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Priority Legislation

LD 103: An Act To Correct an Inconsistency in Maine's Apprenticeship Laws   Web Link to LD 103

Description: This bill repeals a provision of law that is in conflict with changes enacted in Public Law 2011, chapter 491 establishing minimum wages under the Maine Apprenticeship Program.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 5)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Rep. Gilbert of JayCosponsors: Sen. Patrick of Oxford and Sen. Cushing of Penobscot
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 330: An Act To Require All Lodging Places To Be Licensed by the State   Web Link to LD 330

Description: Current law requires lodging places to be licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services; lodging houses may be licensed by the municipality under the direction of state law. Private homes when not more than 5 rooms are let, rooms and cottages where not more than 3 rooms or cottages are let and fraternity and sorority houses affiliated with educational institutions are exempt from licensing by the State. Lodging houses with fewer than 5 lodgers are exempt from municipal licensing. The dormitories of charitable, educational or philanthropic institutions and houses used in emergency situations are exempt from both state and municipal licensing. This bill removes the exemptions from state licensing of lodging places, private homes and inns, requiring them all to be licensed by the State, and repeals the authority of a municipality to license lodging houses since it will now be done by the State. Fraternity and sorority houses affiliated with educational institutions, dormitories of charitable, educational or philanthropic institutions and houses used in emergency situations remain exempt from state licensing.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Patrick of OxfordCosponsors: Representative Peterson of Rumford and Senators Cushing of Penobscot, Jackson of Aroostook, Representative Mason of Topsham
Committee: HHSHearing: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:30 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 401: An Act To Provide Local Sales Tax Increment Disbursements   Web Link to LD 401

Description: This bill requires payments beginning in fiscal year 2016-17 to municipalities of an amount equal to 5% of the difference between the sales and use tax attributable to the municipality in a fiscal year and the comparable amounts for fiscal year 2015-16, referred to as the "local sales tax increment." If the amount of sales and use tax collected in a fiscal year in a municipality is below that collected in fiscal year 2015-16, then the municipality receives no payment. The amount received may not reduce any other state aid or revenue sharing received by that municipality, and the municipality must use the amount received to reduce property taxes by the same amount. The Unorganized Territory Education and Services Fund receives the same payment as municipalities and is subject to the same requirement to use the revenue to reduce property taxes.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Chase of WellsCosponsors: Senator Flood of Kennebec and Senators Haskell of Cumberland, Representative Bennett of Kennebunk, Representatives Goode of Bangor, Keschl of Belgrade, Knight of Livermore Falls, MacDonald of Old Orchard Beach, Malaby of Hancock, Pouliot of Augusta
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 1, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 414: An Act To Restructure the Licensing and Regulation of Boilers and Pressure Vessels and Elevators and Tramways   Web Link to LD 414

Description: This bill repeals the current board structure in the laws governing boiler and pressure vessel safety and elevator and tramway safety and places the duties and responsibility for administering and overseeing the licensing and inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, elevators and tramways under the Director of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation within the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. The bill retains the current enforcement authority of the chief boiler and elevator inspector to oversee the public safety inspection programs.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 70)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative Volk of ScarboroughCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Representative Gilbert of Jay
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 427: An Act To Authorize Options for Local Revenue Enhancement   Web Link to LD 427

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, of 5% or less by local referendum.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MacDonald of Old Orchard BeachCosponsors: Senator Valentino of York and Representative Volk of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, April 26, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 431: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Work Permit Process for Minors and To Conform the Laws Governing Allowable Places of Work for Minors to Federal Law   Web Link to LD 431

Description: This bill allows a minor under 16 years of age to obtain a work permit directly from the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards when school is not in session during summer break. Current law requires the minor to obtain the permit through a school superintendent regardless of whether school is in session. The bill also allows a minor under 16 years of age to work in a bowling alley or theater, which conforms with federal law. Finally, the bill repeals an obsolete section of law that deals with triplicate permits and a master permit system.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator Cushing of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative Volk of Scarborough and Representatives Bennett of Kennebunk, Malaby of Hancock, Turner of Burlington
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 611: An Act To Adjust Maine's Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost-of-living Changes   Web Link to LD 611

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour beginning October 1, 2013, and it requires the minimum hourly wage to be adjusted for inflation on October 1st of each year, beginning October 1, 2014.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Hamann of South PortlandCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and President Alfond of Cumberland, Senators Gerzofsky of Cumberland, Tuttle of York, Representative Bear of Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Representatives Berry of Bowdoinham, Campbell of Newfield, Carey of Lewiston, Evangelos of Friendship, Speaker Eves of North Berwick, Gilbert of Jay
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Vetoed by the Governor

LD 1035: An Act To Report Certain Information in Response to Growing Financial Inequality   Web Link to LD 1035

Description: This bill requires every employer who employs more than 25 employees to report to the Department of Labor the ratio of the financial compensation of the highest paid employee to the lowest paid employee employed by that employer.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative McGowan of YorkCosponsors: Representative Beavers of South Berwick and Representatives Hickman of Winthrop, Powers of Naples, Rykerson of Kittery, Saucier of Presque Isle
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1042: An Act To Increase the Opportunities for Taste-testing Events for On-premises Liquor Licensees   Web Link to LD 1042

Description: This bill allows on-premises liquor licensees to conduct up to 3 taste-testing events per month for the general public under conditions and restrictions similar to those imposed upon off-premises licensees. The bill also allows in-state distillers, brewers and wineries and in-state and out-of-state wholesalers to provide or supply products for the on-premises licensee to use as taste-testing samples including by purchasing those products from the on-premises licensee's existing stock of inventory.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 258)
Sponsor: Senator Tuttle of YorkCosponsors: Representative Longstaff of Waterville and Representatives Saucier of Presque Isle, Schneck of Bangor
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1195: An Act To Protect the Privacy of Job Applicants   Web Link to LD 1195

Description: This bill prohibits employers and agents of employers from obtaining consumer reports that contain information regarding creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, debts, check-writing experience or insurability of an employee or prospective employee, and prohibits consumer reporting agencies from furnishing this information to anyone for employment purposes. This bill also creates a civil penalty of $500 to $1,000 applicable to employers or their agents for each violation of this law. Consumer reporting agencies may still furnish, and employers and their agents may still obtain, consumer reports on an employee or prospective employee that contain information regarding character, general reputation and personal characteristics.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Jones of FreedomCosponsors: Representative Beavers of South Berwick and Representatives Chipman of Portland, Hickman of Winthrop, Sanderson of Chelsea, Villa of Harrison
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1227: An Act To Promote Tourism and Economic Development   Web Link to LD 1227

Description: This bill increases the sales tax on lodging from 7% to 12% beginning October 1, 2013. Sixty percent of the revenue attributable to the tax increase is distributed to the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, and 40% is distributed to the municipality in which the living quarters that generated the revenue are located.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Chipman of PortlandCosponsors: Senator Haskell of Cumberland and Senators Millett of Cumberland, Representative Evangelos of Friendship, Representatives Goode of Bangor, Libby of Lewiston, Moonen of Portland, Stanley of Medway, Tipping-Spitz of Orono
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1270: An Act To Provide That Innkeepers and Certain Campground Operators Are Not Considered Landlords (EMERGENCY)   Web Link to LD 1270

Description: This bill clarifies that an innkeeper and an operator of a membership campground are not considered landlords and that guests of hotels, motels, inns, lodges and membership campgrounds are not considered tenants pursuant to the landlord and tenant laws as provided in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 14. The bill also allows an owner or manager of an inn, hotel, restaurant, lodging house, boardinghouse or camping area to request a law enforcement officer to remove a guest who is causing unnecessary disturbance to other persons, who is unwilling or unable to pay for the accommodations or services or who is damaging or destroying property belonging to the inn, hotel, restaurant, lodging house, boardinghouse or camping area.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 209)
Sponsor: Representative Verow of BrewerCosponsors: Senator Thomas of Somerset and Representative Brooks of Winterport, Representative Graham of North Yarmouth
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1314: An Act To Allow a Local Option Tax on Meals and Lodging   Web Link to LD 1314

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to allow a municipality to impose an additional tax, up to 2%, on the value of rental of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp in that municipality and on prepared food sold in that municipality.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Moonen of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1387: An Act To Provide Clarity and Consistency in Routine Public Health Licensing Activities   Web Link to LD 1387

Description: This bill makes changes in licensing laws administered by the Department of Health and Human Services for the purposes of clarity and consistency. The bill clarifies to whom the definitions of "eating establishment" and "lodging place" apply, applies license fine and penalty provisions to public pools and public spas and provides a procedure for the referral of persons who fail to pay certain licensing penalties to the Attorney General's office for prosecution. The bill makes changes in the laws governing electrologists, tattoo artists and persons performing micropigmentation and body piercing to increase fines for violations and provide consistency in regulation and enforcement among these professions. The bill also makes toilet facility requirements for eating establishments consistent with rules of the Plumbers' Examining Board and provides that the law prohibiting animals in food stores also applies to animals owned by store owners and managers.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 264)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative Farnsworth of PortlandCosponsors: Senator Hamper of Oxford
Committee: HHSHearing: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1402: An Act To Amend the Taxes Imposed on Alcohol and Lodging   Web Link to LD 1402

Description: Part A repeals the excise taxes and premiums imposed on spirits, wine and malt liquor and the requirements regarding those excise taxes and premiums. Part B increases the sales and use tax imposed on lodging from 7% to 9% and on liquor sold for consumption on or off the premises of licensed establishments from 7% to 9%. Part B also amends the exemption of casual rentals of living quarters to decrease the exempt period from fewer than 15 days to fewer than 8 days.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Moonen of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Reported Out, Jan 22, 2014, ONTP

LD 1409: An Act To Promote Tourism and Foster Economic Development   Web Link to LD 1409

Description: This bill provides a refundable income tax credit for a major visual media production company equal to a percentage of expenses. The major visual media production company is eligible in an amount up to 25% if the overall budget is greater than $1,000,000 but less than or equal to $100,000,000 and up to 35% if the overall budget is greater than $100,000,000.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Hamann of South PortlandCosponsors: Senator Valentino of York and Representative Bear of Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, Representatives Daughtry of Brunswick, Gilbert of Jay, Goode of Bangor, Harvell of Farmington, Jorgensen of Portland, Kusiak of Fairfield, McLean of Gorham
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1496: An Act To Modernize and Simplify the Tax Code   Web Link to LD 1496

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. (See link to LD for lengthy summary)
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Knight of Livermore FallsCosponsors: Senator Woodbury of Cumberland and Senators Cain of Penobscot, Goodall of Sagadahoc, Katz of Kennebec, Representative Dion of Portland, Representatives Gideon of Freeport, Harvell of Farmington, Keschl of Belgrade, Libby of Lewiston, Volk of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: May 30, 2013 Work Session Held (TABLED)
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1509: 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, 2014 and June 30, 2015 (EMERGENCY)   Web Link to LD 1509

Description:
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 368)
Sponsor: Representative Chase of Wells (GOVERNOR'S BILL)Cosponsors: Senator Hill of York and Senators Flood of Kennebec, Representative Rotundo of Lewiston
Committee: A&FAHearing: No public hearings or worksessions have been listed for this bill
Work Session: Work Session Held, May 23, 2013

LD 1592: An Act To Improve and Modernize the Authority of Local Health Inspectors   Web Link to LD 1592

Description: This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to train local health inspectors to perform limited inspections for health and safety violations of establishments such as restaurants and lodging places. The bill requires a local health inspector who performs an inspection and finds a health and safety violation that poses an imminent threat to the public health and welfare to order the immediate and temporary closing of the establishment. The bill provides that an order to temporarily close an establishment issued by a local health inspector remains in effect until the department issues an order requiring the establishment to remain closed or allowing the establishment to reopen. The bill provides that an inspection conducted by a local health inspector and an order issued pursuant to that inspection do not affect the requirement of a determination of compliance with state licensing requirements every 2 years as required by current law. The bill requires the department to adopt routine technical rules to implement the new training provision.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Janice CooperCosponsors: Senator Craven of Androscoggin and Senators Gratwick of Penobscot, Woodbury of Cumberland, Representative Gattine of Westbrook, Representatives Gideon of Freeport, Mastraccio of Sanford, Sanborn of Gorham
Committee: HHSHearing: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Voted, Feb 20, 2014, ONTP

LD 1637: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding Special Food and Beverage Taste-testing Event Licenses   Web Link to LD 1637

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill. The amendment repeals 2 provisions in current law that establish a special taste-testing festival license and a special food and beverage industry taste-testing event license and replaces them with one taste-testing event license that allows for sampling of malt liquor, wine and spirits. Under this amendment, a taste-testing event license may be issued to a manufacturer or distributor who has been issued a certificate of approval from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. It also allows for a certificate of approval holder to sponsor manufacturers or distributors who have not been issued a certificate of approval so that they may take part in the taste-testing event. A certificate of approval holder may take part in up to 10 licensed events per year. An event may last up to 4 consecutive days. Under the amendment, a taste-testing event must be held in a venue with clearly defined points of entry that prohibit the consumption of alcoholic beverages outside the designated area. A patron of the event pays a single admission price for the event and is not charged for samples provided. Taste-testing event licensees must ensure that persons who are intoxicated may not be served at the event and that samples of malt liquor, wine or spirits are not presented in a manner that permits patrons to help themselves. Minors are prohibited from the event unless the taste testing takes place in an area of the venue where minors are not allowed. Those providing the samples to patrons must wear identification, such as a badge, so that a person being served a sample can clearly read the name of the manufacturer or distributor providing the sample. The amendment also requires that an affidavit be provided to the bureau attesting that those pouring samples have not been found in violation of a law governing the service of alcohol to minors. Sample sizes are limited to 4 ounces of malt liquor, 1 1/2 ounces of wine and 1/2 ounce of spirits. The overall sample limit is 12 samples per person, per day of the event. The amendment also provides for certain exceptions to the sample size and overall limits. Spirits provided for taste testing at the event must be spirits that are listed for sale by the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. The amendment provides that all required taxes on liquor served at the event must be paid in advance. Empty bottles of liquor not listed for sale in the State must be removed from the State after the event. The amendment requires that the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations create a pamphlet or similar document, available on the bureau's publicly accessible website, that describes the requirements and conditions of the event, including generally applicable laws. The amendment also provides that a limited certificate of approval currently available to wine manufacturers who ship less than 120 gallons of wine into the State per year is also available to manufacturers of malt liquor subject to the same gallon limit.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 531)
Sponsor: President Justin AlfondCosponsors: Representative Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth and Senators Boyle of Cumberland, Saviello of Franklin, Representatives Chipman of Portland, Devin of Newcastle, Herbig of Belfast, Marks of Pittston, McCabe of Skowhegan
Committee: V&LAHearing: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 31, 2014, OTP-AM/ONTP

LD 1721: An Act To Make Changes to and Clarify Maine Traveler Information Services Laws   Web Link to LD 1721

Description: This bill makes several adjustments to the Maine traveler information services laws. It clarifies the definition of "on-premises sign" and provides that the principal building or structure of an advertised business or activity includes parking lots and outbuildings. It allows farm stands and farmers' markets to erect signs without a license or permit within the public right-of-way. The bill clarifies the manner in which the Commissioner of Transportation may issue a license for on-premises signs. The bill removes the prohibition on placing on-premises signs on natural features. It provides that within compact areas of an urban compact municipality, the municipality is responsible for the administration of the law as regards on-premises advertisements. The bill adjusts the changeable signs provision of the law to allow a business one changeable sign with 2 sides for each public way that provides direct vehicular access to the business. It removes the provision requiring the changeable portion of an on-premises changeable sign to constitute no more than 50% of the sign's surface area. Finally, the bill clarifies the commissioner's rule-making authority with respect to the Maine traveler information services laws. The committee amendment adds complying with national standards to the purpose and policy provisions of the Maine traveler information services laws. Instead of repealing the term "producer," as proposed in the bill, the amendment redefines the term to include "farm and food products" instead of "an agricultural product," which is in the current law. The amendment removes the requirement that signs for farm and food products advertise only products that are grown, produced and sold on the premises and are available for immediate purchase and that signs for farmers' markets advertise only the farm and food products that are available for purchase at the farmers' market. The amendment requires the Commissioner of Transportation to adopt rules that are substantially compliant with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, published by the Federal Highway Administration, and other national standards. Lastly, the amendment provides that provisions of those laws relating to signs on the Maine Turnpike are to be implemented and administered by the Maine Turnpike Authority.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 529)
Sponsor: Representative Theriault of MadawaskaCosponsors: Senator Collins of York and Senators Mazurek of Knox, Representative Gillway of Searsport, Representatives Turner of Burlington, Verow of Brewer
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 20, 2014, OTP-AM

Legislation Of Interest

LD 1: An Act To Amend the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1

Description: This bill accomplishes the following. Part A expands medical coverage under the MaineCare program to adults who qualify under federal law with incomes up to 133% of the nonfarm income official poverty line, with the 5% federal income adjustment for family size, and qualifies Maine to receive federal funding for 100% of the cost of coverage for members who enroll under the expansion. Adults who will be eligible are those 21 to 64 years of age effective July 1, 2014 and adults 19 and 20 years of age beginning October 1, 2019. The expansion of Medicaid eligibility contained in this Part is repealed if 3 circumstances occur: the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage for calendar years 2014 through 2020 is reduced below certain stated levels; the reduced enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage has taken effect; and after the occurrence of the reduction of the enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage the Legislature has convened and conducted a session of at least 30 calendar days. This bill repeals the expansion of medical coverage under the MaineCare program on December 31, 2016. Part B requires the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to take all steps necessary to secure an enhanced federal match rate for services provided to the MaineCare childless adult waiver population and to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs and the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services by November 1, 2014 on these efforts. Part C requires the Office of Fiscal and Program Review to contract with a nonpartisan research organization to evaluate the impact of the MaineCare expansion on programs and services that do not currently receive Federal Medical Assistance Percentage matching funds or do not qualify for enhanced Federal Medical Assistance Percentage matching funds under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 United States Code, Section 18001, et seq., with the goal of identifying and maximizing General Fund savings. Part C requires a report by October 1st in 2014 and 2015 and February 15, 2016 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs, the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health and human services matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over criminal justice and public safety matters on the amount of General Fund savings resulting from the MaineCare expansion. The report must include the amount of savings expected and realized during fiscal years 2014-15 and 2015-2016 by service area or program. Part C requires the State Budget Officer to calculate the amount of savings that applies against each General Fund account for all departments and agencies from savings associated with the MaineCare expansion and to transfer the amounts by financial order upon the approval of the Governor. It requires the State Controller to transfer any remaining savings to the MaineCare Stabilization Fund. Part C requires the State Budget Officer to provide a report of the transferred amounts to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs no later than June 30, 2015 for fiscal year 2014-15 and no later than June 30, 2016 for fiscal year 2015-16. Part D provides funding for positions in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Family Independence. Part E amends current law on copayments in the MaineCare program. This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to increase copayments for adults with income above 100% of the nonfarm income official poverty line to the maximum allowable under federal law and to increase nominal copayments by the annual percentage increase in the medical care component of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. It directs the department to increase MaineCare copayments for services provided in a hospital emergency room when the services are not emergency services and requires the department to track aggregate copayments in compliance with federal law. Part E provides that until the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services confirms that the State will get the enhanced reimbursement rate, the expansion of medical coverage under the MaineCare program will not take effect.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 63)
Sponsor: Sen. John L. Patrick for the Workers' Compensation Board pusuant to the Maine Revised Statutues, Title 39-A, section 152, subsection 11Cosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 15: An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased   Web Link to LD 15

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: Public Law (Chapter 240)
Sponsor: Representative Gilbert of JayCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Representative Black of Wilton, Representatives Harvell of Farmington, Knight of Livermore Falls, Lajoie of Lewiston, McCabe of Skowhegan, Short of Pittsfield, Stanley of Medway, Theriault of Madawaska
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 22: An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores   Web Link to LD 22

Description: Current law allows the on-premises service, preparation and consumption of food and drink in tobacco specialty stores only if those stores were licensed for such services prior to January 1, 2007. This bill removes the prohibition on the acquisition of such licenses by tobacco specialty stores subsequent to January 1, 2007.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Hamper of OxfordCosponsors: Representative Villa of Harrison
Committee: HHSHearing: Thursday, February 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Thursday, February 14, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209

LD 24: An Act To Reduce the Number of Labels of Wine a Retailer Must Stock To Conduct a Wine Tasting   Web Link to LD 24

Description: Current law allows an off-premise retail licensee stocking at least 125 different wine labels to conduct taste testings of wine on that licensee's premises. This bill reduces the number of labels to 45.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Haskell of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative Stuckey of Portland and Senator Saviello of Franklin, Representative Farnsworth of Portland
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 46: An Act To Protect Maine Business Names   Web Link to LD 46

Description: This bill requires the Secretary of State to disregard certain words, symbols and numbers when determining whether the name of a business entity is distinguishable from the names of other business entities.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 99)
Sponsor: Representative Beck of WatervilleCosponsors: Senator Lachowicz of Kennebec and Representative Gilbert of Jay, Representative Longstaff of Waterville
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 55: An Act To Promote Filmmaking in the State   Web Link to LD 55

Description: This bill provides reimbursement for expenditures made by a visual media production company for a feature film production in rural Maine that occurs primarily before January 1, 2015. Reimbursement is limited to $800,000 and will be paid in 4 equal annual installments beginning in July 2015.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Harvell of FarmingtonCosponsors: Representative Bennett of Kennebunk and Representatives Chase of Wells, Clark of Easton, Fredette of Newport, Parry of Arundel, Sanderson of Chelsea, Willette of Mapleton
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, February 4, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 65: An Act To Reduce the Income Tax on Capital Gains   Web Link to LD 65

Description: Currently under state law, long-term capital gains are taxed as regular income. This bill taxes income derived from the sale of assets held for more than one year at 3%.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Malaby of HancockCosponsors: Senator Langley of Hancock and Representative Cray of Palmyra, Representatives Dunphy of Embden, Fitzpatrick of Houlton, Gifford of Lincoln, Libby of Waterboro, Lockman of Amherst, Newendyke of Litchfield, Sirocki of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 90: An Act To Strengthen Maine's Workforce and Economic Future   Web Link to LD 90

Description: Committee Amendment C "A", Filing Number S-71 This amendment replaces the concept draft. The amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause and does the following. PART A This Part amends the laws governing the Education Coordinating Committee to require that the committee meet at least quarterly. It also requires the committee to consult organizations and associations with a commitment to and interest in education matters in developing its cooperative efforts and strategic planning. It requires the Education Coordinating Committee to examine the issues related to adults needing assistance in meeting the requirements for postsecondary education admission or entrance into specific training programs and to report to the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future by December 16, 2014 with its findings and recommendations. This Part also authorizes the joint select committee to report out legislation based on the Education Coordinating Committee's findings and recommendations. PART B This Part requires the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and the Board of Trustees of the University of Maine System, in cooperation with the President of the Maine Community College System and the Board of Trustees of the Maine Community College System, to develop the policies and procedures to establish a process for students enrolled in community colleges in this State to successfully transfer their credits into the University of Maine System in order to complete their baccalaureate degrees. It also requires the Chancellor of the University of Maine System and the President of the Maine Community College System to study the feasibility of developing a common course numbering system and provide a plan and implementation schedule, if their study results in a solution that could be realized in a reasonable timeframe and that adds value to the transfer process, to the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs no later than September 1, 2014. PART C This Part establishes Maine industry partnerships as a cooperative initiative within the Office of the Governor. This Part also creates the Industry Partnership Assistance Collaborative in the Office of the Governor administered by the Commissioner of Labor and consisting of representatives from the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System. This Part also establishes the objectives for the industry partnerships and requires the collaborative to provide staffing and other support for the industry partnerships. It establishes the industry partnerships grant program and requires the collaborative to develop application and qualification criteria for that program. This Part requires the collaborative to provide industry and labor market research to industry partnerships and to establish a performance improvement and evaluation system for the collaborative. This Part also includes an appropriations and allocations section providing $100,000 in each year of the biennium to the Executive Department to support industry partnerships. PART D This Part establishes the Task Force on Adult Learners. The task force consists of 13 members and is charged with studying issues related to the more than 200,000 adults in the State who have obtained some postsecondary education but who have not earned an associate or baccalaureate degree or obtained a professional certificate. This Part requires the task force to develop a multisector statewide strategic plan to increase postsecondary degree completion rates among such nontraditional students, which will include both short-term and long-term strategies to increase degree completion rates by nontraditional students in the State and provide proposed draft legislation related to these strategies. The task force is required to report its findings and recommendations to the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future no later than February 1, 2014. PART E This Part requires the director of the office within the Department of Education concerned with adult education and family literacy to convene the Working Group on Adult Workforce Readiness to develop a statewide plan to address the work readiness needs of unemployed adults, incumbent workers and employers. This Part requires that the director report the findings and recommendations of the working group to the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future by January 2, 2014. PART F This Part requires Jobs for Maine's Graduates to provide capacity, curriculum and professional development to assist up to 30 high schools, depending on available funding, in creating career preparation courses and local business networks to support career preparation activities. It also requires the Executive Director of Jobs for Maine's Graduates to report by February 1, 2014 on progress toward achieving the goal of providing the resource support required by this Part to the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Workforce and Economic Future. PART G This Part establishes the Maine Incumbent Worker Training Program as a pilot project within the Maine Community College System. This Part requires that the pilot project provide additional training to 300 incumbent workers across the State. This Part requires the President of the Maine Community College System to establish guidelines for the pilot project that require some participating employers to pay a percentage of costs of providing training to their employees. This Part requires that the President of the Maine Community College System report on the pilot project by January 15, 2015 to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor, commerce, research and economic development matters. PART H This Part expands InternHelpME.com, a statewide internship-matching program established by the Maine State Chamber of Commerce that links employers, students, colleges and universities. This Part requires the Commissioner of Labor, in consultation with the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, to establish a 13-member advisory committee to assist the Commissioner of Labor in program oversight and development. This Part requires a report on the expansion of InternHelpME.com to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor, commerce, research and economic development matters by January 2, 2015. PART I This Part provides an additional General Fund appropriation of $320,000 in each year of the 2013-2015 biennium to create 4 new degree programs annually through the Bring College to ME Program within the Maine Community College System. The new degree programs will be delivered to rural Maine in high-skill, high-wage occupations. PART J Part J provides a one-time General Fund appropriation of $500,000 in fiscal year 2014-15 to match $500,000 in private funding from the University of Maine System to establish a scholarship program in the University of Maine System to assist adults with prior education credits to return to the University of Maine System to complete their baccalaureate degrees. PART K Part K provides a General Fund appropriation for the Maine Apprenticeship Program of $575,000 in fiscal year 2013-14 and $590,000 in fiscal year 2014-15. PART L Part L provides an additional appropriation of $1,180,000 in each year of the 2013-2015 biennium to the Maine Community College System to enable the system to reduce the backlog of student applicants for 14 high-demand courses of study that result in degrees or certifications that lead to the opportunity for graduates to obtain high-wage jobs. PART M Part M provides a General Fund appropriation of $75,000 in each year of the 2013-2015 biennium to the office within the Department of Education concerned with adult education and family literacy for a full-time coordinator position for a pilot project that will establish a foreign-trained worker Welcome Center Initiative in the Portland adult education program. S "A" to C "A", Filing Number S-83, Sponsored by Goodall Amend the amendment in Part C in section 1 in §3304 in subsection 5 in paragraph C in the first line (page 8, line 30 in amendment) by inserting after the following: " Corrections" the following: ' , within existing resources,' Amend the amendment in Part C in section 1 in §3306 in the first paragraph in the first line (page 12, line 2 in amendment) by striking out the following: " shall" and inserting the following: ' may' Amend the amendment in Part C by striking out all of section 3 and inserting the following:‘Sec. C-3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made. LABOR, DEPARTMENT OF State Workforce Investment Board Z158 Initiative: Provides funds for one Public Service Coordinator position and related All Other costs needed to carry out responsibilities associated with the Industry Partnership Assistance Collaborative. GENERAL FUND 2013-14 2014-15 POSITIONS - LEGISLATIVE COUNT 1.000 1.000 Personal Services $75,978 $79,739 All Other $24,022 $20,261 GENERAL FUND TOTAL $100,000 $100,000 ’ SUMMARY This amendment requires the Department of Corrections to perform the duties required in the committee amendment within existing resources, provides the Industry Partnership Assistance Collaborative with the discretion, rather than the duty, to provide industry and market research necessary to support the work of industry partnerships and removes the related appropriations.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: President Alfond of CumberlandCosponsors: Speaker Eves of North Berwick and Senators Boyle of Cumberland, Cain of Penobscot, Cleveland of Androscoggin, Craven of Androscoggin, Dutremble of York, Flood of Kennebec, Gerzofsky of Cumberland, Goodall of Sagadahoc, Gratwick of Penobscot, Haskell of Cumberland, Hill of York, Jackson of Aroostook, Johnson of Lincoln, Katz of Kennebec, Lachowicz of Kennebec, Langley of Hancock, Mazurek of Knox, Millett of Cumberland, Patrick of Oxford, Saviello of Franklin, Thibodeau of Waldo, Tuttle of York, Valentino of York, Woodbury of Cumberland, Youngblood of Penobscot, Representatives Beavers of South Berwick, Berry of Bowdoinham, Carey of Lewiston, Casavant of Biddeford, Cassidy of Lubec, Chipman of Portland, Daughtry of Brunswick, Dion of Portland, Fredette of Newport, Gilbert of Jay, Goode of Bangor, Hamann of South Portland, Hickman of Winthrop, Hobbins of Saco, Hubbell of Bar Harbor, Jorgensen of Portland, Kaenrath of South Portland, Luchini of Ellsworth, Mason of Topsham, McCabe of Skowhegan, McLean of Gorham, Mitchell of Penobscot Nation, Moonen of Portland, Nadeau of Winslow, Rochelo of Biddeford, Russell of Portland, Saucier of Presque Isle, Volk of Scarborough, Willette of Mapleton
Committee: J-MWEFHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 211
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 102: An Act To Improve Health Insurance Transparency   Web Link to LD 102

Description: This bill restores the statutory process for advance review and prior approval of individual health insurance rates and repeals the changes to the rate review process for individual health insurance made by Public Law 2011, chapter 90. The bill also extends the same process for advance review and prior approval for small group health insurance rates. The bill also makes the proceedings of the Maine Guaranteed Access Reinsurance Association open to the public as provided in the Freedom of Access Act.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Goode of BangorCosponsors: Senator Gratwick of Penobscot and Representative Campbell of Newfield, Representatives Cooper of Yarmouth, Morrison of South Portland, Pringle of Windham, Schneck of Bangor, Stuckey of Portland, Treat of Hallowell
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, April 4, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 116: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Pine Tree Development Zones To Require Payment of a Livable Wage   Web Link to LD 116

Description: This bill requires that a qualified employee under the Pine Tree Development Zone program be paid at least a livable wage for the county in which the employee is employed. Current law requires that such an employee be paid an amount greater than the annual per capita personal income for the county in which the employee is employed. This bill also requires the Department of Labor to calculate the livable wage biennially by county and statewide. Current law requires the department to calculate the statewide livable wage only if funding has been appropriated for that purpose.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Shaw of StandishCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Senators Haskell of Cumberland, Valentino of York, Representative Cotta of China, Representatives Dion of Portland, McClellan of Raymond, Timberlake of Turner, Volk of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 120: An Act To Facilitate Regional Transit   Web Link to LD 120

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to enable the delivery of cost-effective, sustainable and customer-focused transportation services that will meet the current and future needs of the State.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Peoples of WestbrookCosponsors: Senator Plummer of Cumberland and Representative Cooper of Yarmouth, Representatives Gattine of Westbrook, Graham of North Yarmouth, Monaghan-Derrig of Cape Elizabeth, Morrison of South Portland, Pringle of Windham, Sanborn of Gorham
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: (CARRY OVER BILL)

LD 155: An Act To Streamline the Approval of Accessibility Structures (EMERGENCY)   Web Link to LD 155

Description: Current law requires a municipal zoning board of appeals to approve the construction of a disability ramp requiring a variance before a permit is issued by a code enforcement officer. This bill allows the code enforcement officer to grant all permits to build a disability ramp, including any structure that requires a variance.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 186)
Sponsor: Representative Morrison of South PortlandCosponsors: Senator Millett of Cumberland and Representative Hamann of South Portland, Representatives Harlow of Portland, Jones of Freedom, Kaenrath of South Portland, Luchini of Ellsworth
Committee: S&LGHearing: Monday, February 25, 2013 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 159: An Act Regarding the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation Benefits for Employees of Temporary Staffing Agencies   Web Link to LD 159

Description: This bill specifies that, for purposes of unemployment compensation benefit eligibility, the failure of a temporary employee to contact the temporary staffing agency upon completion of a work assignment to seek additional work is considered a voluntary job separation, as long as the temporary staffing agency gives prior written notice of this requirement to the individual.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Volk of ScarboroughCosponsors: Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Senators Cleveland of Androscoggin, Woodbury of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 269: An Act To Provide Increased Opportunities on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway   Web Link to LD 269

Description: Current rules of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Parks and Public Lands limit to 12 the number of members in a group that may travel on the Allagash watercourse or camp at Allagash Wilderness Waterway campsites. This bill increases the permissible size of a group to 24, beginning with the 2014 camping season. It also requires larger groups to separate into self-contained groups of 24 or fewer. The bill also gives the division the authority to permit groups composed of more than 24 persons.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Jackson of AroostookCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Sherman of Aroostook, Representative Cray of Palmyra, Representatives Jones of Freedom, Marean of Hollis, Saucier of Presque Isle
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 313: An Act To Create the Maine Online Privacy Protection Act   Web Link to LD 313

Description: This bill requires a person or company that owns a publicly accessible website or online service that collects personal information from an individual consumer who is a resident of this State to post a privacy statement in a conspicuous location on its publicly accessible website. The bill also lists required content of the privacy statement.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Russell of PortlandCosponsors: Representative Berry of Bowdoinham and Representatives Carey of Lewiston, Dion of Portland, Hickman of Winthrop, McClellan of Raymond
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 314: An Act To Create the Office of Marketing   Web Link to LD 314

Description: This bill provides for the creation of a centralized Office of Marketing within the Department of Economic and Community Development, responsible for the coordination of all marketing efforts throughout State Government. The office will coordinate requests for proposals, contracts and participation in conferences and exhibits to create a centralized state marketing effort. This office is responsible for the coordination, development, approval and implementation of the state marketing strategy.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Economic and Community Development pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative Volk of ScarboroughCosponsors: Senator Tuttle of York and Senators Cushing of Penobscot, Katz of Kennebec, Representative Ayotte of Caswell, Representatives Davis of Sangerville, Maker of Calais, Nutting of Oakland, Wallace of Dexter, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, March 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 317: An Act Regarding the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program and the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program   Web Link to LD 317

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to develop a process for identification of the purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program and the business equipment tax exemption program, create a framework for measuring the extent to which the programs meet their identified purposes and identify a mechanism for ongoing measurement of the programs' effectiveness.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Libby of LewistonCosponsors: Senator Haskell of Cumberland and Representative Knight of Livermore Falls
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 318: An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Holiday for Purchases Made during the Month of January   Web Link to LD 318

Description: This bill provides a sales tax holiday during the month of January for items of tangible personal property with a price of $1,000 or less.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Rykerson of KitteryCosponsors: Senator Whittemore of Somerset and Representative Brooks of Winterport, Representatives Chenette of Saco, Mitchell of Penobscot Nation, Nadeau of Fort Kent, Weaver of York
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, February 25, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 319: An Act To Provide Tax Fairness to Small Businesses in the State (EMERGENCY)   Web Link to LD 319

Description: Part A of this bill creates a presumption that a seller of goods or services is engaged in business in this State and therefore required to register with the State Tax Assessor as a retailer and collect and remit sales and use tax on purchases made by persons in the State, if a person affiliated with the seller has a substantial presence in the State or a person who has a substantial presence in the State engages in certain activities, such as selling a line of products similar to that of the seller or maintaining an office or distribution center in the State to facilitate the delivery of the seller's products. Alternatively, a seller is presumed to be required to register with the State and collect and remit sales and use tax if the seller has an agreement with a person to refer potential customers to the seller and the seller generates more than $10,000 in sales in the State annually. Both presumptions may be rebutted. Part A also requires any agreement or ruling by the Governor or an executive branch department or agency that allows a seller to avoid registering as a seller to be approved by both Houses of the Legislature. Part B directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to identify changes in the sales and use tax laws necessary to conform them to the national effort known as the "Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement" and to submit its report and proposed legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation by January 15, 2014.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Berry of BowdoinhamCosponsors: President Alfond of Cumberland and Representative Beck of Waterville, Speaker Eves of North Berwick, Representatives Knight of Livermore Falls, McCabe of Skowhegan
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 341: An Act To Provide a Tax Credit to Employers That Hire Certain Veterans   Web Link to LD 341

Description: This bill provides a nonrefundable income tax credit to qualified employers that hire qualified veterans in an amount equal to 10% of each veteran's compensation, up to $1,500, as long as the veteran is employed for not less than 185 days in the taxable year. The credit may be claimed in the taxable year in which a qualified veteran is hired and the 2 following taxable years of sustained employment. The credit applies to veterans hired on or after January 1, 2013 and before January 1, 2017 and expires January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Wilson of AugustaCosponsors: Senator Plummer of Cumberland and Representative Dunphy of Embden, Representatives Knight of Livermore Falls, Maker of Calais, McClellan of Raymond, Nadeau of Fort Kent, Nutting of Oakland, Pouliot of Augusta, Willette of Mapleton
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 4, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 346: An Act To Require the Collection of Sales Tax by any Business Making Sales to Persons in Maine   Web Link to LD 346

Description: This bill creates a presumption that a seller of goods or services is engaged in business in this State and therefore required to register with the State Tax Assessor as a retailer and collect and remit sales and use tax on purchases made by persons in the State, if a person affiliated with the seller has a substantial presence in the State or a person who has a substantial presence in the State engages in certain activities, such as selling a line of products similar to that of the seller or maintaining an office or distribution center in the State to facilitate the delivery of the seller's products. Alternatively, a seller is presumed to be required to register with the State and collect and remit sales and use tax if the seller has an agreement with a person to refer potential customers to the seller and the seller generates more than $10,000 in sales in the State annually. Both presumptions may be rebutted. This bill also requires any agreement or ruling by the Governor or an executive branch department or agency that allows a seller to avoid registering as a seller to be approved by both Houses of the Legislature.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 200)
Sponsor: Representative Knight of Livermore FallsCosponsors: Senator Katz of Kennebec and President Alfond of Cumberland, Senators Flood of Kennebec, Representative Bennett of Kennebunk, Representatives Berry of Bowdoinham, Chase of Wells, Keschl of Belgrade, Nutting of Oakland, Wilson of Augusta
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 412: An Act To Expand Employment Tax Increment Financing To Support Job Creation   Web Link to LD 412

Description: This bill expands the employment tax increment financing program to include for-profit businesses that add at least 2 new qualified employees within a one-year period.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Chenette of SacoCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Senators Valentino of York, Representative MacDonald of Old Orchard Beach, Representatives Nadeau of Winslow, Pouliot of Augusta, Turner of Burlington, Wilson of Augusta
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, February 25, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 418: An Act To Enforce Wage Laws by Preventing Misclassification of Employees   Web Link to LD 418

Description: This bill defines "employee," "employer" and "independent contractor" for the purposes of the wages and medium of payment provisions of the labor laws in order to prevent misclassification of employees and their exclusion from wage law protection. It strengthens notification and reporting requirements. The bill includes shareholders' liability to protect employees who are hired by corporations that use bankruptcy law to evade payment. It makes each violation of the wage and medium of payment provisions that occurs during a separate week, including discriminatory or retaliatory practices, a separate violation. The bill also prohibits employer retaliation against employees or others who bring complaints under the law.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Russell of PortlandCosponsors: Representative Gilbert of Jay and Representative Goode of Bangor
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 443: An Act To Amend the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 To Provide Benefits to Seriously Injured Workers   Web Link to LD 443

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to provide benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 to seriously injured workers.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Jackson of AroostookCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Representative Stanley of Medway, Representative Theriault of Madawaska
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Vetoed by the Governor, veto was sustained by the Senate

LD 444: Resolve, Directing the Workers' Compensation Board To Study Improving Protections for Injured Workers Whose Employers Have Wrongfully Not Secured Workers' Compensation Payments   Web Link to LD 444

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designated to improve workers' compensation coverage for all injured workers.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 40)
Sponsor: Senator Jackson of AroostookCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Senators Patrick of Oxford, Representative Stanley of Medway
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 483: An Act To Promote Small Businesses by Enhancing the Use of On-premises Signs   Web Link to LD 483

Description: This bill amends the use of on-premises signs in the following ways. 1. It recognizes the value and the role of signs for disseminating information to the motoring public. 2. It provides definitions of "point of interest," "outdoor area" and "principal structure" for purposes of determining distance for placement of on-premises signs. 3. It increases the distance that a sign may be erected from a principal structure of a business or point of interest from 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet. 4. It allows on-premises signs to be placed within 20 feet of the edge of the paved portion of certain public ways with more than 2 travel lanes only if the signs are erected using approved breakaway mounting devices. 5. It repeals the authority of the Commissioner of Transportation to waive the prohibition on the placement of certain on-premises signs within 20 feet of the edge of the paved portion of certain public ways. 6. It increases from 2 to 3 the number of approach signs a business or point of interest may have on its lot of record if that business or point of interest is not visible from or is located more than 1,000 feet from a public way intersection and expands the limit of the total surface area to 100 square feet per side. 7. It allows changeable signs to change once per minute; current law limits the change to once every 20 minutes. It also removes the restriction on the percentage of a changeable sign that may be used for display. 8. It allows a business or point of interest to have one changeable sign per public way that the business or point of interest abuts. 9. It allows time and temperature signs to also display the date and permits those signs to change as frequently as once every 2 seconds. 10. It allows for changeable signs to be erected adjacent to and for viewing from the interstate highway system. 11. It increases the maximum height of a freestanding sign structure statewide from 25 feet to 35 feet above grade.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Keschl of BelgradeCosponsors: Senator Saviello of Franklin and Representative Chase of Wells, Representatives Clark of Easton, Dunphy of Embden, Fredette of Newport, Nutting of Oakland, Winsor of Norway
Committee: TransHearing: Friday, March 8, 2013 9:00 AM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 508: An Act To Remove the Disqualification from Obtaining a Liquor License for a Law Enforcement Officer Who Does Not Directly Benefit Financially   Web Link to LD 508

Description: This bill allows full-time law enforcement officers that have a direct or indirect benefit in a place of business to hold a liquor license if they meet all the other requirements.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 168)
Sponsor: Senator Saviello of FranklinCosponsors: Representative Black of Wilton and Representatives Gilbert of Jay, Harvell of Farmington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 4, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 513: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Transportation, Broadband Infrastructure, Downtown Revitalization, Land for Maine's Future Board and Training Facilities for Tourism-related Training in Labor Market Areas with Higher-than-average Unemployment   Web Link to LD 513

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $85,000,000, will be used to provide funds over 5 years for the State's transportation biennial capital work plan, the Communities for Maine's Future Program, the ConnectME Authority, the Land for Maine's Future Board, the University of Maine System and the Maine Community College System for tourism-related training, targeted to particular projects in labor markets that have an unemployment rate higher than the statewide average.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Lachowicz of KennebecCosponsors: Representative Kusiak of Fairfield and Senators Craven of Androscoggin, Gratwick of Penobscot, Jackson of Aroostook, Millett of Cumberland, Patrick of Oxford, Representatives Beck of Waterville, Chipman of Portland, Short of Pittsfield
Committee: A&FAHearing: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 PM,State House, Room 228
Work Session: Reported Out, Apr 11, 2014, ONTP

LD 554: Resolve, Requiring the Department of Economic and Community Development To Market the Positive Attributes of the State of Maine   Web Link to LD 554

Description: This resolve requires that, when promoting the State on its publicly accessible website and in preparing marketing materials, the Department of Economic and Community Development include as prominent factors recent independent analyses identifying the State's positive attributes for business development and quality of life.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Beavers of South BerwickCosponsors: Senator Cleveland of Androscoggin and Senators Collins of York, Representative Campbell of Newfield, Representatives Gilbert of Jay, Grant of Gardiner, Mastraccio of Sanford, Morrison of South Portland, Volk of Scarborough, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 563: An Act To Clarify Tax Increment Financing   Web Link to LD 563

Description: This bill makes changes to the tax increment financing laws to accomplish the following. 1. It amends the definition of "original assessed value" to provide that it means the taxable assessed value of a development district. 2. It eliminates the adjusted $50,000,000 cap on bonded indebtedness for tax increment financing districts within a county and the requirement that acquisition of real and personal property financed by municipal indebtedness must be completed within 8 years of the approval of a district. 3. It clarifies the 30-tax-year permissible duration of a development program related to a tax increment financing district. 4. It expands the capital costs allowed for an eligible commercial development district and the costs allowed for skills development and training for jobs created or retained in the municipality or plantation where a development district is located and permits the use of funds for economic development grants. 5. It permits a municipality or plantation to delay the operational functioning of a tax increment financing district until the tax year following the tax year in which the district takes effect. 6. It expands from 20 years to 30 years the allowable maturation period for bonds issued by the legislative body of a municipality or plantation to finance the cost of a development program within a development district.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 184)
Sponsor: Representative Rochelo of BiddefordCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Senators Valentino of York, Representative Berry of Bowdoinham, Representatives Casavant of Biddeford, Herbig of Belfast, Hobbins of Saco, Knight of Livermore Falls, Libby of Lewiston
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 565: Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study the Feasibility of Imposing Tolls on Interstate 95   Web Link to LD 565

Description: This resolve is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This resolve proposes to establish a task force composed of Legislators, highway users and other interested parties to study and analyze options for imposing tolls on portions of the Interstate Highway system in the State for the purpose of funding necessary highway improvements. The task force would analyze the advantages and disadvantages of imposing tolls, the financial and administrative requirements and the revenue potential from tolls and determine the extent to which federal constraints limit the State's authority.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Bolduc of AuburnCosponsors:
Committee: TransHearing: Friday, March 22, 2013 9:00 AM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 586: An Act To Enable Municipalities To Establish Business Development Loan Programs Using Municipally Raised or Appropriated Money   Web Link to LD 586

Description: This bill amends the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 30-A, section 5726 to provide that municipalities may raise or appropriate money to establish revolving loan fund programs to assist local for-profit and nonprofit enterprises in their job creation and job retention efforts.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 206)
Sponsor: Representative Johnson of GreenvilleCosponsors:
Committee: S&LGHearing: Monday, March 11, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 625: Resolve, Regarding Temporary Campgrounds (TITLE CHANGE)   Web Link to LD 625

Description: This bill exempts from licensing as a campground a commercial lot permitted by the municipality as a racetrack or for another mass public gathering purpose and any camping is incidental to the purpose and the owner or renter of the lot does not charge a fee beyond the attendance fee for a person to camp overnight on the lot.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 55)
Sponsor: Senator Mason of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative Timberlake of Turner and Senators Hamper of Oxford, Patrick of Oxford, Representatives Crafts of Lisbon, Harvell of Farmington, McCabe of Skowhegan, Shaw of Standish
Committee: HHSHearing: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 644: An Act To Strengthen the State's Wholesale Liquor Business   Web Link to LD 644

Description: This bill requires the State to continue the privatization of its wholesale liquor operations beyond the current contract, set to expire on June 30, 2014. This bill establishes new criteria a successful bidder must meet, including financial and technical capacity and capability, knowledge of the industry, historical performance, warehousing and delivery capacity and capability and the ability to preserve and enhance the value of the State's wholesale liquor business and maximize the financial return for the State. This bill allows a bidder to choose between an initial payment of either $200,000,000 or $20,000,000 and to specify the amount of the guaranteed fixed annual payment, the formula for sharing revenue with the State during the life of the contract and the minimum profit margin the entity would need to be guaranteed to make its bid feasible. The maximum length of a contract is 10 years. This bill requires a nonrefundable application fee of $25,000, which is used to defray the cost of reviewing and awarding the contract and requires appropriate financial assurances guaranteeing the availability of the funds. The bill repeals the section of law specifying the allocation of contract payments. The bill allows the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to extend the current wholesale liquor operations contract for one year if, following a public hearing, the commissioner determines that a new contract cannot be bid or ratified before the current contract expires or that inadequate bids have been received; a minimum payment of not less than $34,000,000 to extend the contract for one year must be made. The bill specifies a number of operational measures, including: 1. Specifying the minimum discount that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations or a person awarded the contract to operate the State's wholesale liquor business must provide to an agency liquor store, based on the retail price of the product; and 2. Requiring a wholesale liquor provider to comply with federal regulations regarding returned or damaged product.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Goodall of SagadahocCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 11, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 660: An Act To Enhance Self-defense by Removing Restrictions on the Carrying and Use of Weapons   Web Link to LD 660

Description: This bill: 1. Removes the prohibition on having a loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle for a person other than a holder of a concealed weapons permit; 2. Provides the exception that a person may shoot from a motor vehicle or motorboat in the defense of life or property; 3. Removes the prohibition on concealing a dangerous weapon; and 4. Removes exceptions to the law prohibiting the carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Libby of WaterboroCosponsors: Senator Sherman of Aroostook and Representative Crafts of Lisbon, Representatives Davis of Sangerville, Dunphy of Embden, Johnson of Eddington, McClellan of Raymond, Sirocki of Scarborough, Timberlake of Turner, Wood of Sabattus
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 674: An Act To Clarify the Natural Resources Protection Act   Web Link to LD 674

Description: This bill changes to 75 feet the setback for significant vernal pool habitat, high and moderate value inland waterfowl and wading bird habitat and shorebird nesting, feeding and staging areas. It also provides a mechanism to compensate landowners for the property value losses incurred as a result of more stringent setback or buffer zone regulations.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Libby of WaterboroCosponsors: Senator Collins of York and Representative Ayotte of Caswell, Representatives Campbell of Newfield, Cray of Palmyra, Dunphy of Embden, Harvell of Farmington, Long of Sherman, Sirocki of Scarborough, Timberlake of Turner
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 690: An Act To Ensure Efficiency in the Unemployment Insurance System   Web Link to LD 690

Description: This bill requires that determinations on all nonmonetary issues related to a claim for unemployment compensation be made within specified time frames.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Herbig of BelfastCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Jackson of Aroostook, Tuttle of York, Representative Campbell of Newfield, Representatives Gilbert of Jay, Hobbins of Saco, Rochelo of Biddeford, Theriault of Madawaska.
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 12, 2014, ONTP

LD 695: An Act To Amend the Site Location of Development Laws   Web Link to LD 695

Description: This bill exempts from review under the laws governing site location of development new construction at or modification of an existing licensed development that is permitted if the additional disturbed area not to be revegetated does not exceed 20,000 square feet ground area in any calendar year and does not exceed 40,000 square feet ground area in total and the construction or modification does not involve a division of the parcel of land.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 183)
Sponsor: Senator Boyle of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative Black of Wilton and Senators Dutremble of York, Tuttle of York, Representatives Ayotte of Caswell, Campbell of Newfield, McLean of Gorham, Reed of Carmel
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 700: An Act To Require Elevators To Be Accessible for Ambulance Stretchers   Web Link to LD 700

Description: This bill requires that, beginning January 1, 2018, all existing multistory buildings that house private entities or nonprofit organizations that serve the public or are places of public accommodation, subject to specific exceptions, have at least one passenger elevator that is accessible from all levels within the building and that is of sufficient size to allow the transport of a person on an ambulance stretcher in the fully supine position, without having to raise, lower or bend the stretcher in any way. The bill also requires the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety to establish a plan for the inspection and certification of all passenger elevators in existing buildings required to meet the elevator size requirements and identify any legislative or regulatory changes that may be necessary and report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development. It also allows the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development to submit a bill based on the report to the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Tuttle of YorkCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 706: An Act To Amend the Workers' Compensation Self-insurance Laws   Web Link to LD 706

Description: This bill specifies that a group self-insurer that is part of a reinsurance account that has net assets of at least $40,000,000 and that obtains reinsurance coverage with an initial attachment point of no greater than $1,000,000 has sufficient assets in the aggregate to qualify for funding the group's workers' compensation exposures at the 65% level of confidence.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 172)
Sponsor: Senator Tuttle of YorkCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:30 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 738: An Act To Promote the Northern Maine Economy and Support Maine's Sporting Camp Tradition   Web Link to LD 738

Description: The committee amendment strikes and replaces the bill. It creates a new moose hunting permit lottery system for hunting outfitters, who may sell or transfer the permits as part of an eating, lodging and hunting package. The permits made available for this lottery, if any, will come from 10% of the number of permits that exceed 3,140, which is the total number of moose hunting permits issued in 2010. Individuals hunting with permits issued under this system must hunt with a licensed Maine guide. Proceeds of the new lottery system will be allocated to youth conservation education programs under certain conditions and any remainder will be allocated to the Moose Research and Management Fund. The Senate amendment lapses $10,374 for each of fiscal years 2013-14 and 2014-15 from the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Carrying Balances - General Fund account to the General Fund unappropriated surplus to offset the loss in revenue from changes made to moose permit fees.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 437)
Sponsor: Senator Jackson of AroostookCosponsors: Representative Wood of Sabattus and Senators Dutremble of York, Haskell of Cumberland, Tuttle of York, Representative Shaw of Standish
Committee: IFSHearing: Friday, May 3, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 739: Resolve, To Establish a Task Force To Study Economic Development in Rural Areas   Web Link to LD 739

Description: This resolve is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. The purpose of this resolve is to establish a task force to study measures designed to encourage economic development and opportunity in rural areas of the State.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Sherman of AroostookCosponsors: Senator Jackson of Aroostook and Representative Black of Wilton, Representatives Davis of Sangerville, Gifford of Lincoln, Harvell of Farmington, Long of Sherman, Stanley of Medway, Timberlake of Turner
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 743: An Act To Extend and Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program   Web Link to LD 743

Description: This bill extends the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program, which is approaching the statutory cap on credits that can be authorized, and makes a number of improvements and clarifications. The bill makes the amount of the tax credit the same for individual investors and venture capital funds, clarifies that producers of value-added natural resource products are eligible, removes the ambiguous eligibility for businesses that "bring capital into the State" and specifies that eligible businesses must certify that the investment is necessary to allow the business to create or retain jobs in the State. The bill increases the maximum annual sales limit of $3,000,000, which has been in effect since 1997, to $5,000,000 for investments made in 2014 or after. The bill authorizes additional tax credits of $2,000,000 for investments made between June 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, $4,000,000 for investments made in calendar year 2014 and $5,000,000 each year for investments made in each subsequent year. An investor in a venture capital fund requesting a refundable tax credit may not file for a refund until the calendar year after the calendar year in which the investment is made. The committee amendment clarifies that investors other than private venture capital funds are eligible for a tax credit certificate. It requires businesses applying under the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program to certify that the amount of the credit is necessary to allow the business to create or retain jobs in the State. It adds a definition of "value-added" and applies it to the term "natural resource enterprise," which is a defined term. It limits the availability of the tax credit for private venture capital funds to $500,000 times the number of investors in the fund or $4,000,000, whichever is less. The Senate amendment limits the amount of additional seed capital tax credit certificates that may be issued to $675,000 between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, $4,000,000 for investments made in calendar year 2015 and $5,000,000 each year for investments made in calendar years beginning with 2016. The committee amendment clarifies that investors other than private venture capital funds are eligible for a tax credit certificate. It requires businesses applying under the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program to certify that the amount of the credit is necessary to allow the business to create or retain jobs in the State. It adds a definition of "value-added" and applies it to the term "natural resource enterprise," which is a defined term. It limits the availability of the tax credit for private venture capital funds to $500,000 times the number of investors in the fund or $4,000,000, whichever is less. The Senate amendment limits the amount of additional seed capital tax credit certificates that may be issued to $675,000 between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014, $4,000,000 for investments made in calendar year 2015 and $5,000,000 each year for investments made in calendar years beginning with 2016.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 438)
Sponsor: Senator Valentino of YorkCosponsors: Representative Hobbins of Saco and President Alfond of Cumberland, Senators Cain of Penobscot, Dutremble of York, Goodall of Sagadahoc, Woodbury of Cumberland, Representatives Bennett of Kennebunk, Berry of Bowdoinham, Knight of Livermore Falls
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 762: An Act To Facilitate Collection of Property Taxes on Personal Property   Web Link to LD 762

Description: This bill requires owners of personal property subject to property tax to provide upon request of the person responsible for assessment of taxes the information necessary to establish a lien on the personal property.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Casavant of BiddefordCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Representative Beaudoin of Biddeford, Representatives Evangelos of Friendship, Russell of Portland
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 18, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 793: An Act Clarifying the Department of Environmental Protection's Authority Relating to Compensation for Development Activity under the Natural Resources Protection Act   Web Link to LD 793

Description: This bill prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from requiring one form of compensation for damages to wetlands or certain bird habitats resulting from a proposed development activity under the Natural Resources Protection Act if the applicant proposing the activity prefers an alternative form of compensation.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Campbell of OrringtonCosponsors: Senator Youngblood of Penobscot and Representative Johnson of Eddington, Representative Verow of Brewer
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 794: An Act To Amend Setback Requirements and Standards Related to Species Migration under the Laws Regulating Development near Vernal Pools   Web Link to LD 794

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to amend the laws regulating significant vernal pool habitat to account for species migration patterns. The bill proposes to change the area that is regulated as significant vernal pool habitat and the standards for development within the area regulated. Currently, pursuant to rules of the Department of Environmental Protection adopted pursuant to the Natural Resources Protection Act, the area regulated as significant vernal pool habitat includes the vernal pool depression and the area within a 250-foot radius of the spring or fall high-water mark of the depression.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Campbell of OrringtonCosponsors: Senator Boyle of Cumberland and Senators Jackson of Aroostook, Tuttle of York, Representative Hobbins of Saco, Representatives Johnson of Eddington, Malaby of Hancock
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: Reported Out, Jan 24, 2014, ONTP

LD 820: An Act Regarding Fire Escapes for Certain Buildings   Web Link to LD 820

Description: This bill repeals the provision of law that provides that a person, firm or organization that violates the law pertaining to the installment and maintenance of fire escapes commits a civil violation to eliminate a conflict between the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 25, section 2453 and the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code 101. It also amends a section to correct a cross-reference to the repealed provision.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 76)
Sponsor: Representative Lajoie of LewistonCosponsors: Senator Dutremble of York and Representative Briggs of Mexico, Representatives Libby of Lewiston, Pease of Morrill, Tyler of Windham, Werts of Auburn
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, March 25, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 834: An Act To Make the Income Tax More Equitable for Citizens of the State   Web Link to LD 834

Description: This bill reinstates the 8.5% tax rate for high-income taxpayers. The higher tax rates apply to individuals filing married joint returns or surviving spouses who have Maine taxable income of $250,000 or more, heads of households who have Maine taxable income of $187,500 or more and single individuals and married persons filing separate returns who have Maine taxable income of $125,000 or more.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Hayes of BuckfieldCosponsors: Senator Saviello of Franklin and Representative Chenette of Saco
Committee: TaxHearing: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 846: An Act To Improve and Modernize the Authority of Local Health Officers   Web Link to LD 846

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to: 1. Direct the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to update its manual for local health officers to reflect changes in the health inspection rules adopted by the center, provide annual training for local health officers and communicate regularly with local health officers; 2. Repeal the prohibition on local health officers' entering licensed establishments for purposes of inspection; 3. Simplify and modernize the training required for certain municipalities to select a local health officer; and 4. Repeal the requirement that a municipality appoint a local health officer.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Cooper of YarmouthCosponsors:
Committee: HHSHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 848: An Act To Clarify the Right To Name a 3rd Party To Receive Notification of Policy Cancellation   Web Link to LD 848

Description: This bill adds provisions to the Maine Insurance Code to allow an insured person who had been paying for health insurance through a payroll plan a period of 60 days after the insured person is no longer on the payroll plan to designate at least one other person to receive notice of lapse or termination of the policy.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 39)
Sponsor: Representative Hobbins of SacoCosponsors: Senator Haskell of Cumberland and Representative Campbell of Orrington, Representative Morrison of South Portland
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, March 28, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 853: Resolve, Requiring the Department of Labor To Establish a Fund To Assist Unemployed Individuals Lacking Transportation to Job Interviews   Web Link to LD 853

Description: This bill requires the Department of Labor to establish a fund to provide funding to the department's career centers to assist unemployed individuals with costs associated with transportation to job interviews, including automotive repair costs.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Beavers of South BerwickCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Saviello of Franklin, Representative Berry of Bowdoinham, Representatives Campbell of Newfield, Gilbert of Jay, Morrison of South Portland, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 861: Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 2: Rules Concerning the Processing of Applications and Other Administrative Matters, a Major Substantive Rule of the Department of Environmental Protection   Web Link to LD 861

Description: This resolve provides for legislative review of portions of Chapter 2: Rules Concerning the Processing of Applications and Other Administrative Matters, a major substantive rule of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 65)
Sponsor: Reported by Rep. Welsh of Rockport for the Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 8072.Cosponsors:
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 867: An Act To Streamline, Amend and Clarify Certain Professional and Occupational Licensing Statutes   Web Link to LD 867

Description: This bill makes changes to the laws governing licensure of certain professions and occupations. Part A provides that a letter of guidance issued by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation or a licensing board or commission is appropriate only when a complaint is dismissed and the licensing entity feels that additional education or guidance is necessary. In addition, the proposal clarifies that a member of a professional or occupational licensing board serves until a successor is qualified. Part B changes the membership of the Manufactured Housing Board by eliminating the board position reserved for the owner or operator of a mobile home park with 15 or fewer lots and adding a position designated for a manufactured housing dealer and deletes a requirement that a nonresident licensee designate the executive director of the board as an agent for service of process. Part C clarifies that licenses for architects and landscape architects may be issued only to individuals, not to business entities. Part C also repeals the requirement that licensees must submit an impression of their seals to the licensing board. Part D reduces the number of public members of the State Board of Funeral Service from 3 to 2. Part E extends the exemption from licensure for graduate-level physical therapy applicants until 60 days after publication of required examination results. Part E also eliminates the requirement that applicants who fail the required examination obtain additional education and receive approval from the Board of Examiners in Physical Therapy to retake the exam after 3 failed attempts. Part F changes the membership of the Plumbers' Examining Board by eliminating one journeyman position and adding an additional master plumber position. Part G requires that an applicant licensed in another state who applies for a substantially equivalent license in Maine from the Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure need not have actively practiced but need only have held a valid license in the original jurisdiction for 5 years before applying for licensure in Maine. Part H removes references in the enabling statute of the Board of Real Estate Appraisers to the term "state of domicile" in sections setting forth pathways to licensure for licensees of other jurisdictions and replaces the term with "another jurisdiction" for greater accuracy. Part I amends the definition of "solid fuel" to include pellets in the law concerning the Maine Fuel Board. Part J repeals provisions requiring the submission of references regarding the reputation of an applicant for a license as an auctioneer; an occupational therapist; a social worker; a real estate broker, associate broker, sales agent or timeshare agent; a counseling professional; or a real estate appraiser. Part K repeals provisions requiring the designation of the licensing official as an agent for service of process for a nonresident licensed as an auctioneer; an accountant; a real estate broker or brokerage, associate broker, sales agent or timeshare agent; a counseling professional; a real estate appraiser; or a transient seller.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 217)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator Patrick of OxfordCosponsors: Senator Mason of Androscoggin and Representative Mason of Topsham, Senators Cushing of Penobscot, Representative Campbell of Newfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 874: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Reduce the Cost of Shipping for Maine Businesses, Attract Tourists and Facilitate the Development of Commuter Rail Transportation   Web Link to LD 874

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $27,500,000, will be used to provide funds for railroad reconstruction and expansion to assist Maine's businesses by facilitating the shipment of goods and enhancing the ability of those businesses to compete. It requires that the Department of Transportation consult with the business and economic development sectors to develop a list of priorities in regard to railroad construction and reconstruction projects, focusing on projects important to tourism and projects with greatest potential for increased commuter and passenger rail service and taking into consideration the extent to which the proposed projects reduce the consumption of oil.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Mazurek of KnoxCosponsors: Representative Theriault of Madawaska and Senator Patrick of Oxford, Representatives Evangelos of Friendship, Verow of Brewer
Committee: A&FAHearing: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 12:00 PM,State House, Room 228
Work Session: Reported Out, Apr 11, 2014, ONTP

LD 913: An Act To Promote Excursion Passes by Amending the Law Governing Expiration Dates on Gift Obligations and Stored-value Cards Redeemable with Multiple Sellers   Web Link to LD 913

Description: This bill amends the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act to exempt gift obligations and stored-value cards that are redeemable with multiple unaffiliated sellers from the provision in the Act that prohibits expiration dates for gift obligations and stored-value cards.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Malaby of HancockCosponsors: Representative Dunphy of Embden and Representatives Libby of Waterboro, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 926: An Act To Increase the Penalty for an Adult Who Provides Alcohol to a Minor Involved in a Fatal Accident   Web Link to LD 926

Description: This bill changes from Class C to Class B the crime of furnishing liquor to a minor if the consumption of the liquor causes the death of the minor or another individual.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Crockett of BethelCosponsors: Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Davis of Sangerville, Representatives Jackson of Oxford, Winsor of Norway
Committee: CJHearing: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 929: An Act To Amend the Requirements for the Reporting of New Hires   Web Link to LD 929

Description: Current law requires an employer, upon notice by the Department of Health and Human Services, to report the hiring, rehiring or return to work of an employee. The department transmits the information to the National Directory of New Hires maintained by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. This bill requires an employer to forward the information, including the date the person starts work, within 7 days of the employee's beginning or returning to service, without being notified by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 279)
Sponsor: Representative Malaby of HancockCosponsors: Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Dunphy of Embden, Representatives Libby of Waterboro, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough
Committee: HHSHearing: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 980: An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for a Qualified Conservation Contribution   Web Link to LD 980

Description: This bill provides a nonrefundable income tax credit in an amount equal to 50% of a qualified conservation contribution in tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. The credit may be carried forward for up to 25 years.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Welsh of RockportCosponsors: Senator Mazurek of Knox and Representative Brooks of Winterport, Representatives Dickerson of Rockland, Luchini of Ellsworth
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 992: An Act To Create a State-sponsored 401(k) Retirement Plan for Participation by Private Employers   Web Link to LD 992

Description: This bill directs the Finance Authority of Maine to establish a qualified defined contribution retirement investment plan eligible for favorable tax treatment under Section 401(k) of the United States Internal Revenue Code to be made available to employers who wish to offer the plan as a retirement investment option to their employees.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Woodbury of CumberlandCosponsors: Senator Whittemore of Somerset and Representative Herbig of Belfast, Representative Volk of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 999: Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Fund or Seek Funding To Complete a Design and Engineering Assessment for the Extension of Passenger Rail Service from Portland North on the State-owned St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway Corridor   Web Link to LD 999

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to fund or seek funding to provide engineering and design work necessary to qualify the state-owned St. Lawrence and Atlantic railway corridor, from Portland to the Auburn city line, for federal capital investment funding consistent with the passenger rail service investments evaluated and proposed in the Department of Transportation's 2011 "Portland North Alternative Modes Transportation Project" study. The department shall report back to the Legislature with information regarding funding on or before December 15, 2013.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 31)
Sponsor: Senator Craven of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative Russell of Portland and Senators Cleveland of Androscoggin, Gerzofsky of Cumberland, Mazurek of Knox, Representatives Lajoie of Lewiston, Libby of Lewiston, Plante of Berwick, Rotundo of Lewiston, Werts of Auburn
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1033: An Act To Help the Unemployed Find Work   Web Link to LD 1033

Description: This bill creates a requirement that in order for an individual to maintain eligibility for unemployment benefits after receiving 13 times the individual's weekly benefit amount in a benefit year, the individual must register for temporary employment through a temporary employment agency. This bill also provides that a new claim for unemployment benefits for a claimant who has stopped filing for benefits and then begins again within the same benefit year is effective for both the week in which the claimant files and the prior week.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Parry of ArundelCosponsors: Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Senators Mason of Androscoggin, Representative Lockman of Amherst, Representatives Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough, Volk of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 1, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1039: An Act To Promote Regulatory Fairness   Web Link to LD 1039

Description: This bill establishes standards for relief when state regulation takes value from an individual property owner, as well as efficient mechanisms for pursuit of such relief. To eliminate any fiscal impact from the establishment of these new standards and mechanisms, they will apply only to burdens from regulations enacted in the future. The bill provides mechanisms designed to achieve fair results and to resolve disputes efficiently, including the ability to grant variances, which is an option consistent with general land use principles.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Thomas of SomersetCosponsors: Representative Lockman of Amherst and Senators Collins of York, Mason of Androscoggin, Sherman of Aroostook, Representatives Crafts of Lisbon, Gifford of Lincoln, Turner of Burlington, Wood of Sabattus
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1069: An Act To Provide Flexibility in the State Prevailing Wage and Benefit Rates   Web Link to LD 1069

Description: This bill allows flexibility in the minimum hourly wage and benefit rates for workers employed in the construction of public works by the State or persons contracting with the State by allowing any allocation between hourly wage and benefit rates, as long as the sum of the hourly wage and benefit rates equals the sum of the appropriate hourly wage and benefit rates determined by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative DeChant of BathCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Jackson of Aroostook, Representative Berry of Bowdoinham, Representatives Campbell of Newfield, Frey of Bangor, Gilbert of Jay
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Vetoed by the Governor

LD 1087: An Act Concerning Workers' Compensation and Short-term Disability Insurance in Maine   Web Link to LD 1087

Description: This bill provides that an injured worker is eligible for workers' compensation benefits for a work-related injury regardless of whether the injury is of a cumulative or gradual nature. The bill also prohibits an insurer that issues group short-term disability insurance on or after January 1, 2014 from refusing to provide coverage on the basis of a preexisting condition or from imposing any exclusion of coverage based on a preexisting condition.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Tuttle of YorkCosponsors: Senator Gratwick of Penobscot and Senators Patrick of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1102: An Act Regarding Reconstruction of Residential Structures on Sand Dunes   Web Link to LD 1102

Description: This bill provides standards for the reconstruction in a frontal sand dune of an existing residential structure whose entire footprint is in a back dune on the same lot.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 277)
Sponsor: Senator Goodall of SagadahocCosponsors: Representative Welsh of Rockport and Senators Boyle of Cumberland, Saviello of Franklin, Representative Harlow of Portland
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1110: An Act To Simplify the Tax Code   Web Link to LD 1110

Description: This bill repeals, for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, the state income tax and broadens the sales tax to include the end use of all items, products and services, including Internet sales. It repeals all sales tax exemptions. It provides a sales tax reimbursement for sales of grocery staples to persons with incomes less than $20,000. It requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation that provides a plan to implement the sales tax changes and the repeal of the income tax including a timeline, cost analysis and statutory changes. It authorizes the joint standing committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature based on the report.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Parry of ArundelCosponsors: Senator Collins of York and Representative Bennett of Kennebunk, Representatives Chase of Wells, Goode of Bangor, Turner of Burlington, Wilson of Augusta
Committee: TaxHearing: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1157: An Act To Establish the Fair Chance for Employment Act   Web Link to LD 1157

Description: This bill establishes the Fair Chance for Employment Act and does the following. 1. It prohibits employers from refusing to consider for employment or offer employment to an individual based on the individual's status as employed or unemployed. Employers are also prohibited from advertising that current employment status is a qualification or requirement for a job or that the employer will not consider an applicant based on current employment status. Employers are prohibited from directing an employment agency to take current employment status into consideration when screening or referring applicants. 2. It prohibits employment agencies from failing to consider or refer applicants based on employment status, advertising that employment status is a qualification or requirement for a job or that an employer will not consider applicants based on current employment status or discriminating against individuals in any manner that may limit their access to information about jobs or limit the individuals' number of referrals for consideration of jobs because of their current employment status. 3. It prohibits online job websites from publishing any advertisement for a job vacancy that includes any provision requiring or indicating that current employment status is a qualification or requirement for a job or that an employer will not consider applicants for employment based on current employment status. 4. It prohibits an employer or employment agency from interfering with individuals exercising their rights under this Act or otherwise discriminating against individuals for opposing any practice made illegal by this Act. It also prohibits discriminating against any individual who has filed a complaint or caused to be instituted any proceeding under this Act or who otherwise gives or may give information or testimony in connection with any inquiry or proceeding under this Act. 5. It requires employers and employment agencies to keep records pertaining to compliance with this Act, and it gives the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor the investigative authority to enter places of business and examine all records related to allegations of violations of this Act. 6. It creates a right for a person who has been affected by a violation under this Act to bring a civil action against the employer or employment agency responsible. A person may bring a civil action on behalf of another individual who has been affected by a violation of this Act or a group of individuals similarly situated. 7. It grants the Department of Labor the power to file a civil action on behalf of an individual or group of individuals against an employer or employment agency that violates the Act. Once the director begins such a lawsuit, there is no more private right to a civil action on behalf of the individual. 8. It creates a duty for the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards to enforce all laws relating to consideration of employment status in hiring practices, as well as the specific duty to receive, investigate and attempt to resolve complaints of violations of this Act. 9. It gives the Department of Labor the authority to terminate state contracts and debar a contractor from participating in state contracts for a period of up to 3 years when a contractor has been found by a court to be in violation of this Act. 10. It would not prohibit employment decisions or advertisements when a requirement related to employment status is a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to successful performance in the job. It also would not preclude an employer from considering employment history or the reasons underlying an individual's employment status.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Russell of PortlandCosponsors: Senator Jackson of Aroostook
Committee: A&FAHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Apr 11, 2014, ONTP

LD 1168: Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study How To Improve Maine's Transportation Infrastructure   Web Link to LD 1168

Description: This resolve establishes the Commission To Study How To Improve Maine's Transportation Infrastructure. The commission has 15 members and is required to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Trasportation by December 4, 2013.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Mazurek of KnoxCosponsors: Senator Cain of Penobscot and Senators Collins of York, Gerzofsky of Cumberland, Lachowicz of Kennebec, Valentino of York, Representative Goode of Bangor, Representative Theriault of Madawaska
Committee: TransHearing: Friday, May 3, 2013 9:00 AM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1194: Resolve, Directing a Study of Social Media Privacy in School and in the Workplace (EMERGENCY) (TITLE CHANGE)   Web Link to LD 1194

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill with a resolve directing the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary to study issues about social media and personal e-mail privacy in school and in the workplace. It requires the committee to meet up to 4 times and to submit a report by November 5, 2014 for presentation to the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature. This amendment also adds an emergency preamble and clause. The Senate amendment amends Committee Amendment "A" by directing the Joint Standing Committee on Judiciary to include in its study about social media and personal e-mail privacy in school and the workplace concerns about cloud computing services that process and store student data. The amendment also requires the committee to seek funding contributions to fully fund the cost of the study. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Position: Status: Resolve (Chapter 112)
Sponsor: Representative McClellan of RaymondCosponsors: Representative Daughtry of Brunswick and Representatives Hubbell of Bar Harbor, Maker of Calais, Pouliot of Augusta, Russell of Portland, Wood of Sabattus
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House (CARRY OVER BILL)
Work Session: Vetoed by Governor 4/28/14 Veto overridden 5/1/14

LD 1201: An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments   Web Link to LD 1201

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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Gideon of FreeportCosponsors: Senator Jackson of Aroostook and Senators Gerzofsky of Cumberland, Representative Cassidy of Lubec, Representatives Espling of New Gloucester, Longstaff of Waterville, Luchini of Ellsworth, Schneck of Bangor, Tipping-Spitz of Orono
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1204: An Act To Clarify the Appeal Process of Code Enforcement Officers and Boards of Appeal   Web Link to LD 1204

Description: This bill seeks to address the decision in Eliot Shores, LLC v. Town of Eliot, 2010 ME 129, 9 A.3d 806, by allowing the board of appeals for a municipality to review a decision of a code enforcement officer for that municipality unless the charter or an ordinance of the municipality expressly provides that the decision of the code enforcement officer or board of appeals is only advisory.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 144)
Sponsor: Representative Hobbins of SacoCosponsors:
Committee: S&LGHearing: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1208: Resolve, To Establish the Commuter and Passenger Rail Advisory Task Force   Web Link to LD 1208

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to establish and convene the Commuter and Passenger Rail Advisory Task Force to evaluate and prioritize investments in commuter and passenger rail service between communities in this State in order to expedite development of efficient commuter rail service as appropriate in the major economic and population centers of this State to reduce costs to the State, its municipalities and its citizens of travel to and from work, business activities and entertainment and recreation activities. The task force must develop a Maine commuter and passenger rail plan, which must include investment priorities for the establishment of commuter and passenger rail service between communities in this State. The plan must be based on existing studies and analyses and explore the markets and infrastructure and the potential to remove automobile traffic from excessively used roadways. The plan must also provide for the reduction of highway construction and maintenance costs and identify ways to limit the need for parking facilities and to reduce road congestion and lessen transportation costs for citizens living in cities in this State. The Department of Transportation must report the findings and the plan of the task force to the Joint Standing Committee on Transportation no later than February 28, 2014. The Joint Standing Committee on Transportation may submit a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature on the subject matter of the report.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Verow of BrewerCosponsors: Senator Youngblood of Penobscot and Senators Mazurek of Knox, Representative Beck of Waterville, Representatives Brooks of Winterport, Campbell of Orrington, Carey of Lewiston, Chipman of Portland, Frey of Bangor, Gillway of Searsport, Goode of Bangor, Guerin of Glenburn, Kusiak of Fairfield, Longstaff of Waterville, Luchini of Ellsworth, Nadeau of Winslow, Schneck of Bangor, Short of Pittsfield, Stanley of Medway, Turner of Burlington, Werts of Auburn, Wilson of Augusta
Committee: TransHearing: Friday, May 3, 2013 9:00 AM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1250: An Act To Revise Maine's Unemployment Compensation Laws   Web Link to LD 1250

Description: This bill amends the definition of "employment" in the unemployment compensation laws to exclude the services provided by a temporary employee hired solely to fill in for a regular employee while the regular employee is on family medical leave. An employer of a temporary employee in this situation cannot be charged for unemployment benefits for that temporary employee.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 175)
Sponsor: Representative Beaulieu of AuburnCosponsors: Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Representative Carey of Lewiston, Representatives Harvell of Farmington, Knight of Livermore Falls, Libby of Lewiston, Weaver of York, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1275: An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Maine Economic Growth Council Regarding Prosperity   Web Link to LD 1275

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to implement the recommendations of the Maine Economic Growth Council, which was directed by the Legislature in Resolve 2011, chapter 148 to develop the Maine Prosperity Action Plan.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Woodbury of CumberlandCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1297: An Act To Provide Funding for Public Education by Increasing the Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 1297

Description: This bill raises the sales tax from 5% to 5 2/3% and uses the funds to assist the State in providing at least 55% of the cost of the total allocation for kindergarten to grade 12 education from General Fund revenue sources. The bill also requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services and the Department of Education to evaluate the effect of the increase of the sales tax on the funding for essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12 education and report their findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Chenette of SacoCosponsors: Representative Goode of Bangor and Representatives Noon of Sanford, Plante of Berwick, Rykerson of Kittery
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, April 26, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1304: Resolve, Establishing the East-west Highway Study Commission To Oversee Further Study or Planning for an East-west Highway   Web Link to LD 1304

Description: This resolve establishes the East-west Highway Study Commission to oversee further study of an east-west highway.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative McCabe of SkowheganCosponsors: Senator Jackson of Aroostook and Representative Carey of Lewiston
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1311: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation To Ensure Conformity with the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011   Web Link to LD 1311

Description: This bill amends the laws governing unemployment compensation to ensure conformity with the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011, Public Law 112-40, 125 Stat. 401. It provides that 15% of a penalty assessment paid due to unemployment misrepresentation or fraud must be placed directly into the Unemployment Compensation Fund. It also prohibits an employer from being relieved of benefit charges for a benefit overpayment that was due to the fault of the employer or agent of the employer if that employer or agent of the employer has established a pattern of failing to provide timely or adequately requested information pertaining to an unemployment benefit claim. Additionally, this bill corrects reference errors in the laws governing unemployment compensation to accurately identify the Department of Labor as the entity that prescribes how and in what form an individual reports on that individual's work search, and as the entity that determines whether good cause exists for an individual's failure to comply with the work search requirement.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 314)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator Patrick of OxfordCosponsors: Representative Volk of Scarborough and Senator Cushing of Penobscot, Representatives Campbell of Newfield, Gilbert of Jay, Hamann of South Portland, Lockman of Amherst, Mason of Topsham, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1331: An Act To Amend the Law Pertaining to Defective or Unreasonably Dangerous Goods   Web Link to LD 1331

Description: This bill requires a user or consumer who has been injured by defective or unreasonably dangerous goods or products to bring a civil action within 6 years after the date that both that injury and its cause are known or should have been known by the exercise of reasonable diligence.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Goodall of SagadahocCosponsors: Senator Katz of Kennebec
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1385: An Act To Amend the Reporting Requirements of the Workers' Compensation Management Fund   Web Link to LD 1385

Description: Current law requires the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to provide to the State Budget Officer and departments and agencies notice of quarterly premium payments due to the Workers' Compensation Management Fund so that the charges may be incorporated into the normal budgetary process. This bill instead requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Division of Employee Health and Benefits to inform the State Budget Officer of the premium charges for the fiscal year, and directs the State Budget Officer to advise any affected department or agency so those charges may be incorporated into the normal budgetary process. This bill also removes transitional language that was applicable in the 114th Legislature.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 447)
Sponsor: Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative Fitzpatrick of HoultonCosponsors:
Committee: A&FAHearing: Thursday, January 9, 2014 2:00 PM,State House, Room 228 (CARRY OVER BILL)
Work Session: Reported Out, Jan 14, 2014, OTP

LD 1447: An Act To Grow the Maine Economy by Promoting Maine's Small Breweries and Wineries   Web Link to LD 1447

Description: This bill sets the number of special taste-testing festival licenses statewide at 5 per year, and requires 4 of the 5 licenses to be issued to a trade association that represents breweries or wineries. The bill allows small breweries and wineries from other states to participate in special taste-testing festivals. This bill increases the fee for a special taste-testing festival license from $10 to $50 per day of the festival and clarifies that the event, rather than a participant, is licensed.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 351)
Sponsor: President Alfond of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative Libby of Lewiston and Representatives Chipman of Portland, Hickman of Winthrop, Jones of Freedom, Noon of Sanford
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, May 6, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1450: 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 1450

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: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Collins of YorkCosponsors: Representative Chase of Wells and Senators Thibodeau of Waldo, Thomas of Somerset, Representatives Gillway of Searsport, Kinney of Limington, Libby of Waterboro, Nutting of Oakland, Parry of Arundel, Powers of Naples
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1458: An Act To Enact the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act   Web Link to LD 1458

Description: This bill enacts the Maine Small Business Investment Protection Act to protect franchisees in the sale and operation of franchise businesses.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Herbig of BelfastCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Cushing of Penobscot, Representative Gilbert of Jay, Representatives Mason of Topsham, Mastraccio of Sanford, Rochelo of Biddeford, Volk of Scarborough, Winchenbach of Waldoboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 11, 2014, OTP-AM/OTP-AM/ONTP

LD 1477: An Act To Impose a Temporary One Percent Sales Tax for Education and Revenue Sharing   Web Link to LD 1477

Description: This bill imposes an additional 1% sales and use tax on items of personal property and taxable services currently subject to the 5% sales and use tax. The additional tax is collected and remitted and is subject to the same requirements as the 5% sales and use tax. Of the revenue generated by the 1% sales and use tax, 70% is transferred to general purpose aid for local schools and 30% is transferred to the Local Government Fund to be used for revenue sharing. If the amount of revenue generated in a fiscal year exceeds $280,000,000, the excess amount is transferred for revenue sharing. The additional 1% sales and use tax may be decreased to 0.5% and then eliminated if General Fund revenues for any fiscal year, as determined by the State Controller at the close of the fiscal year, exceed those of the previous fiscal year by 8% or more for that fiscal year. This bill requires the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over taxation matters, each time the additional sales and use tax is decreased, to examine the sales tax exemptions and determine whether those sales tax exemptions serve a purpose beneficial to the State that outweighs the cost of those sales tax exemptions.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Gideon of FreeportCosponsors: Representative Hamann of South Portland and Representatives Rykerson of Kittery, Tipping-Spitz of Orono
Committee: TaxHearing: Friday, May 10, 2013 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1518: An Act Concerning Liquor Licensing Laws for Holders of 2 Licenses   Web Link to LD 1518

Description: Current law prohibits a portion of a premise to be licensed as an off-premise retail licensee and the remaining portion of the same premise to be licensed as a Class A restaurant unless there is not public access between the 2 premises and the licensee maintains separate records, supplies and inventory for each licensed premise. This bill removes those restrictions.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 344)
Sponsor: Senator Goodall of SagadahocCosponsors: Representative Berry of Bowdoinham
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1587: An Act To Temporarily Ban the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticide   Web Link to LD 1587

Description: This bill bans the use, sale and distribution of neonicotinoid pesticides for 2 years. It also directs the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over agricultural matters to review the use and effects of neonicotinoid pesticides
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Brian JonesCosponsors: Representative Devin of Newcastle and Representatives Dorney of Norridgewock, Kusiak of Fairfield, Morrison of South Portland
Committee: AC&FHearing: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: Voted, Feb 4, 2014, ONTP

LD 1614: An Act Regarding the Laws Governing Liquor Licensing and Enforcement   Web Link to LD 1614

Description: Part A of this bill makes several changes to the laws governing the sale of alcoholic beverages to correct errors made in Public Law 2013, chapter 368, Part V, which was enacted during the First Regular Session of the 126th Legislature. The changes include correcting cross-references to accurately refer to the section of law that allows for the State to award contracts for the wholesale distribution and administration of spirits and referring to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations as the entity authorized to adopt rules regarding administration of the laws governing alcoholic beverages. The bill corrects a conflict in existing law regarding the discount price for which agency liquor stores purchase spirits. The bill restructures the provisions that outline the duties and authorities of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations by separating the functions that deal with enforcement, licensing and tax collection from the functions that deal with the administration of the spirits business on behalf of the State. The bill removes outdated references to agency liquor stores, including a provision that authorized the Governor or the bureau to close agency liquor stores in the event of riots, hurricanes or floods. The bill removes the requirement that the bureau provide copies of new laws and rules that govern alcoholic beverages to licensees free of charge. The bill clarifies an existing process that allows for the bureau to suspend a person's liquor license when a payment for spirits purchases, taxes or other fees is not honored or is returned for insufficient funds. The bill makes a correction to the law that provides for the legal, commercial transport of alcoholic beverages into and within the State by ensuring it applies to all alcoholic beverages and includes transport by reselling agents to licensees who are licensed for the sale of spirits for on-premises consumption. Part B of this bill makes technical corrections to the alcoholic beverage laws to reflect existing law that, on July 1, 2014, removes fortified wine from the spirits business administered by the State or the State's contracted wholesaler and grants the privilege of distribution to licensed beer and wine distributors exclusively. Part B of this bill takes effect July 1, 2014. The committee amendment removes certain references to fortified wine in the bill to be consistent with changes made in the bill that place the jurisdiction over distributing fortified wines with licensed distributors. It also makes changes to the provisions in current law governing the process for suspension and revocation of liquor licenses to reflect the transfer of responsibilities for liquor licensing from the Commissioner of Public Safety to the Director of the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations within the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368. The amendment also makes nonsubstantive clarifying changes to the bill.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 476)
Sponsor: Representative Louis LuchiniCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 4, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1626: An Act To Fund Invasive Species Prevention and Control (EMERGENCY) (TITLE CHANGE)   Web Link to LD 1626

Description: The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, increases the fees collected for watercraft operating on inland waters of the State by $5 beginning in 2015. This amendment also increases the lake and river protection sticker fee for nonresidents by $5. It directs that the revenue from these increased fees be directed to the Invasive Aquatic Plant and Nuisance Species Fund established within the Department of Environmental Protection beginning in 2015. Finally, this amendment eliminates the proposed invasive aquatic plant removal and long-term management programs within the Department of Environmental Protection and the proposed nonresident registration fees that are contained in the bill. The amendment also strikes the emergency preamble and emergency clause and adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 580)
Sponsor: Representative McClellan of RaymondCosponsors: Representative Gillway of Searsport and Representatives Hubbell of Bar Harbor, Kinney of Limington, Pouliot of Augusta, Wilson of Augusta
Committee: IF&WHearing: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 17, 2014, OTP-AM/OTP-AM

LD 1633: An Act To Extend the Date for a Business in a Tier 2 Location To Qualify for Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits   Web Link to LD 1633

Description: This bill extends until December 31, 2018 the ability of a business located in a tier 2 Pine Tree Development Zone to be certified to receive Pine Tree Development Zone benefits. Currently, the expiration for such certification in tier 2 is December 31, 2013 and in tier 1 is December 31, 2018.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator James BoyleCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Senators Saviello of Franklin, Representative Farnsworth of Portland, Representatives Gattine of Westbrook, Kruger of Thomaston, Peoples of Westbrook
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Feb 28, 2014, ONTP/OTP-AM

LD 1643: An Act To Enable the Bureau of Labor Standards To Access Federal Reimbursement by Amending State Law To Conform to Federal Law   Web Link to LD 1643

Description: This bill conforms laws regarding the enforcement of workplace safety by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to federal law, making the bureau eligible for federal funds. The committee amendment changes the bill by qualifying that, in the case of a conflict between the occupational safety and health rules of the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards and the rules of another state agency, the bureau's rules supersede the other agency's rules only regarding the occupational safety and health standards of that other agency. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 473)
Sponsor: Senator John PatrickCosponsors: Representative Herbig of Belfast and Representatives Hamann of South Portland, Lockman of Amherst, Malaby of Hancock, Volk of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Feb 28, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1644: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Stabilize Sand Dunes Affected by Actions of the Federal Government   Web Link to LD 1644

Description: The committee amendment, which is the majority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, changes the title and replaces the bill. It allows the City of Saco to undertake certain limited property and municipal infrastructure protection measures without a Natural Resources Protection Act permit along the coastline and within the coastal sand dune system and waterways of the Saco River Harbor area, the Saco River Federal Navigation Project area, the Camp Ellis Beach area and the Ferry Beach area prior to completion of a River and Harbor Act of 1968, Section 111 project for prevention or mitigation of shore damages for the Saco River and Camp Ellis Beach. The amendment also authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to approve an individual permit for the City of Saco to undertake, over a 7-year period, annual maintenance dredging of the Saco River channel and harbor and to use the dredged materials as beach nourishment on Camp Ellis Beach and Ferry Beach in Saco. The City of Saco is authorized to continue annual dredging and beach nourishment measures for an additional 7-year period so long as it pursues and obtains a permit by rule.
Position: Status: Private & Special Law (Chapter 24)
Sponsor: Senator Linda ValentinoCosponsors: Representative Chenette of Saco and Senators Boyle of Cumberland, Collins of York, Representatives Hobbins of Saco, Rochelo of Biddeford
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 3, 2014, OTP-AM/ONTP

LD 1692: An Act To Ensure That Local Businesses Are Notified of Construction Projects   Web Link to LD 1692

Description: This bill requires the Department of Transportation, a municipality or a quasi-municipal corporation or district to directly notify by letter, telephone, e-mail or in person a business of a construction project if that business has on-site customers and is in the vicinity of the project and give the business an opportunity to identify and comment on concerns during the planning phase of the project.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Werts of AuburnCosponsors: Senator Craven of Androscoggin and Representative Lajoie of Lewiston, Representatives Short of Pittsfield, Verow of Brewer
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
Work Session: Voted, Feb 12, 2014, ONTP

LD 1698: An Act To Streamline the Work Permitting Process for Minors and To Conform Allowable Places That Minors May Work to Federal Law   Web Link to LD 1698

Description: Current law requires that a minor start the work permitting process through the superintendent of schools of the school administrative unit in which the minor resides regardless of whether school is in session. This bill would allow a minor less than 16 years of age to obtain a work permit directly from the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards when school is not in session. The bill clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the superintendent of the school administrative unit and of the bureau as they relate to the work permitting process. The bill specifies that the bureau may issue a permit for a student who is attending summer school only after receiving certification from the superintendent that the student is enrolled in summer school, not truant, not under suspension and passing a majority of courses during the current grading period. The bill specifies that when school is not in session the bureau may issue a permit for a student only after receiving satisfactory evidence of the minor's age. The bill also authorizes the bureau to revoke a permit when there is reason to believe the permit should be revoked. Finally, the bill allows a minor less than 16 years of age to work in a bowling alley or theater, which conforms to federal law, and repeals the language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Lockman of Amherst.Cosponsors: Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Representative Davis of Sangerville, Representatives Malaby of Hancock, Sirocki of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, February 6, 2014 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 7, 2014, ONTP/OTP

LD 1701: An Act To Amend the Work-sharing Program To Conform with Federal Law   Web Link to LD 1701

Description: This bill changes the law regarding work-sharing programs to bring it into conformity with federal provisions that govern short-time compensation programs. The federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 requires states that currently administer a work-sharing program to conform their laws to the new federal provisions no later than August 22, 2014 or risk a loss of unemployment tax credits. Changes include ensuring continuing health or retirement benefits for participating employees to the same extent the benefits are provided to those employees not participating in the work-sharing program; providing details in the employer's application process about the number of layoffs averted and the employee notification process that will be used; and ensuring that work-sharing employees may participate in training to enhance their job skills while participating in the work-sharing program.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 448)
Sponsor: Senator Patrick of Oxford.Cosponsors: Representative Volk of Scarborough and Senator Cushing of Penobscot, Representatives Mason of Topsham, Russell of Portland.
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Reported Out, Feb 12, 2014, OTP

LD 1707: An Act To Amend the State's Tax Laws   Web Link to LD 1707

Description: This bill makes the following changes to the tax laws. It clarifies that the State Tax Assessor is allowed to review veterans' property tax exemption applications on file at the municipal assessor's office in order to determine that exemptions have been properly allowed and to be able to determine the amount of reimbursement a municipality is entitled to receive. It clarifies that the term "tangible personal property" includes any product transferred electronically as that term is defined in Maine sales and use tax law. It clarifies sales and use tax seller registration law as it relates to persons presumptively required to register. It clarifies that the updated allocation rates for the fire investigation and prevention tax apply for 5 years following the year of determination. The Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance is required to make the determination every 5 years. The first such determination occurred in 2013 and applies to the subsequent 5 years. It corrects an erroneous reference to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and an erroneous date reference. It clarifies that benefits paid under a military retirement plan are retirement plan benefits for purposes of modifying federal adjusted gross income. It corrects an oversight relating to the recapture of bonus depreciation add-back modifications. In 2006, the Second Regular Session of the 122nd Legislature enacted the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph X to allow shareholders of an electing S corporation to recapture the bonus depreciation add-back claimed by the entity as a C corporation under Title 36, section 5200-A, subsection 1, paragraph N. The Federal Government extended the bonus depreciation deduction for tax years beginning in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Maine has not conformed to those provisions but allows the recapture of the add-back modifications in years subsequent to the year of the add-back. However, Title 36, section 5122, subsection 2, paragraph X has not been updated to allow shareholders of electing S corporations to recapture the add-back amounts required of C corporations in those years; this bill corrects the oversight. Maine law provides similar treatment for electing S corporation shareholders with respect to the recapture of disallowed net operating loss carry-back deductions. It authorizes the State Tax Assessor to establish an alternative due date for an information statement with respect to tax withholding as long as the date established by the assessor is consistent with the due date of the related federal statement. This authorization is needed because some federal information statements affecting the Maine filing requirement have due dates occurring after January 31st. Current Maine law requires that all Maine information statements be provided no later than January 31st. It clarifies that the payments other than wages that qualify for the visual media production reimbursement do not need to be subject to withholding in order to qualify for the reimbursement. The committee amendment requires the State Tax Assessor to obtain state and national criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Bureau of Identification for any person not already employed with Maine Revenue Services who is applying for employment on or after January 1, 2015 as part of the process of evaluating applicants for employment with Maine Revenue Services and includes changes in the laws relating to the Department of Public Safety, State Bureau of Identification to facilitate the fingerprinting process.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 546)
Sponsor: Senator Haskell of Cumberland.Cosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 28, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1713: An Act To Permit the Sharing of Revenue from the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages at Sporting Events   Web Link to LD 1713

Description: This bill creates an exception to the law that prohibits a liquor license from being sold, assigned or subject to the control of a person other than the licensee. The bill allows a civic auditorium that holds a liquor license and serves as the designated host facility for a professional sports team to enter into an agreement to share the proceeds from the sale of alcoholic beverages sold in conjunction with the professional team’s sporting events. In order to qualify for this exception, the civic auditorium must have the capacity to seat at least 3,000 people. The committee amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the bill and strikes the requirement that a professional sports team must play at least 15 calendar days at a host facility in order to share revenue from liquor sales with the host facility. The amendment also provides that the revenue-sharing exception applies to any licensee that has the capacity to seat at least 3,000 people and hosts a professional sports team, not just licensed civic auditoriums. The amendment also requires that the licensee disclose not only the existence of an agreement with the sports team but also the terms of the revenue-sharing agreement when applying for a liquor license.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 446)
Sponsor: President Alfond of Cumberland.Cosponsors: Senator Haskell of Cumberland and Senators Tuttle of York, Representative Chipman of Portland, Representatives Farnsworth of Portland, Goode of Bangor, Luchini of Ellsworth, Moonen of Portland, Moriarty of Cumberland, Wilson of Augusta.
Committee: V&LAHearing: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Reported Out, Jan 31, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1751: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine Residents   Web Link to LD 1751

Description: The committee amendment strikes the bill and makes the following changes to the Maine resident property tax fairness credit for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The amendment changes the definition of "income" that is considered in determining eligibility for the credit by starting with an adjustment to federal adjusted gross income, corresponding to federal total income as reported on the individual's federal income tax return, increased by nontaxable social security and railroad retirement benefits, tax exempt interest, certain deductions and certain business and capital losses. The amendment changes the formula for calculating the amount of the credit by providing that benefits are equal to 50% of the amount by which the benefit base exceeds 6% of the individual's income up to a maximum benefit of $600 for filers under 65 years of age and $900 for filers 65 years of age and older. The benefit base is the amount of property taxes or rent constituting property taxes up to a maximum of $2,000 for single filers, $2,600 for joint filers and head of household filers claiming no more than 2 personal exemptions, $3,200 for joint filers and head of household filers claiming 3 or more personal exemptions and, for married individuals filing separately, 1/2 of the benefit base limitation amount applicable to married individuals filing jointly. The amendment changes the portion of rent constituting property taxes from 25% to 15% and removes the exclusion of persons whose rent is subsidized by government programs. The amendment provides that the benefit base maximum amounts will be adjusted annually for inflation for tax years beginning after 2015. The amendment provides funding to cover administrative costs to implement the changes to the property tax fairness credit.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 551)
Sponsor: Speaker Eves of North BerwickCosponsors: President Alfond of Cumberland and Senators Dutremble of York, Gratwick of Penobscot, Woodbury of Cumberland, Representative Beavers of South Berwick, Representatives Cassidy of Lubec, Chipman of Portland, Gattine of Westbrook, Grant of Gardiner, Hubbell of Bar Harbor, Kusiak of Fairfield, McCabe of Skowhegan, McLean of Gorham, Plante of Berwick, Powers of Naples, Saucier of Presque Isle, Schneck of Bangor, Short of Pittsfield, Werts of Auburn
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Reported Out, Apr 1, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1763: An Act To Make Available to the Public Certain Information Concerning the Alcohol Content of Malt Liquor, Wine and Spirits   Web Link to LD 1763

Description: Current law prohibits a person licensed to manufacture, sell or distribute alcoholic beverages from publishing in any form an advertisement of malt liquor that refers in any manner to the alcohol content of the malt liquor manufactured, sold or distributed by that licensee, including through the use of phrases such as "full strength," "extra strength" or "prewar strength." The inclusion of the alcohol content on the product label is permitted. This bill prohibits the use of images as well as phrases that may be considered as statements of high alcohol content but permits the advertisement of alcohol content with respect to malt liquor, wine and spirits as long as it is expressed as a percentage of alcohol by volume. The committee amendment strikes the provision in the bill that prohibits a liquor licensee from displaying images or phrases that are likely to be considered statements of high alcohol content, such as "full strength," "high test" or "extra strength." It retains the provision in the bill that ensures a licensee may display the alcohol content of malt liquor, wine or spirits when it is expressed as a percentage of alcohol by volume. Current law prohibits a licensee from posting any advertisement that includes the alcohol content of malt liquor, expressed in any manner. The amendment maintains the section in the bill that repeals this prohibition.
Position: Status: Public Law (Chapter 504)
Sponsor: Representative Luchini of EllsworthCosponsors: Senator Patrick of Oxford and Representative Fredette of Newport, Representatives Herbig of Belfast, Longstaff of Waterville, McCabe of Skowhegan, Rochelo of Biddeford, Saucier of Presque Isle, Schneck of Bangor
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 14, 2014, OTP-AM

LD 1783: An Act To Expand Consumer Choice for Wine   Web Link to LD 1783

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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative Gideon of FreeportCosponsors: Senator Katz of Kennebec and Representative Beaulieu of Auburn, Representatives Fowle of Vassalboro, Hamann of South Portland, Herbig of Belfast, McCabe of Skowhegan, McLean of Gorham, Schneck of Bangor, Turner of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Reported Out, Apr 3, 2014, OTP-AM/ONTP

LD 1785: An Act To Make Consistent the Sales and Use Tax Imposed on Various Fuels Used To Heat Buildings for Human Habitation   Web Link to LD 1785

Description: This bill eliminates language that requires hotels to pay tax on the sale of gas used to heat buildings designed and used for both human habitation and sleeping and adds gas to the list of fuels that are exempt from the sales and use tax when they are used to heat buildings designed and used for both human habitation and sleeping.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Jackson of AroostookCosponsors: Representative Stanley of Medway and President Alfond of Cumberland, Senators Gratwick of Penobscot, Haskell of Cumberland, Lachowicz of Kennebec, Millett of Cumberland, Patrick of Oxford, Representative Brooks of Winterport
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 25, 2014, ONTP

LD 1813: An Act To Hold an Advisory Referendum on Tax Reform (EMERGENCY) (GOVERNOR'S BILL)   Web Link to LD 1813

Description: This bill directs the Secretary of State to hold an advisory referendum at a statewide election in June to determine whether the voters of the State favor lowering income tax rates, implementing alternative taxes and reducing overall tax revenues and government spending by at least $100,000,000 in order to make Maine more economically competitive and improve the job creation environment. If the voters approve the advisory referendum question, the Governor is required to direct the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to include in the biennial budget for fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 submitted to the First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature proposals to lower the income tax rates, implement alternative taxes and reduce overall tax revenues and government spending by at least $100,000,000.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator Thomas of SomersetCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Reported Out, Mar 31, 2014, ONTP/OTP-AM