Environmental and Natural Resources Committee; public hearings; room 216; Cross Building
L.D. 1059, “An Act To Protect Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Jeopardized by Mining”: authorizes the Maine Land Use Planning Commission and the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt emergency rules as necessary.
L.D. 1302, “An Act To Amend the Maine Metallic Mineral Mining Act To Protect Water Quality”: prohibits the Department of Environmental Protection from issuing a permit for surface or open pit mining in a sulfide ore body; requires the department to submit a report to the Legislature recommending whether or not the prohibition should be repealed; requires that discharges of pollutants from the mining operation will not violate applicable water quality standards; prohibits the issuance of a permit if the mining operation will result in the contamination of groundwater or surface water; and requires financial assurance to be fulfilled through creation of a trust fund.
L.D. 1324, “An Act To Protect Local Communities When a Mining Project Is Terminated”: returns to the Mining Oversight Fund the purposes of corrective action to assist municipalities remediating environmental problems that occur at mine sites following termination of mining operations.
Health and Human Services Committee; public hearings; room 209; Cross Building
L.D. 711, “An Act To Facilitate Patient Education”: exempts a registered nurse educator who provides postprescription training to a patient or caregiver in a patient’s place of residence from the laws governing the licensure of home health care providers.
L.D. 753, “An Act To Prohibit the Sale of High-caffeine Energy Drinks to Persons under 18 Years of Age”: prohibits the sale of energy drinks to minors.
L.D. 754, “An Act To Encourage Transparency in the Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children”: requires a health care provider or clinic staff person to, prior to immunizing a person under 18 years of age, disclose the ingredients of the immunizing agent or agents to the parent or guardian of the child.
L.D. 881, “An Act To Improve the Unused Pharmaceutical Disposal Program”: reduces the cost of safe, effective and proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals in order to reduce prescription drug abuse.
L.D. 882, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Confidentiality of Health Care Information To Enhance Public Safety”: preserves a practioner’s ability to report private health care information to law enforcement officials and other governmental entities in order to protect public health and welfare when reporting is authorized by law
L.D. 886, Resolve, Regarding Legislative Review of Portions of Chapter 270: Uniform Reporting System for Quality Data Sets, a Major Substantive Rule of the Maine Health Data Organization”: emergency bill, reviews the reporting system.
Maine’s Workforce an Economic Future Committee; public hearings; room 211; Cross Building
L.D. 1393, “An Act To Encourage Entrepreneurial Investment in Maine”: brings together individuals on the cutting edge of entrepreneurship, innovation and economic philanthropy to encourage entrepreneurial investment in Maine.
State and Local Government Committee; work sessions; room 214; Cross Building
L.D. 1074, “An Act To Deny Employment-related Benefits to State Employees Convicted of a Felony Involving the Misuse or Theft of Government Funds”: provides that a person convicted of a crime that involves the misuse or theft of public funds with a penalty equal to or greater than a class C crime when the person was a state employee, a court must order the forfeiture of any earned or future compensation or benefits.
L.D. 1133, “An Act Concerning the Removal of Municipal Employees”: specifies that municipal employees who are not appointed may only be removed for cause.
L.D. 1139, “An Act To Allow County Law Enforcement To Participate in Mutual Aid Agreements”: allows county commissioners, unless prohibited by county charter or ordinance, to authorize the sheriff for that county to render law enforcement aid to other counties, when requested, or to request law enforcement aid from other counties.
L.D. 1140, “An Act To Amend the State Government Evaluation Act”: requires the joint standing committees to request from each agency or independent agency under their jurisdiction a single-page list of organizational units and programs in each organizational unit for that report by March 1 of the first regular session of the Legislature; requires that an agency or independent agency provide the list to the committee by April 1 of the first regular session of the Legislature; requires an agency or independent agency to include in the program evaluation report a list of all reports required by the Legislature and a copy of the single-page list; eliminates the requirement that an agency or independent agency include in the program evaluation report information about being in compliance with federal and state health and safety laws and a summary of rules adopted.
L.D. 1153, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Public Notices Provided by Governmental Entities”: proposes to amend the laws governing public notices that are published in a newspaper by governmental entities.
L.D. 1344, “An Act To Modernize the State’s Legal Notice Requirements”: requires that legal notices appearing in a newspaper also appear in any publicly accessible website that the newspaper maintains on the same date of they appear in print.
Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future Committee; work sessions; room 126; State House
L.D. 90, “An Act To Strengthen Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future”: loses the skills gap by strengthening the place-based economic engines such as downtowns, farms etc.
L.D. 1172, “An Act To Support the Maine Downtown Center”: adds $200,000 to support for the Maine Downtown Center.
Criminal Justice and Public Saftey Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House
L.D. 139, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sale of Firearms Carried by Maine State Police”: directs proceeds from the sale of firearms to current or former State Police personnel be deposited into a dedicated account within the Bureau of State Police for the purchase of replacement firearms.
L.D. 1320, “An Act To Fairly Distribute the Debt Burden between the State and County Correctional Functions”: requires the State Board of Corrections to develop a formula to distribute the cost of debt service for Two Bridges Regional Jail to counties and to the State in proportion to the number of inmates each has in the jail.
Taxation Committee; public hearings; room 127; State House
L.D. 624, “An Act To Encourage Local Business Involvement in Local Schools”: provides a nonrefundable income tax credit to a qualified employer equal to the amount expended on a qualified adopt-a-school activity that benefits a public elementary or secondary school.
L.D. 743, “An Act To Extend and Improve the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program”: makes the amount of the Maine Seed Capital Tax Credit Program the same for individual investors and venture capital funds, clarifies that producers of value-added natural resource products are eligible, and specifies that eligible businesses must certify that the investment is necessary to allow the business to create or retain jobs in the State.
L.D. 980, “An Act To Provide an Income Tax Credit for a Qualified Conservation Contribution”: provides a nonrefundable income tax credit in an amount equal to 50 percent of a qualified conservation contribution in tax years beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2013.
L.D. 1099, “An Act To Provide an Internship Employment Tax Credit”: creates a tax credit for employers that employ qualified interns.
L.D. 1409, “An Act To Promote Tourism and Foster Economic Development”: emergency bill, provides a refundable income tax credit for a major visual media production company equal to a percentage of expenses.
L.D. 1421, “An Act To Permit a Student Holding a Degree from a Non-Maine Institution To Participate in the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program”: provides that an individual whose associate degree or bachelor’s degree was obtained from an accredited non-Maine institution may participate in the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program if the degree obtained was not available from an accredited Maine institution.
Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee; work sessions; room 437; State House
L.D. 328, “An Act Relating to Radon Testing and Disclosure to Tenants”: provides that radon testing is not required, but requires the disclosure of a radon hazard to tenants and prospective tenants when a landlord is made aware of test results indicating the presence of a radon hazard and mitigation has not been performed to reduce the level of radon.
L.D. 606, “An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Landlord and Tenant Relationships”: changes the duties and obligations placed on landlords and tenants in order to simplify the requirements for security deposits and leases in order to improve the landlord-tenant relationship.
Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 437; State House
L.D. 1270, “An Act To Provide That Innkeepers and Certain Campground Operators Are Not Considered Landlords”: emergency bill, clarifies that an innkeeper and an operator of a membership campground are not considered landlords and that guests of hotels, motels, inns, lodges and membership campgrounds are not considered tenants; and allows an owner or manager of an inn, hotel, restaurant, lodging house, boardinghouse or camping area to request a law enforcement officer to remove a guest who is causing unnecessary disturbance to other persons, who is unwilling or unable to pay for the accommodations or services or who is damaging or destroying the property.
L.D. 1272, “An Act To Amend the Process of Tenant Eviction”: prohibits a tenant from raising as a defense to an eviction action or withholding rent due to the existence of a breach of the implied warranty and covenant of habitability or a condition that endangers or materially impairs the health or safety of the tenant if the tenant did not notify the landlord or the landlord’s agent prior to receiving written notice from the landlord or the landlord’s agent of the intention to terminate the tenancy.
L.D. 1305, “An Act To Discourage Tenants from Damaging Rental Property”: creates the class E crime of unlawful damage by a tenant if at the termination of a tenancy a rental unit has sustained over $1,000 worth of damage over the amount of the security deposit and the tenant does not pay the landlord within 60 days’ notice of the damage by the landlord.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; public hearings; room 436; State House
L.D. 1432, “An Act To Revise the Laws of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy”: changes many of the definitions for state and county corrections officers; clarifies annual training and certification requirements; includes a district attorney or a criminal prosecutor from a district attorney’s office in the Maine Criminal Justice Academy Board of Trustees; adds that an individual may also receive a civil penalty of up to $500 for violating any provision of the laws relating to law enforcement officers; requires all corrections officers, whether employed as part-time or full-time officers, to be trained and certified to the same standards; allows the complaint review committee of the board to investigate any person holding a certificate issued by the board; allows the board to bring an action in court to enjoin a person from violating any provision of the laws relating to law enforcement officers regardless of whether civil or administrative proceedings have been or may be instituted; requires a chief administrative officer to report criminal convictions or criminal conduct of any certificate holder or potential certificate holder to the director of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy within 30 days; and requires reimbursement to a law enforcement agency for the cost of basic training.
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee; work sessions; room 436; State House
L.D. 188, “An Act To Criminalize Possession of a Suspended or Revoked Concealed Handgun Permit”: requires the holder of a revoked concealed handgun permit to immediately surrender that license to the issuing authority and makes possessing a suspended or revoked concealed handgun permit a class E crime.
L.D. 191, “An Act To Authorize the Suspension of a Concealed Handgun Permit”: allows the issuing authority of a concealed handgun permit to suspend that permit if the issuing authority has reasonable cause to believe the permit holder’s permit may be subject to revocation and provides the permit holder an opportunity for a hearing on the issuing authority’s decision to suspend the permit.
L.D. 222, “An Act Designating the Chief of the State Police as the Only Issuing Authority of a Permit To Carry a Concealed Handgun”: makes the chief of the State Police in the Department of Public Safety the sole issuing authority in the State for concealed weapons permits.
L.D. 223, “An Act To Amend the Laws Regarding a Concealed Handgun Permit”: changes the minimum age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun to 21 years of age.
L.D. 265, “An Act To Repeal the Restriction on Employers Regarding Firearms Kept in an Employee’s Vehicle”: repeals the prohibition of an employer from prohibiting an employee who holds a permit to carry a concealed firearm from keeping a firearm in the employee’s locked vehicle.
L.D. 267, “An Act Regarding the Sale of Firearms at Gun Shows”: requires that a national instant criminal background check be performed prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm at a gun show.
L.D. 335, “An Act To Review Firearm Laws in the State”: creates a study group to review all firearm laws to see if more could be done to protect citizens, especially educators.
L.D. 380, “An Act To Clarify the Law Concerning the Threatening Display of Dangerous Weapons”: clarifies that “display in a threatening manner” includes to display a dangerous or deadly weapon in a public place in a way that causes a reasonable person to suffer intimidation or alarm.
L.D. 660, “An Act To Enhance Self-defense by Removing Restrictions on the Carrying and Use of Weapons”: removes the prohibition on having a loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle for a person other than a concealed weapons permit holder; provides the exception that a person may shooting from a motorboat in defense of life or property; removes the prohibition on concealing a dangerous weapon; and removes exceptions to the law prohibiting the carrying of a concealed dangerous weapon.
L.D. 724, “An Act To Require Firearms Used in the Commission of Certain Acts To Be Civilly Forfeited to the State and Destroyed”: requires the forfeiture and destruction of a firearm used in a crime that causes death or serious bodily injury by a person who then, either due to suicide or attempted suicide or the justifiable actions of a law enforcement officer, dies or becomes incompetent to stand trial.
L.D. 771, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Reciprocity for Concealed Handguns Permits”: makes a concealed handguns permit issued to a nonresident invalid outside the state borders and prohibits a reciprocity agreement with another state to allow the issuance of a concealed handguns permit to a nonresident by the state to serve as a basis for the issuance of a concealed handguns permit in the other state.
L.D. 997, “An Act To Establish Restrictions on Ammunition Feeding Devices”: makes the possession, transfer or importation of an ammunition feeding device, a magazine, belt, drum or other device that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds, a class D crime with some exceptions.
L.D. 1022, “An Act To Improve Training Requirements for Obtaining a Concealed Handgun Permit”: requires an applicant for a permit to carry a concealed handgun demonstrate possession of defensive handgun skills and a knowledge of the applicable provisions of the criminal laws of the state.
L.D. 1053, “An Act Regarding a Retired Law Enforcement Officer Carrying a Concealed Handgun without a Permit”: adds that the retired law enforcement officer must have completed the firearms basic training course at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy or equivalent training requirements to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and removes the requirement for training within a year of possessing the handgun.
L.D. 1173, “An Act To Repeal the Law Allowing Concealed Weapons in State Parks with Certain Exceptions”: repeals the law that allows a person with a permit to carry a concealed firearm to carry a concealed firearm in the buildings or parts of buildings and other public property that are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Public Parks and Lands, including state parks and historic sites with some exceptions.
L.D. 1182, “An Act Regarding the Disposition of Firearms in State Custody”: including the disposition of firearms and ammunition acquired by the state; requires all law enforcement agencies to transfer any forfeited or no longer needed firearms and ammunition to the Department of Public Safety; clarifies that the department may transfer only unsafe firearms and ammunition to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory or the Maine State Museum; requires the department to hold up to two firearm and ammunition auctions a year; outlines the rules for the firearm auction and removes the liability of the sate; and requires the department keep records of the disposition of all firearms and ammunition disposed of pursuant to the provisions of this bill.
L.D. 1183, “An Act To Prohibit the Enforcement of Federal Law Placing Restrictions on Firearms or Ammunition”: exempts firearms and firearm accessories that are owned and kept exclusively in this state from federal regulations and prohibits the enforcement of any federal act, law, statute, rule, regulation or order that attempts to restrict or prohibit the ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or a magazine or that requires the registration of a firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition.
L.D. 1240, “An Act To Promote the Safe Use and Sale of Firearms”: outlines the firearm safety course; prohibits a person who has been admitted to psychiatric hospital on an emergency basis; increases the fine for giving a false or fictitious name to a firearm dealer to $1,000; increases the minimum age for a concealed weapons permit to 21 years old; includes a private seller, even one at gun show, in the definition of “firearm dealer”; requires a firearm dealer to requires a firearm safety certificate, current hunting licenses or current concealed handgun permit prior to the sale; requires firearm dealers to conduct background checks except for sales between family members; and makes first offense a civil violation and second offense a criminal violation.
Education and Cultural Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 202; Cross Building
L.D. 868, “An Act To Expand Funding for Early Childhood Education”: amends the definitions of “elementary school” and “public preschool program” to include federally recognized Head Start agency programs.
L.D. 1093, “An Act To Clarify the Criteria of the Health Professions Loan Program as It Affects Physicians Practicing Neurology-psychiatry”: clarifies the criteria in the Health Professions Loan Program administered by the Finance Authority of Maine for designating underserved areas and populations and the criteria for designating eligibility of specialty physicians to practice in underserved areas to include neurologists-psychiatrists.
L.D. 1261, “An Act To Improve Access for Maine Students to Postsecondary Education”: provides a full tuition waiver at any campus of the Maine Community College System or the University of Maine System for Maine high school students who graduate in the top 10% of their graduating class and who meet financial need qualifications.
L.D. 1300, “An Act To Promote and Expand Awareness of the Educational Opportunity Tax Credit”: requires the Department of Education to notify superintendents of schools about the Job Creation Through Educational Opportunity Program annually and require the superintendents to publicize the availability of the program among parents, students and school staff; requires public postsecondary institutions to provide information about the program as part of, but not limited to, federally required entrance and exit interviews of students; and contracts with a private nonprofit corporation with expertise in the program to market the program.
L.D. 1332, “An Act To Increase the College Graduation Rate in Maine”: creates a college scholarship fund for postsecondary students who have left school after making considerable progress towards completion of their undergraduate degrees and who are unable to return without financial assistance.
Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee; public hearings; room 211; Cross Building
L.D. 215, “An Act To Protect Landlords When Tenants Fail To Pay Utility Bills”: provides that a landlord may pay a deposit to a utility to protect the landlord’s property from the termination or disconnection of utility service due to nonpayment of utility bills by a tenant.
L.D. 1060, “An Act To Address Rising Electric Transmission Rates”: requires that the Public Utilities Commission may not issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of a transmission line unless a description of the need for the proposed transmission line is provided and requires that lower-voltage projects that are capable of operating at less than 69 kilovolts and projected to cost in excess of $20,000,000 must be reviewed and approved by the Public Utilities Commission before erection of the transmission line.
L.D. 1115, “Resolve, Directing the Public Utilities Commission To Convene a Stakeholder Group To Study Reimbursement for Installation of Utility Poles”: directs the Public Utilities Commission to convene a stakeholder group to study the issues surrounding reimbursement for the installation of utility poles and to report its findings by Jan. 1, 2014.
L.D. 1403, “Resolve, To Require the Public Utilities Commission To Amend Its Rules Regarding Net Energy Billing”: increases the eligible size for net energy billing to 1,000 kilowatts or less; allows third party ownership of individual or multiple facilities; allows groups of customers to participate in net energy billing without sharing ownership of the generating facility; and requires a statement on contracts and agreements that the sale or delivery of kilowatt-hours of electricity to net energy billing customers is not subject to sales tax.
Health and Human Services Committee; public hearings; room 209; Cross Building
L.D. 755, “An Act To Require Estimates of Patient Costs Prior to Treatment”: requires a health care provider to provide to a person recommended for a nonemergency health care procedure or course of treatment a cost estimate of the procedure or treatment, the provider’s reasons for the procedure or treatment, other options and their costs and the amount of the cost that will be paid for by the person’s insurer.
L.D. 846, “An Act To Improve and Modernize the Authority of Local Health Officers”: directs the Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to update its manual for local health officers; repeals the prohibition on local health officers’ entering licensed establishments for purposes of inspection; simplifies and modernizes the training required for certain municipalities to select a local health officer; and repeals the requirement that a municipality appoint a local health officer.
L.D. 990, “An Act To Require Public Disclosure of Health Care Prices”: requires health care practitioners to maintain and make available to clients a price list of their most frequently provided services and procedures.
L.D. 1032, “Resolve, To Direct the Department of Health and Human Services To Convene a Task Force To Study the Incidence of Cancer in the State”: directs the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a task force to study the high incidence of cancer in the State and publish their conclusions.
L.D. 1065, “An Act Regarding Patient-directed Care at the End of Life”: authorizes a patient who is terminally ill and the patient’s physician or the medical director of the patient’s hospice care provider to sign companion documents that will guide the provision of health care to the patient and the provision of care at the end of life.
L.D. 1155, “An Act To Ensure the Integrity of Neuropsychological Testing Materials”: provides that neuropsychological test materials and neuropsychological test data may not be disclosed to anyone.
L.D. 1214, “An Act To Require a Mandatory Assessment by a Physician prior to Psychotropic or Electroconvulsive Therapy”: requires a physical examination by a physician prior to the administration of psychotropic drugs or electroconvulsive therapy to a person in a hospital with a psychotic condition.
State and Local Government Committee; public hearings; room 214; Cross Building
L.D. 1158, “Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Increase the Length of Terms of Senators to 4 Years”: increases the length of the terms of state senators to four years, beginning with the senators elected in 2014.
L.D. 1273, “An Act Pertaining to the Closing of Municipal Roads for Community Use”: allows a municipality to designate a town way or public easement be held for public purposes other than highway purposes.
L.D. 1279, “Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Provide for the Popular Election of the Secretary of State, Attorney General and Treasurer of State”: provides for direct popular election beginning in 2014 of the secretary of State and the treasurer of State biennially and the attorney general every four years.
L.D. 1280, “An Act Authorizing the Deorganization of the Town of Bancroft”: provides for the deorganization of the Town of Bancroft in Aroostook County, subject to approval at local referendum.
Taxation Committee; public hearings; room 127; State House
L.D. 317, “An Act Regarding the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program and the Business Equipment Tax Exemption Program”: develops a process for identification of the purposes of the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program and the business equipment tax exemption program.
L.D. 1120, “An Act To Improve Maine’s Tax Laws”: amends the law to reduce the use of so-called off-shore tax havens and establishes a task force to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the biennial report of tax expenditures prepared by the Bureau of Revenue Services to identify any tax expenditures that may be reduced or eliminated.
L.D. 1126, “An Act Regarding Corporate Income Tax Disclosure”: requires a corporation that files a tax return with the state to file a tax disclosure statement with the secretary of State and requires the secretary of State to adopt rules and penalties for the content of the tax disclosure statement and for failing to file or filing an inaccurate tax disclosure statement.
L.D. 1255, “Resolve, To Provide Greater Depth and Transparency to the Review of Foregone Revenue Identified in the Biennial Tax Expenditure Report”: requires the Bureau of Revenue Services to contract with an independent academic policy analysis organization by March 1, 2014 to review, analyze and develop options that would permit the Legislature to evaluate the effectiveness of tax expenditures and report to the Legislature by the first regular session of the 127th Legislature.
Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee; public hearings; room 437; State House
L.D. 677, “An Act Concerning Postsecondary Tuition Waivers for Children of Veterans”: provide that a child of a veteran has six academic years from the date of first entrance to complete 120 credit hours.
L.D. 1088, “An Act To Provide Another Funding Source To Better Maintain Veterans’ Cemeteries”: requires 1.5 percent of net slot machine income from casinos to be credited for the care and maintenance of veterans’ graves.
L.D. 1104, “An Act Relating to Sales of Lottery Tickets by Convenience Stores”: amends the laws governing the sale of lottery tickets.
L.D. 1355, “An Act To Increase the Monetary Limit for Card Games”: increases the fee that an organization can charge for games of cards to $10 and limits the number of players to 60 at any one time.
Taxation Committee; public hearing; room 127; State House
L.D. 1463, “An Act To Examine Best Practices Relating to Tax Expenditures”: directs the Joint Standing Committee on Taxation to examine best practices relating to tax expenditures to determine the best way to achieve the goals of tax expenditures in the most effective and efficient manner possible.
Environment and Natural Resources Committee; work sessions; room 216; Cross Building
L.D. 124, “An Act To Amend the Bottle Redemption Laws”: allows the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to license up to two redemption centers for a municipality with a population of no more than 5,000 upon approval by the governing body of the municipality.
L.D. 1080, “An Act To Improve Efficiency in the Collection of Beverage Containers”: requires that collections from redemption centers be made by a distributor or commingling group of distributors every 15 days with additional pickups when the center has more than 10,000 containers; establishes a process for an audit of plastic bags containing beverage containers; and clarifies that all licensed redemption centers are counted when calculating the number of centers in a community.
L.D. 1121, “An Act To Promote the Production of Maine Beverages”: expands the exemption from the returnable beverage container laws for small brewers to all small manufacturers of beverages in the state.