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Priority Legislation

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: Carried Over
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 1675: An Act To Clarify Definitions in the Laws Regarding the Licensing of Eating Establishments and Lodging Places   Web Link to LD 1675

Description: This bill repeals the definition of "eating and lodging place" in the laws regarding campgrounds, recreational camps, youth camps and eating establishments and removes references to the term in other provisions of law. It clarifies the definition of "eating establishment" to provide exceptions to a broad definition and amends other provisions of law to agree with the changes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Health and Human Services pursuant to Joint Rule 203.
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 1693: An Act To Clarify the Law Governing the Separation of a Class A Restaurant and an Off-premises Retail Licensee Located on the Same Premises   Web Link to LD 1693

Description: An Act To Clarify the Law Governing the Separation of a Class A Restaurant and an Off-premises Retail Licensee Located on the Same Premises
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: ESPLING of New Gloucester, HANLEY of Pittston, HILLIARD of Belgrade, WHITE of Washburn, Senator: DESCHAMBAULT of York.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: Jan. 16, 2018, 1 p.m., SH Rm 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1721: An Act To Require Room Remarketers and Operators of Transient Rental Platforms To Be Registered for the Collection and Reporting of Sales Taxes   Web Link to LD 1721

Description: Presented by Representative HILLIARD of Belgrade. Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: BICKFORD of Auburn, POULIOT of Augusta, STANLEY of Medway, TUELL of East Machias.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: This bill expands the provision for sellers required to register to collect and report sales taxes to include online real property rental platforms. The bill adds definitions for "room remarketer" and "transient rental platform," and the definition for "sale price" is amended to include as consideration receipts by room remarketers and transient rental platform operators. The changes apply to sales occurring on or after October 1, 2018.
Committee: TaxationHearing: Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1738: An Act To Permit the Sale and Consumption of Alcohol in an Area That Is Not Contiguous to Licensed Premises   Web Link to LD 1738

Description: This bill allows the sale of alcohol to persons who are on municipally owned property that is not contiguous to the licensed premises of a person licensed to sell spirits, wine or malt liquor for on-premises consumption as long as certain conditions are met, such as approval by the municipality, the exercise of control over the noncontiguous real estate by the licensee, restricting to employees of the licensee the sale of alcohol and limiting the time during which alcohol may be sold on the noncontiguous real estate. The bill also permits the public to travel between the licensed premises and noncontiguous real estate.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DESCHAMBAULT of York. Cosponsored by Representative HARRINGTON of Sanford and Senators: DIAMOND of Cumberland, DILL of Penobscot, MASON of Androscoggin, SAVIELLO of Franklin, VOLK of Cumberland, Representatives: GROHMAN of Biddeford, POULIOT of Augusta.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: Jan. 16, 2018, 1 p.m., SH Rm 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1757: An Act To Protect Maine's Economy by Slowing the Rate at Which the State's Minimum Wage Will Increase and Establishing a Training and Youth Wage   Web Link to LD 1757

Description: This bill affects the minimum wage by: 1. Reducing the minimum wage from $10 per hour to $9.50 per hour beginning June 1, 2018; 2. Reducing the amount by which the minimum hourly wage rates are scheduled to increase annually on January 1st from 2019 to 2021 from $1 per year to 50 cents per year, and decreasing from $12 to $11 the minimum hourly wage rate required to be paid in 2021; 3. Eliminating the cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage; and 4. Establishing a training minimum wage for employees 18 years of age or older and under 20 years of age for the first 90 days of employment and a youth minimum wage for employees under 18 years of age.
Position: Status: ONTP accepted in House
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STETKIS of Canaan. Cosponsored by Representatives: CRAIG of Brewer, GILLWAY of Searsport, HANLEY of Pittston, HILLIARD of Belgrade, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, 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 1769: An Act To Conform the Laws Regarding a Salaried Employee Who Is Exempt from Overtime and Minimum Wage Requirements to Federal Law   Web Link to LD 1769

Description: This bill amends the description of a salaried employee for the laws governing limits on mandatory overtime and the definition of "employee" in the laws governing minimum wages to conform with the federal guidelines established by the United States Department of Labor under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. It sets the minimum salary at the threshold established by the United States Department of Labor under that Act. It eliminates the requirement that the salary threshold be tied to the state minimum wage.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Senator: LANGLEY of Hancock, Representatives: ESPLING of New Gloucester, 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 1905: An Act To Allow Minors To Work in a Family Business without Obtaining a Work Permit   Web Link to LD 1905

Description: This bill allows children who are authorized to work for their parents under state and federal law to do so without filing for or obtaining a work permit with or from the Department of Labor.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)
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 4: An Act To Support Maine Families through Universal Family Care   Web Link to LD 4

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: Carried Over
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
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
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 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: Carried Over
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator 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 1654: An Act To Protect Economic Competitiveness in Maine by Extending the End Date for Pine Tree Development Zone Benefits   Web Link to LD 1654

Description: This bill extends by 5 years the end date for Pine Tree Development Zone certification and benefits.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative FREDETTE of Newport and Senator: CUSHING of Penobscot, Representatives: HARRINGTON of Sanford, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, 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 1698: An Act To Promote Innovation and Growth in Maine's Traditional Industries   Web Link to LD 1698

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to promote innovation and growth in Maine's traditional industries.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Printed on recycled paper 128th MAINE LEGISLATURE SECOND REGULAR SESSION-2018 Legislative Document No. 1698 H.P. 1178 House of Representatives, December 22, 2017 An Act To Promote Innovation and Growth in Maine's Traditional Industries Approved for introduction by a majority of the Legislative Council pursuant to Joint Rule 203. Received by the Clerk of the House on December 19, 2017. Referred to the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs pursuant to Joint Rule 308.2 and ordered printed pursuant to Joint Rule 401. ROBERT B. HUNT Clerk Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representatives: GILLWAY of Searsport, GOLDEN of Lewiston, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PERRY of Calais, ZEIGLER of Montville, Senators: JACKSON of Aroostook, LANGLEY of Hancock, MIRAMANT of Knox.
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 1703: An Act To Create Equity for Wine and Spirits Container Deposits   Web Link to LD 1703

Description: This bill creates a uniform refund value for all wine and spirits bottles in the laws governing returnable beverage containers.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester. Cosponsored by Representatives: HANLEY of Pittston, HARLOW of Portland, HILLIARD of Belgrade, POULIOT of Augusta, VACHON of Scarborough, 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 1718: An Act To Empower Maine's Rural Economy and Workforce   Web Link to LD 1718

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to empower Maine's rural economy and workforce.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by President THIBODEAU of Waldo and Representatives: FAY of Raymond, GILLWAY of Searsport, NADEAU of Winslow, STANLEY of Medway, Senators: KATZ of Kennebec, LANGLEY of Hancock, MIRAMANT of Knox, 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 1723: An Act To Expand Job Opportunities for People Working in Maine   Web Link to LD 1723

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to expand job opportunities for people working in this State.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative HERBIG of Belfast. Cosponsored by Senator LANGLEY of Hancock and Representatives: FAY of Raymond, GOLDEN of Lewiston, NADEAU of Winslow, PERRY of Calais, STANLEY of Medway, Senators: MIRAMANT of Knox, 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 1725: An Act To Ensure Stability for Certain Holders of Liquor Licenses   Web Link to LD 1725

Description: This bill permanently prohibits the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations from suspending, revoking or refusing to renew certain licenses for the manufacture or sale of liquor issued prior to June 1, 2017 based solely on a change in the bureau's interpretation of the terms "exclusively held" and "exclusively owned" or based solely on a conflict with the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 28-A, section 707, subsection 2, 3 or 4.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth. Cosponsored by Senator 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 1743: An Act To Modify the Number of Retail Liquor Licenses Allowed in a Jurisdiction per Person   Web Link to LD 1743

Description: his bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to modify the number of retail liquor licenses allowed in a municipality based on the population of that municipality.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DION of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Senator: BRAKEY of Androscoggin.
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: Jan. 16, 2018, 1 p.m., SH Rm 437
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1768: An Act To Reduce Impairment on the Job and Improve Workplace Safety by Amending the Laws Governing Employment Practices Concerning Substance Use Testing   Web Link to LD 1768

Description: This bill makes changes to the laws governing employment practices concerning substance abuse testing..
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, LANGLEY of Hancock, Representatives: ESPLING of New Gloucester, 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 1770: An Act To Revise Laws Regarding Unemployment That Were Amended or Affected by Recently Enacted Legislation   Web Link to LD 1770

Description: This bill changes the laws governing how benefits paid to an eligible individual under the Employment Security Law are charged against the experience rating record of the individual's previous employers and applies these changes beginning January 1, 2020. The biennial budget also changed this law and applied the changes beginning January 1, 2018. The bill also provides that until January 1, 2020 the experience rating record of the most recent subject employer may not be charged with benefits paid to an eligible individual whose work record with that employer totaled 5 consecutive weeks or less. This bill also provides that certain decisions made by the Commissioner of Labor are subject to review by the Department of Labor, Division of Administrative Hearings, rather than by the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representatives: CRAIG of Brewer, ESPLING of New Gloucester, 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 1786: An Act Regarding Maine's Liquor Laws   Web Link to LD 1786

Description: This bill clarifies provisions in existing law authorizing a licensed manufacturer to hold a license for a retail establishment where liquor is consumed on the premises. The bill also repeals a provision that requires the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to establish rules for the separation of areas where the privilege of a liquor license may be exercised from where it may not be exercised.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative LUCHINI of Ellsworth
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.