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Senator Shenna Bellows [Democrat]
Kennebec ~ District 14

Towns in District: Chelsea, Farmingdale, Gardiner, Hallowell, Manchester, Monmouth, Pittston, Randolph, Readfield, West Gardiner and Winthrop

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

Senate Committees:
♦ Committee on Conduct and Ethics (Chair)

Joint Committees:
♦ Labor and Housing (Chair)
♦ Judiciary

✉ Shenna.Bellows@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 33 Kerns Hill Road
Manchester, Maine 04531


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OrganizationScore
Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters91%
Maine People's Alliance, 201892%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20189 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 2017100%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 162 An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax on Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 162
Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal windfall elimination provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.

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

LD 253 Chaptered Law
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LD 362 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Submit a State Plan Amendment To Exempt Retirement and Educational Assets from Calculations for Medicaid Eligibility Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, February 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 362
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare and submit a state plan amendment to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to make a change in Medicaid eligibility requirements for individuals with disabilities under 65 years of age who have dependent children living in the home by disregarding assets held in qualifying retirement and education accounts.

LD 444 An Act To Fully Restore Revenue Sharing (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 444
This bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 3 months earlier than currently provided in law.

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

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

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

LD 696 An Act To Protect Public Employees from Identity Theft Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-77, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 696
This bill requires a public employer, if the public employer determines or suspects there has been a breach of confidentiality or theft of an employee's personal information due to cyber activity or other means, to notify the employee within 24 hours of being notified of or discovering the breach or theft and to provide the employee financial counseling.

Amendment S-77
This amendment replaces the bill. It amends the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act to add municipalities and school administrative units to the definition of "person" to make the Act applicable to these entities. It also exempts these entities from the civil violations provision of the Notice of Risk to Personal Data Act. The amendment specifies that notice to residents of the State of a security breach must be given no later than 30 days after the information broker or person maintaining computerized data that includes personal information becomes aware of a security breach.

LD 696 Amendment S-77 fiscal note
LD 697 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Conduct a Review of Rules Governing In-home Personal Care Assistance Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, March 7, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 697
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to review and update its rules governing the provision of and reimbursement for in-home personal care assistance services to ensure the provision of high-quality care and to provide protections to vulnerable people who receive personal care assistance services.

LD 700 An Act To Prevent Internet Theft Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 700
This bill creates the crime of organized electronic theft, of which a person is guilty if the person commits 2 or more thefts under the Maine Criminal Code pursuant to a scheme or course of conduct involving thefts committed by electronic means. "Thefts committed by electronic means" includes, but is not limited to, thefts committed using Internet-based sales platforms and Internet-based fundraising, including so-called crowdfunding platforms. The severity of punishment for the crime of organized electronic theft is dependent upon the total value of the property stolen. The bill also includes an appropriation to establish a computer forensic analyst position within the Department of Public Safety dedicated to the investigation of organized electronic theft.

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

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

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

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

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

LD 946 Chaptered Law
LD 946 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 947 An Act To Extend the Notice of Injury Period in the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 947
Under current law governing workers' compensation, an employee must provide notice of injury to an employer within 30 days after the date of injury. This bill provides that, for claims for which the date of injury is on or after January 1, 2020, an employee must provide to the employer notice of the injury within 180 days after the date of injury.

LD 1092 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Critical Incident Stress Management Teams Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-54, Enacted, Signed into law May 8, 2019
LD 1092
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

Amendment S-54
This bill clarifies the qualifications and duties of members of critical incident stress management teams and provides that the services of critical incident stress management teams are provided to employees of state, county or municipal government entities that provide or have the authority to provide fire, emergency medical or police services.

LD 1092 Chaptered Law
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LD 1094 An Act To Increase Funding for the Child Welfare Services Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-180 and Senate amendment S-336, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1094
This bill provides funding for additional staffing for the child welfare services ombudsman program in the Executive Department.

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

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

LD 1094 Chaptered Law
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LD 1095 An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation Liens Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1095
When a worker suffers an injury or death that is eligible for workers' compensation benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 and that is sustained under circumstances that create legal liability for a 3rd person, the injured employee may either claim workers' compensation benefits or seek damages in a civil suit against that 3rd person to recover damages. Under current law, if the injured employee chooses to claim workers' compensation benefits from the employer, the employer has a lien on any damages subsequently recovered against that 3rd person in the civil action for the value of workers' compensation benefits paid.

This bill limits the amount of the lien of the employer of the injured or deceased employee to only the value of damages received by or on behalf of the injured or deceased employee that are attributable to compensation for past or future medical treatment and loss of income or earning capacity.

LD 1117 An Act To Encourage Turkey Hunting Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Work session held, April 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1117
This bill eliminates the turkey hunting permit and fee and the requirement to tag wild turkeys at registration stations. A hunter is directed to inform the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the conclusion of each turkey hunting season of how many wild turkeys the hunter harvested. It directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to amend the department's rules to increase the spring season bag limit to 4 male wild turkeys and the fall season bag limit to 8 wild turkeys of either sex.

LD 1458 An Act To Protect Taxpayers in the Privatization of State Services Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1458
This bill creates a process by which a state agency can enter a privatization contract with a nongovernmental entity to perform basic agency services for up to 5 years if a number of criteria are met, including:
  • 1. Wages and benefits for employees of the contractor are comparable to state employees performing the same services;
  • 2. The contractor endeavors to hire agency employees terminated due to the privatization;
  • 3. The agency provides an estimate of its costs in providing the subject services in the most efficient manner;
  • 4. The agency provides support and resources to allow agency employees to submit a competing bid to provide the privatized services;
  • 5. The agency considers as a contract cost any income tax revenue lost to the State as a result of services to be performed out of state under the contract; and
  • 6. The Attorney General performs a review to determine that all of the requirements of the bidding process and privatization contract have been met.


LD 1523 An Act To Ensure the Quality of and Increase Access to Recovery Residences Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-240 and Senate amendment S-345, Enacted, Signed into law July 2, 2019
LD 1523
This bill adds definitions of "person recovering from substance use disorder" and "recovery residence" to the laws governing the substance use disorder programs of the Department of Health and Human Services and directs the department to establish a voluntary certification process for recovery residences. It also directs the Maine State Housing Authority to create a pilot project to provide a short-term rental subsidy to a person recovering from substance use disorder to reside in a certified recovery residence that provides medication-assisted treatment.

This bill also adds "recovery" to "substance use disorder prevention and treatment" in the context of activities and services under the laws addressing alcohol and drug use. The bill also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-240
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, amends the bill as follows.

  • 1. It makes the definition of "recovery" consistent with the definition of "recovery support services."
  • 2. It allows for a short-term rental subsidy to be provided for a person in recovery so that the rental subsidy may be provided to an administrator of the recovery residence not only the person in recovery directly.
  • 3. It removes the requirement that recovery residences provide medication-assisted treatment as a condition of receiving a short-term rental subsidy and instead requires that the recovery residences must permit medication-assisted treatment.
  • 4. It makes the Maine State Housing Authority's rule-making authority permissive with respect to providing a short-term rental subsidy for a person in recovery.
  • 5. It removes the appropriations and allocations section so that the short-term rental subsidy can be provided within existing budgeted resources.
  • 6. It removes certain provisions that add "recovery" to "substance use disorder prevention and treatment" that have substantive implications beyond the scope of this legislation.
  • 7. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


Amendment S-345
This amendment removes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1523 Chaptered Law
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LD 1563 An Act To Encourage the Development of Broadband Coverage in Rural Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 24, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1563
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

LD 1675 An Act Regarding Building Codes Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1675
This bill amends laws relating to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
  • 1. It provides that beginning July 1, 2020, the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code must be enforced in all municipalities regardless of population.
  • 2. It exempts a house constructed and occupied prior to January 1, 2007 or any modification of or addition to a house constructed and occupied prior to January 1, 2007 other than a complete demolition and rebuilding of the house from the requirements of the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. A municipality is prohibited from requiring architectural plans to be filed for such a modification or addition.
  • 3. It removes the option for municipalities to use 3rd-party inspectors contracted and paid for by building owners and requires municipalities that use 3rd-party inspectors to contract directly with these inspectors and to select them through a competitive bidding process. It allows 3rd-party inspectors to jointly bid on a competitive solicitation by a municipality.


LD 1828 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Overtime (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-292, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1828
Current law specifically exempts certain employees from the laws requiring the payment of overtime. This bill adds to the list of exempted employees those state employees in the executive branch and the judicial branch engaged in fire protection activities and in law enforcement activities and conforms state law to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Amendment S-292
This amendment clarifies the bill regarding the exemption from certain state overtime pay requirements of executive branch and judicial branch employees engaged in fire protection activities and law enforcement activities by specifying that those employees are not entitled to overtime for working more than 40 hours in any one week only if those employees are eligible to have overtime pay calculated and paid in accordance with the standards set forth under the specified federal law. It also provides that parties are not prohibited from negotiating an agreement that provides for the payment of overtime pay that exceeds federal law.

LD 1828 Chaptered Law
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LD 3 An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 3
This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.

LD 5 An Act To Require Notification of Proposed Rate Increases for Long-term Care Policies Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-25, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 5
This bill requires the insurer to notify a policyholder of a long-term care insurance policy of a proposed premium rate increase that affects the policyholder no later than 10 business days after the filing of the premium rate increase. The bill also requires that the notice inform the policyholder of the policyholder's right to contact the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to request a hearing on the proposed rate increase.

Amendment H-25
This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment changes the time frame for when written notice of a proposed long-term care insurance rate increase must be provided from no later than 10 business days to no later than 30 days after the filing of the proposed premium rate increase. The amendment clarifies that notice must be provided by the insurer to all affected individual and group policyholders and others who are directly billed for group coverage. The amendment also specifies that the notice must include certain information, including the proposed rate, information on the policyholder's right to request a hearing and submit written comments on the proposed rate and contact information for the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance.

An increase in a premium rate may not be implemented until approved by the bureau or until the effective date of the premium rate increase, whichever is later.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 5 Chaptered Law
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LD 9 An Act To Increase Juror Compensation Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 19, 2019
LD 9
This bill increases a juror's daily compensation rate from $15 to $40.

LD 40 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-246, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
LD 40
This resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.

Amendment H-246
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 40 Chaptered Law
LD 40 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 71 An Act To Reinstate the Income Tax Deduction for Contributions to College Savings Accounts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-5, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 71
This bill reinstates the income tax deduction for certain contributions to qualified tuition programs under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code up to $250 per designated beneficiary. This deduction was in effect from 2006 to 2015.

Amendment S-5
This amendment increases from $250 to $1,000 the maximum allowable contribution that may be deducted when calculating income tax. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 71 Amendment S-5 fiscal note
LD 75 An Act To Protect Earned Pay Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-11, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 75
Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.

Amendment S-11
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 75 Chaptered Law
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LD 81 An Act To Clarify Maine Law Regarding the Tips of Service Employees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 25, 2019
LD 81
This bill clarifies that an employer may take an employee's tips as part of a valid tip pooling arrangement if the arrangement is only among service employees. It specifies that such a tip pooling arrangement may not violate federal law rather than requiring that it be consistent with federal law. The intent of this bill is to clarify the distinction between Maine law and any change to, or judicial interpretation of, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and associated regulations that would allow an employer to take a service employee's tips for any reason other than for a valid tip pooling arrangement that is only among service employees.

LD 81 Chaptered Law
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LD 139 An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-82, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 139
This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program administered by the Department of Labor, including the following.

  • 1. It requires that the Department of Labor's outreach efforts regarding the program be tailored to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, veterans, immigrants, recipients of benefits under the statewide food supplement program, low-skilled manufacturing workers and students enrolled in postsecondary education.
  • 2. It directs the Department of Labor to collaborate with other entities to improve program outreach to target demographics, including, at a minimum, collaboration with the Maine Community College System.
  • 3. It makes changes to the criteria used to determine approved education and training under the program, including consideration of employer input, changing demographics and traditional industries in the State in which innovations and new technologies are creating a demand for skilled workers.
  • 4. It requires that a program participant be given information about the allowable uses of a family development account under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter 4-A.
  • 5. It adds a requirement that a participant be offered comprehensive career planning services prior to the program's development of an individual career plan with the participant and permits the Department of Labor to partner with other entities to provide this service. It directs the department to include in this partnership, at a minimum, the Maine Community College System with respect to participants enrolled or seeking enrollment in a training or education course provided by the Maine Community College System. It also directs the Maine Community College System to assist the Department of Labor in program management and oversight for such participants.
  • 6. It repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.

This bill also amends the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age, providing that such a minor may be employed in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education only if the minor has graduated from the program and has graduated from high school.

Amendment H-82
This amendment strikes a number of sections of the bill affecting the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program and does the following.

  • 1. It retains the changes in the bill that amend the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education to require that the minor must have graduated from high school. The amendment provides that a high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • 2. It retains the provision in the bill that repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region.
  • 3. It amends the eligibility criteria of the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program to modify the requirement that an individual be at least 18 years old by also including an individual who has graduated from high school.


LD 139 Chaptered Law
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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 149 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Student Debt Forgiveness To Support Workforce Attraction and Retention Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 149
This bill:
  • 1. Requires a General Fund bond obligation in the amount of $250,000,000 for a program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine to provide funds for payment of student loan debt for individuals who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years and to reimburse employers that make student loan debt payments on behalf of their employees who agree to live and work in Maine for 5 years; and
  • 2. Establishes the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Program and the Maine Student Loan Debt Relief Fund and requires the Finance Authority of Maine to adopt major substantive rules to implement the program and submit the rules to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.


LD 157 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Car Seats Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 157
This bill amends the laws governing the required use of child safety restraints in motor vehicles by changing the weight and age limits for the different types of restraints.

LD 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.


LD 167 Chaptered Law
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LD 168 Resolve, To Create a Universal Job Application System for Maine's Career Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 168
This resolve directs the Department of Labor to create a universal job application system for use in the State's career centers and make universal job applications available at each of the centers. It also requires the department to work with public and private employers in the creation and maintenance of the system.

LD 170 An Act To Prohibit Questions Regarding Criminal History on Certain State Employment Applications Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 170
This bill prohibits the State from including questions about criminal history on its employment application forms. The bill provides an exception to that prohibition when, due to the nature and requirements of the position, a person who has a criminal history may be disqualified from eligibility, such as for a law enforcement officer, corrections officer, child protective or adult protective services caseworker or child development services worker position. The bill applies to state employment positions in the legislative, executive or judicial branch of State Government and positions with quasi-independent state entities or public instrumentalities of the State; it does not apply to positions in school administrative units, municipalities, counties or other political subdivisions of the State.

LD 170 Chaptered Law
LD 170 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 178 An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers (Emergency) Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 178
Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020; 55% from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021; 60% from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; 65% from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023; 70% from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024; 75% from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025; 80% from July 1, 2025 to June 30, 2026; 85% from July 1, 2026 to June 30, 2027; and 90% after June 30, 2027. It also removes some outdated language and the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.

LD 201 An Act To Protect Jobs in the State by Requiring Advance Notice of Closure of Call Centers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-149, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
LD 201
This bill requires a person that operates a call center in the State to provide the Commissioner of Labor 120 days' notice before relocating the call center or a part of the call center. If the employer fails to notify the Commissioner of Labor of the relocation of the call center at least 120 days before the relocation, a daily fine of $10,000 may be assessed.

The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to create a list of employers who have relocated a call center, or a facility or operating unit handling at least 30% of call volume within a call center, from the State to a foreign country. An employer appearing on the list is ineligible for a state grant, loan or tax benefit for 5 years and is required to pay back the unamortized value of a state grant, loan or tax benefit previously issued to the employer. The bill requires that call center work for executive branch agencies of the State be performed in the State.

Amendment H-149
This amendment strikes the bill and replaces it with changes to the law governing the notification requirements for an employer that proposes to close or relocate an industrial or commercial facility that employs 100 or more people. It changes the notification period from 60 days prior to the closure or relocation to 90 days prior, changes the civil penalty from a maximum $500 fine to a $500 per day fine and it applies this civil penalty to both failure to notify the Department of Labor and failure to notify the employees and the municipal officers of the municipality where the facility is located.

LD 201 Chaptered Law
LD 201 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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

This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.

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

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

LD 214 Chaptered Law
LD 214 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 219 An Act To Improve Working Conditions for Maine's Veterans and Immigrants Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 219
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve working conditions for Maine's veterans and immigrants.

LD 220 An Act To Improve Pay for Certain Maine Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 220
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve compensation for certain workers in the State.

LD 224 An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 224
This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.

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

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

LD 258 An Act To Establish and Coordinate a Volunteer Corps of Search and Rescue Specialists within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 5, 2019
LD 258
This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish and coordinate a volunteer corps of search and rescue specialists whose initial and ongoing training is delivered by the department and who are deputized to engage in search and rescue operations.

LD 275 An Act To Change the Bag Limits on Wild Turkey Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 275
This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to double the bag limits on wild turkey in effect on January 1, 2018. It also requires the commissioner to submit a report by January 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, that includes recommendations regarding bag limits on wild turkey. It gives the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over inland fisheries and wildlife matters authority to report out a bill based on the report.

LD 295 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Increase Rural Maine's Access to Broadband Internet Service Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Public hearing held, February 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 295
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $100,000,000, will be used for the provision of broadband Internet service in unserved and underserved areas through ConnectME Authority grants to partnerships between private, municipal and nongovernmental service providers.

LD 300 An Act To Provide School Personnel Paid Hourly a Wage Pay Option Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-220 and Senate amendment S-131, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 300
This bill requires a school administrative unit to provide school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis with the option of receiving pay over a period of 12 months or shorter. The bill also provides that if a school day is cancelled or shortened due to circumstances beyond the control of school officials, a school administrative unit is required to pay school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis for the hours not worked because of the cancellation or shortened school day, up to 40 hours per school year.

Amendment H-220
This amendment strikes the portion of the bill that requires a school administrative unit to pay school personnel who are paid on an hourly basis for the hours not worked when a school day is canceled or shortened due to circumstances beyond the control of school officials. The amendment also adds a mandate preamble.

Amendment S-131
This amendment removes the mandate preamble.

LD 300 Chaptered Law
LD 300 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 302 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Post-conviction Review in Order To Facilitate the Fair Hearing of All Evidence in Each Case Involving a Claim of Innocence Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 302
This bill amends the statutory provisions regarding criminal post-conviction review to allow the filing of a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence at any time during the period of direct impediment, except that it may not be filed within one year of a judgment on a prior petition for post-conviction review on the same conviction. This bill requires that a petition for post-conviction review claiming actual innocence receive at least one evidentiary hearing in which the petitioner may submit new evidence and evidence submitted in prior proceedings on the same matter.

LD 315 Resolve, To Promote Healthy Living in Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-66, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 315
This bill appropriates funds for evidence-based programs to promote healthy living of the State's older adults.

Amendment H-197
This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve that directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a 2-year program designed to support and improve the health and well-being of the State's older adults and reduce health care treatment costs by preventing disease, injury and falls. It directs the department to contract for the implementation of this program with one or more community-based organizations that have a demonstrated ability to deliver evidence-based programs to serve older adults statewide, especially in rural, underserved and unserved areas of the State. The amendment describes the criteria that a community-based organization must meet in order to be awarded a contract. It also changes the appropriations and allocations section to indicate that it is one-time funding.

LD 315 fiscal note
LD 315 Amendment H-197 fiscal note
LD 328 An Act To Institute Safe Children Court Team Programs Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
LD 328
This bill authorizes the Judicial Department to establish safe children court team programs, modeled on the "Safe Babies Court Team" approach supported by the Quality Improvement Center for Research-based Infant-Toddler Court Teams funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau. The purpose is to develop a community-based system to provide local systems and services for children and families that interact with the State's child protection system. The core components of such programs are listed

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 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 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.


  • LD 369 Chaptered Law
    LD 369 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 392 An Act To Fund Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-156, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 392
    This bill provides ongoing funding for school-based health centers from the Fund for a Healthy Maine within the Department of Health and Human Services.

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

    LD 392 Chaptered Law
    LD 392 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 401 An Act To Preserve State Landfill Capacity and Promote Recycling Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 401
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to enact measures to ensure accurate tracking of the origin and type of waste materials disposed of in Maine, to discourage landfilling of recyclable materials, to preserve landfill capacity at state-owned facilities for Maine-generated materials, and to ensure the rights of host communities and abutters of waste disposal facilities. In order to achieve these goals, the bill proposes to:
    • 1. Ensure there is accurate tracking and record keeping identifying the origin, amounts and types of materials disposed in waste facilities in the State;
    • 2. Ensure waste is effectively tracked from generation point through processing to final disposal point, including the following types of facilities and disposal sites where tracking is required: landfills; landfill leachate discharge sites; incinerator ash and slag disposal sites; and biosolids disposal sites;
    • 3. Ensure that waste materials imported from outside the State that are processed at facilities in the State are not classified as Maine-generated waste;
    • 4. Ensure that waste materials that end up in a landfill, such as construction and demolition debris, which are used for daily cover in a landfill, are not counted toward the State's recycling goals;
    • 5. Ensure adequate legal standing and strengthen protections for the health and well-being of people living in close proximity to waste disposal facilities;
    • 6. Strengthen conflict-of-interest protections in awarding and management and oversight of state waste contracts to prevent price fixing and market manipulation; and
    • 7. Direct the Department of Environmental Protection to amend rule Chapter 400, Maine Solid Waste Management Rules to:
      • A. Amend the definition of "bypass" to limit the waste that is considered bypass to solid waste that cannot be disposed of, processed or beneficially used at that facility because of malfunction, insufficient capacity, downtime or inability of the facility to process or burn;
      • B. Amend the definition of "recycle" and "recycling" to add a provision that any material left at a landfill is not considered recycled; and
      • C. Define "Maine-generated waste" as solid waste that is discarded for the first time within the physical confines of the State.


    LD 402 An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 1, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 402
    This bill annually raises the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative or professional capacity must earn in order for that employee to be exempt from the laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay until it is $55,224 on January 1, 2022. The bill provides for an annual adjustment, beginning January 1, 2023, based on the percentage annual increase in certain earnings as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    LD 407 An Act To Promote Universal Health Care, Including Dental, Vision and Hearing Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
    LD 407
    This bill establishes a single-payer health care system in the State, effective July 1, 2022, that finances health care services for most Maine residents. The bill directs the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over insurance and financial services matters to jointly submit during the 2019 legislative interim legislation to fully implement the single-payer system.

    LD 408 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Develop a Plan for Neurobehavioral Beds Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-471, Finally passed, Became law without the Governor's signature June 20, 2019
    LD 408
    This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide by September 1, 2020 16 new neurobehavioral beds in one or more neurobehavioral centers to serve individuals with significant behavioral challenges and complex medical needs who need short-term evaluation and treatment before transitioning to a long-term care environment in either the community or a long-term care facility.

    Amendment H-471
    This amendment replaces the resolve. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to provide up to 16 new neurobehavioral beds in the State to serve individuals with brain injury and accompanying significant behavioral challenges who need short-term treatment for no longer than one year before transitioning to a long-term care environment. These individuals must be unable to be served appropriately in the community or in a nursing facility lacking specialized neurobehavioral services but must not need hospitalization. The department shall submit a report with the plan, together with any necessary legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services no later than January 30, 2020. The committee is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 408 Chaptered Law
    LD 408 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 409 An Act To Allow Fair Access to Child Advocacy Center Records Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 409
    This bill allows confidential information related to services provided by a child advocacy center established pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 22, section 4019 to be disclosed to an attorney representing a person charged with committing a crime related to an allegation of child sexual abuse or other child abuse and neglect against a child who is the subject of confidential records and an attorney in a child protection proceeding representing a parent of a child who is the subject of confidential records.

    LD 415 An Act To Enhance the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 415
    This bill makes changes to the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
    • 1. It makes enrollment in the program mandatory for a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter with a date of hire on or after January 1, 2020 and offers one-time open enrollment until July 1, 2020 to those officers and firefighters with a date of hire after November 1, 2006 who elected not to enroll.
    • 2. It increases the employee contribution for participation in the program from 1.5% of gross wages to 2.5% and makes corresponding changes to the contribution requirements for retirees with less than 5 years of contributions upon retirement.
    • 3. It allows a retiree to be eligible if the retiree is less than 50 years of age as long as the retiree has at least 25 years of service in a position as a county or municipal law enforcement officer or a municipal firefighter and has participated in the special consolidation retirement plan from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.
    • 4. It increases the state subsidy for the retiree's share of the costs of health insurance coverage from 45% to 100%.
    • 5. It requires that all retirees be provided health insurance coverage through the group health plan provided to state employees beginning January 1, 2020.


    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 474 Resolve, To Ensure the Health and Wellness of Older Residents of the State Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-36, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 474
    This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to request the United States Department of Agriculture to waive the asset test for determining the eligibility for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program of any household in which there is an individual who is 60 years of age or older. It also directs the department to develop a pilot project to provide home-delivered meals to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and who are homebound or at risk for readmission to a health care facility. It requires the department to report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters at the conclusion of the pilot project. The bill also provides funding to eliminate the waiting list for home-delivered meals to homebound individuals who are over 60 years of age who cannot prepare meals and do not have others available to prepare meals for them.

    Amendment S-36
    This amendment removes from the resolve the provisions relating to requesting a waiver from the asset test for the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program and providing additional funds to eliminate the waiting list for home-delivered meals to homebound individuals. The amendment also clarifies that the demonstration waiver for medically tailored foods applies to individuals who are 60 years of age or older, homebound and at risk for readmission to a health care facility. It changes the date for reporting on the 2-year pilot project to January 1, 2023 and clarifies that the pilot project goes forward only if the waiver is approved by the Federal Government.

    The amendment also includes an appropriations and allocations section.



    LD 474 Amendment S-36 fiscal note
    LD 485 An Act To Require an Owner of a Dangerous Dog To Remain at the Scene of an Assault by the Dog Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-65, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 21, 2019
    LD 485
    This bill requires the owner or keeper of a dangerous dog that assaults a person and causes serious bodily injury to remain at the scene of the assault until after providing the owner's or keeper's name and current address to the injured person, a person acting for the injured person or a law enforcement officer. A person who fails to comply commits a Class C crime.

    Amendment S-65
    This amendment replaces the bill and provides a new title. The amendment requires the owner or keeper of a dog that assaults a person and causes an injury that requires medical attention to secure aid for the injured person, contain the dog, if necessary, and provide the owner's or keeper's name, current address and contact information to the injured person, a person acting for the injured person or a law enforcement officer before the owner or keeper may leave the scene of the assault. A violation of the section is a Class D crime.

    LD 485 Chaptered Law
    LD 485 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    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 496 An Act To Extend the Availability of Protection from Abuse and Protection from Harassment Orders Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-282, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
    LD 496
    This bill expands the definition of "family or household member" in the laws governing protection from abuse in order to include, for purposes of a protection from abuse order, all related individuals regardless of whether the individuals are adult household members.

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

    Amendment S-282
    This amendment replaces the bill.

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

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

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

    LD 496 Chaptered Law
    LD 496 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 504 An Act To Enhance the Development of Innovative Career and Technical Education Programs Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 504
    This bill streamlines the procedure for authorizing career and technical education satellite programs. Current law requires any affiliated unit that wishes to operate a career and technical education satellite program to submit a written request to operate a satellite program to the governing body of the center or region with which the unit is affiliated. The governing body of the center or region considers the request and then forwards its recommendation to the Commissioner of Education. Instead, the bill provides that the written request be submitted directly to the Commissioner of Education for approval.

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

    LD 536 An Act To Direct the Judicial Branch To Establish a Veterans Treatment Court Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 536
    Current law allows the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to establish veterans treatment courts. This bill instead requires the Chief Justice to establish a veterans treatment court and allows the Chief Justice to establish additional such courts.

    LD 549 An Act To Promote Academic Achievement through Hunger Relief for Maine Children Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-57, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 7, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
    LD 549
    This bill directs the State to fund the difference between the federal reimbursements for reduced-price and free lunches in order to provide all children from families with incomes under 185% of the federal poverty level free lunch at school.

    Amendment S-57
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 549 Amendment S-57 fiscal note
    LD 571 Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Initiate a Service Development Plan for Commuter and Passenger Train Service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn Area Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 571
    This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to initiate a service development plan for commuter and passenger train service between Portland and the Lewiston and Auburn area. The plan must indicate the locations of railway stations in towns along the corridor route and include an environmental impact statement for each station site. It directs the department to submit a progress report to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation by January 15, 2020.

    LD 578 Resolve, To Create a Pilot Program To Assist the Transition to Recovery of Persons Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 578
    This resolve directs the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to develop a pilot program designed to assist the transition to recovery of persons suffering from opioid use disorder. The resolve directs the commissioner, by December 2, 2020, to submit a written report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters summarizing the results of the pilot program, together with any recommendations for continuation of the program, 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.

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

    LD 596 An Act To Prevent the Closure of Maine Businesses Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 596
    This bill requires that a person proposing to permanently shut down an industrial or commercial facility make an offer of sale, at fair market value, of the facility and equipment to an interested employee organization or to a privately owned business entity, government-owned business entity or jointly owned business entity.

    LD 633 An Act To Create a Permanent Navigator Position within the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-195, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 633
    This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to appoint one person to administer all issues related to the placement of a child with a relative.

    Amendment H-195
    This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee, replaces the bill. It establishes within the Department of Health and Human Services the kinship care navigator program to provide resources and information to persons providing kinship care to children in the State. It requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to designate one person to administer the program. It also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 633 fiscal note
    LD 633 Amendment H-195 fiscal note
    LD 640 Resolve, To Require a Study of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from the Proposed Central Maine Power Company Transmission Corridor (Emergency) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 7, 2019
    LD 640
    This resolve requires the Department of Environmental Protection to review all relevant, verifiable evidence on the total net effect on greenhouse gas emissions from Central Maine Power Company's New England Clean Energy Connect project and submit a report to the Legislature, make the report available to the public and provide a copy of the report to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities by June 1, 2019. The resolve prohibits the department from issuing a permit for the project without taking into account the results of the department's review.

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

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

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

    LD 640 Amendment S-82 fiscal note
    LD 640 Amendment H-345 fiscal note
    LD 651 Resolve, To Facilitate School Access to Federal Title I Funds and Improve the Delivery of Special Education Services Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-154, Enacted, Signed into law May 16, 2019
    LD 651
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing special education.
    • 1. It adds 4 provisions to the laws regarding nontraditional limited purpose schools that were part of Department of Education rule Chapter 250 which has been repealed.
    • 2. It adds response to intervention systems to the minimum requirements for basic school approval to ensure an all-encompassing, tiered system of support for general and special education students. It also clarifies that rules regarding those requirements are major substantive rules.
    • 3. It facilitates collaboration between general education and special education, including a clarification that the Department of Education is required to facilitate a process to help schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to federal Title I funds.
    • 4. It promotes dual certification programs by the Department of Education and the State Board of Education.
    • 5. It requires recodification of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, Part 4, subpart 1, concerning special education, by the Office of Policy and Legal Analysis and the Office of the Revisor of Statutes.
    • 6. It requires a review of the purpose of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula and whether it is accomplishing this purpose and how to increase equity among all school administrative units.
    • 7. It requires a review and improvement of MaineCare billing systems and procedures through a pilot program through the Department of Education in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services.


    Amendment H-154
    This amendment replaces the bill with a resolve. The amendment directs the Department of Education to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than January 1, 2020 on progress, including recommendations and suggested legislation, on the following:
    • 1. Enhancement of response to intervention to become an all-encompassing multitiered system of support in all school administrative units and removing the regulations on general education interventions from Department of Education rule Chapter 101: Maine Unified Special Education Regulation Birth to Age Twenty and amending rule Chapter 125: Basic Approval Standards: Public Schools and School Administrative Units to include regulations on general education interventions;
    • 2. Facilitation of the process by which schools apply for schoolwide status with respect to funds under Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
    • 3. Increased use of dual certification programs for general education and special education certifications;
    • 4. Review of the maintenance of effort funding component of the essential programs and services funding formula; and
    • 5. Improvement of regional programs that facilitate MaineCare billing for medically necessary services for schools.
    The Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature to implement any recommendations in the report.

    LD 651 Chaptered Law
    LD 651 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 680 An Act To Clarify the Intent of the Federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 To Ensure the Federal Principle of Inherent Tribal Sovereignty Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 680
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to clarify the intent of the federal Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act of 1980 to ensure the federal principle of inherent tribal sovereignty.

    LD 692 Resolve, To Address Reimbursement Rates for Licensed Clinical Social Workers under MaineCare Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-407, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 692
    This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III to increase reimbursement rates for counseling services provided by licensed clinical social workers to no less than the lowest reimbursement rate for the same counseling services paid by an insurance carrier licensed in this State. The rules are routine technical rules and must be amended no later than January 1, 2020.

    Amendment H-407
    This amendment specifies that the services provided by independent licensed clinical social workers are provided under Section 65 of rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III. Rather than increasing rates to the lowest reimbursement rate for the same service paid by an insurance carrier licensed in Maine, the amendment increases rates to 70% of the Medicare rate for the closest equivalent service, since there is no exact equivalent rate under Medicare. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 692 fiscal note
    LD 692 Amendment H-407 fiscal note
    LD 698 An Act To Authorize Maine Courts To Award Attorney's Fees and Costs to Citizens Who Prevail in Civil Litigation against the Executive Branch Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-312, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 698
    This bill clarifies that when one or more citizens sue the Governor or any executive branch agency to enforce federal or state law and the citizen or citizens prevail or substantially prevail, the citizen or citizens may petition the court for the State to pay all costs. If the citizen or citizens demonstrate that the agency or Governor knowingly violated the law, the court is required to also award reasonable attorney's fees.

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

    LD 698 Amendment S-312 fiscal note
    LD 722 An Act To Require Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates To Disclose Their Federal Income Tax Returns Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, March 28, 2019
    LD 722
    This bill requires that, in order for a candidate for President or a candidate for Vice President to appear on a general election ballot, the candidate for President or the candidate for Vice President must disclose the previous 3 years of that candidate's federal income tax returns, which may be redacted to remove personally identifying information other than the candidate's name. It directs the Secretary of State to post the tax returns on the Secretary of State's website. The legislation takes effect upon enactment of this requirement in other states.

    LD 729 An Act Regarding the Probationary Period for Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 729
    This bill provides that if a teacher completed a 3-year probationary period in a school administrative unit and later teaches in another school administrative unit, that teacher will only have a one-year probationary period in the new school administrative unit.

    LD 733 An Act To Promote Keeping Workers in Maine Status: Referred to Labor and Housing, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-280 and adopted Senate amendment S-208, House enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 733
    This bill prohibits an employer from requiring or entering into a so-called noncompete agreement with an employee earning wages that are at or below 300% of the federal poverty level. A noncompete agreement is defined as a contract or contract provision that prohibits an employee or prospective employee from working in the same or a similar profession or in a specified geographic area for a certain period of time following termination of employment. If an employer requires a noncompete agreement for a position of employment, the employer must disclose that requirement in any advertisement for that position, and an employer must provide an employee or prospective employee with a copy of a noncompete agreement at least 3 business days before requiring that employee or prospective employee to sign the agreement. An employer that violates this law commits a civil violation for which a fine of not less than $5,000 may be adjudged. The Department of Labor is responsible for enforcement of the law. The terms of a noncompete agreement, except for a noncompete agreement with a physician, are not in effect until after an employee has been employed with the employer for at least one year or a period of 6 months from the date the agreement was signed, whichever is later.

    The bill also prohibits a restrictive employment agreement between 2 or more employers that prohibits or restricts one employer from soliciting or hiring another employer's employees or former employees.

    Amendment H-280
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It moves the language in the bill to another location in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26 and restricts the enforceability of noncompete agreements to the extent that they are reasonable and are no broader than necessary to protect a legitimate business interest of the employer, such as trade secrets, confidential information or goodwill. It also adds a presumption that a noncompete agreement is necessary if the legitimate business interest cannot be adequately protected through an alternative restrictive covenant. As in the bill, it also provides for ongoing appropriations to provide for enforcement of the provisions.

    Amendment S-208
    This amendment prohibits an employer from requiring or permitting an employee earning wages at or below 400% of the federal poverty level, instead of at or below 300% of the federal poverty level as in the committee amendment, to enter into a noncompete agreement with the employer.

    LD 733 Amendment H-280 fiscal note
    LD 733 Amendment S-208 fiscal note

    LD 760 An Act To Prohibit the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from Considering the Criminal Records of Applicants Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 760
    This bill prohibits the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System and the Maine Maritime Academy from inquiring about or considering the criminal record of an applicant for admission to any postsecondary educational program.

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

    LD 767 Chaptered Law
    LD 767 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 769 Resolve, To Direct the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Create a Working Group To Study Credentialing Skilled Individuals with Foreign Credentials Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
    LD 769
    This resolve directs the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to create a working group to study credentialing skilled individuals with foreign credentials in the State. The working group consists of 8 to 10 members representing licensing boards and professional organizations served by the licensing boards in professions for which there is a need for and an opportunity to credential skilled individuals with foreign credentials. The working group is required to submit its report along with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Governor and the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. The commissioner is required to submit the report with any recommendations and suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor and Housing. The committee is permitted to report out a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature.

    LD 775 Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules for Eligibility for Community Support Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-403, Enacted in both chambers June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 775
    This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services to include access to services to persons who have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, panic disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Amendment H-403
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill with a resolve. It directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 17, Community Support Services concerning eligibility criteria for services under that section. It requires the department to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by January 15, 2020 on the rulemaking process, proposed and provisionally adopted rules and justification for the adoption of the proposed rules. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation regarding the subject matter of the rules.

    LD 775 Amendment H-403 fiscal note
    LD 790 An Act To Eliminate the Cap on the Number of Accounts or Meters Designated for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 790
    This bill prohibits the Public Utilities Commission from adopting or amending net energy billing rules pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3209-A to impose any limit on the number of accounts or meters that customers may designate for net energy billing or any limit on the number of customers that may share an interest in a generation facility for which the energy output is credited as part of any net energy billing.

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

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

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


    LD 795 fiscal note
    LD 795 Amendment H-430 fiscal note
    LD 799 An Act To Create the Maine Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-558, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 799
    This bill amends the nursing education loan repayment program as follows:
    • 1. It extends eligibility to apply to individuals who are currently enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs;
    • 2. It specifies that applicants must indicate an intention to work as full-time nursing faculty in a nursing education program in the State, and increases the required commitment from 3 to 5 years after acceptance into the nursing education loan repayment program;
    • 3. It increases the maximum amount of loans eligible for repayment under the program from $4,500 to $30,000 for a master's degree, and from $6,000 to $60,000 for a doctoral degree.


    Amendment H-558
    This amendment replaces the bill and creates a new loan repayment program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, for health care providers who agree to live and work in the State for a minimum of 5 years. Under the program, the authority will pay up to $30,000 per year and the lesser of $150,000 in aggregate and 50% of the recipient's outstanding loan balance. The amendment establishes a fund for the program, sets parameters for the administration of the program and establishes an advisory committee to guide the work of the Finance Authority of Maine in administering the program. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 799 Amendment H-558 fiscal note
    LD 802 An Act To Recruit and Retain Corrections Support Staff Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, March 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 802
    This bill requires staff in support, maintenance and other nonsupervisory positions, but not including guards, in correctional facilities maintained by the Department of Corrections to be given a $2 per hour increase in their wages. In 2016, guards in the department were given a $2 per hour wage increase but other employees in the correctional facilities were not.

    LD 803 An Act To Create 4 Regional Mental Health Receiving Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 803
    This bill establishes 4 crisis intervention centers regionally throughout the State that will be operated and maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services. It requires the crisis intervention centers to provide treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and to provide sufficient staffing. It provides that the Department of Health and Human Services must adopt rules that include the certification of the crisis intervention centers; the location of the crisis intervention centers to ensure regional accessibility throughout the State; admission and discharge standards; requirements for notice of a person's admission; availability of and patients' access to treatment; the staffing model, with specific descriptions of staffing levels, roles and responsibilities; and patient rights protections; and that, to the extent possible, the rules must be consistent with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 511; Title 34-B, chapter 1, subchapter 8; and Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 4.

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

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

    LD 807 An Act Regarding the Duties of the Public Advocate Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-38, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
    LD 807
    This bill removes an exception to the Public Advocate's ability to petition to initiate, or intervene and appear in, any proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission, appeals from orders of the commission or proceedings before state and federal agencies and courts in which the subject matter of the action affects the customers of any utility or competitive service provider doing business in the State. The exception the bill removes is the prohibition against the Public Advocate's intervening in any proceedings in which commission staff is representing a position substantially similar to that of the Public Advocate.

    Amendment S-38
    This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill. It provides an allocation to fund additional staff activities related to the expansion of the Office of the Public Advocate's duties in proceedings before the Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal agencies and courts.

    LD 807 Chaptered Law
    LD 807 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 820 An Act To Prevent Discrimination in Public and Private Insurance Coverage for Pregnant Women in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-210 and Senate amendment S-275, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 820
    This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.

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

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

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

    LD 820 Chaptered Law
    LD 820 Chaptered Law fiscal note

    LD 821 Resolve, To Review Case Loads for Child Welfare Caseworkers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-209, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Signed into law May 21, 2019
    LD 821
    This bill requires that the Department of Health and Human Services ensure that a caseworker in the Office of Child and Family Services is not assigned a number of cases that exceeds a number established by the department by rule. The number established by the department must be a number recommended by a national organization with expertise in maximum case loads that ensures caseworkers can adequately focus on each case. The bill also provides that the number of caseworkers assigned to any individual support staff may not exceed 8.

    Amendment H-209
    This amendment replaces the bill. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to review case load standards for child welfare caseworkers and develop standard case load recommendations with input from child welfare caseworkers and the Public Consulting Group. The Public Consulting Group is currently contracted with the department to evaluate the child welfare program. The department is required to submit a report by October 1, 2019 with its findings and recommendations and then submit annual reports on staffing in the child welfare program in relation to the standard case load recommendations. The reports are submitted to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint legislative committee established to oversee program evaluation and government accountability matters. The amendment adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause.

    LD 821 Chaptered Law
    LD 821 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 836 An Act To Expand Maine's School-based Health Centers Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-158, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 8, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 836
    This bill provides ongoing funding to the school-based health centers within the Fund for a Healthy Maine program within the Department of Health and Human Services to add an additional 15 school-based health center sites.

    Amendment H-158
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, removes the reference to 15 new school-based health centers from the bill but retains the funding amount. The Department of Health and Human Services distributes the funding through a request for proposals process for the number of sites the funding will support.

    LD 836 fiscal note
    LD 836 Amendment H-158 fiscal note
    LD 846 Resolve, To Provide for the Sealing of Records of Convictions for Marijuana-related Violations That Are No Longer Crimes Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 846
    This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of State Police, State Bureau of Identification to ensure that all criminal conviction records in the possession of the department that relate to the conviction for an offense involving marijuana that is no longer illegal are made confidential and prohibits the dissemination of such records. The department is required to submit a report to the 130th Legislature regarding the progress of the department in meeting the requirements of this legislation.

    LD 854 An Act To Improve Tax Incentives for Broadband Service Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-385, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
    LD 854
    This bill expands the allowable use of tax increment financing to include development, expansion or improvement of broadband services, including connecting to broadband service outside the tax increment financing district.

    Amendment H-385
    This amendment clarifies the circumstances under which tax increment financing project costs may include broadband and fiber optics expansion projects that serve residential or other nonbusiness or noncommercial areas within a municipality or plantation.

    LD 854 Chaptered Law
    LD 854 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 857 An Act To Increase Accountability for Wage Violations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-78, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 857
    This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation. It amends the law regarding employees' remedies to provide that in a judgment for an employee an additional amount of 3 times the unpaid wages must be awarded the employee. It also provides ongoing funds for 10 labor and safety inspector positions within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, wage and hour division beginning October 1, 2019.

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

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

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

    LD 886 Chaptered Law
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    LD 902 Resolve, Directing the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review of the Proposal To License Certain Mechanical Trades Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 902
    This resolve requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct an independent assessment pursuant to the sunrise review requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes of the proposal to license certain mechanical trades and submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business.

    LD 904 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation To Conduct a Sunrise Review Regarding the Proposal To License Operators of Cranes Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-465, Finally passed, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 904
    This bill requires the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to conduct an assessment pursuant to the sunrise review requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, chapter 1-A, subchapter 2 of the licensing of heavy equipment operators. The bill requires the commissioner to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business and allows the committee to submit legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    Amendment H-465
    This amendment limits the sunrise review by the Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation to licensing operators of cranes instead of heavy equipment operators and provides additional detail regarding the information to be considered in the sunrise review process.

    LD 904 Chaptered Law
    LD 904 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
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    LD 977 An Act To Restore the Super Credit for Substantially Increased Research and Development Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-621, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 977
    Under a tax credit that expired January 1, 2014, a taxpayer that qualified for a research expense tax credit was allowed a so-called super credit for qualified research expenses for research conducted in this State. A taxpayer who had unused credits may carry over any unused credit for the next succeeding 10 years, except that the credit is limited to no more than 25% of the taxpayer's tax due after the allowance of other tax credits.

    This bill restores the availability of the super credit, retroactive to January 1, 2014, and resets the base amount to the average annual amount spent by the taxpayer on qualified research expenses during the 3 years before the credit is taken or during the 3 years before the effective date of this legislation, whichever is greater.

    Amendment H-621
    This amendment restores the super credit for substantially increased research and development for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The amendment also provides reporting and evaluation requirements to permit evaluation of the credit in meeting its intended purposes.

    LD 977 Amendment H-621 fiscal note

    LD 991 Resolve, To Expunge Criminal and Civil Records Related to Marijuana Activities Legalized by the Voters of Maine Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 991
    This bill requires the Department of Public Safety to expunge, by July 1, 2020, all records relating to criminal convictions and civil violations for conduct now authorized by the adult use of marijuana provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes.

    LD 1008 An Act To Include State Employee Stipends as Earnable Compensation Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 1008
    This bill requires that stipends paid to a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System be counted as earnable compensation for purposes of calculating retirement benefits.

    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
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    LD 1026 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Examine Best Practices in Elections Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-278, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019
    LD 1026
    This bill requires the Secretary of State to:
    • 1. Publish a guide to election procedures for public distribution and revise the guide annually to reflect current law, rules and procedures regarding elections;
    • 2. Provide local election procedure and ballot reconciliation forms for local election officials to complete;
    • 3. Develop an election complaint process;
    • 4. Maintain automatic voter registration information and contract with a nonprofit corporation of member states to maintain the information;
    • 5. Report to the Legislature on certain election issues within 12 months after a general election; and
    • 6. Conduct a study of post-election audits and recounts.


    Amendment H-278
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Secretary of State to conduct a study of post-election ballot audits and recounts. By December 6, 2023, the Secretary of State is directed to submit a report based upon the study to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over election matters. The joint standing committee may report out a bill based upon the report to the Second Regular Session of the 131st Legislature.

    LD 1026 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1041 An Act Regarding Collective Bargaining for Public Employees under the Municipal Public Employees Labor Relations Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
    LD 1041
    This bill amends provisions relating to collective bargaining by public employees covered by municipal public employees labor relations laws, including:
    • 1. Repealing the provision that prohibits public employees from stopping or slowing work, striking or blacklisting public employers to prevent the employers from filling vacancies; and
    • 2. Requiring both parties to collective bargaining to have an individual present who is authorized to reach a tentative agreement.


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

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

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

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

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

    LD 1050 Amendment S-147 fiscal note
    LD 1050 Amendment H-520 fiscal note
    LD 1053 An Act To Reduce the Period of Enforcement for Judgments Based upon Consumer Obligations Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1053
    Current law provides that a judgment or decree of a court of record of the United States or of any state is presumed to be paid and satisfied at the end of 20 years after any duty or obligations accrued by virtue of such judgment or decree. This bill provides an exception to this law for a judgment or decree based upon a consumer obligation, which is irrebuttably presumed to be paid and satisfied at the end of one year after any duty or obligation accrued by virtue of the judgment or decree unless within that period the judgment creditor has commenced other action as permitted by law for the enforcement of the judgment or decree.

    LD 1055 An Act To Reduce Fraud in the Redemption of Beverage Containers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1055
    This bill amends the State's bottle redemption laws to authorize initiators of deposit subject to a commingling agreement to include in the agreement authorization to conduct audits of beverage containers presented by a dealer or local redemption center for pickup or payment of refund value and to take certain actions against the dealer or local redemption center in the case of a failed audit. The bill also provides for a grievance process whereby a dealer or local redemption center may file a grievance with the Department of Environmental Protection to challenge an action taken by an initiator of deposit in the case of a failed audit.

    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 1104 An Act To Clarify the State's Commitments Concerning Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-205, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1104
    This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.

    Amendment H-205
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 1104 Amendment H-205 fiscal note
    LD 1138 An Act To Ensure Health Insurance Coverage for Treatment for Childhood Postinfectious Neuroimmune Disorders Including Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1138
    This bill requires health insurance coverage for treatment of childhood postinfectious neuroimmune disorders, a group of medical conditions that includes autoinflammatory encephalopathic conditions including pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. The treatments authorized include certain treatments described as the standard of care in a series of articles in the 2017 Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, Volume 27, Number 7. The requirements apply to all individual and group policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.

    LD 1139 An Act To Eliminate Restrictions on Capacity and the Number of Accounts for Net Energy Billing Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
    LD 1139
    This bill provides that the Public Utilities Commission may not limit the installed capacity of an eligible facility or the number of accounts or meters a customer or shared ownership customer may designate for net energy billing. Current commission rules limit the capacity to 660 kilowatts and the number of meters or accounts to 10.

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


    LD 1169 An Act To Provide Ready Access to Defibrillators in Businesses and Pharmacies Status: Committed to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, June 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1169
    This bill requires the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board to amend the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code to require that commercial buildings built or renovated on or after January 1, 2020 with occupancy exceeding 200 individuals have an operational automated external defibrillator on the premises. The bill also requires that retail pharmacies, rural health center pharmacies and free clinic pharmacies have an automated external defibrillator on the premises, and that an individual trained in the use of the defibrillator be present at all times the pharmacy is open to the public.

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

    LD 1169 Amendment S-233 fiscal note
    LD 1171 An Act To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence and To Support Survivors Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-86, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1171
    This bill provides funding for sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and victim services.

    Amendment S-86
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 1171 Amendment S-86 fiscal note
    LD 1176 An Act Regarding Caretakers of Ancient Burying Grounds and Access to Ancient Burying Grounds Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1176
    This bill allows a descendant of an individual or a veteran buried in an ancient or public burying ground to appoint a caretaker to maintain the burying ground when the municipality is unable to care for the burying ground or to appoint a caretaker.

    LD 1177 An Act To Improve Public Sector Labor Relations Status: Dead, Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-308, Enacted, Vetoed, Veto sustained in the Senate, June 20, 2019
    LD 1177
    This bill:
    • 1. Amends the labor relations laws governing municipal public employees and University of Maine System employees to provide that determinations by arbitrators with respect to controversies over all subjects, including salaries, pensions and insurance, are final and binding on the parties;
    • 2. Amends the labor relations laws governing state employees to provide that, with respect to controversies over salaries, an arbitrator's determinations are final and binding on the parties; and
    • 3. Amends the labor relations laws governing judicial employees to provide that an arbitrator's determinations with respect to controversies over all subjects, including salaries, pensions and insurance, are final and binding on the parties and that, with respect to controversies over salaries, determinations by mediator-arbitrators are final and binding on the parties.


    Amendment S-308
    This amendment adds specific factors an arbitrator must consider when a controversy is not resolved between a public employer and bargaining agent under the municipal public employees labor relations law. This amendment delays the effective date of the changes made in the bill until July 1, 2020.

    LD 1184 An Act Regarding Penalties for Early Retirement for Certain Members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-244, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1184
    Under changes made to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System in 1993, employees who were members of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System as of July 1, 1993 but did not have 10 years of creditable service as of July 1, 1993 are required to have 25 years of creditable service and attain 62 years of age in order to avoid incurring a penalty of 6% of earned benefits for each year the person retires before attaining 62 years of age. Prior to that change, the penalty was 2.25% for each year below 60 years of age the person retired.

    This bill changes the rate of the penalty for those state employees who retired between July 1, 2011 and January 1, 2012 and for teachers who retired between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 who had at least 25 years of service on July 1, 2011 but had not attained 62 years of age to 2.25% for each year the person was below 62 years of age upon retirement from service.

    Amendment H-244
    This amendment is the minority report of the committee.

    This amendment makes clear that the change in the rate of the early retirement penalty for qualified members applies prospectively beginning October 1, 2019.

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund the one-time cost of the unfunded actuarial liability created as a result of the change in the rate of penalty for qualified members.

    LD 1184 fiscal note
    LD 1184 Amendment H-244 fiscal note
    LD 1194 An Act To Increase Property Tax Relief for Veterans Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-136, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 30, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1194
    This bill increases the property tax exemption beginning on or after April 1, 2020 from $6,000 to $10,000 of the just value of a home of a veteran who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during specified periods or who is receiving compensation from the United States Government for total, service-connected disability.

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

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 1194 Amendment S-136 fiscal note
    LD 1211 An Act To Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them To Organize for the Purpose of Collective Bargaining Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 11, 2019
    LD 1211
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

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

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

    LD 1214 fiscal note
    LD 1214 Amendment S-146 fiscal note
    LD 1278 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Requiring the State To Share Not Less Than 5 Percent of State Sales and Income Tax Revenue with Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
    LD 1278
    For the purpose of reducing the burden placed on the property tax to finance municipal services, this resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to require that not less than 5% of state sales and income tax revenue be distributed to municipalities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LD 1282 An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-413 and House amendment H-460, Enacted, Signed into law, June 17, 2019
    LD 1282
    This bill does the following.

    Part A requires competitive electricity providers to demonstrate, by 2040, that their portfolios of supply sources for retail electricity sales in this State are 80% accounted for by renewable resources. It also amends the State's goals for long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

    Part B creates the Task Force for a Green New Deal, which consists of 11 members including representatives of State Government, climate science, renewable energy, youth, labor and business. The task force is charged with creating a plan to advance environmental sustainability, renewable energy and economic growth for the State. The plan must include, but is not limited to, a renewable resources strategy to achieve 80% reliance on renewable resources for electricity supply by 2040; a job training strategy, including a training program to prepare workers for green jobs; and a residential energy strategy that provides incentives for installation of solar energy systems and heat pumps. The task force is required to submit a report on its plan by January 15, 2020 to the Governor, the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business, the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology and the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.

    Part C requires the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust to submit a report by January 1, 2020 that includes draft legislation to establish a virtual net metering program to encourage installation of solar photovoltaic energy systems on public school buildings.

    Part D creates the Commission on a Just Transition to a Low-carbon Economy. The commission includes 13 members. The purpose of the commission is to ensure that the State's transition to a low-carbon economy benefits all residents fairly and equitably. The commission is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature.

    Amendment H-413
    This amendment replaces the bill. This amendment:

    • 1. Requires construction employers constructing grid scale generation facilities to hire certain percentages of apprentices to work on the construction beginning in 2021;
    • 2. Requires that the Efficiency Maine Trust, in collaboration with the Department of Education, identify and provide incentives for cost-effective electric and natural gas conservation projects in new school construction projects; and
    • 3. Requires the Efficiency Maine Trust to establish, through a competitive solicitation process, a power purchase agreement for solar capacity to be installed on school property when a new school is being constructed.


    Amendment H-460
    This amendment includes as a qualifying apprentice an apprentice who is in an apprenticeship program registered with the United States Department of Labor.

    LD 1282 Chaptered Law
    LD 1282 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1310 An Act To Address the Shortage of Department of Transportation Snowplow Drivers and Other Transportation Workers Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1310
    This bill addresses the shortage of snowplow drivers and other transportation workers in the Department of Transportation by:
    • 1. Establishing 5 new Transportation Crew Supervisor positions; and
    • 2. Increasing the rate of pay for certain positions in the Department of Transportation by $2 per hour.


    LD 1324 Resolve, To Establish the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-157, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
    LD 1324
    This resolve establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security to examine options to better provide basic economic security to Maine people, including through the development of a direct cash payment system.

    Amendment S-157
    This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the resolve, which establishes the Committee To Study the Feasibility of Creating Basic Income Security, as follows.
    • 1. It changes the membership of the committee.
    • 2. It requires that the committee in fulfilling its duties invite input as necessary from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services and from the Governor's Office of Policy and Management.
    • 3. It changes the date of the committee's report to the Legislature.


    LD 1324 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1364 An Act Regarding Net Neutrality and Internet Policy Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-301 and House amendment H-342, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1364
    This bill prohibits a state agency or instrumentality from committing state funds in a manner that the agency or instrumentality knows would result in a direct payment to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees in writing to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, adopted on February 26, 2015, known as the Open Internet Order.

    Amendment H-301
    The amendment narrows the scope and application of the prohibition in the bill regarding committing state funds for payment to an Internet service provider. The amendment prohibits an agency, department or instrumentality of the State from committing state funds to an Internet service provider unless the Internet service provider agrees to provide net neutral service in the provision of Internet service directly to the state entity or the provision of service across advanced communications infrastructure constructed with the use of state funds. The amendment defines "net neutral service" as Internet service provided without engaging in any of the following: blocking of lawful content, applications, services or devices; throttling; or paid prioritization. The amendment removes the requirement in the bill that prohibits the commitment of state funds to an Internet service provider unless that provider agrees, in providing any service, to conform to the requirements of the Federal Communications Commission order, FCC 15-24, known as the Open Internet Order.

    Amendment H-342
    This amendment defines and uses the term "broadband Internet access service," which is the term the Federal Communications Commission uses in its net neutrality order, to refer to Internet services. The amendment modifies the definitions of the terms "paid prioritization" and "throttling" to be consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order. The amendment also clarifies that net neutrality continues to allow Internet service providers, consistent with the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality order, to address copyright infringement or other illegal activity and to address the needs of public safety and law enforcement as permitted by law or the provider's ability to do so. This amendment incorporates the provisions of House Amendment H-342 to Committee Amendment H-301.

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    LD 1385 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Corrections Officers Who Suffer Certain Injuries, Impairments or Medical Conditions Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 1385
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing corrections officers.
    • 1. It provides a supplemental benefit paid to a corrections officer who is injured by the acts of a patient or prisoner of the jail, prison or state correctional facility where the corrections officer works if the injury qualifies the corrections officer for workers' compensation benefits.
    • 2. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that a condition of impairment of health caused by an infectious disease resulting in total or partial disability or death of a corrections officer is presumed to have been suffered in the line of duty, unless it is shown otherwise.
    • 3. It amends the workers' compensation laws by including a rebuttable presumption that heart disease or hypertension suffered by a corrections officer was caused in the course of employment as a corrections officer, like the provisions of current law that establish a rebuttable presumption that cancer contracted by a firefighter was caused by exposure to carcinogens in the course of the firefighter's firefighting duties.


    LD 1386 An Act Regarding the Determination of the Prevailing Wage Rate for Public Works Projects Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-204 and Senate amendment S-342, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1386
    This bill directs the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, when determining prevailing hourly wages and benefits, to collect one set of data through conducting a survey of wages and benefits and a 2nd set of data through certified payroll submissions on state construction projects during 2 weeks in July of each year and to use the higher wage and benefit information of the 2 data sets to determine the prevailing hourly wage and benefit rate. This bill also increases from $50 to $250 the penalty for failing to provide requested information to the bureau.

    Amendment S-204
    Like the bill, this amendment requires 2 data sets to be reported to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards in order to determine the hourly prevailing wage and benefits rate paid in the construction industry but clarifies that the 2nd set of data, the certified payroll submissions on state construction of public works, is to come from reporting by state agencies that contract for the construction of public works. It also requires that all data must be submitted to the bureau by the 2nd week in October. It increases the penalties the director may assess against any person who fails to provide the information from $250 for all offenses, as in the bill, to $250 for the first offense, $500 for a 2nd offense and $1,000 for any subsequent offense. Lastly, it adds an appropriations and allocations section to fund a position in the department necessary for the administration of requirements of the bill, as amended.

    Amendment S-342
    This amendment eliminates the General Fund appropriations for one-half of the cost of one Statistician II position within the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards and instead provides Other Special Revenue Funds allocations for the full cost of the position.

    LD 1386 Amendment S-204 fiscal note
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    LD 1395 An Act To Create Fairness for Dispatchers in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-551, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
    LD 1395
    This bill adds dispatchers to the categories of participating local district employees for which a special retirement plan is available. Participating local districts that elect to cover their dispatchers by a more favorable special plan are responsible for the payment of any increased employer costs associated with such an election. Depending upon the plan that is elected, dispatchers may also pay an increased member contribution rate for participation in the more favorable special plan.

    Amendment H-551
    This amendment clarifies that a dispatcher may not be added to a special retirement plan by a participating local district that does not have a specific age requirement unless the dispatcher has completed at least 25 years of creditable service.

    LD 1395 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1396 An Act To Update the Laws Governing the Regional Library Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-182, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
    LD 1396
    This bill makes administrative updates to the laws governing regional library systems. It promotes cooperation between library systems by replacing library districts with library regions, consolidating the district councils by establishing the Maine Library Advisory Council to serve as an advisory body to the library regions and directing staff of the Maine State Library holding the position of consultant or specialist to provide services to library regions as appointed by the State Librarian. The bill also revises the membership and terms of the Maine Library Commission.

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

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    LD 1426 An Act To Increase Protections for Land Installment Contracts Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-582, Enacted in both chambers June 17, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1426
    This bill expands the definition of "land installment contracts," creates foreclosure procedures for residential land installment contracts that include a 90-day redemption period and removes the right to cure of the purchaser and imposes mortgagee requirements on the foreclosing party. This bill also requires the vendor of a land installment contract to certify that the property meets the warranty of habitability under state law, makes the vendor of a land installment contract a creditor under the Maine Consumer Credit Code and, along with other remedies, makes a violation of the provisions regarding land installment contracts a violation under the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

    Amendment H-582
    This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary. It amends the bill to make clear that the parties to a rent-to-own or option-to-buy contract may agree to treat the agreement as a residential lease subject to the rental statutes in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, chapters 709, 710 and 710-A; otherwise the residential properties foreclosure procedures apply. If the contract is treated as a residential lease agreement, the down payment is treated as a security deposit and must be returned when the rental ends.

    The bill requires vendors who engage in land installment contracts to be treated as creditors under the Maine Consumer Credit Code. The amendment exempts vendors who engage in no more than one land installment contract per year.

    LD 1426 Amendment H-582 fiscal note
    LD 1450 Resolve, To Mitigate the Increasing Waiting List for Services under the MaineCare Section 21 Waiver Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1450
    This resolve establishes a 2-year pilot project to provide housing to adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder who are on the waiting list for home and community-based benefits provided under the Department of Health and Human Services rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 21. The pilot project must be modeled on a program operated in the Town of Kittery by A House for ME and must provide housing to 2 to 3 residents in each home and, with the assistance of community volunteers, assist those residents in becoming active, contributing members of the community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    LD 1472 An Act To Create a Commission To Establish a State Bank Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
    LD 1472
    This bill establishes the State Bank and Tax Reduction Commission, which is charged with making recommendations and suggesting legislation for a legal and organizational framework for the establishment and oversight of a state-owned bank and tax rate reduction policy.

    LD 1480 An Act To Modify Retirement Plans for Fire Investigators and Sergeants Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-568, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1480
    This bill changes the eligibility requirements for the retirement of a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from 55 years of age and 25 years of creditable service to just 20 years of creditable service.

    Amendment H-568
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee and replaces the bill. The amendment changes the eligibility requirements for the retirement of a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System from 55 years of age and 25 years of creditable service to 20 years of creditable service. The amendment establishes a special retirement plan for a state fire marshal investigator, state fire marshal senior investigator and state fire marshal sergeant based on 20 years of creditable service.

    The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to provide the funding.

    LD 1480 Amendment H-568 fiscal note
    LD 1483 An Act To Clarify the Disposition of Funds Presumed Abandoned in a Lawyer's Trust Account Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-575, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
    LD 1483
    This bill clarifies that funds presumed abandoned under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act in a lawyer's trust account for which identifying client information can be found must be delivered to the Treasurer of State. It provides that funds presumed abandoned in a lawyer's trust account for which no identifying client information can be found must be transferred to the lawyer's trust account program manager to be used to provide funding to organizations whose primary purpose is to provide civil legal aid to low-income residents of the State.

    Amendment H-575
    This amendment is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary.

    The bill directs lawyers, law firms and financial institutions to report to the Treasurer of State when there are funds in a lawyer's trust account for which the owner cannot be identified and deliver those funds to the lawyer's trust account program manager designated by the Supreme Judicial Court for use for civil legal services. The amendment addresses such funds currently held as unclaimed property by requiring the Treasurer of State to transfer to the lawyer's trust account program manager all such funds held on the effective date of this legislation by the Treasurer of State that were delivered to the Treasurer of State before the effective date of this legislation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LD 1529 Amendment H-448 fiscal note
    LD 1554 Resolve, Establishing a Commission To Reform Child Protective Services Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1554
    This resolve establishes the Commission To Reform Child Protective Services. The commission is required to submit a report, including suggested legislation, for presentation to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 1572 An Act To Enact the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1572
    This bill establishes the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act, the purpose of which is to ensure that a person is not denied housing based solely on the existence of a history of criminal convictions. This bill prohibits a housing provider from considering an applicant's criminal history until after the housing provider determines that the applicant meets all other qualifications for tenancy.

    A person who is aggrieved by a violation of the Maine Fair Chance Housing Act by a housing provider may file a grievance with the Maine Human Rights Commission and, if it is a violation by a private housing provider, may bring a civil action in court.

    LD 1589 An Act To Protect the Liberty of Immigrants and Asylum Seekers in Maine Status: Dead, Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held May 29, 2019, in Committee when the legislature adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
    LD 1589
    This bill establishes the Maine Liberty Act, which governs the relationship of state and local law enforcement agencies, including correctional facilities, with federal immigration authorities, including:
    • 1. Prohibiting a law enforcement agency from stopping, investigating, interrogating, arresting or detaining a person solely for immigration enforcement purposes, including in response to a hold request, immigration detainer or administrative warrant issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security, or allowing the United States Department of Homeland Security access to inmates, inmate information or law enforcement agency facilities or providing law enforcement agency resources or personnel to assist immigration enforcement activities;
    • 2. Clarifying that a law enforcement agency upon a request from the United States Department of Homeland Security may arrest and detain a person and perform other law enforcement duties due to suspected criminal activity or other reasons not solely based on the person's immigration status;
    • 3. Establishing the permissible scope of collaboration of a law enforcement agency with a joint law enforcement task force and requiring reporting to the Attorney General on all arrests made by the task force, including all arrests made for immigration enforcement purposes;
    • 4. Requiring a law enforcement agency to release as soon as possible and detain no longer than 48 hours a person determined to be held solely for immigration enforcement purposes;
    • 5. Establishing duties and prohibitions for law enforcement agencies regarding immigration issues of inmates, including requiring the agency to inform an inmate of the inmate's rights prior to interview by an immigration authority and whether the agency intends to comply with a hold request and prohibiting an agency from restricting access to educational programming and good conduct credits or determining an inmate's custodial status based upon the inmate's immigration status;
    • 6. Requiring the Attorney General to publish a model policy regarding limiting assistance to immigration authorities in public facilities and publish guidance, audit criteria and training recommendations to ensure that a database operated by a state or local law enforcement agency limits the availability of database information to immigration authorities; and
    • 7. Requiring a law enforcement agency to record certain information regarding hold requests and certain other information from immigration authorities received by the agency and to report quarterly to the Attorney General on this information.


    LD 1595 An Act To Enhance the Child Welfare Ombudsman Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1595
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the ombudsman program that provides ombudsman services to the children and families of the State regarding child welfare services provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
    • 1. It provides that the program is an independent program operated as a nonprofit organization to provide investigative, oversight and advocacy services on a statewide basis.
    • 2. It requires the program to provide oversight of child welfare practice and policy to ensure the rights and safety of children and their families.
    • 3. It specifies staffing for the program.
    • 4. It provides that the Governor appoints the ombudsman, subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and to confirmation by the Legislature.
    • 5. It provides that the ombudsman serves a 7-year term of office.
    • 6. It requires the ombudsman to submit the ombudsman's budget recommendations, using a format prescribed by the State Budget Officer, as part of the unified current services budget legislation.
    • 7. It provides full-time program employees access to health insurance benefits provided to state employees and retirement benefits provided to state employees.
    • 8. It requires the program to provide services directly to individuals and families and authorizes the program to provide systemwide comment to the department and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters.
    • 9. It requires the department to inform the ombudsman of any statewide policy or practice changes in child welfare before they take effect.
    • 10. It allows the ombudsman to participate in trainings, studies or policy development activities conducted by the department.
    • 11. It requires the ombudsman to be available to provide information about child welfare issues on a statewide basis to individuals and entities outside the department.
    • 12. It authorizes the ombudsman to disclose confidential information, records or case-specific reports to a joint standing committee, joint select committee or oversight committee of the Legislature meeting in executive session.


    LD 1611 An Act To Support Universal Health Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1611
    This bill establishes the Maine Health Plan to provide universal health care coverage to all residents of this State. The bill is modeled on proposed legislation considered in Minnesota.

    LD 1617 An Act To Create a Single-payer Health Care Program in Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1617
    This bill establishes a single-payer health care program in the State that provides health care services for Maine residents. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to consult with the Department of Labor and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to develop the program. The bill requires the State to implement the program in 3 phases, based on income, beginning in 2022 for those residents not eligible for the MaineCare program. The bill also creates the Single-payer Implementation Task Force to advise the departments and make recommendations to fully implement the single-payer health care program. The program may not be implemented in 2022 without prior legislative approval.

    LD 1639 An Act To Require Comprehensive Responsible Contracting Practices for Public Construction Projects Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1639
    Part A, for the purpose of ensuring that the work on public construction contracts is performed by responsible, qualified contractors that maintain the capacity, expertise, personnel and other qualifications and resources necessary to successfully perform public contracts in a timely, reliable and cost-effective manner, establishes responsible contractor requirements for publicly funded construction projects that receive state funds. The Part outlines a responsible contractor certification process to be administered by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of General Services. Part A also clarifies that, for the purpose of the law requiring fair minimum rate of wages and benefits on public works contracts, "public works" includes any construction projects funded all or in part with state funds.

    Part A also amends the method of determining the prevailing wage and benefits rate paid in the construction industry to require the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to ascertain the applicable wage and benefits rates established in collective bargaining agreements in private construction and includes in benefits wages paid to apprentices in apprenticeship programs registered with the department.

    Part B requires the Executive Director of the Workers' Compensation Board or the executive director's designee to immediately issue a stop-work order to an employer who fails to procure workers' compensation insurance coverage. It requires the executive director or the executive director's designee to issue a stop-work order to an employer if the executive director or the executive director's designee finds after a hearing that the employer knowingly misrepresented employees as independent contractors or provided false, incomplete or misleading information to an insurance company on the numbers of employees the employer has for the purpose of paying a lower payment.

    Part C encourages the State to use project labor agreements for large-scale state-funded construction projects of $10,000,000 or more. A project labor agreement is a prehire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor unions that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project.

    Part D requires an employer with a public works contract with the State of $50,000 or more to provide to all employees who will be on the construction work site a safety training program that uses a curriculum approved by the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and that is at least 10 hours in duration. Flaggers, security workers and certain other employees not considered to be on the work site are exempt from this requirement. A contractor that violates this safety training program requirement may be assessed a fine of up to $2,500 and an additional fine of $100 per employee for each day of noncompliance.

    Part E provides that for public works construction contracts that involve funding from the Federal Government the prevailing wage requirements in state law apply unless the prevailing wage requirements that would otherwise apply under the federal Davis-Bacon Act would result in higher total wages under the contract. An exception is provided for funds received under the United States Housing Act of 1937 if the application of a state prevailing wage is expressly preempted by federal law.

    LD 1664 An Act To Place Funds for the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program into a Trust Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-188, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
    LD 1664
    This bill provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program are held in a trust fund. It renames the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Trust Fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

    Amendment S-188
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment provides that funds held in connection with the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program that are not necessary to support the normal costs and administrative costs of the program are held in a trust fund. It directs the Treasurer of State to invest the funds in the trust fund in accordance with the state-held trust investment policy of the Treasurer of State.

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    LD 1674 An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-290, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1674
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program.
    • 1. It requires a county or municipality that employs a county or municipal law enforcement officer or municipal firefighter to notify such an employee of the program in writing no later than 60 days following the effective date of hire of that employee. Such an employee must choose in writing whether to enroll in the program. A copy of the form on which an employee chooses to enroll in the program or to not enroll in the program must be retained by the county or municipality.
    • 2. It provides that, when the effective date of hire of the eligible person is on or after October 1, 2019, the eligible person must enroll in the program no later than 5 years following the effective date of hire.
    • 3. It increases the amount of the premium subsidy from 45% to 55%.
    • 4. It provides that enrollees retiring from counties or municipalities that do not participate in the majority multiple-employer welfare arrangement and do not provide health insurance coverage for retirees may enroll in the group health plan available to state employees.
    • 5. It provides that an enrollee may participate in the group health insurance plan in which the enrollee's spouse participates if that plan is offered in this State or in another group health insurance plan that is offered in this State.
    • 6. It provides that an enrollee who is not receiving wages from a county or municipal employer on account of an absence from work due to an injury compensable under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992, a disability for which the enrollee is receiving a disability retirement benefit from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System or a leave of absence must contribute to the Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers Health Insurance Program Fund for the period of time of the absence from work based on the enrollee's gross wages immediately before the absence from work in order for the enrollee to be eligible for coverage under the program.


    Amendment S-290
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment delays until July 1, 2021 the provision to increase the state share of the premium subsidy for enrollees in the Retired County and Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Municipal Firefighters Health Insurance Program from 45% to 55%.

    LD 1674 Chaptered Law
    LD 1674 Chaptered Law fiscal note

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