Advocacy

All New Bills List:
 
LD 1, SP10, An Act To Protect Health Care Coverage for Maine Families
 
Summary: 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.
 
Status: In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.  (on 1/2/2019)
 
LD2, SP11, An Act To Increase from $25,000 to $50,000 the Minimum Amount Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Policies Must Cover for Damage to Property
 
Summary: This bill increases from $25,000 to $50,000 the minimum amount motor vehicle liability insurance policies must cover for damage to property in order for the policies to be accepted as proof of financial responsibility to drive, including for vehicles used exclusively to transport passengers for hire between points within the State and seating no more than 3 passengers behind the driver and for rental trucks with a registered gross weight of 26,000 pounds or less, rented or leased for fewer than 30 days. It also amends the law regarding satisfied judgments to increase to $50,000 the amount that must be credited on a judgment for injury to or destruction of property of others as a result of one accident rendered in excess of that amount.
 
Status: In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
 
LD3, HP4, An Act To Enhance and Increase the Availability of Mental Health Providers in Maine
 
Summary: This bill establishes and provides funding for the Maine Mental Health Providers Loan Repayment Program to be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Under the program, all social workers licensed by the State Board of Social Worker Licensure and all counselors licensed by the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure may apply for student loan repayment assistance, as long as the applicants agree to practice for 5 years in one of a list of underserved practice areas in the State. The bill also repeals the currently unfunded Social Work Education Loan Repayment Program in the Maine Revised Statutes.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on INNOVATION, DEVELOPMENT, ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT AND COMMERCE
 
LD4, HP5, An Act To Encourage Applied Shellfish Research
 
Summary: This bill amends the law governing municipal shellfish conservation programs. It provides that a municipal shellfish conservation ordinance may allow a research entity to conduct applied research in conjunction with Department of Marine Resources staff or an approved professional entity to support a municipal shellfish conservation program. It also requires a municipality to require a research entity conducting approved research projects in the intertidal zone to issue an annual report on research findings to the Commissioner of Marine Resources by January 1st.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on MARINE RESOURCES
 
LD5, HP6, An Act To Require Notification of Proposed Rate Increases for Long-term Care Policies
 
Summary: This bill requires the insurer to notify a policyholder of a long-term care insurance policy of a proposed premium rate increase that affects the policyholder no later than 10 business days after the filing of the premium rate increase. The bill also requires that the notice inform the policyholder of the policyholder’s right to contact the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance to request a hearing on the proposed rate increase.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH COVERAGE, INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
 
LD6, HP7, An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Home Accessibility Tax Credit
 
Summary: This bill provides that the income tax credit for homestead modifications to improve accessibility for an individual with a disability or physical hardship is refundable if the individual is 65 years of age or older and the individual’s Maine adjusted gross income is equal to or less than 138% of the federal poverty level.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION
 
LD7, HP8, Resolve, To Name a Bridge in the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge
 
Summary: This resolve designates Bridge 3790, which crosses the Penobscot River between the Town of Lincoln and the Town of Chester, the Master Sergeant Gary Gordon Bridge.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
 
LD8, HP9, An Act To Allow and Recognize a Legal Name Change upon Marriage
 
Summary: This bill allows a person who is getting married to change that person’s name by indicating the new name on the application for recording notice of intent to marry, which becomes effective upon the completion of the marriage license.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY
 
LD9, HP10, An Act To Increase Juror Compensation
 
Summary: This bill increases a juror’s daily compensation rate from $15 to $40.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on JUDICIARY
 
LD10, HP11, An Act To Provide That Inspections of New Motor Vehicles Are Valid for 2 Years
 
Summary: This bill provides that a new motor vehicle that has had an inspection is not required to have another inspection until 2 years from the last day of the month in which it was initially registered. After this time period has passed, the motor vehicle is required to have an annual motor vehicle safety inspection.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
 
LD11, HP12, An Act Regarding the Acceptance of Maine Clean Election Act Campaign Contributions on State Websites
 
Summary: This bill prohibits candidates who are seeking certification under the Maine Clean Election Act from collecting qualifying contributions over the Internet on a website hosted or operated by the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices, the State or a state agency.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
 
LD12, HP13, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Design and Construction of a New Fish Hatchery and To Improve Hatchery Infrastructure
 
Summary: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $40,000,000, will be used for the design and construction of a new fish hatchery and to improve hatchery infrastructure in the State.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
 
LD13, HP14, An Act To Allow Microgrids That Are in the Public Interest
 
Summary: This 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. It provides the commission with the ability to impose such terms, conditions or requirements as, in its judgment, it considers necessary in approving a new microgrid and also gives the commission oversight to ensure reliability and security of the electrical system and consumer protections for new microgrid consumers. It specifies that a new microgrid does not become a public utility as a result of its furnishing electrical service to participating consumers. It provides that a new microgrid that has been approved by the commission may construct, maintain or operate its lines in, upon, along, over, across or under the roads and streets. The bill directs the Public Utilities Commission to submit a report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over energy and utility matters by January 15, 2021.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY
 
LD14, HP 15, An Act To Improve Science and Engineering Education for Maine’s Students
 
Summary: This 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 and directs the Commissioner of Education to amend Department of Education rules on or before December 31, 2019 in order to include the science standards as part of the State’s system of learning results and assessment beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on EDUCATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS
 
LD16, HP17, An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise
 
Summary: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
 
LD17, HP18, Resolve, Designating a Portion of Route 1 in Downeast Maine the Hannah and Rebecca Weston Trail
 
Summary: This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to designate Route 1 from its intersection with Route 1A in the Town of Jonesboro to the southern entrance to the Jeremiah O’Brien Memorial Bridges in the Town of Machias the Hannah and Rebecca Weston Trail.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
 
LD18, HP19, An Act To Ensure Proper Prosecution of Crimes Involving Domestic Violence and Enhance Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence
 
Summary: This 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.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY
 
LD19, HP20, An Act To Require Public School Buses To Be Equipped with School Bus Crossing Arms
 
Summary: This bill requires school buses to be equipped with a school bus crossing arm, which is a device requiring students to walk at least 10 feet in front of the school bus to cross the roadway.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
 
LD20, HP21, An Act To Provide Coverage for Abortion Services for MaineCare Members
 
Summary: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to provide coverage to a MaineCare member for legal abortion services. The bill provides that abortion services that are not approved Medicaid services must be funded by the State. The bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules no later than March 1, 2020.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
 
LD21, HP22, An Act To Prohibit the Use of Electroconvulsive Therapy for Certain Populations
 
Summary: This 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.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
 
LD22, HP23, An Act To Exempt from Taxation Sales to Small Nonprofit Organizations
 
Summary: This bill provides a sales tax exemption and a service provider tax exemption for incorporated nonprofit organizations with annual gross receipts of less than $40,000.
 
Status: The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on TAXATION
 
LD23, HP24, Resolve, 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 Practices
 
Summary: This 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.
 
Status: On motion by Senator Luchini of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218
 
LD24, HP25, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Milk Commission
 
Summary: This resolve provides for legislative review of Chapter 26: Producer Margins, a major substantive rule of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Milk Commission.
 
Status: On motion by Senator Dill of Penobscot REFERRED to the Committee on AGRICULTURE, CONSERVATION AND FORESTRY and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 21
 
LD25, HP26, An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee Regarding Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations Reporting Requirements
 
Summary: This bill implements recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee based on the report on the Maine State Lottery issued by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability in April 2017. The bill removes a provision of law that requires the Director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to certify certain financial information related to lottery operations to the Treasurer of State monthly. The bill modifies the director’s annual reporting requirements related to lottery operations. It requires the director to submit an annual report to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the Legislature having jurisdiction over lottery matters and appropriations and financial affairs. The report must include specific information on lottery activities and finances and marketing and advertising efforts and a listing of decisions made by the State Liquor and Lottery Commission and actions taken as a result.
 
The bill also amends several provisions related to monthly certification and annual reporting requirements related to administration of the State’s spirits business and the bureau’s oversight of the manufacture, distribution and sale of liquor in the State to make them consistent with the bill’s proposed requirements for lottery operations reporting. Finally, the bill authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over lottery and alcoholic beverage matters to submit legislation based on the reports required to be submitted by the director.
 
Status: On motion by Senator Luchini of Hancock REFERRED to the Committee on VETERANS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 218
 
LD26, HP27, An Act To Provide Complimentary Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses to Retired Game Wardens with 25 Years of Service
 
Summary: This bill allows a retired game warden with 25 years of service to receive a complimentary lifetime license to hunt, trap and fish.
 
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LD27, HP28, An Act To Allow the Use of Crossbows during the Archery Season on Deer
 
Summary: This bill allows crossbows to be used during the regular archery-only deer hunting season.
 
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LD28, HP30, An Act Regarding Access to Lobster Licenses
 
Summary: This bill directs the Commissioner of Marine Resources to authorize new zone entrants for a limited-entry lobster zone who have been on a waiting list for 10 or more years and have met certain eligibility requirements. A person authorized as a new zone entrant under this bill must adhere to specific trap tag limits.
 
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LD30, HP31, An Act To Improve Health Care Data Analysis
 
Summary: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve the State’s capacity to use data regarding health care costs and health care systems. The State’s ability to better analyze and use data regarding health care utilization and health care quality will serve to inform the State’s health care policy.
 
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LD31, HP32, An Act Regarding Rules Adopted by the ConnectME Authority
 
Summary: This bill changes the designation of rules adopted by the ConnectME Authority from major substantive to routine technical.
 
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LD32, HP33, Resolve, Naming a Highway and Renaming a Bridge in the Town of Whiting
 
Summary: This resolve requires the Department of Transportation to designate a portion of U.S. Route 1 in the Town of Whiting the Brigadier General John Crane Memorial Highway and to rename the New Crane Bridge in the Town of Whiting the Purple Heart Veterans Memorial Bridge.
 
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LD33, HP34, An Act To Establish a Thanksgiving Youth Turkey Hunting Season
 
Summary: This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a special youth hunting season from the Monday prior to Thanksgiving Day to the Saturday following Thanksgiving Day during which youth hunters with a valid junior hunting license may harvest one wild turkey.
 
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LD34, HP35, An Act To Exempt Fraternal and Veterans’ Organizations from Cribbage Tournament Licensing Requirements
 
Summary: This bill authorizes nonprofit fraternal and veterans’ organizations to conduct cribbage tournaments in which no cash prizes are awarded without obtaining a license from or registering with the Department of Public Safety, Gambling Control Unit.
 
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LD35, HP36, An Act To Exempt All Disabled Veterans in Maine from All Income Tax and To Increase Their Homestead Exemption to $50,000
 
Summary: This 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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LD36, HP37, An Act To Change the Composition of the Board of Pesticides Control
 
Summary: This bill restores the requirement that the 2 public members of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control have a demonstrated interest in environmental protection. The change does not require the termination of the terms of current members of the board.
 
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LD37, HP38, An Act To Allow for the Sale of Nonprescription Drugs through Vending Machines
 
Summary: 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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LD38, HP39, An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults
 
Summary: This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.
 
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LD39, HP40, Resolve, To Designate a Bridge in Waterville as the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge
 
Summary: This resolve designates Bridge 1457 on Interstate 95, which crosses Main Street in the City of Waterville, the Specialist Wade A. Slack Memorial Bridge.
 
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LD40, HP41, Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study Children’s Mental Health
 
Summary: This resolve establishes the Commission To Study Children’s Mental Health to study the mental health of children in the State and federal and state laws, regulations, rules and policies governing the diagnosis and treatment of children with mental health issues.
 
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LD41, HP42, An Act To Replace Net Energy Billing with a Market-based Mechanism
 
Summary: This 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.
The bill establishes a market-based crediting system for energy generated by eligible facilities. It requires the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules to allow an eligible customer to receive a monetary credit for energy generated by an eligible facility in excess of the customer’s usage and exported to the grid at the real-time wholesale market price of that energy. As in the provisions relating to net energy billing, a transmission and distribution utility is prohibited from requiring a customer to meter the gross output of an eligible facility in order to participate in the crediting system, and 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, is limited to 50. The bill exempts a transmission and distribution utility located in an area administered by the independent system administrator for northern Maine, or any successor of the independent system administrator for northern Maine, from using this crediting system until the Public Utilities Commission determines the utility’s billing system can perform the necessary functions to implement the system. It requires the commission to consider whether an alternative system to the crediting system for northern Maine could be developed and utilized in the interim period before the utility’s billing system is modified to allow a market-based crediting system.
It requires the Public Utilities Commission to procure, to the maximum extent possible, 20 megawatts of large-scale community solar distributed generation resources. It requires that the contract rate be calculated annually and that no contract may be for more than 6¢ per kilowatt-hour or the average wholesale electricity rate over the preceding 12 months, whichever is less.
Lastly, it requires the Public Utilities Commission to conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits to ratepayers for both net energy billing and the market-based crediting system in an adjudicatory proceeding and to report those findings to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters no later than January 1, 2021.
 
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LD42, HP43, An Act To Provide for Nonpartisan Elections for the Office of District Attorney
 
Summary: This 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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LD43, HP44, RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Dedicate All Sales Taxes from All Vehicle Sales and Vehicle-related Sales to the Highway Fund for Roads and Bridge Capital Improvements
 
Summary: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to dedicate all sales and use tax revenue from sales of motor vehicles and sales related to motor vehicles to the Highway Fund for roads and bridge capital improvements.
 
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