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Signed into Law

LD 12: An Act To Incorporate Protections for Living Donors into Maine Law   Web Link to LD 12

Description: This bill prohibits a denial of coverage or an increase in insurance premiums for life insurance, disability insurance or long-term care insurance for living organ donors. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish, maintain and operate an information service to educate the public on live organ donation.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 20
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Nadeau of Winslow. Cosponsored by Senator Diamond of Cumberland and Senators Chipman of Cumberland, Collins of York, Dion of Cumberland, Representative Farnsworth of Portland, Representatives Hickman of Winthrop, Longstaff of Waterville, Schneck of Bangor, Tuell of East Machias.
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.

Enacted but Not Signed

LD 99: An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of Investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles   Web Link to LD 99

Description: This bill allows detectives in the office of investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service, or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit. The committee amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies that a motor vehicle detective in the employment of the office of investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles on July 1, 2018 must make the election to participate in the 1998 Special Plan no later than December 1, 2018. The amendment also makes technical changes and corrects cross-references in the current retirement provisions applicable to detectives in the employment of the office of investigations within the Department of the Secretary of State, Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.
Position: Status: Enacted in House
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Nadeau of Winslow. Cosponsored by Senator Miramant of Knox and Senators Diamond of Cumberland, Dion of Cumberland, Maker of Washington, Representative Doore of Augusta, Representatives Dunphy of Old Town, Hanington of Lincoln.
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 100: An Act To Expand the 1998 Special Retirement Plan To Include Detectives in the Office of the Attorney General   Web Link to LD 100

Description: This bill allows detectives in the Office of the Attorney General to elect to participate in the 1998 Special Plan of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Under that plan, a person may retire at 55 years of age with 10 years of creditable service, or may retire before 55 years of age with 25 years of creditable service and at a reduced benefit. The committee amendment is the majority report of the committee. The amendment clarifies that a detective in the employment of the Office of the Attorney General on July 1, 2018 must make the election to participate in the 1998 Special Plan no later than December 1, 2018. The amendment also adds an appropriations and allocations section to the bill.
Position: Status: Enacted in House
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Nadeau of Winslow. Cosponsored by Senator Maker of Washington and Senators Dion of Cumberland, Miramant of Knox, Representative Grant of Gardiner, Representative Hanington of Lincoln.
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.

Pending Final Legislative Action

LD 16: An Act To Exempt Certain Individuals Who Are 70 Years of Age or Older from Maine Income Tax   Web Link to LD 16

Description: This bill provides a 100% income tax exemption for a retired individual who is 70 years of age or older.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Foley of Wells. Cosponsored by Senator Collins of York and Representative Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft, Representatives Marean of Hollis, Mastraccio of Sanford, Picchiotti of Fairfield, Stewart of Presque Isle, Tuell of East Machias, Vachon of Scarborough, White of Washburn.
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 146: An Act To Protect the Confidentiality of Local Government Employees' Private Information   Web Link to LD 146

Description: This bill clarifies that certain personal information of municipal employees is confidential and the record or the portion of the record containing that information in the possession of a municipal government is not a public record. The types of information protected include that which pertains to age, ancestry, ethnicity, genetics, national origin, race, skin color, marital status, mental or physical disabilities, personal contact information, religion, sex, sexual orientation, social security and personal employment choices pertaining to elected payroll deductions, deferred compensation, savings plans, pension plans, health insurance and life insurance.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative McCreight of Harpswell. Cosponsored by Senator Carson of Cumberland and Senators Vitelli of Sagadahoc, Representative Babbidge of Kennebunk, Representatives Battle of South Portland, Beebe-Center of Rockland, Corey of Windham, Monaghan of Cape Elizabeth, Pierce of Dresden, Simmons of Waldoboro
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Tuesday: March 7, 2017, 1 p.m.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 176: An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to Disability Retirement Benefits Administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System   Web Link to LD 176

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to implement changes to the disability retirement program administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. The changes would be based on the recommendations of a task force, which was convened by the system to review the current disability retirement program and propose changes to improve member experience while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The task force, consisting of representatives of employers and employees and staff from the system, is expected to provide its recommendations before the end of the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells. Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: GERRISH of Lebanon, HANLEY of Pittston, HYMANSON of York, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, PRESCOTT of Waterboro, Senator: WHITTEMORE of Somerset
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 10:30 AM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 177: An Act To Remove the Age Penalty for State Retirees Working at State Correctional Institutions That Are Closing   Web Link to LD 177

Description: This bill allows employees at state correctional facilities that close who have not reached their normal retirement age to retire and receive their full retirement benefit if certain conditions are met and funding is appropriated for the additional actuarial costs that result from the elimination of a reduction for retirement prior to normal retirement age. This bill requires the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to provide certification of the pending closure of a state correctional facility to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. The bill requires the retirement system to calculate the amount of funding necessary to pay for the actuarial costs and report that information to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over retirement matters. The bill provides that the joint standing committee may report out legislation appropriating funds for the costs set forth in the report.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ALLEY of Beals. Cosponsored by Senator MAKER of Washington and Representatives: DUNPHY of Old Town, FECTEAU of Biddeford, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HICKMAN of Winthrop, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, PERRY of Calais, STANLEY of Medway, TUCKER of Brunswick
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 247: An Act To Amend the Retirement Laws Pertaining to Participating Local Districts   Web Link to LD 247

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to implement changes to the Participating Local District Consolidated Retirement Plan administered by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System; the changes would be based on recommendations of the Participating Local District Advisory Committee. The committee, which represents both employee and employer interests, is authorized by statute to provide proposals for changes to the plan. Pursuant to that authority, the committee is reviewing possible plan adjustments to improve future funding levels and is expected to issue its recommendations prior to the end of the First Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative MADIGAN of Rumford
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 308: An Act To Prohibit Charging Maine Seniors Higher Automobile Insurance Premiums Based Solely on Their Age   Web Link to LD 308

Description: This bill repeals 2 provisions in current law related to the issuance of motor vehicle insurance and consideration of an insured's age by the insurer and incorporates them into one provision. This bill prohibits an insurer from taking certain actions against an applicant or insured under a motor vehicle insurance policy based solely upon the age of the applicant or insured.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DIAMOND of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative PARRY of Arundel and Senators: DESCHAMBAULT of York, DOW of Lincoln, Representatives: BRYANT of Windham, CAMPBELL of Orrington, COREY of Windham, FAY of Raymond, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, ORDWAY of Standish
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 1:00 PM, Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday: 2/28/2017

LD 354: An Act To Address the Shortage of School Administrative Professionals   Web Link to LD 354

Description: This bill provides that limitations on conditions of restoration to service after retirement enacted in 2011 for state employees and teachers apply to school administrators. It also provides that, effective October 1, 2017, school administrators who have reached normal retirement age and who have retired after September 1, 2011 may be restored to service as school administrators for a maximum of 10 years: 5 years under one-year contracts with compensation set at 100% of the compensation established for the position and 5 years with compensation set at 75%.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TUELL of East Machias. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, CAMPBELL of Orrington, HANINGTON of Lincoln, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield
Committee: Energy, Utils & TechHearing: 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 390: An Act Making Unified Appropriations and Allocations for the Expenditures of State Government, General Fund and Other Funds and Changing Certain Provisions of the Law Necessary to the Proper Operations of State Government for the Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2019   Web Link to LD 390

Description: THIS IS THE BIENNIAL BUDGET BILL FOR FY 18 AND FY 19. There are four parts to this document. To view them as submitted by the governor, go to the following link: http://legislature.maine.gov/documents/ros?aiv%5Bdocuments.title%5D=2018&tt=documents
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook. (GOVERNOR'S BILL) Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford and Representative: WINSOR of Norway, Senator: BREEN 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 409: An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System   Web Link to LD 409

Description: This bill makes the following changes to the laws governing the Maine Public Employees Retirement System: 1. It replaces the term "physician" with "medical provider" and defines "medical provider" to include physicians and clinical psychologists, which permits clinical psychologists to be included in the composition of the medical board and for other medical consultations; 2. It clarifies that the board member who represents participating local districts may be either an active or retired member. 3. It clarifies the basis on which disability benefits for members of the Legislative Retirement Program are determined; 4. It clarifies that any property owned by the retirement system is tax exempt; 5. It gives the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over public employee retirement matters the authority to report out legislation as recommended by the board of trustees to improve the retirement system; 6. It replaces obsolete language regarding the retirement system budgeting process; 7. It corrects a reference to the legislative jurisdiction that pertains to matters relating to the retirement system; 8. It clarifies the treatment of retirement system assets; 9. It clarifies the disposition of funds appropriated to subsidize the purchase of military service credit for specific members who subsequently decline to purchase service credit or are able to purchase service credit without subsidy; 10. It changes the manner in which disability retirement benefits are calculated for less than full-time members; 11. It clarifies that assets of the group life insurance program may only be used for benefits for participants of employers for which the assets are attributable; and 12. It removes obsolete language.
Position: Status: Engrossed
Sponsors: Submitted by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford
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 410: An Act To Amend the Laws Pertaining to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System   Web Link to LD 410

Description: This bill excepts from the Freedom of Access Act specific private medical, personal and financial information of members, beneficiaries and participants in any of the programs of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System in the possession of the system.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and Presented by Senator HAMPER of Oxford
Committee: JudiciaryHearing: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:00 PM,State House, Room 438
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 513: An Act To Eliminate the State Income Tax for Maine Public Employees Retirement System Pensions   Web Link to LD 513

Description: Retirement benefits under state, local or federal government retirement plans that are based on employment compensation for which contributions are not made to the federal Social Security system result in reductions in the amount of Social Security benefits that a retiree is eligible to receive under the federal Windfall Elimination Provision. This bill provides an income tax exemption for those retirement benefits.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BELLOWS of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Senator VOLK of Cumberland, Representative DOORE of Augusta and Senators: CHENETTE of York, WOODSOME of York, Representatives: GRANT of Gardiner, HANDY of Lewiston, POULIOT of Augusta, SYLVESTER of Portland, WARREN of Hallowell
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127

LD 521: An Act To Align the Criteria Used by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System in Determining Veterans' Disability Claims with the Criteria Used by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs   Web Link to LD 521

Description: This bill provides that a veteran who is a member of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and who has been awarded a disability pension under 38 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 3.3 (2003) for a service-connected disability is qualified for disability retirement benefits under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 423, article 3. The provisions of the bill apply to all applications for disability retirement benefits filed on or after January 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BERRY of Bowdoinham. Cosponsored by Senator CARSON of Cumberland and Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, AUSTIN of Gray, DAUGHTRY of Brunswick, FOLEY of Wells, FREY of Bangor, GOLDEN of Lewiston, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, SHEATS of Auburn
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 526: An Act To Increase the State Share of the Cost of Health Insurance for Retired Teachers   Web Link to LD 526

Description: Current law requires the State to pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance. This bill raises that percentage to 50% from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019; 55% from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2021; and 60% after June 30, 2021. It also removes the cap on the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums for fiscal years ending after June 30, 2015.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative COLLINGS of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator MILLETT of Cumberland and Representatives: BERRY of Bowdoinham, KORNFIELD of Bangor, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, PIERCE of Falmouth, SYLVESTER of Portland, TALBOT ROSS of Portland, Senators: CHIPMAN of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook.
Committee: EducationHearing: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 202
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 601: An Act To Return the Normal Cost of Teacher Retirement to the State   Web Link to LD 601

Description: This bill changes the method for funding teacher retirement costs. It repeals those provisions of law enacted pursuant to Public Law 2013, chapter 368 that require school administrative units and private schools to pay for teacher retirement.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford. Cosponsored by Representatives: BABBIDGE of Kennebunk, FARNSWORTH of Portland, HIGGINS of Dover-Foxcroft, POULIOT of Augusta, TIPPING of Orono
Committee: EducationHearing: 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 650: An Act To Clarify and Protect Certain Public Service Retirement Benefits   Web Link to LD 650

Description: This bill changes the contractual commitment to maintain state-protected benefits regarding cost-of-living adjustments for retired state employees and teachers by specifying that it constitutes a solemn contractual commitment of the State that is protected under the Constitution of Maine and the United States Constitution.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator WOODSOME of York. Cosponsored by Representative MARTIN of Sinclair and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, COLLINS of York, DAVIS of Piscataquis, GRATWICK of Penobscot, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: FOLEY of Wells, GERRISH of Lebanon, GRANT of Gardiner, GROHMAN of Biddeford, HARRINGTON of Sanford, MASTRACCIO of Sanford, McELWEE of Caribou, PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield, SAMPSON of Alfred
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 723: RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine To Reduce Volatility in State Pension Funding Requirements Caused by the Financial Markets   Web Link to LD 723

Description: This resolution proposes to amend the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years.
Position: Status: Pending Final Committee Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System pursuant to Joint Rule 204.
Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook and Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CUSHING of Penobscot, WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representatives: FREY of Bangor, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, POULIOT of Augusta
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 726: An Act To Restore Full Cost-of-living Increases for All Maine State Retirees   Web Link to LD 726

Description: This bill removes the limitation, put in place in 2011, to the cost-of-living increase for persons receiving state retirement benefits that applies the increase only to the first $20,000 of retirement benefits. This bill returns application of the cost-of-living increase to the full benefit.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester. (BY REQUEST)
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 874: An Act To Expand the Authority of Municipalities To Implement a Property Tax Deferral Program   Web Link to LD 874

Description: This bill expands the current authority for municipalities to adopt a property tax deferral program for persons who are 70 years of age or older to include other individuals based on factors such as age, income or assets.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DENNO of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Senator BREEN of Cumberland and Representatives: BAILEY of Saco, CARDONE of Bangor, HANDY of Lewiston, TUELL of East Machias, VACHON of Scarborough.
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 907: An Act Requiring Investments by the Maine Public Employees Retirement System To Be Well-diversified   Web Link to LD 907

Description: This bill requires that the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System invest and reinvest retirement system funds in well-diversified asset classes that will generate the maximum return and prohibits investment in narrowly tailored asset classes.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEWART of Presque Isle. Cosponsored by Senator KATZ of Kennebec and Representatives: FREDETTE of Newport, LOCKMAN of Amherst, SEAVEY of Kennebunkport, SIROCKI of Scarborough, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WINSOR of Norway, Senator: HAMPER of Oxford
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 917: Resolve, To Require a Review of the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Plan   Web Link to LD 917

Description: This resolve directs the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, within their existing resources, to jointly convene and provide necessary staffing assistance to a working group to evaluate and design retirement plan options for all state employees and teachers. The Maine Public Employees Retirement System is directed to submit its recommendations, including any necessary implementing legislation, to the Legislature no later than January 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative WINSOR of Norway. Cosponsored by Senator HAMPER of Oxford
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 929: An Act Regarding the State Retirement System   Web Link to LD 929

Description: This bill amends the definition of "earnable compensation" for the purposes of the state retirement system. The bill provides that if, during any year, an employee receives retrospective payment for compensation earned in a prior year or years, the portion of the employee's compensation that is retrospective payment for compensation earned in a prior year or years must be deducted from earnable compensation for the year in which it is paid and must be added to earnable compensation for the prior year or years in which that compensation was earned.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative DAUGHTRY of Brunswick
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 935: An Act To Exempt from Taxation Certain Out-of-state Pensions   Web Link to LD 935

Description: This bill exempts from Maine income tax certain income from out-of-state pensions in order to avoid double taxation of that income. The exemption is only for the amount of the contribution made by the taxpayer divided by the life expectancy of the taxpayer and applies only if the income is included in federal adjusted gross income and not deducted under the general pension deduction. In order to qualify for the exemption, the contribution must have been made using income on which income tax was paid and is available only if the state in which the taxpayer resided at the time of the contribution provides a similar exemption to a former resident of Maine.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BLUME of York. Cosponsored by Representative TURNER of Burlington, Senator HILL of York and Representatives: CAMPBELL of Orrington, HARLOW of Portland, HYMANSON of York
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 968: An Act To Help Prevent Financial Elder Abuse   Web Link to LD 968

Description: This bill requires the form for opening a joint account at a financial institution to have for each party to the account the question, "Do you intend for the sum remaining upon your death to belong to the surviving party or parties? Yes No." Each party to the joint account must answer the question in writing on the form prior to opening the account.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative LONGSTAFF of Waterville. Cosponsored by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook and Representatives: DILLINGHAM of Oxford, LUCHINI of Ellsworth, MADIGAN of Waterville, NADEAU of Winslow, SCHNECK of Bangor, TEPLER of Topsham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: KATZ of Kennebec
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Mar 30, 2017 Work Session Held Mar 30, 2017 Voted OTP-AM May 2, 2017 Work Session Reconsidered TABLED

LD 1006: An Act Regarding Housing Insecurity of Older Citizens   Web Link to LD 1006

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish a statewide commission to study housing insecurity in the context of aging in place. The commission created under this bill would be tasked with exploring: 1. The long-term implications associated with the State's aging population; 2. The status of available affordable housing options in the State; 3. The availability of weatherization and repair programs that would allow older individuals to remain in their homes; 4. Various models of affordable and appropriate housing opportunities for older citizens that are in place in other states; and 5. The establishment of a statewide program facilitating the building for older persons of small accessory dwelling units that are located on the same grounds as, or attached to, a primary residence belonging to a family member of the older person.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative TALBOT ROSS of Portland
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 1044: An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Eligibility for Disability Retirement Benefits   Web Link to LD 1044

Description: This bill amends the laws governing eligibility for disability retirement benefits. Current law provides that former state employees are not eligible for state disability retirement benefits if they were not disabled on their last day of state service. Under this bill, former state employees who are not disabled on their last day of state service and are ineligible for federal social security disability benefits would be eligible for state disability retirement benefits if they prevail in or settle a claim brought under the State's Whistleblowers' Protection Act.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 10:30 AM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1045: An Act To Create More Transparency in the Setting of Normal Teacher Retirement Costs   Web Link to LD 1045

Description: This bill requires the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System to prepare and present an actuarial report on normal teacher retirement costs to a joint meeting of the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over education matters and the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over appropriations and financial affairs matters by May 31st of even-numbered years. It also requires the board to rely on this biennial actuarial report in its determination of the percentage of total teacher compensation required to fund normal teacher retirement costs. This bill also requires the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs to conduct a review of the historical and projected future actuarial value of normal teacher retirement costs. It requires the committee to report the results of its review to the Second Regular Session of the 128th Legislature.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative KORNFIELD of Bangor and Senators: LANGLEY of Hancock, MAKER of Washington, Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, STEARNS of Guilford
Committee: AppropsHearing: Friday, April 07, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 228
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1198: An Act To Enhance the Administration of the State's Group Health Plan   Web Link to LD 1198

Description: This bill allows the term of the contract for the State's group health plan to be extended in one-year increments for up to 3 additional years.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative FOLEY of Wells
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 1247: An Act To Repeal the Income Tax on Pick-up Contributions Paid to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System and To Clarify the Taxation of Pick-up Contributions Distributed in the Form of a Rollover   Web Link to LD 1247

Description: This bill repeals the individual income tax addition modification for state contributions to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System on behalf of the taxpayer and allows the subtraction modification for pick-up contributions distributed to the taxpayer in the form of a rollover to be subtracted from taxable income within a 3-year period beginning with the year of the rollover. The changes apply to tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2017.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Representative POULIOT of Augusta
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 1396: An Act To Remove Certain Restrictions Imposed on Retired State Employees Who Return to Work as Educators   Web Link to LD 1396

Description: This bill amends the provisions of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System regarding compensation and service retirement benefits for retired state employees and retired teachers who return to service as classroom-based employees or school administrators in the following ways. 1. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher to be restored to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator beyond the current 5-year limit. 2. It removes the cap of 75% of compensation established for the position that the state employee or retired teacher is filling. 3. It allows a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service as a classroom-based employee or school administrator to receive full retirement, health, dental and life insurance benefits as offered for the position to be filled and suspends the provisions of retiree health, dental and life insurance benefits for retired state employees or retired teachers during the period of reemployment. 4. It retains the current provisions that a retired state employee or retired teacher who returns to service is not a member and therefore may not accrue additional creditable service or change the retired state employee's or retired teacher's earnable compensation for benefit calculation purposes. 5. It requires full employee and employer contributions to the retirement system for the unfunded liability and the state group health plan for retiree health care based upon the retired state employee's or retired teacher's compensation.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative STEARNS of Guilford.
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 1509: An Act To Prohibit Retired State Employees and Teachers from Returning to Work While Collecting Retirement Benefits   Web Link to LD 1509

Description: This bill prohibits retired state employees or retired teachers from returning to employment after retirement, either as a state employee or as a teacher, while collecting retirement benefits from the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. This prohibition does not apply to retired state employees or retired teachers who are hired as independent contractors pursuant to a service contract lasting less than one year or as a substitute teacher.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SAMPSON of Alfred. Cosponsored by Senator MASON of Androscoggin and Representatives: BRADSTREET of Vassalboro, GERRISH of Lebanon, KINNEY of Limington, O'CONNOR of Berwick, SIROCKI of Scarborough, STETKIS of Canaan, TIMBERLAKE of Turner, WADSWORTH of Hiram
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.

Carried Over

LD 442: An Act To Create a Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit   Web Link to LD 442

Description: This bill provides an income tax credit for certain eligible expenditures incurred by a family caregiver for the care and support of an eligible family member 18 years of age or older. Eligible expenditures include the improvement of or alteration to the caregiver's primary residence to permit the eligible family member to remain mobile, safe and independent in the home and community; the caregiver's purchase or lease of equipment necessary to assist the eligible family member in carrying out one or more activities of daily living; and costs incurred to assist the caregiver to provide care to an eligible family member, such as expenditures related to hiring a home care aide, respite care, adult day care and transportation and for technology to assist the family caregiver to care for the eligible family member. To be eligible for the tax credit, a family caregiver claiming the credit must have a federal adjusted gross income of less than $75,000 if the family caregiver is filing as a single individual or as a married person filing separately and $150,000 if the family caregiver is filing as a head of household or is filing a married joint return. An eligible family member must require assistance with at least one activity of daily living, as certified by a qualified licensed health care practitioner, and qualify as a dependent of, spouse of, registered domestic partner of, parent of or other relation by blood or marriage to the family caregiver or a registered domestic partner of the family caregiver. The amount of the credit is equal to the eligible expenditures incurred by the eligible caregiver during the taxable year up to a maximum of $2,500.
Position: Status: Carry Over
Sponsors: Presented by Senator DAVIS of Piscataquis
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: Monday, March 6, 2017 10:00 AM,State House, Room 127

Not Enacted

LD 652: An Act To Provide Drug Price Relief   Web Link to LD 652

Description: This bill requires that the State and state agencies pay a price for prescription drugs that is the same as or lower than the lowest price paid by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative: MELARAGNO of Auburn
Committee: State & Local Govt.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 655: An Act To Lower the Price MaineCare Pays for Prescription Drugs   Web Link to LD 655

Description: This bill requires, unless prohibited by federal law, the Commissioner of Health and Human Services to negotiate the lowest purchase price for all prescription drugs for programs under MaineCare.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative MELARAGNO of Auburn and Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, DESCHAMBAULT of York, DIAMOND 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 1029: An Act To Abolish the 5-year Cap for Retired State Employees Who Return to Work   Web Link to LD 1029

Description: Current law allows a state employee or teacher who retires after September 1, 2011 to return to service for up to 5 years. This bill eliminates that 5-year cap.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator CARPENTER of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative MARTIN of Eagle Lake and Senator: DIAMOND 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.