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Priority Legislation

LD 65: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Impose a Seasonal or Year-round Local Option Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 65

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, specify the months during which it will be imposed if not year-round and identify the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland. Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, JORGENSEN of Portland, MATLACK of St. George, PIERCE of Falmouth, STOVER of Boothbay
Committee: TAXHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 69: An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System   Web Link to LD 69

Description: This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and requires the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings, capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick and Senators: President JACKSON of Aroostook, LUCHINI of Hancock, MOORE of Washington, POULIOT of Kennebec, Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, CUDDY of Winterport, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HYMANSON of York
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 81: An Act To Clarify Maine Law Regarding the Tips of Service Employees   Web Link to LD 81

Description: This bill clarifies that an employer may take an employee's tips as part of a valid tip pooling arrangement if the arrangement is only among service employees. It specifies that such a tip pooling arrangement may not violate federal law rather than requiring that it be consistent with federal law. The intent of this bill is to clarify the distinction between Maine law and any change to, or judicial interpretation of, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and associated regulations that would allow an employer to take a service employee's tips for any reason other than for a valid tip pooling arrangement that is only among service employees.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representative: SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 371: An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund   Web Link to LD 371

Description: This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: KEIM of Oxford, LUCHINI of Hancock, Representatives: DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, HANDY of Lewiston, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, MAXMIN of Nobleboro, RILEY of Jay.
Committee: IDEAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 410: An Act To Eliminate the Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities and Agricultural and Tipped Workers   Web Link to LD 410

Description: This bill eliminates current exemptions from the minimum wage law that allow the payment of wages at less than the minimum wage rate to individuals employed in certain agricultural jobs, to individuals employed in service jobs in which tipping is customary and to certain individuals with disabilities, effective October 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston
Committee: TAXHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 425: An Act To Strengthen Small Businesses in Rural Maine by Changing the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 425

Description:
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative WHITE of Washburn. Cosponsored by Senator FARRIN of Somerset and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, GRIGNON of Athens, JOHANSEN of Monticello, REED of Carmel, Senators: BLACK of Franklin, CYRWAY of Kennebec, POULIOT of Kennebec, TIMBERLAKE of Androscoggin
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 505: An Act To Require the Use of Reusable Food Ware at Eating Establishments   Web Link to LD 505

Description: This bill requires that a prepared food vendor may sell or provide prepared food to a 32customer for consumption on the vendor's premises only if the prepared food is served to 33the customer using reusable food ware. The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor 34may sell or provide prepared food to a customer for consumption off the vendor's 35premises using single-use disposable food ware only if the prepared food is served to the 36customer using single-use disposable food ware approved by the Department of 37Environmental Protection as recyclable or compostable.38The bill also requires that a prepared food vendor selling take-out food to a customer 39for consumption off the vendor's premises must require payment by the customer of a fee, 40retained by the prepared food vendor, of 25 for certain items of single-use disposable
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery.Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox andRepresentatives: FAY of Raymond, TERRY of Gorham, TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: ENRHearing: 2/2o/19
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 542: An Act To Allow a Person To Enter a Place of Public Accommodation Accompanied by a Medically Necessary Assistance Animal That Is a Dog   Web Link to LD 542

Description: This bill requires a place of public accommodation to allow the use of a dog that is an 23assistance animal by an individual with a physical or mental disability
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STANLEY of Medway.Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot andRepresentatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, EVANGELOS of Friendship, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HICKMAN of Winthrop, NADEAU of Winslow.
Committee: JUDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 808: An Act To Create a Youth Wage   Web Link to LD 808

Description: This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for a person who is under 18 years of age and is enrolled as a student in a school. The wage is 75% of the regular minimum hourly wage.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator TIMBERLAKE of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative MORRIS of Turner and Senators: BLACK of Franklin, DOW of Lincoln, GUERIN of Penobscot, Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, KESCHL of Belgrade, MASON of Lisbon, STETKIS of Canaan, STROM of Pittsfield.
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1098: An Act To Help Small Employers by Making the Minimum Wage Increase More Gradual in Nonurban Areas   Web Link to LD 1098

Description: This bill creates an alternative minimum hourly wage that applies to certain designated nonurban areas starting on January 1, 2020. Under this bill the minimum hourly wage rate for those areas is $11 per hour and increases by 50 each January 1st until it reaches $12 per hour on January 1, 2022. The minimum hourly wage stays the same as in current law for Cumberland County, except for the towns of Baldwin, Bridgton, Harrison and Naples. The bill also freezes any scheduled increase in the current minimum wage or the new alternative minimum wage if there is in effect an extended benefit period for unemployment compensation benefits, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor. The scheduled increase or increases will resume once there is no longer an extended benefit period in effect as of January 1st of a given year. It also delays the cost-of-living adjustment for the current minimum wage to January 1, 2024, changes the calculation to be the average cost-of-living increase over the prior 3 years and changes the timing of the cost-of-living adjustment to be every 3 years instead of every year. It also requires the Department of Labor to submit an annual report analyzing job creation and job loss trends in urban and nonurban areas since the initiation of minimum wage increases established by Initiated Bill 2015, chapter 2, section 1.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford. Cosponsored by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle and Senators: GUERIN of Penobscot, MOORE of Washington, Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, STANLEY of Medway
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1110: An Act To Establish a Local Option for Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 1110

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, the categories of taxable items the local option sales tax will apply to and the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth, Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, COLLINGS of Portland, DENK of Kennebunk, MORALES of South Portland, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senators: CHENETTE of York, SANBORN, H. of Cumberland
Committee: TAXHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1239: An Act To Mandate Paid Maternity and Parental Leave   Web Link to LD 1239

Description: This bill requires employers with one to 49 employees to provide 2 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and one week of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. Employers with more than 49 employees are required to provide 4 weeks of paid maternity leave, including existing benefits, to an employee who gives birth and 2 weeks of paid parental leave to an employee whose spouse or domestic partner gives birth. The bill also includes provisions regarding the protection of existing benefits, position restoration, denial of rights and judicial enforcement similar to the provisions of the family medical leave laws.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator SANBORN, H. of Cumberland and Representatives: CARDONE of Bangor, CUDDY of Winterport, GRAMLICH of Old Orchard Beach, McDONALD of Stonington, PERRY of Calais, ROBERTS-LOVELL of South Berwick, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1254: An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging and Provide Funding To Treat Opioid Use Disorder   Web Link to LD 1254

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, on prepared food, not including marijuana or marijuana products, and short-term lodging of no more than 1% if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed 85% to the municipality and 15% to all other municipalities. The 15% distributed to a municipality must be used by that municipality for the purposes of preventing and treating opioid use disorder in that municipality. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, FOLEY of Biddeford, HARNETT of Gardiner, KESSLER of South Portland, MOONEN of Portland, O'NEIL of Saco, SCHNECK of Bangor
Committee: TAXHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

LD 16: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise   Web Link to LD 16

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, BLUME of York, DEVIN of Newcastle, DOUDERA of Camden, DUNPHY of Old Town, FECTEAU of Biddeford, JORGENSEN of Portland, PIERCE of Falmouth
Committee: AFAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 50: An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Development of a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State   Web Link to LD 50

Description: This bill provides additional clarity, requirements and resources for the Maine Economic Growth Council's efforts to fulfill its current statutory mandate to develop, monitor and maintain a long-range strategic economic improvement plan for the State. It also includes provisions to support the State's achievement of the goals and objectives in that plan by establishing requirements for the Governor, Legislature and agencies with relevant programs and activities to consider the long-range strategic economic improvement plan and provide information to the Maine Economic Growth Council at the request of the council.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford. Cosponsored by Senator HERBIG of Waldo and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DENNO of Cumberland, HARRINGTON of Sanford
Committee: IDEAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 60: An Act To Require the Disclosure of the Names of Members of a Limited Liability Company   Web Link to LD 60

Description: This bill requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a limited liability company formed in Maine to be included in the company's certificate of formation and the name of each member to be included in the company's annual report to the Secretary of State. The bill also requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a foreign limited liability company in the company's statement of foreign qualifications to conduct activities. The bill also requires that if any member of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company is an organization, the names of each person who forms that organization's governing body be listed.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford
Committee: JUDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 75: An Act To Protect Earned Pay   Web Link to LD 75

Description: Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, President JACKSON of Aroostook, LAWRENCE of York, Representatives: CARNEY of Cape Elizabeth, CUDDY of Winterport, DOORE of Augusta, RYKERSON of Kittery, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 105: An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation   Web Link to LD 105

Description: This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development. It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth and Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MILLETT of Cumberland, SANBORN, L. of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FECTEAU of Biddeford, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, LANDRY of Farmington
Committee: IDEAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 116: An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor   Web Link to LD 116

Description: This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram. Cosponsored by Senator LUCHINI of Hancock and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, ANDREWS of Paris, BRYANT of Windham, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HICKMAN of Winthrop, STROM of Pittsfield, Senator: HAMPER of Oxford
Committee: VLAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 120: An Act To Rebrand Maine's License Plate Slogan from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland"   Web Link to LD 120

Description: This bill changes the slogan on motor vehicle license plates issued by the State from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland."
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ACKLEY of Monmouth. Cosponsored by Representative: FECTEAU of Biddeford
Committee: TRAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 139: An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers   Web Link to LD 139

Description: This bill makes a number of changes to the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program administered by the Department of Labor, including the following. 1. It requires that the Department of Labor's outreach efforts regarding the program be tailored to focus on unemployed and underemployed workers, veterans, immigrants, recipients of benefits under the statewide food supplement program, low-skilled manufacturing workers and students enrolled in postsecondary education. 2. It directs the Department of Labor to collaborate with other entities to improve program outreach to target demographics, including, at a minimum, collaboration with the Maine Community College System. 3. It makes changes to the criteria used to determine approved education and training under the program, including consideration of employer input, changing demographics and traditional industries in the State in which innovations and new technologies are creating a demand for skilled workers. 4. It requires that a program participant be given information about the allowable uses of a family development account under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 10, chapter 110, subchapter 4-A. 5. It adds a requirement that a participant be offered comprehensive career planning services prior to the program's development of an individual career plan with the participant and permits the Department of Labor to partner with other entities to provide this service. It directs the department to include in this partnership, at a minimum, the Maine Community College System with respect to participants enrolled or seeking enrollment in a training or education course provided by the Maine Community College System. It also directs the Maine Community College System to assist the Department of Labor in program management and oversight for such participants. 6. It repeals the January 1, 2020 repeal provision on the eligibility for the program of a full-time student at a public secondary school enrolled in a career and technical education program at a career and technical education center or a career and technical education region. This bill also amends the laws governing the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age, providing that such a minor may be employed in an otherwise hazardous occupation for which the minor has been trained or certified from a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education only if the minor has graduated from the program and has graduated from high school.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford. Cosponsored by Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, HANDY of Lewiston, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: BELLOWS of Kennebec
Committee: LBHSHearing: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 144: 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 144

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 Time Zone.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative KESSLER of South Portland. Cosponsored by Senator GUERIN of Penobscot and Representatives: BAILEY of Saco, BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, DUNPHY of Old Town, RECKITT of South Portland, RYKERSON of Kittery, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STROM of Pittsfield, Senator: KEIM of Oxford.
Committee: SLGHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 146: An Act To Make the Assessment and Collection of Personal Property Taxes Optional for Municipalities   Web Link to LD 146

Description: This bill allows a municipality, by referendum, to exempt all personal property located in that municipality from assessment and collection of tax by that municipality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples
Committee: TAXHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 209: An Act To Prohibit Municipalities from Prohibiting Short-term Rentals   Web Link to LD 209

Description: This bill prohibits municipalities from prohibiting or restricting the use of short-term rentals except for narrowly tailored regulations to protect the public health and safety.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STROM of Pittsfield. Cosponsored by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec and Representatives: ARATA of New Gloucester, FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor, FECTEAU of Augusta, HANINGTON of Lincoln
Committee: SLGHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 220: An Act To Improve Pay for Certain Maine Workers   Web Link to LD 220

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to improve compensation for certain workers in the State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 278: An Act Regarding Pay Equality   Web Link to LD 278

Description: This bill amends the Maine Human Rights Act to provide that evidence of discrimination with respect to compensation includes an employer seeking information about a prospective employee's prior wage history before an offer of employment, including all compensation, to the prospective employee has been made. It provides that this discrimination is also evidenced by an employer requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. The bill broadens a provision in the current equal pay law to prohibit an employer from preventing employees from discussing or disclosing other employees' wages and makes the practice a violation of the Maine Human Rights Act as well.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland, Representative MOONEN of Portland and Senators: President JACKSON of Aroostook, MILLETT of Cumberland, ROSEN of Hancock, SANBORN, L. of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: BRYANT of Windham, McCREIGHT of Harpswell
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 289: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 289

Description: Beginning January 1, 2020, this bill prohibits the sale or distribution in the State of disposable food service containers composed in whole or in part of polystyrene foam. The 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 Representative DUNPHY of Old Town and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BLUME of York, DEVIN of Newcastle, DOUDERA of Camden, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, HEPLER of Woolwich, Senator: CHENETTE of York
Committee: ENRHearing: 2/20/19
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 305: An Act To Protect Job Applicants from Identity Theft   Web Link to LD 305

Description: This bill prohibits the request of a social security number from a prospective employee by an employer on an employment application or during the application process. Under this bill, an employer may still request a social security number from a prospective employee for purposes of a substance abuse test or preemployment background check, and an employer is not prohibited from asking for a social security number from an individual for any reason after the individual has been hired.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative RILEY of Jay
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 339: An Act To Prohibit Unattended Watercraft on Open Water   Web Link to LD 339

Description: This bill makes a person's leaving a watercraft unattended in open water a civil violation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FAY of Raymond. Cosponsored by Representatives: CARNEY of Cape Elizabeth, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, RISEMAN of Harrison, SKOLFIELD of Weld, Senator: LUCHINI of Hancock.
Committee: IFWHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 341: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for the Construction of a Convention Center in Portland   Web Link to LD 341

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $150,000,000, will be used for the construction of a convention center in Portland.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham. Cosponsored by Representatives: BRENNAN of Portland, PIERCE of Falmouth, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: AFAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 369: An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Earned Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees   Web Link to LD 369

Description: This bill creates a right to earned paid sick leave for employees who are employed by an employer that employs more than 5 employees. The bill also creates a right to earned unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs 5 or fewer employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2021.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, President JACKSON of Aroostook, SANBORN, H. of Cumberland, SANBORN, L. of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: CUDDY of Winterport, DOORE of Augusta, MOONEN of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 402: An Act To Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers   Web Link to LD 402

Description: This bill annually raises the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative or professional capacity must earn in order for that employee to be exempt from the laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay until it is $55,224 on January 1, 2022. The bill provides for an annual adjustment, beginning January 1, 2023, based on the percentage annual increase in certain earnings as published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TIPPING of Orono. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: COLLINGS of Portland, CUDDY of Winterport, DUNPHY of Old Town, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, RYKERSON of Kittery, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senators: President JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 434: An Act To Price Carbon Pollution in Maine   Web Link to LD 434

Description: This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: This bill requires an assessment on the carbon content of fuels sold by a distributor in the State. The bill defines "distributor" and requires a distributor to submit on a monthly basis the required assessment to the Public Utilities Commission. The commission is required to transfer any assessment it receives to the Carbon Content Assessment Fund, which the bill establishes. The bill requires the commission at the end of each fiscal year to transfer funds from the fund to transmission and distribution utilities in the State. The funds are to be used to reduce the rates of those utilities' customers in a manner that is equitable and that provides maximum benefit to the economy of the State. The bill gives the commission the authority to review the books and records of a distributor and to impose an administrative penalty if necessary. It requires the commission to adopt routine technical rules.
Committee: EUTHearing: Thursday, February 28, 2019 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 211
Work Session: Thursday, March 7, 2019 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 211

LD 621: An Act To Prohibit Extruded Polystyrene Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 621

Description: This bill prohibits food establishments from processing, preparing, selling or providing food in or on an extruded polystyrene foam food service container with certain exceptions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CARNEY of Cape Elizabeth. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: DENK of Kennebunk, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, LANDRY of Farmington, MAXMIN of Nobleboro, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, ZEIGLER of Montville, Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CARSON of Cumberland.
Committee: ENRHearing: 2/20/19
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1034: An Act To Provide Revenue To Fix and Rebuild Maine's Transportation Infrastructure   Web Link to LD 1034

Description: This bill does the following for the purpose of increasing revenue to the Highway Fund and for other transportation purposes. 1. It increases certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for driver's license examinations, temporary license plates, nondriver identification cards, duplicate registrations, titles, driver's licenses, nondriver identification cards and transfers of registrations. 2. It increases the sales tax on the short-term rental of automobiles and certain pickup trucks and vans from 10% to 12%. 3. It requires 5% of the sales tax imposed on transportation-related items, such as motor vehicles and products for the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles, such as motor oil, batteries and tires, to be transferred to the Highway Fund on a monthly basis. 4. Beginning October 1, 2019, it increases the tax imposed on gasoline to 36.5 per gallon and the tax imposed on special fuel to 37.7 per gallon.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative McLEAN of Gorham. Cosponsored by Representatives: MARTIN of Greene, PEOPLES of Westbrook, TEPLER of Topsham, WARREN of Hallowell.
Committee: TRAHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1051: An Act To Create the Maine Family First Employer Program   Web Link to LD 1051

Description: This bill creates the Maine Family First Employer Program under the Department of Labor to award employers that create family-friendly workplaces by providing, for all full-time employees, advancement and leadership opportunities; the same pay rates for similar work; stipends or assistance for child care; paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child and medical care for employees or family members of employees; flexible work accommodations for other family obligations; and health insurance and retirement plan options. The awards are presented by the Governor and come with a logo that a designated employer may use for promotional purposes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Speaker GIDEON of Freeport and Senators: KEIM of Oxford, MILLETT of Cumberland, POULIOT of Kennebec, ROSEN of Hancock, Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, CUDDY of Winterport, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1077: An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents by Requiring the Use of the Federal Immigration Verification System   Web Link to LD 1077

Description: This bill requires an employer to register with and use the federal immigration verification system, currently known as the E-Verify program, to determine the work eligibility status of new employees physically performing services within the State.Presented by Representative DeVEAU of Caribou. Cosponsored by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HANLEY of Pittston, JOHANSEN of Monticello, LOCKMAN of Bradley, ORDWAY of Standish, STETKIS of Canaan
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DeVEAU of Caribou. Cosponsored by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HANLEY of Pittston, JOHANSEN of Monticello, LOCKMAN of Bradley, ORDWAY of Standish, STETKIS of Canaan
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1203: An Act To Clarify the Retirement Presumption under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1203

Description: Once an individual receiving workers' compensation benefits retires and is receiving retirement benefits, there is a presumption that the individual is no longer eligible for workers' compensation benefits related to loss of earnings or earning capacity. Under current law, this presumption may be rebutted by evidence that the individual is unable to perform suitable work because of the work-related disability. This bill lowers the evidentiary burden on the retired individual collecting workers' compensation benefits by providing that evidence that the individual's retirement was due at least in part to a work-related disability is sufficient to continue eligibility for workers' compensation benefits related to loss of earnings or earning capacity.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1204: An Act To Eliminate the Cap on Weekly Benefits in Workers' Compensation Cases   Web Link to LD 1204

Description: Current law caps the weekly benefit payable under the laws governing workers' compensation to a maximum amount set in statute or a percentage of the state average weekly wage, whichever is higher. This bill eliminates the cap on the weekly benefits.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1205: An Act To Allow Full Retirement Benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1205

Description: This bill strikes the provisions of law that require an employer to offset an individual's workers' compensation benefits based on retirement or pension benefits being received by that individual. It also clarifies the law to avoid the interpretation of the Maine Supreme Court in Urrutia v. Interstate Brands International, 2018 ME 24, 179 A.3d 312, which allowed an employer to take a credit for past overpayments, due to the employer's failure to take an allowable offset of benefits, by reducing the employer's ongoing payments of workers' compensation benefits.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1232: 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 1232

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 Bradley. Cosponsored by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, DeVEAU of Caribou, FAULKINGHAM of Winter Harbor, JOHANSEN of Monticello, O'CONNOR of Berwick, REED of Carmel, STETKIS of Canaan
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1243: An Act To Assist Small Businesses in Providing Health Care for Their Employees   Web Link to LD 1243

Description: This bill requires the Bureau of Insurance, Consumer Health Care Division to provide education and resources to employers with 50 or fewer employees to assist with making decisions related to health care coverage for their employees.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MORALES of South Portland. Cosponsored by Representatives: FOLEY of Biddeford, GATTINE of Westbrook, PICKETT of Dixfield, TEPLER of Topsham
Committee: HCIFSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
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LD 1253: An Act To Fairly Compensate for Fatal Accidents under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1253

Description: Current law limits to 500 weeks the duration of death benefits under the laws governing workers' compensation. This bill removes the 500-week cap.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland.
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1270: An Act To Create Certain Recreational Opportunities on State-owned Land   Web Link to LD 1270

Description: This bill provides that, beginning January 1, 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands may develop new marked hiking trails within the unorganized territory on which loaded firearms are permitted and within 300 feet of which, during the months of October and November, firearms may be discharged.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by President JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative COREY of Windham and Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis, Representative: KESCHL of Belgrade
Committee: ACFHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
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LD 1325: An Act To Allow Workplace Substance Use Testing for Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone Use at the Employer's Discretion   Web Link to LD 1325

Description: This bill allows an employer to test an employee or an applicant for employment for fentanyl, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, oxycodone and oxymorphone use during any substance use test administered by the employer.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KEIM of Oxford.Cosponsored by Senators: GUERIN of Penobscot, MOORE of Washington, Representatives: JAVNER of Chester, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PERRY of Calais
Committee: LBHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.