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Priority Legislation

LD 1240: An Act To Phase Out the Payment of Subminimum Wages to Workers with Disabilities   Web Link to LD 1240

Description: Currently the State Government and Federal Government may issue special certificates permitting an employer to pay an individual with a physical or mental disability a wage less than the State's minimum wage based on the individual's ability to perform the duties required for that employment in comparison to the ability of a person who does not have a physical or mental disability to perform the same duties. This bill prohibits the issuance of such certificates. Existing special certificates authorizing payment of less than the minimum wage remain in effect until the earlier of their expiration date and November 1, 2018. After the expiration of a previously issued certificate, an individual who was covered by such certificate may apply to the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor for a special work permit authorizing the payment of wages at less than the minimum wage rate by a certain employer.
Position: Status: CARRIED OVER
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HERBIG of Belfast
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, February 11, 2016 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208 TABLED Thursday, January 21, 2016 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 1254: An Act To Implement and Fund an Integrated Beach Management Program   Web Link to LD 1254

Description: This bill implements and provides a funding mechanism for an integrated coastal beach management program. It imposes a $1 per day fee, effective October 1, 2015, on the rental, between May 1st and October 31st, of living quarters in any hotel, rooming house or tourist or trailer camp, to be deposited into the Beach Management Fund established by the bill. This bill also establishes the Beach Advisory Group, chaired by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and composed of 8 additional members from state agencies and the public, which meets at least twice per year and advises the Department of Environmental Protection on matters related to the management, preservation and restoration of beaches in the State. The advisory group must also deliver an annual report to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over natural resources matters, and the committee may report out a bill related to the report. This bill directs and provides criteria for the department to develop and maintain a priority list ranking all beaches within the State based on suitability for beach nourishment, dune restoration, land acquisition or other enhancement techniques. This bill stipulates that resources in the Beach Management Fund may be used to develop coordinated programs for technical assistance to municipalities and homeowners; to provide assistance in the development and implementation of local beach management, preservation and restoration projects; and to reimburse the department for administrative costs. Disbursements from the fund must be consistent with the priority list developed by the department. This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Geology, Natural Areas and Coastal Resources, Maine Coastal Program to submit to the Department of Environmental Protection, by January 15, 2016, a report containing a draft priority ranking for specific beach management projects in the State, highlighting one or more focal beach areas with willing sellers for potential acquisition by the State. This bill directs the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Geology, Natural Areas and Coastal Resources, Maine Geological Survey to submit to the Department of Environmental Protection, by January 15, 2016, a report recommending priority rankings for each Maine beach based upon its geologic characteristics and suitability for beach nourishment, dune restoration or other physical management techniques, and identifying 4 to 6 beaches in need of management and most suitable for these techniques. This bill directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to submit to the Department of Environmental Protection, by January 15, 2016, a report recommending priority rankings for each Maine beach based upon its habitat value.
Position: Status: CARRIED OVER
Sponsor: Representative FOLEY of WellsCosponsors: Representative BLUME of York Representative BUCKLAND of Farmington Senator COLLINS of York Representative HYMANSON of York Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, May 11, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: REFERRED, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127

LD 1476: An Act To Improve the Law Concerning Carbon Monoxide Detectors   Web Link to LD 1476

Description: Under current law, carbon monoxide detectors required to be installed in educational facilities and units of multifamily dwellings; fraternity houses, sorority houses and dormitories affiliated with educational facilities; children's homes, shelters and residential care facilities licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services; and eating and lodging places must be powered either by the electrical service in the building and a battery or by a nonreplaceable 10-year battery. This bill allows a carbon monoxide detector installed in such a building to be powered by a battery other than a nonreplaceable 10-year battery if the detector uses a low-power radio frequency wireless communication signal or multiple sensors, has low-frequency audible notification capability or is connected to a control panel.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator DIAMOND of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative BATTLE of South Portland Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford Representative MAREAN of Hollis Representative ORDWAY of Standish
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, January 11, 2016 2:00 PM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

LD 438: 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 438

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $25,000,000, 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: CARRIED OVER
Sponsor: Senator LIBBY of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Senator ROSEN of Hancock Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: AppropHearing: Tuesday, June 02, 2015, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 668: An Act To Market Maine's Hunting and Fishing Opportunities   Web Link to LD 668

Description: This bill directs the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to establish a comprehensive marketing program for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife that is led and coordinated by a dedicated marketing specialist, whose position is required to be created within the department's Division of Public Information and Education.
Position: Status: CARRIED OVER
Sponsor: Representative DUCHESNE of HudsonCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade Representative MARTIN of Sinclair
Committee: IF&WHearing: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 674: An Act To Support Maine's Working Families   Web Link to LD 674

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to explore proactive strategies to raise wages in this State, improve working conditions, increase predictability of scheduling and improve the overall economic security of working people in this State.
Position: Status: CARRIED OVER
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 795: An Act To Encourage Prudent Development along the Coast or in a Flood Zone by Considering Predictions for Sea Level Rise   Web Link to LD 795

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures that would require sea level model predictions to be taken into account in the design phase of any development project on the coast or in a flood zone if more than 10% of the total funding for the project is state funding. "Development project" includes, but is not limited to, the development of buildings, land, walkways, bridges, roads, culverts and piers. The bill also proposes to enact measures to require coordination among state and federal agencies, universities and stakeholders concerning development projects on the coast or in a flood zone that may be affected by sea level rise.
Position: Status: ONTP
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative BLUME of York Senator BURNS of Washington Representative FOLEY of Wells Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Representative PARRY of Arundel
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:15 PM,Cross Building, Room 216 Wednesday, January 6, 2016 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216

LD 1461: An Act To Allow All Manufacturers Licensed by the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations To Provide Samples of Products to Retail Licensees   Web Link to LD 1461

Description: This bill allows any person licensed as a manufacturer by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to give a retail licensee samples of malt liquor and wine. Current law restricts this practice to small breweries, small wineries and wholesalers.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1462: An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License   Web Link to LD 1462

Description: Current law allows a manufacturer of spirits, wine or malt liquor that obtains a retail license to sell the manufacturer's products as well as other liquor on the premises of that manufacturer. This bill allows a manufacturer with a retail license to also sell its products for consumption off the premises of that manufacturer without the licensed premises being physically separated for on-premises and off-premises sales and without physically separating the inventory, as long as adequate records are maintained. This bill also allows breweries, small breweries, wineries, small wineries, distilleries or small distilleries under common ownership to transfer products from one premises to another and sell or serve those transferred products
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1467: An Act Regarding Maine Spirits   Web Link to LD 1467

Description: Under current law, on-premises retailers are required to report their liquor purchases from reselling agents to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. This bill instead requires reselling agents to report sales of spirits to on-premises retail licensees. This bill further provides that sales of spirits to on-premises retail licensees reported to the bureau from reselling agents are not confidential except for the names of the reselling agents.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator COLLINS of YorkCosponsors: Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Representative McCABE of Skowhegan
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1508: An Act Regarding the Distribution and Off-site Storage of Spirits by Licensed Reselling Agents   Web Link to LD 1508

Description: This bill amends current law governing a licensed reselling agent's licensed off-site facility. The bill authorizes a licensed reselling agent to sell spirits to an on-premises licensee at the reselling agent's liquor store location or at the licensed off-site facility.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative LUCHINI of EllsworthCosponsors: Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Speaker EVES of North Berwick Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1511: An Act To Allow Retailers To Return Promotional Alcoholic Beverages to Wholesalers   Web Link to LD 1511

Description: This bill changes the liquor laws to allow an off-premises retail licensee to return promotional alcoholic beverages to a licensed wholesaler.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, January 8, 2016 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.