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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.

LD 193: An Act To Protect Individual Retirement Accounts from Creditor Collection   Web Link to LD 193

Description: In the laws regarding exemption from attachment, pension assets are exempted from attachment by creditors to the extent reasonably necessary to the support of a debtor and any dependents; a similar exemption for assets in individual retirement accounts is capped at $15,000. This bill removes the cap on the amount exempted from attachment by creditors for an individual retirement account.
Position: Status: public Law Chap 177
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CHACE of Durham. Cosponsored by Representatives: ALLEY of Beals, COREY of Windham, FREDETTE of Newport, GILLWAY of Searsport, HILLIARD of Belgrade, MALABY of Hancock, THERIAULT of China, Senator: LIBBY of Androscoggin
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 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: Public Law Chap 11
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 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. To view the finally-enacted budget, go to this website: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/getPDF.asp?paper=HP0281&item=57&snum=128
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 284
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. The committee amendment makes the following changes to the bill. 1. It further clarifies the purposes for which the assets of the group life insurance program may not be used. 2. It changes the board meeting requirements. 3. It updates references to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements that apply to postemployment benefits. 4. It removes the provisions in the bill that make changes to how disability retirement benefits are calculated for part-time or seasonal employees.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 88
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: Public Law Chap 46
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 445: An Act To Encourage Maine Consumers To Comparison-shop for Certain Health Care Procedures and To Lower Health Care Costs   Web Link to LD 445

Description: This bill requires all carriers offering health plans in the State, beginning January 1, 2018, to provide a shared savings incentive program as a component of all health plans, except health plans offered through the federally facilitated marketplace established pursuant to the federal Affordable Care Act. The bill establishes the shared savings incentive program for enrollees who elect to receive a comparable health care service that costs less than the average price paid for that service by a carrier. The bill defines "comparable health care service" as a service for which a carrier offers a shared savings incentive payment and includes, at a minimum, a health care service in the following 7 categories: physical and occupational therapy services; obstetrical and gynecological services; radiology and imaging services; laboratory services; infusion therapy services; inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures; and outpatient, nonsurgical diagnostic tests and procedures. If an enrollee shops for services, the bill requires a carrier to pay that enrollee a shared savings incentive payment of at least 50% of the difference between the average amount for that comparable health care service and the amount paid, except that a payment is not required if the saved cost is $50 or less. The bill authorizes a carrier to establish its own methodology for calculating the average price paid by that carrier under its shared savings incentive program. If an enrollee elects to receive health care services from an out-of-network provider that results in a shared savings incentive payment, a carrier shall apply the amount paid for the comparable health care service toward the enrollee's cost sharing as specified in the enrollee's health plan as if the health care services were provided by a network provider. The bill also requires carriers to provide certain information to the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, Bureau of Insurance on an annual basis relating to the payments made to enrollees, the use of health care services for which payments are provided and the saved costs if an enrollee elects to receive health care services from a provider that cost less than the average cost for a particular admission, procedure or service. The Superintendent of Insurance is required to report aggregate information from all carriers to the Legislature on an annual basis. This bill also requires providers to notify patients of their right to shop for certain health care services pursuant to a carrier's shared savings incentive program.
Position: Status: Public Law Chap 232
Sponsors: Presented by Senator WHITTEMORE of Somerset. Cosponsored by Representative PICCHIOTTI of Fairfield and Senators: BRAKEY of Androscoggin, COLLINS of York, CUSHING of Penobscot, KATZ of Kennebec, President THIBODEAU of Waldo, Representatives: FARRIN of Norridgewock, FOLEY of Wells, WALLACE of Dexter.
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 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. The committee amendment adds to the working group as a nonvoting member a person chosen from nominations submitted by the Maine Association of Retirees. The amendment also adds an emergency preamble and emergency clause to the resolve.
Position: Status: Resolve Ch. 14 - veto overriden
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 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: public Law Chap 56
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.

Pending Final Legislative Action

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: Vetoed - awaiting override vote
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 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: Veto sustained - Dead
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 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. The committee amendment increases the maximum annual income tax pension deduction amount for nonmilitary retirement pensions from $10,000 to $35,000 over a 5-year period beginning with the 2017 tax year. The $35,000 pension deduction amount that applies after 2021 is subject to an annual inflation adjustment.
Position: Status: Carried over on Approps. Table
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 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. The committee amendment is a minority report of the committee. The amendment strikes the bill's proposal to raise the required percentage of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance from 45% to 60% between fiscal year 2016-17 and fiscal year 2020-21. The amendment retains the current requirement that the State pay 45% of a retired teacher's share of the premium for group accident and sickness or health insurance and, beginning in fiscal year 2017-18, removes the restriction in current law that limits the increase in the State's total cost for retired teachers' health insurance premiums.
Position: Status: Carried over on Approps. Table
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: Carried over on Approps. Table
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.

Enacted but Not Signed

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: Finally Passed - Con. Res. 1
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.

Pending Final Legislative Action

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. The committee amendment provides funding to fund the costs of removing the limit on the cost-of-living increase for state retirement benefits.
Position: Status: AFA moved ONTP off the table
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 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: Vetoed - Dead
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 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: Carried over on Approps. Table
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: Vetoed - Overriden in Senate; awaiting House action 8/2/17
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 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: AFA voted ONTP off table
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: Veto sustained
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 1627: An Act To Protect the Integrity of Maine Elections by Requiring Photographic Identification for the Purpose of Voting   Web Link to LD 1627

Description: This bill requires that a voter provide proof of identity with photographic identification for the purpose of voting. The bill specifies the types of photographic identification that may be used to verify the identity of a voter. It provides that a person who does not present photographic identification may cast a provisional ballot and establishes the process for provisional voting. Under this process, if the person can verify the person's identity to the warden or an election clerk within 3 business days of the election by presenting acceptable photographic identification, the ballot will be cast as a regular ballot. Through the general election of 2018, a person who does not present acceptable photographic identification but is known to a municipal clerk, registrar or election official at the voting place may cast a regular ballot upon submission of an affidavit by the municipal clerk, registrar or election official attesting to the person's identity. Finally, the bill requires the Secretary of State to provide, at no fee, nondriver identification cards to eligible persons who do not have another form of acceptable photographic identification to verify identity for the purpose of voting.
Position: Status: Pending Final Legislative Action
Sponsors: Presented by Representative GERRISH of Lebanon. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)
Committee: Vets & Legal Aff.Hearing: Tabled in House pending reference to committee.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

Carried Over

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: Carry over requested
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: Carry over requested
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 192: An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for Hearing Aids   Web Link to LD 192

Description: This bill requires insurance plans to provide coverage for hearing aids at a minimum of $3,000 per hearing aid to all individuals with documented hearing loss.
Position: Status: Carry over
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Handy of Lewiston. Cosponsored by Senator Bellows of Kennebec and Representative Brooks of Lewiston, Representatives Galgay Reckitt of South Portland, Lawrence of South Berwick, Sheats of Auburn, Sylvester of Portland
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 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: Carry over requested
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 386: An Act To Establish Universal Health Care for Maine   Web Link to LD 386

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to establish a single-payor, universal health care system in the State. Portions of the system will be based on the single-payor system in place in Vermont and the single-payor proposals submitted previously in Maine and Colorado. The single-payor system proposed in this bill will also be responsive to any changes made on the federal level to the federal Affordable Care Act.
Position: Status: Carry over
Sponsors: Presented by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot. Cosponsored by Representative HYMANSON of York and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, BREEN of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, JACKSON of Aroostook, Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, BERRY of Bowdoinham, BROOKS of Lewiston, DENNO 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 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

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: Carry over requested
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 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: Carry over requested
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 912: An Act To Clarify the Scope of Practice of Certain Licensed Professionals Regarding Conversion Therapy   Web Link to LD 912

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to amend the current law to establish that practices or treatments that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity are prohibited for certain professionals licensed under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32 and to establish penalties for that conduct.
Position: Status: Carry over
Sponsors: Presented by Representative FECTEAU of Biddeford. Cosponsored by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin and Representatives: CHACE of Durham, GINZLER of Bridgton, MOONEN of Portland, STEWART of Presque Isle, WARD of Dedham, Senators: KATZ of Kennebec, MAKER of Washington, SAVIELLO of Franklin.
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 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: Carry over requested
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 1279: An Act To Ensure Patient Protections in the Health Insurance Laws   Web Link to LD 1279

Description: This bill allows children 26 years of age and younger to remain on their parents' health insurance policy. It clarifies that carriers offering individual or group health plans may not establish lifetime or annual limits on the dollar value of benefits. It clarifies that individual, group and blanket health plans may not impose a preexisting condition exclusion on any enrollee.
Position: Status: Carry over requested
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, CHIPMAN of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, MARTIN of Eagle Lake, MASTRACCIO of Sanford
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Thursday, May 04, 2017, 1:00 PM, Burton M. Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 1280: An Act Regarding Generic Drug Pricing   Web Link to LD 1280

Description: This bill amends the Maine Pharmacy Act to require that a drug distributed in this State must be made available for sale in this State to a person seeking to develop an application for the approval of the drug under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or the licensing of a biological product under the federal Public Health Service Act. It establishes disciplinary actions for noncompliance.
Position: Status: Carry over
Sponsors: Presented by Senator JACKSON of Aroostook. Cosponsored by Representative GATTINE of Westbrook and Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CARSON of Cumberland, DAVIS of Piscataquis, SAVIELLO of Franklin, VITELLI of Sagadahoc, Representatives: LAWRENCE of South Berwick, MASTRACCIO of Sanford.
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 1417: An Act To Require Insurance Coverage for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease   Web Link to LD 1417

Description: This bill requires a carrier offering or renewing a health plan in the State to provide coverage to diagnose and treat Lyme disease.
Position: Status: Carry over
Sponsors: Rep. Fredette
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 1476: An Act To Ensure Continued Coverage for Essential Health Care   Web Link to LD 1476

Description: This bill incorporates current requirements under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act for coverage of preventive health services, including services for women, into state law. The bill also requires coverage of certain contraceptive methods and services. The bill directs the Superintendent of Insurance to annually review the recommendations and guidelines for coverage of preventive health services to identify any gaps in the minimum coverage provided by health plans and authorizes the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over health insurance matters to introduce legislation to update the requirements for minimum coverage. The requirements apply to all individual and group health insurance policies and contracts issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2018.
Position: Status: Carry Over
Sponsors: Presented by Representative McCREIGHT of Harpswell. Cosponsored by Senator CARSON of Cumberland and Representatives: DENNO of Cumberland, DEVIN of Newcastle, GOLDEN of Lewiston, HERBIG of Belfast, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PARKER of South Berwick, RECKITT of South Portland, SYLVESTER of Portland
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

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: Carry over requested
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.

Not Enacted

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: Dead
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 75: An Act To Provide a Sales Tax Exemption for Materials and Equipment That Enable Older Persons and Persons with Disabilities To Remain in Their Homes   Web Link to LD 75

Description: This bill provides a sales tax exemption for materials and equipment determined by the Maine State Housing Authority to enable homestead accessibility for an individual who is 75 years of age or older or an individual with a disability or physical hardship to permit the individual to remain in the individual's home.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative Spear of South Thomaston. Cosponsored by Senator Miramant of Knox and Representative Beebe-Center of Rockland, Representatives Denno of Cumberland Center, Doore of Augusta, McCreight of Harpswell, Pierce of Falmouth, Tipping-Spitz of Orono.
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 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: Dead
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.

LD 311: An Act To Eliminate Corporate Welfare and Provide Tax Relief   Web Link to LD 311

Description: This bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This bill proposes to eliminate certain corporate tax expenditures and use the savings to reduce the individual income tax rates.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator BRAKEY of Androscoggin
Committee: TaxationHearing: Monday, February 27, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 127
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 347: An Act To Support Death with Dignity   Web Link to LD 347

Description: This bill enacts a process for patient-directed care at the end of life for Maine residents who are adults who are terminally ill and who have been determined to have a limited life expectancy. The bill provides that such a patient has a right to information and includes requirements for patient and physician action and documentation in the patient's medical records of the steps taken. The bill authorizes a physician to prescribe a medication that the patient may self-administer for the purpose of hastening the patient's death. The bill provides protections for the physician, the patient's health care facility and health care providers. The bill protects the patient's life insurance and the health care providers' medical professional liability insurance. The bill protects the patient's right to palliative care. The bill requires rulemaking by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for safe disposal of medications that are prescribed for end-of-life care and that are not used by the patient. The bill specifically states that nothing in the provisions of the bill may be construed to authorize a physician or other person to end a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia. The bill specifically states that the provisions of the bill may not be construed to conflict with Section 1553 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Representative HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, Representative WOOD of Greene and Senators: CARSON of Cumberland, GRATWICK of Penobscot, HILL of York, MIRAMANT of Knox, ROSEN of Hancock, Representatives: HARLOW of Portland, HYMANSON of York, JORGENSEN of Portland.
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 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: Dead
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 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 666: An Act To Improve Access to Cost-effective Health Care Services   Web Link to LD 666

Description: This bill requires health insurance carriers to apply the amount paid for a health care service provided by an out-of-network provider toward the enrollee's member cost sharing as specified in the enrollee's health plan as if the health care services were provided by a network provider if the cost of the out-of-network service is the same or less than the statewide average payment for the same service based on data reported on the publicly accessible health care costs website of the Maine Health Data Organization.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Senator VOLK of Cumberland. Cosponsored by Representative VACHON of Scarborough and Senator: WHITTEMORE of Somerset, Representatives: FOLEY of Wells, HYMANSON of York, PARKER of South Berwick, PERRY of Calais
Committee: Insur & Fin'l SvcsHearing: April 13, 1:00 p.m.
Work Session: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 832: An Act To Carry Out the Will of the People of the State of Maine by Ensuring the Issuance of Bonds To Support the Independence of Maine's Seniors   Web Link to LD 832

Description: In November 2015, the voters approved Public Law 2015, chapter 337, a bond authorization to provide for the issuance of bonds to provide funding for the construction of new energy-efficient affordable homes and the adaptive reuse of structures or homes for low-income households headed by a person 55 years of age or older. This bill makes the following changes to that law in order to ensure the issuance of the approved bonds: 1. It removes the requirement that the Treasurer of State operate at the direction of the Governor in issuing and selling the bonds; 2. It exempts the bonds from the requirements in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, sections 145 and 145-B regarding the need for the signature of the Governor and the attestation of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services on bonds issued and sold by the Treasurer of State; 3. It places a number of safeguards on the sale of the bonds, including allowing the Treasurer of State to not sell the bonds if debt service would exceed the amount budgeted or the issuance of the bonds would have an adverse impact on the State's credit rating; and 4. It requires the Treasurer of State to transfer the proceeds of the sale of the bonds directly to the Maine State Housing Authority, without the requirement of a warrant drawn by the State Controller. The bill also requires the director of the Maine State Housing Authority to report annually to the Legislature regarding certain aspects of the bond proceeds and the projects using bond proceeds.
Position: Status: Dead - Veto Sustained in House
Sponsors: Presented by Senator KATZ of Kennebec. Cosponsored by Speaker GIDEON of Freeport and Senators: BREEN of Cumberland, DIAMOND of Cumberland, HILL of York, JACKSON of Aroostook, LIBBY of Androscoggin, Representatives: McELWEE of Caribou, TUELL of East Machias, VACHON of Scarborough
Committee: AppropsHearing: Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 1:00 PM, State House, Room 228
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: Dead
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: Dead
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 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: Dead
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 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.

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: Dead - Vetoed
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 1064: An Act To Require That Health Insurance Policies Cover Medical Marijuana   Web Link to LD 1064

Description: This bill requires health insurance carriers to provide coverage for marijuana for medical use for a health plan enrollee who has received certification for the medical use of marijuana from an authorized medical provider.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: This bill charges the Superintendent of Insurance with developing a modification factor to reduce the workers' compensation insurance rates for employers with fewer than 50 employees based on an assessment of the relative risk to the insurer and the relative cost burden of the insurance on such small business employers. The small business employer modification factor applies to workers' compensation insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2018.
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 1066: An Act To Promote Life with Dignity   Web Link to LD 1066

Description: This bill enacts a process for patient-directed care at the end of life for Maine residents who are adults who are terminally ill and who have been determined to have a limited life expectancy. The bill provides that such a patient has a right to information and includes requirements for patient and physician action and documentation in the patient's medical records of the steps taken. The bill authorizes a physician to prescribe a medication that the patient may self-administer for the purpose of hastening the patient's death. The bill provides protections for the physician and the patient's health care facility and health care providers. The bill protects the patient's life insurance and the health care providers' medical professional liability insurance. The bill protects the patient's right to palliative care. The bill requires rulemaking by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide for safe disposal of medications that are prescribed for end-of-life care and that are not used by the patient. The bill specifically states that nothing in the provisions of the bill may be construed to authorize a physician or other person to end a patient's life by lethal injection, mercy killing or active euthanasia. The bill specifically states that the provisions of the bill may not be construed to conflict with Section 1553 of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the federal Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative PARKER of South Berwick. Cosponsored by Senator CHIPMAN of Cumberland and Representatives: BRYANT of Windham, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, McCREA of Fort Fairfield, PIERCE of Dresden, TERRY of Gorham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senators: KATZ of Kennebec, MAKER of Washington
Committee: HHSHearing: Wednesday, April 5, 2017 9:30 AM,Cross Building, Room 209
Work Session: Apr 25, 2017 Reported Out ONTP

LD 1274: An Act To Promote Universal Health Care, Including Dental, Vision and Hearing Care   Web Link to LD 1274

Description: This bill establishes a single-payer health care system in the State, effective July 1, 2020, that finances health care services for most Maine residents. The bill directs the Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services and the Joint Standing Committee on Insurance and Financial Services to jointly submit during the 2017 legislative interim legislation to fully implement the single-payer system.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative BROOKS of Lewiston. Cosponsored by Senator GRATWICK of Penobscot and Representatives: FARNSWORTH of Portland, GRANT of Gardiner, HARLOW of Portland, McCREIGHT of Harpswell, TUCKER of Brunswick, Senators: BELLOWS of Kennebec, CARPENTER of Aroostook, JACKSON of Aroostook
Committee: HHSHearing: Thursday, May 04, 2017, 1:00 PM, Burton M. Cross Building, Room 220
Work Session: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 1:00 PM,Cross Building, Room 220

LD 1522: An Act To Authorize a Local Option Sales Tax   Web Link to LD 1522

Description: This bill allows a municipality to impose a local option sales tax if approved by referendum of the voters in that municipality. The referendum question must identify the rate of the local option sales tax and 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 50% to the municipality, 25% to the Local Government Fund for state-municipal revenue sharing throughout the State and 25% to the Regional Economic Development Revolving Loan Program for regional economic development. 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: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative SYLVESTER of Portland. Cosponsored by Senator LIBBY of Androscoggin and Representatives: ACKLEY of Monmouth, CASÁS of Rockport, HUBBELL of Bar Harbor, MADIGAN of Rumford, RYKERSON of Kittery, TERRY of Gorham, WARREN of Hallowell, Senator: CHIPMAN of Cumberland.
Committee: TaxationHearing: For public hearing details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.
Work Session: For work sessions details, click on the Web Link above for this bill.

LD 1523: An Act To Exempt Motor Vehicles Less than 12 Years Old from Inspection   Web Link to LD 1523

Description: This bill exempts a motor vehicle that is less than 12 years old from inspection.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Presented by Representative CEBRA of Naples. (GOVERNOR'S BILL)
Committee: Transp.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 1605: An Act To Increase Consumer Prescription Drug Protections   Web Link to LD 1605

Description: This bill requires the Maine Health Data Organization to annually identify, upon the request of the Attorney General, prescription drugs on which the State spends significant amounts of money and for which the manufacturer's list price for the drug has increased by 50% or more over the past 5 years or 15% or more over the past 12 months. The Maine Health Data Organization is required to provide the list to the Attorney General, who must require the manufacturer of the drugs to provide a justification for the increase. The bill also prohibits manufacturers and wholesale distributors from price gouging in the sale of essential off-patent or generic drugs. It authorizes the Attorney General to obtain data from the Maine Health Data Organization concerning increases in prices of essential off-patent or generic drugs and requires manufacturers of essential off-patent or generic drugs to submit information to the Attorney General upon request of the Attorney General.
Position: Status: Dead
Sponsors: Submitted by the Department of the Attorney General pursuant to Joint Rule 204. Presented by Senator VITELLI of Sagadahoc. Cosponsored by Representatives: GATTINE of Westbrook, HERBIG of Belfast
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.