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Priority Legislation

LD 65: An Act To Allow Municipalities To Impose a Seasonal or Year-round Local Option Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 65

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax, which may be seasonal, if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax, specify the months during which it will be imposed if not year-round and identify 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 to the municipality imposing the local option sales tax. 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: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BEEBE-CENTER of Rockland. Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, JORGENSEN of Portland, MATLACK of St. George, PIERCE of Falmouth, STOVER of Boothbay
Committee: TAXHearing: 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 69: An Act To Provide Economic Security to Maine Families through the Creation of a Paid Family Medical Leave System   Web Link to LD 69

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 requires 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. The bill makes participation optional for employers that employ fewer than 15 employees. The bill also directs the Department of Labor to develop an implementation plan dealing with staffing, technology, start-up expenses, rulemaking and scheduling to begin the program on its effective date of October 1, 2020.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick and Senators: President JACKSON of Aroostook, LUCHINI of Hancock, MOORE of Washington, POULIOT of Kennebec, Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, CUDDY of Winterport, FECTEAU of Biddeford, HYMANSON of York
Committee: LBHSHearing: 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 81: An Act To Clarify Maine Law Regarding the Tips of Service Employees   Web Link to LD 81

Description: This bill clarifies that an employer may take an employee's tips as part of a valid tip pooling arrangement if the arrangement is only among service employees. It specifies that such a tip pooling arrangement may not violate federal law rather than requiring that it be consistent with federal law. The intent of this bill is to clarify the distinction between Maine law and any change to, or judicial interpretation of, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and associated regulations that would allow an employer to take a service employee's tips for any reason other than for a valid tip pooling arrangement that is only among service employees.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford. Cosponsored by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec and Representative: SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: 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 16: An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Invest in Infrastructure To Address Sea Level Rise   Web Link to LD 16

Description: The funds provided by this bond issue, in the amount of $50,000,000, will be used to improve waterfront and coastal infrastructure in municipalities to address sea level rise.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BRENNAN of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, BLUME of York, DEVIN of Newcastle, DOUDERA of Camden, DUNPHY of Old Town, FECTEAU of Biddeford, JORGENSEN of Portland, PIERCE of Falmouth
Committee: AFAHearing: 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 50: An Act To Implement the Recommendations of the Government Oversight Committee To Improve the Development of a Long-range Strategic Plan for Economic Improvement in the State   Web Link to LD 50

Description: This bill provides additional clarity, requirements and resources for the Maine Economic Growth Council's efforts to fulfill its current statutory mandate to develop, monitor and maintain a long-range strategic economic improvement plan for the State. It also includes provisions to support the State's achievement of the goals and objectives in that plan by establishing requirements for the Governor, Legislature and agencies with relevant programs and activities to consider the long-range strategic economic improvement plan and provide information to the Maine Economic Growth Council at the request of the council.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford. Cosponsored by Senator HERBIG of Waldo and Representatives: AUSTIN of Gray, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, DENNO of Cumberland, HARRINGTON of Sanford
Committee: IDEAHearing: 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 60: An Act To Require the Disclosure of the Names of Members of a Limited Liability Company   Web Link to LD 60

Description: This bill requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a limited liability company formed in Maine to be included in the company's certificate of formation and the name of each member to be included in the company's annual report to the Secretary of State. The bill also requires the disclosure of the name of each member of a foreign limited liability company in the company's statement of foreign qualifications to conduct activities. The bill also requires that if any member of a limited liability company or foreign limited liability company is an organization, the names of each person who forms that organization's governing body be listed.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford
Committee: JUDHearing: 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 75: An Act To Protect Earned Pay   Web Link to LD 75

Description: Under current law, a person who receives or is scheduled to receive remuneration in the form of vacation pay in excess of 4 weeks' wages or holiday pay is disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits for the week that remuneration is due. This bill removes those disqualifications.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator HERBIG of Waldo. Cosponsored by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, President JACKSON of Aroostook, LAWRENCE of York, Representatives: CARNEY of Cape Elizabeth, CUDDY of Winterport, DOORE of Augusta, RYKERSON of Kittery, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: LBHSHearing: 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 105: An Act To Establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation   Web Link to LD 105

Description: This bill creates the Office of Outdoor Recreation within the Department of Economic and Community Development. It also makes an ongoing allocation of $250,000 per fiscal year from the Tourism Marketing Promotion Fund, which is funded by a portion of the meals and lodging sales tax, to the new Office of Outdoor Recreation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BREEN of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative PIERCE of Falmouth and Senators: CLAXTON of Androscoggin, MILLETT of Cumberland, SANBORN, L. of Cumberland, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: AUSTIN of Skowhegan, FECTEAU of Biddeford, GROHOSKI of Ellsworth, LANDRY of Farmington
Committee: IDEAHearing: 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 116: An Act To Extend the Duration of Temporary Licenses for Sale and Consumption of Liquor   Web Link to LD 116

Description: This bill extends the duration of a liquor license issued to an incorporated civic organization from 7 days to 10 days.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative WADSWORTH of Hiram. Cosponsored by Senator LUCHINI of Hancock and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, ANDREWS of Paris, BRYANT of Windham, HARRINGTON of Sanford, HICKMAN of Winthrop, STROM of Pittsfield, Senator: HAMPER of Oxford
Committee: VLAHearing: 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 120: An Act To Rebrand Maine's License Plate Slogan from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland"   Web Link to LD 120

Description: This bill changes the slogan on motor vehicle license plates issued by the State from "Vacationland" to "Staycationland."
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ACKLEY of Monmouth. Cosponsored by Representative: FECTEAU of Biddeford
Committee: TRAHearing: 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.