Climate Action

LD 993 An Act to Facilitate Stakeholder Input Regarding Forest Policy in Maine [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Carried Over)

This bill creates the Maine Forest Advisory Board to advise the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry on a variety of forestry issues and to provide input on the state forest action plan required under the federal Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.

Sponsor: Rep. O’Neil of Saco. Co-sponsors: President Jackson of Aroostook, Representatives Carlow of Buston, Crafts of Newcastle, Osher of Orono, Senators Bennet of Oxford and Hickman of Kennebec.

Committee: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Community PartnersEnvironmental Priorities Coalition, Appalachian Mt. Club

LD 1246 An Act to Include Endangered and Threatened Species Habitat in the Definition of “Significant Wildlife Habitat” Under the Natural Resources Protection Act [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Signed by Governor)

This bill amends the Natural Resources Protection Act by adding to the definition of "significant wildlife habitat" the habitat of species appearing on the official state endangered species and state threatened species list. This bill also requires the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to define "habitat for state endangered and state threatened species" by major substantive rules.

Sponsor: Rep. Gramlich of Old Orchard Beach. Co-Sponsors: Sen. Brenner of Cumberland, Representatives Bell of Yarmouth, Campbell of Orrington, Cluchey of Bowdoinham, Doudera of Camden, Landry of Farmington, O’Neil of Saco, Soboleski of Phillips, and Sen. Bennett of Oxford.

Committee: Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

Community PartnersEnvironmental Priorities CoalitionMaine Audubon

LD 1895 An Act Regarding the Procurement of Energy from Offshore Wind Resources [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Signed by Governor)

This bill establishes the Maine Offshore Wind Renewable Energy and Economic Development Program within the Public Utilities Commission to further the development and use of offshore wind energy resources in the Gulf of Maine. It directs the commission, in coordination with the Governor’s Energy Office and other state agencies, to conduct a series of competitive solicitations in order to select floating extraterritorial wind projects for contracts with transmission and distribution utilities.

Sponsor: Senator Mark Lawrence of York

Co-Sponsors: Senator Stacy Brenner of Cumberland, Senator Glenn Curry of Waldo, Representative Victoria Doudera of Camden, Representative Valli Geiger of Rockland, Representative Traci Gere of Kennebunkport, President Troy Jackson of Aroostook, Representative Anne-Marie Mastraccio of Sanford, Representative Walter Runte of York, Senator Eloise Vitelli of Sagadahoc

Committee: Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology

Community Partners: Environmental Priorities Coalition

Our Power Ballot initiative An Act to Create the Pine Tree Power Company, a Nonprofit, Customer-Owned Utility [MUUSAN Supports] (Climate Action team gave Pine Tree Power presentations at 13 different UU churches throughout Maine.)

Will be Question #3 on November 2023 ballot: “Do you want to create a new power company governed by an elected board to acquire and operate existing for-profit electricity transmission and distribution facilities in Maine?”


Democracy in Action

LD 1578  An Act to Adopt an Interstate Compact to Elect the President of the United States by National Popular Vote [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Carried Over)

With passage of this bill Maine would join 16 other states in a compact to allocate all four of the state’s electors in the presidential race to the winner of the national popular vote. Every vote in every state will carry the same weight. This change will only take place when a majority of electors (270) nationwide are committed to the compact. We are 72% of the way there.

Sponsor: Representative Bell of Yarmouth. Co-sponsors: Rep. Zager of Portland, Sen Pouliot of Kennebec and Representatives: Jauch of Topsham, Supica of Bangor, Speaker Talbot Ross of Portland, Terry of Gorham, Senators: Daughtry of Cumberland, President Jackson of Aroostook, Vitelli of Sagadahoc.

Committee: Veterans and Legal Affairs

Community Partners: League of Women Voters Maine, Mainers for Modern Elections

LD 1038  An Act to Reinstate Plurality Voting by Repealing the Ranked-Choice Voting Laws [MUUSAN OPPOSES] (DEAD)

The title says it all: if enacted, this bill would repeal ranked-choice voting which MUUSAN strongly supports. Click here for talking points from the LWV website to help you write letters or testimony.

Sponsor: Rep. Polewarczyk of Wiscasset. Co-sponsors: Reps. Bradstreet of Vassalboro, Ducharme of Maidson, Foster of Dexter, Henderson of Rumford, Lyman of Livermore Falls, Poirier of Skowhegan, Sampson of Alfred, Smith of Palermo.

Committee: Veterans and Legal Affairs

Community Partners: League of Women Voters

LD 1610 An Act to Prohibit Campaign Spending by Foreign Governments and Promote an Anticorruption Amendment to the United States Constitution [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Governor Vetoed)

This citizens’ initiative, if enacted this session through the legislature, will end foreign-government interference and reduce dark money influence in all Maine elections. In addition to prohibiting all disbursement of funds to influence candidates or referendums by foreign government-influenced entities, this bill also calls on Maine’s Congressional Delegation to actively support and promote an effective anti-corruption amendment to the US Constitution.

LD 1690 An Act Regarding Ongoing Absentee Voting and Tracking of Absentee Ballots [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Became law without the Governor’s signature)

This bill allows voters to establish themselves as an ongoing absentee voter. Voters having received this status will receive an absentee ballot for each state, municipal, or other election for which the voter is entitled and need not submit a separate request for each election. The bill would also implement provisions regarding notification of ballot status for absentee voters and access of absentee voters to ballot tracking information.

Sponsor: Mattie Daughtry of Cumberland, Co-sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross of Portland, Senators Hickman of Kennebec, Vitelli of Sagadahoc, and Representatives Rielly of Westbrook and Supica of Bangor.

Committee: Veterans and Legal Affairs

Community Partners: League of Women Voters Maine, Mainers for Modern Elections


Health Care

LD52 An Act to Allow Certain School Employees to Carry Firearms on School Property [MUUSAN OPPOSES] (DEAD)
Sponsor:
 Representative Foster
Committee: Education and Cultural Affairs

LD168 An Act Regarding Criminal Background Checks for the Sale, Transfer or Exchange of Firearms [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (DEAD)
Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross
Committee: Criminal Justice & Public Safety

LD 199 An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (DEAD)

This bill provides MaineCare program coverage for noncitizen residents of this State 21 years of age or older with qualifying low incomes who are ineligible for coverage under the federal Medicaid program due to their immigration status.

Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross. Co-sponsors: Sen. CARNEY of Cumberland and Reps: DHALAC of South Portland, GATTINE of Westbrook, MEYER of Eliot, RANA of Bangor, ZAGER of Portland, Sens: INGWERSEN of York, ROTUNDO of Androscoggin.

Committee: Health & Human Services Committee

LD1964 An Act to Implement the Recommendations of the Commission to Develop a Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Program" [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Became law via the Budget)

Sponsor: Senator Daughtry
Committee: Labor and Housing


Racial, Native and Immigrant Justice

LD 2 An Act to Address Maine’s Housing Crisis [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Became law through Governor’s Budget)

This bill establishes the Housing First Program within the Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate the delivery of stabilization and support services to residents of properties established or developed to provide permanent housing to persons who have been chronically homeless and to fund technical assistance, administered by the Maine State Housing Authority, for the development of housing consistent with the program. The program is funded from the real estate transfer tax by depositing half of the funds that would otherwise be deposited into the General Fund into the Housing First Fund created by the bill.

Sponsor: Speaker TALBOT-ROSS of Portland. Co-sponsor: President JACKSON of Aroostook.

Committee: Housing

LD 178 An Act to Support Reentry and Reintegration into the Community [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Dead)

This bill reestablishes the option of parole in Maine

Sponsor:  Sen. BEEBE-CENTER of Knox. Cosponsors: Rep. FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor and Sens: BAILEY of York, HICKMAN of Kennebec, Reps: BOYER of Poland, BRENNAN of Portland, GEIGER of Rockland, MADIGAN of Waterville, OSHER of Orono, RECKITT of South Portland.

Committee: Criminal Justice & Public Safety

Community Partner: Parole-4-Maine

LD 199 An Act to Improve the Health of Maine Residents by Removing Exclusions to the MaineCare Program [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Dead)

This bill provides MaineCare program coverage for noncitizen residents of this State 21 years of age or older with qualifying low incomes who are ineligible for coverage under the federal Medicaid program due to their immigration status.

Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross. Co-sponsors: Sen. CARNEY of Cumberland and Reps: DHALAC of South Portland, GATTINE of Westbrook, MEYER of Eliot, RANA of Bangor, ZAGER of Portland, Sens: INGWERSEN of York, ROTUNDO of Androscoggin.

Committee: Health & Human Services Committee

Community Partner: Maine Equal Justice

LD 398 An Act to Make Agricultural Workers and Other Related Workers Employees Under the Wage and Hour Laws [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Vetoed by the Governor - Dead)

Current Maine law excludes farmworkers, a large number of whom are people of color, from the state’s minimum wage and overtime laws. This bill would make agricultural workers employees under the same employment laws that apply to nearly every other worker in the state.

Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross

Committee: Labor and Housing

Community Partners: MOFGA, Mano en Mano, AFL-CIO, etc.

LD 525 An Act to Protect Farm Workers by Allowing Them to Organize for the Purposes of Collective Bargaining [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Carried Over)

This bill would give farmworkers in Maine the legal protection to organize and participate in concerted activity. Farm workers in Maine currently have no protection if they want to negotiate fair wages, reasonable schedules, safe working conditions, humane housing accommodations. etc.

Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross.

Committee: Labor and Housing

Community Partners: MOFGA, Mano en Mano, AFL-CIO, etc.

LD 1710 An Act to Establish the Maine Rental Assistance Guarantee Program and Amend the Laws Regarding Tenants and the Municipal General Assistance Program (“HOME Act”) [MUUSAN SUPPORTS] (Carried Over)
This bill requires the Maine State Housing Authority to establish the Maine Rental Assistance and Guarantee Program, including a rental assistance component to assist individuals with the cost of rent and a rental guarantee component to encourage landlords to work with the program and other rental assistance programs in the State. The bill also creates the Maine Rental Assistance and Guarantee Program Fund under the Maine State Housing Authority to carry out the program. The bill appropriates $75,500,000 of ongoing funds annually. The bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to include as prohibited acts discrimination against a tenant because the tenant participates in a federal, state or local tenant-based rental assistance program. The bill amends the municipal general assistance program by redefining maximum levels of assistance to better reflect the cost of basic necessities for program participants.
Sponsor: Rep GOLEK of Harpswell. Cosponsors: Sen. CARNEY of Cumberland and Reps: CLOUTIER of Lewiston, CRAVEN of Lewiston, GATTINE of Westbrook, GERE of Kennebunkport, RANA of Bangor, Speaker TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Sens: DAUGHTRY of Cumberland, PIERCE of Cumberland
Committee: Housing
Community Partner: Maine Equal Justice

LD 2007 An Act to Advance Self-determination for Wabanaki Nations (“Sovereignty bill”)  [MUUSAN Supports] (Carried Over)

Concept draft. This bill proposes to make substantial changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act to address some of the consensus recommendations of the Task Force on Changes to the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act, referred to in this summary as "the task force," and make other changes regarding the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Implementing Act.

Sponsor: Speaker Talbot Ross of Portland. Cosponsors: Senate President Jackson of Aroostook and over 100 cosponsors
Committee: Judiciary
Community Partner: Wabanaki Alliance