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LD 673: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine's Minimum Wage Law   Web Link to LD 673

Description: This bill restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws. The committee amendment keeps the provisions in the bill restoring the tip credit in the minimum wage laws, and it makes the following additional changes to current law. 1. It clarifies that for purposes of the tip credit, wages must be measured in the context of the 7-day workweek. 2. It clarifies that an employer may not deduct any amount from employee tips charged to a credit card, including, but not limited to, service fees assessed to the employer in connection with the credit card transaction. 3. It adopts the current requirements in federal law, found at 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 531.54 and 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 531.59(b), requiring an employer to provide notice to employees affected by the employer’s use of a tip credit and the employer’s use of a tip pooling arrangement. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and clause.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 272
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor and Senators: COLLINS of York, CUSHING of Penobscot, DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: GROHMAN of Biddeford, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 702: An Act To Restore the Tip Credit to Maine Employees   Web Link to LD 702

Description: This bill restores the tip credit in the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Representatives: KINNEY of Knox, O'CONNOR of Berwick, WARD of Dedham, Senator MASON of Androscoggin, Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Gray, GINZLER of Bridgton, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, NADEAU of Winslow, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, STEWART of Presque Isle
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 746: Resolve, To Increase the Permissible Size of Bed and Breakfasts   Web Link to LD 746

Description: This resolve requires the Department of Public Safety to amend its rules to increase the permissible size of bed and breakfast lodging to a maximum of 11 bedrooms and a maximum of 32 guests.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GUERIN of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Representatives: DeCHANT of Bath, GINZLER of Bridgton, HICKMAN of Winthrop, MALABY of Hancock, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, WARD of Dedham, Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, BRAKEY of Androscoggin
Committee: CrimJusticeHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 774: An Act To Create a Training Wage   Web Link to LD 774

Description: This bill provides a minimum hourly training wage of $1.00 above the federal minimum wage for a person who is 20 years of age or under and is a student at a secondary or postsecondary school.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TIMBERLAKE of Turner. Cosponsored by Representative SUTTON of Warren, Senator CUSHING of Penobscot and Representatives: SANDERSON of Chelsea, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WINSOR of Norway, Senators: CHENETTE of York, KATZ of Kennebec, MASON of Androscoggin, President THIBODEAU of Waldo, VOLK of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 775: An Act To Prohibit the Minimum Wage from Exceeding the New England Average   Web Link to LD 775

Description: This bill provides that the minimum wage may not exceed the average minimum wage paid in the New England states, as determined by the Commissioner of Labor.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington. Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, FARRIN of Norridgewock, HILLIARD of Belgrade, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PARRY of Arundel, POULIOT of Augusta, SANDERSON of Chelsea, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 778: An Act To Eliminate the Indexing of the Minimum Wage to Inflation   Web Link to LD 778

Description: This bill eliminates the indexing of the minimum wage to inflation, which under current law is scheduled to begin on January 1, 2021.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HARVELL of Farmington. Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, GINZLER of Bridgton, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HILLIARD of Belgrade, O'CONNOR of Berwick, PARRY of Arundel, PIERCE of Dresden, SANDERSON of Chelsea
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 831: An Act To Base the Minimum Wage on a New England State Average and To Restore the Tip Credit   Web Link to LD 831

Description: This bill provides that starting January 1, 2018 the minimum hourly wage is the average minimum hourly wage in the New England states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on July 1st of the previous year, as determined annually by the Commissioner of Labor. It also restores the tip credit.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DOW of Lincoln. Cosponsored by Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough and Senators: CYRWAY of Kennebec, DAVIS of Piscataquis, SAVIELLO of Franklin, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, HILLIARD of Belgrade, WARD of Dedham
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 962: An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Workers Involved in Certain Seasonal Occupations   Web Link to LD 962

Description: This bill amends the unemployment compensation laws to provide that an individual who works in the construction industry, has worked for at least 20 weeks in the 12 months prior to making a claim for benefits and has a date to return to work for a previous employer is not required to engage in work search efforts. It also provides that an individual who works in the logging industry is not required to engage in work search efforts from April 1st to June 1st.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, LANGLEY of Hancock, MIRAMANT of Knox, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: FECTEAU of Biddeford, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 991: An Act To Establish a Minimum Wage for Minors   Web Link to LD 991

Description: This bill establishes a minimum hourly wage for minors that is 75% of the minimum hourly wage established for persons who are 18 years of age and older.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CYRWAY of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells and Senators: CHENETTE of York, COLLINS of York, DAVIS of Piscataquis, DOW of Lincoln, KATZ of Kennebec, Representatives: FARRIN of Norridgewock, JOHANSEN of Monticello, SAMPSON of Alfred
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1107: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Adjust Times of Operation for Establishments That Serve Alcohol   Web Link to LD 1107

Description: This bill allows a municipality to extend the time for the sale or delivery of liquor by licensed establishments by one hour, by either opening earlier than 5 a.m. or closing later than 1 a.m., within that municipality. This bill also allows a municipality to extend by one hour, to 2:15 a.m., the permitted consumption or possession of liquor in licensed establishments. In order to extend the time of operation, consumption or possession, the legislative body of that municipality must vote to extend by one hour the sale or consumption or possession of liquor at establishments licensed for on-premises consumption within the municipality; the municipality must have a full-time police department or contract with the county sheriff or State Police to provide coverage during the extended hour of operation; and the municipality must notify the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations of the extended hour within 30 days of adoption.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel. Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, FARRIN of Norridgewock, GOLDEN of Lewiston, KINNEY of Limington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SANDERSON of Chelsea, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: BELLOWS of Kennebec
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1117: Resolve, To Establish the Commission To Study the Phase-out of Subminimum Wage   Web Link to LD 1117

Description: This resolve establishes the Commission To Study the Phase-out of the Subminimum Wage for the purpose of determining the effect of the law that requires the minimum cash wage paid to a tipped service employee to be increased by $1 each year until it reaches the same amount as the minimum wage.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative PARKER of South Berwick and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BLUME of York, DEVIN of Newcastle, FAY of Raymond, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HAMANN of South Portland, PERRY of Calais
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1230: An Act To Allow a Local Option Sales Tax on Meals and Lodging   Web Link to LD 1230

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, on prepared food and short-term lodging of no more than 1% by local referendum.
Position: OpposeStatus: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland and Representatives: JORGENSEN of Portland, MAREAN of Hollis, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, POULIOT of Augusta, SCHNECK of Bangor, Senators: COLLINS of York, HILL of York, LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1265: An Act To Allow the Creation of a Local Option Sales Tax by Referendum   Web Link to LD 1265

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
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CHENETTE of York. Cosponsored by Representative HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach and Representatives: BAILEY of Saco, O'NEIL of Saco
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1306: An Act To Create the Small Communities Tourism Fund   Web Link to LD 1306

Description: This bill establishes the Small Communities Tourism Fund in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of Tourism to issue grants to small communities to promote tourism and events.
Position: Status: Vetoed - dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, MASON of Lisbon, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, STETKIS of Canaan, Senators: JACKSON of Aroostook, MASON of Androscoggin
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1464: An Act Regarding Unemployment Compensation for Full-time Seasonal Workers   Web Link to LD 1464

Description: This bill allows an unemployed individual to receive unemployment benefits without registering for work or looking for employment if the individual has a verifiable guarantee to return to employment from the individual's most recent employer and the individual is available for recall and is receiving full-time yearly benefits but is not receiving vacation pay.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative WARD of Dedham and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CUSHING of Penobscot, LANGLEY of Hancock, ROSEN of Hancock, Representative: CAMPBELL of Orrington
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1469: An Act Relating to Firearms Exclusions in Certain Locations   Web Link to LD 1469

Description: This bill provides that a person that prohibits the possession of firearms on property by an individual otherwise authorized to carry a firearm thereby assumes absolute custodial responsibility for the safety and defense of the individual prohibited from possessing a firearm while that individual is on that property and while that individual is on any property that individual is required to traverse in order to travel to and from the location where that individual's firearm is stored. An individual prohibited from possessing a firearm who is otherwise authorized to carry a firearm and who is injured, suffers bodily injury or death or incurs economic loss or expense, property damage or any other compensable loss as the result of conduct occurring on property on which the possession of a firearm is prohibited has a cause of action against the person that prohibits the possession of firearms on that property.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative KINNEY of Knox. Cosponsored by Representative WARD of Dedham, Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: CEBRA of Naples, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SKOLFIELD of Weld, STETKIS of Canaan, SUTTON of Warren, WOOD of Greene, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis
Committee: CrimJusticeHearing: Monday: 5/1/2017, 9:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1522: An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 1522

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax and the purposes for which the revenue will be used. The local option sales tax would be collected and administered by the State in the same manner as the sales and use tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax is distributed 50% to the municipality, 25% to the Local Government Fund for state-municipal revenue sharing throughout the State and 25% to the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program for regional economic development. Revenue received by a municipality may not be used to reduce or eliminate funding otherwise due the municipality under other provisions of law.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, CASÁS of Rockport, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, MADIGAN of Rumford, RYKERSON of Kittery, TERRY of Gorham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1564: n Act To Conform State Law to Federal Law While Promoting Safe Working Environments for Minors   Web Link to LD 1564

Description: This bill amends laws relating to minors 14 and 15 years of age to allow them to work in bowling alleys and movie theaters and to clarify their employment in bakeries, hotels and rooming houses. It updates a provision regarding work permits for minors by deleting language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system and allowing for use of electronic permit submission and approval. It moves the occupational restrictions for minors 16 and 17 years of age to the section with occupational restrictions for minors 14 and 15 years of age. It also clarifies that graduates of vocational programs who are under 18 years of age can work in the occupations for which they were trained. The committee amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, makes the following changes to the bill. 1. It adds establishments that cultivate, produce or sell marijuana or products in which marijuana is an ingredient and recreational marijuana social clubs to the list of employment and occupations not suitable for minors that the Department of Labor must prohibit by rule. 2. It retains the provision in current law that prohibits employment of a minor 14 years of age or older and under 16 years of age when the distance between the workplace and the home of the minor, or any other factor, necessitates the minor's remaining away from home overnight. 3. It replaces the term "a minor 14 years of age or older and under 16" with the phrase "a minor under 16" for greater consistency with the age category for which the occupational restrictions apply in current law. 4. It adds "recreational areas" to the areas of a hotel or rooming house approved for employment of minors 14 and 15 years of age, and it adds "housekeeping" to the list of tasks explicitly prohibited for minors under 16 years of age. 5. It strikes a provision in the bill that allows an exception to the work hour restrictions for minors 16 and 17 years of age when the minor is employed in a business solely owned by the minor's parents. 6. It specifies that the exception to occupational restrictions applicable to a minor who has graduated from a vocational cooperative education program applies to a vocational, career and technical or cooperative education program approved by the Department of Education. 7. It strikes a section of the bill that replaces the term "a minor under 16 years of age" with "a minor 14 years of age or older and under 16 years of age" for greater consistency with the age category for which the work hour restrictions apply in current law. 8. It adds violations of the laws regarding employment of minors under 14 years of age and hazardous employment of minors under 18 years of age to the new provision in the bill providing the authority for the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to revoke a work permit. 9. It restores a provision in current law stricken in the bill that requires approval by the Attorney General of the form used by the Department of Labor for work permits for minors, but amends it to refer to the Office of the Attorney General.
Position: NFNAStatus: Passed to be Enacted - on Gov's desk
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport and Senator: VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, ESPLING of New Gloucester, FARRIN of Norridgewock, GERRISH of Lebanon, PARRY of Arundel, STETKIS of Canaan, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 2:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 208

LD 1566: An Act To Conform State Law to Federal Law While Promoting Safe Working Environments for Minors   Web Link to LD 1566

Description: This bill amends laws relating to minors 14 and 15 years of age to allow them to work in bowling alleys and movie theaters and to clarify their employment in bakeries, hotels and rooming houses. It updates a provision regarding work permits for minors by deleting language dealing with triplicate permits and a master permit system and allowing for use of electronic permit submission and approval. It moves the occupational restrictions for minors 16 and 17 years of age to the section with occupational restrictions for minors 14 and 15 years of age. It also clarifies that graduates of vocational programs who are under 18 years of age can work in the occupations for which they were trained.
Position: Status: carry over requested
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport and Senator: VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, ESPLING of New Gloucester, FARRIN of Norridgewock, GERRISH of Lebanon, PARRY of Arundel, STETKIS of Canaan, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1575: An Act To Update the Statutes Governing the Bureau of Labor Standards To Promote Clarity for Workers and Employers   Web Link to LD 1575

Description: This bill makes the following changes to the labor laws. 1. It removes a reference to the Director of Labor Standards as the "state factory inspector" to recognize that the workplaces governed by these statutes are not restricted to factories. 2. It requires posters regarding video display terminal safety and minimum wage and overtime requirements to be posted in the same location as other posters required by the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards and establishes a penalty structure for violations of the posting requirements within the section of law requiring posting. 3. It removes the requirement that a willful violation of the requirement to cooperate and comply with an investigation by the bureau is punishable as a criminal conviction because the statute does not provide a means to obtain a conviction and instead provides for a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for a willful violation. 4. It brings the law prohibiting discrimination against tobacco use by employees into compliance with federal law by allowing an employer to discriminate against an employee who uses tobacco when determining health and life insurance premiums and other employee benefit plans but exempts from discrimination an employee's tobacco use that is part of a voluntary wellness program for the cessation of tobacco use. 5. It amends the law regarding the possession of firearms by employees to reflect the repeal of the requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit and clarifies that it does not authorize an employee to carry or possess a firearm where carrying or possessing a firearm is prohibited, including on worksites that are not owned by that employee's employer. 6. It amends the law regarding rest breaks to clarify the differences between paid rest breaks and unpaid lunch breaks. 7. It amends the exemption from rest breaks for those employees who have frequent rest breaks during the work day to specify that the exemption only applies if the rest breaks are paid rest breaks and of shorter duration than the 30 minutes otherwise required. 8. It amends the law regarding the exemption from mandatory overtime pay for salaried workers to specify that the exemption applies to a salaried employee who works in a bona fide executive, administrative or professional capacity who meets the test for a white collar exemption, including a minimum salary level, as established in the final rules adopted by the United States Department of Labor pursuant to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and allows such employees to be paid on a monthly basis, instead of every 16 days, as for other employees. 9. It amends the law regarding timing of payment of wages to specify that the payment must include all wages earned for the prior pay period, instead of those earned within 8 days of the payment date, and allows such payments to be made on the next business day when the payment date occurs on a day when the business is closed. The bill prohibits an employer from increasing any pay interval without providing notice to its employees. 10. Current law requires an employer to keep a record showing the date and amount paid to each employee and a daily record of time worked by an employee. This bill specifies that those records must be maintained by the employer for 3 years. 11. Current law requires an employee leaving employment to be paid within a reasonable time after demand at the office of the employer where payrolls are kept and wages are paid. Whenever the terms of employment include provisions for paid vacations, vacation pay on cessation of employment has the same status as wages earned. This bill removes the "reasonable time" requirement and instead specifies that when an employee leaves employment, that employee must be paid on the next established payday. The bill also specifies that payment of vacation is payable only in accordance with the employer's established policy or practice. 12. It repeals the exemption from the minimum wage and overtime laws for an individual employed as a switchboard operator in a public telephone exchange that has less than 750 stations. 13. It amends the definitions of "automobile mechanic," "automobile parts clerk" and "automobile service writer" to reflect provisions in federal law. 14. It changes the definition of "tip" and provisions regarding service charges to conform to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA. Current Maine law creates a wage violation under the FLSA by allowing a charge added to a customer's bill to be treated as a tip, whereas the FLSA treats it as a service charge, which is the employer's property not the service worker's. 15. It clarifies the intent of the Legislature, to conform with federal law, that the distribution of certain products is exempt from the provisions governing overtime pay. It amends the 1995 law by reordering the series of exempt tasks for the purpose of eliminating any perceived ambiguity. 16. It adds the exemption adopted by the United States Department of Labor in 2015 for a domestic service worker employed to provide companionship services. The provision of care provided in conjunction with the provision of fellowship and protection cannot exceed 20% of the total hours worked per person and per workweek to qualify for exemption. 17. It repeals the definition of "hotel" for purposes of the subchapter on minimum wage since the term is not used in that subchapter. 18. It repeals and reallocates the provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, chapter 7, subchapter 4, article 1 regarding the application of the subchapter, record of work hours of minors and penalties. 19. It requires the bureau to conduct a survey every 3 years to determine the prevailing hourly wage and benefits rate in the construction industry. Current law requires the bureau to determine that wage and benefits rate annually. 20. It repeals the provisions of law regarding placement restrictions for a person required to work as a condition of receiving public assistance. 21. It updates the safety standard for inspection of firefighters' breathing apparatus to require that the inspection procedure follow the procedure specified in the manufacturer's operation manual. The document referred to in current law was never finalized for adoption. The committee amendment makes a number of changes to the bill, including the following: 1. It restores the fine of up to $20,000 for repeated violations of occupational safety requirements. It also removes the requirement for a conviction and instead provides that the fine is collectible upon a determination of a violation by the Department of Labor; 2. It allows an employer to offer a voluntary wellness program that offers incentives to employees for the cessation of use of tobacco products in compliance with federal regulations; 3. It eliminates the portion of the bill regarding possession of firearms by employees; 4. It amends the portion of the bill regarding rest breaks to specify that the 30-minute rest break may be used by the employee as unpaid mealtime only if the employee is completely relieved of duty, and limits the exception that allows small businesses with fewer than 3 employees on duty at any one time when the employee has frequent paid breaks of shorter duration to be exempted from the 30-minute rest break requirement only if the employees are completely relieved of duty during the frequent paid breaks; 5. It eliminates the portions of the bill regarding exemptions to mandatory overtime pay for certain salaried employees and automobile mechanics, automobile parts clerks and automobile service writers; 6. It eliminates the provision in the bill that allows a salaried employee to be paid on a monthly basis; 7. It eliminates the requirement in the bill that an employer preserve wage records for 3 years; 8. It changes the provision in the bill that specifies that when the terms of employment or the employer's established practice includes provisions for paid vacations, vacation pay on cessation of employment has the same status as wages earned; 9. It eliminates the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay requirements in the bill for domestic service workers employed to provide companionship services; 10. It eliminates the provisions in the bill relating to the definition of "tip" and that make a mandatory service charge the property of the employer and not the service employee; and 11. It eliminates the provision in the bill that requires the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to conduct a survey every 3 years to determine the prevailing hourly wage and benefits rate in the construction industry, instead of annually under current law. This amendment also makes changes to the bill to provide further clarity regarding the current exemption from overtime contained in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 26, section 664, subsection 3, paragraph F relating to work in the distribution of agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods. The bill and the current amendment are specifically intended to correct a perceived ambiguity identified by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in O'Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy, 851 F.3d 69 (2017). The amendment attempts to clarify current law by using semicolons to separate the applicable categories of work to which the exemption applies, and by changing the term "distribution" to "distributing" to conform to the grammatical convention of parallel usage by matching the gerund form of the other activities listed in the exemption, with the intent that work done in the distribution of, or distributing of, agricultural produce, meat and fish products and perishable foods is exempt from the overtime requirements of Title 26, section 664. The amendment also adds a retroactivity clause, applying the changes made to Title 26, section 664, subsection 3, paragraph F retroactively to September 29, 1995. This retroactivity applies to pending cases except, in deference to the authority of the judiciary to redress disputes, for cases pending on March 12, 2017. The Legislature does not intend for any retroactive change to the overtime requirements for egg processing facilities enacted by Public Law 2011, chapter 681.
Position: NFNAStatus: Public Law Chap 219
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Labor pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot. Cosponsored by Representative STETKIS of Canaan and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, LOCKMAN of Amherst, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1609: An Act To Support Maine's Employers and Encourage Employers To Hire Young Workers   Web Link to LD 1609

Description: This bill reduces increases to the minimum wage and provides a minimum wage of $11 per hour starting January 1, 2021. The bill eliminates the annual cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage and reinstates the tip credit at 50% of the state minimum wage. The bill allows employers to pay a training or youth wage subject to certain conditions including the training or youth wage's meeting or exceeding the federal minimum wage established under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The bill changes the description of certain salaried employees who are exempt from the limits on mandatory overtime. The bill changes the description of certain salaried employees who are exempt from the laws governing minimum wages. The bill changes the definitions of "automobile mechanic," "automobile parts clerk," "automobile service writer" and "tip" in the laws governing minimum wages. The bill amends the laws governing service charges in the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot. (GOVERNOR'S BILL) Cosponsored by Senator: HAMPER of Oxford, Representatives: TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WINSOR of Norway
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Legislation Of Interest

LD 30: An Act Regarding Dancing on the Premises of Certain Liquor Licensees   Web Link to LD 30

Description: Current law provides that dancing and some other forms of entertainment are prohibited on the premises of an establishment licensed to sell liquor for consumption on the premises unless the licensee has been issued a special amusement permit from the municipality where the establishment is located. This bill provides that dancing does not include dancing done in conjunction with the singing activity commonly known as "karaoke."
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Turner of Burlington. Cosponsored by Senator Maker of Washington and Representative Hanington of Lincoln, Representatives Kinney of Limington, Kinney of Knox, Marean of Hollis, McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Parry of Arundel, Tuell of East Machias, Wallace of Dexter.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 31: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Require That Signatures on a Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District   Web Link to LD 31

Description: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to require that the signatures on a petition to directly initiate legislation be of voters from each of the State's 2 congressional districts and that the number of signatures from each congressional district be not less than 10% of the total vote for Governor cast in that congressional district in the previous gubernatorial election. This resolution provides that, if the required votes are cast in favor of the proposed amendment to the Constitution, the proposed amendment becomes part of the Constitution on March 1, 2018 instead of on the date of the Governor's proclamation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Espling of New Gloucester. Cosponsored by Senator Diamond of Cumberland and Senators Saviello of Franklin, Representative Guerin of Glenburn, Representatives Harvell of Farmington, Kinney of Limington, Luchini of Ellsworth, Stewart of Presque Isle, Sutton of Warren.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: 2/13/2017, 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 34: An Act To Promote Equity in Business Opportunity for Tobacco Specialty Stores   Web Link to LD 34

Description: This bill allows certain tobacco specialty stores to be licensed as a cigar lounge, which may serve nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages. A cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or prepare food on premises for sale. A tobacco specialty store that is a cigar lounge must provide notice about the dangers of environmental tobacco smoke to applicants for employment and employees. The cigar lounge license fee is $100.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Head of Bethel, Representatives Malaby of Hancock, O'Connor of Berwick, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough, Ward of Dedham.
Committee: HHSHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 39: An Act To Clarify Landowners' Liability Regarding Public Access   Web Link to LD 39

Description: Under current law, liability for recreational or harvesting activities is not limited for an injury suffered in any case where permission to pursue any recreational or harvesting activities was granted for a consideration other than consideration paid to the landowner or the landowner's agent for use of the premises on which the injury was suffered, as long as certain conditions exist. This bill provides that liability is not limited where permission was granted for a consideration other than consideration paid to the landowner, the landowner's agent, lessee or sublessee or the holder of an easement from the landowner, as long as certain conditions exist.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Saviello of Franklin. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton and Senator Davis of Piscataquis, Representatives Skolfield of Weld, Timberlake of Turner.
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Thursday: February 9, 2017
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 53: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Prohibit Payment Per Signature for Citizen Petition Drives   Web Link to LD 53

Description: The committee amendment replaces the resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Maine. The amendment instead amends the statutes governing ballot questions to prohibit the circulator of an initiative or referendum petition or a petition organization from receiving payment for the collection of signatures based on the number of signatures collected. The amendment clarifies that a salary or fee for the collection of signatures is not prohibited if it is not based on the number of signatures collected.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Guerin of Glenburn. Cosponsored by Senator Maker of Washington and Senators Diamond of Cumberland, Dill of Penobscot, Katz of Kennebec, Representative Gillway of Searsport, Representatives Luchini of Ellsworth, Nadeau of Winslow, Pickett of Dixfield, Tuell of East Machias.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: 2/13/2017, 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 57: An Act To Phase Out the Use of Single-use Plastic Shopping Bags   Web Link to LD 57

Description: This bill prohibits a retailer from using plastic bags to bag products at the point of retail sale or otherwise make plastic bags available to customers, with exceptions for certain types of plastic bags. This prohibition is effective September 1, 2020. A retailer may provide recyclable paper bags to bag products at the point of sale and must provide reusable bags for purchase by a customer. The bill also makes changes to existing law regarding retailer collection and recycling of used plastic bags to ensure consistency with the implementation of the plastic bag prohibition.
Position: Status: Veto sustained
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Devin of Newcastle. Cosponsored by Senator Vitelli of Sagadahoc and Senators Breen of Cumberland, Carson of Cumberland, Representative Daughtry of Brunswick, Representatives Parker of South Berwick, Pierce of Falmouth
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 65: An Act To Ensure the Right To Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment   Web Link to LD 65

Description: This bill prohibits a person, either in the public or private sector, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Lockman of Amherst. Cosponsored by Senator Cushing of Penobscot and Senators Brakey of Androscoggin, Volk of Cumberland, Representatives Austin of Gray, Ginzler of Bridgton, O'Connor of Berwick, Sanderson of Chelsea, Sirocki of Scarborough, Sutton of Warren
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 66: An Act To Prohibit Public Employers from Acting as Collection Agents for Labor Unions   Web Link to LD 66

Description: Current law allows a public employer to deduct service fees owed by an employee to a collective bargaining agent pursuant to a lawful collective bargaining agreement. This bill prohibits a public employer from collecting those fees or collecting member dues. This bill also eliminates language from the election statutes allowing a public employer to deduct dues or other funds from an employee's pay and remit those funds to the employee's collective bargaining agent.
Position: Status: Anticipate Divided Report
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Lockman of Amherst. Cosponsored by Senator Davis of Piscataquis and Senators Volk of Cumberland, Whittemore of Somerset, Representative Austin of Gray, Representatives Guerin of Glenburn, Picchiotti of Fairfield, Sampson of Alfred, Sirocki of Scarborough, Strom of Pittsfield
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 71: Resolve, Directing the Secretary of State To Request That the United States Secretary of Transportation Place Maine in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone   Web Link to LD 71

Description: This resolve directs the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place Maine in the Atlantic Standard Time zone. This resolve is subject to approval by the voters at referendum.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Dillingham of Oxford. Cosponsored by Senator Brakey of Androscoggin and Senators Hamper of Oxford, Representative Campbell of Orrington, Representatives Craig of Brewer, Hanington of Lincoln, Ordway of Standish, Pickett of Dixfield, Tepler of Topsham, Tuell of East Machias
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 85: An Act To Establish a Public Service Berthing Vessel License for the Sale of Liquor   Web Link to LD 85

Description: The committee amendment replaces the bill. Like the bill, the amendment provides for a definition of public service berthing vessel. Unlike the bill, the amendment does not establish a separate license for a public service berthing vessel but rather makes the vessel eligible for a Class V liquor license that permits the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor to passengers of the vessel. It also provides that the license may be issued for a single event or voyage. Like the bill, the amendment requires that the vessel acquire municipal approval to sell liquor on board the vessel to passengers while the vessel is docked. The amendment also makes a provision for storage of liquor to be sold by the licensed vessel and requires that records be maintained for each event when the licensed vessel sells liquor to passengers.
Position: Status: Enacted in House; on Senate Approps table
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Miramant of Knox. Cosponsored by Representative Kumiega of Deer Isle and Senator Bellows of Kennebec, Representatives Austin of Gray, Hawke of Boothbay Harbor, Kornfield of Bangor, Pierce of Dresden
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 86: An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits   Web Link to LD 86

Description: The Senate amendment replaces the bill and instead requires that the payment of wages owed to an employee leaving employment be made no later then the employee's next established payday. This amendment also requires that the payment of vacation pay on cessation of employment must be done in accordance with the employer's established policy or practice.
Position: Status: Engrossed in Senate
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Miramant of Knox. Cosponsored by Representative Kumiega of Deer Isle and Senators Bellows of Kennebec, Woodsome of York, Representatives Kornfield of Bangor, Mastraccio of Sanford, Spear of South Thomaston
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 91: An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for Retailers Collecting Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 91

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit of $100 for retailers who collect, report and remit to the State more than $1,000 in sales tax during the tax year.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Davis of Piscataquis. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton and Senators Collins of York, Diamond of Cumberland, Dow of Lincoln, Langley of Hancock, Saviello of Franklin, Representative Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 103: An Act To Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers   Web Link to LD 103

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, 2018, 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
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Zeigler of Montville. Cosponsored by Senator Miramant of Knox and Representative Ackley of Monmouth, Representative Rykerson of Kittery.
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: Monday: 2/27/2017 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 109: An Act To Allow Sunday Hunting by Landowners and Those with Landowner Permission   Web Link to LD 109

Description: This bill allows hunting on Sundays on private property with the permission of the landowner.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Strom of Pittsfield. Cosponsored by Representative Hanington of Lincoln and Representatives McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Picchiotti of Fairfield, Stetkis of Canaan, Stewart of Presque Isle
Committee: IF&WHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 112: An Act To Further Limit the Liability of Landowners Who Permit the Use of Land for Outdoor Recreational Activity   Web Link to LD 112

Description: Current law limits the liability of landowners who allow certain outdoor recreational or harvesting activities on their land, as long as the land is not primarily used for commercial recreational purposes. This bill extends that limited liability to landowners who allow their land to be used for the construction, maintenance or expansion of trails or ancillary facilities used to pursue outdoor recreational activities.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Ginzler of Bridgton. Cosponsored by Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Fay of Raymond
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Thursday: February 9, 2017
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 140: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Support Entrepreneurial Activity, Attract Business and Enhance Demographic In-migration by Investing in High-speed Broadband Infrastructure and To Amend the Law Governing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund   Web Link to LD 140

Description: Part A of this bill authorizes a General Fund bond issue, in the amount of $10,000,000, to be allocated to the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund and distributed by the ConnectME Authority through implementation grants in order to expand high-speed broadband Internet infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas. Part B of the bill limits the use of the funds under Part A to implementation grants awarded from the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund and requires the grants to be expended on open-access nondiscriminatory broadband infrastructure in unserved or underserved areas. Part C of the bill amends the laws establishing the Municipal Gigabit Broadband Network Access Fund to require planning grant applicants to plan for postconstruction operation and maintenance. Part C clarifies that a municipality may be eligible for ConnectME Authority implementation grant funds without relying on planning grant funds from the authority if the municipality meets certain statutory planning requirements. Part C also clarifies that municipally financed planning expenditures may be deducted from the 25% cash match requirement of the implementation grant. The changes made in Part C are contingent on the ratification of the bond issue in Part A by the voters of the State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft. Cosponsored by Senator Bellows of Kennebec and Senators Dion of Cumberland, Maker of Washington, Woodsome of York, Representative Berry of Bowdoinham, Representatives Foley of Wells, Grohman of Biddeford, McCrea of Fort Fairfield, Stewart of Presque Isle.
Committee: AppropsHearing: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 211
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 148: An Act To Allow Overhead Garage Door Installers To Install and Repair Dumbwaiters   Web Link to LD 148

Description: This bill allows a person who installs or services overhead garage doors or openers to install and repair dumbwaiters used only for the transportation of inanimate goods without being licensed as an elevator or lift mechanic and exempts a company that installs or services overhead garage doors or openers from having to register as an elevator contractor in order to install or service dumbwaiters used only for the transportation of inanimate goods.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Campbell of Orrington. Cosponsored by Senator Dill of Penobscot and Senators Breen of Cumberland, Representative Dillingham of Oxford, Representatives Hanington of Lincoln, Hanley of Pittston, Head of Bethel, Martin of Eagle Lake, Nadeau of Winslow, Stanley of Medway.
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 163: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of Maine's laws governing labor and employment.   Web Link to LD 163

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact measures designed to strengthen the enforcement of Maine's laws governing labor and employment.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Tucker of Brunswick.
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 178: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Provide Jobs, Improve Road Infrastructure and Protect Water Resources   Web Link to LD 178

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $5,000,000, will be used to provide funding for cost sharing of at least 50% on projects that correct downstream pollution issues and provide contractor jobs and public safety improvements through improved storm water management and improved water quality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton. Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: BATTLE of South Portland, BERRY of Bowdoinham, DUCHESNE of Hudson, HILLIARD of Belgrade, MAREAN of Hollis, POULIOT of Augusta, STEARNS of Guilford, Senator: SAVIELLO of Franklin.
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 189: An Act To Allow Bird Hunting on Sunday in Aroostook County and Unorganized Townships in Western Maine   Web Link to LD 189

Description: This bill creates an exception to the prohibition against hunting wild birds on Sunday. The bill allows hunting wild birds on Sunday in Aroostook County and in unorganized townships in the counties of Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Oxford, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HAGGAN of Hampden. Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: HILLIARD of Belgrade, PIERCE of Dresden, STEWART of Presque Isle, STROM of Pittsfield, Senators: JACKSON of Aroostook, WOODSOME of York
Committee: IF&WHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 191: An Act To Authorize 3-day All-terrain Vehicle Registration Reciprocity with the Provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec   Web Link to LD 191

Description: This bill establishes, beginning July 1, 2018, a 3-day all-terrain vehicle registration reciprocity with the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair. Cosponsored by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, DUCHESNE of Hudson, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, NADEAU of Winslow, WHITE of Washburn, Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, CYRWAY of Kennebec.
Committee: IF&WHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 203: An Act To Opt Out of Federal Daylight Saving Time and To Ask the United States Secretary of Transportation To Place the State in the Atlantic Time Zone   Web Link to LD 203

Description: This bill creates an exemption to federal provisions regarding the observation of so-called Eastern Daylight Saving Time in the State and requires the Secretary of State to request that the United States Secretary of Transportation place the State in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BAILEY of Saco. Cosponsored by Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, TUELL of East Machias
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 216: Resolve, Directing the Department of Transportation To Erect Signs on Interstate 95 Directing Motorists to Lincoln   Web Link to LD 216

Description: This resolve directs the Department of Transportation to place signs directing motorists to the Town of Lincoln on Interstate 95 on the northbound and southbound lanes near the exit closest to the town.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator ROSEN of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln and Senator: CARPENTER of Aroostook, Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, SHERMAN of Hodgdon, TURNER of Burlington
Committee: Transp.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 227: An Act To Exclude Cardboard Beverage Containers from the Laws Governing Returnable Beverage Containers   Web Link to LD 227

Description: This bill excludes from the definition of "beverage container" in the laws governing returnable beverage containers a container composed of compressed recycled cardboard with a plastic liner.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator Saviello of Franklin. Cosponsored by Representative Black of Wilton
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: Monday: 2/27/2017 10:00 AM
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 292: 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 292

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, 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
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SHEATS of Auburn. Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BICKFORD of Auburn, BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston, SYLVESTER of Portland, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 348: An Act To Increase Consumer Protection for Time-share Owners   Web Link to LD 348

Description: This bill amends the law governing time shares in the following ways. 1. It grants a person who purchases a time share from a developer the right to sell the time share back to the developer at fair market value after expiration of the sale cancellation period. 2. It prohibits the developer or an entity wholly or partially owned by the developer from serving as the manager of the time-share project. 3. It limits the liability of a time-share owner for assessments levied against the time-share unit for maintenance, taxes or fines to the fair market value of the time share.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CHENETTE of York. (BY REQUEST)
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 372: An Act To Protect Public Health through Septic Tank Inspections   Web Link to LD 372

Description: This bill amends existing law requiring the inspection of a subsurface wastewater disposal system on a property located within the shoreland area of the State that is to be transferred and expands these requirements to apply to the transfer of any property in the State on which a subsurface wastewater disposal system is located. The bill also amends other provisions of the Maine Revised Statutes as necessary to incorporate these changes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLUME of York. (BY REQUEST) Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc and Representatives: COOPER of Yarmouth, DEVIN of Newcastle, FAY of Raymond, HILLIARD of Belgrade, HYMANSON of York, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 388: An Act Regarding the Sale of Alcohol by a Manufacturer with an On-premises Retail License   Web Link to LD 388

Description: This bill clarifies existing law that permits a person that is licensed to manufacture malt liquor, wine or spirits at a facility in the State to sell the product that person produces from the manufacturing facility for off-premises consumption without having to get a separate off-premises retail license. The bill specifies that the location of the manufacturing facility where off-premises sales of the manufacturer's product occur is not required to be accessed by a separate entrance from the area of the facility that is licensed to serve alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. It also clarifies that distilleries and small distilleries are subject to the existing law that requires spirits sold at retail to first be listed for sale and distributed by the State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin. Cosponsored by Senators: LANGLEY of Hancock, WOODSOME of York
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 390: 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, 2018 and June 30, 2019   Web Link to LD 390

Description: THIS IS THE BIENNIAL BUDGET BILL FOR FY 18 AND FY 19. To view the finally-enacted budget, go to this website: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0281&item=57&snum=128
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 284
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook. (GOVERNOR'S BILL) Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representative: WINSOR of Norway, Senator: BREEN of Cumberland
Committee: AppropsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 400: An Act Regarding the Construction or Placement of Decks within the Shoreland Zone   Web Link to LD 400

Description: This bill allows municipalities to adopt ordinances that allow the construction or placement of a deck within the setbacks established pursuant to the laws governing shoreland zoning as long as certain requirements are met.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TURNER of Burlington. Cosponsored by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester, Senator ROSEN of Hancock and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, CAMPBELL of Orrington, FOLEY of Wells, HANINGTON of Lincoln, KINNEY of Limington, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, REED of Carmel, STANLEY of Medway
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 402: An Act To Establish Maine Buy Local Month   Web Link to LD 402

Description: This bill designates November as Maine Buy Local Month and directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to encourage buying from local businesses and to increase awareness of the economic effect of buying from local businesses.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HAMANN of South Portland. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, BATES of Westbrook, BATTLE of South Portland, FECTEAU of Biddeford, LAWRENCE of South Berwick, VACHON of Scarborough, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, MIRAMANT of Knox
Committee: State & Local Govt.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 407: An Act To Simplify the Laws Regarding Games of Chance   Web Link to LD 407

Description: This bill specifies, for the purposes of the laws governing games of chance, that games of chance are those games in which the outcome is solely determined by chance, outside the control of the contestant or participant.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator COLLINS of York. Cosponsored by Representative HANINGTON of Lincoln and Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, MASON of Androscoggin, Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, FARRIN of Norridgewock, LONGSTAFF of Waterville, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, TURNER of Burlington, WHITE of Washburn
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 415: An Act To Modify the Amount of Product Samples of Malt Liquor, Wine or Spirits That May Be Provided to Retail Licensees   Web Link to LD 415

Description: Current law allows a brewery, winery or wholesaler to provide to a retail licensee samples of products, limited to 9 gallons of malt liquor and 9 liters of wine annually. This bill increases the annual limit to 18 gallons of malt liquor and 18 liters of wine. Current law allows a licensed sales representative for a distilled spirits manufacturer or suppler to give to a retail licensee a maximum of 3 liters per year per distiller represented by the sales representative. This bill increases the annual limit to 6 liters per distiller.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator MASON of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth and Senators: CARPENTER of Aroostook, COLLINS of York, Representative: FARRIN of Norridgewock
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 418: An Act To Educate the Public on the Proper Use of Pesticides and To Promote Integrated Pest Management Using Existing Resources   Web Link to LD 418

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to require that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control educate the public on the proper use of pesticides and promote integrated pest management using funds that have already been appropriated to the board.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLACK of Wilton. Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: HICKMAN of Winthrop, KINNEY of Knox, LYFORD of Eddington, MAREAN of Hollis, SKOLFIELD of Weld, THERIAULT of China, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, Senator: DAVIS of Piscataquis
Committee: AC&FHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 433: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Apply a Local Option Sales Tax to the Sale of Marijuana   Web Link to LD 433

Description: This bill allows a municipality that approves the location of a retail marijuana store or a retail marijuana social club to impose a local option sales tax. Revenue from the local option sales tax after deduction for the cost of state administration is distributed to the municipality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative RYKERSON of Kittery. Cosponsored by Representative TUELL of East Machias, Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland, Senator CHENETTE of York and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BATTLE of South Portland, HANDY of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, SPEAR of South Thomaston, TIPPING of Orono, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: DION of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 441: An Act To Require Certification under the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule   Web Link to LD 441

Description: This bill requires contractors engaged in painting, renovation, remodeling, maintenance or repair activities on buildings constructed before 1978 to have on-site a person certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under the federal renovation, repair and painting rule. It also requires persons performing maintenance on a multi-unit residential building, the owner of which receives public money in the form of a housing subsidy or voucher, to be certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Dresden and Senators: KATZ of Kennebec, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: BROOKS of Lewiston, FULLER of Lewiston, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HANDY of Lewiston
Committee: LCREDHearing: Tuesday, March 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 466: An Act To Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments   Web Link to LD 466

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
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook.
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 469: An Act To Establish a Generally Applicable Regulatory Standard To Address Impacts of Sea Level Change and Increased Storm Surges   Web Link to LD 469

Description: This bill amends the State's coastal management laws to require the Department of Environmental Protection to apply to activities under its jurisdiction a generally applicable regulatory standard that addresses the impacts of sea level change and increased storm surges on coastal resources within the coastal area of the State. The bill directs the department to adopt rules establishing that standard on or before November 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DEVIN of Newcastle. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: BLUME of York, GILLWAY of Searsport, HOGAN of Old Orchard Beach, TUCKER of Brunswick, Senators: MIRAMANT of Knox, SAVIELLO of Franklin
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 544: An Act To Expand Wine and Beer Tastings at Retail Establishments   Web Link to LD 544

Description: Current law allows a person licensed for retail sale of wine or malt liquor for off-premises consumption to conduct taste testings on the licensee's premises if the licensee stocks at least 125 different labels of wine or 100 different labels of malt liquor. This bill removes the minimum stock requirements.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TERRY of Gorham. Cosponsored by Representatives: FAY of Raymond, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, SAMPSON of Alfred, Senator: DILL of Penobscot
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 554: An Act To Require Paid Parental Leave for Employees   Web Link to LD 554

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to require employers to create a parental leave policy to provide certain full-time employees who become parents through child birth or adoption with additional flexibility and time to be with their new children, adjust to new family situations and balance professional obligations. Employees who are eligible under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act would be entitled to paid parental leave, with certain exceptions and restrictions.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CASÁS of Rockport. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland, GROHMAN of Biddeford, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 660: An Act To Allow Credit and Debit Card Surcharges   Web Link to LD 660

Description: Current law prohibits the seller in a sales transaction from imposing a surcharge on a cardholder who pays using a credit card or debit card. This bill repeals that prohibition.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset. Cosponsored by Representative FOLEY of Wells and Senators: DOW of Lincoln, LANGLEY of Hancock, ROSEN of Hancock, Representatives: CRAIG of Brewer, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, STETKIS of Canaan, STROM of Pittsfield
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 669: An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers   Web Link to LD 669

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to enact a comprehensive package of proposals designed to address the unmet workforce needs of employers and to improve the economic future of workers. These proposals may include, but are not limited to, proposals to: 1. Identify workforce needs; 2. Connect businesses with trained workers; 3. Maximize the benefits of educational assessment funding by focusing the funds on the students; 4. Provide incentives for educational institutions receiving state training funds to place graduates into the employment or school of the graduates' choice; 5. Strengthen the ability of the Maine Quality Centers, established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 20-A, section 12725, to fulfill their mission of meeting the workforce education and training needs of new and expanding businesses in the State and providing new employment and career advancement opportunities for Maine people; 6. Design diverse programs to meet the needs of Maine employers; 7. Prepare untrained workers to meet immediate and long-term needs; 8. Allow military training to count towards required training for certain certifications and licenses; 9. Establish a clearinghouse to connect workers with employers; 10. Identify educational programs necessary for specific types of employment and create a process to preemploy prospective workers while they are being trained; 11. Provide to people receiving public assistance the opportunity to permanently leave poverty behind by providing skills training that offers academic degrees, certifications or credentials and leads to employment with wages that can sustain families; 12. Establish workforce training programs targeted exclusively at individuals who are on public assistance or whose incomes meet certain criteria and provide transitional benefits including child care, health care, transportation supports and educational supports; 13. Align Maine's system of learning results with technical skills for current employment needs, support technical courses in high schools and integrate those courses with the high school curriculum and identify for middle school and secondary school students career paths that include alternatives that do not require college educations; 14. Identify barriers to the reentry by older citizens into the workforce; 15. Establish a program to identify and eliminate unfavorable tax policies with respect to retirement income and pensions and tax policies that discourage older citizens and retirees from returning to the workforce; and 16. Promote education to allow seniors to develop new skills.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Dresden and Senators: DAVIS of Piscataquis, GRATWICK of Penobscot, LANGLEY of Hancock, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: DeCHANT of Bath, HARRINGTON of Sanford, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, RYKERSON of Kittery
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 684: An Act To Increase Vegetative Buffers in the Shoreland Zone   Web Link to LD 684

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. To protect waterbodies from nonpoint source pollution, this bill proposes to amend the laws governing shoreland zoning to increase the vegetative buffer requirement from 75 feet to 150 feet for certain areas in the shoreland zone. The bill also proposes to remove provisions in law that grandfather certain parcels of land and that allow smaller vegetative buffers on those parcels.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLUME of York. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FOLEY of Wells, HYMANSON of York, PARKER of South Berwick, RYKERSON of Kittery, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 699: An Act To Enact the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act   Web Link to LD 699

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 employers to identify highly toxic chemicals and directs the Department of Labor to publish lists of online resources that identify highly toxic chemicals; 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 as 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 employer, with the transition team, may elect to transition to a safer alternative on a permanent basis; 7. Requires an employer to contact chemical suppliers and manufacturers for possible safer alternatives and to implement a process for permanent transition to the safer alternatives. If the employer elects not to use safer alternatives, the employer must submit a report to the Department of Labor detailing the basis for not proceeding with the transition to the safer alternatives; 8. Requires employers to complete self-audits for compliance with this Act; 9. Stipulates reporting and records retention requirements for the employer, as well as guidelines for access to information by employees and state agencies; 10. Requires annual employee training that follows the United States Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration's globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals; 11. Requires the Department of Labor to enforce the provisions of the Act and authorizes the department to issue penalties for violations of the Act; 12. Requires the Department of Labor to adopt all rules necessary to implement the provisions of the Act; 13. Stipulates an effective date for the Act of September 1, 2018; and 14. Directs the Department of Labor, by January 1, 2018, to submit for legislative review major substantive rules related to the Act.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, BATES of Westbrook, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HERBIG of Belfast, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 700: An Act To Give Flexibility to Employees and Employers for Temporary Layoffs   Web Link to LD 700

Description: This bill creates an exemption from the eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits dealing with work search for an individual otherwise eligible for unemployment benefits when that individual has been temporarily laid off with a definite recall date of not more than 12 weeks from the date of the individual's temporary layoff.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PARRY of Arundel. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, DEVIN of Newcastle, FECTEAU of Biddeford, SANDERSON of Chelsea, Senator: COLLINS of York
Committee: LCREDHearing: Monday, March 27, 2017, 10:00 AM, Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 701: An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program   Web Link to LD 701

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 a person's average weekly wage or 100% of the state average weekly wage, whichever is lower, for up to 6 weeks in any 12-month period. Employee contributions are collected on a sliding scale based on wages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, KORNFIELD of Bangor, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth, MOONEN of Portland, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland
Committee: LCREDHearing: Mar 22, 2017, 10:00a Cross Building, Room 208
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 781: An Act To Support the Trades through a Tax Credit for Apprenticeship Programs   Web Link to LD 781

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit to employers with apprenticeship programs approved by the Department of Labor. The credit is equal to $2,500 for each registered apprentice employed by the taxpayer during the taxable year in an approved apprenticeship program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator DOW of Lincoln and Representatives: POULIOT of Augusta, STANLEY of Medway, TIPPING of Orono, Senators: LIBBY of Androscoggin, VOLK of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 783: An Act Regarding Business Income Tax   Web Link to LD 783

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to provide an income tax credit for a business that makes a voluntary contribution to fully or partially fund a qualifying local project that would otherwise need to be funded by the State. Qualifying projects would include those funded through the Maine Municipal Bond Bank or local projects involving high-priority infrastructure or otherwise approved by a municipality as a priority project.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle. Cosponsored by Representatives: GUERIN of Glenburn, POULIOT of Augusta, WARD of Dedham.
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 785: An Act To Improve Safety and Traffic Efficiency near School Grounds   Web Link to LD 785

Description: This bill allows a school crossing guard to direct traffic.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TIPPING of Orono. Cosponsored by Senator DILL of Penobscot and Representatives: FREY of Bangor, GUERIN of Glenburn, LYFORD of Eddington
Committee: Transp.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 805: An Act To Streamline the Municipal Review Process When Dividing a Structure into 3 or More Dwelling Units and To Amend the Process for Recording Subdivision Variances   Web Link to LD 805

Description: This bill amends the laws governing subdivisions. The bill exempts from the law governing subdivisions a division of a structure into 3 or more dwelling units in a municipality where the project is subject to municipal site plan review. The bill amends the provision concerning when a municipal ordinance may have a definition of "subdivision" that conflicts with state law. The bill removes the authority of a municipality to expand the definition of "subdivision" to include the division of a structure into commercial or industrial units. The bill removes the requirement that variances from subdivision criteria be recorded in the registry of deeds within 90 days after final approval of a subdivision plan, but retains the requirement that the variance be recorded to be valid. The bill repeals provisions under which leased dwelling units are not subject to subdivision review.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin. Cosponsored by Representative CAMPBELL of Orrington and Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, VOLK of Cumberland, Representative: JORGENSEN of Portland
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 825: An Act To Ensure Direct Dialing of 911 from Multiline Telephone Systems   Web Link to LD 825

Description: This bill requires that any public or private entity that installs or operates a multiline telephone system ensures that the system is connected to the public switched telephone network in such a way that an individual dialing 911 is connected to the public safety answering point without requiring the individual to first dial any other number or set of numbers.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York. Cosponsored by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham.
Committee: Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 852: An Act To Make Changes to the Maine Liquor Liability Act   Web Link to LD 852

Description: This bill amends the Maine Liquor Liability Act to provide that the inability of a plaintiff to obtain investigative records from a law enforcement officer or law enforcement agency constitutes good cause as to why the plaintiff could not reasonably file notice to all defendants within the 180-day limit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MONAGHAN of Cape Elizabeth
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 913: An Act Regarding Workers' Compensation Insurance Rates for Small Businesses   Web Link to LD 913

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

LD 930: An Act To Protect Maine Families by Enhancing Well Water Regulation   Web Link to LD 930

Description: This bill requires all private wells used to provide water for human consumption to be tested for basic pollutants in accordance with rules adopted by the Department of Environmental Protection. The wells are required to be tested at least once every 5 years, and all new wells created after July 1, 2018 are required to be tested. All fees are waived for testing a well within an area in which there is a known environmental hazard or dispersal of pollutants that may contaminate the well. The Department of Environmental Protection is required to determine the costs of implementing this legislation and, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission and the Efficiency Maine Trust, identify appropriate funding sources to pay those costs. The department is required to submit its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs by January 15, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FREDETTE of Newport
Committee: Energy, Utils & TechHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 942: An Act To Prohibit a Prospective Employer from Asking a Prospective Hire about the Person's Compensation History until after a Job Offer Is Made   Web Link to LD 942

Description: This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring about a prospective employee's prior compensation history until after an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring that a prospective employee's prior compensation history meet certain criteria. An employer that violates this law is subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500 per violation and is also subject to a civil right of action that may be brought by or on behalf of an affected prospective employee by the Department of Labor or the affected employee.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BRYANT of Windham. Cosponsored by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston, Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FECTEAU of Biddeford, MADIGAN of Waterville, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, MELARAGNO of Auburn, Senators: DESCHAMBAULT of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 957: Resolve, To Update Maine's Liquor Laws   Web Link to LD 957

Description: This resolve requires the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to convene a study group consisting of representatives of appropriate state agencies and stakeholders, including alcoholic beverage producers, distributors and retailers and representatives of entities that enforce the laws governing alcoholic beverages, to review and propose revisions to the laws governing alcoholic beverages to eliminate outdated laws, respond to industry concerns and support the State's emerging craft beer, wine and liquor industry.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock. Cosponsored by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth and Senators: COLLINS of York, MASON of Androscoggin, Representatives: SUTTON of Warren, TURNER of Burlington
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 971: An Act To Exempt Certain Employees from the Minimum Wage Laws   Web Link to LD 971

Description: This bill exempts from the minimum wage laws an employee who has not attained 18 years of age, is claimed as a dependent on the income tax return of another person or is employed by a seasonal employer.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred. Cosponsored by Senator WOODSOME of York and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, HARVELL of Farmington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STEWART of Presque Isle, TUELL of East Machias, TURNER of Burlington, WADSWORTH of Hiram
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1004: An Act To Increase Fines for Certain Wage and Benefits Violations   Web Link to LD 1004

Description: This bill amends the law regarding employment practices by increasing the fine for a violation of certain state wage and benefits laws to $500 for the first violation and $2,500 for each subsequent violation and by providing a private right of action for a person aggrieved of such a violation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GOLDEN of Lewiston. Cosponsored by Senator MIRAMANT of Knox and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, COLLINGS of Portland, GRANT of Gardiner, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, MELARAGNO of Auburn, SYLVESTER of Portland, TIPPING of Orono, Senator: BELLOWS of Kennebec
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1005: An Act Regarding Minimum Wage Increases   Web Link to LD 1005

Description: This bill eliminates the $1 per hour increases in the minimum wage scheduled for each of the next 3 years and eliminates increases in the minimum wage based on the increase in the cost of living starting in 2021. It also restores the tip credit to the minimum wage laws.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, ESPLING of New Gloucester, SAMPSON of Alfred, SIROCKI of Scarborough, WADSWORTH of Hiram, WARD of Dedham, WINSOR of Norway
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1116: An Act To Improve the Unemployment Compensation System   Web Link to LD 1116

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to change the Employment Security Law to make improvements to the unemployment compensation system to ensure the accumulation of funds is adequate to pay benefits during periods of unemployment, the highest skills of unemployed workers are used and the serious social consequences of unemployment are limited.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1159: An Act To Support Healthy Workplaces and Healthy Families by Providing Paid Sick Leave to Certain Employees   Web Link to LD 1159

Description: This bill creates a right to paid sick leave for employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are employed by an employer that employs 50 or more employees. It also creates a right to unpaid sick leave for employees of an employer that employs fewer than 50 employees. This bill takes effect January 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CHENETTE of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1194: Resolve, Establishing the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment   Web Link to LD 1194

Description: This resolve creates the Commission To Study and Assess Maine's Regulatory Environment. The commission is required to submit its report with its recommendations and including suggested legislation to the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources by December 6, 2017.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PIERCE of Dresden. Cosponsored by Senator DION of Cumberland and Representatives: CHACE of Durham, FOLEY of Wells, HANLEY of Pittston, HARLOW of Portland, KINNEY of Limington, PICKETT of Dixfield, WADSWORTH of Hiram, Senator: CYRWAY of Kennebec
Committee: Env & Nat ResHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1212: An Act To Amend the Definition of "Eligible Business Equipment" for the Purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program   Web Link to LD 1212

Description: summary This bill changes the statutory location of the tax exemption for personal property occupied or used solely for its own purposes by an incorporated benevolent and charitable organization that is exempt from taxation under section 501 of the Code and the primary purpose of which is the operation of a hospital licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services, a health maintenance organization or a blood bank. This bill moves the exemption from the statutes regarding exemption of real and personal property, since the exemption no longer applies to real property, to the definition of "eligible business equipment" for the purposes of defining personal property that is exempt from property tax under the business equipment tax exemption, or "BETE," program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative SPEAR of South Thomaston and Senators: GRATWICK of Penobscot, MIRAMANT of Knox
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1259: An Act Regarding Pay Equality   Web Link to LD 1259

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

LD 1307: An Act To Ensure Fair Employment Opportunity for Maine Citizens and Legal Residents   Web Link to LD 1307

Description: This bill requires an employer, before employing a person or referring a person for employment, to make a good faith inquiry as to whether that person is a United States citizen or an alien, and if the inquiry reasonably indicates that the person is an alien, the employer must use the E-Verify program operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security to verify the employment eligibility of that person.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GINZLER of Bridgton. (BY REQUEST) Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: SIROCKI of Scarborough, STEWART of Presque Isle, TUELL of East Machias, Senator: LANGLEY of Hancock.
Committee: LCREDHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1317: An Act To Encourage Family-friendly Businesses through a Tax Credit for Child Care   Web Link to LD 1317

Description: This bill amends the tax credit allowed for employer-assisted day care, which expired at the end of 2015, except for the ability to carry forward unused credits. This bill revives the credit for tax years beginning in 2017 or later but changes the amount of the credit provided to an employer who provides day care services for the children of its employees, either directly or through payments to a day care operated or licensed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The credit is the lesser of 50% of the employer's income tax liability and 75% of the costs incurred by the employer in providing day care services for children of employees of the taxpayer.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland and Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, Speaker GIDEON of Freeport, GRANT of Gardiner, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1329: An Act To Allow Tobacco Retail Establishments To Serve Alcohol   Web Link to LD 1329

Description: This bill allows the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue licenses to tobacco retail establishments to sell spirits, wine and malt liquor for consumption on the premises of those establishments.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PIERCE of Dresden. Cosponsored by Senator SAVIELLO of Franklin and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, FAY of Raymond, PARRY of Arundel, STANLEY of Medway, STEWART of Presque Isle, STROM of Pittsfield, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
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LD 1533: An Act To Update the Laws Relating to Liquor Licensing and Enforcement   Web Link to LD 1533

Description: This bill: 1. Replaces the term "golf club" with "golf course" to eliminate the confusion in Title 28-A between golf clubs and other types of clubs; 2. Eliminates a threshold amount for a single retail purchase of liquor; 3. Clarifies which type of establishments on the same premises as an off-premises retailer must serve full course meals or food; 4. Removes the requirement that a business prior to being considered for an agency liquor store license must have sold malt liquor and wine for one year and have been violation free for that same period; 5. Amends language that establishes a minimum inventory value of spirits based on the population threshold established in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A, section 461; 6. Removes language providing an exception for businesses with more than 5 locations in the State that are sold to a company that has sold malt liquor or wine in another state; 7. Eliminates the fee for an application for a relocation of an agency liquor store within the same municipality and adds a requirement that the application for relocation include proof that all existing agency liquor stores in the same municipality were notified of the relocation prior to approval by that municipality; 8. Repeals the requirement that the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations hold a public hearing on the relocation application. The only approval needed is from the municipality on the relocation request by the agency liquor store; 9. Adds railroads to the list of public service corporation licensees in order to align with the definition of "public service corporation"; 10. Clarifies that identification issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in the State is an acceptable form of identification for the purposes for purchasing liquor; 11. Amends the provision of law requiring that any malt liquor served from a faucet, spigot or dispensing apparatus must be identified by trade name to include all types of liquor; 12. Reduces the number of gallons that constitute a keg; 13. Establishes that mobile service bars used on golf courses may serve all types of liquor; and 14. Corrects provisions of law to refer to the director of the bureau instead of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services. These changes were inadvertently left out of Public Law 2013, chapter 368, Part V and Public Law 2013, chapter 476, Part A. The bill also provides that the director or the director's designee may approve an alcohol server education course that meets specific criteria.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth. Cosponsored by Representative: DILLINGHAM of Oxford
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
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LD 1543: An Act To Simplify the Licensing Process for Off-site Catering   Web Link to LD 1543

Description: Current law requires that a Class A restaurant, Class A lounge, Class A restaurant/lounge, club licensed to sell liquor, hotel or bed and breakfast that wishes to acquire an off-premises catering license from the State also receive approval from the municipality in which the event is to occur, and a municipality may set its own fee for granting a permit. This bill eliminates the requirement that an applicant for an off-premises catering license from the State receive approval from the municipality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by President THIBODEAU of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast and Senators: LANGLEY of Hancock, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MALABY of Hancock, SUTTON of Warren
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LD 1587: An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System   Web Link to LD 1587

Description: This bill creates a paid family medical leave program, patterned after the unpaid family medical leave program existing in current law but requiring a contribution from an eligible employee, or a self-employed person on a voluntary basis, of no more than 0.5% of the employee's or self-employed person's wages or earnings. The program requires employers to deduct the contributions from employee paychecks and for the employers and self-employed persons to submit contributions to the Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, which is charged with administering the program. The program pays benefits of up to 66% of an employee's wages or self-employed person's earnings capped at the same maximum amount as unemployment benefits for leave taken by the employee or self-employed person for various family-related medical issues. This bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. This bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expense, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2019.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland
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LD 1612: An Act To Support Maine Families through Universal Family Care   Web Link to LD 1612

Description: This bill establishes the Universal Family Care Program of universal child care and in-home and community support services for all individuals and families who are eligible. Eligibility for universal child care is based on the age of the child, and eligibility for in-home and community support services is based on medical eligibility. Income is not a factor for eligibility. The bill establishes the Universal Family Care Trust Fund, which is managed by a board composed of members who represent child care providers, home care agencies, employees of child care providers and home care agencies and consumers of child care and home care services. The board employs professional staff and receives advice from an advisory committee composed of the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor as well as the Treasurer of State, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Base funding for universal child care is from child care funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant. Base funding for universal in-home and community support services is from federal matching funding related to home and community support services and state funding for elder services provided in the home. To complete the funding for the Universal Family Care Program, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services is directed to develop and submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services draft legislation to establish universal family care taxes. The taxes are to be structured to include 3 elements: a tax on wages that is substantially equivalent to the federal Social Security's Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program tax, but that applies only to earnings above the annual contribution and benefit base of the federal tax; a self-employment tax applicable to taxpayers who are subject to the federal Self-Employment Contributions Act tax that is equivalent to that tax and applies to net earnings above the annual limit subject to taxation under that federal tax; and a tax equal to the wage and self-employment taxes that is imposed on unearned annual income and that applies in a manner similar to the federal Net Investment Income Tax. The bill directs the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature to establish universal family care taxes to fully fund the Universal Family Care Program.
Position: Status: carry over requested
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representatives: COLLINGS of Portland, HAMANN of South Portland, MADIGAN of Waterville, SYLVESTER of Portland, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: CARSON of Cumberland
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LD 1618: An Act To Support Maine's Working Families through Universal Child Care   Web Link to LD 1618

Description: This bill establishes the Universal Child Care Program of universal child care for all individuals and families who are eligible. Eligibility for universal child care is based on the age of the child. Income is not a factor for eligibility. The bill establishes the Universal Child Care Trust Fund, which is managed by a board composed of members who represent child care providers and consumers of child care services. The board employs professional staff and receives advice from an advisory committee composed of the Commissioner of Health and Human Services, the Commissioner of Education and the Commissioner of Labor as well as the Treasurer of State, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Base funding for universal child care is from child care funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant. To complete the funding for the Universal Child Care Program, the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Revenue Services is directed to develop and submit to the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services draft legislation to establish universal child care taxes. The taxes are to be structured to include 3 elements: a tax on wages that is substantially equivalent to the federal Social Security Act's Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance program tax, but that applies only to earnings above the annual contribution and benefit base of the federal tax; a self-employment tax applicable to taxpayers who are subject to the federal Self-Employment Contributions Act tax that is equivalent to that tax and applies to net earnings above the annual limit subject to taxation under that federal tax; and a tax equal to the wage and self-employment taxes that is imposed on unearned annual income and that applies in a manner similar to the federal Net Investment Income Tax. The bill directs the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services to report out a bill to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature to establish universal child care taxes to fully fund the Universal Child Care Program.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. Cosponsored by Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, COLLINGS of Portland, HYMANSON of York, MADIGAN of Waterville, O'NEIL of Saco, RECKITT of South Portland, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, TERRY of Gorham
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LD 1621: An Act To Retain Jobs in Maine   Web Link to LD 1621

Description: This bill requires that a person proposing to permanently shut down an industrial or commercial facility make an offer of sale, at fair market value, of the facility and equipment to an interested employee organization or to a privately owned business entity, government-owned business entity or jointly owned business entity.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook
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