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Senator Troy Jackson [Democrat]
Aroostook ~ District 1

Towns in District: Allagash, Ashland, Caribou, Castle Hill, Caswell, Connor Twp., Cyr Plantation, Eagle Lake, Fort Kent, Frenchville, Garfield Plantation, Grand Isle, Hamlin, Limestone, Madawaska, Mapleton, Masardis, Nashville Plantation, New Canada, New Sweden, Northwest Aroostook Unorganized Territory, Oxbow Plantation, Perham, Portage Lake, Square Lake Unorganized Territory, Saint Agatha, St. Francis, St. John Plantation, Stockholm, Van Buren, Wade, Wallagrass, Washburn, Westmanland, Winterville Plantation and Woodland

President of the Senate
Would be term limited: 2024
Campaign funding in 2018 Election: Maine Clean Elections Act

✉ Troy.Jackson@legislature.maine.gov
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✉ 167 Allagash Road
Allagash, Maine 04774


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Maine People's Alliance, Will of the Voters82%
Maine People's Alliance, 201875%
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 1 An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine Families (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-3, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 1
The purpose of this bill is to ensure that consumer protections related to health insurance coverage included in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are codified in state law.

In Part A, the bill does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that individual and group health plans may not impose any preexisting condition exclusion on an enrollee. The bill does permit a carrier to restrict enrollment in individual health plans to open enrollment and special enrollment periods established in rule.
  • 2. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits. The bill specifies that the provision prohibiting annual limits on the dollar value of benefits applies to the dollar value of essential health benefits as determined by the Superintendent of Insurance.
  • 3. It allows children, until they attain 26 years of age, to remain on their parents' health insurance policy.
  • 4. It changes the maximum rate differential due to age that may be filed by the carrier to the rate differential that is permitted under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


In Part B, the bill requires that, at a minimum, health plans cover essential health benefits that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The bill directs the Superintendent of Insurance to define essential health benefits in rule and designates those rules as major substantive and subject to legislative review and approval.

Amendment S-3
This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that consumer protections related to health insurance coverage included in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are codified in state law.

In Part A, the amendment does the following.
  • 1. It makes clear that carriers in the individual, small group and large group markets must meet guaranteed issue requirements similar to those required by federal law.
  • 2. It makes clear that individual and group health plans may not impose any preexisting condition exclusion on an enrollee. The amendment does permit a carrier to restrict enrollment in individual health plans to open enrollment and special enrollment periods established in rule.
  • 3. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits unless the plan is grandfathered under the federal Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019 and does not impose new limits or reduce existing limits. The amendment specifies that the provision prohibiting annual limits on the dollar value of benefits applies to the dollar value of essential health benefits.
  • 4. It allows children, until they attain 26 years of age, to remain on their parents' health insurance policy.
  • 5. It changes the maximum rate differential due to age that may be filed by the carrier to 3 to 1 and requires that rates that vary based on age do so according to a uniform age rating curve.
  • 6. It provides that if a carrier varies premium rates based on family membership, the premium rate must equal the sum of the premiums for each individual in the family.
  • 7. It prohibits a carrier from varying premium rates based on tobacco use for individuals who are enrolled in an evidence-based tobacco cessation program approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration.
  • 8. It makes clear that the minimum medical loss ratio in the individual market is 80% without exception.
  • 9. It adds language to prohibit rescissions of coverage consistent with requirements under federal law.
  • 10. It makes changes to the timelines and requirements for determinations by a carrier of coverage for prescription drugs consistent with federal law.
  • 11. It requires carriers to provide information about the health plans offered by the carrier in a standardized manner that is substantially similar to the manner required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019.
  • 12. It removes a provision of the bill that would have repealed the authority for certain individuals to purchase coverage under an individual, nonrenewable short-term policy.
  • 13. It prohibits a health plan from reducing or terminating benefits for an ongoing course of treatment, including coverage of a prescription drug, during the course of an appeal of a determination of coverage.

Part B requires that, at a minimum, individual and small group health plans cover essential health benefits that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The amendment also requires that health plans meet annual limits on cost sharing that are substantially similar to those benefits required for health plans subject to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as of January 1, 2019. The amendment removes provisions of the bill that authorized the Superintendent of Insurance to make changes to essential health benefits and cost sharing limits in rule. The amendment clarifies that pediatric dental benefits may not be required of all individual and small group plans if dental coverage is available in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act as in effect as of January 1, 2019.

Part C adopts nondiscrimination provisions consistent with similar requirements in federal law and rule.

Part D makes changes to current requirements in state law related to mental health parity consistent with similar requirements in federal law and regulations.

LD 1 Chaptered Law
LD 1 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 248 An Act To Increase the Handling Fee for Beverage Containers Reimbursed to Redemption Centers Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-20 and Senate amendment S-56, Finally passed as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature, May 21, 2019
LD 248
This bill increases by 2¢ per returned container the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers beginning March 1, 2020.

Amendment S-20
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, increases the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by one-half cent beginning May 1, 2019 and by an additional one-half cent beginning January 1, 2020. It also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-56
This amendment amends Committee Amendment S-20 to:
  • 1. Increase the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers by 1/2¢ beginning January 1, 2020;
  • 2. Eliminates a provision reducing by 1/2¢ the reimbursement to the dealer or local redemption center for the cost of handling beverage containers subject to a qualified commingling agreement;
  • 3. Places a moratorium from May 1, 2019 to January 15, 2020 on the issuance by the Department of Environmental Protection of redemption center licenses to redemption centers not licensed prior to May 1, 2019 unless the department determines that a new redemption center is needed to serve an area in which an existing redemption center ceases to operate. This licensing prohibition does not apply to renewal of redemption center licenses issued prior to May 1, 2019; and
  • 4. Direct the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to require each initiator of deposit that has entered into a commingling agreement, and its contracted agent, if any, to no later than July 1, 2019 report to the department the number of beverage containers picked up from each redemption center on each pick-up date in calendar year 2018. Upon receipt of this data, the department shall assess the efficiency and convenience of the beverage container redemption system and develop recommendations to improve efficiencies in the handling and transportation of beverage containers and to ensure convenient collection of beverage containers for consumers. On or before January 15, 2020, the commissioner shall submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources detailing the department's findings and recommendations, including any proposed legislation. It authorizes the committee to report out legislation to implement recommendations contained in the report.


LD 248 Chaptered Law
LD 248 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 268 An Act To Create a Credit under the Commercial Forestry Excise Tax for Landowners Using Businesses Based in the United States Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-218 and Senate amendment S-277, June 18, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 268
This bill provides a credit against the commercial forestry excise tax for landowners who are based in the United States and who employ and retain businesses or contractors that are based in the United States, that employ at least 75% United States residents and that are current in the payment of all state and local taxes. The bill also requires recapture of the credit if a recipient is found to have been ineligible.

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

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

LD 268 Amendment S-218 fiscal note
LD 268 Amendment S-277 fiscal note
LD 445 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain All-terrain Vehicle Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 23, 2019
LD 445
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the ATV Recreational Management Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, all-terrain vehicle groups and others for the maintenance of all-terrain vehicle trails.

LD 446 An Act To Appropriate Funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Maintain Snowmobile Trails Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-53, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 446
This bill provides a one-time appropriation to the Snowmobile Trail Fund to make grants-in-aid to political subdivisions, educational institutions, regional planning agencies, snowmobile groups and others for the maintenance of snowmobile trails.

Amendment S-53
This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 446 fiscal note
LD 446 Amendment S-53 fiscal note
LD 477 An Act To Provide Relief to Federal Employees Affected by the Federal Shutdown Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-1, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate March 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 477
This bill establishes the Federal Shutdown Loan Guarantee Program. The program, administered by the Finance Authority of Maine, provides easier access to no-interest loans for certain federal employees in Maine affected by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, which began December 22, 2018, by guaranteeing up to 10% of the loans eligible credit unions and financial institutions make to affected employees.

Under the bill, affected employees are eligible for up to 3 loans, each equal to their monthly after-tax pay, up to $5,000, less unemployment benefits. The bill prohibits interest on the loans during the shutdown and for 270 days after the shutdown ends. Following the end of the 270 days, an eligible financial institution that made a loan under the program, after a good faith effort to collect the principal amount of the loan, may apply to the authority for repayment of the uncollected amount of the loan in default. The authority is required to make reasonable efforts to recoup the amount of any payments made to eligible financial institutions from the employee who defaulted on the loan.

The bill gives the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs authority to report out legislation to address any funding needs of the program.

Amendment S-1
This amendment:

  • 1. Amends the definition of shutdown to mean a full or partial shutdown of the Federal Government between February 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019 that lasts longer than 14 days;
  • 2. Adds language to require that any unexpended funds be returned to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund upon the termination of the program;
  • 3. Amends the definition of a credit union or financial institution in good standing to mean a credit union or financial institution insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the National Credit Union Administration;
  • 4. Simplifies the process for a credit union or financial institution to participate in the program;
  • 5. Extends the time period for an eligible financial institution to make a claim for a loan guarantee from between 180 and 210 days following the end of the grace period to between 180 and 300 days following the end of the grace period;
  • 6. Requires the Treasurer of State to make loan guarantee payments to the Finance Authority of Maine, or FAME, instead of the eligible financial institution;
  • 7. Clarifies that an eligible financial institution may not use an affected employee's creditworthiness as a factor to determine eligibility for the program;
  • 8. Clarifies that the terms of the loan agreement under the program apply notwithstanding any other state or federal law to the contrary;
  • 9. Requires that an eligible financial institution disclose that loan information may be shared with FAME;
  • 10. Clarifies that loans may not be made under the program after a shutdown ends;
  • 11. Requires that the transfer from the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund happen no later than 14 days following the effective date of this legislation instead of no later than February 15, 2019;
  • 12. Requires that the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs consult with the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services before reporting out any legislation to address funding needs for the program; and
  • 13. Corrects an error in the allocations section of the bill.


LD 477 fiscal note
LD 477 Amendment S-1 fiscal note
LD 478 An Act To Allow All-terrain Vehicles To Be Used on a Public Way Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 478
This bill, beginning in 2020, allows the operation of an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, on a public way as long as the ATV is registered and meets specified safety equipment requirements and the operator is licensed and has insurance. This bill establishes an annual registration fee of $33, the same as for ATVs under current law. The bill does not affect the operation of ATVs off of public ways.

This bill prohibits the operation of an ATV on a public way with a posted speed limit of more than 50 miles per hour. The Department of Transportation may adopt rules or a municipality or county may adopt an ordinance to restrict or prohibit the operation of an ATV on a way if the department, county or municipality determines that the prohibition or restriction is necessary in the interest of public safety.

LD 479 An Act Concerning Spousal Support Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-166, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 479
Under current law, the court may terminate spousal support when the payee and another person have entered into a relationship that is the functional equivalent of marriage for at least 12 months of a period of 18 consecutive months. This bill changes the time frame of cohabitation necessary for cessation of spousal support to 5 years over a period of 7 consecutive years.

Amendment S-166
This amendment strikes the bill and amends the provision regarding modification of an order of spousal support by specifying that an award of spousal support issued on or after October 1, 2013, is subject to modification when there is a substantial change in financial circumstances and additionally, as required in current law, it appears that justice requires the modification. The amendment also repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 19-A, section 951-A, subsection 12, because this amendment addresses the modification of spousal support including in cases of cohabitation.

LD 479 Chaptered Law
LD 479 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 495 Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Conduct a Feasibility Study on Locating a Grain Processing Facility in Aroostook County (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 495
This resolve directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to conduct a study on the feasibility of locating a grain processing facility in Aroostook County. The resolve directs the commissioner to present the study findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than December 4, 2019, and authorizes the joint standing committee to submit a bill relating to the subject matter of the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

LD 501 An Act To Provide Funding for the Homeless Veterans Center in Caribou Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 4, 2019
LD 501
This bill provides a one-time appropriation of funds to the homeless veterans center in Caribou.

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 707 An Act To Require the Clearing of Vegetation along Roads Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 707
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill would require the Department of Transportation to clear from the sides of roads vegetation that poses a risk to drivers.

LD 708 An Act To Allow the Transfer of a Moose Hunting Permit to a Disabled Veteran Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-112, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 5, 2019
LD 708
This bill allows a person eligible to participate in the public chance drawing for a moose hunting permit to indicate on the application for a permit the person's intention that the permit be issued to a wounded service member or veteran. The person may indicate the identity of the wounded service member or veteran or request that the commissioner randomly draw the name of a wounded service member or veteran from a list maintained by the commissioner of wounded service members and veterans who have submitted their names for consideration to receive a moose hunting permit under this process.

This bill defines a wounded service member or veteran as a person who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States and who is otherwise eligible to receive a moose hunting permit.

Amendment S-112
This amendment replaces the title and the bill and adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause. It allows a person who holds a valid moose permit to transfer that permit to an eligible disabled veteran. If a person does not identify a specific disabled veteran to receive the transferred permit, the permit may be returned to the department, which provides for the transfer of the permit to a disabled veteran.

LD 708 Chaptered Law
LD 708 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 786 An Act To Reduce Hunger and Promote Maine Agriculture Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-81, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 786
This bill provides an appropriation to allow the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to contract with a nonprofit organization that provides statewide hunger relief services to allow that organization to:
  • 1. Engage in statewide hunger relief services, including, but not limited to, the purchase of food from Maine food producers and processors;
  • 2. Provide grants to local hunger relief programs; and
  • 3. Pay its operational and distribution expenses.


Amendment S-81
This amendment decreases the ongoing annual General fund appropriation to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for statewide hunger relief services from $2,500,000 to $1,500,000.

LD 786 Amendment S-81 fiscal note
LD 793 An Act To Improve Accountability of Opioid Manufacturers Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-320 and Senate amendment S-321, June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 793
This bill prohibits opioid medication manufacturers and distributors from falsely advertising that an opioid medication does not have abuse liability or has a lower abuse liability than another opioid medication; distributing a quantity of opioid medications that is not medically reasonable; or failing to report orders that are not medically reasonable. It establishes a civil violation and authorizes the Attorney General to investigate violations. It creates a fund into which the penalties and fees must be paid. This legislation applies retroactively to January 1, 1985.

Amendment S-320
This amendment replaces the bill.

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

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

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

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

LD 793 Amendment S-320 fiscal note
LD 793 Amendment S-321 fiscal note
LD 815 An Act To Regulate the Issuance of Short-term, Limited-duration Health Insurance Policies in the State Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 815
This bill limits the issuance of short-term, limited-duration individual health insurance policies in this State to policies with a term that is 3 months or less and further restricts an insurer or the insurer's agent or broker from issuing a short-term, limited-duration policy that replaces a prior short-term, limited-duration policy if the combined term of the new policy and all prior successive policies exceeds 3 months in any 12-month period.

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

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

LD 816 An Act To Implement the National Popular Vote for President of the United States Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Non-concurrence, June 19, 2019
LD 816
This bill proposes to adopt an interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote. Under the compact, the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia is elected President. Under the compact, all of a state's electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This bill takes effect only if enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes, that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President, which is 270 of 538.

Amendment S-44
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, clarifies that Maine's presidential electors are not obligated to cast their votes in favor of the presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate that are declared the winners of the national popular vote until the interstate compact to elect the President of the United States by national popular vote takes effect as described in the bill.

LD 816 Amendment S-44 fiscal note
LD 912 An Act To Establish the Wood Energy Investment Program Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-193, Enacted in both chambers June 7, 2019, recalled from the Governor's desk, June, 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 912
This bill establishes the wood energy investment fund and creates the Wood Energy Investment Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust. The bill specifies that, if the Public Utilities Commission finds that an entity awarded a contract for biomass resources pursuant to Public Law 2015, chapter 483 is not meeting contract requirements and therefore is not qualified to receive the full contract payment or any contract payment, those funds that would have been paid had contract requirements been met must be transferred to the wood energy investment fund. It also specifies that any funds remaining in the cost recovery fund established in Public Law 2015, chapter 483, section 1, subsection 5 that are not needed to pay above-market costs for biomass resources must also be transferred by the Public Utilities Commission to the wood energy investment fund. It requires the trust to use funds from the fund, if there are any, to provide incentives and low-interest or no-interest loans for new wood-derived thermal energy or cogeneration projects. It requires that the trust consult with the Finance Authority of Maine, when appropriate, in the development of any Wood Energy Investment Program incentives and the distribution of money from the wood energy investment fund. It prohibits the use of funds for incentives or loans for the refurbishment or maintenance of existing facilities.

Amendment S-193
This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section. The amendment allocates funds to establish the Wood Energy Fund within the Efficiency Maine Trust.

LD 912 Amendment S-193 fiscal note
LD 915 An Act To Provide Adequate Reimbursement under MaineCare for Ambulance and Neonatal Transport Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-104, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 915
This bill specifies that beginning September 1, 2019 the reimbursement rate for ambulance services under the MaineCare program may not be less than the average allowable reimbursement rate under Medicare and reimbursement for neonatal transport services under MaineCare must be at the average rate for critical care transport services under Medicare.

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

LD 915 fiscal note
LD 915 Amendment S-104 fiscal note
LD 1016 Resolve, To Require the Construction of a New District Headquarters Building for the Bureau of Forestry in Fort Kent Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-94 and Senate amendment S-335, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
LD 1016
This resolve requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to solicit bids for the construction of a new facility in Fort Kent to house the district headquarters for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry. Construction must be started within 60 days following the award of the contract.

Amendment S-94
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes the requirement in the resolve that bids must be solicited no later than 90 days following the effective date of this resolve and that construction must be started within 60 days following award of the contract. The amendment provides one-time funds to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry for the construction of a new facility in the Town of Fort Kent to house the district headquarters of the department's Bureau of Forestry.

Amendment S-335
This amendment requires the State Controller to transfer to the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund $350,000 from the Public Reserved Lands Management Fund, Other Special Revenue Funds in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry no later than January 1, 2020.

LD 1016 Amendment S-94 fiscal note
LD 1016 Amendment S-335 fiscal note
LD 1082 An Act To Provide for Alternative Pain Treatment before Treatment with Opioids Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
LD 1082
This bill prohibits an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication from prescribing opioid medication to a patient who does not have an active prescription for opioid medication unless the patient has completed 24 sessions of alternative pain treatment. This bill exempts from this requirement patients who have pain associated with cancer treatment, palliative care in conjunction with a serious illness, end-of-life and hospice care, medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder and other circumstances determined in rule by the Department of Health and Human Services. This bill requires an individual licensed to prescribe opioid medication to discuss alternative pain treatment with a patient who has an active prescription for opioid medication. This bill also provides that a referral from an individual licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 whose scope of practice includes prescribing opioid medication is not required for coverage for alternative pain treatment and that the cost of covered alternative pain treatment may not exceed the cost of a visit to a primary care provider

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

LD 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 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 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 1270 An Act To Create Certain Recreational Opportunities on State-owned Land Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1270
This bill provides that, beginning January 1, 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands may develop new marked hiking trails within the unorganized territory on which loaded firearms are permitted and within 300 feet of which, during the months of October and November, firearms may be discharged.

LD 1271 An Act To Exempt Permanently Disabled Veterans from Payment of Property Tax Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1271
This bill provides a complete property tax exemption in the municipality of residence for a veteran receiving benefits based on a rating of 100% for a service-connected disability.

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

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

LD 1272 Chaptered Law
LD 1272 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 1350 An Act To Improve Rural Health Care Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-259, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 12, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1350
This bill provides that, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2019, student loan payments made by a taxpayer's employer directly to a lender on behalf of a qualified health care employee are not included in federal adjusted gross income for Maine income tax purposes. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II and Chapter III regarding reimbursement to rural and nonrural hospitals, acute care critical access hospitals and rural health clinics.

Amendment S-259
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
  • 1. It changes the reimbursement for acute care critical access hospitals to 100% for all hospital-based physician costs rather than facility and physician costs.
  • 2. It clarifies that rural health clinics are paid under an alternative payment methodology option that is the same as the current system except for rebasing costs to 2016 and 2017 costs as long as the rural health clinics are not paid less than the current reimbursement rate.
  • 3. It requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit any necessary state plan amendments to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services no later than January 1, 2020. Rulemaking must be completed by the department within 180 days of receiving federal approval.
  • 4. It adds language to clarify that taxpayers cannot claim a double benefit for educational opportunity tax credits.
  • 5. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.


LD 1350 Amendment S-259 fiscal note
LD 1387 An Act To Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1387
Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

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

LD 1429 An Act To Fund Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Public hearing held, April 26, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1429
This bill establishes the Opioid Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Fund administered by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of supporting opioid use disorder analysis, prevention and treatment. The fund is funded by a 2¢ fee per morphine milligram equivalent assessed against prescription opioid drug manufacturers for prescription opioid drugs distributed in the State as well as appropriations, allocations and contributions from private and public sources.

LD 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.

LD 1459 Chaptered Law
LD 1459 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1498 An Act To Provide Equity for Commercial Vehicles on Roads and Bridges in Maine 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 1498
Current law allows certain commercial vehicles at Canadian weight limits that are higher than those in this State to travel from the United States-Canada border to certain points in this State.

This bill repeals that law and allows certain commercial vehicles to be operated in this State at those higher weight limits. A combination vehicle consisting of a 3-axle truck tractor with a tri-axle semitrailer may be operated with a maximum gross vehicle weight of 108,900 pounds. A combination vehicle consisting of a 3-axle truck tractor with a semitrailer-semitrailer combination configured as a B-train double with 8 axles total may be operated with a gross vehicle weight of 137,700 pounds.

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

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

Amendment S-251
This amendment replaces the bill.

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

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

LD 1499 Chaptered Law
LD 1499 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1500 An Act To Improve Workers' Compensation Protection for Injured Workers Whose Employers Have Wrongfully Not Secured Workers' Compensation Insurance Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1500
This bill amends the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 to create protections for injured workers whose employers have not secured workers' compensation insurance in accordance with current law. The bill creates liability for situations when an employee is injured while working for an uninsured subcontractor. In such situations, the prime contractor will be responsible for payment of workers' compensation benefits as if it were the direct employer of the injured employee, unless there is an intermediate subcontractor with workers' compensation insurance coverage, in which case, the intermediate subcontractor is responsible for payment of all benefits due under the Act. These provisions take effect January 1, 2020 and are repealed July 1, 2022.

The bill also amends the laws governing the Employment Rehabilitation Fund. Until July 1, 2022, the fund will be used to pay workers' compensation benefits to injured employees working for illegally uninsured employers when there is no other prime contractor or subcontractor liable for payment of benefits. Until July 1, 2022, the fund will not transfer a portion of its funds to the General Fund and penalties recovered for violations of the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 will be directed to this fund exclusively, instead of being shared with the Workers' Compensation Board Administrative Fund or the General Fund.

LD 1501 An Act To Change the Law Governing Occupational Disease Claims under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1501
This bill amends the law governing occupational disease claims under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. The bill repeals the chapter in the laws governing workers' compensation entitled "Occupational Disease Law" and:
  • 1. Defines "personal injury" under the laws governing workers' compensation to include any condition or disease contributed to by an employee's occupational cumulative trauma or exposure that arises out of and in the course of employment;
  • 2. Specifies that the employer in whose employment the employee was last injuriously exposed to the occupational trauma or exposure is fully liable for all incapacity resulting from the occupational trauma or exposure, and the date of injury for an occupational cumulative trauma or exposure injury is the date that the employee becomes incapacitated from the occupational cumulative trauma or exposure;
  • 3. Provides a method for calculating the amount of the employee's compensation if, on the date of incapacity resulting from occupational cumulative trauma or exposure, the injured employee no longer works in the same occupation in which the employee worked when the employee incurred the last injurious occupational cumulative trauma or exposure;
  • 4. Specifies that, with respect to a personal injury that involves a condition or disease contributed to by the employee's occupational cumulative trauma or exposure that arises out of and in the course of employment, the employer in whose employment the employee was last injuriously exposed to the occupational trauma or exposure is fully liable for all incapacity resulting from the occupational trauma or exposure; and
  • 5. Establishes that the date of injury for an occupational cumulative trauma or exposure injury is the date that the employee becomes incapacitated from the occupational cumulative trauma or exposure.


LD 1524 An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-203, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
LD 1524
This bill addresses wage theft by an employer by creating additional remedies, including injunctive relief, treble damages to be paid to affected employees and a stop-work order against an employer who is engaging in wage theft. These remedies are in addition to any existing penalties, and the actions may be combined.

"Wage theft" is defined as a violation of specific statutes that include the requirements of timely and full payment of wages, payment of wages upon cessation of employment, payments defined as "unfair agreements" and fringe benefits.

Amendment S-203
This amendment replaces the bill. Like the bill, it creates additional remedies for wage theft, including injunctive relief and cease operations orders. These remedies are in addition to any existing penalties. Like the bill, it defines wage theft as a violation of specific statutes that include the requirements of timely and full payment of wages, payment of wages upon cessation of employment, payments defined as "unfair agreements" and fringe benefits, but adds violation of statutes related to minimum wage requirements to the definition.

It changes the terminology in the bill from "stop-work order" to "cease operations order" and provides more details on the process and requirements related to cease operations orders including thresholds for the issuance of a cease operations order, timing to be afforded to an employer being issued a cease operations order and requirements for the Commissioner of Labor or the commissioner's designee to stay a cease operations order. It also requires the commissioner to adopt routine technical rules.

LD 1524 Chaptered Law
LD 1524 Chaptered Law fiscal note

LD 1564 An Act To Authorize Project Labor Agreements for Public Works Projects Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-158, Enacted, Signed into law June 13, 2019
LD 1564
This bill allows a public authority to require a project labor agreement for a public works project when that public authority determines that it is in the public's interest to require such an agreement.

Amendment S-158
This amendment repeals the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 1316 as that section was effective only from October 1, 2011 to October 1, 2015.

LD 1564 Chaptered Law
LD 1564 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1586 An Act To Promote Major Food Processing and Manufacturing Facility Expansion and To Create Jobs in Maine Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-228, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1586
This bill, modeled on the tax credit for major business headquarters expansions, provides a tax credit to a food processing and manufacturing business that:
  • 1. Is, and has been for the 5 years prior to application, a corporation or limited liability company organized under the laws of the State;
  • 2. Has been headquartered in this State for the 5 years prior to application;
  • 3. Pays at least 75% of its employees a salary that exceeds the income threshold for the county in which the facility that is the subject of the application is located;
  • 4. Agrees to make an investment of at least $35,000,000 in the construction or expansion in this State of a facility for that business; and
  • 5. Adds a total of 40 new full-time employees by the end of the first year of qualifying for the tax credit, maintains that number for the next 2 years and then adds 20 more full-time employees, maintaining a total of 60 full-time employees for each year after the 3rd year of qualifying for the tax credit. The employees added must be based in the State.

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

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

LD 1586 Chaptered Law
LD 1586 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1603 Resolve, To Coordinate a Plan To Expand Cellular Telephone Service Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-155, Enacted, Signed into law June 10, 2019
LD 1603
This bill requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to develop a plan in consultation with the ConnectME Authority to install wireless base stations at state-owned facilities to improve cellular telephone service in underserved areas of the State. It requires the department to direct the relevant state agencies to install and maintain wireless base stations as identified in the plan.

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

LD 1603 Chaptered Law
LD 1603 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1620 An Act To Exclude Collectively Bargained Salary and Job Promotion Increases from the Earnable Compensation Limitation for Retirement Purposes Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-199, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1620
This bill restores 2 exclusions from the calculation of salary or wage increases for the purpose of determining average final compensation under the Maine Public Employees Retirement System that were in statute before significant changes were made in 1993.

Amendment S-199
This amendment is the majority report of the committee and incorporates a fiscal note.

LD 1620 Chaptered Law
LD 1620 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1621 An Act To Allow Delivery of Adult Use Marijuana and Adult Use Marijuana Products by an Approved Marijuana Store (Emergency) Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1621
This bill amends the Marijuana Legalization Act to allow delivery of adult use marijuana and adult use marijuana products by a marijuana store if the municipality or town, plantation or township in which the marijuana store is located authorizes the operation of delivery services and the marijuana store receives approval to operate the delivery service from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. A marijuana store is allowed to maintain a separate storage facility approved by the department in which to store product or from which to conduct delivery service operations and which may be located in the same municipality as the retail facility of the marijuana store or another municipality subject to the approval of the other municipality. Delivery services are subject to the same testing, tracking, labelling and packaging requirements as retail sales of adult use marijuana and marijuana products, delivery service drivers are subject to the same requirements as the employees of a marijuana store, delivery recipients are subject to the same customer restrictions regarding age and state of intoxication as marijuana store customers and delivery service vehicles are subject to the same inspection requirements as the marijuana store's licensed premises and may not have an occupant under 21 years of age during the course of a delivery.

LD 1622 An Act To Promote the Use of Wood Pellet Central Heating Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 30, 2019
LD 1622
This bill directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide a rebate from the trust's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resource Fund in an amount equal to 50% of the purchase price up to $10,000 of a residential wood pellet central heating system and up to $20,000 of a nonresidential wood pellet central heating system.

LD 1623 An Act To Improve Employee Representation under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 by Amending the Laws Governing Attorney's Fees Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1623
This bill amends the law governing attorney's fees under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992. The bill:
  • 1. Requires employers to pay reasonable costs and attorney's fees if the employee prevails on a disputed petition for payment of medical and related expenses or if the employee prevails in an appeal that is decided by the Appellate Division or by the Law Court; and
  • 2. Removes language governing the specific computation of attorney's fees for lump-sum settlements.


LD 1624 An Act To Prevent Discrimination under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 1624
Current law provides that an employer may not discriminate against an employee for asserting a workers' compensation claim. In Maietta v. Town of Scarborough, 2004 ME 97, 854 A.2d 223, the Law Court interpreted this provision as prohibiting discrimination against an employee only if the assertion of the workers' compensation claim was the primary basis or cause for the employer's adverse action against the employee. This bill amends the law to specify that if an employee's assertion of a workers' compensation claim or right constitutes any part of the basis upon which an employer decides to discipline or terminate an employee, it is a violation of the prohibition.

LD 1625 An Act To Eliminate the Durational Cap on Partial Benefits under the Workers' Compensation Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
LD 1625
Current law limits to 520 weeks the duration of workers' compensation benefits for partial incapacity due to injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2013. This bill removes that durational cap.

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 1705 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Strengthen the Marine Economy Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1705
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to facilitate the growth of the commercial fishing and aquaculture sectors of the State's marine economy through research and development and workforce development with capital investments awarded after a competitive process administered by the Maine Technology Institute in consultation with the Department of Marine Resources and the Department of Economic and Community Development, to be matched by at least $50,000,000 in private and other funds.

LD 1692 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Fund Training for Mill Workers and Loggers Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1692
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes a General Fund bond issue to fund training for mill workers and loggers.

LD 1693 An Act To Enhance Enforcement of Employment Laws 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 1693
This bill authorizes private persons, acting in the public interest, to enforce the laws governing employment practices and prohibiting unfair discrimination in the workplace.

Under this bill:
  • 1. Private persons or whistleblowers, acting as relators, may bring public enforcement actions of employment laws on behalf of the State;
  • 2. Civic organizations may assist aggrieved persons in reporting violations of employment laws; and
  • 3. Persons who are injured by violations of employment laws are protected from retaliation.


LD 1691 Resolve, Directing the Board of Pesticides Control To Work with the Forest Products Industry To Monitor Aerial Herbicide Applications Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-262, Finally passed, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1691
This bill prohibits the use of aerial herbicide spraying for the purpose of deforestation.

Amendment S-262
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, strikes the bill and replaces it with a resolve. The amendment requires the Board of Pesticides Control within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to work with representatives of the forest products industry over the next several months to monitor aerial applications of herbicides through a neutral 3rd-party entity determined by the board and at the cost of the forest products industry.

The amendment requires the board to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry by February 1, 2020.

LD 1691 Chaptered Law
LD 1691 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1658 An Act To Clarify Prevailing Wage Rates on State Projects Using Federal Funds Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-200, Enacted, Signed into law June 25, 2019
LD 1658
This bill 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.

Amendment S-200
The amendment clarifies that "public works" includes any construction projects funded in whole or in part by state funds.

LD 1658 Chaptered Law
LD 1658 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1659 An Act To Include Additional Corrections Officers and Mental Health Workers under the 1998 Special Plan for Retirement and To Amend the Laws Governing Retirement Benefits for Capitol Police Officers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1659
This bill adds employees of the office of aging and disability services and mental health workers who work with wards of the State or in mental health institutions within the Department of Health and Human Services and employees of the Maine Correctional Center, Long Creek Youth Development Center, Downeast Correctional Facility, former Mountain View Youth Development Center, former Charleston Correctional Facility and Mountain View Correctional Facility to the 1998 Special Plan for certain Maine Public Employees Retirement System members and requires that service retirement benefits for corrections and mental health workers and Capitol Police officers in the employment of the Department of Public Safety included in the 1998 Special Plan be computed on the same basis as benefits for other members under the plan are computed; creditable service is included regardless of when that service was earned.

LD 1657 An Act To Regulate Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1657
This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to regulate, supervise and exercise general control over sports wagering in the State. The bill authorizes the board to issue licenses to casinos, commercial tracks, off-track betting facilities and high-stakes beano facilities to conduct sports wagering. A licensee may either directly operate a sports wagering business or enter a written contract, approved by the board, with a licensed management services provider to conduct sports wagering on its behalf.

The bill directs the board to adopt rules governing the conduct of sports wagering, including rules defining permitted systems and methods of wagering on sports events, the adoption and posting of comprehensive house rules in every facility where sports wagers are accepted and on every electronic platform through which sports wagers are made, minimum design and security requirements for sports wagering facilities and electronic platforms and minimum internal control standards for the financial aspects of sports wagering operations.

The bill prohibits sports wagering operators, including management services providers, from accepting wagers on high school and minor league sports events as well as collegiate sports events in which any Maine college team participates. The bill also prohibits sports wagering operators from accepting wagers on a sports event from a person under 21 years of age, an athlete or official who participates in the sports event, an employee or owner of a team that is participating in the sports event, an employee of the sports wagering operator, the board or the Gambling Control Unit within the Department of Public Safety and a person who is on a list established by the board of persons prohibited from placing wagers on sports events.

The bill requires distribution of 5% of net sports wagering revenue to the General Fund. An additional 5% of net sports wagering revenue must be collected and distributed to support licensed commercial tracks, licensed off-track betting facilities, the Sire Stakes Fund, the Agricultural Fair Support Fund and the fund to supplement harness racing purses.

Finally, the bill provides that the laws governing unlawful gambling and games of chance do not apply to sports wagering operations that comply with the laws governing sports wagering.

LD 1656 An Act To Provide for the Regulation of Sports Wagering Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
LD 1656
This bill authorizes sports wagering regulated by the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit. The bill requires a person or entity involved in sports wagering to hold a facility license, supplier license, management services license, mobile sports wagering license or occupational license. To be eligible to receive a facility license, a person or entity must also hold a license, or in the case of a beano operator, hold a license or be registered, as a commercial track, off-track betting facility, slot machine facility, casino or beano operator. A mobile sports wagering license authorizes the operation of sports wagering through a mobile application or digital platform approved by the Gambling Control Unit. For the privilege of holding a mobile sports wagering license or a facility license to operate sports wagering, the bill levies a tax of 10% of the licensee's adjusted gross sports wagering receipts from the operation of sports wagering. The bill allows a fantasy contest operator to offer a fantasy contest based on the performances of participants in collegiate athletic events.

LD 1690 An Act To Certify and Promote Products That Are Made in Maine Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1690
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.
This bill proposes to create a "Maine Made" certification depicted by a seal or a stamp placed upon products produced in the State and used or marketed worldwide to promote the products. The certification would be used in conjunction with or in substitution for the current Maine Made America's Best program administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development, office of business development and innovation.

LD 1735 An Act To Clarify the Pathway for a Registered Dispensary under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act To Become a For-profit Entity (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-214, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 17, 2019
LD 1735
Public Law 2017, chapter 452 authorized registered dispensaries under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act operating as nonprofit entities to become for-profit entities, but did not outline a pathway to follow for such a transaction. This bill:
  • 1. Specifies the possible pathways of merger, purchase and conversion for such a dispensary to become a for-profit entity;
  • 2. Provides that a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity that reorganizes as a for-profit entity retains its registration certificate;
  • 3. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund a percentage of the value of the sale or transfer of interest; and
  • 4. Requires that a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity pay to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund 2% of gross sales for discounts to certain qualified patients.


Amendment S-214
This amendment, which is the unanimous report of the committee:
  • 1. Provides that the reorganization of a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to a for-profit entity may be accomplished only by any of the 8 registered dispensaries that were issued registration certificates as of April 1, 2018 and that operate as any type of nonprofit entity;
  • 2. Specifies that any exemptions from fiduciary duty and conflicts of interest otherwise required by the law do not apply for the limited purposes required in order for a registered dispensary operating as a nonprofit entity to reorganize as a for-profit entity;
  • 3. Clarifies that the triggering event for a registered dispensary to pay a fine to the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund is only upon the sale or transfer of interest within 4 years after the reorganization to a for-profit entity and provides that the cost of an appraisal required to determine the value of the sale or transfer of interest must be paid from the Medical Use of Marijuana Fund;
  • 4. Requires a registered dispensary that reorganizes as a for-profit entity or the dispensary's successor in interest to provide discounts in an amount that is not less than 2% of gross sales of the dispensary in the previous year to certain qualifying patients as a condition of registration. The Department of Administrative and Financial Services is required to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters by January 15, 2023 regarding the discounts provided. The requirement to provide discounts is repealed July 1, 2023; and
  • 5. Directs the Secretary of State to develop a form for use by registered dispensaries to accomplish the reorganization from a nonprofit to a for-profit entity.


LD 1735 Chaptered Law
LD 1735 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1736 An Act To Compensate Corrections and Mental Health Workers for Injuries and Illness Suffered While Working Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 28, 2019
LD 1736
Under current law, compensation for incapacity to work is not payable for the first 7 days of incapacity, except that firefighters receive compensation from the date of incapacity. This bill provides that, when incapacity results in the course of employment from an assault by a person under the employee's care or from an infectious disease transmitted to the employee by a person under the employee's care, compensation is payable from the date of incapacity for corrections officers, employees of state mental health institutes and employees of the Department of Health and Human Services who provide direct care to individuals through mental health and behavioral health services or developmental disability services.

LD 1737 An Act Relating to the Retention and Hiring of Mental Health Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1737
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to enact measures designed to promote the hiring and retention of mental health professionals at the Department of Health and Human Services.

LD 1747 An Act To Strengthen Maine's Hemp Program Status: Dead, Concurrence in indefinitely postpone May 23, 2019
LD 1747
This bill requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to establish, by rule, the Maine Hemp Pilot Program, including the application process, licensing fees and reporting requirements, consistent with the 2014 Farm Bill. Under the pilot program, a licensee may plant, grow, harvest, possess, process, sell and buy hemp as long as the purpose of the program is to study the growth, cultivation or marketing of hemp. An institution of higher education is also authorized to establish a pilot program that complies with the 2014 Farm Bill as long as it provides notice of its intention to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and local law enforcement and an annual report to the department regarding its research.

This bill also expressly authorizes marijuana manufacturing facilities and testing facilities licensed under the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act and the Marijuana Legalization Act to obtain a license to process and test hemp and hemp-derived products that are legal under state and federal law.

Finally, this bill amends the recently enacted law that provides that food, food additives and food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol are not considered to be "adulterated" under state law to require the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to adopt routine technical rules regarding testing, labeling, packaging and record-keeping requirements for food, food additives or food products that contain hemp, including cannabidiol derived from hemp, and to also provisionally adopt emergency major substantive rules doing the same.

LD 1755 An Act To Move Maine Toward Affordable Health Care for Everyone Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1755
This bill requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to submit a waiver under Section 1332 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to establish a MaineCare purchase option so that residents of Maine who are not otherwise eligible for the MaineCare program may participate in the program. The waiver must include authority for individuals who qualify for advance tax credits and cost-sharing credits to use them to purchase coverage through the MaineCare program. Individuals participating in the MaineCare purchase option may access the same services as other MaineCare members. The commissioner is required to implement mechanisms to ensure the long-term sustainability of the MaineCare purchase option. Rates are set by the Department of Health and Human Services and determined actuarially, and the open enrollment period is the same as the period for individuals purchasing insurance on the federal exchange. The department is required to submit a progress report on the request for the waiver as well as annual reports to the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and insurance matters.

LD 1758 An Act To Clarify and Amend MaineCare Reimbursement Provisions for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (Emergency) Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment S-265 and Senate amendment S-368, June 20, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019, Recalled from the Governor's desk, August 26, 2019
LD 1758
This bill is emergency legislation amending statutory and unallocated provisions to require the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the department's rules regarding MaineCare reimbursement of nursing facility and residential care facility costs, including:
  • 1. Clarifying and requiring additional cost-of-living adjustments to reimbursed costs based upon:
    • A. The costs paid by nursing facilities for goods and services required to provide patient care;
    • B. The forecasted increase in the skilled nursing facility market basket index for the coming federal fiscal year published by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and
    • C. Any further changes to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price Index medical care services index or market basket index projections over the payment year when the department is carrying out cost report audits and determining final prospective rates pursuant to department rules regarding costs related to resident care under principles of reimbursement for nursing facilities during the payment year;
  • 2. Clarifying and amending nursing facility reimbursement provisions enacted in Public Law 2017, chapter 460 regarding a 10% special supplemental wage allowance by:
    • A. Requiring the allowance to include contract labor and requiring an additional 10% wage allowance in state fiscal year 2019-20 and incorporating both requirements into a rebasing of the reimbursement rates in future years;
    • B. Prohibiting department rules that require a nursing facility to ensure or otherwise demonstrate that the increase in rates applies only to wages and benefits;
    • C. Changing the low-cost, high Medicaid facility supplemental payment by removing the low-cost requirement; and
    • D. Providing a supplemental allowance of 60¢ per reimbursed MaineCare resident day for each 1% over 70% MaineCare occupancy to nursing facilities with specialty medical-psychiatric beds or units and to nursing facilities that provide intensive acquired brain injury rehabilitation services; and
  • 3. Clarifying and amending residential care facility reimbursement provisions enacted in Public Law 2017, chapter 460 regarding a 10% special supplemental wage allowance by:
    • A. Requiring the allowance to include contract labor and requiring an additional 10% wage allowance in state fiscal year 2019-20 and incorporating both requirements into a rebasing of the reimbursement rates in future years;
    • B. Prohibiting department rules that require a residential care facility to ensure or otherwise demonstrate that the increase in rate applies only to wages and benefits; and
    • C. Requiring reimbursement rates for allowable direct care, personal care services and routine care costs to be adjusted yearly for inflation.


Amendment S-265
This amendment removes the sections of the bill that require additional cost-of-living adjustments to nursing facilities and residential care facilities and supplemental allowances for facilities with a high proportion of MaineCare residents and facilities with specialty beds. It retains the requirements for the 10% one-time supplemental payment provided in Public Law 2017, chapter 460, Part B to nursing facilities and residential care facilities to continue in successive years until rebasing incorporates the increase, but the amendment removes the retroactive requirement to include contract labor. It retains the requirement to grant an additional 10% increase that is carried forward until rebasing incorporates the increase, but it removes the language relating to requiring increases to go to routine care cost components of the rates. It removes the specific prohibition upon the Department of Health and Human Services to require a nursing facility or residential care facility to demonstrate how increased reimbursement is applied to wages and benefits to direct care workers but specifies that the increased reimbursement is not limited to only wages and wage-related costs. It removes the retroactivity section of the bill but retains the emergency provision of the bill. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.

Amendment S-368
This amendment directs the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules to determine, of the funds provided in section 6, the proportional amount to be distributed to each provider based on the supplemental allowances and additional special wage allowances established in the bill as amended by Committee Amendment S-265. This amendment also replaces the appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1758 Amendment S-265 fiscal note
LD 1758 Amendment S-368 fiscal note
LD 1760 An Act To Support Children's Healthy Development and School Readiness Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Work session held, May 23, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 1760
This bill creates the First 4 ME Early Care and Education Program under the Department of Health and Human Services to provide comprehensive, high-quality early child care and education services for at-risk children under 6 years of age who have not entered kindergarten and the children's parents by funding projects that integrate comprehensive resources and services with traditional center-based and family child care settings. The projects are sponsored by coalitions of stakeholders, providers and other community members within the communities that the projects serve. Each project is led and coordinated by a community contractor who staffs the project's operations and contracts with community providers to provide health care, education or parenting services, which may include services provided in a licensed child care center or by a licensed family child care provider, in a home visit or by an individual providing services to a family member within the individual's or family member's residence. The community contractor employs or contracts with community coaches who train and provide support to community providers. This bill also directs the department to request proposals for up to 10 pilot projects to implement the program and to report to the Legislature on the progress of the pilot projects toward the objectives, goals and intended outcomes of the projects in 2024.

LD 1762 Resolve, Authorizing the Transfer of a Plot of Land from the State to the Town of Allagash Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-301, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
LD 1762
This resolve directs the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to transfer a parcel of land situated on Route 161 and Old Route 161 in the Town of Allagash to the Town of Allagash for community development purposes.

Amendment S-301
This amendment, which is the majority report, requires the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to offer to convey to the Town of Allagash a parcel of land situated on Route 161 and Old Route 161 in the Town of Allagash for the establishment of a fueling facility for the local logging industry and off-road recreational vehicles, including, but not limited to, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles. The amendment also stipulates that the use of the property is restricted to the operation of a fueling facility and if the property is no longer used as a fueling facility, title to the property reverts to the State of Maine without cost.

The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 1762 Chaptered Law
LD 1762 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 1835 An Act To Authorize Early Payment of Anticipated Funds to the Loring Job Increment Financing Fund (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-271, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 1835
This bill requires the State Tax Assessor, upon the recommendation of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or at the direction of the Governor, to transfer anticipated funds to the Loring Job Increment Financing Fund prior to the July 31, 2019 payment date.

Amendment S-271
This amendment changes the final payment date for which funds may be advanced to July 31, 2020 from July 31, 2019. The amendment adds language clarifying that, upon approval, the assessor is required to both deposit funds into the contingent account and pay those funds into the fund. The amendment also requires approval by the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services for early transfers and payments recommended by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. The amendment adds language clarifying that any difference between the amount advanced and the amount finally determined to be due, in the event of an underpayment, must be added to the final payment due by July 31, 2020, or, in the event of an overpayment, must be deducted from the final payment due by July 31, 2021. The amendment repeals the temporary provision on August 1, 2021.

LD 1835 Chaptered Law
LD 1835 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 52 An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of Maine Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 23, 2019
LD 52
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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

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

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

LD 55 An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 7, 2019
LD 55
This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.

LD 69 An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 21, 2019
LD 69
This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.

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
LD 75 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 87 An Act To Increase the Bottle Redemption Deposit (By request) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 87
This bill increases to 25¢ the deposit and refund value on refillable and nonrefillable beverage containers whose deposit and refund value is currently 5¢. This increase does not apply to wine and spirits containers.

LD 88 An Act To Require the Truthful Display of Gasoline Prices Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, March 19, 2019
LD 88
This bill requires posted gasoline prices on pumps or on roadside signs of a retail seller to be the full price of the fuel and prohibits posting a price reduced due to factors such as method of payment, participation in a rewards program or a discount for the purchase of other goods or services from the retail seller.

LD 111 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Research and Development and Commercialization Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 111
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $250,000,000 issued in $50,000,000 increments over a 5-year period, will be used to provide funds for research and development and commercialization as prioritized by the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board's most recent innovation economy action plan and the Office of Innovation's most recent science and technology action plan. The funds must be allocated in support of technological innovation leading to commercialization in the targeted sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, environmental and renewable energy technology, information technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, aquaculture and marine technology, composites and advanced materials and precision manufacturing. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process and to Maine-based public and private institutions to leverage matching private and federal funds on at least a one-to-one basis.

LD 127 An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Maine Potato Board Districts Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law March 19, 2019
LD 127
This bill amends the laws governing the Maine Potato Board to reduce the number of the board's districts from 5 to 3 and the number of assemblies to match the reduction in districts, to reduce the number of members on assemblies' executive councils so that all executive councils have 5 members and to reduce the number of officers an executive council must elect to one, a chair. It also removes the requirements that the board carry out duties under the laws governing the so-called Maine Bag Program.

LD 127 Chaptered Law
LD 127 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 154 An Act To Amend the Law Governing MaineCare Coverage of Chiropractic Treatment Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-37, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 25, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 154
This bill requires all chiropractic services that are within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors and performed by a licensed chiropractic doctor to be reimbursed under the MaineCare program. Under current law, the Department of Health and Human Services is required to reimburse for only chiropractic evaluation and management examinations.

The bill also corrects a numbering problem created by Public Law 2017, chapters 421 and 454, which enacted 2 substantively different provisions with the same section number.

Amendment S-37
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, requires the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for a state plan amendment to allow for Medicaid reimbursement for all chiropractic services within the scope of practice of chiropractic doctors no later than January 1, 2020. If the state plan amendment is not approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, chiropractic doctors will not be reimbursed by MaineCare for any additional chiropractic services not currently eligible for reimbursement. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

LD 154 Amendment S-37 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 199 An Act To Create the Water Resources Planning Committee Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted, Signed into law April 30, 2019
LD 199
This bill estsablishes the Water Resources Planning Committee within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The bill describes requirements related to committee membership, meetings and reporting. It details 3 phases on which the committee is required to focus effort. It also requires the committee to conduct an annual review of state policy in regard to water resources, provide guidance to municipalities and develop and disseminate educational materials on water resources and the regulatory regime.

LD 199 Chaptered Law
LD 199 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 212 An Act To Provide a Source of Funding for the ATV Recreational Management Fund and To Establish the ATV Enforcement Fund Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-86, Enacted as an emergency measure, Became law without the Governor's signature May 1, 2019
LD 212
This bill increases ATV registration fees from $33 to $45 for annual registrations for residents, from $53 to $65 for 7-day registrations for nonresidents and from $68 to $80 for one-year registrations for nonresidents. The bill provides that the increased fee revenue be deposited in the ATV Recreational Management Fund.

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

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

LD 212 Chaptered Law
LD 212 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 213 An Act To Require Snow Tires or All-weather Tires on Automobiles from October through April Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 16, 2019
LD 213
This bill requires automobiles to be equipped with snow tires or all-weather tires from the 2nd day of October to the last day of April and requires the Chief of the State Police within the Department of Public Safety to adopt rules to define "snow tires" and "all-weather tires."

LD 230 An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental Services Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
LD 230
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to establish a managed care dental services program within the MaineCare program. It also proposes to provide coverage under the MaineCare program for adult preventive dental services and comprehensive dental services.

LD 234 Resolve, To Increase Certain Chiropractic Reimbursement Rates under the MaineCare Program Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-22, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 234
This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services, by January 1, 2020, to amend its rules in Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 15 to increase reimbursement rates for chiropractic services for manipulative treatments under procedure codes 98940, 98941 and 98942 to no less than 70% of the federal Medicare reimbursement rate for these services as long as the rate is no lower than the rate reimbursed as of January 1, 2019. If the department conducts a rate study of chiropractic services for manipulative treatments, the department may adopt new rates. The rules adopted are routine technical rules.

Amendment H-22
This amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, amends the appropriations and allocations section of the bill to reflect a more accurate estimate of the cost of the bill.

LD 234 fiscal note
LD 234 Amendment H-22 fiscal note
LD 246 An Act To Secure the Future of the Frances Perkins Homestead Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-15, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
LD 246
This bill provides one-time funds to the Frances Perkins Center to be applied toward the acquisition of the Frances Perkins homestead in Newcastle.

Amendment S-15
This amendment, which is the majority report, directs the Maine Historic Preservation Commission to transfer $250,000 in state fiscal year 2019-20 to be used for the acquisition of the Frances Perkins Homestead in Newcastle if certain requirements are met.

LD 246 fiscal note
LD 246 Amendment S-15 fiscal note
LD 256 An Act To Ensure Responsible Operation of Political Action Committees Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-6, Enacted, Signed into law April 5, 2019
LD 256
Current law prohibits a political action committee from compensating a Legislator or a business owned or operated by the Legislator if the Legislator is a principal officer or treasurer of the committee or one of the individuals primarily responsible for raising contributions or making decisions for the committee. This bill further prohibits such a political action committee from making loans or gifts to a business owned or operated by the Legislator and prohibits commingling the funds of such a political action committee with the personal funds of the Legislator or the funds of a business owned or operated by the Legislator.

Amendment S-6
This amendment changes the title of the bill.

LD 256 Chaptered Law
LD 256 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 265 An Act To Increase Opportunities for Hunters, Anglers and Sporting Camps by Extending the Seasons on Upland Game Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-26, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law April 22, 2019
LD 265
This bill amends the general hunting season provisions to direct the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to extend the open seasons on upland game by one additional day, the last Saturday of September, annually. It defines the term "upland game" as snowshoe hare, gray squirrel, ring-necked pheasant, ruffed grouse and bobwhite quail.

Amendment S-26
This amendment replaces the bill and adds an emergency preamble and an emergency clause. It establishes that the open season on upland game must begin on the last Saturday in September and authorizes the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish the length of the season. It also removes ring-necked pheasant from the definition of upland game.

LD 265 Chaptered Law
LD 265 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 269 An Act To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
LD 269
This bill changes the term in Maine law "industrial hemp" to "hemp" and defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

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

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

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



LD 278 Chaptered Law
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LD 292 An Act To Feed Maine's Residents by Allowing Dairy Dealers and Producers in the State To Donate Fresh Milk to Food Banks in the State Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-516, Enacted, Signed into law June 18, 2019
LD 292
This bill exempts from the Maine Milk Commission's minimum price requirements donations of fresh milk by a dealer or producer-dealer to an incorporated nonprofit organization established for the purpose of reducing hunger and increasing food security.

Amendment H-516
This amendment, which is the majority report, strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment exempts from the Maine Milk Commission's minimum price requirements donations of fresh milk produced and processed within the State by a dealer or producer-dealer to an incorporated nonprofit organization in the State established for the purpose of reducing hunger and increasing food security. The amendment also provides that these donations may occur only if the fresh milk produced and processed within the State to be donated does not have a wholesale or retail market that will provide a higher monetary value to the dealer or producer-dealer.

LD 292 Chaptered Law
LD 292 Chaptered Law fiscal note
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 350 An Act To Exempt Head Start School Buses from Snow Tire Restrictions Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-24, Enacted, Signed into law April 11, 2019
LD 350
This bill exempts school buses operated by Head Start programs from the date restrictions on the use of studded snow tires.

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

LD 350 Chaptered Law
LD 350 Chaptered Law fiscal note
LD 356 An Act To Sustain Maine's Forest Products Industry by Implementing Certain Existing Solid Waste Management Policies Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 16, 2019
LD 356
This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

This bill proposes to ensure that the State continues to implement certain solid waste management policies that were adopted to benefit all or part of the State's forest products industry.

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
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    LD 375 An Act To Promote the Forest Products Industry in School Construction and Renovation Involving Heating Systems Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-60, Enacted, Signed into law April 22, 2019
    LD 375
    This bill requires consideration of modern wood heating systems, with wood biomass fuels sourced locally and in a manner that benefits the State's economy, in the construction of new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to State Board of Education approval.

    Amendment H-60
    This amendment clarifies that, in approving school construction projects, the State Board of Education is required to ensure that school administrative units have considered heating systems that use renewable, locally sourced wood-based fuels and that benefit the State's economy and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in all planning and design for new or substantially renovated schools or school buildings subject to state board approval. The amendment strikes the requirement that the school administrative unit demonstrates a preference for modern wood heating systems.

    LD 375 Chaptered Law
    LD 375 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 400 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Food Processing Infrastructure in Targeted Areas of the State Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 400
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $20,000,000, will be used for food processing infrastructure in targeted areas 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 403 An Act To Prevent Tax Haven Abuse 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 403
    This bill requires corporations that file unitary income tax returns in Maine to include income from certain jurisdictions outside the United States in net income when apportioning income among tax jurisdictions. The State Tax Assessor is required to adopt major substantive rules to determine the income or loss attributable to such corporations and to prevent double taxation or deduction of income. The assessor is required to submit an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters regarding whether jurisdictions should be added to or deleted from the list of tax havens based on specified criteria.

    LD 419 An Act To Require a Minimum Salary of $50,000 for Public School Teachers Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 2, 2019
    LD 419
    This bill requires that the minimum salary of certified teachers in public schools be established at $50,000 for the school year starting after June 30, 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 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 454 An Act To Encourage the Purchase of Local Produce for Public Schools Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-108, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 454
    This bill provides funds to the Department of Education to administer the Local Produce Fund and to provide a $1 match for every $3 expended by a school administrative unit for produce or minimally processed foods purchased directly from a farmer, farmers' cooperative or local food hub in this State.

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

    LD 454 fiscal note
    LD 454 Amendment S-108 fiscal note
    LD 455 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Expand Maine's Research, Development, Commercialization and Clinical Infrastructure Assets To Improve Outcomes for Maine Families with Members Suffering from Alzheimer's, Dementia and Other Diseases of Aging Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 455
    The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $65,000,000, to the Maine Technology Institute will be used for investment in research, development, commercialization and clinical infrastructure assets in Maine in the target sectors of life sciences and biomedical technology, including equipment and technology upgrades that improve outcomes for Maine families suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia and other diseases of aging, and to enable organizations to gain and hold market share and expand employment or preserve jobs. The funds must be awarded through a competitive process to Maine-based public and private entities, leveraging other funds in at least a one-to-one ratio.

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

    LD 569 Resolve, Directing the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry To Submit to the United States Secretary of Agriculture a Plan for Continued Implementation of the Maine Industrial Hemp Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, May 9, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 569
    This resolve directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to submit a plan to the United States Secretary of Agriculture to continue Maine's industrial hemp program and to regulate hemp in accordance with federal requirements.

    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 606 Resolve, To Require the Department of Health and Human Services To Provide Cost-based Reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes Status: Dead, Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-120, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 29, 2019, in the Senate when the Senate adjourned sine die, June 20, 2019
    LD 606
    This resolve requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend its rules governing MaineCare reimbursement in order to provide cost-based reimbursement to Maine Veterans' Homes nursing facilities.

    Amendment S-120
    This amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 606 fiscal note
    LD 606 Amendment S-120 fiscal note
    LD 630 An Act To Clarify That Food and Food Products Containing Hemp-derived Cannabidiol Produced and Sold within the State Are Not Adulterated and To Match the State's Definition of "Hemp" to the Definition in Federal Law (Emergency) Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-10, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 27, 2019
    LD 630
    Part A of this bill provides that food and food products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol that are produced and sold within the State are not considered to be "adulterated" under state law, and the production, marketing, sale or distribution of food or food products containing hemp may not be prohibited.

    Part B of this bill changes the term in Maine law "industrial hemp" to "hemp" and defines "hemp" to match the definition of "hemp" in the federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018.

    Amendment H-10
    This amendment strikes and replaces Part A of the bill and provides that food, food additives and food products that contain hemp and hemp products, including hemp-derived cannabidiol, are not considered to be adulterated under state law and that the nonpharmaceutical or nonmedical production, marketing, sale or distribution within the State of food, food additives or food products that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol may not be prohibited. The amendment also clarifies that eating establishments, in addition to food establishments, may not make any therapeutic claims about food products that contain hemp-derived cannabidiol without federal approval.

    The amendment clarifies that the definition of hemp includes commodities and products derived from hemp, including food, food additives and food products, and that it does not include medical marijuana as governed by the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act or adult use marijuana as governed by the Marijuana Legalization Act.



    LD 630 Chaptered Law
    LD 630 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 658 Resolve, To Direct a Plan for Energy Independence for Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-170, Finally passed, Signed into law May 17, 2019
    LD 658
    This resolve directs the Governor's Energy Office to adopt a 10-year energy independence plan, including conservation and renewable energy strategies, for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030. It requires the office to develop the plan through a collaborative stakeholder process. The plan must be submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 along with suggested legislation necessary to implement the plan. The resolve authorizes the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature related to the plan.

    Amendment H-170
    This amendment replaces the resolve. The amendment directs the Governor's Energy Office, in coordination with the development of the state energy plan or other planning initiatives, to conduct an analysis for at least one scenario for the State to become a net exporter of energy by 2030 through the development and expansion of energy generating capacity, energy conservation and energy efficiency at levels sufficient to offset the total value of the State's domestic energy consumption across all sectors. The amendment requires the Governor's Energy Office to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology by December 31, 2019 on progress regarding the state energy plan and the analysis for the State to become a net exporter of energy.

    LD 658 Chaptered Law
    LD 658 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 702 An Act Regarding the Pricing of Spirits Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 702
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

    This bill proposes to enact measures designed to ensure a thorough appeals process relating to the pricing of spirits by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations and the State Liquor and Lottery Commission.

    LD 726 An Act To Make Sales to Area Agencies on Aging Tax-exempt Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-56, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate April 18, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 726
    This bill provides an exemption from the sales and use tax to area agencies on aging, as designated by the Department of Health and Human Services, and public and private nonprofit agencies that are operating under grants provided by the department, that provide social services in order to secure and maintain maximum independence and dignity in a home environment for older people capable of self-care with appropriate supportive services.

    Amendment H-56
    This amendment adds an exemption from the service provider tax for sales of taxable services to agencies that the bill makes eligible for a sales tax exemption.

    LD 726 Amendment H-56 fiscal note
    LD 776 An Act Regarding Post-judgment Motion by a Person Seeking To Satisfy the Prerequisites for Obtaining Special Restrictions on the Dissemination and Use of Criminal History Record Information for Certain Criminal Convictions 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 776
    This bill amends the law concerning a post-judgment motion by a person seeking to satisfy the prerequisites for obtaining special restrictions on the dissemination and use of criminal history record information for certain criminal convictions in the following ways:
    • 1. Current law makes convictions of only certain Class E crimes eligible for special restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information. This bill expands eligibility to include convictions of both certain Class E crimes and certain Class D crimes;
    • 2. Current law allows eligibility for restrictions on dissemination and use of criminal history record information only for persons who at the time of the commission of the crime were 18 to 20 years of age. This bill expands eligibility to a person who at the time of the commission of the crime was 18 to 25 years of age; and
    • 3. This bill removes the provision repealing the current law October 1, 2019.


    LD 777 An Act To Establish the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-493, Enacted, Signed into law June 21, 2019
    LD 777
    This bill creates the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to promote, carry out and coordinate programs designed to improve opportunities for racial and ethnic populations.

    Amendment H-493
    This amendment replaces the bill. It changes the name of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial and Ethnic Populations to the Permanent Commission on the Status of Racial, Indigenous and Maine Tribal Populations and makes corresponding changes throughout the amendment to capture that change. It removes legislative members from the commission and makes additional changes to the public members of the commission. It further defines the duties and powers of the commission, including providing the commission with the authority to submit legislation at the start of each regular session. The amendment adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 777 Chaptered Law
    LD 777 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    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 806 An Act To Clarify the Definition of "Ancient Burying Ground" Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 7, 2019
    LD 806
    This bill provides that ancient burying grounds include private cemeteries established pursuant to Public Law 1829, chapter 420 and Public Law 1839, chapter 392 and family burying grounds established before 1880. It also provides that ancient burying grounds may be documented in family papers, records of registers of deeds or municipal records, but that a lack of such documentation, or of apparent marked boundaries, does not negate the existence of, or a place's status as, an ancient burying ground.

    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
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    LD 823 An Act To Exempt Vehicles That Are More Than 15 Years Old from Titling Requirements Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-191, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
    LD 823
    This bill amends the law exempting motor vehicles from certificate of title or certificate of salvage requirements to exempt automobiles and all over-the-road commercial vehicles that are more than 15 years old, unless the Secretary of State determines it is in the best interest of the State and an applicant for certificate of title to issue a title to a vehicle more than 15 years old.

    Amendment H-191
    This amendment strikes and replaces the bill. The amendment, rather than exempting all vehicles more than 15 years old from titling requirements, allows a vehicle that is at least 20 years old according to its model year to be recycled, salvaged or scrapped without a certificate of title.

    LD 823 Chaptered Law
    LD 823 Chaptered Law 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 848 An Act Concerning Disclosure Requirements for Transfers of Properties Accessed by Means Other Than a Public Way Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Enacted, Signed into law May 23, 2019
    LD 848
    This bill conforms the disclosure requirements for transfers of residential and nonresidential properties that are accessed by means other than a public way.

    LD 848 Chaptered Law
    LD 848 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 864 An Act To Make Whole Family Support Available Statewide Status: Referred to Health and Human Services Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 18, 2019
    LD 864
    This bill requires community action agencies to establish support programs to serve families to assist parents with children as they pursue stable employment, pursue education intended to lead to employment or otherwise pursue self-sufficiency. The bill also provides funding for community action agencies to establish the support programs.

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

    LD 894 Chaptered Law
    LD 894 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 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 903 An Act To Improve Corporate Tax Fairness by Amending the Rates Imposed on Corporate Income Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, March 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 903
    This bill establishes 2 new tax brackets and 3 new rates for corporate income tax purposes for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020. Under the bill, corporate income between $2,000,000 and $3,000,000 is taxed at the rate of 8.5% and corporate income between $3,000,000 and $3,500,000 is taxed at the rate of 8.75%; such income is taxed under current law at the rate of 8.33%. The top tax rate, which is imposed on corporate income over $3,500,000, is increased from 8.93% to 9%.

    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 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 920 An Act To Establish the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-192, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 920
    This bill establishes the Fund To Support Local Fruits and Vegetables Purchasing within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants for the purchase of locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. Fund recipients must be state-based organizations that support local food producers, local food production or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance, with priority to organizations that have a demonstrated history of incentivizing the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables or that demonstrate the ability to leverage the proceeds to match or receive additional funds from local, state, federal or private sources. The bill provides reporting and audit requirements for recipients to ensure proper use of the funds and appropriates funds to capitalize the fund.

    Amendment H-192
    This amendment, which is the majority report, incorporates a fiscal note.

    LD 920 Amendment H-192 fiscal note
    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 954 An Act To Rescind An Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 954
    This bill repeals An Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement. The repeal does not take effect unless approved by the Houlton Band Council of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Tribal Chief and the Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after the adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

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

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

    LD 1011 Chaptered Law
    LD 1011 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    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 1044 An Act To Advance Children's Cancer Research in Maine Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-441, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1044
    This bill creates the option for an individual to make a donation upon vehicle registration or renewal in support of children's cancer research and establishes the Maine Children's Cancer Research Fund for collection of the donations. All donations are transferred quarterly to an entity determined by the Secretary of State and must be used exclusively for children's cancer research.

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

    LD 1044 Chaptered Law
    LD 1044 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1085 An Act To Ensure That Maine Residents Have Adequate and Affordable Access to Health Care 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 1085
    This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.

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



    LD 1097 An Act To Protect Tenants from Sexual Harassment Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-165, Enacted, Became law without the Governor's signature June 18, 2019
    LD 1097
    This bill creates a rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant if the tenant had made a complaint of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or landlord's agent. The bill defines "sexual harassment."

    Amendment S-165
    The bill addresses sexual harassment with regard to tenants in residential property. This amendment clearly states a landlord or a landlord's agent may not subject a tenant to sexual harassment. It retains the provision that nothing in the subchapter limits the application of the Maine Human Rights Act, which addresses discrimination in housing.

    The amendment revises the definition of "sexual harassment" to include retaliation for communicating about or filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

    The amendment replaces the rebuttable presumption that a forcible entry and detainer action was commenced in retaliation against a tenant with additional options for the tenant: the tenant raises the rebuttable presumption of retaliation by having communicated to the landlord or the landlord's agent about an act of sexual harassment or filed a complaint with a law enforcement agency, the Maine Human Rights Commission or a court of an act of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent against the tenant or a family or household member of the tenant. The tenant must have made the communication, which does not have to be in writing, or complaint prior to receiving the eviction notice. This is consistent with current law that creates a rebuttable presumption based on the tenant's filing a fair housing complaint prior to receiving an eviction notice.

    In addition, the amendment provides that the defense of retaliation cannot be used in an eviction if the action is brought because the tenant violated a lease provision or for any reason that is listed in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14, section 6002, subsection 1 as grounds for an eviction with 7 days' written notice. Thus, if the landlord commences an eviction based on nonpayment of rent, for example, the fact that the tenant had communicated about sexual harassment or filed a complaint of sexual harassment does not create a presumption that the eviction is in retaliation for the assertion of that right.

    The amendment also provides a tenant who is the victim of sexual harassment by the landlord or the landlord's agent with the opportunity to terminate the lease early, using the same process currently in law for a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, by providing specified written documentation with appropriate notice.

    LD 1097 Chaptered Law
    LD 1097 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1109 An Act Regarding All-terrain Vehicles Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-272, Enacted, Signed into law June 5, 2019
    LD 1109
    This bill limits, by definition, the size of an all-terrain vehicle to 65 inches in width and 2,000 pounds in weight, prohibits operation of motor vehicles on a designated all-terrain vehicle trail that is not on a gravel road system and prohibits operation of all-terrain vehicles on trails posted with size or weight limitations unless that use has been authorized by the landowner or the landowner's agent.

    Amendment H-272
    This amendment:
    • 1. Amends the definition of "ATV" to limit that definition to a motor-driven, off-road, recreational vehicle that was designed by the manufacturer for and is capable of cross-country travel. It preserves that portion of the bill that amends the definition of "ATV" to exclude a motor vehicle as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 42. It removes the size and weight limits added by the bill to the definition of "ATV"; and
    • 2. Removes that section of the bill that prohibits the operation of an ATV on a trail posted with size or weight restrictions without authorization of the landowner.


    LD 1109 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1119 An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipalities and School Administrative Units Status: Referred to Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1119
    The funds provided by the bond issue in Part A, in the amount of $10,000,000, will be used to purchase solar arrays, high-efficiency ductless heat pumps and high-efficiency modern wood heating systems for buildings and property owned by municipalities and school administrative units.

    Part B directs the Efficiency Maine Trust to use funds from the bond issue under Part A to fund the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

    Part C establishes the Municipal Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program within the Efficiency Maine Trust to support municipalities and municipally authorized citizen committees and school administrative units across the State in reducing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, facilitating the development of renewable energy resources and creating local jobs related to the building of renewable energy facilities and the installation of energy-efficient equipment. It funds the program with the proceeds of bonds, including bonds issued pursuant to Part A, any other funds allocated by the trust and matching funds from participating municipalities.

    Parts B and C take effect only if the bond issue under Part A is approved by the voters of the State.

    LD 1123 An Act Regarding Telecommunications Infrastructure Costs Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 1123
    This bill amends the laws governing development districts designated by a municipality or plantation to provide that costs associated with broadband and fiber optics expansion projects, including preparation, planning, engineering and other related costs in addition to the construction costs of such projects, whether or not such expansion projects serve residential or business areas within the municipality or plantation are authorized project costs.

    LD 1150 An Act To Amend the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law To Encourage Public Access Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1150
    This bill excludes from benefits under the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law a parcel of land to which public access for recreational use is limited or prohibited.

    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 1156 An Act To Create the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Work session held, May 15, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1156
    This bill establishes the Savings Account Program for Small Businesses in the Finance Authority of Maine to certify corporations eligible to claim a tax credit for contributions made to qualifying savings accounts. The bill creates the tax credit and establishes that withdrawals from the savings accounts are taxable income.

    LD 1158 An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-382, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 4, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1158
    This bill amends the property tax fairness credit under the income tax laws for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020 by changing the formula for calculation of benefits to reflect the calculation that applied under the Maine Residents Property Tax Program, referred to as "the circuitbreaker program," which was in effect prior to enactment of the property tax fairness credit.

    Amendment H-382
    This amendment changes "calendar year" to "tax year" in the definition of "household income" and clarifies that the income factor for the calculation proposed in the bill of the property tax fairness credit is household income.

    This amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 1158 Amendment H-382 fiscal note
    LD 1159 Resolve, To End Hunger in Maine by 2030 Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Finally passed, Signed into law May 20, 2019
    LD 1159
    This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, in consultation and collaboration with interested parties and stakeholders, to collaborate with the Department of Marine Resources, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to eliminate hunger in the State by 2030. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is required to submit an initial design for the plan by February 10, 2020 to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which may submit legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 1159 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1162 An Act To Further Expand Drug Price Transparency Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-252, Enacted, Signed into law June 24, 2019
    LD 1162
    This bill requires that, if a prescription drug has a wholesale acquisition cost of more than $40 for a course of therapy and there is an increase in the wholesale acquisition cost of that prescription drug of more than 16%, including the proposed increase and the cumulative increases that occurred within the previous two calendar years prior to the current year, the manufacturer of the prescription drug must provide notice to certain registered purchasers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LD 1162 Chaptered Law
    LD 1162 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1167 An Act To Increase Consumption of Maine Foods in State Institutions Status: Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, Work session held, April 11, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1167
    Current law requires state and school purchasers to buy meat, fish, dairy products, excluding milk and eggs, and species of fruits and fresh vegetables directly from Maine food producers or food brokers. This bill establishes a minimum percentage of Maine foodstuffs, including milk or milk products, eggs, meat or meat products, poultry or poultry products, fish or fish products and fruits and vegetables, that must be purchased, requiring at least 20% by December 31, 2025, at least 30% by December 31, 2030, at least 40% by December 31, 2040 and at least 50% by December 31, 2050. The bill exempts from the requirements school purchasers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. The bill also clarifies that "Maine food producer" includes food processors, revises provisions regulating quality standards and requires competitive bidding when more than one producer or broker or wholesaler can supply a given foodstuff.

    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 1172 An Act To Provide Direct Property Tax Relief to Homeowners by Increasing the Homestead Exemption Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 2, 2019
    LD 1172
    This bill increases the total exemption amount under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption program from the current $20,000 to $30,000 for the property tax year beginning April 1, 2020 and to $40,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2021. This bill also increases the reimbursement rate by the State for the revenue lost by a municipality due to the exemption from 62.5% to 75%, beginning with the 2020-2021 property tax year.

    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 1179 An Act To Expand Coyote Hunting to Every Day of the Coyote Hunting Season and To Eliminate Fees Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 11, 2019
    LD 1179
    This bill abolishes the coyote night hunting permit fee, allows hunters to hunt coyotes on Sundays during the regular hunting season, which under current Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rules is from January 1st to December 31st, and eliminates any license fee that may be charged in connection with coyote hunting for the 2019 regular season.

    LD 1196 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Implement Ranked-choice Voting Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 30, 2019
    LD 1196
    This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require candidates for the political offices of Governor, State Senator and State Representative to be elected by a majority of the votes cast for that office.

    LD 1200 An Act To Amend the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program (Emergency) Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment S-169, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1200
    This bill amends the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program by:
    • 1. Reducing from 50% to 40% the maximum credit available to individual investors and private venture capital funds for investments made after April 1, 2019;
    • 2. Requiring that eligible exporting businesses retain in Maine a majority of their employees;
    • 3. Reducing from $5,000,000 to $3,500,000 the total aggregate investment eligible for tax credits for any one business;
    • 4. Limiting to $2,000,000 the total aggregate investment eligible for any one business in any calendar year; and
    • 5. Increasing from $5,000,000 to $15,000,000 the overall annual limit on total authorized credits.


    Amendment S-169
    This amendment restricts the increase in the overall annual limit on total authorized credits to calendar years 2019 to 2025, removes the requirement that a majority of an eligible business's employment associated with the creation and sale of a product or a provision of services be within the State and provides a structure for the required reporting of data to facilitate an evaluation of the effectiveness of the credit by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability.

    LD 1200 Amendment S-169 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 1251 An Act To Make Agricultural Workers and Other Workers Employees under the Wage and Hour Laws Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
    LD 1251
    This bill provides that agricultural employees and seasonal employees are subject to the laws that place limits on mandatory overtime. It also provides that agricultural employees are subject to the laws that set a minimum wage and overtime rate. It provides that the laws that set an overtime rate apply to certain activities related to agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods.

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

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

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

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

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

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


    LD 1260 Chaptered Law
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    LD 1298 An Act To Enhance Fish and Wildlife Laws (Emergency)(Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law March 25, 2019
    LD 1298
    This bill provides the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife the authority to change the closing date of the recreational ice-fishing season by rule. It also amends the rule-making provision of the law governing open seasons for fishing to explicitly provide for adoption of emergency rules.

    LD 1298 Chaptered Law
    LD 1298 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 1328 An Act To Increase the Salaries of the Governor and Legislators Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 21, 2019
    LD 1328
    This bill increases the Governor's salary from $70,000 per year to $125,000 per year. Since the Constitution of Maine prohibits the increase of the salary of a sitting Governor, this increase does not take effect until the election of a Governor not in office on December 2, 2020.

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

    LD 1345 An Act To Ensure a Fair Workweek Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, April 25, 2019
    LD 1345
    This bill requires employers who employ 5 or more employees in the State to provide hourly employees at least 2 weeks' prior notice of the employees' work schedules, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years.

    The bill provides that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The department may adopt rules regarding compliance with and enforcement of these provisions, and the bureau is required to report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and the bureau's efforts.

    LD 1415 An Act To Improve the Laws Regarding Discontinued and Abandoned Roads 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 1415
    Under current law, a presumption of abandonment exists if a municipality fails for a period of 30 or more years to keep a way passable for the use of motor vehicles at the expense of the municipality. This bill eliminates that presumption for ways that have not met that statutory requirement by January 1, 2020 and instead specifies that the only process that a municipality may use to terminate its interests in a public way is through the discontinuance process established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 3026-A. This bill also amends the filing required by the clerk of a municipality following the determination of discontinuance by abandonment of a town way to require that the record filed with the registry of deeds include the evidence used by the municipality to make the determination of abandonment and the effective date of that determination of abandonment.

    LD 1441 An Act To Align the Laws Governing Dental Therapy with Standards Established by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-503, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
    LD 1441
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws affecting dental therapists.
    • 1. It changes the name of the occupation licensed from "dental hygiene therapist" to "dental therapist" to conform to the name used by other state licensing boards and the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation.
    • 2. It identifies the educational requirement as a master's degree in dental therapy. It also clarifies that a dental therapy program must either be accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education or approved by the Board of Dental Practice by rulemaking consistent with the curriculum standards of a dental therapy program as adopted by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Education.
    • 3. It requires a provisional dental therapist and a dental therapist to maintain a current certification in advanced cardiac life support.
    • 4. It clarifies the level of supervision of a provisional dental therapist to require both direct and general supervision as identified in a written practice agreement with a supervising dentist. It authorizes a dental therapist to practice under the general supervision instead of direct supervision of a dentist pursuant to a written practice agreement.
    • 5. It removes the practice setting requirements.


    Amendment H-503
    This amendment clarifies the educational requirements for dental therapists.

    The amendment removes language proposing to clarify statutory language related to supervision of dental therapists and replaces it with a provision requiring further study of the issues by the Board of Dental Practice. The Board of Dental Practice is directed to recommend changes to the statutory definitions of supervision and to recommend a definition of "teledentistry" for the purpose of aligning current supervision practices and reflecting advancements in technology. The Board of Dental Practice is required to submit its recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services no later than February 1, 2020. The Joint Standing Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services may report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature based on the board's recommendations.

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    LD 1444 An Act To Make the Distance to Schools for Marijuana Establishments Consistent with the Liquor Laws Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 6, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1444
    This bill changes the distance requirements under the adult use marijuana provisions from 1,000 feet to 300 feet for a marijuana establishment to a preexisting public or private school and the method by which the distance is measured to make the adult use marijuana distance requirements consistent with liquor law requirements.

    LD 1451 An Act Providing Labor Unions with Reasonable Access to Current and Newly Hired Public Sector Workers Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-602, Enacted, Signed into law June 19, 2019
    LD 1451
    This bill makes changes to the laws governing collective bargaining for municipal employees, state employees, judicial employees and employees of the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy and the Maine Community College System to provide a collective bargaining agent with greater access to employees and employee information for those employees represented by that collective bargaining agent. It also provides a collective bargaining agent with the right to use any government building or facility to conduct meetings with its members, as long as that use does not interfere with governmental operations. The government entity may charge the collective bargaining agent for any additional costs that use may incur.

    Amendment H-602
    This amendment does the following:
    • 1. It changes the minimum amount of time an employer must allow for a newly hired employee to meet with a bargaining agent from 30 minutes to either 30 minutes or an amount of time agreed upon by all parties;
    • 2. It changes from 10 days to 30 days the amount of time an employer has to provide a bargaining agent with information regarding newly hired employees;
    • 3. It allows an employee to opt out after initial communications with a bargaining agent from any further contact or sharing of that employee's information with a bargaining agent, except for instances when that employee is being provided direct representation by the bargaining agent; and
    • 4. It prohibits a bargaining agent from selling or sharing a nonmember's information except for the purposes of that bargaining agent fulfilling its collective bargaining obligations.


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    LD 1455 An Act To Change the Name of Township 17, Range 3 to Van Buren Cove (Emergency) Status: Referred to State and Local Government Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-338, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 14, 2019
    LD 1455
    This bill authorizes the Aroostook County Board of Commissioners to seek approval from the residents of Township 17, Range 3, WELS, to rename the township to Van Buren Cove.

    Amendment H-338
    This amendment incorporates a fiscal note.

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    LD 1460 An Act To Support Collection and Proper Disposal of Unwanted Drugs Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Work session held, May 2, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1460
    This bill provides for the establishment of drug take-back stewardship programs. It requires certain drug manufacturers, as defined in the bill, to operate a drug take-back stewardship program to collect and dispose of certain drugs.

    LD 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 1474 An Act To Ensure Water Equity and Accountability for the People of the State Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Dead, Concurrence in Ought Not to Pass, June 4, 2019
    LD 1474
    This bill requires certain governmental entities when issuing permits or licenses and setting rates to evaluate the negative externalities resulting from unique uses of water, such as the bulk exportation of water out of a region.

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


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


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    LD 1506 Resolve, Directing the Department of Economic and Community Development To Facilitate the Creation of a Strategic Economic Plan (Emergency) Status: Referred to Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 3, 2019
    LD 1506
    This resolve directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate the creation of a 10-year strategic economic plan that recommends breakthrough strategies for increased economic prosperity for all citizens of the State in all regions, ultimately measured by increased household income, a growing workforce and sustainable business development.

    The resolve directs the department to provide a report on the strategic plan to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Innovation, Development, Economic Advancement and Business by December 31, 2019. The joint standing committees are authorized to report out legislation based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 1515 An Act To Allow Sports Wagering in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
    LD 1515
    This bill authorizes the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Board to issue licenses to operate sports pools to commercial tracks and off-track betting facilities in the State. Under the bill, wagers on sports events must be made in person at a sports wagering lounge and may not be transmitted over the Internet from a remote location.

    Sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events and other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 18 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons including persons who own more than 50% of the legal or beneficial interest in any team if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who are on a list of persons who are to be excluded or removed from a sports wagering lounge established by the board, including persons who voluntarily request to be excluded; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

    The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, regulating the design and minimum security standards for in-person sports wagering lounges located within a commercial track or off-track betting facility and establishing record-keeping, reporting and auditing requirements.

    The bill further requires that 18% of net sports pool income be transferred to the board for distribution as follows: 1% for administrative expenses of the board; 2% for primary and secondary school education in the State; 2% for the Maine Community College System's scholarships program; 2% to the Agricultural Fair Support Fund; 2% to the fund used to supplement harness racing purses; 2% to the Fund to Encourage Racing at Maine's Commercial Tracks; 2% to the Fund to Stabilize Off-track Betting Facilities; and 5% to be divided equally among the tribal governments of the federally recognized Indian tribes in the State.

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

    LD 1537 An Act To Increase the Portion of Retirement Benefits to Which the Cost-of-living Adjustment Applies Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Enacted in the House as amended by Committee amendment H-446, tabled to Special Appropriations in the Senate June 10, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1537
    This bill increases the portion of retirement benefits of retired state employees, teachers and beneficiaries of either to which the cost-of-living adjustment applies from $20,000 to $30,000 effective July 1, 2020.

    Amendment H-446
    This amendment is the majority report of the committee and adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.

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

    Online sports pool operators may accept wagers on all professional or amateur sports events except high school sports events or other events in which a majority of the participants are minors. Online sports pool operators may not accept wagers from persons whose identity they cannot verify; persons under 21 years of age; the director, officers and employees of the online sports pool operator and relatives living in the same household as those persons; athletes, coaches, referees and umpires participating in the sports event; other interested persons if the sports event upon which the wager is placed is overseen by the person's league or sports governing body; persons with confidential information that could affect the outcome of the sports event; persons who voluntarily request to be prohibited from making online sports wagers; and persons who make wagers on behalf of another person.

    The bill requires the board to adopt rules regulating the operation of online sports pools, including rules restricting the types of wagers permitted, establishing the maximum wagers that may be accepted from any one person on a single sports event, imposing requirements for servers and other equipment used to operate the online sports pool, establishing methods for verifying the identity and age of persons placing wagers online and prohibiting the acceptance of wagers from outside the State as required by federal law.

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

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

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

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

    LD 1607 An Act To Create the Department of Early Care and Learning Status: Referred to Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Work session held, May 20, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
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    LD 1626 An Act To Implement a Presidential Primary System in Maine Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-186, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1626
    This bill implements a presidential primary election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in March of the presidential election year, and provides a process for the parties to participate if they certify to the Secretary of State by November 1st of the year prior to the presidential election year that they have a contest among candidates for nomination.

    Amendment S-186
    This amendment, which is a minority report of the committee, strikes the provision of the bill mandating that each party's presidential primary elections are closed to any voter not enrolled in that party. Under the amendment, an unenrolled voter may choose to vote in one party's presidential primary election. The amendment also corrects cross-references in the bill.

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    LD 1627 An Act To Authorize the Use of Autocycles Status: Referred to Transportation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-487, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 1627
    This bill defines an autocycle as a 3-wheeled motorcycle that has a steering wheel or handlebars, floor pedals for automotive-style controls and seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride a seat and establishes provisions for registration and operator licensing.

    Amendment H-487
    This amendment clarifies that an autocycle is subject to the general motorcycle inspection standards, except those that do not apply to the design of the vehicle, and any other inspection standards set by the Chief of the State Police. This amendment also clarifies that an autocycle may not be operated abreast with any motor vehicle within the same lane.

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    LD 1631 RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Early Voting, Voting by Absentee Ballot and Voting by Mail Status: Referred to Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, May 14, 2019
    LD 1631
    This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to authorize a process to allow voting to occur in the same manner as on election day during a period immediately preceding an election. It also allows for voting by absentee ballot by citizens for reasons deemed sufficient without requiring in the Constitution of Maine that the citizens be absent or physically incapacitated. Additionally, this resolution allows the Legislature to authorize a process of voting by mail for all citizens of the State as an alternative to voting by absentee ballot.

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

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

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    LD 1646 An Act To Restore Local Ownership and Control of Maine's Power Delivery Systems Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Work session held, May 22, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1646
    This bill creates the Maine Power Delivery Authority as a consumer-owned utility to acquire and operate all transmission and distribution systems in the State currently operated by the investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities known as Central Maine Power Company and Emera Maine.

    LD 1647 An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Maine's Middle Class and Working Families Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Work session held, May 14, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1647
    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    This bill, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2020, requires payment of a tax equalization assessment if a tax family has an expanded income of at least $250,000 for a tax family filing as a single individual, $325,000 for a tax family filing as a head of a household or $400,000 for a tax family filing a married joint return or filing a joint return as a surviving spouse, and an effective tax rate that is less than the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid by the bottom 99% of tax families. The tax equalization assessment is an amount equal to the difference in the average effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, calculated by decile, and a tax family's individual effective tax rate on state and local taxes paid, the sum of which is multiplied by a tax family's expanded income.

    LD 1653 Resolve, Establishing the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1653
    This resolve establishes the Conference To Address and Improve Relations between Maine Indian Tribes and the Legislature to develop meaningful conversations among the members of the conference on communication and policy differences that led to the breakdown between the Legislature and the tribal representatives to the Legislature and how better to communicate and improve the relationship between the Legislature and Maine Indian tribes. Ex officio members of the conference are the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader and the House Minority Leader, who are directed to invite as members of the conference the Chief of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, the Chief of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, the Chief of the Penobscot Indian Nation, the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township and the Chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point.

    LD 1654 An Act To Create Veteran-friendly Workplaces Status: Referred to Labor and Housing Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-445, Enacted, Signed into law June 17, 2019
    LD 1654
    This bill requires an employer who provides paid leave and has 10 or more employees to allow a veteran to take paid leave to attend a scheduled appointment at a medical facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. An employer who does not provide paid leave and has 10 or more employees must grant unpaid leave to a veteran to attend a scheduled appointment at a medical facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. An employer who provides paid leave and has fewer than 10 employees must allow a veteran to take paid leave to attend a scheduled appointment at a medical facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs when the veteran provides the employer at least 2 weeks' notice of such an appointment unless the United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides the veteran less than 2 weeks' notice of an appointment, in which case the veteran shall provide the employer notice of the appointment as soon as reasonably possible. An employer who does not provide paid leave and has fewer than 10 employees must grant unpaid leave to a veteran to attend a scheduled appointment at a medical facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs when the veteran provides the employer at least 2 weeks' notice of such an appointment unless the United States Department of Veterans Affairs provides the veteran less than 2 weeks' notice of an appointment, in which case the veteran shall provide the employer notice of the appointment as soon as reasonably possible.

    Amendment H-445
    This amendment requires an employer to allow a veteran to take paid leave or unpaid leave, depending on whether or not the employer offers paid leave, to attend a scheduled appointment at a medical facility operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, as long as the veteran gives the employer notice of the appointment as soon as reasonably possible.

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    LD 1660 An Act To Improve Access to Physician Assistant Care Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 16, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1660
    This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the licensing and scope of practice of physician assistants.
    • 1. It increases the membership of the Board of Osteopathic Licensure and the Board of Licensure in Medicine from 10 to 11 members by changing the number of members on each board who are physician assistants from 1 member to 2 members.
    • 2. It establishes provisions for the scope of practice, insurance coverage of services and immunity from liability for providing volunteer medical services during emergencies or disasters and clarifies that physician assistants are primary care providers when practicing in a medical specialty required for a physician to be a primary care provider.
    • 3. It removes registration and physician supervisory requirements.
    • 4. It establishes requirements for physician assistant collaboration and consultation with physicians and other health care professionals.
    • 5. It changes the initial licensing fee from $250 to $300.
    • 6. It provides a transition provision for physician assistant licenses that are current and not subject to disciplinary action.


    LD 1673 An Act To Prohibit Prescription Drug Advertising Status: Referred to Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee, Work session held, May 21, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1673
    This bill amends current law, which allows the advertising of prescription drugs only if the advertisement is not misleading, to ban completely, beginning January 1, 2020, the advertising of prescription drugs, either by broadcast by a television or radio station in this State, over the Internet from a location in this State or in a magazine or newspaper printed, distributed or sold in this State. A violation is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.

    LD 1679 An Act To Establish the Maine Climate Change Council To Assist Maine To Mitigate, Prepare for and Adapt to Climate Change (Governor's Bill) Status: Referred to Environment and Natural Resources Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-221, Enacted as an emergency measure, Signed into law June 26, 2019
    LD 1679
    This bill:
    • 1. Establishes the Maine Climate Change Council to assist Maine to mitigate, prepare for and adapt to climate change;
    • 2. Provides that by January 1, 2030 80% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources and by January 1, 2050 100% of electricity consumed in the State must come from renewable resources;
    • 3. Updates the greenhouse gas emissions reductions required in statute; and
    • 4. Requires that the state climate action plan be updated by December 1, 2020 and every 4 years thereafter.


    Amendment S-221
    This amendment changes the title of the bill, adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and makes the following additional changes to the bill.
    • 1. It removes from the bill provisions regarding requirements for the consumption of electricity from renewable resources.
    • 2. It stipulates an interim greenhouse gas emissions reductions level to be achieved by January 1, 2040, requiring by such date that the greenhouse gas emissions reductions be on a trajectory sufficient to achieve the 2050 annual emissions reductions level in the bill.
    • 3. It clarifies the rule-making authority concerning compliance rules for the greenhouse gas emissions reductions levels required under the bill, specifying that the rules are to be adopted by the Board of Environmental Protection rather than the Department of Environmental Protection and that the rules must be consistent with the updated climate action plan and must be fair and equitable and account for and give significant weight to greenhouse gas emissions reductions already achieved by various sectors.
    • 4. It requires the State's climate action plan update to include development of a clean energy economy transition plan.
    • 5. It amends the Maine Climate Change Council, which is proposed in the bill, as follows.
      • A. It changes the name of the council to the Maine Climate Council.
      • B. It adds as a member of the council the Commissioner of Labor, increasing the total membership to 39.
      • C. It clarifies member compensation and terms of membership, increasing the term for public members from 2 years to 3 years.
      • D. It clarifies the purpose and makeup of the council's steering committee as well as the designation of the members of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee and the working groups.
      • E. It clarifies the duties and responsibilities of the council, the subcommittee and the working groups.
      • F. It removes language from the bill authorizing the subcommittee and the working groups to solicit and accept funding, and instead authorizes the council to conduct all funding solicitation and acceptance.
      • G. It requires, beginning January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, that the council submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over environment and natural resources matters describing the activities of the council, the subcommittee and its working groups over the prior calendar year and including any findings and recommendations of the council, including any proposed legislation. After reviewing the report, the committee may report out legislation to implement any recommendations contained in the report.

        It requires that the report also include a list of the amounts and sources of any funds accepted by the council in the prior calendar year, excluding those funds appropriated or allocated by the Legislature, and an indication of whether such outside funds were expended in the prior calendar year and, if expended, the purpose or purposes of the expenditure.
    • 6. It makes a number of other clarifications and technical changes to the bill.


    LD 1679 Chaptered Law
    LD 1679 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1698 An Act To Create Jobs and Slow Climate Change by Promoting the Production of Natural Resources Bioproducts Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Engrossed in both chambers as amended by Committee amendment H-552, Enacted in both chambers June 19, 2019, Governor's action pending, Governor placed on hold, July 2, 2019
    LD 1698
    This bill provides a tax credit for the production of renewable chemicals by the conversion of renewable biomass from the forest, farms, the sea or solid waste. The credit is equal to 7¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State, 9¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in production of the renewable chemicals are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program or successor program and at least 50% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States or 12¢ per pound of renewable chemical produced in the State if the taxpayer demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Department of Economic and Community Development that the contractors hired or retained by a landowner to harvest renewable biomass used in such production are 3rd-party certified by the Northeast Master Logger program and at least 75% of the contractors' employees are residents of the United States. Renewable chemicals are defined to include chemicals, polymers, plastics and formulated products, and to exclude substances used for food, feed or fuel, with limited exceptions. The bill also reinstates the tax credit for commercial production and use of biofuels.

    Amendment H-552
    This amendment includes a provision permitting the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Maine Revenue Services to provide to the Department of Economic and Community Development information necessary for administration of the renewable chemicals tax credit and strikes language that would create an overlap of the renewable chemicals tax credit and the credit for the commercial production and use of biofuels.

    LD 1698 Amendment H-552 fiscal note
    LD 1709 An Act To Amend the Act To Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Status: Referred to Judiciary Committee, Work session held, May 28, 2019, carried over to any regular or special session per Joint Order HP 1322
    LD 1709
    Current law provides that federal laws adopted after October 10, 1980 for the benefit of Indians, Indian nations or tribes or bands of Indians that would affect or preempt the application of the laws of this State, including application of the laws of the State to lands owned by or held in trust for Indians or Indian nations, tribes or bands of Indians do not apply within this State unless the subsequently enacted federal law is specifically made applicable within this State.

    This bill directs the Governor or the Governor's designee to maintain active communications with all the members of the Maine congressional delegation about the introduction of any such legislation in the United States Senate or the United States House of Representatives. The Governor or the Governor's designee is required to submit a report within 10 days of the introduction of such legislation to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General and the Chair of the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. In addition, the Governor or the Governor's designee is required to submit an annual report about such legislation, including its status and disposition. The information in the reports will assist the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House, Attorney General and Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission in deciding how to work with the Maine congressional delegation to ensure the tribes in Maine are included in federal legislation when appropriate.

    This bill amends the Act to Implement the Maine Indian Claims Settlement to specifically state that the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation have the same rights, privileges, powers and immunities as a sovereign and repeals the requirement that all Indians, Indian nations and tribes and bands of Indians and any lands or other resources owned or held for them are subject to the laws of Maine and to the jurisdiction of Maine courts. The bill provides the same level of immunity to the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Tribe and their officers and employees as is enjoyed by officers and employees of the State. Finally, the bill repeals the provision of the implementing Act that subjects all Indians and Indian nations or tribe or band of Indians to taxes and fees.

    The changes to the implementing Act do not take effect unless approved by the Governor and Council of the Penobscot Nation and the Joint Tribal Council of the Passamaquoddy Tribe within 90 days after adjournment of the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature.

    LD 1711 An Act To Promote Solar Energy Projects and Distributed Generation Resources in Maine Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Amended by Committee amendment S-295, Enacted, Signed into law June 26, 2019
    LD 1711
    This bill regards amendments and enactments of provisions regarding energy billing and the Maine Solar Energy Act, including:
    • 1. Establishing parameters on the financial interest and limits of accounts for net energy billing;
    • 2. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to establish a pilot program implementing a tariff rate for nonresidential customers of new distributed generation resources if the commission determines a tariff rate is the most cost-effective manner possible to promote the development of distributed generation resources;
    • 3. Amending the Maine Solar Energy Act by:
      • A. Adding specific measures to support solar energy;
      • B. Establishing a standard buyer designation and detailing the standard buyer's obligations and cost allocation;
      • C. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 125 megawatts for the output of distributed generation resources associated with commercial or institutional customer accounts through a bid solicitation process;
      • D. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to procure 250 megawatts for the output of large-scale shared distributed generation resources through a bid solicitation process; and
      • E. Detailing the process by which credits are applied to a customer's bill and how entities that own or operate a large-scale shared distributed generation resource on behalf of customers that own a proportional interest in the large-scale shared distributed generation resource may recover costs incurred on behalf of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility;
    • 4. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature the results of the implemented tariff rates for distributed generation resources and the status of metering and billing system capabilities for investor-owned transmission and distribution utilities;
    • 5. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to evaluate net energy billing when the total amount of generation capacity involved in net energy billing in the State reaches 8% of the total maximum load of transmission and distribution utilities in the State;
    • 6. Directing the Public Utilities Commission to solicit bids for long-term contracts to supply up to 400 megawatts of electricity from solar energy projects; and
    • 7. Directing the Executive Department, Governor's Energy Office to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding long-term contracts for installed capacity and associated renewable energy and renewable energy credits produced by solar energy projects.


    Amendment S-295
    This amendment replaces the bill. The amendment:
    • 1. Changes the net energy billing law to:
      • a. Allow a customer to participate if the customer has a financial interest in a distributed generation resource, which is defined as a generator with a capacity of less than 5 megawatts that uses a renewable resource and is located in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility in this State;
      • b. Permit any number of customers of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility to share the financial interest, except in the northern Maine grid, where the limit is 10, unless the Public Utilities Commission finds the utility system can accommodate a higher number; and
      • c. Add a new commercial and institutional net energy billing program that provides for a tariff rate for the energy exported by the distributed generation resource that is based on the applicable standard offer rate for the customer plus a percentage of the transmission and distribution utility rate for a specific class of customers;
    • 2. Requires the Public Utilities Commission to report on metering and billing issues to the joint standing committee on utilities and energy and to evaluate net energy billing when certain events occur; and
    • 3. Creates a requirement for the procurement of distributed generation resources by each investor-owned electric utility, or by a separate buyer, if one is designated by the commission. The amendment:
      • a. Directs procurements of 125 megawatts of output associated with commercial and institutional accounts and 250 megawatts of shared distributed generation resources to be achieved by July 1, 2024;
      • b. Directs that procurements must be through a competitive bidding process with solicitations for certain blocks of output and contract rates, after the first block, set in declining relation to the previous block;
      • c. Provides procedures to address cases of under-procurement for any block;
      • d. Requires subscriptions to certain portions of shared distributed generation resources to satisfy certain minimum requirements related to the types and sizes of subscribers or subscriptions; and
      • e. Provides for consumer protections and transparency requirements.
    • 4. Adds an appropriations and allocations section.


    LD 1711 Chaptered Law
    LD 1711 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1713 An Act To Return Funds to Maine Property Tax Payers Status: Referred to Taxation Committee, Amended by Committee amendment H-620, Enacted, Signed into law June 20, 2019
    LD 1713
    The Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents, which is funded by the transfer of 20% of the unappropriated surplus of the General Fund after all required deductions of appropriations, budgeted financial commitments and adjustments considered necessary by the State Controller have been made, was established to provide income tax relief by reducing income tax rates once a certain level of funds in the fund is reached; to date, the required level of funding to provide income tax relief has not been reached.

    This bill renames the fund the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and requires it to be used to provide property tax relief payments directly to residents of this State whose residence qualifies for an exemption under the Maine homestead property tax exemption. The amount of the tax relief payment is determined annually by dividing the total amount of funds available in the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents by the total number of homesteads that qualify for the Maine homestead property tax exemption. If that amount is at least $100, the Treasurer of State is required, by December 1st, to mail checks for the tax relief payment to each owner of a qualifying homestead.

    Amendment H-620
    This amendment changes the responsibility for calculating property tax relief payments from the State Tax Assessor to the Treasurer of State and changes dates for steps in the process of calculating and making relief payments. The amendment also provides that the Treasurer of State's costs in administering relief payments and in making state payments to municipalities for mandate costs are also paid from the Property Tax Relief Fund for Maine Residents and it adds an appropriations and allocations section.

    LD 1713 Chaptered Law
    LD 1713 Chaptered Law fiscal note
    LD 1742 An Act To Encourage Broadband Deployment in Unserved Areas Status: Referred to Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, Dead, Joint rule 310.3, June 5, 2019
    LD 1742
    This bill facilitates the deployment of broadband infrastructure in unserved areas of this State by establishing the Broadband Infrastructure Grant Program under the ConnectME Authority to award grants to applicants for the purpose of extending deployment of facilities used to provide broadband service to unserved areas of the State and thus to encourage new investment in broadband service infrastructure. The bill eliminates the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund. The bill removes the authority of the ConnectME Authority to require communications service providers to contribute to the ConnectME Fund. It allows the authority to issue bonds for the construction of advanced communications technology infrastructure.

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