1 p.m.

Education and Cultural Affairs Committee; work sessions; room 202; Cross Building

L.D. 367, “An Act To Repeal the Repeal Provision in the Law That Limits the Reduction of State Subsidy for Education”: emergency bill; exempts a school administrative unit from a reduction in its state subsidy for failure to raise its required contribution if they have raised the same percentage as the state.

L.D. 409, “An Act To Establish a Veteran-to-farmer Training Pilot Program”: requires the University of Maine System, the Maine Community College System, the Department of Labor, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the Department of Veterans and Emergency Management to design a pilot program that will enable U.S. military veterans to develop necessary skills in farming while also addressing the difficulties some veterans face in transitioning back to civilian life after military service.

L.D. 595, “An Act To Exempt School Administrative Units That Do Not Directly Serve Children with Disabilities from Certain Reporting Requirements”: provides that the Commissioner of Education may not require a school administrative unit to file reports regarding special education if the unit does not operate schools or if special education services for the unit’s children with disabilities are provided by another school administrative unit that includes those children in its reports.

L.D. 667, “An Act To Increase Funding to Schools”: emergency bill; phases out the proportional share reduction over a 3-year period from fiscal year 2014-15 to fiscal year 2016-17.


L.D. 672, “An Act Relating to Exemption from Immunization for Schoolchildren”: requires that a school health care provider give to the parent of a child excepted from immunization requirements information about the benefits and risks of immunization and sign a statement saying the information was provided.

Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee; public hearings; room 211; Cross Building

L.D. 304, “An Act To Amend the Representation on the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council”: on the Telecommunications Relay Services Advisory Council removes the member representing a cellular or wireless service provider and adds a member representing an Internet telecommunications relay service provider.

Environment and Natural Resources Committee; public hearings; room 216; Cross Building

L.D. 470, “An Act Regarding Working Waterfront Projects”: exempts working waterfront activities from certain provisions under the Natural Resources Protection Act and provides flexibility under the mandatory shoreland zoning laws for the clearing of land associated with working waterfront activities.

L.D. 596, “An Act To Help Small Businesses and Promote Tourism by Allowing the Construction of a Platform, Walkway or Deck over a River or Marshland”: provides that construction of a platform or walkway or deck over a river or marshland may be exempt from the Department of Environmental Protection’s rules relative to significant wildlife habitat under certain conditions.


L.D. 642, “An Act To Exempt All-terrain Vehicle Trail Management from Storm Water Management Requirements”: exempts from review by the Department of Environmental Protection for a storm water permit a project that involves the development, construction and maintenance of the statewide all-terrain vehicle trails as long as certain criteria are met.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee; work sessions; room 206; Cross Building

L.D. 89, “An Act To Establish a Deadline for Snowmobile Registration”: requires that the fee for a resident snowmobile registration and for a nonresident seasonal snowmobile registration be paid on or before December 31st of the year prior the year registration will be in effect and establishes a $20 late fee.

L.D. 172, “An Act To Make Permanent the Reciprocal Agreement between Maine and Other States Regarding a Snowmobile Weekend”: makes permanent the reciprocal agreement between Maine and other states regarding a snowmobile weekend.

L.D. 268, “An Act To Improve Snowmobiling in the State”: raises the annual registration fee for a snowmobile for a resident and nonresident by $20 and the 3-consecutive-day nonresident registration fee by $7 and dedicates $27 from each registration to the Snowmobile Trail Fund and establishes a nonresident 7-consecutive-day registration for $75.

Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee; public hearings; room 206; Cross Building


L.D. 307, “An Act To Exempt Persons Who Have Served in the Armed Forces from the Requirement To Take a Hunter Safety Course To Obtain a Hunting License”: exempts persons who have received training in the armed forces, including both persons on active duty and veterans, from having to take a hunter safety course to obtain a hunting license.

L.D. 541, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Complimentary Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses for Disabled Veterans”: changes the threshold of disability at which a resident disabled veteran receives complimentary hunting, fishing and trapping licenses to 50 percent or more for all resident disabled veterans.

Insurance and Financial Services Committee; public hearings; room 220; Cross Building

L.D. 580, “An Act To Prohibit Denial of Insurance Coverage When a Building Contains a Wood Stove”: requires an insurance policy to provide coverage for a property containing a wood stove if the installation of the stove has been inspected and approved by the municipal building official and meets all applicable fire safety codes and ordinances.

L.D. 603, “An Act To Repeal an Insurance Reporting Requirement”: repeals a requirement that the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, superintendent of insurance provide an annual report regarding workers’ compensation insurance premium and loss costs data.

L.D. 645, “An Act To Repeal an Insurance Reporting Requirement”: authorizes the superintendent of insurance to lower the assessment rate in order to allow for the orderly and prudent drawdown of excess funds not needed by the Rural Medical Access Program.


L.D. 648, “An Act To Make Records of External Review Proceedings Overseen by the Bureau of Insurance Confidential”: protects the confidentiality of records concerning an insurance carrier’s adverse health care treatment decision.

L.D. 653, “An Act To Remove an Unnecessary Provision in the Maine Insurance Code”: repeals the requirement a carrier offering standardized Medicare supplement plans that include prescription drug coverage to allow an insured of that carrier who was formerly eligible for the low-cost drugs for the elderly or disabled program to purchase a plan with drug benefits from that carrier.

L.D. 683, “An Act To Assist Homeowners with Wood Stoves in Obtaining Property Insurance”: requires an insurance policy to provide coverage for a property containing 2 heating sources sharing the same flue.

Judiciary Committee; work sessions; room 438; State House

L.D. 58, “Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Restrict the Use of Eminent Domain”: amends the Maine Constitution to prevent transfer of property taken by eminent domain to private parties; gives the original land owner right of first refusal if, after five years the property has not been used and the government seeks a new use or to transfer the property.

L.D. 147, “An Act Regarding Consent for Adoption”: requires that written consent of the original adoptive parent must be given before a petition of a second adoptive parent may be granted.


L.D. 165, “An Act To Prohibit the Use of Eminent Domain in Certain Public-Private Partnerships”: prohibits the use of the power of eminent domain for the development, operation, management, ownership, leasing or maintenance of a transportation facility as a public-private partnership project.

L.D. 311, “An Act To Protect Landowners from the Exercise of Eminent Domain in Energy Infrastructure Corridors”: repeals the eminent domain authority for the purposes of developing an energy infrastructure corridor and prohibits any authority for eminent domain under Maine law to be used for the purposes of establishing or developing an energy infrastructure corridor.

L.D. 345, “An Act To Ensure the Confidentiality of Concealed Weapons Permit Holder Information”: emergency bill, makes personal and identifying information of concealed weapons permit holders confidential and prohibits a person who has received concealed weapons permit holder information from redistributing or disseminating the information to an unauthorized person.

1:30 p.m.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee; public hearings; room 214; Cross Building

L.D. 524, “An Act To Increase the Membership of the Land for Maine’s Future Board”: increases the membership of the Land for Maine’s Future Board to 11 members.


L.D. 622, “An Act To Amend the Laws Concerning Reciprocal Disciplinary Actions in Harness Racing and Pulling Events”: emergency bill, requires that people suspended or barred from agricultural pulling competitions in other jurisdictions be suspended or barred in the state until the other jurisdiction indicates otherwise.

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee; work sessions; room 214; Cross Building

L.D. 377, “An Act To Provide Funding to Soil and Water Conservation Districts”: adds $400,000 for the next two years to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for soil and water conservation districts.

L.D. 421, “An Act To Prohibit the Unauthorized Harvesting of Wild Mushrooms and Fiddleheads”: requires anyone harvesting wild mushrooms or fiddleheads commercially to have written permission or a bill of sale from the landowner before they can harvest or transport the mushrooms or fiddleheads.

L.D. 457, “An Act To Eliminate Certain Data Collection Requirements of the Forest Health and Monitoring Program of the Division of Forestry”: eliminates a requirement that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Forestry monitor the implementation of recommendations it makes regarding forest insects and diseases to individuals and municipalities.

2 p.m.


Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee; work session; room 211; Cross Building

L.D. 131, “An Act To Secure the Safety of Electrical Power Transmission Lines”: requires a person submitting a petition to the Public Utilities Commission for the purposes of receiving a certificate of public convenience and necessity for building a transmission line to include plans for electromagnetic fields and geomagnetic storms and for the commission to consider electromagnetic pulses and geomagnetic storms in approving the petition.

2:30 p.m.

Insurance and Financial Services Committee; work sessions; room 220; Cross Building

L.D. 523, “An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults”: requires health insurance coverage of hearing aids for persons over 18 years of age.

Insurance and Financial Services Committee; public hearings; room 220; Cross Building


L.D. 523, “An Act To Require Health Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids for Adults”: requires health insurance coverage of hearing aids for persons over 18 years of age.

Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee; work sessions; room 208; Cross Building

L.D. 235, “An Act To Improve Insurance Coverage for Volunteer First Responders”: clarifies that an injury suffered by a volunteer firefighter or volunteer emergency medical services person occurring any time they are responding to a call is compensable.

L.D. 293, “An Act To Ensure Parity in the Collective Bargaining Process among State Institutions of Higher Education”: removes the requirement that cost items in any collective bargaining agreement of community college employees be submitted for inclusion in the governor’s next operating budget and be subject to review by the Legislature.

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