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Priority Legislation

LD 36: An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 36

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2015 and 24 to $10.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2016 and provides that, beginning October 1, 25 2017, the minimum wage must be adjusted for inflation on October 1st of each year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship.Cosponsors: Senator MIRAMANT of Knox and Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, JORGENSEN of Portland, MARTIN of Sinclair, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SHORT of Pittsfield, Senators: GRATWICK of Penobscot, LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 52: An Act To Adjust Maine's Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 52

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of SinclairCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 72: An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 72

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour beginning October 1, 2015 and 23 provides that, beginning October 1, 2016, the minimum wage must be automatically 24 adjusted for inflation on October 1st of each year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative FOWLE of VassalboroCosponsors: Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec and Representatives: DOORE of Augusta, KINNEY of Limington, LAJOIE of Lewiston, NADEAU of Winslow, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SHERMAN of Hodgdon, Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 77: An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 77

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $9.75 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator MIRAMANT of KnoxCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator HILL of York Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 92: An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage to $8.00 per Hour   Web Link to LD 92

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BATES of WestbrookCosponsors: Representative CHENETTE of Saco Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Representative GATTINE of Westbrook Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HAMANN of South Portland Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative SCHNECK of Bangor Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 183: An Act To Decrease Property Taxes by Increasing the Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 183

Description: This bill increases the amount exempt from property tax for homesteads from $10,000 to $20,000 and requires that municipalities be reimbursed for 100% of the taxes lost due to the increase. The bill also increases from 5% to 6% the sales tax on tangible personal property and taxable services and products transferred electronically with a value of $5,000 or less.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative PICCHIOTTI of FairfieldCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville
Committee: TaxHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 367: An Act To Protect the Income of Service Workers   Web Link to LD 367

Description: This bill exempts from Maine income tax all tips included in federal adjusted gross income.
Position: Status: ONTP
Sponsor: Senator BRAKEY of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 372: An Act To Enhance the Promotion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities in Maine by the Office of Tourism   Web Link to LD 372

Description: This bill requires at least 25% of all advertising by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to include promotional information related to hunting or fishing.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator DAVIS of PiscataquisCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Senator BURNS of Washington Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 403: An Act To Eliminate the Exception from Minimum Wage Laws for Workers Who Receive Tips   Web Link to LD 403

Description: This bill eliminates the provision of law that allows an employer to pay an employee who receives tips less than the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative DION of Portland Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Representative MORRISON of South Portland Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative STANLEY of Medway
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 436: An Act To Require Providers of Short-term Lodging To Be Licensed by the State   Web Link to LD 436

Description: This bill defines "overnight occupancy" in the laws governing lodging places and requires renters who provide overnight occupancy to the public to be licensed by the State. It also provides that a property rented as a vacation rental must be rented for a minimum of 7 days.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MORRISON of South Portland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: HHSHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 445: An Act Regarding the Sick Days of an Employee Who Is Terminated While on Sick Leave   Web Link to LD 445

Description: This bill requires an employer who terminates the employment of an employee while that employee is out on compensated sick leave to compensate that employee for all accrued sick leave.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsor: Senator WOODSOME of YorkCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 468: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable or Polystyrene Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 468

Description: The purpose of this bill is to protect the environment and wildlife of the State and to reduce the increasing costs of litter collection and solid waste disposal by prohibiting the sale or distribution of disposable polystyrene food service containers, which constitute a sizable portion of nondegradable litter and solid waste in the State and which fragment into smaller, nondegradable pieces that may harm marine life and other wildlife through ingestion. Beginning January 1, 2016, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution, at retail or wholesale, in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam, as well as disposable food service containers that are not recyclable or compostable unless there is no recyclable or compostable product available at a comparable cost. This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BURSTEIN of LincolnvilleCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative HYMANSON of York Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Representative STUCKEY of Portland Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 486: An Act To Require Adequate Rest Breaks for Employees   Web Link to LD 486

Description: This bill repeals a provision of law exempting businesses with fewer than 3 employees on duty at any one time from having to provide employees 30-minute breaks for every 6 hours worked.
Position: Status: ONTP
Sponsor: Representative CHENETTE of SacoCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HERBIG of Belfast Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 487: An Act To Provide for an Increase in the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 487

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2015, $9.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2017 and $10.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2018, and it requires the minimum hourly wage to be adjusted for inflation on January 1st of each year, beginning January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: ONTP
Sponsor: Representative CHIPMAN of PortlandCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 523: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Sale of Liquor   Web Link to LD 523

Description: This bill allows a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages at a civic auditorium to be issued to the civic auditorium owner or operator or to the entity providing the alcoholic beverages. The bill provides that, in specific areas of the civic auditorium, such as club seats, suites or meeting spaces, alcoholic beverages may be sold in their original containers. The bill provides that alcoholic beverages may be sold during an event at a civic auditorium primarily attended by minors as long as they are sold in areas where the event is not taking place. The bill repeals the requirement that a licensee give written notice to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations at least 24 hours before a function or event at a civic auditorium. The bill also requires the bureau to establish a required training program for persons who serve or sell alcoholic beverages. The bill permits a person under 18 years of age to entertain at a licensed premises while liquor is being sold or consumed if the performance takes place in a civic auditorium, Class A restaurant, club or hotel dining room and the person is a member of an entertainment performance group.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator GRATWICK of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative FREY of Bangor Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Friday, March 27, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437 l.

LD 594: An Act To Allow the Creation of a Local Option Sales Tax by Referendum   Web Link to LD 594

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, of no more than 1% by local referendum. Certain items, such as motor vehicles and major household appliances, are excluded from the local option sales tax.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator VALENTINO of YorkCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BLUME of York Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative CHENETTE of Saco Representative FREY of Bangor Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative JORGENSEN of Portland Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative MOONEN of Portland Representative SANBORN of Gorham Representative TEPLER of Topsham
Committee: TaxHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 623: An Act To Expand Maine's Carbon Monoxide Detectors Law   Web Link to LD 623

Description: This bill adds existing single-family dwellings, hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, certain other lodging places, fraternity houses, sorority houses, dormitories and child care facilities to the list of structures required to install carbon monoxide detectors, which may be powered by a nonreplaceable 10-year battery. In the event of any construction of, addition to, restoration of or conversion of a building to one of these structures, the owner is required to install a carbon monoxide detector that is powered by both the electrical service in the building or dwelling and by battery.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator DIAMOND of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston Representative LONG of Sherman Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Senator ROSEN of Hancock Representative TIMMONS of Cumberland
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 625: An Act To Increase the Tax Exemption for Pensions   Web Link to LD 625

Description: This bill increases from $10,000 to $15,000 the maximum amount of pension benefits that may be excluded from taxable income for Maine income tax purposes. The increased deduction applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator BAKER of SagadahocCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Senator COLLINS of York Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator KATZ of Kennebec Representative MAKER of Calais Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Senator VOLK of Cumberland Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset Senator WOODSOME of York
Committee: TaxHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 689: An Act To Support Maine's Tourism Marketing Promotion Program by Eliminating the Sales Tax Exemption for Casual Rentals for Fewer Than 15 Days a Year   Web Link to LD 689

Description: This bill eliminates the exemption from sales tax currently allowed on the rental of living quarters for fewer than 15 days a year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator ROSEN of HancockCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 715: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Hire Health Inspectors   Web Link to LD 715

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to hire a sufficient number of state-certified health inspectors to inspect each restaurant in this State at least once a year. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services on the number of health inspectors hired by the department pursuant to this resolve and the cost of those health inspectors no later than December 2, 2015. The Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature related to health inspections for restaurants.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative MORRISON of South Portland
Committee: HHSHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 718: An Act To Avoid Loss of Revenue to the State   Web Link to LD 718

Description: This bill continues the sales tax on lodging at 8% on and after July 1, 2015 in order to avoid the decrease to 7% scheduled under current law
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CHIPMAN of PortlandCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Representative CHACE of Durham Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MOONEN of Portland Representative SKOLFIELD of Weld Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative SUKEFORTH of Appleton Representative TEPLER of Topsham
Committee: TaxHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 843: An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage and Index It to the National Average Wage   Web Link to LD 843

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage incrementally until it is $12.00 per hour starting October 1, 2019, and it requires the minimum wage to be adjusted based on the increase in the national average wage index, starting October 1, 2020. It also reduces the tip credit incrementally until it is eliminated starting October 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MELARAGNO of AuburnCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Representative POWERS of Naples Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 894: An Act Relating to Automatic Contract Renewals   Web Link to LD 894

Description: This bill requires any entity who sells or provides services through an automatic renewal contract to disclose to the consumer the automatic renewal clause clearly and conspicuously in the contract, including the cancellation procedure. The bill also requires that written notice be provided to the consumer no fewer than 30 days and no more than 60 days before the cancellation deadline pursuant to the automatic renewal clause.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative WARD of DedhamCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1073: An Act To Lower Energy Costs and Increase Access to Solar Energy for Agricultural Businesses   Web Link to LD 1073

Description: This bill establishes the Solar Energy Agricultural Rebate Fund to be used by the Efficiency Maine Trust to provide rebates until December 31, 2017 for solar photovoltaic and solar thermal technologies to agricultural businesses. It provides that an agricultural business that is a customer of an investor-owned transmission and distribution utility must be compensated for accumulated unused kilowatt-hour credits every 12 months. It also authorizes customers of transmission and distribution utilities to elect to be billed using net energy billing.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: E&UHearing: Thursday, April 9, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 211
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1101: An Act To Adopt a Retail Workers' Bill of Rights   Web Link to LD 1101

Description: This bill amends the laws regarding the employment practices of employers at retail establishments by requiring the following: 1. Two weeks' prior notice of work schedules to employees, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances; 2. Paying part-time employees the same wage as full-time employees; 3. Providing part-time employees the same paid or unpaid time off as full-time employees; 4. Providing part-time employees the same eligibility for promotions as full-time employees; and 5. Offering additional work to part-time employees before hiring new employees or using contractors or temporary staffing services under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years. 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 of Labor may adopt rules to help implement compliance and enforcement of these provisions and must report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and its efforts.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

LD 29: An Act To Establish a Local Option Real Estate Transfer Tax   Web Link to LD 29

Description: This bill allows a municipality, by referendum, to establish a local option real estate 21 transfer tax of up to 1% on the transfer of real property that is subject to the state real 22 estate transfer tax.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative GOODE of BangorCosponsors: Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin.
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, February 2, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 32: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Signs on Interstate Highways in Maine   Web Link to LD 32

Description: This bill allows for directional signs on interstate highways in Maine for a destination 17 that is within 10 miles of the highway if the destination is cultural or historic and had a 18 sign on those roads prior to August 1, 2014.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester.Cosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representative: McCLELLAN of Raymond
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 53: An Act To Require Shareholder Consent for Corporate Political Contributions   Web Link to LD 53

Description: This bill requires a majority vote of a corporation's shareholders before the corporation makes a political contribution or expenditure and requires that once the contribution or expenditure has been made, the corporation posts notice of the contribution or expenditure on its website. This bill disallows a corporation that has over half of its shares owned by one or more institutional investors who cannot hold public office, such as a pension fund or a for-profit or nonprofit corporation, from making any political contributions or expenditures. This bill also allows a shareholder who disagrees with a corporation's political contribution or expenditure to receive from the corporation upon request a rebate of a percentage of the political contribution or expenditure equal to the percentage of ownership the shareholder has in the corporation.
Position: Status: ONTP
Sponsor: Representative RYKERSON of KitteryCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative BLUME of York Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437

LD 81: An Act To Amend the Workers' Compensation Laws as They Pertain to Employee Representation   Web Link to LD 81

Description: This bill expands the list of statements that are inadmissible in proceedings under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 to include statements obtained after continued questioning of an employee by an investigator, employer or an employer's representative after that employee's request to have a representative of the employee's choice present has been denied.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative DeCHANT of Bath Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 2, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 102: An Act To Strengthen the Craft Beer Industry   Web Link to LD 102

Description: Current law allows a person licensed to manufacture malt liquor to host one tenant brewer at that person's manufacturing facility. This bill amends that law to allow for up to 9 tenant brewers per host at a manufacturing facility.
Position: Status: OTP-AM
Sponsor: Senator ALFOND of CumberlandCosponsors: Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative JORGENSEN of Portland Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative SCHNECK of Bangor Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session:

LD 109: An Act To Ensure Maine Companies Have Access to Skilled Labor   Web Link to LD 109

Description: This bill provides $75,000 per fiscal year to the Department of Education for the New Mainers Resource Center.
Position: Status: OTP-AM
Sponsor: Representative ESPLING of New GloucesterCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative HARLOW of Portland Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HOBBINS of Saco Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative MAKER of Calais Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston
Committee: E&CAHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 202

LD 122: An Act To Standardize Pints of Beer Sold in Maine   Web Link to LD 122

Description: This bill requires that if an on-premises retail liquor licensee sells or offers for sale a pint of malt liquor, the container it comes in must have a capacity of at least 16 fluid ounces.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative RUSSELL of Portland
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437

LD 126: An Act To Restrict Swim Areas   Web Link to LD 126

Description: This bill provides that the Director of the Bureau of Parks and Lands within the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry may not issue a permit for a swim area the length of which, measured parallel to the shore, is more than 50% of the length of the shore frontage of the property from which the swim area extends or 200 feet, whichever is greater.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative SHAW of StandishCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Representative SHORT of Pittsfield Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative WOOD of Sabattus
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 144: An Act To Protect the Privacy of Consumers Who Use Credit Cards for Online Purchases of Products   Web Link to LD 144

Description: This bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require, as a condition of accepting a credit card for payment, that a consumer provide personal identification information only if that person, firm, partnership, association or corporation requires that information solely for the detection, investigation or prevention of fraud, theft, identity theft or criminal activity or for enforcement of the terms of sale. The bill requires any personal identification information collected for these purposes to be destroyed after it is no longer needed and also prohibits the further sharing of that information. The bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require that a consumer establish an account as a condition for the purchase of a downloadable product and to require that a consumer provide personal identification information, as long as the consumer is provided an opportunity to opt out of the collection of personal identification information before completing the online transaction.
Position: Status: OTP-AM
Sponsor: Representative RUSSELL of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 163: An Act To Provide Economic Development Assistance to Rural Communities   Web Link to LD 163

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to provide economic development assistance to rural communities with fewer than 1,500 residents.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of Eagle LakeCosponsors: Representative MARTIN of Sinclair
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 169: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Groundwater Rights   Web Link to LD 169

Description: This bill creates an excise tax of 1¢ per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water from springs or other underground sources in this State by a bottled water operator that extracted more than 1,000,000 gallons in the previous calendar year if the water is packaged for sale in containers of 5 gallons or less. The revenue from the tax is applied 25% to watershed and water quality protection, 50% to essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12 and 25% to the municipality where the water was extracted.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative KORNFIELD of BangorCosponsors: Representative COOPER of Yarmouth Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative SCHNECK of Bangor
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 188: An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments   Web Link to LD 188

Description: This bill provides legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by exposure to abusive work environments. Employees and employers who subject an employee to an abusive work environment are liable, and employers are vicariously liable for the abusive workplace conduct of their employees, in a private civil action brought by the affected employee. The legal remedies made available by this bill do not limit any other legal rights of an individual, except that workers' compensation benefits received under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A for the same injury or illness must be reimbursed from compensation that is earned through the legal remedies made available by this bill.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CHENETTE of Saco Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative HAMANN of South Portland Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 309: An Act To Connect the Citizens of the State to the State's Natural Resources by Establishing Standards for Relief from Regulatory Burdens   Web Link to LD 309

Description: This bill establishes standards for relief when state regulation imposes an inordinate burden on an individual property owner, as well as efficient mechanisms for pursuit of such relief. The bill provides that, if a property owner's right to use, divide, sell, occupy or possess real property is reduced by the enactment or application of a government regulation, the property owner may seek and obtain relief. Under the provisions of the bill, prior to filing an action, the property owner must pursue relief under a land use mediation program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator COLLINS of YorkCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Senator HAMPER of Oxford Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative NADEAU of Winslow Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 325: An Act To Strengthen Recycling of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags   Web Link to LD 325

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ surcharge for a plastic bag designed for one-time use distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. A retailer retains 2¢ from the surcharge for administrative costs. The revenues from the plastic bag surcharge are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 329: An Act To Allow Equipment Rental Companies To Sell Equipment Insurance   Web Link to LD 329

Description: This bill allows a rental company to offer for sale an insurance policy insuring against the loss of or damage to equipment rented for personal or household purposes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative PICCHIOTTI of FairfieldCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester Representative FREDETTE of Newport Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative MORRISON of South Portland Representative TEPLER of Topsham Representative WALLACE of Dexter Representative WARD of Dedham Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: IFSHearing: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 364: An Act To Allow a Sales Representative To Serve Spirits or Wine at a Tasting Event   Web Link to LD 364

Description: This bill repeals the prohibition on a sales representative's pouring or distributing distilled spirits or wine at a tasting event.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MALABY of HancockCosponsors: Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 395: An Act To Amend the Site Location of Development Laws   Web Link to LD 395

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to amend the site location of development laws, the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 3, subchapter 1, article 6, to provide that any surface water generated by an expansion project and any new or existing system through which that water flows must comply with the surface water regulatory standards in effect at the time the expansion application is filed if: 1. A development is being expanded and the existing, original development was permitted by a municipality, did not require a permit under the site location of development laws and is being expanded in a manner that triggers the need for a permit; or 2. A development is being expanded and an expansion of the development was previously permitted under the site location of development laws. If the criteria are not met and as long as a development complied with the applicable standards at the time the existing, original development was created, the surface water generated by the existing, original development and the systems through which that water flows do not need to comply with the regulatory standards in effect at the time the expansion application is filed.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of Eagle LakeCosponsors:
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216

LD 396: An Act To Encourage the Use of Alternatives to Single-use Plastic Disposable Bags   Web Link to LD 396

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ fee for a single-use plastic disposable bag distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. The retailer retains 1¢ from each 5¢ fee for administrative costs and may elect to retain an additional 1¢ from each 5¢ fee to provide a carryout program that credits a customer no less than 5¢ for each bag provided by the customer at the point of retail sale for packaging purchases. The revenues from the fee, less the portion retained by the retailer for administrative costs and, if applicable, the carryout program, are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts in the State related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. This bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to enforce these laws and impose penalties for violations. This bill also directs that, by January 1, 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection must conduct a public information campaign relating to plastics and their impact on the environment and must implement an outreach campaign aimed at providing reusable bags to residents of the State, especially to elderly and low-income households.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 409: An Act To Lower the Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero   Web Link to LD 409

Description: This bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative O'CONNOR of BerwickCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative DUNPHY of Embden Representative GERRISH of Lebanon Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative LONG of Sherman Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 438: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service   Web Link to LD 438

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator LIBBY of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Senator ROSEN of Hancock Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: Hearing: Not referred to committee as of 2/20
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 442: An Act To Clarify Municipal Capacity for Site Location of Development and Encourage Local Development   Web Link to LD 442

Description: This bill gives a municipality determined by the Department of Environmental Protection to have capacity to review certain development projects the authority to review modifications to a development project.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator VOLK of CumberlandCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 456: An Act To Include Nonalcoholic Malt Beverages in the List of Exempt Products in the Law Regarding the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Products   Web Link to LD 456

Description: This bill exempts nonalcoholic malt beverages from the disclosure requirements of the laws regulating the labeling of genetically engineered products.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BLACK of WiltonCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative GREENWOOD of Wales Representative HANLEY of Pittston Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade Representative TIMMONS of Cumberland
Committee: AC&FHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 485: An Act To Allow Licensed Foresters To Use Mechanics Liens   Web Link to LD 485

Description: This bill adds licensed foresters to the list of persons who can place a lien on the property of another for nonpayment of services.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative McCLELLAN of RaymondCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative NUTTING of Oakland Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 511: An Act To Permit a Licensed Sales Representative To Provide Spirits at an Approved Tasting Event   Web Link to LD 511

Description: This bill amends the law concerning licensed sales representatives at liquor tasting events by allowing a sales representative to provide spirits to be sampled under certain conditions and by allowing a sales representative to pour spirits or wine at a liquor tasting event.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative GIDEON of FreeportCosponsors: Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative MALABY of Hancock
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 547: An Act Regarding Service Dogs   Web Link to LD 547

Description: This bill requires that an individual registering a service dog present to the municipal clerk a letter signed by a physician, psychologist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner indicating that the individual or a member of the individual's household requires the service dog and a certification or other document indicating that the service dog has completed training from an established service animal training organization or has been evaluated by a certified animal trainer and found to have a sound temperament suitable for a service dog. It also requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to ensure that the registration tag of a service dog clearly indicates that the dog is a service animal and to devise a method of ensuring that a service dog's registration tag is visible to the public.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CAMPBELL of OrringtonCosponsors: Representative DOORE of Augusta Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston Representative MAKER of Calais Representative NADEAU of Winslow Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative TUELL of East Machias
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 561: An Act To Recognize the Registrations of Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Owned by Residents of a State That Borders Maine   Web Link to LD 561

Description: This bill allows reciprocity of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicle registrations with a state that borders this State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative PETERSON of RumfordCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative PICKETT of Dixfield
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 571: Resolve, To Study the Need for a Standard Formula for the Horsepower of Motors Used on the Lakes and Ponds of the State   Web Link to LD 571

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create a working group to study and recommend legislation regarding the need for a standard formula for determining maximum horsepower for motorized watercraft on lakes and ponds in the State. The department is directed to submit the report and any recommended legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by December 2, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CRAFTS of LisbonCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative GREENWOOD of Wales Representative LONG of Sherman Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative WOOD of Sabattus
Committee: IF&WHearing: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 575: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine's Working Families   Web Link to LD 575

Description: This bill increases the exemption amount available under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $10,000 to $20,000. Currently, the State reimburses municipalities 50% of the taxes lost by reason of the homestead exemption. In order to offset the increased cost to the State of the doubling of the homestead exemption, this bill also imposes the sales and use tax on amusement, entertainment and recreation services, such as admission fees to entertainment venues and performances, including movies, theaters and amusement parks, participation fees, including for bowling, golf or skiing, and fees for entertainment services, including those provided by bands, orchestras, disc jockeys and comedians.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MAREAN of HollisCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BATTLE of South Portland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator KATZ of Kennebec Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative TUELL of East Machias Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 590: An Act To Exempt a Fee for a Paper or Plastic Single-use Carry-out Bag from Tax   Web Link to LD 590

Description: This bill exempts from sales tax any fee placed on a paper or plastic single-use carry-out bag.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Representative SEAVEY of Kennebunkport Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 612: An Act To Require a Large Employer To Provide a Paper Paystub upon Request from an Employee   Web Link to LD 612

Description: This bill requires an employer with more than 50 employees to provide upon request to an employee a paper receipt of wages for a pay period.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HARLOW of PortlandCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative SHORT of Pittsfield Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative VEROW of Brewer
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 616: An Act Regarding the Sale of Hard Cider   Web Link to LD 616

Description: This bill clarifies that hard cider manufactured by the holder of a winery or small winery license is subject to the same provisions as wine. The bill provides that one of the additional locations where a small winery may sell its product, including hard cider, may be at the farm or orchard where the fruit used to make the cider was harvested. It also provides that the farm or orchard must be owned by the license holder but may be a corporation that is separate from the winery.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative TIMBERLAKE of TurnerCosponsors: Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 618: An Act To Facilitate the Production of Hard Cider in Maine   Web Link to LD 618

Description: This bill allows the holder of a brewery or small brewery license to manufacture hard cider.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BROOKS of LewistonCosponsors: Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro Representative TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 635: An Act To Allow B.Y.O.B. Function Permit Holders To Hold Tailgating Events   Web Link to LD 635

Description: This bill authorizes a person who has been issued a B.Y.O.B. function permit from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to hold multiple functions over a period of 2 calendar years as long as the bureau is provided notice at least 24 hours prior to each function. The bill also provides that a B.Y.O.B. function may be held outside of established premises, including but not limited to open space and parking lots adjacent to a facility where sporting events take place.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator DILL of PenobscotCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 668: An Act To Market Maine's Hunting and Fishing Opportunities   Web Link to LD 668

Description: This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a comprehensive marketing program for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that is led and coordinated by a dedicated marketing specialist, whose position is required to be created within the department's Division of Public Information and Education.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DUCHESNE of HudsonCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade Representative MARTIN of Sinclair
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 673: An Act To Help Prevent Age Discrimination   Web Link to LD 673

Description: This bill prohibits an employer or an agent of an employer from including on a job application form a question that asks for the year of an applicant's high school graduation. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards shall enforce the law with a fine of up to $500 per violation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative LAJOIE of LewistonCosponsors: Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Representative DOORE of Augusta Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative STANLEY of Medway
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 674: An Act To Support Maine's Working Families   Web Link to LD 674

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to explore proactive strategies to raise wages in this State, improve working conditions, increase predictability of scheduling and improve the overall economic security of working people in this State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 675: An Act To Protect Earned Pay   Web Link to LD 675

Description: Under the 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.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 678: An Act Concerning the Ability of On-premises Liquor Licensees To Dispense Liquor in Sealed Refillable Containers   Web Link to LD 678

Description: This bill allows on-premises retail liquor licensees to dispense liquor from kegs into sealable refillable containers for resale.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CHENETTE of SacoCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HOBBINS of Saco Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 680: An Act To Reduce Waste from Disposable Bags   Web Link to LD 680

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ fee for a single-use disposable plastic or kraft paper bag distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. The retailer retains 1¢ from each 5¢ fee for administrative costs and may elect to retain an additional 1¢ from each 5¢ fee to provide a carryout program that credits a customer no less than 5¢ for each bag provided by the customer at the point of retail sale for packaging purchases. The revenues from the fee, less the portion retained by the retailer for administrative costs and, if applicable, the carryout program, are credited to the Plastics and Paper Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts in the State related to plastics and paper. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by customers. This bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to enforce these laws and impose penalties for violations. This bill also directs that, by January 1, 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection must conduct a public information campaign relating to plastics and paper and their impact on the environment and must implement an outreach campaign aimed at providing reusable bags to residents of the State, especially to elderly and low-income households.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative RYKERSON of KitteryCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative BLUME of York Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative HYMANSON of York Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 684: An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased   Web Link to LD 684

Description: This bill allows a holder of a liquor license to sell or deliver liquor from 5 a.m. on any day until 1 a.m. of the following day except in those areas in which liquor may not be sold on Sundays. The bill also amends sections of law that deal with the sale of liquor on Sundays to reflect this change.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative KINNEY of LimingtonCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative CHENETTE of Saco Senator COLLINS of York Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 686: An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media   Web Link to LD 686

Description: This bill protects the social media privacy of employees and applicants for employment. The bill prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to disclose, or requesting that an employee or applicant disclose, the password or any other means for accessing a personal social media account. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to access, or requesting that an employee or applicant access, a personal social media account in the presence of the employer or an agent of the employer. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to disclose any personal social media account information, except when the employer reasonably believes it to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or a workplace-related violation of applicable laws, rules or regulations but only when not otherwise prohibited by law. It that situation, the employer may access the information and use it solely to the extent necessary for purposes of that investigation or a related proceeding. The bill prohibits an employer from requiring or causing an employee or applicant to add anyone, including the employer or the agent of the employer, to the employee's or applicant's list of contacts associated with a personal social media account. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or causing an employee or applicant to alter, or requesting that employee or applicant alter, settings that affect a 3rd party's ability to view the contents of a personal social media account. The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee or applicant who refuses to take part in actions that the employer is prohibited from taking. It allows a court in a civil action to award a prevailing plaintiff declaratory relief, damages and reasonable attorney's fees and costs and injunctive relief against an employer or the agent of the employer. The new subchapter does not apply to information about an applicant or employee that is available to the public. The new subchapter does not prohibit or restrict an employer from complying with a duty to screen employees or applicants before hiring or to monitor or retain employee communications that is established by a self-regulatory organization as defined by the federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 United States Code, Section 78c(a)(26) or under state or federal law, regulation or rule to the extent necessary to supervise communications of regulated financial institutions or insurance or securities licensees for banking-related, insurance-related or securities-related business purposes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative PIERCE of FalmouthCosponsors: Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: JudicHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 697: An Act To Restore Public Safety Programs in the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation   Web Link to LD 697

Description: The bill does the following. Part A restores the inspection and certificate requirements for boilers located in structures used by schools or colleges for the purpose of housing classrooms, gymnasiums, auditoriums or dormitories. These provisions were discontinued by Public Law 2013, chapter 595, Part U, section 11. Part B allows qualified private sector organizations or individuals to inspect amusement rides to ensure they are safe for the public. The bill assigns oversight responsibilities over the certification of qualified amusement ride inspectors to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The bill also corrects cross-references.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative LAJOIE of LewistonCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington
Committee: CJHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 701: An Act To Modify Unemployment Insurance Successor Law   Web Link to LD 701

Description: This bill changes the treatment of unemployment contribution rate assignment in successor transactions. In cases when the successor is a newly established employer, and when no substantial common ownership, management or control exists between the purchaser and the predecessor, the successor may opt to retain the predecessor’s rate or be assigned the average contribution rate, whichever is lower. In such cases when the successor is an established employer with an existing contribution experience rate, the successor may choose to retain this rate or inherit the experience rate of the purchased business blended with the successor’s existing rate to form a new experience rate, whichever is more favorable.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Senator PATRICK of Oxford Senator VOLK of Cumberland Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 717: An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program   Web Link to LD 717

Description: This bill creates the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program to provide wage-replacement benefits to persons who qualify for family medical leave. The program is funded by employee contributions and provides 2/3 of the employee's average weekly wage for up to 6 weeks. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DAUGHTRY of BrunswickCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 739: Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Evaluate the Benefits and Detriments of Increasing the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 739

Description: This resolve is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This resolve proposes to establish a working group to evaluate the benefits and detriments of increasing the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator KATZ of Kennebec
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 757: An Act To Limit the Amount That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts   Web Link to LD 757

Description: This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative TEPLER of TopshamCosponsors: Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative NOON of Sanford Representative STETKIS of Canaan President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 759: An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Holiday   Web Link to LD 759

Description: This bill exempts from sales tax sales of clothing and school supplies occurring on the 2nd Saturday of August each year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative KINNEY of KnoxCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Representative EDGECOMB of Fort Fairfield Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft Representative MAKER of Calais Representative TUELL of East Machias Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 761: An Act To Authorize Free Samples of Wine by a Restaurant   Web Link to LD 761

Description: This bill allows a restaurant, Class A restaurant or Class A restaurant/lounge to offer complimentary samples of wine to a customer subject to certain conditions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative FREDETTE of NewportCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 777: An Act To Establish a Seasonal Agency Liquor License   Web Link to LD 777

Description: This bill establishes a seasonal agency liquor store license. It authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue one seasonal license in a municipality with a year-round population of at least 5,001 if between June 1st and October 1st the population increases by a number that would otherwise qualify the municipality for an additional agency liquor store license.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative LUCHINI of EllsworthCosponsors: Senator LANGLEY of Hancock
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 779: An Act To Increase the Minimum Population Requirement for a Municipality in Which the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations May Locate an Additional Agency Liquor Store   Web Link to LD 779

Description: This bill increases from 2,000 to 5,000 the allowable population of a municipality in which the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations may establish an additional liquor store.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Representative THERIAULT of China
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 795: An Act To Encourage Prudent Development along the Coast or in a Flood Zone by Considering Predictions for Sea Level Rise   Web Link to LD 795

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures that would require sea level model predictions to be taken into account in the design phase of any development project on the coast or in a flood zone if more than 10% of the total funding for the project is state funding. "Development project" includes, but is not limited to, the development of buildings, land, walkways, bridges, roads, culverts and piers. The bill also proposes to enact measures to require coordination among state and federal agencies, universities and stakeholders concerning development projects on the coast or in a flood zone that may be affected by sea level rise.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative BLUME of York Senator BURNS of Washington Representative FOLEY of Wells Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Representative PARRY of Arundel
Committee: ENRHearing:
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LD 803: Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Develop Strategies To Protect Towns   Web Link to LD 803

Description: This resolve creates the Task Force To Develop Strategies To Protect Towns. The task force will examine ways of assisting municipalities in developing and strengthening their commercial bases. The task force is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative STANLEY of MedwayCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln Representative HARLOW of Portland Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 820: An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Notice and Assessment Provisions of the Maine Condominium Act   Web Link to LD 820

Description: This bill amends the Maine Condominium Act in the following ways. 1. It allows notice of the annual meeting of a unit owners' association to be sent to a unit owner by electronic means to any electronic address designated by the unit owner. 2. It changes from 14 to 10 the minimum number of days for notice of a budget meeting of a unit owners' association. 3. It authorizes the executive board of a unit owners' association to make special assessments and specifies the procedure for approving special assessments with certain limitations.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: This bill amends the Maine Condominium Act in the following ways. 1. It allows notice of the annual meeting of a unit owners' association to be sent to a unit owner by electronic means to any electronic address designated by the unit owner. 2. It changes from 14 to 10 the minimum number of days for notice of a budget meeting of a unit owners' association. 3. It authorizes the executive board of a unit owners' association to make special assessments and specifies the procedure for approving special assessments with certain limitations.Cosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Representative FOLEY of Wells
Committee: Hearing:
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LD 872: Resolve, Establishing the Study Commission To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals   Web Link to LD 872

Description: This resolve establishes the Study Commission To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals in order to study training and certification requirements of service animals, methods of disseminating information about service animals to the public and documentation of training and certification of service animals.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative WARD of DedhamCosponsors: Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative TUELL of East Machias Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 921: An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment   Web Link to LD 921

Description: This bill expands the law creating the right to a leave of absence for employees who are victims of violence by requiring that a returning employee be placed in the employee's former employment position or a position of equivalent employment status. The bill prohibits discrimination or retaliation against an employee for exercising the right to take a leave of absence or enforcing the provisions of the law and creates a private right of action to enforce the law, and to seek injunctive or equitable relief and compensatory damages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DAUGHTRY of BrunswickCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HERBIG of Belfast Senator KATZ of Kennebec Representative MAKER of Calais Representative POULIOT of Augusta Representative POWERS of Naples Representative TURNER of Burlington Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing:
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LD 923: An Act To Create Jobs and Increase Consumer Wine Choice   Web Link to LD 923

Description: This bill allows a person who is not a retailer or wholesaler licensed to sell wine or malt liquor in the State to auction fine and rare wines from a private collection to private collectors, retailers and wholesalers under certain conditions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative GIDEON of FreeportCosponsors: Representative DION of Portland Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 925: An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers   Web Link to LD 925

Description: This bill facilitates direct sales between Maine farmers and consumers. It allows persons preparing food in their own homes to sell directly to consumers or to offer homemade food at certain events without being licensed as food establishments.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CHAPMAN of BrooksvilleCosponsors: Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative TURNER of Burlington Representative WARD of Dedham Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: AC&FHearing:
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LD 932: An Act To Designate a Sales Tax Holiday   Web Link to LD 932

Description: This bill, beginning in 2016, establishes an annual sales tax holiday on the 2nd Saturday in August to exempt from sales tax sales of items of clothing with a price of $100 or less, items of school supplies with a price of $100 or less and individual computers, not including those used in a trade or business, with a price of $1,500 or less.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MAREAN of Hollis Representative MOONEN of Portland Senator ROSEN of Hancock Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 960: An Act To Support Family Caregivers in the Workforce   Web Link to LD 960

Description: Under current law, family medical leave may be taken by an employee to care for a child, domestic partner's child, parent, domestic partner, sibling or spouse with a serious health condition. This bill adds to this list "grandparent" and "great-grandparent" and further provides that family medical leave may be taken in connection with the serious health condition experienced by any of these listed individuals related to the employee by blood, adoption, legal custody, marriage or domestic partnership.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MASTRACCIO of SanfordCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative GRANT of Gardiner Representative HAMANN of South Portland Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor Representative MAKER of Calais Representative NOON of Sanford Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 961: An Act To Support Tourism Development in the City of Sanford   Web Link to LD 961

Description: This bill requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish a pilot project in the City of Sanford for tourism development including recreational tourism, experiential tourism, hotel development and theme park resort facility development by a for-profit business.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MASTRACCIO of SanfordCosponsors: Senator COLLINS of York Speaker EVES of North Berwick Representative HYMANSON of York Representative NOON of Sanford Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Senator WOODSOME of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 983: An Act To Clarify Wine Auction Licenses   Web Link to LD 983

Description: This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue to a holder of an auctioneer license a permit to conduct a wine auction for privately held wine. The bill establishes the fee for and sets specific conditions on the wine auction permit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative GIDEON of Freeport Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: V&LAHearing:
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LD 986: An Act To Streamline Certain Regulations on Small Distilleries   Web Link to LD 986

Description: This bill allows a small distillery that produces less than 25,000 gallons of spirits per year to fulfill the provision of law requiring the distillery to sell its product to the State by accounting for spirits it sells or provides as samples on the premises of the distillery without being required to transport those spirits from the distillery by filing a monthly accounting with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of the spirits sold or provided on the premises for that month and paying the difference between the price at which the distillery sells its spirits to the State and the price at which the distillery purchases back its own spirits from the State and any associated fees and taxes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BECK of WatervilleCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative VEROW of Brewer
Committee: V&LAHearing:
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LD 1001: An Act To Enact a New Hire Tax Credit and To Create Initiatives To Help Families Move from Assistance to Employment   Web Link to LD 1001

Description: This bill creates a new hire tax credit for an employer in the amount of 50% of the wages of an employee who was a recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and who is employed at least 20 hours per week on average by the employer. This bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommended legislation to adjust the level of assistance under state benefits programs based upon earned income for low-income recipients of state assistance who are employed by an employer who receives a new hire tax credit and to recommend other measures in statute, rule and policy that will enable low-income recipients of state assistance to obtain stable and lasting employment.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative FREDETTE of NewportCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1003: An Act To Prohibit Discrimination by Employers and Protect the Privacy of an Applicant for Employment, an Employee or an Employee's Dependents Regarding Reproductive Health Decisions   Web Link to LD 1003

Description: This bill protects employees and employment applicants from discrimination based on an employer's beliefs about a particular drug, device or medical service. It also prohibits an employer from obtaining or inquiring about information about an employee's or an employee's dependent's reproductive health decisions, including but not limited to a decision to use a particular drug, device or medical service, without the employee's prior informed affirmative written consent. The bill prohibits employers from taking any adverse employment action against an employee based on the use of any particular drug, device or medical service related to the employee's or the employee's dependent's reproductive health decisions. No existing rights or protections against discrimination of an employee provided through any other provision of law or collective bargaining unit are limited by this chapter.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative McCREIGHT of HarpswellCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono Representative WARREN of Hallowell Representative WINSOR of Norway
Committee: JudicHearing:
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LD 1011: An Act To Address Drug Testing in the Workplace and the Effect of Approved Substances on Current Drug Policy   Web Link to LD 1011

Description: Current law requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants or employees for substance abuse to develop and file a policy with the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor Standards reviews the policies to ensure compliance with state laws and rules. This bill provides employers with a single, consistent model policy. The model policy, which must be established by the Commissioner of Labor and managed by the department, is intended to encourage greater participation by employers to reduce substance abuse in the workplace. The bill requires an employer to adopt the model policy before establishing a substance abuse testing program. It removes the requirements that employers provide an employee assistance program and pay for half of rehabilitation beyond services provided through health care benefits. Employers may offer an employee assistance program if they choose. The bill amends the definition of "probable cause" to provide that a single work-related accident is probable cause to suspect an employee is under the influence of a substance of abuse. This bill requires the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services to develop a policy to address the impact of medical marijuana use in the workplace for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development by December 2, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Senator BURNS of Washington Senator COLLINS of York Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Senator MASON of Androscoggin Senator ROSEN of Hancock President THIBODEAU of Waldo Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing:
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LD 1015: An Act To Require Large Employers To Report Compensation Information   Web Link to LD 1015

Description: This bill requires employers who employ over 100 workers in the State to report annually to the Bureau of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer and the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay. The bill requires the bureau to submit an annual report including, for each employer required to report under this bill, the employers' information and the ratio of the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer to the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay to the Legislature and post the report on the department's website.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative DeCHANT of Bath Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1019: Web Link: http://www.maine.gov/budget/budgetinfo/index.htm Governor LePage’s Proposed Biennial Budget for 2016-2017   Web Link to LD 1019

Description: Go to this URL: http://legislature.maine.gov/documents/?aiv%5Bdocuments.document_types_id%5D=26&tt=documents
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Rep. Rotundo, Sen. Hamper (Governor's bill)Cosponsors:
Committee: AppropHearing: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1043: An Act To Strengthen the Overboard Discharge Removal Grant Program   Web Link to LD 1043

Description: This bill amends the laws regarding the State's contribution to residential overboard discharge replacement projects. Under current law, depending on income level, an individual may apply for a grant for reimbursement of all or a portion of the cost of removing and replacing any overboard discharge, but may be approved for such reimbursement only after project completion. This bill allows the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to approve applications for reimbursement in advance of construction if certain conditions are met and to dedicate the proposed project expenses for reimbursement for a specified period of time. Upon completion of the project and submission of expense documentation, the commissioner is directed to reimburse the individual for the previously applied for and approved eligible project expenses. The bill also provides an appropriation in fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 in the amount of $200,000 per year to provide grants to reimburse individuals for the cost of removing an overboard discharge under this program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator JOHNSON of LincolnCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative BLUME of York Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: ENRHearing:
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LD 1083: An Act To Facilitate the Use of Half-gallon Containers for Malt Liquor at Maine Brew Pubs   Web Link to LD 1083

Description: This bill removes the requirement that the bottles breweries or small breweries use to sell malt liquor for off-premises consumption from their licensed on-premises establishment, typically half-gallon containers, be provided by the breweries and have labels unique to each brewery.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative McCABE of SkowheganCosponsors: Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Representative TEPLER of Topsham Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: V&LAHearing:
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LD 1119: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Filing of Wage Statements by Employers and To Clarify the Statute of Limitations under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1119

Description: In response to the Law Court decisions in Wilson v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 2008 ME 47, 942 A. 2d 1237 and Graves v. Brockway Smith Co., 2012 ME 128, 55 A. 3d 456, this bill amends the law to effectuate results different from those reached by the Court. Current law provides that a petition under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 is barred unless filed within 2 years after the date of injury or the date that the employer files a required first report of injury, whichever is later. This bill specifies that this provision applies to dates of injury occurring on or after January 1, 1993. Under current law, if an employer or insurer pays benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 within 2 years after the date of injury or the date that the employer files a required first report of injury, the period during which a petition must be filed is 6 years from the date of the most recent payment. This bill clarifies that, for dates of injury on or after October 17, 1991, this 6-year limitation applies regardless of whether the employer has filed a first report of injury. This bill also provides that for dates of injury before October 17, 1991, a 10-year limitation applies regardless of whether the employer has filed a first report of injury.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative STETKIS of Canaan Senator VOLK of Cumberland Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing:
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LD 1125: An Act To Expand Public Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors   Web Link to LD 1125

Description: This bill allows entities, organizations and places of employment at which allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present, other than schools, to stock prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors and administer them to persons believed in good faith to be experiencing anaphylaxis and provides that those entities, organizations and places of employment may not be held liable for any injuries or related damages that may result. It requires training for employees or agents of such entities, organizations or places of employment. It also provides for the establishment of emergency public access stations to contain stocks of epinephrine autoinjectors, allows health care practitioners to stock them with epinephine autoinjectors and to provide individuals accessing the stations with consultation services in real time by audio, video or other similar means of electronic communication and provides that persons involved with the stations and acting in good faith may not be held liable for any injuries or related damages that may result.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative PETERSON of RumfordCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville Representative GATTINE of Westbrook Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: HHSHearing:
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