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Senator Susan Deschambault [Democrat]
York ~ District 32

Towns in District: Alfred, Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Kennebunkport and Lyman

Would be term limited: 2022
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

Joint Committees:
♦ Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Chair)
♦ State and Local Government

✉ Susan.Deschambault@legislature.maine.gov
☎ (207) 287-1515

✉ 100 Saco Falls Way, Apt 611
Biddeford, Maine 04005


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters64%
Maine People's Alliance, 201880%
Maine Conservation Voters, 20189 of 9
Maine Conservation Voters, 20177 of 7
AFL-CIO, 201790%
Planned Parenthood Maine Action Fund, 2017100%

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LD 456 An Act To Strengthen the Qualifications for County Sheriffs Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-13, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 456
This bill requires candidates for the office of county sheriff to have 5 years of law enforcement supervisory experience. Currently, the law requires 5 years of supervisory experience generally.

Amendment S-13
This amendment reduces the required number of years of supervisory experience from 5 years to 2 years and specifies that the supervisory experience must be in law enforcement or corrections or a combination of both.

LD 456 Chaptered Law
LD 456 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 457 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Riverfront Community Development Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 457
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to fund a grant program to invest in projects along the State's rivers that contribute to economic, environmental and community development and revitalization, promote economic activity, protect the environment and enhance quality of life for Maine people.

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

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

LD 636 Amendment S-236 fiscal note
LD 794 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 794
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $6,000,000, will be used to provide funds to recapitalize the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to provide grants and loans to municipalities for public facilities and infrastructure.

LD 805 An Act To Clarify the Laws Governing Taste Testing and Retail Sales of Liquor at Farmers' Markets and To Allow Retail Sales at Other Taste-testing Events Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-248, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 805
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to clarify the laws governing the taste testing and retail sale of liquor at farmers' markets.

Amendment S-248
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill, which is a concept draft.

This amendment combines, clarifies and removes several inconsistencies in the laws governing the retail sale and taste testing of Maine-manufactured liquor at farmers' markets.

As in current law, under the amendment a licensed Maine small brewery, small winery or small distillery may conduct retail sales or taste-testing events at a farmers' market subject to the applicable bylaws of the farmers' market. The amendment clarifies that approval from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the municipality where the farmers' market will be held is required for both retail sales and taste-testing events. The amendment removes the provision of current law that limits to 2 the number of taste-testing events that may be held by a licensee at a farmers' market each month.

The amendment eliminates the provisions of current law that allow a Maine brewery, winery or distillery that produces more than 50,000 gallons per year, which is not authorized under current law to sell its products at a farmers' market, to conduct taste-testing events at a farmers' market.

The amendment also allows a licensed Maine brewery, small brewery, winery, small winery, distillery or small distillery that participates in a taste-testing event under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A, section 1052-D to conduct retail sales of malt liquor, wine or spirits produced by that manufacturer during the taste-testing event.

LD 805 Chaptered Law
LD 805 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 913 An Act To Amend the Laws on Gross Sexual Assault, Unlawful Sexual Contact and Unlawful Sexual Touching To Include Counseling Professionals (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-117, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 913
This bill makes it unlawful for a member of the clergy who is in a position of trust or authority over another person to cause the other person to submit to or participate in a sexual act, sexual contact or sexual touching by exploiting the person's emotional dependency on the member of the clergy. It also places the current definition of "domestic partner" in the definition section of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 17-A, chapter 11 and deletes repetitive definitions of "domestic partner" found throughout the chapter.

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

LD 913 Amendment S-117 fiscal note
LD 914 An Act To Enhance the Recruitment and Retention of Marine Patrol Sergeants Status: Referred to Marine Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 914
This bill provides funding to increase the salaries of Marine Patrol Sergeants in the Department of Marine Resources by 5%.

LD 1114 An Act To Humanely Treat Animals Trapped in Buildings Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1114
This bill requires an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who responds to a report of an animal trapped in a building to attempt to capture and release the animal unharmed unless doing so would pose a threat to public health or safety.

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 1354 An Act To Eliminate the Penalties for State and Teacher Retirees Who Return to Employment Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1354
This bill eliminates the provisions in law that limit employment of a retired state employee or teacher to 5 years and 75% of the compensation established for the position.

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 1723 An Act To Allow the Confinement of Female Prisoners at the Long Creek Youth Development Center (Emergency) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1723
This bill allows female adult prisoners to be confined at the Long Creek Youth Development Center.

LD 1724 An Act To Amend the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 and Related Provisions Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-234, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1724
This bill amends the Maine Emergency Medical Services Act of 1982 and related provisions. The bill:
  • 1. Amends and repeals certain definitions;
  • 2. Adds 3 positions to the Medical Direction and Practices Board: a pediatric physician, an emergency medical services person licensed to provide basic life support and an emergency medical services person licensed to provide advanced life support;
  • 3. Changes the title "statewide assistant emergency medical services medical director" to "statewide associate emergency medical services medical director";
  • 4. Makes the statewide associate emergency medical services medical director an ex officio member of the Emergency Medical Services Board;
  • 5. Adds a representative in the field of pediatrics to the Emergency Medical Services Board; and
  • 6. Gives the Emergency Medical Services Board the authority to deny or refuse to renew an emergency medical services person license and to revoke a license.


Amendment S-234
This amendment replaces the bill and does the following.
  • 1. The amendment amends and repeals certain definitions and changes terminology in the emergency medical services field regarding first responders and paramedics to general terminology that correlates with emergency medical services licensing.
  • 2. The amendment adds 3 positions to the Medical Direction and Practices Board: a pediatric physician, an emergency medical services person licensed to provide basic life support and an emergency medical services person licensed to provide advanced life support.
  • 3. The amendment changes the job title "statewide assistant emergency medical services medical director" to "statewide associate emergency medical services medical director."
  • 4. The amendment makes the statewide associate emergency medical services medical director an ex officio member of the Emergency Medical Services Board and adds to the board a representative in the field of pediatrics.
  • 5. The amendment gives the Emergency Medical Services Board the authority to deny or refuse to renew an emergency medical services person license or revoke a license.


LD 1724 Chaptered Law
LD 1724 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 31 An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 7, 2019
LD 31
This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.

LD 31 Chaptered Law
LD 31 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 34 An Act To Exempt Fraternal and Veterans' Organizations from Cribbage Tournament Licensing Requirements Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-92, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 34
This bill authorizes nonprofit fraternal and veterans' organizations to conduct cribbage tournaments in which no cash prizes are awarded without obtaining a license from or registering with the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit.

Amendment H-92
This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. Under current law, an organization must obtain a license to hold or conduct a game of chance, including a card game, if the players risk something of value for the opportunity to win something of value. The amendment modifies the definition of "something of value" to clarify that a license is not required merely because players are entitled to play the game of chance for free or to be entertained for free while playing the game.

LD 34 Chaptered Law
LD 34 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 67 An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-72, Enacted, Signed into law June 27, 2019
LD 67
This bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault. These changes apply only to those Class A, Class B and Class C crimes of unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault committed on or after the effective date of this legislation or for which the prosecution has not yet been barred by the statute of limitations in force immediately prior to the effective date of this legislation.

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

Amendment S-72
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 67 Chaptered Law
LD 67 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 122 An Act To Prohibit an Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 122
This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring that a prospective employee's compensation history meet certain criteria. An employer that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected prospective employee by the Department of Labor or the affected employee.

LD 123 An Act To Prohibit the State from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
LD 123
This bill prohibits the State, as an employer, from inquiring about a prospective employee's compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits the State from requiring that a prospective employee's compensation history meet certain criteria. A department, agency or entity of the State that violates this provision is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per intentional violation.

LD 128 An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 10, 2019
LD 128
This bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.

Funding is provided to restore all positions and for related All Other costs to reopen and operate the Downeast Correctional Facility beginning October 1, 2019.

LD 129 An Act To Protect a Child from Misuse of Identity Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 129
This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to protect a child from the misuse of the identity of the child for household, business or commercial purposes. The rules must provide for releases to make an inquiry, to review information and to refer a matter to the Attorney General if the department finds that a child's identity has been misused. The bill requires the department to report by April 1st each year to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters on the results of child identity inquiries, reviews of information and referrals.

LD 131 An Act To Permit a Veterans Organization To Lease Its Facility to an Organization That Is Registered To Operate Beano or Bingo Games without Obtaining a Commercial Beano Hall Permit Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-16, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 131
This bill exempts a veterans organization from the requirement to obtain a commercial beano hall permit in order to lease its facility to an organization registered to operate "beano" or "bingo" games.

Amendment H-16
This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and makes technical changes to the statutes governing beano and bingo. The amendment clarifies that a charitable, educational, political, civic, recreational, fraternal, patriotic, religious or veterans organization that seeks to obtain a registration to conduct "beano" or "bingo" must be a bona fide nonprofit organization.

LD 131 Chaptered Law
LD 131 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 141 An Act To Promote Highway Safety by Restricting the Use of Marijuana and Possession of an Open Marijuana Container in a Vehicle 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 141
This bill makes it a traffic infraction to consume marijuana or a marijuana product, to possess an open container of marijuana or a marijuana product in the passenger area of a vehicle or to place marijuana or a marijuana product in a container labeled by the manufacturer of the container as containing a nonmarijuana substance. This bill is similar to the provisions of law making consuming alcohol or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a vehicle a traffic infraction.

LD 270 An Act To Eliminate Certain Motor Vehicle Inspections in the State Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
LD 270
This bill repeals statutory provisions requiring inspections for motor vehicles registered in the State, except that the provisions regarding inspection of commercial vehicles, trailers and semitrailers under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 1753; inspection of fire trucks under Title 29-A, section 1755; and inspection by dealers and transporters under Title 29-A, section 1754 are not repealed.

LD 276 An Act To Provide Equity in the State Income Tax Deduction for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, February 28, 2019
LD 276
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 329 An Act To Exempt from Criminal Liability Persons Reporting a Drug-related Medical Emergency Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-178, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 329
This bill exempts from arrest or prosecution a person who in good faith seeks medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose or who is experiencing a drug-related overdose and is in need of medical assistance. The person may not be arrested or prosecuted for a violation of laws prohibiting the possession of scheduled drugs, acquiring drugs by deception, the possession of hypodermic apparatuses and the use of drug paraphernalia or a violation of probation if the grounds for arrest or prosecution are obtained as a result of the person's seeking medical assistance or experiencing a drug-related overdose.

Amendment H-178
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 329 Chaptered Law
LD 329 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 335 An Act To Require the State To Distribute 25 Percent of Adult Use Marijuana Retail Sales and Excise Tax Revenue to Generating Municipalities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-484 and Senate amendment S-287, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 17, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 335
This bill allocates 25% of the gross sales and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments in the State to the municipalities where the revenue was generated and makes a reduction to the amount deposited in the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund.

Amendment H-484
This amendment changes from 25% to 12% the amount of sales tax and excise tax revenue generated by adult use marijuana establishments required to be transferred to the municipalities where the revenue was generated after the transfer to the Adult Use Marijuana Public Health and Safety Fund and the deduction of state administrative costs.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-287
This amendment makes technical changes to the bill, as amended by Committee Amendment H-484 that are necessitated by recent changes to the laws governing adult use marijuana that were enacted in Public Law 2019, chapter 231.

LD 335 Amendment H-484 fiscal note
LD 335 Amendment S-287 fiscal note
LD 357 An Act Regarding Court Facilities in York County Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 18, 2019
LD 357
This bill resolves logistical issues created by the construction of a consolidated courthouse for York County in Biddeford. Earlier legislation that authorized construction of the courthouse did not factor in adequate space for the office of the district attorney, a required component of the judicial process. This bill provides for the construction of a building of sufficient size to accommodate the office of the district attorney to be connected to the new courthouse. This bill authorizes the issuance of up to $6,000,000 in Maine Government Facilities Authority securities to construct the building, but the planning and design, a joint project by the judicial branch and York County, will be covered by the existing funding of the courthouse.

The goal of this bill is to make the new building as cost-neutral to the parties as possible. York County will pay the debt service on the bonds and pay annual rent for the land of $1 until the debt service is fully paid, at which time the State will transfer the land and building to York County for $1. In addition, the 3 district court buildings vacated when the new consolidated courthouse opens must be transferred at no cost to York County for its exclusive use.

LD 358 An Act To Increase Funding for Career and Technical Education for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Emergency) Status: Dead, Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment S-190, failed enactment as an emergency measure in the House, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate, June 7, 2019 in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
LD 358
This bill provides $1,000,000 in fiscal year 2018-19 to the General Purpose Aid for Local Schools program within the Department of Education in order to fully fund the cost of career and technical education pursuant to current law. This bill also amends Public Law 2017, chapter 446 to reflect the additional funding.

Amendment S-190
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes and replaces the bill and raises the cap on the career and technical education funding formula provision regarding the allocation for career and technical education centers or regions for which the sum of the program components is greater than the most recent expenditure data, as adjusted for inflation to the year prior to the allocation year, from 5% to 15%. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 358 Amendment S-190 fiscal note
LD 393 An Act To Change the Eligibility Requirements for the Property Tax Fairness Credit Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 393
This bill changes the formula for calculation of the property tax fairness credit to expand the credit to residents whose property taxes or rent constituting property taxes on homestead property exceeds 5%, rather than 6% in current law, of the residents' income for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020.

LD 430 An Act To Establish and Promote a System of Safe Disposal of Expired Marine Flares Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-627, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 19, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 430
This bill establishes within the Department of Public Safety programs for the collection and disposal of expired marine flares and for education of the public and state agency personnel regarding expired marine flares.

Amendment H-627
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment adds to the bill a directive that the Commissioner of Public Safety use appropriated General Fund funding for the purposes of the bill and authorizes the commissioner to accept and use for those purposes gifts, donations and contributions. The amendment adds an appropriation in fiscal year 2019-20 of $43,500 to enable the State Fire Marshal to purchase a new high temperature thermal destruction incinerator.

LD 430 Amendment H-627 fiscal note
LD 433 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Explicitly Prohibit Discrimination Based on the Sex of an Individual Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, both chambers accepted Majority Committee report, Ought to Pass as amended by Committee amendment H-230 and engrossed, May 23, 2019, House tabled pending final passage, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 433
This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the denial or abridgment by the State or any political subdivision of the State of equal rights based on the sex of an individual.

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

LD 433 Amendment H-230 fiscal note
LD 449 An Act To Impose a Mandatory Sentence for the Crime of Aggravated Unlawful Operation of a Methamphetamine Laboratory Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 449
This bill adds the crime of aggravated unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory to the list of drug offenses that carry a mandatory 4-year minimum sentence.

LD 476 Resolve, To Review the Delivery of Services to the Citizens of the State by the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 476
This resolve requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, working with health and human services providers in York County and Cumberland County as well as with other stakeholders, to review the programs, services and operations of the Department of Health and Human Services and determine if any of those programs, services and operations can be delivered more efficiently at the county level. The commissioner is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services detailing the findings of the review. The committee is authorized to submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 507 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Employer Recovery of Overcompensation Paid to an Employee Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 13, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 507
This bill amends the definition of "overcompensation" by an employer to include compensation in the form of paid leave. It changes the maximum amount an employer can withhold from an employee's pay to recover overcompensation from 10% to 5%. It prohibits an employer from recovering more than the amount of overcompensation paid to an employee in the 3 years preceding the discovery of the overcompensation. The bill also specifies that the section of law regarding overcompensation by employers that includes these provisions does not limit or affect an employee's general civil remedies against an employer.

LD 628 An Act To Ensure Comprehensive Access to Menstrual Products in All Maine's Jails, County Correctional Facilities and State Correctional and Detention Facilities Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-176, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
LD 628
This bill adds to the rights of a person residing in a correctional or detention facility under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections the right to comprehensive access to menstrual products, including sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups, provided without charge to a female person residing in the correctional or detention facility.

This bill provides that any female person incarcerated in a jail or other county correctional facility has a right to comprehensive access to menstrual products, including, but not limited to, sanitary pads, tampons and menstrual cups, without charge to the incarcerated person.

Amendment H-176
This amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment changes the person entitled to menstrual products from a female person to a person who menstruates. The amendment removes menstrual cups from the products in the bill that are required to be provided. The amendment requires that products, including but not limited to sanitary pads and tampons, be provided and available at all times and without inconvenience to the person who resides in the jail, county correctional facility or state correctional or detention facility.

LD 628 Chaptered Law
LD 628 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 644 An Act To Improve Safety at State Courthouses Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
LD 644
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to provide funding to update screening equipment at courthouses located throughout the State and to replace outdated screening equipment that may be causing exposure to radiation. It proposes to establish a protocol for testing and repairing existing screening equipment. It also proposes to develop a long-range plan for testing and replacing screening equipment in a timely manner.

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

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

LD 648 Chaptered Law
LD 648 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 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 753 An Act To Allow Voters To Choose Ongoing Absentee Voter Status Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 753
This bill provides a process for a voter to request ongoing absentee voter status in a municipality that has approved the use of ongoing absentee voter status, which allows the voter to automatically receive an absentee ballot for each statewide and municipal election until the status is terminated.

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

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

LD 761 fiscal note
LD 761 Amendment H-404 fiscal note
LD 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 768 Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 768
This resolve establishes the Commission To Research the Economic Disparities of Racial and Ethnic Populations.

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

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

LD 779 Chaptered Law
LD 779 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 788 An Act To Authorize the Use of Handheld Narcotics Analyzers Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, April 25, 2019
LD 788
This bill provides that a law enforcement agency that has in its possession a drug or substance for analysis as a scheduled drug may, in addition to or instead of analysis of the drug or substance in a laboratory, submit the drug or substance for analysis by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer that has been evaluated and certified by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory as reliable for field testing of scheduled drugs. The bill requires that a law enforcement officer who analyzes a drug or substance by means of a handheld narcotics analyzer in accordance with procedures adopted by the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory must upon completion of the analysis issue a signed certificate stating the results of the analysis. The bill provides that such a certificate, when duly signed and sworn to by a person certified as qualified for this purpose by the Department of Health and Human Services under certification standards set by that department, is admissible in evidence in a court of the State, and gives rise to a permissible inference under the Maine Rules of Evidence, Rule 303 that the composition, quality and quantity of the drug or substance are as stated in the certificate, unless, with 10 days' written notice to the prosecution, the defendant requests that a qualified witness testify as to the composition, quality and quantity.

LD 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
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LD 858 Resolve, Directing the Department of Education To Study and Make Recommendations Relating to School Safety and Security Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-128, Finally passed, Signed into law May 15, 2019
LD 858
This resolve directs the Department of Education to study and make recommendations for the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center based on a report created by Safe Havens International, the top recommendation of which was the establishment of such a center. The department is directed to issue a report, including its recommendations for the establishment of a center and any suggested legislation, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by October 15, 2019. The joint standing committee is authorized to submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

Amendment H-128
This amendment clarifies that the Department of Education is required to study and make recommendations relating to school safety and security, including, but not limited to, planning to mitigate the potential risks associated with opening school facilities to the public when a school is used as a polling place and the establishment of a Maine School Safety Center. The amendment requires the department to submit a preliminary report to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs by December 15, 2019 and a final report by December 15, 2020. The amendment authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill to the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature instead of the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature as proposed in the bill.

LD 858 Chaptered Law
LD 858 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 859 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Equipment for Career and Technical Education Centers and Regions Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 859
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used to provide funds to make capital improvements to and purchase equipment for career and technical education centers and regions for high school students.

LD 876 Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Heath Services To Build Peer Respite Program Capacity in Maine by Implementing at Least One Peer Respite Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 876
This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services, office of substance abuse and mental health services to implement by means of a request-for-proposals process at least one peer respite program in the State to provide a voluntary, short-term residential program designed to support individuals experiencing, or at risk of, a psychiatric crisis.

LD 889 An Act To Require the Labeling of Foods Made with Nanotechnology (By request) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 28, 2019
LD 889
This bill requires that a label be placed on any food or food product offered for sale in the State made with the use of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is the branch of technology concerned with the control of matter with dimensions of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.

LD 890 An Act To Expand Workforce Access by Creating Apprenticeship Programs To Increase Access to Licensure in Certain Occupations Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 6, 2019
LD 890
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact the Expanded Workforce Access Act of 2019, which will authorize the use of apprenticeships as an alternative means of obtaining licenses to perform certain occupations. Occupations included under this Act may include, but are not limited to, barbering or limited barbering and nail technology.

This bill will expand access to the workforce by allowing individuals to fulfill licensing requirements through participation in apprenticeship programs, thus allowing participants to earn a paycheck at the same time as they acquire hands-on training and experience. Under this bill:

  • 1. The licensing boards for the occupations that are included in this expanded apprenticeship program will grant licenses to applicants who meet criteria established by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation;
  • 2. The criteria established may include, without limitation:
    • A. Successful completion of the 8th grade;
    • B. Completion of an apprenticeship that is approved by the Department of Labor or the United States Department of Labor or in accordance with any applicable state or federal law. For purposes of this bill, "apprenticeship" is defined as a program that meets the federal guidelines set out in 29 United States Code, Section 50 and 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 29; and
    • C. Successful completion of any necessary examination, as determined by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The passing score on an examination for a participant in the expanded apprenticeship model may not exceed the passing score that is otherwise required under the rules adopted by the applicable licensing board. If the rules adopted by the applicable licensing board do not otherwise require successful completion of an examination, an examination may not be required for participation in the expanded apprenticeship program.
  • 3. The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation will be required to adopt rules necessary to implement the expanded apprenticeship program, including limitations on the length of and the numbers of hours required by each authorized apprenticeship.


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

LD 1018 Resolve, To Review the Laws Governing the Enforcement of Protection from Abuse Orders (By request) Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1018
This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to convene a work group to review the laws governing enforcement of protection from abuse orders and how those orders are enforced by law enforcement officers.

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 1032 An Act To Ensure Sufficient Representation of Adults Receiving Mental Health Services on Local Councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
LD 1032
This bill amends the laws governing the membership of local councils within the Consumer Council System of Maine. It requires that at least 33% of the membership of a local council that consists of 6 or fewer members and at least 40% of the membership of a local council that consists of 7 or more members must consist of adults receiving mental health services.

LD 1061 An Act To Establish a Fund To Compensate Unjustly Incarcerated Persons 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 1061
This bill creates the Unjustly Incarcerated Persons Compensation Fund and establishes compensation amounts and a process for the application for and determination of compensation. The bill establishes compensation of $25,000 per year of unjust incarceration and $10,000 for each year that the person eligible for compensation was required to register as a sex offender.

The bill provides for compensation payments to be made in a lump sum, and only in a lump sum in the case of a deceased person, or as an annuity.

A person is eligible to seek compensation if the person has served in whole or in part a sentence of imprisonment under the laws of this State and the person has:

  • 1. Received a full and free pardon on the basis of innocence for the crime for which the person was sentenced;
  • 2. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus that is based on a court finding or determination that the person is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced; or
  • 3. Has been granted relief in accordance with a writ of habeas corpus and the court in which the person was convicted has entered an order dismissing the charge. The court's dismissal order must be based on a motion to dismiss in which the district attorney or the Attorney General states that no credible evidence exists that inculpates the defendant and, either in the motion or in an affidavit, the district attorney or the Attorney General states that the district attorney or Attorney General believes that the defendant is actually innocent of the crime for which the person was sentenced.

The bill repeals the existing law providing a maximum payment of $300,000 for wrongful imprisonment that is based on a pardon granted on the basis of innocence.

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
LD 1092 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1111 An Act Regarding Driver's License Suspensions Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-576, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
LD 1111
This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the suspension of a driver's license of a person who negligently operates a motor vehicle in a manner so as to cause the death of another person.
  • 1. It removes the requirement that prior to the suspension, the Secretary of State notify any family of the victim and consider written or oral statements received from the family in response to the notice.
  • 2. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended operated a motor vehicle with criminal negligence as described in the Maine Criminal Code.
  • 3. It requires the Secretary of State to find that the person whose license is to be suspended caused the death of another person and to base that finding on the definition of "causation" in the Maine Criminal Code.


Amendment H-576
This amendment changes the mandatory minimum period of suspension of a driver's license after a finding of negligence in causing a fatal accident from 3 years to one year. The amendment deletes from the bill provisions that change the requirement of civil negligence to a requirement of criminal negligence and that require causation to be found as defined in the Maine Criminal Code in Title 17-A, section 33.

LD 1111 Chaptered Law
LD 1111 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1129 An Act To Clarify Certain Provisions of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-346, Enacted, Signed into law June 6, 2019
LD 1129
This bill clarifies the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act by:
  • 1. Standardizing the term "caregiver retail store" by creating a definition of the term and replacing other variations of "retail store" in the Act with "caregiver retail store"; and
  • 2. Defining "municipal approval" in the provisions regarding marijuana for medical use caregiver retail stores, dispensaries and facilities operating before the effective date of the Act as a specific examination and approval of the underlying use of the store, dispensary or facility, including a conditional use approval, site plan approval or issuance of a marijuana-specific business license and not including the issuance of a building, electrical or other similar permit that does not address the use of the structure or facility for which the permit was issued.


Amendment H-346
This bill, which is the unanimous report of the committee, provides a different definition of "caregiver retail store" and clarifies the provisions regarding municipal approval of caregiver retail stores, registered dispensaries, marijuana testing facilities and manufacturing facilities.

LD 1129 Chaptered Law
LD 1129 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1131 Resolve, Directing the Maine State Housing Authority To Study and Report on the Need for Modifications To Make Homes Accessible for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-327, Finally passed, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 1131
This bill changes the maximum income eligibility level for the income tax credit for home modifications to improve accessibility and the Maine State Housing Authority pilot project to assist older adults and persons with disabilities with certain home modifications. The new income eligibility level for each program is changed to the area median income as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for the county or municipality in which the home is located.

Amendment H-327
This amendment changes the bill to a resolve and directs the Maine State Housing Authority to work with interested parties to study and make recommendations to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature regarding the need, with reference to geographical areas of the State, for home modifications to provide accessibility for low-income older or disabled residents of the State in order to permit those persons to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization.

LD 1131 Chaptered Law
LD 1131 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1135 Resolve, To Increase Funding for Assertive Community Treatment (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, both chambers engrossed with Committee amendment H-253, failed final passage as an emergency measure in the House, May 23, 2019, Senate receded, adopted amendment S-170 to H-253 and engrossed, May 30, 2019, House adopted amendment S-170 and enacted, Senate tabled to Special Appropriations, June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1135
This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the MaineCare reimbursement rates for assertive community treatment by 25%, contract with a 3rd party to conduct a rate study of reimbursement rates for assertive community treatment and report with findings by January 30, 2020. The department is authorized to set new rates based on the rate study as long as the rates are no lower than those in effect on April 1, 2019.

The resolve also includes an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment H-253
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the resolve to provide that the 25% rate increase for assertive community treatment is ongoing. It removes the directive to the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with a 3rd party to conduct a rate study. It also replaces the appropriations and allocations section to reflect a change in funding.

Amendment S-170
This amendment removes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and removes the fiscal year 2018-19 appropriation and reduces the fiscal year 2019-20 appropriation due to the delayed implementation.

LD 1135 fiscal note
LD 1135 Amendment H-253 fiscal note
LD 1135 Amendment S-170 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 1151 An Act To Ensure Consistency in Commercial Real Estate Law by Restoring Due Diligence Responsibility to the Buyer Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, May 23, 2019
LD 1151
This bill repeals the requirement that a seller of nonresidential real estate provide the purchaser a property disclosure statement that includes information about any abandoned or discontinued roads, public easements or private roads on or abutting the property, if known by the seller, and who is responsible for maintenance of such roads or easements, including any responsible road association, if known by the seller.

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

LD 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 1218 An Act To Allow Maine Medical Marijuana Caregivers To Measure Cultivation Limits by Plant Canopy Size Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 1218
This bill amends the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act provision governing how much medical marijuana caregivers may cultivate. It defines the term "plant canopy" and adds language allowing caregivers to cultivate up to 30 mature marijuana plants or 500 square feet of plant canopy, 60 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings.

LD 1218 Chaptered Law
LD 1218 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1327 An Act To Require Residential Mortgage Loan Servicers To Act in Good Faith in Dealings with Homeowners Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-258, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1327
This bill requires servicers of residential mortgage loans to act in good faith when dealing with homeowners who are the borrowers under those loans. The bill changes the foreclosure mediation program to allow the courts to directly sanction a mortgage servicer when the servicer's conduct evidences a failure to mediate in good faith. The bill requires an order of sanctions to identify the name of the mortgage servicer so that, when a servicer is found to have failed to act in good faith, the court may take into account previous misconduct in fashioning a sanction sufficient to deter continuation of the misconduct in the same case or in future cases.

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

LD 1327 Chaptered Law
LD 1327 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1346 An Act To Revise the Good Time Laws To Improve Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 12, 2019
LD 1346
Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill provides for up to 12 days of deduction per month from a sentence of imprisonment for any person sentenced for a crime on or after October 1, 1983 and for any person who commits a crime on or after January 1, 2020 and is subsequently sentenced for that crime as follows:

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

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

LD 1421 An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Work session held, June 3, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1421
This bill amends the Maine Bail Code in the following ways. It:
  • 1. Clarifies the rebuttable presumption that, except for formerly capital offenses, a defendant must be released on personal recognizance with no conditions;
  • 2. Increases the burden of proof for justifying not releasing a defendant on personal recognizance or upon execution of an unsecured appearance bond;
  • 3. Removes from the list of authorized bail conditions the condition of refraining from the possession, use or excessive use of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the condition of reporting on a regular basis to the defendant's attorney and the condition of returning to custody for specified hours after work release, schooling or other purposes;
  • 4. Removes from bail conditions requirements that the defendant refrain from criminal conduct and that the integrity of the judicial system be ensured;
  • 5. Makes changes to the information that must be taken into account when determining bail for the defendant;
  • 6. Requires a judicial officer when determining bail to find by clear and convincing evidence that imposing a financial condition on a defendant will not cause excessive financial hardship on the defendant and requires that judicial officer to state on the record or in writing the findings upon which the determination is made; and
  • 7. Adds to the list of facts a judicial officer must consider when determining bail whether the defendant is the primary person responsible for the care of another, has a health care need including a mental health care need that is being met or would be better met outside of custody or has employment that would be affected if the defendant is placed in custody.


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

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

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

The amendment also changes the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1461 Amendment S-244 fiscal note
LD 1461 Amendment S-300 fiscal note
LD 1479 An Act To Clarify Guardianship over Detainees under 18 Years of Age Regarding Mental Health Care Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature May 26, 2019
LD 1479
This bill clarifies that the statutory guardianship power of the Commissioner of Corrections over detainees under 18 years of age extends not only to necessary medical care but also to necessary mental health care.

LD 1479 Chaptered Law
LD 1479 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1484 An Act To Create a System Using the Permit for Disposition of Human Remains To Track the Burial of Cremated Remains in a Public Cemetery Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 9, 2019
LD 1484
This bill changes the requirements for persons responsible for public burying grounds by changing the documentation of cremated remains buried in a burying ground from a permissive function to a mandated duty to be performed by the responsible person within 7 days of the cremated remains being buried.

LD 1484 Chaptered Law
LD 1484 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1485 An Act To Create a Contact Person Program in the Department of Public Safety Status: Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-373, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
LD 1485
This bill creates the at-risk persons program to provide law enforcement officers with the contact information for a person designated by an at-risk person or that person's legal guardian. The program also provides access to information that may aid in maximizing the safety of the at-risk person during an encounter with a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-373
This amendment replaces the bill and title. The amendment requires the Department of Public Safety to develop and implement a contact person program, a voluntary program to assist a law enforcement officer with communications with a participating person during an encounter between the participating person and the law enforcement officer. A participating person is a person who voluntarily applies or whose legal guardian applies to the program. The program must provide the law enforcement officer with access to contact information and must interface with the State's telecommunications and radio message switching system. The program must include standards of procedure for law enforcement agencies consistent with policies adopted by the department. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1485 Chaptered Law
LD 1485 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1576 An Act To Improve the Department of Corrections' Response to Emergency Situations by Including Vehicles Operated by Certain Department Employees in the Definition of Authorized Emergency Vehicles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-455, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1576
This bill amends the definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" in the motor vehicle laws to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by an investigative officer or other employee of the department who is certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer.

Amendment H-455
This amendment expands the definition of an authorized emergency vehicle to include a Department of Corrections vehicle operated by a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer and allows a person certified by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy as a law enforcement officer who is operating a Department of Corrections vehicle to exceed the maximum speed limits as long as life or property is not endangered.

LD 1576 Chaptered Law
LD 1576 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1600 An Act To Support E-9-1-1 Dispatchers and Corrections Officers Diagnosed with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1600
This bill adds corrections officers and E-9-1-1 dispatchers to the list of employees for whom there is a rebuttable presumption under the laws governing workers' compensation that when the employee is diagnosed by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist as having post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from work stress that was extraordinary and unusual, the post-traumatic stress disorder is presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of the worker's employment.

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

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

LD 1602 Amendment S-213 fiscal note
LD 1714 Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Enter into a Reciprocal Agreement between the State and Taiwan Regarding Driver's Licenses 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 1714
This resolve directs the Secretary of State to begin negotiations toward the development of a reciprocal agreement between the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Taiwan for reciprocity, beginning January 1, 2021, in issuing driver's licenses to residents of this State who reside in Taiwan and to Taiwanese citizens who reside in this State.

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