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Senator Ned Claxton [Democrat]
Androscoggin ~ 20

Towns in District: Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland

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

Joint Committees:
♦ State and Local Government (Chair)
♦ Health and Human Services

✉ Ned.Claxton@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1505

✉ 72 Danbury Drive
Auburn, Maine 04210


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OrganizationScoreSource
Maine People's Alliance (MPA), 20199 of 10Maine People's Alliance, 2019
Maine Conservation Voters (MCV), 20196 of 6Maine Conservation Voters, 2019
Maine AFL-CIO, 201910 of 10AFL-CIO, 2019
Maine Women's Lobby, 20197 of 7Maine Women's Lobby, 2019
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 20196 of 6Planned Parenthood ME Action Fund, 2019
Firearms Control, 20194 of 7This website, see below for roll calls included.

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Senator Claxton did not serve in the 128th session; no scorecards are available prior to 2019.

Maine Peoples Alliance Will of the Voters graph Maine Peoples Alliance 2018 graph AFL-CIO 2019 graph Womens' Lobby 2019 graph Planned Parenthood of Maine Action Fund 2019 graph Firearms Control 2019 graph
Roll Call Bill Motion MPA vote Senator's vote
48 LD 179 An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day Enact LD 179 Yea Yea
281 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Yea
261 LD 255 Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment S-247 Nay Yea
149 LD 308 An Act To Increase Notification Time Periods for Rent Increases and Terminations of Tenancies at Will Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-357 Yea Yea
346 LD 420 An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-610 Yea Yea
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Yea
95 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-210 Yea Yea
358 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Reconsider after Governor's veto Yea Yea
246 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as Amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
347 LD 1844 Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Evaluate the Ownership of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Adopt Senate amendment S-362 to LD 1844 Yea Yea
Total for Senator Claxton: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 9 votes, 90 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion MCV vote Senator's vote
57 LD 289 An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers Enact LD 289 as amended by Committee amendment H-49 Yea Yea
317 LD 1494 An Act To Reform Maine's Renewable Portfolio Standard Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-307 Yea Yea
217 LD 1532 An Act To Eliminate Single-use Plastic Carry-out Bags Enact LD 1532 as amended by Committee amendment H-378 Yea Yea
312 LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-295 Yea Yea
252 LD 1775 An Act To Protect Sustenance Fishing Enact LD 1775 as amended by Committee amendment H-490 Yea Yea
370 LD 1851 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Land Conservation, Water Access, Outdoor Recreation, Wildlife and Fish Habitats and Farmland and Working Waterfront Preservation Enact bond issue Yea Yea
Total for Senator Claxton: Present for 6 votes, agreed on 6 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion AFL-CIO vote Senator's vote
281 LD 240 An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational Policies Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-518 Yea Yea
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Yea
335 LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-308 Yea Yea
122 LD 1232 An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Yea Yea
246 LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-413 Yea Yea
142 LD 1459 An Act To Expand Application of the Maine Agricultural Marketing and Bargaining Act of 1973 to Harvesters and Haulers of Forest Products Enact LD 1459 Yea Yea
195 LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-203 Yea Yea
153 LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-158 Yea Yea
198 LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-200 Yea Yea
304 LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-290 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Claxton: Present for 10 votes, agreed on 10 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Maine Women's Lobby vote Senator's vote
222 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
34 LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-28 Yea Yea
336 LD 666 An Act To Protect Pregnant Workers Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-639 Yea Yea
240 LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-493 Yea Yea
294 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 as amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Yea
112 LD 1025 An Act To Prohibit the Provision of Conversion Therapy to Minors by Certain Licensed Professionals Enact LD 1025 as amended by Committee amendment H-213 Yea Yea
119 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
Total for Senator Claxton: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 7 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Vote to agree Senator's vote
222 LD 37 An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-466 Yea Yea
No roll call; passed under gavel LD 78 An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning Benefit Enact LD 78 as amended by Committee amendment H-132 Yea Yea assumed (i.e., no objection)
151 LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-151 Yea Yea
294 LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Enact LD 820 as amended by Committee amendment H-210 and amended by Senate amendment S-275 Yea Yea
119 LD 1261 An Act To Authorize Certain Health Care Professionals To Perform Abortions Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass Yea Yea
337 LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-631 Yea Yea
Total for Representative Claxton: Present for 5 votes, agreed on 5 votes, 100 percent agreement
Roll Call Bill Motion Firearms Control vote Senator's vote
154 LD 121 An Act To Require the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Implement a Firearm Safety and Firearm Violence Prevention Program Enact LD 121 as amended by Committee amendment H-276 Yea Yea
267 LD 379 An Act To Protect Children by Requiring the Safe Storage of Loaded Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
279 LD 1099 An Act To Reduce Suicides and Violent Crimes by Requiring a 72-hour Waiting Period after the Sale of a Firearm Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
280 LD 1276 An Act To Better Enforce the Prohibition against Dangerous Persons Possessing Firearms Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-274 Yea Yea
318 LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Accept Report B, Ought Not to Pass Nay Nay
260 LD 1470 An Act To Allow the Prohibition of Weapons at Public Proceedings and Voting Places Accept Majority Report, Ought Not to Pass Nay Yea
345 LD 1811 An Act To Enhance Personal and Public Safety by Requiring Evaluations of and Judicial Hearings for Persons in Protective Custody Regarding Risk of Harm and Restricting Access to Dangerous Weapons Accept Majority Report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-357 Yea Yea
Total for Senator Claxton: Present for 7 votes, agreed on 4 votes, 57 percent agreement
LD 157 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Car Seats Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 157
This bill amends the laws governing the required use of child safety restraints in motor vehicles by changing the weight and age limits for the different types of restraints.

LD 280 An Act To Improve Public Safety by Restricting the Use of Distracting Electronic Devices While Operating a Motor Vehicle Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 280
This bill adds a prohibition on the use of a portable electronic device such as a video device or a global positioning system device to the prohibition on text messaging while operating a motor vehicle.

LD 439 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Task Force To Study the Need for Long-term Acute Care Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-145, Finally passed, Signed into law June 15, 2019
LD 439
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a task force to evaluate the need for long-term acute care beds in the State. The commissioner is required to submit a report detailing findings of the task force and recommended legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit a bill related to the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment S-145
This amendment clarifies that the Commissioner of Health and Human Services is required to convene a task force of stakeholders to evaluate the need for long-term acute care beds in the State. It changes the reporting date for the department from December 1, 2019 to January 2, 2020.

LD 439 Chaptered Law
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LD 554 An Act To Clarify the Authority To Recall Municipal Officials Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 554
This bill repeals the provision that limits the use of the recall process for elected municipal officials in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 2505 to cases in which the official is convicted of a crime, the conduct of which occurred during the official's term of office and the victim of which is the municipality.

LD 779 An Act To Improve the Definition of "Strangulation" in the Aggravated Assault Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-47, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 779
This bill removes the requirement that the act of strangulation has to be intentional in order to be considered aggravated assault.

Amendment S-47
This amendment clarifies that, in order for the act of strangulation to be considered aggravated assault, the actor must intentionally, knowingly or recklessly apply pressure on another person's throat or neck.

LD 779 Chaptered Law
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LD 1093 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Railroad Infrastructure Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1093
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used for investments in railroad infrastructure to expand passenger rail service, with a priority for railroad track corridors that could support passenger and freight intermodal operations and enhance the movement of agricultural products.

LD 1128 An Act To Clarify Statutes Related to Establishing a Municipal Charter Commission Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 1128
This bill clarifies that a petition to form a charter commission to establish a new municipal charter uses different language than a petition to form a charter commission to revise a charter.

LD 1128 Chaptered Law
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LD 1327 An Act To Require Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers To Act in Good Faith in Dealings with Homeowners Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-258, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1327
This bill requires servicers of residential mortgage loans to act in good faith when dealing with homeowners who are the borrowers under those loans. The bill changes the foreclosure mediation program to allow the courts to directly sanction a mortgage servicer when the servicer's conduct evidences a failure to mediate in good faith. The bill requires an order of sanctions to identify the name of the mortgage servicer so that, when a servicer is found to have failed to act in good faith, the court may take into account previous misconduct in fashioning a sanction sufficient to deter continuation of the misconduct in the same case or in future cases.

Amendment S-258
This amendment excludes certain types of entities from the definitions of "mortgage servicer" and "servicer" to provide that the mortgage servicer's duty of good faith as established in the bill does not apply to most financial institutions licensed by the State, including licensed banks and credit unions, supervised financial organizations, Maine financial institutions and mutual holding companies whose home state is Maine, as well as the Maine State Housing Authority.

LD 1327 Chaptered Law
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LD 1662 An Act To Save Lives by Establishing the Low Barrier Opioid Treatment Response Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-398 and engrossed, House enacted as an emergency measure, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations March 10, 2020
LD 1662
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish the Low Barrier Opioid Treatment Response Program in Maine's federally qualified health centers to improve the availability of medication-assisted treatment and enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of acute care responses to persons in urgent need of treatment for substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder. The department is required to implement the program on a pilot basis initially and expand the program statewide after reviewing initial outcomes of the pilot.

It also directs the department and representatives of federally qualified health centers to examine the extent to which existing structures for reimbursement and delivery of services by federally qualified health centers and other providers may hamper or facilitate access to opioid use disorder treatment and develop proposed changes to address identified barriers, reduce unnecessary costs and enhance coordination between federally qualified health centers and other providers serving persons at risk of opioid overdose. The department is required to report findings on these subjects and on initial pilot implementation of the Low Barrier Opioid Treatment Response Program to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 15, 2020.

Amendment S-398
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve.The resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a 24-month pilot project to provide low barrier opioid treatment response in Maine's federally qualified health centers to improve the availability of medication-assisted therapy and enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of acute care responses to persons in urgent need of treatment for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder. The resolve provides funding of $460,000 for implementing the first year of the 24-month pilot project in 8 federally qualified health centers. It is anticipated that the same amount of funding will be required in fiscal year 2021-22.

It also directs the department to submit reports by December 1, 2021 and at the conclusion of the pilot project regarding the implementation of the pilot project to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters. The joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters may submit legislation relating to the pilot project to the Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 1662 Amendment S-398 fiscal note
LD 1661 An Act To Create the Drug Donation and Redispensing Program Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-227, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1661
This bill establishes the drug donation and redispensing program under the Department of Health and Human Services. The program collects donations of unused prescription and legend drugs from health care providers, health care facilities and other sources, including at drop-off locations throughout the State, and redispenses the drugs through participating pharmacies to qualified low-income persons.

Amendment S-227
This amendment adds a provision to protect a person from civil or criminal liability and from professional discipline of a licensing board for actions taken by a person in good faith in accordance with the requirements of the drug donation and redispensing program established in the bill.

LD 1661 fiscal note
LD 1661 Amendment S-227 fiscal note
LD 1970 An Act To Establish Electronic Visit Verification for In-home and Community-based Health Care Workers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 25, 2020
LD 1970
This bill governs the implementation by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services of the federal requirements for electronic visit verification with respect to personal care services and home health care services for adults with long-term care needs under the federal 21st Century Cures Act.

LD 2019 An Act To Extend to Other Public Sector Employees the Same Protections Provided to State Employees upon the Expiration of Contracts Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held March 4, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2019
This bill provides the same protections to municipal, judicial and public higher education employees that are provided to state employees upon the expiration of labor contracts by requiring that, during an interim between the expiration of a public employee collective bargaining agreement and before the effective date of any subsequent collective bargaining agreement, those employees covered by the expired collective bargaining agreement remain eligible for and must receive merit increases in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in the expired collective bargaining agreemen

LD 2111 An Act To Establish Patient Protections in Billing for Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-442 and House amendment H-781, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2111
This bill makes the following changes.
  • 1. The bill requires health care entities, which includes health care practitioners and facilities, to disclose the average cost in the State for the service for which a patient has been scheduled and the entities offering the service at the highest and lowest rates in the State if the patient has been scheduled or referred for one of the 25 highest cost services or procedures.
  • 2. The bill requires health care entities to disclose that a health care facility use fee will be charged and identify that fee separately on any bill provided to a patient.
  • 3. The bill prohibits a health care entity from charging a patient when a billing statement has not been provided within 6 months of the date the patient received the services.
  • 4. The bill requires a health care entity to disclose to a federal Medicare patient who is on observation status that the patient's observation status may increase the patient's out-of-pocket costs associated with a stay at a health care entity and the estimated increase in the patient's out-of-pocket costs.
  • 5. The bill provides that a carrier must require a provider receiving a referral to disclose to the patient whether the provider is an out-of-network provider.
  • 6. The bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from charging any fee for the transfer of a patient between providers or for the transfer of patient records between providers unless the fee is disclosed and directly related to the costs associated with making that transfer of the patient or the patient's medical records.


Amendment S-442
This amendment replaces the bill and makes the following changes.
  • 1. It requires a health care entity to disclose to a federal Medicare patient who is on observation status in a single notice the required disclosure of that status required by federal Medicare rules, that the patient's observation status may have an impact on the patient's financial liability and that the patient may meet with a representative from the health care entity's financial office to discuss the patient's potential financial liability.
  • 2. It requires that a provider receiving a nonemergency referral to disclose to the patient whether the provider is an out-of-network provider.
  • 3. It prohibits a health care entity from charging any fee for the transfer of a patient between providers or for the transfer of patient records between providers unless the fee is disclosed and directly related to the costs associated with making that transfer of the patient or the patient's medical records.


Amendment H-781
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 2111 Chaptered Law
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LD 52 An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 52
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a health care system in the State that will be simple and efficient for all consumers and providers. The bill proposes to provide all Maine residents with access to an affordable health benefit plan covering essential health benefits. The bill proposes to create the Health Care Trust, which will have authority to determine essential health care benefits, to negotiate with providers, to reimburse providers for the costs of providing care at negotiated rates and to manage the financing mechanisms for the trust. All Maine residents will be eligible to enroll in the trust on a voluntary basis. Those residents currently eligible for MaineCare or other public coverage will be automatically enrolled; MaineCare and other public coverage programs will be replaced by the trust's health care coverage.

The bill proposes to use several funding sources to pay for the costs of the trust and for coverage of all Maine residents enrolled in the trust for coverage, including payroll taxes, transaction taxes and available federal funding.

The Health Care Trust will be administered by a health care administrator and overseen by a board of trustees. In addition, a stakeholder advisory board will provide input and guidance for the trust.

LD 53 An Act To Clarify Local Referendum Ballots Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-41, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
LD 53
This bill requires that municipal initiative and referendum questions be listed on election ballots using sequential capital letters of the alphabet rather than sequential numbers.

Amendment S-41
This amendment allows municipal officers to use sequential capital letters for municipal initiative and referendum questions, rather than requiring the use of sequential capital letters as in the bill. This amendment also clarifies that only the portion of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 21-A, section 906, subsection 7 regarding the required use of sequential numbers is not applicable to the provisions of this legislation.

LD 53 Chaptered Law
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LD 105 An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 5, 2019
LD 105
This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development.

It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.

LD 150 An Act To Improve Attendance at Public Elementary Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-35, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 150
This bill provides that unless a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 3.

Amendment S-35
This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the bill relating to persons attending schools outside of the unorganized territory also apply to a person who resides in the unorganized territory. The amendment provides that unless a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age who is enrolled in a public day school withdraws from the school, the person is required to attend the school during the time it is in session. It provides that students in the unorganized territory who are at least 5 years of age and have not completed grade 6 and are enrolled in a public day school are subject to the same provisions regarding truancy as students who are at least 7 years of age and have not completed grade 6 who are required to attend a public day school. It provides that a person in the unorganized territory 5 years of age or older and under 7 years of age is not required to meet the alternatives to attendance requirements set forth in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 3271, subsection 2.

LD 150 Chaptered Law
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LD 153 An Act To Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-84, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 153
This bill requires all schools to test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead using water testing kits or by submitting samples of water to an approved laboratory for lead testing. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish by major substantive rule water lead levels, testing protocols, appropriate abatement and mitigation methods and public notification requirements. It directs the department to provisionally adopt major substantive rules and submit them to the Legislature no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2020. It provides that the department has the authority to issue an order reducing exposure to lead until the elevated water lead levels are abated or mitigated. It provides that water lead abatement or mitigation efforts will receive Priority 1 status for receipt of funds from the School Revolving Renovation Fund in the custody of the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.

Amendment S-84
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to provide that the State is not establishing a mandate on school administrative units. It provides that a school must test water used for drinking or culinary purposes for lead to the extent the Department of Health and Human Services provides the necessary resources to the school so that the school is not required to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. It directs the department to adopt rules regarding testing and guidance to reduce exposure to lead but provides that the department may not require a school to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue in implementing the rules. It further provides that the department may provide resources to schools within its existing resources or identify alternative means to achieve the purposes of the legislation. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to report annually beginning January 1, 2021 on lead testing in schools.

LD 153 Chaptered Law
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LD 171 Resolve, To Establish a Pilot Project To Evaluate and Address the Transportation Needs of Maine's Veterans Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-116, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 171
This resolve establishes a 30-month pilot project in Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties to provide transportation to veterans and their caregivers or dependents to and from employment or employment-related services, medical appointments, mental health services, social services and community activities.

Amendment H-116
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 171 fiscal note
LD 171 Amendment H-116 fiscal note
LD 202 An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act Candidates Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
LD 202
This bill increases from 3,200 to 6,000 the number of qualifying contributions verified registered voters must make to a gubernatorial candidate for that candidate to be certified as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.

LD 249 An Act To Ensure Protection of Patients in Medical Reviews by Health Insurance Carriers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-107, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 249
This bill requires that a health insurance carrier's medical reviews, including utilization reviews and case management, be conducted by a health care practitioner who is board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.

Amendment S-107
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires that appeals of a health insurance carrier's adverse health care treatment decision be conducted by a licensed health care practitioner who is board certified in the same or similar specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review and whose compensation does not directly or indirectly depend upon the quantity, type or cost of the medical condition, procedure or treatment the practitioner approves or denies on behalf of a carrier. The bill would have required that all medical reviews be conducted by a clinical peer who was board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty.

The amendment also provides that any rules adopted by the Bureau of Insurance to conform to changes made in the bill are routine technical rules as defined in the Maine Administrative Procedures Act.

LD 249 Chaptered Law
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LD 262 An Act To Protect Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers by Creating the Crime of Aggravated Assault on an Officer Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019
LD 262
This bill changes the crime of assault on an officer to include offensive physical contact and creates the crime of aggravated assault on an officer, which includes assaults against law enforcement officers and corrections officers and other corrections personnel and which is modeled on the crime of aggravated assault.

LD 263 An Act To Prohibit Certain Sex Offenders from Establishing Residence in Certain Multiunit Residential Buildings in which Minors Reside Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 263
This bill prohibits certain convicted sex offenders who were convicted of an offense against a minor under 14 years of age from intentionally or knowingly establishing residence in a dwelling unit of a multiunit residential building in which another dwelling unit that shares the same entryway is occupied by a person under 18 years of age. The bill makes violation of this provision a Class E crime.

LD 264 An Act Regarding the Taking of a Blood Sample from an Operator of a Motor Vehicle Involved in a Fatal Accident Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-118, Enacted, Signed into law June 3, 2019
LD 264
This bill allows an emergency medical services person or law enforcement officer whose training allows that person to draw blood samples to draw a specimen of blood from the operator of a motor vehicle involved in a fatal traffic accident for the purpose of determining the blood-alcohol level or the presence of a drug or drug metabolite. This bill extends to those same persons the current law shielding persons from liability for acts done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood.

Amendment S-118
This amendment changes the title of the bill and strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment makes grammatical changes to clarify the law providing immunity from liability for an act done or omitted in collecting or withdrawing specimens of blood at the request of a law enforcement officer and extends that immunity to an emergency medical services person, a law enforcement officer, an emergency medical service and a law enforcement agency.

LD 264 Chaptered Law
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LD 266 An Act To Eliminate the 2-year Limit on MaineCare Coverage for Approved Drugs for Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 266
This bill repeals the 24-month limit on MaineCare coverage or reimbursement for buprenorphine and naloxone combination drugs, also known as Suboxone, for the treatment of addiction to opioids.

LD 267 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, March 21, 2019
LD 267
This bill specifies that the practice of pharmacy is the provision of health care services.

LD 301 An Act To Help Older Adults Age in Place through Comprehensive Planning Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-31, Enacted, Signed into law April 19, 2019
LD 301
This bill encourages municipalities to develop policies that assist older adults with aging in place and that create age-friendly communities. It amends the law governing comprehensive plans by encouraging municipalities to plan for the needs of older adults in their communities.

Amendment H-31
This amendment amends the definition of age-friendly community in the bill to clarify that it refers to older adults.

LD 301 Chaptered Law
LD 301 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 312 An Act To Reduce the Cost of Workers' Compensation Insurance for Small Employers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 312
This bill prohibits a workers' compensation insurer from charging a minimum premium in connection with its issuance of a workers' compensation policy.

LD 336 An Act To Require That Notice of Lead Abatement Orders Be Filed with the Registry of Deeds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-136, Enacted, Signed into law May 14, 2019
LD 336
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to file a notice of the existence of an environmental lead hazard in the registry of deeds in the county in which the relevant property is located. It also requires the department to file a notice in the registry of deeds when the department determines that the environmental lead hazard no longer exists.

Amendment H-136
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Amends the bill to refer to an order directing that lead-based substances be removed, replaced or securely and permanently covered;
  • 2. Requires that the book and page in the registry of the owner's deed be identified on the notice filed with the registry of deeds that the owner complied with the order issued by the Department of Health and Human Services;
  • 3. Requires that a notice filed with the registry of deeds include a notarized signature of the person issuing the notice; and
  • 4. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt routine technical rules, including for the form of the notice to be filed in the registry of deeds.


LD 336 Chaptered Law
LD 336 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 359 An Act To Address Student Hunger with a "Breakfast after the Bell" Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-78 as amended by Senate amendment S-373, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law, February 14, 2020
LD 359
This bill requires a school administrative unit with a public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year to operate an alternative breakfast delivery service that provides breakfast after the start of the school day for students at that public school. It also provides a process for a school administrative unit to opt out of the alternative breakfast delivery service. This bill requires the Department of Education to adopt rules to develop an application process and to adopt standards to address evaluation criteria based on need for funding assistance for alternative breakfast delivery services in school administrative units. It also requires the department to develop a means to track health and academic outcomes of students and schools that participate in alternative breakfast delivery services.

Amendment S-78
The bill requires a school administrative unit with a public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year to operate an alternative breakfast delivery service.

This amendment, which is the majority report, clarifies that the alternative breakfast delivery service provides breakfast after the start of the school day and before any lunch period in the school begins for students at that public school. The amendment also provides that a school administrative unit or a public school in which at least 70% of students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals participate in the breakfast program is exempt from the requirement of providing an alternative breakfast delivery service. The amendment revises the process as proposed in the bill for a school administrative unit to opt out of the alternative breakfast delivery service. The amendment also provides for procedures to track health and academic outcomes of students.

Amendment S-373
This amendment clarifies that a public school in which at least 70% of students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals are participating in the breakfast program is not required to meet the annual 10 percentage point breakfast participation rate increase as long as that public school maintains a 70% or higher breakfast participation rate. The amendment also strikes the ongoing General Fund appropriations section and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.

LD 359 Chaptered Law
LD 359 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 362 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a State Plan Amendment To Exempt Retirement and Educational Assets from Calculations for Medicaid Eligibility Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-387 and engrossed, House finally passed, Senate tabled to Special Apropriations, February 27, 2020
LD 362
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to make a change in Medicaid eligibility requirements for individuals with disabilities under 65 years of age who have dependent children living in the home by disregarding assets held in qualifying retirement and education accounts.

Amendment S-387
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 362 fiscal note
LD 362 Amendment S-387 fiscal note
LD 364 An Act To Establish the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-109, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 364
This bill establishes the Right To Practice Complementary and Alternative Health Care Act. The bill provides that a person providing alternative or complementary health care services who is not licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 may provide health care services as long as the person does not perform surgery, prescribe medications, drugs or devices that require a prescription, perform chiropractic manipulation or falsely state that the person is a licensed health care professional. The person providing services must disclose certain information to the person receiving services and must collect and retain a signed statement granting permission to provide services.

Amendment S-109
This amendment clarifies that a person providing complementary or alternative health care services is not a licensed professional providing health care services within the scope of a license.

LD 364 Chaptered Law
LD 364 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 370 An Act To Facilitate State Employee Service in the Legislature Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
LD 370
This bill allows an officer or employee in classified and unclassified service of the State to campaign for and serve in partisan elective office in the Legislature if the officer or employee first resigns or requests and takes a leave of absence from the classified or unclassified service. The officer or employee may be granted unpaid leave while serving in the Legislature under the same provision of law that allows employees in general to be granted a leave of absence from their employment during their service in the Legislature.

LD 373 An Act To Provide MaineCare Coverage for Dental Services to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain Injuries and Other Related Conditions Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-353, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 373
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to extend MaineCare dental services to a person 21 years of age or older who receives support services for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder. Dental services provided to such a person must be the same as those provided under the MaineCare program to an eligible person under 21 years of age.

Amendment H-353
This amendment expands the adult dental benefit proposed in the bill to include individuals receiving home-based or community-based services under the brain injury and other related conditions waivers under Medicaid. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to seek any necessary amendments to the waivers from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also reallocates the provisions of the bill to the existing section in the Maine Revised Statutes governing adult dental services under the MaineCare program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 373 Amendment H-353 fiscal note
LD 392 An Act To Fund Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 392
This bill provides ongoing funding for school-based health centers from the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amendment H-156
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 392 Chaptered Law
LD 392 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 398 An Act To Allow for Greater Flexibility in Addressing Energy Efficiency Needs in the State Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-73, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 398
This bill removes the provision that requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to allocate 50% of the funds in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Trust Fund for residential programs and 50% for commercial and industrial programs.

Amendment H-73
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 398 Chaptered Law
LD 398 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, Tabled in the House pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 441 An Act To Reduce Childhood Exposure to Harmful Ultraviolet Radiation by Allowing Students To Use Sunscreen in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-14, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 441
This bill allows public school students to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without prior authorization from a parent or legal guardian or a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional.

Amendment S-14
This amendment directs the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules authorizing students who attend public school to possess and use a topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-sponsored event without a note or prescription from a licensed health care professional if the product is regulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration for over-the-counter use for the purpose of limiting skin damage from ultraviolet radiation.

LD 441 Chaptered Law
LD 441 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 443 An Act To Prevent Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding and Eye Damage in Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-153, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 443
This bill requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge at the birth of an infant to administer vitamin K to an infant intramuscularly to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants. This bill also removes the exemption for religious tenets and practices for the administration of a prophylactic solution instilled into an infant's eyes at birth.

Amendment S-153
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. Current law requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge to instill or cause to be instilled into the eyes of an infant within 24 hours after the infant's birth prophylactic eye drops, except for an infant whose parents object to this procedure on the grounds that it conflicts with their religious tenets and practices. This amendment updates the term "eye drops" to "ophthalmic ointment" to reflect current practice, removes the civil penalties for noncompliance and removes the exemption based on religious tenets and practices.

This amendment also requires every physician, midwife or nurse in charge at the birth of an infant to administer vitamin K to an infant intramuscularly to prevent vitamin K deficiency bleeding in infants within 6 hours after the infant's birth.

It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement this section, including, but not limited to, creating and making publicly available a brochure about the medical benefits and risks of administering the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection and providing a form on which a parent can refuse the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection for the infant of that parent. It also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its newborn blood spot screening refusal form to include a section permitting a parent to refuse the prophylactic ophthalmic ointment and vitamin K injection for the infant of that parent.

LD 443 Chaptered Law
LD 443 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 453 An Act To Ensure the Integrity and Accountability of Persons Who Are Elected to Public Office Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 453
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure the integrity and accountability of persons who are elected to public office.

LD 509 An Act To Increase the Minimum Grant Amount under the Maine State Grant Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-468, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 509
This bill provides that the minimum grant amount under the Maine State Grant Program may not be less than $2,500 if sufficient funds are appropriated for this purpose, subject to the current grant amount modifications under the program.

Amendment H-468
This amendment provides that, of the $9,450,000 appropriated in each fiscal year, $1,000,000 in each fiscal year must be dedicated to assistance of adult learners in returning to school and completing their credentials.

LD 509 fiscal note
LD 509 Amendment H-468 fiscal note
LD 535 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 535
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.

LD 555 An Act To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Mortality by Updating Screening Coverage Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-46, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 555
This bill removes references to the age of the patient for purposes of requiring coverage for colorectal cancer screening for asymptomatic individuals who are at average risk for colorectal cancer and instead requires coverage in accordance with the most recently published guidelines of a national cancer society. In addition, this bill requires coverage of all colorectal examinations and laboratory tests recommended by a health care provider in accordance with those published guidelines.

Amendment S-46
This amendment makes the bill's requirements for coverage of colorectal cancer screening apply to health insurance plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020. The amendment also adds language exempting the Act from the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 24-A, section 2752.

LD 555 Chaptered Law
LD 555 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 558 An Act To Amend the Continuing Education Requirements for Prescribers of Opioid Medication Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2019
LD 558
This bill will reduce the amount of opioid prescribing education required of prescribers from 3 hours per license cycle of 2 years to one hour per license cycle of 2 years after the licensee has completed an initial 3-hour requirement. It will also require the licensing boards to adopt rules consistent with the reduction in the amount of required prescribing education.

LD 571 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Initiate a Service Development Plan for Commuter and Passenger Train Service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn Area Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Amended by Committee amendment H-736, Finally passed, Signed into law March 26, 2020
LD 571
This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to initiate a service development plan for commuter and passenger train service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn area. The plan must indicate the locations of railway stations in towns along the corridor route and include an environmental impact statement for each station site. It directs the department to submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 15, 2020.

Amendment H-736
This amendment replaces the resolve and does the following.
  • 1. It directs the Department of Transportation to conduct an economic feasibility study for commuter and passenger train service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn area.
  • 2. It requires the department to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters by February 1, 2021.
  • 3. It allows the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over transportation matters to submit a bill to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature based on the findings provided in the department's report.
  • 4. It requires that 1/3 of the costs of the study must come from the Multimodal Transportation Fund under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, section 4210-B and 2/3 of the costs must be provided by municipalities that would be directly impacted by the commuter and passenger train service and private entities interested in the commuter and passenger train service.
  • 5. It provides that no funds may be transferred to the department for the purpose of conducting the study unless the department receives commitments from the municipalities and private entities sufficient to fund 2/3 of the costs of the study.
  • 6. It provides that if municipalities and private entities have not committed to providing the required funding for the study by August 1, 2020, the department is not authorized to accept any funds or conduct the study.


LD 571 Chaptered Law
LD 571 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 583 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Study the State's Long-term Services and Supports System for Older Adults Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 583
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to perform a study to determine how to most efficiently manage and fund the various long-term care support programs for older adults operated by the department. It allows the department to accept outside funding to fund the costs of the study and directs the department to report by January 15, 2020 the results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which is authorized to report out a bill regarding the results of the study to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 636 Resolve, To Establish the Work Group To Study the Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-236 in both chambers, Enacted in the House, Senate tabled to Special Study, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 636
This bill requires that, beginning January 1, 2021, a law enforcement agency shall ensure that each law enforcement officer in its employ is equipped with a body-worn camera and that such body-worn camera is in operation and creating a recording at all times the officer is in uniform and engaged in law enforcement-related encounters or activities. Use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers and the maintenance and retention of data and recordings must be consistent with model policies and procedures developed by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Amendment S-236
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve establishing the Work Group To Study the Use of Body Cameras by Law Enforcement Officers, consisting of 9 members appointed by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and the Attorney General. The Attorney General or the Attorney General's designee serves as chair. The Attorney General is required to give notice of meetings of the work group to the general public and a broad array of organizations. The work group is required to study the use of body cameras by law enforcement officers, to review current practices in Maine and outside of Maine, to review research on the use of body cameras and to report by March 1, 2020 with any recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

LD 636 Amendment S-236 fiscal note
LD 637 An Act Regarding Motor Vehicle Operation and Drug Use Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 637
This bill does the following:
  • 1. It allows as admissible evidence indicating whether a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants whether the person has an alcohol level of 0.05 grams or less of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 2. It establishes a permissible inference of operating under the influence of intoxicants when a person operates a motor vehicle and has an alcohol level in excess of 0.05 grams of alcohol but less than 0.08 grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 210 liters of breath and has a trace amount of any drug or the metabolite of any drug within the person's blood or urine;
  • 3. It establishes a 0.00 nanogram level for THC for a person under 21 years of age who is operating a motor vehicle; and
  • 4. It creates a new traffic infraction for a person who consumes marijuana or a marijuana product in a vehicle, possesses an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or possesses marijuana or a marijuana product that has been placed in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a non-marijuana substance.


LD 640 Resolve, To Require a Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
LD 640
This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review all relevant, verifiable evidence on the total net effect on greenhouse gas emissions from Central Maine Power Company's New England Clean Energy Connect project and submit a report to the Legislature, make the report available to the public and provide a copy of the report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by June 1, 2019. The resolve prohibits the department from issuing a permit for the project without taking into account the results of the department's review.

Amendment S-82
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the resolve and directs the Department of Environmental Protection to commission a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, project, as proposed by Central Maine Power Company, on total greenhouse gas emissions across all jurisdictions interconnected with electricity generation and distribution systems operated by the Hydro-Quebec company. The findings of the study regarding greenhouse gas emissions effects, with and without construction of the NECEC project, must be presented in relation to a benchmark of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in New England by 3.6 million metric tons per year. The study, which is to be prepared by a consultant that is an independent, nongovernmental organization with expertise in energy and environmental policy and analysis, must be based on a modeling analysis that incorporates appropriate assumptions regarding load growth, fuel costs, variation in dispatch of electricity among electricity markets, rainfall, electricity transmission constraints, addition and retirement of electric generation facilities and technology development.

On or before August 15, 2019, the department is required to submit the final report prepared by the consultant to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The department may not issue a permit, license or other approval relating to the NECEC project until at least 45 days after it submits to the committee the final report prepared by the consultant, except that this 45-day prohibition does not apply if the department fails to submit the final report to the committee on or before August 15, 2019.

Amendment H-345
This amendment removes a requirement in the bill that the Department of Environmental Protection obtain outside funding to complete a study regarding the potential effect of the New England Clean Energy Connect project and instead transfers $150,000 from the Public Utilities Commission Reimbursement Fund within the Public Utilities Commission to the Maine Environmental Protection Fund within the department to fund the cost of the study. The amendment includes a one-time $150,000 allocation in fiscal year 2019-20 to allow for the expenditure of the transferred funds.

LD 640 Amendment S-82 fiscal note
LD 640 Amendment H-345 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 699 Resolve, To Provide for Outreach Programs To Assist Women at Risk of Giving Birth to Substance-exposed Infants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-121, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 699
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a community-based nonprofit organization to develop outreach and educational programs regarding reproductive and sexual health care for women and adolescents at highest risk of experiencing an unintended pregnancy. The programming must emphasize the right to individual self-determination regarding family planning and childbearing and be targeted to women and adolescents experiencing substance use disorder, homelessness or other circumstances that indicate a need for family planning services or who are involved in the correctional system.

Amendment S-121
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 699 fiscal note
LD 699 Amendment S-121 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 706 An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-33, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 706
This bill provides for reimbursement under the MaineCare program for medical nutritional therapy and prescription drug therapy.

Amendment S-33
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill by changing the term "medical nutritional therapy" to "medical nutrition therapy" to accurately reflect common usage of the term. It adds physician assistants to the group of medical providers authorized to provide medical nutrition therapy that is reimbursable under MaineCare. It clarifies that medical nutrition therapy is reimbursable by MaineCare in any setting in which the authorized medical provider practices. It also removes the provisions of the bill that provide for the reimbursement under the MaineCare program for certain prescription drugs to treat obesity.

LD 706 Amendment S-33 fiscal note
LD 730 An Act To Create the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 730
This bill establishes the Substance Use Disorders Cabinet. The cabinet consists of the Commissioner of Corrections, the Commissioner of Education, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Labor and the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and, at the discretion of the Governor, one member of the public. The initial chair of the cabinet is the Commissioner of Health and Human Services or the commissioner's designee. The cabinet is established to promote interdepartmental collaboration on substance use disorders policy development and program implementation and support service delivery in an integrated manner. The duties of the cabinet include coordinating funding, conducting long-term planning and policy development, coordinating service delivery, assessing resource capacity, reviewing programs and policies and communicating the work of the cabinet. The cabinet is authorized to solicit, receive and pool funds from the Federal Government, subdivisions of the State and individuals, foundations or corporations. The cabinet is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, criminal justice and public safety matters, education and cultural affairs, health and human services matters, judiciary matters, labor matters and state and local government matters and to make the report available to the public. The cabinet is required to carry out its duties within existing resources.

LD 745 An Act To Support the Northern New England Poison Center Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-67, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 745
This bill appropriates funds to the Northern New England Poison Center to ensure continued access to 24-hour expert medical treatment advice and information on potentially harmful substances.

Amendment H-67
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 745 fiscal note
LD 745 Amendment H-67 fiscal note
LD 793 An Act To Improve Accountability of Opioid Manufacturers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-320 and Senate amendment S-321, Enacted, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, Became law without the Governor's signature, January 11, 2020
LD 793
This bill prohibits opioid medication manufacturers and distributors from falsely advertising that an opioid medication does not have abuse liability or has a lower abuse liability than another opioid medication; distributing a quantity of opioid medications that is not medically reasonable; or failing to report orders that are not medically reasonable. It establishes a civil violation and authorizes the Attorney General to investigate violations. It creates a fund into which the penalties and fees must be paid. This legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 1985.

Amendment S-320
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment raises the annual fee for a manufacturer of opioid medication to $55,000. The amendment establishes a registration fee due from manufacturers of opioid medications of $250,000 if the manufacturer sells, delivers or distributes 2,000,000 or more units of an opioid medication within this State, not including units that are prescribed for the purpose of medication-assisted treatment of substance use disorder. The fees are deposited into the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund, which is established to provide opioid use disorder prevention and treatment services and administered by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The amendment also requires manufacturers and wholesale distributors of opioid medications to provide to the State the same information as provided to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration under its Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System regarding controlled substances transactions in this State on the same schedule that information is provided to the Federal Government.

The amendment requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to evaluate and report whether the fees have affected the prescribing practices for opioid medications by reducing the number of opioid medication prescriptions issued during calendar years 2020, 2021 and 2022 or whether the fees have created any unintended consequences in the availability of opioid medications for the treatment of chronic or intractable pain, to the extent the board has the ability to identify a correlation. The board shall provide the report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters, which may report out legislation based upon the report. The reports must be submitted annually by March 1st.

Amendment S-321
This amendment exempts from the opioid medication fee a manufacturer of opioid medications exclusively for use in veterinary medicine.

LD 793 Chaptered Law
LD 793 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 794 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 794
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $6,000,000, will be used to provide funds to recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to provide grants and loans to municipalities for public facilities and infrastructure.

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, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-430, adopted House amendment H-541, and engrossed LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-541. Under suspension of the rules, the House reconsidered adoption of amendment H-541, indefinitely postponed amendment H-541, adopted House amendment H-675, and engrossed LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-675. The Senate receded and concurred in engrossing LD 795 with amendments H-430 and H-675, tabled in the House pending final passage, March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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-675
This amendment amends the bill by:
  • 1. Removing the words "acquire," "process," "prepare" and "preserve" from the enumeration of the elements of an individual's right to food;
  • 2. Removing language limiting the methods of acquisition of food to hunting, gathering, foraging, farming, fishing and gardening and obtaining seeds by barter, trade or purchase;
  • 3. Removing language establishing a fundamental right to be free from hunger, malnutrition, starvation and the endangerment of life due to scarcity of or lack of access to food; and
  • 4. Specifying that the right to food does not allow an individual to commit trespassing, theft, poaching or other abuses of private property rights, public lands or natural resources in the harvesting, production or acquisition of food; and
  • 5. Changing the question to reflect the changes made by this amendment.


LD 795 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
LD 795 Amendment H-675 fiscal note
LD 809 An Act To Expand and Clarify the Disqualification from Workers' Compensation Benefits of an Employee Who Is Injured While Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 809
Under current law, workers' compensation benefits are not allowed for the injury or death of an employee when the injury or death was caused by the employee's intoxication. This bill eliminates that provision and instead disallows benefits for an employee who was intoxicated at the time of the injury or death. This bill also clarifies that intoxication includes intoxication from an illegal drug, marijuana or alcohol.

LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 864 An Act To Make Whole Family Support Available Statewide Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 18, 2019
LD 864
This bill requires community action agencies to establish support programs to serve families to assist parents with children as they pursue stable employment, pursue education intended to lead to employment or otherwise pursue self-sufficiency. The bill also provides funding for community action agencies to establish the support programs.

LD 870 An Act To Change the Membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse To Include More Tribal Members Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 2, 2019
LD 870
This bill changes the membership of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse by:
  • 1. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of domestic violence projects from 2 members to one member;
  • 2. Reducing the representation of the statewide coalition of sexual assault centers from 2 members to one member;
  • 3. Allowing the member who is a chief of a municipal police department to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 4. Allowing the member who is a county sheriff to appoint a designee to serve on the commission;
  • 5. Correcting the description of a member from the statewide coordinator of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence to the executive director of a statewide coalition to end domestic violence;
  • 6. Reducing the number of at-large members from 6 to 4; and
  • 7. Adding 4 new members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor, one of whom is an executive director of a tribal coalition against sexual assault and domestic violence, one of whom is chief of a tribal police department or the chief's designee, one of whom is a representative of a tribal court and one of whom is a representative of tribal government.


LD 870 Chaptered Law
LD 870 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, Work session March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 915 An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-104, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 915
This bill specifies that beginning September 1, 2019 the reimbursement rate for ambulance services under the MaineCare program may not be less than the average allowable reimbursement rate under Medicare and reimbursement for neonatal transport services under MaineCare must be at the average rate for critical care transport services under Medicare.

Amendment S-104
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to provide funding to increase the reimbursement rate for ambulance services.

LD 915 fiscal note
LD 915 Amendment S-104 fiscal note
LD 934 Resolve, To Review the Implementation of the Maine Background Check Center Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-348, Finally passed, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 934
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a study group to assess the effects of the implementation of the system of background checks established by the Maine Background Check Center Act. The commissioner is required to submit a report, including any recommended legislation, by December 15, 2019 to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-348
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds a directive to the study group to consider any barriers to implementing all required background checks under one background check system.

LD 934 Chaptered Law
LD 934 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 935 An Act To Increase the Viability of Assisted Living Facilities by Increasing the Rate of Reimbursement Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-198, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 935
Under current law, the MaineCare payment rates attributable to wages and salaries for personal care and related services for adult family care services, adult day services and homemaker services must be increased by a cost-of-living adjustment until the Department of Health and Human Services has completed a rate study conducted by a 3rd party, including participation of providers, for adult family care services, adult day services or homemaker services and the rates in the rate study have been implemented.

This bill requires that the rates determined by the department pursuant to the rate study also must be increased by a cost-of-living adjustment.

Amendment H-198
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 935 fiscal note
LD 935 Amendment H-198 fiscal note

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


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

LD 1025 Chaptered Law
LD 1025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1039 Resolve, To Establish and Fund Interventions for At-risk Families and Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-250, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1039
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide grants to behavioral health providers to fund costs to attract, retain and train new professional employees to provide treatment services known as "functional family therapy - child welfare" and "multisystemic therapy for child abuse and neglect" to children and families involved in the child protective services. The department is required to develop a rate of reimbursement for these services under MaineCare and amend its rules in rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Sections 28 and 65 accordingly. The department is required to seek federal funding including under the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2017 for the grants. If federal funding is not available, the department is required to provide grants using general funds.

Amendment H-250
The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1039 Amendment H-250 fiscal note
LD 1044 An Act To Advance Children's Cancer Research in Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-441, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1044
This bill creates the option for an individual to make a donation upon vehicle registration or renewal in support of children's cancer research and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund for collection of the donations. All donations are transferred quarterly to an entity determined by the Secretary of State and must be used exclusively for children's cancer research.

Amendment H-441
This amendment replaces the bill and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services to support children's cancer research. Amounts available in the fund must be used to provide grants and other funding to support children's cancer research provided by research facilities in Maine that operate children's cancer programs. The amendment also requires the inclusion of a check-off provision on Maine income tax forms for taxpayers who wish to contribute to the fund. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1044 Chaptered Law
LD 1044 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1047 An Act To Prohibit Consideration of Naloxone Purchases in Life Insurance Underwriting Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-106, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1047
This bill prohibits a denial or limitation of coverage or an increase in insurance premiums under a life insurance policy based on the fact that an individual has been issued a prescription for naloxone or has purchased naloxone.

Amendment S-106
This amendment is the majority report and replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits a denial or limitation of coverage or an increase in insurance premiums under a life insurance policy based on the fact that an individual has been issued a prescription for naloxone hydrochloride or has purchased naloxone hydrochloride. The amendment also provides an exception to the prohibition when the individual has a demonstrated history of opioid use disorder.

LD 1047 Chaptered Law
LD 1047 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1052 An Act To Require Regular and Transparent Review of MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 25, 2020
LD 1052
This bill establishes a regular review process for MaineCare reimbursement rates. The Department of Health and Human Services shall review all rates over a 3-year period except those that are already subject to regular review, based on cost, reimbursed at a capitated rate, or tied to Medicare or some other rates. The 3-year schedule and the reviews are required to be submitted to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The results of reviews are also submitted to the Governor for consideration for inclusion in the biennial budget. The bill also establishes the MaineCare Reimbursement Rates Review Advisory Committee made up of stakeholders appointed by the Presiding Officers and the minority leaders in the Legislature to provide advice and input to the department on rate reviews. The advisory committee also submits an annual review of its activities to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The advisory committee is staffed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

LD 1065 An Act To Expand Health Insurance Coverage To Certain State Employees Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-292, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1065
This bill requires the State to pay its share of the individual premium for the state employee health insurance plan for a seasonal or session-only employee regardless of whether the employee is in active work status unless the seasonal or session-only employee has health coverage under another plan.

Amendment H-292
This amendment requires the State Budget Officer to calculate the increased cost to state departments and agencies due to the requirements of the bill and transfer the amounts by financial order. This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1065 fiscal note
LD 1065 Amendment H-292 fiscal note
LD 1085 An Act To Ensure That Maine Residents Have Adequate and Affordable Access to Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Servcies Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2020
LD 1085
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure that consumer protections in health insurance are maintained under state law.



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

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

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

LD 1094 Chaptered Law
LD 1094 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1096 An Act To Require That Comprehensive Substance Use Disorder Treatment Be Made Available to Maine's Incarcerated Population Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 17, 2020
LD 1096
This bill requires the Commissioner of Corrections to establish and maintain a substance use disorder treatment program in the correctional facilities, which must provide for an assessment on intake, provide a variety of behavioral and medication-assisted treatment options and offer peer support and comprehensive treatment options after release. The bill also provides funding for the establishment of the substance use disorder treatment program.

LD 1105 An Act To Allow Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists To Administer an Auricular Acupuncture Treatment for Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-337, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 11, 2019
LD 1105
This bill directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists and establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification. The bill directs the board to adopt rules to implement the requirements.

Amendment H-337
This amendment replaces the bill and directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Complementary Health Care Providers to license acupuncture detoxification specialists. The amendment also establishes standards for the provision of auricular acupuncture detoxification.

LD 1105 Chaptered Law
LD 1105 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1125 Resolve, To Require Reimbursement for Bed-hold Days in Adult Family Care Homes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-103, Finally passed, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1125
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse up to 50% of the MaineCare rate for patient care for a maximum of 6 months to nursing homes for bad debt incurred when a patient is provided care but is determined ineligible for MaineCare and the nursing home has made all reasonable efforts to collect on the debt. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to reimburse adult family care homes for up to 30 bed-hold days per calendar year in the same manner as residential care facilities are reimbursed.

Amendment S-103
This amendment removes the section of the bill that reimburses nursing homes for bad debt incurred and changes the bill to a resolve. It changes the title to reflect the remaining provision to provide for reimbursement for bed-hold days in adult family care homes. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1125 Chaptered Law
LD 1125 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1126 Resolve, To Classify Employee Health Insurance as a Fixed Cost for MaineCare Reimbursement in Nursing Homes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-87, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1126
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 67, Principles of Reimbursement for Nursing Facilities no later than January 1, 2020 to move health insurance costs for personnel from direct care and routine cost components to fixed costs components. This was a majority recommendation of the Commission To Study Long-term Care Facilities, which reported in December 2013.

Amendment S-87
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1126 fiscal note
LD 1126 Amendment S-87 fiscal note
LD 1149 An Act To Strengthen the Maine State Library Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-173 and Senate amendment S-365, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1149
This bill provides funds to support resource sharing services for Maine's libraries, including van delivery and interlibrary lending, the Digital Maine Library and the Maine statewide catalog known as MaineCat, and to conduct an analysis of statewide library services and resource sharing.

Amendment H-173
This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

Amendment S-365
Like the bill, this amendment is designed to strengthen libraries. This amendment deappropriates funding for a position provided by the General Fund, and instead allocates funds for another position funded 75% General Fund and 25% Federal Expenditures Fund.

LD 1149 Chaptered Law
LD 1149 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1169 An Act To Provide Ready Access to Defibrillators in Businesses and Pharmacies Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 2, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1169
This bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code to require that commercial buildings built or renovated on or after January 1, 2020 with occupancy exceeding 200 individuals have an operational automated external defibrillator on the premises. The bill also requires that retail pharmacies, rural health center pharmacies and free clinic pharmacies have an automated external defibrillator on the premises, and that an individual trained in the use of the defibrillator be present at all times the pharmacy is open to the public.

Amendment S-233
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment requires that required automated external defibrillators be clearly marked. The amendment removes from the requirements for pharmacies that an individual trained in the use of the defibrillator be present at all times the pharmacy is open to the public.

LD 1169 Amendment S-233 fiscal note
LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
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 1190 An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Distribution of Flavored Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-238, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1190
This bill prohibits the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco products, including flavored cigars.

Amendment S-238
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides that it is a Class D crime for a person who is 21 years of age or older to procure, furnish, give, sell or deliver a tobacco product to a minor or allow a minor under that person's control or in a place under that person's control to possess or consume a tobacco product. This provision does not apply to a licensee under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 262-A or an agent of that licensee in the scope of employment. Current law provides that a person is guilty of endangering the welfare of a child if the person knowingly sells, furnishes, gives away or offers to sell, furnish or give away cigarettes to a child under 16 years of age. This amendment instead makes the same conduct illegal with respect to a tobacco product.

LD 1190 Chaptered Law
LD 1190 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1194 An Act To Increase Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-136, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1194
This bill increases the property tax exemption beginning on or after April 1, 2020 from $6,000 to $10,000 of the just value of a home of a veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during specified periods or who is receiving compensation from the United States Government for total, service-connected disability.

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

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1194 Amendment S-136 fiscal note
LD 1197 An Act To Amend the Law Prohibiting the Denial by Health Insurers of Referrals by Out-of-network Providers Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-90, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
LD 1197
This bill provides that the law that prohibits carriers from denying payment for covered health care services solely on the basis that the referral for services was made by an out-of-network provider applies only to referrals made by out-of-network direct primary care providers. It also allows a carrier to require a direct primary care provider who is not a member of the carrier's provider network and who makes a referral to meet appropriate credentialing standards consistent with other primary care providers participating in the carrier's provider network.

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

LD 1197 Chaptered Law
LD 1197 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1198 An Act To Ensure Transparency and Participation in Maine Water Districts Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 14, 2019
LD 1198
This bill removes from the laws governing water districts and standard water districts language referencing the appointment of standard district trustees pursuant to standard district charters. It amends the law regarding appointments of trustees to provide that, if sufficient and appropriate nominations for the election of trustees have not occurred, trustees may be appointed.

LD 1199 An Act To Protect the Safety of Health Care Workers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 1199
This bill provides that an assault on a health care practitioner while that health care practitioner is providing medical care or an assault on a hospital employee or person working for a hospital on a contractual basis while that employee or person is performing duties related to the provision of care for a patient or a prospective patient is a Class C crime.

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, Work session held March 13, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
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 1257 An Act To Prepare Maine for a Low-carbon Transportation Future Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 1257
This bill authorizes the Secretary of State to require the owner of an electric vehicle to pay an electric vehicle registration surcharge of $25 per year when at least 3,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The amount of the surcharge increases to $50 per year when at least 10,000 electric vehicles are annually registered in the State. The municipality that collects the annual electric vehicle registration surcharge is required to expend no less than 50% of the surcharge to construct or modify public infrastructure that facilitates the charging of electric vehicles for use by the general public or for other purposes that encourage or support the purchase and use by the general public of electric vehicles.

The bill also directs the Governor's Energy Office to convene an electric vehicle task force, which is charged with reviewing a number of matters relating to electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure. The director of the office is required to report by February 15, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation regarding any recommendations of the task force, including proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

The bill also directs the Commissioner of Transportation to take a number of actions regarding short-term and long-term planning for road infrastructure and highway funding, including a review of potential new vehicle or road use fees. The commissioner is directed to report by February 15, 2021 to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy, utilities and technology matters and transportation matters regarding those actions and including any findings and recommendations and proposed legislation necessary to implement those recommendations. After reviewing the report, the committees may report out legislation to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

LD 1260 An Act Regarding Short-term, Limited-duration Health Plans Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-476, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1260
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period. The bill prohibits an insurer from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion on a short-term, limited-duration policy.

The bill also requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies.

The bill prohibits the issuance of a policy without prior approval from the Superintendent of Insurance.

The requirements of the bill apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.

Amendment H-476
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

  • 1. It limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that ends on December 31st of the calendar year in which they are issued and allows an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker to issue a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy only if the combined term of the new policy and all prior policies does not exceed 24 months and as long as the individual has not been covered under any short-term, limited-duration policy for at least 12 months prior to the issuance of a policy.
  • 2. It requires that insurers make specific written disclosures related to the terms and benefits of policies in at least 14-point type, including the types of benefits and consumer protections that are and are not included in the policies, a summary of plan benefits, limits and exclusions in a standardized format, information about the circumstances in which covered benefits may be subject to balance billing and examples of how charges may be applied toward any cost sharing under the policy and billed to the individual policyholder, and a comparison of the short-term, limited-duration policy to a qualified health plan in the terms, benefits and conditions of the policy, any exclusions, medical loss ratio requirements or the provisions of guaranteed renewal and continuity of coverage. It also requires an insurer to make the documents and information required to be disclosed to be made available on the insurer's publicly accessible website.
  • 3. It prohibits a short-term, limited-duration policy from being actively marketed or sold during any open enrollment period except for a policy that terminates coverage on December 31st.
  • 4. It restricts the sale of short-term, limited-duration policies to in-person encounters with an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker.
  • 5. It requires that an insurer or an insurer's agent or broker, upon offering an individual short-term, limited-duration policy for purchase, assess an individual making an application for eligibility for an advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction for coverage under a qualified health plan purchased on the exchange pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide an estimate of the cost for coverage under a qualified health plan after applying any advanced premium tax credit or cost-sharing reduction.
  • 6. It requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to issue, no later than 30 days following the effective date of this legislation, a bulletin related to short-term, limited-duration health insurance policies describing the statutory requirements for the policies, including the requirements enacted in this legislation and the required mandated benefits applicable to all short-term, limited-duration policies.
  • 7. It makes the requirements of this legislation apply to policies issued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020.


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LD 1269 An Act To Update the Laws Governing Child Safety Seats and Seat Belts Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-217, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
LD 1269
This bill amends the laws governing the use of seat belts and child restraint systems in motor vehicles. It defines several types of child restraint systems and establishes requirements for the use of child restraint systems based on a child's age, height and weight. It increases the fines for violations of the law. It repeals a provision in current law making the nonuse of seat belts or the failure to secure a child not admissible in evidence in a civil or criminal trial involving a motor vehicle accident.

Amendment S-217
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It defines "convertible child restraint system" and allows a child under 2 years of age properly secured in a convertible child restraint system to ride in a forward-facing position if the child exceeds the manufacturer recommended weight limit for a rear-facing position.
  • 2. It retains fines for the violation of seat belt laws at current statutory levels.
  • 3. It removes the changes in the bill regarding the inadmissibility of evidence for failure to properly secure a child.


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LD 1272 An Act To Increase Access to Low-cost Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-250, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1272
This bill establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the State in order to provide cost savings to consumers. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to design the program through rulemaking by January 1, 2020. The rules are designated as major substantive and must be submitted to the Legislature for final approval. The bill also specifies that the program may not be implemented until the State has received federal approval and certification. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal approval no later than May 1, 2020.

Amendment S-250
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. It adds language to the bill directing the Department of Health and Human Services to consider whether the program may be developed on a multistate basis through collaboration with other states and to apply for and receive funds, grants or contracts from public and private sources.

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LD 1274 An Act To Enact the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-110 and Senate amendment S-338, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1274
This bill establishes the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program in the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to provide support for consumers, including prospective consumers, of health insurance and to health insurance customer assistance programs and health insurance ombudsman programs. Some of the services the new program may provide include assisting with filing complaints and appeals regarding decisions made by a group health plan, health insurance carrier or independent review organization and obtaining health insurance premium tax credits on behalf of consumers. The Superintendent of Insurance is required to contract with a nonprofit, independent health insurance consumer assistance entity that is not an insurer to operate the consumer assistance program, and funding is provided for that requirement.

Amendment S-110
This amendment transfers the responsibility for contracting for the Health Insurance Consumer Assistance Program from the Bureau of Insurance to the Attorney General. The amendment also makes other clarifying changes to the bill.

Amendment S-338
This amendment requires, in fiscal year 2019-20 and fiscal year 2020-21, the State Controller to transfer $200,000 from available balances in the Bureau of Insurance Other Special Revenue Funds account within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to the Department of the Attorney General. The amendment also provides an Other Special Revenue Funds allocation to the Department of the Attorney General and makes other technical changes.

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LD 1278 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Requiring the State To Share Not Less Than 5 Percent of State Sales and Income Tax Revenue with Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1278
For the purpose of reducing the burden placed on the property tax to finance municipal services, this resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that not less than 5% of state sales and income tax revenue be distributed to municipalities.

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 placed on hold, July 2, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk January 8, 2020 via the Joint Order HP 1424, Amended by House amendment H-666, Finally passed, Signed into law February 14, 2020
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.

Amendment H-666
This amendment removes the authority of the Maine Human Rights Commission to establish an advisory board to assist the commission in carrying out the pilot program. The amendment also extends by one year the due dates for the interim and final reports of the commission.

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LD 1295 An Act To Determine the Need To Increase the Number of Forensic Emergency and Crisis Beds Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held, March 10, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1295
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to direct the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Corrections to determine the current need for forensic emergency and crisis beds to ensure the prompt and humane treatment of arrested individuals who are suffering from mental illness and awaiting trial. In making this determination, the departments shall consider:

  • 1. The number of currently available forensic emergency and crisis beds;
  • 2. The number of individuals currently awaiting placement pretrial;
  • 3. The annual average number of individuals needing forensic services pretrial;
  • 4. Proposals to address unmet needs and associated costs; and
  • 5. Other factors that would lessen wait times for placements and provide needed mental health services to individuals pretrial.


LD 1340 An Act To Require Criminal History Record Checks for All Prospective and Current Staff Members of the Office of the State Auditor Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-420, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1340
This bill requires all employees of and persons who may be offered employment by the Office of the State Auditor to consent to having their fingerprints taken for criminal background checks conducted by the Department of Public Safety, which include state and federal criminal history record information from the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. This bill allows the Office of the State Auditor to request subsequent criminal background checks as the office determines appropriate and establishes provisions relating to confidentiality and use of the information and the rights of the subjects of the fingerprinting and criminal background checks.

Amendment H-420
This amendment adds an emergency preamble to ensure the Office of the State Auditor may immediately meet the fingerprint background check requirements set in federal regulation. This amendment makes several minor changes to section 1 to bring this law into conformity with similar criminal background check laws in Maine statute. The amendment authorizes the State Bureau of Identification to obtain fingerprints and conduct state and national criminal history record checks for the Office of the State Auditor. This amendment removes conflicts in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 25, section 1542-A, subsection 4. The amendment also resolves lettering conflicts in the statutes regarding the taking of fingerprints by the State Bureau of Identification created when 2 public laws enacted substantively different provisions with the same paragraph designations. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1351 An Act To Allow for the Recovery and Redistribution of Food in Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1351
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Education, by October 1, 2019, to collaborate to revise the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention's health inspection program guidance titled "Food Sharing Tables - Guidance for Schools" and disseminate the new guidance to public schools in the State.

The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to grant public school food service programs a variance under the departments' jointly adopted rules regulating food safety in order to allow public school food service programs to collect food that was taken from the food service line by students and placed on a share table and to redistribute that food through the food service line; to allow students to take food from a share table and consume that food in the same breakfast, lunch or snack period or at another time; to allow students to place unwanted, eligible food items on a share table at any time during their breakfast, lunch or snack period; and to allow school staff members under certain circumstances to collect and redistribute food from a share table.

The bill does not mandate the creation of share tables within schools or require schools to purchase additional food or materials.

LD 1352 An Act To Provide for Consistency Regarding Persons Authorized To Conduct Examinations for Involuntary Hospitalization and Guardianship Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1352
This bill changes the Maine Uniform Probate Code, taking effect July 1, 2019, in the provision governing professional evaluation in an adult guardianship matter to replace the term "licensed physician or psychologist" with the term "medical practitioner," the definition of which is added to the provision by the bill and is the same as under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 34-B, section 3801, which provides definitions for provisions governing hospitalization by psychiatric hospitals.

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LD 1353 An Act To Establish Transparency in Primary Health Care Spending Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
LD 1353
This bill requires insurers to report primary care expenditures to the Maine Health Data Organization and for the Maine Quality Forum to use this data to report annually to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Legislature the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust respectively, the average of the percentage of total medical expenses paid for primary care across all organizations and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. This bill also requires the Maine Quality Forum to conduct a study on best practices in health care spending reporting and submit its findings to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

Amendment S-156
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment requires the Maine Quality Forum to submit an annual report, beginning January 15, 2020, to the Department of Health and Human Services and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health coverage and health insurance matters, based on claims data reported to the Maine Health Data Organization and information on methods of reimbursement for primary care reported by insurers. The annual report is required to include the percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care by commercial insurers, the MaineCare program, Medicare, the organization that administers health insurance for state employees and the Maine Education Association benefits trust, the average percentage of total medical expenditures paid for primary care across all payors and the methods used by these organizations to pay for primary care. The amendment also requires the Maine Quality Forum to consult with other state and national agencies and organizations on best practices in health care spending reporting.

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LD 1361 An Act Regarding Health Care Providers and Patient Trust Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 1361
This bill prevents the State from requiring persons licensed by the Board of Osteopathic Licensure or the Board of Licensure in Medicine, including physician assistants, or the State Board of Nursing to give patients information that is medically inaccurate or perform medical services that are inconsistent with evidence-based standards. It also provides that the State may not prohibit a person licensed under these professional boards from providing patients with medically accurate information or evidence-based medical services.

LD 1384 An Act Relating to Complementary and Alternative Medicine Licensure Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 1384
This bill establishes a licensing requirement for holistic health practitioners, defines "holistic health practitioner," establishes applicant eligibility requirements and license renewal requirements and establishes the scope of practice.

LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2020
LD 1387
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

This bill, using the guidance developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, enacts the Maine Pharmaceutical Drug Safety Act to allow an individual in Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada as long as specific criteria are met, including that the drug is imported for personal use, that the individual importing the drug has a valid prescription, that the drug does not present an unreasonable risk to the individual and that no more than a 90-day supply of the drug is imported. The prescription drug to be imported must also meet specific requirements. The importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs for sale or resale is specifically prohibited.

LD 1417 An Act To Expand Access to Head Start To Assist Opioid-affected and Other At-risk Families Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-265, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1417
This bill establishes eligibility standards for the Head Start program that allow participation for a child up to 5 years of age who is or whose family is affected by substance use disorder or whose family's income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. This bill also provides appropriations to be distributed to nontribal Head Start program service providers proportionately in an amount based upon the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level in each provider's service area compared to the percentage of children up to 5 years of age who live at or below the federal poverty level statewide, with preference given to children who are at risk or whose families are at risk.

Amendment H-265
This amendment clarifies that eligibility for the Head Start program is limited to children who have not met the minimum age requirement to enroll in a school administrative unit in accordance with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 5201, subsection 2.

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LD 1418 An Act To Address Maine's Shortage of Behavioral Health Services for Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held January 15, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1418
This bill:
  • 1. Defines "behavioral health needs" to mean a wide range of mental health disorders and illnesses, substance use disorder, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder;
  • 2. Directs the Department of Health and Human Services to take measures to address the issue of extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs by:
    • A. Maintaining a daily updated online statewide list of available mental health facility or program and community service provider placements for referral purposes by hospital emergency departments;
    • B. Maintaining a quarterly updated online resource list of mental health programs or facilities and community service providers that treat behavioral health needs; and
    • C. Collecting monthly data on and study the issue of extended stays of minors with behavioral health needs in hospital emergency departments and annually submitting a report with a summary of the study along with any recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters;
  • 3. Directs the department to study the data and analysis on extended stays in hospital emergency departments by minors with behavioral health needs and submit an annual report to the Legislature that identifies:
    • A. Reasons for the extended stays;
    • B. Specific behavioral health needs treatment programs and the waiting list for admission to each program; and
    • C. Funding mechanisms to provide short-term transitional assistance to minors with behavioral health needs discharged from a hospital emergency department to residential placements, partial hospitalizations or home-based programs; and
  • 4. Directs the department to study the feasibility of adding a child behavioral needs advocate within the department to coordinate the department's activities with those of various agencies and programs that provide behavioral health needs services to minors and to submit a report to the Legislature by January 1, 2020.


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

LD 1429 An Act To Fund Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 6, 2020
LD 1429
This bill establishes the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder analysis, prevention and treatment. The fund is funded by a 2¢ fee per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against prescription opioid drug manufacturers for prescription opioid drugs distributed in the State as well as appropriations, allocations and contributions from private and public sources.

LD 1443 An Act To Enact the Senior Property Tax Reimbursement Act Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1443
This bill provides state reimbursement to eligible individuals for the portion of property taxes on their homesteads for a tax year that exceeds the property taxes for the year in which they reached retirement age as defined under the federal Social Security Act. For an individual to be eligible, the individual must be receiving a homestead exemption, have a household income of less than $40,000 and, if filing individually, have liquid assets of less than $50,000 or, if household members are filing jointly, have liquid assets of less than $75,000.

LD 1458 An Act To Protect Taxpayers in the Privatization of State Services Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 4, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1458
This bill creates a process by which a state agency can enter a privatization contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform basic agency services for up to 5 years if a number of criteria are met, including:
  • 1. Wages and benefits for employees of the contractor are comparable to state employees performing the same services;
  • 2. The contractor endeavors to hire agency employees terminated due to the privatization;
  • 3. The agency provides an estimate of its costs in providing the subject services in the most efficient manner;
  • 4. The agency provides support and resources to allow agency employees to submit a competing bid to provide the privatized services;
  • 5. The agency considers as a contract cost any income tax revenue lost to the State as a result of services to be performed out of state under the contract; and
  • 6. The Attorney General performs a review to determine that all of the requirements of the bidding process and privatization contract have been met.


LD 1460 An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1460
This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.

LD 1461 An Act To Support Early Intervention and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-244 as amended by Senate amendment S-300, Enacted in the House, 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.

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LD 1492 An Act To Reform Drug Sentencing Laws Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 13, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1492
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code provisions regarding scheduled drugs by relaxing or eliminating provisions regarding trafficking and furnishing, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking, furnishing or possession of hypodermic apparatuses, use of drug paraphernalia and trafficking or furnishing of imitation drugs.

LD 1499 An Act To Establish the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-251, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1499
This bill creates the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine the reasonableness of the costs for certain prescription drug products. The bill requires prescription drug manufacturers to notify the board when the introductory price or proposed price increase for a brand-name or generic drug reaches a specified threshold. The board is directed to review the information submitted by manufacturers to justify the price or increase.

The bill requires the board to have a public process for each prescription drug required to be reviewed based on certain criteria. The board is directed to determine if the cost to the health care system of appropriate utilization of a drug is commensurate with its benefit to the system and whether the drug is affordable to state residents. If the board finds that the cost in the State is not affordable to state health care systems and state residents, the board is authorized to establish a cost or payment rate for the drug to which all state programs, local governments, licensed commercial health plans, including state marketplace plans, licensed pharmacies, wholesalers and distributors must abide. These covered entities are prohibited from paying more for the drugs than the board-established rate.

Amendment S-251
This amendment replaces the bill.

The amendment, as in the bill, establishes the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board but removes the provisions that allow rate setting by the board and require the board to determine excess prescription drug costs based upon certain thresholds for prescription drug prices and price increases.

The amendment instead provides that the board determines prescription drug spending targets for public entities, including for specific prescription drugs, based upon a 10-year rolling average of the medical care services component of the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index medical care services index plus a reasonable percentage for inflation and minus a spending target determined by the board for pharmacy savings and in consideration of information received about the public entity's prescription drug spending and information collected by the Maine Health Data Organization. The board makes recommendations on prescription drug spending targets, including spending targets for specific prescription drugs, with input from representatives of those public entities. The recommendations may include establishing a common prescription drug formulary among public payors, purchasing prescription drugs in bulk or through a single purchasing agreement, collaborating with other states and state prescription drug purchasing consortia to purchase prescription drugs in bulk or to jointly negotiate rebates, allowing health insurance carriers providing coverage to small businesses in the State to participate in a public payor prescription drug benefit for a fee, procuring common pharmacy benefit management services and actuarial services, negotiating specific rebates and removing drugs for which a manufacturer does not negotiate a sufficient rebate from a formulary and other methods determined by the board. The board is required to report its prescription drug spending targets and the methods recommended to meet those targets to the Legislature annually.

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LD 1504 An Act To Protect Consumers from Unfair Practices Related to Pharmacy Benefits Management Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-253, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1504
This bill replaces the current registration requirement for pharmacy benefits managers doing business in this State with a licensing requirement beginning January 1, 2020. The bill imposes the following requirements on a carrier that provides prescription drug benefits.
  • 1. It makes a carrier responsible for monitoring all activities carried out by the carrier, or all activities carried out on behalf of the carrier by a pharmacy benefits manager, related to a carrier's prescription drug benefits and for ensuring that all requirements of the law are met.
  • 2. If a carrier contracts with a pharmacy benefits manager to perform any activities related to the carrier's prescription drug benefits, it makes the carrier responsible for ensuring that the pharmacy benefits manager acts as the carrier's agent and owes a fiduciary duty to the carrier.
  • 3. It prohibits a carrier from entering into a contract or agreement or allowing a pharmacy benefits manager or any person acting on the carrier's behalf to enter into a contract or agreement that prohibits a pharmacy provider from providing a consumer with the option of paying the cash price for the purchase of a prescription drug and not filing a claim with the consumer's carrier if the cash price is less than the covered person's cost-sharing amount or providing information to a state or federal agency, law enforcement agency or the Superintendent of Insurance when such information is required by law.
  • 4. It prohibits a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager from requiring a consumer to make an excessive payment at the point of sale for a covered prescription drug.
  • 5. It requires a carrier to provide a reasonably adequate retail pharmacy network and specifies that a mail order pharmacy may not be included in determining the adequacy of a retail pharmacy network.
  • 6. It replaces and updates current law related to the use of a maximum allowable cost list by a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager under contract with a carrier. It also clarifies how a carrier or pharmacy benefits manager may determine the average wholesale price of a brand-name drug or generic drug not included on the maximum allowable cost list.
  • 7. It specifies how to calculate the amount paid by a carrier or a carrier's pharmacy benefits manager to a pharmacy provider under contract with the carrier or the carrier's pharmacy benefits manager for dispensing a prescription drug.
  • 8. It requires that all compensation remitted by or on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer or labeler, directly or indirectly, to a carrier or to a pharmacy benefits manager related to its prescription drug benefits must be remitted to, and retained by, the carrier and used to lower the premium for covered persons. The bill requires a carrier to file annual reports beginning March 1, 2021 demonstrating how the carrier has complied with this requirement.
  • 9. It requires a carrier to use a prescription drug formulary and specifies certain requirements for accessibility and disclosure of the formulary to covered persons. The bill also prohibits a carrier from allowing a person to be a member of its pharmacy and therapeutics committee if the member has a conflict of interest because of a relationship with, or compensation from, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer, labeler, wholesaler or distributor.
  • 10. It requires a carrier to maintain certain records related to the administration and provision of prescription drug benefits under a health plan and authorizes the carrier to audit those activities. The bill also authorizes the superintendent to have access to records upon request.
  • 11. If a carrier uses a pharmacy benefits manager to administer or manage prescription drug benefits provided for the benefit of covered persons, it provides that any pharmacy benefits manager compensation constitutes an administrative cost incurred by a carrier for purposes of calculating the anticipated loss ratio. "Pharmacy benefits manager compensation" is defined in the bill as the difference between the value of payments made by a carrier of a health plan to its pharmacy benefits manager and the value of payments made by the pharmacy benefits manager to dispensing pharmacists for the provision of prescription drugs or pharmacy services with regard to pharmacy benefits covered by the health plan.
  • 12. It provides that the provisions in the bill take effect January 1, 2020.


Amendment S-253
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies the provision related to excess payments at the point of sale.
  • 2. It requires that all compensation remitted by or on behalf of a pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer or labeler, directly or indirectly, to a carrier or to a pharmacy benefits manager related to its prescription drug benefit must be remitted directly to the covered person at the point of sale or to the carrier to offset premiums for covered persons.
  • 3. It removes the provision related to prescription drug formularies used by carriers as it is duplicative of other provisions in current law.
  • 4. It clarifies that the definition of "carrier" does not include a multiple-employer welfare arrangement if the multiple-employer welfare arrangement contracts with a 3rd-party administrator to manage and administer health benefits, including benefits for prescription drugs.


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LD 1530 An Act To Expand Incentives To Live and Work in Maine through a Tax Credit for Certain Student Loans Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1530
This bill provides an income tax credit of up to $1,000 for individuals for certain student loan payments made during the tax year if the individuals were first employed in Maine on or after January 1, 2020. The credit is equal to the lesser of 50% of the loan payments actually made and 50% of income tax liability in the first year in which the credit is claimed declining to 10% of income tax liability in the 5th and final year in which the credit is claimed. The credit may not exceed 50% of the individual's outstanding student loan debt and may not be claimed if the individual claims the credit for educational opportunity.

LD 1539 An Act To Provide Maine Children Access to Affordable Health Care Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-578, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1539
This bill makes the following changes to the Cub Care program.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 200% of the federal poverty level to 325% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It removes the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It establishes that eligibility is not subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It provides coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to use state funds to fund the program but may apply for waivers or state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive federal matching funds.
  • 5. It repeals the provisions regarding premium payments for the Cub Care program.
  • 6. It requires the department to contract for outreach activities rather than providing them directly. The department must have a contract or contracts in place no later than January 1, 2020. The department is also required to seek federal grant funds for additional outreach activities under the federal Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers, and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act, Public Law 115-120 and the federal Advancing Chronic Care, Extenders and Social Services (ACCESS) Act, Public Law 115-123.
  • 7. It requires the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option no later than January 1, 2020 and to implement it no later than 6 months after receiving approval.


Amendment H-578
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the maximum eligibility level for family income from 325% of the federal poverty level to 300% of the federal poverty level.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any waivers or state plan amendments to accomplish the eligibility criteria established in this legislation, including but not limited to removing the 3-month waiting period for enrollment in the Cub Care program following the loss of health insurance or coverage under an employer-based plan.
  • 3. It removes the provision that eligibility is not subject to an asset test because current rules do not make eligibility subject to an asset test.
  • 4. It removes the requirement to provide coverage to persons 19 and 20 years of age and to noncitizens under 21 years of age.
  • 5. It removes the requirement that the department contract for outreach activities and removes the reference to specific federal grant funds the department must seek for additional outreach activities.
  • 6. It removes the requirement for the department to submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the use of the express lane eligibility option.
  • 7. It makes the repeal of the waiting period and premium payment requirements under the Cub Care program contingent on the approval of a waiver of those requirements by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • 8. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.


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LD 1580 An Act To Protect Licensing Information of Medical Professionals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-631, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1580
This bill allows applicants and licensees of the State Board of Nursing, the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine to review their own redacted licensing files before the respective board makes the file available for inspection or copying after the licensing file has been requested.

The board must notify the applicant or licensee of the request to view the file at the same time the board acknowledges the request under the Freedom of Access Act. The board must use the most recent address on file for that applicant or licensee. If the applicant or licensee would like to review the redacted file before it is made publicly available, the applicant or licensee must notify the board within 10 business days. If requested by the applicant or licensee, the board must send a copy of the redacted file to the applicant or licensee, and the applicant or licensee has 10 business days from when the file is sent to stop the release of all or a part of the redacted licensing file by petitioning the board to withhold release of all or a part of the file because making all or part of the redacted file available to the public creates a potential risk to the personal safety of the applicant or licensee or any 3rd party.

Amendment H-631
This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It replaces the bill but retains the basic concept of protecting information in applicants' and licensees' records held by medical licensing boards when the records are requested to be inspected or copied.< p>This amendment revises terminology to refer to an applicant's or licensee's record rather than a licensing file as in the bill. It requires that the acknowledgement that the licensing board must send to a requester that a request for a record has been received include a description of the review process provided to the applicant or licensee, including the fact that all or part of the record may be withheld if the board finds that disclosure of all or part of the redacted record creates a risk to the applicant's or licensee's personal safety or the personal safety of any 3rd party.

The amendment extends the time for the licensing board to review the applicant's or licensee's petition to withhold all or part of the record from 30 days in the bill to 60 days.

It allows an applicant or licensee who does not agree with the licensing board's decision to seek an injunction in Superior Court.

It clarifies that the restriction on releasing an applicant's or licensee's record does not apply to requests for records from other governmental licensing or disciplinary authorities or from any health care providers located within or outside this State that are concerned with granting, limiting or denying an applicant's or licensee's employment or privileges.

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LD 1635 Resolve, To Improve Access to Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Services for Children from Birth to 8 Years of Age (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-182, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1635
This emergency resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Education, to convene the participants of the federally funded Developmental Systems Integration initiative to determine the capacity of the State to provide child find and early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment services to children from birth to 8 years of age, the gaps in services and the costs of addressing those gaps. The report must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than December 30, 2019.

Amendment S-182
This amendment requires the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a stakeholder group rather than convene the participants of the federally funded Developmental Systems Integration initiative. It also adds additional requirements to the report submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services.

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LD 1660 An Act To Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Amended by Committee amendment S-432, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1660
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the licensing and scope of practice of physician assistants.
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine from 10 to 11 members by changing the number of members on each board who are physician assistants from 1 member to 2 members.
  • 2. It establishes provisions for the scope of practice, insurance coverage of services and immunity from liability for providing volunteer medical services during emergencies or disasters and clarifies that physician assistants are primary care providers when practicing in a medical specialty required for a physician to be a primary care provider.
  • 3. It removes registration and physician supervisory requirements.
  • 4. It establishes requirements for physician assistant collaboration and consultation with physicians and other health care professionals.
  • 5. It changes the initial licensing fee from $250 to $300.
  • 6. It provides a transition provision for physician assistant licenses that are current and not subject to disciplinary action.


Amendment S-432
This amendment replaces the bill and does the following.

In Part A, the amendment requires health insurance carriers to allow physician assistants to serve as primary care providers under managed care plans. It also specifies that carriers are required to provide coverage for services provided by physician assistants if those services are within a physician assistant's scope of practice and are covered services under a health plan and makes that provision applicable to contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

In Part B, the amendment makes the following changes to the laws governing the licensing and scope of practice of physician assistants.
  • 1. It increases the membership of the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine from 10 to 11 members by changing the number of members on each board who are physician assistants from one member to 2 members.
  • 2. It establishes provisions for the scope of practice of physician assistants based on practice setting.
  • 3. It removes registration and physician supervisory requirements and establishes requirements for physician assistants to have collaborative agreements and practice agreements with physicians and other health care professionals.
  • 4. It clarifies that physician assistants are legally responsible for any medical services provided in accordance with collaborative and practice agreements and authorizes the licensing boards to adopt rules related to requirements for collaborative and practice agreements.
  • 5. It changes the fee for an application for initial licensure from up to $250 to up to $300.
  • 6. It provides a transition provision for physician assistant licenses that are current and not under investigation.
In Part C, the amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1673 An Act To Prohibit Prescription Drug Advertising Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Servcies Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2020
LD 1673
This bill amends current law, which allows the advertising of prescription drugs only if the advertisement is not misleading, to ban completely, beginning January 1, 2020, the advertising of prescription drugs, either by broadcast by a television or radio station in this State, over the Internet from a location in this State or in a magazine or newspaper printed, distributed or sold in this State. A violation is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

LD 1689 An Act To Address the Opioid Crisis through Evidence-based Public Health Policy Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-177, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 5, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1689
This bill expands the scope and capabilities of hypodermic apparatus exchange programs certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill requires the center to adopt rules that:
  • 1. Allow the programs to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; and
  • 2. Expand the criteria a program must meet in order to be awarded funds, including distributing naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies; providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C testing; and maintaining referral agreements or having the capacity to provide counseling services, medication-assisted treatment services and infectious disease care.

The center is also required to consider geographic distribution of services provided by a program when allocating funding.

This bill also amends the Maine Criminal Code to remove the crimes of furnishing hypodermic apparatuses and illegal possession of hypodermic apparatuses and makes changes to other statutes to reflect that decriminalization.

Amendment S-177
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the sections of the bill that decriminalize the crimes of furnishing or possessing hypodermic apparatuses. It removes the changes to the requirement to distribute educational materials. It removes the requirement to distribute naloxone hydrochloride and other safer drug use supplies. Instead of requiring that a hypodermic apparatus exchange program have a board, the amendment requires a program to have a process or system to regularly seek input from persons with a history of drug use. The amendment also makes changes to the allocation of funds appropriated for hypodermic apparatus exchange programs. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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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.

Amendment S-226
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that requires the Superintendent of Insurance to determine the compliance of health insurance carriers doing business in this State with federal and state mental health parity laws. The Superintendent of Insurance is required to either authorize a market conduct examination or use a survey tool to assess compliance and to report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the results.

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LD 1697 An Act Regarding the Timeliness of Payments to the State Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-479, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1697
This bill requires the collection of certain payments due the State made through the use of automated procedures, electronic processes and computer-driven technology to be deposited in the State Treasury within 3 business days of the date of the transaction initiated by the obligor. It allows the Treasurer of State and the State Controller to adopt routine technical rules outlining procedures for the use of these payment methods. It prohibits any rule adopted from waiving prohibitions against deductions on account of salaries, fees, costs, charges, expenses, refunds, claims or demands of any description whatsoever.

Amendment H-479
This amendment clarifies that the bill applies to payments from departments and agencies of the State to the State Treasury. It removes the 3-day requirement for payments and directs the Treasurer of State and the State Controller to adopt major substantive rules to implement the legislation, including rules outlining procedures for the use of automated procedures, electronic processes and computer-driven technology.

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LD 1760 An Act To Support Children's Healthy Development and School Readiness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322, Work session held March 5, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1760
This bill creates the First 4 ME Early Care and Education Program under the Department of Health and Human Services to provide comprehensive, high-quality early child care and education services for at-risk children under 6 years of age who have not entered kindergarten and the children's parents by funding projects that integrate comprehensive resources and services with traditional center-based and family child care settings. The projects are sponsored by coalitions of stakeholders, providers and other community members within the communities that the projects serve. Each project is led and coordinated by a community contractor who staffs the project's operations and contracts with community providers to provide health care, education or parenting services, which may include services provided in a licensed child care center or by a licensed family child care provider, in a home visit or by an individual providing services to a family member within the individual's or family member's residence. The community contractor employs or contracts with community coaches who train and provide support to community providers. This bill also directs the department to request proposals for up to 10 pilot projects to implement the program and to report to the Legislature on the progress of the pilot projects toward the objectives, goals and intended outcomes of the projects in 2024.

LD 1772 An Act To Secure Transitions to Economic Prosperity for Maine Families and Children Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-606, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1772
This bill:
  • 1. Increases the income amounts that are disregarded when calculating benefits from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, or TANF program, for recipients who have earnings from employment. It also replaces for a limited period food assistance lost as a result of increased earnings from employment and the increased income amounts that are disregarded;
  • 2. Increases the transitional food benefits available under the TANF program from $50 per month per family to $100 per month per family;
  • 3. Establishes a whole family economic security initiative as part of the TANF program to increase the economic security of the entire family; and
  • 4. Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to count the participation of a participant in the ASPIRE-TANF program in basic skills education, which includes programs to assist individuals in obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, toward the first 20 hours of the participant's weekly work participation requirements.


Amendment H-606
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It clarifies that employment earnings in the months when earnings are subject to disregards do not affect special housing allowances.
  • 2. It reduces the number of months that the Department of Health and Human Services disregards the earnings of a recipient of temporary assistance for needy families, or TANF, benefits and removes the requirement that the earnings be continuous for more than 2 months to be counted.
  • 3. It stipulates that a month in which earnings are insufficient to change a benefit amount is not counted as a month in which earnings are disregarded.
  • 4. It changes the requirement for food supplement assistance for a TANF recipient to be the same amount as prior to employment to a minimum of $50 in food supplement assistance.
  • 5. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to approve an extension from the 60-month limit for TANF recipients who have employment earnings that are subject to disregards rather than not counting those months in the 60-month limit.
  • 6. It changes the amount of TANF block grant funds that can be used for initiatives in the bill from $3,000,000 to $2,000,000.
  • 7. It corrects the language for basic skills education to refer to a high school diploma or equivalent or comparable credential. It also states that basic skills education counting as work participation requirements may be suspended if the State no longer meets the work participation rates required by the Federal Government.


The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1774 An Act To Reduce Child Poverty by Leveraging Investments so Families Can Thrive Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-605, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 1774
This bill makes the following changes, which are intended to reduce child poverty, increase food security and create stronger bridges to employment for families with children.
  • 1. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data to measure access to and the performance of certain programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and establish improvement targets on an annual basis to monitor year-to-year improvements related to program accessibility and participant well-being.
  • 2. It reallocates the provisions relating to transitional Medicaid from the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 1053-B, which pertains to temporary assistance for needy families, to Title 22, chapter 855, which pertains to aid to needy persons, to reflect that the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, 110 Stat. 2105 no longer just applies to families losing eligibility for Medicaid as a result of losing eligibility for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program but instead applies to all parents who lose eligibility for Medicaid.
  • 3. It removes the requirement that a family must have received Medicaid assistance for at least 3 of the last 6 months in order for that family to receive transitional Medicaid.
  • 4. It requires that the Department of Health and Human Services provide transitional Medicaid for a 12-month extension period pursuant to the state option provided in 42 United States Code, Section 1396r-6, Subsection (a), Paragraph (5) when a person's eligibility was terminated because of an increase in earned income or hours of employment or a loss of a time-limited earnings disregard.
  • 5. It eliminates the TANF gross income test for applicants to conform the eligibility methodology for both applicants and recipients.
  • 6. It establishes a procedure by which the Department of Health and Human Services must consider referrals made in accordance with department rule from educational institutions and similar programs as applications for the Parents as Scholars Program under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 3790.
  • 7. It provides funds from the TANF block grant to provide personalized professional guidance, support and navigation services for participants in the Parents as Scholars Program in order to promote program completion and student success and requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to make recommendations related to the most effective way to achieve this goal, along with other suggestions to improve the program.
  • 8. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to convene a working group to review and make recommendations to improve the operations of systems and programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services providing services to people in need.
  • 9. It provides that additional costs to the State resulting from implementation of this legislation must be paid from funds provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant or from resources representing the State's maintenance of effort to qualify for federal funds.


Amendment H-605
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It removes the requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish annual improvement targets to ensure access to public assistance programs.
  • 2. It clarifies that sources of information to compile data measures of child and family economic security are not limited to the data sources in the bill and specifies that data from other state agencies including the Department of Labor and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services must be compiled.
  • 3. It includes a data requirement that includes families earning below 50% of the federal poverty level at the time participation in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program was terminated and during the 2nd and 4th quarters after participation was terminated.
  • 4. It clarifies the language regarding the ratio of persons receiving food supplement assistance to those eligible to specify that the ratio applies to the number of persons overall, the number of persons 60 years of age and older, nonelderly persons with a disability and children under 18 years of age.
  • 5. It specifies that data collected regarding waiting times for calls to Department of Health and Human Services call centers are to a person and not to an interactive voice response system.
  • 6. It changes the requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services to measure and report on the effect of departmental initiatives to improve child and family economic security rather than establishing improvement targets with reporting requirements.
  • 7. It changes the amount of funding for navigators at educational institutions and programs from $500,000 to $250,000.
The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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LD 1830 An Act Establishing the Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-564, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1830
This bill eliminates the Governor's Office of Policy and Management and establishes the Office of Policy Innovation and the Future to support the creation of a coherent system of policy planning and coordinated implementation as one function and responsibility of the executive branch of State Government, serve as a research, advisory, consultative, coordinating and administrative agency and advance policies that support a sustainable future for Maine's people, communities, natural resources, physical infrastructure, industries, businesses and institutions.

Amendment H-564
This amendment reallocates the language from the bill that creates the Office of Policy Innovation and the Future into the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 310 instead of enacting a new chapter. It repeals Title 5, section 3108, leaving the office subject to the Freedom of Access Act.

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LD 1855 An Act To Include Student Absences for Mental Health or Behavioral Health Needs as Excusable Absences Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-671, Enacted, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1855
Current law provides that a person's absence from school is excused when the absence is due to personal illness. This bill specifies that a person's absence is excused when the absence is due to reasons of personal health, including the person's mental and behavioral health

Amendment H-671
This amendment specifies that a person's absence from school is excused when the absence is due to reasons of physical health, as well as the person's mental and behavioral health.

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LD 1904 An Act To Amend Certain Laws Governing Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-408 and House amendment H-776, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1904
The bill makes the following changes to the election laws.
  • 1. It provides 2 additional methods of notice of deceased voters that election officials can use to maintain their voter files.
  • 2. It lowers the age of qualification to be an election official from 17 years of age to 16 years of age to correspond to a recent change in law that allows for the conditional registration of 16-year-olds.
  • 3. It shortens the time that municipalities have to submit their official election returns to the Secretary of State from 3 business days to 2 business days after the election, and it moves the provision for sending a courier to retrieve delinquent returns to the same section of law as the filing requirement.
  • 4. It adds a requirement that a clerk must post a copy of the notice of early processing of absentee ballots along with the notice of election.
  • 5. It specifies additional information that must be provided on an application for a citizen's initiative or people's veto referendum and provides that notices must be provided to the applicants and other voters who are designated to receive notices by e-mail only.
  • 6. It changes the withdrawal provisions for United States Senator, Representative to Congress and Governor to match those of other office.


Amendment S-408
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes the provision of the bill that lowers the age of qualification to be an election official from 17 years of age to 16 years of age.

The amendment retains all other provisions of the bill, including the provisions of the bill that change the candidate withdrawal provisions for United States Senator, Representative to Congress and Governor to match those of other offices, but further clarifies the laws governing the candidate withdrawal process for all federal, state and county offices, other than for United States President, as follows.
  • 1. For all elections, as in current practice, the name of a candidate who withdraws 70 days or more before any election for any reason will be removed from the ballot.
  • 2. For general elections, as in current practice, a candidate who is a member of a political party and who withdraws before the 2nd Monday in July preceding the general election may be replaced by the appropriate political committee no later than 5 p.m. of the 4th Monday in July preceding the general election. The replacement candidate must be listed on the general election ballot.
  • 3. For general elections, as in current practice, a candidate who is a member of a political party and who dies or withdraws due to incapacity may be replaced by the appropriate political committee as soon as practicable. Also as in current practice, if the Secretary of State receives notification of the replacement candidate no later than 60 days before the general election, new ballots listing the replacement candidate must be printed. If the Secretary of State receives notification of the replacement candidate less than 60 days before the general election, however, the amendment newly clarifies that the Secretary of State is not required to print new ballots but may amend ballots already printed or issue a notice to supplement ballots already printed informing voters of the replacement candidate and instructing voters how they may vote for the replacement candidate.
  • 4. For general elections, as in current practice, the name of a candidate who withdraws for a reason other than incapacity less than 70 days before the general election will not be removed from the ballot and voters casting ballots after the withdrawal will be notified that the candidate has withdrawn and that a vote for that candidate will not be counted.
  • 5. For uncontested primary elections, as in current practice, if a candidate dies or becomes disqualified before the primary election or withdraws for another reason 70 days or more before the primary election, the appropriate political committee may select a replacement candidate. Also as in current practice, if the Secretary of State receives notification of the replacement candidate 60 days or more before the primary election, new ballots listing the replacement candidate must be printed. If the Secretary of State receives notification of the replacement candidate less than 60 days before the primary election, however, the amendment newly clarifies that the Secretary of State is not required to print new ballots but may amend ballots already printed or issue a notice to supplement ballots already printed informing voters of the replacement candidate and instructing voters how they may vote for the replacement candidate.
  • 6. For contested primary elections, as in current practice, if a candidate dies or becomes disqualified 70 days or more before the primary election, the candidate's name will be removed from the ballot but a replacement candidate may not be named. If a candidate dies or becomes disqualified less than 70 days before a contested primary election, the amendment newly clarifies that although the candidate's name will not be removed from the ballot, voters casting ballots after the death or disqualification will be notified that the candidate is no longer running for office and that votes for the candidate will not be counted.
  • 7. For both contested and uncontested primary elections, as in current practice, the name of a candidate who withdraws less than 70 days before the primary election will not be removed from the ballot and voters casting ballots after the withdrawal will be notified that the candidate has withdrawn and that a vote for that candidate will not be counted.
  • 8. For special elections to fill a vacancy in an office, as in current practice, if a candidate dies or withdraws from the election for any reason, the candidate's name will not be removed from the ballot and voters casting ballots after the death or withdrawal will be notified that the candidate has died or has withdrawn and that a vote for that candidate will not be counted.
The amendment also makes a technical change to the law governing municipal elections by removing language requiring ballots to be printed so that voters mark their choices in squares printed to the left of each candidate's name and substituting language authorizing ballots to be printed in any way that allows the voter to designate the voter's choice.

Amendment H-776
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill. It moves the deadline for a uniformed service voter or an overseas voter to register to vote or request an absentee ballot from 5 p.m. on election day to 5 p.m. on the day before election day.

LD 1904 Chaptered Law
LD 1904 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1914 An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Textbooks Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held January 30, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1914
This bill exempts from the state sales and use tax textbooks purchased for use by a student.

LD 1916 An Act To Increase High School Graduation Rates for Students Experiencing Homelessness or in Foster Care Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held February 19, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1916
This bill does the following.
  • 1. It amends the process for applying for a Department of Education diploma by requiring that the responsible school apply on behalf of a student who has experienced one or more education disruptions on request. The student's parent or guardian or a student who is over 18 years of age may still apply directly to the Department of Education, and the school must assist the student in the application process.
  • 2. It provides that the Commissioner of Education must award a Department of Education diploma to a student who has experienced homelessness or has been in foster care who meets certain criteria and may not require that student to provide additional information or be interviewed.
  • 3. It provides that a secondary school must award a diploma to a student who has experienced homelessness or foster care placement if the student meets specified criteria.
  • 4. It provides that the responsible school for a student whose education disruption is due to multiple transfers or homelessness or foster care placement must compile for the student partial and full credits received by the student to date, provide priority enrollment in classes in which the student has received partial credit and immediately enroll the student in classes or programs to close gaps between the compilation of credits by the student and the credits typically earned by the student's peers.
  • 5. It requires the responsible school to provide an adult mentor to students who experience education disruption due to homelessness or foster care placement to facilitate transition into the school.
  • 6. It requires that if the responsible school determines that a student who experiences education disruption will not be able to graduate by the end of the student's 4th year of secondary school, the responsible school must provide the student information regarding a Department of Education diploma and apply on behalf of the student or assist the student in making the application.


LD 1928 An Act To Prohibit Health Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-434, Enacted, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1928
This bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from retroactively reducing payment on a properly submitted claim by a pharmacy provider. The bill also prohibits a carrier from charging a pharmacy provider or holding a pharmacy provider responsible for any fee related to a claim that is not apparent at the time the carrier processes the claim, that is not reported on the remittance advice or after the initial claim is adjudicated by the carrier.

Amendment S-434
This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee.The amendment prohibits a contract between a carrier and a pharmacy provider that is entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 from containing a provision that purports to directly or indirectly charge the pharmacy provider or hold the pharmacy provider responsible for any fee related to a claim that is not apparent at the time the carrier processes the claim, that is not reported on the remittance advice or after the initial claim is adjudicated. The amendment also clarifies that the provision applies to any contract with respect to a prescription drug plan offered by the carrier under which a pharmacy provider is legally obligated, either directly or through an intermediary.

LD 1928 Chaptered Law
LD 1928 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1936 An Act To Allow Parents of Minors Who Qualify for In-home Personal Care under the MaineCare Program To Be Employed as Caregivers for Those Minors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held February 25, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1936
This bill allows for the reimbursement of a parent providing in-home personal care services to the parent's child by allowing the parent to register as a personal care agency. The child must be eligible for the MaineCare program. An individual who is not a parent of the child must be designated as the employer and must be approved as the employer by both the parent and the Department of Health and Human Services. The department is required to request the necessary state plan amendments or waivers from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and adopt routine technical rules upon federal approval.

LD 1938 An Act Concerning MaineCare Coverage for Donor Breast Milk Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-706, and engrossed, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1938
This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for pasteurized donor breast milk provided to an infant if a physician, physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse signs an order stating that such milk is medically necessary and the infant is medically or physically unable to receive maternal breast milk or participate in breastfeeding or the infant's mother is medically or physically unable to produce maternal breast milk in quantities sufficient for the infant.

Amendment H-706
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill to change the criteria by which an infant receiving MaineCare benefits may receive pasteurized donor breast milk to be consistent with the current coverage of donor breast milk under the federal TRICARE program providing health insurance to uniformed service members and veterans and their families.

LD 1938 fiscal note
LD 1938 Amendment H-706 fiscal note
LD 1947 An Act To Fund Capital Improvements to Career and Technical Education Centers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held March 4, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1947
This bill authorizes the issuance and use of up to $20,000,000 in Maine Governmental Facilities Authority securities for capital improvements to career and technical education centers and regions.

LD 1950 An Act To Advance Palliative Care Utilization in the State (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 12, 2020
LD 1950
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to provide reimbursement under the MaineCare program for palliative care. It also requires the department to adopt rules that support and standardize the delivery of palliative care in the State, including but not limited to strategies for the distribution of public educational documents and the distribution by health care providers of information regarding the availability of palliative care to patients. It also requires the department to consult with the Maine Hospice Council, the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council and other stakeholders when developing educational documents and rules related to palliative care.

LD 1958 An Act To Expand Tax Increment Financing To Include Adult Care Facilities and Services and Certain Child Care Facilities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-695, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 1958
This bill expands the permitted use of tax increment financing to include costs associated with certain adult care facilities and child care facilities; current law permits such use only for quality child care costs.

Amendment H-695
This amendment clarifies the definitions of "adult care facilities" and "child care facilities" as they pertain to project costs for purposes of tax increment financing.

LD 1958 Chaptered Law
LD 1958 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1972 An Act To Increase Access to and Reduce the Cost of Epinephrine Autoinjectors by Amending the Definition of "Epinephrine Autoinjector" Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-379, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law February 21, 2020
LD 1972
This bill amends the definition of "epinephrine autoinjector" in different Titles of the Maine Revised Statutes to include devices approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration that deliver a specific dose of epinephrine by means other than automatic injection of epinephrine into the human body. The bill changes references to epinephrine pen to epinephrine autoinjector.

Amendment S-379
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill.

LD 1972 Chaptered Law
LD 1972 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1974 An Act To Promote Telehealth Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-433, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 1974
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter I, Section 4, Telehealth and Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 13, Targeted Case Management Services to provide for reimbursement of case management services delivered through telehealth to targeted populations. The bill makes other changes necessary for the delivery of telehealth services to be expanded to include case management services.

The bill clarifies that telehealth services reimbursable under a health plan or the MaineCare program include consultation between health professionals regarding a patient, whether the consultation occurs in real time or asynchronously.

Amendment S-433
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill. It removes the 4-meeting limit on the Maine Telehealth and Telemonitoring Advisory Group. It also provides that private insurance carriers may provide coverage for health care services delivered through telehealth that is consistent with the Medicare coverage policy for interprofessional Internet consultations and provides that if a carrier provides such coverage the carrier may also provide coverage for interprofessional Internet consultations that are provided by a federally qualified health center or rural health clinic.

LD 1974 Chaptered Law
LD 1974 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1975 An Act To Facilitate Dental Treatment for Children Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-401, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 1975
This bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from imposing a waiting period for any dental or oral health service or treatment, except for orthodontic treatment, for an enrollee under 19 years of age.

Amendment S-401
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill.

Like the bill, the amendment prohibits a health insurance carrier or dental insurer from imposing a waiting period for any dental or oral health service or treatment, except for orthodontic treatment, for an enrollee under 19 years of age. The bill allocates the prohibition to the Maine Insurance Code, chapter 56-A. The amendment allocates the prohibition to the appropriate chapters of the Maine Insurance Code to ensure the prohibition applies to stand-alone dental insurance plans and to health insurance plans that provide coverage for dental or oral health services.

The amendment makes clear that the provisions apply to policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

The amendment also corrects a conflict created by Public Law 2019, chapters 274 and 388, which affected the same provision of law.

LD 1975 Chaptered Law
LD 1975 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1984 An Act To Eliminate Waiting Lists for Home and Community-based Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities, Autism, Brain Injury and Other Related Conditions (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held February 25, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 1984
This bill amends the system of care for adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, brain injury and other related conditions to reduce and eliminate MaineCare waiver waiting lists for home and community-based services.

LD 1985 Resolve, Directing the Board of Speech, Audiology and Hearing To Adopt Rules To Facilitate Speech-Language Therapy Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, January 30, 2020
LD 1985
This resolve directs the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Speech, Audiology and Hearing to adopt rules to permit speech-language pathology assistants serving children in school districts to practice under the supervision of more than one speech-language pathologist and to allow speech-language pathologists to supervise up to 3 speech-language pathology assistants on their license.

LD 2018 An Act To Require That Parking Lots for State Agencies Meet the Standards Set Forth in the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law February 27, 2020
LD 2018
This bill requires each state department, state agency and quasi-independent state entity to ensure that parking areas serving state-owned or state-leased buildings housing that state department, state agency or quasi-independent state entity meet the 2010 federal standards related to the marking of parking space access aisles under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by November 1, 2020. It requires each state department, state agency or quasi-independent state entity to examine each parking area by June 1, 2020.

LD 2018 Chaptered Law
LD 2018 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2021 An Act To Provide Funding for Broadband Internet Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Commitee amendment S-414, and engrossed, Tabled in the House pending acceptance of Majority report, March 17, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2021
This bill appropriates $15,000,000 from the General Fund to the ConnectME Authority for the provision of broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.

Amendment S-414
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the program under the ConnectME Authority that receives the General Fund appropriation in the bill from the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund program to the Office of Broadband Development program.

LD 2021 fiscal note
LD 2021 Amendment S-414 fiscal note
LD 2022 An Act To Provide Funding for Capital Improvements and Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted unanimous Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-396, and engrossed, House enacted March 5, 2020, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, March 10, 2020
LD 2022
This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Education to expend and disburse funds to career and technical education centers and career and technical education regions to make capital improvements and to purchase equipment that has a useful life of at least 5 years and provides a one-time General Fund appropriation of $4,000,000 in fiscal year 2020-21 for that purpose.

Amendment S-396
This amendment replaces the bill. It provides one-time funds of $4,000,000 to career and technical education centers and regions to upgrade equipment to meet national industry standards, which the Commissioner of Education may expend or disburse pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 15688-A, subsection 6.

LD 2022 Amendment S-396 fiscal note
LD 2025 An Act To Authorize Emergency Medical Services Personnel To Provide Treatment within Their Scope of Practice in a Hospital Setting with the Permission of the Hospital Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-400, Enacted, Signed into law March 17, 2020
LD 2025
This bill allows a hospital to authorize an emergency medical services person to provide to a patient of the hospital in a hospital setting treatment that is within the scope of practice of the emergency medical services person.

The bill repeals and replaces the definition of "emergency medical treatment" in the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 to allow that treatment to be provided by emergency medical services persons in a hospital setting if the hospital has authorized treatment in the hospital by emergency medical services persons.

Amendment S-400
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment clarifies that licensing requirements for an emergency medical services person may not be construed to prohibit a person licensed under the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 from providing medical services as an employee of a hospital if those services are authorized by the hospital and delegated by a physician.

LD 2025 Chaptered Law
LD 2025 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2055 An Act To Require State Agencies To Use Renewable and Sustainable Energy and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held February 10, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2055
This bill requires renewable and sustainable energy use and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and timelines to be established for state agencies by February 1, 2021. Solar panels or similar solar technologies must be considered and included as a method to achieve the targets and timelines as appropriate. The bill requires the Governor's Energy Office, the Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Efficiency Maine Trust, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services and the Department of Transportation to work together to establish these targets and timelines and to submit a biennial progress report to the Governor and the Legislature. Each of these offices and departments, and each other state agency, must designate a sustainability coordinator. The sustainability coordinator is responsible to develop and implement a plan for the agency to meet or exceed the targets and timelines. State agencies are required to procure environmentally preferable products and services as long as certain conditions are met. State agencies are encouraged to adopt and implement practices to decrease waste in the workplace. State agencies are required to account for climate change when siting or designing new state facilities or other construction projects.

LD 2085 An Act To Ensure Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Care and Education in All Maine's Jails and State Correctional and Detention Facilities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held March 11, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2085
This bill requires the provision of comprehensive access to sexual and reproductive health care and education for a person who is a female or who has a uterus admitted to or detained or incarcerated in a jail or county correctional facility or a state detention or correctional facility. The bill establishes the Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Advisory Committee to review and develop adequate standards, policies and materials for the provision of sexual and reproductive health care and education for persons who are incarcerated and requires a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice matters by January 1, 2021.

LD 2086 Resolve, To Create a Criminal Records Review Committee Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held March 2, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2086
This resolve establishes the Criminal Records Review Committee.

LD 2087 An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held March 12, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2087
This bill prohibits an employer from requesting criminal history record information on an initial employee application form, subject to certain exceptions. An employer may inquire about a prospective employee's criminal history record information during an interview or once the prospective employee has been determined otherwise qualified for the position. The bill prohibits an employer from stating on an initial employee application form or advertisement or otherwise asserting that a person with a criminal history may not apply or will not be considered for a position, subject to certain exceptions. The bill provides that if an employer inquires about a prospective employee's criminal history record information, the prospective employee, if still eligible for the position under applicable federal or state law, must be afforded an opportunity to explain the information and the circumstances regarding any convictions, including post-conviction rehabilitation.

LD 2096 An Act To Save Lives by Capping the Out-of-pocket Cost of Certain Medications Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-772 and House amendment H-778, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 18, 2020
LD 2096
This bill provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on the enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $100 per 30-day supply of insulin.

Amendment H-772
This amendment replaces the bill. Part A provides that a health insurance carrier that provides coverage for prescription insulin drugs may not impose a cost-sharing requirement on an enrollee that results in out-of-pocket costs to the enrollee in excess of $35 per prescription for a 30-day supply of insulin. The requirements apply to all health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021.

Part B authorizes a pharmacist to dispense emergency refills of insulin and associated insulin-related supplies. The amendment requires that the insulin dispensed be in a quantity that is the lesser of a 30-day supply and the smallest available package. The amendment also requires the Maine Board of Pharmacy to adopt rules to establish adequate training requirements and protocols for dispensing insulin.

Amendment H-778
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

LD 2096 Chaptered Law
LD 2096 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 2106 An Act Regarding Prior Authorizations for Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held March 10, 2020, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2106
This bill makes the following changes.
  • 1. It adds a definition of "prior authorization" and clarifies the definitions of "medically necessary health care" and "participating provider" used in the Maine Insurance Code, chapter 56-A.
  • 2. It sets forth additional requirements for carriers to facilitate the processing of prior authorization requests for prescription drugs by providers.


LD 2117 An Act To Expand and Rename the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2117
This bill amends the provisions of law governing the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program to require dispensers to report all prescription drugs dispensed intended for human consumption rather than controlled substances only, allowing the program database to be used for medication reconciliation and other patient safety activities. The enhanced program allows pharmacists and all prescribers to obtain a complete record of all medication prescribed to a patient, identifying the prescriber for each drug and listing the dates on which each prescription was filled. This information gives health care providers additional means to ensure that patients do not have adverse reactions due to incompatible drug interactions or overprescribing of medications from multiple prescribers. The program name is changed to the Prescription Monitoring Program to reflect its wider scope. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal funds and seek other funding sources to develop the improvements to the program.

LD 2145 An Act To Help Veterans Access Jobs, Education, Health Care and Housing and Provide General Support to Veterans Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2145

CONCEPT DRAFT SUMMARY

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

This bill proposes to establish a bill of rights to help veterans access jobs, education, health care and housing and provide general support to veterans.

  • 1. The bill would help veterans access jobs by:
    • A. Requiring the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to waive licensing fees for veterans;
    • B. Requiring licensing boards affiliated with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to waive licensing fees for veterans;
    • C. Expanding eligibility of veterans and their spouses for the program that helps veterans and their spouses obtain occupational licenses;
    • D. Requiring each board, commission, office and agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation or affiliated with the department to permit a veteran or spouse who holds a comparable license in another state to acquire a license by endorsement in this State for the remainder of the term of the license from the other state or until a license is obtained in this State or obtain a temporary license in this State for the period of time necessary to obtain a license in this State;
    • E. Requiring each board, commission, office and agency within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation or affiliated with the department to grant a full or partial exemption from continuing education requirements for a veteran or spouse;
    • F. Obtaining information regarding the implementation of the process established to help qualified veterans and their spouses to obtain occupational licenses, including data concerning how many veterans and their spouses have received assistance;
    • G. Extending renewal dates for occupational licenses for veterans and their spouses;
    • H. Waiving fees for licensing veterans as emergency medical services persons and security guards;
    • I. Extending the period of time allowed between the completion of military service and the favorable treatment of that military service for purposes of occupational licensing; and
    • J. Allowing all veterans to purchase credit for time served in the military for purposes of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
  • 2. The bill would help veterans access education by:
    • A. Extending the amount of time given to veterans to transition from military service to school;
    • B. Requiring each campus of the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System to have a dedicated space for veterans with at least one computer where veterans may meet and have the tools available to them that they need to access benefits;
    • C. Providing loans to veterans for books that are required for classes;
    • D. Providing services for veterans who receive other than an honorable discharge from military service;
    • E. Providing easier readmittance to school for veterans who leave school for health-related issues; and
    • F. Providing graduate school assistance to veterans.
  • 3. The bill would help veterans access health care by:
    • A. Continuing and improving the pilot program established in Resolve 2017, chapter 24 that provides mental health case management services to veterans;
    • B. Providing mental health treatment in all counties for veterans;
    • C. Waiving the fee for medical marijuana identification cards for veterans;
    • D. Providing that the time limit for veterans who are otherwise eligible for assistance under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is twice the time limit that would otherwise apply to the veterans; and
    • E. Supporting programs that provide transportation to medical appointments for veterans.
  • 4. The bill would help veterans access housing by:
    • A. Providing funding to seek long-term solutions to reduce barriers, such as criminal convictions, substance use, mental illness and physical disabilities, to veterans securing housing;
    • B. Increasing the number of housing vouchers provided to homeless veterans;
    • C. Providing funding to assist landlords to improve substandard apartments and give incentives to landlords to rent to veterans;
    • D. Changing the "Salute ME" mortgage program administered by the Maine State Housing Authority to provide veterans with a greater discount on home mortgage rates;
    • E. Changing the property tax exemption for certain veterans to apply to all veterans;
    • F. Surveying public land, unused public buildings and available private buildings, including closed mills, for opportunities to provide housing or temporary shelter for veterans;
    • G. Providing preference to veterans in the Bridging Rental Assistance Program, which assists persons with mental illness to secure temporary housing; and
    • H. Providing funding for organizations and facilities that provide housing for homeless veterans.
  • 5. The bill would provide general support to veterans by:
    • A. Raising the amount of pension income paid under an employee retirement plan that is exempt from the income tax;
    • B. Extending the time for which a driver's license is valid for active duty military members; and
    • C. Increasing the maximum amount of a grant of temporary assistance that may be provided to a veteran from the Veterans Temporary Assistance Fund from $2,000 to $2,500.


LD 2155 An Act To Prevent Accidental Overdoses by Establishing a Protocol for Prescription Drug Recovery Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over in the same posture to any special session of the 129th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order SP 788
LD 2155
This bill seeks to reduce accidental overdose deaths caused by access to unused controlled substances by:
  • 1. Requiring an entity, agency, facility or individual who offers or plans to offer any in-home or community support services or institutionally based long-term care services and who administers a controlled substance to an adult with long-term care needs as part of those services, referred to in the bill as "an administering provider," to document any controlled substance prescribed and obtained for the adult with long-term care needs, referred to in the bill as "the client-patient," and to participate in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program, with certain exceptions;
  • 2. Requiring that all controlled substances be kept in a locked container to which only the administering provider, the client-patient and, if there is one, a designated caregiver have access; and
  • 3. Requiring the administering provider, upon the death of the client-patient, to collect any unused controlled substances that were prescribed and obtained for that client-patient and dispose of them properly after documenting the National Drug Code, quantity and strength. The administering provider is required to submit this documentation, including the manner of disposal of the controlled substances collected from the deceased client-patient, to the Department of Health and Human Services using the reporting system established in the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.


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