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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: Dead
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: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of SinclairCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Dead
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: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Dead
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: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Dead
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: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative PICCHIOTTI of FairfieldCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 367: An Act To Protect the Income of Service Workers   Web Link to LD 367

Description: This bill exempts from Maine income tax all tips included in federal adjusted gross income.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator BRAKEY of AndroscogginCosponsors: Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 372: An Act To Enhance the Promotion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities in Maine by the Office of Tourism   Web Link to LD 372

Description: This bill requires at least 25% of all advertising by the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to include promotional information related to hunting or fishing.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator DAVIS of PiscataquisCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Senator BURNS of Washington Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 403: An Act To Eliminate the Exception from Minimum Wage Laws for Workers Who Receive Tips   Web Link to LD 403

Description: This bill eliminates the provision of law that allows an employer to pay an employee who receives tips less than the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative DION of Portland Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Representative MORRISON of South Portland Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative STANLEY of Medway
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 436: An Act To Require Providers of Short-term Lodging To Be Licensed by the State   Web Link to LD 436

Description: This bill defines "overnight occupancy" in the laws governing lodging places and requires renters who provide overnight occupancy to the public to be licensed by the State. It also provides that a property rented as a vacation rental must be rented for a minimum of 7 days.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MORRISON of South Portland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: HHSHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Monday, April 13, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 209

LD 445: An Act Regarding the Sick Days of an Employee Who Is Terminated While on Sick Leave   Web Link to LD 445

Description: This bill requires an employer who terminates the employment of an employee while that employee is out on compensated sick leave to compensate that employee for all accrued sick leave.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator WOODSOME of YorkCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 468: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable or Polystyrene Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 468

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, 2016, 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: DEAD
Sponsor: Representative BURSTEIN of LincolnvilleCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative HYMANSON of York Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Representative STUCKEY of Portland Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 486: An Act To Require Adequate Rest Breaks for Employees   Web Link to LD 486

Description: This bill repeals a provision of law exempting businesses with fewer than 3 employees on duty at any one time from having to provide employees 30-minute breaks for every 6 hours worked.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CHENETTE of SacoCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HERBIG of Belfast Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 487: An Act To Provide for an Increase in the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 487

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour beginning October 1, 2015, $9.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2017 and $10.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2018, and it requires the minimum hourly wage to be adjusted for inflation on January 1st of each year, beginning January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CHIPMAN of PortlandCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin 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 523: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding the Sale of Liquor   Web Link to LD 523

Description: This bill allows a license for the sale of alcoholic beverages at a civic auditorium to be issued to the civic auditorium owner or operator or to the entity providing the alcoholic beverages. The bill provides that, in specific areas of the civic auditorium, such as club seats, suites or meeting spaces, alcoholic beverages may be sold in their original containers. The bill provides that alcoholic beverages may be sold during an event at a civic auditorium primarily attended by minors as long as they are sold in areas where the event is not taking place. The bill repeals the requirement that a licensee give written notice to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations at least 24 hours before a function or event at a civic auditorium. The bill also requires the bureau to establish a required training program for persons who serve or sell alcoholic beverages. The bill permits a person under 18 years of age to entertain at a licensed premises while liquor is being sold or consumed if the performance takes place in a civic auditorium, Class A restaurant, club or hotel dining room and the person is a member of an entertainment performance group. This adopted committee amendment replaces the bill. The amendment clarifies that a license to serve alcoholic beverages under a civic auditorium license may be issued to the owner of the auditorium, a contracted operator or the vendor who provides alcoholic beverages to patrons of the auditorium. The amendment, like the bill, repeals the requirement that a civic auditorium provide at least 24 hours' notice prior to holding any event where alcoholic beverages will be served. The amendment also provides for a definition of "club suite" and establishes limitations under which spirits may be sold in original containers for service within the suite, including a limit of 6 containers of spirits products. Finally, the amendment directs the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to amend rules governing the presence of persons 18 years of age or younger at a venue where they are part of a performance group providing entertainment where alcoholic beverages may be sold.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 101
Sponsor: Senator GRATWICK of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative FREY of Bangor Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Friday, March 27, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437 l. Tabled

LD 594: An Act To Allow the Creation of a Local Option Sales Tax by Referendum   Web Link to LD 594

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, of no more than 1% by local referendum. Certain items, such as motor vehicles and major household appliances, are excluded from the local option sales tax.
Position: Status: DEAD
Sponsor: Senator VALENTINO of YorkCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BLUME of York Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative CHENETTE of Saco Representative FREY of Bangor Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative JORGENSEN of Portland Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative MOONEN of Portland Representative SANBORN of Gorham Representative TEPLER of Topsham
Committee: TaxHearing: Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, April 27, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127

LD 623: An Act To Expand Maine's Carbon Monoxide Detectors Law   Web Link to LD 623

Description: This adopted committee amendment replaces the bill. The amendment does the following. 1. It requires carbon monoxide detectors in all 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 and lodging places. 2. It requires carbon monoxide detectors in all educational facilities, but it exempts dormitories and other buildings of educational facilities that meet National Fire Protection Association standards. 3. It defines "educational facility" to mean public and private postsecondary institutions and child care facilities. 4. It specifies which types of power sources for carbon monoxide detectors may be used in which buildings. 5. It provides a schedule for public and private postsecondary institutions to achieve full compliance by January 1, 2019. 6. It includes a transition provision for carbon monoxide detectors in use on the effective date of this legislation that have nonconforming power sources. 7. It provides an effective date of January 1, 2016.
Position: Status: Public Law Chapter 375
Sponsor: Senator DIAMOND of CumberlandCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston Representative LONG of Sherman Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Senator ROSEN of Hancock Representative TIMMONS of Cumberland
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 689: An Act To Support Maine's Tourism Marketing Promotion Program by Eliminating the Sales Tax Exemption for Casual Rentals for Fewer Than 15 Days a Year   Web Link to LD 689

Description: This bill eliminates the exemption from sales tax currently allowed on the rental of living quarters for fewer than 15 days a year.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator ROSEN of HancockCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 715: Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Hire Health Inspectors   Web Link to LD 715

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Health and Human Services to hire a sufficient number of state-certified health inspectors to inspect each restaurant in this State at least once a year. The Department of Health and Human Services is required to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services on the number of health inspectors hired by the department pursuant to this resolve and the cost of those health inspectors no later than December 2, 2015. The Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services is authorized to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature related to health inspections for restaurants.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative MORRISON of South Portland
Committee: HHSHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Monday, April 13, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 209

LD 718: An Act To Avoid Loss of Revenue to the State   Web Link to LD 718

Description: This bill continues the sales tax on lodging at 8% on and after July 1, 2015 in order to avoid the decrease to 7% scheduled under current law
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CHIPMAN of PortlandCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Representative CHACE of Durham Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MOONEN of Portland Representative SKOLFIELD of Weld Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative SUKEFORTH of Appleton Representative TEPLER of Topsham
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, May 11, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, May 18, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127

LD 843: An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage and Index It to the National Average Wage   Web Link to LD 843

Description: This bill raises the minimum wage incrementally until it is $12.00 per hour starting October 1, 2019, and it requires the minimum wage to be adjusted based on the increase in the national average wage index, starting October 1, 2020. It also reduces the tip credit incrementally until it is eliminated starting October 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MELARAGNO of AuburnCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Representative POWERS of Naples Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Mar 31, 2015 Work Session Held TABLED

LD 894: An Act Relating to Automatic Contract Renewals   Web Link to LD 894

Description: This bill requires any entity who sells or provides services through an automatic renewal contract to disclose to the consumer the automatic renewal clause clearly and conspicuously in the contract, including the cancellation procedure. The bill also requires that written notice be provided to the consumer no fewer than 30 days and no more than 60 days before the cancellation deadline pursuant to the automatic renewal clause.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative WARD of DedhamCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1101: An Act To Adopt a Retail Workers' Bill of Rights   Web Link to LD 1101

Description: This bill amends the laws regarding the employment practices of employers at retail establishments by requiring the following: 1. Two weeks' prior notice of work schedules to employees, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances; 2. Paying part-time employees the same wage as full-time employees; 3. Providing part-time employees the same paid or unpaid time off as full-time employees; 4. Providing part-time employees the same eligibility for promotions as full-time employees; and 5. Offering additional work to part-time employees before hiring new employees or using contractors or temporary staffing services under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The Department of Labor may adopt rules to help implement compliance and enforcement of these provisions and must report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and its efforts.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative BROOKS of Lewiston Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 27, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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: Carry Over Approved
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: May 20, 2015 Work Session Held TABLED

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: ENRHearing: Monday, May 11, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: May 11, 2015 Work Session Held

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: Dead
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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester.Cosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representative: McCLELLAN of Raymond
Committee: TransHearing: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 126
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: Dead
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: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437

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: Dead
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: Monday, March 2, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, March 12, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

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

Description: Adopted Amendment: This amendment clarifies that the limit on the number of tenant brewers is 9 tenant brewers per host brewer facility at any one time. 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: Public Law Chapter 15
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:

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: Dead
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: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 202

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

Description: Adopted amendment: This amendment makes a technical change to the bill by placing it in the section of statute that applies to on-premises licensees specifically. It also clarifies that the requirement to have a container that holds 16 fluid ounces applies when the licensee represents in written form to patrons that the licensee sells malt liquor by the pint. 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: Dead
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: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437

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: Indefinitely Postponed, Feb 12, 2015
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: Indefinitely Postponed, Feb 12, 2015
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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative RUSSELL of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 150: An Act To Increase Investment in Maine   Web Link to LD 150

Description: Currently under state law, long-term capital gains are taxed as regular income. This bill taxes income derived from the sale of real property held for business purposes for more than one year at 3%.
Position: Status: Resolve Chap 15
Sponsor: Representative MALABY of HancockCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative COREY of Windham Representative HAWKE of Boothbay Harbor Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
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: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of Eagle LakeCosponsors: Representative MARTIN of Sinclair
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
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: Dead
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: TaxHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
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: Dead
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: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, March 5, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 309: An Act To Connect the Citizens of the State to the State's Natural Resources by Establishing Standards for Relief from Regulatory Burdens   Web Link to LD 309

Description: This bill establishes standards for relief when state regulation imposes an inordinate burden on an individual property owner, as well as efficient mechanisms for pursuit of such relief. The bill provides that, if a property owner's right to use, divide, sell, occupy or possess real property is reduced by the enactment or application of a government regulation, the property owner may seek and obtain relief. Under the provisions of the bill, prior to filing an action, the property owner must pursue relief under a land use mediation program.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator COLLINS of YorkCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Senator HAMPER of Oxford Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative NADEAU of Winslow Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 325: An Act To Strengthen Recycling of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags   Web Link to LD 325

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ surcharge for a plastic bag designed for one-time use distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. A retailer retains 2¢ from the surcharge for administrative costs. The revenues from the plastic bag surcharge are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 329: An Act To Allow Equipment Rental Companies To Sell Equipment Insurance   Web Link to LD 329

Description: This bill allows a rental company to offer for sale an insurance policy insuring against the loss of or damage to equipment rented for personal or household purposes.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative PICCHIOTTI of FairfieldCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester Representative FREDETTE of Newport Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative MORRISON of South Portland Representative TEPLER of Topsham Representative WALLACE of Dexter Representative WARD of Dedham Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: IFSHearing: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 364: An Act To Allow a Sales ‘An Act To Allow a Sales Representative To Serve Alcoholic Beverages at a Tasting Event’   Web Link to LD 364

Description: Adopted Amendments: This amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the amendment. Also adopted: This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The amendment provides that a licensed sales representative may pour samples of spirits, wine or malt liquor at a taste-testing event that has been authorized by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations at an on-premise retail licensee's establishment, an agency liquor store or an off-premise retail licensee's establishment. Under the amendment, when a retailer requests authority to conduct a taste-testing event, the request must indicate whether a licensed sales representative will be participating by pouring samples and verification that the sales representative has successfully completed an alcohol server education course approved by the commissioner. This bill repeals the prohibition on a sales representative's pouring or distributing distilled spirits or wine at a tasting event.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 129
Sponsor: Representative MALABY of HancockCosponsors: Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, March 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 395: An Act To Amend the Site Location of Development Laws   Web Link to LD 395

Description: This amendment replaces the bill, which is a concept draft, and provides an exemption from current storm water management standards for the existing portion of a project that is expanded as long as the existing portion met all applicable state and municipal standards for storm water management in effect at the time the existing portion was constructed. This exemption does not apply to an existing project that is expanded if the existing storm water management system will be used, in whole or in part, to treat storm water flowing from the expanded portion of the existing project; the expanded portion of the existing project; or a redevelopment project.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 34
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of Eagle LakeCosponsors:
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216

LD 396: An Act To Encourage the Use of Alternatives to Single-use Plastic Disposable Bags   Web Link to LD 396

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ fee for a single-use plastic disposable bag distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. The retailer retains 1¢ from each 5¢ fee for administrative costs and may elect to retain an additional 1¢ from each 5¢ fee to provide a carryout program that credits a customer no less than 5¢ for each bag provided by the customer at the point of retail sale for packaging purchases. The revenues from the fee, less the portion retained by the retailer for administrative costs and, if applicable, the carryout program, are credited to the Plastics Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts in the State related to plastics. A retailer may provide recyclable paper products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. This bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to enforce these laws and impose penalties for violations. This bill also directs that, by January 1, 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection must conduct a public information campaign relating to plastics and their impact on the environment and must implement an outreach campaign aimed at providing reusable bags to residents of the State, especially to elderly and low-income households.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 409: An Act To Lower the Individual Income Tax Incrementally to Zero   Web Link to LD 409

Description: This bill provides for the phase-out of the individual income tax.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative O'CONNOR of BerwickCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative DUNPHY of Embden Representative GERRISH of Lebanon Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Representative LONG of Sherman Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: TaxHearing: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Hearing: 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 442: An Act To Clarify Municipal Capacity for Site Location of Development and Encourage Local Development   Web Link to LD 442

Description: This bill gives a municipality determined by the Department of Environmental Protection to have capacity to review certain development projects the authority to review modifications to a development project.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 28
Sponsor: Senator VOLK of CumberlandCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 456: An Act To Include Nonalcoholic Malt Beverages in the List of Exempt Products in the Law Regarding the Labeling of Genetically Engineered Products   Web Link to LD 456

Description: This bill exempts nonalcoholic malt beverages from the disclosure requirements of the laws regulating the labeling of genetically engineered products.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 118
Sponsor: Representative BLACK of WiltonCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative GREENWOOD of Wales Representative HANLEY of Pittston Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade Representative TIMMONS of Cumberland
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 485: An Act To Allow Licensed Foresters To Use Mechanics Liens   Web Link to LD 485

Description: This bill adds licensed foresters to the list of persons who can place a lien on the property of another for nonpayment of services.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 56
Sponsor: Representative McCLELLAN of RaymondCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative NUTTING of Oakland Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: JudicHearing: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 2:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 511: An Act To Permit a Licensed Sales Representative To Provide Spirits at an Approved Tasting Event   Web Link to LD 511

Description: This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The amendment provides that a licensed sales representative may provide spirits for a taste testing at an agency liquor store. The agency liquor store must indicate that a sales representative will be providing the product and verify that the sales representative has successfully completed an alcohol server education course when it requests authorization to conduct a spirits tasting event. Spirits provided by a sales representative must be purchased at the regular retail price from the agency liquor store where the tasting will take place. Under the provision of law governing licensed sales representatives, the amendment adds the requirement that a sales representative who provides spirits for a consumer tasting at an agency liquor store must have successfully completed an alcohol server education course. The amendment also makes a technical correction to existing law governing licensed sales representatives.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 184
Sponsor: Representative GIDEON of FreeportCosponsors: Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative MALABY of Hancock
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 547: An Act Regarding Service Dogs   Web Link to LD 547

Description: This bill requires that an individual registering a service dog present to the municipal clerk a letter signed by a physician, psychologist, physician assistant or nurse practitioner indicating that the individual or a member of the individual's household requires the service dog and a certification or other document indicating that the service dog has completed training from an established service animal training organization or has been evaluated by a certified animal trainer and found to have a sound temperament suitable for a service dog. It also requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to ensure that the registration tag of a service dog clearly indicates that the dog is a service animal and to devise a method of ensuring that a service dog's registration tag is visible to the public.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CAMPBELL of OrringtonCosponsors: Representative DOORE of Augusta Representative LAJOIE of Lewiston Representative MAKER of Calais Representative NADEAU of Winslow Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative TUELL of East Machias
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 561: An Act To Recognize the Registrations of Snowmobiles and All-terrain Vehicles Owned by Residents of a State That Borders Maine   Web Link to LD 561

Description: This bill allows reciprocity of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicle registrations with a state that borders this State.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative PETERSON of RumfordCosponsors: Representative BECK of Waterville Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative PICKETT of Dixfield
Committee: IF&WHearing: Thursday, April 16, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 571: Resolve, To Study the Need for a Standard Formula for the Horsepower of Motors Used on the Lakes and Ponds of the State   Web Link to LD 571

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create a working group to study and recommend legislation regarding the need for a standard formula for determining maximum horsepower for motorized watercraft on lakes and ponds in the State. The department is directed to submit the report and any recommended legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by December 2, 2015.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CRAFTS of LisbonCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative GREENWOOD of Wales Representative LONG of Sherman Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative WOOD of Sabattus
Committee: IF&WHearing: Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 206
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 575: An Act To Provide Property Tax Relief to Maine's Working Families   Web Link to LD 575

Description: This bill increases the exemption amount available under the Maine resident homestead property tax exemption from $10,000 to $20,000. Currently, the State reimburses municipalities 50% of the taxes lost by reason of the homestead exemption. In order to offset the increased cost to the State of the doubling of the homestead exemption, this bill also imposes the sales and use tax on amusement, entertainment and recreation services, such as admission fees to entertainment venues and performances, including movies, theaters and amusement parks, participation fees, including for bowling, golf or skiing, and fees for entertainment services, including those provided by bands, orchestras, disc jockeys and comedians.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MAREAN of HollisCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BATTLE of South Portland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator KATZ of Kennebec Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative TUELL of East Machias Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 590: An Act To Exempt a Fee for a Paper or Plastic Single-use Carry-out Bag from Tax   Web Link to LD 590

Description: This bill exempts from sales tax any fee placed on a paper or plastic single-use carry-out bag. This committee amendment incorporates the following fiscal note: Fiscal Note FY 2014-15 FY 2015-16 FY 2016-17 Projections FY 2017-18 Projections FY 2018-19 Net Cost (Savings) General Fund $9,144 $33,250 $33,915 $34,593 $35,285 Revenue General Fund ($9,144) ($33,250) ($33,915) ($34,593) ($35,285) Other Special Revenue Funds ($481) ($1,750) ($1,785) ($1,821) ($1,857) Fiscal Detail and Notes This bill exempts from sales tax any fee placed on a paper or plastic single-use carry-out bag. The exemption will reduce General Fund revenue by $9,144 in fiscal year 2014-15, $33,250 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $33,915 in fiscal year 2016-17. It will also reduce Local Government Fund revenue by $481 in fiscal year 2014-15, $1,750 in fiscal year 2015-16 and $1,785 in fiscal year 2016-17.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 150
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Senator BAKER of Sagadahoc Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Representative SEAVEY of Kennebunkport Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 1:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 612: An Act To Require a Large Employer To Provide a Paper Paystub upon Request from an Employee   Web Link to LD 612

Description: This bill requires an employer with more than 50 employees to provide upon request to an employee a paper receipt of wages for a pay period.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative HARLOW of PortlandCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative CHAPMAN of Brooksville Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative SHORT of Pittsfield Representative STANLEY of Medway Representative VEROW of Brewer
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 616: ‘An Act To Allow Certain Wine and Hard Cider Manufacturing Partnerships’   Web Link to LD 616

Description: This adopted committee amendment replaces the bill. The amendment establishes a tenant winery license similar to the tenant brewery license in current law. Under the amendment, a tenant winery must have approval from the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau authorizing an alternating proprietorship with another winery. The amendment allows up to 9 tenant wineries per host winery. A tenant winery may share or rent the facilities and equipment of the host winery under certain conditions, including maintaining control of their own raw ingredients and complying with reporting requirements of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations. Since manufacturers of hard cider are licensed as wineries under current law, this amendment applies to the manufacture of hard cider as well as wine. The subsequent adopted Senate amendment adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 185
Sponsor: Representative TIMBERLAKE of TurnerCosponsors: Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative DILLINGHAM of Oxford Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 618: An Act To Facilitate the Production of Hard Cider in Maine   Web Link to LD 618

Description: This bill allows the holder of a brewery or small brewery license to manufacture hard cider.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative BROOKS of LewistonCosponsors: Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro Representative TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 625: An Act To Increase the Tax Exemption for Pensions   Web Link to LD 625

Description: This bill increases from $10,000 to $15,000 the maximum amount of pension benefits that may be excluded from taxable income for Maine income tax purposes. The increased deduction applies to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator BAKER of SagadahocCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Senator COLLINS of York Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator KATZ of Kennebec Representative MAKER of Calais Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Senator VOLK of Cumberland Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset Senator WOODSOME of York
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 13, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 635: An Act To Allow B.Y.O.B. Function Permit Holders To Hold Tailgating Events   Web Link to LD 635

Description: adopted amendment: This amendment replaces the bill and is the majority report of the committee. The amendment provides that a B.Y.O.B. permit holder may be issued a 12-month permit that allows for multiple events over that period as long as the events are held at the same location. The bill allows a 2-year permit and provides that a B.Y.O.B. function may be held outside of the established premises. This bill authorizes a person who has been issued a B.Y.O.B. function permit from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to hold multiple functions over a period of 2 calendar years as long as the bureau is provided notice at least 24 hours prior to each function. The bill also provides that a B.Y.O.B. function may be held outside of established premises, including but not limited to open space and parking lots adjacent to a facility where sporting events take place.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 106
Sponsor: Senator DILL of PenobscotCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHERMAN of Hodgdon Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 16, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
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 673: An Act To Help Prevent Age Discrimination   Web Link to LD 673

Description: This bill prohibits an employer or an agent of an employer from including on a job application form a question that asks for the year of an applicant's high school graduation. The Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards shall enforce the law with a fine of up to $500 per violation.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative LAJOIE of LewistonCosponsors: Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Representative DOORE of Augusta Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative STANLEY of Medway
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
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: Carry Over Approved
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 675: An Act To Protect Earned Pay   Web Link to LD 675

Description: Under the 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: Dead
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 Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 1, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 678: An Act Concerning the Ability of On-premises Liquor Licensees To Dispense Liquor in Sealed Refillable Containers   Web Link to LD 678

Description: This bill allows on-premises retail liquor licensees to dispense liquor from kegs into sealable refillable containers for resale.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CHENETTE of SacoCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative HOBBINS of Saco Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 680: An Act To Reduce Waste from Disposable Bags   Web Link to LD 680

Description: This bill requires a retailer to assess a 5¢ fee for a single-use disposable plastic or kraft paper bag distributed to a customer at the point of retail sale. The retailer retains 1¢ from each 5¢ fee for administrative costs and may elect to retain an additional 1¢ from each 5¢ fee to provide a carryout program that credits a customer no less than 5¢ for each bag provided by the customer at the point of retail sale for packaging purchases. The revenues from the fee, less the portion retained by the retailer for administrative costs and, if applicable, the carryout program, are credited to the Plastics and Paper Recycling Fund administered by the Department of Environmental Protection for the purpose of promoting recycling efforts in the State related to plastics and paper. A retailer must provide reusable bags for purchase by customers. This bill authorizes the Department of Environmental Protection to enforce these laws and impose penalties for violations. This bill also directs that, by January 1, 2016, the Department of Environmental Protection must conduct a public information campaign relating to plastics and paper and their impact on the environment and must implement an outreach campaign aimed at providing reusable bags to residents of the State, especially to elderly and low-income households.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative RYKERSON of KitteryCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Representative BLUME of York Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative HYMANSON of York Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 684: An Act To Amend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Sold and Purchased   Web Link to LD 684

Description: This bill allows a holder of a liquor license to sell or deliver liquor from 5 a.m. on any day until 1 a.m. of the following day except in those areas in which liquor may not be sold on Sundays. The bill also amends sections of law that deal with the sale of liquor on Sundays to reflect this change. This adopted committee amendment, which is the majority report of the committee, provides that vessels licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption may do so until 1 a.m. of the following day, which is consistent with the time allowed for other on-premises licensees under current law.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 74
Sponsor: Representative KINNEY of LimingtonCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative CHENETTE of Saco Senator COLLINS of York Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 686: An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media   Web Link to LD 686

Description: This bill protects the social media privacy of employees and applicants for employment. The bill prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to disclose, or requesting that an employee or applicant disclose, the password or any other means for accessing a personal social media account. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to access, or requesting that an employee or applicant access, a personal social media account in the presence of the employer or an agent of the employer. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or coercing an employee or applicant to disclose any personal social media account information, except when the employer reasonably believes it to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or a workplace-related violation of applicable laws, rules or regulations but only when not otherwise prohibited by law. It that situation, the employer may access the information and use it solely to the extent necessary for purposes of that investigation or a related proceeding. The bill prohibits an employer from requiring or causing an employee or applicant to add anyone, including the employer or the agent of the employer, to the employee's or applicant's list of contacts associated with a personal social media account. It also prohibits an employer from requiring or causing an employee or applicant to alter, or requesting that employee or applicant alter, settings that affect a 3rd party's ability to view the contents of a personal social media account. The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee or applicant who refuses to take part in actions that the employer is prohibited from taking. It allows a court in a civil action to award a prevailing plaintiff declaratory relief, damages and reasonable attorney's fees and costs and injunctive relief against an employer or the agent of the employer. The new subchapter does not apply to information about an applicant or employee that is available to the public. The new subchapter does not prohibit or restrict an employer from complying with a duty to screen employees or applicants before hiring or to monitor or retain employee communications that is established by a self-regulatory organization as defined by the federal Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 United States Code, Section 78c(a)(26) or under state or federal law, regulation or rule to the extent necessary to supervise communications of regulated financial institutions or insurance or securities licensees for banking-related, insurance-related or securities-related business purposes.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative PIERCE of FalmouthCosponsors: Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 697: An Act To Restore Public Safety Programs in the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation   Web Link to LD 697

Description: The bill does the following. Part A restores the inspection and certificate requirements for boilers located in structures used by schools or colleges for the purpose of housing classrooms, gymnasiums, auditoriums or dormitories. These provisions were discontinued by Public Law 2013, chapter 595, Part U, section 11. Part B allows qualified private sector organizations or individuals to inspect amusement rides to ensure they are safe for the public. The bill assigns oversight responsibilities over the certification of qualified amusement ride inspectors to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The bill also corrects cross-references. The majority report of the committee amended the bill by deleting from from the bill the provision related to inspection of steam boilers in schoolhouses. The amendment deletes from the bill reference to private certified inspectors for amusement rides and inserts inspectors employed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The amendment deletes from the bill the provisions on inspection decals that related to inspection by private sector inspectors and inserts provisions related to inspection by inspectors who are employed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The amendment specifies the application process for amusement rides and sets the fee at a level not to exceed $100 per ride as established by the Commissioner of Public Safety by rule. The amendment specifies that the insurer that issues the liability insurance policy for operators of amusement rides, amusement shows and traveling circuses and amusement devices must be approved by the Commissioner of Public Safety. The amendment specifies the information required for an application for amusement rides and amusement shows.
Position: Status: Public Law 2015 Chapter 148
Sponsor: Representative LAJOIE of LewistonCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington
Committee: CJHearing: Monday, April 13, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 701: An Act To Modify Unemployment Insurance Successor Law   Web Link to LD 701

Description: This bill changes the treatment of unemployment contribution rate assignment in successor transactions. In cases when the successor is a newly established employer, and when no substantial common ownership, management or control exists between the purchaser and the predecessor, the successor may opt to retain the predecessor’s rate or be assigned the average contribution rate, whichever is lower. In such cases when the successor is an established employer with an existing contribution experience rate, the successor may choose to retain this rate or inherit the experience rate of the purchased business blended with the successor’s existing rate to form a new experience rate, whichever is more favorable. This amendment incorporates a fiscal note. To the extent that this legislation results in the purchaser of an existing business being assigned a lower unemployment tax rate than what would have been assigned absent this legislation, there is a loss of revenue to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The impact to the fund will depend on actual experience. According to the Department of Labor, of the 663 successor determinations in 2014 a maximum of 87 would have qualified for the options provided in this legislation.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 107
Sponsor: Representative HERBIG of BelfastCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Senator PATRICK of Oxford Senator VOLK of Cumberland Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 717: An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program   Web Link to LD 717

Description: This bill creates the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program to provide wage-replacement benefits to persons who qualify for family medical leave. The program is funded by employee contributions and provides 2/3 of the employee's average weekly wage for up to 6 weeks. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.
Position: Status: Leave to Withdraw
Sponsor: Representative DAUGHTRY of BrunswickCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 18, 2015 Reported Out LTW
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 739: Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Evaluate the Benefits and Detriments of Increasing the Minimum Wage   Web Link to LD 739

Description: This resolve is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This resolve proposes to establish a working group to evaluate the benefits and detriments of increasing the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator KATZ of Kennebec
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 757: An Act To Limit the Amount That May Be Retained on Construction Contracts   Web Link to LD 757

Description: This bill limits the amount of money that may be retained under a construction contract, pending the completion of contractor or subcontractor performance, to 5% of the contract price.
Position: Status: Governor's Action: Veto, Jun 19, 2015 Veto Sustained, Jun 22, 2015
Sponsor: Representative TEPLER of TopshamCosponsors: Representative DANA of the Passamaquoddy Tribe Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative NOON of Sanford Representative STETKIS of Canaan President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 759: An Act To Establish a Sales Tax Holiday   Web Link to LD 759

Description: This bill exempts from sales tax sales of clothing and school supplies occurring on the 2nd Saturday of August each year.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative KINNEY of KnoxCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Representative EDGECOMB of Fort Fairfield Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Representative HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft Representative MAKER of Calais Representative TUELL of East Machias Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 761: ‘An Act To Authorize Free Samples of Liquor by a Restaurant’   Web Link to LD 761

Description: Adopted Amendment: This amendment changes the bill by allowing a Class A restaurant or Class A restaurant/lounge to offer samples of malt liquor, wine and spirits. The bill allows for restaurants to offer samples of wine only. The amendment provides that a person may not be given more than 3 samples per day. The amendment also establishes sample size limits. A sample of malt liquor may not exceed 3 ounces. A sample of wine may not exceed one ounce. A sample of spirits may not exceed 1/2 of one ounce. Finally, the amendment specifies that samples must be provided in areas of the restaurant where liquor is normally served. Like the bill, the amendment provides that samples are for customers and may not be provided to minors or visibly intoxicated persons. This bill allows a restaurant, Class A restaurant or Class A restaurant/lounge to offer complimentary samples of wine to a customer subject to certain conditions.
Position: Status: Public Law Chapter 142
Sponsor: Representative FREDETTE of NewportCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 777: An Act To Establish a Seasonal Agency Liquor License   Web Link to LD 777

Description: This bill establishes a seasonal agency liquor store license. It authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue one seasonal license in a municipality with a year-round population of at least 5,001 if between June 1st and October 1st the population increases by a number that would otherwise qualify the municipality for an additional agency liquor store license.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative LUCHINI of EllsworthCosponsors: Senator LANGLEY of Hancock
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 779: An Act To Increase the Minimum Population Requirement for a Municipality in Which the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations May Locate an Additional Agency Liquor Store   Web Link to LD 779

Description: Adopted Amendment: This amendment clarifies that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations may license one agency liquor store in a municipality with a population of less than 2,000. This amendment also authorizes the bureau to issue one additional liquor store license in a municipality with a population of less than 10,000, instead of 5,000 as in the bill, and to consider the impact of seasonal population or tourism when determining whether to issue the additional license. Finally, this amendment specifies that a waiver from time requirements does not apply to certain applicants for an additional liquor store license in a municipality that already has the authorized number of liquor store licenses. This bill increases from 2,000 to 5,000 the allowable population of a municipality in which the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations may establish an additional liquor store.
Position: Status: Public law chapter 221
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Representative THERIAULT of China
Committee: V&LAHearing: Friday, April 3, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
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: CARRIED OVER
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: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 803: Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Develop Strategies To Protect Towns   Web Link to LD 803

Description: This resolve creates the Task Force To Develop Strategies To Protect Towns. The task force will examine ways of assisting municipalities in developing and strengthening their commercial bases. The task force is required to submit a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative STANLEY of MedwayCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln Representative HARLOW of Portland Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 820: An Act To Amend and Clarify Certain Notice and Assessment Provisions of the Maine Condominium Act   Web Link to LD 820

Description: This bill amends the Maine Condominium Act in the following ways. 1. It allows notice of the annual meeting of a unit owners' association to be sent to a unit owner by electronic means to any electronic address designated by the unit owner. 2. It changes from 14 to 10 the minimum number of days for notice of a budget meeting of a unit owners' association. 3. It authorizes the executive board of a unit owners' association to make special assessments and specifies the procedure for approving special assessments with certain limitations.
Position: Status: Public Law Chapter 122
Sponsor: This bill amends the Maine Condominium Act in the following ways. 1. It allows notice of the annual meeting of a unit owners' association to be sent to a unit owner by electronic means to any electronic address designated by the unit owner. 2. It changes from 14 to 10 the minimum number of days for notice of a budget meeting of a unit owners' association. 3. It authorizes the executive board of a unit owners' association to make special assessments and specifies the procedure for approving special assessments with certain limitations.Cosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Representative FOLEY of Wells
Committee: Hearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 872: Resolve, Establishing a Task Force To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals   Web Link to LD 872

Description: Adopted Amendment: This amendment, which is the majority report, replaces the resolve. It directs the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to convene a task force to ensure integrity in the use of service animals. It establishes the duties of the task force and guidelines for its membership and requires the submission of a report to the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which is given authority to report out a bill based on the report. This resolve establishes the Study Commission To Ensure Integrity in the Use of Service Animals in order to study training and certification requirements of service animals, methods of disseminating information about service animals to the public and documentation of training and certification of service animals.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative WARD of DedhamCosponsors: Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative TUELL of East Machias Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 921: An Act To Strengthen the Right of a Victim of Sexual Assault or Domestic Violence To Take Necessary Leave from Employment   Web Link to LD 921

Description: Adopted Amendments: This amendment amends Committee Amendment "B" to strike the bill and replace it. Part A changes the penalties that may be assessed for violations of the employment leave for victims of violence law, as follows. 1. It increases the fine from up to $200 per violation to up to $1,000 per violation and provides that the fine applies only to denials of leave in violation of the law. 2. It provides that, for denial of leave in violation of the law, the employer must pay the affected individual an amount 3 times the total assessed fines. 3. It provides that, for termination in connection with exercising a right granted under the law, the affected individual may choose either to receive an amount 3 times the total assessed fines or reemployment with the employer with back wages. Part B incorporates the substance of L.D. 686 as amended by Committee Amendment "A" to that L.D. to protect the social media privacy of employees and applicants for employment. Part C contains an appropriations and allocations section. Committee Amendment: This amendment, which is the minority report of the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development, strikes the bill and replaces it with changes to the penalties that may be assessed for violations of the employment leave for victims of violence law, as follows. 1. It increases the fine from up to $200 per violation to up to $1,000 per violation and provides that the fine applies only to denials of leave in violation of the law. 2. It provides that, for denial of leave in violation of the law, the employer must pay the affected individual an amount 3 times the total assessed fines. 3. It provides that, for termination in connection with exercising a right granted under the law, the affected individual may choose either to receive an amount 3 times the total assessed fines or reemployment with the employer with back wages. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill. This bill expands the law creating the right to a leave of absence for employees who are victims of violence by requiring that a returning employee be placed in the employee's former employment position or a position of equivalent employment status. The bill prohibits discrimination or retaliation against an employee for exercising the right to take a leave of absence or enforcing the provisions of the law and creates a private right of action to enforce the law, and to seek injunctive or equitable relief and compensatory damages.
Position: Status: Public Law Chapter 343
Sponsor: Representative DAUGHTRY of BrunswickCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative HERBIG of Belfast Senator KATZ of Kennebec Representative MAKER of Calais Representative POULIOT of Augusta Representative POWERS of Naples Representative TURNER of Burlington Senator VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 923: An Act To Create Jobs and Increase Consumer Wine Choice   Web Link to LD 923

Description: This bill allows a person who is not a retailer or wholesaler licensed to sell wine or malt liquor in the State to auction fine and rare wines from a private collection to private collectors, retailers and wholesalers under certain conditions.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative GIDEON of FreeportCosponsors: Representative DION of Portland Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 925: An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers   Web Link to LD 925

Description: This bill facilitates direct sales between Maine farmers and consumers. It allows persons preparing food in their own homes to sell directly to consumers or to offer homemade food at certain events without being licensed as food establishments.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative CHAPMAN of BrooksvilleCosponsors: Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Representative HICKMAN of Winthrop Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative TURNER of Burlington Representative WARD of Dedham Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 932: An Act To Designate a Sales Tax Holiday   Web Link to LD 932

Description: This bill, beginning in 2016, establishes an annual sales tax holiday on the 2nd Saturday in August to exempt from sales tax sales of items of clothing with a price of $100 or less, items of school supplies with a price of $100 or less and individual computers, not including those used in a trade or business, with a price of $1,500 or less.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MAREAN of Hollis Representative MOONEN of Portland Senator ROSEN of Hancock Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 960: An Act To Support Family Caregivers in the Workforce   Web Link to LD 960

Description: Under current law, family medical leave may be taken by an employee to care for a child, domestic partner's child, parent, domestic partner, sibling or spouse with a serious health condition. This bill adds to this list "grandparent" and "great-grandparent" and further provides that family medical leave may be taken in connection with the serious health condition experienced by any of these listed individuals related to the employee by blood, adoption, legal custody, marriage or domestic partnership.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MASTRACCIO of SanfordCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative GRANT of Gardiner Representative HAMANN of South Portland Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor Representative MAKER of Calais Representative NOON of Sanford Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 961: An Act To Support Tourism Development in the City of Sanford   Web Link to LD 961

Description: This bill requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to establish a pilot project in the City of Sanford for tourism development including recreational tourism, experiential tourism, hotel development and theme park resort facility development by a for-profit business.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative MASTRACCIO of SanfordCosponsors: Senator COLLINS of York Speaker EVES of North Berwick Representative HYMANSON of York Representative NOON of Sanford Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Senator WOODSOME of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 30, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 983: An Act To Clarify Wine Auction Licenses   Web Link to LD 983

Description: This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue to a holder of an auctioneer license a permit to conduct a wine auction for privately held wine. The bill establishes the fee for and sets specific conditions on the wine auction permit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative GIDEON of Freeport Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437

LD 986: An Act To Streamline Certain Regulations on Small Distilleries   Web Link to LD 986

Description: This bill allows a small distillery that produces less than 25,000 gallons of spirits per year to fulfill the provision of law requiring the distillery to sell its product to the State by accounting for spirits it sells or provides as samples on the premises of the distillery without being required to transport those spirits from the distillery by filing a monthly accounting with the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of the spirits sold or provided on the premises for that month and paying the difference between the price at which the distillery sells its spirits to the State and the price at which the distillery purchases back its own spirits from the State and any associated fees and taxes.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative BECK of WatervilleCosponsors: Representative GIDEON of Freeport Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville Representative VEROW of Brewer
Committee: V&LAHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1001: An Act To Enact a New Hire Tax Credit and To Create Initiatives To Help Families Move from Assistance to Employment   Web Link to LD 1001

Description: This bill creates a new hire tax credit for an employer in the amount of 50% of the wages of an employee who was a recipient of benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and who is employed at least 20 hours per week on average by the employer. This bill also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to develop recommended legislation to adjust the level of assistance under state benefits programs based upon earned income for low-income recipients of state assistance who are employed by an employer who receives a new hire tax credit and to recommend other measures in statute, rule and policy that will enable low-income recipients of state assistance to obtain stable and lasting employment.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative FREDETTE of NewportCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1003: An Act To Prohibit Discrimination by Employers and Protect the Privacy of an Applicant for Employment, an Employee or an Employee's Dependents Regarding Reproductive Health Decisions   Web Link to LD 1003

Description: This bill protects employees and employment applicants from discrimination based on an employer's beliefs about a particular drug, device or medical service. It also prohibits an employer from obtaining or inquiring about information about an employee's or an employee's dependent's reproductive health decisions, including but not limited to a decision to use a particular drug, device or medical service, without the employee's prior informed affirmative written consent. The bill prohibits employers from taking any adverse employment action against an employee based on the use of any particular drug, device or medical service related to the employee's or the employee's dependent's reproductive health decisions. No existing rights or protections against discrimination of an employee provided through any other provision of law or collective bargaining unit are limited by this chapter.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative McCREIGHT of HarpswellCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Representative TIPPING-SPITZ of Orono Representative WARREN of Hallowell Representative WINSOR of Norway
Committee: JudicHearing: Monday, May 4, 2015 9:30 AM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1011: An Act To Address Drug Testing in the Workplace and the Effect of Approved Substances on Current Drug Policy   Web Link to LD 1011

Description: Current law requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants or employees for substance abuse to develop and file a policy with the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor Standards reviews the policies to ensure compliance with state laws and rules. This bill provides employers with a single, consistent model policy. The model policy, which must be established by the Commissioner of Labor and managed by the department, is intended to encourage greater participation by employers to reduce substance abuse in the workplace. The bill requires an employer to adopt the model policy before establishing a substance abuse testing program. It removes the requirements that employers provide an employee assistance program and pay for half of rehabilitation beyond services provided through health care benefits. Employers may offer an employee assistance program if they choose. The bill amends the definition of "probable cause" to provide that a single work-related accident is probable cause to suspect an employee is under the influence of a substance of abuse. This bill requires the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services to develop a policy to address the impact of medical marijuana use in the workplace for submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development by December 2, 2015.
Position: Status: Leave to Withdraw
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative BICKFORD of Auburn Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Senator BURNS of Washington Senator COLLINS of York Senator EDGECOMB of Aroostook Senator MASON of Androscoggin Senator ROSEN of Hancock President THIBODEAU of Waldo Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 25, 2015 Reported Out LTW
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1015: An Act To Require Large Employers To Report Compensation Information   Web Link to LD 1015

Description: This bill requires employers who employ over 100 workers in the State to report annually to the Bureau of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer and the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay. The bill requires the bureau to submit an annual report including, for each employer required to report under this bill, the employers' information and the ratio of the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer to the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay to the Legislature and post the report on the department's website.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative DeCHANT of Bath Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 6, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1019: ‘An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2015, June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017’   Web Link to LD 1019

Description: Go to this URL: http://legislature.maine.gov/documents/?aiv%5Bdocuments.document_types_id%5D=26&tt=documents
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 267
Sponsor: Rep. Rotundo, Sen. Hamper (Governor's bill)Cosponsors:
Committee: AppropHearing: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/schedule_agendas/index.htm
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1043: An Act To Strengthen the Overboard Discharge Removal Grant Program   Web Link to LD 1043

Description: This bill amends the laws regarding the State's contribution to residential overboard discharge replacement projects. Under current law, depending on income level, an individual may apply for a grant for reimbursement of all or a portion of the cost of removing and replacing any overboard discharge, but may be approved for such reimbursement only after project completion. This bill allows the Commissioner of Environmental Protection to approve applications for reimbursement in advance of construction if certain conditions are met and to dedicate the proposed project expenses for reimbursement for a specified period of time. Upon completion of the project and submission of expense documentation, the commissioner is directed to reimburse the individual for the previously applied for and approved eligible project expenses. The bill also provides an appropriation in fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17 in the amount of $200,000 per year to provide grants to reimburse individuals for the cost of removing an overboard discharge under this program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator JOHNSON of LincolnCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Representative BLUME of York Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Representative KUMIEGA of Deer Isle Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator MIRAMANT of Knox Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: ENRHearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 216
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1083: An Act To Facilitate the Use of Half-gallon Containers for Malt Liquor at Maine Brew Pubs   Web Link to LD 1083

Description: This bill removes the requirement that the bottles breweries or small breweries use to sell malt liquor for off-premises consumption from their licensed on-premises establishment, typically half-gallon containers, be provided by the breweries and have labels unique to each brewery.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative McCABE of SkowheganCosponsors: Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth Senator McCORMICK of Kennebec Representative TEPLER of Topsham Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: V&LAHearing: ONTP
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1119: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Filing of Wage Statements by Employers and To Clarify the Statute of Limitations under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992   Web Link to LD 1119

Description: In response to the Law Court decisions in Wilson v. Bath Iron Works Corp., 2008 ME 47, 942 A. 2d 1237 and Graves v. Brockway Smith Co., 2012 ME 128, 55 A. 3d 456, this bill amends the law to effectuate results different from those reached by the Court. Current law provides that a petition under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 is barred unless filed within 2 years after the date of injury or the date that the employer files a required first report of injury, whichever is later. This bill specifies that this provision applies to dates of injury occurring on or after January 1, 1993. Under current law, if an employer or insurer pays benefits under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 within 2 years after the date of injury or the date that the employer files a required first report of injury, the period during which a petition must be filed is 6 years from the date of the most recent payment. This bill clarifies that, for dates of injury on or after October 17, 1991, this 6-year limitation applies regardless of whether the employer has filed a first report of injury. This bill also provides that for dates of injury before October 17, 1991, a 10-year limitation applies regardless of whether the employer has filed a first report of injury.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative STETKIS of Canaan Senator VOLK of Cumberland Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1125: An Act To Expand Public Access to Epinephrine Autoinjectors   Web Link to LD 1125

Description: This amendment makes the following changes to the bill: 1. It eliminates the provisions of the bill relating to emergency public access stations for the storage of epinephrine autoinjectors; 2. It eliminates the provision of the bill that requires an authorized entity that possesses and makes available epinephrine autoinjectors to submit to the Department of Health and Human Services a report of each incident on the authorized entity’s premises that involves the administration of an epinephrine autoinjector; and 3. It revises the immunity provision of the bill to make it consistent with the actions that are authorized under the bill and to make it clear that the immunity does not apply if injuries or related damages are caused willfully, wantonly or recklessly or by gross negligence. This bill allows entities, organizations and places of employment at which allergens capable of causing anaphylaxis may be present, other than schools, to stock prescribed epinephrine autoinjectors and administer them to persons believed in good faith to be experiencing anaphylaxis and provides that those entities, organizations and places of employment may not be held liable for any injuries or related damages that may result. It requires training for employees or agents of such entities, organizations or places of employment. It also provides for the establishment of emergency public access stations to contain stocks of epinephrine autoinjectors, allows health care practitioners to stock them with epinephine autoinjectors and to provide individuals accessing the stations with consultation services in real time by audio, video or other similar means of electronic communication and provides that persons involved with the stations and acting in good faith may not be held liable for any injuries or related damages that may result.
Position: Status: Veto Overridden Public Law Chap 231
Sponsor: Representative PETERSON of RumfordCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville Representative GATTINE of Westbrook Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HEAD of Bethel Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Representative SHORT of Pittsfield
Committee: HHSHearing: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1135: An Act Regarding the Requirements for Sprinkler Systems in Townhouses   Web Link to LD 1135

Description: This bill requires the Office of the State Fire Marshal to inspect and approve all sprinkler system plans for townhouses constructed after January 1, 2016. The bill establishes a definition for the term "townhouse" that mirrors the definition used in the International Residential Code.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator LANGLEY of HancockCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative MAKER of Calais Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative POULIOT of Augusta Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: Hearing: Dead
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1136: An Act To Amend the Maine Business Corporation Act   Web Link to LD 1136

Description: This is a periodic update of the Maine Business Corporations Act to reflect recently adopted changes to the Model Business Corporations Act. This bill extends the existing ability of a corporation to reduce or eliminate certain fiduciary duties owed by directors to Maine corporations and their shareholders by means of provisions in the corporation’s articles of incorporation to situations involving business opportunities that could be of interest to the corporation. This bill makes minor clarifying changes to existing provisions relating to the signatures on share certificates, the right of shareholders to call special shareholders’ meetings and the permitted duration of voting trusts, prospectively eliminating a restriction limiting such trusts to 21 years. This bill clarifies existing provisions relating to the duration of proxies to vote shares in Maine corporations and the effectiveness of irrevocable proxies. This bill clarifies and expands upon existing provisions relating to inspectors of elections, including provisions regarding the appointment, roles, duties and procedures of inspectors and judicial review of their actions and decisions. This bill contains detailed provisions relating to judicial review of disputes concerning elections and appointments of directors and officers of Maine corporations, including the matters as to which the judiciary may issue rulings, the persons who may commence such proceedings, the persons who must be named as defendants in such proceedings, service of process and the scope and types of remedies that may be granted in such actions. This bill clarifies when and in what manner qualifications for service as a director of a Maine corporation, or to be nominated as such, may become applicable relative to the time of nomination or time of election or during such person's tenure as a director. This bill provides that Maine’s existing statutory provision allowing judicially mandated dissolution of a Maine corporation in cases involving "oppression" of one or more shareholders is applicable to corporations whose securities are publicly traded.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator KATZ of KennebecCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Senator HILL of York Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: JudicHearing: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:00 PM,Room 438 State House
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1157: An Act To Protect Preemployment Credit Privacy   Web Link to LD 1157

Description: This bill prohibits employers from obtaining information regarding the creditworthiness, credit standing, credit capacity, debts or check-writing experience of a prospective employee as part of the hiring process or decision. There are exceptions from this prohibition in the bill for circumstances in which the job requires management of the company's finances or a customer's financial assets, the employer is in the financial services industry or the employer is otherwise required by law to obtain this information. Violation of this prohibition is a civil violation for which a fine from $500 to $1,000 for each violation may be adjudged. The prohibition is enforced by the Director of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative HAMANN of South PortlandCosponsors: Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1162: An Act To Ensure Safe Drinking Water for Maine Families   Web Link to LD 1162

Description: This bill improves testing for and treatment of contaminants in residential private drinking water wells that are otherwise exempt from state and federal safe drinking water laws. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a uniform testing recommendation for testing of residential private drinking water wells. The bill requires testing when residential private drinking water wells are constructed. The bill establishes the Private Well Safe Drinking Water Fund to support educational outreach and to improve testing rates of residential private drinking water wells. The fund is funded by fees on the testing of residential private drinking water wells. The bill establishes a fund within the Maine State Housing Authority funded by fees on the installation of water treatment equipment for the purpose of providing persons of low income with affordable water treatment. The bill requires the department to conduct educational outreach regarding the potential health effects of contaminants and the need for testing and treatment of residential private drinking water wells.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative GATTINE of WestbrookCosponsors: Representative BURSTEIN of Lincolnville Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MAREAN of Hollis Representative VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: HHSHearing: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1164: An Act To Promote Tourism and Foster Economic Development   Web Link to LD 1164

Description: This bill provides a fully refundable income tax credit for expenses and wages directly incurred in Maine by a major visual media production company, including for content that is produced for the Internet, in an amount of up to 25% of production expenses if the overall budget is greater than $1,000,000, not including wages for starring cast or the director, writer or producers. The credit must be claimed in the taxable year in which the major visual media production is completed. A major visual media production company must submit a nonrefundable application fee, which is 0.2% of the estimated tax credit, but may be no less than $200 and no more than $5,000. The Department of Economic and Community Development may deny a certificate for a visual media production or a major visual media production for any reason. The department is required to deny a certificate if it would qualify the production for tax credits in excess of the funds appropriated for that purpose.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative HAMANN of South PortlandCosponsors: Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator HILL of York Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative STANLEY of Medway Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1165: An Act To Enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act   Web Link to LD 1165

Description: This bill enacts the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act to create a statutory and regulatory framework designed to prevent harm to employees by reducing exposure to highly toxic chemicals in the workplace and thereby decrease the rates of cancer and other chronic diseases in the State, improve workplace chemical management and safety and ensure safer workplaces and healthier communities. This bill specifically: 1. Directs the Department of Labor to develop criteria for identifying toxic and highly toxic chemicals, designate all toxic and highly toxic chemicals to be regulated by the Act and publish lists of all regulated toxic and highly toxic chemicals on its publicly accessible website; 2. Requires employers subject to the provisions of the Act to develop and implement a written alternative chemical work plan and designate a transition team to assist in transitioning from highly toxic chemicals in the workplace to safer alternatives; 3. Directs the transition team to inventory all chemicals in the workplace, both toxic and nontoxic, and determine which chemicals have been designated by the department as toxic or highly toxic chemicals; 4. Requires the transition team to develop a priority ranking of all identified highly toxic chemicals, based on a number of criteria, to assist in determining which chemicals will be transitioned to safer alternatives; 5. Directs the transition team, as part of developing the priority ranking, to conduct for each highly toxic chemical an alternatives analysis that includes, among other things, a detailed financial analysis of the costs of substituting an alternative; 6. Requires the transition team to decide which alternatives to highly toxic chemicals are safer alternatives and which safer alternatives should be tested and evaluated for permanent transition. After testing and evaluation of selected safer alternatives, the transition team may elect to transition to a safer alternative on a permanent basis; 7. Allows an employer, at any point after completing the transition to a safer alternative, to discontinue use of the safer alternative and report the basis for discontinuation to the department; 8. Stipulates reporting and records retention requirements for the employer, as well as guidelines for access to information by employees and state agencies; 9. Directs the development by the employer of employee training and other informational materials; 10. Authorizes the department to enforce the provisions of the Act and to issue penalties for violations of the Act; 11. Requires the department to adopt all rules necessary to implement the provisions of the Act; 12. Stipulates an effective date for the Act of September 1, 2016; and 13. Directs the department, by January 1, 2016, to submit for legislative review major substantive rules related to the Act.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative GOODE of BangorCosponsors: Representative ALLEY of Beals Senator BREEN of Cumberland Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Representative DEVIN of Newcastle Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HERBIG of Belfast Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator PATRICK of Oxford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 27, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1166: An Act To Protect Taxpayers by Regulating Personal Services Contracts   Web Link to LD 1166

Description: This bill requires the Director of the Bureau of General Services to coordinate with all state departments and agencies to make cost-savings information available on the department's website for the winners of all competitively bid service contracts for the State. Cost-savings information for a contract with a new contractor must, where applicable, include the projected savings of the contract over the State's costs of providing the same service and include the amount of savings over the previous contractor. Cost-savings information for a contract with a contractor renewing or extending a contract for the first time must include details of the expiring contract's cost savings and details of continued cost-savings at or below costs in the current contract adjusted for inflation. Cost-savings information for a contract with a contractor renewing or extending a contract beyond a first renewal or extension must include details on continued cost-savings at or below costs in the current contract adjusted for inflation. This bill requires that the Director of the Bureau of General Services, with the approval of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, establish practices and procedures to make the cost-savings information available on the department's website and gives the director the authority to do this by rule.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of SinclairCosponsors: Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative DOORE of Augusta Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GILBERT of Jay Representative HERBIG of Belfast Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative POULIOT of Augusta Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: S&LGHearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 214
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1176: An Act To Prohibit the Sale and Possession of Powdered Alcohol in the State   Web Link to LD 1176

Description: Adopted Amendment: This amendment clarifies that penalties established in the bill for licensees who sell or furnish powdered alcohol in violation of the law apply to nonretail licensees as well as retail licensees and further clarifies that license suspensions are carried out in accordance with the existing suspension process in law. This bill makes the possession, use, sale or furnishing of powdered alcohol a civil violation and a repeat violation of selling or furnishing powdered alcohol a Class E crime that, if committed by a person with a license to sell liquor, subjects the person to a possible suspension of the liquor license for up to one year.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 205
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland Senator BREEN of Cumberland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Representative DAVITT of Hampden Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester Representative EVANGELOS of Friendship Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Representative POWERS of Naples
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1183: An Act To Strengthen the Craft Distillery Industry in Maine   Web Link to LD 1183

Description: This bill caps the tax the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, State Liquor and Lottery Commission may levy on spirits produced by a distillery in the State that distills 50,000 gallons per year or less at no more than 18% of the price the State pays the distillery for the spirits. The bill requires that the distillery must use state-grown products, not including water, as a majority of the spirits' substrate, which is the sugary mixture from which alcohol or spirits are distilled.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative WADSWORTH of HiramCosponsors: Representative COREY of Windham Senator DUTREMBLE of York Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln Representative HOBBINS of Saco Representative KINNEY of Limington Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative PIERCE of Dresden Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1195: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Workers' Compensation   Web Link to LD 1195

Description: This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing workers' compensation and the Workers' Compensation Board, or "board." 1. It repeals language requiring the board to hire qualified persons to serve as hearing officers, and instead requires hearing officers to be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. 2. Current law authorizes the board to establish the terms of hearing officers by rule; this bill instead provides that the initial term of a hearing officer is 3 years and subsequent terms are 5 years. 3. It provides that if a violation of the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 results in a de minimus alteration to a calculation of benefits, a report to the Attorney General is not required. 4. It requires that a person appointed to investigate circumstances surrounding an industrial injury or to conduct an audit must submit a report of the investigation or audit to the Superintendent of Insurance as well as to the board. 5. It eliminates authorization for the board to audit the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association. 6. It authorizes the disclosure of audit working papers to the Superintendent of Insurance. 7. It provides that an employee who has received a personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment and who has returned to work on a full-time basis is entitled to compensation for time spent attending medical appointments related to the injury that occur during hours that the employee is customarily at work. 8. It specifies that for a first failure to pay benefits, the penalty for delay of $50 per day may not be more than $500, and that for a second failure to pay, the penalty for delay of $50 per day may not be more than $1,000. 9. It eliminates language identifying the Maine Insurance Guaranty Association as an employer or insurance carrier for purposes of assessing penalties for delay in payment. 10. It specifies that wage statements must report wages of the employee in the same manner as wages are paid. 11. It requires that if an independent medical examiner is assigned by the board, the assignment must be made within 30 days of the request. 12. It requires that the independent medical examiner submit a written report of findings within a reasonable time following the examination. If a report is not filed within 60 days following the examination, the hearing officer is directed to follow up with the independent medical examiner. 13. It requires the board to annually publish its findings regarding the quality and timeliness of the submission of medical findings by independent medical examiners. 14. It requires hearing officers to render decisions within 60 days of the close of evidence of a hearing unless the executive director authorizes the hearing officer to take additional time to render the decision. 15. It specifies that the law governing the determination of attorney's fees for lump-sum settlements applies to injuries occurring after January 1, 2015; that the computation of the amount is based on the indemnity benefits of the settlement; and that a fee may not be assessed for the amount of any settlement intended to pay for current or future medical costs. 16. It specifies that a de minimus error in the calculation of average weekly wage may not be considered in the calculation of a penalty. 17. It specifies that, if after an audit the board determines that an assessment in the aggregate could equal or exceed the amount of compensation, interest, penalty or other obligations, a hearing must be held before a panel composed of the executive director of the board, the Superintendent of Insurance and a hearing officer appointed by the board. 18. It authorizes the Superintendent of Insurance, rather than the board, to assess civil penalties if it is found that an employer, insurer or 3rd-party administrator for an employer has engaged in a pattern of questionable claims-handling techniques or repeated unreasonable contested claims. 19. It requires the board to annually report the results of its monitoring program to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over workers' compensation matters. 20. It directs the board to conduct a study regarding psychological injury and impairment arising out of injuries sustained by employees in the course of employment.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Representative LOCKMAN of Amherst Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick President THIBODEAU of Waldo Senator VOLK of Cumberland Representative WARD of Dedham Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset Senator WOODSOME of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1197: An Act To Allow Certificate of Approval Holders under the Liquor Licensing Laws To Donate Alcohol to Nonprofit Organizations   Web Link to LD 1197

Description: This bill allows certificate of approval holders under the liquor licensing laws to donate a gift certificate to purchase their products or donate their products to an incorporated civic organization for use by the organization as a prize, gift or award. It also allows alcohol producers and wholesalers to provide their products, free of charge or at a reduced price, to a licensee to be served at a licensed on-premises event for the benefit of an incorporated civic organization.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Representative BLACK of Wilton Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1200: An Act To Create a Civil Cause of Action for Intentional Interference with Business Operations   Web Link to LD 1200

Description: This bill creates a civil cause of action for intentional interference with business operations. "Business operations" is defined to mean an activity engaged in with the object of gain, benefit or advantage, either direct or indirect, by a private entity. The bill provides that: 1. An individual is liable to a private entity for damages if the individual commits an act that hinders, impairs or obstructs or attempts to hinder, impair or obstruct the performance of business operations by the private entity; 2. An organization that promotes, advocates for or directs an individual to engage in the acts described in the bill is liable to the private entity in the same manner as the individual committing the act; 3. The private entity may recover damages by filing an action in court and may be awarded actual damages, a civil penalty and costs and fees, including reasonable attorney's fees; and 4. A person who knowingly uses the provisions in this bill to demand or extract money from an individual or organization that is not legally obligated to pay damages commits a Class E crime.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator BURNS of WashingtonCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Senator ROSEN of Hancock Representative SHAW of Standish President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: CJHearing: Friday, May 1, 2015 9:00 AM,State House, Room 436
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1201: An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers To Have a Drug-free Workplace Policy   Web Link to LD 1201

Description: Current law requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants or employees for substance abuse to develop and file a policy with the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor Standards reviews the policies to ensure compliance with state laws and rules. This bill provides employers with a single, consistent model policy. The model policy, which is established by the Commissioner of Labor and managed by the department, is intended to encourage greater participation by employers to reduce substance abuse in the workplace. The bill requires an employer to adopt the model policy before establishing a substance abuse testing program. It removes the requirements that employers provide an employee assistance program and pay for half of rehabilitation beyond services provided through health care benefits. Employers may offer an employee assistance program if they choose. The bill amends the definition of "probable cause" to provide that a single work-related accident is probable cause to suspect an employee is under the influence of a substance of abuse. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor to work together to adopt rules to establish the model policy by July 1, 2016. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Labor to convene a study group to study issues related to the legalization of marijuana and the model policy. The bill directs the commissioner to report to the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development and authorizes the joint standing committee to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 127th Legislature related to the commissioner's report.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Representative CHACE of Durham Senator COLLINS of York Senator HAMPER of Oxford Senator MASON of Androscoggin Senator ROSEN of Hancock President THIBODEAU of Waldo Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1217: An Act To Require at Least 2 Weeks' Advance Notice of the Work Schedule for Hourly Employees at Certain Businesses   Web Link to LD 1217

Description: This bill requires employers who employ 100 or more employees in the State to provide hourly employees at least 2 weeks' prior notice of the employees' work schedules, with compensation owed for schedule changes under certain circumstances. The bill also requires these employers to keep certain business records for at least 3 years. The bill provides that the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards may investigate possible violations and receive complaints of possible violations from the public. A fine of $50 per day is due for any noncompliance. The Attorney General may also file a civil action seeking additional remedies. The department may adopt rules regarding compliance with and enforcement of these provisions, and the bureau must report to the Legislature periodically on violations of the law and the bureau's efforts.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MELARAGNO of AuburnCosponsors: Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Representative DUNPHY of Old Town Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative MOONEN of Portland Representative PIERCE of Falmouth Representative WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 27, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 1287: An Act To Ensure That Tax Expenditures Create High-quality Jobs   Web Link to LD 1287

Description: This bill sets minimum standards in the level of wages and benefits and health care provided to employees and in scheduling employee shifts and hours for employers who receive certain tax credits or reimbursement of State tax. The bill requires the employers to report their employment data to Maine Revenue Services and for Maine Revenue Services to require the employers who are not in full compliance with the minimum standards to remit back to the State a pro rata amount of the tax credit or reimbursement received based upon their level of compliance with the wage, benefits, health care and scheduling requirements.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator JOHNSON of LincolnCosponsors: Senator BREEN of Cumberland Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative GOODE of Bangor Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Senator PATRICK of Oxford Senator VALENTINO of York
Committee: TaxHearing: Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:00 PM,State House, Room 127

LD 1289: An Act To Allow Retail Liquor Licensees To Sell Alcoholic Beverages for On-premises and Off-premises Consumption at One Location   Web Link to LD 1289

Description: This bill provides that a retail establishment licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption may also be licensed as a Class A restaurant or an establishment licensed to sell beer and wine for consumption on the premises as long as alcoholic beverages are served as individual servings by an employee of the on-premises establishment. This bill repeals the existing dual liquor license provision in law.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator BRAKEY of AndroscogginCosponsors: Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester Representative GUERIN of Glenburn Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative SAWICKI of Auburn Representative TURNER of Burlington
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1295: An Act To Streamline Regulation of Farms, Food Producers and Food Establishments   Web Link to LD 1295

Description: This bill moves the licensing and regulatory responsibility for the sale of prepared food from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The bill also amends cross-references and other provisions of law to reflect this change.
Position: Status: Apr 28, 2015 Reported Out LTW
Sponsor: Representative HICKMAN of WinthropCosponsors: Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin Senator DILL of Penobscot Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator KATZ of Kennebec Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative McCABE of Skowhegan Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough
Committee: HHSHearing: Apr 28, 2015 Reported Out LTW
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LD 1300: An Act To Create and Sustain Jobs through Development of Cooperatives   Web Link to LD 1300

Description: This bill supports employee-owned businesses and cooperatives in the following ways. 1. It requires the Treasurer of State to place 1% of deposited state funds in institutions devoted to meeting the borrowing needs of cooperatives. 2. It creates the Employee Ownership Program and Employee Ownership Program Administrator under the Department of Economic and Community Development, Maine Small Business and Entrepreneurship Commission to promote employee ownership of businesses. 3. It requires the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development to give preference in Department of Economic and Community Development programs to cooperatives or businesses seeking to convert to cooperatives. 4. It requires the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to give preference in Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry marketing and advertising programs to cooperatives or businesses seeking to convert to cooperatives. 5. It requires that employee-owned businesses or businesses seeking to become employee-owned be given priority in the Small Enterprise Growth Program. 6. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to give preference in authority programs to organizations that are employee-owned or cooperatives or organizations seeking to become employee-owned or cooperatives. 7. It creates the Cooperative Development Grants Program. 8. It subtracts from the Maine income tax the amount of gain recognized by a business owner in transferring the business to an employee stock ownership plan or eligible worker-owner cooperative. 9. It requires the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, the Department of Economic and Community Development, the Department of Labor, the Finance Authority of Maine and the University of Maine System to identify and make best efforts to pursue federal sources of funding for development of cooperatives and to cooperate with the Employee Ownership Program Administrator in pursuit of federal funding for development of cooperatives.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative CHAPMAN of BrooksvilleCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Newfield Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Senator PATRICK of Oxford Representative WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, April 27, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
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LD 1318: An Act To Promote Individual Private Savings Accounts through a Public-private Partnership   Web Link to LD 1318

Description: This bill establishes the Maine Small Business Marketplace. The bill requires employers of more than 10 employees that have not offered their employees a qualified retirement plan in the preceding 2 years to offer a payroll deposit retirement savings arrangement to their employees to allow contributions to an individual retirement account. The bill also allows small employers with fewer than 10 employees to voluntarily participate in the marketplace. The bill requires the Treasurer of State to administer and oversee the marketplace.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative BECK of WatervilleCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, May 7, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
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LD 1324: An Act To Create Transparency with Regard to Large Employers in the State with Workforce Members Who Receive Public Benefits   Web Link to LD 1324

Description: This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a quarterly report to the Governor and the Legislature that includes the information for each employer in the State that has 50 or more employees who are either MaineCare beneficiaries or who are the spouses or custodial parents of MaineCare beneficiaries. For each such employer, the report must include information on the numbers of employees who are MaineCare beneficiaries, spouses of MaineCare beneficiaries, custodial parents of MaineCare beneficiaries, full-time employees and part-time employees. The report must also include information on whether the employer offers health insurance benefits to full-time employees, part-time employees, employees' spouses or employees' dependents, and the cost to the State of providing MaineCare benefits for the employer's employees and enrolled dependents listed as total cost and per capita cost.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative McCABE of SkowheganCosponsors: Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn Representative RUSSELL of Portland Representative STUCKEY of Portland
Committee: HHSHearing: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 2:30 PM,Cross Building, Room 209
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LD 1326: An Act To Require Labeling of All Genetically Modified Products   Web Link to LD 1326

Description: This bill defines "genetically modified product," which includes genetically engineered seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food and medicines that were manufactured with genetically engineered plants or animals to the laws regarding the labeling of genetically engineered products. It requires the disclosure of genetic engineering of food, seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food or medicines that were manufactured with genetically engineered plants or animals beginning January 1, 2017. It provides that food, seed stock, products from animals fed genetically engineered food and medicines for which the disclosure is not made are considered to be misbranded and subject to the sanctions for misbranding. The bill removes exemptions for products produced without knowledge that the products, or items used in their production, were genetically engineered; animal products derived from an animal that was not genetically engineered but was fed genetically engineered food; and products with only a minimum content produced by genetic engineering. The bill also removes the exemption from disclosure requirements as regards restaurants, alcoholic beverages or medical food. This bill increases the penalties for nondisclosure and misbranding to a Class E crime for the first offense and a Class D crime for the 2nd and subsequent offenses. The bill repeals the contingent effective date established by Public Law 2013, chapter 436, section 2, subsection 1.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator BURNS of WashingtonCosponsors: Senator COLLINS of York Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: AC&FHearing: Thursday, April 30, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 214
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LD 1327: Resolve, Authorizing the State Tax Assessor To Convey the Interest of the State in Certain Real Estate in the Unorganized Territory   Web Link to LD 1327

Description: This resolve authorizes the State Tax Assessor to convey the interest of the State in several parcels of real estate in the Unorganized Territory.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator McCORMICK of KennebecCosponsors: Representative CHACE of Durham
Committee: TaxHearing: Tuesday, May 5, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
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LD 1340: An Act To Enact the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act   Web Link to LD 1340

Description: This bill enacts the Preservation of Religious Freedom Act. It codifies legislative findings that summarize the enshrinement of the right to the free exercise of religion in the United States Constitution and the Constitution of Maine and case law of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and the United States Supreme Court interpreting the fundamental and unalienable right to the free exercise of religion, as well as the extent to which a legislative body can legislate in this area. The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act has as its purpose the restoration of the compelling interest test as set forth in Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), and Sherbert v. Verner, 374 U.S. 398 (1963). The Act guarantees the application of the compelling interest test in all cases in which the government substantially burdens the exercise of religion and provides a claim or defense to a person whose exercise of religion is burdened by the government. The Act provides that the government may not directly or indirectly substantially burden a person's exercise of religion unless the application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is accomplished through the least restrictive means. The Act allows a person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened in violation of the Act to assert the violation as a claim or defense in a court action. The Act's requirement that the government's infringement upon the free exercise of religion be justified by a compelling interest is similar to the requirement placed on the Federal Government through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 and that of other states that have passed similar protections.
Position: Status: eave To Withdraw -Dead
Sponsor: Senator BURNS of WashingtonCosponsors: Representative BEAR of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln Representative LONG of Sherman Senator MASON of Androscoggin Representative PICKETT of Dixfield President THIBODEAU of Waldo
Committee: Hearing: Apr 29, 2015 Reported Out LTW
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LD 1361: An Act To Promote Minimum Wage Consistency   Web Link to LD 1361

Description: This bill prohibits a municipality or any other political subdivision of the State from enacting an ordinance governing the minimum wage that an employer must pay an employee.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Senator CUSHING of PenobscotCosponsors: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Thursday, May 7, 2015 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 1366: An Act To Promote Recycling Program Integration and Efficiencies   Web Link to LD 1366

Description: This bill transfers administration of the provisions regarding returnable beverage containers from the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator SAVIELLO of FranklinCosponsors: Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington Representative DUCHESNE of Hudson Representative HARLOW of Portland Representative WELSH of Rockport
Committee: ENRHearing: Monday, May 4, 2015 9:00 AM,Cross Building, Room 216
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LD 1384: An Act To Improve Workplace Safety by Simplifying and Improving Employers' Substance Abuse Policy Requirements   Web Link to LD 1384

Description: This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing employment practices concerning substance abuse testing. 1. It specifies that employers may establish policies or rules related to the possession or use of substances of abuse by employees and for employee impairment by substances of abuse at the workplace. 2. It repeals a section of law that addresses nuclear power plants since there are no operating nuclear power plants in this State. 3. It authorizes an employer that has employees subject to a federally mandated substance abuse testing program to extend its federal drug testing activities to its entire workforce in order to maintain a single testing program and specifies that the employer must maintain the privacy protections that Maine statute affords all other Maine employees. 4. Current law prohibits a single work-related accident from forming the basis of probable cause to believe that an employee may be under the influence of a substance of abuse. This bill amends the law to provide that a single work-related accident that results in injury or significant property damage may be probable cause to suspect an employee is under the influence of a substance of abuse. 5. It eliminates the current requirement that, prior to establishing a substance abuse testing program, an employer with over 20 full-time employees have a functioning employee assistance program. 6. It directs the Commissioner of Labor to develop model policy templates with adequate flexibility so as to facilitate the ability of the employers’ substance abuse testing programs and policies to meet the requirements of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, chapter 7, subchapter 3-A to develop new policies or update existing policies. 7. It expands the number of establishments that can undertake companywide random substance abuse testing from those with 50 or more employees to those with 10 or more employees. 8. The bill eliminates the requirement that employers share an employee's rehabilitation costs not covered by group health insurance and clarifies that rehabilitation costs not covered by a group health insurance program are the responsibility of the employee. 9. It specifies that testing at the point of collection of saliva or urine is permissible for both applicants for employment and for employees.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative STETKIS of CanaanCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
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LD 1393: An Act Regarding the Work Permitting Process for Minors   Web Link to LD 1393

Description: The purpose of this bill is to clarify the laws governing the employment of minors and to conform the State’s laws to federal law, thus expanding work opportunities for minors. 1. It clarifies that minors who are younger than 14 years of age may be employed only in the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops, or other agricultural employment that does not place them in direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances. 2. It conforms to federal law the hours that minors who are 16 and 17 years of age may work, by extending the permissible time until which such a minor may work on a day preceding a school day. 3. It eliminates the prohibition on minors under 16 years of age working more than 6 consecutive days. 4. Eliminates the prohibition on minors under 18 years of age working more than 50 hours per week when school is not in session. 5. It specifies that the restrictions on the hours of employment of minors does not apply to: A. Agricultural employment that does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances; B. Employment or training as a theatrical actor or a film actor; C. The taking or catching of lobsters, fish or other marine organisms, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances; and D. At a business that is solely owned by the minor’s parent, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances. 6. It specifies that superintendents of school administrative units issue work permits to minors and copy the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards; the bureau develops the blank permits, furnishes them to the superintendents and serves as a resource for superintendents regarding federal and state law. 7. It maintains the authority of the bureau to revoke work permits if state or federal law has been violated. 8. It repeals obsolete language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative STETKIS of CanaanCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, May 18, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
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LD 1411: An Act To Amend the Tax Laws   Web Link to LD 1411

Description: Adopted Amendments: This amendment provides a sales and use tax exemption for snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles purchased by a nonresident individual unless the seller is a retailer in this State. Also adopted: This amendment adds provisions to the bill to delete certain date-limiting references in the definition of the term "financial aid package" under the income tax credit for educational opportunity laws to conform to ongoing practice in applying a credit-hours proration factor in the tax credit provisions. The amendment removes a section of the bill that strikes a reference to the former circuitbreaker program because of the continuing relevance of the former program in the administration of the municipal property tax abatement laws. The amendment removes from the bill proposed changes to the term "personal home care" under the service provider tax and instead strikes those words from the service provider tax laws as they do not describe any service that is not otherwise subject to the tax. The amendment amends 2 service provider tax exemptions to make the same changes that the bill made for parallel sales tax exemptions for child care facilities and certain church-affiliated residential homes. The amendment adds a cross-reference that was inadvertently omitted in language requiring the State Police to take or cause to be taken certain fingerprints. Part A makes the following changes to the State's tax laws. 1. It requires qualified community development entities to notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services when a qualified equity investment has been transferred. A transfer of the qualified equity investment affects who is eligible to claim a tax credit under the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program in the year of the transfer and in any subsequent year. 2. It requires the Finance Authority of Maine to provide the Bureau of Revenue Services with copies of the annual reports currently required of qualified community development entities under the Maine New Markets Capital Investment Program. 3. Currently the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife does not collect sales or use tax upon the registration of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle by a person who is not a resident of Maine. This bill repeals that provision of the law. 4. It repeals a provision allowing for the disclosure of benefit information under the Circuitbreaker Program to a representative of a municipality that has adopted a municipal property tax assistance program since no benefits are allowed under the Circuitbreaker Program for claims filed on or after August 1, 2013. 5. It authorizes disclosure to a Pine Tree Development Zone business of otherwise confidential tax information of a contractor or subcontractor that had assigned its claim to the business for sales or use tax reimbursement. 6. It clarifies that the State Tax Assessor may require unemployment compensation returns to be filed electronically. The Bureau of Revenue Services processes these returns and associated payments for the Department of Labor. 7. It repeals an obsolete reference to the Circuitbreaker Program in the property tax abatement law. 8. It strikes an erroneous reference in the property tax abatement law to a provision that mandates that the Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, and other state officers, must provide the State Tax Assessor with information necessary for the valuing of land in the unorganized territory; the mandate has no relationship to the abatement of Maine property taxes. 9. It repeals definitions of 2 terms that are no longer used in the sales tax law: "forest land" and "forest products." 10. It clarifies the definition of "manufacturing facility" in the sales tax law. 11. It consolidates and simplifies the list of exclusions from the definition of "sale price" under the sales tax law by repealing references to 4 separate fees imposed by the State and enacting a general exclusion for any charge or fee imposed by state law. 12. It simplifies the sales tax exemption for coal, oil and wood. 13. It updates language with respect to the sales tax exemption for residential child care facilities so that it is consistent with the terminology employed by the Department of Health and Human Services. 14. It clarifies that the "immediate removal" sales tax exemption with respect to certain vehicles purchased or leased by nonresidents does not apply to any motor vehicle that is being leased on a short-term basis. Under current law, the exemption does not apply to an automobile that is being leased on a short-term basis. 15. It clarifies that the "immediate removal" sales tax exemption does not apply to a camper trailer or truck camper that is being leased on a short-term basis. 16. It clarifies existing language with respect to the partial sales tax exemption for certain watercraft purchased in Maine. 17. It updates language with respect to the sales tax exemption for child care facilities so that it is consistent with the terminology employed by the Department of Health and Human Services. 18. It updates the sales tax exemption for church-affiliated residential homes to delete obsolete language regarding charters granted by the Legislature. 19. It updates the sales tax exemption for food assistance purchases to include supplemental nutrition assistance program purchases and to delete an obsolete reference to food stamps. 20. It deletes obsolete language regarding the effective date of the sales tax exemption for tree seedlings used in commercial forestry. 21. It amends the sales tax imposed on certain casual sales to clarify that the tax does not apply to a sale made to a trust when the seller is the owner of 50% or more of the ownership interests in the trust. This change extends to trusts the same treatment extended to corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and limited liability partnerships under current law. 22. It clarifies the method of calculating the sales tax on the rental or lease of an automobile for one year or more. 23. It removes gender-specific language. 24. It makes a minor change to more equitably expand the sales tax refund provision for certain items withdrawn from inventory for use in another jurisdiction. 25. It repeals an obsolete sales tax refund provision that was in effect only for certain purchases made from April 1, 2008 to September 30, 2008. 26. It clarifies that required quarterly insurance premiums tax payments are estimated payments and not payments made based on quarterly returns. An annual return is required to report the tax liability, and to reconcile estimated tax payments made, for the year. 27. It replaces the term "personal home care" in the service provider tax law with the term "personal care home" to mirror the term used in the rules of the Department of Health and Human Services. 28. It repeals the law governing the sourcing of mobile telecommunications services. Mobile telecommunications services are now sourced for state taxation purposes to the state of primary use, in conformity with the federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act, Public Law 106-252. 29. It amends the application of revenues provision in the service provider tax in order to add a reference to specify that the tax is imposed on group residential services for persons with brain injuries. 30. It clarifies that a cigarette distributor's license, like all other licenses and certificates issued by the State Tax Assessor, is not a license within the meaning of that term in the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. 31. It clarifies that a tobacco products distributor's license, like all other licenses and certificates issued by the State Tax Assessor, is not a license within the meaning of that term in the Maine Administrative Procedure Act. 32. It clarifies that the Maine net income of a unitary business is determined in the same way that it is for a taxable corporation that is not a member of a unitary business. Maine net income in both cases is calculated on the basis of federal taxable income apportionable to Maine modified by the addition and subtraction modifications provided by Title 36, section 5200-A. The clarification is a technical change and consistent with long-standing administrative procedures and practice. 33. It updates references in the statutory provision governing the subtraction modification that allows an individual who is an owner of an electing S corporation to recapture the bonus depreciation add-backs made by the business in prior years when it was treated as a C corporation for federal and Maine income tax purposes. This change reflects long-standing statutory and administrative practice. 34. It updates references to the statutory provisions governing the pension deduction in order to reflect recent law changes. 35. It clarifies that returns claiming a refundable seed capital credit must be filed the calendar year following the calendar year during which the investment was made. Part B requires the State Tax Assessor to obtain national criminal history record information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for any person who provides or is assigned to provide services to the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services under a contract or subcontract that the assessor determines involves access or a substantial possibility of access to the bureau's information technology systems or to confidential taxpayer information. An individual who is assigned to provide services to the bureau pursuant to such a contract must consent to having fingerprints taken for purposes of a background check before the individual may provide such services. This Part also brings applicants for employment with the bureau's Office of Tax Policy within the existing background check process required under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 36, section 194-B.
Position: Status: Public Act Chapter 300
Sponsor: Senator McCORMICK of KennebecCosponsors:
Committee: TaxHearing: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 1:00 PM,State House, Room 127
Work Session: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:00 PM,State House, Room 127

LD 1429: An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding On-premises and Off-premises Liquor Licenses   Web Link to LD 1429

Description: This bill removes the provision in law that repeals the authority for a single location, under certain conditions, to have a license to sell beer and wine for on-premises consumption in one area of the establishment and a license to sell beer and wine for off-premises consumption in a separate area of the establishment.
Position: Status: Vetoed by the Governor 6/10
Sponsor: Representative LUCHINI of EllsworthCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Vetoed by the Governor 6/10
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LD 1436: An Act To Better Serve the Seasonal Tourist Market during the 2015 Summer Season and Early Autumn with a Pilot Program To Extend the Authorized Hours during Which Liquor May Be Served (Emergency) (Governor's Bill)   Web Link to LD 1436

Description: This bill establishes a pilot program that terminates October 12, 2015, Columbus Day, to extend the hours for the sale of liquor for on-premises consumption from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsor: Representative KINNEY of LimingtonCosponsors:
Committee: V&LAHearing: Tuesday, June 2, 2015 1:30 PM,State House, Room 437
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