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Senator Michael Carpenter [Democrat]
Aroostook ~ District 2

Towns in District: Amity, Bancroft, Blaine, Bridgewater, Carroll Plantation, Cary Plantation, Central Aroostook Unorganized Territory, Chapman, Crystal, Drew Plantation, Dyer Brook, Easton, Fort Fairfield, Glenwood Plantation, Hammond, Haynesville, Hersey, Hodgdon, Houlton, Island Falls, Kingman Township, Lakeville, Lee, Linneus, Littleton, Ludlow, Macwahoc Plantation, Mars Hill, Merrill, Monticello, Moro Plantation, Mount Chase, New Limerick, Oakfield, Orient, Patten, Prentiss Township, Presque Isle, Reed Plantation, Sherman, Smyrna, South Aroostook Unorganized Territory, Springfield, Stacyville, Twombly Ridge Township, Webster Plantation, Westfield, Weston,Whitney Township, Winn and part of North Penobscot Unorganized Territory

Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Conduct and Ethics

Joint Committees:
♦ Judiciary (Chair)
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety

♦ Joint Select Committee On Joint Rules

✉ Mike.Carpenter@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ P.O. Box 1406
Houlton, Maine 04730


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters73%
Maine People's Alliance, 201873%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201789%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 551 An Act To Ban Nicotine Liquid Containers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 551
This bill prohibits, beginning January 1, 2020, a person from selling, furnishing or giving away a nicotine liquid container.

LD 556 An Act To Protect Animals in Unattended Vehicles Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 556
This bill allows a person who is not a law enforcement officer, humane agent, animal control officer, firefighter, first responder or security guard to enter a vehicle and remove an animal if the animal's safety, health or well-being appears to be in immediate danger. The bill provides that a person who removes an animal from a vehicle under these conditions is immune from criminal or civil liability.

LD 635 An Act Related to Community Reparations Boards Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 635
This bill provides that, if a court imposes a sentencing alternative that includes a period of deferred disposition, the court may, with the express approval of the prosecuting attorney, require as a condition of the deferred disposition that the person subject to the deferred disposition appear before a community reparations board and abide by any requirement imposed by the board if the court finds no circumstance that makes the appearance inappropriate.

LD 639 An Act To Protect Student Privacy Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 639
This bill provides that video and audio recordings made by security or surveillance cameras on school grounds or in school vehicles are not public records for purposes of the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 781 An Act To Increase Judicial Compensation Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 781
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase judicial compensation.

LD 782 An Act Relating to Animals in Pulling Events Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 782
This bill prohibits a person handling or responsible for an animal in a pulling event from using on the animal any technique, force or method of preparing the animal for pulling that subjects the animal to pain, fear or undue stress, including but not limited to electric shock, physical punishment or artificial sweating to achieve weight. A person who engages in that activity is banned from participating in pulling events for one year for the first offense and permanently for a 2nd offense.

LD 1022 An Act To Establish as a Class C Crime Criminal Conduct in Retaliation against a Witness, Informant, Victim or Juror Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-159, Enacted, Signed into law June 16, 2019
LD 1022
This bill amends the elements of the crime of tampering with a witness, informant, juror or victim by adding the instance of committing an unlawful act in retaliation against a witness, informant, juror or victim for acting in the capacity of a witness, informant, juror or victim.

Amendment S-159
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment creates a new Class C crime of retaliation against a witness, informant, victim or juror if a person, believing that another person is participating or has participated as a witness, informant, victim or juror in an official proceeding, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 451, subsection 5, paragraph A, or in an official criminal investigation, engages in criminal conduct with the intent to retaliate for that other person's role in the official proceeding or criminal investigation.

LD 1022 Chaptered Law
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LD 1023 An Act Regarding the Definition of "Serious Bodily Injury" in the Maine Criminal Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-116, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1023
This bill amends the definition of "serious bodily injury" in the Maine Criminal Code by changing "substantial impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or extended convalescence necessary for recovery of physical health" to "substantial impairment of the health or function of any part of the body or that causes extended convalescence necessary for recovery of physical or mental health." The bill also makes grammatical changes.

Amendment S-116
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment amends the definition of "serious bodily injury" in the Maine Criminal Code by clarifying the language regarding injury that leads to extended convalescence. The amendment also amends the law regarding the crime of aggravated assault to reflect the changes to the definition of "serious bodily injury" contained in the amendment. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1023 Amendment S-116 fiscal note
LD 1089 An Act To Ban Discretionary Clauses in Life and Health Insurance Policies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-89, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1089
This bill adds a provision in the individual and group life insurance and health insurance and health maintenance organization provisions in the Maine Insurance Code that prohibits the inclusion or enforcement of a contract provision allowing the insurer sole or absolute discretion to interpret the terms of the insurance contract.

Amendment S-89
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits the inclusion or enforcement of a contract provision in individual and group disability income insurance policies allowing the insurer sole or absolute discretion to interpret the insurance contract.

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LD 1090 An Act To Update the Criminal Animal Welfare Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-160, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1090
This bill amends the criminal animal welfare laws in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Consolidates and clarifies the provisions for a possession hearing concerning an animal suspected to have been subject to cruelty, including removing the provisions for a show cause hearing;
  • 2. Provides for emergency euthanasia of an impounded animal that is severely sick or severely injured;
  • 3. Clarifies that a person authorized to make arrests may seize and take possession of a cruelly treated animal;
  • 4. Prohibits an owner or keeper of an animal that has been seized or impounded due to cruel treatment from possessing or acquiring an animal prior to the possession hearing;
  • 5. Clarifies that an owner or keeper subject to forfeiture of an animal may appeal to the Superior Court;
  • 6. Adds to the definition of animal cruelty intentionally giving an animal a scheduled drug; and
  • 7. Makes the violation of a sentencing provision for a conviction of animal cruelty a Class D crime.


Amendment S-160
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. With regard to the fine for violating a court order banning temporary possession under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17, section 1021 or 1034, the amendment removes the mandatory minimum fine of $50.
  • 2. With regard to the crime of cruelty to animals, the amendment adds to the prohibition on giving drugs, poison or alcohol to an animal that the act was done with the intent to harm or intoxicate the animal.
  • 3. With regard to the section of the bill on penalties for the crime of cruelty to animals, the amendment removes from the bill language that designates violation of a court order a Class D crime since an identical provision is included in another legislative document.


LD 1090 Chaptered Law
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LD 1161 An Act To Restrict the Use of Mercury in Dental Fillings in State-funded Dental Procedures Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 1161
This bill prohibits the use of mercury amalgam fillings as part of a procedure covered by any dental care program funded or partially funded by the State.

LD 1215 An Act Relating to Defenses and Self-defense in the Maine Criminal Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1215
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code by clarifying that determination of the applicability of a defense is a preliminary question of fact under the Maine Rules of Evidence that must be proved by the totality of the circumstances and not by viewing the evidence in a light most favorable to the defendant and by providing that the use of nondeadly force in defense of a person is not justified when the person is engaged in criminal conduct against the other person or the other person's property concurrently with the use of the nondeadly force.

LD 1328 An Act To Increase the Salaries of the Governor and Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1328
This bill increases the Governor's salary from $70,000 per year to $125,000 per year. Since the Constitution of Maine prohibits the increase of the salary of a sitting Governor, this increase does not take effect until the election of a Governor not in office on December 2, 2020.

This bill also, beginning with the 130th Maine Legislature, increases the salary of Maine Legislators from $14,862 in the first year and $10,613 in the 2nd year of a biennium, after adjustment for inflation, to $20,000 in the first year and $15,000 in the 2nd year of a biennium and the salary of a person who succeeds a member of the Legislature who dies or otherwise vacates office. This bill retains the annual cost-of-living adjustment for salary and clarifies that it applies to a successor's salary. This bill also increases the per diem meal and housing allowances paid to Legislators from $32 and $38 to $40 and $60, respectively.

LD 1462 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide 4-year Terms for Senators and To Set Term Limits for Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1462
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to change the term of office for State Senators from 2 years to 4 years and change the number of consecutive years members of the State Senate and House of Representatives may serve from 8 years to 12 years.

LD 1503 An Act To Establish the Maine False Claims Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1503
This bill repeals the existing law governing the civil liability of persons making false claims, and enacts the Maine False Claims Act in order to protect the State against false and fraudulent claims upon or against the State and to protect the State and the Federal Government against false and fraudulent claims under the Medicaid program, known in the State as the MaineCare program. This bill provides authorization for qui tam actions, which are brought by a person for the benefit of the person and the State in the name of the State. This bill provides protection from discrimination for an employee who participates in a qui tam action. This bill provides possible recoveries for the person who brings the qui tam action in addition to recoveries for the State. This bill establishes the Maine False Claims Act Fund to receive the proceeds payable to the State as a result of false claims litigation to be used in part for investigatory, enforcement and litigation expenses.

LD 1605 An Act To Provide Fair Contracts in the Logging Industry Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1605
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure fairness in wood harvesting contracts.

LD 1636 An Act To Increase the Efficiency of the Criminal Justice System Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1636
Part A of this bill makes changes to law enforcement by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife game wardens. Specifically, it does the following:
  • 1. Requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to designate for the warden service the Uniform Summons and Complaint as the citation form for criminal violations and the Violation Summons and Complaint for civil violations;
  • 2. Clarifies that the Department of Public Safety is responsible for all Uniform Summons and Complaint forms issued to the warden service;
  • 3. Designates the Uniform Summons and Complaint as the form for use in criminal prosecutions and the Violation Summons and Complaint as the form for use in civil prosecutions and provides procedures for their use and for prosecutions under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 12, Part 13;
  • 4. Makes failure to sign a Violation Summons and Complaint form a Class E crime, as is failure to sign the Uniform Summons and Complaint;
  • 5. Makes improper disposal by a warden or other public employee of a Violation Summons and Complaint form a Class E crime, as is improper disposal of a Uniform Summons and Complaint;
  • 6. Grants jurisdiction to the Unified Criminal Docket for criminal prosecutions under Title 12, Part 13 and jurisdiction to the District Court violations bureau, established pursuant to Title 4, section 164, subsection 12, for civil prosecutions and requires a warden who issues a Violation Summons and Complaint to file the original with the violations bureau within 5 days of issuance; and
  • 7. Amends the definition of "habitual violators" in the inland fisheries and wildlife laws to apply to criminal violations, civil violations and combinations of civil and criminal violations.


Part B of this bill makes the following changes to the Maine Criminal Code:
  • 1. Regarding civil violations that designate as inadmissible evidence that is obtained pursuant to an unlawful search and seizure, eliminates language that limits that provision to civil violations involving illegal possession of marijuana and butyl nitrite and isobutyl nitrite;
  • 2. Regarding civil violations, adds a provision authorizing a law enforcement officer who has probable cause to make application for a search warrant;
  • 3. Regarding indictment and jurisdiction, grants jurisdiction to the Unified Criminal Docket to try Class D and E crimes, to impose sentence in Class A, B and C crimes in which the Unified Criminal Docket has accepted a plea of guilty and to prosecute an offense under Title 17, chapter 42 when the district attorney has designated the offense as a civil violation;
  • 4. Regarding indictment and jurisdiction, provides jurisdiction to the District Court violations bureau in prosecutions for civil violations except for prosecutions pursuant to Title 17, chapter 42; and
  • 5. Provides for the use statewide of the standardized Violation Summons and Complaint form and provides the procedures for the use of the form. It designates as Class E crimes failure to sign the Violation Summons and Complaint form and improper disposal of a Violation Summons and Complaint form by a law enforcement officer or other public employee, and it requires the issuing law enforcement officer to file the original with the violations bureau within 5 days of issuance.

Part C of this bill amends the motor vehicle and traffic laws to provide for the use statewide of the standardized Violation Summons and Complaint form and provides the procedures for the use of the form. It designates as Class E crimes failure to sign the Violation Summons and Complaint form and improper disposal of a Violation Summons and Complaint form by a law enforcement officer, and it requires the issuing law enforcement officer to file the original with the District Court violations bureau within 5 days of issuance.

Part D of this bill provides an effective date for the legislation of January 1, 2020.

LD 1759 An Act Regarding the Electronic Data and Court Records Filed in the Electronic Case Management System of the Supreme Judicial Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1759
This bill requires the Supreme Judicial Court to develop and adopt rules regarding court records and documents retained by the courts in an electronic case management system. The rules must reflect the presumption that court records are open to the public except in certain circumstances when necessary to protect private, personal or confidential information, data and documents or when designated confidential by state or federal statute or by court rule or order. The presumption that court records are public does not preclude the imposition of reasonable fees for access to those records.

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 18 An Act To Ensure Proper Prosecution of Crimes Involving Domestic Violence and Enhance Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-175, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 18
This bill creates the crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person. The bill also makes violation of a protection from abuse order a Class C crime if the person has 2 or more prior convictions for violating a protection from abuse order.

Amendment H-175
This amendment amends the bill by changing the crime of domestic violence aggravated assault to create the Class A variant of aggravated assault that is consistent with the existing crime of Class A aggravated assault under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A section 208, subsection 1, paragraph A-1, when the defendant causes bodily injury to another that causes serious, permanent disfigurement or loss or substantial impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the predicates that may be used to elevate existing domestic violence crimes. The amendment also adds reference to the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the definition of "family or household members" under Title 19-A, chapter 101, which concerns protection from abuse. The amendment makes one nonsubstantive, grammatical correction to the provision of the bill on repeat violations under the protection from abuse law. The amendment adds the newly created crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person to the mandatory arrest provisions of Title 19-A, section 4012, subsection 5 and repeals reference to a violation of Title 17-A, section 208 that has occurred between members of the same family or household as unnecessary following inclusion in the subsection of the newly created crimes.

LD 18 Chaptered Law
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LD 38 An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-241, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 38
This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.

Amendment H-241
This amendment adds language to clarify the requirement that the purchase of a hearing aid in accordance with the bill's coverage must be done in accordance with federal and state laws, regulations and rules for the dispensing of hearing aids. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section and provides for the calculation and transfer of amounts for premium costs by financial order.

LD 38 Chaptered Law
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LD 67 An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-72, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 67
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. These changes apply only to those Class A, Class B and Class C crimes of unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

The bill also makes a number of technical corrections to the provisions of the Maine Criminal Code governing statutes of limitations to provide additional clarity within those provisions.

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
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LD 82 An Act To Determine the Necessity for a Public Guardian or Conservator Bond Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 82
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to implement recommendations relating to the bond requirements for public guardians and conservators under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 18-C, section 5-710. The recommendations must be based on a review of the bond requirements to determine whether the requirements should be changed.

LD 93 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Bottle Redemption To Counterbalance for Redemption Centers the Increase in Minimum Wage Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 93
This bill increases by 1¢ per returned container the handling costs to be reimbursed to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

LD 126 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Acquire Significant Historic Properties for Resale and Rehabilitation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 126
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $2,000,000, will be used to provide funds to the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to capitalize the Historic Preservation Revolving Fund for the purpose of acquiring significant historic properties for resale and rehabilitation.

LD 130 An Act To Provide Funding To Continue the Strategic Economic and Sustainable Development of Northern Aroostook County Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 130
This bill provides funds in only the 2020-2021 biennium to support the work of the Core Leadership Team of Acadia of the Lands and Forests.

LD 175 An Act To Extend the Deer Hunting Season by 2 Saturdays Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 175
This bill extends the end of the regular firearm deer hunting season by 2 Saturdays.

LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 179
This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.

LD 179 Chaptered Law
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LD 198 An Act To Require That Nonmotorized Carriages Be Equipped with Reflectors and Lights Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-243, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 198
This bill requires a horse-drawn carriage operated during nighttime to be equipped with reflective tape on all sides, a reflective triangle on the rear and a light that is visible outside of the carriage to the front and the rear.

Amendment H-243
This amendment expands the scope of the bill to apply to animal-drawn vehicles instead of just horse-drawn carriages. The amendment requires a light to be attached to the left side of the vehicle that displays a red light to the rear and white light to the front; specifies the placement and type of reflective tape required on all sides of the vehicle; and removes the requirement for a reflective triangle to be placed on the rear of the vehicle. The amendment also exempts animal-drawn vehicles from the standard red rear reflector requirement.

LD 198 Chaptered Law
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LD 212 An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund and To Establish the ATV Enforcement Fund Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-86, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature May 1, 2019
LD 212
This bill increases ATV registration fees from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents, from $53 to $65 for 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $80 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The bill provides that the increased fee revenue be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

Amendment H-86
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble, an emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section. It creates the ATV Enforcement Fund, which is a nonlapsing fund that is funded with $10 from each nonresident ATV registration fee collected. Money from the fund is required to be used for the enforcement of ATV laws, ATV education and the purchase of necessary machinery or equipment related to ATV safety and enforcement activities.

Like the bill, this amendment increases the ATV registration fee from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents. It also increases from $53 to $75 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $90 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The amendment requires $12 of each registration fee to be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

LD 212 Chaptered Law
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LD 214 An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-316 and Senate amendment S-370, Enacted, Signed into law June 28, 2019
LD 214
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.

Amendment H-316
This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft. The amendment improves funding for civil legal services by providing an appropriation from the General Fund to be distributed through the existing procedures of the Civil Legal Services Fund Commission. The amendment clarifies the qualifications for providers to be eligible for funding.

Amendment S-370
This amendment amends Committee Amendment H-316 by replacing the $5,000,000 General Fund appropriation in the committee amendment with Other Special Revenue Funds allocations of $715,010 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $953,346 in fiscal year 2020-21 as a result of increasing the percentage of judicial fees allocated to the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund and from revenues collected from a filing fee surcharge to be deposited in the Maine Civil Legal Services Fund.

LD 214 Chaptered Law
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LD 223 An Act Regarding Community Service Sentencing Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 223
This bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.

LD 241 An Act To Adjust the Personal Property Tax Exemption for Farm Machinery Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-335, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 241
This bill increases the amount of the exemption from personal property taxation for farm machinery from $10,000 to $45,000.

Amendment H-335
This amendment provides a time frame for implementation of the increase in the property tax exemption for farm machinery, provides administrative provisions for the Bureau of Revenue Services to enforce the exemption and verify required state reimbursement amounts and requires the State to reimburse municipalities for 100% of property taxes lost as a result of the increase in the exemption.

This amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 241 Amendment H-335 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 268 An Act To Create a Credit under the Commercial Forestry Excise Tax for Landowners Using Businesses Based in the United States Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-218 and Senate amendment S-277, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 268
This bill provides a credit against the commercial forestry excise tax for landowners who are based in the United States and who employ and retain businesses or contractors that are based in the United States, that employ at least 75% United States residents and that are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. The bill also requires recapture of the credit if a recipient is found to have been ineligible.

Amendment S-218
This amendment requires a landowner seeking the credit against the commercial forestry excise tax to obtain affidavits indicating that businesses or contractors retained by the landowner are based in the United States, that at least 75% of their employees are United States residents and that they are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. It makes other technical changes to the bill.

Amendment S-277
This amendment changes the starting date for the credit to tax years based on the status of property on or after April 1, 2022 and changes the percentage of employees who must be residents of the United States from 75% to 90% for the first 2 years of the credit.

LD 268 Amendment S-218 fiscal note
LD 268 Amendment S-277 fiscal note
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 329 An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-178, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 329
This bill exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is experiencing a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose.

Amendment H-178
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 329 Chaptered Law
LD 329 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 345 An Act To Help New Teachers Succeed Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-153, Enacted, Signed into law May 20, 2019
LD 345
This bill requires a probationary teacher to be evaluated during each year of employment as a probationary teacher and provides that if a 3rd-year probationary teacher does not receive a summative effectiveness rating indicating ineffectiveness during the first or 2nd year of the probationary teacher's contract, the probationary teacher's contract must be extended automatically. This bill also requires special procedures for probationary teachers in a school administrative unit's performance evaluation and professional growth system.

Amendment H-153
This amendment requires that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years. This amendment removes the sections of the bill that enacted special procedures for probationary teachers.

The bill as amended includes a restructuring of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13201 to bring the section into conformity with current drafting standards. The only substantive changes to section 13201 are to require the superintendent to evaluate probationary teachers during, without limitation, each year of their employment as probationary teachers and that, beginning with teachers hired for the 2020-2021 school year, the probationary period may not exceed 2 years.

LD 345 Chaptered Law
LD 345 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 350 An Act To Exempt Head Start School Buses from Snow Tire Restrictions Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-24, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 350
This bill exempts school buses operated by Head Start programs from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires.

Amendment H-24
This amendment exempts all school buses from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires, instead of creating a specific exemption for school buses operated by Head Start programs as in the bill. This amendment also changes the title to reflect the contents of the bill.

LD 350 Chaptered Law
LD 350 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 393 An Act To Change the Eligibility Requirements for the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 393
This bill changes the formula for calculation of the property tax fairness credit to expand the credit to residents whose property taxes or rent constituting property taxes on homestead property exceeds 5%, rather than 6% in current law, of the residents' income for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

LD 417 An Act To Allow an Attorney To Copy a Driver's License Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-231, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 417
This bill allows an attorney to photocopy a driver's license for legal purposes without the permission of the Secretary of State.

Amendment H-231
This amendment replaces the bill and changes the title. Current law authorizes the photocopying of a driver's license solely for proof of identification for the consummation of a financial transaction. The amendment revises current law to provide that either the driver or the driver's attorney can consummate a financial transaction using the photocopied driver's license for identification.

LD 417 Chaptered Law
LD 417 Chaptered Law 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 449 An Act To Impose a Mandatory Sentence for the Crime of Aggravated Unlawful Operation of a Methamphetamine Laboratory Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 449
This bill adds the crime of aggravated unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory to the list of drug offenses that carry a mandatory 4-year minimum sentence.

LD 480 An Act To Ensure Pay Transparency and To Reduce Gender and Racial Wage Inequities Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 480
This bill requires certain employers, including, but not limited to, state agencies, to annually submit wage data reports regarding employee gender, race and ethnicity to the Maine Human Rights Commission.

LD 481 An Act To Allow the Expansion of the Types of Newspapers That Qualify as Legal Notice Publishers by Removing the 2nd Class Postal Matter Requirement Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 481
This bill removes from the law governing publication of legal notices the requirement that, in order for a newspaper to publish notices, it must be entered as 2nd class postal matter in the United States mails.

LD 495 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Conduct a Feasibility Study on Locating a Grain Processing Facility in Aroostook County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 495
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating a grain processing facility in Aroostook County. The resolve directs the commissioner to present the study findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than December 4, 2019, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 496 An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 496
This bill expands the definition of "family or household member" in the laws governing protection from abuse in order to include, for purposes of a protection from abuse order, all related individuals regardless of whether the individuals are adult household members.

This bill also directs a court in which a protection from harassment or a protection from abuse complaint is filed to notify the plaintiff if appropriate or greater relief is available.

Amendment S-282
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment clarifies the bill's language regarding the court's discretion in a protection from harassment action to issue a protection from harassment order even if the notice to stop harassing the plaintiff was not issued to the defendant.

The amendment clarifies that an adult who has been abused, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1, can seek a protection from abuse order if the adult has been abused by, in addition to a family or household member or a dating partner as provided in current law, an individual related to the adult by consanguinity or affinity. The amendment provides the same protection for a minor child.

The amendment directs the offices of the court clerks to provide plaintiffs with written contact information for resources from which the plaintiff may receive legal or social service assistance when the contact information for those services has been provided to the Administrative Office of the Courts by the various providers, including the Maine State Bar Association or successor organization, any local or statewide organizations providing domestic violence services and sexual assault services and any other agency providing reliable and relevant resource contact information.

LD 496 Chaptered Law
LD 496 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 506 An Act To Provide Architects, Engineers and Certain Other Professionals Immunity from Civil Liability When Volunteering for Evaluating Damage from Disasters Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-34, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 506
This bill provides civil immunity for architects, contractors, environmental professionals, land surveyors, landscape architects, planners and professional engineers who provide voluntary professional services during or within 90 days of a natural disaster or catastrophe when the services are provided under the applicable license or certification, are related to the natural disaster or catastrophe and are provided at the request of a federal, state or local public official, law enforcement official, public safety official or building inspection official. No immunity is provided for reckless or intentional misconduct.

The bill is based on a similar Massachusetts law.

Amendment H-34
This amendment clarifies that the immunity applies only when an emergency is declared by the President or the Governor. It also removes from the bill the provision of immunity for the 90 days after the emergency and it makes the language consistent with the Maine Tort Claims Act.

LD 506 Chaptered Law
LD 506 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 531 An Act To Provide Counsel for a Person Who Is the Subject of an Adult Guardianship, Conservatorship or Other Protective Arrangement Proceeding Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 531
This bill requires a probate court to appoint an attorney for a person who is not already represented by an attorney when the person is the subject of a petition for adult guardianship, conservatorship or other protective arrangement.

LD 532 Resolve, Directing Professional Licensing and Certification Boards To Study the Barriers To Obtaining Professional Licensure and Certification Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 532
This resolve directs each professional licensing and certification board under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, in consultation with the Department of the Attorney General, to undertake a thorough review of its rules and procedures and survey its licensees and certificate holders and applicants for licensure or certification to research barriers to obtaining licensure and certification, including existing deficiencies in reciprocity provisions. Each board is directed to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by January 15, 2020 with its findings and any proposed changes to its rules and procedures. The joint standing committee is directed to review and suggest alterations to the licensing and certification boards, which may submit rules pursuant to Title 5, chapter 375. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit legislation related to any report under this section to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 546 An Act To Enhance Highway Safety by Strengthening the So-called Move Over Law Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-98, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 546
This bill increases from $250 to $350 the minimum fine for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

Amendment S-98
This amendment increases the minimum fine from $250 to $275 for passing a stationary authorized emergency vehicle using an emergency light or a stationary public service vehicle using its authorized lights and failing to pass in a lane that is not adjacent to the stationary vehicle or, if passing in a nonadjacent lane would be impossible or unsafe, failing to pass at a careful and prudent speed.

LD 546 Chaptered Law
LD 546 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 600 An Act To Achieve Mental Health Parity in Workers' Compensation Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 14, 2019
LD 600
This bill changes the standard of proof required to demonstrate entitlement to compensation for a mental injury caused by stress so that it is the same standard as is required with respect to physical injuries. In addition, this bill specifies that a work-related injury that aggravates a preexisting mental condition may result in a compensable disability, just as aggravating a preexisting physical condition may.

LD 602 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Research and Development in Maine Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 602
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investment in research, development and commercialization in the State's 7 targeted technology sectors to be used for infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades that enable organizations to gain and hold market share, to increase revenues and to expand employment or preserve jobs, including in the biotechnical and biomedical sectors by attracting more research capacity and in the forest products sector by using Maine fiber to reduce carbon emissions. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in a one-to-one ratio.

LD 603 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Funding for Landfill Closure Costs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-55, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 603
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Amendment S-55
This bill extends the eligibility period for closure costs for a landfill that currently applies only to a landfill licensed on or before September 1, 1989. The bill provides that if a license application for a landfill was accepted for processing on or before September 1, 1989 and the application was approved by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection within one year of accepting the application for processing, the landfill is eligible for payment of 75% of certain closure costs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

LD 603 Chaptered Law
LD 603 Chaptered Law 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 641 An Act To Save Lives through Epinephrine Autoinjector Accessibility Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 641
This bill authorizes pharmacists to prescribe and dispense epinephrine autoinjectors at no cost to a person of any age who the pharmacist reasonably believes is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, or to a person who is in a position to assist the other person if the other person is at risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It creates a fund within the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse a pharmacist who has prescribed and dispensed an epinephrine autoinjector and directs the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the fund.

LD 648 An Act To Improve Reporting of Operating Under the Influence Offenses Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-152, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 648
This bill requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to maintain separate categories in its uniform crime reporting for offenses that involve operating under the influence of alcohol, offenses that involve operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and offenses that involve operating under a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances.

Amendment H-152
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters regarding the incidence of operating under the influence offenses pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 2411. The report must include separate categories for offenses involving operating under the influence of alcohol, for offenses involving operating under the influence of intoxicating substances other than alcohol and for offenses involving operating under the influence of a combination of alcohol and other intoxicating substances. The report is due by April 1st each year beginning in 2020.

LD 648 Chaptered Law
LD 648 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 657 An Act To Reorganize the Probate Courts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 657
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

Maine voters amended the Constitution of Maine in 1967 and conditionally repealed the office of Probate Judge and Register. The repeal is to become effective when the Legislature reforms the probate court system and provides it with full-time judges. Many legislative changes have been made to this system since that time. Most recently, the 128th Legislature passed Legislative Document 123, An Act To Recodify and Revise the Maine Probate Code, Public Law 2017, chapter 402. This was a comprehensive effort to update each area of the law that involved the probate courts. While these changes to the Probate Code and similar changes since 1967 have made the system different, there have been a number of unsuccessful legislative efforts to address the need for full-time judges as envisioned by the constitutional amendment. This bill proposes to honor the will of the voters and complete that task by:

  • 1. Bringing the probate judge function into the state judicial branch by eliminating the existing office of probate judge and creating a number of new full-time state court judges who specialize in adjudicating probate law matters;
  • 2. Ensuring that Maine residents in all counties have equal and improved access to the services of a judge in probate law matters by reasonably calculating the number of new judge positions needed to fully meet this need; providing that judicial hearings will be held in existing county probate courtrooms so long as these spaces are accessible to all parties; and supplying recording devices and any other equipment necessary for the administration of justice by a state court judge. The judicial branch will be responsible for providing any needed items and compensating the county for the use of the courtrooms. This bill proposes to provide the judicial branch the funding needed for these purposes;
  • 3. Ensuring that all probate law records in all counties are contained in a computerized system with a searchable database that is part of the judicial branch case management system. This bill proposes to provide a reasonable effective date for the accomplishment of that goal and a General Fund appropriation sufficient to cover the cost;
  • 4. Ensuring that Maine law provides that each county has an elected register of probate with an office, staff and authority to deliver informal probate services that do not require a judicial order to the public in a uniform manner. This bill proposes to transfer existing judicial oversight of the register to the state court judge having responsibility for probate law matters in that county; and
  • 5. Providing continuing education through the judicial branch to each register of probate to ensure a common understanding of the law and the responsibilities of a register. This bill proposes to ensure the participation of current registers in the planning, development and presentation of these programs.


LD 690 An Act To Amend the Maine Uniform Probate Code Regarding Claims for Personal Injury (Emergency) Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 690
This bill amends the Maine Uniform Probate Code to provide that appropriate probate, appointment or testacy proceedings may be commenced in relation to a claim for personal injury made against a decedent by a person without actual notice of the death within 6 years after the cause of action accrues.

LD 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 698 An Act To Authorize Maine Courts To Award Attorney's Fees and Costs to Citizens Who Prevail in Civil Litigation against the Executive Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-312, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 698
This bill clarifies that when one or more citizens sue the Governor or any executive branch agency to enforce federal or state law and the citizen or citizens prevail or substantially prevail, the citizen or citizens may petition the court for the State to pay all costs. If the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the agency or Governor knowingly violated the law, the court is required to also award reasonable attorney's fees.

Amendment S-312
The bill requires the court to award reasonable attorney 's fees to a citizen or citizens that prevail in litigation against the Governor or any agency of the executive branch if the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the defendant knowingly violated the law. This amendment gives the court in that situation the discretion to award reasonable attorney's fees to be paid to the prevailing citizen or citizens. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 698 Amendment S-312 fiscal note
LD 705 An Act Regarding the Process for Obtaining Prior Authorization for Health Insurance Purposes Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-175, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 705
This bill amends the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request and it exempts medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder from prior authorization requirements.

The bill also requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020 and for medical services by July 1, 2020.

Amendment S-175
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following to amend the prior authorization process for health insurance carriers.

  • 1. It reduces the time frame for a carrier's response to a prior authorization request from 2 business days to 72 hours or 2 business days, whichever is less, and clarifies that the same time frame for a response applies in instances when a carrier requests additional information or requires outside consultation. It also provides that a request for prior authorization is granted if a carrier fails to respond within the required time frames.
  • 2. It clarifies a provision in existing law to reflect the change in time frame.
  • 3. It prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for the prescription of at least one drug for each type of medication used in medication-assisted treatment, except that a carrier may not require prior authorization for medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder for a pregnant woman.
  • 4. It requires a health insurance carrier to develop an electronic transmission system for prior authorization of prescription drug orders by January 1, 2020.
  • 5. It requires health insurance carriers to report, no later than January 1, 2020, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services on efforts to develop standards for secure electronic transmission of prior authorization requests. It also authorizes the committee to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the electronic transmission of prior authorization requests for medical services.
  • 6. It directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend its rules regarding health plan accountability to conform to the statutory changes and designates those rules as routine technical.


LD 705 Chaptered Law
LD 705 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
LD 722
This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

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 735 An Act To Create a Seat for a Representative of the Wabanaki Tribal Governments on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-111, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 735
This bill provides a permanent seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a representative of the 5 Wabanaki tribal governments. The tribal representative must be a law enforcement official and must be chosen for a 2-year term by a process determined by the tribal governments. The process must require that the position rotate among the 5 tribal governments.

Amendment H-111
This amendment changes the title and provides a seat on the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy for a person appointed by the Governor who is knowledgeable about public safety and who has been recommended to the Governor by the Wabanaki tribal governments of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkmikuk, the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik and the Penobscot Nation. The term of this member of the board of trustees is 2 years.

LD 735 Chaptered Law
LD 735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 748 An Act To Provide Relief to Survivors of Economic Abuse Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-585, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 748
This bill defines economic abuse in the context of protection from abuse and provides for the court to order compensation for losses resulting from the economic abuse. The bill also provides for an economic abuse survivor to be protected from debt collection and for the economic abuse survivor's credit to be repaired.

Amendment H-585
The amendment adds language to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 4007, subsection 1 to ensure that it is clear that the abuse for which a plaintiff may seek the issuance of a protection from abuse order is what is defined as abuse in Title 19-A, section 4002, subsection 1. The bill does not add economic abuse as a type of conduct for which a protection from abuse order may be sought, although it does provide that if a protection from abuse order is issued, the court has expanded discretion to order appropriate monetary relief to help address the impact of any economic abuse that may be found by the court. The amendment makes clear that the court may make a finding of economic abuse.

The amendment strikes from the bill language specific to economic abuse relief that may be included in a protection from abuse order and instead amends the current law concerning monetary compensation. The amendment broadens the available relief by changing the monetary compensation in current law to monetary relief to the plaintiff that includes, but is not limited to, the existing types of relief and adds transitional living expenses, which are often necessary for plaintiffs who have suffered economic abuse. It also provides that the monetary relief component of a protection from abuse order does not limit the court's discretion to provide any other relief in a protection from abuse order, either as the statute specifically enumerates or as the court may find necessary and appropriate to issue as part of the proceeding under its discretion in section 4007, subsection 1, paragraph M, and does not preclude the plaintiff from seeking monetary relief through other actions as permissible by law.

LD 748 Chaptered Law
LD 748 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 759 An Act To Increase Efficiency in Enforcement of the Maine Human Rights Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-573, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 759
This bill provides funding for 2 Paralegal positions and one Consumer Outreach position within the Maine Human Rights Commission and requires that the commission purchase a computer system. It also includes a $10,000 appropriation for the initial step in evaluating the commission's computer system needs.

Amendment H-573
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 759 fiscal note
LD 759 Amendment H-573 fiscal note
LD 761 An Act To Ensure That Incarcerated Individuals Are Eligible for Medicaid during Incarceration and Receive Food Supplement Program Benefits upon Release Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-404, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 761
This bill clarifies current law regarding Medicaid eligibility for incarcerated individuals to ensure that individuals who are eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to renew their coverage while they are incarcerated and also establishes a mechanism to ensure that individuals who are uninsured and eligible for Medicaid coverage are able to apply for coverage while they are incarcerated. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicaid coverage for treatment received by an incarcerated person outside a correctional facility as long as, at the time treatment is provided, the person is eligible for Medicaid.

Amendment H-404
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies the provisions in the bill regarding presumptive eligibility. It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a waiver in order to provide food supplement program benefits to a person being released from incarceration. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Corrections to enter into a memorandum of understanding in order to assist an incarcerated person with applying for Medicaid benefits and food supplement program benefits. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 761 fiscal note
LD 761 Amendment H-404 fiscal note
LD 766 An Act Regarding the Penobscot Nation's and Passamaquoddy Tribe's Authority To Exercise Jurisdiction under the Federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the Federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-648 and House amendment H-655, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 766
This bill amends the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement by:
  • 1. Transferring jurisdiction over violations of a tribal ordinance from the State to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation over a person who is not a member of either tribe or nation in accord with and to the extent authorized by federal law;
  • 2. Increasing the level of certain criminal offenses from a maximum period of imprisonment of one year and a maximum amount of $5,000 to a maximum period of imprisonment of 3 years and a maximum amount of $15,000 over which the Penobscot Nation has the right to exercise exclusive jurisdiction as authorized by the federal Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010; and
  • 3. Clarifying that the Penobscot Nation has concurrent jurisdiction with the State over criminal offenses as authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.


Amendment H-648
This amendment provides authority for the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation to extend the jurisdiction of their respective tribal courts over certain criminal offenses committed by an individual, regardless of whether the individual is a member of a federally recognized Indian tribe. The criminal offenses are domestic violence offenses in the Maine Criminal Code and criminal violation of a protection from abuse order. The criminal offenses are Class D crimes, and the tribe's and nation's jurisdictions are concurrent with the State's jurisdiction for the crimes.

The Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary has authority to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature concerning the extension of tribal court jurisdiction to felony domestic violence offenses consistent with the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

The tribal courts are required to participate in uniform crime reporting by reporting certain information to the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification, and the bureau will share its annual reports with tribal law enforcement agencies.

The changes to the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement included in the bill and this amendment do not take effect unless the tribes affected approve of the changes and certify their approval.

Amendment H-655
This amendment clarifies the application of the expanded jurisdiction.

LD 766 Amendment H-648 fiscal note
LD 766 Amendment H-655 fiscal note
LD 767 An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 5, 2019
LD 767
This bill requires the sheriff of a county jail to provide for in-person visitation between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff. The bill authorizes a sheriff to restrict a particular prisoner to video-only visitation upon a determination that allowing in-person visitation for that prisoner may jeopardize the safety and security of the jail. The bill also requires the sheriff to provide opportunities for in-person visitation involving physical contact between a prisoner and a visitor of the prisoner, subject to any conditions and limitations required for the safety and security of the jail as determined on a case-by-case basis by the sheriff.

LD 767 Chaptered Law
LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 783 Resolve, To Require an Independent Analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project (Emergency) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 783
This resolve directs the Legislature, through the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation, to contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform an independent analysis of the Department of Transportation's I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to fund the contract. The nongovernmental entity may not have a direct commercial interest in the I-395/Route 9 Connector Project and must provide a report of its analysis to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than April 19, 2019. This resolve also suspends the project until the independent analysis is complete and provides the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation with the authority to make a determination about whether the project may continue.

LD 787 An Act To Support Victims of Child Sexual Abuse Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 787
This bill provides for the admissibility in a criminal trial of a recording of a statement of a child under 16 years of age who is a victim of sexual abuse if certain requirements are met, including that the court is satisfied that the statement possesses particularized guarantees of trustworthiness. The child must be available at the trial and be available for cross-examination, unless the court finds certain grounds exist to determine that the child is unavailable to testify. The person who interviewed the child for the recording must be available at trial.

LD 788 An Act To Authorize the Use of Handheld Narcotics Analyzers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019
LD 788
This bill provides that a law enforcement agency that has in its possession a drug or substance for analysis as a scheduled drug may, in addition to or instead of analysis of the drug or substance in a laboratory, submit the drug or substance for analysis by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer that has been evaluated and certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory as reliable for field testing of scheduled drugs. The bill requires that a law enforcement officer who analyzes a drug or substance by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer in accordance with procedures adopted by the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory must upon completion of the analysis issue a signed certificate stating the results of the analysis. The bill provides that such a certificate, when duly signed and sworn to by a person certified as qualified for this purpose by the Department of Health and Human Services under certification standards set by that department, is admissible in evidence in a court of the State, and gives rise to a permissible inference under the Maine Rules of Evidence, Rule 303 that the composition, quality and quantity of the drug or substance are as stated in the certificate, unless, with 10 days' written notice to the prosecution, the defendant requests that a qualified witness testify as to the composition, quality and quantity.

LD 795 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Establish a Right to Food Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, amended by Committee amendment H-430 and House amendment H-541 and engrossed in both chambers, June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 795
This constitutional resolution declares that all individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to acquire, produce, process, prepare, preserve and consume and to barter, trade and purchase the food of their own choosing for their own nourishment, sustenance, bodily health and well-being.

Amendment H-430
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment H-541
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the word "acquire" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food and removing the language limiting the exercise of acquisition;
  • 2. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 3. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to abuse private property rights or abuse public lands or natural resources in the harvesting of food.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 800 An Act To Amend Mandatory Law Enforcement Agency Policies Regarding Recording Suspects To Include Cases of Murder and Class A, Class B and Class C Crimes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-572, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 800
Current law requires that law enforcement agencies only adopt written policies for the recording of interviews of suspects of serious crimes. This bill requires law enforcement officers to record interviews of suspects in custody or otherwise deprived of freedom of action in any significant way whenever feasible and always where questioning occurs at a place of detention.

Amendment H-572
This amendment strikes and replaces the title and the bill. The amendment amends the mandatory policies for law enforcement agencies, which are set by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, regarding digital, electronic, audio, video or other recording of law enforcement interviews of suspects to specifically include all suspects of murder and Class A, Class B and Class C crimes, instead of suspects in "serious crimes."

LD 800 Chaptered Law
LD 800 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 804 An Act To Ensure Programming for Long-term Incarcerations at County Jails Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 9, 2019
LD 804
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure programming for long-term incarcerations at county jails.

LD 833 An Act To Provide the Same Retirement Benefits for State Employees Working as Emergency Communications Specialists as Are Provided to Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-496, Enacted in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 833
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the laws governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to provide the same retirement benefits as are provided to law enforcement officers to state employees working in law enforcement, including these job classifications:

  • 1. Emergency dispatchers;
  • 2. Staff in the Maine State Police computer crimes unit;
  • 3. Staff in the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory;
  • 4. Law enforcement staff at the Attorney General's office; and
  • 5. Forest rangers.


Amendment H-496
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment allows emergency communications specialists in the employment of the Department of Public Safety to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 833 Amendment H-496 fiscal note
LD 850 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 in Island Falls Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 850
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Island Falls on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.

LD 868 An Act To Require That the Terms of a Settlement to Which a Governmental Entity is a Party Be Made Available to the Public Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-269, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 868
This bill provides that the terms of a settlement of a claim against a county or municipality, including a payment by an insurer of the county or municipality, are a public record.

Amendment H-269
This amendment replaces the bill to make clear that a settlement agreement entered into by any governmental entity is a public record, except for any information in the agreement that is confidential by statute or is described by one of the exceptions to the definition of public record in the Freedom of Access Act.

LD 868 Chaptered Law
LD 868 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 894 An Act To Expressly Allow Nonprofit Corporations To Conduct Electronic Voting Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 894
This bill specifically permits a nonprofit corporation to authorize in its bylaws the conduct of elections or voting, or both, through electronic transmission.

LD 894 Chaptered Law
LD 894 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 898 An Act To Provide for Support for New Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-59 and Senate amendment S-332, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 898
This bill proposes to improve teacher quality in the State by amending the current statutes related to programs involving teacher preparation, support systems for conditionally certified teachers and educational specialists, teacher certification and teacher salaries and funding college loans for students enrolled in a program of study leading to certification as a teacher.

The bill expands the student teaching experience and academic achievement requirements for candidates for a professional teacher certificate. It specifies the number of hours of practicum an applicant must complete and clarifies the time frame during which the student teaching experience must occur. The bill enacts a grade point average requirement with respect to applicants recommended by educational institutions offering teacher preparation programs.

The bill strengthens the support and mentoring systems required to provide assistance for teachers, including teachers certified for less than 5 years, and requires the Commissioner of Education to pay salary supplements to teachers who are involved in the operation of such systems. The bill provides that a school administrative unit may not employ a conditionally certified teacher or educational specialist unless it has an approved, locally designed support and mentoring system or has received specific authorization from the commissioner.

The bill increases the minimum salary for certified teachers to $40,000 beginning with the 2020-2021 school year and provides that a certified teacher's salary may not remain at the minimum level for longer than 2 years. The bill includes in the school funding formula state funding for the incremental costs of meeting this minimum in fiscal year 2020-21, state funding for 66% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2021-22 and state funding for 33% of these incremental costs in fiscal year 2022-23.

The bill requires the State Board of Education to amend its rule Chapter 114: Purpose, Standards and Procedures for the Review and Approval of Preparation Programs for Education Personnel to articulate and outline clear standards for a memorandum of understanding between student teachers, teacher preparation programs and participating school administrative units.

The bill directs the Governor to appoint members to vacant positions on the Professional Standards Board by November 1, 2019 and directs the board to convene a meeting by December 1, 2019.

The bill provides additional appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program within the Finance Authority of Maine in order to double the annual investment of state loan funds awarded to eligible students.

Amendment S-59
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the requirement that a support and mentoring system must be approved by the Commissioner of Education, and it clarifies that the support and mentoring system is a peer support and mentoring system and that it must include opportunities for educators to share, learn and improve their practice in collaboration with peers, be formative in nature and be for the sole purpose of ongoing professional growth for educators.

This amendment also removes the provisions of the bill on teacher preparation programs and salary supplements for approved support and mentoring systems for teacher certification and the appropriations for the Educators for Maine Program under the Finance Authority of Maine.

Amendment S-332
This amendment removes the sections of the bill relating to establishing a minimum salary of $40,000 for certified teachers starting after June 30, 2020.

LD 898 Chaptered Law
LD 898 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 913 An Act To Amend the Laws on Gross Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching To Include Counseling Professionals (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 913
This bill makes it unlawful for a member of the clergy who is in a position of trust or authority over another person to cause the other person to submit to or participate in a sexual act, sexual contact or sexual touching by exploiting the person's emotional dependency on the member of the clergy. It also places the current definition of "domestic partner" in the definition section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 11 and deletes repetitive definitions of "domestic partner" found throughout the chapter.

Amendment S-117
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the law on gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching to include all licensed counseling professionals as the actors in the gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual touching.

LD 913 Amendment S-117 fiscal note
LD 916 An Act To Improve the Child Protective Court System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 916
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill would establish a process within the court system to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that child protective cases involving the same child are assigned to and heard by the same judge throughout the entire process while the child is a minor.

LD 929 An Act Regarding the Use of Maine Clean Election Act Funds for Salaries Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 2, 2019
LD 929
This bill provides that a person employed on a campaign by a certified candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act may not be paid a salary and consulting fees by the candidate or the candidate's committee in excess of the annual salary of the Governor.

LD 1021 An Act To Require the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services To Pay Court-appointed Attorneys for Certain Probate Court Cases Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1021
This bill provides that when a probate court appoints an attorney for a party in a guardianship or protective proceeding, if the party is indigent or a minor, the attorney's fees must be paid by the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services.

LD 1074 An Act To Establish a Tax on Water Extracted for Bottling in Order To Secure the Economic Future of Rural Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 19, 2019
LD 1074
This bill creates an excise tax of 12¢ per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water for commercial bottling for sale. Revenue from the tax must be used to improve the economy of the State by supporting the expansion and improvement of high-speed broadband access and by providing tuition grants for up to 2 years for postsecondary education.

LD 1075 An Act To Allow a Wrecker To Transport the Number of Vehicles Authorized by Manufacturer Specifications for the Wrecker Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1075
Current law provides that "wrecker" does not include a vehicle designed to carry or tow more than 2 vehicles on its own body. This bill strikes that language and provides that a wrecker may not carry or tow more vehicles than allowed by the manufacturer specifications for that wrecker.

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 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 1144 An Act To Authorize Tribal Gaming Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1144
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to accept an application for a casino operator license from a joint tribal entity authorizing the joint tribal entity to operate table games and slot machines at one casino owned by the joint tribal entity. It increases by 1,500 the number of slot machines that may be registered in the State. "Joint tribal entity" is defined as a legal entity formed for the purpose of operating slot machines and table games at one casino, the entire ownership of which is held equally, either jointly or in common, by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians. The bill provides the following in regard to the casino.
  • 1. It specifies that, as a condition of a joint tribal entity's receiving a license, a casino must be located:
    • A. On land that on January 1, 2019 was owned by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians or land held in trust by the United States or by any other person or entity for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Penobscot Nation, the Aroostook Band of Micmacs or the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians;
    • B. On land located in the unorganized territory; or
    • C. On land in a municipality and that municipality approves of the operation of the casino in that municipality, either by vote of its legislative body or in a referendum of the voters of the municipality.
  • 2. It exempts a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity from the provision in current law that prohibits a new casino or slot machine facility from being located within 100 miles of an existing casino or slot machine facility. It provides that a casino licensed to a joint tribal entity may not be located within 50 miles of an existing facility.
  • 3. It provides that a change in the composition of a joint tribal entity does not invalidate a casino license issued to the entity as long as the change occurs no sooner than 6 months after the license is issued and the entity still consists of at least 2 federally recognized Indian tribes in the State who own equal shares of the entity in its entirety.
  • 4. It changes the provision in current law that states that distributions of net slot machine revenue from the casino located in Oxford County to the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe revert to the operator if one or both tribes operate or receive distributions from a newly licensed casino. It provides that the distribution of that slot machine revenue would instead be deposited into the General Fund if either the Penobscot Nation or the Passamaquoddy Tribe operated or received distributions from a newly licensed casino.
  • 5. It establishes a distribution rate of 25% of net slot machine income and 16% of net table game income for a casino operator that is a joint tribal entity. The slot machine income is used to fund education for kindergarten to grade 12 and the table game income is deposited to the General Fund.


LD 1151 An Act To Ensure Consistency in Commercial Real Estate Law by Restoring Due Diligence Responsibility to the Buyer Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1151
This bill repeals the requirement that a seller of nonresidential real estate provide the purchaser a property disclosure statement that includes information about any abandoned or discontinued roads, public easements or private roads on or abutting the property, if known by the seller, and who is responsible for maintenance of such roads or easements, including any responsible road association, if known by the seller.

LD 1155 An Act To Protect Patients and the Prudent Layperson Standard Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-372, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1155
This bill establishes a definition of "emergency medical condition" in the law governing utilization review in the Maine Insurance Code and makes clear that the determination of an emergency medical condition relies on the prudent layperson standard regardless of the final diagnosis that is given. The bill also prohibits a carrier from requiring prior authorization for emergency services and requires that utilization review of benefit determinations for emergency services be conducted by a clinical peer, who is a licensed provider in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment H-372
This amendment makes several changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the reference to inadequately controlled pain and uses the phrase "severe pain" to maintain consistency with the definition used in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • 2. It clarifies the definition of "emergency service" so that it applies to services provided in an emergency setting or facility and makes other changes to maintain consistent language within the definition.
  • 3. It removes the reference to prior authorization for emergency services in section 2 of the bill because it is redundant with changes made in section 3.
  • 4. It clarifies that before a carrier denies benefits or reduces payment for an emergency service based on a determination of the absence of an emergency medical condition or a determination that a lower level of care was needed, the carrier's utilization review must be done by a board-certified emergency physician who is licensed in this State and that the review must include a review of the enrollee's medical record related to the emergency medical condition subject to dispute.
  • 5. It provides that any rules adopted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to amend current rules to conform to changes made in this legislation are routine technical rules.


LD 1155 Chaptered Law
LD 1155 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1165 An Act To Support the Operation of Fixed-wing Air Medical Transport in Northern Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 1165
This bill provides funding to the Northern Light A.R. Gould Hospital in Presque Isle to fund and support the operation of a fixed-wing aircraft out of Caribou.

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 1180 Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1180
This resolve establishes the Task Force To Better Coordinate the Protection of Vulnerable Populations to identify areas of improvement in the coordination of information and processes of the entities that investigate allegations of abuse and neglect. The task force must report its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by December 4, 2019.

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 1210 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Corrections To Study Changes in Corrections Practices and Reinvestment in Corrections Resources To Reduce Recidivism and Control Correctional Facility Costs Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1210
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Corrections to establish a working group to study changes in corrections practices and reinvestment of corrections resources in various ways to reduce recidivism and control correctional facility costs, including upstream interventions, diversion and alternative sentencing, prevention and harm reduction and mental health and substance use disorder treatment.

LD 1211 An Act To Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them To Organize for the Purpose of Collective Bargaining Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
LD 1211
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to allow persons working in agriculture to organize for the purposes of collectively bargaining for wages, hours, other working conditions and benefits, without fear of reprisal. The bill would exempt farms under a certain size and with a limited number of employees.

LD 1212 An Act To Adopt the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1212
This bill enacts in Maine law the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act.

LD 1212 Chaptered Law
LD 1212 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 1221 An Act To Allow Deductions from Prison Sentences for Rehabilitative Activities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1221
This bill allows, in addition to existing deductions in time from a prison or jail sentence, a deduction in time of up to 7.5 days per calendar month for a person's satisfactory performance, while in custody or on probation, in the completion of an educational program leading to a high school equivalency diploma, completion of another educational or vocational training program or a work release program or work for a county or state facility industry that leads directly to the rehabilitation of that person.

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 1246 An Act To Protect the Health and Safety of Maine State Park Visitors and Staff Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 1246
This bill requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to determine minimum levels of staffing for all state parks, except Baxter State Park, and historic sites and national parks that are controlled and managed by the State. The bill also requires the director to consider a list of factors, including, but not limited to, visitor capacity limits, availability of emergency response services and emergency planning issues specific to a park or historic site, when making a determination of staffing levels for each park or historic site.

LD 1246 Chaptered Law
LD 1246 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1249 An Act To Prohibit Infringing on the Rights of Association of Dependent Adults Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-546, Enacted in both chambers June 12, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1249
This bill prohibits abuse and isolation of elder persons and dependent adults. Abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult is a Class C crime. A person commits the crime if the person has or has assumed responsibility for the care, custody or control of an elder person or a dependent adult and subjects the elder person or dependent adult to isolation, neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse or financial abuse, including threats of abuse. The new crime is allocated to the chapter of the Maine Criminal Code that establishes crimes against the person.

The bill defines "elder person" to mean a person who is at least 60 years of age. The bill also defines "isolate" to mean to restrict personal rights of association retained by the elder person or dependent adult, including, but not limited to, the right to receive visitors, telephone calls and personal mail, unless the restriction of personal rights is authorized by court order.

When a person is convicted of the crime of abuse or isolation of an elder person or dependent adult, the court may require that the person convicted of the crime participate in appropriate counseling at the convicted person's expense.

The bill is based on similar law in Rhode Island.

Amendment H-546
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment adds new variants to the crime of endangering the welfare of a dependent person. The new variants are the Class D crime of recklessly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association, including but not limited to the right to receive visitors, mail or telephone or electronic communication, for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person and the Class C crime of intentionally and knowingly infringing on a dependent person's rights of association for the purpose of establishing or maintaining undue influence over that person. The amendment also provides a definition for "undue influence."

LD 1249 Amendment H-546 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.

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LD 1294 Resolve, Directing the Maine Human Rights Commission To Implement a Pilot Program To Investigate and Report on Incidents of Harassment Due to Housing Status, Lack of Employment and Other Issues Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Finally passed in both chambers June 11, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1294
This resolve directs the Maine Human Rights Commission to create a 2-year pilot program to receive, review and investigate incidents and complaints of harassment due to a person's lack of employment or housing status and other reports of interference with a person's access to public accommodations. In carrying out the pilot program, the commission must investigate and respond to incidents and complaints of harassment as set out in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, sections 4611 and 4612. The commission is authorized to use any of its powers under Title 5, section 4566 to carry out the pilot program and may limit its scope. The commission is authorized to establish an advisory board to document and evaluate complaints and to advise the commission as to which incidents and complaints should be acted on and possible solutions. The commission is directed to produce an interim report for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary by September 15, 2020 and a final report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by September 15, 2021. The reports are authorized to contain recommendations on changes to the program or for its continuation as well as proposed legislation to carry out any recommendations.

LD 1294 fiscal note
LD 1304 An Act To Ease Financial Burdens for Juveniles Involved in the Justice System Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-616, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1304
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code concerning the payment of restitution and fines in the following ways:
  • 1. It removes from the consideration of withholding an institutional disposition following the adjudication of a juvenile crime the juvenile's ability or agreement to make restitution for a victim's damages or injuries;
  • 2. It caps the amount of restitution a juvenile may be ordered to pay at $800, requires the court to hold a hearing to determine the juvenile's financial capacity and allows the court to order community service in place of restitution; and
  • 3. Regarding a contempt proceeding concerning the enforcement of a dispositional order following the adjudication of a juvenile crime, the bill removes the ability of a court to incarcerate a juvenile or to levy execution of the monetary penalty or restitution to be collected as an unpaid civil judgment. The bill authorizes the court as a punitive or remedial sanction for the nonpayment of the restitution or fine to require the juvenile to earn credit by court-approved community service, which must be at a rate no less than the state minimum wage without considering whether the nonpayment was excusable or inexcusable.


Amendment H-616
This amendment replaces the bill. It enacts a new section in the Maine Juvenile Code governing court orders of restitution and orders to modify restitution. The new section:
  • 1. Requires that restitution be considered by the court and, when the court does not order restitution, that the court state on the record or in writing the reasons for not imposing restitution;
  • 2. Establishes criteria that must be considered in determining whether restitution is appropriate and the amount of restitution to be paid. The amendment specifically prohibits an order of restitution in enumerated circumstances;
  • 3. Clarifies to whom restitution may be paid;
  • 4. Establishes who has the burden of proof with regard to the capacity to pay restitution. If the juvenile has not attained 16 years of age, there is a rebuttable presumption that the juvenile does not have the capacity to pay restitution; the State may rebut the presumption by a preponderance of evidence. If the juvenile is 16 years of age or older, the juvenile has the burden of proving the incapacity to pay restitution by a preponderance of the evidence. On appeal, the juvenile has the burden of demonstrating that the court abused its discretion in ordering an amount of restitution;
  • 5. Provides for the modification of orders of juvenile restitution; and
  • 6. Provides that, in enforcing an order to pay restitution, the court may not enter an order for confinement as a remedial or contempt sanction unless the juvenile has in fact attained 14 years of age. The court may also order the juvenile to complete community service.


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LD 1311 An Act Regarding the Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Shops Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-272, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1311
This bill prohibits a pet shop from selling dogs and cats and establishes a fine of $500 per violation as well as license suspension or revocation. A pet shop may provide space to an animal rescue entity to offer to the public dogs and cats for adoption.

Amendment S-272
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, does the following:
  • 1. It allows pet shops that are currently lawfully offering dogs or cats for sale to continue to offer dogs and cats for sale as long as the ownership of the pet shop does not change and the number of dogs and cats offered for sale does not increase. It allows for limited transfers of ownership of a family-owned pet shop to a spouse, domestic partner or child of the oldest member of the family having an ownership interest;
  • 2. Removes from the definition of "animal rescue entity" the exclusions that allow for certain associations with breeders; and
  • 3. Removes the word "nominal" as a descriptor of the adoption fee that may be charged for dogs and cats offered for adoption by an animal rescue entity.


LD 1311 Amendment S-272 fiscal note
LD 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

  • 1. Up to 6 days per month may be deducted if the person's conduct and fulfillment of assigned responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions;
  • 2. Up to 4 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in educational programming, participation in assigned work, compliance with the person's case plan or fulfillment of other responsibilities is determined to warrant those deductions; and
  • 3. Up to 2 additional days per month may be deducted if the person's participation in minimum security or community programs in the person's transition plan for community work, education or rehabilitation programs is determined to warrant those deductions.

Awarding of these deductions is determined by the chief administrative officer of the state correctional facility or the sheriff of the county jail in which the person has been detained. The bill caps at 12 days the total days of deduction per month a person may receive under the State's good time laws.

LD 1347 An Act To Promote High-quality After-school Programs in Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 1347
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to amend the provisions in law regarding high-quality after-school programs under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 318. Currently, funds to provide high-quality after-school programs are provided by the After-school Program Fund, which receives a substantial amount of funding from the Federal Government that may be terminated or no longer available in the coming years. This bill proposes to seek new funding for the After-school Program Fund and to increase the quality of the after-school programs, including requiring matching funds from the schools that receive the funds and to make grants from the fund competitive. An after-school program that is a recipient of funding from the fund must have as measurable outcomes for the students academic improvement, social emotional learning and family engagement. Criteria for competitive grants would seek to improve or raise the quality of after-school programs by giving preference to schools that would collaborate with and leverage existing community resources that have demonstrated effectiveness, engage in outreach to children and youth and involve local governments, including parks and recreation departments and other schools.

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 1358 An Act To Further the Public Interest in All Maine Waters Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 1358
This bill explicitly states the State's authority and responsibility over all waters in the State, whether above or below ground, and directs the State to protect, conserve and manage the water in the interest of present and future generations.

LD 1370 An Act To Address Dangerous Behavior in the Classroom Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-237, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1370
Current law requires the Commissioner of Education to provide technical assistance to school administrative units if they request assistance in the provision of violence prevention training. This bill requires a school administrative unit to immediately investigate allegations of violent behavior by a student against a public school employee and, if an allegation is substantiated, to institute an action plan to avoid future violent behavior. The action plan must be instituted prior to the student's return to school and must emphasize minimizing suspensions and expulsions of a student who demonstrated violent behavior, prioritizing counseling and guidance services for the student, restorative justice and training for public school employees who interact with the student. The bill also prohibits a school administrative unit from counting time away from work due to an injury resulting from violent behavior against a public school employee's accrued sick leave.

Amendment S-237
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill, changes the title and makes the following additional changes.
  • 1. It changes the focus of the bill from violent behavior to dangerous behavior and defines "dangerous behavior" to mean behavior of a student that presents a risk of injury or harm to a student or others.
  • 2. It amends the process in the bill regarding investigations. It requires review of a report of an incident of dangerous behavior and the development of an individualized response plan. It stipulates that these provisions do not limit any federally protected right of a student, including, but not limited to, federally protected rights of students with disabilities, and provides that, in the case of a student eligible for services under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or protected from discrimination under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, any discussions or actions related to the identification, evaluation or educational placement of the student or provision of a free, appropriate public education to the student must take place through the processes established under federal law rather than under the process described in the bill, as amended.
  • 3. It moves the provisions in the bill regarding the counting of sick leave of a public school employee injured from dangerous behavior to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 13601, which contains other provisions regulating sick leave.
  • 4. It adds a mandate preamble.


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LD 1375 An Act To Prohibit Certain Sexual Acts and Sexual Contact by Law Enforcement Officers in Performance of Official Duties and To Amend the Law on Obstructing Criminal Prosecution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-285, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1375
This bill makes sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person who is not the law enforcement officer's spouse while the person is under arrest, in custody, being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, by the law enforcement officer a Class D crime. If the sexual contact involves penetration, the sexual contact is a Class C crime.

Amendment H-285
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment provides that a law enforcement officer commits Class B gross sexual assault if the officer, in the performance of the officer's official duties, engages in a sexual act with another person, not the officer's spouse, while the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime. The amendment subjects to disciplinary sanctions by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy an applicant or certificate holder who engages in sexual contact, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, section 251, subsection 1, paragraph D, with another person, not the person's spouse, if at the time of the sexual contact the applicant or certificate holder is acting in performance of official duties and the other person is under arrest, in custody or being interrogated or temporarily detained, including during a traffic stop or questioning pursuant to an investigation of a crime, except that it is not grounds for discipline that a certificate holder properly performs a search of a person for legitimate law enforcement purposes consistent with training standards approved by the board. The amendment also prohibits, as obstructing criminal prosecution, giving anything of benefit to another person with the intent to induce the other person to refrain from initiating or continuing with a criminal prosecution or juvenile proceeding or soliciting, accepting or agreeing to accept anything of benefit for those purposes.

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LD 1392 An Act To Establish a Formal Tribal Consultation Process with the State Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1392
This bill requires a state agency to develop and implement a policy that:
  • 1. Promotes effective communication between the state agency and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State;
  • 2. Promotes positive government-to-government relations between the State and federally recognized Indian tribes in the State; and
  • 3. Enables federally recognized Indian tribes in the State to consult with the state agency in a meaningful and timely manner regarding the development of legislation, rules and policies proposed by the state agency on matters that significantly or uniquely affect the tribes.


LD 1396 An Act To Update the Laws Governing the Regional Library Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-182, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1396
This bill makes administrative updates to the laws governing regional library systems. It promotes cooperation between library systems by replacing library districts with library regions, consolidating the district councils by establishing the Maine Library Advisory Council to serve as an advisory body to the library regions and directing staff of the Maine State Library holding the position of consultant or specialist to provide services to library regions as appointed by the State Librarian. The bill also revises the membership and terms of the Maine Library Commission.

Amendment H-182
This amendment revises the membership of the Maine Library Commission.

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LD 1397 An Act Regarding the Admissibility of Certain Statements of Juveniles Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-299, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1397
This bill amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or substance use disorder or mental health treatment program attended by the juvenile in connection with an informal adjustment are not admissible in evidence at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile if a petition based on the same facts is later filed. The bill also removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

Amendment H-299
This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment amends the Maine Juvenile Code to provide that statements of a juvenile or of a juvenile's parents, guardian or legal custodian made during an informal adjustment or during a restorative justice program or made to a clinical provider during substance use disorder, sexual behavior or mental health assessment or treatment attended by the juvenile are not admissible in evidence during the State's case in chief at an adjudicatory hearing against that juvenile on a petition based on the same facts that caused the referral for informal adjustment, restorative justice, assessment or treatment. The amendment provides for similar protections in school disciplinary proceedings. The amendment adds a definition of "restorative justice program." The amendment also retains the provision of the bill that removes a cross-reference to a provision of law regarding community resolution teams, which has been repealed.

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LD 1408 An Act To Allow Law Enforcement Officers To Wear Insignia on Their Uniforms To Indicate That They Are Veterans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-115, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1408
This bill allows a law enforcement officer employed by the State, a county or a municipality to wear insignia on the law enforcement officer's uniform to indicate that the law enforcement officer is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States. It directs the Department of Public Safety to adopt routine technical rules to implement the change in law.

Amendment S-115
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment authorizes a law enforcement agency to allow a law enforcement officer who is a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States and who is employed by the agency to wear insignia on the officer's uniform to indicate that the officer is a veteran.

LD 1408 Chaptered Law
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LD 1424 An Act To Create an Access to Justice Income Tax Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-332, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1424
This bill provides an income tax credit for 5 years for attorneys who practice law in the State and agree to practice for at least 5 years in an underserved area of the State as determined by the Supreme Judicial Court. Eligibility for the credit is open from 2020 through 2025. The court may certify up to 5 eligible attorneys each year. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters is directed to review the effectiveness of the credit and may submit legislation to extend or revise it.

Amendment H-332
This amendment changes the entity reporting information to the Legislature regarding the access to justice credit from the State Tax Assessor to the Supreme Judicial Court and clarifies that the authorized disclosure by the assessor of tax information related to the credit is to the Supreme Judicial Court for purposes of making the report to the Legislature.

LD 1424 Amendment H-332 fiscal note
LD 1442 An Act To Provide for Court-appointed Advocates for Justice in Animal Cruelty Cases Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-574, Enacted in both chambers June 14, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1442
This bill allows courts to appoint law students or volunteer lawyers to advocate for the interests of justice in animal cruelty proceedings.

Amendment H-574
The bill requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to keep a list of attorneys with knowledge of animal issues and the legal system and a list of law schools that have students with an interest in animal issues and the legal system, and requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide that list to the courts. The courts use the list to appoint a separate advocate to represent the interests of justice in cases involving animal cruelty. This amendment moves the responsibilities concerning the list from the department and the commissioner to the Maine State Bar Association.

LD 1442 Amendment H-574 fiscal note
LD 1448 An Act To Expand the Homestead Exemption for Disabled Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1448
This bill permits a veteran with a service-connected disability rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to choose to receive a homestead exemption equal to the just value of the homestead multiplied by the veteran's disability rating percentage instead of the current homestead exemption and exemptions for veterans and legally blind persons.

LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1459
Current law authorizes the membership of farmers in cooperative organizations and requires handlers of agricultural products to bargain in good faith with such organizations because agricultural products are produced by numerous individual farmers and the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers will be adversely affected unless they are able to join together.

This bill recognizes that market forces that affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual farmers similarly affect the marketing and bargaining position of individual harvesters and haulers of forest products, and it expands application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

Specifically, this bill amends the laws governing agricultural marketing and bargaining to:

  • 1. Expand the definition of "independent agricultural contractor" to include a person who harvests or hauls forest products under contract;
  • 2. Expand the legislative findings provision to include findings concerning independent agricultural contractors, which include harvesters and haulers of forest products; and
  • 3. Include in the definition of "producer" a person engaged in the production of forest products.

In addition, the bill sets forth the Legislature's finding that, with respect to loggers and forest products haulers, the inequity of power in determining compensation and the lack of opportunity to join together in bargaining over compensation can result in unfair contract rates for their services and that it is in the public interest to expand application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to include harvesters and haulers of forest products.

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LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1461
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a funding mechanism and reimbursement rate for the treatment of individuals showing early signs of a psychotic disorder using a coordinated specialty care model. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to establish a funding mechanism to reimburse for the treatment of individuals in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor. The Department of Health and Human Services is directed to apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant.

Amendment S-244
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, clarifies that the department must establish a bundled rate for coordinated specialty care. It also provides that the department may review, develop or apply for any source of funds that may be available to implement reimbursement for the coordinated specialty care model. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-300
This amendment amends the committee amendment. This amendment retains the emergency preamble and emergency clause and, as in the committee amendment and the bill, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a reimbursement rate for a coordinated specialty care model to treat individuals showing early signs of psychotic disorder. Services must be evidence-based and treat both the individual and the family. Under this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services is directed, in cooperation with the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and no later than July 1, 2020, to establish a bundled rate to reimburse for services provided under the coordinated specialty care model that are not otherwise covered under the MaineCare program. This amendment moves the statutory requirements for the reimbursement to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22. This amendment retains the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services apply to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for any necessary waivers and state plan amendments and to seek federal funding under the community mental health services block grant but changes cross-references and requires that necessary applications be submitted no later than 90 days after the effective date of this legislation.

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1471 Resolve, To Name the Route 7 Bridge in Corinna in Honor of PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 1471
This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to rename the Corinna Bridge in the Town of Corinna the PFC Paul Earl Sudsbury Bridge.

LD 1471 Chaptered Law
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LD 1494 An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-307, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 1494
This bill increases the percentage of supply sources for retail electricity sales in the State that must be accounted for by new renewable capacity resources from 10% to 50% by 2030. It also makes several changes to resource eligibility to meet these requirements. The bill also creates a renewable portfolio standard for thermal energy resources.

The bill also directs the Public Utilities Commission to procure long-term contracts for an amount of renewable capacity resources that is equal to 1/2 the amount of the portfolio requirements for these resources. The bill requires the commission to conduct annual competitive solicitations for the long-term contracts.

Amendment S-307
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.

  • 1. It adds state goals for consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
  • 2. It updates renewable portfolio requirement terminology to use the terms "Class I" and "Class II," which are the terms used in practice and in agency rules.
  • 3. It clarifies certain definitions in the bill.
  • 4. It creates a Class IA renewable resource portfolio requirement and removes the increased requirements for Class I resources that are in the bill; the new Class IA requirement combined with the existing Class I requirement preserves the overall increase in requirements to 50% by 2030 that is in the bill.
  • 5. It applies a 300% multiplier for the output of a generator fueled by municipal solid waste in conjunction with recycling in Class II.
  • 6. It delays by one year the portfolio requirements for thermal renewable energy credits in the bill.
  • 7. It extends the alternative compliance payment policy to Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credit requirements, and establishes a maximum alternative compliance payment rate of $50 for Class I, Class IA and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 8. It creates options for electricity customers that receive service at the transmission or subtransmission voltage level to elect to opt out of Class IA resource portfolio requirements and thermal renewable energy credit requirements and the costs and benefits resulting from long-term contracts for Class IA resources.
  • 9. It requires the Public Utilities Commission to submit a report by March 31, 2024 and every 5 years thereafter regarding the status and impacts of implementing the portfolio requirements for Class IA resources and thermal renewable energy credits.
  • 10. It amends the long-term contracting provisions in the bill to require 2 competitive solicitations for contracts with Class IA resources to procure, in total, an amount of energy or renewable energy credits equal to 14% of retail electricity sales in the State during calendar year 2018. It also adds language to allow energy storage systems to be awarded long-term contracts when paired as a complementary resource with a Class IA resource.
  • 11. It directs the Governor's Office of Policy and Management and the Governor's Energy Office to conduct a market assessment study and analysis of opportunities, potential and challenges in meeting the State's renewable energy goals. The report is due January 31, 2021.
  • 12. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


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LD 1529 An Act Concerning Nondisclosure Agreements in Employment Status: Enacted, recalled from the Governor's desk, committed to Labor and Housing Committee, June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1529
This bill prohibits employers from requiring agreements that prevent an employee or prospective employee from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring between employees or between an employer and an employee.

The bill prohibits settlement agreements, unless requested by the employee, prospective employee or former employee, from including a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence, file claims or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

An employee, prospective employee or former employee is not liable for damages for breaching a prohibited nondisclosure agreement or a settlement agreement.

Amendment H-448
This amendment replaces the bill. It prohibits an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a contract with the employer that contains a nondisclosure agreement, nondisparagement agreement, waiver or other provision that prevents the employee, intern or applicant from disclosing or discussing discrimination, including harassment, occurring in the workplace or at work-related events coordinated by or through the employer.

It also prevents an employer from requiring an employee, intern, applicant for employment or applicant for internship to enter into a settlement, separation or severance agreement that includes a provision that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, unless the employee, intern or applicant requests such a provision. Agreements may not explicitly or implicitly limit an individual's ability to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor, and any agreement must make it clear that an individual retains the right to provide testimony or evidence or make reports to any federal or state agency that enforces employment or discrimination laws, including, but not limited to, the Maine Human Rights Commission and the Department of Labor.

It specifies that an individual must be given 21 days to consider any agreement containing nondisclosure provisions and be provided at least 7 days following the execution of the agreement to revoke the agreement. The bill states that an agreement is not effective or enforceable until the revocation period has expired.

It requires that an employer retain a copy of any settlement, separation or severance agreement that prevents the disclosure of factual information relating to a claim of discrimination, including harassment, in the individual's personnel file for 6 years.

It prohibits an employer from retaliating against an individual who opposes any act or practice that is unlawful under these provisions or interfering with an individual in the exercise or enjoyment of the rights granted or protected by these provisions. It provides the Department of Labor with the duty to enforce these provisions.

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LD 1554 Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Reform Child Protective Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1554
This resolve establishes the Commission To Reform Child Protective Services. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 1561 An Act To Amend the Maine Land Use Planning Commission Laws and Enhance the Economic Vitality of Neighboring Communities Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
LD 1561
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Land Use Planning Commission by requiring the commission to coordinate with neighboring municipalities by engaging in regional land use planning and directing future development into the communities where possible and consistent with municipal comprehensive land use plans. In order to ensure that the commission has current, critical data necessary for regional planning, the bill directs the commission to conduct a land use structure inventory by July 1, 2020. The bill also changes the appointment process for members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission to ensure that a statewide perspective and relevant areas of expertise are represented on the commission.

LD 1571 An Act To Establish the Exclusive Right of the Federally Recognized Indian Tribes in the State To Conduct All Sports Betting in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1571
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to federally recognized Indian tribes to operate online sports pools. A tribe that is licensed by the board may enter into a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed online sports pool vendor to operate the online sports pool on behalf of the tribe. Under the bill, an online sports pool is described as a device or system established for the acceptance of wagers on a sports event by any system or method of wagering in which the wagers are made via electronic device and transmitted by any means that involves the use, at least in part, of the Internet.

Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online 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 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 voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online 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, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

The bill further requires that 1% of net online sports pool income be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of net online sports pool income be distributed to the Treasurer of State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

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

LD 1586 An Act To Promote Major Food Processing and Manufacturing Facility Expansion and To Create Jobs in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1586
This bill, modeled on the tax credit for major business headquarters expansions, provides a tax credit to a food processing and manufacturing business that:
  • 1. Is, and has been for the 5 years prior to application, a corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of the State;
  • 2. Has been headquartered in this State for the 5 years prior to application;
  • 3. Pays at least 75% of its employees a salary that exceeds the income threshold for the county in which the facility that is the subject of the application is located;
  • 4. Agrees to make an investment of at least $35,000,000 in the construction or expansion in this State of a facility for that business; and
  • 5. Adds a total of 40 new full-time employees by the end of the first year of qualifying for the tax credit, maintains that number for the next 2 years and then adds 20 more full-time employees, maintaining a total of 60 full-time employees for each year after the 3rd year of qualifying for the tax credit. The employees added must be based in the State.

A business that qualifies is allowed a refundable tax credit equal to 2% of the amount of the qualified investment each tax year for 20 years. The total investment that may be approved for any one business may not exceed $85,000,000 and the total aggregate investment that may be approved is limited to $100,000,000. The maximum amount of tax credits that may be received by a business under one construction or expansion project is $34,000,000.

Amendment S-228
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause to the bill. It also adds provisions to facilitate administration of the credit and the review of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Governmental Accountability under the tax expenditure review laws.

LD 1586 Chaptered Law
LD 1586 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1602 Resolve, Establishing the Working Group on Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-213, tabled to Special Study in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1602
This resolve establishes the Working Group on Mental Health to assess the State's capacity to serve Maine citizens with behavioral health needs and propose a comprehensive mental health plan for the State.

Amendment S-213
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, changes the membership of the working group.

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1603 Resolve, To Coordinate a Plan To Expand Cellular Telephone Service Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1603
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan in consultation with the ConnectME Authority to install wireless base stations at state-owned facilities to improve cellular telephone service in underserved areas of the State. It requires the department to direct the relevant state agencies to install and maintain wireless base stations as identified in the plan.

Amendment S-155
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment requires the Department of Economic and Community Development, in coordination with the ConnectME Authority, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the University of Maine System, Networkmaine, to develop a plan to leverage state assets to expand cellular telephone service to underserved areas of the State. It requires the Department of Economic and Community Development to submit a report on the plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and authorizes the committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

LD 1603 Chaptered Law
LD 1603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1609 An Act To Set Off Court Fines, Surcharges and Assessments against Lottery Winnings Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1609
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to set off lottery winnings against monetary fines, surcharges and assessments imposed by a court of the State. The bill also establishes an order of priority the bureau must follow if there is more than one claim to the lottery winnings pursuant to state law or court order.

LD 1609 Chaptered Law
LD 1609 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1633 An Act To Legalize Keno and Historical Instant Racing Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 12, 2019
LD 1633
This bill establishes a framework for the regulation of historical instant racing and keno. The bill creates a single license for the operation of historical instant racing and keno. Casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities are each eligible to apply for the license, issued by the Gambling Control Board.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of historical instant racing and keno, including rules related to the prevention of fraud or deception, authorized wager amounts, the maximum percentage of all wagers that may be retained by the licensee and methods for verifying that a person who makes a historical instant racing wager or who plays keno is at least 21 years of age. The bill further requires that 1% of the net income from historical instant racing and keno be used for administrative expenses of the board and that 10% of the net revenue be distributed to the Treasurer of the State to be credited to the Department of Education for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12.

LD 1694 Resolve, To Determine Compliance with Federal and State Mental Health Parity Laws Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-226, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1694
This bill requires insurers, health maintenance organizations and nonprofit hospital or medical service organizations to submit mental health and substance use disorder parity compliance reports to the Superintendent of Insurance. It specifies how the superintendent of Insurance may enforce parity requirements and provides parity reporting requirements for the superintendent. The bill also prohibits certain types of medical management protocols from being used in conjunction with prescription medications used to treat substance use disorder.

LD 1694 Chaptered Law
LD 1694 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1704 An Act To Establish the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund for Victims of Securities Violations Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-569, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1704
This bill establishes in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Securities the Securities Restitution Assistance Fund. The fund will be used to provide financial assistance to victims of securities violations that have been awarded restitution in a final order issued by the Securities Administrator or were awarded restitution in a final order in a legal action initiated by the administrator and that have not received the full amount of restitution ordered before the application for restitution assistance is due. The fund will be funded initially by a one-time transfer of $350,000 from the dedicated revenue of the Office of Securities. Thereafter, the fund will be funded by the civil fines ordered or agreed to by the administrator, a portion of broker-dealer agent and investment adviser representative renewal fees and any grants, donations or other money received by the administrator for victim restitution assistance.

Amendment H-569
This amendment replaces the appropriations and allocations section in the bill.

LD 1704 Amendment H-569 fiscal note

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