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Priority Legislation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 423: An Act To Require Child-resistant Packaging for Products Containing Liquid Nicotine   Web Link to LD 423

Description: This bill prohibits selling, furnishing or giving away a container used to hold any liquid containing nicotine if the container is not child-resistant packaging and prohibits selling, furnishing or giving away a liquid or gel product that contains nicotine unless the product is contained in child-resistant packaging.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative SANDERSON of ChelseaCosponsors: Senator BURNS of Washington Representative FARNSWORTH of Portland Representative GATTINE of Westbrook Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Representative JORGENSEN of Portland Representative O'CONNOR of Berwick Representative PARRY of Arundel Representative POULIOT of Augusta Representative PRESCOTT of Waterboro
Committee: HHSHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Representative MALABY of Hancock Representative MORRISON of South Portland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: Hearing: Not Referred To Committee as of 2/20
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator WOODSOME of YorkCosponsors:
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 9, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Hearing: No committee referral as of 2/27/2015
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Description: This bill expands the list of statements that are inadmissible in proceedings under the Maine Workers' Compensation Act of 1992 to include statements obtained after continued questioning of an employee by an investigator, employer or an employer's representative after that employee's request to have a representative of the employee's choice present has been denied.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative BRYANT of Windham Representative DeCHANT of Bath Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative PETERSON of Rumford Representative TUCKER of Brunswick
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 2, 2015 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

Description: This bill provides $75,000 per fiscal year to the Department of Education for the New Mainers Resource Center.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative ESPLING of New GloucesterCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative HARLOW of Portland Senator HASKELL of Cumberland Representative HOBBINS of Saco Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Representative MAKER of Calais Representative ROTUNDO of Lewiston
Committee: E&CAHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

Description: This bill requires that if an on-premises retail liquor licensee sells or offers for sale a pint of malt liquor, the container it comes in must have a capacity of at least 16 fluid ounces.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Senator ALFOND of Cumberland Representative CHIPMAN of Portland Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec Senator DILL of Penobscot Representative FOWLE of Vassalboro Representative GOODE of Bangor Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative RUSSELL of Portland
Committee: V&LAHearing: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 10:00 AM,State House, Room 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

Description: This bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require, as a condition of accepting a credit card for payment, that a consumer provide personal identification information only if that person, firm, partnership, association or corporation requires that information solely for the detection, investigation or prevention of fraud, theft, identity theft or criminal activity or for enforcement of the terms of sale. The bill requires any personal identification information collected for these purposes to be destroyed after it is no longer needed and also prohibits the further sharing of that information. The bill authorizes a person, firm, partnership, association or corporation that offers for purchase an electronic downloadable product to require that a consumer establish an account as a condition for the purchase of a downloadable product and to require that a consumer provide personal identification information, as long as the consumer is provided an opportunity to opt out of the collection of personal identification information before completing the online transaction.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative RUSSELL of PortlandCosponsors:
Committee: IFSHearing: Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

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

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

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

Description: This bill creates an excise tax of 1 per gallon on the extraction of groundwater or surface water from springs or other underground sources in this State by a bottled water operator that extracted more than 1,000,000 gallons in the previous calendar year if the water is packaged for sale in containers of 5 gallons or less. The revenue from the tax is applied 25% to watershed and water quality protection, 50% to essential programs and services for kindergarten to grade 12 and 25% to the municipality where the water was extracted.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative KORNFIELD of BangorCosponsors: Representative COOPER of Yarmouth Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Representative RYKERSON of Kittery Representative SAUCIER of Presque Isle Representative SCHNECK of Bangor
Committee: 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Senator PATRICK of OxfordCosponsors: Representative BATES of Westbrook Representative CHENETTE of Saco Senator DUTREMBLE of York Senator GERZOFSKY of Cumberland Representative HAMANN of South Portland Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford Senator MILLETT of Cumberland Representative PETERSON of Rumford
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, February 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 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative DEVIN of NewcastleCosponsors: Senator JOHNSON of Lincoln
Committee: ENRHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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 Representative To Serve Spirits or Wine at a Tasting Event   Web Link to LD 364

Description: This bill repeals the prohibition on a sales representative's pouring or distributing distilled spirits or wine at a tasting event.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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 bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to amend the site location of development laws, the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 38, chapter 3, subchapter 1, article 6, to provide that any surface water generated by an expansion project and any new or existing system through which that water flows must comply with the surface water regulatory standards in effect at the time the expansion application is filed if: 1. A development is being expanded and the existing, original development was permitted by a municipality, did not require a permit under the site location of development laws and is being expanded in a manner that triggers the need for a permit; or 2. A development is being expanded and an expansion of the development was previously permitted under the site location of development laws. If the criteria are not met and as long as a development complied with the applicable standards at the time the existing, original development was created, the surface water generated by the existing, original development and the systems through which that water flows do not need to comply with the regulatory standards in effect at the time the expansion application is filed.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative MARTIN of Eagle LakeCosponsors:
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 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative COOPER of YarmouthCosponsors: Representative BEAVERS of South Berwick Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot
Committee: ENRHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Not referred to committee as of 2/20
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsor: Representative McCLELLAN of RaymondCosponsors: Representative AUSTIN of Gray Representative NUTTING of Oakland Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: JudicHearing:
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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 bill amends the law concerning licensed sales representatives at liquor tasting events by allowing a sales representative to provide spirits to be sampled under certain conditions and by allowing a sales representative to pour spirits or wine at a liquor tasting event.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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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.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: Hearing:
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