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Priority Legislation

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

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

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

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $9.50 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of SinclairCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour beginning October 1, 2015 and 23 provides that, beginning October 1, 2016, the minimum wage must be automatically 24 adjusted for inflation on October 1st of each year.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative FOWLE of VassalboroCosponsors: Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec and Representatives: DOORE of Augusta, KINNEY of Limington, LAJOIE of Lewiston, NADEAU of Winslow, SAUCIER of Presque Isle, SHERMAN of Hodgdon, Senator: DIAMOND of Cumberland.
Committee: CJHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $9.75 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator MIRAMANT of KnoxCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator HILL of York Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BATES of WestbrookCosponsors: Representative CHENETTE of Saco Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Representative GATTINE of Westbrook Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HAMANN of South Portland Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative SCHNECK of Bangor Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

Legislation Of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description: This bill expands the list of statements that are inadmissible in proceedings under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 to include statements obtained after continued questioning of an employee by an investigator, employer or an employer's representative after that employee's request to have a representative of the employee's choice present has been denied.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative DeCHANT of Bath Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: LCREDHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

Description: This bill provides $75,000 per fiscal year to the Department of Education for the New Mainers Resource Center.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative ESPLING of New GloucesterCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative HARLOW of Portland Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HOBBINS of Saco Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative MAKER of Calais Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston
Committee: E&CAHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill requires that if an on-premises retail liquor licensee sells or offers for sale a pint of malt liquor, the container it comes in must have a capacity of at least 16 fluid ounces.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative RUSSELL of Portland
Committee: V&LAHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

Description: This bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require, as a condition of accepting a credit card for payment, that a consumer provide personal identification information only if that person, firm, partnership, association or corporation requires that information solely for the detection, investigation or prevention of fraud, theft, identity theft or criminal activity or for enforcement of the terms of sale. The bill requires any personal identification information collected for these purposes to be destroyed after it is no longer needed and also prohibits the further sharing of that information. The bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require that a consumer establish an account as a condition for the purchase of a downloadable product and to require that a consumer provide personal identification information, as long as the consumer is provided an opportunity to opt out of the collection of personal identification information before completing the online transaction.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative RUSSELL of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

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

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

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