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Senator Rebecca Millett [Democrat]
Cumberland ~ District 29

Towns in District: Cape Elizabeth, South Portland and part of Scarborough

Term limited in 2020

Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Bills in the Second Reading (Chair)

Joint Committees:
♦ Education and Cultural Affairs (Chair)
♦ Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Commerce

✉ Rebecca.Millett@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ PMB 375, 50 Market Street
South Portland, Maine 04106


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20176 of 7, 1 Excused absences
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 148 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund and To Give Priority Status to Certain School Facility Upgrades Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 148
The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A of this bill, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to recapitalize the School Revolving Renovation Fund for the purpose of providing funds to public schools for renovation and capital repairs.

Part B of this bill gives upgrades of facilities required to meet prekindergarten facility standards and for prekindergarten capacity building Priority 4 status for loans from the fund to school administrative units for school repair and renovation.

LD 151 An Act To Align State Law with Current Practice Regarding Required School Attendance Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-30, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 151
This bill changes the age at which children are required to begin attending school from 7 years of age to 6 years of age.

Amendment S-30
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the Commissioner of Education to provisionally adopt amendments to the Department of Education rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to address developmentally appropriate educational practices for kindergarten to grade 2.

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LD 152 An Act To Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-32, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 152
This bill includes in the prohibition against tobacco use in elementary or secondary schools the possession of an electronic smoking device, which is defined as a device used to deliver nicotine or any other substance intended for human consumption that may be used by a person to simulate smoking through inhalation of vapor or aerosol from the device, including, without limitation, a device manufactured, distributed, marketed or sold as an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or so-called vape pen.

Amendment S-32
Current law prohibits in elementary or secondary schools and on school grounds the use of smokeless tobacco and the possession of a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other object giving off or containing any substance giving off smoke. This committee amendment repeals and replaces existing law so that the following is included in the prohibition against tobacco use in elementary or secondary schools and on school grounds:
  • 1. The possession of a lighted or heated cigarette, cigar or pipe or a lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for human consumption through inhalation whether natural or synthetic in any manner or in any form;
  • 2. The use or possession of an electronic smoking device;
  • 3. The possession of any product that is made from or derived from tobacco, or that contains nicotine, that is intended for human consumption or is likely to be consumed, whether smoked, heated, chewed, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled or ingested by any other means, including, but not limited to, a cigarette, a cigar, a hookah, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff or snus; and
  • 4. The possession of components or accessories used in the consumption of a tobacco product, such as filters, rolling papers, pipes and liquids.

The amendment also prohibits tobacco use on a school bus and at any school-sponsored event.

The amendment removes the exception that permitted tobacco use in classrooms as part of a bona fide demonstration during a class lesson.

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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.

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LD 247 An Act To Increase the Amount of Time School Counselors and Social Workers Spend Providing Students Direct and Indirect Counseling Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-29, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 247
This bill requires each school counselor and school social worker to spend at least 80% of that counselor's or social worker's time providing direct or indirect services to students and requires the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement this provision.

Amendment S-29
This amendment clarifies that direct services and indirect services must be within the scope of the duties of school counselors or school social workers as established by major substantive rules adopted by the Department of Education. The rules must include guidelines regarding the duties of school counselors, including that a school counselor deliver a comprehensive school counseling program, and guidelines regarding the duties of school social workers. The amendment also clarifies that each school counselor and school social worker must spend at least 80% of the school counselor's or school social worker's time providing direct services to and indirect services on behalf of students.

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LD 369 An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-79, Enacted, Signed into law May 28, 2019
LD 369
This bill creates a right to earned paid sick leave for employees who are employed by an employer that employs more than 5 employees. The bill also creates a right to earned unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs 5 or fewer employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2021.

Amendment S-79
This amendment, which is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing, replaces the title and the bill. This amendment does the following:1. It requires an employer, except in a seasonal industry, that employs more than 10 employees for more than 120 days in any calendar year to permit each employee to earn paid leave based on the employee's base pay;
  • 2. It specifies that an employee is entitled to earn one hour of paid leave from a single employer for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours in one year of employment, with accrual of leave beginning at the start of employment;
  • 3. It requires an employee to work for 120 days before an employer is required to permit use of accrued earned paid leave;
  • 4. It requires an employer to pay an employee taking earned leave at least the same base rate of pay that employee received immediately prior to taking earned leave and provide the same benefits as those provided under established policies of the employer pertaining to other types of paid leave;
  • 5. It requires an employee, absent an emergency, illness or other sudden necessity for taking earned leave, to give reasonable notice to the employee's supervisor of the employee's intent to use leave;
  • 6. It specifies that an employee taking earned leave maintains any employee benefits accrued before the date on which the leave commenced and the leave may not affect the employee's right to health insurance benefits on the same terms and conditions as applicable to similarly situated employees;
  • 7. It provides the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards the exclusive authority to enforce the law and requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce the law;
  • 8. It allows for the imposition of penalties currently established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 53;
  • 9. It preempts the authority of a municipality or other political subdivision to enact any ordinance or other rule purporting to have the force of law under its home rule or other authority regulating earned paid leave;
  • 10. It requires the Department of Labor to adopt routine technical rules to implement and enforce provisions regarding earned paid leave;
  • 11. It specifies that earned paid leave does not apply to an employee covered by a collective bargaining agreement during the period between January 1, 2021 and the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement; and
  • 12. It requires the Department of Labor, beginning January 1, 2022 and annually thereafter, to report progress to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters.


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    LD 703 An Act To Help Maine Students Succeed Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 703
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to help Maine students succeed.

    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.

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    LD 1011 An Act To Clarify Filing Requirements for Proposed Rules Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-73, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
    LD 1011
    This bill clarifies that when an agency provides notice to the Legislature of a proposed rule or the adoption of an emergency rule, it must identify whether the proposed rule or adopted emergency rule is a routine technical rule or a major substantive rule.

    Amendment S-73
    This amendment adds the requirement that the public notice required for proposed and adopted rules identify the type of rule being proposed or adopted.

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    LD 1012 An Act To Provide Stable Funding and Support for Child Care Providers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-211, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1012
    This bill amends the child care services provisions in the following ways:
    • 1. It establishes graduated quality differential rates for steps 2 to 4 in the 4-step child care quality rating system currently required by law;
    • 2. It requires that contracts with providers of child care services prioritize infants, toddlers and preschool children up to 4 years of age in a variety of ways; and
    • 3. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a shared services program for providers of child care services to realize efficiencies and achieve financial sustainability by sharing administrative and program services and costs.


    Amendment S-211
    This amendment, which is the majority report, lowers the increases to graduated quality differential rates for child care services for children other than infants from the bill. It also clarifies that the Department of Health and Human Services may use state funds to pay a quality differential rate for high-quality child care services if it chooses to do so. It allows the Department of Health and Human Services to use up to 25% of the State's federal child care and development block grant funding for contracts for high-quality child care to underserved children and areas of the State rather than requiring use of funding for contracts. The department is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the number of contracts, the percentage of block grant funding used for the contracts and the number of children served. It allows, rather than requires as in the bill, the department to develop a shared services program.

    LD 1012 Amendment S-211 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.

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    LD 1216 An Act To Support Community Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-128, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1216
    This bill makes the Department of Education's community school pilot project permanent. The department is authorized to designate 5 community schools in the 2020-2021 school year and 10 additional schools biannually beginning in the 2021-2022 school year. The Commissioner of Education is required to apply for available federal funds in support of community school implementation and expansion.

    Amendment S-128
    The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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    LD 1312 An Act Regarding Access to Firearms by Extremely Dangerous and Suicidal Individuals Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 18, 2019
    LD 1312
    This bill creates an extreme risk protection order to authorize a court to order a person to surrender that person's firearms temporarily for 14 days or on an extended basis for 365 days when it has been proved that the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. The bill provides that:
    • 1. A law enforcement officer, a law enforcement agency or a family or household member may file a petition for a temporary extreme risk protection order, which may be granted if the court finds probable cause exists to issue the order. The temporary extreme risk protection order expires in 14 days or when a hearing to determine whether to issue an extended extreme risk protection order is held, whichever occurs sooner. A temporary extreme risk protection order may be issued on an ex parte basis;
    • 2. Whether or not the court issues a temporary extreme risk protection order, the court is required to hold a hearing within 14 days to determine whether the person poses a danger of causing personal injury to that person or another person. If the court, based on clear and convincing evidence, finds that an extended extreme risk protection order should be issued, the extended extreme risk protection order must be issued, and it expires 365 days after the issuance of the order unless extended after another hearing;
    • 3. Following the issuance of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order, the court is required to order law enforcement to serve the order and is required to issue a search warrant if the court finds probable cause that the person who is the subject of the order is in possession of a firearm;
    • 4. A person who is the subject of a temporary or extended extreme risk protection order is required to surrender all firearms in the person's possession to a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency. The firearms must be returned to the person at the expiration of the extreme risk protection order unless an extended extreme risk protection order is issued;
    • 5. A person against whom an extended extreme risk protection order is issued may request that the order be dissolved and be granted a hearing once during the term of the extended extreme risk protection order; and
    • 6. A person who possesses firearms in violation of an extreme risk protection order commits a Class D crime.


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

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


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    LD 1428 An Act To Require the State To Fund 50 Percent of Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1428
    This bill requires the State to fund a minimum of 50% of the costs of an approved public preschool program for each year a school administrative unit operates the program, other than the year in which the school administrative unit receives start-up funds for the program. If funds for essential programs and services do not provide the funding necessary to fund a minimum of 50% of approved public preschool programs, the State is directed to use other funding sources and the Commissioner of Education is directed to include the funding levels necessary in the Department of Education's request to the Legislature for appropriations from the General Fund.

    LD 1607 An Act To Create the Department of Early Care and Learning Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1607
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    LD 1706 An Act To Ensure Public Notification of Air Quality Violations Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-189, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 1706
    This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to notify an affected municipality when the department issues a notice of violation or initiates an enforcement action relating to an air quality violation.

    Amendment S-189
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.
    • 1. It removes language from the bill requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's initiation of an air quality-related enforcement action.
    • 2. It adds language requiring the department to notify affected municipalities regarding the department's receipt of an air quality-related notice of violation from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
    • 3. It provides that the department may provide the required information to affected municipalities electronically.


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    LD 1707 An Act To Ensure Accuracy and Reliability of Environmental Testing by Requiring Compliance Testing by 3rd-parties Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
    LD 1707
    This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to include in each license issued by the department a requirement that an independent entity perform testing to determine compliance with the license.

    LD 1778 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Children's Cabinet and Its Advisory Councils (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-267, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1778
    This bill:
    • 1. Amends certain provisions governing the Children's Cabinet;
    • 2. Eliminates the Maine Children's Growth Council;
    • 3. Eliminates the Child Care Advisory Council; and
    • 4. Establishes the Maine Children's Cabinet Early Childhood Advisory Council to develop and evaluate under the direction of the Children's Cabinet a plan for the healthy development of the State's young children and their families.


    Amendment S-267
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the membership of the Maine Children's Cabinet Early Childhood Advisory Council to include 2 members of the Senate and 2 members of the House of Representatives, one from each of the 2 political parties having the greatest number of members in the House and Senate. It also requires that the member who is the parent of a young child be appointed by the Speaker of the House and the member representing child abuse and neglect prevention be appointed by the President of the Senate and adds 2 members who represent public and private family child care providers nominated by their organizations and appointed by the Children's Cabinet.

    The amendment also requires the council to submit its annual report to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs and health and human services matters in addition to the Children's Cabinet.

    The amendment also adds a member of the Maine Children's Cabinet Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Education Research Institute Steering Committee in place of the member of the Maine Children's Growth Council. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

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    LD 14 An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's Students Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
    LD 14
    This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State's system of learning results and assessment and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2019 in order to include the science standards as part of the State's system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.

    LD 19 An Act To Require Newly Purchased Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-190, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 19
    This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.

    Amendment H-190
    This amendment, rather than requiring all school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, requires school buses of model year 2021 or newer to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also clarifies the definition of "school bus crossing arm" and sets the minimum and maximum length of a school bus crossing arm. This amendment also makes the bill an emergency, to take effect when approved.

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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 109 An Act To Create a Public Health Insurance Option Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
    LD 109
    This bill makes any legally domiciled resident of the State eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons. The bill permits any resident enrolling in coverage under this provision to do so during an open enrollment period.

    The bill also adds a reporting requirement to track the experience of those persons enrolling in coverage under the group health plan and the relative effect of that experience on the overall costs of the group health plan.

    LD 160 An Act To Add Instruction in Personal Finance to the Statewide System of Learning Results Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 26, 2019
    LD 160
    This bill requires the Department of Education to add instruction in personal finance to the statewide system of learning results and to adopt rules accordingly.

    LD 167 An Act To Prevent Food Shaming in Maine's Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-91, Enacted, Signed into law April 26, 2019
    LD 167
    This bill does the following.
    • 1. It requires a public school that provides free and reduced-price meals or other meals to students pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, chapter 223, subchapter 7 or otherwise provides to students meals eligible for reimbursement under a program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide such a meal to a student who requests the meal and is otherwise eligible for the meal regardless of the student's inability to pay for the school meal or failure in the past to pay for school meals. It also requires the school to take certain actions to assist the parent or guardian of a student who requests such a meal.
    • 2. It prohibits a public school from punishing a student in certain ways solely because of the student's inability to pay for a meal or because of any payments due for previous meals. It also prohibits a public school from refusing a meal to a student as a form of or as part of a disciplinary action.
    • 3. It prohibits a public school from openly identifying or stigmatizing a student who cannot pay for a meal or who has payments due for previous meals by requiring the student to wear a wristband, hand stamp or other identifying mark or sign noticeable by others.
    • 4. It requires a public school to communicate about a student's meal debts directly to the parent or guardian of the student rather than to the student. A public school may ask a student to carry to the student's parent or guardian a letter regarding a student's meal debt.


    Amendment H-91
    This amendment does the following.
    • 1. It strikes the requirement that a school take certain actions to assist the parent or guardian of a student who requests a meal.
    • 2. It retains the prohibition that a public school may not openly identify or stigmatize a student who cannot pay for a meal or who has payments due for previous meals but strikes specific examples of ways students could be stigmatized.
    • 3. It provides that a public school's communication about a student's meal must be made to the parent or guardian of the student rather than to the student directly except that, if the student inquires about the student's meal debt, the school may answer the student's inquiry.
    • 4. It requires the Department of Education to develop guidance for school administrative units relating to the collection of student meal debt, including, but not limited to, best practices and information on how to create an online system for the payment of student meal debt. The amendment requires the department to post this information on its publicly accessible website.
    • 5. It adds a mandate preamble.


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    LD 182 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Regarding the Financial Capacity of a Defendant To Post Bond Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 182
    This bill amends the Maine Bail Code to provide that a defendant who is not dangerous, is not a flight risk in the absence of bond and is otherwise eligible for bail may not be detained solely due to financial inability to post a money or property bond and may file a motion with the court requesting relief from the requirement to post a money or property bond. This bill requires the court to determine the financial capacity of the defendant and rule on the motion in an expedited manner.

    LD 183 An Act To Increase the Number of Teachers in Maine Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
    LD 183
    Currently, under the Educators for Maine Program, an eligible undergraduate may receive a loan of up to $3,000 per academic year or $12,000 total. This bill increases those loan amounts to $9,000 per academic year and $36,000 total. It also increases from $20,000 to $44,000 the total loan amount under the program a student may receive in undergraduate and postbaccalaureate loans.

    LD 185 An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized Testing Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
    LD 185
    This bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to the State's assessment program at the written request of the student's parent or guardian and establishes requirements for school administrative units and the Department of Education related to excusing a student.

    LD 195 An Act To Continue MaineCare Coverage for Parents During the Rehabilitation and Reunification Process Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-133, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
    LD 195
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver request no later than January 1, 2020 to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to implement the provisions of this bill that require the department to continue to provide MaineCare coverage to a parent who is a MaineCare member and who is participating in rehabilitation and reunification efforts in accordance with a rehabilitation and reunification plan. The department is required to take all reasonable and necessary steps to seek approval of the waiver. Upon approval of the waiver, the department is directed to adopt rules no later than 180 days after receiving approval. The department is required to report its progress in seeking a waiver and implementing rules on a quarterly basis beginning October 1, 2019 until the process is complete.

    Amendment H-133
    This amendment clarifies that parents who are eligible for the MaineCare program prior to having their minor children removed from the home remain eligible for the MaineCare program if they are engaged in rehabilitation and reunification efforts regardless of any other provision of law. The reference in the bill did not account for new eligibility under Initiated Bill 2017, chapter 1. The amendment also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide an annual report, beginning in 2021, on the number of individuals and families who benefit from this provision.

    LD 195 Chaptered Law
    LD 195 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 213 An Act To Require Snow Tires or All-weather Tires on Automobiles from October through April Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
    LD 213
    This bill requires automobiles to be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from the 2nd day of October to the last day of April and requires the Chief of the State Police within the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules to define "snow tires" and "all-weather tires."

    LD 237 An Act To Appropriate Funds for Coaching Services for Existing and New Prekindergarten Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 237
    This bill provides ongoing funds for coaching services to provide teaching support for new and existing prekindergarten programs throughout the State.

    LD 259 An Act To Require the State To Meet the Mandatory 55 Percent Contribution to Schools Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Senate accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-130 and Engrossed as amended, tabled in the House, in the House when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
    LD 259
    This bill increases the target for the state share percentage of the statewide adjusted total cost of the components of essential programs and services to 55%, as required by law, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 and continuing at that rate annually.

    Amendment S-130
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, repeals the provision of law containing the annual targets for the state share percentage of the total cost of funding public education from kindergarten to grade 12 that include the cost of components of essential programs and services plus the state contributions to the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that are attributable to teachers, retired teachers' health insurance and retired teachers' life insurance. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 259 fiscal note
    LD 259 Amendment S-130 fiscal note
    LD 278 An Act Regarding Pay Equality Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-28, Enacted, Signed into law April 12, 2019
    LD 278
    This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee's prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. The bill broadens a provision in the current equal pay law to prohibit an employer from preventing employees from discussing or disclosing other employees' wages and makes the practice a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act as well.

    Amendment S-28
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. It creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes, for example, when such information is related to economic development programs that specifically create employment opportunities for persons with low incomes. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected employee or applicant by the Department of Labor or the affected employee or applicant.

    This amendment also amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of unlawful employment discrimination includes an employer's seeking information about a prospective employee's compensation history before an offer of employment, including all terms of compensation, to the applicant has been made. It also creates an exception for compensation history sought pursuant to any federal or state law that specifically requires the disclosure or verification of compensation history for employment purposes.



    LD 278 Chaptered Law
    LD 278 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 296 An Act Regarding Student Privacy with Respect to Video Recordings Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
    LD 296
    This bill requires an elementary or secondary school to keep confidential a video recording in which a student is present, including a video recording taken in a bus or other means of student transportation used by the school, and prohibits the school from disseminating or publishing the video recording without the written permission of a parent of the student.

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

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

    LD 316 Amendment H-297 fiscal note
    LD 331 An Act To Prohibit the Operation of Large Commercial Vessels in the Waters of Southern Mount Desert Island (By request) Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
    LD 331
    This bill prohibits the operation, mooring or anchoring of commercial vessels over 200 feet in length or with the capacity to carry more than 100 passengers in the waters of southern Mount Desert Island.

    LD 348 An Act To Prohibit the Providing of Misleading or Inaccurate Information via Caller Identification Services during Telemarketing Calls Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 348
    This bill makes it a civil violation for a seller or telemarketer engaging in a telemarketing call to knowingly cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification with the intent to defraud or cause harm to another person or to wrongfully obtain anything of value. It establishes a fine of not less than $500 for the first offense and of not less than $1,000 for any subsequent offense to be imposed in addition to any other penalties imposed under the law regarding telemarketing and caller identification and requires restitution to be paid.

    LD 359 An Act To Address Student Hunger with a "Breakfast after the Bell" Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-78 and Senate amendment S-100, Enacted in the House May 23, 2019, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    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-100
    This amendment provides funding for the so-called "breakfast after the bell" program for fiscal years 2019-20 and 2020-21, and removes the indication of ongoing funding. This amendment also specifies that the funds provided do not lapse but are carried forward.

    LD 359 Amendment S-78 fiscal note
    LD 359 Amendment S-100 fiscal note
    LD 381 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Upgrade and Replace Infrastructure of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 381
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used to replace existing infrastructure systems of the Maine Public Broadcasting Corporation that carry the emergency alert system.

    LD 406 An Act To Establish Regional School Leadership Academies Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-84, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
    LD 406
    This bill allows school administrative units to enter into collaborative agreements to establish regional school leadership academies that combine state and local programs and resources, including the preparation, licensure, certification, professional development and training for educational leadership, into a coherent system that can significantly improve the recruitment and preparation of prospective candidates for school principalship and other school leadership positions, as well as the induction, mentoring and retention of principals and school leaders during the first 2 years of employment in their school leadership positions. The bill repeals provisions in current law regarding regional school leadership academies.

    Amendment H-84
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, clarifies that regional school leadership academy programs are for teachers, principals and other school leaders.

    LD 406 Chaptered Law
    LD 406 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 412 An Act To Restore System Administration Allocations in Maine School Administrative Units to the Level Prescribed for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-310, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
    LD 412
    Current law requires that, beginning in fiscal year 2018-19, a portion of the system administration allocation must be allocated to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services. This bill instead establishes the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil, the same as it was for fiscal year 2017-18, and repeals provisions that increase for future fiscal years the per-pupil amount and restrict allocation of portions of the funds to school administrative units that have established regionalized administrative services.

    Amendment H-310
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, delays establishing the system administration allocation at $135 per pupil until fiscal year 2020-21.

    LD 412 Chaptered Law
    LD 412 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 420 An Act To Amend the Maine Exclusion Amount in the Estate Tax Status: Committed to Taxation Committee, June 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 420
    This bill returns the exclusion amount, below which the Maine estate tax does not apply, to $2,000,000 from $5,600,000 for estates of decedents dying on or after January 1, 2020 and removes the annual adjustment for inflation of that exclusion amount.

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

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

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

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

    LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
    LD 434 An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 434
    This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.

    LD 435 An Act To Provide for the 2019 and 2020 Allocations of the State Ceiling on Private Activity Bonds (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-8, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 5, 2019
    LD 435
    This bill establishes the allocations of the state ceiling on issuance of tax-exempt private activity bonds for calendar years 2019 and 2020 among the state-level issuers of tax-exempt bonds.

    Amendment S-8
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 435 Chaptered Law
    LD 435 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 454 An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-108, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 454
    This bill provides funds to the Department of Education to administer the Local Produce Fund and to provide a $1 match for every $3 expended by a school administrative unit for produce or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers' cooperative or local food hub in this State.

    Amendment S-108
    This amendment, which is the majority report, establishes one Education Specialist II position rather than one Education Specialist III position as in the bill. The amendment also provides that the state match is up to a maximum of $1,000 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2019-20 and up to $1,500 per school administrative unit in state fiscal year 2020-21 and subsequent years.

    LD 454 fiscal note
    LD 454 Amendment S-108 fiscal note
    LD 462 An Act To Provide Paid Family Leave to Public School Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 462
    This bill provides that a full-time employee of a school administrative unit is entitled to up to 12 weeks of paid family medical leave and may not be required to use sick or other kinds of leave for the birth of the employee's child or the employee's domestic partner's child or for the placement of a child 16 years of age or less with the employee or the employee's domestic partner in connection with the adoption of the child by the employee or the employee's domestic partner. The bill also provides that the employer and employee may negotiate whether leave is taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule.

    LD 464 An Act To Change the Period To Request a Due Process Hearing for Costs Related to a Unilateral Private School Placement from a Public School Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
    LD 464
    This bill removes a requirement that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing due process hearings include a maximum period within which due process hearings and appeals may be requested. It provides that an action against a school administrative unit to recover the costs of a unilateral special education placement in a private school may be commenced only by requesting a due process hearing within 90 days of the placement. It also provides that rules adopted by the Commissioner of Education governing the procedures for conducting due process hearings must include procedures for discovery, including rules for the production of documents.

    LD 468 An Act To Require That the State Fund on an Ongoing Basis a Minimum of 50 Percent of the Costs Associated with Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 468
    This bill requires the State to fund a minimum of 50% of the costs of eligible public preschool programs for each year the school administrative unit operates the eligible public preschool program, other than the year in which the school administrative unit receives start-up funds.

    LD 489 An Act To Allow Municipalities To Enforce New Noise Ordinances on Existing Shooting Ranges (By request) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 14, 2019
    LD 489
    Current law prohibits the application of a municipal noise control or other ordinance to an existing sport shooting range. This bill gives the Commissioner of Public Safety the power to authorize the application of a municipal noise ordinance to a sport shooting range that existed prior to the adoption of the ordinance. The Commissioner of Public Safety is required to adopt major substantive rules to establish the criteria and the process for the authorization process.

    LD 494 An Act To Update the Family Planning Statutes Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-151, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
    LD 494
    This bill updates language in the laws governing family planning.

    Amendment S-151
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill to remove conflicts with other provisions in statute relating to consent by minors. Current law provides that the treatment of a minor for a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. This amendment provides that the prevention or treatment of a sexually transmitted infection does not require the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. Current law also provides that family planning services may be provided to a minor who is a parent, who is married, with the consent of the minor's guardian or if the minor will suffer probable health hazards. This amendment provides that a health care provider may provide family planning services to a minor without requiring the consent of the minor's parent or guardian, just as with sexually transmitted infections. This amendment clarifies that the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, chapter 406 regarding family planning services are not intended to change the scope of practice of a health care provider. It also makes other technical changes.

    LD 494 Chaptered Law
    LD 494 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 502 An Act To Establish the Summer Success Pilot Program Fund Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-200, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 502
    This bill establishes the Summer Success Program Fund, a dedicated fund to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State, to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success programs in school administrative units throughout the State. The bill accomplishes the following.
    • 1. It provides that money paid into the fund may include General Fund appropriations, as well as grants, gifts and other money from any unit of federal, state or local government or from any person, firm, partnership or corporation for deposit to the fund, money received from a social impact bond and interest, dividends and other pecuniary gains. It requires that school administrative units ensure that grants provided from the fund for expanding access to summer success programs supplement and not supplant federal funding.
    • 2. It requires the commissioner to administer the fund within the Department of Education and to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
      • A. Guidelines similar to the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
      • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
      • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success programs.
    • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success programs in school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program.
    • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act.
    • 5. It requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 that outlines the proposed rules to implement the fund by the 2020-2021 school year.


    Amendment H-200
    This amendment strikes and replaces the title and the bill. The amendment establishes the Summer Success Pilot Program and corresponding fund to encourage the facilitation of high-quality summer success pilot programs in school administrative units throughout the State and does the following:
    • 1. It provides that the fund is established as a General Fund carrying account within the Department of Education to be directed and administered by the Commissioner of Education and held by the Treasurer of State and that only General Fund appropriations may be paid into the fund;
    • 2. It requires the Commissioner of Education to establish standards and approval for the allocation and use of fund money for summer success pilot programs offered at elementary and secondary schools in the State. It also allows the commissioner to include the following in the standards:
      • A. Guidelines similar to those of the federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers program to close the achievement gap between high-performing and low-performing students;
      • B. Effective models of summer success programs that involve networking and partnerships with community-based organizations that provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development; and
      • C. Implementation of the formative and summative assessment methods to measure student achievement in order to monitor the progress of students participating in summer success pilot programs;
    • 3. It provides that, beginning in fiscal year 2020-21, the department is required to provide grant funding from the fund, through a grant application process, to cover 90% of the costs of summer success pilot programs and that the department must prioritize distribution of funding to school administrative units with greater than 50% student participation in the federal free and reduced-price lunch program;
    • 4. It adds the fund to the enhancing student performance and opportunity provisions of the Essential Programs and Services Funding Act; and
    • 5. It requires the Commissioner of Education to annually report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education and cultural affairs on the number of school administrative units administering summer success pilot programs, the nature of the summer success pilot programs receiving money from the fund, the amount of money distributed and the number of children participating in a summer success pilot program. The report must also include a recommendation on whether the pilot program should continue as a pilot program, be modified or become a permanent program.


    LD 502 Amendment H-200 fiscal note
    LD 508 Resolve, To Study the Protection of Youth and Young Adults from Addiction and Premature Death by Restricting Marketing of Tobacco Products Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 508
    This resolve requires the Office of the Attorney General to research marketing practices by the tobacco industry and regulatory options for the State to employ to curb youth and young adult use of and addiction to tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems. The Office of the Attorney General is required to report its findings to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by February 1, 2020, and the committee is required to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the report.

    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 513 An Act To Limit the Number of Students and Prevent the Addition of Grade Levels at Virtual Public Charter Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-239, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
    LD 513
    This bill limits total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the commission to the total enrollment at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. It also prohibits a virtual public charter school authorized by the commission from expanding to serve a grade level not included in the school's initial charter contract or, for a school whose charter was renewed prior to November 1, 2019, the renewed charter contract.

    Amendment H-239
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, limits the total enrollment at all virtual public charter schools authorized by the Maine Charter School Commission to 1,000 students.

    LD 513 Chaptered Law
    LD 513 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 539 Resolve, To Ensure Appropriate Personal Needs Allowances for Persons Residing in Long-term Care Facilities Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-131, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 539
    This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its MaineCare rules to provide for increases in the personal needs allowances of residents in nursing facilities and residential care facilities. The rules are designated as routine technical rules.

    Amendment H-131
    This amendment increases the personal needs allowance for residents of nursing facilities to $50 rather than the $70 required in the resolve. It removes the section of the resolve that increases the personal needs allowance for residents of residential care facilities. The amendment also specifies the rule chapter of the Department of Health and Human Services that is changed, changes the title of the resolve and adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 539 Amendment H-131 fiscal note
    LD 541 Resolve, To Reduce Food Waste in Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-255, Finally passed, Signed into law June 3, 2019
    LD 541
    This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop a school food sharing policy to encourage schools and food banks to work together to collect whole and packaged school cafeteria surplus or leftover food and share it with the community.

    Amendment H-255
    This amendment directs the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to collaborate to revise and disseminate by January 1, 2020 to public school food service programs throughout the State the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention's health inspection program guidance titled "Food Sharing Tables - Guidance for Schools."

    LD 541 Chaptered Law
    LD 541 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 548 An Act Regarding Charging a Person under 18 Years of Age with the Crime of Engaging in Prostitution Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-48, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 19, 2019
    LD 548
    This bill prohibits minors from being charged with the crime of engaging in prostitution.

    Amendment S-48
    This amendment changes the title of the bill and conforms the reference to a person's age to the drafting standards of the Maine Criminal Code.

    LD 548 Chaptered Law
    LD 548 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 576 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Develop and Implement an Online Learning Platform for Students and Educators Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-125, Finally passed, Signed into law May 14, 2019
    LD 576
    This resolve directs the Department of Education to develop and implement an online platform to facilitate the provision of online, virtual instruction by state-certified teachers to students in every public school in the State and the provision of a variety of high-quality professional development opportunities to educators across the State. It directs the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020 on the progress toward and obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform. The joint standing committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to address any obstacles to the development and implementation of the online platform and any other concerns.

    Amendment H-125
    This amendment removes the requirement in the resolve that the Department of Education implement an online platform and instead requires the department to study and develop an online platform. The amendment also requires the report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs required by the resolve to include the expected costs and a strategy for implementation of the online platform.

    LD 576 Chaptered Law
    LD 576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 577 An Act To Increase Access to Nutritious Foods in Schools by Implementing an After-school Food Program for At-risk Students (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-226, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 577
    This bill provides for the participation in the federal child and adult care food program to serve at-risk students who attend after-school programming by school administrative units that choose to operate the program and have at least one public school in which at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year.

    Amendment H-226
    This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the emergency preamble and the emergency clause from the bill.

    LD 577 Chaptered Law
    LD 577 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 621 An Act To Prohibit Extruded Polystyrene Food Service Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
    LD 621
    This bill prohibits food establishments from processing, preparing, selling or providing food in or on an extruded polystyrene foam food service container with certain exceptions.

    LD 701 An Act To Modernize the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-139 and Senate amendment S-329, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
    LD 701
    Current law requires the Department of Education to make information available to public schools regarding Internet-based applications for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program. This bill requires the department to develop and make available to public schools a specific Internet-based application for the National School Lunch Program as well as for the School Breakfast Program. A public school that implements the Internet-based application process is required to continue to distribute paper applications for school meals to all students.

    Amendment S-139
    This amendment provides that the Department of Education is required to contract for the development and implementation of an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. The amendment provides that a public school implementing the Internet-based application is solely responsible for processing that school's online applications. The amendment also provides that the department may contract with a 3rd-party vendor to develop and implement the Internet-based application for free or reduced-price school meals.

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    Amendment S-329
    This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause. This amendment also provides ongoing General Fund appropriations of $150,000 per year beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for the cost to develop and maintain an Internet-based application for free or reduced-price meals and a one-time General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2019-20 to eligible school administrative units that start or expand alternative breakfast delivery services that provide breakfast after the start of the school day.

    This amendment also requires the State Controller to transfer $650,000 to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund no later than June 30, 2020 and $150,000 no later than June 30, 2021 from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 2430.

    LD 701 Chaptered Law
    LD 701 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 711 Resolve, To Establish a Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 711
    This resolve establishes the Commission To Study and Recommend a Minimum Age for Participation in Tackle Football. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    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
    LD 779 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 791 An Act To Provide School Districts with Full State Funding for Students with High-cost Special Education Needs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, March 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 791
    This bill requires the State, beginning July 1, 2020, to provide a school administrative unit 100% of the funding needed for high-cost special education students.

    LD 813 Resolve, To Encourage Relocation of Working Professionals Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 813
    This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to design and implement a one-year pilot program to encourage remote workers to relocate to Maine. The pilot program, the New Remote Worker Grant Program, will award grants of up to $2,500 per qualifying individual and up to $125,000 in total funds for qualifying expenses. The resolve directs the department to report back to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over innovation, development, economic advancement and business matters and to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor and housing matters and gives these committees authority to report out legislation based on the department's report.

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

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

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

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

    LD 820 Chaptered Law
    LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

    LD 883 An Act To Establish the Opt-in Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 883
    This bill creates the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program to provide wage-replacement benefits to persons who qualify for family medical leave. The program is funded by employee contributions and provides 2/3 of a person's average weekly wage or 100% of the state average weekly wage, whichever is lower, for up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.

    LD 908 An Act To Require Schools To Submit Pest Management Activity Logs and Inspection Results to the Board of Pesticides Control for the Purpose of Providing Information to the Public Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-307, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 908
    This bill establishes in law certain requirements of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control related to pest management on school property. It requires a school to maintain a pest management activity log related to the application of pesticides. It requires this information to be provided annually to the board and requires the board to post the information on its publicly accessible website. It also requires that the board post on its publicly accessible website a list of all board inspections of a school's use of pesticides and the results of those inspections.

    Amendment H-302
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    The fiscal note on the amendment, which is a fiscal note only amendment, identifies certain requirements in the bill as a potential state mandate. In order to be a mandate pursuant to the Constitution of Maine, a provision must require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. The committee finds the provisions identified as a potential mandate do not require a local unit of government to expand or modify its activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

    The requirement in the bill that a local school administrative unit submit a pest management activity log to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control by January 15th of each year for the previous calendar year does not require an expansion or modification of activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue. Local school administrative units currently prepare pest management activity logs with the required data pursuant to rules established by the Board of Pesticides Control. The committee finds that the act of submitting a pest management activity log that is already required to be maintained does not necessitate additional expenditures from local revenue.

    LD 908 fiscal note
    LD 908 Amendment H-302 fiscal note
    LD 911 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Promote Land Conservation, Working Waterfronts, Water Access and Outdoor Recreation Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 911
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $95,000,000, will be used to provide funds for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands and the Land for Maine's Future Board.

    LD 917 An Act Increasing Municipal Agent Fees for Motor Vehicle, All-terrain Vehicle, Snowmobile and Watercraft Registrations Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, both chambers engrossed with Committee amendment S-70 and House amendment H-279 and enacted, May 28, 2019, Became law without the Governor's signature, June 9, 2019
    LD 917
    This bill allows municipal agents to charge higher service fees for registrations for motor vehicles, from $3 to $5 for renewals and from $4 to $6 for new registrations. It also allows municipal agents to charge higher service fees for registrations for all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and watercraft, from $1 to $3 for renewals and from $2 to $5 for new registrations.

    LD 917 Chaptered Law
    LD 917 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 955 An Act To Prohibit Offshore Oil and Natural Gas Drilling and Exploration Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-425, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 955
    This bill prohibits a person from performing or causing to be performed any oil or natural gas exploration, development or production in, on or under the waters of the State or that may adversely affect the waters of the State.

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

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

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

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


    LD 955 Chaptered Law
    LD 955 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 997 An Act To Promote Social and Emotional Learning and Development for Young Children Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-191 and Senate amendment S-334, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
    LD 997
    This bill requires the Commissioner of Education to implement, beginning September 1, 2020, a statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program to provide support, guidance and training to families, early care and education teachers and providers working in public elementary schools, child care facilities, family child care settings and Head Start programs serving infants and young children who are experiencing challenging behaviors that put them at risk of learning difficulties and removal from early learning settings. The bill requires the Department of Education to design and implement the program and to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters on the implementation of the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program.

    Amendment S-191
    This amendment, which is the majority report, provides that any record about a child created as a result of an early childhood consultation program must be made available to the parents or guardians of that child and may not become part of the child's education record.

    The amendment also stipulates that 50% of the costs of the early childhood consultation program established under the bill is to be funded using funds transferred to the Department of Education by the Department of Health and Human Services that are provided to the Department of Health and Human Services under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant that are available under Title IV-A of the United States Social Security Act or that are transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services from that block grant authorized under Title XX of the United States Social Security Act.

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    Amendment S-334
    This amendment changes the responsibility for the statewide voluntary early childhood consultation program from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services and makes other minor changes to reflect the change in responsibility.

    LD 997 Chaptered Law
    LD 997 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1006 Resolve, To Require the Development of Strategies for Reducing Health Disparities Based on Social Determinants Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1006
    This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to present to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services an action plan detailing strategies for reducing health disparities based on social determinants.

    LD 1019 An Act To Increase the Maximum Pension Deduction for State Income Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-230, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1019
    This bill eliminates double taxation of certain employee contributions to retirement benefit plans made in other states by exempting from Maine income tax the portion of retirement benefits attributable to the taxpayer's contribution to an employee retirement plan or an individual retirement account that was taxed by another jurisdiction if those benefits are included in federal adjusted gross income.

    Amendment S-230
    This amendment increases the maximum annual income tax pension deduction amount for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over a 5-year period beginning with the 2019 tax year. The $35,000 pension deduction amount that applies after the 2023 tax year is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.

    LD 1019 Amendment S-230 fiscal note
    LD 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 1033 An Act To Protect Children from Accidental Injury Due to Unsafe Storage of Firearms Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
    LD 1033
    This bill requires that firearms kept in a place where children reside or receive child care services or where persons prohibited from possessing firearms reside be secured in a locked container or with tamper-resistant devices that prevent them from being discharged. It excludes antique firearms from this requirement. A fine is provided for violation of the requirement, and a violation is evidence of wanton or reckless conduct in any criminal or civil case if injury or death was the result of the violation.

    LD 1043 An Act To Establish Universal Public Preschool Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-256, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1043
    This bill specifies that it is the goal of the State to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2020-2021 school year. In order to achieve that goal, this bill requires the Department of Education to develop recommendations and report back to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 1, 2020. Recommendations must include:
    • 1. Standards for public preschool programs;
    • 2. A process for approval and certification of programs not operated by a school administrative unit, including, but not limited to, a Head Start program or other program affiliated with the school administrative unit; and
    • 3. Funding for public preschool programs.
    • The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement the recommendations in the report.


    Amendment H-256
    This amendment provides that it is the goal of the State to provide adequate start-up funding to ensure that public preschool programs for children 4 years of age are offered by all school administrative units by the 2023-2024 school year and requires the Department of Education to include in its funding recommendations funding options to encourage more public preschool programs.

    LD 1043 Amendment H-256 fiscal note
    LD 1045 An Act Regarding Bad Faith Assertions of Patent Infringement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 1045
    Current law prohibits a person from making a bad faith assertion of patent infringement against another person. A person who does make a bad faith assertion may have to pay remedies awarded by the court, including equitable relief, damages, costs and fees and punitive damages; however, the law exempts persons seeking relief pursuant to 35 United States Code, Section 271(e)(2) or 42 United States Code, Section 262 from the law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement, which may include businesses such as pharmaceutical companies. This bill removes the exemption.

    LD 1051 An Act To Create the Maine Family First Employer Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, April 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1051
    This bill creates the Maine Family First Employer Program under the Department of Labor to award employers that create family-friendly workplaces by providing, for all full-time employees, advancement and leadership opportunities; the same pay rates for similar work; stipends or assistance for child care; paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and medical care for employees or family members of employees; flexible work accommodations for other family obligations; and health insurance and retirement plan options. The awards are presented by the Governor and come with a logo that a designated employer may use for promotional purposes.

    LD 1062 An Act To Support Maine Families by Providing for Transportation of Parents and Guardians of MaineCare Recipients under 18 Years of Age to Their Appointments Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 5, 2019
    LD 1062
    This bill allows nonemergency medical transportation services that are currently available to MaineCare members for transportation to and from providers of medical services to be used by parents or guardians of MaineCare members under 18 years of age to and from providers of medical services when no other means of transportation is available to the parents or guardians. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt or amend rules to implement this provision. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to apply for any Medicaid waivers or submit any state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to receive matching funds. In the event that no matching federal funds are available, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to cover the cost using General Fund money.

    LD 1079 An Act To Require Public Schools To Periodically Test for Radon Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-251, Enacted, Signed into law May 30, 2019
    LD 1079
    This bill requires school administrative units to test schools and other buildings for radon every 5 years. The radon testing must comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's recommended testing standards for schools. A school administrative unit must notify parents, faculty and staff of the test results and must report test results to the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services. The Department of Health and Human Services must report these results every 5 years to the Governor and the Legislature.

    The bill also requires school administrative units to build new schools and buildings using radon-resistant new construction techniques as recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Amendment H-251
    This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, removes the requirement in the bill that school administrative units test for radon, but allows school administrative units to test for radon. It provides that any testing and new school construction must comply with rules adopted by the Department of Health and Human Services instead of recommendations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency as in the bill.

    LD 1079 Chaptered Law
    LD 1079 Chaptered Law fiscal note

    LD 1083 An Act To Implement Ranked-choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Engrossed as amended by Committee amendment S-313 in both chambers, Enacted in the both chambers, August 26, 2019, Governor's action pending
    LD 1083
    This bill provides that, whenever the state committee of a qualified political party certifies that there is a contest among candidates for nomination as the presidential candidate of the party and that the committee has voted to conduct a presidential primary election, the State shall hold a presidential primary election on a date in March of the presidential election year chosen by the Secretary of State in consultation with the parties. Only voters who are enrolled in the party may vote in that party's presidential primary election. The votes cast in the presidential primary for each party must be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes. The selection of delegates to the national presidential nominating convention for each party and allocation of those delegates among primary candidates must be in accordance with any reasonable procedures established at the state party convention.

    This bill also requires the ballots cast for presidential electors during the general election to be tabulated according to the ranked-choice method of tabulating votes.

    Amendment S-313
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill. Under the amendment, general elections for presidential electors must be determined by ranked-choice voting. The amendment further provides that, if a law establishing a presidential primary election is enacted in the State, primary elections for the office of President of the United States must be determined by ranked-choice voting.

    LD 1083 Amendment S-313 fiscal note

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

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

    LD 1100 Chaptered Law
    LD 1100 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1113 An Act To Change Procedures of the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency and To Seal Marijuana Convictions Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 1113
    This bill requires a board, commission or panel established to provide the Governor a recommendation on a pardon, clemency or commutation of a sentence to grant a hearing to a petitioner who has been convicted of a nonviolent crime and to consider certain personal criteria of the petitioner and allows an appeal of a recommendation of denial to the Secretary of State.

    This bill also seals criminal history record information regarding convictions for crimes and civil violations relating to personal adult use of marijuana by making the information confidential.

    LD 1137 An Act To Clarify the Background Check Process for Certain Child Care Workers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1137
    This bill removes the requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services, Background Check Center be used to screen prospective employees of child care facilities and family child care providers. Instead, this bill allows the criminal background check used for new and continuing school employees to fulfill the state and federal requirements for a mandatory criminal background check for a person who provides child care in a child care facility, a family child care provider and a person who provides day care in that person's home for one or 2 children whose care is paid for by state or federal funds.

    LD 1162 An Act To Further Expand Drug Price Transparency Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-252, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1162
    This bill requires that, if a prescription drug has a wholesale acquisition cost of more than $40 for a course of therapy and there is an increase in the wholesale acquisition cost of that prescription drug of more than 16%, including the proposed increase and the cumulative increases that occurred within the previous two calendar years prior to the current year, the manufacturer of the prescription drug must provide notice to certain registered purchasers.

    Under current law the Maine Health Data Organization, referred to as the "organization," is required to collect and report information with regard to the 25 prescription drugs that are the most frequently prescribed in the State, the 25 costliest as determined by the total amount spent on those drugs in the State and the 25 drugs that have the highest year-over-year cost increases in total spending in the State. This bill requires the organization to post online a list of the identified prescription drugs, along with the corresponding wholesale acquisition cost and the percentage of wholesale acquisition cost increase, if applicable, for each identified prescription drug.

    The bill directs the organization to develop a plan to collect data from manufacturers that will help explain how prescription drug prices are established. The organization is required to work with other state and national agencies and organizations to determine how to conduct the data collection. The organization is required to submit the plan as well as any recommendations for legislation to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary matters by April 1, 2020. That committee may report out legislation to the First or Second Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

    Using the plan developed and reported to the Legislature, starting in 2021 the organization must require the manufacturer of each drug on the list to disclose drug production, research and development costs, marketing and advertising costs and actual costs paid by purchasers. The manufacturer must certify the accuracy of the information and provide it within 60 days after the information is requested by the organization. The organization is authorized to request additional information related to the required information.

    The information that the manufacturers are directed to provide to the organization, unless the information is already publicly accessible or available or previously released in the public domain, must be held confidential at the request of the manufacturer. The organization may release information that was previously accessible or available or released in the public domain. The organization may release additional information as long as the information released is not a trade secret. The organization must treat the information as "Level II" information as required by rules that have already been adopted by the organization.

    This amendment provides that the manufacturer may voluntarily provide any other information the manufacturer determines relevant to the increase in wholesale acquisition cost, including but not limited to information about all manufacturer-sponsored assistance programs for that drug in the previous year, including the terms of the programs, the total amount of financial assistance provided to residents of the State and the average amount of assistance per resident of the State for whom assistance was provided. This information is not considered confidential and the organization may release it, identifying both the manufacturer and the individual drug.

    The organization is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature based on the list of up to 75 drugs and the wholesale acquisition cost information. The organization may include in the report recommendations for increasing prescription drug pricing transparency. Once the organization starts collecting information from manufacturers in 2021, the report must also include at least a summary of the manufacturer information. The organization is required to post the report online.

    The bill provides that when a manufacturer violates the reporting requirements, the Board of Directors of the Maine Health Data Organization may impose a fine of not more than $10,000 per day after the deadline for reporting required information. If the manufacturer fails to pay a fine, or if an injunction is necessary, the board may refer the matter to the Attorney General. The Attorney General may bring an action in Superior Court for injunctive relief, enforcement of fines, costs, attorney's fees and any other appropriate remedy.

    The legislation does not restrict the legal ability of a prescription drug manufacturer to change prices to the extent permitted under federal law.

    Amendment S-252
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following.

    The amendment requires prescription drug manufacturers to report annually to the Maine Health Data Organization no later than January 30, 2020 and annually thereafter, on prescription drug prices when the manufacturer has during the prior calendar year increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a brand-name drug by more than 20% per pricing unit, increased the wholesale acquisition cost of a generic drug that costs at least $10 per pricing unit by more than 20% per pricing unit or introduced a new drug for distribution in this State when the wholesale acquisition cost is greater than the amount that would cause the drug to be considered a specialty drug under the Medicare Part D program.

    The amendment also requires prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers to provide pricing component data per pricing unit of a drug within 60 days of a request by the Maine Health Data Organization. The amendment defines "pricing component data" as data unique to each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager that evidences the cost to make a prescription drug available to consumers and the payments received by each manufacturer, wholesale drug distributor or pharmacy benefits manager to make a prescription drug available to consumers, taking into account any price concessions, and that is measured uniformly among the entities, as determined by rules adopted by the organization.

    The amendment provides that reported information is confidential, except that information may be shared in the aggregate and with the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance for enforcement purposes.

    Beginning November 1, 2020 and annually thereafter, the amendment requires the Maine Health Data Organization to produce and post on its publicly accessible website an annual report, including information developed from the notifications and disclosures received from prescription drug manufacturers, wholesale drug distributors and pharmacy benefits managers on trends in the cost of prescription drugs, an analysis of manufacturer prices and price increases, the major components of prescription drug pricing along the supply chain and the impacts on insurance premiums and cost sharing and other information the organization determines is relevant to providing greater consumer awareness of the factors contributing to the cost of prescription drugs in the State.

    LD 1162 Chaptered Law
    LD 1162 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    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 1185 An Act To Facilitate Intervention by and Provision of Services through the Department of Health and Human Services for Certain Families Affected by Substance Use Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1185
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide and pay for services relating to and treatment for substance use disorder in cases in which it does not file a child protection petition under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4032 but does open a case to provide services to the family to alleviate child abuse and neglect in the home, and also to provide and pay for those services as part of the rehabilitation and reunification plan required pursuant to Title 22, section 4041 when a child has been removed from the home. The bill provides that the department is not financially responsible if the person receiving services is insured by MaineCare or other insurance and that insurance covers the cost of those services. The bill establishes a program within the department for families affected by substance use disorder. The department is required to create a process to identify families engaged in a rehabilitation and reunification plan in which substance use disorder is a barrier to the return of a child to the child's home and ensure the family receives intervention and treatment for the disorder.

    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.

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    LD 1217 An Act To Clarify the Oversight of the Family Development Account Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-167, Enacted, Signed into law June 7, 2019
    LD 1217
    This bill amends the family development account program by transferring administration from the Finance Authority of Maine to the University of Maine System. The bill also allows the University of Maine System to consult key stakeholders such as program participants, community development organizations and financial institutions, as well as organizations representing the interests of low-income persons in the State, as part of administering the program and assessing its effectiveness.

    Amendment S-167
    This amendment adds a definition of "eligible person"; modifies the definition of "account holder"; adds language allowing the University of Maine System to solicit proposals from community development organizations on a schedule established by the system; allows, instead of requires, the system to adopt rules; allows, instead of requires, enforcement of the penalty for unauthorized withdrawals; changes the makeup of the Advisory Committee on Family Development Accounts from 12 members to 10 members and changes the descriptions of members; and adds a section describing the transition of the program from the Finance Authority of Maine to the system.

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    LD 1220 An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-566, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1220
    This bill amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees and retired teachers who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways.
    • 1. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator beyond the current 5-year limit.
    • 2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the retired state employee or retired teacher is filling.
    • 3. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator to receive full retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as offered for the position to be filled and suspends the provisions of retiree health, dental and life insurance benefits for retired state employees or retired teachers during the period of reemployment.
    • 4. It retains the current provisions that a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service or change the retired state employee's or retired teacher's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes.
    • 5. It requires full employee and employer contributions to the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for retiree health care based upon the retired state employee's or retired teacher's compensation.


    Amendment H-566
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. It amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees, retired teachers and retired school administrators who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways.
    • 1. It removes the 5-year limit on a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service.
    • 2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the retired state employee or retired teacher is filling.
    • 3. It allows a retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator who returns to service to receive retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as negotiated by the retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator or as required under collective bargaining agreements.
    • 4. It requires that the portions of the employer and employee contributions that go to pay the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for health care must be continued at the same contribution rate of the employer and employee as is required for the position as if the position were filled by an employee who is not a retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator. A retired state employee, retired teacher or retired school administrator who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service during the reemployment period or change the retired state employee's, retired teacher's or retired school administrator's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes.


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    LD 1267 An Act To Allow the Awarding of Graduation Credits by Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1267
    This bill allows career and technical education centers and regions to award credit toward graduation requirements for courses and programs that are approved by the Commissioner of Education. The commissioner is required to establish the credit to be awarded and the content area toward which the school administrative unit must apply the credit. Finally, the commissioner must adopt routine technical rules that develop a procedure for career and technical education centers and regions to submit courses and programs for approval and criteria in each content area that the course or program must meet to be approved.

    LD 1283 Resolve, To Advance College Affordability by Convening a Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature June 12, 2019
    LD 1283
    This resolve directs the Chancellor of the University of Maine System to convene a task force, to be named the Task Force To Recommend a Sustainable Funding Model for Maintaining Maine's Public Higher Education Infrastructure, to study how to provide adequate supplemental funding to sustain the State's public higher education infrastructure without burdening students who are residents of the State with unreasonable tuition and fee increases. The task force is directed to consider, but is not limited to considering, infrastructure improvements, health and safety repairs, technology improvements, energy efficiency and equipment upgrades and, when necessary, new construction. The task force is directed to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by January 2, 2020. The joint standing committees are authorized to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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    LD 1338 An Act To Protect Teachers from Unfair Evaluations Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-400, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 1338
    This bill removes the requirement in current law that the criteria to establish the order of layoff and recall of teachers must include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor. It also amends the provisions in current law governing the use of teacher effectiveness ratings.

    Amendment H-400
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill and provides that, in any negotiated agreement, the criteria negotiated by the school board and the bargaining agent to establish the order of layoff and recall may include the teacher's effectiveness rating as a factor.

    This amendment also provides that, subject to appeal or grievance under the terms of an applicable collective bargaining agreement, receipt of summative effectiveness ratings indicating that a teacher is ineffective for 2 consecutive years constitutes just cause for nonrenewal of a teacher's contract as long as there is a reasonable basis in fact for the effectiveness ratings, the evaluation process leading to the effectiveness ratings has been performed in a manner reasonably consistent with the approved system and department rules and the effectiveness ratings are not the result of bad faith.

    This amendment also provides that there is no right to an appeal or grievance of a summative effectiveness rating unless the summative effectiveness rating is used by the employer as a basis for a disciplinary action and provides that a teacher has the opportunity to provide a written response to any summative effectiveness rating issued to the teacher.

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

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

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

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

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    LD 1433 An Act To Protect the Environment and Public Health by Further Reducing Toxic Chemicals in Packaging Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-362, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 1433
    This bill amends the laws regarding the reduction of toxics in packaging to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which phthalates have been intentionally introduced, effective January 1, 2022. It also authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to by rule prohibit the sale of food packaging to which perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been intentionally introduced upon a determination by the department that a safer alternative to the intentionally introduced PFAS is available, except that such prohibition may not take effect until January 1, 2022 or 2 years following the department's determination that a safer alternative is available, whichever is later.

    The bill provides an exemption from these prohibitions for a manufacturer of a food or beverage product that has annual national sales of all food and beverage products produced by the manufacturer of less than one billion dollars. It also authorizes the department to designate additional chemicals of concern in food packaging; to require manufacturers of food packaging that use such designated chemicals to report regarding its use of the chemical and the availability of safer alternatives; and to prohibit the sale of food packaging to which a designated chemical of concern has been intentionally introduced if safer alternatives are reasonably available, effective and affordable to the consumer.

    Amendment H-362
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

    • 1. It clarifies that the sales prohibitions on food packaging containing intentionally introduced perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, and phthalates in any amount greater than an incidental presence applies only to sales occurring in the State and clarifies the scope of the exemption to those prohibitions for certain manufacturers of food or beverage products.
    • 2. It provides that any rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection to prohibit the sale of food packaging containing intentionally introduced PFAS is major substantive rulemaking and requires the department to adopt by rule such a prohibition upon a determination that a safer alternative to the use of PFAS in a specific application of PFAS to a food package is available.
    • 3. It removes from the bill the provisions authorizing the department to designate by rule additional chemicals of concern in food packaging and instead enacts a new chapter to regulate the use of additional toxic chemicals in food packaging. That new chapter is modeled after the toxic chemicals in children's products law in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 16-D and incorporates the definitions and criteria from that law into the new chapter, as adapted for application to food packaging.
    • 4. It includes a number of technical changes to the bill as necessary to incorporate the other amendments to the bill described in this summary.


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    LD 1436 Resolve, Directing Coordinated State Agencies To Negotiate with the Governing Leaderships of Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited for Sustainability-centered Repurposing of Stranded and At-risk Infrastructure Assets in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-414, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 19, 2019
    LD 1436
    This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Governor's Energy Office, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Bureau of Land Resources within the Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine Land Use Planning Commission and the Public Utilities Commission in coordination to negotiate directly with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited a proposal for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State. It directs the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period, which may be extended as needed.

    It also prohibits any state agency from issuing any further permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project before the proposal is complete, as determined by the Department of Economic and Community Development

    Amendment H-414
    This amendment amends the resolve in the following ways.

    • 1. It changes the title of the resolve.
    • 2. It removes the emergency preamble and clause.
    • 3. It directs the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Governor's Energy Office to lead an effort to engage, rather than negotiate, with the executive and board leaderships of the Portland Pipe Line Corporation and Montreal Pipe Line Limited parent companies Suncor Energy, Shell Oil Company and Imperial Oil Limited to examine opportunities for repurposing the Portland-Montreal pipeline and related real estate holdings in the State.
    • 4. It removes references to creating an alternative to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
    • 5. It removes the provision that required the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business to appoint a project liaison or project liaisons to coordinate the proposal over a 6-month period.
    • 6. It removes the moratorium on state agency approval of permits related to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project.
    • 7. It adds a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by February 15, 2020.


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

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

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

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


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    LD 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.


    LD 1539 Amendment H-578 fiscal note
    LD 1601 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Educators for Maine Program Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-417, Enacted, Signed into law June 14, 2019
    LD 1601
    This bill amends the laws governing the Educators for Maine Program by expanding certain definitions to include home-schooled students and educator service at publicly supported secondary schools and special education facilities; adding service in underserved geographic areas as an eligibility criterion; adding a loan repayment provision to the program; removing the provision whereby the Governor announces selected recipients annually; authorizing the Finance Authority of Maine to increase maximum loan amounts based on available funding; establishing limits on the duration a recipient may benefit under the program; removing the preference for loans to undergraduate students enrolled in a course of study related to underserved subject areas; and increasing from 5 to 10 years the amount of time a recipient has to complete the return service requirement.

    Amendment H-417
    This amendment removes the word "completes" as it references home instruction programs.

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    LD 1618 An Act To Authorize Career and Technical Education Regions To Enter into Energy Conservation Performance Contracts for School Facilities Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
    LD 1618
    This bill adds the authority to enter into an agreement for energy conservation improvements with an energy services company to the powers and duties of a cooperative board of a career and technical education region, similar to the authority of a school administrative unit.

    LD 1638 An Act To Provide for Gubernatorial Appointments to the Maine Charter School Commission Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-171, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
    LD 1638
    This bill changes the appointing authority for 4 members of the Maine Charter School Commission from the State Board of Education to the Governor and increases the terms of those members from 3 years to 4 years.

    Amendment S-171
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, clarifies that the Governor's appointments to the Maine Charter School Commission are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and to confirmation by the Senate. This amendment also removes the provision of the bill that ends the terms on the effective date of this legislation of members of the commission who are not members of the State Board of Education and instead provides that a member of the commission serving on the effective date of this legislation may continue to serve until that member's term has expired.

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    LD 1641 Resolve, To Examine Issues Relating to the School Transportation Workforce Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-172, Finally passed, Signed into law June 7, 2019
    LD 1641
    This bill allows public school bus drivers to collect unemployment benefits over the summer. It also creates a nonlapsing fund to award grants to school administrative units for training for school bus drivers between academic years.

    Amendment S-172
    This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Department of Labor, to comprehensively examine issues associated with the school transportation workforce, including, but not limited to, determining the best strategies for hiring, training and retaining school transportation personnel. The department is required to submit a report with findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. Each committee is authorized to report out a bill on the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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    LD 1645 An Act To Create Affordable Workforce and Senior Housing and Preserve Affordable Rural Housing Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-481, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1645
    The purpose of this bill is to address Maine's shortage of safe, affordable housing by creating a state affordable housing tax credit. The tax credit is administered by the Maine State Housing Authority, which will allocate the state credit through a process similar to its current allocation of federal housing tax credits. Ten percent of the credit must be set aside for the preservation of affordable housing units that are constructed with financial assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Rural Development, Rural Housing Service and at risk of losing their affordable status. In addition, 30% of the credit allocated to new housing units is targeted for seniors and 20% is targeted for rural areas. The credit is subject to reporting requirements and a process for tax expenditure review by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

    Amendment H-481
    This amendment makes several changes to the procedure for administration of the credit for affordable housing to appropriately reflect the most effective responsibilities of the Maine State Housing Authority and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services and requires the authority to adopt routine technical rules necessary for administration of the credit. The amendment also removes the date for a report by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

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    LD 1684 An Act To Clarify the Right to Counsel for Juveniles and Improve Due Process for Juveniles Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Public hearing held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1684
    Currently, Maine has no minimum age at which a child may be prosecuted for a crime. The purpose of this bill is to prevent children under 12 years of age from being prosecuted for crimes, to prevent children under 14 years of age from being incarcerated, to eliminate the current requirement that, if committed, a juvenile must be committed for at least a year and to prevent courts from imposing dispositions against juveniles that involve commitment without exhausting all other less restrictive alternatives. The bill also mandates regular opportunities for judicial review of a juvenile's commitment in addition to providing an appellate avenue for relief from unfavorable reviews.

    The bill provides that if a court imposes a disposition that involves incarceration, the court must conduct a detailed analysis on the record explaining the rationale for the disposition. Such a disposition is authorized only if the court finds certain criteria by clear and convincing evidence. If the court commits a juvenile to a facility, the bill requires periodic judicial review of the incarceration to ensure that the rehabilitative purposes of incarceration are not being outweighed by the harm caused by incarceration.

    The overarching goal of this bill is to ensure that fewer children are in the juvenile justice system and that, if and when they do become involved in the system, there is a presumption against incarceration and a requirement for the regular review of any commitment imposed, in order to minimize the harm that incarceration can cause children.

    This bill amends the statute governing a juvenile's right to counsel to specify that the right to counsel attaches at the juvenile's initial appearance and continues until the court no longer has jurisdiction over the juvenile, including all post-dispositional hearings and during the time of commitment. This bill also requires counsel appointed by the court to continue to represent the juvenile throughout all proceedings concerning the juvenile, unless relieved by the court.

    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.

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