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LD #Bill TitleCommitteePrimary SponsorStatus (as of DATE)Public Hearing DateWork Session DatePriority?Interested Coalitions/ StakeholdersSummaryComments
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1An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine FamiliesHIFSJacksonRef. to Committee1/29/19Enshines in state law protections under ACA, including preexisting conditions, parents' policy until age 26, no lifetime or annual limits on benefits, and coverage of essential health benefits
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3An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in MaineIDEA HandyRef. to Committee Establishes funding for repayment of student loans for social workers, given that they work in Maine at least 5 years in an underserved area
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13An Act To Allow Microgrids That Are in the Public InterestEUTDevinRef. to Committee1/312/7This bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to approve a petition to construct and operate a new microgrid if the commission finds the proposal to be in the public interest and the new microgrid meets other specified requirements.
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14An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine's StudentsECADevinRef. to Committee1/30/19This bill requires the Department of Education to include the so-called Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 in the State's system of learning results and assessment
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18An Act To Ensure Proper Prosecution of Crimes Involving Domestic Violence and Enhance Protection of Victims of Domestic ViolenceCJPSReckittRef. to CommitteeThis bill creates the crimes of domestic violence aggravated assault, domestic violence elevated aggravated assault and domestic violence elevated aggravated assault on a pregnant person. The bill also makes violation of a protection from abuse order a Class C crime if the person has 2 or more prior convictions for violating a protection from abuse order.
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20An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare MembersHHSReckittRef. to CommitteeThis bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal abortion services.
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21An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain PopulationsHHSReckittRef. to CommitteeThis bill prohibits the use of electroconvulsive therapy on a child under 18 years of age or a person over 65 years of age or a person who is pregnant.
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23Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a Major Substantive Rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election PracticesVLARULE MAKINGRef. to Committee1/23/19This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 3: Maine Clean Election Act and Related Provisions, a major substantive rule of the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.
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29Resolve, To Implement the Recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State by Establishing a Work Group To Develop Educational Programming for Prevention of Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders among Youth and AdolescentsECAMcCreightRef. to Committee1/30This resolve is based on recommendations of the Task Force To Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, which submitted its report to the Legislature in December 2017. The resolve requires the Department of Education to establish a work group to evaluate existing substance use prevention programs targeting school-age children, investigate prevention programs that have proven effective in other areas of the United States or in other countries, identify funding resources and determine how prevention programs should be incorporated into education curricula.
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35An Act To Exempt All Disabled Veterans in Maine from All Income Tax and To Increase Their Homestead Exemption to $50,000TAXO'ConnorRef. to CommitteeThis bill increases the homestead exemption to $50,000 for veterans of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard who are receiving disability compensation from the United States Government due to a service-connected disability and provides an income tax deduction for all income of those individuals.
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An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines
IDEA TerryRef. to Committee2/12
This bill creates a limited exception to the prohibition against the sale of drugs by vending machines to allow for the sale of nonprescription drugs by vending machines.
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40Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children's Mental HealthHHSMadiganRef. to CommitteeThis resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children's Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.
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41An Act To Replace Net Energy Billing with a Market-based MechanismEUTO'ConnorRef. to Committee1/29/192/7This bill does the following regarding net energy billing: 1. It allows an eligible customer to elect net energy billing until December 31, 2019, after which time no new net energy billing arrangements may be allowed; 2. It allows net energy billing arrangements entered into prior to December 31, 2019 to remain in effect until December 31, 2034; 3. It prohibits a transmission and distribution utility from requiring a customer to meter the gross output of an eligible facility in order to participate in net energy billing; and 4. It limits to 50 the number of eligible customers that may participate in a single shared interest in an eligible facility or the number of meters associated with a single shared interest, except in the service territory of a transmission and distribution utility located in an area administered by the independent system administrator for northern Maine.
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42An Act To Provide for Nonpartisan Elections for the Office of District AttorneySLGCebraRef. to Committee2/4This bill requires that a district attorney be elected on a nonpartisan ballot and that a vacancy in the office must be filled without regard to political affiliation. A candidate for district attorney must qualify by filing a nomination petition, although the candidate is not required to unenroll from a party. A candidate for district attorney may not include party affiliation on the nomination petition.
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44An Act Regarding the Maine Criminal CodeCJPSWarren?Ref. to Committee2/20This bill contains the following provisions. 1. In Part A it amends the crime of endangering the welfare of a child, 2. In Part B it amends the crime of gross sexual assault against a person under 12 years of age or under 14 years of age, both of which are Class A crimes, by requiring that the actor be at least 3 years older than the other person. 3. In Part C it amends Title 15, section 393 to recognize that convictions in the tribal courts of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation are disqualifying domestic violence convictions for the purposes of the prohibition against firearms 3. In Part C it amends Title 15, section 393 to recognize that convictions in the tribal courts of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation are disqualifying domestic violence convictions for the purposes of the prohibition against firearms 3. In Part C it amends Title 15, section 393 to recognize that convictions in the tribal courts of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Penobscot Nation are disqualifying domestic violence convictions for the purposes of the prohibition against firearms 4. In Part D, it clarifies that a judicial officer in issuing a written release order under Title 15, section 1026, subsection 2-A or 3 must inform a defendant of the conditions of release, that the conditions take effect and are fully enforceable immediately and that failure to appear or comply with conditions may result in revocation of bail and additional criminal penalties. 5. In Part E it amends the probation statutes to reflect the current practice of the Department of Corrections with respect to calculating the period of probation.
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48An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Housing for Persons Who Are HomelessAFABrennanRef. to Committee1/22/19The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used for capital construction costs for housing for persons who are homeless.
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52An Act To Provide an Affordable and Accessible Health Care System for all Residents of MaineHCIFSGratwickRef. to CommitteeThis 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.
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54An Act To Limit the Influence of Lobbyists by Expanding the Prohibition on Accepting Political ContributionsVLAChenetteRef. to Committee1/30Current law prohibits the Governor, members of the Legislature, constitutional officers and the staff or agents of the Governor, members of the Legislature and constitutional officers from soliciting or accepting contributions from a lobbyist, lobbyist associate or employer while the Legislature is convened in session. This bill extends application of that prohibition year-round, regardless of whether the Legislature is in session.
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58RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Extend the Terms of Legislators to 4 YearsSLGNadeauRef. to Committee2/6This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to increase the length of the terms of State Senators and members of the House of Representatives from 2 years to 4 years beginning in 2022.
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67An Act To Ensure Access to Justice for Victims of Sexual AssaultCJPSHerbigRef. to CommitteeThis bill amends the Maine Criminal Code to extend from 8 years to 20 years the statute of limitations applicable to prosecutions for a Class A, Class B or Class C crime involving unlawful sexual contact or gross sexual assault.
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69An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave SystemL&HHerbigRef. to CommitteeThis bill creates a paid family medical leave program
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74An Act To Reform Maine's Fish and Wildlife Management SystemIFWPouliotRef. to Committee2/6Draft - This bill would reform Maine’s fish and wildlife management system
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75An Act To Protect Earned PayL&HHerbigRef. to Committee1/302/6a 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
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76An Act To Strengthen the Integrity of the Legislature by Extending the Waiting Period before Legislators May Engage in Any Amount of Compensated LobbyingVLAChenetteRef. to Committee1/30This bill prohibits a former Legislator from engaging in any compensated lobbying activities for 4 years after that person's term as a Legislator ends rather than for one year as in current law.
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78An Act To Facilitate Access to the MaineCare Family Planning BenefitHHSMcCreightRef. to CommitteeThis bill establishes presumptive eligibility for individuals who are likely to qualify for the family planning benefit under the Maine Revised Statutes
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80An Act To Create the Department of Substance Use Disorder ServicesHHSPerryRef. to CommitteeThis bill establishes the Department of Substance Use Disorder Services as a separate cabinet-level department.
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82An Act To Determine the Necessity for a Public Guardian or Conservator BondJUDBaileyRef. to Committee2/122/19Concept Draft: This bill proposes to implement recommendations relating to the bond requirements for public guardians and conservators under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 18-C, section 5-710. The recommendations must be based on a review of the bond requirements to determine whether the requirements should be changed.

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84Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Allow Spouses To Provide Home and Community-based Services to Eligible MaineCare MembersHHSCoreyRef. to Committee2/7Requires DHHS to submit request to US DHHS to amend the 1915(c) waiver o that eligible members receiving home and community-based services under the department's rule Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter II, Section 19 will be able to receive services provided by spouses who are employed as personal support specialists to provide those services.
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91An Act To Eliminate Gross MeteringEUTBerryRef. to Committee1/29/192/7This bill clarifies the definition of "net energy billing." It provides that all customers that entered into a net energy billing arrangement on or after March 29, 2017 are governed by the rules that are to be adopted pursuant to this legislation.
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92An Act To Amend Teacher Evaluation RequirementsECAMcCreaRef. to Committee1/30This bill clarifies that the use of student learning and growth data to inform instruction is included as part of the multiple measures of educator effectiveness. The bill also requires the Department of Education to submit a provisionally adopted rule to the Legislature by January 10, 2020.
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94An Act To Prohibit the Dissemination of Obscene Material by Public SchoolsCJPSArataRef. to Committee2/42/11This bill removes public schools from the institutional exceptions to the law prohibiting the dissemination of obscene material to minors.
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95An Act To Clarify Residency Requirements for Legislative CandidatesVLAHigginsRef. to Committee1/30This bill clarifies that the primary residence of a candidate for election as a State Senator or State Representative must be located in the district the candidate seeks to represent on the date of the candidate's nomination for placement on a primary, general or special election ballot.
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97Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 38: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of EducationECAemergencyRef. to Committee1/30This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 38: Suicide Awareness and Prevention in Maine Public Schools, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.
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98Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 122: Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of EducationECAemergencyRef. to Committee1/30This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 122: Grant Application and Award Procedure: Fund for the Efficient Delivery of Educational Services, a major substantive rule of the Department of Education.
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99Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29: Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Health and Human ServicesHHSemergencyRef. to Committee2/13This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 101: MaineCare Benefits Manual, Chapter III, Section 29: Allowances for Support Services for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder, a major substantive rule of the Department of Health and Human Services
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100Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data OrganizationHCIFSemergencyRef. to CommitteeThis resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a major substantive rule of the Maine Health Data Organization.
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101An Act To Reestablish the Pesticide Notification RegistryACFPlueckerRef. to CommitteeThis bill reestablishes the law, which was repealed by Public Law 2011, chapter 332, governing the development and maintenance of a registry of the properties of residents, lessees and property owners who request that their properties be placed on a registry in order that they receive advance notification of the outdoor application of pesticides near their properties.
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102An Act To Improve the Manufacturing of Plastic Bottles and Bottle CapsENRDouderaRef. to Committee1/312/7Prohibits sale of single-use plastic beverage containers unless made of 15% recycled plastic, going up to 20% in 2022 and 25% in 2024. Caps must be made of same plastic and tethered to bottle.
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103An Act To Ensure the Integrity of For-profit CollegesECAVitelliRef. to Committee1/30This bill requires annual review of for-profit colleges by the State Board of Education to ensure that they are meeting adequate educational standards.
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104An Act To Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit in MaineTAXVitelliRef. to CommitteeThis bill expands the earned income tax credit by increasing the credit from 5% to 15% of the federal earned income tax credit and extending the credit to persons from 18 to 24 years of age who have no qualifying child.
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107An Act To Lower the Maine Individual Income Tax Incrementally to ZeroTAXHanleyRef. to CommitteeThis bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.
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109An Act To Create a Public Health Insurance OptionHCIFSBerryRef. to CommitteeThis bill makes any legally domiciled resident of the State eligible for coverage under the group health plan available to state employees and other eligible persons.
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112An Act To Implement Changes to Maine's Solid Waste Laws Pursuant to a Review of the State Waste Management and Recycling PlanENRTuckerRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft - implement changes to solid waste disposal determined necessary based on a review of revisions to the state waste management and recycling plan prepared by the Department of Environmental Protection
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114An Act To Establish Open Primaries for Certain Federal and State OfficesVLARykersonRef. to Committee2/6This bill provides for open primary elections for the elections for United States Senator, United States Representative to Congress, Governor, State Senator and State Representative.
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115An Act To Appropriate Funds for Home Visiting Services To Provide Child Development Education and Skills Development for New ParentsHHSCravenRef. to CommitteeThis bill appropriates funds for home visiting services to provide child development education and skills development for new parents.
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121An Act To Require the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife To Implement a Firearm Safety and Firearm Violence Prevention ProgramIFWFecteau, RyanRef. to Committee2/6This bill requires the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to develop and implement a program focused on increasing the awareness and education of the public on matters relating to firearm safety and the prevention of firearm violence.
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128An Act To Reopen the Downeast Correctional FacilityCJPSTuellRef. to CommitteeThis bill requires the Department of Corrections to reopen the Downeast Correctional Facility. The facility must remain open and operational, and the bill permits the closure of the facility only if legislation approving the closure is enacted into law.
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129An Act To Protect a Child from Misuse of IdentityHHSBryantRef. to Committee2/13This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to protect a child from the misuse of the identity of the child for household, business or commercial purposes.
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132An Act To Eliminate Insurance Rating Based on Age, Geographic Location or Smoking History and To Reduce Rate Variability Due to Group SizeHCIFSBrooksRef. to CommitteeThis bill prohibits insurance carriers providing individual health plans or small group health plans from varying premium rates based on age, geographic location or tobacco use on or after January 1, 2020.
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133An Act To Fully Restore State-Municipal Revenue Sharing for Fiscal Year 2018-19TAXEvangelosRef. to CommitteeThis bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% for the entire fiscal year 2018-19. The law currently requires revenue sharing to revert to 5% beginning July 1, 2019.
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136An Act To Establish a Special Education Circuit Breaker Reimbursement ProgramECARudnickiRef. to Committeein which the Department of Education reimburses school administrative units, for a student whose eligible special education costs exceed 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate, 75% of the amount of the special education costs that are above 4 times the statewide EPS per-pupil rate.
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139An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of WorkersL&HFecteau, RyanRef. to Committee2/6This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program: outreach to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, and vulnerable populations, DOL to collaborate with other entities to improve program, and more.
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140An Act To Facilitate the Employment of Persons with Substance Use DisorderL&HFecteau, RyanRef. to Committee2/6This bill directs the Department of Labor to establish a process to certify employers as having met the criteria established by the department for working with employees with substance use disorders. The bill also directs the department to create a publicly accessible database of certified employers.
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143An Act To Protect Electric Ratepayers from Gross Output Metering CostsEUTHubbellRef. to CommitteeThis bill prohibits a transmission and distribution utility from requiring a customer to meter the gross output of a facility for net energy billing purposes and from requiring a customer to have a meter installed to measure gross output in order to participate in net energy billing.
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144An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time ZoneSLGKesslerRef. to CommitteeThis bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State
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147An Act To Extend Internet Availability in Rural MaineEUTAlleyRef. to Committee2/52/12This bill provides one-time funding for 2 years for a program that provides mobile wireless hot spot devices to libraries in Washington County.
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149An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Student Debt Forgiveness To Support Workforce Attraction and RetentionIDEA LibbyRef. to Committeeo 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
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161An Act To Increase Access to Career and Technical EducationECAWoodsomeRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft - This bill proposes to enact measures designed to increase access to career and technical education.
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164An Act To Reduce Property Taxes for Maine ResidentsTAXPouliotRef. to CommitteeThis bill increases the total exemption under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption program to $50,000 for property tax years beginning on or after April 1, 2020.
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167An Act To Prevent Food Shaming in Maine's Public SchoolsECADodgeRef. to Committee2/13It prohibits a public school from punishing a student in certain ways solely because of the student's inability to pay for a meal or because of any payments due for previous meals.
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An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Smart City Technology
AFABrennanRef. to Committee2/19
The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $15,000,000, will be used to provide funds through the Maine Technology Institute to allow municipalities to invest in smart and connected infrastructure, technology and capacity, including but not limited to information and communications technology such as broadband connectivity, connected sensors and data aggregation platforms; light-emitting diode lighting; adaptive traffic control signals; autonomous vehicle projects; electric vehicle infrastructure; and distributed power generation, storage and management.
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173An Act To Promote Economic Development and Critical Communications for Family Farms, Businesses and Residences by Strategic Public Investment in High-speed InternetEUTMcCreaRef. to Committee2/52/12Concept Draft: This bill proposes to increase funding to the ConnectME Authority from $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 to expand universal broadband and high-speed Internet into rural areas identified as the 6% of the State unserved by high-speed Internet.
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179An Act To Change the Name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples DaySLGCollingsRef. to Committee2/11This bill changes the Columbus Day holiday in the State to Indigenous Peoples Day.
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181An Act To Provide Funding to the Department of Health and Human Services To Support Free Health Clinics in the StateHHSFarnsworthRef. to Committee2/7This bill provides funding to support free health clinics in the State
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182An Act To Amend the Maine Bail Code Regarding the Financial Capacity of a Defendant To Post BondCJPSPierceRef. to CommitteeThis bill amends the Maine Bail Code to provide that a defendant who is not dangerous, is not a flight risk in the absence of bond and is otherwise eligible for bail may not be detained solely due to financial inability to post a money or property bond
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183An Act To Increase the Number of Teachers in MaineECAPierceRef. to CommitteeEducators for Maine Program - increases those loan amounts to $9,000 per academic year and $36,000 total. It also increases from $20,000 to $44,000 the total loan amount under the program a student may receive in undergraduate and postbaccalaureate loans.
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185An Act To Provide a Method for a Student To Be Excused from Standardized TestingECASampsonRef. to CommitteeThis bill requires a school administrative unit to excuse a student from a standardized assessment administered pursuant to the State's assessment program at the written request of the student's parent or guardian
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186RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Specify the Qualifications of ElectorsVLAFaulkinghamRef. to CommitteeThis resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to specify that only a person who is a citizen of the United States may vote in a state, county or municipal or other local election.
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187An Act To Restore the Laws Governing the Reunification of Parents and ChildrenJUDGramlichRef. to CommitteeThis bill restores family rehabilitation and reunification as a priority under the laws governing child protective services.
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193An Act To Fully Fund and Restore State-Municipal Revenue SharingTAXHarnettRef. to CommitteeThis bill restores state-municipal revenue sharing to 5% from 2% 6 months earlier than currently provided in law.
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195An Act To Continue MaineCare Coverage for Parents During the Rehabilitation and Reunification ProcessHHSHymansonRef. to Committee2/7that require the department to continue to provide MaineCare coverage to a parent who is a MaineCare member and who is participating in rehabilitation and reunification efforts in accordance with a rehabilitation and reunification plan.
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197An Act To Convene a Working Group To Authorize a Public Trust for Maine's Groundwater and To Impose a 2-year Moratorium on Large-scale Groundwater ExtractionEUTSylvesterRef. to Committee2/19EnvironmentFood and Water Watch? Sierra Club?This bill imposes a 2-year moratorium, beginning November 1, 2019, on new contracts or agreements by a consumer-owned water utility, municipality, state agency or other governmental entity involving the extraction of more than 75,000 gallons of groundwater during any week or more than 50,000 gallons of groundwater on any day. The bill also directs the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to convene a working group to develop the statutory and regulatory framework for the establishment of the Maine Water Trust,
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199An Act To Create the Water Resources Planning CommitteeACFSylvesterRef. to CommitteeEnvironmentFood and Water Watch? Sierra Club?This bill estsablishes the Water Resources Planning Committee within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
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202An Act To Increase the Required Number of Qualifying Contributions Gubernatorial Candidates Must Obtain To Qualify as Maine Clean Election Act CandidatesVLAStoverRef. to Committee2/11This bill increases from 3,200 to 6,000 the number of qualifying contributions verified registered voters must make to a gubernatorial candidate for that candidate to be certified as a Maine Clean Election Act candidate.
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211An Act To Open Maine's Primaries and Permit Unenrolled Voters To Cast Ballots in Primary ElectionsVLAAckleyRef. to Committee2/13This bill allows an unenrolled voter to vote in a primary election without having to enroll in a political party. An unenrolled voter may vote in only one party's primary election.
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214An Act To Increase Funding for Civil Legal ServicesJUDCardoneRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft: This bill proposes to increase funding for civil legal services.
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216An Act To Protect Water Quality by Standardizing the Law Concerning Septic Inspection in the Shoreland ZoneENRFayRef. to Committee2/7This bill extends to inland shoreland areas the requirement that subsurface wastewater disposal systems on property located within a shoreland area be inspected prior to a sale of the property.
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218An Act To Prohibit a Person from Collecting Contributions under the Maine Clean Election Act at a Polling PlaceVLACampbellRef. to Committee2/11This bill prohibits the solicitation, acceptance or collection by a participating candidate under the Maine Clean Election Act of seed money contributions or qualifying contributions within 250 feet of the entrance to a voting place as well as within the voting place itself.
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219An Act To Improve Working Conditions for Maine's Veterans and ImmigrantsL&HSylvesterRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft: This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve working conditions for Maine's veterans and immigrants.
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220An Act To Improve Pay for Certain Maine WorkersL&HSylvesterRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft: This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve compensation for certain workers in the State.
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223An Act Regarding Community Service SentencingCJPSVerowRef. to CommitteeThis bill allows a court to sentence an offender to community service such as litter collection and custodial duties for and under the supervision of the municipality in which the offense was committed.
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224An Act To Fund the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access FundEUTHigginsRef. to Committee2/14This bill provides funds to the ConnectME Authority to be used to provide grants to municipalities for high-speed broadband infrastructure development and improvement.
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227An Act To Strengthen Maine's Public Health InfrastructureHHSPerryRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft proprosing: strengthen the State's public health infrastructure by: 1 Identifying geographic regions where public health services can be funded equitably, 2: ensuring delivery of health services in each district and tribal health district, 3: identifying nonclinical health workers that can strengthen health services, 4: facilitating integration of varied health services, 5: enabling varied health service workers to work as a team
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228An Act To Expedite the Issuance of Alcohol and Drug Counseling LicensesHCIFSPerryRef. to Committee2/14This bill requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, State Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors to grant or deny a license to practice as an alcohol and drug counseling aide, certified alcohol and drug counselor, licensed alcohol and drug counselor or certified clinical supervisor within 30 days of receipt of the application for that license.
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230An Act To Improve Access to Preventive, Cost-saving Dental ServicesHHSMartinRef. to CommitteeConcept Draft: 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.
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231An Act To Improve Public Health by Maximizing Federal Funding OpportunitiesHHSPerryRef. to Committee2/13Concept Draft: This bill proposes to increase federal funding to improve the State's public health outcomes and workforce by designating the Maine Public Health Institute within the University of Southern Maine's Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service as an agent of the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of applying for federal funds to support public health research and programming.
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235An Act To Increase Funding To Contain and Manage the Spread of Invasive Aquatic SpeciesIFWRisemanRef. to Committee2/13This bill increases the fees for the lake and river protection stickers that are required for all resident and nonresident motorboats, personal watercraft and seaplanes operating on inland waters of the State as follows.
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236An Act Regarding the Use of Unanticipated State Aid for Kindergarten to Grade 12 EducationECAStearnsRef. to Committee2/14This bill requires the warrant presented to the legislative body of the regional school unit to include an article describing how unanticipated school aid will be used. In cases where the adjustment prevents the regional school unit board from raising 100% of the required local share, the Commissioner of Education must waive the required proration of the state share.
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239Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Explore the Development of a Behavioral Health Unit at the Cumberland County JailHHSFarnsworthRef. to CommitteeThis resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to jointly explore the development of a behavioral health unit at the Cumberland County Jail to determine the competency of inmates to stand trial.
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240An Act To Allow Public Employers of Teachers to Negotiate Regarding Educational PoliciesL&HSylvesterRef. to CommitteeThis bill allows, but does not require, public employers of teachers to negotiate with respect to educational policies.
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245An Act To Reestablish a Presidential Primary System in MaineVLALuchiniRef. to Committee2/6This bill makes permanent the temporary provisions in law for presidential primaries that were repealed on December 1, 2018.
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247An Act To Increase the Amount of Time School Counselors and Social Workers Spend Providing Students Direct and Indirect CounselingECAMillettRef. to CommitteeThis bill requires each school counselor and school social worker to spend at least 80% of that counselor's or social worker's time providing direct or indirect services to students and requires the Commissioner of Education to adopt rules to implement this provision.
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249An Act To Ensure Protection of Patients in Medical Reviews by Health Insurance CarriersHCIFSGratwickRef. to CommitteeThis bill requires that a health insurance carrier's medical reviews, including utilization reviews and case management, be conducted by a health care practitioner who is board certified and in active medical practice in the same specialty as typically manages the medical condition, procedure or treatment under review.
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252RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit New or Increased Fees or Taxes by Means of Direct Initiatives of LegislationVLATimberlakeRef. to Committee2/20This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit the imposition of any new or increased taxes or fees through the direct initiative process.
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255Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional DistrictVLAFarrinRef. to CommitteeThis resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election.
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256An Act To Ban the Use of Leadership Political Action Committees for Personal ProfitVLAChenetteRef. to Committee2/6This 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.
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257An Act To Ensure That the Legislature Has the Information Necessary To Do the Work of the People of MaineSLGMiramantRef. to Committee2/11This bill amends the chapter of the Maine Revised Statutes concerning interbranch communication and coordination to prohibit the Governor from limiting access to department commissioners and other executive branch personnel when the Legislature is seeking information necessary for the Legislature to do the work of the people of Maine.
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