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Legislation Of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description: The purpose of this bill is to protect the environment and wildlife of the State and to reduce the increasing costs of litter collection and solid waste disposal by prohibiting the sale or distribution of disposable polystyrene food service containers, which constitute a sizable portion of nondegradable litter and solid waste in the State and which fragment into smaller, nondegradable pieces that may harm marine life and other wildlife through ingestion. Beginning January 1, 2018, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution, at retail or wholesale, in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam, as well as disposable food service containers that are not recyclable or compostable unless there is no recyclable or compostable product available at a comparable cost. This bill requires the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt rules to implement these statutory provisions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Zeigler of Montville. Cosponsored by Senator Miramant of Knox and Representative Ackley of Monmouth, Representative Rykerson of Kittery.
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LD 292: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Maine's Rail Infrastructure and Expand Passenger Rail Service   Web Link to LD 292

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to repair and reconstruct state-owned railroad lines, improve infrastructure on a railway crossing in the Town of Yarmouth and improve the railroad line between the cities of Lewiston and Auburn and the City of Portland.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SHEATS of Auburn. Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BICKFORD of Auburn, BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: AppropsHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description: This bill provides legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by exposure to abusive work environments. Employees and employers who subject an employee to an abusive work environment are liable, and employers are vicariously liable for the abusive workplace conduct of their employees, in a private civil action brought by the affected employee. The legal remedies made available by this bill do not limit any other legal rights of an individual, except that workers' compensation benefits received under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A for the same injury or illness must be reimbursed from compensation that is earned through the legal remedies made available by this bill.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill amends the State's coastal management laws to require the Department of Environmental Protection to apply to activities under its jurisdiction a generally applicable regulatory standard that addresses the impacts of sea level change and increased storm surges on coastal resources within the coastal area of the State. The bill directs the department to adopt rules establishing that standard on or before November 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: BLUME of York, GILLWAY of Searsport, HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach, TUCKER of Brunswick, Senators: MIRAMANT of Knox, SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing:
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LD 544: An Act To Expand Wine and Beer Tastings at Retail Establishments   Web Link to LD 544

Description: Current law allows a person licensed for retail sale of wine or malt liquor for off-premises consumption to conduct taste testings on the licensee's premises if the licensee stocks at least 125 different labels of wine or 100 different labels of malt liquor. This bill removes the minimum stock requirements.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TERRY of Gorham. Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, SAMPSON of Alfred, Senator: DILL of Penobscot
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing:
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LD 554: An Act To Require Paid Parental Leave for Employees   Web Link to LD 554

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