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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: V&LAHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: JudicHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: ENRHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: S&LGHearing:
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: This bill authorizes the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to issue licenses to public service berthing vessels for the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor on overnight voyages of at least one night. The bill establishes requirements and fees for such licensing.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: V&LAHearing:
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: Current law provides that an employee whose employment has ceased is entitled to earned wages from the employer, including unused vacation time when paid vacation was included in the terms of employment, upon a reasonable time after that employee makes a demand for such payment from the employer, and that the employee may bring a civil action against an employer that does not comply with this requirement. This bill eliminates the requirement that the employee make a demand for the earned compensation with the employer. Instead, earned wages must be paid by the employer within a reasonable amount of time after the cessation of employment, regardless of whether the employee has made a demand for the wages.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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: TaxHearing:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
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:
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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Ginzler of Bridgton. Cosponsored by Senator Hamper of Oxford and Representative Fay of Raymond
Committee: JudicHearing:
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.