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Priority Legislation

LD 673: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law   Web Link to LD 673

Description: This bill restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor and Senators: COLLINS of York, CUSHING of Penobscot, DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: GROHMAN of Biddeford, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 702: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine Employees   Web Link to LD 702

Description: This bill restores the tip credit in the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Representatives: KINNEY of Knox, O'CONNOR of Berwick, WARD of Dedham, Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Gray, GINZLER of Bridgton, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, NADEAU of Winslow, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, STEWART of Presque Isle
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 746: Resolve, To Increase the Permissible Size of Bed and Breakfasts   Web Link to LD 746

Description: This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to amend its rules to increase the permissible size of bed and breakfast lodging to a maximum of 11 bedrooms and a maximum of 32 guests.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Representatives: DeCHANT of Bath, GINZLER of Bridgton, HICKMAN of Winthrop, MALABY of Hancock, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, WARD of Dedham, Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, BRAKEY of Androscoggin
Committee: CrimJusticeHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 774: An Act To Create a Training Wage   Web Link to LD 774

Description: This bill provides a minimum hourly training wage of $1.00 above the federal minimum wage for a person who is 20 years of age or under and is a student at a secondary or postsecondary school.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner. Cosponsored by Representative SUTTON of Warren, Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WINSOR of Norway, Senators: CHENETTE of York, KATZ of Kennebec, MASON of Androscoggin, President THIBODEAU of Waldo, VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 775: An Act To Prohibit the Minimum Wage from Exceeding the New England Average   Web Link to LD 775

Description: This bill provides that the minimum wage may not exceed the average minimum wage paid in the New England states, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington. Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, FARRIN of Norridgewock, HILLIARD of Belgrade, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PARRY of Arundel, POULIOT of Augusta, SANDERSON of Chelsea, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 778: An Act To Eliminate the Indexing of the Minimum Wage to Inflation   Web Link to LD 778

Description: This bill eliminates the indexing of the minimum wage to inflation, which under current law is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington. Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, GINZLER of Bridgton, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HILLIARD of Belgrade, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PARRY of Arundel, PIERCE of Dresden, SANDERSON of Chelsea
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 831: An Act To Base the Minimum Wage on a New England State Average and To Restore the Tip Credit   Web Link to LD 831

Description: This bill provides that starting January 1, 2018 the minimum hourly wage is the average minimum hourly wage in the New England states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on July 1st of the previous year, as determined annually by the Commissioner of Labor. It also restores the tip credit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln. Cosponsored by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough and Senators: CYRWAY of Kennebec, DAVIS of Piscataquis, SAVIELLO of Franklin, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, HILLIARD of Belgrade, WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 962: An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Workers Involved in Certain Seasonal Occupations   Web Link to LD 962

Description: This bill amends the unemployment compensation laws to provide that an individual who works in the construction industry, has worked for at least 20 weeks in the 12 months prior to making a claim for benefits and has a date to return to work for a previous employer is not required to engage in work search efforts. It also provides that an individual who works in the logging industry is not required to engage in work search efforts from April 1st to June 1st.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, LANGLEY of Hancock, MIRAMANT of Knox, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: FECTEAU of Biddeford, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1107: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adjust Times of Operation for Establishments That Serve Alcohol   Web Link to LD 1107

Description: This bill allows a municipality to extend the time for the sale or delivery of liquor by licensed establishments by one hour, by either opening earlier than 5 a.m. or closing later than 1 a.m., within that municipality. This bill also allows a municipality to extend by one hour, to 2:15 a.m., the permitted consumption or possession of liquor in licensed establishments. In order to extend the time of operation, consumption or possession, the legislative body of that municipality must vote to extend by one hour the sale or consumption or possession of liquor at establishments licensed for on-premises consumption within the municipality; the municipality must have a full-time police department or contract with the county sheriff or State Police to provide coverage during the extended hour of operation; and the municipality must notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of the extended hour within 30 days of adoption.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel. Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, FARRIN of Norridgewock, GOLDEN of Lewiston, KINNEY of Limington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: BELLOWS of Kennebec
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1117: Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Phase-out of Subminimum Wage   Web Link to LD 1117

Description: This resolve establishes the Commission To Study the Phase-out of the Subminimum Wage for the purpose of determining the effect of the law that requires the minimum cash wage paid to a tipped service employee to be increased by $1 each year until it reaches the same amount as the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative PARKER of South Berwick and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BLUME of York, DEVIN of Newcastle, FAY of Raymond, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HAMANN of South Portland, PERRY of Calais
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

LD 30: An Act Regarding Dancing on the Premises of Certain Liquor Licensees   Web Link to LD 30

Description: Current law provides that dancing and some other forms of entertainment are prohibited on the premises of an establishment licensed to sell liquor for consumption on the premises unless the licensee has been issued a special amusement permit from the municipality where the establishment is located. This bill provides that dancing does not include dancing done in conjunction with the singing activity commonly known as "karaoke."
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Turner of Burlington. Cosponsored by Senator Maker of Washington and Representative Hanington of Lincoln, Representatives Kinney of Limington, Kinney of Knox, Marean of Hollis, McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Parry of Arundel, Tuell of East Machias, Wallace of Dexter.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 31: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District   Web Link to LD 31

Description: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2018 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Espling of New Gloucester. Cosponsored by Senator Diamond of Cumberland and Senators Saviello of Franklin, Representative Guerin of Glenburn, Representatives Harvell of Farmington, Kinney of Limington, Luchini of Ellsworth, Stewart of Presque Isle, Sutton of Warren.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: 2/13/2017, 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 34: An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores   Web Link to LD 34

Description: This bill allows certain tobacco specialty stores to be licensed as a cigar lounge, which may serve nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. A cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or prepare food on premises for sale. A tobacco specialty store that is a cigar lounge must provide notice about the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke to applicants for employment and employees. The cigar lounge license fee is $100.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Head of Bethel, Representatives Malaby of Hancock, O'Connor of Berwick, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough, Ward of Dedham.
Committee: HHSHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 39: An Act To Clarify Landowners' Liability Regarding Public Access   Web Link to LD 39

Description: Under current law, liability for recreational or harvesting activities is not limited for an injury suffered in any case where permission to pursue any recreational or harvesting activities was granted for a consideration other than consideration paid to the landowner or the landowner's agent for use of the premises on which the injury was suffered, as long as certain conditions exist. This bill provides that liability is not limited where permission was granted for a consideration other than consideration paid to the landowner, the landowner's agent, lessee or sublessee or the holder of an easement from the landowner, as long as certain conditions exist.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Saviello of Franklin. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton and Senator Davis of Piscataquis, Representatives Skolfield of Weld, Timberlake of Turner.
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Thursday: February 9, 2017
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 53: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit Payment Per Signature for Citizen Petition Drives   Web Link to LD 53

Description: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to prohibit a person who collects signatures for a written petition for a people's veto or for the direct initiative of legislation from being paid based upon the number of signatures the person collects.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Guerin of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Senator Maker of Washington and Senators Diamond of Cumberland, Dill of Penobscot, Katz of Kennebec, Representative Gillway of Searsport, Representatives Luchini of Ellsworth, Nadeau of Winslow, Pickett of Dixfield, Tuell of East Machias.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: 2/13/2017, 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 57: An Act To Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags   Web Link to LD 57

Description: This bill prohibits a retailer from using plastic bags to bag products at the point of retail sale or otherwise make plastic bags available to customers, with exceptions for certain types of plastic bags. This prohibition is effective September 1, 2020. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. The bill also makes changes to existing law regarding retailer collection and recycling of used plastic bags to ensure consistency with the implementation of the plastic bag prohibition.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Devin of Newcastle. Cosponsored by Senator Vitelli of Sagadahoc and Senators Breen of Cumberland, Carson of Cumberland, Representative Daughtry of Brunswick, Representatives Parker of South Berwick, Pierce of Falmouth
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 65: An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment   Web Link to LD 65

Description: This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Lockman of Amherst. Cosponsored by Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Senators Brakey of Androscoggin, Volk of Cumberland, Representatives Austin of Gray, Ginzler of Bridgton, O'Connor of Berwick, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough, Sutton of Warren
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 66: An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions   Web Link to LD 66

Description: Current law allows a public employer to deduct service fees owed by an employee to a collective bargaining agent pursuant to a lawful collective bargaining agreement. This bill prohibits a public employer from collecting those fees or collecting member dues. This bill also eliminates language from the election statutes allowing a public employer to deduct dues or other funds from an employee's pay and remit those funds to the employee's collective bargaining agent.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Lockman of Amherst. Cosponsored by Senator Davis of Piscataquis and Senators Volk of Cumberland, Whittemore of Somerset, Representative Austin of Gray, Representatives Guerin of Glenburn, Picchiotti of Fairfield, Sampson of Alfred, Sirocki of Scarborough, Strom of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 71: Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Request That the United States Secretary of Transportation Place Maine in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone   Web Link to LD 71

Description: This resolve directs the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place Maine in the Atlantic Standard Time zone. This resolve is subject to approval by the voters at referendum.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Dillingham of Oxford. Cosponsored by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin and Senators Hamper of Oxford, Representative Campbell of Orrington, Representatives Craig of Brewer, Hanington of Lincoln, Ordway of Standish, Pickett of Dixfield, Tepler of Topsham, Tuell of East Machias
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 85: An Act To Establish a Public Service Berthing Vessel License for the Sale of Liquor   Web Link to LD 85

Description: This bill authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue licenses to public service berthing vessels for the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor on overnight voyages of at least one night. The bill establishes requirements and fees for such licensing.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Miramant of Knox. Cosponsored by Representative Kumiega of Deer Isle and Senator Bellows of Kennebec, Representatives Austin of Gray, Hawke of Boothbay Harbor, Kornfield of Bangor, Pierce of Dresden
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 86: An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits   Web Link to LD 86

Description: Current law provides that an employee whose employment has ceased is entitled to earned wages from the employer, including unused vacation time when paid vacation was included in the terms of employment, upon a reasonable time after that employee makes a demand for such payment from the employer, and that the employee may bring a civil action against an employer that does not comply with this requirement. This bill eliminates the requirement that the employee make a demand for the earned compensation with the employer. Instead, earned wages must be paid by the employer within a reasonable amount of time after the cessation of employment, regardless of whether the employee has made a demand for the wages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Miramant of Knox. Cosponsored by Representative Kumiega of Deer Isle and Senators Bellows of Kennebec, Woodsome of York, Representatives Kornfield of Bangor, Mastraccio of Sanford, Spear of South Thomaston
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 91: An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Retailers Collecting Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 91

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit of $100 for retailers who collect, report and remit to the State more than $1,000 in sales tax during the tax year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Davis of Piscataquis. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton and Senators Collins of York, Diamond of Cumberland, Dow of Lincoln, Langley of Hancock, Saviello of Franklin, Representative Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 103: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 103

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, 2018, 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
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Zeigler of Montville. Cosponsored by Senator Miramant of Knox and Representative Ackley of Monmouth, Representative Rykerson of Kittery.
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: Monday: 2/27/2017 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 109: An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting by Landowners and Those with Landowner Permission   Web Link to LD 109

Description: This bill allows hunting on Sundays on private property with the permission of the landowner.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Strom of Pittsfield. Cosponsored by Representative Hanington of Lincoln and Representatives McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Picchiotti of Fairfield, Stetkis of Canaan, Stewart of Presque Isle
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 112: An Act To Further Limit the Liability of Landowners Who Permit the Use of Land for Outdoor Recreational Activity   Web Link to LD 112

Description: Current law limits the liability of landowners who allow certain outdoor recreational or harvesting activities on their land, as long as the land is not primarily used for commercial recreational purposes. This bill extends that limited liability to landowners who allow their land to be used for the construction, maintenance or expansion of trails or ancillary facilities used to pursue outdoor recreational activities.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Ginzler of Bridgton. Cosponsored by Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Fay of Raymond
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Thursday: February 9, 2017
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 140: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and To Amend the Law Governing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund   Web Link to LD 140

Description: Part A of this bill authorizes a General Fund bond issue, in the amount of $10,000,000, to be allocated to the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund and distributed by the ConnectME Authority through implementation grants in order to expand high-speed broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas. Part B of the bill limits the use of the funds under Part A to implementation grants awarded from the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund and requires the grants to be expended on open-access nondiscriminatory broadband infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas. Part C of the bill amends the laws establishing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund to require planning grant applicants to plan for postconstruction operation and maintenance. Part C clarifies that a municipality may be eligible for ConnectME Authority implementation grant funds without relying on planning grant funds from the authority if the municipality meets certain statutory planning requirements. Part C also clarifies that municipally financed planning expenditures may be deducted from the 25% cash match requirement of the implementation grant. The changes made in Part C are contingent on the ratification of the bond issue in Part A by the voters of the State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Cosponsored by Senator Bellows of Kennebec and Senators Dion of Cumberland, Maker of Washington, Woodsome of York, Representative Berry of Bowdoinham, Representatives Foley of Wells, Grohman of Biddeford, McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Stewart of Presque Isle.
Committee: AppropsHearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 148: An Act To Allow Overhead Garage Door Installers To Install and Repair Dumbwaiters   Web Link to LD 148

Description: This bill allows a person who installs or services overhead garage doors or openers to install and repair dumbwaiters used only for the transportation of inanimate goods without being licensed as an elevator or lift mechanic and exempts a company that installs or services overhead garage doors or openers from having to register as an elevator contractor in order to install or service dumbwaiters used only for the transportation of inanimate goods.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Campbell of Orrington. Cosponsored by Senator Dill of Penobscot and Senators Breen of Cumberland, Representative Dillingham of Oxford, Representatives Hanington of Lincoln, Hanley of Pittston, Head of Bethel, Martin of Eagle Lake, Nadeau of Winslow, Stanley of Medway.
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 163: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of Maine's laws governing labor and employment.   Web Link to LD 163

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of Maine's laws governing labor and employment.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Tucker of Brunswick.
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 178: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Jobs, Improve Road Infrastructure and Protect Water Resources   Web Link to LD 178

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to provide funding for cost sharing of at least 50% on projects that correct downstream pollution issues and provide contractor jobs and public safety improvements through improved storm water management and improved water quality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton. Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: BATTLE of South Portland, BERRY of Bowdoinham, DUCHESNE of Hudson, HILLIARD of Belgrade, MAREAN of Hollis, POULIOT of Augusta, STEARNS of Guilford, Senator: SAVIELLO of Franklin.
Committee: AppropsHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 189: An Act To Allow Bird Hunting on Sunday in Aroostook County and Unorganized Townships in Western Maine   Web Link to LD 189

Description: This bill creates an exception to the prohibition against hunting wild birds on Sunday. The bill allows hunting wild birds on Sunday in Aroostook County and in unorganized townships in the counties of Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HAGGAN of Hampden. Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: HILLIARD of Belgrade, PIERCE of Dresden, STEWART of Presque Isle, STROM of Pittsfield, Senators: JACKSON of Aroostook, WOODSOME of York
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 191: An Act To Authorize 3-day All-terrain Vehicle Registration Reciprocity with the Provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec   Web Link to LD 191

Description: This bill establishes, beginning July 1, 2018, a 3-day all-terrain vehicle registration reciprocity with the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair. Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, DUCHESNE of Hudson, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, NADEAU of Winslow, WHITE of Washburn, Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, CYRWAY of Kennebec.
Committee: IF&WHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 203: An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone   Web Link to LD 203

Description: This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BAILEY of Saco. Cosponsored by Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, TUELL of East Machias
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 216: Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 Directing Motorists to Lincoln   Web Link to LD 216

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Lincoln on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln and Senator: CARPENTER of Aroostook, Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, SHERMAN of Hodgdon, TURNER of Burlington
Committee: Transp.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 227: An Act To Exclude Cardboard Beverage Containers from the Laws Governing Returnable Beverage Containers   Web Link to LD 227

Description: This bill excludes from the definition of "beverage container" in the laws governing returnable beverage containers a container composed of compressed recycled cardboard with a plastic liner.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Saviello of Franklin. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: Monday: 2/27/2017 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 292: 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 292

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, 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
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SHEATS of Auburn. Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BICKFORD of Auburn, BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: AppropsHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 348: An Act To Increase Consumer Protection for Time-share Owners   Web Link to LD 348

Description: This bill amends the law governing time shares in the following ways. 1. It grants a person who purchases a time share from a developer the right to sell the time share back to the developer at fair market value after expiration of the sale cancellation period. 2. It prohibits the developer or an entity wholly or partially owned by the developer from serving as the manager of the time-share project. 3. It limits the liability of a time-share owner for assessments levied against the time-share unit for maintenance, taxes or fines to the fair market value of the time share.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CHENETTE of York. (BY REQUEST)
Committee: JudiciaryHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 372: An Act To Protect Public Health through Septic Tank Inspections   Web Link to LD 372

Description: This bill amends existing law requiring the inspection of a subsurface wastewater disposal system on a property located within the shoreland area of the State that is to be transferred and expands these requirements to apply to the transfer of any property in the State on which a subsurface wastewater disposal system is located. The bill also amends other provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes as necessary to incorporate these changes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLUME of York. (BY REQUEST) Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc and Representatives: COOPER of Yarmouth, DEVIN of Newcastle, FAY of Raymond, HILLIARD of Belgrade, HYMANSON of York, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 388: An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License   Web Link to LD 388

Description: This bill clarifies existing law that permits a person that is licensed to manufacture malt liquor, wine or spirits at a facility in the State to sell the product that person produces from the manufacturing facility for off-premises consumption without having to get a separate off-premises retail license. The bill specifies that the location of the manufacturing facility where off-premises sales of the manufacturer's product occur is not required to be accessed by a separate entrance from the area of the facility that is licensed to serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. It also clarifies that distilleries and small distilleries are subject to the existing law that requires spirits sold at retail to first be listed for sale and distributed by the State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin. Cosponsored by Senators: LANGLEY of Hancock, WOODSOME of York
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 390: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019   Web Link to LD 390

Description: THIS IS THE BIENNIAL BUDGET BILL FOR FY 18 AND FY 19. There are four parts to this document. To view them as submitted by the governor, go to the following link: http://legislature.maine.gov/documents/ros?aiv%5Bdocuments.title%5D=2018&tt=documents
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook. (GOVERNOR'S BILL) Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representative: WINSOR of Norway, Senator: BREEN of Cumberland
Committee: AppropsHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 400: An Act Regarding the Construction or Placement of Decks within the Shoreland Zone   Web Link to LD 400

Description: This bill allows municipalities to adopt ordinances that allow the construction or placement of a deck within the setbacks established pursuant to the laws governing shoreland zoning as long as certain requirements are met.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TURNER of Burlington. Cosponsored by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester, Senator ROSEN of Hancock and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, CAMPBELL of Orrington, FOLEY of Wells, HANINGTON of Lincoln, KINNEY of Limington, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, REED of Carmel, STANLEY of Medway
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 402: An Act To Establish Maine Buy Local Month   Web Link to LD 402

Description: This bill designates November as Maine Buy Local Month and directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to encourage buying from local businesses and to increase awareness of the economic effect of buying from local businesses.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, BATES of Westbrook, BATTLE of South Portland, FECTEAU of Biddeford, LAWRENCE of South Berwick, VACHON of Scarborough, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, MIRAMANT of Knox
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 407: An Act To Simplify the Laws Regarding Games of Chance   Web Link to LD 407

Description: This bill specifies, for the purposes of the laws governing games of chance, that games of chance are those games in which the outcome is solely determined by chance, outside the control of the contestant or participant.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator COLLINS of York. Cosponsored by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln and Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, MASON of Androscoggin, Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, FARRIN of Norridgewock, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, TURNER of Burlington, WHITE of Washburn
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 415: An Act To Modify the Amount of Product Samples of Malt Liquor, Wine or Spirits That May Be Provided to Retail Licensees   Web Link to LD 415

Description: Current law allows a brewery, winery or wholesaler to provide to a retail licensee samples of products, limited to 9 gallons of malt liquor and 9 liters of wine annually. This bill increases the annual limit to 18 gallons of malt liquor and 18 liters of wine. Current law allows a licensed sales representative for a distilled spirits manufacturer or suppler to give to a retail licensee a maximum of 3 liters per year per distiller represented by the sales representative. This bill increases the annual limit to 6 liters per distiller.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth and Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, COLLINS of York, Representative: FARRIN of Norridgewock
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 418: An Act To Educate the Public on the Proper Use of Pesticides and To Promote Integrated Pest Management Using Existing Resources   Web Link to LD 418

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to require that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control educate the public on the proper use of pesticides and promote integrated pest management using funds that have already been appropriated to the board.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton. Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: HICKMAN of Winthrop, KINNEY of Knox, LYFORD of Eddington, MAREAN of Hollis, SKOLFIELD of Weld, THERIAULT of China, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis
Committee: AC&FHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 433: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Apply a Local Option Sales Tax to the Sale of Marijuana   Web Link to LD 433

Description: This bill allows a municipality that approves the location of a retail marijuana store or a retail marijuana social club to impose a local option sales tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax after deduction for the cost of state administration is distributed to the municipality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery. Cosponsored by Representative TUELL of East Machias, Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland, Senator CHENETTE of York and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BATTLE of South Portland, HANDY of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, SPEAR of South Thomaston, TIPPING of Orono, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: DION of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 441: An Act To Require Certification under the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule   Web Link to LD 441

Description: This bill requires contractors engaged in painting, renovation, remodeling, maintenance or repair activities on buildings constructed before 1978 to have on-site a person certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the federal renovation, repair and painting rule. It also requires persons performing maintenance on a multi-unit residential building, the owner of which receives public money in the form of a housing subsidy or voucher, to be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Dresden and Senators: KATZ of Kennebec, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 466: An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments   Web Link to LD 466

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 469: An Act To Establish a Generally Applicable Regulatory Standard To Address Impacts of Sea Level Change and Increased Storm Surges   Web Link to LD 469

Description: This bill amends the State's coastal management laws to require the Department of Environmental Protection to apply to activities under its jurisdiction a generally applicable regulatory standard that addresses the impacts of sea level change and increased storm surges on coastal resources within the coastal area of the State. The bill directs the department to adopt rules establishing that standard on or before November 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: BLUME of York, GILLWAY of Searsport, HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach, TUCKER of Brunswick, Senators: MIRAMANT of Knox, SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 544: An Act To Expand Wine and Beer Tastings at Retail Establishments   Web Link to LD 544

Description: Current law allows a person licensed for retail sale of wine or malt liquor for off-premises consumption to conduct taste testings on the licensee's premises if the licensee stocks at least 125 different labels of wine or 100 different labels of malt liquor. This bill removes the minimum stock requirements.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TERRY of Gorham. Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, SAMPSON of Alfred, Senator: DILL of Penobscot
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 554: An Act To Require Paid Parental Leave for Employees   Web Link to LD 554

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to require employers to create a parental leave policy to provide certain full-time employees who become parents through child birth or adoption with additional flexibility and time to be with their new children, adjust to new family situations and balance professional obligations. Employees who are eligible under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act would be entitled to paid parental leave, with certain exceptions and restrictions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CASÁS of Rockport. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, GROHMAN of Biddeford, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 660: An Act To Allow Credit and Debit Card Surcharges   Web Link to LD 660

Description: Current law prohibits the seller in a sales transaction from imposing a surcharge on a cardholder who pays using a credit card or debit card. This bill repeals that prohibition.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset. Cosponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells and Senators: DOW of Lincoln, LANGLEY of Hancock, ROSEN of Hancock, Representatives: CRAIG of Brewer, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, STETKIS of Canaan, STROM of Pittsfield
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 669: An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers   Web Link to LD 669

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact a comprehensive package of proposals designed to address the unmet workforce needs of employers and to improve the economic future of workers. These proposals may include, but are not limited to, proposals to: 1. Identify workforce needs; 2. Connect businesses with trained workers; 3. Maximize the benefits of educational assessment funding by focusing the funds on the students; 4. Provide incentives for educational institutions receiving state training funds to place graduates into the employment or school of the graduates' choice; 5. Strengthen the ability of the Maine Quality Centers, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 12725, to fulfill their mission of meeting the workforce education and training needs of new and expanding businesses in the State and providing new employment and career advancement opportunities for Maine people; 6. Design diverse programs to meet the needs of Maine employers; 7. Prepare untrained workers to meet immediate and long-term needs; 8. Allow military training to count towards required training for certain certifications and licenses; 9. Establish a clearinghouse to connect workers with employers; 10. Identify educational programs necessary for specific types of employment and create a process to preemploy prospective workers while they are being trained; 11. Provide to people receiving public assistance the opportunity to permanently leave poverty behind by providing skills training that offers academic degrees, certifications or credentials and leads to employment with wages that can sustain families; 12. Establish workforce training programs targeted exclusively at individuals who are on public assistance or whose incomes meet certain criteria and provide transitional benefits including child care, health care, transportation supports and educational supports; 13. Align Maine's system of learning results with technical skills for current employment needs, support technical courses in high schools and integrate those courses with the high school curriculum and identify for middle school and secondary school students career paths that include alternatives that do not require college educations; 14. Identify barriers to the reentry by older citizens into the workforce; 15. Establish a program to identify and eliminate unfavorable tax policies with respect to retirement income and pensions and tax policies that discourage older citizens and retirees from returning to the workforce; and 16. Promote education to allow seniors to develop new skills.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Dresden and Senators: DAVIS of Piscataquis, GRATWICK of Penobscot, LANGLEY of Hancock, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: DeCHANT of Bath, HARRINGTON of Sanford, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, RYKERSON of Kittery
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 684: An Act To Increase Vegetative Buffers in the Shoreland Zone   Web Link to LD 684

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. To protect waterbodies from nonpoint source pollution, this bill proposes to amend the laws governing shoreland zoning to increase the vegetative buffer requirement from 75 feet to 150 feet for certain areas in the shoreland zone. The bill also proposes to remove provisions in law that grandfather certain parcels of land and that allow smaller vegetative buffers on those parcels.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLUME of York. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FOLEY of Wells, HYMANSON of York, PARKER of South Berwick, RYKERSON of Kittery, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 699: An Act To Enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act   Web Link to LD 699

Description: This bill enacts the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act to create a statutory and regulatory framework designed to prevent harm to employees by reducing exposure to highly toxic chemicals in the workplace and thereby decrease the rates of cancer and other chronic diseases in the State, improve workplace chemical management and safety and ensure safer workplaces and healthier communities. This bill specifically: 1. Directs employers to identify highly toxic chemicals and directs the Department of Labor to publish lists of online resources that identify highly toxic chemicals; 2. Requires employers subject to the provisions of the Act to develop and implement a written alternative chemical work plan and designate a transition team to assist in transitioning from highly toxic chemicals in the workplace to safer alternatives; 3. Directs the transition team to inventory all chemicals in the workplace, both toxic and nontoxic, and determine which chemicals have been designated as highly toxic chemicals; 4. Requires the transition team to develop a priority ranking of all identified highly toxic chemicals, based on a number of criteria, to assist in determining which chemicals will be transitioned to safer alternatives; 5. Directs the transition team, as part of developing the priority ranking, to conduct for each highly toxic chemical an alternatives analysis that includes, among other things, a detailed financial analysis of the costs of substituting an alternative; 6. Requires the transition team to decide which alternatives to highly toxic chemicals are safer alternatives and which safer alternatives should be tested and evaluated for permanent transition. After testing and evaluation of selected safer alternatives, the employer, with the transition team, may elect to transition to a safer alternative on a permanent basis; 7. Requires an employer to contact chemical suppliers and manufacturers for possible safer alternatives and to implement a process for permanent transition to the safer alternatives. If the employer elects not to use safer alternatives, the employer must submit a report to the Department of Labor detailing the basis for not proceeding with the transition to the safer alternatives; 8. Requires employers to complete self-audits for compliance with this Act; 9. Stipulates reporting and records retention requirements for the employer, as well as guidelines for access to information by employees and state agencies; 10. Requires annual employee training that follows the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration's globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals; 11. Requires the Department of Labor to enforce the provisions of the Act and authorizes the department to issue penalties for violations of the Act; 12. Requires the Department of Labor to adopt all rules necessary to implement the provisions of the Act; 13. Stipulates an effective date for the Act of September 1, 2018; and 14. Directs the Department of Labor, by January 1, 2018, to submit for legislative review major substantive rules related to the Act.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BATES of Westbrook, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HERBIG of Belfast, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 700: An Act To Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs   Web Link to LD 700

Description: This bill creates an exemption from the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits dealing with work search for an individual otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits when that individual has been temporarily laid off with a definite recall date of not more than 12 weeks from the date of the individual's temporary layoff.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, DEVIN of Newcastle, FECTEAU of Biddeford, SANDERSON of Chelsea, Senator: COLLINS of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 701: An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program   Web Link to LD 701

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 a person's average weekly wage or 100% of the state average weekly wage, whichever is lower, for up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, KORNFIELD of Bangor, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, MOONEN of Portland, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 781: An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs   Web Link to LD 781

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit to employers with apprenticeship programs approved by the Department of Labor. The credit is equal to $2,500 for each registered apprentice employed by the taxpayer during the taxable year in an approved apprenticeship program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: POULIOT of Augusta, STANLEY of Medway, TIPPING of Orono, Senators: LIBBY of Androscoggin, VOLK of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 783: An Act Regarding Business Income Tax   Web Link to LD 783

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to provide an income tax credit for a business that makes a voluntary contribution to fully or partially fund a qualifying local project that would otherwise need to be funded by the State. Qualifying projects would include those funded through the Maine Municipal Bond Bank or local projects involving high-priority infrastructure or otherwise approved by a municipality as a priority project.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle. Cosponsored by Representatives: GUERIN of Glenburn, POULIOT of Augusta, WARD of Dedham.
Committee: TaxationHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 785: An Act To Improve Safety and Traffic Efficiency near School Grounds   Web Link to LD 785

Description: This bill allows a school crossing guard to direct traffic.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TIPPING of Orono. Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: FREY of Bangor, GUERIN of Glenburn, LYFORD of Eddington
Committee: Transp.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 805: An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances   Web Link to LD 805

Description: This bill amends the laws governing subdivisions. The bill exempts from the law governing subdivisions a division of a structure into 3 or more dwelling units in a municipality where the project is subject to municipal site plan review. The bill amends the provision concerning when a municipal ordinance may have a definition of "subdivision" that conflicts with state law. The bill removes the authority of a municipality to expand the definition of "subdivision" to include the division of a structure into commercial or industrial units. The bill removes the requirement that variances from subdivision criteria be recorded in the registry of deeds within 90 days after final approval of a subdivision plan, but retains the requirement that the variance be recorded to be valid. The bill repeals provisions under which leased dwelling units are not subject to subdivision review.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington and Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, VOLK of Cumberland, Representative: JORGENSEN of Portland
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 825: An Act To Ensure Direct Dialing of 911 from Multiline Telephone Systems   Web Link to LD 825

Description: This bill requires that any public or private entity that installs or operates a multiline telephone system ensures that the system is connected to the public switched telephone network in such a way that an individual dialing 911 is connected to the public safety answering point without requiring the individual to first dial any other number or set of numbers.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York. Cosponsored by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.
Committee: Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 852: An Act To Make Changes to the Maine Liquor Liability Act   Web Link to LD 852

Description: This bill amends the Maine Liquor Liability Act to provide that the inability of a plaintiff to obtain investigative records from a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency constitutes good cause as to why the plaintiff could not reasonably file notice to all defendants within the 180-day limit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 913: An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates for Small Businesses   Web Link to LD 913

Description:
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors:
Committee: Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 930: An Act To Protect Maine Families by Enhancing Well Water Regulation   Web Link to LD 930

Description: This bill requires all private wells used to provide water for human consumption to be tested for basic pollutants in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection. The wells are required to be tested at least once every 5 years, and all new wells created after July 1, 2018 are required to be tested. All fees are waived for testing a well within an area in which there is a known environmental hazard or dispersal of pollutants that may contaminate the well. The Department of Environmental Protection is required to determine the costs of implementing this legislation and, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust, identify appropriate funding sources to pay those costs. The department is required to submit its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs by January 15, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport
Committee: Energy, Utils & TechHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 942: An Act To Prohibit a Prospective Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made   Web Link to LD 942

Description: This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's prior compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. An employer that violates this law is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil right of action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected prospective employee by the Department of Labor or the affected employee.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham. Cosponsored by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston, Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FECTEAU of Biddeford, MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MELARAGNO of Auburn, Senators: DESCHAMBAULT of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 957: Resolve, To Update Maine's Liquor Laws   Web Link to LD 957

Description: This resolve requires the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to convene a study group consisting of representatives of appropriate state agencies and stakeholders, including alcoholic beverage producers, distributors and retailers and representatives of entities that enforce the laws governing alcoholic beverages, to review and propose revisions to the laws governing alcoholic beverages to eliminate outdated laws, respond to industry concerns and support the State's emerging craft beer, wine and liquor industry.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth and Senators: COLLINS of York, MASON of Androscoggin, Representatives: SUTTON of Warren, TURNER of Burlington
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 971: An Act To Exempt Certain Employees from the Minimum Wage Laws   Web Link to LD 971

Description: This bill exempts from the minimum wage laws an employee who has not attained 18 years of age, is claimed as a dependent on the income tax return of another person or is employed by a seasonal employer.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred. Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, HARVELL of Farmington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STEWART of Presque Isle, TUELL of East Machias, TURNER of Burlington, WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 991: An Act To Establish a Minimum Wage for Minors   Web Link to LD 991

Description: This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for minors that is 75% of the minimum hourly wage established for persons who are 18 years of age and older.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells and Senators: CHENETTE of York, COLLINS of York, DAVIS of Piscataquis, DOW of Lincoln, KATZ of Kennebec, Representatives: FARRIN of Norridgewock, JOHANSEN of Monticello, SAMPSON of Alfred
Committee: LCREDHearing:
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LD 1005: An Act Regarding Minimum Wage Increases   Web Link to LD 1005

Description: This bill eliminates the $1 per hour increases in the minimum wage scheduled for each of the next 3 years and eliminates increases in the minimum wage based on the increase in the cost of living starting in 2021. It also restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, ESPLING of New Gloucester, SAMPSON of Alfred, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WADSWORTH of Hiram, WARD of Dedham, WINSOR of Norway
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LD 1159: An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees   Web Link to LD 1159

Description: This bill creates a right to paid sick leave for employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are employed by an employer that employs 50 or more employees. It also creates a right to unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CHENETTE of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
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LD 1194: Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment   Web Link to LD 1194

Description: This resolve creates the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment. The commission is required to submit its report with its recommendations and including suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 6, 2017.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PIERCE of Dresden. Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CHACE of Durham, FOLEY of Wells, HANLEY of Pittston, HARLOW of Portland, KINNEY of Limington, PICKETT of Dixfield, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: CYRWAY of Kennebec
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
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