Contracts may be for energy or capacity. The contracts may also include renewable energy credits, or the owners of the resource may retain the renewable energy credits associated with the resource, as determined by the owners. Finally, the bill specifies that available energy contracted for under the provisions of this bill must be sold into the wholesale electricity market in conjunction with solicitations for standard-offer supply bids.


LD 1146 An Act To Ensure the Provision of Housing Navigation Services to Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1146
This bill creates within the Department of Health and Human Services a housing navigator who:
  • 1. Assists disabled and elderly persons in locating housing, transitioning between housing settings and accessing home repair and home modification services and materials;
  • 2. Maintains and makes publicly available housing assistance information and resources; and
  • 3. Identifies gaps in housing assistance needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities and periodically submits a report on the gaps to the director of the Department of Health and Human Services' office of aging and disability services for inclusion in the state plan on aging.


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 1174 An Act To Facilitate Remote Learning during School Cancellations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1174
This bill allows a school to receive credit for a school day that is cancelled due to weather or another emergency reason if the students of the school receive adequate online instruction or alternative method for students without the technical capability to participate in online instruction pursuant to a plan agreed upon and adopted by the school board and the superintendent of the school administrative unit of the school. The school administrative unit is directed to forward the plan to the Department of Education, which may make recommendations on the plan. The school administrative unit is not required to implement a recommendation concerning the plan made by the department.

LD 1176 An Act Regarding Caretakers of Ancient Burying Grounds and Access to Ancient Burying Grounds Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1176
This bill allows a descendant of an individual or a veteran buried in an ancient or public burying ground to appoint a caretaker to maintain the burying ground when the municipality is unable to care for the burying ground or to appoint a caretaker.

LD 1181 An Act To Reduce Electricity Costs through Nonwires Alternatives Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-431, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1181
This bill establishes the position of nonwires alternative coordinator in the Office of the Public Advocate. The duties of the nonwires alternative coordinator include investigation and identification of nonwires alternatives to proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission projects and evaluation of the costs and benefits of nonwires alternatives compared to utility capital investments in the transmission and distribution system. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to include and collaborate with transmission and distribution utilities, the Efficiency Maine Trust and interested parties in conducting the coordinator's review and analysis of proposed utility capital investments and nonwires alternatives. The duties of the coordinator also include making recommendations for nonwires alternatives to the Public Utilities Commission, proposing procurement plans for nonwires alternatives and implementing procurement plans approved by the commission. The bill specifies that a procurement plan for nonwires alternatives may provide for the Efficiency Maine Trust to procure and deliver, through its existing programs, nonwires alternatives, and it authorizes the Efficiency Maine Trust, in its triennial plan or annual update plan, to include the costs of providing nonwires alternatives in its budget for electric efficiency and conservation programs.

The bill amends the law governing the construction of transmission lines and the construction of transmission or distribution projects by transmission and distribution utilities. It defines a transmission or distribution project as a transmission or distribution line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $500,000; current law defines a transmission project as a transmission line operating at less than 69 kilovolts projected to cost over $20,000,000. The bill requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to conduct an investigation of proposed transmission lines and proposed transmission or distribution projects prior to approval of any line or project by the Public Utilities Commission. It requires the commission to consider the results of the investigation conducted by and the recommendations of the nonwires alternative coordinator regarding nonwires alternatives to the proposed transmission line or transmission or distribution project.

The bill requires each transmission and distribution utility to file an annual schedule of transmission line rebuilding or relocation projects and minor transmission line construction projects with the nonwires alternative coordinator in addition to with the Public Utilities Commission. It also establishes a requirement for each transmission and distribution utility to prepare and file annually with the commission and the nonwires alternative coordinator a distribution system planning study describing system capacity and load and growth-related needs for the upcoming 5 years to ensure electric grid reliability.

The bill makes several changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy. It establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State. It allows utilities to adjust rates to recover incremental costs associated with operations of the nonwires alternative coordinator and costs of procuring nonwires alternatives and eliminates the requirement that incremental costs be prudently incurred to be recoverable. It requires the Public Advocate's annual report to include a report on the State's progress on smart grid infrastructure.

Amendment H-431
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and does the following.

  • 1. It requires the Public Advocate to contract with a person or entity to serve as the nonwires alternative coordinator.
  • 2. It provides that funding of the contracted services of the nonwires alternative coordinator is provided through a special assessment on investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities.
  • 3. It adjusts the salary range of the Special Assistant to the Public Advocate from range 20 to range 25.
  • 4. It amends the definition of "transmission project" to cover projects expected to cost in excess of $5,000,000, rather than those in excess of $20,000,000 as in current law.
  • 5. It amends the provisions relating to transmission lines and transmission projects subject to investigation of nonwires alternatives in several ways. It limits the requirement for a nonwires alternative investigation to apply to transmission lines and projects proposed by investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities, rather than transmission and distribution utilities in general. It also adds a category of small transmission and distribution projects subject to nonwires alternatives investigation.
  • 6. It establishes cost-effectiveness as the analytical framework and standard for the investigation of nonwires alternatives for all types of projects and requires a benefit-cost analysis to evaluate cost-effectiveness. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to develop and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of nonwires alternatives and a proposed plan for procurement of nonwires alternatives.
  • 7. It requires an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to submit annually to the Office of the Public Advocate a planning study for small transmission and distribution projects.
  • 8. It requires the nonwires alternative coordinator to provide recommendations to investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities for nonwires alternatives to small transmission projects and distribution projects and requires the coordinator and the utility to attempt to reach a good faith agreement on the adoption of nonwires alternatives. If no agreement is reached, the utility is required to petition the Public Utilities Commission to resolve the dispute.
  • 9. It includes provisions regarding procurement of nonwires alternatives. These provisions require a transmission and distribution utility to contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the customer side of the meter and require the commission to determine the entity, which may be the utility or a 3rd party, to deliver nonwires alternatives that are on the grid side of the meter.
  • 10. It provides that a transmission and distribution utility's prudently incurred costs to deliver nonwires alternatives are recoverable in rates.
  • 11. It adds a provision to reference the activities of the nonwires alternative coordinator in the Efficiency Maine Trust Act regarding coordination with activities and programs of state agencies and authorities.
  • 12. It makes changes to the law on smart grid infrastructure policy and establishes that it is in the public interest to establish a nonwires alternative coordinator for the State.


LD 1181 Chaptered Law
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LD 1197 An Act To Amend the Law Prohibiting the Denial by Health Insurers of Referrals by Out-of-network Providers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-90, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1197
This bill provides that the law that prohibits carriers from denying payment for covered health care services solely on the basis that the referral for services was made by an out-of-network provider applies only to referrals made by out-of-network direct primary care providers. It also allows a carrier to require a direct primary care provider who is not a member of the carrier's provider network and who makes a referral to meet appropriate credentialing standards consistent with other primary care providers participating in the carrier's provider network.

Amendment S-90
This amendment replaces the bill.. The amendment provides that the law that prohibits carriers from denying payment for covered health care services solely on the basis that the referral for services was made by an out-of-network provider applies only to referrals made by out-of-network direct primary care providers. It prohibits a carrier from requiring an enrollee to pay a greater cost-sharing amount than the cost-sharing that would apply to the same service if the service was referred by a participating primary care provider. It also allows a carrier to require a direct primary care provider who is not a member of the carrier's provider network to attest that the provider is a direct primary care provider through a written attestation or copy of the direct primary care agreement with the enrollee.

LD 1197 Chaptered Law
LD 1197 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1214 Resolve, To Conduct a Comprehensive Study of the Compensation System for State Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-146, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1214
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to commission a comprehensive study of the wages and compensation system for employees of the executive branch of State Government. The resolve directs the commissioner to involve the certified bargaining agents for the employees covered by collective bargaining units and report the findings and any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over state and local government matters no later than July 1, 2020, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

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

LD 1214 fiscal note
LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
LD 1225 An Act To Increase Funding for Home Visiting Programs Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1225
This bill increases the State's funding for home visiting programs in the State in order to stabilize the workforce and expand eligibility to foster families caring for infants.

LD 1250 An Act To Prohibit Sexual Harassment as a Subject Matter of Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Contracts Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1250
This bill prohibits an employment contract entered into after the effective date of this legislation from including a clause that requires arbitration of a sexual harassment allegation or claim and makes any such clause void. The bill does not affect the ability of an employer to include any other arbitration clause in a contract or to enforce the provisions of a contract other than the prohibited clause.

LD 1412 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Collective Bargaining Rights of Employees of School Management and Leadership Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-494, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1412
This bill provides that employees of school management and leadership centers established under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 123 are eligible to participate in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. It also establishes collective bargaining obligations, duties, liabilities and rights for a school management and leadership center pursuant to the laws governing municipal public employers and includes provisions for the merging of bargaining units of employees of a school administrative unit that also are employed by a school management and leadership center.

Amendment H-494
This amendment specifies that the retirement costs and administrative operating expenses related to the retirement programs for teachers employed by a school management and leadership center are to be paid by that school management and leadership center.

LD 1412 Chaptered Law
LD 1412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1427 An Act To Amend the Legislative Expense Reimbursement Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1427
This bill changes, beginning with the 130th Legislature, the per diem housing allowance from a set amount of $38 per day to an amount that is established annually by the Legislative Council based on the average rate of lodging in the Augusta area.

LD 1450 Resolve, To Mitigate the Increasing Waiting List for Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1450
This resolve establishes a 2-year pilot project to provide housing to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder who are on the waiting list for home and community-based benefits provided under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 21. The pilot project must be modeled on a program operated in the Town of Kittery by A House for ME and must provide housing to 2 to 3 residents in each home and, with the assistance of community volunteers, assist those residents in becoming active, contributing members of the community.

LD 1497 An Act To Recognize High-performing, Efficient School Districts with Regard to the System Administration Allocation (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1497
Under current law, for the 2019-20 fiscal year, a system administration allocation of $141 per pupil is established, with $47 being allocated to each school administrative unit and an additional $94 being allocated as a targeted amount to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

This bill maintains the $141 allocation for fiscal year 2019-20, but provides $94 to each school administrative unit and an additional $47 to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services and to those school administrative units that have been identified as high-performing, efficient school administrative units.

LD 1516 An Act To Improve Efficiency in Communication in the Court System (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-270, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1516
This bill provides funding to the judicial branch to allow it to develop and implement a text message notification system to provide information regarding pending court cases, such as location, calendar, case category and case type, to involved parties.

Amendment H-270
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and reduces the appropriation to reflect the new effective date.

LD 1516 fiscal note
LD 1516 Amendment H-270 fiscal note
LD 1543 An Act To Amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-235, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1543
This bill amends provisions regarding the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code by requiring the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to adopt and maintain an appendix to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code that contains energy conservation and efficiency requirements that exceed the requirements in the code, to make the appendix available for voluntary adoption by municipalities and to maintain a list of those municipalities on the board's publicly accessible website.

Amendment S-235
This amendment requires that as the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code is updated the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board ensure that the appendix continues to exceed the energy conservation and efficiency standards contained in the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.

LD 1543 Chaptered Law
LD 1543 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1563 An Act To Encourage the Development of Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1563
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish the Maine Broadband Initiative to encourage, promote, stimulate, invest in and support universal high-speed broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the State. The bill would also establish the Maine Broadband Initiative Fund to provide ongoing funding for high-speed broadband through funding sources that would be identified in the bill.

LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1679
This bill:
  • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
  • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
  • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
  • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


Amendment S-221
This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
  • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
  • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
  • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
    • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
    • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
    • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
    • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
    • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
    • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
    • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

      It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
  • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


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LD 1681 An Act To Authorize the Public Utilities Commission To Determine the Amount of the E-9-1-1 Surcharge Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 29, 2019
LD 1681
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish the statewide E-9-1-1 surcharge and the prepaid wireless E-9-1-1 surcharge but limits the surcharges to no more than 45¢ per month per line or number for the statewide E-9-1-1 surcharge and 45¢ per retail transaction for the prepaid wireless E-9-1-1 surcharge, which are the same amounts as in the current law. The bill requires the commission to establish the surcharges by routine technical rules or through other commission proceedings.

LD 1683 An Act To Clarify the Definitions of Consumer-owned Utilities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-478, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1683
This bill amends the definition of consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility to clarify that the utility must be wholly owned by consumers who reside in the service territory of the utility and that any municipal or quasi-municipal ownership must be of a municipality or quasi-municipal entity located in the State.

Amendment H-478
This amendment amends the definition of "consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility" in the bill. The amendment specifies that a consumer-owned transmission and distribution utility is wholly owned by its consumers, including its consumers served by the utility in this State. The amendment also adds a provision to amend the definition of "consumer-owned water utility" in the same way and makes other clarifying changes to the language in the bill.

LD 1683 Chaptered Law
LD 1683 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-295, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1711
This bill regards amendments and enactments of provisions regarding energy billing and the Maine Solar Energy Act, including:
  • 1. Establishing parameters on the financial interest and limits of accounts for net energy billing;
  • 2. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to establish a pilot program implementing a tariff rate for nonresidential customers of new distributed generation resources if the commission determines a tariff rate is the most cost-effective manner possible to promote the development of distributed generation resources;
  • 3. Amending the Maine Solar Energy Act by:
    • A. Adding specific measures to support solar energy;
    • B. Establishing a standard buyer designation and detailing the standard buyer's obligations and cost allocation;
    • C. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 125 megawatts for the output of distributed generation resources associated with commercial or institutional customer accounts through a bid solicitation process;
    • D. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 250 megawatts for the output of large-scale shared distributed generation resources through a bid solicitation process; and
    • E. Detailing the process by which credits are applied to a customer's bill and how entities that own or operate a large-scale shared distributed generation resource on behalf of customers that own a proportional interest in the large-scale shared distributed generation resource may recover costs incurred on behalf of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility;
  • 4. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature the results of the implemented tariff rates for distributed generation resources and the status of metering and billing system capabilities for investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities;
  • 5. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to evaluate net energy billing when the total amount of generation capacity involved in net energy billing in the State reaches 8% of the total maximum load of transmission and distribution utilities in the State;
  • 6. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to solicit bids for long-term contracts to supply up to 400 megawatts of electricity from solar energy projects; and
  • 7. Directing the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding long-term contracts for installed capacity and associated renewable energy and renewable energy credits produced by solar energy projects.


Amendment S-295
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment:
  • 1. Changes the net energy billing law to:
    • a. Allow a customer to participate if the customer has a financial interest in a distributed generation resource, which is defined as a generator with a capacity of less than 5 megawatts that uses a renewable resource and is located in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility in this State;
    • b. Permit any number of customers of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to share the financial interest, except in the northern Maine grid, where the limit is 10, unless the Public Utilities Commission finds the utility system can accommodate a higher number; and
    • c. Add a new commercial and institutional net energy billing program that provides for a tariff rate for the energy exported by the distributed generation resource that is based on the applicable standard offer rate for the customer plus a percentage of the transmission and distribution utility rate for a specific class of customers;
  • 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to report on metering and billing issues to the joint standing committee on utilities and energy and to evaluate net energy billing when certain events occur; and
  • 3. Creates a requirement for the procurement of distributed generation resources by each investor-owned electric utility, or by a separate buyer, if one is designated by the commission. The amendment:
    • a. Directs procurements of 125 megawatts of output associated with commercial and institutional accounts and 250 megawatts of shared distributed generation resources to be achieved by July 1, 2024;
    • b. Directs that procurements must be through a competitive bidding process with solicitations for certain blocks of output and contract rates, after the first block, set in declining relation to the previous block;
    • c. Provides procedures to address cases of under-procurement for any block;
    • d. Requires subscriptions to certain portions of shared distributed generation resources to satisfy certain minimum requirements related to the types and sizes of subscribers or subscriptions; and
    • e. Provides for consumer protections and transparency requirements.
  • 4. Adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1711 Chaptered Law
LD 1711 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1741 Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Examine Performance-based Rates for Electric Utilities Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1741
This resolve requires the Public Utilities Commission to open a proceeding to examine the rate plans of each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility in the State. The commission is directed to examine rate design, existing performance metrics and any incentives for efficient operation that are currently in place for each investor-owned transmission and distribution utility and to specifically consider performance measures including a utility's reliability, billing accuracy, level of renewable energy generation integration and customer satisfaction. Based on its review, the commission shall determine the appropriateness of any reasonable rate-adjustment mechanisms, including enhanced positive and negative financial incentives linked to performance.

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